1821 Derry

1821 County Derry census records

There are 46 Parishes in the County of Londonderry, or “Derry”, and in 1821 Johnston (spelled with a “t”) families were to be found in at least 16 of them. As far as census records go the Johnston researcher in County Derry is incredibly fortunate. County Derry is the only county in Ulster that the 1831 census survives for (or at least a very large fragment). The original 1821 census, except for one townland, is simply nonexistent. However, for several family names someone made a extraction from the 1821 census of Derry prior to it’s destruction. The names that were extracted are: Johnston[!]; Johnson; and McShane, which is the Gaelic form of Johnson/son of John. Another separate extraction made in 1920 lists mainly Torrens families that were in the parishes of Desertoghill and Aghadowey. What is of further delight to the Johnston family historian, who is used to a paucity of information even where Irish records remain extant, is the completeness of the data in the 1821 extraction. All first names, ages, relationships and professions are listed! Even in-laws (with another surname) who are residing with a family are sometimes listed. Obviously, anyone researching Johnston family members who were born in the late 18th or early 19th century in Derry has a very good chance at finding them.

Note: This census data appears just as it was originally transcribed and some towland names were misspelled. The enumerator may have initially spelled any given townland incorrectly, or very possibly, the individual who extrated the information (sometime before the fire of 1922) may have had difficulty disciphering the enumerators handwriting. Any additions or corrections are in square brackets. Pages 28 through 36 (featuring the Johnston name) of the extraction read:

LONDONDERRY COUNTY, IRELAND

CENSUS RECORDS

1821

TOWN OF PENNY BURN [PENNYBURN, PARISH OF TEMPLEMORE]
Johnston, Neal, 35, Malterer.
Elizabeth, 3, dau.
Jane, 2, dau.
Jane, 30, wife.

LONDONDERRY COUNTY, IRELAND

CENSUS RECORDS

1821

BARONY OF TYRKEERAN [TIRKEERAN]
Johnston, Eliza, 28, school teacher.

TOWN OF CRAVENDONALL [CREEVEDONNELL, PARISH OF CLONDERMOT]
Johnston, Hugh, 44, weaver.
Martha, 36, wife.
Sarah, 12, dau.
Thomas, 9, son.
Jane, 5, dau.
Joh[n], 2, son.
James, 7, son.

TOWN OF CURRYFREE [PARISH OF CLONDERMOT]
Johnston, William, 35, weaver.
Sarah, 34, wife.
James, 15, son.
John, 12, son.
Robert, 10, son.
Sarah, 8, dau.
Letitia, 5, dau.

TOWN OF DOUMCOURT [DRUMCOVIT? PARISH OF BANAGHER]
Johnston, James, 37, presbyterian minister.
Eliza, 39, wife.
Matilda, 35, sister.

TOWN OF KULLKENAUGHT [KILLUNAGHT? PARISH OF BANAGHER]
Johnston, Joseph, 25, laborer.
Eliza, 23, wife.
Jane, 1, dau.

TOWN OF DOWLING [DOWLAND, PARISH OF AGHANLOO]
Johnston, John, 16, servant.

TOWN OF DRUNIBAN [DRUMBANE, PARISH OF AGHANLOO]
Johnston, Jane, 41, spinner.

TOWN OF LISNAGRILE [LISNAGRIB, PARISH OF AGHANLOO]
Johnston, Thomas, 40, farmer.
Agnes, 14, dau.
Matilda, 11, dau.
Jean, 8, dau.
Esther, 6, dau.
Margaret, 4, dau.
Leah, 2, dau.

Johnston, John, 28, weaver.
John, 5, son.
Margaret, 4, dau.
Thomas, 9, son.
Jean, 2, dau.
Jean, 60, mother.

Johnston, Samuel, 57, laborer.
Mary, 50, wife.

Johnston, William, 40, hord[?].
Eliza, 39, wife.
Samuel, 12, son.
James, 9, son.

