1834 July 2nd. Will of Margaret JACKSON
SOURCE: 1WR/1834/F/497 National Archives, Dublin
Will of Margaret JACKSON dated June 10th, 1834.
NOTE: When I encountered this document several years ago, I didn’t take the time to photocopy the next 3pp. I doubted that such a wealthy woman would have any connection to the family story that I was building about the JACKSONs from Urker near Crossmaglen.
Wrong! Thanks to a scrap of paper in PRONI D/991/5/7, I now see where she fits into a branch of our story. It turns out that this Margaret JACKSON was the widow of a successful leather merchant, Richard JACKSON. His will was dated 30 April 1831. The other scraps of their story are as follows:
1. Amongst the many tablets in the Monaghan parish church this day, a very handsome marble slab
2. AMONGST the inhabitants who did not emigrate was a Mr. Richard Jackson, a leather merchant,
Monaghan ... The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Clogher, and in the patronage of the Bishop : the tithes amount to £553. 16s. 11d. The glebe-house is a neat thatched residence, and the glebe comprises 38 statute acres, valued at £114 per annum. The church, a very handsome structure, in the later English style of architecture, with a tower and spire, was erected on the site of the former edifice in 1836, at an expense of £5330, of which £100 was a legacy, with interest, bequeathed by the late Dowager Lady Rossmore ; £1000, a bequest of Mrs. Jackson ; £2000, a loan from the late Board of first Fruits, the remainder being raised by subscription. The interior contains some handsome monuments and tablets of white marble, to the late rector, the Rev. Mr. Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, the families of Lucas and Cole, and the lady of Col. Westenra.
... a free school for boys was founded by R. Jackson, Esq., who endowed it with £22. 10s., per annum and a house rent-free; a. female sewing school is also supported by the same gentleman, who endowed it with a house rent-free and a salary of £16 for the mistress ;.
... An almshouse for six poor widows was founded by the late Richard Jackson, Esq., who endowed it with £25. 19s., per annum, charged on lands in the parish.
D991/5/1/3: D991 Estate papers, correspondence, photographs of the Boer War, and genealogical papers of the Bartley, Thompson, McKean, Gardiner and Jackson families. (200 documents)
James JACKSON of Clonco[rn] had two sisters Miss Peggy John JOHNSTON of D[__in?] street Monaghan
Mrs Jane HARDY mother of Margaret HARDY aunts of Mrs. Dr. REYNOLDS Mrs HARDY had three daughters
Mary Anne = Richard JACKSON
John William Richard Christopher
James Jane Anne Johnston
Mary Kidd Kent
Eliza & Margaret HARDY
MR JACKSON brothers: James John Peggy Jane
Brother Richard JACKSON son Dick of Annaglough
Mary Anne HARDY = Richard JACKSON Slacksgrove [?]
Richard JACKSON will dated 30 April 1831
Robert 22 March 1834
Anne JACKSON died 27 April 1839
Richard JACKSON died 22 Jan 1834
Mrs. JACKSON died 2 July 1834
UPDATE: [From H.B. SWANZY, Esq., Newry, 1896.]
This monumental tomb
was erected by MR. JAMES SWANZY, of the city
of London, in memory of his family.
Here lies the body of HENRY SWANZY, Great
Grandfather of the said JAMES SWANZY, who
departed this life, August 7, 1742, aged 76 years.
Here also lies the body of ELIZABETH SWANZY
wife of the aforesaid HENRY, who departed
this life November 14, 1744, aged 33 years.
Here also lies the body of JAMES SWANZY
grandfather the aforesaid JAMES SWANZY
the departed this life June 18, 1784.
Aged 74 years. Here also lies the body of HENRY SWANZY
father the aforesaid JAMES, who departed
this life, March 26, 1792, aged 48 years.
Here also lies the body of ELIZABETH IRWIN
who departed this life January 7, 1808
aged 75 years.
Also the remains of ANNE SWANZY, who departed
this life 4 February, 1822, aged 82 years
mother of the aforesaid JAMES SWANZY who
died at Cape Coast Castle, on the coast of Africa
the 23rd of Febry, 1823, aged 57 years.
