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I am including the townland of Tullyvallen in this timeline of the BALL family of Creggan because it may turn out to be the glue that holds the story together when it comes to BALL-JACKSON connections. For the same reason, I am also including the BALLs of Drogheda.
Sharon Oddie Brown March 18, 2018

 

ONEIL BALL JACKSON leases and connections – Notes towards a TIMELINE

I am indebted to Kieran McConville who alerted me to: Ball Family Records: Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families of Great Britain, Ireland and America. Rev. William Ball Walker. Yorkshire Printing Co. Ltd. 1908. A few observations from Walker re: the BALL families in the Parish of Creggan:

THE BALLS OF ARMAGH AND KILKENNY COUNTIES.

The Ball family of Urker, in the parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh, is traditionally stated to have been a branch of the Balls of Scottowe, in Norfolk, a family whose arms they have used.

In the Ulster Muster Roll for Co. Armagh, barony of Upper Orior, psh. of Tandagree, the names of "Ensign Richard Ball, sword," and "Thomas Ball, no arms," appear among the "Servitors of Sir Henry Bourchier, Knt., son of Sir George Bourchier, Knt., Master of the Ordnance and Privy Councillor, who died in 1605."

The townland of Clare, in Upper Orior, was granted to Sir H . Bourchier, who planted English and Scotch settlers there, and built a Castle. This settlement was broken up in 1641 by the rebellion, and the Balls then seem to have taken shelter in Derry.

The Derry Cathedral Registers, which commence in 1642, contain the following entries: "Ralph, son of Richard Ball, of the Bogside, bap. 3 Aug., 1655, same burd. 4 Septr., 1656. of Rd. Ball, burd. 24 Deer., 1656: John Newton, mariner, Jane Ball, of Templemore par. (Derry) mard. 17 Deer., 1654, a t Derry, before the Mayor, Recorder, &c.; Robert, son of Richard Ball, born 20 Mar., bap. 26 Mar., 1656; Jane, daughter of Richard Ball, bap. 16 June, 1659; Richd., son of Richd. Ball, burd. 6 Feb., 1662-3; Jane, daughter of Richd. Ball, burd. 16 Feb., 1662-3. Richard Ball, the father of these children, was perhaps a son of Ensign Richard Ball, gent, of Clare, Co. Armagh, 1630.

NOTE: The JACKSONs of Coleraine also had several baptisms and marriages recorded in the Derry Cathedral Registers. The JACKSON and BALL families were likely quite close – even beofre Lieut Thomas BALL became the “guardian” of the shares of land in Creggan for Daniel & Sarah JACKSON, minor children of John JACKSON.

 

Following the strands of lineages in the BALL family, it is a little like the instructions for braiding hair:

 

Arrange four strands so you have two in each hand. Bring strand 4 behind strand 3; pull it between strands 1 and 2, and then to the right. Bring strand 1 behind strand 2; pull it between strands 4 and 3, and then to the left. Repeat process, alternating outermost strands, until braid reaches desired length.

 

Walker identifies some of the strands:

  • Two separate BALL families merged with the marriage of Richard BALL (d 1812) son of Rev. John BALL (1684-1737) of Ardee, Co. Louth to Dorothea Margaret BALL (1741-1819) daughter of John BALL (1702-1764) and Dorothy JACKSON (aft 1686-1760).
  • Mildred Mary Margaret BALL (b 1771) daughter of Robert BALL (?-1786) married Charles BALL son of Rev. Stearne BALL (1752-1782).
  • Rev. Stearne BALL (1752-1782) married Elizabeth HEWETSON, sister of Elinor HEWETSON who married Thomas BALL (1761-1798) of Kilkenny & Dublin, Both were daughters of Rev. Dr. Thomas HEWETSON. SEE Walker op cit &: Memoirs Of The House Of Hewetson Or Hewson John Hewetson. London 1901
  • The GARSTIN family held land in Barony of Fews. William GARSTIN (d 1685) married Martha BALL daughter of Lieut,Thomas BALL and Frances PIDGEON. Norminda GARSTIN, daughter of William GARSTIN and Martha BALL married Rev. John BALL (1698-1740).
  • There is also a line of the BALL family, merchants based in Dublin, who were Catholic. If there is a close connection to the BALL family of Creggan, I have yet to track it.
  • Three daughters of Lieut. James WEMYS (?-1818) married into the BALL family. SOURCE: Irish Builder and Engineer, Volume 30. 1888. Dublin, p 93:

o   Jane married Abraham BALL of Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny

o   Martha married Abraham BALL of Darver, Co. Louth.

o   Frances married Capt. Thomas Hewetson Patrick BALL of Ballyragget Lodge, Co. Kilkenny

 

To add to the early JACKSON-BALL connections:

·       Lieut Thomas BALL held land in Tullyvallen on behalf of the minor children of John JACKSON.

o   Who was John JACKSON and what happened to his minor children: Daniel JACKSON and Sarah JACKSON?

o   Was John JACKSON related to the JACKSONs of Tobermore and/or the JACKSONs of Coleraine, and/or the JACKSONs of Drogheda?

o   Or was he related to none of the above?

·       One line of the BALL family were based in Drogheda, and the oral history of the JACKSONs of Urker & Liscalget says that their branch of the family also came from Drogheda.

·       Who was the father of the George JACKSON who became the schoolmaster at Liscalgat in 1737? Was it a Richard from Drogheda? SEE: JACKSONs of Drogheda and JACKSONs: Detective work on Drogheda roots and Council Book of Drogheda - Jackson references

·       In the Beginning -  JACKSONs connected to Cromwell. This is a page I assembled a decade ago.

  • See also: A Statistical Account of the Barony of Upper Fews in the County of Armagh. John Donaldson 1838, p55 and The Cromwellian settlement of Ireland. By John P. Prendergast, esq.

 

Finally, there is one bit that I cannot yet date:

BALLs of Corlis: There is a will of Thomas Ball, of Corlis, in the parish of Creggan, and barony of Upper Fewes, Co. Armagh, wife Ann Ball, als Hamilton; three sons, Abraham, John, and William. Testator had a house in Crossmaglen, and property in Corlis. Exor., John Hamilton of Crossmaglen. Witnesses, J. Hamilton and Hugh Connor. NOTE: Rev. William Ball Wright gave no date for this will, and I have not been able to find it. These baptisms recorded at Creggan Parish are likely connected:

1819 Jan 5 baptism of Abraham BALL son of Thomas BALL of Corlis.

1820 Apr 20 birth of John BALL son of Thomas BALL of Corlis;

1824 Jun 23 William BALL born, son of Thomas & Anne BALL of Corlis.

The following death date does not quite fit – unless The father of the above was younger than 21 when he married - but I may have a transcription error:

1829 Aug 10 burial of Thomas BALL age 32

Then in the next generation:

1841 Oct 4 baptism of Thomas son of [?] BALL & Mary of Crossmaglen

1844 Nov 19 baptism of Sarah Anne daughter of Abraham and Mary Ann BALL of Corlis

1846 Sep 23 baptism of Margaret Eliza daughter of Abraham and Margaret BALL of Corlis

 

TIMELINE

 

I am including the townland of Tullyvallen in this timeline because it may turn out to be the glue that holds the story together when it comes to BALL-JACKSON connections. For the same reason, I am also including the BALLs of Drogheda as well as the BALLs of Creggan:

·       Bef 1605. In the Ulster Muster Roll Co. Armagh, barony of Upper Orior, psh. Of Tandragee, the names of "Ensign Richard Ball, sword and "Thomas Ball, no arms" appear among the "servitors of Sir Henry Bourchier, Knt., son of George Bouchier, Knt,, Master of the Ordnance and Privy Councillor, who died in 1605. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908

·       Abt 1609. The first records of English settlers in the Barony of Fews – in the townland of Greyisland aka Shillan near Crossmaglen. Family names: HALE, McALLISTER, MARKS. They gave their townland the name of Shillan meaning “The quiet or inoffensive clan”. This would seem to indicate that they were on reasonably friendly terms with the local Irish. SOURCE: A Statistical Account of the Barony of Upper Fews in the County of Armagh. John Donaldson 1838, p10.

·       1641. The townland of Clare in Upper Orier was broken up by the 1641 rebellion, and the Ball family, including a Richard Ball, seems to have taken shelter in Derry. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908

·       1641 Sir Henry O’Neil owned a considerable number of holdings in the Barony of Upper Fews:

·       1641 Books of Survey and Distribution. It includes lists of all landowners in Ireland in 1641 and 1670, and a list of the townlands which they owned. This source has been geo- referenced in its entirety.

o   There are a lot of one-degree-of-separations here SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 361-5.: By 1670, the lands of Tullyvallen - which had previously belonged to Sir Henry O’NEILL  were now co-owned by

§  Sir Hercules LANGFORD. His daughter Mary LANGFORD married ,John ROWLEY.

§  Thomas BALL He ended up with at least some if not all of Edward ROWLEY’s land in Tullyvallen.

§  Capt John ROWLEY- later Sir John ROWLEY  (son of Edward ROWLEY and son-in-law of Hercules LANGFORD)

§  Samuel HILL was the husband of Mary ROWLEY. She was the daughter of Edward ROWLEY, and

§  Carol BOLTON was the son of Sir Richard BOLTON, and he was a lawyer who had loaned money to Sir Phelim O’NEILL. Like the John JACKSON, he was included in the ex-soldiers who were displaced from Antrim’s lands. As a result, he was awarded 90 acres in Barony of Fewes. He also succeeded in claiming an encumberage on Thomas BALL’s Lands in Barony of Orier.

·       1649 Aug 15 Cromwell arrived in Ireland. His army included over 34,000 horsemen, dragoons and infantry, and the ever-increasing arrears of pay amounted to about £600,000 annually. To cover this debt, the disbanded soldiers were to be paid in debentures of confiscated land rather than cash. One of the legacies of the war was that governing infrastructure had broken down to such an extent that it took about a decade to get proper surveys done, and to start parceling out the land.

·       1652 Act for the Settlement of Ireland.

·       Lieut Thomas Ball, of Fleetwood's Regt., received grants of land in several counties of Ireland, which were confirmed under the Acts of Settlement. In Crickstown in barony of Ratoath, he received "a mansion house, orchard, garden, and groves," and land in Westmeath, also Loughgarmore, Loughross, Cullyhanna, Orker [aka Urker] in the parish of Creggan, Co. Armagh and land in Co. Kerry, to the use of Daniel and Sarah Jackson.

·       1653. In September the English parliament passed the Act of Satisfaction and began distributing forfeited lands among the adventurers and disbanded soldiers.

·       1654-6. The Civil Survey valued the lands to satisfy the claims of soldiers for their arrears of pay during the Civil War, and of those Adventurers who made cash available in the 1640’s to pay for the war and were promised land in Ireland in return.

·       1656 Census: In the parish of Macosquin, Co. Londonderry: Cornelius WALL of Macosquin, Edward CANNING of Macosquin; Francis HOWARD of Creghan; John ROWLEY of Castleroe [likely the son of Sir Edward ROWLEY of Castleroe who was killed in battle in 1641]; James JACKSON of Ballinteerbeg. SOURCE: Coleraine in by-gone Centuries. Rev. T.H. Mullin D.D. Belfast 1976, p101.

·       1657 Act of Settlement

·       1656-58. In the Down Survey Sir Henry O’NEILL had owned all of Creggan Parish as well as many other townlands. Lieut Thomas BALL was granted 5,911 acres of land in the Baron of Upper Fews at the time of the Cromwellian Plantation.

o   Lieut. Thomas BALL may have lived at, or on the site of, "Woodvale House" for some time, as the Hearth Money Rolls of 1664 record that he paid on four hearths in the townland of Glassdrummond. "Woodvale House". This was occupied by the JOHNSTONs of the Fews in the 18th. century and stood in the townland of Glassdrummond. The name of the village adjacent to the house may have been changed by the Johnstons from Ballynaclera to Ballsmill.

o   The Ball surname is also preserved in Camlyball, a townland near Newtownhamilton. SOURCE: Creggan Graveyard- Section 3.

o   Thomas BALL of Creggan was also listed in Ferguson Certificates as having 5,253 acres as an assignee of Edward Richardson, Ellinor Blackiston, Dan Jackson, Sarah Jackson, Elisabeth Hepburne and Katherine Jones. SOURCE: The History of the Parish of Creggan in the 17th & 18h Century. L. P. Murray, Isaac Dobson, Wm. Frankland, J. Southey. Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, Vol. 8, No. 2 (1934), pp. 117-163 NOTE: Elizabeth HEPBURNE was the widow of Capt William HEPBURNE of Londonderry. He purchased debentures of several soldiers in his company, James JACKSON being one of them (his portion bought for £9. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 361.

