Jane Ledlie (c.1717–1791) & John Birch (1711–1773) of Birchgrove

This page provides a family tree outline for the descendants of John Birch (1711–1773) of Birchgrove, county Down, and Jane Ledlie (c.1717–1791) of Carnan, county Tyrone. Except for those labelled “next generation, the links open in new windows and lead to records, blog articles, or biographical sketches and timelines. The numbered footnotes, [1][2], etc.are linked to source references at the bottom of this page.

Family outline:

Jane Ledlie (c.1717–1791), [1] [2]
… daughter of John Ledlie, jun. of Carnan and Sarah Kennedy.
… died at Milltown, Dromore, in county Down
[2]

… m.1732 (as his second wife), [3]

John Birch (1711–1773) of Birchgrove, county Down, [1] [4] [5]
… son of James Birch [6] and Mary Jackson [3]
… officer in the Down Militia; inherited Birchgrove, near Gilford, a farmstead of 172 acres from his father, James Birch (d.1727) [6]

Children of Jane Ledlie and John Birch:

  • John Birch (1737–1786) [4]
    m.1770 Jane Watson (b.1741), daughter of George Watson of Craigduff, county Down, and Elizabeth Dumbel, at Seaford, county Down [4] [7] [8]

  • Rev. James Jackson Birch (1740–1820) [4] [9]
    … graduated from the University of Glasgow, 1758; ordained at Dromara, county Down, 12 August 1764; retired from this charge in 1816; d. at Dromara. buried in the churchyard of Dromara First Presbyterian [4]

    … m.
     Mary King (d.1796), daughter of the Rev. John King of Dromara [10]

  • Dr. George Birch (d.1814) of Ballybeen House, Comber, co. Down [4]
    … Surgeon, East India Company
    … During the Uprising of 1798, commanded the Newtownards Yeomanry Cavalry, while his two eldest sons were United Irishmen
    … member of Moneyrea congregation; had three sons and three daughters; left his property to his youngest son, James 
    [4]

    m. in India, Catherine Charlotte Quin (1754–1813), widow of Major William Wilder [4]

  • William Birch [4]

  • Oliver Birch, emigrated to America [4]

  • Mary Birch, who m. a son of the Rev. John King of Dromara, co. Down [11]

  • Rev. Thomas Ledlie Birch (1754–1828), the United Irishman [4] [9]
    m. his second cousin, Isabella Ledlie (1760–1836), [4] daughter of John Ledlie (d.1792) of Curglassan, parish of Ballyclog, county Tyrone, and Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of Robert and Margaret Hamilton of Monclone, co. Armagh.

    ☛ For subsequent generations of this Ledlie-Birch union, please refer to Wendy Jack’s family tree, hosted online by Sharon Oddie Brown, on her website, The Silver Bowl

This page was opened 2nd Jan 2019, and updated 2nd Jan 2019.

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Links:

Sources:

1.

Laughlin, Ledlie I. Joseph Ledlie and William Moody: Early Pittsburgh Residents: Their Background and Some of Their Descendants. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1961.

2.

Belfast News-Letter, 26 April 1791. Death notice: “Died. At Milltown, Dromore, the 23d inst. in the 76th year of her age, Jane Birch, widow of the late John Birch, sen. of Birch Grove near Gilford—who, by her charity, industry and piety, was an eminent example of the wise man’s description of the virtuous woman—Prov. c. xxxi. v. 10, 31.—and has rendered her memory very dear to her family and acquaintances. Such as approve of her example, let them go and do likewise.” Digital image forwarded by Jonathan Gray of Castlecaulfield, county Tyrone, 19 December 2018.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 121-828-83117: Marriage settlement agreed by Mary Burch otherwise Jackson and John Ledlie in anticipation of the marriage of Mary Birch’s son, John, and John Ledlie’s daughter, Jane (dated 8 December 1732, registered 8 April 1746). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 461350); digital image online at www.familysearch.org (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-13).

4.

Jack, Wendy. The Birch Family. A family tree outlining the descendants of James Birch and Mary Jackson through five generations, from 1725–1944. Copy hosted by Sharon Oddie-Brown on her website, The Silver Bowl, www.thesilverbowl.com/familytree/birch_family.htm (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-02-13).

5.

Belfast News-Letter, 3 August 1773. Death notice: “Died, at his House in Birchgrove, the 31st of July last, Mr. John Birch, senr. a man much regretted by all his acquaintance, in the 63d year of his age.” Digital image forwarded by Jonathan Gray, 19 December 2018.

6.

McClelland, Aiken. Thomas Ledlie Birch: United Irishman. Reprinted from: Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society. 141st–143rd Sessions (1961/62-1963/64). Second Series. Vol. VII.

7.

Jack, Wendy. The Birch Family. Family tree hosted online by Sharon Oddie Brown (14 August 2003)The Silver Bowl, www.thesilverbowl.com (accessed 2019-01-02). ☛ Citing: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (comp), International Genealogical Index, v5.  (Online <http://www.familysearch.org/>:  Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999-2002), British Isles. Batch No. M700131, Source Call No. 0823750 IT 1 (hereafter cited as LDS FamilySearch, IGI, v5); Clarke, R.S.J., The Heart of Downe, pg 124; and McClelland, Aiken, Birch Family of Birchgrove, pg 186.

8.

Jack, Wendy. The Birch Family. Family tree hosted online by Sharon Oddie Brown (14 August 2003), The Silver Bowl, www.thesilverbowl.com (accessed 2019-01-02). ☛ Citing: Clarke, R.S.J., The Heart of Downe, pg 124; and McClelland, Aiken, Birch Family of Birchgrove, pg 186. Calculated birth year. Age given as 78 years when she died 28 May 1819.

9.

McClelland, Aiken. Thomas Ledlie Birch: United Irishman. Reprinted from: Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society. 141st–143rd Sessions (1961/62-1963/64). Second Series. Vol. VII. ☛ Citing the Fasti of the Irish Presbyterian Church.

10.

Jack, Wendy. The Birch Family. Family tree hosted online by Sharon Oddie Brown (14 August 2003), The Silver Bowl, www.thesilverbowl.com (accessed 2019-01-02). ☛ Citing: Clarke, R.S.J., Graveyard Inscriptions Co Down, Vol 19, pg 31; and McClelland, Aiken, Birch Family of Birchgrove, pg 185.

11.

McClelland, Aiken. Thomas Ledlie Birch: United Irishman. Reprinted from: Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society. 141st–143rd Sessions (1961/62-1963/64). Second Series. Vol. VII. ☛ Citing “A Short History of First Dromara,” by Aiken McClelland (1963).

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