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Maps Old maps of the two parishes in Moville.

Books Read a history of Moville, and see other references to the area.

Lewis' Topographical Dictionary Extracts from the Topographical Dictionary published in 1837

FHC Records Family History Centre (LDS) film references for Moville records


The Duffy family
The Duffy family

Moville family.Ayton to Farren

Here are details of names being researched in and around Moville. Please let us know if you have found your relative on our site, or if you've been able to help someone else find theirs.

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Bob Ayton


Farmer from Balleighan (1895 - d. 1975 in Limavady). His Mother was Jane Johnson from Quigley's Point or in that area. His wife was Mary Elizabeth McCorkill (not sure of the spelling). She was born in Greencastle near the Fort Hotel.

Andrew Baird

email Kim McGuire

My great grandfather. Andrew was born: Nov 30, 1833 in I believe Moville (some notes say Malin). He married Mary Jane Davenport (b. in Culdaff Jan 18, 1843) on Jan 12, 1860 in Culdaff and they lived in Ballynally, Moville after they were married. They moved to the US before 1900 with 8 of their children. Their children were:

    Thomas "Tom" (1860-1946)
    Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1862-1934)
    Katherine Anne "Kate" (1864-1949)
    Rebecca (1866-1943)
    Mary Jane (1868-1931)
    Rachel (1870-1960)
    William (1873-1961)
    Isabella (1875-1875)
    Andrew Davenport (1877-1942)
    Sarah (1879-1958)

His father was Thomas Baird, who I believe lived in Moville at least during the 1850’s, died there perhaps in 1880 at age 79. And was married I understand to Rachel McMurray in 1831. Reports say Thomas was born in Magherabane (? though I believe family notes have it spelled Magherabalte). I am less certainly about Thomas Baird & would like to know more.

I am also curious if anyone knows if Andrew had any siblings, and/or any additional information about his parents / grandparents. If anyone has connections to this family – I’d love to know.

Harry Barr


My grandfather

John Bryce


Born near Moville around 1806-1811. Married a Nora/Norah Malloy

Caldwell Campbell


Caldwell Campbell, son of John, was born about 1826 in Donegal. He was a farmer in Balleeghan. I believe he died sometime between 1901 & 1909. He was a widow on the 1901 census living with his namesake son. That son went to America in January 1909, so I'm assuming his father was deceased by then. Caldwell, the elder, married Jane Douglas(s) on 26 Nov. 1859. Four children Andrew, my Annie, Jane ("Jennie") & Caldwell ("John").

Denis Cavanagh


A blacksmith from Carrowhugh, he was my great great grandfather. Three of his children's names were mentioned by my father Thomas John Doherty when he was alive. Rose was my grandmother and her siblings Micheal and Bridget (who emigrated to the USA but returned to Donegal before her death)

Michael Cavanagh


My g-g-grandfather. He was a blacksmith in Carrowhugh, and could have been born as early as 1800. He had four children Frances, Mary, Nancy and John, and died sometime after 1857.

Captain William Coppin


My Great Great Grandfather (1805-1895). He was a boat builder of note in Derry. His son and my Grandfather Captain William Francis Coppin married Mary Agnes Montague circa 1859 and had five children: Mervyn, Alf, Edgar, Dolly and Alice.

Daniel Crumlish


Born Glenagivney, County Donegal, January 3, 1901; deceased Belle Harbor, New York, November 18, 1963.

John Crumlish / Crimlisk


My g-grandfather. He was born in “The Glen” (probably Mossyglen) in 1844. John moved to Moville Town where he ran the butcher shop in The Square. He married Anne Hernan in Moville in 1876. John died in 1934.

Maryanne Crumlish / Crimlisk


Maryanne is my grandmother. She was born in Carrowhugh in 1876 and married a Derry man, Tom Doherty, in 1908. They had six children, of which the youngest, Gabrielle, is my mother. Maryanne died in 1971.

Patrick Curran


My grandfather was a Garda who was based in Moville in 1928 – 1941. Four of his six children were born in Moville which included my father also called Patrick Curran along with his sister (Brigid) Mary, Peter and John. James was only a month old when they moved to Moville and the youngest Michael was born in Clonmany

Arthur Doherty


From Ballymcartur Greencastle

John Doherty


My grandfather married to Hannah Doran (possibly from Manorcunningham, Letterkenny) He had a daughter Kathleen Doherty b1923. He lived in Lisahally Derry

Margaret Mary Doherty


From Drung, Quigley's Point.....circa 1969

Michael Doherty


Married to Mary Doherty, Umlagh, Inishowen, Children baptised at Iskaheen

Patrick Lawerence Doherty


They came from Ballymcartur Greencastle and settled in the west coast of Scotland

Thomas Doherty


Born May 1, 1867 in County Derry, Ireland. He married Catherine Anne MacDonald in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

William James Doherty


From Ballymcartur Greencastle

Jane Douglas(s)


Jane Douglas(s) married Caldwell Campbell on 26 Nov. 1859. She was from Carrowhugh, the daughter of James & ?? born about 1837 in Donegal. Four children Andrew, my Annie, Jane ("Jennie") & Caldwell ("John").

Elizabeth Farren


Below is part of the transcribed text of the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth FARREN Fraizer dated 28 May 1909.

She died 23 July 1910. From my research Elizabeth FARREN was born in Ireland about April 1846 according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census and married James J. Fraizer on 10 June 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth came to the USA in 1872 according to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. I believe the correct name of the location of the church is Ballybrack. Elizabeth also left $50 to her brother William in Ballybrack. Her death certificate indicates her parents were Edward FARREN and Rose KELLY. I believe Elizabeth had an unmarried aunt who immigrated to Philadelphia. It appears she was born in Ireland about September 1916, emigrated about 1933, and died in Philadelphia 26 September 1903.

I believe I found Elizabeth brother William FARREN who she mentioned in her Will. The 1901 and 1911 Census of Ireland was born between 1858 and 1861 and his children were Rose (about 1894), Edward (about 1897), John (about 1896), and James (about 1900). It would appear that he name a son and daughter after his parents.

WILL (partial)

I, ELIZABETH FRAIZER, widow of JAMES J. FRAIZER of the Twenty-first Ward of the City of Philadelphia, being of sound mind, memory and understanding do hereby make and publish and declare this as and for my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other Wills by me at any time heretofore made.

FIRST. I order and direct that my Executor hereinafter named shall pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon as may be convenient after my decease.

SECOND. I order and direct my Executor hereinafter named to pay the sum of Fifty (50) dollars, free and clear of any and all taxes, to the Priest in Charge of the Roman Catholic Church at Bally Breck, County Donegal, Ireland the said sum to be used for the purpose of saying Masses for the repose of the souls of my relatives who are buried in the grave yard of the said Church.

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