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This is the first piece of a series that I will write and post over the next month. As I learn more, it will also be revised. The focal point of this piece is the lands in Co Meath mentioned in the 1705 will of Samuel JACKSON (1631-1706).
Sharon Oddie Brown. April 22, 2013
Updated July 1, 2015
NOTE: The 1659 Census of Meath has names of owners of some lands mentioned here.

Samuel JACKSON detective work


The 1705 will of Samuel JACKSON [1631-1706], triggered some thoughts that have unearthed several promising leads to possible interconnections between the various JACKSON families known to be in Drogheda, Lisnabo, Dublin and Coleraine in the late 1600s and early 1700s.


This Samuel JACKSON was one of the first generation of JACKSONs known to have emigrated to Coleraine from Kirby Lonsdale, Westmorland, England. This family had a significant foothold as a result of the Clothworkers land grants in Londonderry (aka Derry), which would indicate a first foothold for the family in Ireland dating back to possibly as early as Elizabethan times. He was a son of Rev. Richard JACKSON and his wife Dorothy OTWAY. A key document that has helped to understand the family was the 1688 entry in Betham's Funeral Registers. Rev. Richard JACKSON had a second wife, Jane Carter, and with these two wives had twenty children. Many of them found their way to Ireland, as did their descendents. It would not be surprising if the Londonderry group turn out to be related - likely a generation or two earlier - to both the mid-1600s JACKSONs of Drogheda, as well as the Quaker JACKSONs whose relations include two known brothers: Anthony JACKSON (1628- abt 1690) and Richard JACKSON (1626-1679).


Samuel JACKSON held title to forfeited lands in Co. Meath at the time of his death. The ones mentioned in his will were all in the southernmost part of the Barony of Lower Kells in the parishes of Kilbeg, Emlagh and Stahlomogh:


Parish of Kilbeg: townlands of Ardlonan, & Marvelstown.

Parish of Staholnog: townlands of Drakrath aka Drakerath, Castletown More, & Emlagh.

Parish of Teltown: townlands of Orestown, aka Oristown.



Barony of Lower Kells Samuel Jackson 1705 Lands
From top to bottom the green shaded parishes are: Enniskene, Kilmainhan, Nobber (which also continues into the neighbouring Barony of Morgallion), Kilbeg, and Emlagh & Staholnog. Cruisetown, also mentioned in this post is on the eastern border of Kilbeg.
I have updated what I know about Samuel Jackson's holdings with what I have learned since 2013. In his will, Emlogh was a townland holding, not a parish - but it is also the parish where the townland of Reask is - a townland held by Rev. Robert Jackson, one of Samuel Jackson's nephews. I have also added the Parish of Teltown.


The townlands in Co. Meath mentioned in the will:

    • Ardlonan, Parish of Kilbeg, Lower Kells, Co. Meath
    • Drakrath aka Drakerath, Parish of Staholmog, Barony of Lower Kells, Co. Meath
    • Castletown More, Parish of Staholnog, Barony of Lower Kells, Co. Meath
    • Ardlonan, Parish of Kilbeg, Lower Kells, Co. Meath
    • Orestown, aka Oristown, Parish of Teltown, Barony of Upper Kells, Co. Meath.
    • Emlagh, Parish of Staholnog, Barony of Lower Kells, Co. Meath
    • Marvelstown, Parish of Kilbeg, Barony of Lower Kells, Co. Meath
    • [Inkerstown] – I am unsure if this is the correct transcription.
    • Kish. I may be misreading Grove’s notes, but I can find no such townland or parish in Co. Meath. TGF Paterson identifies it as Keske. I cannot find that one either.

    In the map on the left, above, I shaded in the parishes where the Lisnabo JACKSONs held land (the top 3 shaded parishes) as well as the parishes where Samuel JACKSON held land (the bottom 3 parishes - note error corrected in map to the right). We are not talking about a great distance here. From north to south in the Barony is about 13-15 km. So far, I have not focussed much on deeds research in this Barony. That work lies ahead.


    In the tables beneath, I have included PIPPARD leases because there are a number of business and marriage connections between the JACKSONs and PIPPARDS in Drogheda. Both were merchant families, and both served on the Drogheda Council in the late 1600s. The Rev. Robert JACKSON, mentioned in dealings with them, was probably a nephew of the Samuel JACKSON (1631-1706) of Dublin, who held the earlier leases. My guess is that he was a son of Rev. Leonard JACKSON of Tatham, Co. Lancashire.


