Researching DUFFIN from ANTRIM (Ballymena area)
My name is Patrick Lee Duffin (Pat). I was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada to John Patrick Duffin and Elizabeth Jane (maiden name Lee) Duffin, both of Sault Ste. Marie. I have
a younger brother named Dennis now living in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
I am told I have distant cousins on my mother's side) in California, and possibly Arizona. I believe there may be a cousin in Oakland, or San Jose CA. Their names are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Houck. They have a son names Jonathan Thomas. We also have some vague information on relatives (on my mother's side) in the Lancashire area of England.
Unfortunately, I have very little information on relatives on my
father's side. My father was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. He emigrated to the Sault, along with his three sisters and parents. His parents names were John (middle name unknown, occupation unknown)Duffin, and his mother's name was Annie (middle name, and maiden name unknown). They came directly to Sault Ste. Marie from Ireland circa 1920's
My father's sisters were:
1) Rev. Sister Patrick Mary - a "Grey Nun" never married, who spent most of her life
2) Ellen Duffin, spent most of her life in Toronto, Ontario, where she was a bank teller.
She had a short-lived marriage and carried the last name "Yeoman" for a while.
3) Annie Duffin, school teacher, who married Hector MacMillan of
Sault Ste. Marie and lived her entire life in that same town.
My mother was born in the Sault. Her parents Harry and Selina Ellen Mary Lee, emigrated from the Lancashire area of England, circa 1920's.
Therefore, my mother's maiden name was Lee. Her mother's maiden
name was Fletcher - possibly from the Lake District in northern England. It is reputed that the family had some knowledge of the Cumbrian dialect. A family legend has it that they were related to Fletcher Christian of the Mutiny on the Bounty, but that the family name was changed their name from Christian to Fletcher
after that infamous event.
THE FOLLOWING CENSUS ENTRY IS AN LEAD (UNCONFIRMED THAT I WISH TO RESEARCH IN THE FUTURE
Parish: Grange of Killyglen
Date Census Returns Taken: 1 April 1851
*Townland of Killyglen Grange, Larne, Co. Antrim.
22. HENRY DUFFIN, 53 (Head) [Married 1826] - FARM LABOURER (Antrim)
PEGGY DUFFIN, 56 (Wife) [Married 1826] - NONE (Antrim)
WILLIAM DUFFIN, 24 (Son) [Unmarried] - LABOURER (Antrim)
JAMES DUFFIN, 22 (Son) [Unmarried] - SHOE MAKER (Antrim) (R)
DENIS DUFFIN, 20 (Son) [Unmarried] - LABOURER (Antrim)
ROBERT DUFFIN, 17 (Son) [Unmarried] - LABOURER (Antrim)
CHARLES DUFFIN, 15 (Son) [Unmarried] - LABOURER (Antrim) (R)
JOHN DUFFIN, 12 (Son) [Unmarried] - NONE (Antrim) (R)
Died Since 6th June 1841:
SALLY DUFFIN, 72 (Mother) - NONE - Consumption - Winter 1842
I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE BELOW MAY BE MY ANCESTORS:
4 June 1896 - Carnlough R.C. Church, Co. Antrim
John Duffin, over 21, bachelor, servant, resident at Ardnaglass, Grange
of Ballyscullion, son of James Duffin, weaver, married
Annie McKeown, over 21, spinster, servant, resident at Killynacross,
daughter of Richard McKeown, farmer.
Witnesses: Francis McGarrry and Mary Duffin.
James, Patrick and Thomas Duffin living at Ardnaglass in 1860s.
No townland by name of Killynacross - may be Cross in Ballyclug parish
south-east of Ballymena.
Annie's parents living at The Braid, Ballymena, 1896, which is in same