Mary Speer and James Hamilton of Newry

 Mary was the daughter of Solomon Speer (d.1729) of Stewartstown, and Jane, daughter of Capt. James Stevenson, also of Stewartstown. James Hamilton was the son of Robert Hamilton (d.1754) and Margaret (d.1769), his wife, of Mentlone in the parish of Ballymore, county Armagh.

Timeline:

  • 1754-02-26: Mary Hamilton otherwise Speer and her husband, James Hamilton of Newry, merchant, and their children –Solomon, Robert, and William– were mentioned in the last will and testament of Mary's father, Robert Speer (the elder) of Stewartstown. [1]
    Not having been mentioned in his grandfather’s will, Mary’s and James’ son, James, jun.,—who was mentioned in James senior’s will in 1767 (for which, see the 1767-08-01 entry, below) was probably born after 1754.
  • 1757-12-15: Memorial no. 193-81-127068 – an indenture of mortgage (deeds of lease and release) executed by James Hamilton of Newry, merchant, and Rhoda Hutcheson of same, Spinster, whereby for the consideration of £350, Mr Hamilton conveyed to Miss Hutcheson his right and title in his leaseholds of parts of Mullavilly townland (parish of Kilmore) and Mentlone (parish of Ballymore), both in the county of Armagh, with a clause of redemption. [2]
  • 1763-08-29: Memorial no. 226-465-148530 – an indenture of annuity or rent charge payable at £15 annually by the Rev. Hugh Stewart out of Gortigal (parish of Ardboe) and Aughlarge (parish of Donaghenry) townlands during the life of Eleanor Ledlie formerly Stewart, wife of William Ledlie [jun.] formerly of Desertcreat but then of Philadelphia; the other parties to this quadripartite deed included James Hamilton and William Hamilton of Newry, merchants. [3]James Hamilton and William Hamilton were first cousins to William Ledlie, jun.
  • 1764-08-18: Memorial no. 230-593-153167 – an indenture of lease demised by Annabella Campbell of Newry to James Hamilton of Newry, merchant, for a dwelling house in North street in Newry, for a term of lives (royal family), and with a covenant of renewal; witnesses included John Pollock of Newry, merchant, and Robert Hamilton of the same. [4]
  • 1764-09-28: Belfast News-Letter – James Hamilton advertised for lease, a dwelling-house in Newry at the corner of the roads to leading to Armagh and Loughbrickland. The house was described as suitable for a publick house or mercantile concern, or for division into accommodation for two families. [10]
  • 1767-08-01: The will of James Hamilton of Newry was written on 1st August and proved 26th October 1767. The document cited James' wife, Mary, his childen Robert, William, Mary, Solomon, and James, and his brothers, William and Robert. [5]
    It has proven difficult to trace three of the sons—Robert, William, and James, jun.—owing to there having been a few of each name in and about Newry during the latter part of the 18th century, into the 19th.
  • 1767-10-06: Belfast News-Letter – Legal notice to advertise the sale of the stock in the woollen drapery trade, of the late James Hamilton of Newry; also his household furniture, and eleven years remaining in a lease of his house in Newry. [6]
  • 1768-05-31: Belfast News-Letter – Legal notice placed by the executors of the late James Hamilton of Newry, to advertise the sale of a lease held by Mr Hamilton in Mullavilly, county Armagh—consisting of 75 acres with dwelling house, offices, orchard, and garden—for the remaining term of eighteen years or so long as should live the lives stated in the terms of the lease; also the continuing sale of Mr Hamilton’s stock in the woollen drapery trade. The executors were cited as William Hamilton of Newry, merchant, and Robert Hamilton of Scarva (the late James’ brothers). [7]
  • 1771-11-07: Articles of agreement re: proceedings in Chancery, involving the following parties James Hamilton, Newry, Andrew McCreight, Banvale, Co. Down. Jane Bell, Portadown, James Bell, Brackagh, Rob[er]t Hamilton, Monclone, Co. Armagh. [See D476/4]. PRONI ref. D476/15 (2018-11-21)
    Was this James Hamilton the subject of this timeline sketch, or his son? (requires review at the PRONI).
  • A record of the death of Mary Hamilton née Speer, and her domicile after her husband’s death in 1767, have not been found (to date),—except for an oblique reference [9] that after her son, Solomon Hamilton, left for Calcutta in the late 1790s, first Mary raised her granddaughter, Eliza Hamilton (later: Dunlop), probably at Ballyedmond, and later, Eliza was raised by a guardian. Solomon gave up the Ballyedmond estate in early 1807, suggesting, perhaps, that Mary had died by that date.

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Sources and notes:

1.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy will of Robert Speer [Spear] of Stewartstown (dated 18 August 1753; codicil dated 7 January 1754; proved 26 February 1754). Archival ref. PRONI D2315/2/3. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-08-16. 

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 193-81-127068: Hamilton to Hutcheson (dated 15 December 1757; registered 28 January 1758). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 461383; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-23.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 226-465-148530: Stewart to Maitland and others (dated 29 August 1763; registered 20 November 1763). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 461401; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-21.

4.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 230-593-153167: Campbell to Hamilton (dated 18 September 1764; registered 23 November 1764). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 461403; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-22.

5.

Betham, Sir William. Genealogical Abstracts of Records of the Prerogative Court of Armagh. Abstract: "100 Hamilton James Newry C'o Down / Merchant dated 1'st Aug't 1767 proved / 26'th Oct 67 / Wife Mary H – Son Robert H – Son / William H – Daur Mary H – Sons / Solomon H & James H, Brothers W’m & Rob[t].” (pg 35.) Original record held by the National Archives of Ireland (Dublin); archival ref. Phillips Mss., Series H 1763–1780. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-11-10).

6.

Belfast News-Letter, 6 October 1767 (pg. 1). “To be Sold at first Cost,...” the mercantile estate of the late James Hamilton of Newry, woollen draper. Digital image online ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-23).

7.

Belfast News-Letter, 31 May 1768 (pg. 1). “To be set on the first Day of November next,...” the late James Hamilton’s lease in Mullavilly, county Armagh. Digital image online ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-23).

8.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Catalogue entry: Articles of agreement re: proceedings in Chancery, involving the following parties James Hamilton, Newry, Andrew McCreight, Banvale, Co. Down. Jane Bell, Portadown, James Bell, Brackagh, Rob[er]t Hamilton, Monclone, Co. Armagh (7th November 1771). [See D476/4]. Archival ref. PRONI D476/15. Catalogue entry online at apps.proni.gov.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-21).

9.

Lydon, Jane, and Lyndall Ryan, eds. Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre. Includes a biographical sketch of Eliza Hamilton Dunlop (1796–1880); citing the death of Eliza’s mother shortly after Eliza's birth, and subsequently raised by her grandmother and then by a guardian. Sydney, New South Wales: NewSouth Publishing, 2018.

10.

Belfast News-Letter, 28 September 1764 (pg. 2). “To be Set,” a dwelling-house in Newry per James Hamilton, merchant. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-12-02).

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