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Dickey and Adair, owners of the Linen Mill in Ahoghill

Dickey and Adair, owners of the Linen Mill in Ahoghill

Posted: 18 Sep 2008 12:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 Sep 2009 5:02PM GMT
Do you know which Dickey and which Adair owned the Linen Mill in Ahoghill and in which Townland was the Mill located?
I understand that the Dickeys and the Adairs introduced the Linen Industry to the Ahoghill Parish.
I also understand that the Dickeys of Hollybrook House had a connection to the Bleaching Mill there.
Was this the Old Bleach Linen Company that you mention?
Adam James Dickey had a successful Public Service career in New Zealand as Registrar of the Native Land Court.



Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 20 Sep 2009 1:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dickey,Cook, Hyndman,Graham, O'Neil,

The eldest son of Adam and Janet (nee Cook) was John Dickie, of Ballydonnellan and Cullybackey, which he purchased to carry out the linen trade in the most extensive manner then known; and by him, at Lowpark of Cullybackey, were erected the first bleach mills on the river Maine.

Would love to exchange info on this family as researching it at present for a friend who is a descendant

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 6:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Could not find a Townland called Ballydonnellan but one called Ballydonnelly in Duneane Parish not that far from Randalstown.
Lewis Topographical Dictionery of Ireland 1837 edition indicates that the Ancestor of John Dickey of Low Park Cullybackey started the linen industry in the Ahoghill Parish.
Perhaps the John Dickie that you mention was the one indicated in Lewis's Topographical Dictionery.
My gggrandfather Samuel Dickey was living in the Ahoghill Parish in 1850 and he named his eldest son John probably indicating that his father was called John.
Do you know the names of this John Dickies children?

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 7:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
No, the only son we know of is Adam born 1732 who married Elizabeth Graham. The IGI has marriage as 1791 Ballymena, Antrim.

There is an Adam Dickey Esq. Hollybrook Randalstown, ANTRIM - listed under Nobility, Gentry and Clergy in Slater’s 1846 Directory.

The eldest son of Adam and Janet was John Dickie, of Ballydonnellan and Cullybackey, which he purchased to carry out the linen trade in the most extensive manner then known; and by him, at Lowpark of Cullybackey, were erected the first bleach mills on the river Maine. John’s eldest son, by his first wife Martha, daughter of J. Hill, of the Hills of county Antrim, also Scottish, was the late Adam Dickey, Esq. Of Cullybackey, who died in 1827 at 95, and who by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the late David Graham, of an ancient Scottish family, whose ancestor married a daughter of the Colville family, afterwards of Galgorm and Newtownards.

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 9:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Kathy,
This Adam Dickey Esq. of Hollybrook Randalstown, Antrim - listed under Nobility, Gentry and Clergy in Slater’s 1846 Directory is the Grandfather of Adam James Dickey born 1834 that came to New Zealand.
He was part of the Dickey family at Randalstown that owned the Bleeching Mill there on the River Maine.
Adam Dickey, Esq. of Culleybackey I would not think was the same Adam Dickey Esq. of Randalstown which this link refers.
Who knows there may have been a link between these two Dickey families.
I note that there ia a Ballydonnellan in County Galway and County Mayo. Did John Dickie come from one of these Counties?

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 21 Sep 2009 11:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Wayne,

I guess you could be right. I thought they all came from Antrim, but it is easy to go off track when researching from Australia. I will paste an obituary in to see if it makes any sense to you. If you wish to contact me on my personal email it is kdunc@netspace.net.au and we maybe able to sort connections out.It certainly states Antrim

