Breakey, Letitia



daughter of William Billy Bon BREAKEY and Mary SCOTT (Thomas Cathcart BREAKY’s grandparents); married a solicitor of MONAGHAN, Elias LEEKEY

Breakey, Letitia



(1873-1884) daughter of Hugh BREAKEY & Elizabeth SWAN

Breakey, Letitia



SOURCE: Register of Marriages of 1st BALLYBAY Presbyterian: Letitia BREAKY married William McCLEAN May 10, 1838. John CUNNINGHAM and James GIBSON were witnesses. This Letitia BREAKEY is NOT mentioned in the Memoir. She was from DRUMROOHILL. Since there was an unnamed BREAKEY of DRUMROOHILL who married a Letitia DAWSON of ROCKCORRY Jan 7 1837, I wonder if this might be the same person.

Breakey, Letitia aka “Letty” (1838-1870)

10, 13, 27, 45


sister of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; daughter of John BREAKEY & Elizabeth SMALL;

“Letitia, the last of us, was the best scholar and most accomplished of any BREAKEY who ever bore the name from 1690 to the present day. She was educated by a Miss GODFERY of BANBRIDGE. She could do lovely pen and ink sketches and imitate (reproduce) any handwriting. Father and Henry too. For years she was writing for the Pal Mal Gazett, Chambers Journal, and a paper called the ARMAGH Gazett. John HEATLY was the editor and proprietor. When he was doing badly with whiskey, she wrote his leader for several months and, in fact, kept his paper afloat 'till her death, when he paid her remains the last token of respect and cried like a child over her grave. She stood high, had a splendid address, was very comely, had one mass of brown curls on her head. She played the violin to a turn, sang sweetly and was the best at elocution of all of us except Father. He poor man would look at her in love and admiration when reciting some of his old things, clap her on the back and say, "Letty you are the blood of the BREALAGHANs".

“When she was on her deathbed, she got a letter of admittance to the staff of a London paper called Judy and £100 a year to begin. When I read it to her, she said, "Long looked for is come at last but too late for me". She died the 28th May, 1870. Letitia also had the gift of ventriloquism. She often brought those who believe in ghosts to a stand. She could speak as if it were a voice up the chimney, under the table or under the bed. It hurt her throat so she gave it up.
”… buried beside her father in the DERRIVALLY graveyard 28 May 1870”
When I was getting instructions on the violin from James MILLER, Letitia hearing me instructed, could play much better than me at the end of the year. She and I were the last to play on the water. Young people would dance on meadows and high firm banks in the BROWNBOG.”
”My sister Letitia had her character told by the above mentioned graphologist, by a London noted physiognomist, and a London chronolo­gist. All four agreed that the most prominent feature in her character was she had a very distinct and decided taste for literature. True enough, as that can be seen in what I have said of her in front of this book.”

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p 127 buried at First BALLYBAY

Breakey, Letiticia (1838-1870)



went to the British MUSEUM with her brother Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY and took shorthand

Breakey, Mary



27 Dec 1820-5 Mar 1822,   “Little Mary” sister of  Thomas C. BREAKEY

Breakey, Mary



married Dr. WHITE who served in the navy; one of two surviving children of John BREAKEY and Jane MILLER; brother Arthur; died early in life leaving one son.

Breakey, Mary

7, 8, 11, 15


1824-1916; m Rev’d John GILESPIE and emigrated to Canada & USA.

SOURCE: Full Circle p. 108: d. 1916 at Gallatin, Missouri, USA. sister of Rev’ds Edward, William & James BREAKEY

Breakey, Mary AKA Letitia



daughter of William “Billy bon” BREAKEY & Mary SCOTT; m. LEAKEY, a solicitor in MONAGHAN NOTE: On p. 15 it is said that Letitia BREAKEY m. LEEKIE.

Breakey, Mary (1824 -


9, 38,

sister of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY – the second Mary. This one born 1824 married John GILESPIE.

Breakey, Mary (1881-1883)



Daughter of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY.“ .My first child Mary took bronchitis when a baby & died at 2 years old”

Breakey, Mary (1887-



Daughter of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY “My Mary was married to a young man MARTIN who lives with his old people in the townland of MULNAGORE married in February 1913.”

