My name is Diana Claussen. I have recently been researching my great-grandmother's family in County Antrim. I was fortunate enough to have found a detailed Church of Ireland census for part of Glenavy parish done in 1855. Some of the information is as follows:
John and Catherine Thompson were married at Glenavy in 1823. They were farming in Ballypitmave for a time after they were married and then they moved to Ballynacoy. We know that these two townlands are adjacent to one another. John Thompson was both a farmer and a "publican." He had a son Robert who owned a spirits shop (as of 1855).
Members of the Thompson family living at home at this time were: Name Age John ~50 Catherine ~50 Robert 30 Mary Jane 18 Isabella 15 Abby 14 James 13 Catherine Anne 2 (grand daughter)
Catherine Anne was my great-grandmother. Agnes Thompson (not listed in this census) was Catherine Anne's mother. This census clearly states that a man named McGarrity was the father of Catherine Anne and that he had gone to America. Agnes and her sister Mary Jane both married brothers by the family name of Orr and moved to Lisburn with them. Land records strongly suggest that this Thompson family was one of two Thompson families farming at the bottom of Ballynacoy Road at the time of this census (1855).
Does any of this information tie into any McGarrity, Thompson, or Orr research being done by anyone? If not, is there anyone whom anyone would suggest we could contact to see if they could help?
I am happy to share any information about Catherine Anne and her descendents in Northern Ireland and in the States.