Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church Graveyard, near Innisrush
Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church of Ireland, aka Saint Nossonus’, sits a few hundred yards east of the village of Innisrush. The church is in the Diocese of Derry and is a listed building. If you are driving from Clady – Portglenone, the church sits on the right-hand side of the road, before Innisrush.
Tamlaght Lower Church – Innisrush graveyard
Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower Church
St Nossonus’ Church of Ireland, commonly known as Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower, sits a few hundred yards east of the village of Innisrush. The church is in the Diocese of Derry and is a listed building. If you are driving from Clady/Portglenone, the church sits on the right-hand side of the road, before Innisrush.
The name Innisrush is derived from the Irish: Inis Rois, which means “island of the woods”. The old nearby weir, and flax mill, are evidence of the village’s industrial past.
Tamlaght O’Crilly (Upper) is the original church that people across the area worshipped at, and is located some three miles away, in the village of Tamlaght. In 1775, with too many worshippers in Tamlaght, there was a division of the parish of Tamlaght O’Crilly.
In this same year, 1775, the Earl Bishop built a small church, with his own money, in Tyanee (a townland beside Innisrush). At the time, the new church was known as Tyanee Chapel of Ease. It was constituted as a Perpetual Curacy (where there is no spiritual rector or vicar, but instead a clerk (curate) is appointed to officiate there by the impropriator).
The church was rebuilt in 1830. It was described in the Ordnance Survey memoirs of 1830 as a ‘Chapel of Ease’ (and it is also later referred to as Tyanee Church) and regarding it’s location, it was described as “a chapel of ease built on some rising ground near Innishrush, being a Perpetual Curacy now held by the Reverend Mr. Mark Bloxham”. Please note, the Reverend Mark Bloxham is buried in the graveyard and his headstone is still readable (see below).
The 1830 memoirs go on to add that the church was “a slated, rectangular building with four windows, three at the southern wall, one in the eastern.” The memoirs describe the church as having a 3 storey belfry with Gothic pinnacles at the western end of the church, and had enough room inside for 192 people.
Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower officially became a parish in 1883. Thus, from then on the church in Tamlaght village was referred to as Tamlaght O’Crilly Upper – and the church in Innisrush (the old Tyanee Chapel of Ease) as Tamlaght O’Crilly Lower. The two churches are some three miles apart. For many years, one minister serviced both churches – conducting the Lower service at 11 am on a Sunday, and the Upper service afterwards. This is about to change. The Rectory is at Hervey Hill, some two miles from Tamlaght.
Interesting Facts about the Graveyard
. OLDEST GRAVES The oldest grave, i.e. with a readable headstone, appears to be that of Thomas Orr who died in 1809. Other notable early graves include: Richard Mulholland 1822, John Adams 1833, Rose Glasgow 1833, Eliza York 1839, Jane McMullan 1841, Adam Glasgow 1844, Samuel McMullan 1845, William Kyle 1846, Henry Mulholland 1847, Reverend Mark Bloxham 1849, Mary Smyth 1849, Elizabeth Orr 1854, Maria Mulholland 1859, Anne York 1866, James McMullan 1869, Unknown York 1869, Mary Jane Keenan 1874, Hugh Keenan 1875, Bernard Mulholland 1875, Mary Mulholland 1875, Mary Anne Scott 1875, William Scott 1875, Joanna Power 1877, Jane Wilson 1877, Eliza Waring 1877, James Glasgow 1878, Samuel Keenan 1878, Robert Keenan 1879, Esther Keenan 1879, John Greer 1879, William Wilson 1879, Jones Scott 1880, William Glasgow 1882, John Smyth 1884, John Wilson 1888, Robert John Keenan 1889, Reverend John Drysdale Waring 1889,Thomas Smyth 1899, Thomas Campbell 1900, Evangeline Thomasina Campbell 1901, Fisher Robinson 1903, Henry Stewart 1904, Margaret Jane Scott 1906, Joseph Smyth 1907, Margaret Stewart 1908, William Stewart 1909, Jane Robinson 1910.
EARLIEST BORN A handful of people in the graveyard were born in the 1700’s. John Adams of Moyagney, who died 27th May 1833 aged 94 years, was born in around 1739 – the same year that the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin was executed in England! On the 10th February 1846, at Plum Bank, Tyanee, Portglenone, Mr. William Kyle, died at the advanced age of 81. Local newspapers cited that he “was respected by all who knew him, which was testified by the large and respectable attendance that saw him to his last resting place, in the burial ground of Tyanee Chapel Ease.” His grave does not have a headstone. He would have been born around 1765. Richard Mulholland, from the 4th Kings Own Regiment, was born around 1786. Joanna Power was born around 1797.
CHURCH MINISTERS There are at least two of the church’s ministers buried in the graveyard. The Reverend Mark Bloxham preached in the church for 23 years (from 1826 until his death in 1849), as well as his successor, the Reverend John D. Waring, who preached for over 30 years in Innisrush from 1849 to 1880. He passed on in 1889 and is buried in the graveyard beside his wife Eliza.
QUEENS AWARDS Two people in the graveyard were honoured, during their lifetimes, by the Queen. Miss Joan Elizabeth Clements Stoddart, Deputy Principal, Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service, was awarded an M.B.E. in 1993. And Joseph Smyth Mulholland, for his services to the development of agriculture in the Solomon Islands, was given an O.B.E. by the Queen in the 1978 New Year Honours.
MAYOR OF DUBLIN’S SON Mark Bloxham senior was the Mayor of Dublin from 1816 to 1817. His son (mentioned above), also called Mark, was the preacher in Innisrush, lies in the graveyard.
A MAGISTRATE William George Courtenay, who passed away in the summer of 1923, was magistrate for both County Londonderry and County Antrim.
this is a beautiful tall black majestic round column with four engraved panels around the column. Given the age of the monument, it is remarkably well preserved…..indeed, it looks as new.
I. Erected in memory of Robert Adams Tyanee, who died 13th Aug. 1907, Aged 84 years And his Wife Mary Adams who died 6th Dec. 1918, aged 83 years. Also their Son Bob, who died in infancy And his Son Robert A. Adams, who died 7th June 1944 aged 77 years.
II. Also in memory of John Adams Moyagney who died 27th May 1833 aged 94 years Also his Son Samuel Adams, who died 19th March 1862 Aged 75 years. And his Wife Nancy, who died 21st August 1870 Aged 75 years.
III. Also Margaret I. Wife of Samuel Adams, died 17th May 1940. Also the above Samuel Adams, died 27 Feb. 1956. Also his Son Robert died 6th July 1977 and his Son James Surgenor died 18th January 1990.
IV. Also his Father Robert Adams, who died 8th Nov. 1862, Aged 84 years And his Wife, Margaret, who died 9th July 1859, Aged 71 years.
Erected by Rosina Adams, Townhill, Portglenone In loving memory of her Husband, Samuel Adams, who died 1st December 1907, Aged 90 years. Also the above named Rosina Adams who died 23rd January 1909, aged 86 years. Also Maggie Adams, who died 16th February 1924. Also Mary Adams, who died 14th October 1942
In memory of John Armstrong Moyagney who died 11th January 1901 Aged 67 years. Also his wife Elizabeth who died 17th September 1917 Aged 77 years. Also his brother James who died 25th May 1922 Aged 89 years. And his daughter Elizabeth who died 29th August 1944 Aged 72 years. Also their son David who died 27th July 1954 Aged 76 years. And his wife Edith Who died 12th July 1964 Aged 69 years.