Breakey, Mother (Elizabeth Small: died 1866, age 73 years)


3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 26, 59

“When I was a very wee boy mother had a black beaver bonnet, to her horror one day she found a cat had her kittens in her bonnet. Said bonnet cost over £2.10.0 & how to get rid of the smell of the cat on it was a question to be solved. In those days mother dried all sorts of wool materials on a stick over a barrel in which a pan of coals was set with pounded brimstone on them, a cover was then put over all on the mouth of the barrel & in a short time the material was dry, soft, all smells removed. Mother thought of this &  left her bonnet as good as ever.”
“Mother’s coat of arms was humour neither man or beast”
“Mother ignored the idea of ghosts. She would go out the darkest night, like insane & half witted people nothing would frighten her.”
”auburn hair and a pink complexion”

Breakey, Mother AKA Elizabeth SMALL (1793-1866)

5, 7, 12, 17, 19, 26, 33, 34, 42, 43, 64, 67


daughter of James SMALL & Elizabeth KING; in 1839, the night of the Big Wind, she gathered everyone in the kitchen without fire or light until daylight; she had to pay the rent as the landlord was so biased against her husband that he wasn’t permitted in the office; in 1813, she planted a cHESTnut tree at the west end gable of the house and a sycamore over the yard; lodged in the house of Patrick McKONE (would this have been before her marriage?)

“When I[Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY] was a wee boy, there was no gaunting car in this parish. Mother and us wee ones had to go on a log-wheeled car to the MOUNTAIN MEETINGHOUSE. Straw or hay was put over the sheeting, a cover or quilt on that and we sat on the quilt, some with legs over the sheeting, others not. Some of us, for fun, would hang our bags of bread on the set tail of the horse. We were ever on the lookout to not let the horse manure rest on the quilt. There were no reins for horses so a man had to lead the horse. In the MOUNTAIN MEETINGHOUSE there was intermission for one hour when people eat a bit and then a second sermon. It would be 5 o'clock in the evening before we would get back and 7 o' clock of a Sacrament Sunday.

“My Mother got a cow with her (dower), a breed not known now ex­cept by very few. The breed was called Tuscwater, a cow very unlike the breed of large horned bullock branded cows then used. The Tusc­water had very long narrow faces with small horns, like the head of a man's staff, that would grow into the face and had to cut off a bit of the points with a hack saw. Father, and some of us children, being antiquarians know the Tuscwaters are representatives of old times and have been very carefully preserved by inbreeding. Though this is a flooded farm, the amphibious grasses and aquatic plants that are to be seen when the water leaves, and that would be death to other breeds, have no bad effects on the Tuscwaters.”

“Prior to the death of Edward, when brother Henry was in New York, Mother had a dream in which she saw Henry all in white and even with white stockings. He had said in one of his letters he was thinking of leaving business and going out as an evangelist. We thought by Mother's dream he had put on ministerial costume. Shortly after, a cock at a very late hour stood in the door of the hens' house and crew several times. Our girl ran out and felt the feet of the cock which were very cold. She said Mother's dream was for the death of Henry. Very soon after, we had a letter from a young lady who had nursed him in a short illness of typhus fever saying that he was dead. Said young lady was to be married to Henry.”

“A second dream of Mother's was when she was a wee girl. She dreamed a boy hid himself in her Father's house one evening and in the dead of night opened the shop door and let in a number of men as burglars. Several of them she knew and in the dream saw them blacken their faces. Her dream was laughed at by all in the house. Shortly after, the quarterly fair come round. In the early evening, a shoe-maker in BAILIEBOROUGH came into Grandfather's shop and asked him for leave to put a bag of lasts under his counter. His request was granted. When Grandfather and others went to take dinner late in the evening, Mother was left to watch the shop. She thought she heard something breathe in the shop. On her search for what it was she leaned on the bag of lasts to look beyond it. Her weight on the bag caused a boy inside sound asleep to give a turn. She ran into the dining room and said a live thing was in the bag of lasts. Grand-father had the bag quietly removed to a back house and a wee boy turned out of it with lasts tied all over him. A hot iron was about to be put to his toes, when he said he was to open the shop door when all was quiet and let in the burglars and gave up a whistle he was to blow prior to the opening of the door. Some Yeomen were got in by the yard aid, after the shop was shut, put to sit under counters. Mother's three bro­thers too. Grandfather impersonated the wee boy and at the request of a band of men outside, blew his whistle and quietly drew the bar of the door. When 9 men leaped into the shop,' Grandfather clashed the door to in the face of others not yet inside. Yeomen and all hands through the house bound them. Very strange to say when all faces were washed, 7 out of the 9 Mother had seen in her dream. All were transported to Tasmania for life. Others Mother had seen in her dream and not captured left the neighbourhood and never returned.