Kathy


THE BELFAST CHRONICLE WEDNESDAY MORNING APRIL 12, 1854
OBITUARY– JOHN DICKEY, ESQ. OF CULLYBACKEY, CO. ANTRIM

Died at Antrim, on Friday, the 31st March, John Dickey, Esq., Cullybackey, in his 88th year, having been born on the 21st February 1767. he was representative of his family and name, nor for upwards of 200 years residents of Antrim and Derry counties. His more immediate ancestors were natives of Ayrshire, N.B., one of whom settled early on the Ulster plantation. John Dicke or Dickie, married a daughter of Hyndman, of Myroe, Country Derry, also from Scotland, and sister of Captain Hyndman, in command of the guard who fired the first shots on the Earl of Antrim’s regiment, Dec., 1688, on the closing of the gates of Derry. This John was in Colonel Phillip’s detachment, afterwards called the Coleraine regiment, the first that marched to garrison the city of Derry. He was considered too old to bear the siege, was afterwards driven under the walls, and had his house at Ballymully, near the Roe-water, burned by the army of James on its retreat from Derry. His eldest son Adam acquired Ballydonellan, by his wife Janet, only child of James Cuik, from Fife, N.S., her mother was daughter of the ruined family of O’Mulchullen, of the line of Manus Reigh, by his wife, daughter of O’Neill of Ballydonellan, whose lands were attainted temp. chalres II., on pretext of his taking up arms in 1641 – 41, and confirmed to the Edenduffcarrick family, and by the ancestor of the present venerated and sincerely respected Lord O’Neill, regranted at a nominal rest to James Cuik, O’Mulchullen’s son-in law.

After the resolution of 1688 Adam Dickie kept concealed in his house at Ballydonellan two priests named O’Neill and O’Mulchallen, much persecuted by those in power. His house was searched, but the priests were not found. They used as a mod of concealment meal barrels, out of which one end was taken, and on a false head was placed a few inches of oatmeal; these were put over the priest’s when an alarm was given, and in a store room amongst others no suspicion was excited. He nominally took lands for his Catholic neighbours to evade the penal laws, and entered largely into the linen trade, then encouraged by the government, as a sot off against the destruction of the woollen manufacture. He and his wife passed 74 years a married couple, and were buried with his father-in law in the old O’Neill burying place at Duneau, with the Irish cry, as others of his descendants were to a recent period, though Presbyterians. The priests publicly blessed Adam Dickie and his descendents for seven generations.

The eldest son of Adam and Janet was John Dickie, of Ballydonnellan and Cullybackey, which he purchased to carry out the linen trade in the most extensive manner then known; and by him, at Lowpark of Cullybackey, were erected the first bleach mills on the river Maine. John’s eldest son, by his first wife Martha, daughter of J. Hill, of the Hills of county Antrim, also Scottish, was the late Adam Dickey, Esq. Of Cullybackey, who died in 1827 at 95, and who by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the late David Graham, of an ancient Scottish family, whose ancestor married a daughter of the Colville family, afterwards of Galgorm and Newtownards. From a younger brother of David’s of the Sugarhouse and Graham’s\entry, Belfast, derive maternally the Fulton’s, Caldbecks of Lisburn, and others. The eldest son of Adam, by his wife Elizabeth was the deceased John Dickey, who was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Like his predecessors, he was a Presbyterian, and an elder in the congregation of Cullybackey. By his wife Rose, daughter and sole heiress of the late William McNaghten, Esq. Of Ballyreagh, Oldstone, county Antrim and his wife Dorothy Major, he has left two sons – the elder Adam, the younger William McNaghten Dickey – both of whom are married and have issue; also, three daughters and several grandchildren.

The respectable families of New York, U.S., Hillhead, Dunmore, Ballymena, Hollybrooke, Millmount, Randalstown, Myrtlefield, and others – established by the younger sons of this family – are too well known and respected to need any notice here; and without including the numerous families of t he gentry, with whom they allied themselves, daughters of the Dickeys, whose descendants still remain, married Forsythe of --- Newton; Galt from Scotland of Coleraine; Galloway of Tully; McRorie of Ballylurgan; Campbell of Ballygawie; Hudson of Aboghill and Portglenone; Hogg of Lisburn; Barnet of Moira, Besfast, and India; Mitchell of Newgrove and Belfast; Captain Drake, R.N. of Bellaghey; Walker of Drumane and Derry county; Gillilan of Collon; Tod of Priestland; Diek of Garry and Ballymoney; Davison of Drumourne; Swan of Clady; Corond on Down’ Coilonel Monro of --- Inverness, N.B., and India; Nelthorpe of --; Bathurst of --, Baltimore, and E.I.C.S.; McAuley of Crumlin; McKillop, R.N., of Ballygarvie; Major of Creggan, &c.,&c., ; and others in Ireland, Scotland, America, and India, whose descendents comprise a vast connexion too extensive to enumerat

THE GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE pp352 & 353

John Dickey, Esq.

