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NAMES: James STEPHENS & William McWILLIAMS of Town of Armagh; James MACKEY aka MACKAY of Kennedies; Leonard DOBBIN of Armagh; John PRINGLE of Lime Park, Caledon, Co. Tyrone; Francis PRINGLE of Lime Park; Mary OLIVER and Elizabeth OLIVER of Armagh City; Joseph OLIVER of Ballynahonebeg; John ORR; Thomas WALSH; John MATTHEWS; James BIRCH.
Sharon Oddie Brown. July 4, 2016

 

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  • Of interest is that there was no mention of John OLIVER, son of Joseph OLIVER. Had he already died? Did he have children? He is a mystery, and we cannot yet dismiss the possibility that he may be an ancestor of the John OLIVER (1841-1909) who married Margaret ROCK (1837-1905) of Ballycrummy.
  • All the families mentioned in this lease had business interests connected to linen.
  • The interconnections of most of the players mentioned in this memorial go back to the daughters of Thomas OATES (?-1764) and Anne MURRAY: Mary (married Leonard DOBBIN), Elizabeth (married James PRENTICE), Anne (married James McWILLIAMS), Jane (married Joseph OLIVER) and Letitia (married a MR. STONE). As for the PRINGLE connection, the jury is still out.
  • There was also a May 21 1753 will of Charlotte PRINGLE née OLIVER, wife of a John PRINGLE. Her parents were a Dr. William & Elizabeth OLIVER (could they have been William OLIVER and Elizabeth HARDY?), and her named sisters included Elizabeth, Harriet, Susan & Caroline. She also had a brother William OLIVER.
  • The Milford Museum showcases much of the history after the OLIVERs had left. In 2009, Stephen McManus was kind enough to give me a tour, not only of the Museum, but also the grounds.

 

A Memorial of an indented deed of assignment bearing date the 29th day of December, 1806 made between James Stevens[1] and William McWilliams[2] of Armagh in the County of Armagh, merchants assignees of the estate and effects of John MacKey[3] of Kennedies[4] in the County of Armagh aforesaid Linen Merchant Dealer and Chapman and Bankrupt of the one part and Leonard Dobbin[5] of Armagh aforesaid Esquire of the other part. Reciting that by indenture dated 1st March, 1798. John Pringle[6] of Lime Park in County of Tyrone Esquire administrator of Francis Pringle[7] of Lime Park aforesaid for the consideration is there in mentioned did devise grant and sett and to farm let unto Mary Oliver[8] and Elizabeth Oliver[9] then of city of Armagh spinsters and administrators of Joseph Oliver[10] late of Ballinahonebeg[11] in parish and County of Armagh gent deceased all that corn mill known by the name of Lisbano[12] corn mill, together with that part of the townland of Enagh[13] and Lisbano aforesaid to the said mill formerly belonging to them in possession and occupation of said Mary Oliver and Elizabeth Oliver and under tenants containing 16 acres English statute measure with all waters. Water courses weir mill, dams houses buildings and improvements to thereon, together with the [?] of the several townlands called and known by the name of the Seven Towns[14] with all and singular the rights, members and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Parish and County of Armagh. To hold onto said Mary and Elizabeth Oliver their executors administrators and assigns from first November then past for term of 20 years, from thence forth fully to be completed and ended, and also for and during any further terms as should be thereafter had thereof by virtue of a covenant for renewal therein mentioned (excepting and reserving as therein, and in the deed whereof this is a Memorial was particularly described and mentioned) at the yearly rent of £42 payable quarterly above taxes. And reciting that said John Mackey since executor of said lease is intermarried[15] with Mary Oliver. Whereby all the estate right title and interest of said Mary and to said demised premises become legally vested in John MacKey. And reciting that after said intermarriage a commission of bankrupt dated at Dublin 19th of June, 1806 and awarded and assigned against said John MacKey, and reciting that the major part of the commissioners had found that said John MacKey had lease state and issuing fourth of said common became bankrupt with in meaning of the statute concerning bankrupt’s and therefore adjudge him bankrupt accordingly. And reciting that a deed of judgement of the estate and effects of said bankrupt dated 4th July 1806 was executed by the major part of the commissioners therein named under said James Stevens and William McWilliams. And reciting that in presence of said recited deed of assignment in pursuance of the powers vested in them. They the said James Stephen and William McWilliams pursuant to notice given in the public newspapers did 9th September then last with [?] of the commissioners in said commission named set up in Court House Of Armagh, all the estate right title and interest of said John MacKey in and to the said recited indenture of lease and the premises formerly demised subject as thereunto mentioned and said Leonard Dobbin, having bid to the sum of £200 for same and no person having bid so much he was declared highest bidder and purchaser thereof said deed whereof this is a Memorial. Witnessed that for and in consideration of the sum of £200 in hand paid under said James Stephen and William McWilliams by said Leonard Dobbin the receipt whereof is thereby acknowledged and thereof did [?] quit release and discharge said Leonard Dobbin, his executors, administrators and assigns and every of them. They the said James Stevens and William McWilliams did grant bargain sell assign transfer and set over onto said Leonard Dobbin, his executors, administrators and signed and undivided moiety of and in all that and those the aforesaid corn mill known by the name of Lisbano mill, together with that part of the townland of Enoch and Lisbano to said mill formerly belonging and there in in the occupation of John Orr[16] and Thomas Walsh[17] containing 16 acres English statute measure with all works weirs mills, dam’s houses buildings and improvements there in together with the [?] of the several townlands called and known by the name of the Seven Towns with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in the parish and County of Armagh. To hold said undivided moiety of the aforesaid corn mill and of the premises therewith demised as aforesaid, together with the rights, members and appurtenances thereunto belonging and all the right title term of years right and benefit of renewal estate in interest of said James Stevens and William McWilliams or said John Mackey of in and to said recited indenture of lease and the premises there by demised in as full and ample matter as said John Mackey held and enjoyed same under and by value of said recited indenture of lease or [?] [?] under said Leonard Dobbin, his executors, administrators and assigns to his and their only proper use and the behoof from the first day of November [?] [?] for enduring the rest residue and remainder of the said term of 20 years by said recited indenture of lease then to come and unexpired and for and during each other and further terms of the lives as should or might thereafter be had or obtained of said premises by virtue of the clause covenant for renewal and recited indenture of lease mentioned and contained excepting and [?] as by said grand lease is [?] and renewal of subject to payment of the rents and renewals finds and performance of the covenants reservations and agreements in said hereby recited and assigned and conveyed indenture of lease as reserved mentioned and contained in part, and the behoof said John Mackey are to be paid observed fulfilled [?] done and performed in which said deed is contained covenants of warranty and further [?] and said deed and this Memorial as to the execution thereof was respectively witnessed by John Matthews[18] and James Birch[19] both of the city of Armagh gentleman.

