According to the 1911 Census, Robert Elder (Born about 1824) and his two sons lived in Derryvane, Muff, County Donegal, Ireland. The sons are named Samuel (Born about 1857) and Robert (Born about 1861). Both are recorded as single with the occupation of agricultural labourer. Robert Elder senior’s occupation is recorded as shoemaker which might be a link to one of my ancestors who started a shoemaker business in Limavady, County Londonderry. Their religion is recorded as Presbyterian. Samuel Elder was unable to read or write.
John Hughes married Elizabeth Elder on 14 Mar 1854 at the Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church, Co. Derry, Ireland. John is recorded as a full age bachelor from Drumnacross (Occupation: Labourer). His father, William Hughes’ occupation is recorded as Farmer. Jane is recorded as a full age spinister from Derryvane, Muff, Co. Donegal. Her father, Samuel Elder’s occupation is recorded as a labourer.
Source: Personal Research
Andrew Stewart Elder (Born: November 1864) died December 29, 1864 aged 5 weeks at Blairstown, Killygordon, County Donegal, Ireland. His father was recorded as Andrew Elder (Farmer). His death was registered on 31 Dec 1864.
Source: Register of Deaths (1864-?), Yr.: 1864, Vol.: 17, Pg.: 247.
My father’s parents, Thomas Stewart Elder and Mary Lavina Walker, are buried in Faughan Vale Presbyterian Church near Eglinton, Co. Londonderry. The flowers on the left marks their grave. The grave on the right with a marble border is where Mary Lavina Walker’s parents are buried.