The Linen Trade in Northern Ireland

As a descendant of at least one weaver from Northern Ireland, I’ve been fascinated learning about the linen trade from a book I picked up about Ireland. It was brought by French Huguenot immigrants at the end of the 17th century. Huguenots were Protestants often persecuted in majority Catholic countries such as France. My ancestor James brought … Continue reading The Linen Trade in Northern Ireland

What Do Northern Ireland, Pennsylvania, Iowa & Australia Have in Common?

Some distant Boal cousins from Australia responded after finding some of my posts on John S. Boal. We then began communicating via email. They tracked down connections, which I had never successfully made before. The family came to Iowa from Pennsylvania. Some of them then left the United States for Australia. Prior to this they … Continue reading What Do Northern Ireland, Pennsylvania, Iowa & Australia Have in Common?

Those damn Presbyterians!

GREAT SCOT! Presbyterianism is proving to be an important factor in the lives of some of my ancestors, so I’ve been learning more about it. My great grandmother’s mother was born into an Ulster Presbyterian family. They came to America from Northern Ireland in 1790 and likely migrated from Scotland before that, settling in Ireland. … Continue reading Those damn Presbyterians!

Thankfully, the Troubles are over, mostly.

A little boy walking to his friends encounters British soldiers around the corner in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 1973 pic.twitter.com/Cc2pQQ7FsI — History In Pictures (@HistoryInPix) August 9, 2017 My interest stems partly from being a descendant of immigrants from Northern Ireland, Ulster Presbyterians. ajh

250 Years Ago Today — March 17, 1764

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1764, somewhere in Ireland, a little baby boy was born. He was christened James. Born to a man named Boal and a mother whose name is lost. It was a Saturday. An ocean away, in British North America, New York City had just begun the tradition of celebrating the day, … Continue reading 250 Years Ago Today — March 17, 1764