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||Mary Hilditch |
In KGR data. I have been unable to find any support for it. 
The Hilditch family went to Antrim early in the 1600s, settling in a small triangular area running from Carrickfergus and Belfast up across to Larne, Straid, Ballyeaston and ending up at Ballymena. I believe (though cannot prove it) that they came over from England, which is where the family appear to originate from. They were in Antrim very early - I understand that there is a record of a Hilditch in Antrim in the early 1600s in Carrickfergus. I suspect that they came over at the same time as so many of the Scots, to settle the north. I also understand that they were Presbyterian and were heavily involved with the Presbyterian church in Carrickfergus early on. My own Hilditch ancestors came from the parish of Ballyeaston, most likely living at farms round that area - certainly two of the small hamlets had Hilditch members living there, but it is such a rare name and only found in that very small area, that I am pretty sure they are all descended from one common ancestor. They certainly appear to stick to the same first names - as I guess did most of their neighbours - John, Samuel, Thomas, William, John and Hugh, with Margaret, Mary, and and Agnes for the girls. I have a lot of info on some branches from the 1840s onward, and have tried to search for earlier information but both of the parish records I need were destroyed in 1922 so will probably never be able to make the connection - however I do know that many of the surnames mentioned on your list are the same as those in the area where my family lived.
||Roy~Royes | Roy
||3 Oct 2010 |