Col. Robert McCausland & the Co. Derry McCauslands

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James P. Keller
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Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Ultimate Family Tree, ver 2.0
CRANNA Project Version 92
22 March 1999

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Table of Contents

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Bacon, Cranna, Gage, Jones, Mathews, McCausland, McCausland-Gage, Negus, Pritchard, Swan, , Thompson-McCausland, Wolff

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Introduction

Col. Robert McCausland appears to be the first (and perhaps only) McCausland form County Tyrone to have established residence in County Derry. He is reputed to have inherited lands from his wife's uncle, the Rt. Hon William Conolly who had much property in the vicinity of Limavady. Many of Col. Robert's descendants have retained Conolly as a given name.

Burke's identifies three primary male branches of Col. Robert McCausland - Conolly, Marcus and Frederick. There is some evidence that he may have had other sons, in particular that the "Maine McCauslands" may be decended from a son of Col. Robert. The three identified sons are associated with three distinct locations nearby Limavady: Conolly with Fruit Hill (now Drenagh), Marcus with Daisy Hill and Frederick with Streeve Hill. As Col. Robert McCausland was "of Fruit Hill", his eldest son, Conolly, apparently inherited this property. Fruit Hill was changed to Drenagh in the late 1800's and descendants still live there today. Frederick McCausland's son, Conolly, built a house at Streeve Hill which still stands today as a hotel/B&B. The information in Burke's has been provided over the years by the Limavady/Drenagh descendants of Col. Robert's son, Conolly.

There appears to have been little further connection between the County Derry (Limavady) McCauslands and the original branch in County Tyrone. Many of the County Derry McCauslands subsequently left for England or service in India. Outside of the possibility that the Maine McCauslands were descended from a son of Col. Robert McCausland, none appear to have immigrated to America.

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