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Samuel Gunning

sandyjose

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Recently I've been told that my 4x great granddad was Samuel Gunning born 1765 in Co Down.I can't find his wife or any information about him. His son,James,was my 3x great grandfather born 1785,he was a farmer so,maybe his father was too .I've never found any siblings of James,is there any way of finding this kind of information or is it too far back?
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Depends a lot on denomination and parish.

I have ancestors in Co Down who were Presbyterian and I'm stuck in 1830s.

There are several members here who I'm sure will have a look for you.

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Gunning is a fairly common name in Co. Down. Here’s a link to a site that list 20 or so James and 5 Samuels. None dates to the period you need but they indicate how prevalent the name was.

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~rosdavies/genealogy/SURNAMES/G/GriGy.htm

Not many Presbyterian churches in Co Down have records for the 1700s. A few do but just a handful out of 2 or 300 functioning churches in the 1700s. To make matters worse few of the surviving records are on-line. The most complete sets of church records for Co. Down are held in PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast. A personal visit is required to view them but without some idea of where in the county the family lived it’s a bit of a needle in haystack.

The surname appears to have been particularly common around Bangor, Donaghadee and Newtownards. They’ll be descended from Scots who settled in that area in the 1600s.
 

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