John Armstrong of Moyagney was 67 years old when he died on the 11th January 1901. He was a quiet and unobtrusive man, who was both a carpenter and a farmer. His carpentry work brought him into contact with so many that, according to the media, “his friends and well-wishers were legion, as the funeral testified….it being attended by a very large concourse of all creeds and classes.” Many of his family were well established in the drapery business in England. Cardiac disease is listed as his cause of death, as well as anasarca in the final 2 months. Anasarca is the medical term for a condition that causes generalised swelling across the body. His brother James was with him at the end.
His widow survived him by 16 years. Elizabeth was 75 years old, when she died on the 17th September 1917. She had been suffering from senile debility. But ultimately, she was to succumb to bronchitis and lung congestion in the final week. Her son David Armstrong was with her at the end.
Asleep in Jesus Erected by James Ballentine in memory of his wife Nancy who departed this life 21st Jan 18?? aged 64 years The above named James Ballentine who died 16th Nov 1907 aged 82 years. And their son John who died 12th May 1944, Aged ?
James Ballentine, 82 years old, a farmer, died at home, in Innisrush, of cardiac disease on the 16th November 1907. He had been suffering from heart problems for some 5 months previously. He was a widower. His son, John Ballentine, was present when he died.
Eden In loving memory of Annie, died 7th July 1946 aged 61. and her Brother James, died 11th Oct. 1953 aged 67. Isabella, died 21st Nov. 1979 aged 84. William died 19th July 1980 aged 89. “At Rest”
In memory of John Black, father 1861 – 1911 Mary Essie Black, sister 1892-1911. Jane Stewart Black, mother 1854-1936. Erected by Samuel Bell Black, son U.S.A.
Mary Essie Black was only 18 years old, when she died of pulmonary tuberculosis (consumption) on the 4th December 1911, at home in Ballymacpeake. Her older sister (by three years), Nancy Jane Black, was with her when she passed. Evidently their brother Samuel set sail for a better life in the New World.
Erected by Henry Archibald Black Aughnahoy In memory of his beloved Wife Sarah Black who died 16th March 1934, Aged 70 years Also his brother William Knox Black who died 18th March, 1932. Aged 55 years
Below the above gravestone, is a plaque which says: “In loving memory of a dear mother and grandmother Mary E. Craig Died 18th October 2010 Daughter of the above named Henry & Sarah Black”
Here among his people lie the remains of the Revd Mark Bloxham for 23 years incumbent of this Parish He died 10th April 1849 aged 53 years Also his Son Fennell Collins Bloxham who died the 28th April 1846 aged 2 years & 10 months Also his Mother-in-law Mrs Jane Collins
This is an intriguing headstone, one of the most fascinating in the graveyard. Here lies one of the church’s earliest ministers, the Reverend Mark Bloxham.
It took some considerable time to identify all the words on the gravestone. One could never have imagined the history of this man, and the amount of material available about him.
Among other things, he was a budding poet (and published a book of poems), and his father was Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Erected by John Boyd, U.S.A. In memory of his Father Henry Boyd, Who died 13th August 1904. Also his Mother, Mary Boyd, who died 16th February 1927. Also his Brothers, Henry Boyd, who died 21st July 1942. Frank Boyd, who died 14th December 1963
Erected by Joseph Bradley, Ballymacpeake in memory of his Father Henry John, died 23rd May 1967. And his Mother Annie Mary who Died 15th Dec. 1972. Also Joseph Alexander died 3rd March 1995 And Margaret died 2nd May 2004 Also Letitia died 8th February 2008 “The Lord is My Shepherd”
Moneystaghan In loving memory of Kennedy Bradley died 18th April 1948 And his Wife Nancy died 23rd May 1969 Also their Son James died 17th Feb. 1978. John Dixon Bradley Died 17th April 2012. Erected by their Son John
Bradley In loving memory of William Henry (Billy) died 20th Aug 2006 His brother Johnston Died 18th October 2008 aged 88 years
In loving memory of of a dear Mother and Grandmother Barbara Bristow who died on 3rd July 2001 aged 95 years Also her Brother Ernest Henry Elgin who died on 19th September 1997 aged 85 years “Treasured Memories”
In memory of Willie died 15th October 1945 Also his wife Sarah (nee Greer) Died 24th June 1973
Willie Brown was a rural postman, and his obituary states, that he was “exceptionally well-known and highly esteemed.” He died at the Fever Hospital in Ballymena. Many of his colleagues attended his funeral.
In loving Memory of Joseph Campbell, died 29th May 1940. His wife Margaret, died 11th Sep. 1953. Erected by their son George of Innishrush. “Thy will be done”
Erected by Essie Campbell Innishrush, In memory of her Husband Thomas Campbell, died 14th April 1900, Also of her two children who died in infancy and her Daughter Evangeline Thomasina died 25th June 1901 “He shall gather the lambs with his arms”
Essie Campbell from Innisrush had a hard life. It appears that she was a school teacher.
Her husband Thomas had been suffering from gastroenteritis, in the three months prior to his death, at only 43 years of age. William John Clements (also buried in this graveyard) was with him when he died.
At the Easter vestry meeting, on the evening of Monday 16th April 1900, held in the Parochial Schoolhouse in Innisrush, a vote of sympathy was passed for Mrs Campbell, on her bereavement, on the death of her husband – “whose loss the parish greatly felt”. Thomas (like his wife) was a “national school teacher”.
Essie’s two children died in infancy. Evangeline Thomasina was only 10 months old when she died. She had been sick for 3 days with the measles, and congestion of the lungs for 18 days.
Erected in loving memory of Lavinia Cameron, Tyanee, Who died 26th July 1946. And her Husband Andrew Cameron, Who died 25th October 1957. Also their Daughter Louisa who died 29th May 2000 “Thy will be done”
The burying ground of the Chambers Family
It’s unclear from the small grave marker, as to who is in the grave. A William Chambers from Eden signed the Ulster Covenant in September 1912, so he may be in this grave. There is in other local records, an Ann Chambers, living in Glenone, 84 years of age, who died 10th April 1900.
In loving memory of John H. Clements, late of Tyanee died 6th June 1973. And his devoted Wife Ethel, died 4th June 1975. Also their loving Daughter-in-law Joy died 1st February 1992 “Loved and Remembered”
William John Clements Died 28th Dec. 1931. Also his Wife Annie Clements. Died 10th April, 1937 And their Daughter Emily Clements. Died 30th Dec. 1900
Here lieth the body of John Cochran who died 8? February ????
This old stone is very difficult to read.
Courtenay Erected by his Sisters in affectionate memory of William George Courtenay of Glenburn died 24th June 1923 His Sister Mary Courtenay died 7th December 1929 His Sister Edith Marion Thompson wife of George M. Thompson, M.D. J.P. D.L, Bellaghy Castle died 24th May 1946 Emily Martha Hume widow of Andrew Hamilton Hume, esq Belfast. Died 3rd Jan 1961, aged 94 years Edith E. Hamilton Hume Daughter of the late Emily Hume died 4th Dec. 1971
Mr. William George Courtenay, of Glenburn, was for many years a magistrate for County Londonderry. In March 1903, he also received the Commission of the Peace in County Antrim. He served both counties as a magistrate (JP – Justice of the Peace). His father/predecessor, James Courtenay senior, had previously been magistrate for both counties for over 50 years. James Courtenay had also been a mill-owner. He had been suffering from tongue cancer in the 7 months prior to his death (as well as pyaemia, which is a form of septicaemia that results in widespread abscesses). The mill was passed on to his son, William James Courtenay, on his death.
The Courtenays were very active in the church. William George Courtenay was in the church vestry as far back as at least 1885. Indeed, in the spring of 1885 he was serving as both Treasurer and Secretary.
