Directory 1888

The Birches

THE BIRCHES is a rural post-office and Petty Sessions district, 6 miles north-west of Portadown.  Colonel Stanley, Mr. Edward S. Obré, Mr. Charles Stanley, Lord Charlemont, Capt. William Brown, and Mr. A.T. Wakefield are the landlords.  A clump of birches growing near the road, a short distance below the post office, suggest the appropriateness of the name given to the neighbourhood, the greater part of which is a partly cultivated bog.  Birches grow naturally in this region.  Mr.  Thomas Palmer informs me that the entire bog was a birch forest 70 years ago.  The roots are now found in cutting peat.  Good crops of potatoes and oats are produced in the boggy land by means of a process known as "heating."  Turf fires are lighted around the parts about to be planted, and kept up until sufficient warmth is generated to force vegetation.  Hot ashes are also spread upon the surface.  By treatment of this kind a better crop of oats is secured than is yielded by the richest loam lands.  Without "heating," oats will not average eighteen inches in height.  Some of the landlords have objected to the heating process on the ground that it is using up the surface of the bog.  A proposal was made to induce the tenants to pay 5s. an acre extra for the privilege, but they did not seem to relish the idea.
Church:  Methodist, Portadown Circuit

 

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Research Notes:  The 1888 directory entries were transcribed by Pat Connors from the printed pages of the book, The Book of County Armagh,  by George Henry Bassett.  It was first published in 1888 in Dublin.

Surname First Area Occupation
Bell David Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
Boyce Christr. The Birches School, Nat.
Boyce William Drumaliss Farmers & Residents
Campbell Joseph Derrylard Farmers & Residents
Carrick David Foymore Farmers & Residents
Carrick James Foymore Farmers & Residents
Carrick Thomas Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
Cassells Mrs. M Cloncore Farmers & Residents
Connolly Patrick Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Cullen Daniel Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Donnelly James Derrylard Farmers & Residents
Farquhar Robert Derryaugh Farmers & Residents
Fawcett A. Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Fearon Bd., jun. Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Feeney Chas The Birches R.I.C., Sergeant
Ferrin Bd., sen. Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Fox William Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Fulton James Derrylileagh Farmers & Residents
Gardener Henry Foymore Farmers & Residents
Gilmore James Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
Hendron Joseph Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
Hume Robert Derrylard Farmers & Residents
Hyde George Breagh Farmers & Residents
Jackson Jos. Clonmacate Grocer 
Jackson Moses Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Jackson Richard Clonmacate Grocer 
Jackson Richard Clonmacate Farmers & Residents
Jackson Thomas Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Kilpatrick Mrs. M Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Kingsborough Henry Breagh Farmers & Residents
Leeman John Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
Mackall Edward Derrykeeran Farmers & Residents
Mackall Henry Derrykeeran Farmers & Residents
Mackall Mrs.   Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
M'Adam Thomas Derraugh Farmers & Residents
M'Adam Wilson Cloncore Farmers & Residents
M'Adam Wm. H. Cloncore Farmers & Residents
Magee Henry Clonmacate Farmers & Residents
M'Anally John Derrykeeran Farmers & Residents
Martin John Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Matchett John Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Matchett John Ballynarry Retail spirits
Matchett Joseph Derrycaw Farmers & Residents
Matchett Joseph Gallrock Farmers & Residents
Matchett Richard Clonmacate Farmers & Residents
Matchett Richard Derryall Farmers & Residents
Mathers John H Derrykeeran Farmers & Residents
Mathers Joseph Derryneskin Farmers & Residents
Matthew Samuel Ballinary Farmers & Residents
May James Drumlellum Farmers & Residents
May Richard Drumlellum Farmers & Residents
M'Causland John Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
McClure John Derryaugh Retail spirits
M'Clelland John Derryadd Farmers & Residents
M'Clelland John Derrylard Farmers & Residents
M'Clure James Derryaugh Farmers & Residents
M'Conville William Cloncore Farmers & Residents
M'Cullagh Aaron Drumlellum Farmers & Residents
M'Cullagh Seth Drumlellum Farmers & Residents
Moore John Ballynary Farmers & Residents
O'Hanlon Mrs. C Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Palmer Thomas The Birches Grocer 
Palmer Thomas The Birches Hardward and Seed
Palmer Thomas The Birches Post M.
Palmer Thos The Birches Draper
Robinson J. Druminallyduff Farmers & Residents
Sinnamon Henry Clonamola Farmers & Residents
Smyth Joseph Ballinary Farmers & Residents
Smyth Thomas Derryileagh Farmers & Residents
Stevenson Mrs. L. Cloncore Farmers & Residents
Sullivan James Derrylard Farmers & Residents
Sullivan Thomas Derrylard Farmers & Residents
Sullivan Wm. F. Cloncore Farmers & Residents
Todd Joseph Clonmacate Farmers & Residents
Todd Robert Foymore Farmers & Residents
Todd William Foymore Farmers & Residents
Todd Wm. Druminallyduff Farmers & Residents
Trotter Richard Foybeg Farmers & Residents
Troughton Richard Derrycaw Farmers & Residents
Troughton Robert Derrycaw Farmers & Residents
Turkington Samuel Ballynary Farmers & Residents
Uprichard Charles Clonmacate Farmers & Residents
Wakefield C.S. Cloncore ho. Farmers & Residents
Wakefield Edw. T. Cloncore ho. Farmers & Residents
Walsh Mrs. A. Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Weatherall Jno. Derrykeeran Farmers & Residents
Weatherall Richard Derrykeeran Farmers & Residents
Weatherhead Jno. Derrylard Farmers & Residents
Wethered Jno. Milltown Grocer 
Wilson Wm. D. Cloncore Farmers & Residents
Woodhouse T.A. Derrinraw Farmers & Residents
Woods Loftus Ballynary Farmers & Residents
Wright George Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents
Wright Wm. Derrykeevan Farmers & Residents

  

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