“Mother's third dream of burglars. The year Hugh went away, Mother dreamed burglars were in our storeroom. She wakened Father who laughed at her. Instead of coming to Hugh and me and servant man, she took a candle in one hand and key in the other and went to open the door herself. She heard men leap out of the window which had been opened very wide by them. Mother was delayed for a little in opening the door, as the draft from the window through the door put out her candle. When she got the door opened, she found the candle of the burglars' still burning. When Hugh and I got up, we heard a horse in a cart run quickly over the road. That was on Sunday night. The day be-fore Hugh sold 14 firkins of butter at £3.10.0 each. All was lost was worth much including a gravy spoon of great antiquity worth over ₤2.10.0. A bag of rye meal had fallen off the cart and turned up.”

Breakey, Mrs. Isaiah



née Sarah GIBSON, daughter of GIBSON of DRUMLUN HOUSE. ; known for her indulgence of having 8 men carry her in a sedan chair from MILLMORE HOUSE to DERRYVALLEY.

Breakey, Nettie C.



She shared Vol. I of Thomas C. BREAKEY’s MEMOIRS with Marilyn J. BREAKEY VINETTE following the death of Dr. BREAKEY.

Breakey, Norman



son of Rev James BREAKEY & Matilda LAYCOCK

Breakey, Obadiah



son of William BREAKEY (Also known as James William de Breuet) of LISGILLEN

“Obadiah sold out his interest to his brother Isaiah and went to live in Queen's County. He had two sons. Frank lived in opulence in DUBLIN and died on the turn of life. His second son, called for himself, was in the French war under Wellington.”

SOURCE: Colin FERGUSON Family Tree: (Obadiah BREAKEY - after 1692 – before 1812)

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p.

Breakey, Obadiah (1721-1737)



died as a boy of 16, son of Isaiah BREAKEY

Breakey, Obadiah (1783-1860)

4, 27, 34


Parents: Obediah BREAKEY

b. 1783 at STEWART BROOK, near BAILIEBOROUGH, Co. CAVAN d. 1860 NY, USA. m. Elizabeth DELANY at BALLYBAY. Served in Peninsular war under Wellington and was wounded. Emigrated to USA – even thought the account in the Memoir has him dying in battle.

Breakey, Robert (1768-1770)



seventh child of William BREAKEY and Mary SCOTT

Breakey, Robert (1813-


26, 30, 31

SEE: Book I
”When at the funeral of my brother Robert in MAYO BALLANA, in passing through the streets to ARDNARU Church graveyard, children took off their caps & even old woman cap with borders. A country man at WEST PORT that Robert had been the means of protecting him from being auctioned out of a very fine property asked me as a special favour if I would permit him to pay a band of professional cryers at my brothers funeral to chant over his good deeds & cry as his remains passed though the streets of BALLANA. I said no. Well said he I will uncover my head from he gets the first lift to the last and say at the grave God save him cindly & give him a happy resurrection."
” My brother Robert was in office life in DUBLIN for over 60 years, a failure in DERRY caused his employer to send Robert & one of the counter men to take stock & look after the debt. Robert sent me a telegram to say he would like me to go in to the Station to see me. It was a time of deep snow & frost, my old housekeeper was a fast friend of Robert, she said she would go in too & bring a good quart of soop to my brother which she had warmed up in the Station house. He was very much pleased to get it took breakfast in ENNISKILLEN on reaching it & got into DERRY in good spirits. The man who was along took warm brandy in DROGHEDA, DUNDALK, CLONES & ENNISKILLEN and what was the end of it he was not able to reach DERRY to he was in the hands of a Dr. & very ill for days. He was laughing at Robert & the soop in BALLYBAY, Robert anticipated what would be the end & said to him you will be crying I fear before we reach DERRY, so it was true.”

