The McElroy Family of Richmond, Ontario, Canada

McElroys in Drumgooland Parish
in the 18th & 19th Century

In 1965, my father commissioned the Ulster-Scot Historical Society to search for evidence of Henry McElroy's ancestors and family in Drumgooland Parish, County Down, Ireland. The data uncovered is reproduced here. A summary of the data is available on the page McElroy Ancestors in 18th century Drumgooland Parish

In addition, Phillip Westerman has kindly provided me with a copy of the list of communicants from 1841 from the Church Records for Leitrim Presbyterian Meeting House in Benraw Townland.

PRONI refers to the Public Records office of Northern Ireland.

Survey of Castlewellan Estate (Annesley-Glerawley lands) 1727

Leitrim, Drumgooland Parish: Muckleroy's Quarter 126 acres arable 3 acres bog

Nil for McElroy/Muckleroy in Benraw and Legananny

Manor of Castlewellan estate of Wm. Annesley 1742
List of Tenant's names (owned by Annesley-Glerawley family)
PRONI T.1025/113

William McIlbouyLeitrim 
William McilroyLeitrim31 acres
Bryan MacilroyLeganany
John MackilbouyBenraw10 acres
Daniel MackilbouyBenraw47 acres
Patrick MacIllroyLeitrim32 acres
John MacIllroyLeitrim29 acres

Annesley Estate records

Leitrim (D.1503/1/14)

Lease dated 21st January 1774 - between Viscount Glerawley and Samuel McElroy, Farmer of Leitrim of parcel of ground 27 acres 2 roods in Leitrim, now in possession of said Samuel. For term of lives of said Samuel, Elizabeth his daughter aged one year and Wm. Woodson, son of John Woodson of Leitrim. Rent of 22 13 9 p.a.

Lease - Earl of Annesley 9th March 1813 to John McElroy Senr. Farmer of Leitrim of 14 acres 2 roods 12 perches. Rent 29 3 0 for term of lives of James Dodds, son of Wm. Dodds of Monnisland, aged 10 years. William, son to John Dodds of Ballymacaraney, aged two years and Sarah McElroy, daughter to lessee, aged 16 years. Small map attached to lease shows John's land adjacent to Robert McElroy. (Noted - expired).

Lease dated May 1812 of 9 acres 2 roods 30 perches. Rent 19 7 6 from Earl of Annesley to Robert McElroy Jr. of Leitrim, Farmer. For term of lives of John Dodds son to John Dodds Senr. Monnisland. Aged 4 years Wm. Deyell son to Robert Deyell of Leitrim aged 7 years and Sarah McElroy daughter to lessee. Aged 10 years. Map attached to Lease shows Robert McElroy adjacent to John McIlroy. (Expired)

Lease - Earl of Annesley to Andrew McElroy of Leitrim, farmer November 1806 of 5 acres 1 rood at rent of 6 16 6. For term of lives of Thomas Holmes, aged 25 year, Andrew Holmes, son to said Thomas Holmes, aged 3 years of Leitrim and Andrew McComb, son to David McComb of Drummaroad, aged 4 years. (Noted on lease - expired)

Lease - Earl of Annesley dated May 1812 to Wm. McElroy, farmer of Leitrim, of 5 acres at rent of 9. For term of lives of the said Wm. McElroy, lessee, Wm. McElroy Jr., aged 7 years and James McElroy, aged 5 years, sons of lessee. (Expired)

Lease - Earl of Annesley to John McElroy Jr. of Leitrim, Farmer, dated May 1812. Rent 8 14 0 5 acres. For term of lives of said John McElroy Jr., Lessee, Wm. McElroy, aged 16 years and John McElroy Jr., aged 14 years, sons of Lessee.

Lease - Lord Glerawley to Alexander McElroy, Leitrim, Farmer, dated 1st February 1777, of 31 acres 1 rood 4 perches. Rent 1312 5. For term of lives of said Alexander McElroy, Alexander son of said Alexander McElroy, aged three years, and John Gibboney, son of Alexander Gibboney of Kilkinamurry, aged 8 years.

