James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, county Armagh (d.1777)

(biographical sketch pending)

Timeline:

  • Blog article: Stevenson of Stewartstown (parish of Donaghenry, co. Tyrone), Killyfaddy (parish of Lisnadill, co. Armagh), Fortwilliam (Tobermore, co. Derry), and Mineveigh (parish of Tullyniskan, co. Tyrone)
  • 1711-06-16: Marriage of Jane Stevenson to Israel Rickie at Armagh [First] Presbyterian church. [1] ... a later document identifies the Rickies as relatives to the Stephensons of Killyfaddy.
  • 1716-10-19: Memorial no. 31-342-19418 (Registry of Deeds, Ireland): Stevenson et al to Timons et al – James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, with Richard Timons of the parish of Seagoe, were parties to a quadripartite agreement of lease and release—in effect, a marriage settlement—with Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, William Fleming of Portadown, William Stevenson the intended groom, and Elizabeth Fleming, the bride. By this agreement, Messrs. Stephenson and Timons obtained the rents and profits of Capt. Stevenson's leaseholds in county Tyrone, and those of Mr. Fleming in the county of Armagh. Blog articleMarriage settlement of Wm Stevenson and Eliz'th Fleming (1716) [2]
  • 1722-05-15: From the Armagh Sessions Book:
       John Maxwell of College Hall, Esq., leased the ground
       on which [the Abbey street Presbyterian church] was
       built on the 15th May, 1722, to James Johnston of
       Knappagh and Quinton Scott of Ballyrath, gents., to
       hold for the lives of Joseph Johnston, grandson of
       said James, John Hutcheson, son of John Hutcheson,
       Ballyrea, and Thomas Kenedy, son of John Kenedy of
       Edenderry.‡ ... On 20th May, 1723, a secondary
       contract was drawn up whereby Johnston and Scott
       acknowledged that the premises were taken by them in
       trust at the request of John Hutcheson of Ballyrea,
       Arthur Graham of Ballyheridan, gent., George Stone,
       Alexander Johnston and Walter Master, merchants,
       Joseph Boyd, apothecary, all of the town of Armagh,
       Joseph Johnston of Knappagh, William Brown of Aghafin,
       James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, James Kernochan of
       Drumbee, junior, George Robinson of Cavanacaw, John
       Dickie of Cabragh, David Johnston of Tereskane, all
       in County Armagh, gents. or any nine of them and their
       heirs to whom the said James Johnston and Quinton Scott
       should assign the said lease for the benefit of the
       congregation of Protestant Dissenters of the Presby-
       terian denomination which usually meets for public
       worship in the town of Armagh. [3]
       ‡ Transcriber's note: The Rev. John Kennedy was son-
       in-law to Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown.
  • 1724-05-08: Baptism of Agnes, daughter of James Stephenson. [1]
  • 1726-04-01: Memorial no. 52-40-33428 – James Stephenson of Killyfaddy was one of the lives recited in the terms a lease granted by Arthur Graham of Ballyheridan [parish of Armagh, later Lisnadill], co. Armagh, Gent., to John Allen in the townland of Killeen [same parish]. The other lives recited were John Allen himself, and Mary Rainey of Magherafelt, age twenty years, daughter of John Rainey. [20]
  • 1727-07-19: Baptism of James, jun., son of James Stephenson. [1]
  • 1728-03-17: Memorial no. 58-517-40343 (registered 24 April 1729) – an endorsement of an indenture of assignment of parcels of land in the townlands of Cornecrew, Drumorgan, and Mullaghbane, in the parish of Mullaghbrack, county Armagh, by James Stephenson to Ann Reed of Armagh, widow. The endorsement cited an assignment which involved Thomas Anderson, his son James–both of Clady, near Strabane—and Elizabeth Anderson of Newtownstewart, widow and mother of Thomas. [4]
  • 1728-04-26: Memorial no. 60-163-40342 (registered 24 April 1729) – an indenture of assignment from Thomas Anderson and James his son, of Clady, co. Tyrone, and Elizabeth Anderson of Newtownstewart, mother of Thomas, of the first part, to James Stephenson of Killyfaddy and Ann Reed of Armagh, of the second part – of parcels of land in the parish of Mullaghbrack, which were in James Stephenson's possession.
    • Discussion – (1) Though Memorial no. 40342 is dated later than no. 40343, the essence of the transaction in the former seems to pre-date that described in the latter. (2) Was there a familial relationship between James Stephenson and Ann Reed? or was this simply a two-step transaction whereby James Stephenson ceded control of the recited lands to Ann Reed?
  • 1728-07-12: Memorial no. 61-358-41613 – a deed of assignment between the Maxwells of Faulkland, co. Monaghan and Fellowshall, co. Armagh, and Lucas of Castleshane, re: lands and profits issuing from several townlands in the parishes of Armagh and Lisnadill, and the line of succession through the heirs male of the Maxwell family. [5]
    • Discussion – While not involving James Stephenson directly, this deed includes Ballymoran and Killyfaddy townlands, both of which were possessed from time to time by the Stephensons.
  • 1728-10-16: Joseph Johnston of Knappagh, James Stephenson of Killefaddy, and George Walker of the parish of Armagh were witnesses to Memorial no. 61-401-41776 – a deed executed between Edward McKew of Armagh, sawyer, and assignee of Tobias Wilson, late of Grenan, and William Wilson of [Gren]hanafore, brother of Tobias, and Ann Reed of Armagh. [6]
  • 1729-08-09: Memorial no. 64-185-43384 – James Stephenson was appointed one of the overseers of the administration of the last will and testament of Quinten Scott, Ballyrath, parish of Armagh. [7]
