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The initial will was dated April 21 1874, a Codicil was added August 29th 1876 and the will was probated February 11, 1885. NAMES: Thomas McCULLAGH (1793-1877); Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH (1842-1897); James McCULLAGH (-1913); Mary REID nee McCULLAGH (1840-1919); Rev. Wm REID (1829-1906); Sarah WHITESIDE nee McCULLAGH; Thomas McCULLAGH (1854-1920); Matthew McAuley RUTHERFORD ( 1845-1926); Samuel McCLEAVE; George Hill SMITH. TOWNLANDS: Derrivalley AKA Derryvalley; Dromalt AKA Drumalt; Ganemoe possibly Garranroe; Possy AKA probably Tossy; Ballibay AKA Ballybay.
Sharon Oddie Brown July 2, 2008

 

Extracted from the Armagh District Registry of the Probate and Matrimonial Division High Court of Justice (Ireland)

 

In the name of God Amen.  By Thomas McCULLAGH[1] of Derrivalley[2] in the County of Monaghan do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills at any time and heretofore made by me WHEREAS I am seized and possessed of the townlands of Dromalt[3] and Ganemoe[4]  with the Mills Kilns and machinery therein situate in the barony of Monaghan and County of Monaghan also lands of Possy[5] in the Barony of Cremorne and County of Monaghan together with houses and tenements in Ballibay[6] also the house and lands of Derrivalley in which I at present reside together with personal chattels and effects NOW I GIVE AND DEVISE onto my son Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH[7] that part of the lands of Dromalt now in my own occupation containing Thirty Six acres Irish plantation measure or thereabouts with the mills and machinery thereof Kilns yards offices houses and appurtenances thereunto together with the Mills Streams Mill dams water and rights of water belonging thereto as same are now enjoyed by me subject however as hereinafter mentioned and in case of the death of my said son Andrew Bradford before this Will takes effect then I GIVE AND DEVISE the same subject as hereinafter mentioned unto my son James McCULLAGH[8] his heirs and assigns for ever I GIVE AND DEVISE the residue of said lands of Dromalt and the lands of Ganemoe to my two daughters Mary[9] now the wife of Reverend William REID[10] and Sarah McCULLAGH[11], and to their respective heirs and assigns in equal shares and for portions and in case of the death of my said daughter Sarah before this Will takes effect than I GIVE AND DEVISE the moiety of said lands of Dromalt and Ganemoe so devised to her unto my son Thomas McCULLAGH[12] his heirs and assigns for ever I GIVE AND DEVISE the lands of Possey with the houses and tenements in Ballibay onto my youngest son Thomas McCULLAGH and in case of his death to my son James McCULLAGH his heirs and assigns for ever.  I give the lands of Derrivalley with the dwelling house and offices thereon unto my son James McCULLAGH I give and bequeath unto my said son James McCULLAGH and to his executors and administrators all my personal Chattels crop stock money and effect with the exception of my books and plate which I direct shall be divided equally between my children now in Ireland such division is to be made by my executors hereinafter named. I direct that all my debts whether by specialty or otherwise and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be charged upon and payable on of my real estate in the following sums. I charge my said land of Dromalt with the Mills thereon so devised to my said son Andrew Bradford with the payment of the sum of Twelve hundred pounds. I charge my lands of Dromalt and Ganemoe so devised to my two daughters Mary and Sarah with the sum of nine hundred pounds. I charge all the rest residue and remainder of my debt funeral and testamentary expenses upon my chattels devised to my son James McCULLAGH and I nominate my son in law the Reverend William REID and my son James McCULLAGH by Residuary devisees and legatees and appoint them Executors of this my last Will and Testament IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto put my hand this 21st day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four (1874 four)

 Thomas McCULLAGH

SIGNED PUBLISHED and DECLARED by the said Thomas McCULLAGH – the testator -  as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence at his request and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

M McAuley RUTHERFORD[13]

Samuel McCLEAVE[14]

 

Codicil to the above Will and Testament[15].

I attach the Codicil to the above Will and Testament. I revoke the devise the lands of Possey and in the houses and tenements in Ballybay in its present form made to my son Thomas and I will and order it to stand thus.  I give and devise the lands of Possey with all my interest therein and the houses and tenements in the town of Ballybay with all my interest therein to my son Thomas.  But in case my said son Thomas die before this will takes effect or without lawful issue I give and devise said lands of Possey with all my interest therein, and my said houses and tenements in the town of Ballybay with all my interest in them to my son James, his heirs and assigns forever.  IN WITNESS whereof I have here to put my hand this Twenty-ninth day of August Eighteen hundred and seventy six.