Lease - Earl of Annesley to Robert Trix McElroy of Leitrim, farmer dated May 1812, 4 acres, rent 6 60. For term of lives of Henry McElroy, son to Alexander McElroy of Kilkinamurry, nephew to Lessee, aged 9 years. David McElroy, son to Lessee, aged 6 years, and Rose McElroy, daughter to lessee, aged 8 years. (Noted on lease - expired no date)

Lease - Lord Glerawley to Wm. McElroy of Leitrim, farmer, dated 13th November 1776 of 57 acres 3 roods 30 perches. Rent 25 7 6 for term of lives of said Wm. McElroy, Andrew his son, aged 16 years and David, his son, aged 10 years. (Noted on lease - expired no date).

Lease dated May 1812 Earl of Annesley to Robert Woodrow, Leitrim, farmer of 2 acres 3 roods 30 perches. Rent 5 11 7. For term of lives of said Robert Woodrow, Henry McElroy, son to Alex. McElroy of Kilkinamurry, aged 9 years, John McGibney son of John McGibney of Leitrim, aged 1 years. Sketch map attached to lease shows Robert Woodrow adjacent to Robert McElroy.

Legananny (D. 1503/1/13)

Lease dated 1810. Annesley to Daniel and John McIlroy. Farmers, 9 acres 2 roods 20 perches. Rent 11 11 0. For term of lives of John McIlroy Jr., son to John the lessee, age 12 years. Bernard McIlroy son to said John, age 8 years. Miss Elizabeth Biers daughter of Wm. Biers, Newcastle, age 10 years. Small map attached to Lease records above farm adjacent to land in occupation of James and John McIlroy.

Lease 19th October 1754. Landlord Annesley to Wm. Muccleroy of Benraw, of farm of land in Legananny of 34 acres 1 rood 0 perches. For natural lives of Patrick Muccleroy, eldest son of said Wm. Muccleroy, age 22 years. John, second son of said Wm., age 20 years, and Mary, 2nd daughter of said Wm., age six years.

Lease 19th October 1754. for 4.5 acres 2 roods 0 perches, same lives.

Lease dated 28th December 1808. Annesley to James and John McElroy, Legananny, Farmers. 15 acres 24. perches. For term of lives of John McElroy, son of aforesaid James, aged 30 years. Patrick, son to aforesaid John, aged 9 months and James Hanaty.

Lease - Annesley to John McElroy. Legananny dated 28th December 1808, 7 acres 2 roods 16 perches. For term of lives of John McElroy Jr., age 9 years, Barney McElroy, age 5 years, sons to said. John McElroy and George Wm. Law.

Lease - Annesley to James and John McElroy Legananny 26th August 1811, 9 acres 2 roods 15 perches. For lives of Patrick McElroy, son to John, the lessee, age 3 years. Barney Hanaty and Elizabeth Biers.

Lease - Glerawley to Bryan and John McIlroy, Legananny. Farmers. 2nd January 1780 of 18 acres 3 roods. For 31 years. Yearly rent 7 2

Lease - 19th October 1754. Annesley to Wm. Muccleroy, Legananny, Farmer, 4.5 acres 2 roods 24. perches. For term of lives the lessee, Samuel, 4th son, age 17 years, and Robert, youngest son of said Wm., age 11 years.

Benraw (D.1503/1/8)

Lease - Annesley to Wm. McIlroy of Benraw. Farmer, 10th March 1800, of 20 acres 0 roods 17 perches. Rent 20 2 1 For term of lives of said Wm., Patrick, his son, age one year, and James Conalty.

Lease - Annesley to Wm. McIlroy 13th August 1806 of Benraw. Farmer 17 acres. Rent 17 0 1 For term of lives of Patrick McIlroy, aged about 7 years, Anna, aged 3 years, children of aforesaid William.