Breakey, Robert (1813-)

5, 25, 27, 34, 48, 63, 70, 71, 78, 81


Oldest son of John BREAKEY & Elizabeth SMALL and brother of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; married Isabella MAIRS in DUBLIN and had one daughter, Isabella Pringle BREAKEY; retired to LUCAN, Co. DUBLIN; planted two cHESTnut trees behind the BREAKEY home; the fourth generation of BREAKEYs and the first of his family to go to BALLADIAN School;

“Robert, the oldest of us, was born in 1813. He learned business in Grandfather SMALL's and went early in life to live in DUBLIN. He was clever as a bookkeeper. His first start was with GALIVAN and PEEBLES. His next employer was Thomas DRURY who gave him £200 (pounds) , a year and food. When T. DRURY died, Robert went to Ireland the outfitter at £300 a year. He was married to a daughter of a soliciter (sic) called James MAIRS.”

“Of fine evenings, Father and brother Robert would go in a boat and play long yellow flutes, producing lovely sweet music to be heard more than a mile. Robert and John RITCHIE would go on the lake and play the fiddle.”

“My brother Robert took a notion he would quit the business of office life in DUBLIN and go to herring fishing. So he bought a new fishing smack and nets at over ₤300. He then hired 8 fishermen from Brighton. Some times he would go out in his boat with the men. As it was night fishing, it was very dangerous. One fearful night his boat was wrecked and the nets smashed on the rocks so badly he was glad to get back to office life again. One night he was 20 miles out from HOWTH in a deep sea when his men were lowering a very big troll net, when something bumped against the ship. Robert lowered a lamp and to his no small astonishment he saw three children in a small boat with only one oar. The men lowered a boat and secured the children's boat. Then put a rope round each child and pulled him up. Two little ones were sick of the cold, wet and hunger. The third one, a boy was so thirsty he had taken a drink of sea water. In a short time he became a raging lunatic and had to be sent to the RICHMOND Asylum where he recovered in a week. But, like all wayward disobedient boys, he died early in life. He was never known to stand in a boat after being adrift. One of the two little girls took bronchitis and died in a week. Mrs. BREAKEY took the second wee one at 8 years old and made it a grand servant.

“When my brother was leaving DUBLIN to live private in the village of LUNCAN, he took this lass and the old cook. In some years after he gave up keeping a house and went to live in BALLINA, County MAYO. The young girl left for America. As a reward for her fidelity he gave her 260 (pounds) and the old cook 5/ (shillings) a week for her day. I have heard of seawater more than once putting hungry thirsty people mad like the boy. God in his divine providence saved them all by bumping their boat against the ship. If that had not been so the lu­natic boy would have swamped all. Another night a vessel at full steam went so near my brother's smack in the dark as to give her a half turn round with the current of the vessel. Two of brother's men fainted, a third had diarrhea on the spot, all with fear. The two scenes mentioned were real ghosts for my brother.”

Breakey, Robert (1885-1959)



“my son Robert served his time in Mr. David PATTONS MONAGHAN, after that he went; to Melbourne under the guidance of my brothers widdow, he left 5 years ago last September & it is now 1913.”

Breakey, Robert (1885-1959)



son of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY and Elizabeth MOORE; in 1959, he willed DRUMSKELT HOUSE to the Presbyterian Church; he placed diaries of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY at Presbyterian Historical Society office for safekeeping;

Breakey, Sarah



parents Rev’d William BREAKEY & Jane CROTHERS; m. John MOURTON – agent of Ulster Bank in LISBURN; secondly married George WOOEY

Breakey, Sarah (1778 abt - )



12th child of William BREAKEY and Mary SCOTT, died of SMALLpox

Breakey, Tam AKA “White Tam”




Breakey, Thomas




Breakey, Thomas Cathcart

1, 41


1834-1914, youngest son of John BREAKEY (1780-1878) and Elizabeth SMALL (1793-1866). Married Elizabeth MOORE (1859-1937) and they had eight children. Lived at DRUMSKELT HOUSE, BALLYBAY (owned by BREAKEY family since 1717).

“I come next. Having an unretentive memory, I was not a smart boy at school. All I can say for myself is, like my Father, William, James, and  Letitia, I never let boy or girl take a first prize at the school where I would be for elocution. I even went farther than that when at the Model Farm School near SAINTFIELD, COUNTY DOWN. James had me entered as a competitor for a £5 gold medal in elocution in the Concert Rooms, DOWNPATRICK, where any one under 16 in the county was at liberty to come foreward. It ended up in a lass and me going the same lines three times each before a Judge from the Haymarket Theatre-in London could decide. The prize was handed to me with some very complimentary remarks from the Judge.

