Mulholland Family Tree, Eden, Tamlaght O’Crilly, Ireland

The Mulholland Family Tree - Eden, Portglenone

This page is about the family tree of the Mulhollands at Hill House in Eden - near Portglenone in County Londonderry, Ireland. They worshipped and are buried at Tamlaght O'Crilly Lower Church of Ireland (near Innisrush). This page is a work in progress.  It will be updated if, and when, additional information comes to light.  Notably, I am still searching for Mulholland-related birth, marriage and death certificates from the 1800s.[caption id="attachment_1339" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Eden, Portglenone, Londonderry Mulholland Family Tree[/caption]

Richard Mulholland & Mary Barnes

It was 1775.  The US Revolution had just begun.  And in Europe, nine old women in Poland were burnt as witches, for supposedly causing a bad harvest.  Another lady was similarly labelled a witch in Germany and put to death.  In this same year, near Tamlaght O'Crilly, Richard Mulholland was born.  He married Mary Barnes (born 1785).  Richard was only 50 when he died on the 20 August 1825.   Mary survived her husband by another fifty years, and was 90 years old, when she died on 15 June 1875.  There appears to be conflicting data as to Richard's birth and death records, and some other anomalies as well.  I am still trying to verify this top level of our tree.  But given that records are so sparse - e.g. the law did not require weddings to be recorded back then - it is rather difficult.  

Richard Mulholland Gravestone in Tamlaght Lower

In the graveyard in Innisrush, there is an interesting old weathered gravestone.  It lies flat.  Presumably it fell a long time ago.  Andy Mulholland, of Brisbane Australia, says that the headstone was transcribed in 1939, by his uncle, as follows:[perfectpullquote align="full" bordertop="false" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]"The Burying Ground of Beresford Mulhollands Here lieth the body of Richard Mulholland of the County Beg. W.I. and late of the 4th Kings Own Reg. who departed this life Oct.the 20th AD1822 aged 46 years, Also his son Henry Mulholland who departed this life 17th March 1847 aged 50 years. And his wife Maria Mulholland, who departed this life 28th October 1859 aged 52 years. Also his son-in-law Bernard Mulholland who departed this life 12th May 1875 aged 86 years And his wife Mary Mulholland who departed this life 15th June 1875 aged 90 years."[/perfectpullquote] The headstone has been laying flat for many generations, and is now badly weathered.  In 2008, Denver Boyd tried to transcribe the headstone, and was only able to determine the following: [perfectpullquote align="full" bordertop="false" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]"The burying ???????? Here lie the body of Mulholland ?the w?? and lne of the 4th orhing ow who depd this life Oct the AD 1822 aged ?0 years Also his Son Henry Mulholland who departed this life 17th D 1847, aged 50 years And his Wife Maria Mulholland who departed this life 28th Oct 1859 aged 52 years Also his Son-in-law Bernard Mulholland who departed this life 12th aged 86 years And his Wife Mary Mulholland who departed this life 15th June Aged 90 years"[/perfectpullquote]

