Not good, this was in the middle of the Famine years, there were other famines too but this was one of the worst.
If your family was RC you can be sure they lived a subsistant living unless possibly a merchant. His father may have died
as thousands starved to death and while this was going on the aristocrats given land after the Cromwell invasion in the 1600's the farmland was supplying England with barley, oats,
sheep, cows etc. I don't think the north was as bad in the famine years as farmers had a more varied diet. Most irish
lived off potatoe. 5 lbs. a day. being a normal consumption for a working man. There are many book you can read about
this, try Trinity College, Eneclann Genealogy Division for
English/Protestant farmers came from Scotland and the UK to farm in Ireland as a determined effort by the UK government
to out number the catholics and to provide what they called better farmers. Generally CofI folks may have been
marginally better off but not so much if also farmers.
Currently in the british telephone book for Armagh are
5 Bennett's and 1 Rennie.
An Estate where your relatives may have lived. In 1911, the 9th. Duke of Manchester hired a Scot Mr. John Stone, to lay out a private golf course on his estate Tandragee.
You can look on the website www.landedestates.ie
for information about the previous occupants. It is possible
that the estate has donated records to either a local library, or to PRONI in Belfast.
Griffith Valuation took place in Armagh 1863:
William Bennett, Parish of Ballymore, Townland Cargan, Poor Law Union Banbridge tenant of Duke of Manchester
16a house, outbuilding and land 6 acres 3 roods 0 perches
16b house - unoccupied - if had a renter they would pay Wm.
Matilda Bennett (all information same)
11a house only
Robert Bennett (same info)
8A house, outbuildings and land 14.0.20
8B land 2.0.10
8C land 1.3.5
There are 96 Bennetts in Omagh, 17 in the Parish of
Ballymore various townlands within this parish.
Which reminds me that one of the reasons people left is that properties had been broken down by families from father to son into very small portions through the years and often there wasn't enough land left to share. Also about this time landlord 'aristocrats' were trying to put
the land back into larger portions as more mass farming
came info style. This ended up in people being paid to leave or just thrown off the land. This is where estate
records are worth looking at so you can see what was going on. You can also get books about this as well. I don't know what reputation the Duke of Manchester might of had and what kind of landowner or how he treated his tenants.
The Parish of Ballymore was Church of Ireland and there are
no baptism records but marriages from 1846-1921.
Robert Bennet (19) m: Eliza Anne Bennett (18), Ballymore
14 Jan 1847 Fa: William Bennet/Thomas Redpath Film#101283
Betty Ann Bennett m: George Guinea, Ballymore
22 June 1852 Fa: Thomas Redpath/John Guinea #101333
Stewart Bennett m: Catherine Thom, Newry, Armagh
Fa: William Bennett/George Thom #101329 (perhaps moved or
is wife's parish which was usually where marriages occurred)
There are other Bennet's but not with a father William
just ask if you want them. Also many Rainey,Rennie & Reynet.
I looked up Tandragee a village (backside to/of the wind)on the Cusher River in Armagh, 2001 population 3,050
St. Mary's Church of Ireland and
St. James RC
Tandragee Castle was built in 1837 George Montague 6th. Duke of Manchester as the original was destroyed in 1641 Rebellion.
1901 Census: a possible?
8 Cooey, Tynan, Armagh
William Gordon 74 HofHousehold, farmer, CofI, listed as not
married but even a widower might put that
Thomas Gordon 32 nephew, farming
William Bennett 75 brother in law, Army Pensioner,
10 Corr & Dunvalley (Charlemont, Armagh)
William Bennett 70,head of household, farmer born Armagh
Sarah 71 wife, born Tyrone
Thomas Montgomery 19 nephew, born Govan, Scotland farm lab.
Both the above William's gone by 1911
10 Aghinlig (Charlemont)Armagh
Martha Bennett 76 widow (all born Armagh) also widow 1901
William James Bennett 36, son, farmer, single
Jane Glass 66, boarder widow
Burials: you can try the gravestone index on www.from-ireland.net
also descriptions of towns 1837www.ancestorsatrest.comwww.interment.net
There is also a pay website for gravestone inscriptions for Ireland although it is a UK company. Its expensive but I think you can get a short membership. Nothing for Ballymore but Tanderagee is listed. If you want the website you will have to contact me as it is a commercial website and rootsweb don't allow commercial firstname.lastname@example.org
(put Tanderagee in the subject)