Descendants of William John Finlay
Where our Ancestors Lived
Links of Interest
The territorial division of the land in Ireland is different from America.
This first division is by Provinces. There are four Provinces in Ireland: Ulster, Connacht, Leinster, and Munster, as shown by the below map. The area in blue is known as Northern Ireland as it is part of the United Kingdom.
There are 6 Counties in Northern Ireland (located in the blue area of the above map) and the below map shows the 6 counties. Image source
The below map (image source) shows all of the counties in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The Finlay County of interest is Antrim.
There are 79 parishes in the Antrim County.
The Finlay Parish of interest is Ballynure.
There are 20 Townlands in the Ballynure Parish.
The Finlay Townland of interest is Ballybracken.
Ballybracken consists of 738 acres of land.
The vast majority (70%) of Finlays were found in Counties Antrim and Down in Ulster (the north-east of the island of Ireland and now part of Northern Ireland). There were also some found in Dublin and other parts of Leinster (23%), with just a few in Connaught (6%)and Munster (1%). These statistics are based on the 1890 birth index as analysed by Robert E. Matheson.
Ireland is also divided up into Dioceses for the Catholic Church. (image source)
Our Diocese of interest is Conner.
This image source link above explains the "Church of Ireland" as Catholic and Protestant. There are also Presbyterian churches in Ireland.
Old Division of Territory
The "Barony" is a now-obsolete administrative unit which survived from feudal times to the nineteenth century. There were 58 baronies in the area which comprises the present-day Northern Ireland. (Image source) Our Barony of interest is Upper Belfast which is labeled as #2.
Click on the resource link on the same page to take you to the Baronies which were previously in present day Antrim County where you can see a closer map which shows "Belfast Upper" which is our Barony of interest.
Poor Law Unions (or Superintendant Registrar's Districts) were the areas of administration for poor relief established under the Poor Relief (Ireland) Act, 1838. Because these areas centered on large market towns to a radius of approx. 10 miles, they often tended to cross county boundaries. They became Superintendant Registrars' Districts at the end of the 19th Century. Click on this link to see more. Our PLU of interest is Larne.
My grandparents, Robert & Marie Geile, traveled to Ballybracken, Ballynure, Northern Ireland in search of where Marie's Dad lived, but returned not having found the home. On March 4, 2006, Eileen Finlay and I had made contact via the internet through email and she immediately ran out to take these photos to mail to me. My grandparents both passed away in January of 2000 and I only wish I had found these photos earlier to have shown them.
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Eileen writes, "We think (nearly sure) the Finlays are buried in this place where there are no neadsstones. From memory, Sam's grave was opposite the church beside the wall."
43 Larne Road, Ballynure, Newtownabbey, County Antrim.
Finlay farmhouse on the left. Jamison home on right (41 Larne)
Finlay Farmhouse (left) Jamison Home (right)
The Finlay Farmhouse (43 Larne Road, Ballynure, Newtownabbey, County Antrim) is on the left and the Jamison home (41 Larne Road) is on the right.
John's mother's maiden name was Jamison.
Finlay Farm in foreground. Jamison Home in blue.
Finlay Farm (Poked Camera Through Gate)Eileen was going to ask to enter the farm, but they were not home! So she poked the camera through the gate.
The Countryside opposite the farmhouse. Road Larne to the right. Ballynure & Ballyclare & Belfast to the left.
The Countryside opposite the farmhouse.
The Countryside opposite the farmhouse. The road to Balynure, Ballyclare, and Belfast is to the left.
The Countryside opposite the farmhouse. The road to Larne is to the right.
This is my favorite photo.
Eileen wrote, "Lane which lead to railway -- Bally Boley Halt. End of lane nearly opposite farmhouse. Probably the route John Geile took on his way to U.S.A."