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NAMES: William GAGE (one of them from Coleraine, and one of Tyrone), George CROOKSHANK, merchant of City of Londonderry, Elizabeth CROOKSHANK, Alderman Arthur CHURCH (d. bef 1737), Deborah HENDERSON, Thomas HENDERSON, Female BENNETT, Isabella MOORHEAD, Jane MOORHEAD, Esther MOORHEAD, Margaret MOORHEAD alia CALDWELL, Robert CALDWELL, Esther MOORE, Thomas LEE, Mary STRAWBRIDGE, Alexander PATRICK, Nancy WEST, Anne WEST, Esther WEST, Thomas WEST, Mary DENT, William DENT, Mary BARON [more likely BACON aka BACAN], William LEE, Ralph LEA, Susannah GRAHAM, John RAINES, Ralph BOOTH. PLACES: City of Londonderry, Waterside, Aghadowey, Magilligan,
Sharon Oddie Brown. January 30, 2019

Update February 3, 2019 - Significant changes to footnotes - much new material.

 

Abstract of Prerogative Will of Isabella Jackson, widow of Beresford Jackson[1] dated 1737 proved 1741

PRONI record T 808/8237

From “Irish Wills and Pleadings” vol 1734-9 in the Society of Genealogists Library, Chandos House, Malet Place, London W7

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AD 1737 Isabella Jackson[2] prerogative Will of Isabella Jackson Widow of the City of Londonderry 1741

 

Her body to be in the Burial place of her cos Crookshank[3] in Londonderry.

Leaves large silver Tankard to W Gage[4] of Tyrone (Syonee) and 2 family pictures.

Leaves Mrs Mary Church[5] widow of Arthur Church[6] of Coleraine Esq. her diamond ring and small silver carver.

Silver casters – the large one to Grandniece Deborah Henderson[7], and the 2 small ones to Coz Elizabeth Crookshank[8] and her sister my coz Bennett[9].

Further gives Deborah Henderson a silver can and 2 silver salts with my tea furniture and kettle, cups and saucers and teaspoons and tongs and pot.

Leaves Coz Anne Crookshank[10] 2 flowered silver spoons

Give to niece Isabella Moorhead[11] and her sister Esther Moore[12] 2 silver porringers, 4 old spoons and also to Isabella Moorhead 2 pewter plates.

Give to niece Jane Moorhead[13] a flowered silver spoon.

Gives to nephew Thomas Lee[14] of Waterside[15] 1 silver spoon and 1 doz pewter plates

To niece Margaret Moorhead[16] alias Caldwell, 1 silver spoon and 6 pewter plates

To coz Mary Strawbridge[17] 1 silver spoon

To coz George Crookshank[18] large silver carver

To coz W Gage[19] gager in Coleraine gold seal

To coz Alexander Patrick[20] of Coleraine merchant 1 silver can

To coz Deborah Henderson the red bed gods and furniture in my room and the rest of the pewter and kitchen furniture also 6 chairs

To Isabel Moorhead green bed over kitchen with blankets, rug and curtains to the same.

To Esther Moore the yellow bed over my own room with blankets, quilt and curtains to the same.

I give Nancy West[21] two coarse tablecloths and  the Said Isabel Moorhead 1 pr coarse sheets and a coarse tablecloth and to Miss Betty Dent[22] 1 fine diaper table cloth and the rest of my linnen  to Said Deborah Henderson.

Velvet mantle to Coz Wm. Gage’s wife[23] of Aghadowey[24], scarlet cloak to Deborah Henderson, and my velvet hoods as also damask silk gown and shagarein gown, and rest of my gowns and petticoats to be divided among Esther Moor, Isabel Moorhead and Margaret Moorhead as Deborah Henderson should think fit.

My cambrics and best of my wearing linen to said Deborah Henderson and the rest to be divided among said Esther, Isabel and Margaret as the said Deborah should think fit.

