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Kennedy Family Baptisms, First Garvagh Presbyterian Church 1798-1840(with gaps), Errigal Parish, Co. Londonderry

This congregation was drawn from the Parishes of Errigal and Desertoghill
PRONI Ref:MIC. IP/27 Reel 2
Original transcription by Lavonne Kennedy Arburn Bradfield
History of the congregation and notes contributed by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia - len_swindley[at]hotmail.com
Formatted by
Jim McKane, Ontario, Canada - jamckane[at]gmail.com

 

FIRST GARVAGH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - HISTORY OF THE CONGREGATION 1658-1840

Extracted from History of Congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast, 1982)

Mr John Law was ordained to Desertoghill and Errigal (Garvagh) in 1658. He was deposed for non-conformity in 1661 but continued to minister. In 1673 Garvagh congregation was declared vacant as Mr. Law had demitted the charge and there was no hope of his returning to it. Mr. Law was imprisoned for a time in Scotland, but in 1691 he was installed in Kirkcaldy.

Mr. Robert Landass from Lanarkshire was ordained by the Route Presbytery in Jan. 1674, and he appears to have ministered in both Ballymoney and Garvagh. He went back to Scotland at the time of the Revolution and in 1691 the synod wrote to him to return to his charge, but he had already been installed in Blantyre the previous year. Rev. James Woodside was minister of Dunboe from 1698-1718 and he appears to have had charge of Garvagh too. Mr. Francis Ross from Macosquin was ordained 7 May 1723 and died 4 Nov 1751.

In 1756 Rev. William Callender, minister of Ardstraw [Co. Tyrone] was called to Garvagh, but on the day of his installation he did not turn up as he had been induced to return to his previous charge. At length, Mr. Robert Elder (lic. Route 1758), a local man, was ordained in Garvagh in 1761. He died 18 May 1781. After considerable dispute Mr. Brice Miller was ordained 21 Dec. 1784, but he resigned in 1787 and emigrated to America.

Mr. Henry Henry from Dunboe (lic. Route 1788) was ordained 13 May 1788 but resigned in Nov. of the same year to go to Connor. Mr. Gideon McMullan was ordained in Feb. 1790, but died 25 Feb. 1793.

Mr. James Brown (lic. Route 1792), son of John Brown of Ballinaloob, Kilraughts, was ordained 1 Dec. 1795. He was clerk of the Route Presbytery 1818-34. He retired 1839 and died 19 or 20 May 1850 aged 88. His daughter Anne married Rev. Charles Huston of Macosquin in 1824. Five of Mr. Brown’s grandsons were ministers and three of his grand-daughters married ministers. Mr James Millar (lic. Connor 1838) was ordained 18 Feb. 1840 and died 19 Nov 1859.

The following baptisms were recorded during the ministries of the Revs. James Brown and James Millar.

FIRST REGISTER

From the minutes of the Route Presbytery, April 1795:

At a meeting of the Presbytery held at Colerain the last Tuesday of Aprile 1795, the congregation of Garvagh supplicated for a hearing of James Brown, the month of May at the end of which there appeared a call for him nearly unanimous- he was then put on second trial by the Presbytery which having finished and no objections appearing-he was ordained to the pastoral charge of that congregation on the 1st of Decr 1795.

 

