There is more than one link between you family and ours. The 1st is ancestral through Hugh. The 2nd is through marriage and to me not Ian. Betsey Close is a 2nd cousin of my father. Now how is that for coincedence. My grandmother was a daughter of a sister of Hugh Close, Betsy's father. I know it rather far out but interesting! My father is Stanley Patterson from Greenwell St, Newtownards and his father owned a poultry business. I also remember meeting Fiona at my Grans. I believe she now lives in Dublin and has 4 children. It seems she inherited a weak heart from her father and has had problems that way. At least it was discovered before it was too late. Brian still lives in the Co. Down area and has a thriving building business. He is sought after as one of the best builders in the county and uses a lot of reclaimed materials thus producing a very authentic antique look to the properties he renovates.
I will look into details of William McGimpseys wife, Margaret Mawhinney and see if I can come up with any information. There are Mawhinneys who live close to us and I will ask them if they know anything.
It takes time to unearth these details and as I have 2 children and a small craft business to run, you will have to be patient with me. Believe it or not I have more hassle with my 14 year old son Steven than I have with Emma who is only 8. But then perhaps that is because we live in the country and everything he likes to do is in the town.
This genealogy search lets us see how small the world really is and with email the possibilities of solving links so much greater.
Until next time, Annie.
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