·       1658 Jan 19 Lieut. Thomas BALL (1642-1674) married Frances PRIDGEON at Derry. His residence was given as Lough Rosse, Parish of Cregan. NOTE: This marriage date is part of why I am skeptical that Lieut. Thomas BALL’s  is the usual given birth date of 1642. He would have been 16 years old at time of marriage. He also would have been too young to have gained the land that he did with the rank of a Lieut.

o   The banes between Lieuetent Thomas Ball, of Lough Rosse, in the parish of Cregan and County of Ardmagh, and Frances Pridgeon, of this citty, published. [Published before the Congregation at London Derry three several Lord's days.]

The Marriage of Lieueten Thomas Ball and Frances Pridgeon was solemnized (Lieuetenant William Heburne, Mr John Pridgeon and others being present), att London Dery, Jan: 19th 1657 [old calendar – hence 1658]. SOURCE: The Register of Derry Cathedral. NOTE: the presence of HEBURNE aka HEPBURN – one of the names associated with Thomas BALL’s leases in Creggan. NOTE: Elisabeth Hepburne, who assigned lands to Thomas BALL, was the widow of Capt William HEPBURNE of Londonderry. He purchased debentures of several soldiers in his company, James JACKSON being one of them (his portion bought for £9. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 361.

·       1659 Samuel HILL was a titulado in Derry. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 362 NOTE: He was the husband of Mary ROWLEY, daughter of Edward ROWLEY (d 1641). He was one of Thomas BALL’s reassignees. His grant in the Fews was for 469 acres and was likely a reassignment of lands lost elsewhere – perhaps lands that had originally been awarded to Edward ROWLEY.

·       1659 Thomas BALL was listed as a titulato in Barony of Fews. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 539.

·       1662 Act of Settlement This would have been when the soldier John JACKSON received his initial grant in the Parish of Dunaghy, Barony of Kilconway, County Antrim – which would then be awarded to Randal Macdonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim, a wealthy Catholic landlord who successfully sued and recovered many of his lost estates.

·       1663-1664 Court of Claims. The Earl of Antrim obtained a decree of innocence and was restored to his estate. SOURCE: Coleraine in by-gone Centuries. Rev. T.H. Mullin D.D. Belfast 1976, p101. NOTE: He was Randal Macdonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim, a wealthy Catholic Landowner, who sued to gain back his estates and in 1665 succeeded, thus displacing the adventurers, such as John JACKSON, who had been awarded the lands as a result of their service under Cromwell. Randal MacDonnell's 2nd wife was Rose O'NEILL, daughter of Sir Henry O'NEILL, but they had no issue.

·       1664 Hearth Money Rolls, Barony of Fewes, Glassdromyn, Thomas BALL pd 4s for 2 hearths.

·       1665 Act of Explanation. Some of the land taken by Cromwellian settlers was restored to Old English noblemen who had remained loyal to the King during the Confederate War. This may6 hev been when John JACKSON lost his lands in Antrim.

·       1666-1669 Second Court of Claims

·       1667 Crossley’s Genealogical Abstracts – list of properties granted – many townlands.

·       1668. Lieut. Thomas BALL (est 1642-1674) held land in trust for Daniel JACKSON and Sarah JACKSON at Tullyvallen. Presumably John JACKSON, the father of Daniel and Sarah, had died before 1668. An ex-soldier, he had been granted lands in the Parish of Dunaghy, Barony of Kilconway, County Antrim. When Randal Macdonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim, and a wealthy Catholic landlord, successfully sued and recovered many of his lost estates, Jackson was bumped to Tullyvallen. Fair trade or not, I don’t know.

o   John JACKSON was granted 249 acres ‘in the north-east part of Edward Rowley’s retrenchment in Tullyvallen”.  These many acres indicates that he was likely an officer.

o   Randall MacDonnell's 2nd wife was Rose O'NEILL, daughter of Sir Henry O'NEILL, but they had no issue.

·       1669 June 9. Richard WHALEY sold lands in Orior Barony to [Lieut.] Thomas BALL of Glassdromyn; witness, John BALL.

·       1672 Thomas BALL applied for a patent to hold fairs in Crossmanchoge alias Crossmaglen. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 315. NOTE: It was at a time when several other patents were taken out along the route between Dundalk & Monaghan. Landlords were looking to make extra money from their leases on major routes.

·       1672 Jun 13. Thomas BALL was made a J.P. for Co. Louth. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908

·       1673 a later Thomas BALL applied for a patent to hold fairs in Crossmanchoge alias Crossmaglen. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 315. NOTE: He was possibly a son of Lieut. Thomas BALL 9d 1674) – the Thomas BALL who died abt 1692.

·       1674 Thomas BALL applied for a patent to hold fairs in Cullyhanna. SOURCE: Armagh History & Society. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications, Dublin  2001, p 315.

·       1674.  Lieut. Thomas Ball died intestate at Glassdrummin, Co. Armagh, in 1674. His widow, Frances Ball, alias Pridgeon, took out administration in the Prerogative Court on the 13th Novr., 1674, when the tutelage of the bodies and persons, goods, &C., of Thomas, John, Abraham, Samuel, Martha, Frances, Mary, and Elizabeth Ball minors, Thomas's children, was commuted to their mother. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908

·       1678. On the petition of James Donaldson, Esq., and Frances, his wife, relict of Thomas Ball, Esq., the guardians and trustees of Thomas Ball, son and heir of Thomas Ball, there was a remittal of quit rents 2 2nd Feby., 1678, land in Munster 2,936 Acres; in Ulster, 5,911 Acres. This was inrolled 23rd October, 1678. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908

o   This seems to suggest that some time after the death of Lieut. Thomas BALL in 1674, that Frances PRIDGEON married a DONALDSON. I do not have a clear match, but a John DONALDSON (d 1715), was the father of the Capt. James DONALDSON and Randle DONALDSON Esq. (1706-1755)  SEE: A Statistical Account of the Barony of Upper Fews in the County of Armagh. John Donaldson 1838, p. 11. And Irish Edition of Alexander ban Donaldson

·       1681 Thomas BALL granted lands in Kerry by Letters Patent 19 Oct 1681 (reign of Charles II). They were then owned by Abraham BALL of Darver, Co. Louth. ROD 13-389-6101. SEE:  Image 220

·       1685 Death of William GARSTIN, husband of Martha BALL (daughter of Thomas BALL & Frances PIDGEON).

·       1688 May 7. The eldest, Thomas Ball, Esq., of Glassdrumman, Co. Armagh, after Aug. 12, 1688, fled to Chester with two brothers, a sister, and nephew, having £647 real estate. In 1689 he was attainted by the Irish Parliament of Jas. II., on 7th May. State Papers Domestic 1690. Entry Book, Page 314- "Thomas Ball, &C.. Passe, upon Coll. Fairfax Certificate. A passe for Thomas Ball, Elizabeth Tully, and one childe,with their goods, and necessaries to go from Hence to Chester, and there to embarke for Ireland. Hence to Chester, and there to embarke for Ireland. At Whitehall the 14 July, 1690, Nottingham. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908. p. 75.

·       Bef 1688. From an old family MS. the following is taken : “I, Abraham Ball [1759-aft 1809], son of Thomas Ball [1727-1798] and Philippa Ussher [1729-1799] have often heard my father declare that Thomas Ball having gone from Ireland to study law at the Temple, left Abraham his youngest brother, under the care of his and brother John, that finding on his return to Ireland John had not paid his brother Abraham that attention. which he had hoped he would, he rebuked him for his conduct, and finding that John had not behaved as he should have done during his (Thos.'s) absence, he declared that he would no longer leave his brother Abraham subject to maltreatment; whenever he should die, he divided the property between them by will, leaving John (commonly called "Black Jack") the Kilkenny and Kerry estates, and Abraham the Armagh, Louth, and other estates.”  (Note of June 20, 1828.) Thomas' will, dated 8th Deer., 1688, was proved in the Prerogative Court, 1692; Abraham Ball, of Cullyhanna, Co. Armagh, and John Garstin, of Dublin, were appointed executors. He requested that his body should be buried in Creggan. To his sister Elizabeth he left £1,500, to be paid when she was 21; a legacy to his nephew, William Garstin; to John Ball, his reputed son, £300. SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908. NOTE: Was John GARSTIN a son of William GARSTIN & Martha BALL?

·       1692 Death of Thomas BALL (b bet 1658-1674) of Glassdrumin, Forkhill, son of Lieut. Thomas BALL & Frances PRIDGEON. Estates went to his two younger brothers: Abraham BALL & John BALL.

·       1693 Chancery Decree. Info included: Elizabeth, BALL wife of  Simon GOODWIN, Esq., cf. Chancery Decree, 10 Feb., 1693-4, petition 1692. Defendants John and Abraham BALL. The Plaintiffs shall recover from them £1,000 charged on the estates of their brother, Thos. BALL, deed. The Plffs. to receive for 7 years rents of estate in Co. Kerry now set to Daniel McCarty  

·       1700 John Ball, of Loughross, in the parish of Creggan, second son of Thomas Ball, of Fleetwood's Horse, was attainted with his brother, on 7th May, 1688; in 1700 he and Abraham divided their lands by deeds, according to their brother's will. John Ball married in that year Elizabeth Coote, one of the five daughters and co-heiresses of Hon. Richard Coote, of Tullaghmain, Co. Kilkenny, SOURCE: William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908, p76

·       1704 Feb 6. In his will, [John BALL of Loughross] dated 6th February 1704, pr. in the Prerog. Court, 1705, he made his brother Abraham Executor; he bequeathed his effects to his son, John Ball, Jun., and to Frances Ball, his daughter, if John had no male issue. After Frances's death her male issue in that case was to change the name to Ball. John's daughter, Frances Ball, on 7th Oct., 1716, married Henry Gorges, Esq., of Coleraine,. NOTE: Henry GORGES was a 1st cousin, once removed of Elizabeth GORGES (1675-1747), wife of Capt William JACKSON ( abt 1665-1712).

·       1705 Death of John BALL (b bet 1658-1705) of Loughross, son of Lieut. Thomas BALL & Frances PRIDGEON. NOTE: John Ball (abt 1670-1705) of Loughross, son of Lieut. Thomas Ball (est 1642-1674), leased his property at Creekstown in Co. Meath to M.P. Thomas Jackson (1680-1751), a son of a William Jackson (1628-1688) of Coleraine. This Thomas Jackson was the uncle of Dorothy Jackson who married John Ball (1702-1764).

·       1712 May 14. ROD: 8-354-2904 ISAAK-BALL North side of Lawrence St.Indenture of lease between Charles ISAAC of Drogheda, Merchant of 1st part & George BALL of the same, Gent. For consid of ten shillings sterling to be paid.. demised & set to George BALL one waste piece of Ground lying and being on the North side of St. Lawrence St in Drogheda containing from East to Wes 60’ in breadth on the West part 156’ in length and on the east 139’ mearing and bounded as followeth to Ald William FORDs holding on the East St Lawrence St, on the South Samuel MORRIS his house, malt house & garden which was late in the tenure of Alderman Richard PITTS deceased…. Lease for 91 years.

·       1713 Oct 2 ROD: 91-415-64579 BALL to McCARTNEY Image 230 1708-1738 Two tenements and gardens in the possession of Philip MOONEY Richard RUSSELL & James DONNELLY. George BALL of Drogheda Esq. granted to William McCARTNEY of Callstown Co. Meath Farmer in his actual possession… situate without St. John’s Gate of Drogheda… more description …WITNESS: Ald George BLACKER & Dudley TENISON both of Drogheda & John HATCH of Duleek Co. Meath

·       1713 Nov 25. ROD: 12-62-4429. BALL-SHEPHEARD North Side of Lawrence St. Drogheda, Lease and release between George BALL of Drogheda Esq. of the one part & William SHEPHERD of Betaghstowne in Co. Meath, Gent of the other part .. involves deed #204 as part of tripartite lease…. Now Alderman ARMITAGE’s land on east & Wm MORRIS’s holding on the west. WITNESS Edward SINGLETON & John BYRNE both of Drogheda

·       1714 Dec 10 ROD 13-389-6101. Image 220 Abraham BALL of Darver Co. Louth Esq of 1 pt & Francis WOODLEY of City of Dublin, Gent … Lands in Co. Kerry that had been granted to Thomas BALL father of Abraham BALL, Edward RICHARDSON & Elinor BLACKSONE [?] or either of them by Letters Patent 19 Oct 20th year of the reign of Charles 2nd  [1681].

