My hope is this post will generate response(s) that will help me identify the family of my great grandfather William Dickey whose obituary states he was born near Belfast in about 1830.My search to date has uncovered a baptism at 2nd Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church dated 18 April 1830 that likely could be him.The church records further show William’s father was also named William who had another son John, baptized on 25 December 1826.
I have the names of some of William’s family who were all born in County Antrim and who, along with William, ended up immigrating to the US.The information I have states that William’s mother was a Robinson and identifies the names of his siblings as follows:
Mary (married name Woodside) Betsy (married name Montgomery) Thomas Ellen Jane (married name Stuart)
Of these I have only been able to track down information on the brother Thomas, who was born on 28 December 1823 and immigrated to the US in 1840.William followed his brother to the US in 1858.He landed in Philadelphia in the state of Pennsylvania, and was married there in 1864 to Eliza McKinley, who was from the townland of Moss-Side, Parish of Drumtullagh, in County Antrim.
I am also interested in learning the history of the farm named Dickeystown that is near Ballyeaston.I understand that this farm has been in the possession of Dickeys for generations and according to a post I found on this Forum, was being run by a Wilson Dickey in 2001.Google maps show the location of the farm just northeast of Ballyeaston on Ballyalbanagh Road.I need to confirm this location as I have plans to travel to Ireland and have put Ballyeaston on the travel itinerary and would also like to view the Dickeystown farm while in the area.
Anything that can be shared about William Dickey’s family of Ballyeaston c.1830 or the Dickeystown farm would be greatly appreciated.