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19/04/2008 12:15 am
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Carson and Alexander families
I am looking for information on my paternal great grandfather's family. His name was Robert Duffin Carson, born 1826 in Carsontown, Ballymena, Antrim, North Ireland. He married Margaret Herron was born 1826 in Ireland He married her in Simcoe Ontario Canada on 15 Jan 1849 and they had 4 children born in Canada. Both died in Canada in 1886 and 1887. His parents were William Carson 1789-1849 and Agnes?

I am also looking for information on William Alexander and his wife Susan Copeland, probably born in Antrim around 1826

If anyone has any information or suggestions where to look I would appreciate it Thanks in advance
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Re: Carson and Alexander families
My Robert Duffin Carson was born in 1821 and died in Jan 1888 he married Jane Carson b 1826 and died June 1882 they were married 20 November 1847 in Kirkinola, Ballymena, Antrim. Janes father was John Carson and Robert Duffin's parents were Duffin Carson & Jane Andrews. Robert Duffin Carson and Jane Carson's children were Duffin Carson born 11/2/1851 and died 15/8/1948, Jane (Jenny) Carson b 27/11/1854, Eliza Andrews Carson b 16/6/1857, Maggie S Carson b 10/9/1858, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ann Carson b 1859/1860, Mary Carson b 29/7/1860. Do you think there is any chance that our Robert Duffin Carson are one and the same being there dob and death dates are similar. I have a letter from Samuel Carson of Carsonstown, Ballee, Ballymena "The Carsons have lived in Ballee for nearly 400 years. It is thought that the first of the family came from Scotland around 1610 or before. 'Powake' Carson was said to have resided in Ballee and defended himself with a Stone Axe. The next record of the early Carsons was William Carsone who lived in Ballee and paid his hearth tax in the year 1669 this was a form of Income Tax. The first Duffin Carson appears in the early 1800's he married Jane Andrews, we think his sons and grandson were both called Duffin Carson. Duffin Carson had a farm of 22 acres at Carsonstown, as well as a farmer he worked as a weaver , and would have been comparatively well off - that is able to survive the famine. The name Duffin was bought into the Carson Family by the 1st Duffin Carson's mother, who actually eloped with her husband her own family the Duffins being local gentry. The first Duffin Carson was a 1st cousin the the last Squire O'Hara. Some time arounf 1890 Duffin Carson otherwise Robert Duffin Carson left Carsonstown and moved to Queen Street, where he lived until he died at the age of 97. The ancient burial ground of the Carson is Ballyclug Graveyeard. This is a very old graveyard where there was once a church founded by Sr Patrick. The Carson plot is like a communal grave with no headstone. Duffin Carson and his fathers before him were all buried there" The letter is dated 1994.

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