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Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 3 Nov 2010 7:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm looking for ancestors with the surname BELL, living in Donaghadee in the 1800's. Any information about a Martha Bell born about 1850 would be greatly appreciated - she is probably buried in Donaghadee Churchyard. Thanks

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 4 Nov 2010 7:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
these are not transcripts but real photos of the gravestones taken recently, i have permission to reproduce this index list. i would also check the fully transcribed versions
Bell E-Donaghadee Parish Headstones-www.graves1.homecall.co.uk/Donaghadee
Bell H-Bangor Abbey selection-www.graves.homecall.co.uk/BangorAbbey
Bell H- Ballywalter, Whitechurch Cemetery,-www.yorick.homecall.co.uk/Whitechurch
Bell J- Ballywalter, Whitechurch Cemetery,-www.yorick.homecall.co.uk/Whitechurch
Bell JM- Ballywalter, Whitechurch Cemetery,-www.yorick.homecall.co.uk/Whitechurch
Bell JS- Ballywalter, Whitechurch Cemetery,-www.yorick.homecall.co.uk/Whitechurch
Bell MJ-Bangor Abbey selection-www.graves.homecall.co.uk/BangorAbbey
Bell MJ-Greyabbey graveyard-www.bangor.homecall.co.uk/Greyabbey
Bell RJ-Bangor Abbey selection-www.graves.homecall.co.uk/BangorAbbey
Bell Robt- Ballywalter, Whitechurch Cemetery,-www.yorick.homecall.co.uk/Whitechurch
Bell T- Ballywalter, Whitechurch Cemetery,-www.yorick.homecall.co.uk/Whitechurch
Bell T-Greyabbey graveyard-www.bangor.homecall.co.uk/Greyabbey
Bell W-Bangor Abbey selection-www.graves.homecall.co.uk/BangorAbbey
Bell WJ-Millisle and Copeland Presbyterian -www.graves1.homecall.co.uk/Millisle
Bell Wm-Donaghadee Parish Headstones-www.graves1.homecall.co.uk/Donaghadee

Have you tried Ros Davies co down website use google to find
good luck
jim

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 6 Nov 2010 6:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Jim

Many thanks for your help - I had found a couple of graves on your list but not that many. I live In England but get across to Belfast frequently. I will certainly go to these graves and read the full transcripts.

I have already searched Ros Davies and found some information. I also have 'local' baptism and marriage details, but can't link people.

I am struggling to find burial records of my ancestors in Donaghadee Churchyard. Ive checked PRONI records and they don't seem to have them. I know they were still burying my family there in 1922 but no heasdstones have come to light. I have visited Donaghadee Churchyard and it's a right mess with a lot of overgrowth and broken headstones. Have you got any other ideas of where else I can look.

I appreciate the help you've given me. Many thanks Linda

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 6 Nov 2010 8:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Linda, I may not answer this in one message, you need the fully transcribed versions of these memorials by [Dr} Richard Jessop Clarke whose research was published in different ways by the Ulster Historical Society, sometimes as volumes of a series with different publishers associated with themselves or whatever
eg vol 16 is Church of Ireland.

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 7 Nov 2010 7:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bell, Young, McIlroy, Crombie, Copeland
Hello Linda,

I was excited to see your post. I am also looking for Martha Bell in the 1800s (probably born around 1808 from Seafin or Magheral in County Down, death around 1888. I believe they were Presbyterian. I am also trying to make sense of all the Bell line with so many Robert Bells. What would the relationship be between Donaghadee and these townships or even Rathfriland? I wonder if our Bell lines cross, as I believe my Martha Bell (nee Bell) was a cousin and married Robert Bell. FamilySearch also lists a Martha Bell from Newtownards estimated birth 1824. I am excited to discuss the Bell line with you.

Sincerely, Cathy

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 7 Nov 2010 7:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BELL
Hello Jim

Thanks for you're reply. I've already checked vol 16, although I didnt realise what the book was.

I wanted to get back to you before you did any further research to let you know what I already know. There are a number of Bell's in Ballywalter that I'm aware of including a Martha Bell, but she's not my ancestor. I'm sure they are relatives but can't link them as yet.

I wondered if it would help for you to have the names of the burials I am looking for in Donaghadee Churchyard - this information has been given to me by family and also recorded in the local newspapers.

Martha Bell died 1905 in Belfast
Samuel Bell born 1810 - don't know death year
Agnes Bell
Maria Bell
Kennedy Bell
Alexander Bell

I also know that the following Carlilse family members are buried there but can't find them either.

Mary Elizabeth Carlisle nee Bell - Born 1865 buried 1922
John Francis - died 1896 age 1 month
John - died 1897 infant
Robert Henry - died 1898 infant
Mary Elizabeth, died 1907 age 1 year.

If there is no headstone for these deaths is it possible they were buried and no Church records exist?

Do I just need to go to the Churchyard and try to read heastones on the ground?

Thanks Linda

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 9 Nov 2010 12:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Linda, re graveyards that don’t have expected headstones etc.
Burials of Presbyterians etc sometimes took place in Church of Ireland graveyards ie the only one in the neighbourhood.. I don’t know whether a tombstone was allowed or not.
The burial book is therefore of more importance than the tombstones in such cases so your lucky
Donaghadee Cof I according to Ros Davies has records eg North of Ireland FHS (www.nifs.org) has baptisms 1771-1900 & marriages 1772-1921 & burials 1771-1923;

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 9 Nov 2010 12:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
It occurs to me that the Donaghadee graveyard might also refer to the one on the carrodore road, back to Ros davies churches I think.Good luck, Jim

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 9 Nov 2010 9:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: BELL
Finding and sorting out D'dee ancestors is difficult and frustrating. The Tithe Aplotments from the 1830's showed a Samuel Bell in Ballybuttle who had a house, tillage and pasture. I don't have any Carlisles listed though my records might not be complete. Griffith's 1863-4 listed an Agnes Bell in New Row but no Carlisles.

Re: Search for Bell's Donaghadee

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Cathy
Sorry I've been a while getting back to you. I was trying to see if there was any link between my ancestors in Donaghadee and your ancestors in the places you mentioned. I think you are probably looking for Bell's a bit further south towards Newry whereas Donaghadee is not far from Belfast. I havn't found any of my ancestors that far south although that's not to say they didn't.
During my research I have found the same firstnames as you are looking for. If I find anything I will let you know.

Sorry Linda
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