March 31. At Antrim, in his 88th year, John Dickey, esq. of Cullybackie.

He was the representative of his family and name now for upwards of 200 years connected by property and residence with the counties of Antrim and Derry. His more immediate ancestors were from the west of Scotland, and one of them, John Dickie or Dicke, settled early on the Ulster plantation, from which he had to flee to Scotland for a time from his connexion with Messrs. Leckie, Cruikshank, and others, through the artifices of the celebrated Colonel Blood, the conspirator. He was present in Colonel Phillips's contingent, the first that arrived to garrison the city of Derry during its memorable siege in 1688, was after driven under the walls, and had his house at Ballymnlly, near the Roewater, burned by the army of James on its retreat. A notice of this family is given in our Magazine of April 1851, p. 377. His descendants armed themselves as Volunteers in 1715, and again in 1745, and offered their services to resist the Pretenders. John of Cullybackie, the grandfather of the deceased and grandson of the preceding, with his sons, raised a party and marched to Carrickfergus to oppose Mons. Thurot in 1760, and the history of the glorious Volunteers of 1780 contains their names as officers commanding corps of their own raising. In the dark page of 1798 their names are written, and the deceased was imprisoned, with other suspected Antrim gentry, in the old court-house of Coleraine, where they were treated with every indignity and privation during that momentous period. Like his predecessors be was a Scots Presbyterian, and officiated as an elder in the church at Cullybackie. From the younger sons of this family derive several respectable families, besides a large connexion too extensive to be enumerated in Ireland, Scotland, India, and New York. He died sincerely respected by all his acquaintance ; and leaves by his wife, Rose, daughter and heiress of the late William McNaghten, esq. of Ballyreagh, Oldstone, co. Antrim, and his wife Dorothy Major, two sons, the elder Adam, the younger William McNaghten Dickey, who are both married and have issue, besides three daughters, and several grandchildren.


Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
I hope you are still active on this board. I just came across this entry today. This Adam and John Dickey who started the linen bleaching business in Culleybackey is an ancestor of mine back seven generations. My mother was a Dickey. She and a cousin of hers researched this line back in the 1970's. I was just last night reading the account of our cousin Grover Clevland Dickey who researched the line back in Northern Ireland. Much of the information in this thread matches what he wrote in the 70's. This John Dickey who started the linen bleaching business migrated with his children John Jr, Alexander, and Jane to Charleston, SC in 1772 on the James and Mary. They were part of the party that left Ireland at the behest of Rev. William Martin. My line comes down through Alexander Dickey son of the John Dickey who started the linen bleaching business in Culleybackey. Please reply if you want more information.

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 10:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
The ones I know are John Jr, Alexander, and Jane. They immigrated with him to Charleston, SC in 1772 aboard the snow the James and Mary. They received land grants in what is now Newberry County South Carolina. The elder John Dickey is thought to be buried there in an unmarked grave. The line of Alexander is as follows, Jerome Dickey, John L. Dickey Sr (my grandfather). My grandfather's son's had no boys, and that branch of the Dickey line ended in my generation. Alexander and Jane are buried at Old Catholic Presbyterian Church in Chester County South Carolina.

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 3 Jan 2011 5:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for your reply. I actually am helping a friend with her ancestry, and haven't spent much time on it of late. As you will see with the thread, I am finding all the Adams and John Dickys in the family most confusing. Wayne tends to think they maybe two different families. Have you been able to view the tree, and do you think your Alexander belongs in the tree? Would love any further info you may have please.
Who were John Jr, Alexander, and Jane parents? Maybe you will be able to break through the brick wall for me which would be fantastic. What a start the New Year. Best wishes, Kathy
Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

P.S. I am happy for you to contact me on kdunc@netspace.net.au if it is easier to exchange info.

Re: Dickey ancestors Randleston and environs

Posted: 20 Feb 2011 6:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dickey
Hi Steven are you still around? My mother was a Dickey too and I am trying very hard to find a John Dickey Esq. born in 1640. He was married to a girl by the surname of Hydman we think.

Their offspring was Adam Dickey/Dickie 1670 married to Janet Cook/Cuik their son John Dickey born in 1706 was the one in the linen trade whom we both have descended from... can you help me with our ancestors going back from him?

Carolyn
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