Also the remains of RICHARD JACKSON, Esq.
of Monaghan, son-in-law of the aforesaid ELIZABETH
IRWIN, who died on 22 January 1834, aged 67 years.
Here likewise are deposited the remains of THOMAS
BIDDALL SWANZY, who departed this life the 31st
of January, 1836, aged 39 years.
Most of the inscriptions in Clontibret churchyard are given in Shirley's history of County Monaghan. The above, however, is omitted. There is a much older stone, now much defaced, for which the earlier names and dates were evidently copied on the latter monument, which must have been erected about 1818.
From all of the above and a few other sources, I have taken a stab at a stub of a family tree. How they fit into other JACKSON family trees from that time and place, I have no idea.
Descendants of Richard Jackson of Monaghan (his father was Joseph JACKSON)
1 Richard Jackson b abt 1769 d: 1831
.. +Margaret Irwin d: 02 Jul 1834
........ 2 William Jackson
................... 3 James Jackson
....................... +Mary Kydd (NOTE: She is part of the KIDD family of Racarby & Tassagh, Parish of Keady, Co. Armagh – a family connected to linen).
............................. 4 Anne Jackson b: 21 Jan 1799 in Clones, Co. Monaghan d: 07 Apr 1829
................................. +Robert McKean b: 1789 in of Armagh d: 1837 m: 1819
........................................ 5 William McKean b: 24 Jan 1822 in Ireland d: 24 Aug 1906 in Millmount Keady, Armagh, Ireland
............................................ +Mary Anne Jane Bartley b: 31 Dec 1815 d: 12 Apr 1886 in Millmount, Keady, Armagh, Ireland m: 1844
Other possible connections include:
Memorial of the Dead, Volume 3 dated 1896/7 (2nd Volume) Page 328, Clontibret, County Monaghan. Gravestone Inscriptions relating to the Irwin/Swanzy Families (details not noted). In the same grave -...also Richard Jackson, Esq. Monaghan son of the above named Elizabeth Irwin. She died 7 January 1808 age 75. He died 22 January 1836 age 67...).
 It may be the 21st – the writing is not clear.
 Margaret JACKSON – I believe was born Margaret IRWIN. Her mother was a SWANZY. See also http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/TABLES/JACKSONs-Gravemarkers.html
 James JACKSON. This is probably Margaret JACKSON’s grandson.The file copy at National Archives, Dublin says: James Jackson of Clones.
 James ALEXANDER
 George BARTLEY. This is probably the George BARTLEY (1777-1839) who had a residence in Monaghan and also at Bartley’s Grove. His daughter Mary Anne Jane BARTLEY married into this JACKSON family line, ten years after this will was probated. Also, he was a member of the St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Tullycorbet, Co, Monaghan.
 James HATCHETT, Esq.
 This likely resulted in the Church Steeple being added to Christ Church, Ballybay.
 Morphy, E.M. A York Pioneer's Recollecting of Youthfull Days in the Emerald Isle: also of his emigration and first impressions of Canada, especially Toronto (late York), and its inhabitants when the City was only one year old, and its population 9,000. Daniel Rose, Printer: 1893.
 Parliamentary Papers, Vol. 22. Part I. 1858 Pages 158 -- 159
 Roche, Dennis Carolyn. Historical Sketches of Monaghan: From the earliest records to the Fenian movement.
 Laurel Lodge – NOTE: I do not know where this is.
 Seosamh O Dufaigh.Review of Historic Buildings:Areas of Architectural Importance in the Town of Monaghan. Published in Clogher Historical Record Vol 7, No 12. 1970.
 Clonco[m] – my best guesses for this would be the townland of Cloncullan, Parish of Errigal trough and Colonacullion, Parish of Aghnamullen. The name JACKSON does not show up in either of these in the Griffiths Valuation, but Cloncullan has more names that might be related.The file item at National Archives in Dublin indicates that the executor was James JACKSON of Clones.
 Jan 24, 2010: In the hopes of learning more, I have emailed the person who posted the following: HARDY, Christopher. Dau. Marianna married Richard JACKSON in Clones, Co Monaghan in 1818. W. Jane JACKSON. SOURCE: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fianna/surname/sur08.html
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