“Lord Downshire said to the young girl, “You have pleased me to a turn, you have confidence with discretion. Be advised by me and you will be a celebrity on the stage yet. Tell your people I will introduce you to the proprietor of the Drury-Lane Theatre and I will give you the run of my London house till established." In 12 years she was worth £1.00 a night and in time, well married and in a position to retire from active service.

“Though I was what is termed a dull boy at school, yet I could manage points so that I never had I.D. on my back or the old wig on my head which was a favourite punishment of Owen MURPHY. My tastes were a little more varied than others of our family. I could stuff birds, make shoes and play the violin to a turn. I could preserve eggshells too. Mrs. LESLIE of Ba1lybay, House gave me £1 for preserving a peacock with his tail up and her Cook gave me £1 for preserving eggshells from the Jenny Wren to the Swan. However I did not produce the eggs or glass case for them. I am 5 feet, 9 inches in height, and was of a sandy complection (sic) . My hair got to be a fancy colour among horses early in life. I was born in 1834.

“When I was a boy at the SAINTFIELD MODEL FARM SCHOOL, I lived with my brother James who had the congregation of CARRYDUFF beside the school and went over as a day boy to school.”

SOURCE: Full Circle p105: Married Elizabeth MOORE in CREEVAGH Church; service conducted by Rev. John G. SMYTH; Of DRUMSKELT House; author of unpublished Memoirs of Thomas C. BREAKEY; born 27 Apr 1834; died 2 Apr 1914; son of John BREAKEY.

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p 127 buried 1st BALLYBAY Graveyard.

Breakey, Thomas Cathcart


1,2, 22

“This is my second book commenced in 1901 Written by Thos: BREAKEY of DRUMSKELT.
Seeing my first book is. so Much admired; by those who have sees it and having plenty more to record of things of the past I am tempted to begin this my second book. Hoping my remark will be blessed to by my children and any young person who may look over these pages.

My first and this book have been got up for the special benefit of my children and thoughtless young people who may have neglected their duty..”

“When I was at Mr. RITCHIES School nothing could give me more pleasure than to represent a hare with a mob after me thinking they were hounds. I was called light foot. When the master would come the length of the school he would say to John CORRY did you see light-foot I hear the imaginary hounds out.”

Breakey, Tom



“A major portion of "the record handed down to Tom BREAKEY" that was  cited by James HAMILTON BREAKEY, was a manuscript written by John  BREAKEY (1782 -1878) of DRUMSKELT. Several members of the family  have seen it and refer to it as John BREAKEY's Book. Presently, (1968) no one seems to know where it is. What a tragedy that valuable family records are lost to posterity without explanation. E.P.B.”

Breakey, William



son of Rev James BREAKEY & Matilda LAYCOCK

Breakey, William Edmund (1818-1872) Rev.


3, 4

“When my brother Wm. went to BELFAST to college Dr. COOKE took him by the hand & went to hear his first lecture, when it was over he said to Wm. man you destroyed your lecture by reading it. I give you an advice get every thing off like a rime & then you can give expression to your subject & give jestures. If you live to old age in the church & that your sight gets dim see the advantage it will be to you not to use notes. He went on to say your looking on off the manuscript puts me in mind of a crow tossing horse manure on the road taking a pick & looking around & again a jackdaw was eating crumbs of bread on my bedroom window stone it would take a bight & look around & it put me asleep. Now Wm. said he commit what you mean to say & then you can give expression to what you say. Wm. took the hint & never used notes.”

Breakey, William (1764-1789 approx)

15, 34


Uncle of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY;  6th child of Billy Bon BREAKEY; died when young

“The Scotch Firs at the top and bottom of the garden were planted by my Uncle, William BREAKEY.”

Breakey, William AKA Billy Bon (Bet 1732 & 1738-1808)

4, 5, 12, 15,


SEE also BREAKEY, Bill Bon and BREAKEY, Grandfather
 Son of William D. BREAKEY and Grandfather of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; married Mary SCOTT and had 13 children;

“My Great Grandfather had three sons (William, Isaiah & Obadiah). William lived here.”

