Sinclairs of Kinneary House

These notes and the following family tree were compiled by Thomas Hilary Sinclair, Senior, formerly of Manchester, and then resident in Llandudno, North Wales. His father corresponded with all branches of the family when alive, and some old scrapbooks compiled by his sisters about 1850 containing numerous newspaper cuttings, some without dates, came into his possession and helped in his work. He first visited Kinneary with his father 63 years before and at that time there were at least 10 farmhouses in the district occupied by people with connections to the family, but when he had completed his compilation, Kinneary House was the only one in which Sinclairs lived.

His mother had informed him that the family settled there in 1642 from Scotland, and the first member would not accept a gift of land, as it carried some restriction with the gift, to which he objected, and consequently they were tenant farmers until the Lands Purchase Acts. Before machinery for spinning and weaving came into use, many farmers in the district farmed out linen yarn to handloom weavers and added considerably to their incomes. His mother also informed him that there was originally in the old home a framed coat of arms which was presumably brought by the first settler, and rather pointed to him being a Scotchman of some standing, if not of large means. They were the arms of the Caithness family of Sinclairs.

He was unable to trace any registration of births, deaths and marriages before 1788 because the records of Clonfeacle Church, Blackwatertown, the parish church of the district in early times, were destroyed in the Court of Records fire during the Rebellion. The farm has been handed down father to son from 1642, and then was in the hands of a young Simon Sinclair .

The following obituary from The Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Magazine & Miscellany of Christian Knowledge and Useful Information, Vol. 1 (1823), pp. 362-363 was given to the compiler by Annie Verner:

"Miss Elizabeth Sinclair, the subject of the following memoir, was the youngest child of the late Mr John Sinclair of Kinneary, in the County of Armagh: and born in the year 1792. Her parents early in life embraced the gospel and joined the Methodist Society. For many years previous to their decease they cordially entertained the preachers, and religious meetings were held in their house. After living to a good old age they died in peace and went to heaven."