    Castletownmoor aka Castletownmore etc, Parish of Staholnog, Barony of Lower Kells




    1717 Feb 1 PEPPARD, Jacob. City of Dublin. By lease & release dated 10 & 11 May 1708, John WILLETT (son and heir of Richard WILLETT), sold to said Jacob PEPPARD for £130 Cloghmacoe, By Moyergallen, Co Meath, [NOTE: Cloghmacoo is in the Parish of Nobber, Barony of Morgallion. A portion of this parish is also in the Barony of Lower Kells. The two baronies share a border.] also granting Jacob PEPPARD an annuity of £3 pa charged on the rest of his estate to cover the Quit Rent & Crown Rent. Walter REILY of Castletown, Kilpatrick, Co. Meath alleges that said Richard WILLET, deceased of Islington, Middlesex, by deed dated 27 Feb 1691, demised all his property in Ireland to said John WILLETT for 99 years. Walter REILY also claims that said Jacob PEPPARD by another deed dated 4 Mar 1691 in consideration of a marriage to be had & which since took place between said Jacob PEPPARD & F made the property over to William HUNT + Mary REILY (ow WILLETT, wife of Walter REILY, daughter of John WILLETT) as trustees. Said John WILLETT + Thomas HOLFORD, citizen & baker of London are both dead but left 3 daughters, Hannah WILLETT, Martha REILY (wife of William WELDON) + ?, to whom the interest of the property now belongs. Said Walter REILY is entitled to 1/3 of the said term, & he has also purchased the interest of L, Walter REILY now selling his 2/3 of the remainder of said 99 year lease to Jacob PEPPARD for £80. A free of the commitment to pay the £3 annuity & Jacob PEPPARD to pay 2/3 of the Quit Rent.




    1729 Feb 28 JACKSON-PIPPARD Book Index 1708-1729

    A Memorial of a certain Deed Poll bearing date the twenty fifth day of February 1729 whereby the Revd Robert JACKSON Rector of Fatham [aka Tatham] of Lancashire did agree with all covenants speed to perfect a lease to John PIPPARD of the City of Dublin Esq. Of Castletownmoore and the land thereunto belonging with all its appurtenance in as full and  ample manner as then enjoyed  enjoyed by the present tenant Matthew BARNWELL Esq. For the term of 31 years  ... for the yearly rent of £80... to which said deed Poll Richard JACKSON of the City of Dublin Esq. By virtue of a power or authority from the said Robert JACKSON recited in the deed poll hath subscribed the name  and affixed the seal of the said Robert JACKSON and the said John PIPPARD hath subscribed his name  and affixed his seal in the presence of Charles HIGGINS of the City of Dublin Gent and James GILLESPIE Servant to the said Richard JACKSON and this Memorial inspected by  the said John PIPPARD in the presence of  Charles HIGGINs & Benjamin JOHNSTON Public Notary in the City of Dublin.  NOTE: I suspect that Rev Robert JACKSON of Tatham aka Totham, Lancashire  is likely a son of Rev. Leonard JACKSON - a brother of Samuel Jackson (1631-1706).

          National Library: D16,275 1730. Lease made by Mr. Robert Jackson of town and lands of Castletownmoor near Kells for 31 years to commence from said first May 1730 at said yearly rent of £80 above taxes to Mr. John Pippard and set by Mr. Pippard into holdings, the one to Valentine Elson Senior and Valentine Elson Junior and 65 pounds [?s] [?d] other to Capt. Bury Irwin at 62 pounds [?s] [?d] said PIPPARD has reserved ye last year of his lease to himself to [?s] [?d] said right of tenancy. The profit rent is £47 [?s] [?d] Capt. Irwin has given said PIPPARD £58 to stand as a security for his yearly rent which he forfeits if he suffers himself to be ejected for nonpayment of rent or other ways should leave said lands, but PIPPARD to allow him interest for said sum for said time he holds the same and set profit rent of if last year to go to said Irwin to reimburse him if so long he holds same which reduces [?] 1d  said PIPPARD’s profit rent to £47 pounds 10 shillings rent or clear of all deductions.




    1735 Mar 26 JACKSON, Jane- PIPPARD Book Index 1730-1745

    Whereby Jane JACKSON & Abigal BUCKLEY als JACKSON sister and heirs at law of the Rev. Robert JACKSON formerly of Tathcon [aka Tatham] in Lancashire ... set to John PIPPARD of Castletownmoor in Co. Meath Esq. Lands of Castletownmoor NOTE: Rev Robert JACKSON of Tatham aka Totham, Lancashire  is a nephew of Rev. Leonard JACKSON - a brother of Samuel Jackson (1631-1706) and Abigail & Jane are his sisters.




