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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and we maybe able to sort connections out.It certainly states Antrim
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.