Fred Stopford1

Male, CreeID#6251, (16 October 1912 - 15 June 1984)
ChartsLine 1. The Bolsover line
Fred Stopford was born on 16 October 1912 in 105 Stockport Road, Denton, Lancashire, England.1 He was the son of James Stopford and Elizabeth Ann Cree.1

Fred Stopford married Alice Dillon on 30 June 1934 in Ancoats, Manchester, Lancashire, England.1

His mother Elizabeth Ann Cree died on 22 February 1936 in County Mental Hospital, Whittingham, Broughton, Lancashire, England.2

His father James Stopford died on 29 October 1944 in 66 Union Street, Hyde, Cheshire, England.2

Fred Stopford died on 15 June 1984 in Thameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England.1

Family: Fred Stopford and Alice Dillon

References

  1. [S16] Personal communication, Mavis Griffith email 5 oct 2005.
  2. [S16] Personal communication, email Mavis Griffiths 05 Oct 2005.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Alice Dillon1

Female, CreeID#6252
ChartsLine 1. The Bolsover line

Family: Alice Dillon and Fred Stopford

References

  1. [S16] Personal communication, Mavis Griffith email 5 oct 2005.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Susannah Cree (married name)1

Female, CreeID#6264, (1739 or 1740 - December 1814)
ChartsLine 7. The Perth glovers line
Chart 1853 Biggar
Susannah Cree (married name) was born in 1739 or 1740.2

Susannah Cree (married name) married William Cree, son of John Crie and Rachel Marshall.1

Her husband William Cree died in December 1814.

Susannah Cree (married name) died in December 1814 in Chertsey, Surrey, England. She was aged 74.1,3 She was buried on 6 December 1814 in St Peter, Chertsey, Surrey, England. (It seems probable that Susannah was William's wife. This burial is the only evidence we have that William Cree was married.1,3 )

Family: Susannah Cree (married name) and William Cree

References

  1. [S69] National Burial Index, Federation of Family History Societies London, 2001.
  2. [S1] Parish Register of the relevant parish, Chertsey Burial Register. She was aged 74 at her death.
  3. [S1] Parish Register, Chertsey Burial Register.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

James Cree

Male, CreeID#6265, (c 1 May 1833 - November 1833)
ChartsLine 1. The Bolsover line
Mini-chart 61 Stockport
James Cree was born c 1 May 1833 in Stockport, Cheshire, England. (There is no certainty that James was a son of James and Mary Cree. He could be a son of one of James's sisters Gertrude or Sarah.)1 He was the son of James Cree and Mary Hill.

James Cree died in November 1833. He was buried on 1 December 1833 in St Thomas, Stockport, Cheshire, England. He was aged 7 months.1

References

  1. [S69] National Burial Index, Federation of Family History Societies London, 2001.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Joseph Cree1

Male, CreeID#6266, (between 1832 and 1833 - June 1850)
ChartsLine 1. The Bolsover line
Mini-chart 62 Beighton
Joseph Cree was born between 1832 and 1833.1 He was the son of Joseph Cree and Eliza Greenwood.1

Joseph Cree died in June 1850.1 He was buried on 30 June 1850 in St Philip, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He was aged 17.1

References

  1. [S69] National Burial Index, Federation of Family History Societies London, 2001.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down)

Male, CreeID#6267, (1692 or 1693 - 21 December 1756)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
The suggested range for the birth year of James Crie (of Ballybuttle) is consistent with him being the father of five or six individuals born in County Down between 1675 and 1683. The townland of Ballybuttle is adjacent to Millisle (Ballymacruise townland). Use these links to see details of James Crie (of Ballybuttle), Esther Cree, John Cree, Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down), James Cree and David Cree.. Use these links to see details of James Crie (of Ballybuttle), Esther Cree, John Cree, James Cree, David Cree and Unknown #1 Cree.
Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down) was born in 1692 or 1693.1 He was the son of Unknown County Down Cree.

His son Samuel Cree was born in 1715 or 1716.2

His son John Cree was born c 1718.

His son James Cree was born in 1725 or 1726 in Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.3,4

His daughter Isabella Cree was born in 1734 or 1735 in Newtownards, County Down, England.5

His son Samuel Cree died on 25 March 1756.6

Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down) died on 21 December 1756 in County Down, Ireland.7 Administration of Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down)'s estate was granted in 1758 in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The admon. or bond does not survive but is listed in the index.8 He and James Cree were interred in Movilla Graveyard, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland, along with Margaret Hunter.9
Gravestone of Robert Cree, his son James and James' wife Margaret Hunter in Movilla Graveyard, Newtownards, Co. Down

Children of Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down)

  • Unknown#3 Cree+
  • Samuel Cree (1715 or 1716 - 25 March 1756); We are guessing that Samuel was a son of Robert Cree as they are both from Greyabbey parish and Robert was 22 year older than Samuel.6
  • John Cree (c 1718 - )
  • James Cree+ (1725 or 1726 - 24 May 1800)
  • Isabella Cree (1734 or 1735 - 26 March 1801)

References

  1. [S6] Monumental inscription, (from age at death).
  2. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, (from age at death) Vol 12 p 26.
  3. [S6] Monumental inscription, Gravestone at Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
  4. [S419] Website, Derek Beatty's History of Newtownards: Cree http://www.newtownards.info/family-cree.htm
  5. [S419] Website, David Beattie's History of Newtownards http://www.newtownards.info/family-montgomery.htm, Montgomery, Isabella alias Cree - 26th. March 1801 aged 66 - Wife to above Robert.
  6. [S6] Monumental inscription, Greyabbey Graveyard, County Down.
  7. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down.
  8. [S259] Index to Down Diocese Administration Bonds.
  9. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree, "Here Lyeth the Body of Robert Cree who Departed this life the 21 of Decbr. 1756 Aged 63 Years. Here lieth the Body of James Cree late of Ballycastle who Departed this life May 24 1800 Aged 74 Years. Here lieth the Body of his Wife Margaret Cree alias Hunter who Departed this life May 26 1800 aged ... Years."
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Unknown#3 Cree

Male, CreeID#6268
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
We have no record of the father of Robert and Andrew Cree but think it likely that he was a son of Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down). He cannot be any of his known sons as they each had a son Robert already. His name might have been Joseph, as there is an seven-generation alternation of the names Robert and Joseph in his male line; or it might have been Robert. Unknown#3 Cree was the son of Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down).

His son Robert Cree was born in 1744.1

His son Andrew Cree Sr was born in 1758 or 1759 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.2

Children of Unknown#3 Cree

References

  1. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  2. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, Andrew was aged 30 in 1789. PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

James Cree

Male, CreeID#6269, (1725 or 1726 - 24 May 1800)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
James Cree was born in 1725 or 1726 in Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.1,2 He was the son of Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down).

James Cree married Margaret Hunter. We have not seen a record of the marriage but it is reported in connection with the births of their four children that James Cree was "of Cunningburn."1,2

His father Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down) died on 21 December 1756 in County Down, Ireland.3

His daughter Ann Cree was born in 1761 or 1762.4

In 1767 James Cree was living in Templecron, Grey Abbey, County Down, Ireland. James Cree and partner paid £3.0s.8d for 7a:3r:8p twice in the year.5

Between 1768 and 1773 James Cree was living in Templecron, Grey Abbey, County Down. James Cree paid £1.10s.4d. Evidently the land had been split between him and his "partner" of the 1767 rental. He paid the same amount twice in 1769 and then was recorded as paying £0.0s.0d in 1771-73. No Cree was found in Templecron after that.6

His daughter Elizabeth Cree was born in 1768 or 1769.7

His son Robert Cree was born c 1774.8

A map dated 20 July 1775 refers to John Cree's farm in Ballycastle, County Down, Ireland, and also to his brother James Cree.9
A map of John Cree's farm at Ballycastle, Co. Down, dated 20 July 1775


On 20 July 1775 James Cree and John Cree were living in Ballycastle, Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland. The map shows that John Cree was the tenant of 41 acres of Lord Londonderry's estate and that he subdivided the farm on that date, with John himself taking the largest portion, and James Cree receiving 9 acres 1 rood 5 perches. There is no copy surviving of John Cree's lease.10,11

From 1776 to 1800 James Cree was living in Ballycastle, Grey Abbey, County Down, Ireland. James Cree was paying £3.11s.4d per half year for his tenancy. In 1800-1801 the entry changes to "James Cree's heirs." This was in addition to the 9a:1r:5p he held by the 1776 lease.12

On 1 November 1776 James Cree took a lease on land in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. "To: James Cree
Of: 9:1:5 CM [9 acres 1 rood 5 perches Cunningham Measure]
To hold from the 1st day of Nov 1776.
For the lives of Francis Turnby and Alexr. Turnby
Jan 5, 1826, Imperial Currency £6:11:10.
Expired Nov 1850 on death of A. Turnby."

This lease confirms that the portion measuring 9a:1r:5p of "John Cree's Farm" shown on the 1775 map was under the occupation of the Cree family from November 1776 until 1843, a period of at least 67 years.

