EMERY FAMILY, Edenclaw, Co Fermanagh
I began tracing the Emery Family in NSW and Queensland some 30 years ago and, through the co-operation of many of the family, have found over 6000 Emerys, which includes the 8 Emery brothers and sisters who migrated from Edenclaw, in Co Fermanagh. Mostly through the females' change of name on marriage, there are still more to be found.
After writing the Emery Family History, and the Emery FT, I decided to do Family Trees for all those who married my Emerys, and ended up with 16, which excludes the 4 or 5 FTs I have for some Families.
Most of them were formerly Border Reivers, all of them lived in Co Tyrone, with some (the Protestants) moving down to Co Fermanagh at the onset of the Irish Rebellion (1798). Their descendants later emigrated to Australia, and settled at Kiama before branching out all over NSW and Queensland, some even to WA. Others emigrated to Canada. All of them intermarried all along the way, in Scotland, in NIR and in Australia (and in Canada).
I have been to NIR (2003), where I found the graves of my ancestors, and their dates of birth, death and marriage and, having since found a cousin over there, plan to return this year (2008)to find out more.
While I'm still interested in finding out about the Emery Family in Australia, I would also like to know more about my ancestors who remained in NIR and if, in fact, the Emery Family did initially migrate from Midlothian, in the Scottish Lowlands.