Those Places Thursday!

Ballymoney, Co. Antrim: Discovering a Murdoch – Love Connection…

Ballymoney is a small town and civil parish in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland where many generations of my Murdoch/k family where born and resided until their deaths.  I too had the pleasure of living there, but sadly just for a short period of time.

Discovering a Murdoch-Love Connection

In researching my family tree I tend to follow all of my family lines, not only my direct line.  I realized early on that many more connections are discovered using this method.  I have found family that I’m connected to on both my maternal and paternal family lines.  My Murdoch-Love connection is another one of those finds … another of my Twisted Limbs.

On 6 Nov 1901, by Licence, Rev. D. Boyle united William Love, originally of Limavady, and Helen Murdoch of Seymour Street, Ballymoney; in marriage.  Their union was witnessed by William Gillard and Mary Love (the groom’s sister) in St. James Street Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney.

Discovering a Murdoch-Love Connection

Born about 1860 William is one of two sons and seven children born to Matthew Love & Agnes (Nancy) Kyle of Drumramer, Co. Londonderry.  He is also my 1st cousin 3x removed; his father Matthew and my 2nd great grandfather John were brothers.

Helen Murdoch is also one of seven children.  She was born on 14 Apr 1875 in Old Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland to John Muir Murdoch and Helen (Ellen) Hogg.  At some point before the 1901 census was taken the family had moved to Ballymoney and were living at 1 Seymour Street.  William was an officer with the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), joining the force on 14 Jun 1882 at the age of twenty two.  In 1901 he was living at 65 Charlotte Street, Ballymoney in the RIC Barracks.

Discovering a Murdoch-Love Connection

As William was with the RIC he was transferred on numerous occasions; he was stationed in Dublin in 1882; Ballymoney in 1885 and was still there in 1902 when he received a promotion to Acting Sergeant; and a “reward for good service”.  By 1903 he was stationed in Donegal receiving another promotion to Sergeant in 1905.  During the period between 1905 and 1 Oct 1909 he was transferred from Moville to Raphoe; the 1911 census shows him as “head of household” at 13 William Street, Raphoe.  It seems that this is where William remained until 1920.  Helen and their children were living with her mother and sisters in law at 30 Main Street, Limavady.  Records show that William retired from the RIC on 6 Aug 1920.

Discovering a Murdoch-Love Connection

Just recently I discovered Thomas Murdoch, one of Helen’s siblings.  Thomas passed away on 9 Apr 1882, at the very young age of six; and is interred at the St. James Church Yard in Ballymoney.  Andrea, a very special person; made the trip to the Church Yard to photograph his grave for me.  Not only did she take a photo, but in a truly lovely gesture she placed flowers on his grave.  The Church Yard is directly across the street from Dalriada High School; a school I attended as a young teenager… I was so close, but at that time I didn’t know he was there.

Discovering a Murdoch-Love Connection

My maternal Love connection is very clear; what isn’t clear is how these Murdoch’s are connected to MY paternal line, the Ballymoney Murdoch’s.  There MUST be a direct connection between Helen’s Murdoch’s and mine; as every other Murdoch/Murdock in Ballymoney are directly related to me.  Another Crooked Branch to continue following.

About CJ Murdoch

Looking For "Dead People"! My Journey Back In Time - Tracing my ancestors and researching the counties, cities and towns where they resided. Taking a “Glimpse” into their lives and stories and the times in which they lived; all in an effort to learn about their “Dash”! “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of his friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning – to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the second with tears, but he said that what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” I have always been interested in researching my family tree and “hanging out” in cemeteries. Like most of us... I didn't ask enough questions when elderly family were still living. Oh, what I would give for 24 hours and a camera with my ancestors… just to sit and listen! I'm researching many family lines, including: Murdoch, Wilson, Berry, Love, Scott, Beattie/Beatty, Hendren, Sweeney, Robinson and Elvin; just to name a few. My families are predominantly from counties Antrim, Donegal and Londonderry. However, it seems that many of them, both maternal and paternal lines, originally hailed from Co. Donegal. I was born and raised in Northern Ireland and now live in Ottawa, Canada, making frequent trips back home to visit with my family. Of course those visits also include treks to the many burial grounds of my ancestors. My most recent trip back home was during the summer of 2019! Looking forward to August of 2020 when I will return. If you are interested in help tracing your ancestors I’d love to hear from you!
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2 Responses to Those Places Thursday!

  1. Amy says:

    What a lovely post. One of the true treasures of doing genealogy is learning about other places and other times as well as the people. I have never been to Ballymoney or Ireland at all, for that matter, so your words and photos gave me a peek into that whole other world.

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