The counterpart of the lease also exists (signed by James Cree) and states that the lease is for three lives (as was normal), the third life being that of James Cree himself, "aged about fourty five years." In fact James was about 50 in 1776.8

His son William Cree was born in 1780.

On 17 October 1783 James Cree was living in Ballycastle, County Down, Ireland. He was listed in the register of freeholders.13

James Cree left a will dated 1800 at Greyabbey, County Down, Ireland. The will does not survive although it is listed in the Index. James is described as a farmer of Greyabbey.14

James Cree died on 24 May 1800.1 He and Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down) were interred in Movilla Graveyard, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland, along with Margaret Hunter.15
Gravestone of Robert Cree, his son James and James' wife Margaret Hunter in Movilla Graveyard, Newtownards, Co. Down
From 1833 to 1834 Robert Cree was a tenant in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. James Cree was the original lessee. The land consisted of two plots of combined area almost 18 acres. This comprised the original 9a:1r:5p of the 1776 lease (which expired in 1850 with the death of A Turvey aged about 78) and the 7a:3r:34p of the 1823 lease (which expired in 1855, twenty years after the death of Robert Cree.)16 From 1836 to 1843 James Cree was a tenant in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. James Cree was the original lessee. The land consisted of two plots of combined area almost 18 acres. This comprised the original 9a:1r:5p of the 1776 lease and the 7a:3r:34p of the 1823 lease. Rent Rolls show James Cree as the occupier of land at Ballycastle in 1843 and Widow Alice Cree (his mother) from 1844 to 1845 but not thereafter. His grandfather's lease of the 9a:1r:5p would not expire until 1850 but it is occuped by a John McClune.17

Children of James Cree and Margaret Hunter

References

  1. [S6] Monumental inscription, Gravestone at Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
  2. [S419] Website, Derek Beatty's History of Newtownards: Cree http://www.newtownards.info/family-cree.htm
  3. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down.
  4. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, Vol 11 p 136.
  5. [S51] Rental, PRONI D654/R1/2.
  6. [S51] Rental, PRONI D654/R1/5, 7; D654/R3/1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9.
  7. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, from age 69 at death; Vol 11 p 94.
  8. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L7 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  9. [S444] Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
  10. [S263] D Geddas for Lord Londonderry, Map of John Cree's Farm (n.p.: PRONI, 1775).
  11. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R1/1A Ballycastle tenants.
  12. [S51] Rental, PRONI D654/R3/10 to 33.
  13. [S317] Registry of Freeholders in the County of Downe commencing January 11th, 1780, PRONI, 1780, PRONI DOW5/3/1.
  14. [S258] Index to Down Diocese Wills (A-L).
  15. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree, "Here Lyeth the Body of Robert Cree who Departed this life the 21 of Decbr. 1756 Aged 63 Years. Here lieth the Body of James Cree late of Ballycastle who Departed this life May 24 1800 Aged 74 Years. Here lieth the Body of his Wife Margaret Cree alias Hunter who Departed this life May 26 1800 aged ... Years."
  16. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/65 and /66 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  17. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/68 to /76 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Unknown County Down Cree1

Male, CreeID#6270
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
It has been suggested that Unknown County Down Cree, progenitor of Cree branches of the parish of Newtownards, may be the same person as James Crie (of Ballybuttle) from Ballybuttle, Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland.

His daughter Esther Cree was born in 1688 or 1689.

His son Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down) was born in 1692 or 1693.2

Children of Unknown County Down Cree

References

  1. This entry is included to link the probable sister and brother, Esther and Robert Cree who were buried at Movilla Abbey, Newtownards. A possible candidate to be their father is James Crie of Ballybuttle.
  2. [S6] Monumental inscription, (from age at death).
Last edited26 Dec 2021

Esther Cree

Female, CreeID#6271, (1688 or 1689 - 8 February 1765)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
The suggested range for the birth year of James Crie (of Ballybuttle) is consistent with him being the father of five or six individuals born in County Down between 1675 and 1683. The townland of Ballybuttle is adjacent to Millisle (Ballymacruise townland). Use these links to see details of James Crie (of Ballybuttle), Esther Cree, John Cree, Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down), James Cree and David Cree.. Use these links to see details of James Crie (of Ballybuttle), John Cree, Robert Cree (of Newtownards, Co. Down), James Cree, David Cree and Unknown #1 Cree.
Esther Cree was born in 1688 or 1689. She was the daughter of Unknown County Down Cree.

Esther Cree married Hugh Montgomery c 1715?.

Her son Robert Montgomery was born in 1720 or 1721 in Newtownards, County Down, England.1

Her son James Montgomery the Elder was born in 1732 or 1733.2

Her husband Hugh Montgomery died on 27 August 1756 in County Down, Ireland.3

Esther Cree died on 8 February 1765 in County Down. She was aged 76 years.4 Esther Cree's and Hugh Montgomery's names are inscribed on a memorial in Movilla Abbey Graveyard, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.3

Children of Esther Cree and Hugh Montgomery

References

  1. [S419] Website, David Beattie's History of Newtownards http://www.newtownards.info/family-montgomery.htm, Montgomery, Robert of Ballyrogan - 9th. May 1797 aged 76.
  2. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L17 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  3. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree, "age 69."
  4. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Hugh Montgomery

Male, CreeID#6272, (1686 or 1687 - 27 August 1756)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
A namesake was famous in the history of the settlement of this area. It was a Hugh Montgomery who, with fellow Scot James Hamilton, obtained a grant from the Crown to settle this part of Ulster in 1607. As Robinson indicates: The area within the Great Ards which Hugh Montgomery obtained lay... around Comber, Newtownards and Greyabbey at the head of Strangford Lough... Through these grants to Montgomery and Hamilton foundations were laid for the most concentrated and substantial colony of British to arrive in Ulster during the first half of the seventeenth century.

The area desribed is precisely that in which the earliest Cree records are found. Ballybarnes, Newtownards and Ballycastle are all in the parishes mentioned by Robinson and the marriage connection to a Hugh Montgomery suggests a close connection between the Cree families and the Montgomery family who led the original settlement.1 Hugh Montgomery was born in 1686 or 1687. He was aged 69 at his death.2

Hugh Montgomery married Esther Cree, daughter of Unknown County Down Cree, c 1715?.

His son Robert Montgomery was born in 1720 or 1721 in Newtownards, County Down, England.3

It is likely that Robert Montgomery was a son of Hugh Montgomery as they were both of Ballyrogan.

On 1 November 1724 Hugh Montgomery was living in Ballyrogan, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.4

His son James Montgomery the Elder was born in 1732 or 1733.5

Hugh Montgomery died on 27 August 1756 in County Down, Ireland.6 Hugh Montgomery's and Esther Cree's names are inscribed on a memorial in Movilla Abbey Graveyard, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.6

Children of Hugh Montgomery and Esther Cree

References

  1. [S270] Philip S. Robinson, The Plantation of Ulster: British Settlement in an Irish Landscape, 1600-1670 (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1984).
  2. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
  3. [S419] Website, David Beattie's History of Newtownards http://www.newtownards.info/family-montgomery.htm, Montgomery, Robert of Ballyrogan - 9th. May 1797 aged 76.
  4. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R1/1A 183.
  5. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L17 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  6. [S6] Monumental inscription, Graveyard of Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree, "age 69."
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Robert Cree

Male, CreeID#6273, (1744 - 1812)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Robert Cree was born in 1744. He was aged 45 in 1789.1 He was the son of Unknown#3 Cree.

His son Joseph Cree was born in 1786 or 1787.2

His son Robert Cree was born in 1787 or 1788.3

On 9 February 1789 Robert Cree took a lease on land in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The land is adjacent to that of Andrew Cree.4

Between 1810 and 1811 Robert Cree and Andrew Cree Sr were living in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down.
"Plot - Lessees:
1 Robert Cree 5:11:2
2 Andrew Cree 3:11:1
ditto afs of John Reid 4:10:1
[Total] 8:1:2"
Note that the total is of the last two areas only.5

Robert Cree died in 1812.6

Robert Cree's great-great-granddaughter Hessie Cree wrote in 1963:

Well (with) regards to the Cree family tree. Our folks are the Scotch-Irish. I can't say how far back but I know it's generations ago... My mother is still alive and she tells me the Crees came from Scotland. I often heard my father say his great-grandfather (Robert Cree) spoke with a Scotch accent... our homestead has been Cree's as far back as over 200 years. But my father's old home was sold. It's in the middle of four roads and it's called Cree's Corner.7

Children of Robert Cree

References

  1. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  2. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Deaths index, "age 80."
  3. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Trevor Cree, 15 July 2008, "died 6 January 1876 aged 88."
  4. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree, "Robert Cree; 13a:0r:37p... lease dated 9th Feb 1789, the said Robert Cree aged fourty five years."
  5. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R3/43A Ballybarnes.
  6. [S258] Index to Down Diocese Wills (A-L), The will of Robert Cree, farmer, of Ballybarnes is listed as proved in 1812.
  7. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Hessie Cree to Robert H Cree, 1962.
Last edited4 Mar 2021

Andrew Cree Sr

Male, CreeID#6274, (1758 or 1759 - 19 July 1824?)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Andrew Cree Sr was born in 1758 or 1759 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.1 He was the son of Unknown#3 Cree.