To Robert Caldwell[25]  £5 stg

To Mary Baron[26]         £5 stg

To Isabel Moorhead £10 stg

To Jane Moorhead   £10 stg

To Esther Moorhead £10 stg

To the children of William Lee[27] of Magilligan[28] dec £12 stg

To the children of Ralph Lea[29] £5 stg

To Deborah Henderson[30] £10

To her son Thomas Henderson[31] 10

To Ann West[32]   £5

To Esther West[33] £5

To Thomas West[34] £5

To Susannah Graham[35] £5

To the poor of the parish of Derry £5

To the poor of the parish of Tamlaghtard[36] £5

To my coz Elizabeth Crookshank[37] snr £5*

To Elizabeth Gardner[38], widow of John Gardner[39] of Londonderry, blacksmith dec £5

And constitutes and appoints my coz George Crookshank[40] of City of Londonderry merchant sole executor.

                     her

Isabella        X      Jackson

                   mark                   

                                                                                       8 February 1737

John Raines[41]

Ralph Booth[42]

Wm Dent[43]

                        Proved by George Crookshank merchant

                             of the City of Londonderry             

                                                                                     1st August 1741

                                                                    * Elizabeth Pitt



[1] Beresford JACKSON

·       Born aft 1668, son of William JACKSON (1628-1688) & Susan BERESFORD (?-1706).  He married Isabella (I don’t yet have a surname for her). They died without issue.

·       Ballymarghy aka Bellarena, Parish Magilligan. [aka Tamlaghtard?] Barony Keenaght], Londonderry.

  • SEE: Some JACKSON holdings in Co. Donegal. This page is just a start. I did it to better understand some of the inter-relationships of JACKSONs who held lands in Co. Donegal & Co. Londonderry. I do not yet know how Beresford JACKSON (1668-bet 1723-1730) came to own these lands in Co. Donegal.. They may have come from his wife Isabella, or from his mother Susan BERESFORD (?-1706). At present, I doubt that they came from his father William JACKSON (1628-1688) of Coleraine. There will be likely clues in my Draft Beresford Family Tree because there are links there also to the WRAY family
  • TGF Paterson Ms 135 held at Armagh County Museum:

Copies from O.D. in Mr. Leech – Solicitor’s Office in Coleraine. By C.V. Trench. 4th April 1714 Beresford Jackson to Henry Wray

“This Indenture made … 4th April 1714 between Beresford Jackson late of Ballymargay in the Co. Londonderry gentleman and Henry Way of Castle Wray in the Co. of Donegal Esquire and Jane his wife”

To Jackson) “doth bargain & sell to H. Wray & his wife Jane … those lands tenements & hereditaments of Mackroannon alias Machrohornan [Maghernagran] Gortlee [Gortlee] Carnamughaugh [Carnamogagh Lower, &  Carnamogagh Upper] Bollenufsuddan [Bellanascaddan]  Killalostrue [aka Killacasting [Killylastin] and tenements of Letterkenny [Letterkenny] … lying in the Barony & County of Donegal.”

(… _ to that Henry & Jane Wray shall pay)

The sum of fifty six pounds & of  eighty-four pounds yearly.

(and after Beresford Jackson's death) a sum of fifty-six pounds yearly to Isabella Jackson during her natural life in case she shall happen to survive her husband.

Signed Beresford Jackson    Henry Wray

NOTE: PRONI D673/4A includes Ballymargy in the rent books of Thomas Gage, and Hodgson Gage - Rent Book of South Half of Magilligan Parish

·       TGF Paterson Ms 135 held at Armagh County Museum:

This indenture made… 4th Aug 1714… between Beresford Jackson late of Ballymargay in the Co. Londonderry Gentleman…. And Henry Wray of Castle Wray in the Co. of Donegal Esq. and Jane his wife…[B. Jackson]  doth bargain and sell to H. Wray & his wife Jane… those lands, tenements & hereditaments of Mackroannon alias Machrohornan Gortlee Carnamughaugh Bollenufsuddan Killalostrue and tenements of Letterkenny… lying in the Barony & County of Donegal.

(… _ to that Henry & Jane Wray shall pay)

The sum of 56 pounds & of eighty-four pounds yearly.

(and after Beresford Jackson's death) a sum of fifty-six pounds yearly to Isabella Jackson during her natural life in case she shall happen to survive her husband.

Signed Beresford Jackson    Henry Wray.

  • ROD 15-242-7377. July 2, 1719 for the £107 owing to Beresford JACKSON of Ballymarghy, Londonderry, John RANKAN [aka RANKIN] of Green Castle, Donegal to Beresford JACKSON for land of Carrortrasna [Carrowtrasna, Parish Moville Lower, in the Barony Inishowen East],  in Manor of Green Castle, Barony Inishowen [Co. Donegal] for remainder of term of lease he held from Arthur CHICHESTER, proviso for redemption 2 Aug next.

