Camlins in county Down in 1800's
My paternal grandparents were James Camlin and Anne Eliza Dickson, who married approximately in the early 1870's or so.They had 12 children between 1874 and 1896, of whom 10 survived childhood.They lived in the townland of Drumadonnell in the Drumgooland parish, across the river Bann from Ballyroney and Annanhunshigo townlands, which are both in the Drumballyroney parish.This area lies about halfway on the road between Castlewellan and Bannbridge, and about 15 miles north of the Mourne Mountains.There are many Camlins in the Drumballyroney area stretching back to the 1700's, including a John Camlin in 1796, and others (Samuel and Robert) in the 1830's.My great-grandparents attended the Ballyroney Presbyterian Church, which sits overlooking the river Bann.When we were in Ballyroney, we had the good luck to examine the church records where we saw the baptism of the children entered.We were not, however, able to find the marriage of James and Anne Eliza recorded there.(We did, however, find at least one daughter's marriage entered in the Ballyroney Pres. church marriage register.)Perhaps, as is true in the U.S. today, marriages tend to be in the home church or town of the bride.I should also note that DALZELL is a very common name around Ballyroney, historically and today.
Many of the surviving children emigrated to North America about the turn of the century:Mary Helena (Mini) to Boston, with descendents in Ontario; William Henry to Vancouver, B.C. (where his son Ernest still lives); my grandfather Alexander who ended up in Hopkinton, MA, with two children still alive; and another, Joseph, who died in the flu epidemic of 1919; Rebecca who also moved to Vancouver.Others remained behind in Ireland: George drowned in Donaghadee in NE Down and Margaret (Maggie), whose surviving children and grandchildren live in the Belfast area.We also know of another line of Camlins, probably of the brother of James, who was a schoolteacher (or school inspector) in Ardaghy; we visited the abandoned family cottage above Lough Island Reavy, just east of Kilcoo when we were there.They had five children, one daughter and four boys who had no children among them, and they eventually willed the land to a neighbor who took them in old age.
We know nothing about Ann Eliza Dickson, her family or where they are from.James and Anne Camlin moved up to Belfast at some point in the early 1900's, and lived at 75 Windsor Rd, a few blocks from Queen's University.I believe they are buried in a cemetery out Newtonards Rd near the Stormont, but time did not permit us to visit.Our cousins gave us the original portraits in color of James and Anne Eliza in their 20's which hung in the bedroom of one of the daughters, Margaret Edgar (mother of our cousins).
Other than that, we only have hints: a John Camlin listed in 1610 among the settlers on the Hamilton estate on the north shore of county Down; a dozen or so Camlin's in the county Down phone book; Camlins buried in the Drumlee Pres. churchyard; a Stanley Camlin living over the hill from the church in Ballyroney; and mention of other Camlins in county Antrim and Dublin.All these bear more research.It is clear that my immediate family was not among the numerous Camlins who were part of the great Scotch-Irish of 1700-1750, primarily to the Carolinas and Pennsylvania.My Camlins came over about 1900.
If any of this interests you, or you want more information on the geography of the Ballyroney area or photos of the same, drop me a line.
Seeking CAMLIN, DICKSON and CARSON in county Down.