Griffith Valuation 1847-1867: Has 221 surnames Close
Of those 22 are William. Of these only 2 have more than just William: William J. Close and William John Close.www.askaboutireland.ie
The Valuations took place in Antrim 1862 - 13 Close; 1860 Armagh 2, 1863 Down.
John Smith, 24 in Griffith Valuation, 4 listings for John Forbes Close in Kilkeel, Down. 1 of the properties - free hold.
That might be a clue as rarely were there second names either given or used among the majority of occupancies.
An assumption on my part is that Forbes is a name of someone the family want remembered and often is the mother's maiden name.
Rev. John Forbes Close, Parish of Kilkeel, townland Ballynahatten, Poor Law Union Kileel. Free-hold (owns)
# 13 Glebe-house, outbuildings and land 49.3.20
also noted unoccupied Mourne Rectory
Tenant of the Trustees of Kilmorey Estate (all other info same).
#12a Gate-lodge and land 18.2.33
b.church Education Society - school house
c unoccupied, old school house
John F. Rev. tenant of Trustees of Kilmorey Estate
#2 house and land 12 acres 3 roods 15 perches
#3 Rev. John house, outbuilding and land 9.0.30 & house in progress
8A-D John Close tenant of Trustees, house & outbuildings and
land as follows:
9Ab Rev. John F. tenant of Sarah Cunningham who is leasing from the Estate - a boat-house
Ministers were given or the estate would build a church,a house then the rents received from land rentals would be
I did try the Tithe Applotments 1823-1837 but these are the only ones listed. www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie
Henry Close, Parish of Castlecomer, Townland Cloneen 1823
Patrick Close same
Michael Ryan Close Castlecomer, Townland Croghtenclogh
William Close x 4, Parish Killenaule, townland Monslatt 1828
I went through all other Close names but none with your names in various resources.
Looked for the Close name on the Registry of Deeds Ireland
index project on rootsweb, several Close but none of the right names.
79 Close surnames in the Northern Ireland telephone book.
1 Close in Kilkenny
There are two sources of on line baptism and marriage records for Northern Ireland.www.rootsireland.ie(this
you can search name & year
both fee paying, one not for profit. Depending on survival ofwww.irish-genealogy-toolkit.comwww.igp-web.com
also check rootswebs pages on Ireland's counties
Hopefully someone comes along with some knowledge. Try posting on each Northern Ireland message board listed above and Kilkenny.