·       ROD: 30-274-17732. Feb 3, 1720. Deed Beresford JACKSON late of Bellymargy [Ballymarghy?] Co. Londonderry, Gent of 1st part & Henry WRAY of Castlewray, Co. Donegal, Esq. & Jane his wife of the other part (land in Donegal transferred). Beresford JACKSON late of Bellymargy Co. Londonderry, Gent to Henry WRAY of Castlewray, Co. Donegal, Esq. & Jane his of Machrecannon ats Mahreheran [Maghernagran] Gortles [Gortlee] Carnamughogh [Carnamogagh Lower, &  Carnamogagh Upper] Bellinascadden [Bellanascaddan] Killacasting [Killylastin] one tenement in Litterkenny [Letterkenny] in possess' of James SAWYERS & one tenement in same in possess'n of Widow ORRAL, in Killmacrenah [Kilmacrennan]Co Donegal [no term or rent shown]. Registrars: Jon DARCES, John WOOTOON & Charles NORMAN. Witnesses: Thomas SKIPTON, Esq. of Ballyshashy, Londonderry; James WILSON, servant to Henry WRAY & Mary DUFFY. SEE: Descendants of William WRAY [Jane JACKSON was the wife of Henry WRAY] and JACKSONs of Coleraine.

·       ROD:45-187-28974. May 31, 1725. For Henry RANKIN sailor one of the sons of John RANKIN of City of Londonderry late deceased in consid of £100 paid by William JACKSON of Coleraine in City of Londonderry Esq. and Edmond CARY of Redd Castle in Co. Donegal Esq…. had granted to William JACKSON the moiety or full half of the several quarter lands of Shrove [Stroove ?]  Karatravnan Cerehew Ballymacarter [Ballymacarthur] Ballyechan Fardrum and the Terry Greencastle. Also the lands of Curragh o Garry two Tryans [Fryans?] Ballypatton two truans, the quarter land of Mechletterbeall, Clare one Ballyboe and one third Ballyboe all in Barony of Eneshowen Co. Donegall and which were all of Donegall decd And also one moiety of a house in Londonderry…. Signed William JACKSON NOTE: William JACKSON (1695-1744), husband of Frances EYRE, and son of Capt. William JACKSON and Elizabeth GORGES. Redd Castle aka Red Castle is in townland of Carrickmaquigley, Parish Moville Upper,. It is on the western shore of Lough Foyle, abt 25 miles north of Londonderry and across the Lough from other Jackson holdings in Coleraine and Londonderry. The Co. Donegal townlands listed here are all in the Barony of Inishowen East, [aka Eneshowen]:

o   Shrove aka Stroove, Parish Movilla Lower;

o   Karatravnan aka Carrowtrasna (it is on the western border of Stroove), Parish of Moville Lower;

o   Cerehew aka Carrowhugh (it is on the western border of Carrowtrasna), Parish Moville Lower

o   Ballymacarter aka Ballymacarthur, Parish Moville Lower

o   Ballyechan aka Balleeghan, Parish Movilla Lower is on the western border of Ballymacarthur;

o   Fardrum aka Tardrum? Tardrum Cottages are about a km northeast of Greencastle in the Eleven Ballyboes, Parish Moville Lower;

o   Terry I do not know what this refers to. Although there is a Terrydrum, Parish of Tamlaght Finlagan, Barony Keenaght, Co. Londonderry, I suspect that it is part of the Eleven Ballyboes, Parish Moville Lower..

o   Greencastle is on the coast north-east from Moville, and probably within the Eleven Ballyboes, Parish Moville Lower

o   Curragh o Garry possibly Moneydarragh, Parish of Culdaff, which is on the northern border of Clare,, Parish Moville Upper

o   Ballypatton aka Ballyrattan, Parish Moville Upper on the eastern border of Clare;

o   Mechletterbeall aka Meenletterbale,, Parish Moville Lower.

o   Clare,, Parish Moville Upper.

[2] Isabella JACKSON.

·       Widow of Beresford JACKSON

[3] (George?) CROOKSHANK cousin of Londonderry.

[4] W. GAGE of Tyrone

[5] Mary CHURCH widow of Arthur CHURCH of Coleraine

[6] Arthur CHURCH of Coleraine Esq. (?- bef 1737)

·       Grandson of William CHURCH (d. Jan 1642 – buried at Derry Cathedral) and his wife Mary (who later married Richard BRAZIER). SOURCE: Coleraine in Bygone Centuries p 150.

·       [son of] Arthur CHURCH was elected burgess in 1676 and appears as Alderman in 1687. He took a prominent part in the Jackson-Beresford feud in the early part of the next century.

