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The first two photos on this page are of Trinity Church Belfast. They were kindly sent by Joan in Canada. Actually they are not photographs but seem to be drawings. It is wonderful to receive these images as photographs are not possible any more. Joan tells me that the church was destroyed in  1941 in the Blitz of Belfast in World War II. Thank you so very much indeed Joan for sharing these wonderful pictures with us all.

Trinity Church Belfast

(Church of Ireland)

Interior of Trinity Church Belfast

(Church of Ireland)

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2nd Keady Presbyterian Church

I have been kindly given permission by 2nd Keady Presbyterian Church to put this photograph above on my web site. Thank you very much indeed for sharing this photograph of your lovely church with us all. 

The church has got it's own web site. The URL is:

www.robertwj.force9.co.uk

 

 

 

Gordon in the U.S.A. has very kindly sent me the photographs below.  Gordon has taken photographs of some old early 1700's churches and cemeteries with some very famous Ulster Scots names. I thought they were of particular interest to anyone interested in their immigrant Ulster ancestors. Thank you so very much indeed Gordon for sharing these lovely and interesting photographs with us all. 

The first two photos are of Rocky Springs Presbyterian Covenantor Church, located in Rocky Springs Franklin Co, PA. This cemetery is also 100% Ulster Scots and there are many famous names in it from the French and Indian wars. (Before the American Revolution) This church was established in 1734 and in continuous use until 1934. It is now closed to the public and is not in use as a church, but has been preserved by the Daughters of the American Revolution and other organizations. 

It is said that Capt. Alexander Culbertson of French and Indian War fame is buried here as well as many of his relatives. In 1758 while in the British Army he led a force which rescued eighteen captives from the Indians lead by French Officers. He later lost his life in defending a Fort in a French/Indian Attack. 

Rocky Springs Presbyterian Covenantor Church
(Front Entrance which is made of old brick)

 Gordon thinks that perhaps the church was a fortified building used as a safe haven during the French and Indian wars. This area was the original frontier when it was still a crown colony and there were lots of Indians around and the French were not too far away.

Rocky Springs Presbyterian Covenantor Church
(Rear of the church which has also got a door - the altar is in this area.)

Close up of Col. Stephen Wilson's tombstone and his wife Mary Culbertson

This is a picture of a very old barn just down the road from the Rocky Springs Church above. It is made of hand made brick and has what was called "hex signs" in the brickwork. These are actually for ventilation.

Below are two new photographs that Gordon has kindly sent to me for inclusion in my web site. (February 2006) For clarity I will put Gordon's own notes of explanation below. Gordon's explanation is much more understandable than any attempt of mine at describing these great photographs. Once again Gordon thank you so very much indeed. 

I don't have a church picture as it is long gone. This is the cemetery of the Presbyterian Convenanters  established in 1740 in Fayetteville, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. There are quite a few soldiers of the American Revolution buried here, all who were Ulsterscots.

The tablet with the flags is in honor of the 4th of July and many were also on the individual graves. This church and cemetery were part of the Conocoheague Congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (Convenanters), centered at Scotland. (this was the name of a  town nearby where there were the ruling elders of the Conococheague met. There are also quite a few early German settlers buried here, the reason for this is in the earliest of times in the 1700's there were few churches and they were far apart. The early Germans being Lutheran's joined their Protestant neighbors in their churches until their own were built later. Some of these churches were also the rally point for mutual protection from the Indian attacks.

The names inscribed on the tablet are: John Kennedy, James Bell, John Thomson, Samuel Thomson, John Renfrew Sr., John Renfrew Jr., Robert A. Renfrew, John Renfrew, S.R. Burns, David Hughes, James Kennedy Sr., James Kennedy Jr., and Robert McCoy and inscribed below their names:

                                     Ruling Elders in the Concoccheague

                                         Congregation. R. P. Church.

                                                   1740   -  1899

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The photographs below of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church were kindly sent by Rosemary Henderson. Thank you very much Rosemary for sharing these lovely photographs with us all. Rosemary tells me that this beautiful church is at Willowfield on Woodstock Road in East Belfast. The web site address for the church is:

http://www.saintanthony.co.uk

Rosemary's own main names of interest are:

HENDERSON / KING / MARLEY / BRITTON / O'CONNOR / O'LEARY / O'CALLAGHAN / MALCOMSON / BRIGGS / WINTER

Her web site address is:

www.geocities.com/rosehenders8

St Anthony's Catholic Church Belfast

(Front view)

St Anthony's Catholic Church Belfast

(Side view)

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The three pictures below were kindly donated by Andy in the USA. They were taken on his trip to Northern Ireland in June 2005. He has many other interesting photographs from around the Belfast region on his web site. 
To View these other photographs  please click below:

http://www.airriess.net/assets/2005Vacationindex.htm

Balmoral Interior Graveyard

Dundonald Interior Graveyard

Dundonald Gateway

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St. JOHNíS CHURCH OF IRELAND

LAGANBANK, BELFAST

A very good friend of genealogy very kindly sent me the photo below of St. John's Church Laganbank Belfast. Sadly St. John's no longer exists. It is not known whether it perished in the Blitz or met it's end in some other way. Our good friend also sent me the names of those church members who were on active service in World  War I (Circa late 1914) and whose names appear in the roll of honour. Click on the link below for the names that are a transcript from The Belfast Telegraph of a Roll of Honour presented to the church by the secretary of the vestry. (Mr. F. W. Moneypenny). It contains the names of all of the church members on active service. 

Click here  

 

St. JOHNíS CHURCH OF IRELAND
LAGANBANK, BELFAST  

St Luke's Church Belfast


Christ Church Derriaghey

 

This is the building as it was before the modern building was erected in 1872 

This image was very kindly donated to this site by Andy in the U.S.A. Thank you so very much indeed Andy for sharing this wonderful picture with us all. 

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