The Harland diaspora
Margaret Herdman (1833 - 1860)
Margaret and her sister Sara came from came from the townland of Derrydrummuck near Loughbrickland in Co. Down.   This townland is to be found east of the B3 road between Loughbrickland and Rathfriland. Their father, Robert Herdman, was a farmer.
Margaret and Thomas Harland were married in Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church on 29 Sept. 1852. They had four children, but only two of  them reached adulthood - John (1854) and Mary (“Minnie”) (1857). Minnie died from pulmonary tuberculosis in 1878. She was said to have been very much loved by her brother John.  
There is no information as to why Robert (1855 – 1861) died so soon after his mother, but we know that  he was buried in the family grave at Mullaghglass Old Graveyard. Thomas and Margaret’s youngest child, Agnes Isabella Wallace Harland, who was born on 24 January 1860, was also buried there having died in early infancy. Her baptismal record is in Newry Methodist Church. It seems likely that Margaret died in childbirth, but the records are incomplete.      
In Memoriam of  Minnie who died aged 21 years.  Created by Emma  G. Wells, her sister-in-law-to-be

For Ever with the Lord  
The modern Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church 2004