Thompson & Ellen Mulholland

[caption id="attachment_1506" align="alignright" width="400"]Innisrush, Portglenone, Northern Ireland Thompson Mulholland, Eden, Tamlaght, Ireland[/caption]It is unclear Thompson's relationship to Richard Mulholland.  Perhaps Richard was a father, or an uncle, to the younger man. Anyways, Thompson Mulholland was born in 1822.  To date I have been unable to recover a birth or marriage certificate.  And unfortunately the Ireland Census data from 1841 and 1851  was lost in Dublin.  But 79 year old Thompson does appear, as a farmer and head of the household, in the Ireland census of 1901.  His house and land are also referred to in an earlier property tax audit of the Eden area during the 1800s.   The 1831 Census indicates that Hill House,  Eden was owned by an Andrew O'Neil, with 9 people living in the house (6 males and 3 females). Therefore the Mulhollands must have, at some point after 1831 bought the property.  Modern family members do recall Tommy Mulholland often referring to an Andrew O'Neil. Thompson appears to have been relatively well off.  In the 1901 census, it is noted that he employs two live-in servants, namely a 45 year old farm servant called Henry Dougherty, and a 17 year old house servant called Margret McPeak.   Thompson's wife Ellen Mulholland (in the absence of a marriage certificate, there is no maiden name available) is listed in one government document as a "house keeper".  Ellen was born in 1818.  Given the year their son was born, one imagines that Ellen and Thompson were probably married relatively late in life. They had at least one child, James Richardson Mulholland.  There is some confusion as to what year their son was born.  One record suggests 1860 (derived from his gravestone), while another suggests 1865 (Ireland census, 1901).  1860 is probably the most likely, given that his mother Ellen would have been 47 years old by 1865. Ellen Mulholland died at Hill House, Eden, on the 25 October 1896. She was 78 years old.  The death certificate lists "cardiac disease" as the cause of death.  She had been suffering from this ailment for the previous two years.   James Richardson Mulholland, was by his mother's bedside when she passed on.  And he notified the authorities at Bellaghy, and signed her death certificate, some two weeks later, on 9 November.  Ellen never got to see her grandson, Tommy, who was born some 7 weeks after her death. Thompson survived his wife for almost a further ten years.  He was 84 years old, when he died at home (Hill House, Eden) on the 29 May 1906.  James Richardson, his son, was present when he passed on.  The death certificate indicates that he died of cardiac failure.  Probate was granted to his son, James Richardson, on the 2nd August 1906.  His effects came to the value of some 463 pounds.

James Richardson Mulholland & Charlotte McGaw Smyth

[caption id="attachment_1372" align="alignright" width="300"]                 James & Charlotte Mulholland[/caption]On the 3rd October 1895, James Richardson Mulholland  married Charlotte McGaw Smyth.   Between 1896 and 1906, they had four boys and a girl (Thompson, John, Charlotte, James and William). Charlotte McGaw Mulholland was only middle-aged when she died on the 31 March 1913.   Her death certificate lists her cause of death as being "pernicious anemia."  She had been certified as having this ailment for some three months prior to her passing.Pernicious anemia is an auto-immune condition.  It is a vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia, and is caused by the victim's inability to absorb the necessary B-12 vitamin, that is needed to make sufficient healthy red blood cells. If left untreated, potential complications of the illness include brain and nerve damage, heart problems, chronic anemia, and stomach cancer.   It is a very rare condition.  This type of anemia is called “pernicious” because it was, at one time, considered a deadly disease. This was due to the lack of readily available treatment. In modern times, the illness is straightforward to treat with the use of B-12 injections or supplements.It is probably worth noting that Charlotte's second child, John, was given B12 injections, as an adult, for the same condition (pernicious anemia). Perhaps the ailment ran in her side of the family. Charlotte's husband, James Richardson Mulholland, was with her when she passed on, at home (Hill House, Eden).   There is some confusion about her age.  Her gravestone in Innisrush churchyard indicates that she was 45 years old.  Her death certificate, completed in Bellaghy, and signed by her husband, says she was 40 years old.  The Ireland Census of 1901 lists Charlotte as 26 years old (on 31 March 1901), and the Ireland Census of 1911 (early April 1911), lists her as being 48 years old.  None of these ages match up.   We do know that she was middle-aged when she died, and left a young family behind.  The youngest of her five children (William) was only seven years old when his mother passed on. Probate was granted to John Smyth (farmer, and brother) for her estate on the 19 December 1913.  Her effects came to £210, 8 shillings and 9dJames Richardson Mulholland raised his young family alone.  He survived his wife Charlotte for some ten additional years.  He was 62 years old when he died on 11 November 1923.Some seven months later, probate was granted to his son, Thompson Mulholland, on the 4 June 1924.  The effects of his estate amounted to  £149, 0 shillings, 0 d.  His effects, surprisingly, were much smaller than those of his father (or indeed his wife).  This was possibly due to a fire that destroyed the house in the early 1900s, and the cost of the subsequent rebuild.  His children would often speak of these being very hard times.