Child

Date Father Townland
1. Martha Kennedy 21 Jan 1798 None listed Garvagh
2. Thomas Kennedy 27 June 1798 None listed Cooleynaman
3. Mary Kennedy 28 May 1799 None listed Garvagh
4. Agnus Kennedy 29 July 1799 None listed Cooleyman
5. Anan Kennedy 7 April 1800 None listed Cooleyman
6. Mary Kennedy 26 Dec 1800 None listed Gorticloghan
7. James Kennedy 18 Feb 1801 None listed Cooleyman
8. Sarah Kennedy 18 Feb 1801 None listed Cooleyman
9. Agnus Kennedy 21 Jan 1806 Alexander Kennedy Caheny
10. Thomas Kennedy 26 Feb 1806 John Kennedy Mayoghill
11. Martha Kennedy 28 Mar 1806 Samuel Kennedy Coolnamen
12. James Kennedy 12 April 1807 Samuel Kennedy Bovagh
13. Agnus Kennedy 25 June 1807 William Kennedy Jarnacons?
14. Agnes Kennedy 03 Aug 1807 John Kennedy Mayoghill
15. Robert Kennedy 02 Oct 1807 Alexander Kennedy Ch???
16. Agnes Kennedy 19 Feb 1808 Samuel Kennedy Coolayaman
17. Francis Kennedy 06 April 1808 Alexander Kennedy Caheny
18. Alexander Kennedy 18 May 1808 Alexander Kennedy Garvagh
19. Peggy Ann Kennedy 24 Oct 1808 James Kennedy Cooleyman
20. Hugh Kennedy ?1 Nov 1808 Samuel, Jr Kennedy Cooleyanam
21. Mary Kennedy 19 Jan 1809 John V Garvagh
22. Mary Kennedy 12 Feb 1809 Samuel V Cooleyman
23. Mary Kennedy 16 April 1809 Samuel Kennedy Bovagh
24. Pegey Jane Kennedy 17 July 1809 Alexander Kennedy Garvagh
25. Elizabeth Kennedy 13 Aug 1809 James Kennedy Cooleyaman
26. Robert Kennedy 05 Dec 1809 Alexander Church Hill
27. Agnus Kennedy 25 Dec 1809 James Kennedy Cooleyman
28. Margaret Kennedy 03/09 April 1810 John Kennedy Mayoghill
29. William Kennedy ?9 Sept 1811 Alexander Kennedy Caheny
30. Infant son Kennedy 09 Oct 1811 James Kennedy Caheny
31. Hugh Kennedy 12/14 Nov 1811 Robert Kennedy Cooleyman
32. Alexander Kennedy 13 Jan 1812 John Kennedy Mayoghill
33. Elizabeth Kennedy 15 Feb 1812 Alexander Church Hill
34. Betty Jane Kennedy 09 Apr 1812 James Kennedy Cooleyman
35. Robert Kennedy 21 July 1812 Garland Kennedy Cooleyman
36. Elizabeth Kennedy 12 Nov 1813 Alexander v Caheny
37. Andrew Kennedy 18 Dec 1813 William Kennedy Maghrimore
38. Elizabeth Kennedy 05 July 1816 James Kennedy Cooleyman
39. William Kennedy 16 Aug 1822 Alexander Kennedy Caheny
40. Elizabeth Kennedy 26 Sept 1822 Samuel Kennedy Gorticlaghan
41. Jane Kennedy 08 July 1823 James Kennedy Cooleyman
42. Mary Jane Kennedy 25 Sept 1824 Alexander Kennedy Ballynamen
43. Margaret Kennedy 14 July 1825 Samuel Kennedy Gorticloghan
44. Martha Kennedy 11 Nov 1825 James Kennedy Cooleyman
45. John Kennedy 25 June 1826 Hugh Kennedy Liscall
46. John Kennedy 09 Mar 1826 William Kennedy Kerwin
47. Mary Kennedy 17 May 1826 William Kennedy Cooleyman
48. Mary Kennedy 27 Aug 1828 Samuel Kennedy Cooleyman
49. Samuel Kennedy 27 April 1830 James Kennedy Cooleyman
50. Sarah Kennedy 07 May 1831 William Kennedy Ballayagan
51. Peggy Jane Kennedy 20 Jan 1832 James Kennedy Cooleyman
52. Margaret Kennedy 31 Jan 1833 James Kennedy Cooleyaman
53. Gro(Geo?) Kennedy 03 Mar 1834 William Kennedy Ballaygan
54. Hugh Kennedy 23 Oct 1834 James Kennedy Cooleygramer
55. Isabella Kennedy 13 Aug 1835 James Kennedy Cooleynan
56. Smyth Kennedy 04 Apr 1836 William Kennedy Ballaygan
57. Hugh Kennedy 18 Dec 1837 William Kennedy Ballaygan
58. William Kennedy 02 Feb 1838 John Kennedy Tamnamore
59. Hugh Kennedy 04 June 1838 John Kennedy Mayoghill
60. Robert Kennedy 12 Nov 1840 William Kennedy Corbutinlober