OLIVER vs COUSER
Irish Times April 28, 1875
VICE CHANCELLOR’S COURT – YESTERDAY
Couser v Oliver and others
The bill in this case was filed for the administration of the real and personal estate of William Oliver, late of Killinure in the County of Armagh, deceased, who by his last will and testament bequeathed all his property to William Couser, the plaintiff, and William Menary whom he appointed trustees and executors. Previous to making his will, the testator being entitled to the lands of Killinure and Enagh, under a lease dated December, 1870, from the vicars choral and organist of the Abbey or College of the Church of St. Patrick, in Armagh, at the yearly rent of £84.14s, he accepted an offer made to him by the Commissioners of the Church Temporalities in Ireland to purchase the fee of said lands for the sum of £2,118. In respect of this matter the bill prayed that the trust of the will might be carried out.
The Vice-Chancellor made a decree in accordance with the prayer of the bill.
 William OLIVER. He died Oct 15, 1873 and his death launched a fleet of lawsuits and legal manoeuvres. In an 1874 letter, Eliza, his niece describes her brother Andrew jockeying for position. SEE: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/letters/1874October15-ElizaJACKSON-Thomas.html .
 Killinure was the ancestral home of OLIVERs. SEE: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/maps/Killynure.htm In the summer of 1874, Thompson BROWN[E] husband of William OLIVER’s niece. Elizabeth JACKSON already had the house that stands there now under construction. SEE: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/letters/1874June1-ElizaJACKSON-Thomas.html
 William COUSER. The COUSERs (There were several of them – William, jr. & sr., Joseph and John) held about 13 acres under lease while William OLIVER held about 55 acres. I suspect that at some time I will find a significant OLIVER-COUSER intermarriage.
 William MENARY. This is probably William MENARY jr. (1838-1874) who married Mary JACKSON, niece of William OLIVER. I suspect his untimely death at age 36 – at a time that was midway between the death of William OLIVER and this legal case - complicated matters.
 Enagh was nearby land that was leased by William OLIVER and his brother Thomas for the purposes of pasturage and hay sales.
 Edward LITTON
 T.P. LYNCH
 Marshall CLARKE
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