Timeline for Thompson of the parish of Aghaloo

Please note that: (i) This timeline includes a number of Thompson individuals, some of whom might not have been related to our ancestor Thompsons of Creevelough townland; (ii) many of the links in this timeline open in new windows; (iii) the footnote references are hyperlinked to the Sources section at the bottom of this page.

  • 1718-11-01: Hamilton to Thompson – a lease granted by William Hamilton, Esq., to Isiah Thompson in 44 acres in Culligan townland, parish of Aghaloo, for 40-1/2 years; annual rent of £6, with duties 11s. 6d. In May 1749, the farm was set to Robert Ellis. [7]
  • 1735-05-01: Hamilton to Thompson – a lease granted by William Hamilton, Esq., to William Thompson and James Thompson in 118 acres in Crievelaght and turf in the bog lying in the townland, for a term of three lives: James Thompson; John Swan, third son of William Swan of Caledon; and William Harriott, son of Widow Harriott of Rehaghy. The tenants were required to build a dwelling house 40 ft. long by 18 ft. wide and 8 ft. tall, with suitable office houses (out buildings); plant an orchard of fifty apple and pear trees; and complete the improvements as outlined in the former lease (undated). Annual rent of £23 12s 0d., duties 10s., and two days’ work at the mill races or 10s. in lieu. [6]
    ☛ It is not yet known when the former lease was granted. However, a lease on similar terms was granted to Isiah Thompson (relationship unknown, if any) in Culligan townland, 1st November 1718.
    See also the entry under date, 1752-05-01.
  • 1735-05-01: (a) Hamilton to James Haddock – a lease in Ballagh townland in the parish of Aghaloo, citing as one of the three lives determining the term of the lease, Wilson Thompson, third son of the Rev. Mr. Thompson. A notation dated c.1783 states that Wilson Thompson was then still living, in America. (b) A second lease, Hamilton to James Burns – another lease in Ballagh, citing as one of the three lives, Robert Thompson, second son of the Rev. Mr. Thompson of Dromore. A note dated c.1783 cites Robert Thompson having dyed in America some years ago[11] ☛ The minister was almost certainly the Rev. Robert Thompson mentioned in the 1740-06-05 memorial, below.
  • 1737-10-31: Memorial no. 112-181-77613 – a deed by which Robert Thompson of Killynaul set to Archibald Cooper of Stragrane that part of Dromore townland which Robert Thompson kept for himself containing 47 Irish acres for a term of one year; and further, that if Archibald Cooper wished to continue on said farm, that Robert would give him a lease of 31 years if the lives continue and performing the articles to which Robert was obliged to perform to the lessor, Margaret Hamilton. Witnesses: William Agnew of Dyan, George Adams of Cavanboy, farmer, and Joseph Marshall of Dyan, merchant. [13] 
  • 1740-06-05: Memorial no. 104-118-72247 – a deed of assignment whereby, for the consideration of £32, Robert Thompson, jun., eldest son of the late Rev. Robert Thompson, conveyed the right and title to a leasehold of forty-five acres, Plantation measure, in Killynaul townland to Thomas Irwin of Annaghsallagh. One of the lives in the term of the lease was William, third son of Robert Thompson, jun. [1] 
    More research work is required to determine what, if any, relationship there might have been between the Rev. Robert Thompson of Dromore, who died before 1740, and the Thompson family of Creevelough.

