William Ledlie, sen. (c.1705–c.1769) of Carnan

This page provides a family tree outline for the descendants of William Ledlie, sen., of Carnan, and Mary Hamilton of Monclone, parish of Ballymore, county Armagh. 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:

William Ledlie, sen. (d.c.1769), of Carnan [1] [2]
… son of James Ledlie (d.1750) of Carnan and Isabella Darragh

… m.

Mary Hamilton of Monclone, county Armagh, [1] [3]
… daughter of Robert Hamilton and Margaret, his wife

Children of William Ledlie, sen., and Mary Hamilton:

  • Anne Ledlie [1] m.1748. (1) Robert Speer (d.1754) of Stewartstown, [4][5];
    had issue, Solomon Speer (1749–1770) [6]
    m.1759 (2) Robert Crawford of Castledawson [7]

  • Margaret Ledlie
    ☛ next generation (

  • Andrew Ledlie, M.D. (d.c.1796), of Easton, Pennsylvania

  • Joshua Ledlie (d.1774)

  • Isabella Ledlie (b.c.1755), [1]
    m.1776 (1) Rev. James Aiken of Ballycastle, co. Antrim (d.bef.1786) [8]
    m.c.1786 (2) Rev. George Simpson (d.1820) of Loughgall, co. Armagh [9][10]
    next generation

  • William Ledlie, jun.
    ☛ next generation (

  • George Ledlie
    ☛ next generation (

This page was opened 7th Jan 2019, and updated 9th Jan 2019.
It is a work-in-progress.

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


Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Armagh diocesan will of William Ledlie of Carnan, county Tyrone, written 30 August 1751, proved 12 June 1773. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808/9157 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).


Betham, Sir William (1779-1853). Betham's notebooks, containing abstracts of records held by the Public Record Office, Dublin. Abstract: “Hamilton Robert Mealtone in / co Armagh  16 Nov 1754 – 17 July 1755 / wife Margaret / Sons Francis / William / Robert / James / daurs – Mary Ledlie / Margaret Moody / Elizabeth Ledlie." (pg 149). Records held by the National Archives of Ireland (Dublin); archival ref. Phillips Mss, Series 1, v.77–79, Miscellaneous. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick 2018-11-18, by subscription).


(i) Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds. Indexes, 1623–1866. Robert Speer and Ann Ledlie, 1748, Diocese of Armagh. Digital copy online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2016-03-10 by Alison Kilpatrick, by subscription).
(ii) Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract: “Armagh M L bond signed 26 May 1748 by Robert Spear of Cratley in Ballyclog parish co Tyrone [to?] & WILLIAM LEDLIE of CARN[AN] in Ardboe parish co Tyrone for marriage of said Spear & ANNE LEDLIE daughter of said Wm Ledlie.” Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808, pg. 9157 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).


Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy will of Robert Speer [Spear] of Stewartstown (dated 18 Aug 1753; codicil dated 7 January 1754; proved 26 February 1754). Archival ref. PRONI D2315/2/3. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-08-16.


(i) Church of England. Parish of St Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire. “Burials 1770 … February 6  Solomon Spears Cabinet Maker.” Original record: Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283-PET-1-4. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-10-24).
(ii) Lancashire County Council (Preston, Lancashire). Libraries and Archives. Will of Solomon Spear, cabinet maker, of Liverpool. ref. no. WCW/Supra/C470A/67, dated 11th September 1770. Archival ref. WCW/Supra/C470A/67.


Church of Ireland. Diocese of Armagh. Marriage Licence Bonds. Extract: “Speer Ann and Robert Crawford 1759.” Index online at familysearch.org (accessed 2016-04-30). Confirmed to digital image online at findmypast.co.uk, under title, “Public Record Office of Ireland. Marriage Licence Bonds, Diocese of Armagh.” (original record held at the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin) (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-10-26).


Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Armagh Marriage Licence Bond; signed by Rev James Aiken of Ballycastle, county Antrim, clerk, with George Ledlie of Ballygonny, co. Londonderry, linen draper, for the marriage of Rev. Mr. Aiken and Isabella Ledlie of Ballygonny, spinster. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), renounced in favour of her son, George Ledlie, also of Ballygonney (29 December 1774). Archival ref. PRONI T808/9159 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).


Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Armagh diocesan will of George Ledlie, sen., of Ballygonny-more, parish of Tamlaght, county Londonderry, written 18th March 1818, proved 22nd March 1819. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808, pg. 9162 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).


Saunders’s News-Letter, 9 May 1820 (pg 2). Death notice: “At Loughgall, aged 76, the Rev. George Simpson, Curate of the Archdiocese of Armagh for half a century.” Digital image online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-07).

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