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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Armstrong, Milligan, Field, Fields, McCoy, Norton, Gardner, Goff
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
USA, Ireland, Great Britain
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
My maternal grandmother used to talk, when I was a child, about our Drake ancestors and she had a genealogist's record that is published in the NEHGS describing that family. I was interested to learn how these Drakes came to the USA, so I began with that surname and worked back and through the many related families. These families were fairly easy to research as they were all early to the USA.

I later began working on my dad's Scotch-Irish family...much harder work with many red herrings and dead ends. I am still trying to find some of the great and great great grandparents back in Ireland/Northern Ireland, but am not having very good luck.

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At 2:31pm on July 28, 2013, Michael Clarke Kelly said…

The problem you were having finding William McCoy in the Griffiths is

Ballyhallaghan is not in Termonmaguirk Parish. It is in Clogherny Parish. The

Townland is just south of Six Mile Cross. Here is a map of the townlands in the Clogherny Parish.

http://cotyroneireland.com/townlands/images/CloghernyParish.pdf

Here is the Griffiths Valuation where he is listed.

http://www.failteromhat.com/griffiths/tyrone/clogherny.htm

I had originally thought my 3rd great grandfather was William McCoy of

Ballyhallaghan. But Annabelle's marriage record proves this William was much too

old to be my William. My William was born about 1837 and was the son of

Andrew McCoy of Beragh. Maybe your William was the brother of Andrew McCoy

from Beragh.

The surname is actually McKay. It was often spelled like they pronounced it

in Northern Ireland as there were no spelling standards at the time. All my

McKay family came from around this area. You can find my 3rd great grandfather William McCoy living with his sister Eliza in Donaghanie in the Clogherny Parish in the 1901 and 1911 census of Ireland.

Your William went to Cambridge Mass as well.

His wife was Eliza Stinson. Here they are in the Cambridge census of 1870 and 1880

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12349-227714-81?cc=1438024&wc=M9SM-M7D:963130755

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHXS-D6P

Here is William's death record his father was Arthur which makes me wonder if this Arthur was also the father of Andrew making him my 5th great grandfather.

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N75W-YD3

Here is his wife Eliza Stinson's death record

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N7TL-B54

Here is a record a for an Armstrong child of Annabella and James.

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FPWQ-6XN

The marriage you spoke of on this link

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CoTyroneIreland/2006-07/1154268126

is here

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGC1-F13

Annabella's death info

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NW17-VFN

Here is Annabella's brother William James McCoy's 2nd marriage in Cambridge

Mass. which states both parents names.

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N48N-5QT

I would not be surprised at all if we were distantly related. Your Annabella

and my William were likely 1st cousins.

At 4:07pm on April 10, 2010, J McCoy said…
Hi Marilyn:
Unfortunately I haven't been able to get back past a William MCCOY born abt. 1730, probably in Maryland. After he died in 1764, his widow, Ann(a) and 3 children moved to Bedford Co., VA, and married a John STUMP. Her son William MCCOY, Jr. was my husband's gr.gr.gr. grandfather. His descendants moved to Breckinridge Co., KY, in the early 1800s.I have no idea where the senior William MCCOY came from.

Best wishes,
Judy McCoy
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