details information about the ancestors of my maternal
Beggs, born in Belfast,
Northern Ireland and emigrated to New Zealand.
The information on my
ancestors is spread across ten entry pages for ease of
download - the initial page comprises
an index of all ancestor surnames
linking to tables detailing ancestry (each linking to the
details of the concerned individual. The next page provides details up to grandparents (maternal)
or great grandparents (paternal), a table of birth place distributions and a list of relevant external
On subsequent pages are
details of further ancestors past great grandparents - 2.
from Isles of Scilly, England.
line from London area, England.
line from St Ives area in western Cornwall, England. 4a.With an extension from Margaret Gaverigan in the
16th century to old Cornwall pedigreed families. 5. Penno line from Bodmin area in Cornwall via
South Australia. 5a. With an off-shoot
(Schraep) from Mecklenburg, Germany via Nelson, New
Zealand and South Australia. 6.
This page covering the Beggs and Smyth lines from
Belfast, Northern Ireland. 8. Harney and Dowling
from Ireland via New Zealand's South Island.
photos of Mary and Robert Beggs and descendant
Note: Am looking for information on
descendants of William Beggs,
Samuel Beggs, Joseph Beggs & John Beggs, sons of John and
Elizabeth Beggs of Belfast, at least one of whom emigrated to
USA. If you have any information please email Graeme Legg.
Surnames included: Beggs - Smyth - Woodside
Maternal ancestors via Beggs (Dorothy)
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Baptised: 22 January 1849 at Ballylinny Parish,
Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Smyth on 25 May 1877 at Ekenhead
Parish, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Occupation: Builder / brick layer.
Died: 7 July 1912 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, age 63 of
"malignant goitre". (Son William Beggs in attendance at
Parents: William Beggs and Jane Woodside. (Note this connection is probable but not absolutely
Robert Beggs - other children.
- Family addresses (all in Belfast):
1884 - 16 Derg St
1899 - 24 Southport St
1901 - 48 Southport St
1904 - 14 Mountainview Rd
1909 - 16 Mountainview Rd
1912 - 70 Newport St
13. Elizabeth Smyth
Born: c. 1859 at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Maiden name: Elizabeth Smyth.
Married: John Beggs on 25 May 1877 at Ekenhead Parish, Belfast, Northern
Died: 26 July 1917 at 70 Newport St of cardiac arrest, age 58.
Parents: Samuel Smyth.
- Samuel. Born 21 March 1878, baptised 29 May 1878 at
Ekenhead Parish. Occupation: Commercial clerk at age of
23 in the 1901 census.
- William. Born 9 October 1879 at 77 Riga
St, baptised 30 November 1879 at Ekenhead Parish.
Probably died as an infant.
- William. Born 8 October 1881, baptised 8 February 1882
at Ekenhead Parish. Occupation: Mill mechanic at age of
19 in the 1901 census.
- John. Born 8 Dec 1883 at 16 Derg St, Belfast. Not
located with family in 1901 census.
- Lizzie (daughter). Born 21 Jan 1886 at 16
Derg St. (Possibly the
Elizabeth Beggs who married Joseph MCPHERSON on 4 Nov
1908 at Saint Annes Church of Ireland, Parish Shankill,
- Joseph. Born 21 Jan 1887 at 16 Derg St. Occupation:
Office boy at age of 13 in the 1901 census.
- Robert. Born 11 March 1890 at 16 Derg St.
- All children born in Belfast.
- In 1911 census only four of the seven
children were mentioned as still being alive. This meams
that either Samuel or Joseph died between 1901 &
- Was listed as a dressmaker living at 115
McClure St in 1877 Belfast street directory.
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24. William Beggs
Born: c. 1801.
Occupation: Farmer, book-finisher.
Woodside c. 1826 in Ballyclare area,
Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Died: 2 May 1882 at 16 Derg St, Belfast (age 81)
Parents: William Beggs and Anne (?) (this connection is possible but not proved).
Son: John Beggs - other children. (noe due to paucity of records below children are
probable but niot definately confirmed)
- Suspect that family moved to Belfast
shortly after last child born as marriages of four of the
children found at Ekenhead parish church.
25. Jane Woodside
Maiden name: Jane Woodside.
Beggs c. 1826 in Ballyclare area,
Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Died: 14 April 1894, of bronchitis, at 1 Danube Street, Belfast.
Death reported by daughter in law, Mary Anne Beggs (wife of
Robert). Age reported as 94 at death, although this is probably
Son: John Beggs.
- Administration of the estate of Jane
Beggs, widow, of 1 Danube Street who died at same place
14 April 1894, was granted to Robert Beggs of 1 Danube
St, builder, the son. Effects £6.8s.4d.
- William. Baptised: 8 Feb 1827 at
- Anne. Baptised 24 April 1829 at
- William. Baptised 19 Dec 1831 at
- Jane Grant. Baptised 1 April 1834 at
- James Beggs. Baptised 25 June 1836 at
Ballyeaston. Married 23 Aug 1893 at Henderson,
Illinois, United States (note age on this marriage listed
at 51) to Margaret McKEE (age 38, born in Ireland to
Samuel Mckee & Margaret Sloan)
- Esther. Baptised 20 Nov 1838 at Ballylinny
- Hugh. Baptised 18 May 1841 at Ballylinny
- Joice. Baptised 24 Dec 1843 at Ballylinny
Parish, Antrim. Married James DUNSEATH (caterer, father
George DUNSEATH) on 30 May 1874. Jane BEGGS was a witness
(PRESUMABLY either mother Jane, or sister Jane).
