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Saturday, September 5, 2015
How Our Ulster Ancestors Named Their Land In America Could Provide Invaluable Clues!
In this interesting online article, two names of interest to our family history pop up - one a person and one a place:
Ulster Names on the Land
When land was patented in Maryland with a deed to the original owner,
he gave his property a name. Many names are prosaic. Robert King, Gentleman,
one of these Ulster Scots, called his 300 acres "Kingsland." Others
preferred a memory of home. Wallaces had "Castle Finn,"
"Kirkminster" and "Camp." Caldwells called their tracts
"Ballybuggin," "Desert" and "Clonlett." The Polks
used "Ballendret," "Raphoe," "Moanen" and
"Denegall" as well as "Polk’s Folly." Ninian
Dunlap chose "Monyn." The Owens family used
"Ballyshannon" and the Alexanders "Rapho." These emigrant
families settled in Manokin Hundred of Somerset County together with McKnitt
and Strawbridge families and others. Many of the names they gave their new
homes are from townlands near Lifford. Magdalen Polk, wife of Robert Polk, for
instance, inherited the townland of Moneen in the parish of Clonleigh
(Lifford), Co. Donegal and left it in her will to one of their sons. The Polks
were ancestors of U.S. President James K. Polk.
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My love of genealogy started when I was a child. I remember spending hours looking through my parents' bottom dresser drawer filled with old family photos. Dad would come in and sit down on the floor with me. He would tell me of the people and places, stories of his childhood in New Braunfels, Texas, and memories of his parents and grandparents. I felt so close to these people, and this naturally flowed into a love of genealogy in later years. Thanks Dad!