Raymond O'Regan - July '08
in reply to Joe Guerrini
Refer to my reply of May 05 regarding Henry's daughter who was brought by Mary Ann McCracken as her niece.She eventually ended up in Scotland where she got married.
K G McCracken - July '08
"ok", for what it is worth, my grandfather once said my family had an ancsetor hung by the English as a rebel.
true ? whom knows , was it Henry Joy , again who knows
Joe Guerrini - July '08
Is there any information on the daughter of Henry Joy? I
am reading an article at the moment suggesting I am descending
through this daughter, and I am trying to substantiate this
Raymond oregan - May '07
Reply to nina bridgewater. henry joy mccrackens
father came from scotland and his mother was of hugueonet
stock( protestant refugees from france whose surname was
originally joyeuse; they fled france in the late 1680s)
ann joys father francis (1697-1790)married a margaret martin
and remarried a woman called ann youngin1745. He was the
founder of the famous belfast newsletter in 1737 which is
still in circulation today
ann joy (1730-1814)married john mccracken(c1721-1803)a sea
captain who traded with the west indies. his famous was
henry joy mccracken hanged on the 17th. july 1798 his sister
was the famous mary ann mccracken a great social reformer
(1770-1866) amongst her many activities she was an active
member of the anti- slavery movement and even in old age
she would be seen at the gangplank of ships leaving belfast
harbour for america giving out anti -slavery leaflets other
names associated with the family through marriage etc ellis
,martin, young, rainey, dunbar, holmes, duffin, tomb,tennent,
Nina bridgewater -Apr '07
Hi we in our family have always been lead to beleave
that we are related to henry joy and mary ann,but i have
not been able to prove his one way our the other i would
love some help if any one can plz get in touch thanks nina
Shelagh Fryer - Mar '07
Did any of this MacCracken family go to live in or near
G. Simms - Oct '06
Does anyone have any information on William or Robert Simms,
who were members of the United Irishmen? Simms was actually
the commander of the Ulster United Irishmen until Henry
Joy McCracken took over.
Our family moved from Belfast at the same time and I believe
we are somehow related to these Simms's, who owned a large
shareholding in the newspaper 'The Northern Star'.
Sheila Johnson - Sep '06
I just loved your article on Rosemary St and all the changes.
I have walked it many times as a child and when I go home
on vacation. The point of interest for me was the NSPCA
as I could not believe that people could hurt children.
Remember the RED BARN?
Joe Simpson - June '06
Hello, Raymond - please see also my response for you on
the "Andrew Nicholl in Ceylon" webpage. Thanks/Regards,
Joe Simpson, BC, Canada.
Raymond O'Regan - May '05
More info on Henry Joy McCracken.
While awaiting trial in the barracks in Ann Street on the
17th July1798 he asked to see his minister the Rev Sinclaire
Kelburn and when he wasn't available the Rev.Steel Dickson
came.(Rev. Dickson was being held prisoner as he had been
captured just before the uprising in Co.Down. He was not
executed but spent 3 years as a prisoner in Fort George
in Scotland and when he died in 1820 was buried in a paupers
grave in Clifton St. graveyard) Henry Joy McCracken was
offered a reprieve if he told the authorities who had been
the orighinal leader of the attack on Antrim. He was passed
this information by his father but said he would not name
names (the original commander was Simms who at the last
minute lost his nerve and McCracken took over) The trial
took place in the Exchange and Assembly Rooms (former Northern
Bank at the corner of North st. Waring St. and Donegall
St.)and a COL. Montgomery conducted the trial.
The normal procedure was that he would be hanged and his
head cut off and placed on a pike on top of the market house
,as happened to 5 of his colleagues.
Why he was allowed a normal burial we may never know but
the body was returned to his home in Rosemary St. were attempts
were made to revive him .It was to no avail and a small
cortege followed his coffin to the burial ground in High
With a great interest in the Cavehill as seen by the enormous
response to the articles on YPAM it may interest your contributors
to learn that McCracken while on the run after the abortive
attack on Antrim in 1798 hid out in a cottage on the Cavehill
it was owned by a man called Bodell,a member of Ist.Presbyterian
CHurch, Henry had a relationship with Bodell's daughter
who gave birth to a baby girl .
Henry's daughter was brought up by Mary Ann McCracken when
the mother emigrated to America.
KL Dawson - March '06
McCracken was hanged on 17 July 1798 outside the market
house at the edge of Corn market (the site of the current
Dunnes Stores). Attempts to revive him after the execution
failed. Samuel Neilson, editor of the Northern Star newspaper
and key figure withihin the United Irish movement, was an
elder in 3rd Belfast Church. The minister was Reverend Sinclaire
Dawn - Dec '05
Hi Terry, my mother always said we were descendants of Henry
Joy McCraken too. laughs
Mary O'Neill - April '05
I am seeking more recent history from rosemary street. Can
anyone enlighten me as to the identity of the publican from
4 rosemary street named James Connolly?
Raymond O Regan - December '04
FAO - Terry Wright -There is ballad to Henry Joy Mc Cracken,
with a mention of a girl who was in love with him and who
was buried in Carnmoney cemetary.
David Sloan - August 2004
As a Belfast born citizen and immigrant to the USA, I never
was aware of any of that information and found it quite
interesting. It will give me something to look forward to
visiting the next time I get "HOME".
Terry Wright - August 2004
Hello, What a wonderful article. I am a descendant of Henry
Joy McCraken and will, on my next visit back home, seek
out his grave. I was almost certain that my father said
that he was hanged in the Carmoney hills. Obviously, the
article has now cleared this point. Thank you.
Raymond. I have just found your site, and i would like you
to know that my great grand mother was a great neice of
henry joy mccracken. Many thanks about Henry Joy and rosemary
street.your site is very interesting to me