The Sinclairs of Kinneary House


1 2 3 4 5 6  generations            
John Sinclair of Kinneary House, Co. Armagh, m. Elizabeth          
  Thomas of Tullyroan (c.1775-1847) m. Lydia Hazelton of Killyman    
  Elizabeth (1793-1820), unm.              
  John (1788-1844) m. 1810 Isabella Hazelton (1789-1861)        
    John (1819-1858) went to Pennsylvania, USA        
    m. Eliza Langtry of Belle Vue, Richhill, Co. Armagh (1819-1858)      
      Robert (1851-) m. shot by his wife in Philadelphia, no issue    
      Ellen J. (1847-) m. Mr McMullen of Clearville County, NY, USA    
        Samuel, Robert, Davis, George, Fred, Leila      
        Mrs McClayton Haines        
        Mrs Victor Stephens          
        Mrs William D. Young          
        Mrs Gordon Stephens          
        Mrs Francis Hagg            
    Eliza, went to USA              
    m. 1st William Corrigan              
      John, m. issue              
    m. 2nd Mr Reay, no issue            
    Thomas (1816-1890), went to Manchester as a missionary      
    m. Anne Langtry of Belle Vue, Richill, Co. Armagh (1823-1905)      
      Isabella (1846-1914) m. Joseph Orr of Cranagill, Co. Armagh (-1921)    
        Mabel, unm.            
        Ada (-1927), unm.            
        Minnie, unm.            
        Hilary m. 1914 Ernest W. Walmsley        
      Lydia Jane (1848-1932), unm.          
      Frances Mary (1850-1924), unm.        
      Eliza (1855-1909), unm.            
      Adelaide (1859-1935), unm.          
      Robert John (1862-1929), unm., d. in New Zealand      
      William Roe (1864-1940) m. Annie Lea of Cheetham, Manchester    
      Thomas Hilary (1868-) m. Maude Gertrude Sloane (1879-1944)    
        Norah Langtry (1909-1914)        
        Thomas Hilary (1911-) m. daughter of Sir David and Lady Ross    
          Simon Sinclair            
          Thomas Sinclair          
        9 other children, none of whom reached 21 years      
    William (1824-1847)              
    Ann (-1876) m. John Hyde Cardwell of Loughgall, Co. Armagh      
    Isabella (1827-1887) m. John Gunning of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh (1826-1881)  
      John St. Clair, MD, doctor in Enniskillen, unm.      
      William, MA, Classical Master at Methodist College, Belfast (-1909)    
      m. Miss Stevenson of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, no issue      
      Samuel m. Miss Hewitt of Belfast, went to Canada, issue      
      Emily, unm.              
      Isabella (-1906) m. Rev. Cuthbert Mitchell, issue      
      Charles (1861-1870)            
      Sinclair m. 1890 Kate Benson of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh    
        John (1891-), Royal Navy        
        Cecil, Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers        
        F. Douglas, Lieut. (-1916), Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers, d. in First World War  
        Willie Sinclair            
        Kathleen Winifred m. 1935 William James Maxwell of Co. Fermanagh  
      Robert Cardwell, Lieut.Col. RAMC (-1930) m. Eva Lydia Hands of St. Helena  
      Mary m. Dr E. H. Goodbody, MD, of Great Bradfield, Essex, issue    
      Alice m. 1895 Robert Hunter, went to Australia and returned to London, issue  
    Lydia (1833-1877) m. James Verner of Derryane (-1926), d. in Belfast    
      John Sinclair (-1907), unm.          
      Sinclair, unm.              
      Annie Cardwell (-1941), unm.          
      Lizzie Lilburn m. Frederick E. Whalley of Belfast      
        Seymour, Lydia            
      Ellen m. Stewart Wortley (-1909), no issue        
      Isabella (-1927) m. Mr Waddell, no issue        
    Ellen m. William Potts of Manchester        
      Thomas m. Miss Scott, went to Canada, issue 1 son      
      Charles m. went to Southampton, issue      
    Simon of Kinneary (1820-1874) m. Sarah Jackson of Ballymagurney    
      John (-1910), unm.            
      William, went to Australia, unm.        
      Thomas, unm., d. 61 years          
      Elizabeth m. T. S. Corrigan          
      Annie (1866-1891), unm.          
      Emily (-1940) m. 1887 Samuel C. Sloane of Armagh (-1919)    
        Simon S., jeweller at Cookstown, m. 1919 Madge Acheson of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone
          Mary Isobel m. Major Harold K. Scott, issue 1 son      
          Sinclair m. 1943, issue 1 son        
        John M., Official at Probate Court, Belfast, Amateur Billiard Champion of Ulster, 1927
        m. 1927 Margaret Patterson of Armagh      
        Campbell, unm.            
    Alfred, went to USA, m. in Pennsylvania, issue, mostly sons      
  Simon of Kinneary (1858-1931)            
    m. 1st 1892 Sara Robinson of Killylinn (-1893)        
      Daisy, m. not known
    m. 2nd 1894 (Lurgan) Adelaide Dorothea Robinson of Portadown (-1932), d. in Canada  
      Simon of Kinneary (1895-1938) m. Margaret Emerson of Derryscollop    
        David George Robinson (1932-1937)        
        Simon Alfred (Alfie), went to Canada 1952 (1933-) m. Marilyn Auld  
          Simon Eric (1964-)        
          David (1967-)          
        Charles Robinson (1934-) m. Betty, no issue      
        Edward Tate (Ted) of Canary House, Dungannon (1936-1985) m. Barbara Lamb (1944-)
          Simon George (1970-)        
          Edward Benjamin (1971-)        
          John Alfred (1974-)        
      Noel, went to Toronto, served in First World War, m. Isabel Ruby Stuart    
        Donald Stuart, Sinclair          
      Norman, went to Canada          
      Cecil, went to Canada, issue 2 children        
      Dorothy, went to Canada, issue twins