Capt. James Stevenson (d.1747) of Stewartstown

The first generation of this union appears on this page, with subsequent generations following on succeeding pages. The links lead to records, blog articles, and/or biographical sketches—with source citations—while numbered footnotes lead to source citations for selected data presented on this page, such as church records, censuses, news accounts, &c.

Family outline:—

Captain James Stevenson (d.1747) [1] of Stewartstown,
… who was either son or nephew of Robert Stevenson (c.1632–1721); [2]

… married firstly [2] :—

Miss Allet,
… daughter of William Allet (c.1623–1712). [2]

Children of James Stevenson and Miss Allet:

Capt. Jas. Stevenson married secondly, Margaret (surname unknown).[1]

Sources:

1.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Administration and Will (Prerogative), of James Stevenson, Stewartstown, merchant, dated 23 March 1744; extracted from the Registry of Her Majesty’s Court of Prerogative in Ireland. Copy obtained from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, PRONI ref. T1009/16 (16 pages); extract and transcript by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-03-28.

2.

(i) Mayes, Frank, Aidan Fee, and James Glendinning. “St Patrick’s Church, Stewartstown: Gravestone inscriptions.” The Bell: Journal of the Stewartstown and District Local History Society. No. 9 (2003). Transcription: "Slab: Here lyeth the body of Robert, & (James) (John?) Thomas and James Stiu(ert) sons children to James Stivenson(?) marchant in Stewartstown who dep(ar)ted ye life 1703 & 170(7?) 170(9?) 17(11?) & 1714, allso ye body of William Allet there grandeatier [sic] who died th(e) 16 of October 1712 aged 89 years. Here lyeth ye body of Robert Stevenson who departed ys life 1st of August 1721 aged 89 years & Sarah Stevenson departth (..is) life Octbr. the 13th 1729 aged 24 years; Latticia Sharp alias Stevenson departed this life Octbr. the (9) 1730 aged 30 years.”
(ii) Please note:—While the memorial inscription states that William Allet was grandfather of the young children buried in the grave, no relationship for Robert Stevenson is specified. However, it is probable that this Robert Stevenson was 
either father or uncle to Capt. James Stevenson. Additional evidence is needed to identify the relationship.

3.

(i) Year of birth estimated.
(ii)
Belfast News-Letter, 26 October 1778. Death notice for Mrs. Eilzabeth Kennedy, relict of the late Rev. John Kennedy. Digital image transmitted by Jonathan Grey of Castlecaulfeild, county Tyrone, 6 December 2017.

4.

(i) Kennedy-Bailie, Rev. Dr. James (1793–1864). Genealogical Table of the Family of Kennedy (compiled c.1835/6, with notes). Manuscript held privately.
(ii) Bailie, Rev. Dr. Kennedy. “
Note on the Kennedy and Bailie Pedigrees.” The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archæological Association of Ireland. Vol. VII (4th series). Dublin: University Press, 1887 (pp. 30-6). Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick.
(iii) 
Belfast News-Letter, 17 June 1836 (pg. 4): "Genealogical sketch of the Rev. W. Kennedy M’Kay." Digital copy online at The British Newspaper Archive, britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed 2014-02-24, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
(iv)
Biographical sketch pending.

5.

