Roger McGilligan (1835-1916)

Roger McGilligan is my Great-great-grandfather. His occupation in the 1901 census and on his death certificate was listed as a farmer. The 1901 census records his wife, Jane, and two children living at home. John McGilligan, their first son, is my Great-grandfather. Roger died May 4, 1916 at Tirhugh, Magherafelt, County Londonderry. He was buried on May 6, 1916 at Killelagh Parish Church, Swatragh, County Londonderry.

Reynolds McGilligan, 1925

Reynolds McGilligan was born about 1883, the son of Rodger McGilligan. Nothing of his childhood is known. Reynolds traveled to America repeatedly from 1907 to 1923. His first known passage commenced on 1 Apr 1907 from Londonderry to New York City on the S.S. Columbia. The trans-atlantic crossing typically lasted 12 days. Reynolds recorded destination was Chicago to stay with his cousin George Johnston. Reynolds’ World War I Registration Card states he was of medium build and height with grey eyes and brown hair. At the time of registration he was living at Alden Street, Philadelphia, Pennsyvlania and working as a riveter at Hog Island, then the largest ship builders in the world.

Reynolds returned to Ireland on the S.S. Columbia which sailed from New York to Glasgow via Moville on 23 Jan 1923. The passenger list recorded Reynolds as a citizen of the United States with the intent to remain in Ireland at Moneysallin, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry. Unfortunately two years later on the 18 Jun 1925 Reynolds passed away and was buried in St. Patrick’s Parish Church at Kilrea, Co. Londonderry. Legend has it that Reynolds was buried on the day he was due to be married. Reynolds is buried along with his brother John McGilligan and sister Eliza Jane McGilligan. John McGilligan’s first wife Margaret Hamilton and infant child are buried in the same plot. The headstone was erected by Reynold’s nephew John McGilligan and his name was engraved as Randall not Reynolds.


Reynolds McGilligan (Abt 1880 - 1925)
Reynolds McGilligan (Abt 1880 - 1925)

Places of Residence

1213 N Alden St, Philadelphia, PA 19131
1213 N Alden St, Philadelphia, PA 19131
211 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
211 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Griffith’s Valuation (1857) for Donegal

Surname Given County Parish Location
Elder Andrew Donegal All Saints Glar
Elder Andrew Donegal All Saints Moneygreggan
Elder William Donegal All Saints Portlough
Elder Andrew Donegal All Saints Roughan
Elder David Donegal Burt Ballyederowen
Elder Jane Donegal Burt Ballyederowen
Elder Moses Donegal Burt Ballyederowen
Elder Samuel Donegal Burt Ballyederowen
Elder Samuel Donegal Burt Elaghbeg
Elder John Donegal Clonca Balleelaghan
Elder John Donegal Clonca Norrira
Elder James Donegal Conwal Glencar Irish
Elder Alexander Donegal Conwal Glencar Scotch
Elder James Donegal Conwal Glencar Scotch
Elder William Donegal Conwal Letterkenny
Elder Richard Donegal Donagh Churchland Quarters Inc Carrick Carrow
Elder Robert Donegal Donagh Churchland Quarters Inc Carrick Carrow
Elder Elizabeth Donegal Donagh T/Carndonagh/Market Square
Elder Andrew Donegal Donaghmore Blairstown
Elder Andrew Donegal Donaghmore Scotland
Elder Samuel Donegal Fahan Upper Roosky
Elder James Donegal Kilmacrenan Gortnacorrib
Elder Samuel Donegal Muff Derryvane
Elder John Donegal Raymoghy Milltown
Elder John Donegal Raymoghy Milltown
McGilligan Thomas Donegal Killea Glasmullan
McGilligan Hugh Donegal Killea Town of Carrigans

James McGilligan, 1900

James McGilligan was born 10 Feb 1900 in the Roman Catholic parish of Granaghan (Swatragh, Co. Derry). On 22 Jun 1924 he was ordained a priest at Maynooth, Co. Kildare


  • St. Columb’s College, Derry, Co. Derry
  • St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare


  • 1924-5 Post Graduate Studies, Dunboyne House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • 1925-9 Curate in Lissan, Co. Tryone
  • 1929-40 Curate in Carrickmore, Co. Tryone
  • 1925- On loan to Arch-diocese of Armagh

He died 6 Jun 1940 at Carrickmore, Co. Tryone and buried at Carrickmore, Co. Tryone.

Source: Daly, E. and Devlin, K., 1997. The Clergy of the Diocese of Derry: An Index. Dublin, Ireland: Four Court Press. (Page 101)

St. Paul’s Church


The Church of Ireland St. Paul’s Church is located in Garvagh, Co. Londonderry in the parish of Errigal & Desertoghill. My uncle Jack McGilligan was christened and confirmed at St. Paul’s. According to my mother, most of the older children were christened at St. Paul’s. This is not yet confirmed.