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Alexander McCracken,Lisburn,d.1730

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Re: Alexander McCracken,Lisburn,d.1730

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Classification: Query
Surnames: McCracken
Alexander and Henry Joy McCracken.
Ann, Francis Joy's youngest child by his first wife was still a child when her mother died. The family moved to Randalstown in 1745 when her father remarried. Ann stayed in Belfast to keep house for her unmarried siblings. When she was in her early twentys she opened a milliner's shop in High St. Soon she met and married sea captain John McCracken who was a widower and ten years her senior. Generations before, the McCrackens settled at Hillhall, near Lisburn after being driven from Scotland by Claverhouse when the Covenanters were cruelly persecuted. It is likely that the family was related to the Rev. Alexander McCracken who was a Presbyterian minister in Lisburn 1688-1730. His strong views against the Oath of Abjuration forced him to flee the country and eventually he went to prison. Captain John McCracken had been brought up in the Covenanting tradition and was a man of great integrity. He and his wife bought a house in High Street next to Henry Joy and adjacent to the wharf where his ship docked. He was captured bye the French. Living with them it seems was Captain McCracken's mother whose daughter was Mary Ann McCracken,sister of the maryred Henry Joy McCracken.
As far as I know there are no records proving that the Rev. Alexander McCracken was related to the other Lisburn McCrackens but the liklihood is very high. In 1713 he was arrested without warrant by Mr Westerna Waring, High Sheriff of Down, who wa then sunk in debt and later expelled from the Irish House of Commons. McCracken was fined 500 pounds and sentenced to six month's imprisonment. He kepr refusing to take the Oath recognising the Church of England as the supreme faith and was kept in jain until George I was two years on the throne. At the same time R.C. priests who refused the oath were unmolested and the doors of Presbyterian churches nailed up. I have read that Henry Joy McCracken was of Huguenot origin but I have not found any evidence that the Rev. Alexander McCracken was.
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