Nancy Jeanne Rochelle Charlesworth has kindly allow me to add her transcription of the 1864 Clough Presbyterian Church Stipend List of 1864.

Stipend List of Clough Presbyterian Church 1864[1]


  1. Steven Bajkay Says:

    Hello. I am compiling a Law family tree for my wife. I noticed on the 1864 Stipend List of Clough a William Law. Her ancestor is William Law of this area.

    Can you explain to me what a Stipand List was, and the pews associated with the names.

    Thank you.


    • genealogygirl Says:

      All I know is this is a list of people who paid for pews. But I don’t know what pew the names are associated with. Sorry.

      Do have a friend in Ballymena with the sir name Law that you might want to contact. Alan Law:


  2. Elwyn Soutter Says:

    My understanding is that the stipend list was a method used to pay the Minister’s salary and to pay for the upkeep of the church. A family paid an agreed amount for the year, and in return they got the use of a certain numbered pew for the year. A version of the 10% tithe specified in the bible. This method of payment fell into disuse towards the end of the 19th century and was generally replaced but other methods of payment eg weekly donations.

  3. Ken Ray Says:

    Are there any very early records, say in the 1810-1830 era, for the Rasharkin Presbyterian Church? I have 5 family of Rea’s that lived in the general area, at least one family attended this church.

    • genealogygirl Says:

      I don’t know anything about Rasharkin records in particular, but if you go to the PRONI website you can find a list of all the church records they have on microfilm. The burial records we took pictures of at the Braid are all after 1875. You also might join the MidAntrim group at Yahoo and post a query. I am sure someone there can help you.

  4. Kim Wills Says:

    Can you possibly adivise,….I found that my family of CARSON’s came from Antrim in 1818. In a note they said that a pastor sent a note of reference for them and said he was from the church in CLOUGH. Do you know how to go about finding if these records till exist from this time. The family was Presbyterian before they came to the USA. I looked at the PRONI stie, and thought it was a bit overwhelming, I didn’t know where to start. Thanks!

    • genealogygirl Says:

      Records from the Clough church were burned in a fire. There is nothing from that early a time. Researching in Antrim can be very discouraging because of the lack of records. My family records would have been there also.

  5. Nancy Dulmage, Kemptville, Ontario, Canada Says:

    My husband’s ancestors were McCarleys from Ballymena area. I am looking for some marriage or baptism records from the early 1800s. Have found some in Ballymena First Presbyterian ( at PRONI) but some of the family are missing. Especially looking for a Mary and Rose McCarley b. circa 1840 (parents John and Rose/Rosana Moore) and a James McCarley b. ca. 1820s who married a Mary/Jane/Jenny Peacock circa 1835-1840. Also a David McCarley b. ca. 1820s at Ballymena and Thomas McCarley born 1848 (possibly born in Belfast). Townlands mentioned in PRONI records found were Carniny, Balleee, Ballycraigy and Brocklemont. Any help would be great.

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