(i) Year of birth estimated on the basis of Mr Stevenson having attained the age of twenty-five years when he married Elizabeth Fleming of Portadown in 1716 (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 October 1716, registered 10 November 1721). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 461320); transcript, annotations, and précis by Alison Kilpatrick; submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-16).
(ii) Place of death unknown; possibly in or near Edinburgh. Death estimated to have occurred between 1765–1783: (a) Mr Stevenson was alive when his son, William, jun. (c.1735–1783), penned his first volume of poems in 1765, which William, jun. dedicated to his father (Stevenson, William, M.D.
Original Poems on Several Subjects. In Two Volumes. Volume I. Edinburgh: A. Donaldson and J. Reid, 1765). (b) Cited as deceased in: Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 352-128-236959: Indented deed of lease and release (dated 12th & 13th June 1783, between James Stevenson of Stewartstown, co. Tyrone, Gent., son and heir at law of James James Stevenson late of Stewartstown, deceased by Jane Stevenson otherwise Templeton, his wife, and which (latter) James Stevenson, deceased was the eldest son and heir at law of William Stevenson, Gent., deceased, who was the eldest son and heir at law of Captain James Stevenson of Stewartstown, deceased, and James Hamilton of Strabane, Esq., of the one part; and the Rev. Thomas Hamilton, rector of Donaghedy, of the other part; registered 13 June 1783). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 531950); digital image online at www.familysearch.org (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-05-09).

6.

(i) 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 October 1716, registered 10 November 1721). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 461320); transcript, annotations, and précis by Alison Kilpatrick; submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-16.
(ii) Crossle, Dr Francis Clement (1847–1910), and Philip Crossle (1875–1953). Crossle Genealogical Abstracts. Pedigree of the family of John Fleming
(d. Oct. 1716), and son William Fleming of Portadown (d.1719) who m. Anne Timmons of Lurgan, co. Armagh, who m. secondly Thomas Shortriggs of Portadown; Elizabeth Fleming (d. bef. Sept. 1722), only daughter of Wm. Fleming and Anne Timmons, who m. William Stevenson of Stewartstown, co. Tyrone, merchant, son of Capt. James Stevenson of same; Wm Stevenson married secondly Anne, daughter of Andrew Stewart of Stewart Hall, co. Tyrone, Esq., 14 Sept. 1722. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-05-12).

7.

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

8.

Killen, Rev. W.D. History of Congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.  “Mr. David Thomb…died in this charge on the 6th of October, 1726. He was succeeded by Mr. Hugh Sharp, who was ordained here on the 6th of June, 1732, after a vacancy of nearly six years. In 1751 the people applied to the Synod for supplies, Mr. Sharp having become infirm. He died on the 7th of February, 1753.”  (pg Belfast: James Cleeland, and Edinburgh: James Gemmell, 1886 (pp 94-5). (consulted by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-03-28)

9.

Mayes, Frank, Aidan Fee, and James Glendinning. “St Patrick’s Church, Stewartstown: Gravestone inscriptions.” The Bell: Journal of the Stewartstown and District Local History Society. No. 9 (2003). Transcription: Slab: "Here lyeth the body of Margrat Te(m)pleton, alias Stevenson, wife to James Templeton in Stewartstown, who departed this life the 1(3?)th of Septbr. 17(2?)9 age (-2/2-) years & John Templeton, their son died the Febr. the 26 17(8?)0 aged one year (al)so the body of Joh(n) Templeton who died (in) 17(4?)7; And James Templeton who died in 17(??); children of Mary Jackson; also Kathren Templeton die the (?)st of April 1745. Here also lyeth the body of Mr James Templeton who departed this life the 4th day of December 1757 aged 74; also the body of Mary Templeton alias Jackson who dep(ar)ted this life the 3 day of March 1781 aged 74 y(ear)s."

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 80-364-56219: citing the 29th October 1724 settlement for the marriage of Solomon Speer and Jane Stevenson; citing also that, after Solomon's death, who died intestate, letters of administration were granted to Robert Speer (fahter to Solomon) and James Stevenson on 21st May 1729; this deed, dated 1st December 1832, was executed between Jane Speer otherwise Stevenson, daughter of Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, and Mr. Robert Speer of same, father to the late Solomon Speer whereby Mr Speer settled £80 upon Jane with the house, garden, farm, furniture, etc., in exchange for agreeing to release and quit claim to any title or interest in any other of her late husband's real or personal estate (dated 1 December 1732; registered 25 June 1735); microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 522815); copy made in Salt Lake City 2016-05-04, transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-02.

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