My name is Erin Davie from Hamilton, New Zealand.
I have recently found the Dynes family Genealogy Forum and found it very interesting.
My Great Grandfather was a William Dynes from Drumcree, County Armagh.
His parents were Francis Dynes and Elizabeth Mathers.
In 1859 a plague of smallpox hit the area and Francis died. Six weeks later Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter, Maria, Williams younger sister and soon afterwards she died.
Young William and Maria were raised by Francis' brother Christoper and his wife Sarah. They already had seven children of their own. In January 1874 they emigrated to New Zealand in the hope of a better future.
William was 17 and Maria 15.
I have information that Francis and Christopers parents were James Dynes and Sarah Moore but not sure if that was correct.
From Down Under in N.Z.
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