William Thank you for your info.I saw an anniversary in the Irish News recently for a William McCleave who died in 1995 was this your dad?I visited the Ballylesson graveyard when I was over in May I will attach the inscriptions from the graves.Can you tell me if any of the names ring a bell with you. My ggrandmother (McCleave)Isobella I think! married Patrick Murphy and they lived around the Falls/Springfield area.They had 5 children: Elizabeth (my grandmother)m. Daniel Ferris,James Henry m Helen McPhee (Glasgow), Isobella (Bella) m. Tom Rogan, Agnes and Susan? no info.
Here are the graveyard inscriptions:I think my ggrandfather was also buried here but his name is not on any of the gravestones.This may have been because he was Catholic. I don't know for sure.On my next visit I hope to get a little more information from my Uncle Gerard Ferris.
Gravestones in Ballylesson Graveyard
First Gravestone: Front area of Graveyard
In memory of John McCleave of Ballylesson Who died 22nd 1849 age 68 Also Wife Isabella McCleave March 1 1860 Age 68 George Mc Cleave Aug 29 1923 Wife Ester Feb 17 1934 Edith McCleave Oct 19 1951 Colin McCleave April 20 1956
Second Gravestone: Front area of Graveyard next to Grave Number one.
Martha Anne McCleave Only Child Feb 17th Age 5
George McCleave Nov 28 1876 Age 60
Third Gravestone: Side wall of Church
James McCleave of New Forge In memory of his Son James who died 8th Jan1875 Age 9 Also My Beloved Wife Mary McCleave 18th Nov 1891 Age 55 Also his son John 8th Sept1912 Age 54 Also the above named James McCleave died 15th Dec1912 Age 76 Also his Granddaughter Mary McCleave 27th Dec 1922 Age 19 Also Jane beloved wife of James McCleave Junior 24th Oct 1924 Age 47
Also Sara Elizabeth Beloved wife of James Mc Cleave 8th Dec 1963 Age 83
Thanks again for your info.What was your Dad's date of birth? and where was he born?Do you know your grandparents names? I am living in Canada now (orginally from East Belfast) I find it hard doing the family tree when one is so far away.I really appreciate your answer.Please let me know if any of this rings a bell. Bernadette