James McGilligan, 1973

James McGilligan, 1973

James McGilligan of Derrychrier who died 8 Mar 1973. His brother Frank died 12 Feb 1982 and his sister Anne died 21st Jan 1983 are also marked on the grave. This gravestone is located at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Dungiven, Co. Londonderry.

James, Frank and Anne are likely relatives of Michael McGilligan, 1858 of Derrychrier.

John “Jack” McGilligan III


My uncle Jack McGilligan died in a tragic road accident in Walsall, England before I was born. Jack worked as a commercial lorry driver and died on November 11th, 1972 while transporting an extra load from Stranraer, Scotland to the south of England. He was buried on the November 21st, 1972 at the Market Street Cemetery in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.



This is the McGilligan ancestral home at Lisbuoy near Aghadowey, Co. Londonderry. The family moved into the house around 1954. The home along with the field in front is owned by my Uncle James Reynolds McGilligan who currently lives in India. Hard to believe this modest home housed a McGilligan family of ten. The home was given to Eliza McGilligan by her brother John McGilligan I. Apparently she never lived in the home but at some point a Mr and Mrs Toy, labourers for John McGilligan I & II, occupied the home.

St. Guaire’s Parish Church


St. Guaire’s Parish Church of Aghadowey, Co. Londonderry. John McGilligan I was a rector’s wardin for St. Guaire’s. My parents were married here on September 21st, 1968. My Uncle John “Jack” McGilligan III and all of my mother’s sisters were also married at St. Guaire’s.

John McGilligan, 1875

On the 9th of April 1896, John McGilligan arrived in Boston, Massachusetts onboard the S.S. Scandinavian. The Boston Passenger List states he was 21 years of age and accompanied by a friend/cousin named Thomas White. He was a farmer and able to read and write. Last place of residence in Ireland was Swatera (Swatragh, Co. Londonderry). His final destination in the United States was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Source: Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 via Ancestry.com