- Robert. Born c. 1845 at Ballyclare
(according to 1901 census records). Married Mary Anne
BEATTIE (dressmaker from Belfast, father John BEATTIE) on
20 August 1868 at Ekenhead Church. (Mary born c. 1846-47)
Children (baptism records from Ekenhead parish, Belfast):
(i) John. - bap 12 Sept 1869. (boot manufacturer) Married
Sarah Anne McCLEAN on 6 Oct 1892 (born c. 1872-3, minor
under 21, father Robert McCLEAN, provisions merchant).
(This family who emigrated to Christchurch in 1921)
...Children of John & Sarah included: Robert Beggs
(born 1893), John Beggs (bap 18 Aug 1896), William Beggs
(ii) Sarah Jane. - bap 31 March 1871. Married Joseph
CAMPBELL (policeman) on 6 Oct 1892.
(iii) Joyce - born c. 1874 in America.
(iv) Annie. - bap 28 Dec 1877
(v) Mary. - bap 20 Dec 1880
(vi) Bella - born c. 1884.
(vii) Robert James - born c. 1886.
(viii) William. - bap 7 May 1888
(ix) Hugh. - bap 7 Sept 1889
- John. Baptised 22 Jan 1849 at Ballylinny Parish,
- Mary. Baptised 15 April 1852 at Ballylinny
26. Samuel Smyth
Born: c. 1818-1819.
Occupation: Coach-smith / blacksmith.
Died: 29 July 1877 at 139 McClure St, Belfast, age 58 years
(widower at death).
Daughter: Elizabeth Beggs.
- Samuel lived at 8 Rochford Place, Belfast
in 1865, and 14 Old Lodge Rd in 1870. Suspect he died
shortly after. Elizabeth probably had a sister Sarah
Smyth as this lady helped her when her son Joseph was
- An Agnes Smyth was a witness on the
marriage of daughter Elizabeth in 1877,
this may be another daughter of Samuel.
- a John Smyth married Eliza Cairns about
1866 (children's baptisms recorded from 1867 at Ekenhead)
not confirmed yet as brother of Elizabeth, but appears
probable. Children: Margaret Smyth - bap 14 July 1867 at
- The following was in the Belfast
Newsletter 30 July 1877.
Smyth: July 29 at the residence of his son in law,
139 McClure St Belfast. Mr Samuel Smyth late of Old Lodge
Rd, aged 58 years. His remains will be removed for
internment in Shankhill Burying Ground tomorrow Tuesday
3pm. Friends will please accept this intimation.
- From a marriage registration at St Ann's
parish of Belfast in the diocese of Connor in the Church
of Ireland. Samuel Smyth age 27 bachelor blacksmith 80
Hopeton St father Samuel Smyth blacksmith married a
Catherine McGeough in 1875. The witnesses at the marriage
were a Joseph and Jane Black.When the couple's daughter
married in 1898 Samuel Smyth was described as a coach
builder. Samuel Smyth and Catherine's family Mary
Josephine, 1879, Samuel 1880, Sarah 1882, Catherine 1884,
- In 1852 Belfast directory Smith and Waugh,
coachbuilders are listed under "coach
factories" at 20 Chichester Street from Donegal
Square East), with their residence at 22 Chichester
Street. (Note: Smith spelling so not sure related,
particularly as Samuel not listed as a name, although
first names of Smith & Waugh are not listed and both
are living at the same address). This tends to imply a
relatively modest shop. Belfast 1860 at 66 Donegall St a
Samuel Smyth, coachmaker and in the Griffiths Valuation
1847-1864 valuation of tenements in the parish of
Shankill St Ann's Ward in Donegall St Samuel Smyth the
occupier, Robert Bryce MD as the Immediate Lessor,
Description of Tenement as Ho, workshop & yard.
- Possible wife: Shankhill Graveyard transcriptions.
Erected by Samuel Smith of Belfast in memory of his
wife Sarah who departed this life 13/3/1871 aged 48. Also
7 of their children which died in infancy.
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48. William Beggs
Born: c. 1767.
Occupation: Was a farmer at Ballyclare townland, Ballyeasten
parish in 1813.
Son: William Beggs - other children
49. Anne (?)
Born: c. 1766.
Son: William Beggs
- Jane. Born c. 1791.
- James. Born c. 1793.
- Ann. Born c. 1796.
- Robert. Born c. 1798.
- Thomas. Born c. 1799.
- William. Born c. 1801. (this connection is possible
but not proved)
- Hugh. Born c. 1805.
- Esther. Born c. 1807.
- Note a James Beggs Married Mary McCUTCHEON
on 7 Oct 1867 at Coleraine, London Derry, Ireland
(Father's Name: Hugh Beggs, Spouse's Father's Name: James
Mc Cutcheon , Marital Status: Widowed) -
possibly a son of Hugh Beggs above
Children (all records from Ekenhead parish, Belfast):
(i) Martha - bap 30 Oct 1869.
(ii) Agnes - bap 15 Mar 1868.
(iii) Jane - bap 9 July 1877
(iv) John 2 Oct 1882
(v) James - bap 5 May 1881
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