Andrew Cree Sr was a flax dresser in February 1789.2

On 9 February 1789 Andrew Cree Sr took a lease on land in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down.3

His son William Cree (farmer in Lisburn) was born c 1790?

His son Andrew Cree Jr was born c 1792?

His son James Cree was born in 1793 or 1794.4

His son Samuel Cree was born c 1795?

Between 1810 and 1811 Andrew Cree Sr and Robert Cree were living in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down.
"Plot - Lessees:
1 Robert Cree 5:11:2
2 Andrew Cree 3:11:1
ditto afs of John Reid 4:10:1
[Total] 8:1:2"
Note that the total is of the last two areas only.5

Andrew Cree Sr died on 19 July 1824?. This date is conjecture based on the insertion of the date in the lease of his Ballybarnes farm. However a lease for this area continued to be held by an Andrew Cree at least until 1863.

Children of Andrew Cree Sr

References

  1. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, Andrew was aged 30 in 1789. PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  2. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  3. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L5 transcribed by Trevor Cree, "Andrew Cree; Lease for three lives from November 1788 of part of the Townland of Ballybarnes 9a:0r:4p. 19th July 1824. [This could be the date of Andrew's death, ending the lease.] Made the Ninth Day of February in the year of our Lord 1789. Andrew Cree Flaxdresser... and the said Andrew Cree aged thirty years. [The lease was signed by Andrew Cree.]"
  4. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Deaths index 1880, "age 86."
  5. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R3/43A Ballybarnes.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Joseph Cree

Male, CreeID#6275, (1786 or 1787 - 28 January 1867)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Joseph Cree was born in 1786 or 1787.1 He was the son of Robert Cree.

Joseph Cree married Mary Cree (married name) c 1806?. Birth dates of their sons are known mainly from ages at death. We do not have the same information for their daughters as they are not listed in the Cree deaths index. However William Cree's will probably lists his sisters in descending age order, apart from Ellen who we assume had died. Birth years have been guessed at on this flimsy evidence.

His son James Cree was born in 1807 or 1808.2

His daughter Esther Cree was born c 1810?

His daughter Mary Cree was born c 1812?

His father Robert Cree died in 1812.3

His daughter Agnes Cree was born c 1814?

His son Robert Cree was born in 1816 or 1817.4

His daughter Elizabeth Cree was born c 1818?

His daughter Ellen Cree was born c 1820.

His son William Cree was born on 5 April 1821 in Ballybearns, Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.5

His son Samuel Cree was born in 1832 or 1833.6,7 From 1833 to 1860 Joseph Cree was a tenant in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Robert Cree was the original lessee. The land was 13 acres 0 roods and 37 perches. An additional area of 3a:3r:25p was added in 1844.8

Joseph Cree was a farmer on 12 March 1851.9

Joseph Cree was mentioned in the will of William R Ferguson dated 1 August 1859 at Mill Street, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.10 Probate of William R Ferguson's will was granted to Joseph Cree on 16 December 1859 in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland.11

Joseph Cree was a farmer on 23 October 1861.12

His son James Cree died on 6 March 1864 in Newtownards Reg. Dist, County Down, Ireland.13

Joseph Cree left a will dated 30 September 1866 at Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down. The townland name is written Ballybearns throughout the will.14

Joseph Cree died on 28 January 1867 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down.14,15 Probate of Joseph Cree's will was granted to Robert Cree in 1867 in Belfast, Ireland. Robert Cree of Ballybearns and Alexander Moore of Killearn, farmers, were the Executors.16

Children of Joseph Cree and Mary Cree (married name)

References

  1. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Deaths index, "age 80."
  2. [S419] Website, Derek Beatties History of Newtownards http://www.derek-beattie.comxa.com/mining.htm, (Payments to workers at the lead mine at Whitespots)
    Dressers
    Cree, James (a boy) - 22nd. September 1827 - 3s4d
    Cree, James (a boy) 6th. October 1827 - 6 days @4d per day = 2s
    Cash Book Entries
    Creen[sic?], James - 1st. March 1828 - 9s for carting lead to Bangor.
  3. [S258] Index to Down Diocese Wills (A-L), The will of Robert Cree, farmer, of Ballybarnes is listed as proved in 1812.
  4. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Death aged 83 in 1900.
  5. [S447] Posting on message board, on Cree FH Network, 22 August 2016 by Trevor Cree, quoting MI in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  6. [S419] Website, David Beattie's History of Newtownards http://www.derek-beattie.comxa.com/family-stewart.htm, married at age 18.
  7. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, However his age at death gives a birth year of 1835 or 1836. Age 18 at marriage is more likely to be correct, "age 65."
  8. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/65 to /92 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  9. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Trevor Cree Papers -- marriage of son Samuel.
  10. [S367] Index to Wills, PRONI.
  11. [S367] Index to Wills, PRONI, "The Will of William Ferguson late of Newtownards in the County of Down Butcher deceased who died 22 August 1859 at Mill-street Newtownards aforesaid was proved at Belfast by the oaths of James Finlay of same place Merchant and Robert Cree of Ballybarns Farmer both in said County the Executors."
  12. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), under Mrs Eliza Ferguson.
  13. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 58."
  14. [S45] Will held in Cree Archives, Joseph Cree, PRONI no 4805.
  15. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 80."
  16. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Trevor Cree, 21 May 2013, quoting marriage register entry, "The Will of Joseph Cree, late of Ballybearns, County Down, Farmer, deceased, who died 30 January 1867 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Robert Cree of Ballybearns and Alexander Moore of Killearn both in (Newtownards) said County, Farmers, the Executors."
Last edited16 Oct 2020

Samuel Cree

Male, CreeID#6276, (c 1795? - before 1833)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Samuel Cree was born c 1795?. He was the son of Andrew Cree Sr.

Samuel Cree married Widow (---) Cree.

Samuel Cree died before 1833. Widow Cree was shown as the tenant of his land in 1833.1 From 1833 to 1848 Widow (---) Cree was a tenant in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Samuel Cree was the original lessee. The land was 9 acres 0 roods and 11 perches. A co-tenant was John Kerr.2

Family: Samuel Cree and Widow (---) Cree

References

  1. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R3/65 Ballybarnes.
  2. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/65 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Mary Cree

Female, CreeID#6277, (c 1812? - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Mary Cree was born c 1812?. She was the daughter of Joseph Cree and Mary Cree (married name).

Mary Cree was a sewer on 10 October 1853 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.1

Mary Cree married William Murdoch, son of Robert Murdoch, on 10 October 1853 in First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The ceremony was witnessed by Robert Cree. Both were of full age and unmarried. William was a farmer and Mary a sewer. The witnesses were Robert McClune and Robert Cree.2

Family: Mary Cree and William Murdoch

References

  1. [S419] Website, Derek Beatty's History of Newtownards: Cree http://www.newtownards.info/family-cree.htm quoting PR.
  2. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Marriage Cert., Trevor Cree Papers, 11 Feb 2014.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Robert Cree

Male, CreeID#6278, (1816 or 1817 - 1 March 1900)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Robert Cree was born in 1816 or 1817.1 He was the son of Joseph Cree and Mary Cree (married name).

Robert Cree was living in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.2,3,4 He was a witness at the marriage of William Murdoch and Mary Cree on 10 October 1853 in First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland; Both were of full age and unmarried. William was a farmer and Mary a sewer. The witnesses were Robert McClune and Robert Cree.5

Robert Cree married Eliza McMurray, daughter of James McMurray, on 15 May 1862 in First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down. The marriage was by licence. Witnessses were Jane Anderson and James McMurray. Robert was a farmer of Ballybearns (sic) and Eliza was from Ballyskeagh. Both were of full age.6,7,8,9,10

His son Joseph Cree MD was born on 7 February 1863 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down.11,12

Robert Cree was a farmer from 1865 to 1873 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.

