Posted By:Richard Sochacki
Subject:Re: Movilla Grave Stones
Post Date:January 13, 2000 at 03:32:17
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Than you for the information that you have supplied. It is fascinating. I look forward to reading more but sympathise with you because of the weather. Please find below my mother's comments which may be of interest. The connection through Hugh is not, apparently, there. Quite where the connection is remains to be seen. What is more, how you, and I are connected to the other US and Antipodean McGimpsey's is still unclear. This is something of a detective story, or, as you put it, a jigsaw

I will cut, paste then post this correspondence into the forum.


Richard Sochacki

Dear Richard
I have tried to put on paper as much as I know. What follows are small bits of information which I thought might be relevant after reading the details you sent. You referred to a family row. My Grandparents were separated probably due to his drinking. The older sons bought a house in Railwayview Street, Bangor for their mother ( she died during the 1914-1918 war) where she lived with Dad's younger sisters Adelaide and Lucy. Dad and Bill wre given leave from France to return for her funeral.

My paternal Grandfather was William McGimpsey who I believe came from Ballyblack. He died some time between 1922-1928. He was married to Margaret Mahwhinney, whose family owned the slate quaries outside Newtownards. I knew his younger brothers when I was a small child. Uncle John worked at H&W Shipyard and Uncle Henry, lived and worked at the shipyard in Glasgow. I would imagine that there were more brothers and sisters. My Grandfather was a blacksmith by trade and also a publican owning a pub in, I think, Francis Street where my father was born.There were 13 children who survived; my father Julius Orr McGimpsey was the youngest boy followed by Adelaide and Lucy. Dad and his brother William Boston aka Bill joined the Royal Irish Rifles in 1914 and went to France and Belgium.Their names are on the War Memorial in Newtownards. After the war they joined the family business of H&J McGimpsey Ltd on Main Street, Bangor, started by my older uncles Harry and Johnny. Uncle Johnny also ran a branch in Donaghaddee. He also owned Grace Neils Bar on the Main Street in Donaghaddee. Uncle Bill left the family business to start on his own in Newtownards called William Boston McGimpsey on the main street, which you turn right on to after coming down the hill from Bangor. The cottage, where my grandfather lived was close by.
My grandparents and others are buried in Movilla cemetery family plot. She died first and he had Maggie put on the headstone ( that is what he called her rather than Margaret).

My uncle Johnny's son Murdock, who is a retired doctor, lives at Cultra, where his son John carries on the practice .
My parents Julius and May are buried at Clandeboye, as are Uncle Johnny, Uncle Harry and Uncle Bill and their wives.
My sister Patricia and myself, Sheila, had planned to make a trip to Bangor to look up family history. Sadly it wasn't to be, as she died at her home in Cornwall in September 99.