EARLS FAMILY CHRONICLES

© Christopher Earls Brennen

Appendix 2C. EARLS OF BALLYKINE

The Earls family of Ballykine, County Down:

James Earls was born about 1792 and became a farmer in Ballykine, County Down. He died on Jul.5, 1866, at the age of 74. James had several children:

  1. John Earls was of full age and a farmer from Upper Ballykine when he married Sarah Foreman on Feb.5, 1858, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch. Sarah was of full age, the daughter of Joseph Foreman, a farmer in Upper Ballykine. John died on Jan.11, 1888, and, in his will, bequeathed his entire estate to his wife, Sarah. In the 1901 Census, Sarah Earls is listed as a 64-year-old widow farming at Ballykine, Co.Down. In the 1911 Census she is listed as a 74-year-old widow and farmer living in Ballykine. John and Sarah had a number of children:
    1. James Earls was born about 1862 and is listed in the 1901 Census as an unmarried 39-year-old farmer's son living with his mother Sarah in Ballykine. In the 1911 Census he is listed as an unmarried 49-year-old farmer's son living with his mother in Ballykine.
    2. Joseph Earls was born about 1865 and is listed in the 1901 Census as an unmarried 36-year-old farmer's son living with his mother Sarah in Ballykine. In the 1911 Census he is listed as an unmarried 46-year-old farmer's son living with his mother in Ballykine.
    3. John Earls was born at Ballykine on Nov.5, 1867.
    4. William Earls was born at Ballykine on Apr.20, 1870. This may be the William Earls of Ballykine whose will was registered on Dec.30, 1920. In the 1911 Census he is listed as an unmarried 36-year-old tailor living with his mother in Ballykine.
    5. Margaret Earls was born at Ballykine on Sep.9, 1874.
    6. Jane Earls was born at Ballykine on Aug.7, 1876. She is listed in the 1901 Census as an unmarried 21-year-old farmer's daughter living with her mother Sarah in Ballykine.
    7. Richard Earls was born at Ballykine on Jun.28, 1879. He is listed in the 1901 Census as an unmarried 19-year-old farmer's son living with his mother Sarah in Ballykine. In the 1911 Census he is listed as an unmarried 30-year-old farmer's son living with his mother in Ballykine.
    8. Sarah Earls was born about 1884 and is listed in the 1901 Census as an unmarried 17-year-old farmer's daughter living with her mother Sarah in Ballykine.
  2. James Earls was of full age and a farmer in Ballykine when he married Mary Murdock on Aug.27, 1859, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch. Mary was of full age and also from Ballykine; her father was dead. James travelled to America for in his father's will of 1866 he is said to be there. However, this may also be the James Earls who, as a widower from Ballykine, married Susanna Pollock in Cargycreevy Parish Church on May 8, 1891.
  3. Jane Earls received 6 pounds in her father's will of 1866.
  4. Mary Earls received 5 pounds in her father's will of 1866 to be paid two years after her father's death. Mary was of full age and the daughter of farmer James Earles of Ballykine when she married Thomas McCadam on Oct.15, 1859, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch. Thomas was a bachelor farmer from Clontagh, Annahilt whose father Thomas McCadam was also a farmer.
  5. Elizabeth Earls received 20 pounds in her father's will of 1866. Eliza was of full age and the daughter of farmer James Earles of Ballykine when she married James Hill on Jun.30, 1865, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch. James was a bachelor farmer from Ballykine whose father was farmer William Hill. One witness was Margery Earles, presumably the bride's sister.
  6. Margery Earls received 20 pounds in her father's will of 1866. Margery was of full age and the daughter of deceased farmer James Earles of Ballykine when she married William Lemmon on Sep.23, 1870, in the Second Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch. William was a bachelor farmer from Ballydian, parish of Kilmore, whose father was farmer Bob Lemmon.
  7. Sarah Earls received 20 pounds in her father's will of 1866.
  8. Margaret Earls is mentioned as an unmarried daughter in her father's will of 1866.
  9. Nancy Earls is mentioned as an unmarried daughter in her father's will of 1866. An 81-year-old blind unmarried woman, Nancy Earls, is recorded in the 1911 Census as living in Mullghdrin, Dromara, County Down, with relatives, William and Mary Agnes Irvine.