The name Miss Carrie Courtenay regularly crops up in Tamlaght Lower vestry meetings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Carrie was a sister of William James Courtenay. Over many years, Carrie did a lot of work for the church at Innisrush. She organised the choir, as well as doing a lot of fund-raising work for both charities and the church itself. To date, I have found no record of her death or where she was buried…..although presumably it is in this same grave.
“The Lord is my shepherd. Psalm. 23”
One word – Doole – is the only clue that we have. The only Dooles’ that I can find in the area, are a Robert Doole, from Ballymacpeake, who was 75 years old when he died on the 9th November 1918. He was a labourer and married. He signed the Ulster Declaration. There is also a Mary Lucy Doole, also of Ballymacpeake. She signed the Ulster Declaration in September 1912. These two are presumably husband and wife. The other less likely possibility, is Annie Mary Doole from Dreenan. But she was only 16, when she passed away in December 1917. Most likely this is Robert and Mary Lucy Dooles’ grave.
In loving memory of A dear Mother Annie Elizabeth died 16th April 1983 and a dear Father Albert died 19th December 1995 “At home with the Lord”
The Elgins lived in Tyanee
“Always in our hearts Forever in our minds”
the above is a little black marble stone sitting flat on the grass. Below it, is a beautiful little round white plaque, with flowers, which says: “Daughter Though absent you are very near Still loved, still missed And very dear”
in loving memory of Charles G. Finlay, died 23rd July 1923. His Wife Jane Finlay, died 25th June 1959. Their Sons William J. M. Finlay, died 9th Nov. 1952. Joseph W. Finlay, died 14th June 1970. Gerald Orr Finlay, died 15th August 1991. And their Daughter Margaret Ann Stewart Finlay, died 29th Feb. 1992 Also their Son Thomas C. G. Finlay, died 9th April 2005. “For Ever with the Lord.”
Erected by Margaret Fowler In memory of her Husband John Fowler Who dep this life April 1883 Aged 62 years Francis Fowler who departed this life June 8?? 1875 aged 10 years
John Fowler, a weaver, was 62 years old, when he died at his home in Glenone, on the 24th April 1883. His wife Margaret was with him when he passed. He had been suffering for eleven months from an “unknown” ailment.
Erected by Mary A. French In memory of her Husband Benjamin French, Who died 18th May 1955, Aged 63 years.
In loving memory of Margaret French Also her Daughter Catherine —– Erected by Catherine & Margaret Greer U.S.A.
Local records show a Margaret French of Glenone, 70 years old, died 13th February 1895. She was a labourer’s wife, and died from “age and debility” in her final 5 weeks, with no medical help in attendence.
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In loving memory of William Gamble died 9th August 1934 His Wife Edith died 19th June 1947 Their infant Daughter Doris died Nov. 1916 Their Son John died 31st May 1971 their Son-in-law James Andrews died 5th September 1980 also his Wife Elizabeth Andrews died 28th November 1995 “My God hath given me rest”
Erected by James Getty In loving memory of His dear Daughter Annie who died 26th August 1903. Aged 20 years. Also the above named James Getty died 1st March 1920 Also his Son James Died 29th Dec 1926 Also his Wife Margaret Jane Died 30th August 1933.
Annie Getty, who worked on her father’s farm, was only 20 years old when she succumb, at home in Innisrush, on 26th August 1903, to tubercular lumps in her abdomen. Her dad, James Getty, was present when she passed. James Getty was 68 years old, when he died on 1st March 1920. He had been suffering with prostate hypertrophy and nephritis (kidneys) for some 15 years.
Erected by Sarah Gibson of Glenone In memory of her Husband Thomas Gibson who departed this life 5th March 1876 aged 60 years Also the above named Sarah who departed this life 31st Mar 1898 aged 58 years and their Daughter Charlotte Gibson Who departed this life 17th June 1897 aged 22 years Also their son David Gibson who departed this life 17th May 1901 Aged 24 years Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord
Charlotte Gibson was only 22 years old when she died in 1897. She was a spinster. Her occupation was listed as that of a ‘writing clerk’. It was impossible to identify the month of Charlotte Gibson’s death, from the headstone. Instead I discovered it on her death certificate. Charlotte was only 22 when she died at home in Glenone. She had been suffering from Typhoid Fever for three months, and ultimately Phthisis (an old term for Pulmonary Tuberculosis). “Consumption” was the term commonly used among local people at the time for this illness. The patient has a high fever, and wastes away. John Mulholland was present at her death. Sadly, consumption was also to kill her brother David Gibson some four years later, in May 1901. He was only 24 years old when he died at home in Glenone. His brother Thomas Gibson was present at his death. He was a bachelor and “farmer” was listed as his occupation.
Erected by Margaret Gibson Tyanee In memory of her beloved husband William Gibson Who died 23rd October 1891 Aged 75 Also their dearly beloved son William Who died 11th April 1915 Aged 55 years
William Gibson and his wife Margaret were farmers from Tyanee. William Gibson was 75 years old when he died on the 23rd October 1891, of a “disease of stomach”. He’d been sick for 11 weeks and his wife Margaret was with him when he died.
Their son, William Gibson was 55 years old when he suffered a perforated gastric ulcer, and within 48 hours died on the 11th April 1915. He was a farmer, and was a bachelor.
Margaret Gibson, a housekeeper for most of her life, ended her days in Magherafelt Workhouse. She died there, at 96 years of age, on the 1st January 1920. Her cause of death was certified as “debility”.
Underneath Lieth the body of Rose Glasgow Wife to Adam Glasgow who dep this life 31st July 1833 aged 66 yrs. and Daughter Eliza Aged 26 Also the above named Adam Glasgow who dep this life 30th June 1844 Aged 86 Years Also his Son James Glasgow who dep this life 11th Dec 1878 Aged 84 Years Also his grandson William Glasgow who dep this life 21st Nov 1882 Aged 27 years.
This is a beautiful old stone, laying on it’s flat. It’s one of the oldest gravestones in the graveyard. The writing is remarkably well preserved.
Adam Glasgow’s daughter was married in September 1842. From the Londonderry Standard: “On the 14th instant (January 1842), by the Rev. Wm. Kennedy McKay. Mr. John Kyle, of Tyanee, to Nancy, sixth daughter of Mr. Adam Glasgow of Innisrush, County Derry.”
In memory of Lizzie, died 6th Nov. 1958. David, died 29th Dec. 1973
In loving memory of George died 5th August 1981 And his Sister Dorothy died 10th February 1992
Erected by Samuel Greer, Vancouver, British Columbia. “In testimony of his deep respect for his Father and Mother, both of Ancient families of Innisrush, They saw adversity and poverty in Ireland, and prosperity in the New World.” John Greer, who departed this life 26th February 1879, aged 75 years. His Wife Elizabeth Orr, who departed this life 8th April 1854, aged 36 years. Whose Father William Orr was 61 years clerk of this Church
In loving memory of William James Greer Killed by Terrorist 14th Jan. 1977, Aged 27 years. His Father William John Greer died 26th Sept. 1989, Aged 88 years. And His Mother Ethel Kennedy Greer died 2nd Dec. 2001, aged 92 years. Also Rosie Carr His second Wife who died January 12th 1884 aged 14 years. ‘Be patient, the veil will lift and O, then the mystery’
Also Eliza Greer, wife of James Greer, died 20th Nov. 1937. Their daughter Lizzie, died in infancy Also James Greer, died 22nd March 1945. And their Daughter Matilda Rose Greer died 24th March 1949
In loving memory of Our dear Sister Annie Mary died 29th December 1938 aged 2 years Our Grandmother Agnes died 21st August 1954 aged 72 years Also our dear Father Charles died 18th May 1974 aged 62 years And our loving Mother Sarah died 23rd February 1997 aged 77 years Also Margaret Henry died 31st December 1999 aged 89 years “Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life”
A separate rectangular flower urn says “To Mum from Anne”
Henry Tyanee In loving memory of Patrick died April 1953 Aged 75 His Wife Sarah Jane Died April 1950 Aged 82 Their Daughter Mary died July 1965 And their son Pat died July 1987 Aged 83 Also his Nephew William died Dec. 1992 Aged 56 Erected by their Son Pat
Henry Tyanee In Loving memory of Robert James died July 1980 aged 73 His Wife Agnes died Sept 1983 aged 75 And their Son Bertie died Nov 2000 Aged 63 “Erected by their Son Bertie”
In loving memory of a dear Aunt Joan Though absent you are Very near still loved Still missed & very dear The Junkin Family
Innisrush “The Lord is my shepherd”
Erected by Mary Keenan in loving memory of her Father Daniel Keenan, Greenfield who died 21st Dec. 1872 Aged 70 Years Also her Mother Eliza Keenan who died 1st Feb. 1877, Aged 71 years. Also their daughter, Isabel who died 1st Nov. 1909 Aged 66 years.