His son William Cree was born on 6 January 1865.11

His father Joseph Cree died on 28 January 1867 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down.13,14

His daughter Mary Cree was born on 31 March 1867 in Ballybarnes, County Down, Ireland.12 Probate of Joseph Cree's will was granted to Robert Cree in 1867 in Belfast, Ireland. Robert Cree of Ballybearns and Alexander Moore of Killearn, farmers, were the Executors.15

His mother Mary Cree (married name) died on 17 August 1867 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down, England.16

His son Alexander Cree was born on 1 May 1873 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down, Ireland.17

His daughter Elizabeth Cree was baptised on 31 March 1875 in 1st Newtownards Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.11,18

Robert Cree died on 1 March 1900 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down. The grant of probate says he died on 2 March 1900 as does the burial record of Movilla Cemetery although the latter is likely to refer to the burial date.19,20 He was buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. He died of pneumonia.20 Probate of Robert Cree's will was granted to Joseph Cree MD on 14 May 1900 in Belfast. William Murdoch, farmer, was also an administrator.21,17

Children of Robert Cree and Eliza McMurray

References

  1. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Death aged 83 in 1900.
  2. [S258] Index to Down Diocese Wills (A-L), The will of Robert Cree, farmer, of Ballybarnes is listed as proved in 1812.
  3. [S120] Civil Registration Indexes, Trevor Cree's Ireland Marriages Index, no. 20.
  4. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), "of Ballyharry then Ballybarnes (a farmer)."
  5. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Marriage Cert., Trevor Cree Papers, 11 Feb 2014.
  6. [S120] Civil Registration Indexes, "1 May 1862."
  7. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting PR, "Elizabeth McMurray."
  8. [S267] Belfast Newsletter Index, Published 19 May 1862, "Cree and M'Murray - May 15, in the First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, by the Rev. Julius M'Cullough, Mr Robert Cree, Ballybearns, to Miss Eliza M'Murray, Ballyskeagh."
  9. [S419] Website, Derek Beatty's History of Newtownards: Cree http://www.newtownards.info/family-cree.htm
  10. [S323] Trevor Cree, Trevor Cree papers, Ireland BMDs. Hereinafter cited as Trevor Cree papers.
  11. [S264] UK Census 31 Mar 1901, 127/2 Ballybarnes 1-10.
  12. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting PR.
  13. [S45] Will held in Cree Archives, Joseph Cree, PRONI no 4805.
  14. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 80."
  15. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Trevor Cree, 21 May 2013, quoting marriage register entry, "The Will of Joseph Cree, late of Ballybearns, County Down, Farmer, deceased, who died 30 January 1867 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oaths of Robert Cree of Ballybearns and Alexander Moore of Killearn both in (Newtownards) said County, Farmers, the Executors."
  16. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 76."
  17. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths.
  18. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…).
  19. [S265] Index to Belfast Will Books 1890-1899, Cree Robt., Ballybarnes, Co. Down, Probate 14 May 1900, Belf. D.R.
  20. [S419] Website, Eddie's Extracts: Burial records of Movilla Cemetery (transcr/ Cathy George)
    http://eddiesextracts.com/oextracts/…
  21. [S265] Index to Belfast Will Books 1890-1899, Cree Robt., Ballybarnes, Co. Down, Probate 14 May 1900, Belf. D.R., "14 May 1900. Robert Cree. Effects £572 5s. - Probate of the Will of Robert Cree, late of Ballybarnes, County Down, Farmer, who died 2 March 1900, granted at Belfast, to Joseph Cree M.D. and William Murdoch, Farmer. Effects £572 5s."
Last edited12 Jan 2020

Elizabeth Cree

Female, CreeID#6279, (c 1818? - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Elizabeth Cree was also known as Eliza Cree.1,2 Her married name was Elizabeth Shaw. She was born c 1818?. She was the daughter of Joseph Cree and Mary Cree (married name).

Elizabeth Cree married William R Ferguson on 15 January 1857 in 1st Newtownards Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Elizabeth was "of Ballybarnes; daughter of Joseph Cree (a farmer)." The witnesses were Robert Cree and George M. Sailes.3

Her son Joseph Andrew Ferguson was born on 26 October 1857.4 Administration of his estate was granted on 25 November 1861 in Belfast, Ireland.5,6

Child of Elizabeth Cree and William R Ferguson

References

  1. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), Quoting the Parish Regsiter, "Mrs Eliza Ferguson: a widow & a shop keeper of Newtownards; daughter of Joseph Cree (a farmer ); married Robert Shaw 23 Oct 1861 at 1st Newtownards Presbyterian Church, witnesses were William Shaw & Agnes Cree."
  2. [S367] Index to Wills, PRONI, Will of William Ferfuson 1859, "I leave to my beloved wife Elizabeth Ferguson otherwise Eliza Cree..."
  3. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting parish register.
  4. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…).
  5. [S419] Website, Fergusons of Down, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~colin/…
  6. [S367] Index to Wills, PRONI, Admon. of Joseph Andrew Ferguson, "Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Joseph Andrew Ferguson late of Newtownards in the County of Down a Minor a Bachelor deceased who died 24 October 1859 at same place were granted at Belfast to Elizabeth Shaw alias Ferguson (Wife of Robert Shaw of Newtownards aforesaid Designer) the Mother only next of kin of said deceased."
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Agnes Cree

Female, CreeID#6280, (c 1814? - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Agnes Cree was born c 1814?. She was the daughter of Joseph Cree and Mary Cree (married name).

Agnes Cree married (---) Caswell.

In 1873 Agnes Cree was living in Linn County, Oregon, USA.1

In 1873, Agnes Cree was also known as Nancy Caswell.2

References

  1. [S45] Will held in Cree Archives, Oregon, Wills and Probate Records, 1849-1963 for William Cree, Case Number     415.
  2. [S447] Posting on message board, on Cree FH Network, 22 August 2016 by Trevor Cree. quoting the 1873 will of her brother William Cree.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Joseph Cree MD

Male, CreeID#6281, (7 February 1863 - c November 1955)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Joseph Cree MD was born on 7 February 1863 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.1,2 He was the son of Robert Cree and Eliza McMurray. Joseph Cree MD was baptised on 22 March 1863 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.2

His father Robert Cree died on 1 March 1900 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.3,4 Probate of Robert Cree's will was granted to Joseph Cree MD on 14 May 1900 in Belfast, Ireland. William Murdoch, farmer, was also an administrator.5,6

My grandfather [Joseph Cree] probably studied medicine at [the then] Queens College, Belfast before the turn of the century, but never completed the course, subsequently returning to work on the farm before leaving Ireland in the early part of the century to complete his medical training at Leeds University. He eventually settled in the village of Beeford about 15 miles north of Hull in Yorkshire... As far as I know, my grandfather returned to Ireland only once, just after the war (perhaps in 1947) to visit his brother Alec and he died in 1955.7

On 31 March 1901 Joseph Cree MD was living in the household of Eliza McMurray in 1 Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland, along with James McMurray, William Cree and Elizabeth Cree. Eliza Cree was the Head of Family, a farmer and a widow aged 63. Her brother James McMurray was a retired farmer aged 65. Joseph Cree was an "Undergraduate RWI" aged 38; William, 36, was a farmer's son and Elizabeth, 20, a farmer's daughter.

All members of the household were described as Presbyterian and all could read and write. It was recorded that the property consisted of ten buildings, a stable, cow house, calf house, dairy, 2 piggeries, a fowl house, boiling house, barn and shed. According to Robert J P Cree, this farm was called Cronkbrae. It was clearly close to no. 8 where Alexander Cree lived.7,1

In 1911 Joseph Cree MD was living in 6 St Pauls Square, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England. Joseph was aged 48 and a boarder in the household of William Clements, a surgeon from County Tyrone, and his wife Mary. William and Joseph carried on their business as surgeons at home. William and Mary had a daughter who was a masseuse and a son who was a medical student.8

It is interesting to note that Dr Clements' business survives to-day as the successful Gordon Street Surgery.9

Joseph Cree MD married Kathleen Annie Kennedy c February 1914 in Whitby Reg Dist, Yorkshire, England.10

His son Robert Alan McMurray Cree was born c February 1920 in Driffield Reg Dist, Yorkshire, England.11

His son William Warnock Cree MRCS, LRCP(Eng) was born on 16 December 1921 in Beeford, Yorkshire, England.12,13

His mother Eliza McMurray died on 13 March 1923 in Ballygowan, Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland.7,14

His son Robert Alan McMurray Cree died c May 1939 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.15,16

Joseph Cree MD died c November 1955 in Hull Reg Dist, Yorkshire, England. He was aged 92.7,17

Children of Joseph Cree MD and Kathleen Annie Kennedy

References

  1. [S264] UK Census 31 Mar 1901, 127/2 Ballybarnes 1-10.
  2. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting PR.
  3. [S265] Index to Belfast Will Books 1890-1899, Cree Robt., Ballybarnes, Co. Down, Probate 14 May 1900, Belf. D.R.
  4. [S419] Website, Eddie's Extracts: Burial records of Movilla Cemetery (transcr/ Cathy George)
    http://eddiesextracts.com/oextracts/…
  5. [S265] Index to Belfast Will Books 1890-1899, Cree Robt., Ballybarnes, Co. Down, Probate 14 May 1900, Belf. D.R., "14 May 1900. Robert Cree. Effects £572 5s. - Probate of the Will of Robert Cree, late of Ballybarnes, County Down, Farmer, who died 2 March 1900, granted at Belfast, to Joseph Cree M.D. and William Murdoch, Farmer. Effects £572 5s."
  6. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths.
  7. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Robert J P Cree 4 Apr 1995.
  8. [S253] UK Census 2 Apr 1911, RG14/16807; Schedule 120.
  9. [S419] Website, Gordon Street Surgery http://www.gordonstreetsurgery.co.uk/, The history of Gordon Street Surgery can be traced back to 1890 when Dr William Clements set up a practice in Derby Street. He moved to 6 St Pauls Square in 1892 and was succeeded by his son, Leitrim, in 1916...
  10. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree - 150 years of Cree Births, Marriages and Deaths (25 Roman Road, Steyning, W Sussex BN44 3FN: priv., 1989), Volume 1 England and Wales, Vol 9B p740.
  11. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree Vol 1, Vol 9B p632.
  12. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree Vol 1, Vol 9d p649 (reg. first quarter 1922).
  13. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Robert J P Cree 4 Apr 1995, "My father was named after his godfather, Dr William Warnock, an Irish immigrant and Leeds GP..."
  14. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 85."
  15. [S419] Website, Epsom College 1900-1939: General Practitioners... http://archive.epsomcollege.org.uk/1915-1939/1915-1939.html
  16. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree Vol 1, GRO Ref Vol 9d p268, "age 18."
  17. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree Vol 1, Vol 2A p205.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

William Cree

Male, CreeID#6282, (6 January 1865 - 9 July 1937)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
William Cree was born on 6 January 1865.1 He was the son of Robert Cree and Eliza McMurray.