Thompson Mulholland & Isabella Armstrong

[caption id="attachment_1374" align="alignright" width="300"]mulholland, eden tamlaght o'crilly Isabella & Tommy Mulholland at Portrush[/caption]The early 1900's were not easy times.  In Eden, like everywhere else, times were hard, and money was very tight.  In his later years, Tommy would chasten society's over-confidence, or folk getting ahead of themselves, by often referring back to "the roaring 20s, and the hungry 30s."Tommy, born in 1896, was the oldest child.  Along with his younger siblings, he farmed the land.  The early deaths of his parents, put tremendous pressure on his young shoulders.   By his late 20s, on free evenings, he would ride his push-bicycle to nearby Moyagney, to date Isabella Burnside Armstrong.  Isabella was ten years younger than Tommy.  She was only twenty years old, when they got married on 6 July 1927. Between 1928 and 1936, they had four children - Charlotte, Richard, Samuel and Stanley.   

27 thoughts on “Mulholland Family Tree, Eden, Tamlaght O’Crilly, Ireland

  1. Can you please email me on how to register to your forum. My 3xgreatgrandfather James Mulholland immigrated to Canada in 1833. His townland listed as Eden, Londonderry, Ireland. He was accompanied by Hugh Mulholland. Hw would have been born around 1810.

    Thank you,

    Debbie Hovis

  2. Great Work Will – I am heading back to Ireland in July with my Mum …can’t wait . Sarah (Brisbane )

  3. Great that you and your mum will get the chance to see N. Ireland, Sarah.

    So many important things are close to each other – the churchyard, orange hall, old family house wallsteads, etc.

    Since you were last there, the churches at Tamlaght Lower, Tamlaght Upper and Kilrea now share a preacher.

    PS – I belatedly realised that the contact form script was not working. If anyone wrote in recent months and did not get a reply, please write again (email is on contact page).

  4. I just read the comment by Debbie Hovis…that date lines up with Richard Mulholland in my family tree who I found on the Barque Hawsbury, leaving Londonderry to New York, arriving Aug 9, 1833. He ended up settling in Ontario, Canada after marrying my 4th great aunt Lavinia Glasgow in Virginia. I’m wondering if the men Debbie mentions are brothers?

  5. Good day……trying to link together my “Stewart” family w/ the Mulholland family in the same area.
    Would like to have dialogue with you on this further, if willing.


  6. Hello, my name is Linda Mulholland and I am from New Zealand, my great grandfather is Richardson Mulholland and he is the son of Bernard Mulholland and Jane Mulholland (Nee McGowan). Beresford is also a name given to my great great uncle. I believe there is a connection with your information and would like to know if our ancestry is linked.

    1. Linda,
      Just reading through William’s forum.
      A Vickie Mulholland, in Australia, has an extensive list of family history, which I have collated into a diagram.
      Your ancestry do appear, but stop at your parents and uncles/aunts.
      It would be great to extend your branch of the tree.
      Perhaps William can pass on our emails.

  7. Hi Andrew.

    I responded to your forum post in July.

    And I sent you an email in August.

    I have never received any replies. I don’t know what else that I can do to connect with you.


  8. Researching my John Mulholland. He had a son William in about 1830 who then married Elizabeth Logan in 1852 in Faughanvale, Co. Derry. William and Elizabeth moved to New Kilpatrick Scotland about 1858, then to Durham County, England. He was a coal miner. He changed his surname to Kennedy in the 1861 UK census then back to Mulholland in 1871. After 1871 he and his descendants were all known as Kennedy. Your thoughts?

  9. Hello LuAnn. Do you know where in the North of Ireland John and William Mulholland lived? (i.e. before William and his wife moved to mainland UK)

    Faughanvale (where Elizabeth was from) is near Greysteel, which is some 30 plus miles from Eden (where my Mulhollands on this page are from). Eden is a townland about 4 miles from the village of Portglenone.

    The Kennedy aspect is intriguing. There may be no link – but in Eden, there was a Kennedy Mulholland (the 1900s)…who had a son called John. I believe he moved to a place called Taylorstown, near Randalstown. If you look on the graves page here for the local churchyard, you can see a Kennedy Mulholland and son John.

    I appreciate that it was the surname that was changed to Kennedy in your Mulhollands. Maybe no link at all to your Mulhollands – but fascinating to read the Kennedy part of your info.

