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The Derryveagh Evictions

Surnames which were also found on the Abyssinian, Monstrose, Queen of the East & Sandringham

 

This summary was compiled by Bill Spillane and forms part of  the Donegal Genealogy Resources website

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The following is taken from the Londonderry Standard of 10 April 1861. They tell the story of Derryveagh better than anything I could write. However should you be interested in the evictions that took place a number of books are available which go into much more detail.

       

Names and Townlands of those Evicted from Derryveagh

ALTNADAGUE 

Hugh Sweeney and two sons - evicted and house locked. 

James Sweeney, his wife and eight children - evicted and house locked. 

Owen Sweeney, his wife, mother and eight children - evicted and house locked.

 

ARDATUR

Daniel Mc Award, his wife and six children - evicted and house levelled. 

Charles Doohan, his wife, son and two grandchildren - evicted and house levelled.
William Doohan, his wife and four children - evicted and house levelled.
John Doohan, his wife and five children - evicted and house levelled.

Connell Doohan and his wife - retained as weekly tenant.
Patrick Curran, his wife and five children - evicted and house levelled.

 

BINGORMS

Hanna Mc Award, widow and seven children (6 daughters and 1 son) - evicted and house levelled. 

Joseph Mc McCormick and five children - restored to possession as caretaker. 

CASTLETOWN

Bryan Doherty, widower, his mother, sister and one child - evicted and house levelled.
Hugh Coll, his wife and four children - evicted and house levelled. 

Patrick Devenny, his wife and two children - evicted and house levelled.
John Friel, his wife and two children - evicted and house levelled. 

Michael Friel and one child - evicted and house levelled.
Robert Burke and his wife - evicted and house levelled. 

Charles Callaghan - evicted and house levelled.
John Moore, his wife and two children - evicted and house levelled.  

Manus Rodden, his brother and two sisters, orphans - evicted and house levelled.
Bernard Callaghan, his mother and brother - evicted and house levelled.

 

CLAGGAN

John Bradley, his wife and three children - evicted and house levelled.
Michael Bradley, his wife and four children - evicted and house levelled.
Catherine Conaghan, widow and two children, sister and brother-in-law - evicted and house levelled.


DRUMNALIFFERNEY

Owen Mc Award, his wife and four children - evicted and house levelled. 

Mary Mc Award, widow and three children - evicted and house levelled. 

MAGHERNASHANGAN

James Mc Monagle, his wife and six children - readmitted as tenant till November.
John Brady, his wife and five children - readmitted as weekly tenant.

Francis Bradley, his wife and five children - readmitted as weekly tenant.
Patrick Bradley, his wife and four children - evicted and house levelled.

John and Fanny Bradley - deaf and dumb - allowed to retain possession. 

Roger O'Flanigan, his wife, mother and four children - evicted and house levelled.

James Gallagher, wife and seven children - evicted and house levelled.

 

SRUHANGARROW

Edward Sweeney and his three children - evicted and house levelled.
Daniel Doherty, his wife, father and two children - evicted and house levelled.
Bryan Doherty, his wife and four children - evicted and house levelled.

 

STAGHALL

Daniel Friel, his wife, child, mother and brother - evicted.

William McAward, his wife and two children - evicted and house levelled.
James Doherty, his wife and one child - evicted and house levelled.

James Lawn, his wife and nine children - readmitted as tenant till November.


WARRENTOWN

Edward Coyle, his wife and child - evicted and house levelled.
Knocker Friel, his wife and six children - evicted and house levelled. 

Knocker Kelly and two servants - - evicted and house levelled.

William Armstrong, widower, and three children - evicted and house levelled.
Alexander Lawn, his wife and four children - - evicted and house levelled.
Rose Dermott, orphan - evicted and house levelled. 

 

The question is often asked about the plight of the Derryveagh evictees and especially those which were bought to Australia on the above three ships by the Donegal Relief Fund. So, I have summarized the surnames appearing in "The Londonderry Standard" Glenveagh April 10th 1861 (above) when reporting on the evictions - they appear below, underlined.

 

Then, I have inspected the three ships manifest to identify as near as possible the same surnames from Donegal and most of them sponsored by the DRF. They appear below under the respective ship. Some of the handwriting is hard to decipher but I spell it as I see it.

 

There does not appear to be enough known of all the given names of the evictees but only the heads of households, which makes it almost impossible to positively identify the correct ones.

 

Where a surname is underlined but no ship names appear, it means that I have not found anyone who would appear to be from the Derryveagh area of Donegal on the three ships, and in this I may have missed someone. 

 

A missing village of evictees in Australia is often quoted but, I think an inspection of the make up of the people below would cast a doubt on the likelihood of such a village being able to be set up.

