Re: Parish records for Shankill 1834?
The lead about "Shankhill Parish" came from a page of Hugh's 1876 Army discharge papers:
Based on the age given on the discharge papers (42 5/12 years), as well as his enlistment age and his death age, I've concluded he was born in mid to late November, 1833.
I used the search engine on http://ifhf.brsgenealogy.com/http://ifhf.brsgenealogy.com/ , and discovered a bunch of Lucas baptism records at St Patrick's Belfast, but there was no baptism record for Hugh in 1833.
I decided to purchase all the records (for 5 euros each), and I discovered there were 4 couples named Lucas having children in Antrim in the 1830's.
I ruled out 2 of the 4 couples because they had other children within 9 months of November 1833, and so I was left with only 2 couples:
1) James Lucas & Elizabeth Morley
2) John Lucas & Mary Murray
So I basically took a wild guess, and picked John and Mary because Hugh named two of his children John and Mary.
My 3rd cousin later informed me after that she had hired a genealogist in Ireland a few years ago who discovered a Hugh Lucas baptised at St Patrick's Belfast on Dec 7 1828.This other Hugh Lucas was also the son of John Lucas and Mary Murray.
My theory is that the first Hugh died, and they named a second child Hugh Lucas.I've seen it before in my other lines.But they weren't Irish lines, and I don't know if this practice was common in Ireland?
Maybe if I can't confirm the baptism of the 1833 Hugh (I don't think the record has survived), then I can at least confirm the death of the 1828 Hugh?