I have read several postings referring to Chambers Dynes who was born in Ireland. In his family, the names Pierce and Valentine have also been mentioned.
All of these names are traditionally from the very extended families of Dynes in Seagoe parish near and at Portadown in Northern Ireland. Dynes were in Seagoe parish at least back to 1664 and are well detailed in the Seagoe parish registers.
Chambers Dynes was the only one of that name, which suggests that the name Chambers probably came from a maternal surname. He was baptised at Seagoe 22 May 1768 and had 2 elder sisters, Anne bapt 13 Oct 1765 and Eleanor bapt 1 Feb 1767.
Their parents were Francis Dynes and Ann. She was buried 17 Sept 1774 when Chambers was approx 6 yrs old.
There is no record in the register of Francis' baptism or parents. However, the names of Pierce and Valentine in Chambers' family provide good clues. There were at least 4 generations of Pierce Dynes, the first being bapt in 1729. This first Pierce is probably too young to be the father of Francis, but he could feasibly be his brother. If so, then the family line is evident for another 3 generations back.
Let's start at the beginning:
Henry Dynes was a tenant farmer in the townland of Crossmacaughully, 1664. The next generation were perhaps all his sons:
Meredith Dynes at Crossmcaughully, buried 1772.
Valentine Dynes leased 34 acres in Drumontry in 1715.
John Dynes leased 47 acres at the same place on same date, 1715. Buried 1720.
Henry Dynes had a lease at Bolteagh, buried 1699.
William Dynes buried 1719, of Magheragall parish.
Of those, Valentine is of most interest. His wife Frances was buried 16 Jan 1743. Their recorded children were:
Harry bapt 28 Jan 1694.
John bapt 7 Apr 1695. Buried 24 Nov 1695.
Valentine bapt 30 Aug 1696. Possibly buried 20 Jan 1766.
Arthur bapt 15 Oct 1699. Inherited the lease at Drumontry.
John bapt 19 Nov 1702. Buried 22 May 1774. Resided in Tullalish parish.
The Dynes family were catholic, but in 1768, Thomas, Meredith, William, Valentine, Arthur and John went over to the established church. I interpret this to mean the Church of Ireland, but have recently been told that some of the early Dynes became Methodist.
The youngest son John married Elizabeth and they had one son registered:
Pierce bapt 6 Apr 1729.
Also possibly Arthur, buried 15 June 1811 age 83, therefore born approx 1728.
Also possibly Francis, as above. If Francis was born to this family, say 1730/31, he would have been about 35 at the birth of his eldest daughter Anne.
There were 2 more Pierce Dynes who were probably cousins:
Pierce buried 5 Jan 1840, age 75, therefore born approx 1765, of Ballydougan. I interpret him as possibly a son of Arthur.
Pierce, buried 28 Apr 1846 age 68, therefore born approx 1778. I interpret him as possibly a son of Pierce.
There were 2 more generations of Pierce, perhaps one of which went to America.
I must stress that the connections for Francis and Arthur and the 2 younger Pierce are interpretations and could be wrong, but they appear to be the best fit amongst the evidence available. More information is needed to confirm their connections.
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