Johnston, John, 47, farmer.
Jean, 45, wife
Andrew, 9, son.
John, 7, son.
William, 5, son.

TOWN OF LARGANTEA [LARGAN TEA, PARISH OF AGHANLOO]
Johnston, James, 34, weaver.
Jean, 56, mother.

Johnston, William, 40, laborer.
Eliza, 39, wife.
Samuel, son [no age listed].
John, 9, son.

TOWN OF BALLYLIGHAY [
Johnston, Richard, 35, inkeeper.
Mary, 35, wife.
David, 7, son.
William, 3, son.
Ann, 5, dau.

TOWN OF BALLYMARY [BALLYRORY? PARISH OF LEARMOUNT]
Johnston, Lanny, 16, servant.

TOWN OF KNOCKNAGLOR [KNOCKOGHER? PARISH OF DUNBOE]
Johnston, Thomas, 52, farmer & weaver.
Susan, 50, wife.
William, 21, son, weaver
Thomas, 18, son, weaver.
Samuel, 16, son, weaver.
Mary Ann, 4, dau.

TOWN OF GARTICAVAN [GORTYCAVAN, PARISH OF DUNBOE]
Johnston, Andrew, 40, weaver.
Mary, 40, wife.
Susan, 19, dau.
Hannah, 15, dau.
John, 13, son.
William, 11, son.
Hugh, 9, son.
Mary, 7, dau.
Andrew, 3, son.
Eliza, 1, dau.

TOWN OF BALLINREES [PARISH OF DUNBOE]
Johnston, William, 37, farmer.
Rachel, 32, wife.
Rebecca, 9, dau.
Thomas, 7, son.
John, 5, son.
William, 3, son.
Mary, under 1, dau.

TOWN OF KILLAWEU [KILLYWOOL? PARISH OF FAUGHANVALE]
Johnston, Lanny, 76, lodger.

GERTNAMOYAGH [GORTNAMOYAGH, PARISH OF ERRIGAL]
Johnston, Samuel, 45, farmer.
Elizabeth, 38, wife.
David, 12, son.
John, 9, son.
James, 8, son.
Margaret, 3, dau.
Scot, under 1, son.

Johnston, James, 70, farmer.
Margaret, 54, wife.
James, 22, son, laborer.
Thomas, 18, son, weaver.
Mary, 17, dau.
David, 12, son.
Martha, 24, dau.

Johnston, Samuel, 14, servant.

Johnston, Elizabeth, 46.
Nancy, 8, dau.
John, 5, son.

Johnston, William, 24, farmer.
John, 35, brother, laborer.
Jane, 28, sister.
Eliza, 6, niece.
Eliza, 60, mother.

Johnston, James, 30, farmer.
Catherine, 26, wife.
Eliza, 2, dau.
Jane, under 1.

Johnston, Thomas, 44, farmer.
Isabella, 35, wife.
Nancy, 16, dau.
Ann, 14, dau.
James, 12, son.
Eliza, 9, dau.
Samuel, 7, son.
Jane, 3, dau.
Alex, 1, son.

TOWN OF LISCALL [PARISH OF ERRIGAL]
Johnston, Robert, 50, laborer.
Jane, 48, wife.
Elizabeth, 27, dau.
Rose, 24, dau.
Samuel, 14, son.

TOWN OF CAW [PARISH OF GLENDERMOT]
Johnston, Elizabeth, 48, lodger.

TOWN OF DRUMSARA [DRUMSARAGH, PARISH OF TAMLAGHT O’CRILLY]
Johnston, John, 24, farmer & weaver.
Jane, 36, sister.
Mary, 56, mother.

Johnston, Robert, 27, farmer.
Martha, 36, wife.
Mary, 5, dau.
John, 2, son.
Isabella Patterson, sister-in-law, 34.

Johnston, James, 56, farmer.
Sarah, 51, wife.

