William Stevenson & Ann Stewart

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:—

William Stevenson, Gent. (born c.1691, died between 1765–1769),[1] of Stewartstown, Portadown, and Dalhousie near Edinburgh,
… son of Capt. James Stevenson (d.1747) of Stewartstown, co. Tyrone;[2]

… married firstly, 20th October 1716 [3] :—

Elizabeth Fleming (who died before 14th Sept. 1722),[4]
… daughter of William Fleming (d.1719) and Anne Timmons of Portadown, county Armagh.[5] Please note that Elizabeth Stevenson née Fleming appears to have died without issue.

… married secondly, 14th September 1722 [4] :—

Ann Stewart (born c.1702),
… daughter of Andrew Stewart, de jure 7th Baron Castle Stewart, of Stewart Hall, county Tyrone,[4],[6] and Elinor Dalway, daughter of Colonel Robert Dalway of Bellahill or Ballyhill, parish of Kilroot, county Antrim.[7]

Children of William Stevenson and Ann Stewart:

  • James Stevenson (d.1767),[8] m. Jane Templeton [9] (born c.1719, died after)[10] –> next generation (pending)
  • Elinor Stevenson (born c.1725) [2]
  • Margaret Stevenson (born c.1728, d.1769) [2],[11]
  • Letitia Stevenson (born c.1731) [2]
  • Anne or Agnes Stevenson (born c.1733, died aft.1808),[2],[12] m. Rev. Mr. Pattison of Edinburgh [12]
  • William Stevenson, M.D. (c.1735–1783) [2] of Newark upon Trent, Nottinghamshire [13]
  • Robert Stevenson, Surgeon (c.1736–1808), of Belfast [2],[12],[14]

    Please note that the birth order of the children is not known.[2]

Sources:

1.

(i) Year of birth estimated.
(ii) Precise date and place of death unknown, between 1765–1769, probably at Dalhousie, parish of Cockpen, five miles south of Edinburgh. Mr Stevenson was alive when his son, William’s, volume of poetry was published in 1765 (source: Stevenson, William, M.D.
Original Poems on Several Subjects. In Two Volumes. Volume I. Edinburgh: A. Donaldson and J. Reid, 1765.) Deceased when his daughter, Margaret, died in Dalkeith (the parish due north of Cockpen), on the 1st April 1769 (source: National Records of Scotland. Old Parish Registers. Burial in Dalkeith: “Aprille 1th 1769 … Mrs Marg’t Stevenson  Dyed Mrs Marg’t Stevenson Da to the Decesed W’m Stevinson Late Bleacher in Dalhousie Aprill 1th Intered Aprill 3th.” Archival ref. 683/ 80 312, pg 312. Index online at ScotlandsPeople, hosted by National Records of Scotland, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk (digital copy of parish register entry purchased by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-10-14).)
(iii) Caledonian Mercury, 10 March 1759 (pg 4). “Dalhousie Bleachfield, … William Stevenson and Son…;” Caledonian Mercury, 25 February 1760 (pg 4), ditto; and Caledonian Mercury, 13 April 1758 (pg 3), ditto. Digital images of articles online at The British Newspaper Archive, britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-10-14).

2.

(i) 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.
(ii) Order in which grandchildren were named in the will of Capt. James Stevenson:—The grandsons were named first, viz., James (who was the designated heir-at-law), William, and Robert, and the granddaughters: Elinor, Margaret, Letitia, and Anne. The only grandchild for whom an age was reported at death was Robert, aged 72 in 1808 (therefore, born c.1736).

3.

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.

4.

(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.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.

5.

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).

6.

Burke, Bernard (1880). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage. 42d ed. “Castle-Stewart” (pp 224-5.) London: Harrison, 1880. (consulted by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-03-31)

7.

(i) Lodge, John. The Peerage of Ireland. Vol. VI. Dublin: James Moore, 1789. “Stewart, Lord Castle-Stewart,” pp. 236-61. (consulted by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-03-31)
(ii) Burke, Bernard. A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland. 4th ed. Volume II. “Dalway of Bella Hill” (pp 333-4.) London: Harrison, Pall Mall, 1863.

