A few nights ago, 27th December 2019, I received an email with a lovely old photograph attached.  It was taken some 100 or so years ago.  The email was from a regular visitor to this website, who hails from Ontario in Canada.

Henry Stewart

His great grandfather was Henry Stewart and came from Ballymacombs, near Portglenone. Other names from the area, linked to his family tree, are Armstrong and Wallace.   

Henry Stewart’s family are buried in Innisrush – i.e. Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower. The headstone says:

In loving Memory of
Henry Stewart
died 18th May 1904, aged 58 years
His Brother James,
died 1st March 1931, aged 72 years
And his Wife Sarah Ann,
died 19th Nov. 1944, aged 80 years
Their Son James W.
died 20th Jan. 1958, aged 76 years
Their Son Robert A. Stewart,
died 13th Jan 1975, aged 79 years

Henry Stewart was 58 years old when he died on the 18th May 1904. He had been ill with pneumonia for ten days prior to his passing. His son, James William Stewart, was present when he died at home in Ballymacombs.

It’s unclear when the photograph of the Stewarts was taken – possibly the 1920s? An evening was spent cleaning it up in photoshop.

Henry Stewart

Early 1900s photo of Stewart family, Ballymacombs, near Portglenone

Henry Stewart died in 1904.  His wife, Sarah Ann Stewart (front row, second from left) was 80 years old when she passed away in November 1944. 

Their two boys, James and Robert are in the photograph.

James Stewart (front row, far left) was 76 years old when he died in January 1958.

Robert Stewart (back row, middle) was 79 years old when he died in January 1975.

Many thanks to our regular from Ontario, for this wonderful old photograph!