Joshua Ledlie (d.1774) of Ballygonny, and Easton, Penn.

… son of William Ledlie, sen., of Carnan, and Mary Hamilton ...

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Timeline:

  • 1757-03-18: Memorial no. 277-124175779 – deeds of lease and release executed as a settlement on the marriage of Joshua Ledlie of Carnan, Linendraper, son of William Ledlie, sen., Linendraper, and Ann White, daughter of the late William White, gent., of Gortnegarr, county Londonderry. William Ledlie, jun., was one of the subscribing witnesses to the indenture. [1]
  • 1757-08-30: Belfast News-Letter – Advertisement placed by Joshua Ledlie for a lease in a dwelling house with office-houses, situated in Coagh, with twenty acres. [2]
  • 1762-12-28: Belfast News-Letter – Advertisement placed by Joshua Ledlie of Ballygonney, detailing his bleach green operation. [4]
  • 1763-01-04: Belfast News-Letter – Index entry: Ledlie, Joshua +Ballygonney +Coagh linens beetle lap twine rates +Coleraine custom quantity farms let tradesmen bleachers. [5]
  • 1765-09-18: Memorial no. 241-82-156892 – an indenture of assignment whereby, for the consideration of £400, Joshua Ledlie sold his interest in one-half of Carnan townland and a tenement in Ballygonney and another tenement in Ruskey, both townlands in the parish of Tamlaght, co. Londonderry, to William Ledlie [his father] of Carnan; for a term of 500 years, with a rent of one peppercorn, if demanded. [3]
  • 1766-03-28: Belfast News-Letter – Joshua Ledlie of Ballygonney posted a notice, advisory of his plough-man, John Gormal of Carrickfergus, having absconded from his (Ledlie’s) service. The notice included a detailed description of the erstwhile servant, and a promise that, should he be found, he will not have escaped with impunity. [6]
  • 1769-05-10: Belfast News-Letter – It was alleged that Joshua Ledlie, aided by his brother, George Ledlie, had committed a murder at the race-course in Stughan. The notice cautioned Masters of Ships to be on their guard against receiving them. [7]
    Stughan lies in the parish of Tullyniskan, not far from the towns of Stewartstown and Dungannon.
  • 1769-05-20: Belfast News-Letter – Joshua Ledlie and George Ledlie published an eloquent protest to the charge of murder, asserting that the more applicable charge should be manslaughter in their own defence; and notifying their intent to surrender to the Magistrates for their trials at the next Assizes of the county of Tyrone. [8]
  • 1772: By this date, Joshua Ledlie had made good his excape to America, as evidenced by this entry in the Tax and Exoneration records for the State of Pennsylvania – Extract: “Easton, Northampton County: (1) Ledlie Joseway, Shopkeeper, Rated £3; 1 horse and 1 horned cattle; total rate, £4 6s. (2) Ditto for the house he lives in; 1house, 1 lott; rated £9; Total rate, £9 13s. 6d.; Hono. prop. quitrents £6.” [9]
    What is to be made, then, of his brother having to stand trial? (below)
  • 1773-08-06: Belfast News-Letter – Joshua’s brother, George Ledlie, published a notice, in which he stated that he (George) stood indicted for the murder of James Devlin, late of Stewartstown; to notify the publick that he had surrendered himself to the Sheriff of county Tyrone, and would stand his trial at the next General Assize to be held at Omagh in September next. [10]
    As time would prove, George Ledlie appears to have walked away from these proceedings a free man. Had Joshua Ledlie managed to escape a worse fate by the assistance of those who were able to spirit him away?
  • 1773-09-22: Memorial no. 305-184-201444 – an indenture of assignment whereby Mary Ledlie, widow of William Ledlie of Carnan, granted her leaseholds (which she held by virtue of her late husbands will) in Carnan (except that portion of Carnan which had been conveyed to her son, Joshua), and in Urbal, parish of Tamlaght, to her son, George Ledlie. [11]
  • circa 1774: Death in America. [12]
  • 1774-12-29: Mary Ledlie of Ballygonney, county Londonderry, widow, renounced the administration of the estate of Joshua Ledlie, who died in America intestate, in favour of her son, George Ledlie of Ballygonney. [12]
  • 1774-12-30: Administration Bond given to George Ledlie of Ballygonney, parish of Tamlaght, co. Londonderry, farmer, to administer the goods of Joshua Ledlie of Ballygonney until his widow claims administration; witnesses: Thomas Moorehead and William Lappan of Armagh. [13]
  • 1787-01-03: Andrew Ledlie was the administrator for the estate of his brother, Joshua Ledlie, late merchant of Easton. [14]