    Joseph Marshall of Caledon was one of the witnesses.
  • 1742-04-20: Vestry minutes – James Thompson was one of the local Presbyterian representatives on the Church of Ireland Vestry in Caledon. He worked alongside such other men as John Huggins (d.1756) and his son, John (d.1795), and members of the Marshall family of Glenkeen. On this date, Robert Marshall, churchwarden. Michael Marshall, James Thompson, and Christopher Harrison also attended the Vestry meeting. [16] 
  • 1744-05-03: Memorial no. 117-517-81650 – a deed of release whereby, for the consideration of £1,480, Galbraith Lowry of Aghenis, parish of Aghaloo, conveyed to Robert Thompson, of Augher (parish of Clogher), three parcels of land near the town of Aughnacloy in the parish of Carnteel. This was a deed executed to satisfy debts owed by Allan Moore of Derrycreevy.  [2]
    • Discussion – The memorial cites parcels in the townland of Derrycreevy, the Sessiagh of Glenrue, and the Sessiagh of Tullybranan as part of the Parish of Aghalow. However, the 1851 Townland Index does not list these place names under Aghaloo. However, Derrycreevy and Glenroe townlands are in the parish of Carnteel, situated about 1 km northwest of the town of Aughnacloy, and lie adjacent to one another. Tullybranan was not found, but a townland named Tully lies directly south of, and adjacent to, the town of Aughnacloy.
    • A relationship between the Thompsons of Augher and those of the parish of Aghaloo has not been determined.
  • 1749-06-19: Memorial no. 141-471-96310 – a deed of conveyance whereby, for the consideration of £40 paid by Roger Marshall of Bolton's Walls to Henry Marshall of Mullaghmossagh, Henry made over his claim to the lease held by William Hendry (from Margaret Hamilton) in Dromore townland—which Mr. Hendry had assigned to Henry in 1743—to Roger until such time as Henry repaid the sum of £40 with interest. [3]
    ☛ This deed cited the earlier, 1735 lease which named Wilson, third son of the Rev. Mr. Thompson of Dromore, one of the three lives.
  • 1752-05-01: Hamilton to Thompson – assessment of improvements by James Thompson in his 118 acre holding in Crievelaght townland as per the covenants in the lease granted by William Hamilton, Esq., seventee years earlier (1st May 1735). Mr. Thompson asserted that he had built a good dwelling house of stone and lime, with suitable office houses, and planted 1,000 ash trees. The inspection, conducted on behalf of the landlord, assessed the farm to be in an unimproved state, however with a house “tolerably good” and a very good orchard. James had also rented 34 acres of his holding to two  sub-tenants without permission, charging £6 2d per acre on what was considered “the worst of the land of consequence,” and for which the landlord (Mr. Hamilton) was charging James Thompson just 6s. 2d. per acre. Accordingly, an additonal rent charge of £4 15s. was levied for the remainder of the term of the lease, which additional rent charge would cease if Mr. Thompson made the necessary improvements within three years and maintained same for another seven. [6]
    ☛ See earlier entry under date, 1735-05-01.
  • 1756-04-20: Vestry minutes – H. Marshall, C. Marshall, and James Thompson attended the Vestry meeting. [16]
  • 1756-05-04: Vestry minutes – John Thompson attended the Vestry meeting. [16]
  • 1766-11: Rent roll of Caledon Estate – James Thompson of Creivlaght [sic], 118 acres, held from May 1735, two lives still in being; rent half yearly £11 16s, duties half yearly 5s, improved rent per acre 9s, total improved rent half yearly £26 11s. [8]
  • 1772-08-19: Memorial no. 289-567-192410 – a marriage settlement between James Thompson of Creevelough and Jane, his daughter, on the one part, and John Huggins of Glenarb, of the other part, whereby James Thompson agreed to pay John Huggins a marriage portion of £150. John Huggins agreed that—by virtue of a Deed executed by his mother, Letitia Huggins née Kennedy (1718-1797), by which John Huggins became entitled to the Lands of Drumnacanver and Lisglin in the county of Armagh—in the event that Jane survived him, she would be entitled to receive out of said lands £15 yearly in full of Dower and the lands of Glenarb. [4]
  • 1756-04-20: Vestry minutes – Applotments were determined for a long list of repairs to bye roads, the repairs to be supervised by members of the Vestry within their respective districts. James Thompson was allocated £1 5s 0d. for conducting repairs to 8 perches of road, [16] probably in Creevelough.
  • 1786-11: Caledon Estate rent roll – Wm. Thompson, Crievelaught townland, rent charge: £15 15s 9-1/2d.; notes: 3 Lives [consisting of] 2 Royal family & J’s [James] Huggins 2’d Son to Jn’o Huggins; cited in the May, 1807 rent roll. [9]
  • 1787-03-10: Lease for three lives given by the Earl of Caledon to William Thompson, farmer, in Creevelough; comprising 39 acres 3 roods 30 perches, with annual rental £29 18s 9d. [15]
  • 1801-05: Lord Caledon’s Rent Book – William Thompson, Crievelough, £15 15s 10d. [10]
  • 1805-01-18: Memorial no. 569-132-381217 – a deed of mortgage executed by William Thompson of Creevelough with Alexander Kerr of Cumber, whereby for the consideration of £100, William Thompson assigned his lands in Creevelough townland—then comprising 33 acres 3 roods 30 perches, Irish Plantation measure—as security to Alexander Kerr, subject to repayment with interest and costs. [14]
  • 1807-05: Caledon Estate rent roll – Wm. Thompson, rent charge: £15 15s 9-1/2d.; notes: 3 Lives [consisting of] 2 Royal family & J’s [James] Huggins 2’d Son to Jn’o Huggins; from November, 1786. [9]
  • 1810-05: Lord Caledon’s Rent Book – William Thompson of Creevelaught, rent charge £15 15s. 9-1/2d., lease for three lives: Agusutus & Adolphus Frederick, and James Huggins, second son to John Huggins, Glenarb. [10]
  • 1812-05: Lord Caledon’s Rent Book – William Thompson of Crievelaught, rent charge £15 15s. 9-1/2d., lease for three lives: Agusutus & Adolphus Frederick, and James Huggins, second son to John Huggins, Glenarb; lease granted in 1736 [sic]. [10]
  • 1812-05: Lord Caledon’s Rent Book – R. [representatives of] James Marshall of Cumber townland in the parish of Aghaloo; citing as one of the three lives determining the term of the lease, James Thompson, jun., son to James Thompson of Crievelaught, the lease having been drawn up in 1770. [10]
  • 1813-10: The map survey of the town of Caledon forming part of the Estate of the Right Honourable Earl Caledon and drawn by up by Robert Burns, identified the tenants of Lot no. 15 as McQuade, McCallaster, Allen, and Thompson (forenames not stated). Then, as now, the lot features the old Methodist chapel in its northwestern corner and green space around it. Another, smaller building occupied the southwestern corner. [12]
  • 1814-05: Lord Caledon’s Rent Book – William Thompson of Creevelaught, rent charge £15 15s. 9-1/2d. [10]
  • 1825: Tithe Applotments – William Thompson held 38 acres 0 roods 34 perches in Thompson Crievelough townland; valuation, £2 2s 3d. [5]
  • 1837: Tithe Applotments – This later assessment recorded the names of William Thompson for Thompson Creevelough townland, and John Thompson in the town of Caledon. [20]
  • 1860-04-09: Griffith’s Valuation – Two Thompson households were surveyed in the parish of Aghaloo:
    • William Thompson of Cavanboy, who held 51 acres 2 roods 0 perches, with a herd’s house and office, from the Earl of Caledon; [17] and,
    • James Thompson of Edenageeragh, who held 18 acres 1 rood 5 perches with a house, office, and land, from Andrew W. M’Creight. [17]
  • 1901: Census of Ireland: [18]
    • William James and Susan Isabel Thompson in Cavanboy townland, both of whom and their daughter were born in county Tyrone;
    • Abraham and Jane Anne Thompson in the town of Caledon, a family of weavers from the county of Antrim;
    • the Rev. Charles Logan Thompson, minister of Caledon Presbyterian congregation, and Agnes Isles, his wife: he was from the county of Antrim, while Agnes was Scottish born;
    • Thomas Thompson, a farm servant, aged 20 years, living with the family of James and Rose Ann Wilson in Killynaul; Thomas might have been the son of:
    • James and Sarah Thomson in Kilsannagh townland, both of whom and their children were born in county Tyrone.
  • 1911: Census of Ireland[19]
    • William J. and Susan I. Thompson in Cavanboy townland, both of whom and their children were born in county Tyrone;
    • Thomas Thompson, a farm servant, aged 30 years, living with the family of James and Lettie McCoy in Mullintor townland; and
    • Robert Henry Thompson, age 35 years, and his father, James, age 75, both farm labourers, living in Tannaghlane townland.
  • 1793–1919: Church records for the Thompson surname occurring in the civil parish of Aghaloo have been studied and analyzed for:
    • St. John’s parish church (Church of Ireland), Caledon;
    • Ditto., extracts from the vestry minutes;
    • Holy Trinity Church, Brantry, in Creevelough;
    • Ballymagrane Presbyterian, in Crilly;
    • Caledon Presbyterian, in the town of Caledon; and
    • Minterburn Presbyterian, in Lismulladown.