Johnston, John, 28, farmer.
Jane, 30, sister.
Elizabeth, 26, sister.
Richard, 24, brother, weaver.
William, 22, brother, weaver.
[Richard died 4 February 1865 and is buried in Baptist Churchyard, Rollingdam, NB.]

TOWN OF MOVENEES [MOVENIS, PARISH OF DESERTOGHILL]
Johnston, Samuel, 58, farmer.
Elizabeth, 60, wife.
Mary, 21, dau.
Isabella, 20, dau.

Johnston, James, 26, farmer.
Margaret, 24, wife.
Eliza, 4, dau.

Johnston, John, 28, farmer.
Nancy, 24, wife.
Margaret, 3, dau.
Elizabeth, 1, dau.

TOWN OF LIRKERRIN [LISACHRIN?, PARISH OF DESERTOGHILL]
Johnston, Matthew, 44, farmer.
John, 19, son.
Isabella, 14, dau.
Martha, 12, dau.
Samuel, 10, son.
James, 8, son.
Robert, 6, son.

TOWN OF MOLETRA TOY [MOYLETRA TOY, PARISH OF DESERTOGHILL]
Johnston, Richard, 40, laborer.
Mary, 40, wife.
John, 21, son.
Sarah, 13, dau.

Thomas, 10, son. 33
Jane, 7, dau.
Mary, 2, dau.

TOWN OF FUNLESTRY [FARRANLESTER, PARISH OF MACOSQUIN]
Johnston, Joseph, 48, farmer.
Elizabeth, 50, wife.
Robert, 14, son.
William, 12, son.
James, 10, son.
Mary, 16, dau.

TOWN OF BALTEAGH [PARISH OF MACOSQUIN]
Johnston, John, 28, farmer.
Thomas, 24, brother.
Jane, 80, aunt.

TOWN OF DRUMCROAN [DRUMCROON, PARISH OF MACOSQUIN]
Johnston, Robert, 28, reed.
Jane, 28, wife.
Jasper, 8, son.
James, 6, son.
Robert, 4, son.
John, 1, son.

Johnston, James, 42, laborer.
Mary, 38, wife.
James, 13, son.
William, 11, son.
Donald, 8, son.
Mary Ann, 6, dau.
Letitia, 3, dau.
Arch, under 1, son.

TOWN OF CLINLOUGH [CLINTAGH, PARISH OF AGHADOWEY]
Johnston, Robert, 56, farmer.
Margaret, 57, wife.
Margaret, 26, dau.
Robert, 21, son, weaver.
Samuel, 18, son.
John [John William], 15, son.
[parents Robert and Margaret and son John William are buried in Aghadowey Parish Church Graveyard]

TOWN OF CULOROO [CARRANROE? PARISH OF AGHADOWEY]
Johnston, Jane, 48, servant.

TOWN OF DROHED [DROGHED, PARISH OF AGHADOWEY]
Johnston, Mary, 21, servant.

TOWN OF MULLAGHBAY [MULLAGHBOY, PARISH OF BALLYSCULLION]
Johnston, William, 23, weaver.
Jane, 20, wife, dau. of James & Letitia Garvin.
Letitia, 1, dau.

TOWN OF BALLYNUSE [BALLYNEASE, PARISH OF BALLYSCULLION]
Johnston, Agnes, 21, servant.

TOWN OF TAINLADUFF [TAMLAGHTDUFF, PARISH OF BALLYSCULLION]
Johnston, John, 30, laborer.
Margaret, 27, wife.
James, 9, son.
Atkinson, 4, son.
Ann, 1, dau.

Johnston, James, 66, farmer & weaver.
Jane, 60, wife.
Arch, 22, son.
Jane, 17, dau.