·       Arthur CHURCH jr. appears as burgess in 17078, was agent for the Jackson family and died by 1740. Robert, eldest son of Arthur jr. married Anne Gage in 1748… SOURCE: Coleraine in Bygone Centuries p 151

[7] Deborah HENDERSON grandniece of Isabella JACKSON

[8] Elizabeth CROOKSHANK cousin

[9] ? BENNETT sister of Elizabeth CROOKSHANK

[10] Ann CROOKSHANK

[11] Isabella MOORHEAD sister of Esther MOORE

·       Perhaps a clue: PRONI: D673/38 . Hodgson Gage, Ballymargy, Co. L'derry to John Moorhead, Ballyscullion, Co. L'derry. Counterpart Lease of one sixth part of townland of Ballyscullion for term of 14 years at yearly rent of £3/15/5 1/2 plus 2 fat hens, 1/6 part of a fat wadder 2 days work of man and horse. Clauses prohibiting letting of and part of demised premises to any Mass or Popish priest or any Minister or teacher dissenting from the Church of Ireland and not to hunt, hail or kill any rabbits from 14 Feb. to 11 Nov. Ballyscullion, Co. L'derry.

[12] Esther MOORE sister of Isabella MOORHEAD

·       Perhaps a clue: PRONI: D673/24. Hodgson Gage, Ballymargy, Co. L'derry to Mrs Sarah Gage, Ballymargy, Co. L'derry in trust for Widow of John Moore and dau. Jean (or Jane) Moore, of Ballymulholland, Co. L'derry. Lease of quarter of townland of Ballymulholland for term of 9 years at yearly rent of £5.6.8. plus 1/4 part of a fat mutton 4 fat hens, 3 days work of man and horse. Ballymulholland, Co. L'derry.

[13] Jane MOORHEAD niece of Isabella JACKSON

[14] Thomas LEE of Waterside nephew of Isabella JACKSON

[15] Waterside

[16] Margaret MOORHEAD alia CALDWELL niece of Isabella JACKSON

[17] Mary STRAWBRIDGE

[18] George CROOKSHANK cousin – likely merchant of City of Londonderry.

[19] W. GAGE gager in Coleraine (likely related to W. GAGE of Tyrone)

·       William GAGE “who came over in charge of tradesmen and workmen for the Irish society and settled at Magilligan” had a sister Mary GAGE who married John ROWLEY. SOURCE: Coleraine in Bygone Centuries p 137

·       [in the 1630s] a William GAGE exported oats and barley. SOURCE: Coleraine in Bygone Centuries p 66

  • Gage family lived Coleraine and leased Magilligan from the sea of Derry. Bacan family sub leased from the Gage family parts of magilligan and I believe acted as their estate managers. Both big Magilligan names as Linde mentioned. Also Sir Robert McClellands, Herberdashers Tennant married Mary Gage in around 1636 only to pass away in 1638, previously she was married to Rowley. They then lived at Coleraine Mannor. William Gage removed from England to Ballymargy or Bellarena estate in Magilligan. They were there until 1860s. SOURCE: Stephen McCracken Facebook – North Derry / Londonderry Genealogy & History Society. January 30, 2019

·       ROD: 34-172-21077. June 22, 1722. Image 93 Memorial of Tripartite deed dated April 1, 1701: John HILL of Calmore, Co. Londonderry, Gent of 1st pt; Samuel HILL, Calmore & Mary his wife both since dec’d of 2nd part & Wm GAGE of Garvaghy in sd county since dec’d of 3rd part; and of another indenturee Feb 17, 1706 made btw said John HILL and Samuel od the 1 pt & William GAGE of the other part … several lands in the quinpartite deed were mortgaged to William GAGE for security of £400 … subject to a rent charge to be paid to said John HILL during his life …

Samuel HILL borrowed £150.13 and £20  from William GAGE and £150 pounds from William JACKSON of Tobermore, Co. Londonderry Gent.  And for securing the payment obliged William GAGE 28 Dec 1703  … The loan from William JACKSON dated 27th July 1706.  … Court of Common Pleas 27 Jan 1706  the penalty of £300.. in two separate instalments … Thomas GAGE of Ballymarghy, son of William GAGE … equity descended to Rowly HILL of Calmore Esq. son & heir of Samuel and Mary HILL…Robert GAGE Rector of Aghadowey Clke & Robert BACON of Magiligan both of Co. Londonderry Gents … Feb 9, 1720 btw Thomas GAGE of 1st pt; William MONTOGOMERY of 2nd pt; Rowley HILL of 3rd pt; Robert GAGE and Robert BACON of 4th pt & said William JACKSON of 5th pt. sold lands in his actual possession to MONTGOMERY including: Bally[more?] [????] Carrnargie, Ballyreagh in Co. Londonderry & the quarter land of [???lle] Co. Antrim … term of 99 years …£711 …WITNESS: John GAGE of Aghadowey. Co. Londonderry & James GAGE of same. Memorial WITNESS: William LAW of Coleraine Gent & James GAGE of Aghadowey.

