--- Crossmaglen is in Creggan civil parish. Have you seen the Tithes Applotment (1828) index for the McCoy surname in Creggan parish? It is possible (some would say probable) that some of these McCoys are connected to yours. These are the c.1828 McCoys for that parish:
- McCoy, Bryan; Townland : Tullydonnell Nixon
- McCoy, Edwd.; Townland : Darsey
- McCoy, Francis; Townland : Tullydonnell Nixon
- McCoy, Mary; Townland : Clarinagh
- McCoy, Owen; Townland : Cappy
- McCoy, Patt.; Townland : Darsey
- McCoy, Stephen; Townland : Cappy
- McCoy, Thomas; Townland : Carnally
- McCoy, Widow ???; Townland : Darsey
... Ref. this URL, from John Grenham's Irish Ancestors web site, for an explanation of the Tithe Applotment Books:http://scripts.ireland.com/ancestor/browse/records/land/tiap...
--- Nearly thirty years later, when your Owen McCoy was about 28-years-old, the index to Griffith's Valuation (c.1864) lists the following McCoys in Creggan parish.
- McCoy, Bryan Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Catherine Location : Monog.
- McCoy, Edward Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Eliza Location : Clonalig
- Mc Coy, Eliza Location : Cornoonagh
- Mc Coy, Francis Location : Clonalig
- Mc Coy, Henry Location : Monog.
- McCoy, James Location : Liscalgat
- Mc Coy, John Location : Dorsy
- McCoy, John Location : Moybane
- McCoy, Laurence Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Mary Cornoonagh
- McCoy, Mary, Jr. Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Mary, Sr. Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Matthew Location : Clonalig
- Mc Coy, Michael Location : Cappagh (2 Michael McCoys listed at this location)
- Mc Coy, Michael, Jr. Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Michael, Sr. Location : Moybane
- McCoy, Michl. Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Owen Location : Glasdrummanaghy
- McCoy, Owen Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Owen Location : Urcher
- Mc Coy, Owen, Jr. Location : Clonalig
- Mc Coy, Owen, Sr. Location : Clonalig
- Mc Coy, Patrick Location : Carnally (2 Patrick McCoys for this location)
- Mc Coy, Patrick Location : Cornoonagh
- McCoy, Patrick Location : Moybane
- Mc Coy, Robert Location : Creggan Bane Glebe
- Mc Coy, Stephen Location : Monog.
- Mc Coy, Thomas Location : Carnally
... see this explanation of Griffith's Valuation from the PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), at:http://www.proni.gov.uk/records/valuatn.htm
--- Creggan History Society has a very good web site at:http://www.cregganhistory.co.uk/index.htm
... including a number of helpful resources & indexes for Creggan parish at:http://www.cregganhistory.co.uk/timelinetownlands.htm
... If you view the Townland map on that site, you will see that many of the placenames given above are quite near to Crossmaglen.
A number of the McCoys were shown as Irish speakers in the 1901 census. The Society has placed timelines, land occupancy and census data for each townland in the parish.
--- Civil registration of marriages in Ireland commenced at two different dates: in 1845 for (a) Protestant marriages and (b) marriages solemnized at local Registrars' Offices; and in 1864, for all other marriages, including Roman Catholic. 1845(b) is important to know because, although R.C. marriages were not entered into the civil records until 1864, Catholics could get married at the Registrar's Office (typically, after the marriage had already been celebrated in the R.C. church) and, in that way, the civil marriage was registered in the civil records. This often occurred in the case of "mixed" marriages, too.
Crossmaglen is located in the Castleblayney Registration District. Some time ago, when I was searching for our McKay family (whose surname had come down to us as McCoy, in error), I transcribed all the McCoy marriage index entries for the period 1845-1872. For that period, these are the McCoy entries for Castleblayney R.D.:
- 1850: McCoy, Jane; Vol. 3, pg 447
- 1852: McCoy, Margaret; Vol. 3, pg 390
- 1857: McCoy, Catherine; Vol. 3, pg 355
- 1859: McCoy, William; Vol. 3, pg 359
- 1862: McCoy, George; Vol. 3, pg 331
- 1863: McCoy, Margaret; Vol. 3, pg 585
- 1864: McCoy, Anne; Vol. 1, pg 513
- 1864: McCoy, James; Vol. 1, pg 515
- 1864: McCoy, Robert; Vol. 16, pg 517
- 1864: McCoy, Thomas; Vol. 1, pg 512
- 1866: McCoy, Ann; Vol. 16, pg 554
- 1866: McCoy, John; Vol. 11, pg 514
- 1866: McCoy, Mary; Vol. 1, pg 517
- 1866: McCoy, Robert; Vol. 16, pg 535
- 1868: McCoy, Owen; Vol. 16, pg 549
- 1870: McCoy, Thomas; Vol. 1, pg 490
- 1872: McCoy, Bridget; Vol. 16, pg 572
There was also this entry for another Owen McCoy, the marriage taking place at Dundalk. This could still have been your man, or a relative of him, if he married a woman from the nearby Dundalk Registration District:
- 1865: McCoy, Owen; Dundalk R.D.; Vol. 2, pg 854
-- Interestingly, with reference to your Kate having married a Sloane and stayed in N.I., there was a John Sloane listed at Glasdrumman townland in the Griffith's Valuation (G.V.) index ... where there was also an Owen McCoy. There were more Sloanes listed in nearby Killevy parish, and these should not be discounted. See John Hayes' online index for the G.V. at:http://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths.php
... Key in "Sloan", and select county Armagh.
--- If you decide to have the parish records searched for you by a professional genealogist, the R.C. Creggan parish records go back to 1796, and the Church of Ireland back to 1822. See:http://www.rootsweb.com/~fianna/county/armagh/armrc.html
... Apparently, the Latter Day Saints have a microfilm copy of the Catholic records for the parish of Creggan Lower from 1845-1881.
The Creggan History Society might be a very good place to start ... not just the web site, but contacting them for advice. If you decide to purchase a few of the marriage registrations listed above, see "How do I apply for a Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate or photocopy from the General Register Office?" on the FAQ page for Dublin's General Register Office, at:http://www.groireland.ie/faqs.htm#1
Best wishes with your research,
Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia