Elder Graveyards – Co. Antrim

Recently a gentleman tracked me down through the Elder DNA project. He needs help tracking down graveyards or cemeteries near Belfast International Airport and Lough Neagh. If anyone can help he’d be extremely grateful. He plans to visit Northern Ireland near the end of February. Below is part of his email.

I know that a branch of my Family was in Antrim about 1700 before one of them went to America. I am visiting Antrim next month and was wondering if you had any clues about Cemeteries, Graveyards in the area between Belfast International Airport and Lough Neagh? My “Relations” lived in Artemore which I am told by Belfast University is now Ardmore Townland.

11 Replies to “Elder Graveyards – Co. Antrim”

  1. Hi Ray,
    Thanks for posting the query about Cemeteries in Co Antrim.

    Using Mapquest, found:
    map for town of Aldergrove near Airport and Crumlin (shows Lough Neagh):
    map:
    http://tinyurl.com/2x77o3

    Google Search: Aldergrove cemetery Antrim
    found a cemetery marker photo and description:
    at
    http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/SUK11593

    ID Number: SUK11593
    Physical description: Black & white
    Summary: Aldergrove, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. 1942-02.
    The grave of 402051 Sergeant H. G. Fraser, RAAF,
    who was buried in cemetery Killead (St Catherine).
    He died 1942-02-01.
    Copyright: clear
    Related subject: War graves
    Related unit: Royal Australian Air Force
    Related place: Northern Ireland
    Related conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

    –Nancy Elder Petersen
    Host, ELDER DNA project
    http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Elder

  2. Google search for “Killead cemetery”
    found:
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=73306&mode=1

    Cemetery: KILLEAD (ST. CATHERINE) CHURCH OF IRELAND CHURCHYARD
    Country: United Kingdom
    Locality: unspecified
    Historical Information: There are 2 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 38 of the 1939-1945 war here. There are also 6 non world war burials.
    No. of Identified Casualties: 46

    Found in IRL-ANTRIM queries:
    http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/IRL-ANTRIM/2000-11/0973329441

    >Does anyone on this list know if the Monument Inscriptions have
    been recorded for the Killead Presbyterian Church churchyard
    cemetery in Crumlin, Co. Antrim…”
    ***
    “KILLEAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH” webpage:
    http://www.samcraig.co.uk
    ARTICLES (and e-mail):
    …To submit any items for inclusion on this page email them to
    webmaster@killead-presbyterian-church.co.uk

    —Nancy Elder Petersen
    Vancouver, WA USA
    NancyP@Teleport.com
    Host, ELDER DNA project

  3. More about Locale for Killead Presbyterian Church:
    Killead Presbyterian Church
    voice(028) 9442 2177
    50 Killead Road, Aldergrove
    BT29 4EN
    Crumlin

    Story about places in road race from Aug 2007:
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/ulster-grand-prix/article2851878.ece

    …”It all begins at 6.30pm at Killead Presbyterian Church Hall when the first vintage bikes and motors move off from a car park which used to be bang in the middle of the famous old road track.
    ….
    “Happy memories of Thorn Cottage, Rectory Corner, Killead Bridge, Christy’s Brae and Gregory’s Lane End, will flood back on Friday, August 17 when Clady Vintage Motorcycle Club take guests on old motor bikes and cars on a tour of the former Clady circuits of the Ulster Grand Prix….”

    Nancy Elder Petersen
    Host, ELDER DNA project

  4. KILLEAD PARISH – GARTREE
    http://www.glenavyhistory.com/killead_Gartree.html

    Gartree, Church of Ireland – Killead Parish
    The following can be found in the book “Buildings of County Antrim by C.E.B. Brett published in 1996.” page 51, no 45. Includes a photograph by M. O’Connell.

    Gartree (C of I) Church, Gartree.
    Situated up a lane, north of the road from Crumlin to Gartree Point.
    Town land – Gartree.