The Keenans were from Tyanee. Isabella, a spinster, died at 66 years old, on the 1st November 1909. She had had a stroke two days previously. Her sister Mary Keenan was with her when she died.
In loving memory of our dear father Robert Keenan died 7th January 1939, aged 74 years and our brothers James B Keenan died 15th November 1945, aged 55 years Robert John, died 17th January 1889, aged 1 year our dear mother Catherine Keenan, died 28th March 1952, aged 92 years. Also their granddaughter Nellie Edith Armstrong died 22nd April 1993 aged 73 years “Shalt not the judge of all the earth do right” Her husband William Henry Armstrong died 1st August 2001
Asleep in Jesus Erected By Robert Keenan of Greenfield In memory of seven of his children who all died in infancy Also his daughter Mary Jane Keenan who died the 19th May 1874 in the 4th year of her age Jesus said suffer little children and forbid them not, to come onto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven Matthew XIX.14 Also Hugh & Margaret Keenan who died 17th February 1875 And his son Samuel Keenan, who died 8th November 1878, aged 15 months. Also the above named Robert Keenan, who died 8th March 1879, aged 47 years. “My friends go home and shed no tears, I must lie here til Christ appears” Also his daughter Esther Keenan died 3rd September 1879, aged 1 year.
In loving memory of Maggie died 19th July 1952 Thomas died 31st Oct. 1966 William James died 10th Dec. 1974 Edith May died 1st Dec. 1975 Thomas Jun. died 28th Jan. 1995 Robert John died 23rd May 2003 Margaret Elizabeth died 7th Aug. 2004 “At peace”
In loving memory of Elizabeth H. Kissick, died 26th May 1968 Also her Husband James Kissick, died 7th Sept. 1990
In loving memory of James Brown Kyle Tyanee, who died 28th February 1894, Aged 64 years. Also His Wife Agnes Kyle, who died 2nd January 1909 Aged 64 Years. And their Son Thomas Taylor Kyle, who died 20th April 1946 Aged 78 years. Also his Daughter-in-law Annie Elizabeth Kyle who died 3rd December 1970 Aged 90 years. And their Grandson Thomas Taylor Kyle who died 30th April 1989 aged 67 years
There is a small black marble stone on the grave which says: Infant son of Cecil and Janice 28th September 1982
James Brown Kyle, a farmer, was 64, when he died in February 1894 of lung disease. he had had the ailment for some two months. His widow survived him for another 15 years. Agnes Kyle, was 64, when she died 2nd January 1909. She had been suffering from liver cancer for 6 months and at the end had cardiac failure. Her son Thomas Kyle was with her when she died.
Greenfield Treasured memories of Margaretta died 19th May 1924 Aged 2 months Lena died 1st June 1924 aged 2 years Beloved Daughters of Robert George & Elizabeth Robert George died 30th June 1957 aged 70 years Elizabeth died 28th September 1977 aged 92 years And their Son James died 8th October 2004 aged 83 years “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall Flourish in the Courts of our God.” Ps 92 v13
In memory of Samuel James Kyle died 17th September 1909 His Wife Nancy Kyle died 4th August 1913 Their Son Samuel James Kyle Died 14th December 1942 Wife Annie Kyle died 8th July 1942
Samuel James Kyle, a farmer from Tyanee, was 67, when he died 17th September 1909. He had had cardiac disease for 9 months. His son, Samuel James Kyle, was with his father when he passed on. His wife Nancy was 73 when she passed away, after suffering for the previous 4 months from liver cancer, on the 4th August 1913. Her son, Samuel James Kyle, was with her at the end.
Erected in loving memory of Joseph Sinclair Kyle who died 8th March 1956, In his 76th Year Also his Wife Mary Ellen who died 18th January 1981 in her 90th year. “Rest is thine – Rememberence ours”
Joseph Sinclair Kyle died in March 1956. He had spent some years farming in New Zealand and had many fascinating stories to tell of his time in the Antipodes. On his return to Ireland, he rejoined Portglenone First Presbyterian Church. He was held in high esteem and was elected as an elder in September 1934.
Innisrush Church – Tamlaght graveyard
In loving memory of Eleanor Lennox (formerly Mulholland) Died 3rd September 1987 aged 48 years
Died while on a late summer break in Spain.
In loving memory of Mary Died 18th June 1979 Also Eccles A dear husband and father Died 15th December 2014
Precious memories of A loving Husband and devoted Dad Robert Thomas Passed away 9th April 2006, aged 35 years
In loving Memory of A dear Wife and Mother Margaret died 6th november 1995 Aged 78 Years And her Sister Elizabeth Jane Kyle died 23rd August 1981 Aged 68 years “At Rest”
Erected in the memory of Courtenay McCaw who departed this life ?th February 1855 aged 13 years Also his Father Charles McCaw Who departed this life 4th May? 1866 aged 76 years Also his Daughter Jane McCaw who departed this life 1871 aged 40 years Also her mother Elizabeth McCaw Who departed this life ???? 1885 aged 84 years
Erected by John McCaw, U.S.A. in memory of his Father William J. McCaw, who died 30th March 1909. Aged 80 years. Also Martha McCaw, Wife of William McCaw, died 27th February 1917. And Lizzie McCaw Wife of Vernor McCaw’ who died 6th July 1929. and William McCaw, Husband of Martha McCaw who died 29th Feb. 1956, aged 77 years. Verner McCaw, who died 19th June 1956 Aged 86 years Also his Son William McCaw, who died 6th May 1967 Aged 49 years Also his Son William McCaw, Who died 6th may 1967 Aged 49 years. Also Margaret McCaw Wife of William, who died 7th April 2007 Aged 80 years. Howard McCaw Who died 26th September 2000
Erected by Wm and Nan Regan, Glasgow in fond and loving memory of our dear Mother Sarah McCaw Regan who died 11th June 1936 Aged 52 years. Also Grand Parents Wm. J. McCaw, Matilda McCaw and children. Asleep in Jesus
Small flat black marble stone with flower holder McFetridge (William) 1927-1992
Erected by Annie Ritchie Of Wheling, Virginia In memory of her father Samuel McMullan Of Innishrush Died 23rd Dec 1845 Aged 37 years. Also his son James Died 27th Oct 1859 Aged 19 years. Blessed are the dead, Which die in the Lord Rev XIV 13. Also her Mother, Jane McMullan Who died 22nd April 1841 Aged 29 years.
