Researching Haddens of southern Co. Tyrone, who originally came as Scots Presbyterians from Aberdeen during the Plantation of Ulster. David Hadden (born 1809 Ballygawley) described Aberdeen as "the home of my old, old ancestors." David's nephew Joseph Hadden Calvin (born 1827 Creevelea, Co. Monaghan) in his Princeton University records said that his mother Anne Hadden's family home was Aberdeen.
John Reid Hadden of Philadelphia (born 1864 Co. Tyrone) wrote his cousin Alexander Hadden Jr. in 1925:
"I can tell you they (our forefathers) came from Huguenots in France during the Huguenot war when many were put to the sword for their religion.
"Our forefathers having embraced the Presbyterian religion at that time were persecuted as were all others of the protestant faith. Some of them escaped to Ireland and settled in Ulster and, so I understand, were rather aristocratic in their way and very select in choosing their company and would not answer to the name of Hadden, had to be Had-deen giving it the French accent; that was between the fifteenth and sixteenth century, so you see you must go far back to find anything about the Haddens."
Many Co. Tyrone HADDEN ancestors' names are found in Presbyterian church records of Ballygawley and in townlands of Golan (Loughpark), Doolargy, Skey, Loughans, Cavankilgreen, Armalughey, Cravenny Scotch & Irish, Dernabane, Lisbeg, Tullyvar, Aughnacloy and others.
My direct ancestors are the Haddens of Ballygawley and Golan and the Armstrongs of Crosscavanagh (Pomeroy parish), but we have family links all over this part of Ireland. I'll be glad to share further information with anyone interested.
The 1766 Religious Census, Armagh Diocese, Parishes Aghalow & Carnteel, Co. Tyrone, has 5 Hadden names (and spelling variants), all Presbyterian:
1796 Flax Growers List - Aghaloo parish, Co. Tyrone:
(In 1796 Flax Lists, there's also William Hadden in Co. Armagh, Ballymore Parish and John Haddon in Co. Monaghan, Aghabog Parish.)
The Freeholders' Records (signed 1795-1796):
Joseph Haddin - residence: Goland, signed at Ballygawley 1795
John Haddin - residence: Goland, signed at Ballygawley 1795
James Hadden - residence: Edengeeragh, signed at Aughnacloy 1795
John Hadden - residence: Edengeeragh, signed at Aughnacloy 1795
George Hadden - residence: Dromore, signed at Caledon 1796
John Hadden - residence: Dromore, signed at Caledon 1796
There are Haddens in numerous townlands in the Tithe Applotments and Griffith's Valuation, some directly linked to the Freeholders and some waiting on researchers to discover connections.
Many Co. Tyrone HADDENS and allied families emigrated to the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Related lines in Co. Tyrone and adjacent areas include ARMSTRONG, CALVIN, BEATTY, WORTHINGTON, LATIMER, IRWIN, REID/REED, CAMPBELL, CAULDWELL, MITCHELL, HUNTER, SIMPSON, DICKSON, GORDON, MURPHY, DONALDSON/DONELSON, COCHRAN, COBANE and others.