8.

(i) Belfast News-Letter, 29 December 1767. Death notice for James Stevenson, Esq., Stewartstown. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick 2016-03-03, by subscription).
(ii) Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. 
Pre-1858 Wills and Admons. Armagh Diocesan Administraton Bonds. James Stephenson, Gentleman, Stewartstown, 1768 (the document does not survive). Online in PRONI’s name search facility, apps.proni.gov.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-02-23).

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 352-128-236959: James Stevenson of Stewartstown and James Hamilton of Strabane sold the Stevenson family leaseholds in Stewartstown and lower Galvally townland to the Rev. Andrew Thomas Hamilton of the parish of Donagheady, all in the county of Tyrone; citing James Stevenson as the son and heir at Law of James Stevenson, late of Stewartstown, gent., deceased, by Jane Stevenson otherwise Templeton, his wife; and which said James Stevenson, deceased, was the eldest son and heir at Law of William Stevenson, gent., deceased, who in turn was the eldest son and heir at Law of Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, deceased (dated 12 & 13 June 1783, registered 21 June 1783); microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 531950); copy made in Salt Lake City, and extract by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-05-09.

10.

(i) Estimated year of birth:—Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 76-442-55292: John Houston of Castle Stewart, county Tyrone, Esq., granted a least to James Templeton of Stewartstown, merchant, in a messuage or tenement in Stewartstown, with other parcels in the parish of Donaghenry; citing his father, John Templeton of Stewartstown, merchant, deceased, and his daughters, Jane Templeton (then aged fifteen years) and Margaret Templeton (twelve) as the lives in the term of the lease (dated 8 February 1734; registered 15 February 1734); microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 461340); copy made in Salt Lake City 2016-05-03, transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-31.
(ii) 
Died after 1778:—Alive in May, 1778, when she published a notice in the Belfast News-Letter (source: Belfast News-Letter, 19 May 1778. Notice published by Jane Stevenson of Stewartstown, county Tyrone. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-07-31).)

11.

National Records of Scotland. Old Parish Registers. Burial in Dalkeith: “Aprille 1th 1769 … Mrs Marg’t Stevenson  Dyed Mrs Marg’t Stevenson Da to the Decesed W’m Stevinson Late Bleacher in Dalhousie Aprill 1th Intered Aprill 3th.” Archival ref. 683/ 80 312, pg 312. Index online at ScotlandsPeople, hosted by National Records of Scotland, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk (digital copy of parish register entry purchased by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-10-14).

12.

(i) Cited in: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Typescript extract of will of Robert Stevenson of Belfast, Co. Antrim, Surgeon. PRONI ref. T/283/A.
(ii) No trace has yet been found of Agness Stevenson, her husband, the Rev. Mr. (forename unknown) Pattison, or her children (forenames unknown).

13.

(i) The Medical Register for the Year 1783 (London: Joseph Johnson). Death notice: “April 18 [sic]. At Newark upon Trent, Wm. Stevenson, M.D. (Edin. 1762).”
(ii) Nottingham Burial Index. William Stevenson, Physician, buried 17th April 1783 at Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire. Source: Church of England; Bishop’s Transcripts, 1771-95. Index online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2018-06-02 by Alison Kilpatrick, by subscription).

14.

Glenravel Local History Project. Graves Upper Ground, Clifton Street Cemetery, Belfast. Gravestone for Robert Stevenson: “Sacred / to the memory of Robert Stevenson / of Belfast Surgeon who departed this / life on the 12th day of December in the year of / our Lord God / One Thousand and Eight Hundred and Eight / Aged 72 years.” Grave purchased by Dr. R. Stevenson, December 1808. Ref. UWL19 Stevenson. The Glenravel History Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ashton Community Trust. Digital copy online at www.glenravel.com (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-06-10).

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