Friday, 3 July 2009

Agnes and Margaret

It is always of special interest to see old photographs of clan members, and even of the offspring of clan members! William and Agnes (nee McCosh) McIlhagga who were married about 1840 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, had, we think, seven children in the Townland of Ballycloughan near the 'Garden Town' of Antrim, Broughshane. Their youngest child was Margaret who married Alexander Scott on 26th June 1866 in Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Alexander came from Port Glasgow and many of the McIlhaggas had emigrated to nearby Greenock. After having five children between 1867 and 1875 this family emigrated to Victoria, Australia. They settled in Yarraville where they had a further six children. Their second child and first daughter born 8th October 1869 in Port Glasgow was Agnes. Their seventh child and fourth daughter was Margaret born 6th November 1879 in Yarraville. Agnes did not marry. She became the headmistress of Francis Street state school in Yarraville. She died on 15th October 1951 aged 82. The left hand photograph above is of Agnes. Margaret married John Michael County on 9th August 1902 and died in Footscray, Victoria, aged 71 on 26th January 1951 having had a family of 13 children. Margaret's photograph is on the right above. A grand-daughter of John and Margaret has kindly sent us these photographs and has given us permission to publish them. She has also sent us a group photograph of the County family.

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