·       1714 Dec 11 ROD: 113-360-5867 Image 194 BTW John BALL of Trim in Co. Meath Gent of 1 pt & John PRESTON of Trim Gent of the other. Reciting lease 1 June 1710 btw Richard Earl of Ranalagh to John BALL.  Land commonly known by name of Black Pryery with Plunkett’s Park in Barony of Navan Co. Meath then held by John BALL and Francis EYRES and their undertenants. NOTE: A generation later, a Francis EYRE married William JACKSON (1695-1744). A John EYRE married a Margery PRESTON, and their sons were George EYRE (1680-1710) & John EYRE (?-1745). It is possible that the Frances EYERS of this lease was a sister

·       1716 May 11. ROD: 16-353-7703 Image 197 Abraham BALL of Darver, Co Louth & Florinda his wife of 1st part & John VAUGHAN of City of Dublin, Gent & Simon GOODWIN of Talbowtown, Co. Wicklow Esq of 2nd part, John GARSTIN of Steddin in Co  Meath Esq. & James LEIGH of Waltertown, Co. Louth Esq of 3rd part. Transfer of townlands: Drumlougherry, Teer, Corliss, Annaghmarr, Sytrim, Cullyhanna, Raceeland, Cross [aka Crossmaglen], Munoge [Monag] & Urher [ Urcher], Drumnacavale, Emurycame, Legmoylinall, Barony of Fews, Co. Armagh and more lands in Barony of Orier, Co Armagh & Barony of Ruteath, Co. Meath … lands at Creekstown & the Mooiety of town and lands of Knavinstown in Barony Ratoath Co. Meath … much legal language …for the use of Thomas BALL, eldest son of Abraham & Florinda and after his decease to male heirs and then to John BALL, 2nd son of Abraham & Florinda... Norman BALL 3rd son... Abraham BALL 4th son. NOTE: This is Abraham BALL (d 1740) and Florinda NORMAN (d 1753). His nephew John BALL (married Dorothy JACKSON (1686-1760). She was a daughter of William JACKSON and Elizabeth GORGES. Urker was transferred from Abraham Ball (abt 1670-1740) of Cullyhanna to Abraham’s eldest son, Thomas Ball (1696-1742). Simon GOODWIN was the husband of Elizabeth BALL.

·       1718 Jan 8 ROD: 20-200-10332 BALL, Richard-DOBSON 1708-1729 Image 112 Richard BALL of City of Dublin Gent of 1 pt & Eliphall DOBSON of Dublin Stationer of other pt. … 22a part of Simon’s Court bounded on both sides of the High Road leading from Dublin to Stillorgan for 18 years…

·       1720 Nov 25 ROD: 30-206-17247. BALL, John-WALLIS John BALL of Trim, Gent & Rev. Thomas WALLIS of Athboy, Co. Meath … lands in Co. Meath known as Blackfriary & Plunketts Park 86 acres Plantation measure.

·       1723. Dorothy JACKSON (1686-1760), a daughter of Capt. William JACKSON (abt 1666-1712) of Coleraine, married John BALL (1702-1764), a son of the John Ball (abt 1670-1705) of Loughross, and a grandson of Lieut. Thomas BALL.

·       1726 Feb 7 ROD: 52-535-35620  Image 281 Thomas HARDY of Coleen, Co. Kilkenny gent & Sarah HARDY alias BALL his wife of the last will and testament of Samuel BALL late of New Ross, Co. Wexford Merchant, deceased of the 1 pt & Thomas BALL of [Haughmon?] Co. Wexford Gent of the other pt. … for consid buildings and lands in town of New Ross. For lives of Joseph BALL son of Samuel BALL Arthur HARDY and Samuel HARDY sons of Thomas HARDY

·       1726 Feb 20 ROD: 50-509-34038 Image 282 1708-1739 SHORE to BALL House & Garden  one Messuage one park or close. BTW Mary SHORE relict and Admin of Ald John SHORE late of Drogheda in receipt of £130 from George BALL of John’s Hill near Drogheda Esq. paid by Charles BALL of City of Dublin granted one house or Garden One Messuage one Parke or Close in the West Street of Drogheda bounded from Plunketts Land on the East to Palmer’s land on the West … more description,

·       1726 Dec 16 ROD: 51-252-33581 BANKS to BALL and BALL or BANKS St. Johns Hill 1708-1738 Image 444 BTW Benjamin BANKS of Town of Drogheda Tobacconist lease of lives from George BALL Esq. of John’s Hill near Drogheda… 5a more or less …

·       1726 July 15 ROD: 49-512-33071. Image 594 Btw Abraham BALL of Daver, Co. Louth Esq. Of the 1 pt & Robert NORMAN of City of Dublin Esq. & Job CHARLETON of same City Gent of the other part and the release being made between Abraham BALL and Florinda BALL, wife of the 1st part. Marriage to be between Thomas BALL son and heir apparent & Grace ACTON dau of Thomas ACTON of City of Dublin Esq.  Of 2nd pt..Urcher is included in a great long list of lands included in the marriage agreement between Thomas Ball (1696-1742) and Grace ACTON.

o   Grace ACTON (?-1742) Thos. Ball, married Grace Acton, whose fortune was £2,500 Thomas Ball married, firstly, Grace, daughter of Thomas Acton, of West Aston, Co, Wicklow, in 1725. She died Jany., 1732, and was buried at St. Bride's, Jan. 28th. A grant of admon. of her goods was made, May 23rd, 1732,to her husband, Thomas Ball, who married, secondly, in 1735, Mildred, daughter of Revd. John Johnson, Rector of Clondevaddock, Co. Donegal, and his wife, Mildred Hamilton, and settled on her the estate of Abbeylara, Co. Longford, which he had purchased. She died in Digges Str., 1763, in which year her will was proved. She was buried with her husband in St. Kevin's Churchyard, Dublin, where a stone is on the grave with the following inscription: "Here lyeth the Body of Thos .Ball, Esq., who departed this life the 9th of Augst., 1742, aged 44years, as also the Body of Mildred Ball, otherwise Johnson his Wife, who departed this Life 31st of July, 1763, aged 55 years. Also the Body of the Revd. John Johnson, Brother of the said Mildred Ball, who departed this life 26th of Octr., 1771, aged seventy one years." SOURCE: Rev. William Ball Wright, Ball Family Records: Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families of Great Britain, Ireland and America (Yorkshire Printing Co., Ltd. 1908;).

·       1726 December 30.  ROD 52-89-33668. A memorial of indented Deeds of Lease and Release bearing date Respectively the thirtieth and thirty first day of December: one thousand seven hundred and twenty six made and perfected between John BALL of Loghross, Co. Armagh, Esq. of 1st part & Thomas JACKSON of City of Dublin Esq. Of the other part. By which said deed and release the said John BALL for the consideration therein mentioned Did give grant bargain sell, Release & Confirm to Thomas JACKSON in his actual possession by virtue of the said lease all that tate of the old Castle of Creckstown & 106A 1R 34P of the land thereunto adjoining in the Barony of Ratbath, Co. Meath inders Rents Issues and Profitts of the same. To have and to hold the said premises with the appurtenances the said Thomas Jackson  and his heirs yielding and paying  therefore and thereout unto the said John BALL his heirs and issue for ever the yearly rent of five shillings sterling per acre for every of the said acres and after that rate for the said one Rod and thirty four perches in half yearly payment viz on every first day of May and November the first payment to be made on the First Day of May next ensuing the Date of  the said Deed of Release. Which said Deeds of Lease and Release were duly perfected on the said thirtieth and thirty first Days of December one thousand seven hundred and twenty six. . WITNESS: William CHURCH of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Gent; John DOWNING of City of Dublin, Gent; Henry ARKWRIGHT, City of Dublin. NOTE: Lieut. Thomas Ball, of Fleetwood's Regt., , the father of John BALL, received grants of land in several counties of Ireland, which were confirmed under the Act of Settlement. In Crickstown, barony of Ratoath, he received "a mansion house, orchard, garden, and groves,''. They were same BALL family with leases at Urker and elsewhere in Creggan Parish.

·       1729 Sept 19 ROD: 61-315-41468 BALL, John-RUSSELL Jane BALL of Newry Co Down, widow let to Henry RUSSELL of Newry shopkeeper… formerly held by James BALL for natural lives of Jane Ball and her daughters Jane and Mary

·       1729 Dec 8 ROD: 61-474-42098.  CONLY Ignatius – -BALL Between Robert CONLY & Ignatius CONLY both of the town of Drogheda Merchants of the one part & George BALL of Drogheda Esq of the other part. Reciting that Robert PIPPARD of Drogheda and Barbara his wife did by deed dated 20 July 1650 ranted to Samuel STRANBRIDGE of Drogheda Merchant lands & buildings on West Street of Drogheda bounded and mearing unto the lands of St Johns Hospital in Drogheda on the East of the lands of St James Chantry of St Peters Church of Drogheda on the North unto the lands of Plunkett BEAWLY [BEWLEY?]… STRANBRIDGE for a competent sum of money from Joseph WHORLEY of Drogheda  Gent ... 10th Oct 1694  confirmed to Hugh WHORLEY… Charles WHORLEY son of Joseph WHORLEY and his wife Jane ... 7 Sept 1787  confirmed to Luke CONLY merchant of Drogheda … Luke CONLEY is dead but in will gave to son Richard who died intestate and without issue and then for £144 to George BALL from Robert & Ignatius CONLY…

·       1730 John BALL jr of Loughross was High Sherriff of Co. Armagh – although he was settled at Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny.

·       1730 Feb 23 ROD: 65-274-45475 NAMES: John BALL of Three Castles aka Bannough, Kilkenny; Thomas JACKSON of Dublin; Dorothy BALL née JACKSON; John HAMILTON; John DOWNING; William PARRY

·       1730 Feb 23 ROD: 67-76-45360 Image 45  John BALL of Three Castles in Co. Kilkenny Esq. & Richard JACKSON of City of Dublin, Esq. John BALL and wife Dorothy sold to JACKSON towns and lands of Bannanaugh commonly called and known by the name of Three Castles lying in the Co. Kilkenny … 449 acres for pmt of £1000 & interest WITNESS John HAMILTON of City of Dublin, Gold Smith & John DOWNING of City of Dublin, gent

·       1731 Mar 23 ROD: 71-38-48618 BALL-ROGERSON Lisdromgrany, Mullaglass, Stripe Camoly, Scarve McIlea - B Fews Image 27 BTW John BALL of Three Castles Co. Louth of 1 pt. Rt. Hon John ROGERSON Esq Lord Chief Justice of his Magesty’s Court of Kings Bench Ireland and Thomas JACKSON of City of Dublin Esq. of the other pt. Release being Tripartate btw John BALL of 1st pt; Francis BERNARD of Castle Bernard Co. Cork Esq of 2nd pt & Rt. Hon John ROGERSON & Thomas JACKSON of the 3rd pt.. Whereby the said John BALL for the further and better securing the payment of the sum of six pounds with interest to the said Francis BERNARD in manner therin expressed did give Grant Release and Confirm unto the said Rt. Hon. John ROGERSON Esq. & Thomas JACKSON all that and those the Towne & Lands of Lisdromgrany, Stripe of Camonly & Mulaghs Cargarovady and Scarve [M’Flea?] Situate in Barony of Fews or elsewhere in Co. Armagh and all that the Town and Lands of Ballyenan situate in Barony Orier or elsewhere in Co. Armagh with their appurtenances. To Hold to them the said Rt. Hon. John ROGERSON Esq. and Thomas JACKSON and their heirs to the use of them and their heirs to the use of them & their heirs in Trust to permit the said John BALL to receive the Rents Issues and Profits therof until Judgement should be obtained in any Court of Law or Equilly by Simon BRADSTREET or any Executor or Administrator of John McCANTS Gent deceased by Virtue or Colour of a Certain Lease in the said Release recited made to the said John McCANTS and Immediately after such Judgement by Lease Mortgage or Sale of the premises to Raise and pay the sum of 600 pounds which said Deed and Release were Executed by the said John BALL & Francis BERNARD in the presence of North Ludlow BERNARD of City of Dublin Esq. John DOWNING & Francis WOODLEY both in City of Dublin Gents who are witnesses thereto and witnesses to the signing & seal of this present Memorial by the said John BALL are the said John DOWNING and Francis WOODLEY. John BALL [SEAL] NOTE: In the Guide to Creggan Church & Graveyard: In memory of Arthur Adderly Bernard late Major 84th Regt and for 30 years a Magistrate for this country who departed this life 9th March 1861 aged 76 years. Also Margaret Anna his wife, Daughter of the late Neil McNeil, Esq. of Faughart. She departed this life 30th March 1870 aged 84 years. Beloved and respected by all who knew her. At the time of Griffiths, Margaret Anne BERNARD leased Urker House.