Parish of Drumgooland, Co. Down
PRONI Mic.1/40

Baptisms 1779-1792

31 October 1779John son of William and Mary Macalroy Leitrim, Drumgooland.
23 April 1780Patrick, son of Henry and Elizabeth Macalroy, Leitrim.
21 July 1782Mary Ann, daughter of Wm. and Mary McElroy, Leitrim.
11 September 1782Mary, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth McElroy, Leitrim.
28 November 1782John, son of Samuel and Anne McElroy, Leitrim.
26 June 1783James, son of Henry and Mary McElroy, Leitrim.
14 November 1783Robert, son of Henry and Elizabeth McElroy, Leganany.
14 March 1784John, son of John McElroy of Leitrim, and Mary Wright, his wife.
10 June 1784Ann, daughter of Robert McElroy of Leitrim, and Rachel Carson, his wife.
16 April 1786Elizabeth daughter of John McIlroy, Leitrim, and Jane Telford, his wife.
25 June l786Martha, daughter of Samuel McElroy and Sarah Wright, his wife, Leitrim.
22 May 1787David, son of Thomas McElroy, Leitrim and Isabella Malcomson, his wife.
8 July 1787Margaret, daughter of Robert McElroy, Leitrim, and Rachel Carson, his wife.
21 January 1788Sarah, daughter of John McElroy, Ballybrick, and Mary Livingston, his wife.
13 April 1788Jane, daughter of John McElroy, Leitrim and Jane Telford, his wife.
21 August 1788Rachel, daughter of David McElroy Leitrim, and Ann Carson, his wife.
20 September 1789John, son of Samuel McElroy, Closkelt, and Sarah Wright, his wife.
15 December 1789Patrick, son of Robert McElroy Leitrim, and Rachel Carson, his wife.
25 March 1792Elizabeth daughter of Henry McElroy of Leitrim and Ann Telford his wife.

Blank 1793-1833

Marriages 1779-1790; 1834-1837

Nil for McElroy

Burials 1778-1791

Nil for McElroy

Burials 1839-l842. Burials 1842-1896

Charles McElroy Leitrim 6th May 1887 age 76 years.

Samuel McElroy Leitrim 25th June 1896 age 92 years.

Presbyterian church registers for Leitrim not preserved prior to the 1830s.

List of Voters, Co. Down
PRONI D.654./A3/IB
Deputy Court Cheque Book 1790

John McIlroyBenraw1768 (date of lease registration)
Patrick McIlroy Benraw1768 (date of lease registration)
William McIlroyLeitrim1768 (date of lease registration)
Robert McIlroyLeitrim1768 (date of lease registration)
Robert McIlroyLeitrim1781 (date of lease registration)
Alexander McIlroyLeitrim1781 (date of lease registration)
John McIlroyLeitrim1759 (date of lease registration)

Nil for McIlroy in Legananny

Note - the lives in the above leases not noted

Downshire Letters D.607

June 12, 1798. Letter F. Canton to Lord Downshire.

"The York Fencibles and Newtownards Yeomen fell into an ambuscade in a wood near Saintfield ... Capt. Chetwynd was killed ... The Monaghan Militia and 22nd Dragoons went to revenge his death. The rebels hanged two men at Ballynahinch for not joining them and burnt a house with four children near Kate McKay's bridge.

The people have been 'warned' and I expect every moment to hear of their rising. Cleland, Lord Londonderry's agent is mustered ... Lucas Waring and Corry with twenty of my yeomen are this moment returned from Mourne with a number of prisoners and fifty stand of arms all loaded and better flints than in Newry. Marmions, McElroys etc. are amongst the number - all taken in their houses".

List of Protestant Dissenters 1775 (T.808/15307)

Hugh McIlroy, Drumgooland Parish

John McIlroy, Drumgooland Parish

Index to Dromore Grant Book 1790-1814.
PRONI T.283.B

Marriage License John McIlroy and Rose Adams of Drumgooland, 4th February 1808. Bond, giving full particulars, destroyed in Dublin in 1922.

List of Voters Co. Down 1813-1821
PRONI D.654./IG

Leitrim

Landlord: Earl of Annesley
John McElroy Senr.Lease for lives of James and William Dodds and Sarah McElroy1813, 1819.
Robert McElroyLease for lives of John Dodds, Wm. Deyell and Sarah McElroy1813, 1818.
Robert McElroyLives of Henry, David and Rose McElroy1813.
John McElroyFor lives of John McElroy Senr. and Jr. and William McElroy1813.
William McElroyFor lives of William McElroy, William McElroy Jr. and James McElroy1813.
John McElroyFor lives of John William and John McElroy Jr.1819.