    Link to graveyard –

    1. LuAnn,
      I have just made contact with Trudger.
      Kennedy Mulholland was my grandfather, John was my uncle.
      I am happy for my contact details to be forwarded to you.

  10. I have family information, which has too many familiarities not to have close connections.
    My Great Grandfather was Smyle Mulholland 1846-25.02.1918, Grandfather Kennedy Mulholland c1884-08.05.1961.
    The family property was called Eden, a small shack on Ballymacpeake Road, but acquired a new farm Glenwillow, on Taylorstown Road, nr Randalstown. Their gravestones, including my father Joseph Smyth are all set in Innisrush (with all the other Mulhollands). The other surname that comes into the family is Kelso.
    Don’t know how we may direct contact?
    Barry Mulholland

  11. Hello Barry. Thanks for the message.

    Yes, Smylie Mulholland lived in Eden, on the Ballymacpeake Road…..a few yards from my great-grandfather’s house and farm. I do recall those gravestones in Innisrush, of your father and grandfather. They are located to the right, as one walks in the gate of the graveyard.

    Eden was full of Mulhollands back then. Kelso is a new link to me.

    I will send you an email.

  12. Hi William and Barry,
    I have a lot of information on the Kelso Family and Mulholland Family.
    For starters Maggie Kelso married Kennedy Mulholland 1 July 1919.

  13. Vickie,
    I believe William has passed on my direct email. It would be great to talk and exchange information directly.
    Kennedy and Maggie were my grandparents, although had passed before I was born.

  14. Hi, my great grandmother was Agnes Mulholland born in Eden 15 September 1859, the fifth of six children of Thompson and Helen Mulholland (née Mulholland). Agnes came to New Zealand with her cousin Margaret . Agnes joined her sister Sarah maxwell in New Zealand and another Ellen who married Robert Stewart.

  15. It would appear that we are connected Bridget.

    My great grandfather, James Richardson Mulholland, would seem to be a brother of your great grandmother, Agnes Mulholland.

    Do you have any details of Agnes other brothers and sisters, and any photos?

  16. I am the Great-Great Grandson of David Mulholland who was born around 1833. He left the port of Londonderry on the Ship Superior in 1851 and arrived in Philadelphia on May 5, 1851. My siblings had told me that he was from Tallagh, Ballycroy South; but as I read the passenger lists I see that he gave Portglenone as his last residence in Ireland. I just found an old email from my late Mum, dated Sep 3, 2002 that he was born in Eden. David married Sarah Carlin who had arrived in Philadelphia around 1850 from Ireland.

    According to US Census records, his father’s name was Patrick Mulholland born in Ireland in 1795 and emigrated to the United States in the late 1870s after he lost his wife (name unknown).

    Have you come acoss David or Patrick before? Can you point me in a good direction so that I can begin to track my Irish roots?

    Chris Kolb

  17. Responding to Bridget’s comments there are a few Mulholland Families we may be able to connect. William would you give Bridget my email address please as I would love to make contact with her.
    Vickie Mulholland Lander

  18. I’m so pleased to have found your page. I’m a Mulholland descendent from Andrew Mulholland 1811 – 1877, married to Matilda Smylie. There daughter Margaret Mulholland b 1858 left for New Zealand in C 1880 and she is my Gr Grandmother. How can I register for your page? Regards

  19. Hi Vickie, certainly, I will forward your email address to Bridget.

    BTW I checked my records – I emailed Bridget on April 12th 2019 (the day after her comment above). To date I have not received any reply.

  20. Hi Chris, I hope that you received my latest email…..containing possibly some fascinating details (provided by my uncle) re your descendants in Eden.

  21. Hi my name is Marie my late husband was his farther was John came to New Zealand about 1927 age about 19 years old his fathers name was John Francis his wife was Margaret Nee Hudson they had 5 children and after Margaret died John remarried and he and new wife had a boy and a son girl named Sahra and a boy named Joseph he neaver married Sahra married a McEarlean. if any one knows of this Mulholland family email MY Self Marie at mail address below

    1. Hi
      I am from New Zealand and am currently researching the Mulhollands from Belleghy etc., I have found several that have come out to NZ. The name Hudson is just popping up at the moment with families I am entering in.

      Welcome to email me on

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