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This will is transcribed from a photocopy held in the Dundalk Public Library. The footnotes are all mine, and also any errors in transcription or interpretation. I am still trying to determine where Barbara COULTER (1721-1795) fits into this family. Going by her age, she belongs to the generation before Jane COULTER's. Any help would be gratefully accepted on solving this part of the puzzle. It is of particular interest when it comes to constructing the influences on the life of the young Sir Thomas JACKSON.
Sharon Oddie Brown, April 1, 2005.
Updated December 21, 2007 - Thanks to informations from Steven SIMS

In the name of God, Amen. I, Jane Coulter [1] of Carnbeg [2] in the County of Louth, spinster, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former or other wills by me at any time heretofore made. I leave and bequeath unto my sister Mary Rogers [3] of Broken Bridge in the County of Monaghan, in case she survives me, all the house linen, clothes and wearing apparel which I shall have, and not otherwise disposed of at the time of my decease. I leave and bequeath unto Jane Coulter [4] daughter of my late brother Joseph Coulter [5] of Dowdallshill [6] deceased, my chest or set of drawers, as a token of my regard for her. I leave and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my property, of every nature and kind of which I may die possessed or entitled to, unto my three nephews Samuel Coulter [7] , now of the city of London wine merchant and Robert Coulter [8] of Dundalk in the county of Louth Gentleman sons of my late brother Samuel Coulter [9] deceased and Thomas Coulter [10] of Dowdallshill aforesaid in said County of Louth, son of my said late brother Joseph Coulter [11] deceased. The same after payment thereout of all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses to be equally divided between my said three nephews in equal shares and proportions. I hereby appoint the said Samuel Coulter and Robert Coulter executors of this my will. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal and published and declared this as my last will and testament this twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.

Signed sealed and published in presence of

Jas Dickie [12]
Alex Donaldson [13]

Jane Coulter [SEAL]

That on Thursday 6 November 1826 Miss Coulter, whose will in enclosed, stated her desire that should her sister Mary Rogers of Broken Bridge survive her, that an addition to what is left of her will, the executors and Thomas Coulter her nephew to whom the principle part of her property is jointly bequeathed – should during said Mary Roger’s life allow her four pounds each per year and that said sum should be paid at one pound in each month during her life, and not otherwise. I told Miss Coulter that she might rest satisfied, her wish should be complied with and that there was no occasion for altering her will on that agreement – attached [aforementioned ? ______ _________ satisfying?]

Robert Coulter
____ executor in
___ actual will received


[1] Jane COULTER died unmarried at age 66 (1760-1826). She was the aunt of the famed botanist, Thomas COULTER.

[2] Carnbeg, a townland in Co. Louth which had also been known as “Carrenbeg” and “Carrenmore”. It first came into the family some time just before 1731 when Samuel COULTER (1700-1760) signed an agreement to rent. The family resided there until a the death of a subsequent Samuel COULTER (1755-1801), the father of the famed botanist Thomas COULTER. From there it seems to have passed, possibly through Barbara COULTER to the BRADFORDs (her husband was John BRADFORD). The last family mention that I have is from 1900 when Sir Thomas JACKSON is involved in the settling of Andrew BRADFORD’s estate and its links to Samuel BRADFORD and Carnbeg was up for auction. I have yet to untangle all this.

[3] Mary ROGERS née COULTER (1759-). Her husband was James ROGERS. I believe that Broken Bridge is one mile to the east of Carrickmacross.

[4] Jane COULTER b. circa 1805, daughter of Joseph COULTER & Jane IRWIN who married her cousin Robert COULTER (see footnote 8).

[5] Joseph COULTER (1756-1815) of Dowdallshill. He married Jane IRWIN in 1802.

[6] Dowdallshill, a townland of 442 acres in the parish of Dundalk.

[7] Samuel COULTER (1799-1840) died unwed. Son of Samuel COULTER and Anne DICKIE and brother of the celebrated botanist, Thomas COULTER. He was a wine merchant in London, possibly at Vincent & Coulter 114 Up. Thames St. (SOURCE: London Post Directory)

[8] Robert COULTER (1801-1861), brother of Samuel, married his cousin, Jane COULTER (see footnote 4).

[9] Samuel COULTER (1755-1801) father of the famed botanist, Thomas COULTER.

[10] Thomas COULTER -  I have no information on him and have just added him to the tree on the basis of this will. His mother would have been Jane IRWIN.

[11] Joseph COULTER (1756-1815) of Dowdallshill. He married Jane IRWIN in 1802.

[12] James DICKIE. The Dickie family intermarried and were also local solicitors in Dundalk.

[13] Alexander DONALDSON. There are many men of this name in the family tree living at this time.

 

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