      The church records, together with the data from Griffith’s Valuation and the 1901 and 1911 censuses, suggest the following conclusions:
    • James Thompson (d.1783) of Creevelough was an active Presbyterian representative on the parish Vestry;
    • the Thompson surname has never been very numerous in the civil parish of Aghaloo, unlike the neighbouring parishes of Carnteel and Clonfeacle;
    • the greater number of church records for the Thompson surname within the parish of Aghaloo were entered into the registers of Minterburn Presbyterian; and
    • though several family groups became apparent, it appears that all migrated from the parish but two families which were recorded in Griffith’s Valuation and in the 1911 census.

  • Conclusion:—Most unfortunately, except for the descendants of the marriage of Jane Thompson to John Huggins in 1772, none of the other Thompson individuals or family groups can be proven to descend from James Thompson (d.1783) of Creevelough at this time. These findings are advanced tentatively in the event that other information, for example, from the Caledon estate records, becomes available to support a different conclusion.

Sources and notes:

1.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 104-118-72247: Thompson to Irwin (dated 5 June 1740; reg'rd 25 Sept 1741). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 522821). Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-04.

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 117-517-81650: Lowry & ors to Thompson (dated 3 May 1744; reg'rd 5 July 1745). Copy per FHL film no. 522828. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-08.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 141-471-96310: Marshall to Marshall (dated 19 June 1749; reg'rd 16 Oct 1750). Copy per FHL film no. 560265. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-17.