His father Robert Cree died on 1 March 1900 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.2,3

On 31 March 1901 William Cree was living in the household of Eliza McMurray in 1 Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland, along with James McMurray, Joseph Cree MD and Elizabeth Cree. Eliza Cree was the Head of Family, a farmer and a widow aged 63. Her brother James McMurray was a retired farmer aged 65. Joseph Cree was an "Undergraduate RWI" aged 38; William, 36, was a farmer's son and Elizabeth, 20, a farmer's daughter.

All members of the household were described as Presbyterian and all could read and write. It was recorded that the property consisted of ten buildings, a stable, cow house, calf house, dairy, 2 piggeries, a fowl house, boiling house, barn and shed. According to Robert J P Cree, this farm was called Cronkbrae. It was clearly close to no. 8 where Alexander Cree lived.4,1

On 2 April 1911 William Cree was living in the household of Eliza McMurray in House 1, Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland. Eliza was still described as a farmer at 74. William was 39 and unmarried.5

William Cree married Agnes Black, daughter of Johnstone Black, on 11 August 1915 in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The witnesses were William and Agnes McCrackjen. William Cree was a farmer of Ballybearns, County Down. Agnes Black was of Ballyskeagh.6

His mother Eliza McMurray died on 13 March 1923 in Ballygowan, Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland.4,7

William Cree died on 9 July 1937 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down, Ireland.8,9 Probate of William Cree's will was granted on 17 November 1937 in Belfast, Ireland.9

Family: William Cree and Agnes Black

References

  1. [S264] UK Census 31 Mar 1901, 127/2 Ballybarnes 1-10.
  2. [S265] Index to Belfast Will Books 1890-1899, Cree Robt., Ballybarnes, Co. Down, Probate 14 May 1900, Belf. D.R.
  3. [S419] Website, Eddie's Extracts: Burial records of Movilla Cemetery (transcr/ Cathy George)
    http://eddiesextracts.com/oextracts/…
  4. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Robert J P Cree 4 Apr 1995.
  5. [S253] UK Census 2 Apr 1911.
  6. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher.
  7. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 85."
  8. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 70."
  9. [S444] Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, "Cree William of Ballybarnes county Down farmer died 9 July 1937 Probate Belfast 17 November to John Black hosiery manufacturer and Robert Murdock farmer. Effects £38 19s. 6d."
Last edited19 Jan 2020

Alexander Cree

Male, CreeID#6283, (1 May 1873 - before July 1927)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Alexander Cree was also known as Alec Cree.1 He was born on 1 May 1873 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down, Ireland.2 He was the son of Robert Cree and Eliza McMurray. Alexander Cree was baptised on 3 July 1873 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.3

Alexander Cree married Jane Milliken, daughter of William Milliken and Margaret McCully, on 16 January 1900 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church, Bangor, County Down, Ireland. The ceremony was witnessed by James McMurray. Jane McMurray was also a witness. Jane Milliken was from Ballyrogan, parish Newtownards. Alexander Cree was a farmer of Ballybarnes, parish Newtownards. Their daughter Hessie wrote in 1963:
Well regards to the Cree family tree. Our folks are the Scotch-Irish. I can't say how far back but I know it's generations ago... My mother is still alive and she tells me the Crees came from Scotland. I often heard my father say his great-grandfather spoke with a Scotch accent... our homestead has been Cree's as far back as over 200 years. But my father's old home was sold. It's in the middle of four roads and it's called Cree's Corner.4,5,6

Alexander Cree and Jane Milliken were living in Cree's Corner, Ballybarnes, County Down, Ireland. This crossroads was shown as Cree's Corner in maps as recently as 2000 (eg. Michelin, Ireland.)7

His son Robert Cree was born on 8 February 1900 in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland.8

On 31 March 1901 Alexander Cree and Jane Milliken were living in No. 8, Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Alexander was aged 27 and a farmer. Jane was stated to be aged 20 (incorrectly as she was 28). The farm had five buildings, a stable, cow house, piggery, barn and shed.9

His son William Milliken Cree was born on 6 July 1901 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.10,2

Alexander Cree was a farmer on 24 April 1902 in Ballybarnes, County Down, Ireland.11

His daughter Elizabeth Cree was born on 16 September 1902 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down.2

His daughter Hessie Cree was born on 2 April 1904 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down.12

On 10 March 1905 Alexander Cree was living in Ballyrogan, County Down, Ireland. "March 7, 1905
Birth of Jane Cree daughter of Alexander Cree and Jane Milligan, Ballyrogan, baptised at First Newtownards on March 10, 1905."11

His daughter Margaret Cree was born on 21 August 1907 in Ballyrogan, County Down.11,8

His daughter Florence Cree was born on 27 December 1909 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down.2

His son Joseph McMurray Cree was born on 9 March 1912 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down.2

His son Alexander Cree was born on 11 July 1915 in Ballyrogan, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.11

His son James Clokey Cree was born on 27 March 1919 in Ballyrogan, Newtownards, County Down.11

Alexander Cree died before July 1927. He obtained letters of administration of William Milliken Cree's estate on 26 July 1927 in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland.13

Children of Alexander Cree and Jane Milliken

References

  1. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Robert J P Cree 4 Apr 1995.
  2. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths.
  3. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting PR.
  4. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Angela Cree 17 Mar 1994, passing on information from Valerie Cree, wife of Warren Cree of Bangor.
  5. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Hessie Cree to Robert H Cree, 1962.
  6. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher.
  7. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Hessie Cree to Robert H Cree, 1962, "... But my father's old home was sold. It's in the middle of four roads and it's called Cree's Corner. Known all over..."
  8. [S120] Civil Registration Indexes.
  9. [S264] UK Census 31 Mar 1901, 127/2 Ballybarnes 1-10.
  10. [S16] Personal communication, Letter from Angela Cree 17 Mar 1994.
  11. [S353] Web site Parish of Newtownards (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/…), Baptisms 1827-1921.
  12. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Her entry in the Deaths Index gives her date of birth as 26 Mar 1904.
  13. [S367] Index to Wills, PRONI, "Cree William Millikin (sic) of Ballybarnes Newtownards county Down farmer died 14 January 1927 Administration Belfast 26 July to Alexander Cree farmer. Effects £221 1s. 6d."
Last edited10 Jan 2020

Samuel Walker

Male, CreeID#6284
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Samuel Walker was the son of George Walker.

Samuel Walker was a dealer in 51 Jonesboro Street, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland.1

Samuel Walker married Elizabeth Cree, daughter of Robert Cree and Eliza McMurray, on 21 September 1907 in Knock Methodist Church, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland. The ceremony was witnessed by George Walker. The other witness was Lizzie Walker. Samuel Walker was a widower and signed with his mark. Elizabeth Cree was a spinster of Ballybarnes, County Down.1

Family: Samuel Walker and Elizabeth Cree

References

  1. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher.
Last edited15 Jan 2020

James Cree

Male, CreeID#6285, (1793 or 1794 - 12 February 1880)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Mini-chart 6285 Taralga
James Cree was born in 1793 or 1794.1 He was the son of Andrew Cree Sr.

His father Andrew Cree Sr died on 19 July 1824?

His son William Cree was born in 1826 or 1827 in Belfast, Ireland.2

James Cree married Sara Adair on 30 January 1826 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Bangor, County Down, Ireland.3

James Cree died on 12 February 1880 in Newtownards Reg Dist, Ireland.4

Child of James Cree and Sara Adair

References

  1. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, Deaths index 1880, "age 86."
  2. [S448] Web site Australian Cemeteries (http://www.australiancemeteries.com/), Taralga - Stonequarry Cemetery A-F, Data compiled and gathered by Barry Stephenson. http://www.australiancemeteries.com/nsw/mulwaree/…, "age 55."
  3. [S1] Parish Register of the relevant parish, PRONI Ref MIC 1P/23/1, "James Cree, Ballybarnes; Sarah Adair, ?Ballyallock; 1826 Jan 30."
  4. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 86."
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Andrew Cree Jr

Male, CreeID#6286, (c 1792? - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Mini-chart 6286 Bangor
Andrew Cree Jr was born c 1792?. He was the son of Andrew Cree Sr.

