The Houstons of County Londonderry and Pittsburgh
|William Huston, my 2nd great-grandfather, was born in County Londonderry, Ireland. His son John, my great-grandfather, was born 1811 in the Townland of Tamnymore, Civil Parish of Errigal, Barony of Coleraine, County Londonderry, Province of Ulster, Ireland. He emigrated with his wife and three children from Ireland to the United States in May 1850.|
There was a close relationship among the families of Huston, Wilson, Dunlop, Woodburn, Young and Boice in County Londonderry.
Below is a brief summary of the first known individual in each of these lines.
Following these summaries is a Book on the Hustons. As information is so hard to come by in Ireland in the early to mid 19th Century, the Book includes excerpts from a number of letters, some poignant, written by members of the family.
Following the Houston Book is an Interne Tree listing the 249 individuals in the above six lines. No living individual isincluded. After reading the summaries following , you may want to review first the Interne Tree as it contains (1) a master index listing all of the individuals on the web-site, and (2) a descendant tree that contains some brief information on each individual. This will facilitate your review of the Book and the Genealogy Reports. Also a GEDCOM tree on Robert Gilmore.
WILLIAM HUSTON married Hannah Woodburn, daughter of Robert Woodburn, August 4, 1809 in First Garvagh Presbyterian Church. Witnesses were Robert Woodburn and Martha Dripps. William's son, John married Isabella Wilson of Ballyagan, Civil Parish of Desertoghill, Barony of Coleraine, daughter of John Wilson and Mary Woodburn, in Ireland. They immigrated to the United States with their three children, arriving Port of New York from Liverpool, May 14, 1850, on the ship William Rathbone. They settled in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Accompanying John and Isabella on the William Rathbone were Isabella's sister (1) Martha, born June 16, 1830 in Ballyagan, and her husband Hugh Young of Spittle Hill, born May 12, 1826 in Ireland, and (2) Mary J. Young, a sister of Hugh Young, and her husband Hugh Boice and their five children. They also settled in Pittsburgh.
JAMES WILSON was born about 1760 County Londonderry. His son John Wilson of Ballyagan married Mary Woodburn, daughter of Matthew Woodburn and Isabella Gilmour, March 12, 1810 in First Garvagh Presbyterian Church. Witnesses were A. Smyth and Matthew Woodburn. Matthew Woodburn, who had two known brothers, James and Alexander (born 1747, died 1791), was the son of William Woodburn who lived in Ballintemple, County Londonderry.
ANDREW DUNLOP was born 1778 in County Londonderry. His son Hugh married Nancy Wilson, daughter of John Wilson and Mary Woodburn, a sister of Isabella and Martha. Hugh'sson, James Wilson Dunlap, married Ellen Jane Huston, daughter of John Huston and Isabella Wilson.
A WOODBURN, first name unknown, was born before 1689 and is of Scottish descent. His grandson Matthew married Isabella Gilmore. Their daughter Mary married John Wilson, March 12, 1818, in First Garvagh Presbyterian Church. His 5th great-grandson is Reverend Matthew Woodburn of Ballywillan Presbyterian Church. See Woodburn Link below.
HUGH YOUNG of County Londonderry had a daughter Nancy who married William Wilson and a son Hugh who maried Martha Wilson, childen of John Wilson and Mary Woodburn. Another daughter, Mary J., married Hugh Boice.
HUGH BOICE, born 1812 in County Londonderry, married Mary J. Young, sister of Nancy and Hugh Young. Hugh and Mary J., and their five children immigrated to the United States, arriving May 14, 1850.
John Huston died May 19, 1858 and Isabella Wilson Huston died February 4, 1878, in Pittsburgh. They are buried at Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh, along with four of their children; Hannah, died November 1850, age 8 years; Robert M, died October 1860, age 2 years; William John, January 1874, age 22, and Ellen Jane.
|The Houstons of County Londonderry and Pittsburgh|
Updated October 27, 2012
|Janet Houston Rhein|
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