Charlotte Macaw Bruce in loving memory of her Father Samuel R. Macaw, who died 17th April 1897, aged 66 years. Also her Mother Catherine Macaw, who died 1st July 1931 aged 75 years and her Brother Joseph, who died 25th Nov. 1971, aged 83 years. “God gave..he took, he will restore He doeth all things well”
Erected by Nancy Johnston Ballymacombs in loving memory of her Father John Marshall late of Tyanee who died 18th January 1884 aged 75 years Also her Mother Margaret Marshall who died 29th October 1888 Aged 65 years And her Brother John Marshall who died 28th March 1915 Aged 66 years Also of Robert Marshall Tyanee who died 23rd June 1842 aged 79 years Also his wife Letetia Marshall who died 7th March 1857 aged 84 years Also Eliza Marshall who died 1843 Also her beloved Husband Joseph Johnston who died 4th May 1918 aged 56 years “Again a little while and ye shall see me”
John Marshall was 66 when he died on the 28th March 1915. A farmer, he had had the flu for 14 days, which then turned into pneumonia for his ultimate 6 days.
Erected by the family In loving memory of Henry McCaughey, Ballymacpeake Who died 3rd November 1937, aged 79 years and our dear Mother Margaret McCaughey who died 20th May 1953, aged 88 years. Also their dear Sister Jeannie McCaughey who died 12th Feb. 1972, aged 62 years. John McCaughey who died 25th April 1982 Aged 85 years Robert McCaughey (J.P.) who died 11th May 1996, Aged 93 years
In loving Memory of a dear and loving Daughter Carole Agnes Mary died 5th may 2004, aged 47 years Also her mother Agnes Mary Henrietta (Rita) Died 31st May 2010 aged 79 years And her father William James (Willie) Died 22nd September 2015 aged 84 years
in loving memory of My dear Husband Robert John, Called home 17th July 1987 And his son Robert Godfrey, Called home 29th Sep. 1981 Also Adelaide Wife of Robert J. died 12th September 2000 “Redeemed with the Precious Blood of Christ” Ist Peter C,1:V19.”
In loving memory of
Robert Alexander McDonald of Tyanee
Ellen McDonald. died 21st June 1973, aged 86 and her Husband, Robert, Killed in action in France 1st July 1916 Their Son Robert William McDonald died 7th May 1993 aged 83 years
Robert Alexander McDonald was the son of Robert and Mary McDonald nee McGall.
Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born on 25th April 1888 in Tyanee, near Portglenone, County Londonderry, Ireland. He initially lived with his aunt and uncle (the McGalls) in house 15 in Tyanee.
Bob married Ellen Wallace on 2nd October 1908, and they subsequently lived in house 30 in Tyanee. Bob was a farm labourer, Ellen was an embroiderer. They had a son Robert William (also buried in the above grave, with his mother), born 29th October 1908. They had two other young children.
When World War one came along, Bob enlisted in Donegal. Private McDonald was serving with the 10th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, when he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, Saturday 1st July 1916. He doesn’t have a grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, as well as on his widow Ellen’s grave above.
From the Northern Constitution dated 28th July 1917 – “McDonald missing since 1st July 1916, now officially reported killed on that date or since. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife and three children, Tyanee, Portglenone.”
It appears that Ellen, his young widow, never remarried. She was only 19 years old, when her husband was killed in France, and subsequently brought up their three young children on her own. One imagines that these must have been very hard times for her – emotionally, physically and financially.
Cherished Memories of John died 13th June 1981 aged 69 Hannah died 14th February 1991 aged 75 And their son John (Jackie) died 29th September 2014 aged 64
In loving memory of My dear Parents Sarah Ann, died 12th June 1972, Aged 82 years. George, died 5th June 1974, aged 79 years. Also their Daughter Agnes Ann died 13th March 1925, Aged 2 years and 4 months.
Erected by their Daughter Martha Also on same grave a flat stone plaque Fry Also interred here Henry David, died 18th Feb. 1986 aged 57 years
In loving memory of Elizabeth Died 28th September 1938, aged 57 years Her son Stewart died 27th August 1971 aged 59 years His wife Hannah died 8th Janary 2003 aged 87 years Their daughter Mary Dennehy Died 7th March 2008 aged 73 years
Michael In loving memory of Thomas Michael Died 11th February 1954, Aged 81 years. His Daughters: Agnes Lavinia, And Margaret Douglas. Also his Wife Jemima Michael, Died 7th March 1956, Aged 77 years. Mary Michael Died 27th Oct. 1985 Aged 83 Years. Also their Daughter Rebecca Ruby Michael Died 19th December 2007 Aged 86 “At Rest”
Millar Loving memories of My dear Wife Margaret neé Hasting Died 12th February 1963 Also her Husband John Died 11th August 1982 “Ever remembered by her loving Husband Johnie”
Precious memories of a loving husband and father Leslie John Died 29th March aged 47 years
a black urn type flower pot with the name ‘Moore’ engraved.
In loving memory of John died 11th January 2003 aged 67 years
dark wood-like chips covered grave with three urns and two small flower pots. The urns’ say: 1. Moore 2. In loving memory of Harry 3. In loving memory of Mother
a bare earth grave with a black rectangular marble flower holder, inscribed: Moore Gretta died 12-12-1991
Moore In loving memory of James died 1st August 1971 Aged 50 Also his Parents William died 22nd July 1961 Aged 76 Elizabeth died 9th 1976 Aged 79 And their son Robert James Died 9th December 2010 aged 58 “At Rest”
In loving memory of Joseph 22nd April 1924 – 26th October 1993 Beloved Husband of Jean And loving Dad of Jackie Jeannie 4th April 1933 – 3rd February 2017 Precious wife and mother And he shall gather his lambs
In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather William (Wilsie) 28th February 2013 aged 84 years Also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother Margaret died 21st April 2016 aged 82 years
In Memory of his Father James who died 9th July 1864 Aged 91 Years Exhort one another daily while it is called today – Hebrews 3.13 ——- Also his Mother Elizabeth who died 1888 Aged 40 years “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit”
Also his son Robert Smyth Murdoch who died 4th May 1905 Aged 61 years Also his daughter Elizabeth Murdoch who died 3rd August 1917 Aged 71 Years
In memory of his beloved wife Hannah Jane who died 28th Dec 1877 aged 64 years Her Children ?? up and call her Blessed her ???????????and her praises ??? ———- Also their son Robert who died in infancy And their daughter Margaret who died 9th Dec 1859 aged 8 years Also the above named Robert Murdoch who died 28th Apr 1893 Aged 83 Yrs
Elizabeth Smyth Murdoch was 70, according to her death certificate, and died in the asylum in Derry, on the 3rd August 1917. She had had valvular disease of her heart for the previous 22 months.
In loving memory of Mary Jane Morris died 15th April 1954 Also her daughter Joan E.C. Stoddart, M.B.E. Died 1st August 2009 “Thy will be done”
In 1993, an MBE was awarded to Miss Joan Elizabeth Clements Stoddart, Deputy Principal, Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service
a rectangular black flower holder
In loving memory of Micaiah baby son of Roderick and Sheena Sept. 2001 Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life”
In loving memory of Charlotte Mulholland (Hill House) died 31st March 1913 aged 45 years Her Husband James Richardson Mulholland died 11th November 1923 aged 62 years Their Sons William Mulholland died 7th September 1973 aged 67 years John Smyth Mulholland died 11th September 1973 aged 75 years James Richardson Mulholland died 28th September 1978 aged 77 years “Thy will be done”
Charlotte Mulholland, was 45 years old (or 40 if you believe the death certificate), when she died on the 31st March 1913. She left behind a family of five young children at Hill House Eden. In her 3 final months, she had been suffering from pernicious anemia – vitamin B12 deficiency Her Husband James Richardson Mulholland was with her, when she passed on. He survived his wife by some ten years. And he was 62 years old, when he died on the 11th November 1923.