 

If there is anyone who may be able to shed light on the likely distribution of the 244 evictees (resettled, died, workhouse, etc), I would like to hear from them.

 

Bill Spillane.

53 B Isaac Street, Peakhurst, NSW 2210.

May 2003.

 

ARMSTRONG
ARMSTRONG - ABYSSINIAN
    BIDDY 19 GARTON DON DRF
    JOHN 27 DEREVAGH DRF

 

BRADLEY
BRADLEY - ABYSSINIAN
    MARY 23 DONEGAL DRF

 

BRADY

 

BURKE

 

CONAGHAN

 

COYLE
COYLE - ABYSSINIAN
    PEGGY 19 DONEGAL DRF
    JOHN 23 DEREVAGH DRF
    WILLIAM 21 GLASSER DRF

 

CURRAN

 

COLL

 

CALLAGHAN
CUNAGHAN - ABYSSINIAN
    BIDDY18 DONEGAL DRF
    PATRICK 20 LOSSETT DON DRF

 

DOHERTY
DOHERTY - ABYSSINIAN
    MARY 22 DONEGAL DRF
    BRIDGET DONEGAL DRF
    DANIEL 22 GOOTSCAFUREAGH DON DRF
    JAMES 16 CASTLETOWN DON DRF
    JOHN 18 CASTLETOWN DON DRF
    JOHN 21 KILARACLUE DON DRF
    ANTHONY 22 BRIMBAY DON DRF
    JAMES 30 LOSSETT DON DRF (evicted from Lossett?)
    MARY 30 NEWSON DON DRF
    JOHN 2 NEWSON DON DRF
    BIDDY INFANT DIED ON VOYAGE
DOHERTY - MONTROSE
    JAMES 20 GARTON DON

 

DERMOTT
McDERMOTT- ABYSSINIAN
MARY 18 DONEGAL DRF

 

DOOHAN

 

DEVENNY

 

FRIEL
FRIEL - ABYSSINIAN
    ELLEN 18 DONEGAL DRF
    JOHN 24 CASTLETOWN DON DRF
    JOHN 21 CASTLETOWN DON DRF

FRIEL QUEEN OF THE EAST

    JOHN 17 CLOUGHANEELY DON. f. JAMES m.CATHERINE

 

GALLAGHER
GALLAGHER - ABYSSINIAN
    SARAH 19 DONEGAL DRF
    HANNAH 21 DONEGAL DRF
    MARY 18 DONEGAL DRF
    MAGY 18 DONEGAL DRF
    JOHN 23 CASTLEHILL DON DRF
    DENIS 20 CLUNEBARN DON DRF
    JOHN 16 GROGAN DON DRF
GALLAGHER - SANDRINGHAM
    ELLEN 20 CREESLOUGH, DON DRF
    JAMES 23 CLONDAHORKY DON DRF
    MICHAEL 24 ROGA DON DRF
    MARY 21 GROGA, DON. DRF

GALLAGHER QUEEN OF THE EAST

    JAMES 28 CLOUGHANEELY DON. F James, m. Sophy

 

KELLY
KELLY - ABYSSINIAN
    MARY 21 OR 35 (different lists) AIRTY DON DRF
KELLY - MONTROSE
    JOHN 29 CROSSLEA DON

 

LAWN
LAWN - ABYSSINIAN
    CATHERINE 20 GARTON DRF
    SUSAN 17 GARTON DRF
    WILLIAM 21 STAGHALL DON DRF
    JAMES 18 STAGHALL DON DRF

 

MOORE

 

M'MONAGLE

 

MONAGLE

 

M'AWARD

 

MCCORMICK
MCCORMACK - ABYSSINIAN
    CHARLES 22 DERRYART DON DRF

 

O'FLANIGAN

 

RODDEN

 

SWEENEY
SWEENEY - ABYSSINIAN
    NORA 19 FORNAWELL DON DRF
    BIDDY 20 GARTON DON DRF
    UNA 20 MURRO DON DRF
    JOHN 21 CROSSROADS DON.DRF
    JAMES 25 KARRA DON DRF (evicted with family from Attinadague)
    JOHN 21 CHURCHILL DON DRF
    MANUS 20 PANAWEE DON DRF

SWEENEY - MONTROSE
    HANNAH 28 CHURCHILL DON

 

WARD\M'AWARD
WARD - ABYSSINIAN

    CATHERINE 20 DONEGAL DRF (evicted from Ardature?)
    HANNAH 18 DONEGAL DRF
    PATRICK 16 DRUMNALIFFENEY DON DRF
    GODFREY 35 CHURCHILL DON DRF

 

SUMMARY

YOUNG FEMALES 23
YOUNG MALES 27
FAMILY 3
TOTAL 53
TOTAL EVICTED 244

 

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Lindel Buckley

1998 Donegal Genealogy Resources