Margaret was Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's six times great grandmother.
Margaret Gibb married John Bill on September 19th 1804, in a ceremony performed by
the minister of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in Templepatrick. The record notes that the marriage happened at Ballyhartfield
(Source: PRONI MIC/1B/11/1). The fact that the couple were resident shortly after in Ballycushan, Templepatrick, is noted
in the baptismal entry for their eldest son David Bill in October 1805 (see below). A connection
to Ballymartin is also briefly noted in 1821 with the birth of their son William Wallace Bill (see below).
Although Ireland has suffered a tragic loss of censuses from 1821-1891, church censuses for Ballycushin
townland survive from the years 1831 and 1857. Combined with the data gathered from the 1875 trial for the Templepatrick murder,
this has helped to confirm that Margaret was the boys' ancestor.
The 1831 census tells us that Margaret was resident at house number 4 in Ballycushin townland,
and was married at that stage to John Bill, with five children resident also - David,
Elizabeth, John, William Wallace,
and Samuel. The family was Presbyterian, and one of two Bill families in the townland - the other belonging
to John's brother David (Source: PRONI MIC 1P/325A/1; also accessible online via Emerald Ancestors).
By 1857, John had died. The church census for the townland notes the presence now of Margaret as Widow
M. Bill, and her children David, Margaret, and Eliza Gray (Source: PRONI MIC 1P/325A/1; also accessible online
via Emerald Ancestors).
Combined with the newspaper coverage of the tragic
Templepatrick Murder in 1874, the subsequent trial of 1875, and various other sources including the parish records available
at PRONI, the family has been identified as follows.
Children of Margaret GIBB and John BILL:
b: 19/10/1805 d: 20/4/1877
b: abt 7/7/1814 d: 25/7/1900
John was Calum's, Jamie's and Pippa's five times great grandfather - see
William Wallace Bill
b: 12/6/1821 d: ????
b: abt 2/11/1823 d: 16/2/1901