William Stevenson of Stewartstown, Portadown, & Edinburgh

(biographical sketch pending)

Timeline:

  • 1716-10-19: Memorial no. 31-342-19418 (Registry of Deeds, Ireland): Stevenson et al to Timons et al settlement re: the intended marriage between William, son of Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, and Elizabeth, daughter of William Fleming, of Portadown. The settlement required William's father and father-in-law to pay £300 each, as a marriage portion. The terms also included the assignment of several townlands in county Tyrone (Stevenson) and in county Armagh (Fleming) to trustees for the present and future benefit and use of William Stevenson and his heirs.
    ☛ The other parties to the agreement were James Stephenson of Killyfaddy who, with Richard Timmons of the parish of Seagoe, to both of whom were granted the several townlands just cited—to receive the rents and profits issuing therefrom, subject to certain conditions including payments of annual rent portions to William. 
    [1]
    • Blog articleMarriage settlement of Wm Stevenson & Eliz'th Fleming
  • 1719-01-12: Memorial no. 30-116-16738: Mathers to Stevenson – For the sum of £115 paid by William Stevenson, John Mathers of Killycomain, parish of Seagoe, co. Armagh, assigned to William a leasehold in a parcel of land, comprising 117 acres English Statute measure, in the townland of Clanchore† and Manor of Richmount, county Armagh. The term of the lease was several lives or forty-one years, commencing from 9th February 1715. † probably Cloncore, in the parish of Tartaraghan. [2]
  • 1721-04-01: Memorial no. 31-134-18432 – William Stevenson of Portadown, Merchant, was one of the witnesses to deeds of lease and release executed by Anthony Obins, Thomas Clarke, and Henry Clarks, Esqrs., and William Wallce of Newry and John Mathers of Belfast, Gents. [20]
  • 1722-03-18: Memorial no. 35-517-23544: McConwell to Stevenson – In a deed of lease and release, Bryan McConwell of Drumgor, in the parish of Seagoe, his wife Mary McConwell alias Williams, and their son, John, with John's wife Alice, conveyed to William Stevenson a plot of land in Drumgor, comprising twenty acres of land including two of meadow, forever. [3]
  • 1722-09-13: Memorial no. 51-513-34556: Stevenson to Akie and others – settlement re: the intended marriage between William Stevenson of Portadown, and Ann, daughter of the late Andrew Stewart of Castle Stewart, parish of Donaghenry. [4]
    • Blog articleStevenson's Dowery, or What's in a Place Name?  
  • 1723-05-10: Memorial no. 35-471-23350: Mathers to Stevenson – In a deed of lease and release, Francis Mathers of Lylo, parish of Seagoe, granted to Wm. Stevenson a parcel of land, comprising one half of the townland of Clanrolla (about 63 acres), in the parish of Seagoe and Manor of Kearnan, for one year. [5]
  • 1723-05-11: Memorial no. 37-431-23351 – This memorial recorded an indenture of mortgage executed by Francis Mathers to William Stevenson in order to release, or grant forever, the leasehold for one-half of Clanrolla townland in the parish of Seagoe, county Armagh. [6]
    • Taken together, this deed and the one executed on the previous date, 10th May 1723 (above), constituted a lease and release transaction.
  • Link to map of several townlands in the parish of Seagoe, depicting early occurrences of the Stevenson surname.
    • Blog article: References to the Stevenson surname in the parish of Seagoe, 1664–1755.
  • 1726-09-22: Memorial no. 51-126-33062 – deeds of lease and release, whereby William Stevenson granted to James Bradshaw, of Lurgan, three parcels of land in Cloncore, parish of Tartaraghan, county Armagh. [7]
  • 1727-06-01: Transcript of Memorial no. 55-363-37305 – an indented deed of annuity from James Young, sen., his wife Jane Young alias Creighton, and his son James Young, jun., to James Templeton of Stewartstown, re: rent charges ensuing from Lisnanean townland in the parish of Desertcreat.[8]
    ☛ William Stevenson was a witness to the Memorial, in which he was described as, "W'm Stevenson of Stewartstown afs'd, Merchant."
  • 1727-11-29: Memorial no. 55-227-36924 – an indented deed of sale by Thomas and Martha Binks to William Stevenson of Portadown re: Mullalelis townland, parish of Kilmore, county Armagh. [9]
  • 1728-04-05: Memorial no. 56-195-37575 – deeds of lease and release from Thomas Binks of Portadown to William Stevenson of Stewartstown, re: a front sted, or stead, in Portadown, with a garden in Tavanagh townland, parish of Drumcree, and two fields, comprising about six acres, in Clownagh townland, same parish. [10]
