For twenty years I have been chasing after the birth date of my great grandfather John James McClelland. He was born possibly in Co. Armagh in present day Northern Ireland about 1834-1840. He died on Feb 23 1918. The local Irish census of 1901 & 1911 show conflicting dates. The 1901 census has him born in 1843 while the 1911 signed by the local constable has him born in 1834. His first marriage was to Jane Foster on Dec 13 1860, which produced daughters Elizabeth Anne on Jan 27 1862, and Jane on Aug 7 1867. When Jane was two months old her young mother died from an unknown illness. On May 26 1868 John James married Maria Irwin and produced John Mar 1 1869, Hugh Jan 10 1873, (my grandfather), Margaret Nov 17 1874, Annie May 31 1877, Willie Dec 24 1879, Andrew Oct 5 1882, and Minnie Jun 8 1886. While living at the townland of Drumlinny in Co Monaghan he and his family attended Cahans Presbyterian Church, at which he is burried. Each time I return to Ireland on vacation I search as many Church records as possible. (They are not all Public Domain)
If you happen to know anything about this family please let me know. Many thanks. Ross McClelland.