Undoubtedly connected in some way is the family that begins with two brothers:

  1. William Earls was born about 1870 and became a tailor. In the 1901 Census he is listed as an unmarried 31-year-old tailor living at 44 Beech Street, Cromac, Co.Antrim, with his brother Thomas and his family.
  2. Thomas Earls was born about 1872 and worked at the gas works in Belfast. He married Eleanor D. McMaster of Ballykine, born about 1871. In the 1901 Census they are listed as living at 44 Beech Street, Cromac, Co.Antrim, with Thomas's brother William Earls (a tailor born about 1870), their two children and a visitor, seamstress 56-year-old Maggie Bennett. Thomas may have died prior to 1911 for in the 1911 Census, 41-year-old Eleanor Earls is listed as living in Burren, Dromara, with her three children. The children of Thomas and Eleanor Earls:
    1. John Earls was born about 1895 and is listed in the 1901 Census as a 6-year-old living with his parents at 44 Beech Street, Cromac, Co.Antrim. In the 1911 Census he is listed as an unmarried 16-year-old railway clerk living with his mother in Burren, Dromara, County Down. John married a woman named Jeanie and they went to live in Belfast.
    2. Eleanor M. Earls was born about 1897 and is listed in the 1901 Census as a 4-year-old living with her parents at 44 Beech Street, Cromac, Co.Antrim. In the 1911 Census she is listed as an unmarried 14-year-old living with her mother in Burren, Dromara, County Down. Eleanor married Robert McKelvey, a builder, and they lived in Ballynahinch.
    3. Thomas James Earls is listed in the 1911 Census as an unmarried 8-year-old living with his mother in Burren, Dromara, County Down. Thomas had a drapery shop in Ballynahinch. He married Wilhelmina Irvine, born about 1906, and they lived at 21 Main Street, Ballynahinch. Thomas James Earls died about 1982.


Also connected is the family of:

John Earls married a woman named Anne and had children:

  1. John Earls, junior, was a bank cashier who lived on Church Street, Ballynahinch. John died on Jul.30, 1927. He was the father of:
    1. James Earls, a saddler, who lived on Church Street, Ballynahinch He had eleven children among them:
      1. Thomas Earls, the second youngest (his grandson is Garth Earls of the Geological Survey, NI, Gearls1@aol.com).
    2. John Earls was born about 1868. In the 1901 Census he is listed as a 33-year-old Presbyterian saddler living at 7 Church Street, Ballynahinch, with his wife, 24-year-old Annie, two children and a servant, 16-year-old Sarah Hall. In the 1911 Census he is listed as a 43-year-old Presbyterian harness maker living at 7 Church Street, Ballynahinch, with his wife, 34-year-old Annie, seven children and a harness maker, 23-year-old Peter McAteer. John died on Sep.5, 1942. The children of John and Annie Earls:
      1. Margaret Ann Earls was born about 1900 and is listed in the 1901 Census as a 1-year-old living with her parents on Church street, Ballynahinch. In the 1911 Census she is also listed as an 11-year-old living with her parents at 7 Church Street.
      2. John Earls is listed in the 1901 Census as living with his parents on Church street, Ballynahinch. In the 1911 Census he is also listed as a 10-year-old living with his parents at 7 Church Street.
      3. Sara Earls was born about 1903 and is listed in the 1911 Census as a 8-year-old living with her parents at 7 Church Street.
      4. Samuel Davidson Earls was born about 1904 and is listed in the 1911 Census as a 7-year-old living with his parents at 7 Church Street. He became a store manager and lived on Church Street, Ballynahinch. He married a woman named Jean. He died in a nursing home on College Green East, Belfast, on Jun.8, 1949.
      5. Emily Milling Earls was born about 1905 and is listed in the 1911 Census as a 6-year-old living with her parents at 7 Church Street.
      6. David Dickson Earls was born about 1907 and is listed in the 1911 Census as a 4-year-old living with his parents at 7 Church Street.
      7. Elizabeth Dickson Earls was born about 1908 and is listed in the 1911 Census as a 3-year-old living with her parents at 7 Church Street.
      8. James Earls, a joiner, of Church Street who died in Dec.2006 His son:
        1. Jack Earls

Last updated 9/9/99.


Christopher E. Brennen