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Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

More on the Buchanan Y-DNA Study
I am glad to report that I was able to help one of the genetic matches I contacted. He wrote, "My ancestor, William Buchanan came from Castlederg, Tyrone probable very soon after he married Matilda Carson in a church in Castlederg. He settled in Flesherton, Grey county in Ontario and all his 13 children were born in Canada."

"His father, Robert married Sarah Stewart. His father, Joseph married Nancy Carson"

From this information (confirmed by further information which he gave me later), he is a descendant of the Buchanans of Cooel (Coolavanagh), which connects to the ancestors of James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States, through Thomas Buchanan of Ramelton, Donegal.

"John Buchanan married an Eleanor Moore in 1745 and had a family of 3 girls and 1 boy: Sally, Martha, Eleanor and Joseph. Joseph Buchanan married a Nancy Carson in 1795. To them were born: John, Mary, James, Eleanor, Robert, William and Matilda." quoted from "BUCHANAN FAMILY OF COOLAVANAGH (COOEL), DRUMQUIN", By David Keys, Glenarn, Lack in "DRUMQUIN 2007".

I was able to find the marriage of William Buchanan and Matilda Carson at
Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898
Groom's Name: William Buchanan
Groom's Birth Date: 1825
Groom's Age: 22
Bride's Name: Matilda Carson
Bride's Birth Date: 1826
Bride's Age: 21
Marriage Date: 04 May 1847
Marriage Place: Civil Marriage Records, , Misc, Ireland
Groom's Father's Name: Robert Buchanan
Bride's Father's Name: Samuel Carson
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M70195-3
System Origin: Ireland-VR
Source Film Number: 101284
Reference Number: 2:1PCKB0N

And I found them in the free 1852 census of Canada West
16 Buchanan, William Farmer Ireland Wesleyan Methodist   26 M
17 Buchanan, Matilda   Ireland Wesleyan Methodist   26 F
18 Buchanan, Robert   Canada Wesleyan Methodist   4 M
19 Buchanan, William   Canada Wesleyan Methodist   3 M
20 Buchanan, Samuel   Canada Wesleyan Methodist   1 M

Hey, this is fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said...


The title of David Keys article is a little misleading, since the Buchanans of Cooel which he references only appear half way down his tree. To my eye, your Robert, and his father Joseph, are prior to the marriage into the Cooel line, which only occurs in 1833. It's still fascinating, but I think your Buchanans might more correctly be referred to as "of Castlederg".


Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:40:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Bill Buchanan said...


David Key has two Buchanan lines. His article traces his mother's paternal Buchanan line back to Samuel Buchanan of Cooel who married Matilda Buchanan of Castlederg in 1833. Matilda's grandfather, John Buchanan of Castlederg married Eleanor Moore of Castlederg in 1745. So David's Buchanan of Castlederg line has been traced further back than his Buchanan of Cooel line. But since Cooel is local to Drumquin, it would probably be of more interest to readers of the Drumquin book.

John Buchanan of Castlederg's parents may (or may not) be William Buchanan of Donegal and Margaret Creery. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

My own family were "of Castlederg", living in Learmore townland (3 km SW of Castlederg) when they first appear in the Derg Parish Church records in 1815. There are hints they may have previously come from Donegal. We are still hoping for a YDNA connection to someone with a proven pedigree going further back. My cousin Darlene has purchased the 111 marker upgrade for both Ernest and Mervyn.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:14:00 AM MDT  
Anonymous Maria Goudal said...

We also have family from this line. Is there any info or pictures that you are able to share?

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:04:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Bill Buchanan said...


The oldest photos we have are from around 1900.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:56:00 PM MDT  

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