    • Discussion – Thomas Shortriggs and William Stevenson had joint leasehold interests in the town of Portadown. Mr. Shortriggs had married the widow of Mr. Stevenson's late father in law, William Fleming of Portadown. See Memorial no. 51-513-34556.
  • 1729-01-12 & 13: Memorial no. 64-10-42387 – deeds of lease and release from Jacob Turner of Lurgan, linendraper, with George Williams of Drumgor, farmer, and his wife, Ann, to William Stevenson, re: a parcel of land with bogg and moss, and two acres of meadow, then in the possession of Mr. Williams in Drumgor, parish of Seagoe. [11]
  • 1730-07-20 & 21: Memorial no. 80-43-54826 – deeds of lease and release, whereby William Stevenson of Stewartstown (James' son) conveyed to his father his (William's) holding in Drumgor townland, parish of Seagoe.
    • Discussion – This transaction follows William's acquisition of the leasehold in these premises in the previous year: see the calendar entry at 1729-01-12 & 13, above. [12]
  • 1734-12-10: Memorial no. 88-76-61664 – a deed poll, wherein William Stevenson assigned a lease in Drumgor, parish of Seagoe (i.e., that which was formerly in the possession of Brian McConwell), and also a lease in Kilneharvey, parish of Kilmore, to William Johnston of Dublin. Mr. Johnston retained power of seisin and possession of these premises until full satisfaction was made by William Stevenson on his debts. [13]
  • 1744-11-20: Memorial no. 118-78-80075: Hillery to Stephenson – It isn't clear whether this memorial pertains to "our" William Stevenson. This was an indenture of mortgage whereby Tobias Hillery of Dublin, innholder, for the consideration of £40 paid to him by William Stevenson, of same place, merchant, granted an existing leasehold to Mr Stevenson for parcels of land, comprising approximately sixty-three acres, in the townlands of Tassan and Kernan in the parish of Seagoe. [14]
  • 1747-01-12 & -13: Memorial no. 128-437-87487 – indented deeds of lease and release granted by William Stevenson 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. [15]
    • 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 testamentCapt. 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."
  • 1747-01-12 & -13: Memorial no. 130-26-87489 – indented deeds of lease and release granted by William Stevenson to John Stephenson of Killyfaddy, county Armagh, of a one-half share in the profits issuing from several properties in and adjacent to Stewartstown—see the calendary entry at 1747-01-12, above, for a listing. The deed of release contained a condition whereby, for the consideration of £355 17s. paid by William to John, the deed of lease would be void and the one-half profits would revert to William. [16]
    • Discussion – This series of lease-and-release transactions diverted three-fourths of the profit rents from William Stevenson's holdings in and near Stewartstown into annuities to, first, James Stephenson, and second, John Stephenson, both of Killyaddy (father and son), for considerable sums owed them by William.
  • 1747-10-30: Memorial no. 146-250-97498 – a deed poll executed by William whereby, for the consideration of £112 paid by his son, James Stevenson of Stewartstown, William discharged James from the obligation to pay him (William) an annuity of £14 out of the rents and profits of Drumgor townland in the parish of Seagoe. [17]
    ☛ At this time—or by the date that the deed poll was registered on the 29th January 1750—William Stevenson was living in Edinburgh.
  • c.1750ff: William Stevenson "took a house in the neighbourhood of that agreeable city [Edinburgh] for the conveniency of his children’s education, in a place called the Cross-causeways. Afterward he rented a fine old building on the river Esk, called Dalhousie Castle, about five miles from that city, where he resided many years, and had a large bleech-green [sic] with complete machinery. It belongs to the Earl of Dalhousie, and is now his country residence." [18]
  • 1751-04-24: Memorial no. 149-202-99462 – indented deeds of lease and release, whereby William Stevenson of Edinburgh and his eldest son, James of Stewartstown, conveyed their leaseholds in the parish of Donaghenry‡ to Campbell Craig and Henry Kirk, both of Dublin, "for the considerations therein mentioned, ... to the Intent & purpose in the s'd Deed of Release Expressed." With the terms of the deed thus shrouded in mystery, we can only speculate that William and his son had mortgaged their leaseholds for the purposes of repaying William's debts and/or setting William up in the linen business in or near Edinborough. ‡ including some fifty cottages with gardens! [19]
    Related blog article.
  • This timeline is a work-in-progress.