    • Discussion – The memorial does not cite James Stephenson of Killyfaddy. Yet it seems plausible in the circumstances—that is, the proximity of Ballyrath townland to Killyfaddy, and James Stephenson's previous leasehold interests in it—that the James Stephenson cited in the memorial was himself of Killyfaddy.
  • 1732-12-08: James Stephenson was appointed one of four overseers in the settlement between Mary Burch als [alias] Jackson of Loghans, parish of Donaghclony, county Down, and John Ledlie of Carnan, parish of Arboe, county Tyrone, re: the intended marriage between the former's son, John, to the latter's daughter, Jane. [8]
  • 1733-11-20: Memorial no. 163-303-109384 – articles of agreement whereby James Stephenson sublet that portion of Killyfaddy townland then in the possession of John Philips for a seven-year term dating from the 1st November 1732—with a clause of renewal corresponding to Mr. Stephenson's renewal of his lease with the landlord, Robert Maxwell, Esq. [9]
  • 1735-12-20: Memorial no. 164-163-109385 – articles of agreement whereby James Stephenson sublet that portion of Ballybrolly townland, in the parish of Lisnadill, then in the possession of Thomas Philips of Roan, parish of Derrynoose—with a clause of renewal corresponding to Mr. Stephenson's renewal of his lease with the landlord, Robert Maxwell, Esq. [10]
  • 1745-03-14: Memorial no. 121-312-83055 – a deed poll whereby, for the consideration of £20, Philip Morris conveyed to James Stephenson the leasehold in Trickvallan in the parish of Arboe. Mr. Morris held the lease from Thomas Morris Jones. [11]
  • 1746-08-08: Belfast News-Letter (BNL) – John Allen, of Drumadarah, and James Stephenson were designated to receive proposals on behalf of the Dean of Armagh, for leases of the tithes for several parishes. [12]
  • 1747-01-12 & -13: Memorial no. 128-437-87487 – indented deeds of lease and release granted by William Stevenson of Stewartstown to James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, county Armagh, of a one-fourth share in the profits issuing from several properties, that is: (a) a parcel of ground in the town of Stewartstown—on which stood four houses, occupied by James Templeton, William Lynd, Robert Speer, William himself, and his son, James the younger—together with the backside, garden, and proportion of turf bog, as also (b) several parks adjacent to the town—Church park, the Nine Acre park, and the park lying between Nine Acre park and Drumagullion townland—and (c) the lower Sessiogh of Galvally townland, amounting to sixty acres. The deed of release contained a condition whereby, for the consideration of £24 16s. paid by William to James, the deed of lease would be void and the one-fourth profit rents would revert to William. [13]
    • Discussion – These deeds were registered on the 23rd January 1747, the day after letters of administration were granted to William's son, James Stevenson of Stewartstown, for the administration of Capt. James Stevenson's estate. In his last will and testament, Capt. James had expressed his fear that, owing to his unfortunate son William's indebtedness, "creditors will endeavour to deprive him [William] of the benefit of any maintenance and subsistence out of those lands which were settled upon him at his marriage."
  • 1747-01-14: Memorial no. 127-468-87488 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by Jackson Clark of Maghera with James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, for several leaseholds in the parish of Maghera (list provided, below). The sum of £500 was repaid by Mr. Clark on the 14th September 1757. [14]
    • Largantogher, Craigadick, Craigmore, Taggarkeevy, and Moneymore, in the parish of Maghera—except for such part of Largantogher and Criagadick as were in the possession of the Rev. Mr. Mauleverer;
    • Tirkane and Tirnony, parish of Killelagh; and,
    • Mullagh, parish of Termoneeny.
  • 1748-01-25: Memorial no. 135-95-90564 – an indented deed whereby James Stephenson conveyed to his eldest son, John Stephenson, a leasehold of forty acres English measure in Ballyards townland, parish of Lisnadill. [15]
  • 1752-03-17: Memorial no. 178-247-118775 – an indenture whereby James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, for the consideration of £69, sold to Thomas Hardin of [Mahon?] in the county of Armagh, a park of two acres with one back house, a tobacco press in the house shop and little cellar, and sundry buildings near Ballylume near Portadown—for the remainder of the term in the premises which Mr. Stephenson had purchased from William Richardson, Esq. [16]
  • 1754-05-23: Memorial no. 169-114-112978 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by James Stephenson on behalf of Jackson Clark of Maghera, [17] which appears to be an extension of Memorial no. 127-468-87488, dated 1747-01-14 above, based upon a renewal of a lease granted by the Lord Bishop of Derry to Jackson Clark for the lands recited, above.
  • 1758-12-08: Memorial no. 194-472-131138 – deeds of lease and release whereby William Stevenson of Edinburgh demised his leasehold of twenty acres (English measure) in Drumgor, parish of Seagoe, to James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, county Armagh. James Stevenson of Stewartstown was also a party to the transaction. [18]
  • 1758-12-08: Memorial no. 196-569-131142 – deeds of lease and release whereby James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, county Armagh, demised leaseholds in in Stewartstown, Drumnagullion, Galvally, Tamnylennan, and Ruskyroe, parish of Donaghenry, to James Stevenson (the younger) of Stewartstown, subject to clauses of redemption. [19]
  • ... more calendar entries are pending ...