    ****
    GARTREE
    http://www.lisburn.com/books/glenavy/glenavy-1.html

    The Protestant church of Gartree occupies the site of the ancient church of Kilmackevet, alias Tremfade.
    In May, 1933, Mr. John Manderson presented the font that is now in Aldergrove Church grounds.
    On that occasion he said he had thought “the font was a horse trough but if it was a holy water font, the P.P. of Glenavy had the best right to it.”
    It had lain for years in the yard of the houses occupied by John and William McGarry of Waterfoot.
    It is said the stones used in the building of these houses came from the old church at Gartree hence the font. This old church was known as Kilmackevett. “Rulahach” is probably a misnomer for Killelagh in the present townland of Killealy, the Dalnach of the Pope Nicholas Taxation.

    –Nancy Elder Petersen
    Host, ELDER DNA project

  5. KILLEAD AND GARTREE book:
    To obtain a copy of the book: ‘”About Killead and Gartree'”
    contact the author – Mildred Irvine – at
    enquiries@killeadandgartree.co.uk
    The book costs £10 plus postage and packaging (UK £2.35)
    This is a limited edition book.

    ****
    Another book found about KILLEAD:
    in
    National Library of Ireland – Kildare Street, Dublin
    http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

    Catalog:
    Presbyterianism in Killead 1630-1980. The story of 350 years.
    by Weir, W. Derek.
    Belfast, pr. for the Presbyterian Historical Society, 1980.
    Description: 55 p. portrs., illustrs. 22 cm.
    Personal Name: Campbell, H.
    Location Collection Call No. Status
    Books and Periodicals Ir Ir 270 p 14 Checked In

    –Nancy Elder Petersen
    Host, ELDER DNA project

  6. Photo of KILLEAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
    Date taken: Wednesday, 1 February, 2006
    “Unusually for Presbyterian Church, it is cruciform.”
    at
    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/115749

    Click FIND MORE NEARBY
    St Catherine’s Parish Church (C of I) Killead
    Photographer: Brian Shaw
    Taken: Wednesday, 1 February, 2006
    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/115746

    “One of the oldest (1712) in the Diocese of Connor, the Church is situated inside RAF Aldergrove, which is a military establishment subject to strong security. I had to be issued with passes for myself and my car and the RAF personnel couldn’t have been more helpful and cheerfully offered me every facility. Services are held every Sunday. The wife of the Incumbent has recently published a book on the Parish of Killead and Gartree, which initially roused my interest.

  7. Search Google.com for KILLEAD Parish and baptisms
    found:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~alanmilliken/Research/IrishRecords/ChurchRecords/KilleadParish.html

    The Parish of Killead
    “There are two Church of Irelands in the parish of Killead, Gartree and Killead,
    and the earliest registers in both were destroyed in Dublin in 1922.
    Killead Church of Ireland has baptisms from 1838,
    burials from 1873, and vestry minutes from 1829.
    Gartree has no baptisms before 1901.”

    –Posted online by Alan Milliken
    his Home page:
    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~alanmilliken

    Notes by
    –Nancy Elder Petersen
    Host, ELDER DNA project

    Killead Presbyterian Church has baptisms between 1826 and 1849, and marriages from 1826. Loanends Presbyterian Church has baptisms from 1834-43 and 1874 onwards,
    and marriages from 1845.

    –Nancy Elder Petersen

  8. Very useful thank you . I will revisit just before I come to Antrim to find out more about my Grandfathers Family. Meanwhile if anyone has any info on he Megarry family I’d love to hear from them . My grandfather was Born in Muckamore, and lived in Killead with his parents John and Harriet(NeeBlack)in the 1890’s

  9. looking FOR MY HUNTER ANCESTORS IN DUNGONNEL, KILLEAD, ANTRIM IRELAND C OF I RECORDS AND HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED SINCE I LIVE IN CANADA AND FIND IT COSTLY TO KEEP MAKING THE TRIP BACK.

  10. Colleen,
    Would like to hear from you.
    My Hunter ancestors also lived in Ardmore, near Dungonnell, in Parish of Killead
    Elizabeth

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