·       1731 Jun 19 ROD: 67-442-46722 HALL-HALL Lattskalgatt, Liscalgeth, Lissera, Lisserae, Ballynaghy, Ballynagher, Glassdromnaghy - B Fews Image 230 BTW Francis BALL of Shangford [sic] Co. Down Esq. Eldest son and heir of Edward HALL late of Strangford deceased of 1 pt; Ann HALL Widow & relict of Edward HALL & mother of Francis HALL of the other. Reciting lease 1 Jan 1730 Ann HALL & Francis HALL conveyed to Rev. Hugh HALL Treasurer of Armagh, Co. Armagh Clk & Heirs towns and lands of Ballynaghy, Creenenagh, Cullederry [aka Coole Derry] Dombally, Liscalgeth [aka Latskalgat]. Drumuck [aka Dromuch],  Clarinagh, Moybane, Clonleeg [aka Clonlig] Camonagh, , , Cappy, Drumbee [aka Drombo], Liscrae [aka Lissera], & Anaghgad [aka Glasdromhaghy als Anaghad] & in Barony of Fews Co. Armagh to the use of Francis HALL subject to an anuity or rent of 207 pounds to Ann HAL as also out ot the town and lands of Rossglass Barony Lecale, Co. Down to hold during her natural life payable Quarterly. WITNESS: Samuel HILL of Strangford Gent & John RONAN servant to Francis HALL. Memorial WITNESS: John RONAN and James GODDARD of City of Dublin Gent. See also: HALL-HALL Image 289 I included townland spellings from that memorial. NOTE: 1728— Hugh Hill, coll. May 16 ; installed May 21 (D.R.). T.C.D. Sch. 1720 ; B.A. 1722 ; M.A. 1725 ; B.D. and D.D. 1753.  He left his son Edward all his estate in Mounthill, Co. Armagh, to his wife Elizabeth an annuity and a life interest in his estate at Aghoghill and the use of his Dublin house. SOURCE: Armagh clergy and parishes : being an account of the clergy of the Church of Ireland in the Diocese of Armagh, from the earliest period, with historical notices of the several parishes, churches, &c

·       1732 Jan Thomas BALL married, firstly, Grace, daughter of Thomas ACTON, of West Aston, Co. Wicklow, in 1725. She died Jany., 1732, and was buried at St. Bride's, Dublin, Jan. 28th. A grant of admon. of her goods was made, May 23rd, 1732, to her husband, Thomas Ball, who married, secondly, in 1735, Mildred, daughter of Revd. John Johnson, Rector of Clondevaddock, Co. Donegal, and his wife, Mildred Hamilton, and settled on her the estate of Abbeylara, Co. Longford, which he had purchased. She died in Digges Str., 1763, in which year her will was proved. She was buried with her husband in St. Kevin's Churchyard, Dublin, where a stone is on the grave with the following inscription : "Here lyeth the Body of Thos. Ball, Esq., who departed this life the 9th of Augst., 1742, aged 44 years, as also the Body of Mildred Ball, otherwise Johnson his Wife, who departed this Life 31st of July, 1763, aged 55 years. Also the Body of the Revd. John Johnson, Brother of the said Mildred Ball, who departed this life 26th of Octr., 1771, aged seventy one years."

·       1734 Mar 28 ROD: 78-72-53358 BALL-SIBTHORPE Bk 71 Corrstown, Image 339 BTW John BALL of Lisrenny Co. Louth Clke of 1 pt & Stephen SIBTHORPE of Dunany Co. Louth of the other. BALL demised townlands of Johnsontown containing 208 a 2r 14p and part of lands of Corrstown cont 6a Barony Ferrard Co. Louth for lives of said Stephen SIBTHORPE, Robert SIBTHORP his eldest son & Elizabeth SIBTHORP his eldest daughter… WITNESS: William FOSTER of Dunleer, Co. Louth & Alexander FILGATE of Lisrenny Co. Louth

·       1735 Thomas BALL(1696-172)  married, secondly, in 1735, Mildred, daughter of Revd. John Johnson, Rector of Clondevaddock, Co. Donegal, and his wife, Mildred HAMILTON, and settled on her the estate of Abbeylara, Co. Longford, which he had purchased. She died in Digges Str., 1763, in which year her will was proved. She was buried with her husband in St. Kevin's Churchyard, Dublin, where a stone is on the grave with the following inscription : "Here lyeth the Body of Thos. Ball, Esq., who departed this life the 9th of Augst., 1742, aged 44 years, as also the Body of Mildred Ball, otherwise Johnson his Wife, who departed this Life 31st of July, 1763, aged 55 years. Also the Body of the Revd. John Johnson, Brother of the said Mildred Ball, who departed this life 26th of Octr., 1771, aged seventy one years."

·       1736 Jul 7 DONNELAN-BALL Tullydonnell, B Fews  Image 213 BTW Rev William DONNELLAN of City of Dublin, Cke of 1 pt & Abraham BALL Jun of Darver Co. Louth, Gent of the other. Demised to Abraham BALL all that part of Tullydonnell now in possession of Abraham BALL in as full a manner as John JOHNSTON held the same (containing 190a in Barony of Fews and Co. Armagh) for lives of James TISDALL Jun & said Abraham BALL and Samuel BALL. WITNESS: Edward DOWDALL of Mountaintown Co. Meath Esq. & Lawrence PAINE of City of Dublin Gent Memorial WITNESS: Lawrence PAINE & Benjamin TISDALL both of City of Dublin

·       1737 May 28 ROD: 85-517-61249 BALL to CANDLER Notes in 2009 diary 1708-1738 Image 273 Between Abraham BELL of Darrer, Co. Louth, Esq. Of 1st part & Thomas CANDLER of Kilbline, Co. Kilkenny Esq. Of the other ... refers to marriage of son Thomas BALL to Grace ACTON ... list of townlands incl  Drumlougherry. Teer, Armaghmare, Sytrim, Cullyhanna, part of Raceelan, Cross, Munoge, Urher, Drummacavale, part of lands of Eurycaine, Tullygellahan & Emurinyvore part of lands of Legmoylin. All in B. Fews and also lands of Cargin, part of townland Legacree part of townland Cashel, the townland of Aughenduffe Townland of Lurgen part of townland Drumuly all in B. Orier, Co. Armagh part of town land Crickstown, townland of Anavinstowne Barony Ratoath, Co. Meath with future interest of 500 pounds to & for the benefit of Thomas CANDLER to be paid to him the day next after the decease of the said Abraham BALL without any deduction … Abraham BALL confirmed to Thomas CANDLER yearly rent of 30 pounds issuing and payable out of charges on townlands of Cross [aka Crossmaglen] Munag [aka Monag] and Urher [aka Urcher] all in Barony of Fews and also Ravinstown Barony Ratoath, Co. Meath for 99 years should Abraham BALL live so long. WITNESS: Robert NORMAN City of Dublin, Esq., Robert HENDERSON servant to Robert NORMAN & John KATHERINS of City of Dublin Not Publ. NOTE: Thomas CANDLER was married to Elizabeth BALL in 1735. They had three children who died without issue..

·       1737 Aug 24 ROD: 98-67-67647 BALL to HILL Urcher Townland Bk 2 1739-1810. Thomas BALL of Urcher did make over to Hugh HILL. Minister of the Parish of Creggan. Trevor WILLIAMS Alexander McELROY, church wardens of said parish, one plot of land est one plantation acre being part of the Demesne lands usually occupied with or reputed as a Demesne of his Mansion or chief Dwelling House bounded to the east by the lands of Liscalgot to the south to the Glebe on the west by the lands of Urcher on the south by the said lands of Urcher. To hold to the said Church Wardens and their successors forever in Trust for the sole use of the resident Protestant Schoolmaster to teach the English tongue in the said Parish forever.. said conveyance witnessed by John JOHNSTON & Hugh McMASTER both of the Fews of Co. Armagh, Gent.. Also witnessed by George MIDDLETON of Dublin. Signed Thomas BALL

·       1738 Jan 10 MURPHY-BALL Camoy, Cregganduffe, Glassdromin, Kiltebane, Tullydonnell, Dorsy Image 323 Deed Poll Bernard MURPHY of Ballynaclose Co. Armagh Gent hath exhibited several Bills in his Majesty’s Court of Chancery against John EYRE & others  re several leasehold of Glassdrummon Doury alias Dunreavy part of Tullydonnell Carnally, Lurgan, Carrinbiy, Cregganduffe, part of Camully, part of Shermackalay, Kiltabawn, part of Drumlougharvy all Parish Creggan, Baron Fews, Co. Armagh also lands of Ballicollen & Ballinanaghlaw Barony Ferrard Co. Louth and an Estate of Inheritance in lands of Ballydonnell Barony Ferrard, Co. Louth in persuance of Several Acts of Parliament made in this Kingdom for preventing the further growth of Popery. Now the said Bernard MURPHY did by the said deed declare & acknowledge that the said and several Bills as to one Fourth part of the Lands & Tenements or Hereditaments Estates real Freehold Personal or Mixed to be recovered therebt were exhibited in Trust and for the sole use & behoof of Abraham BALL of Darver Co. Louth Esq. and the said Bernard MURPHY did by said deed assign and make over all his right and Title in the said fourth part of the Premes unto the said Abraham BALL … WITNESS: Samuel BOYD of Castleloure Gent & John PEPPER of Walasloure Esq. both in Co. Louth.

·       1738 Jul 5 ROD: 97-166-677727 BALL to HANSARD Townland Bk 2 1739-1810 1739-1810 Urker  Likely connected to #102-303-70250 Btw Thomas BALL of Urker, Co. Armagh Esq. of the 1 pt & John HANSARD Esq. Secretary to Protestant Schools of other pt. Lands of Urker then in possession of Incorporated Society containing 29 acres or thereabouts – map annexed -  for rent of £3 12s 6p. WITNESS: Laurence PAIN of City of Dublin, Gent & Benjamin JOHNSTON Public Notary City of Dublin.

·       1737 Aug 24 BALL to HILL Urcher Townland Bk 2 1739-1810 Thomas BALL of Urcher did make over to Hugh HILL. Minister of the Parish of Creggan. Trevor WILLIAMS Alexander McELROY, church wardens of said parish, one plot of land est one plantation acre.being part of the Demesne lands usually occupied with or reputed as a Demesne of his Mansion or chief Dwelling House bounded to the east by the lands of Liscalgot to the south to the Glebe on the west by the lands of Urcher on the south by the said lands of Urcher. To hold to the said Church Wardens and their successors forever in Trust for the sole use of the resident Protestant Schoolmaster to teach the English tongue in the said Parish forever.. said conveyance witnessed by John JOHNSTON & Hugh McMASTER both of the Fews of Co. Armagh, Gent.. Also witnessed by George MIDDLETON of Dublin. Signed Thomas BALL.

·       1740 Death of Abraham BALL of Darver Castle, Co. Louth, son of Thomas BALL & Frances PIDGEON, and husband of Florinda NORMAN. He was buried at Creggan Graveyard while his wife, who died 13 years later, was buried at Kilbline, Co. Kilkenny.