Landlord: Glerawley
Samuel McElroyFor lives of Alexander McElroy Senr. and Jr. and Alexander Gibney1813, 1819.
Henry McElroyFor lives of William Andrew and David. McElroy.1813, 1819
William McElroyFor lives of Samuel and Elizabeth McElroy and Wm. Woodrow1813.

Landlord: William McElroy
Andrew McElroyFor lives of William, Andrew, and David McElroy1813

Landlord: Henry McElroy
William McElroyFor lives of William, Andrew, and David McElroy1813, 1819

Landlord: Alexander McElroy Senr.
John McElroyFor term of lives of Alexander McElroy, John Gibbony and Alexander McElroy Jr.1815.
Alexander McElroyFor lives of Alexander McElroy Senr. John Gibbony and Alexander McElroy1818.
William McElroyFor lives of Alexander McElroy Senr. John Gibbony and Alexander McElroy Jr.1819.

Legananny

Landlord: Earl of Annesley
John McElroyFor lives of Pat. McElroy Barney Hanaty and Elizabeth Beers1813.
John McElroy Senr.For lives of John McElroy Jr. Bernard McElroy and Elizabeth Beers1813.

Index to Dromore Newry and Mourne Administration Bonds to 1858

Patrick McIlroyKilkinamurry, Drumgooland Parish1828
John McIlroyLeganany, Drumgooland Parish1854
Robert McElroyDrumgooland Parish1799

Above Wills destroyed in 1922

Index to Down Diocesan Wills to 1858

nil for McElroy or McIlroy

Index to Dromore Wills 1678-1858

Alexander McElroyLeitrim1812
Alexander McElroyKilkinamurry, Garvaghy Parish1845
Felix McElroyCrocknafoil or Backaderry, Drumgooland1808
Hugh McElroyDree1834
James McElroy(no address)1751
John McElroyLeitrim1785
John McElroyBenraw1797
John McElroyLeitrim1833
John McElroyLeitrim1741
John McElroyLeitrim(lodged) 1849
Samuel McElroyLeitrim1787
William McElroy(no address)1836
William McElroyLeitrim1848
William McIlroyLeitrim1779
Patrick McIlroyDrumgooland Parish (townland not noted)1799

Above Wills destroyed in 1922

Dromara Presbyterian Church mid-18th century

Nil for McIlroy

Tithe Applotment Book, Drumgooland Parish 1829
PRONI FIN.V.122

The townlands listed are:

  • Ballynagenety
  • Ballymagreehan
  • Gargory
  • Magheramayo

Leitrim and other townlands in the Parish not noted.

Valuation of Tenements, Co. Down 1863

Leitrim

Samuel McIlroy Senr. Landlord, Earl Annesley. House office and land 18 acres I rood 10 perches. Ann. Valn. 12 15 0.

John McIlroy (John Bog) Landlord, Earl Annesley. House office and land 27 acres 3 roods 15 perches. Ann. Valn. 14. 10 0.

Samuel McIlroy (John) Jr. Landlord, Earl Annesley. House offices and land 21 acres 0 roods 10 perches. Ann. Valn. 13 10 0.

John McIlroy (Robert) Landlord, Earl Annesley. House offices and land 17 acres 1 rood 30 perches. Ann. Valn. 14. 0 0.

Charles McIlroy Landlord, Earl Annesley. House offices and land 21 acres 3 roods 25 perches. Ann. Valn. 14 10 0.

John McIlroy (John wee) Landlord, Earl Annesley. House offices and land 9 acres 2 roods 25 perches. Ann. Valn. 7 5 0.

Kilkinamurry

Alex. McIlroy, Landlord, Black. Two houses. 90 acres. Ann. Valn. 59 15 0.

John McIlroy Landlord, Black. House and 6 acres. Ann. Valn. 5 5 0.

Robert McIlroy, Landlord, Black. House offices and 24. acres. Ann. Valn. 18 15 0.

Henry McIlroy, Landlord, McKibben. House and small garden. Ann. Valn. 15/-.

Gravestones in Ballyrony Presbyterian Church graveyard

Robert McIlroy
SHANNAGHAN
no further particulars

Leitrim Presbyterian Church graveyard

Erected by William Henry McIlroy,
In memory of his wife,
Margaret, died 13th March 1903,
Also his sons,
Isaac, Died. 10th June 1908,
James, Died 15th May 1928.

