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John BROWN m. Elizabeth ARMSTRONG - 1784 Carland Presbyterian Church
Posted by: Annie Crenshaw (ID *****0350) Date: January 13, 2011 at 11:11:59
  of 1710

I'm searching for any descendants or families related to John BROWN and Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, who married in 1784 at
Carland Presbyterian Church in County Tyrone. My ancestor Hanna ARMSTRONG was also married at Carland Presbyterian Church, in 1793 to Joseph HADDEN. It's very possible that Elizabeth ARMSTRONG who married there in 1784 may have been Hanna's sister or other relative, so I'm interested in tracing Elizabeth and her husband John BROWN.

Carland was the earliest Presbyterian Church established in Co. Tyrone. Founded in 1646, its members included some of the area's earliest Presbyterian families. The church was originally called "Donoughmore" and later "Dungannon."

The Carland Presbyterian Church register is transcribed in a typed copy at PRONI in Belfast, and original church booklets are at the Presbyterian Historical Society, also in Belfast.

Under marriage "proclamations" in the Carland congregation: "John Brown & Elizabeth Armstrong of ys [this congregation] Feby: 8th 1784."

What became of Elizabeth and John Brown, and where are their descendants today? Did they remain in the Carland congregation and baptize their children there? Unfortunately, many of Carland's early records were lost, and the baptismal register doesn't begin until the 1840s.

Carland church and cemetery are on Gortnaglush Road and townland about 3 miles north of Dungannon. No headstone appears in Carland's cemetery for John and Elizabeth Brown, but the graveyard is not as old as the church itself and doesn't have very early burials. In any case, the Browns may have lived elsewhere after their 1784 marriage and so are buried in another location.

R. J. McLean wrote in his excellent history, "The Old Meeting House at Carland" (copyright 1996), about early burials in the area's "very ancient" non-denominational graveyards: "The nearest communal burial grounds to Carland are Donaghmore, Tullynisken and Drumglass. Many old families living in the area for several generations have relatives buried in one or other of these cemeteries." I'm still researching BROWNS and ARMSTRONGS in surviving Donaghmore, Tullyniskan and Drumglass parish records but haven't yet identified John and Elizabeth.

There are a number of men named "John Brown" in Co. Tyrone in the 1796 Flax Growers List (which substitutes as a partial census), and in the Tithe Applotments of the 1820s-1830s. John Brown may have been a merchant, craftsman or tradesman and not counted in either list, but if he was a farmer and lived into early decades of the 19th century, he might be "John Brown" in Drumglass parish in the Tithes.

Dungannon, ancient O'Neill stronghold town and fortress and former county town of Tyrone, is in Drumglass parish. Its historical records include a number of BROWN families, and there were Dungannon connections with the well-known BROWN family of Donaghmore (see Brown's Soap Works), just a few miles away.

But, so many men were named "John Brown"! I haven't yet been able to identify anyone who positively seems to be John BROWN or Elizabeth ARMSTRONG who married at Carland in 1784.

If you are a descendant of John BROWN and Elizabeth ARMSTRONG or have any information that may help identify more on their families, I'd really appreciate hearing from you.

Annie Crenshaw


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