TOWN OF BALLYNAN
[BALLYGAN? or BALLYMONAN? or BALLYNIAN?, PARISH OF BALLYMONEY or DUNGIVEN or TAMLAGHT O’CRILLY?, respectively]
Johnston, John, 46, farmer.
Rachel, 40, wife.
Joseph, 20, son.
John, 15, son.
Jane, 13, dau.
Margaret, under 1.

TOWN OF MONEYNENY [MONEYNEANY, PARISH OF BALLYNASCREEN]
Johnston, Pat, 57, farmer.
Alice, 40, wife.
Mary, 27, dau.
Bernard, 8, son.
Sarah, 11/2, dau.

Johnston, Francis, 50, farmer.
Alice, 44, wife.
Daniel, 11, son.
Barbara, 7, dau.

TOWN OF DRUMBELLYHAGN [DRUMBALLYHAGAN, PARISH OF KILCRONAGHAN]
Johnston, William, 30, laborer.
Jane, 30, wife.
Margaret, 10, dau.
Henry, 7, son.
Mary, 4, dau.
Mathew, under 1, son.

TOWN OF KILLYNUMBIE [KILLYNUMBER, PARISH OF KILCRONAGHAN]
Johnston, John, 33, farmer & weaver.
Margaret, 22, wife.
Alex, 2, son.
John, 1, son.
Johnston, James, 27, farmer & weaver.
Joseph, 22, brother, weaver.
Jane, 64, mother.
Johnston, Jane, 40, farmer.
John, 20, son, weaver.
William, 18, son, weaver.
Elizabeth, 16, dau.
Mathew, 13, son.
Mary Ann, 14, dau.

TOWN OF GNTAMINY [GORTAMNEY, PARISH OF KILCRONAGHAN]
Johnston, Joseph, 40, farmer & weaver.
Isabella, 32, sister.
Mary, 78, mother.

Johnston, Hugh, 14, weaver apprentice.

TOWN OF CLAUGHFINN [CLOUGHFIN, PARISH OF BALLYNASCREEN]
Johnston, John, 30, weaver.
Nancy, 30, wife.
Jane, 14, dau.
John, 12, son.
Mary, 10, dau.
Isabella, 8, dau.
Nancy, 3, dau.

Johnston, James, 70, farmer.
Mary, 60, wife.
Mary, 20, dau.
Margaret, 18, dau.
William, 17, son.
Margaret, 15, dau.

Johnston, Isabella, 40.
Maria, 13, dau.

Johnston, Jacob, 60, farmer & weaver.
Mary, 58, wife.
Robert, 20, son, weaver.
William, 18, son, laborer.
Mary, 14, dau.
Ann, 12, dau.
Margaret, 8, dau.

Johnston, John, 60, laborer.
Elenor, 24, dau.
Isabella, 5, dau.
Robert, 1 1/2, son.

Johnston, Robert, 70, farmer.
Jane, 57, wife.
Jane, 17, dau.
Margaret, 15, dau.

TOWN OF SLATABOGIE [SLAGHTYBOGY, PARISH OF MAGHERA]
Johnston, John, 34, farmer.
Sarah, 28, wife.
Eliza, 8, dau.
Elnor [sic], 6, dau.
Nancy, 4, dau.
Robert, 2, son.

Johnston, Robert, 45, farmer.
Isabella, 28, wife.
Jane, 4, dau.
John, 3, son.
John, 87, father.

Johnston, Francis, 38, carpenter.
Elizabeth, 32, wife.
Isabella, 6, dau.
William, 4, son.
James, 1, son.

Johnston, Samuel, 30, laborer.
Eliza, 26, wife.
Eliza, 6, dau.
William, 2, son.

TOWN OF TERGARVILL [TIRGARVIL, PARISH OF MAGHERA]
Johnston, Lucinda, 45, farmer.
John, 19, son.
Mary Ann, 17, dau.
Sarah, 15, dau.
William, 12, son.
Joseph, 8, son.
Lucinda, 6, dau.
Margaret Jane, 5, dau.

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