The Irish Ancestors of Henry McElroy
Henry McElroy was born at Drumgooland Parish, County Down, Ireland on May 1, 1774. He was the son of William, born circa 1750. We have some knowledge of his family and relatives living in the townlands of Leitrim, Benraw and Leganany in that century. That knowledge is summarized here.
Much of the following is derived from the report McElroy Ancestors in 18th century Drumgooland Parish commissioned by my father.
The earliest reference found to the name McElroy in the Parish was in a Survey Map of Leitrim dated 1727 which records "Muckleroy's quarter". The next reference, dated 1742, mentions William, Patrick and John McElroy holding farms in Leitrim.
It is tempting to assume that the above mentioned William is Henry's grandfather, but that is pure speculation.
William McElroy's Familly in Drumgooland Parish, late 18th century
William and Mary McElroy, Leitrim
William McElroy, born prior to 1779, died 1833-10-03. Left (at least) 4 children.
Henry McElroy, 1774 - 1844, married Johanna Chambers, 1782 - 1838.
Patrick McElroy, 1803 - 1876
John McElroy, 1808 - 1883
Mary McElroy, 1813 - 1887
Robert McElroy, 1816 - 1903
Margaret McElroy, 1817 - 1875
Susan McElroy, 1829 - 1911
Henry McElroy, 1831 - ?
Betty (Elizabeth) McElroy, born prior to 1779, married James Magilvrey. James Magilvrey died prior to 1833.
Anne McElroy, born prior to 1779. married Michael Rooney
John McElroy, baptised 1779-10-31, married with children, lived until at least 1844.
Mary Ann McElroy, baptised 1782-07-21, married William Dinsmore.
Margaret Dinsmore, had at least one child, Dublin
John Dinsmore married Mary Anne Jackson
William Dinsmore, born 1836
Mary Anne Dinsmore
Arthur Dinsmore, born 1839
Joseph Dinsmore, born 1846
Edward Dinsmore, born 1855
That Betty, wife of James Magilvrey, is a McElroy and sister of Henry is speculative.
The descendants of Henry are the focus of this web site and are discussed extensively elsewhere.
Four of John Dinsmore's son emigrated to Canada and his line is traceable to the present. John Dinsmore's descendants will be detailed on a separate page (under construction).
I am indebted to Kelly Dinsmore for informing me of the family of John Dinsmore and of their emigration to Canada.