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Poyntzpass and District Local History Society has launched the 12th edition of its journal ‘Before I forget’
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Very interesting talk tonight by Brian McDonnell about letters written by his ancestor Michael Haughey in the 19th century. Interesting and colourful insight into life in county Armagh during the second half of that century.
Did you know that after an arranged marriage (which many of them were) the bride was forbidden to visit her parents for the first month? And when she did visit her parents, it was accepted that she might not return to her new husband.
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Next Talk is on Thursday 6th March. See you all there!
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We received this message from Michael Coglin in Australia, regarding the Society Presentation on the Redpaths and Point Pass in November 2009.
What a marvellous piece of work. Heartiest congratulations!
I don’t know if you have access to ancestry.com. My family history contains information on my great great grandparents William and Lettitia nee Redpath Greenfield. This includes her newspaper death notice and a photo of her headstone. The latter is interesting on a number of counts – the version of the spelling of her Christian name and the incorrectly stated age (all other evidence points to her birth in Co Armagh in 1832). Most interestingly she died and is buried on the Greenfield property and the headstone (no doubt erected by her sons by Henry, William Henry and George Hutchinson) makes no reference to her second marriage. Henry whom she married within 6 months of her arrival in 1854 died in 1872. In 1877 she married George Brewster, a man 14 years her junior. The wedding took place in the home she had shared with her late husband. She outlived George too – he died in 1890, she in 1919.
What a life for a simple farmer’s daughter from rural Ireland including seeing out the Great War! One can only admire the bravery of those intrepid sisters as they set out from home all those years ago.
There is a great short bio of Henry and Lettitia attached to my ancestry.com.au tree. I can’t attach it to this email (my limited iPad skills) but when I get home to Melbourne from my holiday in Spain on 15 March I can send it to you if necessary.
Cheers for now and thanks again
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Very interesting talk last Thursday by young Alexander Cupples, who studied archaeology at Queens University. Alex told us about the early medieval archaeology in Aghaderg Parish, covering the period 400AD to 1200AD. A note of thanks was made by John Lennon from Ballyvarley. John presented on a similar subject in the first ever edition of “Before I Forget”.
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Next Talk is on Thursday 9th January at 8pm in the Meeting Place Poyntzpass. Hopefully see you all there.
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Here is the plan to renovate the Ball Alley and put a roof on it. It is believed that the Ball Alley is older than Poyntzpass itself.
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The Society has always prided itself on being reasonably self-sufficient in the provision of:
• Subjects for monthly talks September -April
• Persons to talk on such topics
• Ideas for summer outings- one full-day outing and three evening outings per summer.
Each year the committee has a challenge of coming up with fresh ideas for all the foregoing. Accordingly we are asking for your help by responding to all or any of the following points and returning your answers at your leisure to a member of the committee.
1) Name or describe any topic or subject you would like to suggest for a talk.
2) Would you be willing to give a talk yourself on any such topic?
3) Name (in confidence) any other person who you think would be willing and able to give a talk to the Society; and also if you can, a topic to which they would be suited.
4) Name or describe any place which you would suggest as suitable for an outing, whether evening or full-day.
5) Make any other suggestion you wish for the improved running of the Society.
6) Finally, would you like to become more actively involved in our History Society? If so, please specify subject(s), if any, of particular interest.
Please either send us a Facebook message with your ideas or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Next meeting is on Thursday 5th December at 8pm in Poyntzpass. It is our AGM, will include a special programme and all are welcome. Note also that the latest issue of our magazine is on sale – make sure you get a copy.
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