Signed and sealed in presence of

John Matthews

James Birch

James Stephens

William McWilliams

Land that once was OLIVERs
Looking down on the waterway that once powered the corn mill at Lisbanoe. Photo dated 2009.

 



[1] James STEPHENS, merchant of Armagh

[2] William McWILLIAMS, merchant of Armagh

[3] John MACKEY aka John MACKAY. Husband of Mary OLIVER (1764-aft 1806). He was a Linen Merchant Dealer and Chapman and Bankrupt of Armagh

[4] Kennedies is in the Parish of Lisnadill, Co. Armagh and now incorporated into the town of Milford.

[5] Leonard DOBBIN I assume that this is the Leonard DOBBIN (1789-1881). His grandmother was Mary OATES (1720-1793), a sister-in-law of Joseph OLIVER (1727-1795)

[6] John PRINGLE of Lime Park aka Lyme Park, Caledon, Co. Tyrone had various subleases from Vicars Choral and Organist of St. Patrick's Cathedral of Armagh. I believe that his wife was named Sarah or Frances.

[7] Francis PRINGLE of Lime Park

[8] Mary OLIVER (aft 1864-aft 1806), wife of John MACKAY & daughter of Joseph OLIVER (1727-1795) & Jane OATES (1728-1786)

[9] Elizabeth OLIVER (aft 1764-aft1815 ), wife of John MATTHEWS (1770-1815) & daughter of Joseph OLIVER (1727-1795) & Jane OATES (1728-1786)

[10] Joseph OLIVER (1727-1795)

[11] Ballynahonebeg is in the Parish of

[12] Lisbanoe, Parish of Lisnadill, Co. Armagh

[13] Enagh, Parish of Lisnadill, Co. Armagh

[14] The Seven Towns included Kennedies, Lisleagh, Enagh, Aghavilly, Lisbanoe, Killynure and Magheryarville., John PRINGLE leased Killynure and Enagh to Benjamin OLIVER (1765-1831).

[15] They married Mar 31, 1798 at 1st Armagh Presbyterian.

[16] John ORR

[17] Thomas WALSH

[18] John MATTHEWS (1770-1815), husband of Elizabeth OLIVER (aft 1765-aftt 1815) of the Kennedies.

[19] James BIRCH of City of Armagh, Gent

 

 

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