Bid to find details of former family from Saul area

SIR, — I am attempting to locate family members in the Saul, Down or Downpatrick area.

My great, great, great grandparents were James Hanvey, who was from Saul/Ballee, a farmer of flax and a freeholder, and Elizabeth Hanvey, nee Fitzsimons from Tullyratty. They were married about 1800.

James Hanvey’s father was Patrick Hanvey. Elizabeth Fitzsimons’ father was Henry Fitzsimons and her mother was Mary Crangle. They lived in Ballingtogher (Tullynear) and had the following children: Patrick Hanvey (1802), James Hanvey (1806), Henry Hanvey (1812), Margaret Hanvey (1803), Robert Hanvey (1814) and Sara Hanvey (1816).

Patrick Hanvey, the father of James Hanvey, is buried in the Saul graveyard with his daughter-in-law Elizabeth Hanvey. The family was Catholic.

I live in El Paso, Texas, but was born in Brooklyn, New York, where many Hanvey family members emigrated to.

My email address is:

Yours etc.,


El Paso,