In loving memory of
Northern Constitution, Richard Mulholland, Eden, 1929 – 1982
A dear Husband and Father James Richard (Richie) Died result of an accident 16th September 1982 aged 53 Years “Peace perfect peace”.
In memory of Richard Mulholland, and his wife, Eleanor Mulholland nee Quinn
Erected by Joseph Mulholland of New York, in memory of his Father James Mulholland, of Eden, who died 31st Jan. 1902, aged 73 years. also his Mother Eliza Mulholland, who died 17th Jan. 1888, aged 62 years. and his Sister Isabella Mulholland, who died 18th April 1886, aged 17 years. also his Sister Eliza Mulholland, who died 11th July 1886 aged 22 years (note, death certificate says 23 years old). His Brother James Mulholland, who died Sep. 1928 And his Wife Caroline, who died May 1947
1886 was a terrible year for the family. They lost two daughters in the space of 3 months. 17 year old Isabella died in April. And less than 3 months later Eliza, her 22 year old sister, also passed on. No records are publically available at this time, but consumption was prevalent at the time.
Erected by Kennedy Mulholland, Taylorstown In memory of his beloved wife Margaret Jane, who died 10th December 1951, aged 54 years. Also the above named Kennedy Mulholland, who died 8th May 1961, aged 77 years Their son John Mulholland, who died 22nd March 2010, aged 87 years. And his wife Margaret Elizabeth (Lily), who died 3rd April 2011, aged 83 years
The Burying Ground of Berd Mulho Here lie 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 36 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.
Andy Mulholland, of Brisbane in Australia, says that the same head-stone was transcribed way back in 1939 by his uncle. Denver Boyd tried to decipher this ancient headstone in 2008. I took many photos and tried to transcribe it in 2017. This amazing old headstone deserves a page of it’s own. Watch this space.
Erected by Mary Downing in memory of her parents and their family James died 18th Feb 1910 His Sons William James died 11th Dec.1918 Robert died 14th Jan 1927 His Wife Ellen died 2nd Feb. 1928 And His Daughter Jeannie Died 7th June 1947 Also his Son Andrew died 3rd June 1974
James Mulholland, a farmer from Eden, was 72 years old when he died at home on the 18th September 1910. The cause of death was an intestinal obstruction. His wife Ellen was with him, when he passed. His 29 year old bachelor son, William James Mulholland, passed away on the 11th December 1918. He had had the flu for 3 days, which developed into pneumonia for the ultimate 2 days. Mary, his sister, was with him when he passed.
Erected by John Mulholland In memory of his Father Smylie Mulholland, Eden who died 25th February, 1918, aged 72 years Also his Mother Mary Mulholland who died 19th May 1943, aged 87 years. The above named John Mulholland, who died 14th February, 1951. aged 58 years Also Joseph Smyth Mulholland O.B.E., Who died 16th March 2012, aged 84 years. Grandson of Smylie and Mary, Son of Kennedy and Margaret.
Smylie Mulholland of Eden, according to his death certificate, was 78 years old, and suffering from cardiac disease, when he died at home on the 22nd February 1918. His son John was present when he died. Joseph Smyth Mulholland, grandson of Smylie Mulholland, was 84 years old when he passed away on the 16th March 2012. He had been awarded an O.B.E. by the Queen in the 1978 New Year Honours, for services to agricultural development in the Solomon Islands.
Eden, In loving memory of Sarah, died 28th Oct 1960 aged 71 years. and her Husband James, died 12th july 1974 aged 83 years. Also their son John (Jack) died 22nd Feb 1932 aged 9 years And their son, Thompson James died 1st February 2009 aged 82 years. Also their daughter Pearl Maria died 29th October 2011 aged 80 years “The Lord’s my shepherd”
In loving memory of A dear Husband and Father Thompson Mulholland (Hill House) died 19th December 1979, aged 83 years Also his dear Wife Isabella Burnside Mulholland died 13th December 1983 aged 76 years “The Lord is my shepherd”
In loving memory of my mother May Nelson Died 10th July 1981 Aged 77 years Till we meet again
In loving Memory of Elizabeth ORR Called home 24th March 1966 aged 89 years Kathleen Surgenor (nee Orr) Called home 2nd January 2015 aged 87 years Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. Text: Rev. 14:13
Erected in memory of Thomas Orr who depd this life 23rd 1809? aged ?6 years.
The burying place of Wm Orr? Rebecca Orr Dep this life June the 24 1855? Aged 42 years Also Margaret Orr? ????? ?he ????????? e?????? an old flat stone, near impossible to decipher
1933 Erected by John Patton, Tyanee, in memory of his Father Archie Patton, who died 27th February 1878. Also his mother Matilda Patton, who died 28th june 1918, Also his Brother James Patton, who died 18th March 1926. Also his Sister Nancy J. Patton,. who died 17th August 1931, And his Sister Margaret Patton, died 16th Dec. 1932. Also his Brother John Patton, died 5th April 1938 And his Sister Tillie Patton, died 16th March 1946
????? to the memory of John Patton died 11th April 1937? And his Wife Sarah Patton died 12th 1927?
In September 1912, Sarah was awarded a pension of two shillings per week.
On a different topic. John and Sarah’s son, Alexander, left for America. In June and July 1913, they placed a notice in local newspapers (hopefully would be picked up by American newspapers), asking after his whereabouts. There is no record of whether their search was successful.
Their listing said: “PATTON —Wanted to know whereabouts of Alexander Patton. Last heard about three years ago. when he stopped at the North Side Hotel, Aberdeen, South Dakota, from March 3 till March 11, 1910. Left there for the Pacific coast. Any information concerning him will be thankfully received by his parents. John and Sarah Patton, Tyanee, Glenone, Portglenone, Ireland. American papers, please copy.”
In loving Memory of A devoted Husband and father William Hugh (Hubert) died 14th September 1993 Aged 36 years (Result of an accident in Scotland)
Here Lie the mortal remains of Joanna Power Sister of Thomas Power of Beech Hill, Co. Kilkenny she died on 17th April 1877 In the 80th year of her age
The Powers were originally from the townland of Ballyderown, which is near the village of Kilworth, in County Cork. The newspapers’ say that Joanna Power was 82 years old (and not 80, as listed on her gravestone above) and died at the Cottage in Kilrea. Thomas Power, mentioned on the above gravestone, appears to have moved north at some point. Thomas Power, during the 1850s, was Vice President of the Kilrea Literary Society. The Belfast Weekly News, on Saturday 26 November 1870, lists in it’s Deaths section, “Power – November 21st, at Kilrea, Thomas Power, late of Beech Hill, in his 73rd year.”
An interesting light-coloured headstone, looks like it was expensive and classy in it’s day (it still is impressive). Sadly the top section is broken and missing. The remaining bottom section of the gravestone says: …………….1909 …Aged 80 years Also the above named James Preston died 12th April 1913 Aged 82 years “There remaineth therefore a Resting the people of God” Hebrews
Nancy and James Preston lived in Tyanee. They were farmers. Nancy was 80 when she died on the 14th February 1909. She is listed as having cerebral apoplexy (stroke/s) in the 7 days prior to her passing.
James survived his wife by four years, and was 82 when he died on the 12th April 1913. He had been suffering from cardiac disease for 6 years.
Stewart Preston, James brother, was present at both his sister-in-law and brother’s deaths, i.e. Nancy and James deaths. Stewart is buried elsewhere in this graveyard. He died in 1934.