4.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 289-567-192610: John Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone, to James Thompson of Creevelough, parish of Aghaloo (dated 19 August 1772, registered 22 August 1772). Extract by Alison Kilpatrick from the microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), November 2003. Transcript made from the microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 531662); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to irishdeedsindex.net, 9 June 2019.

5.

Church of Ireland. Tithe Applotment Books. Thompson Crievelough townland, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone (1825). Held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. FIN 5/A/5A (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-15).

6.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). “Hamilton to Thompson lease in Crievelaght, 1st May 1735.” In, Transactions Relateing [sic] to Caledon Estate Since the Grant Thereof to William Hamilton Esq. by King Charles the 2nd. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/5/3 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 15 Sept. 2017).

7.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). “Hamilton to Thompson lease in Culligan, 1st November 1718.” In, Transactions Relateing [sic] to Caledon Estate Since the Grant Thereof to William Hamilton Esq. by King Charles the 2nd. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/5/3 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 15 September 2017).

8.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI, Belfast). Rent Roll of Caledon Estate for November 1766. Citing James Thompson's holding of 118 acres in Creivlaght [sic] townland. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/6/2/1 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-10-12).

9.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI, Belfast). Rent Roll of Caledon Estate for May 1807. Citing William Thompson of Crievelaught townland, parish of Aghaloo. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/6/7/1 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 12 October 2017).

10.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Lord Caledon’s Rent Book. Citing (a) William Thompson of Crievelough, May 1801, May 1810, May 1812, May 1814; and (b) James Marshall of Cumber, citing three lives including that of James Thompson, jun., of Cumber, son of James Thompson of Crievelaught, May 1812. Archival ref. PRONI PRONI D2433/A/6/5/1 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-10-12).

11.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). (a) “Hamilton to James Haddock in Ballagh, 1st May 1735;” with notes from 1752 and c.1783 (pp. 69–70); and (b) Hamilton to James Burns, 1st May 1735;” with notes dated 1783 (pp. 73–74). In, Transactions Relateing [sic] to Caledon Estate Since the Grant Thereof to William Hamilton Esq. by King Charles the 2nd. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/5/3 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 15 September 2017).

12.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI, Belfast). Map and Survey of the Town of Caledon being part of the Estate of the Right Honourable Earl Caledon Surveyed October 1813, by Rob't Burns. Citing the present tenants—McQuade, McCallaster, Allens, and Thompson—Lot no. 15, town of Caledon (between St. John’s churchyard and the old Methodist chapel). Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/13/7/1 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-10-12).

13.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 112-181-77613: Thompson to Cooper (dated 31 October 1737; registered 9 November 1743). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 522825); digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-07.

14.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 569-132-381217: Thompson to Kerr (dated 18 January 1805; registered 19 January 1805). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 545036; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-09.

15.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). e-Catalogue entry: "Lease for 3 lives Rent – £29.18.9 plus recevrs. fees yearly. Earl of Caledon, Co. Tyrone, to Wm. Thompson, Creevelough, Co. Tyrone (farmer). 39A 3R 30P plant. meas. Creevelough, Co. Tyrone.

16.

Marshall, John J. Vestry Book of the Parish of Aghalow (Caledon, County Tyrone). Dungannon: The Tyrone Printing Co., Ltd., 1935. Extracts for the Huggins, Girvin, Marshall, and Thompson surnames; transcripts and abstracts prepared by Alison Kilpatrick.

17.

Griffith, Richard. General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. Derrykintone townland, Parish of Aghaloo, Union of Dungannon, County of Tyrone. Extract: OS map ref. no. 67. Thompson occupiers: William in Cavanboy, and James in Edenageeragh. Dublin: Alex. Thom and Sons, for her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1860. Digital images of valuation books and maps online at AskAboutIreland.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-11).

18.

National Archives of Ireland (Dublin). Census of Ireland of 1901. Extracts for Thompson and Thomson households in the civil parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Digital images produced in partnership with Library and Archives Canada; online, www.census.nationalarchives.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-11).

19.

National Archives of Ireland (Dublin). Census of Ireland of 1911. Extracts for Thompson and Thomson households in the civil parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Digital images produced in partnership with Library and Archives Canada; online, www.census.nationalarchives.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-11).

20.

Church of Ireland. Tithe Applotment Books (1837). William Thompson of Creevelough; John Thompson of Caledon. Original record held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. FIN 5A/5/2. Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 258843); index transcribed by Len Swindley of Melbourne, Australia, and posted to County Tyrone, www.cotyroneireland.com/tithe/aghaloo1837.html (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-08).

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