Farm owned by McIlroy in Benraw - less than a quarter mile from this Church.

Dechomet Old Graveyard

Here lieth the body of John McElroy of Legananny, Senr., who departed this life the 10th day of April AD 1885, aged 71 years.

Drumgooland Parish Church

In Memorium
William McIlroy
Leitrim
Died. 20th Nov. 1926
Elizabeth McIlroy
Died 27th April 1938
John McIlroy died 6th Sept. 1939

Drumadonnell Graveyard

Old Burial Ground (about 2 mile from Ballyward) Nil for McElroy

Will Calendars 1858-1890

McElroy, John, effects 500. Late of Leitrim, Co. Down, farmer, deceased. Died 6th March, Will proved at Belfast 11th June 1880 by Hugh Hanna and R. Dalzell, 1879

Will of Samuel McElroy, Leitrim, Co. Down, farmer, died 4th February 1883 at same place. Proved at Belfast by Robert McMurray Gransha in said County and John Tedford of Leitrim Farmers, the executors 23rd May 1883. Effects 199 14 8

Will of Charles McIlroy (with one codicil) late of Leitrim, Co. Down. Farmer, who died 5th May 1887 at same place. Proved at Belfast 2nd December 1887 by John McIlroy (John Robin) and Robert Fee, both of Leitrim, Farmers and executors. Effects 346.

McElroy, Alexander effects 686 15 6. Late of Saint Stephen, County of Charlotte, New Brunswick, gent. died 25th November 1886 at same place. Letter of Admon with the Will annexed were granted at Dublin to James McGaw of Leitrim, Co. Down, school teacher, the attorney of the executors (Grant destroyed).

Communicants List -- 1841

Phillip Westerman kindly provided me with a copy of the list of communicants from 1841 from the Church Records for Leitrim Presbyterian Meeting House in Benraw Townland.

Names of Communicants

1841 The ordinance of the Lord's Supper was dispensed in the congregation of Leitrim on the 9th of May to one hundred and fourteen communicants. Nine of these were admitted for the first time, all of whom were examined but one, who produced a certificate. Of these nine, six are heads of families & some of them are pretty far advanced in life. The following are the names of all of the communicants at present in the congregation. Those admitted for the first time are marked thus (1).

Leitrim

Legananny

Slievenaboley

Samuel McElroy
Mary McElroy
Samuel Holmes (1)
Mary Holmes (1)
Rose McElroy
Elizabeth McElroy
John McElroy
Nancy McElroy
James McElroy (1)
Martha McElroy
Henry Tedford
Mary Tedford
Ann Dalzell
Thomas Holmes
Mary Holmes
Eliza Holmes
Ann Holmes
Jane Holmes

Ann Martin
Mary McCrakin
John Baker
Hugh Thompson
Thomas Holmes
Jane Holmes
Elanor Holmes
Samuel Dalzell Sr
Samuel Dalzell Jr
Mary Dalzell
Jane Edmonson
Mary Magill
Robert Steele
Sarah Steele
James Steele
Agnes Matier
William Haslitt
Ann Haslitt
John Davison
Sarah Davison
Jane Jonston
John Westerman
Jane Westerman
Sarah Whiteside
Samuel Hart (Sr)
Hanna Hart
Andrew Hart
Martha Hart
Samuel Hart (Jr)
Elanor Hart
James McCrackin
Jane McCrackin
John Graham
Christiana Graham
David McCrackin
Elizabeth McCrackin
Margaret McCrackin
Elizabeth McCrackin
Thomas McCrackin
Mary McCrackin
Robert McCrackin
Samuel McCrackin
Mary McCrackin
James McCrackin
Eliza Jane McCrackin
Hugh Bradford
Agnes Bradford
Elanor Bradford
Elanor Archer (1)
John Coborn (1)
Jane Coborn
Robert Hart
Margaret Hart
Ann McCrackin
Robert McCrackin
Jane Simpson
David Simpson
Agnes Simpson
Ann Bradford (1)
David McCrackin
Elanor McCrackin
Margaret McCrackin
Agnes Bradford
Agnes McCrackin
Sarah Jane Bradford