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:


    • Jan Dickerson Says:

      My great, great, great Grandfather (Ross McNeal) was born in either Castlewellan or Clough (both are listed on the geneology paperwork I have). He was born about 1764. He was married to Margery Graham Feb. 18, 1796 in the Presbyterian church in Clough. They left Ireland in Aug. 25 1801 & arrived in Philadelphia, PA. In earlier post I see you said that the church records were burned. Is there any other place I can check on these records? Was hoping to find who either ones parents were. And interested in knowing if Ross McNeal left behind relatives in Ireland.

  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.

    • Hazel K Says:

      There are still a lot of the carson family living in the area. The online BT phonebook for northern ireland or may reveal some contacts. Most are farmers and live on and around the Tullykittagh Road, Ballybogy Road, Ballycregagh Road, Glenleslie Road, Rosedernott Road area between Clough and Cloughmills. Look up Ned Carson (oldest), James Carson, Adam Carson. Any resident in the area will redirect you hopefully.
      Also look up for the 1901 census for Clough, County Antrim.

  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.

  6. Nancy Orr Says:

    There is a William McBurney, 156 Ballymoney Road Ballymena BT43 5BZ. His mother was Agnes McCarley from Moat Road, Harryville, Ballymena. She died about 30 years ago, but he may be able to provide information. There is also a W. McCarley 26 Pinegrove Park Ballymena BT43 6TJ, who might be able to help you.
    When I was a child, I went to learn Irish Dancing at the Sally McCarley School of Dancing & the above names would have the same family connections. Sally McCarley’s married name was Mrs Tanner & she lived her married life in Dublin, where she died.
    These McCarleys would have had connections with Harryville Presbyterian Church in Ballymena.
    I am only trying to be helpful, but do not wish to go any further with your search, & I would ask you not to use my email address for any correspondence.

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

    Thank you so much, Nancy for this information. I appreciate your kindness very much. I will attempt to contact these individuals by post. It is especially helpful to get the name of the church of these particular McCarleys. My husband’s gr gr grandfather was born in the townland of Ballee, which I believe is where Harryville is. Very interesting.

    Nancy Dulmage,

    Kemptville, Ontario, Canada

    • Sally Hanvey Says:

      Hi Nancy Dulmage , This is your friend Sally McCarley Hanvey in Antrim , Just to let you know that W J McCarley at Pinegrove Park in Ballymena is my brother and William McBurney my second cousin and Sally McCarley Tanner was my aunt .

  8. Nancy Dulmage, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Says:

    Really! That is interesting! Nancy

  9. Tom Stewart Says:

    28 May 2015 from Tom Stewart… Hello.

    The 1864 stipend list for Clough lists many of my relatives, as verified by family Because
    of it WE WILL VISIT on 13, 14, 15 July 2015 and WE WOULD LIKE HELP.

    My great grandparents were married there:
    William J Stewart & Margaret J McAlister on 3 or 30 June 1849. They had maybe 7 children (including my Granda
    Robert Stewart, 4 April 1867). My grandmother Jenny Ann Brown (b 26 Dec 1868) was at Clough with her parents
    (Thomas Brown and Jenny Ann Linton). So that is 3 names on the stipend. Plus my grandaunt Isabella Stewart
    married William Frew, the 4th name. Most of those children immigrated to Geneseo, NY, USA where my grand
    parents married.

    I think my great grandparents (WJ Stewart and Margaret) are buried at Clough (maybe lot #178)??

    On the death list,
    there is William John Stewart (age 81 in 1909 “poor man”) and Margaret Stewart (age 84 in 1910 “poor woman”).
    Those ages agree with their age. Could they have ended up in an “old folks house”? I thought Wm was
    a farmer… had a farm. Maybe he was a farm laborer and the children left as soon as possible to be less of
    a load. The children farmed in New York.

    I have QUESTIONS:
    (1) If Wm J Stewart had a farm or worked on one, how could I find it? Civil record?
    (2) Could I learn where in Scotland Wm&Margaret came from and who were their parents?
    (3) Could I find any living relatives living near Ballymena?
    (4) Can I find the grave?
    (5) Should I join a local geneology group?

    With best wishes, Tom Stewart…

    • genealogygirl Says:

      I am sure I can help with the questions. I have to get into Ireland mode. Off the top of my head. “Poor woman” etc has to do with class not an old folks home.

      1. YES talk to everyone you can about the names you have. I can ask my cousins about the names. They may be able to point you to some people. What town land was there farm?

      2. Tell me the town land and time period. I can probably find the farm. Or at least tell you how to find it.

      3. I have some Linton stuff. I will look for Jennie’s name.

      4. I am not a lot of help with Scotland. Do you know if they them selves came from there or their ancestors?

      5. 3 days isn’t long enough. I have been there 7 times for 2 weeks at a time and still it wasn’t enough time.

      Let me look at what I have tomorrow but send me the town land and any other info you have. Email to

      I wish I were going to Ireland.


  10. Tom Stewart Says:

    Anne, SORRY I tried to send this to your @yahoo link but I do not think it is working with my Comcast set up….. Tom Stewart

    June 2015>>> Ann, Thank you for your prompt reply.

    I am most interested in finding any Stewart farms from 1800 to 1880 near Cloghmills, in or near
    Tullaghbane Townland of Dunaghy District and hope you can assist me.

    I have learned more in the last 6 days. Stewarts have lived in Dunaghy District since the 1700s.
    There is a Clogh grave foto of a Rob Stewart (b.1743 d.29 Dec 1826).
    He or a brother could be grandfather (born 60 yrs ahead) of my great great grdfather John Stewart
    (b. 1803 d. 14 June 1880).

    There is a Clogh grave foto of that John Stewart (erected by his son Alex b.1840 d. 6 Aug1906).
    Alex is brother of my great granda, Wm John Stewart (b.1828 d.18 April 1909).

    1) I read that the actual graveyard is at Cloghmills 3mi N of Clogh.
    My grand uncle Alex (namesake of Alex above) was listed as being from Cloghmills.

    2)Tullaghbane Townland is under 2miles NE of Cloghmills.
    CAN YOU advise me how to find any Stewart farms near there from 1750 on??

    3)HOW can I find 1800’s census data for Dunaghy District? I stumbled into 1851 info.

    4)Is worth it? I am trying a two week free trial but when I try to get detailed info
    they say it will cost more. Do you have to pay more for census info? Maybe in August I’ll try 1 month
    of hi cost level if they allow that.

    5)A big find was that John Stewart grave foto/data (above). A link to Wm John (my Grt grt grndda)
    led all the way to Geneseo NY where I was born. The Clogh Presby Stipend list was big as it linked
    Clough to 4 or 5 families in my line of ancestors.

    6)In addition to finding a farm, it would be great if I could find some distant relative.

    Thank you again. We leave home on 23June on our trip that goes thru Clogh on 14, 15, 16 July.

    I hope to hear from you for any info and/or instructions on what I need to do to get it.

    Tom Stewart

    • genealogygirl Says:


      I tried to email you but it bounced. I need to contact you off the blog. Any suggestions? I have never had a problem with Comcast addresses before. Do you know what the problem is?


  11. Tom Stewart Says:

    SORRY my eMail was missing the last t in “net”

  12. K Elaine Hamilton HSc Says:

    tom stewart I think I may have some links to the families you seek as I have a large number of stewarts lintons etc all from the dunaghy //kilconway///tullaghbane //cloughmills region …email me
    if you think i can help

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