·       1740 Feb 13 ROD: 102-303-70250 BALL to HANSARD 1739-1810 Urker Townland Bk 2 1739-1810 Frances HALL of Strangford Co Down Esq. Demised to John HANSARD Secretary to the Incorporated Society in Dublin for Promoting English Protestant Schools in Ireland  ...Urcher ...29 acres.. to hold for the use of the Society from the 1st day of May 1736...

·       1741 May 15 ROD: 101-323-71409 BALL-GAGE Bk 2 1739-1810 Thomas BALL of Dublin Esq. of 1pt & Rev. John GAGE of Ashdowneybig Co. Londonderry of other pt £1,145..townlands Nevintown & Creekstown Co Meath & Emerycam, Shet[?] [////] Dunloghery, Teer, Annaghmore, Drumncavalk, Tullyogallagh Aghduffe Cargint those the town and lands of Crossmaglen Cullyhanna Urgher Legmoylin otherwise Tullydonnell & Drumully otherwise Balls Quarter Corlys & Sturgan situate lying and being in the Co. of Armagh. NOTE: Related to JACKSONs of Coleraine.

·       1742 Aug 9 Death of Thomas BALL (1696-1742), son of Abraham BALL & Florinda NORMAN and husband of Grace ACTON. He probably died in Dublin, although William Ball Walker describes him as “of Creggan”. He married 2ndly Mildred JOHNSON.

·       1742 Thomas Ball, the eldest son of Abraham, of Creggan, born 1696 in the County Derry, entered Trin. Coll., Dublin, in 1714, at the age of eighteen, having been educated at Carrickmacross School. He was a Counsellor-at-Law, and resided in Great Ship Street, Dublin, and afterwards in Bride Str., and Co. Wicklow; he was High Sheriff of the Co. Longford in 1737, and died intestate in 1742. Letters of admon. for his goods were granted to Revd. John Gage, of Aghadoey, Co. Derry, Mildred Ball, his widow, renouncing, on 8th Deer., 1742.

·       1745 Mar 2. Pue’s Occurrences: There are for sale, lands, a part of estate of John Ball, Esq. (at the Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny), in the barony of Fews, Co Armagh, viz., Tullyvallen, 2,549 acres Plan, meas., Tullynavall and Dromill 476 acres, and 577 acres of bog, 10 miles from Armagh, 10 from Dundalk, also more lands in Ratoath, called Creekstown.

·       1745 Aug 15 ROD: 120-91-81938 MITCHELL-HAMILTON Henry MITCHELL of the City of Dublin esq. of the pt  & Alexander HAMILTON  of  said City Esq. of the other part  wherin Henry MITCHELL for consideration of payment demised etc to Alexander HAMILTON his heirs and assigns all that the town & Lands of Tullyvallin otherwise Tullyvallen  otherwise Tullyvallan or Ballyvallen Drumill otherwise Drumhill & Tullynavall otherwise Tullynavall situate in the Barony of the Fews Co. Ardmagh with the Appurs Royal  [???] and conveyed by John BALL Esq…. for lives….… other lands … lives of Alexander HAMILTON & Hugh HAMILTON & Robert HAMILTON sons of Alexander HAMILTON as conveyed by John BALL Esq. WITNESSSES:  Robert KING of City of Dublin Gent & Robert WALLIS of the same City, Public Notary.

·       1745 Oct 1 ROD: 135-329-91616 COOPER 1746-1758 Btw John BALL of Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny Esq. & Dorothy BALL otherwise JACKSON his wife of 1st pt & William COOPER of City of Dublin Esq Dr of Laws of 2nd pt & Edmund SHANLEY of City of Dublin Gent of 3rd pt. John BALL sold to William COOPER Five Castles, 400 messuages, 600 cottages, 300 Tofts, 200 Gardens, 3 Mills 10 Pigeon Houses, 40 orchards, 1,000 acres of land, 500 acres of meadow, 2,000 acres of Pasture, 100 acres of wood & Underwood, 200 acres of Turf & Heath, & 200 acres of Moor & Marsh.in [list of townlands] Co Armagh. NOTE: Dorothy JACKSON (1696-1760). SEE: Jacksons of Coleraine.

·       1748 Death of Frances BALL daughter of John BALL of Loughross & Elizabeth COOTE. She was the wife of Henry GORGES.

·       1748 Oct. Faulkner's Dublin Journal: By the vigilance and activity of John Ball, Esq., of Three Castles, there are lodged of Freny's gang 9 men and 2 women.

·       1749 Nov 28 ROD: 135-554-93081 WARREN 1746-1758 Image 288 Btw Richard JACKSON Esq of City of Dublin son & heir of Richard JACKSON Esq. late of City of Dublin of 1st pt & John BALL of Three Castles Esq Co Kilkenny of 2nd pt & Abel WARREN of Lowhill, Co. Kilkenny. Reciting deed of 1730 Feb 23 btw John BALL of 1st pt and his wife Dorothy JACKSON of 2nd pt & Richard JACKSON father of the above-mentioned Richard JACKSON of the 3rd pt whereby John BALL in consideration of £1,000 pd by Richard JACKSON the father …. NOTE: Richard JACKSON (1673-1730) late of Dublin & Richard JACKSON (1722-1787) of Forkhill Lodge -  a 1st cousin of Dorothy JACKSON. SEE: Jacksons of Coleraine.

·       1753 Death of Florinda BALL née NORMAN. She was buried at Kilbline, Co. Kilkenny.. Her husband Abraham BALL had died in 1740 and was buried at Creggan Church. NOTE: Her daughter Elizabeth had married a Thomas CANDLER, and it is worth noting that Kiline Castle was owned by the CANDLER family. See also Three Castles Church.

·       1753 June 30 ROD: 161-318-108796 BALL & WIFE & ORS- BAYLEY & ORS Creekstown, John BALL of Three Castles Co. Kilkenny  Esq. Dorothy BALL otherwise JACKSON his wife [abt.1696-1760]; Jane JACKSON of the town of Drogheda widow & sole executor of Thomas JACKSON late of Crickstown  in the Co. of Meath Esq deceased Luke VIPOND and Gorges Edmond HOWARD of the City of Dublin Esq. & Thomas SMITH of the City of Dublin Gent of the one pt & Joseph BAYLY of the City of Dublin Gent & Rev. Abraham SANDIP of Killmoon Co Meath of the other part and the release made between John BALL Dorothy of the first part Jane JACKSON of the 2nd part the Rev. Ralph COCKYN [variant spellings may be useful: COCKAINE] of Raheny in the Co Dublin & Ann COCKYN otherwise LEVESY otherwise JACKSON his wife of the 3rd part & Rev. Bigoe HENZEL of Creekstown Co Meath of the 4th pt  said Luke VIPOND and Gorges Edmond HOWARD of the 5th pt and Thomas SMITH of the 6th pt and said Joseph BAYLY and Abraham SANDIP of the 7th pt… land sold for one year. SEE: JACKSONs of Coleraine

·        1754 Grace Ball (?-1754), spinster [daughter of Thomas BALL and Grace ACTON], of Cuffe Street, Dublin, died 1754, buried in St. Bride's, June 24th of that year. In her will she mentioned her half-brothers John, Wm. Robert, and James Ball, her uncle William Acton, Esq., and her brother Samuel Ball.

·       1757 Jan 10 ROD: 188-20-124336 John BALL of Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny. Esq  of 1 pt to Henry HARDEN of Harrybrooke Co Armagh Gent of other pt  for 166  BALL set to HARDEN townland of Ballyenan als Balls [?] 50 acres in Parish Loughgilly Co Armagh late in tenancy of Rev. Dr. J. KEARNEY with liberty to sell turf off it for life of James HARDEN son of said Henry & lives of St John BLACKER son of Samuel BLACKER of Tandragee & William BLACKER 2nd son of William BLACKER of Carrick, Co Armagh. for 61 years. WITNESSES: John JOHNSTON of Roxboro Esq. James HARDY of Drumart, junior, linen draper both of Co. Armagh. NOTE: John BALL was the husband of Dorothy JACKSON. See JACKSONs of Colerain The Elizabeth HARDY of Drumart married William OLIVER of Ballynahone sometime before 1724.

·       1758 Nov 15  196-302-130085 Memorial of a deed bearing date June 24 1754 btw Thos BALE of Cullyhanna , Co. Armagh Esq. of the one pt & John JOHNSTON of Roxborough in the said Co. Gent of the other pt. witnessing that the said Thomas BALL for the consideration demised to John JOHNSTON the Mills of Cashel with 6 acres of land adjoining the said Mills also the strip of land known by the name of Emerinvore… for life of Richard JOHNSTON natural son of John JOHNSTON… confirmed and signed over to Richard JOHNSTON his natural son these lands. WITNESS:  Samuel GORDON of Armagh farmer & James McCULLA of Armagh & John MARMION of Atherdee in Co. Louth Carpenter. NOTE: Richard JOHNSTON (bef 1753-aft 1792) married Anne JACKSON of Creggan, Co. Armagh. SEE: JACKSONs of Urker

·       1760 According to Amy Oliver JACKSON (1874-1962), this was when [probably] George JACKSON purchased Urker.

George Jackson lost all his property - he went over to Bath and became engaged to an English lady, the daughter of an earl, who refused to live in Ireland. He returned to raise money by selling his life interest in the property, and then found that the lady had jilted him and married another. He went to France and squandered all his fortune. He then returned to Ireland and was glad to get the post of school-master in the Charter School, Creggan, Co. Armagh. He married Margaret McLaughlin in 1755 [I have the date 1743] and lived in Liscalgot, Co. Armagh and had 3 sons and 7 daughters. His eldest son David, married Margaret Bradford, a violent tempered red- haired woman, who, disgusted at the money being spent to get back the Mt. Leinster property, burnt all the Title Deeds. They lived at Urker, bought in 1760 [property which allegedly came from Margaret BRADFORD], and had 2 sons and 3 daughters. His son John married Elizabeth McCullagh and had 1 son and 3 daughters. David, who married Elizabeth Oliver and had 5 sons and 4 daughters, his second son Thomas, married Amelia Lydia Dare and had 4 sons and 5 daughters. NOTE: Given the BALL family connections in Bath, this story is interesting.

·       1764 Death of John BALL Esq. (1702-1764) of Loughross & Castle Kilkenny, husband of Dorothy JACKSON (daughter of William JACKSON & Elizabeth GORGES). He died at South Frederick St., Dublin

·       1766 April 8. Religious Census (included in: History of the Parish of Creggan, L. P. Murray, Isaac Dobson, Wm. Frankland and J. Southey. County Louth Archaelogical Journal Vol VIII, 1934.):

o   Owen JACKSON of the Five Towns in the Parish of Creggan.

o   George JACKSON of Liscallgot

o   Richard JACKSON of Tullyvallen

·       1766 Creggan Vestry Book It is agreed that Thos. Ball, Esq., shall have the ground in ye church that belonged to John Ball, Esq., to repair ye seats." "Ground next to that, to Thos. Ball, Esq., to build a seat on, viz. : that ground in which the Balls are buried." 1777. "Seats confirmed to Thos. Ball, Esq., and his family for ever." Also the Silver Communion Vessels have this inscription : "The gift of John Ball, Esq., to the Church of Creggan in ye County of Armagh, Feby., ye 8, 1739." In 1741 Thos. Ball, Esq., was churchwarden. 

·       1770 Feb 10 ROD: 288-37-185572 KING-QUIN Book Index 1768-1776 Forkhill, PIM Margaret & Mary KING daughters & Heirs of Maxwell KING late of Dublin Esq dec’d of 1st pt....Richard JACKSON of Forkhill, Co Armagh Esq Richard JACKSON of Colerain in Co Londonderry Esq & Thomas BALL of Seapark Esq Co Wicklow of 5th pt... transaction had consent of the 2 Richard JACKSONs... NOTE: The connection of the Forkhill JACKSONs to the BALL family. SEE: JACKSONs of Coleraine.

·       1771 Mar 29 ROD: 288-38-185573 JACKSON-QUINN Book Index 1768-1776 Forkhill, PIM Richard JACKSON of Forkhill, Co Armagh Esq Richard JACKSON of Colerain in Co Londonderry Esq & Thomas BALL of Seapark Esq Co Wicklow Continuation of above. NOTE: The connection of the Forkhill JACKSONs to the BALL family. SEE: JACKSONs of Coleraine.

