Rev. James Sinclair of Richhill

James Sinclair was born c.1801 near Tobermore, Draperstown, in Co Londonderry, where his father John was a farmer. James was educated at Old College Belfast, ordained 23 December 1824 and was minister at Richhill Presbyterian Church, Co Armagh, from 1826 until 1836. He married Mary Orr from Moneyguiggy, near Draperstown, about 1826 at Richhill and they had three children, Mary, John and James, all of whom emigrated to North America.  James died in Illinois, USA, on 23 December 1866 and is buried at the County Line Cemetery, Capron, Boone County, Illinois. My thanks to Patricia Smith for the descendants of William Jackson Sinclair, Snr (1841-1915), Rev. James Sinclair’s nephew Robert Sinclair’s first son.

The first congregation in Vinecash, Co Armagh, was in 1697, and included Richhill, Loughgall and Markethill. There were many Scottish Seceders amongst their number who had separated from the parent church in Scotland over ecclesiastical patronage. In 1824 the Secession Church and Independents merged and the Synod of Ulster agreed that Richhill could separate from Vinecash. Its first minister was James. The congregation obtained Regium Donum in the third class, or £50 late Irish currency, about seven years later. On 3 May 1836, James resigned this congregation, as well as the office of the ministry and engaged in secular pursuits.

The earliest Sinclair recorded was Robert Sinkler, a farmer on the townland of Moneyshanere, which bordered the townland of Tobermore. He died 25 November 1740.

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Descendant table

John Sinclair of Sixtowns, Draperstown, Co Londonderry m. Miss Hamilton
Robbin Sinclair
John Sinclair (1754-1843) m. Martha Knox (1760-1835)
Samuel E. Sinclair (1788-1876) of Blanket Hill, Pennsylvania, USA
m. (1) Elizabeth Adams (1792-1827)
Robert Sinclair (1812-1890) of Kittanning, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, USA m. Rebecca Blose (1814-1853)
William Jackson Sinclair, Snr (1841-1915) m. Evacy Cursilla Raught (1852-1936)
Mary Matilda Sinclair (1869-1911) m. John Alexander Hood
Edward John Sinclair (1871-1937) m. Effie May Hazlett
Alice Jemima Sinclair (1873-1941) m. David J. Wangaman
Caroline Rebeca (or Rebecca) Sinclair (1875-1951) m. Charles E. Larimer
Harry Hays Alonza Sinclair (1876-1957) m. Sarah Rebecca Stultz
Charles Elmer Sinclair (1879-1962) m. Stella May Mowery
Clara Sinclair (1882-1956) m. Hugh Bright
Ross Sinclair (1883-1939) m. Lula Baverly
Elizabeth Sinclair (1885-?) m. ?Turner
Eva Rosella Sinclair (1885-1970) m. John Wesley Laughlin
William Jackson Sinclair, Jnr (1887-1941)
m. (1) 1917 Katherine ?Wainer
m. (2) 1926 Martha Fay Henderson (1905- )
Robert Jacob Sinclair (1890-1966) m. Ruth Viola Klingensmith (1893-1986)
Robert Lee Sinclair (1912-1983)
m. (1) Jessie R. Murray (1912-1994)
Ronald Meredith Sinclair, Snr (1933-1961)
m. (2) Nita Margaret ?Carney
Patricia Lee Sinclair (1939-2019) m. Jon David Stevens, issue
William Jackson Sinclair (1916-1963) m. Betty E. Somers
Jackson M. Sinclair (1917-1975)
Samuel Eugene Sinclair (1919-2004) m. Mildred Henrietta Eyler (1920-1988), issue
Evelyn Elmira Sinclair (1926-2005) m. Harry Stuart Armor (1920-2005)
Jeffery Alan Armor (1951-1994)
Anna Mersada Sinclair (1892-1966) m. James Herbert McCready
Sarah Jane Sinclair (1842-1924)
Michael Blose Sinclair (1844-c.1930)
Eliza Sinclair (1847-1904)
John Sinclair (c.1850-1890)
Amanda Sinclair (c.1853-)
Betty Sinclair (c.1855-1895)
William Sinclair (c.1813/15-1883) m. Mary Ann Craverner (1831-1907)
William James Sinclair (1874-1932) m. Minnie Alice Lerner (1882-1956)
Walter W. Sinclair (1902-)
Bernice Ruth Sinclair (1904-c.1977)
Vernis R. Sinclair (1905-)
Alice Leona Sinclair (1906-1992)
Joseph Delmas Sinclair (1908-1970)
Kenneth Lerner Sinclair (1910-1990)
Richard James Sinclair (1914-1989)
Margaret Annabelle Sinclair (1915-1982)
Eleanor Madeline Sinclair (1918-1919)
Helen Eliza Sinclair (1920-2008)
Samuel Sinclair (1876-)
Mary J. Sinclair (1879-1967)
Alice (Elsie) Sinclair (c.1814/16-1860) m. Thomas Waterman
Ellis Sinclair (c.1817-)
Robert Sinclair (1817-)
Allen Sinclair (c.1818-c.1890)
John Sinclair (1821-1890)
Eliza Sinclair (1823-)
Elsie Sinclair (c.1823-)
Elizabeth ‘Eliza’ Sinclair (1823-1895) m. Charles Christopher Jessop (-1887)
Martha Sinclair (1825-1895) m. Daniel Blose
Robert Sinclair (-1860)
m. (2) Jane Hesien Cousley (1789-1875)
John Sinclair (1801-1881) of Sixtowns, Draperstown, Co Londonderry
Rev. James Sinclair (c.1801-1866), buried at the County Line Cemetery, Illinois, USA m. Mary (1811-1860), dau. of John and Ann Orr of Moneyguiggy, near Draperstown
Mary Sinclair (c.1827-), died at Prince Edward Island, Canada
John Sinclair (1828-1906), died at Klickitat, Washington, USA
James Sinclair (1832-1907)