Andrew Cree Jr married Unknown Cree (married name) c 1809. Andrew Cree Jr was described as a widow at his marriage to Jane McGimpsey in 1849. The name of his first wife, the mother of his first five children, is not known to us.

His son Hugh Cree was born in 1811 or 1812.1

His son James Cree was born c 1817.2

His son Alexander Cree was born c 1820?3

On 1 November 1825 Andrew Cree Jr took a lease on land in Killarn, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The area was 9a:3r:34p. The land is located on the road from Hollywood to Newtownards. Killarn is adjacent to Ballybarnes and Ballyrogan to the north-west of Newtownards.4

His daughter Margaret Cree was born in 1827 or 1828.5,6

His son James Cree was born in 1832.7 From 1833 to 1845 Andrew Cree Jr was a tenant in Killarn, Newtownards, County Down. The area of land was 9 acres 3 roods and 34 perches. He was the original lessee of this land in 1825.8 From 1833 to 1860 Andrew Cree Jr was a tenant in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The area of land was 9 acres 0 roods and 4 perches. We have conjectured that Andrew Cree Sr died in 1824 and Andrew Jr took over the tenancy. Since he was also Andrew Cree it would not necessarily be noticeable from the rent rolls.9

Andrew Cree Jr married Jane McGimpsey, daughter of James McGimpsey, on 10 March 1849 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Andrew was a widower. Jane was a sewer of Drumhirk. The witnesses were James Cumming and Lucius Crymble.10,11,12

His daughter Jane Cree was born in 1850 or 1851 in County Down, Ireland.13,14

His son William John Cree was born on 8 July 1858 in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.10

In 1863 Andrew Cree Jr took a lease on land in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down. The lease was from the Marquis of Londonderry.15

Children of Andrew Cree Jr and Unknown Cree (married name)

Children of Andrew Cree Jr and Jane McGimpsey

References

  1. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, from age 68 at death.
  2. [S419] Website, Derek Beattie's History of Newtownards
    http://www.derek-beattie.comxa.com/mining.htm
  3. [S122] Guess or estimate by the compiler, from birth dates of children.
  4. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L27 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  5. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting her marriage record in Newtownards PR, "age 17."
  6. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Marriage Cert., Trevor Cree Papers, 11 Feb 2014, "age 17."
  7. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), He married aged 18.
  8. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/65 and /80 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  9. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/65 to /92 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  10. [S256] Trevor Cree, Research into the County Down Origins of a Cree Family (Steyning, West Sussex: priv., 1995), quoting PR.
  11. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting PR.
  12. [S78] Certificate held or seen, Trevor Cree Papers.
  13. [S78] Certificate held or seen, Marriage certificate shows she was a minor at her marriage. The birth date is based on this.
  14. [S264] UK Census 31 Mar 1901, "age 60."
  15. [S256] Trevor Cree, County Down Origins.
Last edited12 Jan 2020

John Cree

Male, CreeID#6287, (from 1802 to 1804 - 1872)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 10205 Portavo
John Cree was born from 1802 to 1804 in Newtownards parish, County Down, Ireland.1,2 He was the son of Robert Cree and Harriet Cree (married name).

His son Robert Cree was baptised on 9 July 1826 in the Church of Ireland, Donaghadee, County Down, Ireland.3

His son Robert Cree died on 13 July 1826 in Portavo, Bangor parish, County Down, England.4

His son James Cree was born c 1829 in Ireland.5

John Cree married Agnes Robson on 24 August 1830 in First Presbyterian Church, Bangor, County Down, Ireland.6

His daughter Mary Cree was born c 1831 in Ireland.5

In July 1832 John Cree and Agnes Robson moved from Ireland and settled at Clazy, Clinton County, New York State, USA, accompanied by James Cree and Mary Cree.7

His son Thomas Cree was born c 1833 in USA.5

John Cree was a mason.8

His son William Cree was born c 1835.5

From 1836 to 1839 John Cree was living in Kingsbury, Clinton County, New York State, USA.9

His son Allan Cree was born c 1837.5

His daughter Ellen Jeanette Cree was born c September 1837.10

His daughter Sarah Cree was born c 1846.5

His daughter Catherine Cree was born c 1848.5

John Cree died in 1872.

Children of John Cree and Agnes Robson

References

  1. [S122] Guess or estimate by the compiler, based on age of mother and date of birth of first child James.
  2. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Don Crispien, 13 July 2008, with attached copy of an unknown person 's naturalisation papers, "... that he was born in the Parish of Newtownards in the County of Down..."
  3. [S16] Personal communication, Trevor Cree, 17 July 2008, quoting original parish register.
  4. [S16] Personal communication, Trevor Cree, 17 July 2008, quoting parish register of Donaghadee (Church of Ireland), "4 days."
  5. [S16] Personal communication, email from Don Crispien, 17 July 2008, with family tree.
  6. [S16] Personal communication, Trevor Cree, 17 July 2008, quoting original parish register. Don C had 24 August 1824. THis sounds like the usual cover-up.
  7. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Don Crispien, 13 July 2008, with attached copy of an unknown person 's naturalisation papers, "That he resided in Chazy clinton County about 10 months next after his arrival."
  8. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Don Crispien, 29 June 2008, "His profession was listed as a mason."
  9. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Don Crispien, 13 July 2008, with attached copy of John Cree's naturalisation papers, "... and has resided in this State since that time (c. 1836)... in the town of Kingsbury since September last (1839) & still continues to reside in said town. That he has a wife an 5 (altered from 6) children to wit James of the age of 9 years & upwards, Mary of the age of 7 years & upwards, Thomas of the age of 5 years & upwards, William of the age of about 3 years & Ellen Jane of the age of about 1 year and 8 months. That the said James is now in Ireland, that the said Mary was born in Ireland & the others were born in the United States, that he came to the United States with the intention of residing therein & of becoming a citizen thereof... I, John Cree... Sworn 29th day of May 1839 (signature:) John Cree."
  10. [S16] Personal communication, Email from Don Crispien, 13 July 2008, with attached copy of an unknown person 's naturalisation papers, "Ellen Jane of the age of about 1 year and 8 months... Sworn 29th day of May 1839."
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Jane Cree

Female, CreeID#6288, (1850 or 1851 - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line (#1)
Line 17. The Newtownards line (#2)
Mini-chart 9705 Lisburn
Mini-chart 6286 Bangor
Jane Cree. Posted by Diane Quinn
Jane Cree was born in 1850 or 1851 in County Down, Ireland. It seems likely that her mother was Jane McGimpsey. Andrew's unnamed first wife had her first child in 1811 so she could not be Jane Cree's mother.1,2 She was the daughter of Andrew Cree Jr and Jane McGimpsey.

Jane Cree married George Cree, son of William Cree and Jane Willis, on 2 November 1869 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church, Bangor, County Down, Ireland. They were first cousins once removed, George's grandfather William Cree being a brother of Jane's father Andrew Cree Jr. George was of full age (over 21) and Jane was a minor (under 21). His father William was a weaver and her father, Andrew Cree, a farmer.3,4

Her daughter Elizabeth Cree was born on 31 May 1870 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down, Ireland.5,6

Her son William Cree was born on 6 October 1871 in Ballykeel, Holywood, County Down, Ireland.7,3

Her daughter Margaret Cree was born on 24 March 1873 in Ballymiscaw, Dundonald, County Down, Ireland.3,7

Her son Andrew Cree was born on 16 June 1875 in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland.3,8

Her son George Frederick Valentine Cree was born on 30 August 1876 in Redburn House, Holywood, County Down, Ireland.3

Her son John Carsewell Cree was born on 8 June 1878 in Belfast Road, Holywood, County Down, Ireland.3,7

Her son David Henry Logan Cree was born on 21 March 1881 in Belfast Road, Holywood, County Down.7,3,9

Her daughter Mary Cree was born on 26 December 1882 in Belfast, County Antrim.5

Her son Robert James Cree was born on 10 July 1884 in Belfast Road, Holywood, County Down.3,7

Her daughter Margaret Jane Cree was born on 12 September 1886 in Belfast Road, Holywood, County Down.7,3,9

Her son Samuel Cree was born on 6 April 1889 in County Antrim, Ireland.9,3

Her son Arthur Cree was born on 26 May 1891 in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland.3,9 Jane Cree was a witness at the marriage of Annie Topping and George Frederick Valentine Cree on 19 July 1897 in Dunmurry Presbyterian Church, Dunmurry, County Antrim, Ireland, along with John Carsewell Cree; George was a lapping room worker aged 20 and Annie was 19.3

On 31 March 1901 Jane Cree and George Cree were living in 5 Ballycullo, Malone, County Down, Ireland, along with David Henry Logan Cree, Robert James Cree, Margaret Jane Cree, Samuel Cree and Arthur Cree. George was a labourer aged 50. His son David was a shoemaker aged 16. Robert was a labourer aged 16.9