·       1773 Boundary changes: 20 townlands that had been included in the Parish of Creggan were included by Primate ROBINSON, Archbishop of Armagh, in the Parish of Newtownhamilton. 50a out of the Glebe lands of Creggan Parish were exchanged with Dr. Hugh HAMILTON, then Dean of Armagh, for part of the lands of Tullivallen. SOURCE: A Statistical Account of the Barony of Upper Fews in the County of Armagh. John Donaldson 1838, p4.

·       1787 Marriage of Mary PLATT to Abraham BALL (see deed 1809 Jun 7) Abraham Ball, born 21st October, 1759, B.A., T.C.D.,  1779, married, 1787, Mary, daughter of Richard Platt,  Esq., Deputy Baron of the County Palatine of Chester,  by whom he had issue : 1. Thomas Gerrard Ball, born  1790, entered the 34rd Regt., 1809, Capt., 7 April,  1814, Capt. 8th Regt., 25th Deer., 1817, wounded at  Waterloo, Major-General in the army, died at Chester,  1881, aged 90; he married, first, Eliza, daughter of  Hon. Edward Massey, son of Lord Massey; she died  1862. He erected to her memory a marble tablet in  Trinity Church, Chester, with an inscription, of which  part runs : "To the memory of Elizabeth, wife of Thos.  Gerrard Ball. Died suddenly on 17th Oct., 1862, of asthma, and is interred near this tablet." SOURCE: Ball Family Records: Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families of Great Britain, Ireland and America. Rev. William Ball Walker. Yorkshire Printing Co. Ltd. 1908.

·       1788 Feb 20 ROD: 398-20-262236 TOMMINS Names Index 1786-1794 Indenture of Lease. Reference earlier deed 1766 Dec 13. James HAMILTON Chief Rememb' Exchequer Crt Ireland, aka Earl of Clanbrassil, made decree 21 January 1788 that premises were to be lett – John TOMMINS,  of 1st part, Merchant of Dublin City bid £250 and was declared purchaser. Of 2nd part: Henry JACKSON, Merchant of Pill Lane, Dublin, & James WILLIAMS, Coachmaker & Richard BOLTON Esq. & Benjamin BALL Esq. Of Season Place, Carlow, for consids granted TOMMINS house in Dublin suburbs for residue of 999 yr lease subj to yearly rent. TOMMINS had bid £250 and was declared purchaser by Court of Exchequer. House with yard stables coach houses out offices bound on south by Kings pavement, and on north by Mary Street in suburbs of Dublin city, granted by William BURGH unto Lewis Burnwell MARTIN to hold for 999 years from 1 December then inst at £65 rent, became vested in Richard HARWOOD, ironmonger late of Mary Street, Dublin City, who later became bankrupt.Sir Nicholas FORSTER lately dwelt in sd house in Dublin suburbs. Sir Marcus Lowther CROFTON was in possession of dwelling to the east of sd house in Dublin suburbs. Mr. Edward CROKER occupied house to west of sd house in Dublin suburbs. John MACARTEN signed deed on behalf of James HAMILTON under a power of attorney. John MOORE, Registrar & William Leeson WALL Gent of Dublin City & Henry VERNON, Gent of Dublin City, witnesses. Thanks to Mike .  SEE: JACKSONs of Lisnaboe

·       1790 May 3 ROD: 438-68-281879 William JOHNSTON – BALL   1786-93 William BALL of Drumcondra  Image 42 William JOHNSTON of Forlix Lane City of Dublin of 1 pt & William BALL of Drumcondra City of Dublin of the other pt…. demised the two townlands and gardens in Drumcondra situate on the east by the road leading to Drogheda on the south by the BRIDGES holding on the west by Mr. BAILIE’s field and on the north by the Cabbin in occupation of JOYCE…

·       1791 Nov 16 ROD: 439-541-286339 JACKSON - CORNWALL Names Index 1786-1794 Image 585  Btw Thomas GURLEY of Belville, Co. Carlow Esq of 1 pt & William JACKSON of City of Dublin Gent of other pt Reciting deed where Robert CORNWALL of Myshall Lodge Co Carlow Esq demised to Thomas GURLEY who then demised to William JACKSON land fronting the New Quay called Cornwall’s Quay lately built in town of Carlow containing in front to this Quay 35’ and in breadth at the rear 42’  & in depth on west sire 153’ and 3/4s are all part & parcel of land called Castle Hill adjoining the Corporation of Carlow bounded in the front by the Church yard and in the west by John MONTGOMERY Esq holding & on the east partly by Old Barrack Street & partly by  William OATES holding….. for lives of GURLEYs… in trust from said William JACKSON… sum of 430 pounds to be paid…… WITNESS; William MONTGOMERY & James BALL both of City of Dublin. NOTE: Check other CORNWALL where a William JACKSON was a witness.

·       1792 Feb 21 ROD: 459-119-293078 Richard JOHNSTON – JACKSON Image 391 btw Richard JOHNSTON Shanrue Co Armagh farmer of 1 pt & David JACKSON Liscalgot Co Armagh farmer of other pt. Reciting that the said Richard JOHNSTON in consideration of £84 paid to him granted to David JACKSON 44a 3r 39p in townland of Cashel, Co. Armagh the same demised by Thomas BALL Esq.  to the said Richard JOHNSTON to hold to Richard JOHNSTON and his heirs for the residue of the lease for the rest of the lives and years in said lease from Thomas BALL Esq. to said Richard JOHNSTON subject to rents and costs & other clauses. WITNESSES: Thomas SHEA of City of Dublin attorney;  Thomas SMYTH of Silverbridge, Co. Armagh farmer SEE: JACKSONs of Urker NOTE: Richard JOHNSTON married Anne JACKSON in 1767. She was a sister of David JACKSON. He died in 1796.

·       1793 Mar 2 ROD: 465-340-297759 JACKSON - ELLIS Names Index 1786-1794 Image 461 BTW , Christopher WRIGHT of Ellegesh in the County of Monaghan, gent. Joseph JACKSON of ____ in the same County gent, and Catherine JACKSON otherwise WRIGHT, his wife. Christopher JACKSON of Ellegesh eldest son of the said Joseph and Catherine. Sidney BALL of Ellegesh aforesaid widow and Elizabeth BALL of the same spinster daughter and only child of Henry BALL deceased and of the said Sydney of the first part. Henry ELLIS the city of Dublin attorney at law of the second part and Blayney Owen MITCHELL of the same city attorney at law of the third part. Whereby after reciting that for borrowing destroying and extinguishing all Estates Tail and all Reversions …. The said Christopher WRIGHT, Joseph JACKSON, Catherine his wife Christopher JACKSON. Sidney BALL and Elizabeth BALL or any one of them had or could claim in order to the lands there in mentioned or any part thereof and for the other purposes therein mentioned the said Christopher WRIGHT , Joseph JACKSON, Catherine his wife, Christopher JACKSON, Sidney BALL and Elizabeth BALL for the considerations therein mentioned did grant bargain sell alien release and confirm to the said Henry ELLIS and his heirs all that and those the lands of Ellegesh there in called Allygesh otherwise called Legesh containing 141 acres 3 roods and 27 perches Irish plantation measure or thereabouts.  … description of boundaries

·        1794 Apr 13 ROD: 470-521-308071 TIPPING-WADDELL Tullyvallen Image 293 Thomas TIPPING of Bellurgan Park of 1 pt & James WADDELL of Springfield, Co. Down of the other… towns and lands of Rocks Camy called part of  Tullyvallen Ball & [Keran Caas?] otherwise called Cunninghams acres cont 401 acres plantation measure  in possession of Arthur GARSTIN Esq.,  in Barony of Fews…. To hold for lives of James PLUNKET and Thomas PLUNKET sons of Lawrence PLUNKETT formerly of Bragganstown being the surviving lives named in lease by Thomas TIPPING Esq. deceased to Arthur {or Anthony?] GARSTON Esq. also deceased. WITNESS: Richard JONES Esq. Barrister & Thomas JOHNSTON Gent Attorney both of City of Dublin. And Elizabeth CARTEN witnessed memorial

·       Bef 1794 Death of Samuel BALL, son of Thomas BALL (1696-1742) and Grace ACTON (?-1732).

o   Samuel Ball, Captain in the 6th Dragoon Guards, served in Germany 1764, afterwards of Grouse Hall, Inishowen, County Donegal, which he held under Lord Donegal; will proved 1794- There is a newspaper notice, 10 Jan., 1755. of the Promotion of Samuel Ball, Lieut, in Lord George Sackville s Regt. He married Catherine, daughter of the Revd. Arthur Chichester and his wife Mary, daughter of Henry O'Neill, Esq., of Shane's Castle. NOTE: The Anne O’NEILL (1738-1781) who married Richard JACKSON (abt 1729-1789) was a daughter of Charles O’NEILL of Shane’s Castle. That Charles O’NEILL was a brother of Henry O’NEILL– the father of Mary O’NEILL who married Rev. Arthur CHICHESTER. This means that Anne O’NEILL and Catherine BALL née CHICHESTER were 1st cousins once removed. Unless I have made an error – need to double-check all sources.

·       1798 Nov 1 Death of Thomas BALL (1727-1798) son of Thomas BALL (1696-1742) and Grace ACTON (?-1732), and husband of Phillipa USSHER (She probably died 1799). He probably died at Bath, Somerset, England.

o   Thomas Ball, of Seapark, Co. Dublin, born 1727 ,baptized in St. Bride's Church, May 1st, 1727, died 1798 will proved 21st March, 1800, buried in Trinity Church, Chester. At the West End of the South Aisle of that Church, on a white marble tablet, is the following inscription: "Near this place lieth the body of Thomas Ball, Esq., of the Kingdom of Ireland, who departed this life the ist day of Novr., 1798, aged 71 years."

o   He mentions in his will his estates of Creggan, Killevy, Loughgilly, and Newton Hamilton and Newton Stewart, in the County Armagh, and of Ratoath, in Co. Meath. In 1749 he was High Sheriff of County Armagh. He married, in 1748, Philippa, daughter of Revd. Samuel Ussher, Rector of Dunganstown, Co. Wicklow (son of John Ussher, Master of Chancery, who was descended from Sir Wm. Ussher),

·       1800, Aug 1 BALL-JACKSON Townland Bk 2 1739-1810  Image 81 A Memorial of a Deed of a Lease bearing date the first day of August 1800 made between Thomas BALL of Cullihanna in the County of Armagh Esq. Of the one part and John JACKSON of Liscalgat in the Said County of Armagh farmer of the other part. Whereby the said Thomas BALL for the Consideration therein mentioned did Demise Grant Set and to [farm?] Let Release and Confirm Unto the Said John JACKSON (then being by virtue of a Lease for a year as therein mentioned & to his assigns all that and there that part of the Lands of Urker known by the name of the Charter Lands then in the possession of the said John JACKSON Containing by estimation 29 acres, two roods or thereabouts be the same more or less which is [_arly] described in a map or [__rchart] there of thereunto annexed situate lying and being in the Parish of Creggan Barony of Upper Fews and County of Armagh Excepting and Reserving out of Said demise unto the said Thomas BALL his heirs and assigns as therin is Excepted and Reserved to hold said Demised premises with the appurts unto the said John JACKSON his heirs Exors Admons and Assigns for and during the natural life and lives of the said John JACKSON the lessee then aged about nineteen, Margaret and Barbara JACKSON twins sisters of the said John JACKSON both aged seventeen years thereabouts & the surviving issue of them as for and during the term of twenty four years to be computed from the 21st day of November then last which ever of said term for lives or years should last the longest at and under the yearly rent of [pounds] 34..16..7p in which said lease is contd sevl clauses & covts in the said John JACKSON his heirs, Exors, Admins, & Assigns to be done & performed & in case the said John JACKSON his heir Exors, Admins & Assigns shall perform & fulfill said Covenants and Clauses then said yearly rent of [pounds] 34.16.7 should be reduced to [pounds] 32.9.4 and no more which said deed was duly executed [?/?] therto in presence of and witnessed by Saml BALL of Urker in the County of Armagh Esq. & Patrick KANE of Coolderry in Said County and [?] this Memorial was also duly Exed by the said John JACKSON in presence of the said Patrick KANE & George JACKSON of the City of Dublin Attorney at Law, John JACKSON [SEAL] Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of Patrick KANE came this day before me & made oath & saith he is [?] Witness to & saw the Original Deed of which the above writing is Memorialized duly. Executed by the parties thereto & also save the above memorial duly executed by the above named John JACKSON and saith the name Patrick KANE [?] as a witness to said [?] & Memorial [....] proper name & handwriting Patrick KANE sworn before me at Dundalk in the County of Louth the 29th day of December 1800 by Virtue of a commission to me directed for taking affidavits in the County and I know the deponent Stephen PAGE junior.