Erected by Letitia Preston In loving memory of her Husband Samuel Preston Who died 9th June 1903 Aged 68 years Also their son Samuel Preston Who died 7th June 1896 Aged 25 years “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God”
Samuel Preston was only 25 (26 on the death certificate) when he died of consumption in 1896. His father was present in Tyanee when his son passed on. The father died himself in 1903, from cardiac disease. Samuel’s brother James was present for his passing. James is buried elsewhere in this graveyard.
Erected by the children at Glen Huru In memory of John Preston who died 19th June 1878 Aged 74 Years ————— Also his Wife Lavinia Preston Who died 14th October 1900 aged 86 years
Regarding the ultimate word on the opening line. It is difficult to make out. The H might possibly be a capital letter, thus indicating it is the beginning of a second word…..possibly “Glen Huru” – but the r and u are merely best guesses. So who were the Children of Glenhuru or Glen Huru – was this a townland, a school, an orphanage, a foreign project, some charitable project?
In loving memory of Stewart Preston died 24th February 1934 Aged years Also his ??? Mary Preston died 23 February 1953
In loving memory of Alexander died 29th October 1974, aged 82 years. Also his Wife Maria Ida died 16th November 1999 aged 94 years. “In Heavenly love abiding”
Erected by Stewart Ritchie, Lisnagarron In memory of his beloved wife, Agnes Ritchie Died 11th July 1935 Aged 63 Years, Also his child died in infancy, Also his Grandchild died in infancy, Also his Grandson William John Ritchie, Died 21st January 1937 Aged 29 years. Also the above named Stewart Ritchie Died 6th November 1949 Aged 78 years Also his son Daniel (Dan) Died 13th November 1996 Aged 84 years “Til the day breaks”
Erected by William O. Robinson Vancouver, B.C. In memory of his Father Fisher Robinson who died 6th May 1903, aged 73 years Also his Mother Jane, who died 2nd Feb. 1910, aged 84 years. Also his Sister Roseanna Robinson, who died 15th July 1921, aged 65 years
Fisher Robinson was a blacksmith from Garvaghy, Portglenone. He was 73 when he died on the 6th May 1903. He had been suffering from cardiac disease for the 6 months prior to his passing. His daughter Roseanna was with him at the end.
His widow Jane, a house-keeper, was 84 years old when she died of “senile decay” at Suffolk Street, on the 2nd February. 1910. Her son, William O. Robinson, was with her at the end.
Their daughter, Roseanna Robinson, a spinster, and a house-keeper, was 65 years old when she died at Suffolk Street, on the 15th of July 1921. She had suffered cerebral apoplexy (a stroke) some 10 hours prior to her passing. Her sister, Elizabeth Robinson, was with her when she passed on.
Bob Robinson Tullybane In loving memory of a dear Father and Grandfather died 2nd Feb 1973 aged 73 years “At rest”
George Robinson 21-12-93
a bare earth grave with black rectangular flower holder with ‘Rogers’ engraved.
Erected by Margaret Jane Scott In memory of her beloved Husband James Scott who departed this life 17th March 18?? Aged 40 years his Son William, died 1875 aged 4 years And his Daughter Maryann died March 1874? aged 2 years. Also the above named Margaret Jane Scott departed this life May? 1900 aged ?4 years
In loving memory of A dear Husband, Father and Grandfather William Died 13th April 1983 Also his beloved wife Margaret (Maggie) Died 9th February 2007 aged 93 years “As for God, Perfect is his way” Psalm 18 v.30
There are two small black granite plaques on top of the grave.
The one on the left says:
In memory of Elizabeth Jane Scott (Bessie) Died 12th March 1983 aged 88 years
The one on the right says:
In memory of Jones Scott Died 12th December 1992 aged 88 years
Between the above two plaques, lying flat in the middle of the grave, is a wonderful old gravestone from the 1800s. Some of the writing was impossible to read. But with some additional research, it all came together. The headstone tells the heartbreaking story of a young couple who lost their two young children, aged three and one, in the same week. The husband died 5 years later, at only 40 years of age.
Asleep in Jesus Erected by Margaret Jane Scott in memory of her beloved husband Jones Scott who departed this life 17th March 1880 aged 40 years Also his son William died 5th March 1875 aged 3 years And his daughter Mary Anne died 10th March 1875 aged 1 year Also the above named Margaret Jane Scott departed this life 2nd December 1906 aged 54 years
And we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. 1st Corinthians Chapter 3 verse 23
Jones Scott was 40 years old when he died on the 17th March 1880. He was a farmer, married, from nearby Tyanee. He died from “chronic gastrio catarrh”. This is a catarrhal inflammation of the mucous lining inside the stomach. It is a common consequence of influenza and fevers. The doctor also listed “general dropsy” on his death certificate. Dropsy is a very old medical term that refers to the swelling of soft tissues due to the accumulation of excess water. He had been ill for some six weeks prior to his passing. Patrick McCallion was present when he died at home in Tyanee.
Erected by John Smyth, Sprucebank in loving memory of his Father and Mother John Smyth died March 1884 aged 71 years. His Wife Elizabeth, died 5th April 1919 aged 87 years Also three of their children who died in infancy. their Son Joseph Smyth, M.B.B.Ch. B.A.O., R.U.I., Q.C.B., Who died in 1907. Aged 42 years Also his Son John Smyth.N.I.H. Who served in the Great War 1914-1918 Also the above named John Smyth who died 24th April 1939. aged 82 years Also his Wife Annie Smyth who died 21st August, 1935. aged 71 years His Daughter Mary M. died 24th May, 1849. Aged 48 years. Also his Son Joseph Samuel Smyth died 23rd July 1970, Aged 77 years. Also Robert James Adams Smyth died 24th Dec. 1990. Aged 93 years Annie Caroline Smyth died 3rd March 1991, aged 86 years
John Smyth served in the Great War, as mentioned on the above headstone, was the third son of John and Annie Smyth (nee Adams). They had married on the 19th August 1890. John Joseph Smyth was born on 17th December 1894 in Tamlaght O’Crilly. He was one of eight children. The 1901 census lists John as age 5 living with the family at house 23 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy, County Londonderry. Moneystaghan-Ellis lies just west of Portglenone in the district of Magherafelt, as does Spruce Bank. They were a farming family.
Family: John Smyth, Annie Smyth, Thomas Johnston Smyth (born 7 June 1891), Joseph Samuel Smyth (born 26th April 1893), John Joseph Smyth (born 17th December 1894), Robert James Smyth (born 21st December 1896), Albert Wolsley Pembroke Smyth (born 14th May 1899), Mary Fillie Smyth (born 14th April 1901), Frederick B B Smyth (born 21st May 1902), Annie Caroline Smyth (born 13th January 1905). The 1911 census lists John as age 16 living with the family at house 23 in Money Staghan Ellis, Claudy. John was working on his father’s farm.
John Smyth enlisted in Antrim, joining the North Irish Horse on 1st February 1915 (No 1435).
He was wounded at Cambrai in Northern France, and died five days later at a hospital in Rouen, on 1st December 1917.
