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Portavogie Down Northern Ireland
Posted by: linda mckee (ID *****5772) Date: October 21, 2010 at 07:06:13
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The following is pasted from a message by Mary Becker on Northern Ireland GenForum msg 2586:

List of the Heads of Households, and the number of inhabitants, for each dwelling for the 1901 Census for Portavogie, Ballyhalbert Parish, Upper Ards, Co. Down

Transcribed and Posted by Mary Becker,
Group Administrator,
Ards Peninsula Families DNA Project:

The following information is for the Townland of Portavogie:
Census of Ireland, 1901, County Down, Parliamentry Division} Northern Down, Poor Union Law} Newtownards, District Electoral Division} Ballyhalbert, Townland} Portavogie, Barony Upper Ards, Parish Ballyhalbert, Constabulary District Newtownards, Sub District Kircubbin.

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There lived there five families named Ambrose and three named McKee. The other HOH listed can be seen at the message mentioned.

Does anyone know of AMBROSE and MCKEE being neighbors at Portavogie or any location of County Down in late 1600s or the early 1700s? I feel these folks were part of a larger group of families connected back then by marriage and location and many assisted one another in migration. The people (who did not migrate to the New World) of that era tended to stay put for decades and many still live where their ancestors did then.

Ambrose McKee was born ca 1735 at possibily MD, DE, NY, PA, VA, NC (or even still in Ireland or Scotland) and died July-Aug-Sept 1785 when his LW&T which was dated as written in 1779 was presented to the Fall session of court for probate at Mecklenburg Co NC (death date and location proven.) He may have been born much earlier as there has been no real proof of this yet. He named seven children in his LW&T and it appears they may have all been grown or very nearly legally of age by his date of death. (None were shown to have been orphans at any court.)

This was the first instance I have found that Ambrose was used as a given name in this line but I think it may have been connected at any location much earlier. Ambrose as a given name was used in the next four generations at least and by several on the sibling lines.

This indicates a good chance of a mother or grandmother of the first known named Ambrose.

Does anyone know of any kinship there? I would appreciate any ideas or input.

Thanks, Linda McKee

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