He owned a Grand Estate.
July 1, 2016 2:22am CST
I know I've talked about the McKaughan's before. I know I've talked about it until I was blue in the face but I don't know that I've ever shared this piece of info. It's something I've read before but didn't really think much of it at the time. My tenth grandfather down the line on my father's side married well. His wife was the daughter of a glass maker in County Antrim during the 1700's. The father's wish was that fifty years following his death, lawyers would be sent to search for offspring of his Daughter. A certain number of descendants had to be found for the lawyers to then bequeath land to them. Had they been found, they would have inherited the grand estate that their grandfather had lived in. Instead, said estate was donated to Ireland and later became an orphanage. It makes me wonder how things might have changed had my ancestors been given their ancestral home. I won't begin to fathom that they might have moved back to Ireland. I do wonder, however, if they (the descendants) were never found? My source does not say but it is a possibility. The Mckaughan name was already being adapted to more phonetic spelling. From Mckaughan to McCaughan to Mccoin to it's final spelling of Mckoin. To think, it's origins are McGaughn (or something to that similarity). Either way, it is very possible that they simply weren't found because remaining descendants had no knowledge of their surnames evolution. That, combined with the fact they moved slightly around before being settled completely... Now I am off to see if I can't find the ancestral home. According to my sources, it still stands today.
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• United States
1 Jul 16
This side of things is very difficult. My father's family has always been very secretive. It seems that this has been happening for generations. Of course I can't fault the Mckaughan's much as I know they would have kept to themselves and even lie to Government officials, as did many new migrants to America did in those days. My grandfather, my mother's father, has been doing his own research into his ancestral line and there is MUCH to be found there. I find ancestry to be very very interesting, though I wish I had more access to documentation that would help me feel more connected to them. So where did your ancestors hail?
1 Jul 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum My father's family originated in Hei-en-boeicop in the Netherlands. My branch of the family migrated down the Rhine to the area around the city of Leiden. I don't have that kind of detail from my mother's side. I only know that her family last came from near Gouda in the Netherlands.
• United States
2 Jul 16
I've had no luck yet. I might have to try another tactic. It seems that it is still an orphanage today and so I might look up orphanages in County Antrim . The place this ancestor lived was called "Glass Island" but I think it more a family term then it is a term to represent a real neighborhood.