With respect to the 1737 map, we learn from A Man who can Speak of Plants (p5) that this land was rented from Viscount Limerick on or before 1731 by Samuel COULTER (1700-1760). It is significant to note that although Samuel COULTER married (his wife is known only as Mary), that he died without issue. This map reveals that the holding includes 13 fields which surround a small, single-story farmhouse and garden. The lease included 86 acres 36 perches (Irish or Plantation measure), equivalent to more than 139 statute acres. At the time, the farm was bounded on the west by a road leading to the lime kilns and on the south and east by a road heading northwards towards Jonesborough. Some time after this map was drawn, a new road was constructed between Dundalk and Markethill as can be seen on the 1754 map.
With respect to the next map, of particular interest in terms of family links, is the fact that the lease was for: The Natural Life and Lives of the said Samuel Coulter the Lessee, Willm[probably McCullough]] nephew to the said Samuel Coulter, and Thomas Read eldest son of Isaac Read of Dundalk aforesaid Esqs and the Survivors and Survivor of them. This makes me wonder whether the "Mary", wife of Samuel COULTER may have been either a McCULLOGH or a REID or whether Samuel's sister Jane COULTER married into either of these families. Such leases are often clues about where to look next. See: 1754 June 6th Indenture
The final map, which was associated with the auction of October 31, 1900, raises as many questions as it answers. It was part of a much larger sale of a group of lands which also included (as well as the Carnbeg lands) lands at the townlands of Sportmans Hall, Cavananore, Ballynahattin and Dowdall's Hill. It was related to the Estate of Samuel BRADFORD as well as the estate of Thomas JACKSON in his role as Representative of the Residuary Legatees named in the will of Andrew BRADFORD, deceased, Owner of Land and in the matter of the Partition Acts, 1868 and 1876.
In the 1876 Agreement of Samuel Bradford of Carnbeg we know that Thomas Jackson Esquire of Hong Kong is the Residuary Devisee of the estate of Andrew Coulter Bradford of Cavananore. We also know that Andrew Coulter BRADFORD died 10 May 1847. I do not yet know the death date of the Samuel BRADFORD who is tied to the 1900 auction of Carnbeg. I do know that this Samuel BRADFORD and Andrew Coulter BRADFORD were each first cousins and that Sir Thomas JACKSON was their first cousin twice removed. The link in between all these BRADFORD men and the townland of Carnbeg is likely Barbara COULTER (1721-1795) whose parents still elude me. She married John BRADFORD (1705-1789).
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