·       1803 Feb 16 ROD: 554-131-366484 FLOOD1803 Image 73 Btw Sir Wheeler Derry CUFFE of Lyrath  & Richard JACKSON of City of Dublin Esq. of 1st pt. Eland MOSSON the elder & Eland MOSSON the younger  of Mount Elano Co. Kilkenny Esq. of 2nd pt. … reciting that Eland MOSSON the elder & Eland MOSSON the younger   were desirous of borrowing  2,000 pounds by forcing down the rents of several lands… Richard BALL testified … … lands of Macon commonly called Mount Elano. …

·       1805 Jun 3 ROD: 566-471-384784 JACKSON-BALL. Names Index 1800-1809 Btw. John TUCKER  of Co. Dublin Gent & Elizabeth TUCKER otherwise ALYBYRNE his wife of 1st pt & Wm JACKSON of City of Dublin, Gent  of 2nd & Henry BALL  of Camden St., Dublin .. transfer to JACKSON of property on Little Butter Lane now called Drury Lane. NOTE thanks to Dawne Lowe, have complete transcription NAMES: John TUCKER of Dublin; Elizabeth TUCKER als ALYBYRNE; William JACKSON; Henry BALL; Mary NEWLAND; George BLAKE of Drury Lane; James DILLON, Dr.; Robert BLAKE; John BALL; Robert BALL; John AYLBURNE of Stillorgan; John GRIFFIN.

·       1809 Jun 7 ROD: 614-560-42387  BALL-BALL Creekstown Image 609 Abraham BALL of City of Chester Esq.  & Mary BALL otherwise PLOTT [aka PLATT] his wife, Sir John WILLIAMS of Boddlurden, Co of Flint Bart, Alice BLOTT [aka PLATT] mother of Mary PLOTT Samuel BALL Esq son of Thomas BALL by Phillippa his wife both deceased, John BALL Esq 5th son of Thomas & Phillippa, [?] Ambrose [?]oles of Cromoe, Co Wicklow, eldest son & heir of late Isaac Ambrose ECLES deceased and Grace ECLES otherwise BALL widow of the said Ambrose ECCLES Esq deceased Elinor BALL and Frances WEBSTER otherwise BALL with said Grace, Elinor & Frances are daughters of Thomas & Phillippa BALL, William WEBSTER Esq of the Royal Navy husband of the said Miss BALL, Robert CORNWALL late of the City of Dublin but now of Myshall Lodge of Co Carlow Esq surviving trustee.. mention of a judgement involving John BAILIE Assignee & William & James DONALDSON to do with debts and estate of the late Thomas BALL and sum of £6,958.6.8 … for remaining £8,500 for the younger children of the said Thomas BALL by indented deed of release 3 & 4th days of July 1795 by the said Thomas BALL the elder… unto Thomas ACTON & John FORBES townlands of Emermore, Emerarcan Tullygallaghan Legmoylan Lurgen Cashell & Aughenduff Sturgan Dramally & that part of lands called greater or Big Cullyhanna in Co. Armagh and lands of Cruckstown aka Crickstown [Creekstown] & Navantown [Nevintown]  Co. Meath to have for the use of Nicholas MORRISON and the said Robert CORNWALL for full term of 9,000 years…the Right of Reversion Remainder and Expectancy of the said Samuel BALL Abraham BALL and James BALL said townlands in lease release of 3 &4 July 1795 their father’s will … WITNESS: John RAINEY Co. Carlow Servant & William MORGAN of Bath Co. Summerset Servant & by James BALL in presence of John CONNOLLY of City of Dublin & Eccles CUTHBERT in presence of James MARTIN City of Dublin Gent  and Abraham BALL in presence of John GREENAK of Liverpool servant & [?] MORGAN and by said Frances WEBSTER otherwise BALL in presence of James NICHOLS of Bath … and Mary BALL [aka PLATT] in presence of Catherine JONES of Chester Servant… Robert BALL [SEAL] Mary BALL [SEAL] John WILLIAMS [SEAL] Robert CORNWALL [SEAL] Ecles CUTHBERT [SEAL]

·       1809 Jun 10 ROD: 613-180-418483 CORNWALL-BALL Creekstown, Image 105 BTW Robert CORNWALL of City of Dublin Esq. but now of Myshall Lodge Co. Carlow surviving Trustee of the terms of 300 and 400 years hereafter mentioned; Thomas BALL of Cullyhanna Co. Armagh reciting deed of release 3 Jul 1795 between Thomas BALL and Phillipa his wife of the 1st pt & Thomas BALL party hereto of the 2nd pt; Thomas ACTON & John FORBES Esq. of 3rd pt & Nicholas MORRISON since deceased & Robert CORNWALL party hereto of the 4th pt…. Thomas BALL released to Thomas ACTON the townlands of Aughenduff Sturgeon Dromilly & part of the lands of Cullyhanna called greater Big Cullyhanna Co. Armagh & also the lands of Crukstown otherwise Crikstown [Crickstown] & Navan Town [Nevinstown?] otherwise Knavinstown[?] Co. Meath sum of 6,958.6.3 for the payment of certain Judgments affecting said land… sum of 8,500 for the younger children of Thomas BALL & Phillipa reciting a Decree and Sale in Chancery in Ireland… sums raised…. By sale of Tullygallaghan Emmerecan [?], [?], Cashel & Legmoylan Co. Armagh to hold to Joshua McGRAGH NOTE: There is a portion of a cross at Nevingstown, which stood adjoining the old road from Navan to Rathaldron Castle, the ancient residence of the Cusacks., SOURCE: The Ecclesiastical History of the Diocese of Meath: Ancient and Modern, Volume 1

·       1809 Jun 16 ECCLES-ECCLES Creekstown  Grace ECCLES widow of Isaac Ambrose ECCLES of Cromor, Co. Wicklow… Grace was one of the younger children of Thomas BALL Esq. deceased.

·       1809 Aug 2 Burial of John BALL at Creggan

·       1810 Oct 17 Burial of Margaret BALL at Creggan

·       1813 Joseph DONALDSON leased Sheetrim from Landlord Thomas Ball of England. He was said to be the best landlord in the country. SOURCE: Irish Edition of Alexander ban Donaldson: Our Ancestor 1691-1776. By Ron Donaldson, his fifth Great Grandson. 1989. At LDS Library in Salt Lake City: BRITISH 929.2415 D714d. A bound volume of typescript including pages 234-337.

·       1815 May 8 ROD: 689-169-473510 Marriage Arts – HAMILTON-TIPPING Tullyvallen,  Btw Rev Richard HAMILTON rector of Parish of Dunboyne, Co. Meath & Catherine TIPPING, spinster of Dublin, a minor & Francis TIPPING of Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth guardian appointed of 2nd pt; Thomas BALL & James HALL… includes mention of lands of Tullyvallen

·       1818 May 4 ROD: 727-341-496476 BALL to FITZGERALD Urker  Thomas BALL (1748-1825) of Cullyhanna, Co Armagh now residing in City of Bath, England of 1st pt; Thomas Prideau BALL (1797-1869)  of Inner Temple London Esq. only son & heir of 2nd pt; Rev FITZGERALD of Cavan… several townlands mentioned.

·       1818 Dec. 26. Mrs. Ball, relict of the late R. Ball, esq. of Three Castles, co. Kilkenny (SOURCE: The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 88, Part 2; Volume 124 p 647.  NOTE: Was she Catherine GAGE (whose death – unsourced – I have as 1808)? She was the widow of Robert BALL (?-1786) of Digges St., City of Dublin. This Robert BALL was a grandson of Abraham BALL and Florinda NORMAN and was also a son of Thomas BALL and Mildred JOHNSON. The death date of Dorothea Margaret BALL, relict of Richard BALL, was 10 Jul 1819, so that is not a fit.

·       1819 July 10 death of Dorothea Margaret BALL (1741-1819), wife of Richard SHINTON and 2ndly of Robert BALL. She was the daughter of John BALL Esq. (1702-1764) and Dorothy JACKSON.

·        1820 The will of Abraham (d 1814), son of Richard and Dorothea Ball, of Three Castles, was proved in 1820, by Abraham Ball, of South Darver, his cousin-german; Jane Ball, née WEMYSS, the wife of deceased, was to have £100 per ann. Paid out of the estate. This Abraham Ball during the minority of the children lived at Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny.

o   More detail 9pp79-80): However, these wills were not allowed to pass without dispute; already in 1800 Lancelot Shenton, the second son of the first marriage, had filed a Bill in Chancery against Richard Ball and Dorothea, his wife, to establish the Deed of 1762, and set aside the deed of 1785, on account of fraud. This bill was withdrawn by the plaintiff in 1805. In 1803 Dorothea Ball appointed the lands to her youngest son, Abraham Ball, subject to annuities. In 1809 the lands were by deed settled on the husband and wife, and their issue, notwithstanding notice given by Lancelot Shenton; in 1819 L. Shenton brought an action for ejectment at the Kilkenny Summer Assizes under the deed of 1785- This was compromised. The case turned mainly on the question of the sanity of John Shenton Ball and his power to convey legally, as in the deed of 1785- The County families were divided into two parties, some favouring Shenton, others the Balls. In 1821 L. Shenton brought a second action for ejectment in the Court of King's Bench, and got judgment by default, but a conditional order of the Court of Exchequer was got against him for contempt unless he should vacate the proceedings. Lancelot was so ill during the proceedings that the order could not be served on him in person, and in Feby., 1821, he died, leaving his eldest son and heir the Defendant in error, who on August 4, 1823, brought a third action for ejectment at the Kilkenny Assizes, when it was agreed that the sole question was to be the competency of John S. Ball to make the deed of 1785. Judge Jebb gave judgment. The matter was argued on 8 Feb., 1825, and judgment given for the Defendant in error. The Plaintiff in error was dissatisfied, and brought a writ in error in the Irish Exchequer Chamber, which was argued 15 June, 1826, 6 judges for reversing, 6 against. So it was undisturbed. Then plaintiff took it to the House of Lords, when Lords Tenterden and Plunkett in 1829 gave judgment, affirming Judge Jebb's ruling.

·       1820 Dec 1 ROD: 761-289-516824 HAMILTON to NORTON1821-1825 Liscalgot Liscolget  Liscaget Liscalgat Image 153 Between Rev. Richard HAMILTON of Salestown, Co. Meath ... revisiting 8 May 1815 between Rev, Richard HAMILTON Rector of Dimboyne & Catherine TIPPING of City of Dublin spinster then a minor & Francis TIPPING then of Beligan Co. Louth Esq. Guardian ... Thomas BALL Esq. ... James BALL of Dublin, barrister ... Robert HAMILTON married Catherine TIPPING ... Christopher HAMILTON of Killaka, Co. Meath. Lieut Col in Army ... several townlands mentioned including: Liscolget aka Lisscollget aka Leaskalkill aka Liscalgeth ... Tullyvallen ...

·       1822 Armstrong’s Survey Includes: Reps E. HALL; Thomas P. BALL, Reps Francis EASTWOOD; James EASTWOOD… SOURCE: A Statistical Account of the Barony of Upper Fews in the County of Armagh. John Donaldson 1838, 55.

·       1825 May Death of Thomas BALL (1748-1825) of Cullyhanna but late of Bath, son of Thomas BALL & Phillipa USSHER in Bath, Somerset, England, and husband of Mary PRIDEAU (?-1802).

Thomas Ball*, the owner of Cullyhana, in the parish of Creggan, had issue by his marriage with Philippa Ussher, firstly, Thomas Ball, of Sidney Place, Bath, and of Clifton, born 1748, who married, 4th July,1795, Mary, daughter of Mr. Prideaux, of --.----- Place, Cornwall,bap. Padstow, 16th :Nov., 1764, marriage at Walcot, Bath, 1st Aug.,1795, settlement dated 4 July previous. She died at Bath July 2, 1802.