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Sources and notes:

1.

Presbyterian Church of Ireland. Records of Armagh First Presbyterian congregation. Copies held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. PRONI refs. MIC 1P/4; D1759/1B; T/636/47-50, by research commissioned from Robert Williams, 9th February 2016.

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 31-342-19418: Indenture of lease and release involving Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown and William Fleming of Portadown, to Richard Timons of the parish of Seagoe and James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, co. Armagh, and the marriage settlement of William, son of Capt. James Stevenson, and Elizabeth, daughter of William Fleming (dated 19 Oct 1716, reg'rd 10 Nov 1721). Copy per FHL film no. 461320. Transcript and précis by Alison Kilpatrick; submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-16.

3.

Paterson, T.G.F. "Presbyterianism in Armagh." Seanchas Ardmhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society. Vol. 19, No. 2, Golden Jubilee Issue (2003), pp. 148-9.

4.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 58-517-40343: Stephenson to Reed (dated 17 Mar 1728; reg'rd 24 April 1729). Copy per FHL film no. 461331. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-28.

5.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 61-358-41613: Maxwell to Lucas (dated 12 July 1728; reg'rd 14 Oct 1729). Copy per FHL film no. 461333. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-29.

6.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 61-401-41776: McKew to Reed. Extract by Sharon Oddie Brown, and posted to her web site, www.thesilverbowl.com (accessed 2016-01-14).

7.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 64-185-43384: Quinten Scott's Will (dated 9 Aug 1729; reg'rd 15 May 1730). Copy per FHL film no. 461334. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-29.

8.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 121-828-83117: Burch otherwise Jackson & Son to Ledlie & another (dated 8 Dec 1732, reg'rd 8 April 1746). Copy per FHL film no. 461350. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-13.

9.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 163-303-109384, Stephenson to Philips (dated 20 Nov 1733, reg'd 9 Aug 1753). Copy per FHL film no. 461367. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-18.

10.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 164-163-109385: Stephenson to Philips (dated 20 Dec 1735, reg'rd 9 Aug 1753). Copy per FHL film 461368. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-18.

11.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 121-312-83055: Morris to Stephenson (dated 14 Mar 1745; reg'd 22 Mar 1745). Copy per FHL film 461350. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-25, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-09.

12.

The Belfast News-Letter, 8 August 1746 (pg. 4). "Tithes to the Dean of Armagh." From an electronic copy held by ancestry.ca (accessed 2016-01-15, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

13.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 128-437-87487: Stephenson to Stephenson (dated 12 & 13 Jan 1747; reg'rd 23 Jan 1747). Copy per FHL no. 522833. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-02-03, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-12.

14.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 127-468-87488: Clark to Stephenson (dated 14 Jan 1747, reg'd 23 Jan 1747). Copy per FHL film no. 522832. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-25, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-12.

15.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 135-95-90564: Stephenson to Stephenson (dated 25 Jan 1748, reg'd 22 Feb 1748). Copy per FHL film no. 461352. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-25, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-15.

16.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 178-247-118775: Stephenson to Hardin (dated 17 Mar 1752, reg'rd 8 Nov 1755). Copy per FHL film no. 461376. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-26, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-26.

17.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 169-114-112978: Clark to Stephenson (dated 23 May 1754, reg'd 25 May 1754). Copy per FHL film no. 461371. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-18.

18.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 194-472-131138: Stevenson to Stephenson (dated 8 & 9 Dec 1758, reg'd 17 Feb 1759). Copy per FHL film no. 461384. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick 2016-10-06, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-06-06.

19.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 194-472-131138: Stevenson to Stephenson (dated 8 & 9 Dec 1758, reg'd 17 Feb 1759). Copy per FHL film no. 461384. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick 2016-10-06, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-06-06.

20.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 52-40-33425: Graham to Allen (dated 8 & 9 Dec 1758, reg'd 17 Feb 1759). Digital image online at familysearch.org per FHL film no. 461328 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-06-13).

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