    1740 May 20 PIPPARD-IRWIN

    Henry PIPPARD of Drogheda  administrator of George PIPPARD of Drogheda deceased  of 1st part & John PIPPARD of Castletownmore of Co of Meath of 2nd & Alexander ERWIN [als IRWIN in same document] of City of Dublin of 3rd pt & reciting that Jane JACKSON spinster and Abigail BUCKLEY als JACKSON widow sisters and heirs at law of Rev Robert  JACKSON formerly of Fathan Co Lancashire did by deed dated 19 Mar 1734 demise to John PIPPARD… town & lands of Castletownmoore… NOTE: Rev Robert JACKSON of Tatham aka Totham, Lancashire  is a nephew of Rev. Leonard JACKSON - a brother of Samuel Jackson (1631-1706) and Abigail & Jane are his sisters.


    Emlagh – a 2nd Parish where Samuel JACKSON held leases




    1729 Jun 21 JACKSON-MEREDITH Book Index 1708-1729

    Rev Robert JACKSON of Tatham  of Co Lancaster in Kingdom of Great Britain of 1 pt & Thomas MEREDYTH of Newtown, Co. Meath…. Transfer of land called Reisk 50 A bordering on Carloandstowne also land in Island of Emloguh WITNESS: Francis NORTH of City of Dublin & Wm FORSTER clk to NORTH. NOTE: Reisk aka Reask, Parish of Emlagh, Barony of Lower Kells. Rev Robert JACKSON of Tatham aka Totham, Lancashire  is a nephew of Rev. Leonard JACKSON - a brother of Samuel Jackson (1631-1706) and Abigail & Jane are his sisters.



     My rationale in looking at other JACKSON holdings in the Barony of Lower Kells is that there may have been block grants that got divvied up amongst family members. I doubt that it is merely coincidental that all 6 parishes border one another.


    In the Griffiths Valuations, the Lisnabo Jacksons lease or own several holdings in the northern part of the Barony of Lower Kells:


    • Parish of Enniskeen:
      • Townland Ballynalurgan. Thomas JACKSON jun leased abt 103 acres.
      • Townland Aghafarnan, Thomnas JACKSON leased abt 65 acres
      • Townland Ballynaclose, Gordon JACKSON leased abt 34 acres and Thomas JACKSON leased two parcels of abt 25 and 43 acres.
      • Townland Boynagh, Thomas JACKSON leased two parcels of abt 68 & 35 acres, and owned 2 small houses which were leased to tenants.
      • Townland Lisnabo, Thomas JACKSON leased 184 acres, and also owned 2 small houses leased to tenants.
      • Townland of Lisnagrow, Thomas Jackson leased 2 plots of abt 35 & 14 acres, and owned a small house leased to tenants. Gordon JACKSON leased abt 13 acres
    • Parish of Nobber:
      • Townland of Rathe, Thomas JACKSON leased 374 acres, and also owned 3 small houses leased to tenants.
    • Parish of Kilmainham:
      • Townland of Edengora, Henry JACKSON leased abt 28 acres and a house.


    The total of 1021 acres held by the extended family in these 3 parishes would indicate that the JACKSONs were amongst the more prosperous farmers in the region. They received passing mention in the 1834 Lewis Topographical Dictionary: The principal seats are Cabra castle, the handsome residence and richly planted demesne of Colonel Pratt; Corinsica, of J. Pratt, Esq.; Northlands, of the Very Rev. Dean Adams; Newcastle, of J. Smith, Esq.; Woodford, of J. Armstrong, Esq.; Lisnaboe, of — Jackson, Esq.; Plantation, of — Irwin, Esq.; Larchfield, of W. Pratt, Esq.; and Cornakill, of — Moore, Esq.


    Some of these JACKSON holdings are mentioned in much earlier deeds:






    1757 Oct 10 for £180 Alisha AKIE to Charles AKIE, deceased  of Rath in Nobber parish, Slane barony, Meath county from 1 May then past for remainder of term to come. Thomas JACKSON, Gent of Lisnaboe, Gent of the second part & Henry JACKSON, Gent of Lisnaboe, witness. Thanks to Mike Stewart.