Thos. Ball, of Bath, died in 1825. A will, dated 21 Novr., 1818,disposed of his freehold in Bath. A second will, dated 6th Oct., 1824, was proved 20th Sept., 1825, by Thomas Ball, of High Park, in Co. Dublin. In it the Testator says he had lived for many years in the parish of Bathwick, and desires to be interred in the parish of Newtown St. Loe, in Somerset, mentions his son and two daughters, appoints Thos. Ball, Master of Chancery, and his brother, John Ball, of Dublin, Trustees; mentions his brothers Samuel Ball and James Ball, desires any one succeeding to his estates and not bearing the name ofBall, to assume it. Mentions three natural daughters, appoints son and Master Ball Exors.

* The following entries in the Creggan Vestry Book are interesting:----"1766. It is agreed that Thos. Ball, Esq., shall have the ground in ye church that belonged to John Ball, Esq., to renair ye seats." "Ground next to that, to Thos. Ball, Esq., to build a seat on, viz. :that ground in which the Balls are buried." 1777. "Seats confirmed to Thos. Ball, Esq., and his family for ever." Also the Silver Communion Vessels have this inscription: "The gift of John Ball, Esq., to the Church of Creggan in ye County of Armagh. Feby., ye 8, 1739." In 1741Thom. Ball, Esq., was churchwarden. (Information received by kindness of Revd. Gordon Scott, Rector of Creggan). SOURCE: Ball Family Records: Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families of Great Britain, Ireland and America. Rev. William Ball Walker. Yorkshire Printing Co. Ltd. 1908.

·       1826 Death of Thomas BALL (1778-1826) son of Capt William BALL & Anne HAMILTON and grandson of Thomas BALL & Mildred JOHNSON. There was a statue erected to a Thomas BALL, Master in Chancery at St. Patrick's Church Dublin in 1829.

·       1828 Census: Thomas P. BALL lived at Urker.

·       1829 April 28  Newspaper Ad.  It may be a coincidence, but in later years, the Jacksons of Urker owned leases in Tullyvallen.

·       1829 Aug 10 Burial of Thomas BALL Corliss, age 32. Lt. Thomas BALL (1642-1674) was one of those granted land in 1669 – including for Corliss. I do not know the relationship between the two men. NOTE: A will of Thomas Ball, of Corlis, in the parish of Creggan, and barony of Upper Fewes, Co. Armagh, mentions wife Ann Ball, als Hamilton; three sons, Abraham, John, and William.[NOTE: They are all listed in Creggan baptisms] Testator had a house in Crossmaglen, and property in Corlis. Exor., John Hamilton of  Crossmaglen. Witnesses, J. Hamilton and Hugh Connor.

·       1831 Nov 11 ROD: 1834-18-253 O’BRIEN-O’REILLY Marriage settlement between John O’BRIEN of Mountjoy Sq., Dublin & Anna Maria Elizabeth O’BRIEN orse. BALL, his wife & Cecilia BALL spinster youngest daughter of John BALL the younger Esq. deceased who was the eldest son of John BALL the elder late of Eccles St., Co. Dublin, Esq. deceased… whereby reciting that a marriage had been agreed upon between Cecelia BALL & Philip O’REILLY …marriage portion 2,000 pounds…. Richard RORKE of 4th pt…… John RORKE

·       1832 Dec 14 burial of Thomas BALL age 77 (b 1755)

·       1834 December 5 Creggan Landlords paid tithes on behalf of tenants including Thomas Prideaux BALL; Alexander HAMILTON; Walter McGeough BOND; Ann CLEWLOW; Mrs. QUINN.

·       1837 Feb 11 Burial of Ann BALL age 80 b. 1757 Could she be Ann HAMILTON, widow of Thomas BALL (d. 1829) of Corlis?

·       1843 Jul 23. Death of Capt. Samuel BALL (1757-1843) of Urker House, Crossmaglen, son of Thomas BALL & Phillippa USSHER, and husband of Mary HOWARD.

·       1846 March 7 Obit for Samuel BALL (1798-1846) of Crossmaglen, son of Captain BALL. Son of Samuel BALL & Mary HOWARD and husband of Mary O’CALLAGHAN. I have included the following obit. It is also of interest because of his mother, Mary O’CALLAGHAN, who was a Catholic, was probably a daughter of a local Catholic Landlord.

On Sunday, the 1st inst., in Crossmaglen, age 48 years, Samuel Ball, Esq., only son of late Captain Ball, J. P. County Armagh. His family had been endeared to the people around for the kindness and condescension, and had long hereditary claims on their gratitude for the rare quality of being good landlords, on whose property in the important and undoubted truth was (time immemorial) practically recognized, “that property had its duties as well as its rights”. The lamented deceased inherited all the good qualities of his family in a preeminent degree, and was distinguished above and beyond all that went before him for sympathy towards the poor, and his anxiety to relieve their sufferings in every way in his power, in administering to whose necessities he seemed to place his highest delight. Innumerable are the acts of kindness and charity recorded of him, with grateful and affectionate recollection, by his poorer neighbours, and the universal sentiment of all -- of every class and persuasion -- from a long experience, is that a kinder or more benevolent heart never beat within human breast. His health had been for a considerable time declining, and having a strong presentment of approaching dissolution, a fortnight before his demise he prayed to be admitted publicly into the communion of the Catholic Church, of which he had been, as he himself stated, for many years a private but sincere and firm believer. Having made his profession of faith, received the last sacraments, and consolations of religion, which the Catholic Church so peculiarly affords to the dying Christian, he continued up to the moment of his death to prepare for his last end with a patience, piety, and devout resignation to the Divine Will that both excited the admiration, and astonished, as well as edified everyone who visited him in his last illness. His calm composure, under acute and severe sufferings, bespoke a conscience at peace with itself, its God, and the world, and cannot but afford long and lasting comfort to his sorrowing wife and friends under their affliction. The heartfelt regard in high respect universally entertained for him was amply testified by the immense assemblage that attended his funeral (notwithstanding the severity of the day), on Tuesday last, to the burial ground in Creggan, where his last remains were deposited amidst the tears, blessings and prayers of all. -- May he rest in peace!

·       1864 Griffiths Valuation All of the townland of Urker was owned by Thomas Prideaux BALL (497a 1r 10p) except for the 1 rood owned by Patrick LARKIN. I have transcribed and made a chart of all the Griffiths assessments and Valuation records. There were two properties with significant buildings valuations: Urker House valued at £29 and leased to Margaret Anne BERNARD and Urker Lodge valued at £9 and leased to David JACKSON (1814-1889).

o   NOTE: In the Guide to Creggan Church & Graveyard: In memory of Arthur Adderly Bernard late Major 84th Regt and for 30 years a Magistrate for this country who departed this life 9th March 1861 aged 76 years. Also Margaret Anna his wife, Daughter of the late Neil McNeil, Esq. of Faughart. She departed this life 30th March 1870 aged 84 years. Beloved and respected by all who knew her.

·       1865 The Dummy Clock was erected by landlord BALL (presumably Thomas Prideaux BALL)  in the marketplace of Crossmaglen.

·       1869 Jul 21. Death of Thomas Prideaux BALL, son of Thomas BALL & Mary PRIDEAUX. His will was probated with effects under £45,000. There were five codicils. Proved by Horace Neville THORPE of 22 Onslow-Square his nephew and Alexander Forbes TWEEDIE of 5 Lincoln's-Inn-fields, Co. Middlesex.

Thomas Prideaux Ball, born 1796, matric. Trin. Coll., Oxon, 13 March, 1814, aged 17, died July 21, 1869 at 22, Onslow Square, Bromplon, Middlesex; married Sarah, daughter of (SMITH?), who died 4 July, 1866, and had issue, who died before 1857. His will was dated 28 Feby., 1852, pr. 16 March, 1870; in it he appointed his wife and John James, residing in Guernsey, his Trustees; mentions John Ball, of Dunleer; entailed property on his own children, and in case they died, on the children of his sister, Mary Philippa Tharp, and on the children of his sister Jenny Eleanor Michell; Codicil (1) dated 1;i April, i8S7- Codicil (2) mentions nephew Horace Neville Tharp, of 7, Alfred Place, W. Brompton, and his; niece Eleanor Mary James, dated 1 April, 1864. (No. 3 mentions death of wife; (4) dated 17 April, 1867; (5) dated 5 Aug., 1868.

Thos. Ball, of Bath, had also an illegitimate son, John BalL of Henry Str., Dublin, and Red Lion, Surgeon who married Novr. 16, 1811, Eliza Clare, of Claremount, and had .issue, I, General Wm. Clare Ball, Army Pay Department, died 1900 at Chudleigh, Devon; 2, Thomas, went to America; 3, Benjamin.

SOURCE William Ball Wright. Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families. 1908

·       1870 First Land Grant Act: At this time, Irish land was owned by 3% of the population.

·       1887 August 10 Eliza Jackson to Thomas Jackson This is one of the 77 letters and documents discovered in a bog in Ireland. Sale of BALL estate There is no word at present of the sale of the Ball estate, but it will be the end of it, sooner or later. The tenants have all joined the plan of Campaign; with the exception of a few loyalists, like your Father; and they will not pay a penny of rent; though they were offered a reduction of four shillings in the pound, and the forgiveness of all law costs. The devil has got into most of them, and those who would wish to be honest; dare not be so; except some old Ironsides like myself. As you know this by former letters, the settlement I got was a settlement of the rent; and as tough enough job it was to get a fair settlement but I made my point good; and we have a clear receipt to Novr 1886 both from Mr Johnston  and Mr Allen’s agents.

·       1888 June 4 Eliza Jackson to Thomas Jackson There is no word now of the sale of the Ball estate; but it will probably be sold sooner or later. Some old ladies who have claim on it, oppose the sale.

·       1898 Dec 15 Burial of Margaret BALL. Age 88. B 1810 She is the daughter of Capt Samuel Ball & Mary Howard of Urker. PRONI: Probate of the Will of Margaret Ball late of Castle-road Dundalk County Louth Spinster who died 14 December 1898 granted at Armagh to the Reverend Joseph G. Rainsford D.D. Rector of Dundall and John William Turner Esquire both of Dundalk. She gave £1000 to grand-niece Annie E.A. JOHNSTONE plus her house and furniture...other legatees.

·       1901 Census: Eliza JACKSON (1815-1903) owned two buildings. Her home of Urker Lodge was assessed with 7 windows in front, and four inhabitable rooms, with the designation of a1st class house. All other dwellings were assessed as 2nd or 3rd class buildings. NOTE: For some reason Urker House is not included in the online House and Building Return (Form B1) – I believe it was owned by William R. CORR in 1901. For more information on the inhabitants, see the 2nd & 3rd charts at Lessors in Urker in Griffiths and Valuation Revisions. The name BALL does not appear. Other owners included in the Form B1 that is available:

o   BOYLE, Mary

o   BOYLE, James

o   BEGLEY, Patrick,

o   CONLON, Peter

o   LARGY, Hugh,

o   MARKS, David,

o   McNULTY, Patrick

o   MORRIS, Owen

o   NUGENT, Bridget

o   NUGENT, Denis

o   ROWLAND, Robert

o   ROWLAND, William & Mary

o   ROWLAND, Mary

o   SHIELDS, Mary C.

·       1903 May 31 The Dummy Clock that had been erected by the BALL landlord was replaced by Sir Thomas JACKSON (1841-1912) with a real clock. Three months later, his brother David JACKSON – who was supposed to inherit the Urker lease – died. Their mother died on October 23rd., and the property was subsequently owned by Sir Thomas JACKSON, and his sister Mary JACKSON (1844-1921) lived there until her death.

·       1903 July 19. Conveyance of property in the Crossmaglen area, Co. Armagh, Robert Cornwall, Myshall, Co. Carlow, Thomas Acton, Westaston, Co. Wicklow and Thomas Ball, Cullyhanna, Co. Armagh, to Joshua McGeough, Drumsill, Co. Armagh. PRONI D3012/2/1/6.

·       1911 Census William Richard CORR (1849-1911) owned Urcher House, and his sister Susan DONALDSON (abt 1847-1920) lived there. It had 4 rooms with 5 windows in front. It was categorized as a 2nd class house. NOTE: For some reason Urker Lodge is not included in the online House and Building Return (Form B1) 

 

 

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