John Smyth of Sprucebank was killed in France during World War One
Smyth In loving memory of A dear Wife, Mother and Grandmother Sylvia Called home 28th June 2001 Aged 57 years “Always Remembered”
Erected by Thomas Smyth, Sprucebank, In memory of his Son Thomas F. Smyth, who died 11th March 1899. Aged 3 years. Also his Daughter Evelyn Smyth who died 4th July 1931. Aged 21 years. Also his Son Joseph M. Smyth, who died 22nd Nov. 1935. Aged 35 years. The above named Thomas Smyth, who died 7th Nov. 1941. Also his Wife Jane, who died 8th Dec. 1948. Also their Daughter Anna M. Smyth who died 23rd Feb. 1968 aged 66 years. Also their Daughter Elizabeth Smyth who died 1st Nov. 1986 aged 88 years
Robert Stewart Ballymacpeake In loving memory of his Wife Maria Stewart who died 21st January 1907 Aged 70 years. Also the above named Robert Stewart Who died 5th march 1927 Aged 97 years “The grave is mine house” Job 17. 13
Erected by Robert Stewart Ballymacpeake In memory of his Father Robert Stewart died 31st March 1882 aged 98 years Also his Brother James Stewart died 22nd Sep. 1883 aged 45 years And his Mother Mary Stewart died 24th Sep. 1888 aged 98 years
In loving memory of James Stewart Ballymacpeake died 4th July 1962 aged 87 years Also his Wife Letitia, died 23rd May 1964 Their Daughter Leta died 8th June 1933 Aged 16 years. And their son John Ridell (Jack) died 21st Dec 2001 Aged 89 years And their daughter Charlotte (May) Died 5th February 2001 aged 94 years And their daughter Isabella (?) Died 17th July 2011 aged ? “The Lord is my Shepherd”
Erected by George Stewart, Ballymacpeake In memory of his beloved Wife, Martha Gilmour Stewart who died 26th August 1946 Also of three children who died in infancy The above George Stewart, who died 31st October 1956 William Stewart who died 22nd March 2008 Also his wife Evelyn Stewart who died 9th March 2016 Fondly remembered
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.
Erected by William Stewart Ballymacpeake, In memory of his Father William Stewart who died 6th Feby 1909 Aged 82 years. Also his Mother Margaret Stewart who died 22nd Sept 1908 Aged 84 years. Also the above named William Stewart, beloved Husband of Nancy Stewart who died 5th Feb 1923 Also the above named Nancy Stewart Who died 5th September 1937 Till He Come
In loving memory of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother Doreen Elizabeth Called home 27th November 2016 aged 77 years
Here lie the mortal remains of Eliza Waring Wife of the Revd John D. Waring Incumbent of this Parish She died loved and lamented by all who knew her on the 17th May 1877 in the 64th year of her age She fell asleep in Jesus Also of the Revd John D. Waring For 30 years rector of this parish Who died 5th November 1889
The Reverend John Drysdale Waring preached in Innisrush for some 30 years, from 1849 until his resignation in early 1880. Born around 1817 in Kilkenny, his parents were John Waring 1745-1796 from Pottlerath House, Kilmanagh, Kilkenny; and Elizabeth Power (born 1795 in Kilworth, Cork, Ireland).
John Drysdale Waring entered Trinity College in Dublin in 1837. He was awarded his BA degree in 1842. By 1843, he had been ordained as a Deacon; by 1844 he was serving as Curate in St. Thomas Dublin; and in 1845 he was installed as an honourary canon (prebendary) in Meath. In 1849, after the death of 53 year old incumbent Rev Mark Bloxham, John Waring began working at Innisrush Church.
He was married twice. The first marriage was to Jane Waller (born 1815, died 1860). After her early death, he was to marry a second time. His second wife, the seemingly much loved and admired, Eliza Waring, lies beside him in the above grave. She passed on in 1877 at 63 years of age. The Reverend Waring resigned his position less than three years later.
He was 72 when he died on the 5th November 1889, at Alla Rectory in Claudy, County Londonderry. He was very close to his brother, Arthur Power Waring, who was also a preacher (for many years in Desertmartin, and later Upper Cumber).
John Waring was a keen astronomer and was also interested in geology. Watch this space, for a link to one of his lectures on the topic.
Sacred To the memory of Elizabeth Waring Wife of the late John Waring of Belleyaireo?, Kilkenny Aged 63 years “Looking unto Jesus HEB 12:2” a flat laying stone
Erected to the memory of my dear Husband John Wilson Who departed this life 14th November 1888? Aged 69 years Also our son Robert who died in boyhood
In loving memory of William Wilson, who died 5th Nov 1879, aged 82 years Also his Wife Jane Wilson who died 27th June 1877, Aged 77 years. Also his son, Robert Wilson who died 8th July 1915 And his Wife, Martha who died 15th Dec 1910 Also their Son, William Wilson, who died 15th March 1945.
Also their Daughters Margaret Wilson died 10th April 1964. Minnie Wilson, died 18th May 1968. Their Daughter-in-law Margaret J. Wilson died 24th Oct 1964. Her Son James M. Wilson, died 22nd Jan. 1982.
In loving memory of Jane Wilson, Wife of Samuel Thompson, who died 7th Aug. 1948. The above Samuel Thompson, who died 14th May 1952. And their Son Henry J. Thompson, who died 17th Jan. 1955.
Also their Grandchildren Anna, and Margaret Wilson, who died in childhood.
Martha Wilson, a farmer’s wife from Tyanee, was 78 when she died on the 15th December 1910. She had been suffering from lung congestion for three weeks and then in the final five days had cardiac failure. Her daughter S. Wilson was with her at the end. Her husband survived Martha by 5 years. Robert Wilson, a farmer, was 77 when he died on the 8th July 1915. He had been suffering from cancer on the glands of his neck for a year. His daughter Maggie Wilson was present when he passed on.
Wilton Rectangular grave surround marked with name Wilton….no other words. The grave is covered in green decorative stones. There are two little black urns, again marked with the word Wilton.
Erected by Harper York, senr, Drumlaine in memory of his Son Ferguson who died 28th July 1947 aged 18 years Also the above named Harper York who died 4th Nov. 1956 aged 76 years his Wife Sarah Matilda Who died 1st April 1975 aged 75 years
Erected by Henry York of Drumlaine in memory of His Daughter Eliza who departed this life 18th Oct 1839? aged 8 years also his Daughter Anne Dine Mor? who fell asleep in Jesus 22nd ?? 1866 aged 32? years and his Son ?????? who died 18th May 1869? aged 27? yeas ????????? there is a new plaque screwed to the old stone perhaps concealing extra text on the original stone? Yorke In loving memory of our dear Mother Isabella (Bella) died 22nd August 1978. Also our dear Father John, died 28th october 1994.
This old gravestone was exceptionally difficult to read. Denver Boyd’s efforts from 2008 are my source of reference.
In loving memory of A dear Husband and Father Samuel died 7th December 1971 aged 54 years His Wife and a dear Mother Jeannie died 3rd January 2005 aged 82 years
Erected by Henry York, Eden who died 19th July 1924 In memory of his Father Henry York. His Mother Matilda York. His Brother James T. York. Also his Sister Matilda Faith
“Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” Acts 11.21
In loving memory of our mum and dad William Henry Died 2nd December 1989 aged 68 years Elizabeth (Bessie) 2011 Died 15th May 2011 aged 87 years
Erected by William York, in memory of his Son John S. York, born 1st May 1887 died 6th May 1887 also the above named William York died 3rd February 1929 aged 81 years. his Wife Catherine, died 2nd March 1933, Aged 77 years.
an old iron-rail-surround grave with the remains of an iron head stone. This is impossible to read, indeed it is almost disintegrated.
a fallen gravestone
A rectangular black flower holder In loving memory of a dear Sister Helen
The grave next to that of Elizabeth Waring is a large flat stone.
In loving memory of ??????, Glenone this concrete grave is almost impossible to read
An unnamed well tended grave
A big thanks to Denver Boyd. Denver’s 2008 transcription work provided a great foundation upon which to build on. And his work was invaluable on several old gravestones that were difficult to read.
This page is an ongoing update. July 2017.
If you spot any errors, or can add any new details, please leave a message, or drop me a line. I’d especially love to discover more details on the people in the very old graves – late 1800s and early 1900s. And would love photos from the early half of the 1900s.