About this site


Welcome to Patrick O’Neill’s family history website, which has been under active development since 6 April 2016. This website presents four decades of genealogical research into families that emigrated from Ireland in the late 19th century, mostly to New Zealand or North America. As at the official launch date of 24 December 2016, the website includes 1408 individuals, and 1791 documents and photos.

The four main families presented here are:

  • the O’Neills of Ballymacpeake and Eden townlands [Google Maps], Co. Derry, near Portglenone, Co. Antrim;
  • the Doughertys and Kearneys/Carneys, of Ardiganny and Fycorrenagh townlands [Google Maps], near Letterkenny, Co. Donegal;
  • the O’Connors of Ballyguiltenane townland [Google Maps], near Glin, Co. Limerick; and
  • the Nicholls of Gillistown and Taylorstown townlands [Google Maps], near Ballymena, Co. Antrim—the main Protestant group on this website.

Further overview of each of these families is presented through the main menu, or you can go straight to the Genealogy database to explore.

The main reason why I have chosen Darrin Lythgoe’s The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding software to build this website is so that I could share the documentation and photos that I have gathered over the years. For most facts, you should find a supporting document attached, except for a few privately published family trees that show information about living persons, and some purchased material. And if there is no documentation, that means I haven’t scanned it yet!

All the information presented here should be about dead people: please let me know if you come across anything that you think should not be here.
This website covers only my own side of the family; my wife’s family is covered by Barry Jaques’s work at http://trees.ancestry.com.au/tree/6746307/family [login required].

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  1. Good Morning Patrick. I believe we have ancestors in common. It is the name Charters Nicholl that shows up in my family that helped me find your site. I am researching the McCulloch family from Ballymena. You may find this obituary interesting.
    His parents James Nicholl and Lavina Nicholl (McCulloch) came from the county of Antrim, Ireland, in 1834 in a sailing vessel and were ten weeks and three days crossing the Atlantic. After remaining a short time in Toronto, they settled on Lot no. 17, Concession 2, Township of Chinguacousy, near Snelgrove. Here Mr. Nicholl was born on the 1st of December, 1840 and here he lived and worked with his father until about twenty years of age when he and his elder brother James Nicholl moved to the Township of Luther. This was about the year 1865. He settled on the North Half of Lot 30, Concession 5, and his brother Jas. selected the South Half of the same Lot. At this time, there were no bridges on the Grand River and only two houses in what is now the village of Grand Valley. They boarded with a neighbor until they built a “shanty,” 14 x 16, the lumber being brought from the Township of Chinguacousy. Here they “batched” it for more than a year during which time Mr. John Nicholl did the cooking and the baking of bread for four men while chopping and clearing the land. The first winter, while chopping, he broke his axe, which was considered a valuable asset in those days. To secure another one he walked seventeen miles to Hillsburg. The wild animals of all kinds, native of this part, were very numerous in pioneer days. The wolves had a “run-way” not far from the “shanty” and their howlings at night while passing back and forth were neither pleasant nor welcome.
    In the year 1868 he married Miss Olive McKinney of the Township of Chinguacousy. Their children consisted of two daughters, Olive, now Mrs. John S. Linklater of East Luther, and Lavina who married Frank Langrill now of Toronto, and who died in 1927.
    Mr. Nicholl was always favored with good health, having little or no illness, which, together with a long life, he attributed chiefly to regular habits, careful living and work. He enjoyed his work and was very much attached to his home, and took great interest in his farm as well as in the care of his domestic animals, more especially his horses. He was of a quiet and kind disposition and enjoyed life and was ever ready to do a favor where necessary, and had always a warm welcome for his friends. He was a Conservative in politics and an adherent of the Presbyterian Church. He and his brother James Nicholl were always warm friends and associates, assisting each other in many ways, and were commonly known as the Nicholl boys.
    Mr. Nicholl had not the privileges of securing an early education, but he was educated and learned in all kinds of farm work, including the care and knowledge of domestic animals, and after all, an education is simply that which fits us for our life work, and the successful applying of same, no matter what the calling or profession may be. Yes, he was educated by practical experience from the Book of Nature and proved himself a successful farmer.
    Mr. Nicholl’s brothers, James, Charters and Robert, predeceased him some years ago. In 1904, his wife died and in 1906 he married Miss Mary E. McCulloch of the Township of East Luther and together they enjoyed twenty-five years of happy and prosperous life.

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