Some interesting info has been found in some wills gathered at PRONI regarding the McQUISTON's of Co. Antrim, No. Ireland. Whether or not these particular branches link to our MOODY's I have no idea at this time, but some of the surnames named in these wills have intermarried with McQuiston's as well as MOODY's so I thought there might be a connection here somehow.
William McQuiston of Adelaide, Lodge Malone in Co. DOWN, Gentleman, whose will was dated Feb. 28, 1866 and who died May 17, 1866 names the following:
Mary and Hannah BROWN his servants.
To his friend the Rev. John STEWART of Portstewart
To his Brother - Robert McQUISTON and his heirs.
He appoints his brother Robert McQuiston and a Henry MILFORD who is a Solicitor to be his Executors
Next is the very lengthy 6 pg. will of Robert McQUISTON, Esq. of Belfast, Co. Antrim whose will was dated July 17, 1874. He died Nov. 6, 1881.
In his will he names no wife or children but does name the following:
Rev. Robert KNOX, Presbyt. minister, Henry MILFORD, Solicitor [see above William McQuiston's will, so it is my best guess that this Robert McQuiston, Esq. and William McQuiston, Gentleman, were brothers and who by the date of this will was already deceased and so therefore not mentioned in this Robert's will]
He also names - sister-in-law Margaret BENTLEY (?? not sure if that is her correct last name or not, that is what it looks like to me but its hard to read)
To Sampson Black McQUISTON his nephew "now in Canada" it says, son of my late brother Matthew Black McQUISTON.
To my niece Margaret MOORE
To the children living of his brother Paul McQUISTON
To Maria and Frances WARD daughters of the late Thomas WARD of Aldow?? Harlow?? cannot read the place
To Rev. John STEWART of PORTSTEWART [see above William McQuiston's will where he too bequeathed to this minister]
To Agnes MOORE, spinster in Belfast
To nephew John ORR
To nephew Matthew ORR
To nephew Joseph ORR
To nephew Thomas ORR
He leaves a lot to the Presbyterian and Catholic church (??) and to many charity's for childrens orphanages and those children who are deaf and mentally challenged
He also left money to have a Presbyterian Church built in Belast among many other things
He added that money be left to his servant Jane MONTGOMERY too. His Witnesses were: William EAKIN and Andrew HENRY.
NEXT is the will of Elizabeth McQUISTON of Ballyclose, Co. Antrim, Widow, whose will was dated Aug. 6, 1874 and she died Aug. 25, 1874
In her will she names:
William John McQUISTON as her "eldest son"
Joseph and James McQUISTON as her sons
Thomas and Alexander McQUISTON as her sons
"eldest daughter" Anne Jane (but does not give her last name)and her daughter Elizabeth and her son John (again not giving their last names so I don't Anne's married name)
To Lizzie MacAFEE (no mention of who she is)
names her Executors as Hugh SMITH, farmer of Teesham(?) and Robert NEILLY of Ballyclose.
Witnesses were James GETTY and James LAMONT
NEXT - William John McQUISTON, Gentleman of Belfast whose will was dated June 16, 1891 and who died Feb. 15, 1893.
In his will he mentions:
brothers- Joseph and James
brother-in-law - David NEELEY
To Samuel BLAIR and his daughters Annie and Maggie BLAIR
To Martha McQUISTON daug. of Thomas McQUISTON of Renfew, SCOTLAND (he doesn't mention of what relation they might be to him)
He requests that his executors erect a suitable "tablet over his remains in the City Cemetery in Belfast..."
He also instructs his executors to put aside money for the "execution of a Presbyterian Church in connection with the general assembly of the Presbyt. church in Ireland to be denominated the "W. J. McQUISTON Memorial Church" and that this church be located on a place of their determination.
He appointed his Executors as: Alexander CRAWFORD, Rent Agent in Belfast and Joseph BLAIR, Ironmonger in Belfast.
He states that Alexander CRAWFORD has for many years acted as his agent and that he shall basically be in charge.
That's all the info for now, but I thought this might be helpful to some of our MOODY-McQuiston/McCuiston families and others researching these lines.
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