On 2 April 1911 Jane Cree and George Cree were living in 3 Ballycullo, Malone, County Antrim, Ireland, along with Margaret Jane Cree and Arthur Cree. George was a farm servant aged 61 and could read but not write. Jane was aged 60. Margaret was a dressmaker aged 24. Arthur was 19 and a tenter. It was recorded that George and Jane had had eleven children of whom ten were still alive. George signed the census return with his "mark" - an X - witnessed by the enumerator.10

Children of Jane Cree and George Cree

References

  1. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Marriage certificate shows she was a minor at her marriage. The birth date is based on this.
  2. [S264] UK Census 31 Mar 1901, "age 60."
  3. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths.
  4. [S78] Certificate held or seen, Trevor Cree.
  5. [S120] Civil Registration Indexes.
  6. [S454] Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk), Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911.
  7. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…
  8. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), Reg Dist Castlereagh.
  9. [S264] UK Census 1901.
  10. [S253] UK Census 2 Apr 1911.
Last edited12 Jan 2020

Robert Cree

Male, CreeID#6289
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6286 Bangor
Robert Cree was the son of Andrew Cree Jr and Unknown Cree (married name).
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Margaret Cree

Female, CreeID#6290, (1827 or 1828 - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6286 Bangor
Margaret Cree was born in 1827 or 1828.1,2 She was the daughter of Andrew Cree Jr and Unknown Cree (married name).

Margaret Cree married George Jackson, son of John Jackson, on 9 June 1845 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. He was aged 27 and a sewer of Newtownards. She was 17 years of age and "of Ballybearns." William Watson and William Potter were the witnesses.3,4

Family: Margaret Cree and George Jackson

References

  1. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting her marriage record in Newtownards PR, "age 17."
  2. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Marriage Cert., Trevor Cree Papers, 11 Feb 2014, "age 17."
  3. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), quoting Newtownards PR, "of Ballybarnes ; daughter of Andrew Cree ( a farmer ) ; aged 17 married George Jackson 9 Jun 1845 at 1st Newtownards Presbyterian Church, witnesses were William Patton & William Watson."
  4. [S78] Certificate held or seen, Marriage Cert., Trevor Cree Papers, 11 Feb 2014.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Samuel Cree

Male, CreeID#6291, (1832 or 1833 - 11 April 1901)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6275 Ballybarnes
Samuel Cree was born in 1832 or 1833.1,2 He was the son of Joseph Cree and Mary Cree (married name).

Samuel Cree was a teacher on 12 March 1851 in Greengraves, County Down, Ireland. This is the next townland to the south of Ballyrogan.3

Samuel Cree married Mary Stewart, daughter of Alexander Stewart and Catherine Stewart (married name), on 12 March 1851 in Newtownards First Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Both were of full age. Witnesses were Samuel and Jane Colville.4,5

On 11 January 1853 Samuel Cree was living in Ballyrogan, County Down, Ireland.6

His daughter Eliza Cree was born on 11 January 1853.6,7

His father Joseph Cree died on 28 January 1867 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.8,9

His mother Mary Cree (married name) died on 17 August 1867 in Ballybarnes, Newtownards parish, County Down, England.10

Samuel Cree died on 11 April 1901 in Newtownards Reg Dist, County Down, Ireland.11

Child of Samuel Cree and Mary Stewart

References

  1. [S419] Website, David Beattie's History of Newtownards http://www.derek-beattie.comxa.com/family-stewart.htm, married at age 18.
  2. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, However his age at death gives a birth year of 1835 or 1836. Age 18 at marriage is more likely to be correct, "age 65."
  3. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Marriage Cert., Trevor Cree Papers, 11 Feb 2014.
  4. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths.
  5. [S78] Certificate held or seen, Trevor Cree Papers.
  6. [S419] Website, David Beattie's History of Newtownards http://www.derek-beattie.comxa.com/family-stewart.htm
  7. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…).
  8. [S45] Will held in Cree Archives, Joseph Cree, PRONI no 4805.
  9. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 80."
  10. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 76."
  11. [S358] Cree Index to Northern Ireland Births Marriages and Deaths, "age 65."
Last edited15 Sep 2019

James Cree

Male, CreeID#6292, (1832 - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6286 Bangor
It is worth noting that this James Cree was recorded as working at the lead mines at Whitespots, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. He was listed as a dresser:
Cree, James (a boy) - 22nd. September 1827 - 3s 4d
Cree, James (a boy) 6th. October 1827 - 6 days @4d per day = 2s
and then under Cash Book Entries we have a possible misspelt reference:
Creen, James - 1st. March 1828 - 9s for carting lead to Bangor
I suggest that James Cree is likely to have been a younger brother of the known James Cree.1 He was born in 1832.2 He was the son of Andrew Cree Jr and Unknown Cree (married name).

James Cree married Sarah Stewart, daughter of Alexander Stewart and Catherine Stewart (married name), on 29 March 1850 in 1st Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The ceremony was witnessed by Ellen Cree and Thomas Montgomery. James was 18 and a farmer st "Ballybearns." Sarah of full age and of Ballyrogan. The witnesses were Thomas and Ellen (Cree) Montgomery. The marriage was by licence.3,4

His son Samuel Cree was born on 20 December 1855 in Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.5,6 In 1863 James Cree was a tenant in Ballybarnes, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. The property was a house and small garden and the landlord was James Moore.5

Child of James Cree and Sarah Stewart

References

  1. [S419] Website, Derek Beattie's History of Newtownards
    http://www.derek-beattie.comxa.com/mining.htm
  2. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), He married aged 18.
  3. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), This source gives conflicting information and also says that Andrew's son Samuel Cree married Sarah Stewart. (Andrew's son was James Cree and James married Sarah's sister Mary Stewart!).
  4. [S78] Registration Certificate held in Cree Archives or transcribed by researcher, Trevor Cree Papers.
  5. [S256] Trevor Cree, Research into the County Down Origins of a Cree Family (Steyning, West Sussex: priv., 1995).
  6. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…).
Last edited11 Jan 2020

Ann Cree

Female, CreeID#6293, (1761 or 1762 - 8 February 1818)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Ann Cree was born in 1761 or 1762. From age 56 at death.1 She was the daughter of James Cree and Margaret Hunter.

Ann Cree married Thomas Roddy c 1784?.

Her father James Cree died on 24 May 1800.2

Her mother Margaret Hunter died on 26 May 1800.2

Her son Thomas Roddy was born in 1802 or 1803.3

Her son John Roddy was born in 1804 or 1805.3

Ann Cree died on 8 February 1818. She was aged 56.1 She was buried in Movilla Abbey churchyard, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.1

Children of Ann Cree and Thomas Roddy

References

  1. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, Vol 11 p 136.
  2. [S6] Monumental inscription, Gravestone at Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
  3. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, Vol 11 p 136; Movilla Abbey churchyard, Newtownards.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Elizabeth Cree

Female, CreeID#6294, (1768 or 1769 - 14 November 1838)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Elizabeth Cree was born in 1768 or 1769.1 She was the daughter of James Cree and Margaret Hunter.

Elizabeth Cree married John McGowan c 1790?.

Elizabeth Cree and John McGowan were living in Ballyblack, County Down, Ireland. This is about a mile (1.6 km) from the Cree farm at Ballycastle.2

Her father James Cree died on 24 May 1800.3

Her mother Margaret Hunter died on 26 May 1800.3

Elizabeth Cree died on 14 November 1838 in Ballyblack, County Down, Ireland.4 She was buried in Movilla graveyard, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.5

Family: Elizabeth Cree and John McGowan

References

  1. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, from age 69 at death; Vol 11 p 94.
  2. [S262] Graveyard Inscriptions, Ulster Historical Foundation, Vol 11 p 94.
  3. [S6] Monumental inscription, Gravestone at Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
  4. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…), "aged 69."
  5. [S359] Website Ros Davies' Co Down (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/…).
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Robert Cree

Male, CreeID#6295, (c 1774 - c 1835)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Robert Cree was born c 1774. He was aged about 40 in 1814.1 He was the son of James Cree and Margaret Hunter.

Robert Cree married Alice Cree (married name).