    1743 Sep 30 JACKSON-KERR Book Index 1730-45

    Henry JACKSON of Lisnebo, Parish of Enniskeen, Barony of Kells, Co Meath of the on pt & William KERR in Newcastle fsd. Gent of other pt. For 400 pound transferred two poles of Roathes in Barony of  Slane & Co Meath to KERR







    1715 Aug 31 JACKSON-FARRELL site research
    Memorial of a Lease for lives renewable for ever dated 31 August 1715, Thos Bligh, Brittas, County Meath Esq Ist part, Henry JACKSON, Lisnabow, County Meath, the other part.
    Recites a grant from Thos BLIGH to Henry JACKSON of sixteen poles Poles of Ballynaticknuff now in the possession of the said Henry JACKSON containing by common estimation 152 acres or thereabouts, situated in the Barony of Kells, County Meath with all Rights, etc.
    Term; to hold these lands during the term of the natural lives of the said Henry  JACKSON, the Lessee, Hugh  JACKSON aged about four years, eldest son of the said Henry  JACKSON and of James  JACKSON aged about one, son of said Henry  JACKSON. Fine £15 sterling payable on death of each life....
    No  JACKSON witnesses.
    Note: The fact that Memorial 6705 mentions JACKSON names is probably significant since it comes between two deeds mentioning the JACKSONs of Meath. Those JACKSONs are from the Liberty of Donore, Citry of Dublin and will be dealt with in another paper exploring these other links to the family of Samuel JACKSON

    For #604 SEE: Jacksons of Lisnaboe

    See also: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/1864Mar26-JACKSON-Lisnaboe.html




     1715 Sept 1 JACKSON-FARRELL site research  Lease for lives dated 1 September 1715, Thomas Bligh, Brittas, County Meath Esq. to Nathan Nesbitt. . .lives of Nesbitt family.. One of the witnesses was Henry JACKSON, Lisnabow, County Meath, Gent. Four Poles of Kinachan aforesaid now in the possession of the said Nathan containing  by estimation two hundred and seventy three acres... with the Mills theron and all Milldams, watercourses and rights... yearly rent of  £65 .  delivered 1 Sept  1715   near 10:00 AM. SEE: Jacksons of Lisnaboe

    See also: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/1864Mar26-JACKSON-Lisnaboe.html




    1737 Nov 21 CASSIDY Book Index 1730-45

    JACKSON-FARRELL site research


     Mortgage 21 October 1737, Henry  JACKSON, Lisnabow, County Meath, Gent and Hugh  JACKSON, Ballybeain, County Monaghan, Merchant, 1St, Patrick Cassidy, Dublin, Gent the other part.
    Recites that Thomas Bligh, Brittas, County Meath, Esq. demised to the said Henry  JACKSON all that the sixteen poles of Ballynaticknuff then in his possession containing by estimation 152 acres, situated in County Meath to hold from 1 May 1712 during the lives of the said Henry  JACKSON, Hugh  JACKSON and James  JACKSON his sons. Various covenants not noted. Clause of Renewal....
    Recites that the said Henry  JACKSON by Lease demised unto the said Hugh  JACKSON 40 acres of the said sixteen Poles of Ballynaticknuff at the yearly rent of £7 sterling during the term of the natural lives of the lives of the said Henry  JACKSON and the said Hugh  JACKSON.
    Witness that the said Henry  JACKSON and Hugh  JACKSON in consideration of £40 sterling did assign to the said Patrick CASSIDY all their Rights and Interests in the said lands and Towns together with their two several Leases, to hold by said Patrick CASSIDY during the lives of the said Henry and Hugh  JACKSON. No  JACKSON Witnesses.




    1754 Dec 14 JACKSON-FARRELL site research  Memorial of an Indentured Deed of Lease and Release dated respectively 4th and 5th days of November 1754, the Lease between Henry  JACKSON, Lisnaboe, County Meath, Gent, 1st part, Thomas  JACKSON, Lisnaboe son of the said Henry  JACKSON, the other part.
    The Release between the said Henry  JACKSON and Mary his wife, 1 St part, said Thos  JACKSON, the other part.
    Reciting that the said Henry  JACKSON and Mary his wife in consideration of the said Thomas  JACKSON's paying the sum of £228 Principal money due by the said Henry  JACKSON and £50 sterling interest thereon and the said Thos also paying unto Henry  JACKSON, the Younger the sum of £50 sterling.
    Also paying the sum of £30 unto Jane  JACKSON and £30 to Ann  JACKSON and the sum of £10 sterling to the said Henry  JACKSON, the Elder and Mary his wife during their lives and to the survivors of them and for the further consideration in the Indenture mentioned in the grant to the said Thomas  JACKSON all the lands of Lisnaboe to hold forever.
    And did also grant unto the said Thomas all his, the said Henry  JACKSON the Elder's, right and title to the lands of Rath, County Meath. To hold the lands of Rath during the term the of the Residue of the remaining years in said lease yet to come and unexpired . No  JACKSON Witnesses.