John BREAKEY, called "Whitehead", who lived in and built the house [MILLMORE? These sentences confuse me!]  now occupied by John SPEAR, and his brother Billy the bon, built and lived in the house now occupied by William DOUGLAS, went to America with their families when the VERNORs raised rents to ₤1-12-6

Breakey, William D. (-1698)

3, 4, 15, 39, 85


in 1698, was the second Protestant buried in AGHNAMULLEN graveyard;

“William D. BREAKEY was present at the death of Duke SCHOMBERG and was one of those who did not let his body touch the ground in the moment of death, but like the monks with Cardinal WOOLSIE supported him as a mark of great respect. William D. BREAKEY was the first Huguenot known to stand in BALLYBAY, then called BELBUCK in Irish.”

“… settled in LISGILLIN and built the house in October of 1690 now inhabited by John GREER. At the house warming in LISGILLIN and at the suggestion of the ancestors of the DALYs of DRUMSKELT, Wm. D. BREAKEY was presented with a set of white dinner Delft. One of the dishes is here still. He had the townland of LISGILLIN for very many years at 1/11 (1 shilling, 11 pence) per acre.”

“My Great Grandfather had three sons.”

SOURCE: Full Circle p. 20: Built house at LISGILLEN; family later moved to DRUMSKELT; First to move to BALLYBAY; manufactured linen; received flax premium 1796 [??]; Had 3 sons: William, Isaiah & Obadiah




“The house of the late William BREAKEY of BALLANTRAW and that of the late Thomas WYLIE of BALLADIAN were built by my Great-Great-Grandfather. Strange to say a house that a BREAKEY ever built from 1690 to the present day has never went to ruins.”


Breakey, William Rev. AKA William Edmund

6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 44, 58


1818-1872)  married Jane CROTHERS and had two daughters: Sarah & Henrietta. Older brother of Thomas Cathcart BREAKEY; SEE Book 2, COOKE, Dr. for anecdote about Wm preaching.

“The Rev’d William BREAKEY had a heart love for the ministry from A wee boy. like my Father, he had wonderful powers of explanation, illustration, and retention of memory. He had so much of the Scriptures and Psalms committed to memory that frequently at his Wednesday evening lectures he never opened a book. He got 5 calls, first to TRALEE, next to MOUNTMELLICK, and third to LOUGHBRICKLAND, which he accepted. He was a pastor in "that Church for 22 years. During that time, he was married to Jane CROTHERS of BANBRIDGE, a young girl of good family and very large fortune. She lived to have two daughters, Sarah and Henrietta. When his wife died, she was buried in LOUGHBRICKLAND Church yard. Some time after, he got a call to LISBURN which he accepted. After officiating as pastor of that church for some years he died and was buried in LOUGHBRICKLAND Church yard in the grave with his wife.”

“During his life in LISBURN, his eldest daughter Sarah was married to the agent of the Ulster Bank in LISBURN, a John MOURTON. He died early in life and left one child, Claude MOURTON. Some years after, Sarah was again married to George WOOEY (?), an Englishman who inherited the property of his ancestors at Cowes in the" Isle of Wight. Henrietta was married some years ago to a counselor, George WAUGH, who inherits the estate of his ancestors at DRUMMARA, COUNTY DOWN. William was dark complexioned, and 5 feet, 10 inches in height. Some years before his death, he got a Call to Sheffield (England) which he refused in favour of brother James who was accepted without a dissenting voice. William BREAKEY has been known to take the text from my Father going to church on two occasions and preached on them. He died on the 6th of April, 1872.”was again married to George WOOEY (?), an Englishman who inherited the property of his ancestors at Cowes in the" Isle of Wight. Henrietta was married some years ago to a counselor, George WAUGH, who inherits the estate of his ancestors at DRUMMARA,

“I heard of a thing that took place at my brother William's door in LISBURN. A degraded ventriloquist was reduced to selling fish by drinking whiskey. This fellow produced a very big codfish at my brother's door. "I will not buy," said the cook, "It is some days out of the water." The Fishman pressed the gills of the fish with his finger and thumb which caused the fish to open and shut its mouth and from the mouth of the fish, as it were, he said, "You lie cook, for I was taken in BELFAST LOUGH this morning." The cook, knowing nothing of ventriloquism thought well to turn over a regular spread eagle. My brother, knowing what the fellow could do, turned out of the dining room laughing. "You have killed the woman," said he. From the mouth of the fish came the answer, "She is not dead but speechless." The fish went on to say, "Use a cold water application I will give some water out of my tank on our cart." When the cook heard of the dirty fish water being thrown on her, she soon wakened out of her mock faint. When the door was shut; the cook said, "You did well to not buy that speaking fish, I think it is a witch. It has a queer voice out of yon big mouth." Some days after, I went to the door and in aloud sepulchral voice I said, "i'o you require any fish today?" The old woman in the kitchen heard the words and said to herself, "Devil take that spaken fish, I hear it this day again." When I looked back, the cook was coming with-a gravy spoon in one hand and tongs in the other ready for war.”