His father James Cree died on 24 May 1800.2

His mother Margaret Hunter died on 26 May 1800.2

On 5 September 1803 Robert Cree was living in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.3,4

In 1805 Robert Cree was living in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. "James Cree's heirs 3:11:4."5

In 1807 Robert Cree was living in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down.6

Between 1807 and 1808 Robert Cree was living in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. "Robert Cree for his father £3.11s.4d." This equates exactly to the amount under "James Cree's heirs" in 1805 thus proving the relationship of Robert Cree and his father James.7

His son James Cree was born in 1809 or 1810 in County Down, Ireland.8

In November 1814 Robert Cree took a lease on land in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. Nov 1814: "To Robert Cree. For One life and fourteen years from November 1814 of part of the Townland of Ballycastle Containing 4a:0r:0p at 36/- [shillings] per Acre... The said Robert Cree aged about fourty years."1

In November 1823 Robert Cree took a lease on land in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. This lease was for 4 acres replacing the lease of 1814 at the lower rent of 28 shillings per acre.1

In November 1823 Robert Cree took a lease on land in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. This was a new lease of 7a:3r:34p, replacing the lease for 4 acres just signed and adding a further 3a:3r:34p, also for one life and twenty years at 28/-. The two plots of land are shown on a map to be in two parts, the original 4a:0r:0p and the additional 3a:3r:34p.1 From 1833 to 1834 Robert Cree was a tenant in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. James Cree was the original lessee. The land consisted of two plots of combined area almost 18 acres. This comprised the original 9a:1r:5p of the 1776 lease (which expired in 1850 with the death of A Turvey aged about 78) and the 7a:3r:34p of the 1823 lease (which expired in 1855, twenty years after the death of Robert Cree.)9

Robert Cree died c 1835. Rent Rolls show Robert Cree as the occupier of land at Ballycastle in 1834 and James Cree (we presume his son) in 1836. With Robert's death the lease of his 7a:3r:34p of land was known to be due to expire in twenty years (that is, in about 1855).10

Child of Robert Cree and Alice Cree (married name)

  • James Cree+ (1809 or 1810 - between 1851 and 1861)

References

  1. [S268] Lord Londonderry Leases post-1750 - Manor of Newtownards, PRONI D654/L7 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  2. [S6] Monumental inscription, Gravestone at Movilla Abbey, Newtownards, Co. Down; transcribed and photographed by Trevor Cree.
  3. [S272] Ballycastle estate maps of Lord Londonderry (n.p.: PRONI, 1803), PRONI D654/M7/5. This map of Warden's lands shows that it adjoins land of Robert Cree.
  4. [S272] Ballycastle estate maps of Lord Londonderry, 1803, PRONI D654/M7/6. This map of John Lewis's farm shows that it adjoins land of Robert Cree.
  5. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R3/37A Ballycastle.
  6. [S272] Ballycastle estate maps of Lord Londonderry, 1803, PRONI D654/M7/7. This very good map shows the location of Robert Cree's extra piece of land, no.35, measuring 3 acres, 3 roods, 36 perches.
  7. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R3/40A Ballycastle.
  8. [S16] Personal communication, Angela Douglas Cree, letter and chart, 29 July 1990.
  9. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/65 and /66 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  10. [S269] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate, PRONI D654/R3/66 and 68 Ballycastle.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

William Cree

Male, CreeID#6296, (1780 - )
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Mini-chart 6296 Cork
William Cree was born in 1780. He was the son of James Cree and Margaret Hunter.

His son William Cree was born in 1801.1

His son Edward Cree was born in 1807.

Children of William Cree

References

  1. [S323] Trevor Cree, Trevor Cree papers. Hereinafter cited as Trevor Cree papers.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Alice Cree (married name)

Female, CreeID#6299
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Alice Cree (married name) married Robert Cree, son of James Cree and Margaret Hunter.

Her son James Cree was born in 1809 or 1810 in County Down, Ireland.1

From 1842 to 1843 Alice Cree (married name) was living in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. Trevor writes, "The name Alice Cree appears after No 3 Lessee James Cree and arrears of 5:8:0 (1842) and 2:14:0 (1843) were stated. This period may coincide with the Irish Famine."2

From 1844 to 1845 Alice Cree (married name) was living in Ballycastle, Newtownards, County Down. She is named as Widow Alice Cree and occupied just 5 acres. In the lessee column of the rent roll are written the words "at will" suggesting that the lease had expired. In the 1844 rental arrears are shown of £2:14:0 before period and £2:15:6 after against Alice Cree's plot 26. She was in arrears with the rent by £2:15:6 in 1845.3

Child of Alice Cree (married name) and Robert Cree

  • James Cree+ (1809 or 1810 - between 1851 and 1861)

References

  1. [S16] Personal communication, Angela Douglas Cree, letter and chart, 29 July 1990.
  2. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/75 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
  3. [S271] Rent Roll of Lord Londonderry Estate (post 1833), PRONI D654/R3/76-77 transcribed by Trevor Cree.
Last edited15 Sep 2019

Isabella Adams

Female, CreeID#6300, (1813 or 1814 - May 1898)
ChartsLine 17. The Newtownards line
Mini-chart 6270 Newtownards
Mini-chart 6474 Grindon, Co Durham
Isabella Adams was born in 1813 or 1814 in Carrowdore, County Down, Ireland. However she was described as being of "Lower Ballyblack" at her marriage.1 She was the daughter of James Adams.

Isabella Adams married James Cree, son of Robert Cree and Alice Cree (married name), on 23 January 1834 in the Presbyterian Church, Millisle, Donaghadee parish, County Down, Ireland. Trevor Cree writes: This marriage is a vital piece of evidence since it proves that the Durham Crees are direct descendants of the Ballycastle Cree, leading back to the gravestones in Movilla churchyard.

Isabella's home, Ballyblack. is about 1.5 km N of the Cree farm at Ballycastle.2,3

Her daughter Jane Ann Cree was born in 1836 in Greyabbey, County Down, Ireland.1

Her daughter Isabella Cree was born in 1838 in Greyabbey, County Down.1

Her son Robert Cree was born between 1841 and 1844 in Greyabbey, County Down.1

Her son James Cree was born in 1846 in Greyabbey, County Down.1

Between 1846 and 1848 Isabella Adams and James Cree moved from County Down, Ireland, and settled at Grindon, County Durham, England, accompanied by Jane Ann Cree, Isabella Cree, Robert Cree and James Cree.1

Her daughter Margaret Cree was born c November 1848 in Wolviston, County Durham, England.1,4

On 30 March 1851 Isabella Adams and James Cree were living in Metcalf Buildings, Norton, County Durham, England, along with Jane Ann Cree, Robert Cree, James Cree and Margaret Cree. James Cree was an agricultural labourer aged 42 and his wife Isabella Adams was 36. Ann J Cree (sic) was 15, Robert 7, James 5 and Margaret 3. All were born in Ireland except Margaret who was born at Woolviston (sic), County Durham.5

On 7 April 1861 Isabella Adams was living in Reeds Cottage, Wolviston, County Durham, England, along with Jane Ann Cree, Robert Cree, Isabella Cree, James Cree, Margaret Cree and Mary Jane Cree. Isabella was a widow aged 47 and an agricultural labourer; Ann Jane aged 25 and Isabella, 19, were formerly housemaids; Robert, 23, and James, 15, were also agricultual labourers and Margaret aged 13 was a scholar. It was noted that Margaret was "lame from birth." There was also "an infant not named... granddaughter.. aged under 1 mo[nth]." We deduce that she was Mary Jane Cree, daughter of the younger Isabella Cree.6

On 2 April 1871 Isabella Adams was living in the household of Jane Ann Cree and George Ritchie in "Golden Gates", Wynyard Park, Grindon, County Durham, England, along with Elizabeth Ritchie, Agnes Ritchie and John George Ritchie. George Ritchie was aged 33 and a labourer in the gardens of Wynyard Hall. Jane Ann Cree was aged 34. Isabella Cree was a general servant aged 64.7

On 3 April 1881 Isabella Adams was living in the household of Robert Cree in Salter House Cottage No 6, Wynyard Park, Grindon, County Down, Ireland, along with James Cree and Elizabeth Jane Cree. Robert was a shepherd aged 30 and a widower while Isabella his mother was aged 70 and a housekeeper.8

Isabella Adams died in May 1898 in Wolviston, County Durham. She was aged 84.9,10,1 She was buried on 23 May 1898 in St Peter, Wolviston, County Durham, England.9

Children of Isabella Adams and James Cree

References

  1. [S16] Personal communication, Angela Douglas Cree, letter and chart, 29 July 1990.
  2. [S267] Belfast Newsletter Index, 7 February 1834, "Cree, James of Ballycastle - married 7 February 1834. On 23rd ult. by the Rev.Mr. M'Ilwain, Mr. James Cree, of Ballycastle, to Miss Isabella, daughter of Mr. James Adams, of Ballyblack, near Newtownards."
  3. [S1] Parish Register of the relevant parish, PRONI MIC.1P/230/7 Presbyterian Millisle - Marriages p?139, "James Cree of Ballycastle to Is[abella] AdamIsabella Adams of Lower Ballyblack by Rev D Jeffrey and Rev A McIlwain."
  4. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree - 150 years of Cree Births, Marriages and Deaths (25 Roman Road, Steyning, W Sussex BN44 3FN: priv., 1989), Volume 1 England and Wales, GRO Vol 24 p245.
  5. [S149] UK Census 30 Mar 1851, HO107/2383 f 838.
  6. [S204] UK Census 7 Apr 1861, RG 9/3690 p2.
  7. [S160] UK Census 2 Apr 1871, RG10/4901 p14.
  8. [S164] UK Census 3 Apr 1881, RG11/4893 f 8 p11.
  9. [S69] National Burial Index, Federation of Family History Societies London, 2001.
  10. [S11] Trevor Cree, Cree Vol 1, GRO Vol 10A p37 Stockton+.
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