Links:

Sources and notes:

1.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no.277-124-175779: Ledlie to White & others (dated 18 & 19 March 1757; registered 10 November 1757). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 530910; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-01-04.

2.

Belfast News-Letter, 30 August 1757 (pg 2). “To be set for seven years,” a house and office-houses in Coagh, with twenty acres, per Joshua Ledlie. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05).

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 241-82-156892: Ledlie to Ledlie (dated 18 September 1765; registered 24 September 1765). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 461409 (copies obtained in SLC, 6 May 2016); digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-01-05.

4.

Belfast News-Letter, 28 December 1762 (pg 2). “Advertisement, That Joshua Ledlie of Ballygonney near Coagh,” re: bleaching operation. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05). Please note that the microfilm copy was nearly illegible.

5.

Belfast News-Letter, 4 January 1763 (pg 2). Index entry: Ledlie,Joshua +Ballygonney +Coagh linens beetle lap twine rates +Coleraine custom quantity farms let tradesmen bleachers. Online at the Belfast News-Letter Index, compiled by John Greene; hosted  by the University of Louisiana, www.ucs.louisiana.edu/bnl/ (accessed 2018-05-23). Please note that a digital image of the BNL for the year, 1763, is not available online at ancestry.ca. Alternatively, the article may be seen at the Linenhall Library in Belfast.

6.

Belfast News-Letter, 28 March 1766 (pg 2). “John Gormol,” notice placed by Joshua Ledlie of Ballygonney, 20 March 1766. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05).

7.

Belfast News-Letter, 16 May 1769 (pg 1). “A Barbarous Murder,” alleged to have been committed by Joshua Ledlie and his brother, George Ledlie. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05).

8.

Belfast News-Letter, 26 May 1769 (pg 1). “To the Publick,” a notice published by Joshua Ledlie and Goerge Ledlie, alleging that the “barbarous murder” was, in fact, “Manslaughter in our own Defence.” Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05).

9.

State of Pennsylvania. Tax and Exoneration, 1768–1801. Abstract: “Easton, Northampton County: (1) Ledlie Joseway, Shopkeeper, Rated £3; 1 horse and 1 horned cattle; total rate, £4 6s. (2) Ditto for the house he lives in; 1house, 1 lott; rated £9; Total rate, £9 13s. 6d.; Hono. prop. quitrents £6.” Original record: Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762–1794. Series No. 4.61; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05).

10.

Belfast News-Letter, 27 March 1772 (pg 2). “Whereas George Ledlie, late of Carnan,” stood charged for the murder of James Devlin, had surrendered himself to the Sheriff of County Tyrone. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-05).

11.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 305-184-201444: Ledlie to Ledlie (dated 22 September 177[3]; registered 1 August 1774). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 531678 (copy obtained in SLC, 7 May 2016); digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-01-06.

12.

Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Armagh court papers, re: Mary Ledlie of Ballygonney, co. Londonderry, widow, of the administration of the estate of Joshua Ledlie, who died in America, intestate. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), renounced in favour of her son, George Ledlie, also of Ballygonney (29 December 1774). Archival ref. PRONI T808/9156 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).

13.

Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Armagh Administration Bond, dated 30 December 1774; George Ledlie of Ballygonney, parish of Tamlaght, county Londonderry, farmer; of the goods of Joshua Ledlie of said Ballygonney until his widow claims administration. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), renounced in favour of her son, George Ledlie, also of Ballygonney (29 December 1774). Archival ref. PRONI T808/9157 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).

14.

The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia), 1 January 1787 (pg 3). Notice to creditors of the late Joshua Ledlie, published by Andrew Ledlie, administrator. Digital image online at newspapers.com (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-06).

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