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Old 06-06-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:58 PM
 
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Taken from a Tourist Guide book



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Old 06-19-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I have been over to Ireland and NI quite a few times and visited Gracehill,actually by accident as didnt know it was there. a lovely part of history with a small museum , which was a school church and lovely old houses.. Ill look out some photos I took a few years ago..
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:42 PM
 
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I have been over to Ireland and NI quite a few times and visited Gracehill,actually by accident as didnt know it was there. a lovely part of history with a small museum , which was a school church and lovely old houses.. Ill look out some photos I took a few years ago..
That would be great. Have never been there. Have you ever been to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge ?
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:44 AM
 
Location: London
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It is easier to trace family roots in Northern Ireland than the south. I do believe many of the records were destroyed in the Irish civil war, which never affected the north.
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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It is easier to trace family roots in Northern Ireland than the south. I do believe many of the records were destroyed in the Irish civil war, which never affected the north.
I'd say you're right John. The same place here has a lot of stuff about those times. They have all the signatures of the Covenant among many other things. Also if I remember correctly lists of some of those who went to America.
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Old 06-25-2018, 11:26 AM
 
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Came across this on the net. The picture referred to was a painting of his wife.



A Castledawson man had huge impact on USA War Of Independence. Held in the highest regard, that he regularly hosted dinner with George Washington........Here we are again - yet another Castledawson man who made his mark in America. So much so, that he was allied by no less than George Washington during the War Of Independence. John Morton, born about 1729, son of John, of Mortons Hill, Ballynougher, Dawsons Bridge (Castledawson) sailed to America on the Lord Dunluce out of Larne, arriving in Charleston, South Carolina. Settling in New York, he married Maria Sophia Kemper (1739 - 1842) in 1760 and they had six children. John Morton was a Colonel in the army, but gave up his commission in 1761 to become a highly successful merchant, specialising in the trade of flax back home to his native Ulster, Upperlands? to support the countries linen industry. He became one of the wealthiest men in New York City before the Revolution, described as a self sacrificing patriot during the struggle for Independence. However, in 1775, Morton liquidated most of his capital to loan towards the Revolutionary War effort. After the outbreak, and the capture of New York City by the British, Henry and Maria Sophia Morton were forced to flee with their large family to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, Springfield and eventually Basking Ridge. On their exile here, they supported Washingtons troops in the nearby encampment, establishing an army hospital on their land and providing housing for medical staff. On a number of occasions, George Washington and members of his top staff, dined with the Mortons at their family home. He was given special praise on the occasion of Independence in 1777 but sadly, John Morton died in Basking Ridge, 1781. On the end of hostilities, his wife, Maria Sophia, was able to return to New York with her children. An incredible tale of a farmers son from Ballynougher, sharing a table with George Washington, and playing a significant role in the most important event in the history of America. Pictured below, is John Mortons wife, Maria Sophia.........
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:04 PM
 
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From today's newspaper
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:32 AM
 
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A few more from Ulster who made their way to America.
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