at Ballee Bridge in Church Ballee townland
The congregation was founded in 1697 and Rev. William Smith was
ordained minister in Aug 1701. This Meeting House was built in
a T shape in 1721 and seats 300 people. When Rev. William Smith
died in 1747, he was succeeded by his son, Rev. Robert Smith .
After his death he succeded by his assistant Rev. James Patterson
in 1782. The next minister after his death was Rev. Josiah Kerr
in 1799. He was suspended for immoral conduct and was succeeded
by Rev. David White in 1811.
Most people in this parish are Presbyterian.The congregation
withdrew from the Synod of Ulster in 1830. In 1836 the yearly
salary of the minister, Rev. White, was £50 from his hearers
& £75 from the Crown. The Manse was built in 1887.
Newspaper articles from Down Recorder;
soiree for different religions 23 May 1846; ordination of Rev
John Porter 28 Jul 1860; Rev Charles Simpson ordained 14 May 1936*
to replace late Rev. J.H.Bibby.
Newspaper articles from Northern Star;
resolutions of the congregation & Rev. James Paterson 36 Jan
A list of all past ministers- William Smith 1701-1747;
Robert Smith 1750-1787; James Patterson 1782- 1798; Josiah Ker
1799-1809; David White 1811- 1871; John Porter 1860- 1884; Joseph
Bibby 1884- 1935 ;
baptisms 1811-1985; marriages 1819-45 PRONI -MIC/1B/3A/1 &
Marriage Notice Book 1845-1910 PRONI -MIC /1B/3B/1; Graveyard
nearby; gravestone inscriptions available UHF Vol 8, oldest stone
1806; all denominations buried here; email me for a gravestone
Try their website; http://www.balleensp.org.uk/