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Board Name: Ireland Genealogy
tony colhoun reynella, 35 Australia Oct 22, 1999
I am a descendent of Samuel Colhoun (1803-1875) born probably at "Teeronail" a property at Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ire. He died at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, his family home then being called Lisanelly House. He and his siblings, and possibly others of his family, were buried at the Old Burial Ground near the Presbyterian Church at St Johnstone, Co Donegal. The names of his parents are unknown but his mother may have been a Buchannan (perhaps from a previous marriage) and she probably died 1858 age 96.

Samuel's siblings were Matthew, James, John and Frances Jane. Matthew's children were William James, Robert, Matthew Jnr, Joseph, George and Ann Jane. They were living at Sunderland, Eng.in 1903. I think Joseph (name changed to Colquhoun) died in Sunderland in the early 70's aged c.92 or 93. James married, lived in London and spelled his name Colquhoun. John and Frances Jane didn't marry and were apparently living at Teeronail when they died, as was Matthew.

Samuel Colhoun(and brother James) lived in Port Spain Trinidad in early 1840's. Samuel married Caroline Lison. They had three children, John (1845-1917), Samuel Jnr (1847-1913) and a girl probably named Frances (d. 1855/6?)

John Colhoun and Samuel Colhoun Jnr left Trinidad 1855 and after a period in Glasgow joined their father in Ireland. Samuel Colhoun Jnr went to live at Buncrana, Co Donegal. He had one son, Samuel Lipson Colhoun, who married twice and had ten children. Some remained in Buncrana, others went to Keighley (Yorkshire). When he went to Canada in 1913 he took Ernest, his oldest son, with him. Ernest stayed there when Samuel Lipson returned to Ireland.

John Colhoun was my great-great-grandfather.He migrated to Melbourne, Aust. in 1865 and married Elizabeth Millington of Cheshire, Eng. within a week of arrival. They had eight children of whom six survived childhood. I am descended from John through his oldest surviving son, Samuel Ernest Spearman Colhoun (1868-1925), his oldest son, Ernest Harry Lanfear Colhoun (1897-1980) and his second son, Desmond Lawrence Colhoun (b. 1926)

I assume that my family has descended from a member of the Colquhoun Clan who went to northern Ireland as part of the Plantation of Ulster in the 17th century. And that, regardless of how he spelled his name at that time, his descendants adopted the Ulster spelling "Colhoun" along with the other clan members by the end of that century. I am trying to fill the gap between Samuel Colhoun of Omagh and that descendent who moved from Scotland to Ireland, probably Co. Donegal. I am also interested in knowing about others who may be related to members of his family.

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