I am from New Zealand and my cousin Shelley is from Canada and together we have been researching the Sloan family of Ballyrush, Comber. We were fortunate to be able to come to County Down last September and meet all our relatives in Comber. Now we are researching the families that the Sloan’s married into and for the Saintfield district we have two families.
The first is the DALES/DEALS family of Tullywest and Carricknacessna (Craighy or Craignasasonagh). Hugh Dales married Maria Sloan in 1846 at 2nd Presbyterian Church in Saintfield. It is understood that Hugh Dales lived in the House and farm that the McKees were killed in in the 1798 Rebellion (from the book “A History of the Descendants of David McKee of Anahilt”)We would love to have some idea prior to 1824 of the family, which we think we may have some record of from the Freeholders at PRONI, viz: Hugh Deals 1769 had three sons at Tullywest – James, William and John. James went to Carricknacessna sometime little time before or just after 1824. So anything on this family would be wonderful.
The second family is the SMYTH family of Lisdoonan, William Smyth married Elizabeth Sloan circa 1830’s. This family worshipped at the Reformed Church of Knockbracken. I know that William Smyth died in Ardstraw, County Tyrone at his daughters place in 1893 aged 93yrs, but we cannot find where Elizabeth Sloan/Smyth died.
Cheers and thanks for any help given. Jo-anne Sunbeam
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