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Sources and notes:

1.

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. Please cite your sources.

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 30-116-16738: John Mathers of Killcamain, parish of Seagoe, co. Armagh, to William Stevenson of Portadown (dated 12 Jan 1719, reg'rd 27 Sept 1720). Copy per FHL film no. 461319. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-14.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 35-517-23544: Bryan McConwell & others to William Stevenson, re: Clamoll [Clanrolla, parish of Seagoe], county Armagh (dated 18th & 19th March 1722; reg'd 15th June 1723). Copy per FHL film no. 461322. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-05-31.

4.

(a) Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 51-513-34556: James Stevenson to Wil Akie and others (dated 13 & 14 September 1722; reg'd 14 April 1727). Original document held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. PRONI ref. D1618/4. (b) Notes and Queries, pub. by Martin de Albuquerque. Vol. 183 (4 July 1942). Transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, and index submitted to irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-06-17.

5.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 35-471-23350: Francis Mathers to William Stevenson, re: Drumgor, parish of Seagoe, county Armagh (dated 10 May 1723; reg'd 23 May 1723). Copy per FHL film no. 461322. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-05-31.

6.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 37-431-23351: Mathers to Stevenson (dated 11 May 1723, reg'rd 18 May 1723). Copy per FHL film no. 522810. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-23.

7.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 51-126-33062: Stevenson to Bradshaw (dated 22 & 23 Sept 1726, reg'rd 3 Nov 1726). Copy per FHL film no. 461327. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-24.

8.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 55-363-37305: Young et al to Templeton (dated 1 June 1727; reg'rd 4 April 1728). Copy per FHL film no. 461329. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-28.

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 55-227-36924: Binks to Stevenson (dated 29 Nov 1727; reg'rd 14 Feb 1727). Copy per FHL film no. 461329. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-27.

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 56-195-37575: Bincks, or Binks, to Stevenson (dated 5 & 6 April 1728; reg'rd 11 May 1728). Copy per FHL film no. 461330. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-28.

11.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 64-10-42387: Turner et al to Stephenson or Stevenson (dated 12 & 13 Jan 1729; reg'rd 26 Jan 1729). Copy per FHL film no. 461334. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-29.

12.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 80-43-54826: Stevenson to Stevenson (dated 20 & 21 July 1730; reg'rd 13 Dec 1734). Copy per FHL film no. 522815. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-02.

13.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 88-76-61664: Stevenson to Johnston (dated 10 Dec 1734; reg'rd 29 July 1737). Copy per FHL film no. 461342. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-03.

14.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 118-78-80075: Tobias Hillery, of Dublin, to William Stephenson, also of Dublin. (dated 1744-11-20; reg'd 1744-11-21). Copy per FHL film no. 522829. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-06-01.

15.

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.

16.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 130-26-87489: Stephenson to Stephenson (dated 12 & 13 Jan 1747, reg'd 23 Jan 1747). Copy per FHL film no. 522834. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-25, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-14.

17.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 146-250-97498: Stevenson to Stevenson (dated 30 Oct 1747; reg'rd 29 Jan 1750). Copy per FHL film no. 461354. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-17.

18.

Wallis, P.J. “William Stevenson, A Reforming Physician-Poet.” Notes and Queries (May 1953), pp. 200-3.

19.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 149-202-99462: Stevenson & Son & another to Craig (dated 24 & 25 April 1751; reg'rd 5 July 1751). Copy per FHL film no. 461356. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-18.

20.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 31-134-18432: Cooke, Burdet, et al, to Obins, Clarke, et al (dated 31 March & 1 April 1721; reg'rd 22 May 1721). Copy per FHL film no. 461356. Extract by “Dawn," submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2011-02-26.

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