Mum and daughter seek information about ancestors
IS your name Lane, Irvin(e) or Irwin? If so, then you may be able to help
a mother and daughter seeking information about their ancestors.
Suzanne Stephens who lives in Kuerten, Germany and her mother lone
Harriet Irvin Stephens of Fairfax, USA visited Ireland three years ago
and traced family roots in Co.Down.
Two years ago Suzanne visited the Dumfries area of Southern Scotland and
traced their path from there across the Irish sea.
However, she is not sure when they left Scotland for Ireland or when
they left Ireland for the USA.
Mrs. Stephens Senior has been carrying out genealogy research for many
years and knows her grandfather James Irvin was born in Co. Down in
His wife Lizzie Lane was born in Co. Antrim in 1856 or 1859 and the
couple were married on March 8, 1855 in Bushmills.
Mrs. Stephens great-grandfather John Irvin was born in Co. Down in 1804
as was his wife Mary in 1800.
Other ancestors were also born in Co. Down and research carried out by
the two ladies at the Public Records Office in Balmoral Avenue has shown
there may well be strong family ties with the Ballynahinch area.
If you can help in any way please' contact Neil Greenlees at the Ulster
Star on 02892679111. Alternatively you can email