Saturday, 17 January 2009

Death in Sheffield

Today brings the sad news of the death last week of John (Jack) McIlhagga in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.  We send our sincere condolences to Jack's wife, sons and grandchildren.  As with the annual Clan Newsletter I will try to maintain the principle in this Blog of not naming people who are alive, unless of course they say I may, or indeed if they respond by commenting on an item in the Blog.  What we can record of this family (if our records are right) is that Jack McIlhagga was one of the five children of John McIlhagga (born 1909 in Coleraine, County Derry, Northern Ireland) and Jane Laverty (born 1907 in Craigs, Cullybackey, County Antrim).  They married in 1931 in Ballymena, County Antrim.  John died in Belfast in 1975 and Jane in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1998.  John was the third of seven children of James Spence McIlhagga of Tullygarley, County Antrim, and Elizabeth McGrillis of Coleraine, County Derry.  In his turn James Spence was the eldest of the five children of William McIlhagga and Mary Spence.

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