·       The premises SEE: Jacksons of Tobermore.

[20] Alexander PATRICK of Coleraine

[21] Nancy WEST

[22] Mary DENT (unmarried)

[23] Wife of William GAGE – likely of Coleraine.

·       PRONI: D 673/5 Anne Gage, (widow and relict of Wm. Gage) of Garvaghy, Co. L'derry to Thos. Gage, Ballymargy, Co. L'derry. Assignment of one third of rents of lands in the Parish of Tamlaghtard, Co. Londonderry for £320.0s.0d. Ballymargy, Clooney, Clagan, Erny, Ballinlig, Carrowreagh, Minerny, Drumnahay, Oughtymoyle, Ballymultimber, Ballyscullion, Duncrun, Drumavally, Lenamore, Margymonaghan, Ballymulholland, Ballyleghery, Tamlaght, Co. L'derry.

  • Gage family lived Coleraine and leased Magilligan from the sea of Derry. Bacan family sub leased from the Gage family parts of magilligan and I believe acted as their estate managers. Both big Magilligan names as Linde mentioned. Also Sir Robert McClellands, Herberdashers Tennant married Mary Gage in around 1636 only to pass away in 1638, previously she was married to Rowley. They then lived at Coleraine Mannor. William Gage removed from England to Ballymargy or Bellarena estate in Magilligan. They were there untill 1860s. SOURCE: Stephen McCracken Facebook – North Derry / Londonderry Genealogy & History Society. January 30, 2019

[24] Probably Aghadowey, Parish Aghadowey. Barony of Coleraine. It was part of the Ironmongers’ Estate.

[25] Robert CALDWELL see Margaret MOORHEAD alia CALDWELL niece of Isabella JACKSON

  • CALDWELLS were from Magilligan. SOURCE: Stephen McCracken Facebook – North Derry / Londonderry Genealogy & History Society. January 30, 2019

[26] Mary BARON - more likely BACON aka BACAN.

  • Bacon was a longstanding name round Magilligan. SOURCE: Linde Lunney Facebook – North Derry / Londonderry Genealogy & History Society January 30, 2019
  • Perhaps a link: PRONI: D673/25. Hodgson Gage, Ballymargy, Co. L'derry to Rev. Mr Benj. Bacon, D.D., Rector of Tamlaghtard Parish, Co. L'derry - Counterpart Lease of townland of Clagan, for term of 9 years at yearly rent of £7.0s.0d. Clagan, Co. L'derry.
  • Gage family lived Coleraine and leased Magilligan from the sea of Derry. Bacan family sub leased from the Gage family parts of magilligan and I believe acted as their estate managers. Both big Magilligan names as Linde mentioned. Also Sir Robert McClellands, Herberdashers Tennant married Mary Gage in around 1636 only to pass away in 1638, previously she was married to Rowley. They then lived at Coleraine Mannor. William Gage removed from England to Ballymargy or Bellarena estate in Magilligan. They were there untill 1860s. SOURCE: Stephen McCracken Facebook – North Derry / Londonderry Genealogy & History Society. January 30, 2019

[27] William LEE of Magilligan

[28] Parish Magilligan, Barony Keenaght. NOTE: This is just across the water from Moville, Co. Donegal in the place where the River Foyle narrows, where Beresford JACKSON had holdings.

[29] Ralph LEA [aka LEE?]

[30] Deborah HENDERSON – mother of Thomas HENDERSON & possibly the mother of grandniece Deborah HENDERSON.

[31] Thomas HENDERSON son of Deborah HENDERSON

[32] Anne WEST

[33] Esther WEST

[34] Thomas WEST

[35] Susannah GRAHAM

[36] Tamlaghtard – aka Tamlatard, otherwise Termon Magilligan, Barony Keenaght SOURCE: PRONI: D 673/75. [NOTE: Not Tamlaght, Parish Tamlaght. Barony of Loughinsholin.]

[37] Elizabeth CROOKSHANK sr. cousin of Isabella JACKSON.

[38] Elizabeth GARDNER widow of John GARDNER of Londonderry

[39] John GARNDER (?-bef 1737) blacksmith of Londonderry, blacksmith, deceased.

[40] George CROOKSHANK of City of Londonderry merchant sole executor

[41] John RAINES

[42] Ralph BOOTH

[43] William DENT

 

 

 

 

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