Events and History from Gelvin, Dungiven, Co. Derry, Ireland.
Hello from New Zealand
We are trying to trace my husband's Irish ancestry and the oldest record we have is for his great-grandfather, Absolom Browne, who appears on the 1901 Irish census as residing at 7 Drumaduff, Gelvin, Londonderry. On the 1911 census his address is 1 Ballyness, Galvin, Londonderry. Absolom married Annie Mullan and they had 13 children, one of these being my husband's grandfather Joseph Patrick, born 27/1/1884 in Drumaduff, who was a postman before emigrating to New Zealand with his brother Johnnie probably around 1905. Absolom Browne was born around 1843 and died in 1930 and is buried with Annie in the Balteagh Presbyterian Church grounds. Annie was born around 1853 and died in 1929. There are various spellings for Absolom's christian name and the 'e' seems to have been dropped from the Brown name once Joseph came to NZ.
How lucky we are to be able to search by the internet which led us to the Gelvin Community Assn site. Perhaps someone may be able to enlighten us further regarding our family history and we're looking forward to reading the book 'Gelvin The Home Place' which will be an interesting insight into the lives of our ancestors. Regards, Robyn