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David Crooks and Nancy Bell marriage

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Date: 11 Mar 1862 to 11 Mar 1862
Location: Claggan, Lissan, Derry, Irelandmap
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This page has documentation about the marriage and emigration of David Crooks (abt.1831-1916) and Nancy Ann (Bell) Crooks (abt.1843-1925) .

Registration details

  • Party 1 Name: David Crooks
  • Party 2 Name: Nancy Bell
  • Date of Event: 11 Mar 1862
  • Group Registration ID: 3313320
  • SR District/Reg Area: Magherafelt.
  • Irish Civil Registration entry.

Marriage certificate details

  • Location: Claggin(sic), Parish of Lissan, Union of Magherafelt, County Derry.
  • 11 Mar 1862.
  • David Crooks, full age, Bachelor, Farmer.
    • Resident of Claggan, Lissan, Derry.
    • Son of Robert Crooks, Farmer.
  • Nancy Bell, 19, Spinster.
    • Resident of Dunmore, Lissan, Tyrone.
    • Daughter of James Bell, Farmer.
  • Witnesses: James Crooks, Thomas Harkness.

The writing of 1862 is not entirely clear, I read it as 1863 at first. However, there is a golden wedding celebration notice in NZ newspaper for 1912.

Golden wedding notice


CROOKS—BELL.— At the Presbyterian Church, Claggon, Ireland. 1862, by the Rev. Wilson, Cookstown, Ireland, David Crooks to Nancy Bell.

Family Bible transcription

According to some private notes I have viewed, the following transcription of David and Nancy's family bible was typed up by a child of William Bell Crooks (1875-1943) in the 1970s or 1970s; although the information has been lost as to which child.

David Crooks1832died 10.10.1916
Nancy BellJan 1841died 3.5.1925
James Archer25.3.1863one son
Jane1.12.1864Mrs Lippiatt
Mary19.12.1866Mrs Gillard
Robert Mitchell19.7.1866died 2.12.50
Martha22.5.1870died in Ireland
Anney3.9.1871died in Ireland
David Benson25.6.1873died aged 5yrs NZ
William Bell29.6.1875died 1943 NZ
David30.11.1879born NZ
Anney Caroline31.3.1882Miss America born NZ
Hetty24.7.1885born NZ

(I have typed up the table exactly as it appears on the transcription -- clearly there are at least two errors; the birth date of Robert Mitchell , and the death date of Nancy Bell has been transposed from 5.3)

The document also notes that David Crooks is the uncle of George Crooks and Ellen (Crooks) Kennedy.

Passenger log

The family emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand on the "LADY JOCELYN" sailed 6 May or 20 May 1878 (I guess this refers to different ports for picking up passengers):

  1. David
  2. Mrs
  3. David
  4. James A
  5. Jane
  6. Mary A
  7. Robert
  8. William
  9. Thomas (infant)

Irish geography notes

  • Lissan is a civil parish that spans two counties.
  • Clagan (commonly spelt "Claggan") is a townland in Lissan Parish and County Londonderry
  • Category: Dunmore Townland, Lissan Parish, County Tyrone is a townland in Lissan Parish and County Tyrone.
  • The border of these two townlands is the border between the counties.
  • Magherafelt is a Poor Law Union of County Londonderry.
  • Cookstown is a Poor Law Union of County Tyrone. (As far as I can tell, the border of these two unions matches the county border in this case).
  • There are also Electoral Districts (aka. Registrar's Districts -- not to be confused with Superintendent Registrar's Districts), as if we didn't have enough districting already... Clagan is in Moneymore, and Dunmore is in Cookstown.

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