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Re: Seeking advice on researching Tyrone records - surnames Bates, Kelly, Batch

Posted: 19 Nov 2008 8:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bates, Batch, Kelly
There are many excellent sources on the Internet with guidelines and suggestions for County Tyrone research, just do a Google search for "County Tyrone" with "research guide" or a similar phrase.

John Grenham's "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors" is an excellent guide book, and much of it is paraphrased on this RootsWeb/Ancestry site: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nirtyr/tyrone-research.htm

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast (PRONI) has helpful guidelines for family history on their web site, as does the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin. Remember that Co. Tyrone was once part of all Ireland, so early Dublin/Republic of Ireland records cover what is now Tyrone in Northern Ireland/U.K.

You might find your Bates, Kelly and Batch families listed in early Co. Tyrone records such as the Religious Census, 1766 (indexed on Ancestry.com); Spinning Wheel census, 1796 (indexed on Ancestry.com and various Ireland research web sites); the Freeholders lists, 1795-1796 (indexed at PRONI); and the Tithe Applotments, 1823-1838 (Co. Tyrone is included in Ancestry's index and you can also purchase the 6 northern counties tithe index on CD).

Since you know "Thomas Kelly" was the father of your ancestor Jonathon Kelly, for example, you can search the Tithe Applotments for the surname KELLY in Co. Tyrone, and you'll find these names indexed among the nearly 400 Kellys of different spellings in Tyrone:

Tithe Applotments 1823/24-1837/38
Name / County / Parish / Townland / Date

Thomas Kelley Tyrone, Donaghmore, Derryveen 1826
Thos. Kelley Tyrone, Donaghmore, Derryveen 1826
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Aghaloo, Cronkill 1825
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Aghaloo, Cronkill 1837
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Aghaloo, Kilshanagh 1825
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Aghaloo, Kilshanagh 1837
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Aghaloo, Knocknaroy 1825
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Aghaloo, Knocknaroy 1837
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Cappagh, Ervalee 1827
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Clogher, Beltany 1825
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Clogher, Lisnamoghery 1825
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Clogher, Lurgnaglar 1825
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Clonoe, Mulinaloghog 1827
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Donacavey, Tullarush 1827
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Donacavey, Tyreenan 1827
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Kilskeery, Lifford 1826
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Termonamongan, Ardarrow 1826
Thomas Kelly Tyrone, Tullyniskan, Drumey and Woodhill 1826
Thomas, Jr. Kelly Tyrone, Termonamongan, Sleveduff 1826
Thos. Kelly Tyrone, Cappagh, Ervalee 1827
Thos. Kelly Tyrone, Desertcreat, Tullyodonnell 1825
Thos. Kelly Tyrone, Desertcreat, Waterard 1825
Thos. Kelly Tyrone, Termonmaguirk, Aldrummond (Old Glen) 1825
Thos., Jr. Kelly Tyrone, Dromore, Esker 1834
Thos., Sr. Kelly Tyrone, Dromore, Esker 1834
Thos., Sr. Kelly Tyrone, Termonamongan, Sleveduff 1826
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Tithe Applotments for the surname BATES in Co. Tyrone:
Name / County / Parish / Townland / Date

Francis Bates Tyrone, Kildress, Glanarny 1826
John Bates Tyrone, Artrea, Aughrim Bates and Donnelly 1825
Saml. Bates Tyrone, Ardstraw, Newtownstewart (Back St.) 1834
Samuel Bates Tyrone, Derryloran, Gortalowry 1826
Samuel Bates Tyrone, Derryloran, Loy Gardens 1826
Thomas Bates Tyrone, Ardstraw, Cavandoragh 1834
Thomas Bates Tyrone, Artrea, Aughrim Bates and Donnelly 1825
Thos. Bates Tyrone, Desertcreat, Derryhash 1825
William Bates Tyrone, Artrea, Aughrim Bates and Donnelly 1825
Wm. Bates Tyrone, Artrea, Ballinenagh

There was no "James Bates" but that doesn't necessarily mean that he wasn't in Ireland, just that he wasn't the man responsible for paying tithes on whatever farmland he held (his father or an older brother might have been responsible); or he lived on non-tithed land such as church glebe property. Alternatively, he could have been deceased or had emigrated to another country by the time of the 1820s-1830s tithes. Do you know if Jonathon Kelly's parents or Sarah Bates' parents emigrated to Canada?
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There were no surnames resembling "Batch" in the Tithes index but that may have been a phonetic spelling of another name.
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PRONI has microfilms of many Co. Tyrone Presbyterian church registers, but you'd have to get an idea of your ancestor's parish and townland or village location to see what churches they might have attended in their area. I'd suggest trying to trace the Presbyterian BATES family and find a KELLY family living in the same parish and townland in the Freeholders and Tithes records. Then go to PRONI's Presbyterian church records index and see if the pertinent parish or parishes has been microfilmed. A professional researcher or research company in Belfast/Northern Ireland can then search the church registers for a fee, if you have funds to spend on genealogy. Or you might find a helping-hands volunteer on one of the Irish forums who'd do a look-up for you.

I'll be glad to help further if you want to write me directly.

Regards,
Annie Crenshaw



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anniecrenshaw 19 Nov 2008 3:15PM GMT 
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