    1757 Oct 10 for £180 Alisha AKIE to Charles AKIE, deceased  of Rath in Nobber parish, Slane barony, Meath county from 1 May then past for remainder of term to come. Thomas JACKSON, Gent of Lisnaboe, Gent of the second part & Henry JACKSON, Gent of Lisnaboe, witness. Thanks to Mike Stewart.




    1761 Feb 3 JACKSON-GORDON Book Index 1758-1768

    Thomas JACKSON of Lisnaboe Co Meath Gent of the one pt & Ann GORDON of Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan spinster of the other pt... marriage portion on lease of Lisnaboe... witness incl James JACKSON of Ballybea, Co Monaghan & Alexander GORDON of City of Dublin.


    One other parish that deserves being noted in connection to Samuel JACKSON in the Barony of Lower Kells is Cruicetown. Other than a William JACKSON acting as a witness, I see no evidence of this line of JACKSONs mentioned in leases here – yet – but the fact of so many of the names being tangentially related to him – PIPPARDs especially - is not to be dismissed.


    Cruicetown connections:




    1718  Sep 9 JACKSON-RUTLAND Bk 71 Notes in 2009 diary 1708-1738

    PIPPARD-RUTLAND (NOTE: I don’t where the earlier note to JACKSON crept in, but I don’t see them here.)

    John PIPPARD of Drogheda Gent & Thomas RUTLAND of City of Dublin, Esq. With consent of Christopher PIPPARD ... townlands of Carrickroevaddy, Co. Down; Painestown, Co. Meath; Calliaghstown, Knockirk, Antelstown, Co. Meath, Cruicetown, Co. Louth ... brickhouse & malthouse, Drogheda.

    PIPPARD Christopher merchant Drogheda. John PIPPARD, with the consent of Christopher PIPPARD raising £225 mortgage secured on various properties in Co Meath & Drogheda, part subject to rents payable to Mary PIPPARD, Elinor PIPPARD + John WELDON (lessors) Names mentioned in Will: Edward CROKER, apothecary, City of Dublin , Sisson PUTLND; Nathaniel GREVILLE; Ben HALL. 1717 Mar 6 AnneChamney




    1770 Aug 30 WALKER-FORTESCUE

    Cruicetown orse Cruestown orse Cruisetown, MEATH; Carrick Desart [40 acres 34 perches], MEATH; Piggshill orse Poeggshill & Rossboy orse Rushn__ee. NOTE: The convergence of names here is intriguing: Charles WALKER, Esq. Of Dublin City of 1st part; William Henry FORTESCUE, Rt Hon Lord Claremount, eldest son of Thomas FORTESCUE; Thomas FORTESCUE, Esq., late of Dillonstown, Lowth, deceased; Cadwalder, Rt. Hon. Lord Blaney, Baropn of Monaghan; Oliver PLUNKETT, Esq; commonly called Lord Lowth, of Lowth Hall, eldest son of Matthew PLUNKETT, late of Lowth Hall, ; Matthew PLUNKETT; Gorges Edward HOWARD, Esq. Of Dublin City; Matthew PLUNKETT, 2nd son of Matthew PLUNKETT; Suzanna PLUNKETT, late mother of [?]; Mabella PLUNKETT, spinster, deceased, late daughter of Matthew PLUNKETT; Susanna PLUNKETT, spinster, of Dublin City, daughter of Matthew PLUNKETT Jane PLUNKETT, spinster, daughter of Matthew PLUNKETT; Plunkett Henry TALBOT, Esq. Of Dublin; Elizabeth TALBOT orse PLUNKETT, wife of Plunkett Henry TALBOT & daughter of Matthew PLUNKETT; Maybella TALBOT, spinster of Dublin City; Henry CONYNGHAM, Rt. Hon Lord Viscount; Gustavus LAMBERT, Esq of Beaupare, Meath; Francis GORMAN, Esq. Of Dublin; John O’NEIL, Esq. Of Shanes Castle; Charles O’NEIL, Esq. Of Shanes Castle; Thomas QUILSH - held part of lands of Carrick Desart Co Meath [40 a 34 p]; Hamilton GORGES, Esq. Of Catherine’s Grove; WITNESSES: Patrick DUIGENAN, Doctor of Laws, Trinity College; John ATWAY [aka OTWAY?], mercer of Parliament St., Dublin; William JACKSON, Gent, of Dublin City ; John WADDY; REGISTER: John BURTON. Notes thanks to Mike Stewart.

    490   315605

    BALL-MORRISON Creekstown, Co. Meath

    NOTE: There was a #315604 but no #315605. The former did not mention the expected names, although the townland is of interest.



    CONCLUSIONS? None as yet, but as I work through more inter-related deeds, I suspect a pattern will reveal the sub-plot of the whole story.



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