 

Thomas McCULLAGH

 

SIGNED PUBLISHED and DECLARED by the said Thomas McCULLAGH the testator as and for his last Will and Codicil Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

Matthew M’Auley RUTHERFORD

Samuel McCLEAVE

 

In her Majesty’s Court of Probate the District Registry at Armagh

BE IT KNOWN that on the Eleventh day of April 1877, the last will and testament (with one Codicil) hereunto annexed of Thomas McCULLAGH late of Derrivalley in the County of Monaghan Esq. Deceased who died on or about the 17th day of March 1877 at Derrivalley aforesaid and who at the time of his death had a fixed place of abode at Derrivalley aforesaid within the district of Armagh, was proved and registered in the said District Registry attached to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate at Armagh and that the administration of all and singular the personal estate and effects of the said deceased were granted by the aforesaid court to James McCULLAGH of Derryvalley, (Ballybay) aforesaid Farmer one of the Executors named in the said Will, he having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, by paying the just debts of the deceased, and the legacies contained in said Will and Codicil and to exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said estate and effects, and to render a just and true account thereof whenever required by Law so to do.  The Reverend William Reid the other Executor in said will named having duly renounced.

George Hill SMITH[16] DR seal

 

Probate Registry 11 February 1885 Armagh

£30 effect sworn under £1500

Court Fees £4:18:0d

 



[1] Thomas McCULLAGH (1793-1877). He and his wife Sarah McCULLAGH (his cousin) had been living at Dunrimond before they moved to Derryvalley. SOURCE: At the Ford of the Birches.  P.599: 1850 "Thomas McCULLAGH of Derryvalley to sell all his furniture and household effects at Dunraymond. Good class staff (sic), house and desmesne to be let." They had been there when his wife’s cousin, Eliza OLIVER married David JACKSON. SOURCE: Belfast Newsletter, Feb 13, 1838: "On the 7th inst. at Dunrimond by the Rev. William Gibson, Ballybay, Mr. David Jackson of Aughavilla, county Leitrim to Eliza, eldest daughter of the late Benjamin Oliver, Esq., Killenure, county Armagh

[2] Derrrivalley AKA Derryvalley, Parish of Ballybay.

[3] Dromalt AKA Drumalt, Parish of Kilmore, Co. Monaghan. A townland of 137 acres in total.

[4] Ganemoe. Could this be Garranroe, also in the Parish of Kilmore, a townland of some 70 acres?

[5] Possy I suspect this is the townland of Tossy, Parish of Aghnamullen.

[6] Ballibay AKA Ballybay.

[7] Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH (1842-1897), second husband of Margaret REID nèe JACKSON.

[8] James McCULLAGH (d unmarried on July 7, 1913 at Belfast)

[9] Mary REID nèe McCULLAGH (1840-1919), born at Dunrimond.

[10] Reverend William REID (1829-1906) From  Full Circle, p. 344 " ... educated at Old College Belfast gaining the General Certificate in 1849. He was licenced at Banbridge on 7 September 1852. As minister of Derryvally congregation he served almost 30 years until he resigned on 13 August 1883 having accepted a call from Stonebridge congregation. His ministry was one of a series of short ministries there, from 28 August to 31 March 1884, when he moved to Cremore, Co. Down.

"When minister of Derryvally he was Clerk of Ballybay Presbytery from 1875 until he left 'the bounds'".

"It seems that the Reid family moved house several times in these years since when the first two children were born they lived at Cordevlish, at Balladian at the time of Thomas' birth, Caddagh for the next 3 and Ednaferkin for the remaining 4.

[11] Sarah McCULLAGH (1852-1939) married Rev. William WHITESIDE and emigrated first to the USA and then to Australia.

[12] Thomas McCULLAGH (1854-1920) He emigrated to Australian and married Sarah IRWIN.

[13] Matthew McAuley RUTHERFORD (1845-1926) married Elizabeth BROWNE

[14] Samuel McCLEAVE

[15] It seems that the purpose of the codicil is to add the interest of the lands to the value that is willed.

[16] George Hill SMITH

 

 

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