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My husband's Grt Uncle Samuel Alexander Armstrong asked (in mid 1960's) a researcher in NI to trace his Armstrong Family and the notes I posted to the mailing lists were the result of that research.  Sam had no children and his nephew was executor of his will.  Luckily my mother in law remembered the research and told me about it.  I contacted the nephew and after much pleading he finally found the research notes and Family Tree.

Our branch are descended from James ARMSTRONG bc 1789 Brookeborough Ferm.  He was the coroner for Brookeborough pre 1848 to 1864ish. m Jane MOORE 24 April 1823 Aghavea, Ferm.

Their son Montgomery Armstrong married Agnes McElwee at Christ Church par Templemore Londonderry in Jan 8 1862.  They went to Canada and he was killed in a riding accident.  Agnes and their son James Alexander bc 1870 came back to NI and were supported by Montgomery's brother Moses b 1834 Brookeborough.


  1. William bc 1720 dc 1785 m Susan?
  2. John bc 1758 d 1811 m Susan? 
  3. James bc 1789 d 1865 m (1823) Jane Moore of Aghavea b 1798
  4. Montgomery bc 1835 m (1862) Agnes McElwee 8 Jan 1862
  5. James Alexander bc 1870 Canada m Sarah Hutchinson 1890 in Londonderry
  6. James Montgomery b 1891 Derry NI m Jeannie GRIBBEN b 1892 Scotland (Gribbens were from Broughshane NI)
  7. Sarah Elizabeth Armstrong b 1913 Belfast NI m Christian Nielsen 1932 Bendigo Vic Aus.


Many of the records in the database include information which gives detail about family members. Jen gives this supporting information on reading the information:

"The estate records of Lord Brookeborough whose family owned most of the land in and near Brookeborough in the 18th and 19th centuries were searched and extracts made of leases mentioning ARMSTRONGS.  This material proved to be of considerable help in establishing the history of the family prior to James, the Coroner, as many of the leases noted were taken out for a term of three lives.  This system of leasing was of benefit to the lessee, who on payment of a small fine was permitted to insert a new 'life' in his lease.  He, therefore, held his land at the original rent for so long as the 'lives' or renewed 'lives' were in being.  The ages mentioned in connection with 'lives' were approximate and those so named were children of the lessee, or of those of his relatives or neighbours." 

Therefore to take one or two of my transcriptions and interpret it:- 

  1. Name of place where lease was taken out - AGHAVOORY Name of Lessee - JOHN ARMSTRONG. Date Lease was taken out - 1st May, 1787. John ARMSTRONG's age at time of taking out lease was 35, so an approximate date of birth could be deduced as 1752. John Armstrong had only one son in 1787 his name was James ARMSTRONG and he was aged 8 so his approximate date of birth could be deduced as 1779.
  2. Name of place where lease was taken out - Aghnacloy. Names of Lessees, John & William Armstrong. Date Lease was taken out - 1st May 1774.

The above John Armstrong had two sons (being the first and second born) Thomas, aged 14 (which would make approx. year of birth 1760) and George, aged 12 (approx year of birth 1762). The above William Armstrong's eldest son was named Thomas, he was aged 11 (which would make his year of birth 1763)



There are over 700 records in the database with 59 unique surnames (the majority of names are Armstrong):

Allingham, Armstrong, Attwell, Beatty, Betty, Bogg, Brooke, Burnside, Carrothers, Cowan, Darcy, Delap, Dixon, Dundas, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Foster, Fowler, Frazier, Glen, Grayden, Graydon, Gregston, Grey, Hall, Harpur, Henderson, Hogg, Irvine, Irwin, Johnston, Kelso, Kettyle, Larken, Leslie, Little, Lyttle, Macartney, Mayne, McCaldin, McDowell, Mervyn, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Nixon, Noble, Patten, Piper, Reed, Robinson, Ryans, Simms, Summers, Watt, Wheatley, Whitely, Willis, Wilson


The information submitted by Jenny has been entered into the database and includes information from these sources:

  • Baptisms Aghavea Parish Church 1816-1819
  • Baptisms Aghavea, 1827-1838 (Brookeborough)
  • Marriages Aghavea 1815-1858
  • Burials Aghavea 1815-1879
  • Baptisms Lisnaskea Parish Registers 1814-1819
  • Marriages Lisnaskea 1835-1840
  • Burials Rossory Parish Registers 1850-1876
  • Baptisms Rossory 1814-1815
  • Brookeborough Estate Lease Records 1735-1818
  • Brookeborough Estate Large Lease Book
  • Brookeborough Estate List of Tenants 1847-1852
  • Brookeborough Estate List of "English Tenants" 
  • Brookeborough Estate Rental 1847-1851
  • Brookeborough Estate Registry of Leases est. 1876
  • Lisnaskea Union Valuation Book 1862
  • Poll Book, 1747-1767, 1788, 1796-1801
  • Index to Clogher Marriage Licence Bonds
  • Index to Clogher Wills up to 1858
  • Index to N. Ireland Prerogative Wills 1811-1858
  • Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858-1880


Aghavea Church
Aghavea Parish Church, Fermanagh
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