We spoke a couple of years ago. Although I am a Canadian Macaloney, I was born Scotland and before that our Macalonan family came from Ballymena area. Common Christian names running through the familiy were John, Robert, Willam, Thomas.
I beleive the Macaloney's moved to Ireland from Lochaber area in Scotland some time after the '45 and were part of the MacGillonie clan - anglified from the Gaelic MacGillonfaidh to Macalonie/Macaloney/Macgillonie.
I have three questions for you:
1. Have you found out why they changed names from Macaloney to Macalonan and back again?
2. Have you made any direct links from Antrim back to Lochaber or other Scottish location prior to them 'planting' in N.Ireland?
3. Do you have any knowledge of my family line as it existed in Ballymena: Thomas Macalonan m. Margaret Ramsay. Their son John Macaloney/McAlonan/McKlonan was born ~1842 and m. Elizabeth Rock on Jan 1st 1867. When married he was living in Lower Broughshane near Ballymena. John died Aug 25th 1905 in Shieldmuir, Dalziel, Scotland. John & Elizabeth had 4 childred: Robert, Samuel, John, William. John, Elizabeth and their children appear to have emigrated from Ballymena to Scotland between 1868-1872.
John & Elizabeths's first son Robert was born 8th May 1868 in Durneveagh, Ballymena. Their second son Samuel was born in Scotland ~1872.
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