“When brother William was minister in LOUGHBRICKLAND, COUNTY DOWN, he could keep his house in more linen than required from what he would get at funerals. Men used linen shirts in those days, so in consequence linen was more thought of than now.”

SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches p 275 ministered in LOUGHBRICKLAND, LISBURN for 22 years. d. 1885

SOURCE: Full Circle. p 105-106: Three brothers were ministers: William Edmund, Edward & James (3 paragraphs on him Rev William Edmund BREAKEY)

SOURCE: The LISBURN BREAKEYs were two Ministers from this family. The Rev William BREAKEY first served in LOUGHBRICKLAND before moving to LISBURN where he lived in Railway Street and became a well known preacher. One of his remarks was "Christianity is a lake broad enough for many a boat to sail upon without rubbing one against another." He was a man of many interests, leaving recipes for the treatment of rheumatism and other prevailing ailments. He kept meticulous accounts and these can still be seen in the Northern Ireland Public Record Office with the letter heads of many of the shops in LISBURN. He was succeeded by his nephew -the Rev John James Carlyle BREAKEY, who lived in LISBURN for forty years, only retiring in 1927. The BREAKEY Ministers seem to be the only non-conforming Ministers of Huguenot descent to have lived in LISBURN.

Breakey, Wm of BALLANTRAY





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There were BREAKEYS of DRUNSROOGHILL, BALLADIAN, BALLANTRAY, MILLMORE, LISGELLIN, DRUMSKELT; five generations of them started their education at BALLADIAN;

“The BREAKEYs were French Protestants or Huguenots. The cruel treatment of the Protestant Christians in the year 1685, when Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes, caused over 50,000 families to seek refuge in England. Protestants who remained got a limit of time to leave France or man, woman, and child found in the country would be murdered. At the entreaty of a French Roman Catholic lady who was in love with one of the BREAKEYs, numbering three, two brothers and a cousin, they left at the llth hour with only time enough to get over the border into Holland. Being homeless, they joined the army of William III, Prince of Orange.

Later the French lady was eyewitness to the massacre, saw her father lose his life because a poor Protestant servant clung to him for protection. She was so horrified and disgusted with such cold blooded murder and, being a woman of means, she gathered up her money and jewellery, became the most rigid Protestant, left for Holland, found the BREAKEYs, and was married in all honours to the cousin of my ancestor. All the BREAKEYs I ever heard of may thank that lady's advice and entreaties for their existence.

When William III was invited to come to England after James II was exiled, he brought the BREAKEYs with him,. During their stay in England, my ancestor was married to an English woman. At the Battle of the BOYNE, the unmarried brother of my ancestor fell. After that battle, my ancestor and his cousin retired from active service and came to live in this part of the country. The cousin of my ancestor was a non-commissioned officer and settled in BALLADIAN. I do not know his Christian name. By him came all the BREAKEYs, in County MONAGHAN and, I think in Ireland, except Humphry BREAKEY and family of MONAGHAN, Mrs. J. MITCHELL, and me and my family, and Thomas BREAKEY of CARNAVEAGH.”

The BREAKEYs were not either unionists or United Irishmen. Having property they were afraid of it being confiscated but they favoured the cause and helped to cover people.”

“When the BREAKEYs came to this country, they found divine service in DERRYVALLEY was being held in a bahog which, in Irish, is an open house. That was in 1690.”

When the BREAKEYs came to LISGELLIN in 1690, they found the CARSONs in MONINTIN long established, being Scotch settlers under CROMWELL.”




“lost GREENVALE bleach greens and all”

Breakeys of BALLADIAN



House built by BREAKEYs




“Letty you are the blood of the BREALAGHANs” (NOTE: I am guessing this relates to some ancestor)