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Bell of Dunmore early C19

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Category: Dunmore Townland, Lissan Parish, County Tyrone is a townland in the east of County Tyrone and to the north of Cookstown. It borders Ballybriest, County Londonderry even though both are in the same Parish of Lissan.

On the southern border of Dunmore is Category: Ballynagilly Townland, Lissan Parish, County Tyrone, and to the west of that, Category: Ballynasollus Townland, Derryloran and Kildress Parishes, County Tyrone.

It is not the same as Dunnamore, some distance to the west of Cookstown. There were quite a few Bells in the first two of these townlands particularly.

See also: Space:McNabb-412_Claggan_Research.


This is people with no parents positively identified. In many cases this is because there may have been two people of the same name and townland (e.g. Thomas Bell of Ballynagilly).

Other Bells

There are several other Bell heads of the area to the north and east of Cookstown; I have found zero connections between them and the Dunmore/Ballynagilly Bell group. Search WikiTree with surname=BELL, Birth Keyword=(the parish) ; sort by date. Parishes include Derryloran, Lissan, Kildress, Tamlaght, Arboe.

Tithe Applotment Book

  • Lissan, Ballynagilly: John, Robert, Thomas.
  • Lissan, Dunmore: John, Robert(red), Robert(white), Thomas.
  • Lissan, Drumgrass: James.
  • Lissan, Killybasky: Robert.
  • Lissan, Turnaface: John, Robert.
  • Derryloran, Derrycrummy: James, John, Robert, Thomas, William.
  • Derryloran, Gortalowry: William, William.
  • Derryloran, Tamlaghtmore: Alexander, James, Robert, Robert jun, Robert sen, Walter
  • Kildress: (none)

Note that there were two different Roberts of Dunmore. It's also possible that the same person may have holdings in multiple townlands, e.g. Robert of Ballynagilly might be the same as one of the Dunmore Roberts.

Also interesting that nobody is at Ballynasollus. That does seriously raise the possibility that William and Richard moved from elsewhere; possibly Dunmore.

James Bell (abt.1799-abt.1879) of Claggan and James Bell (bef.1809-) of Dunmore both do not appear here. Perhaps this Thomas of Dunmore is the father of James. James's oldest male son (that we know of) is Thomas , and the eldest male son was usually named for the father's father.

Griffith's Valuation (1859-60)

  • Lissan, Dunmore: George, John, Robert sr., Robert jr., Thomas A., Thomas Sr., William.
  • Lissan, Drumgrass: James, John.
  • Lissan, Ballynagilly: David, William.
  • Lissan, Clagan: James.
  • Lissan, Mobuy: James. (Adjoins the holding of James at Clagan)
  • Lissan, Rossmore: John, Robert.
  • Lissan, Turnaface: John, William(John), William(Robert)
  • Lissan, Dunnabraggy: George.
  • Lissan, Killybasky: William.
  • Kildress, Drumshanbo: Alexander, John.
  • Kildress, Ballynasollus: William, Richard.
  • Kildress, Mackenny: William.
  • Derryloran, Claggan: John. (NOTE different townland to Lissan, Clagan).
  • Derryloran, Toberlane: John.
  • Derryloran, Killymam: John.
  • Derryloran, Gortalowry: Mary.
  • Derryloran, Ardvarnish: Robert.
  • Derryloran, Drummond: Robert.
  • Derryloran, Coolreaghs: Thomas.
  • Derryloran, Ballymenagh: William.
  • Cookstown proper: John, Michael, Thomas, William.

Other interesting records and discussion

  • Ancestry Profile - 33 trees cite Jane Bell (1754-1830) from Tyrone w. husband James Crooks from Co.Londonderry - sounds like our part of the world. 116 trees with Ancestry Profile Margaret Jane Bell 1754-1842, possibly same person; lots of mistakes though as to be expected for trees of this age.

Uncommon genealogical resources

PRONI has Street Directories which is mostly only for Cookstown proper but there are a handful of listings for rural merchants who offer services in town.

Forebears/FMP has a records search by surname for people killed in WW1, although it doesn't tell you their place of origin. You'd have to find out from newspaper and then look this up. Subscription.

https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3876/ is a weird database that might have info with careful searching.


McNabb-412 has DNA matches with descendants of every known child of James Bell (bef.1805-) , except for Margaret. However, my two strongest matches in the cluster are not descendants of him! One of those is a double-descendant of John Bell, suggesting that John and James were brothers.


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