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NAMES: Thomas JACKSON of Creekstown & Dublin; John BALL of Loughross & Three Castles Co. Kilkenny; William CHURCH of Coleraine; John DOWNING of Dublin; Henry ARKWRIGHT of Dublin.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 18, 2016

ROD: 52-89-33668 1736 Dec 30-31


NOTE: This deed is one of many links between the BALL and JACKSONs families in both financial as well as marriage relationships. The cumulative effect of them is revealing. See also 1730 Feb 23-24 for some of the same names mentioned, but for lands in Kilkenny.


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[1] of Loghross, Co. Armagh, Esq. of 1st part & Thomas JACKSON[2] 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 the site of the old Castle of Creeckstown[3] & 106A 1R 34P of the land thereunto adjoining in the Barony of Ratoath, Co. Meath and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents fines and Profitts of the same. To have and to hold the said premises with the appurtenances unto 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 acre of the said acres and after that rate for the said one rood 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 by the said John Ball and Thomas Jackson and are witnessed by William Church[4] of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Gent; John Downing[5] of City of Dublin, Gent; Henry Arkwright[6], City of Dublin.


[1] John BALL (1702-1764) of Loughross and Castle Kilkenny. His first wife, Dorothy JACKSON was a niece of the Thomas JACKSON of this deed.

·       SOURCE: Ball Family Records: Genealogical Memoirs of some Ball Families of Great Britain, Ireland and America. Rev. William Ball Wright. Yorkshire Printing Co., Ltd. 1908;

    • John Ball, Jun., of Loughross, Co. Armagh, and Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny, was born 1702, and educated at Carrickmacross School, entered Trin. Coll., Dublin, 1718, but does not appear in the list of graduates.
    • He settled at Three Castles in Odogh Parish, Co. Kilkenny, and married Dorothy, second daughter of William Jackson, of Coleraine, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Gorges, of Kilbrew, Co. Meath, by whom he had two daughters. She died Jan., 1760, and was buried at St. Mary's Church, Kilkenny. In 1730 John Ball was High Sheriff of the Co. Armagh.
    • 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.
    • In 1737 John Ball was High Sheriff of the Co. Kilkenny and Capt. In the Militia. He married, secondly, on 7th May, 1760, Mrs. Margaret Rainsford, widow, of St. Ann's Parish, Dublin. He died Sept., 1764, at South. Frederick Str., Dublin, aged 62; his will was proved by his daughter, Dorothea Margaret, wife of Richard Shenton.
  • NOTE: Lieut. Thomas Ball (1642-1674), of Fleetwood's Regt., the grandfather of this John BALL, had 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 who held leases that involved the JACKSONs at Urker, Tullyvallen and elsewhere in Creggan Parish.

[2] Thomas JACKSON (1680-1751).

·       His parents were William JACKSON (1628-1688) and Susan BERESFORD (?-1706).

·       He married 1stly Margaret BERESFORD in 1715, and then a Jane (last name unknown). He had 3 children with Margaret and 1 with Jane.

·       He was a nephew of the Samuel JACKSON who had been an early investor in lands in Oxmantown, Dublin and nearby. Susan BERESFORD had died on the same day as Samuel JACKSON at Samuel’s house on Mary’s Lane, Dublin. Capt.  Samuel JACKSON had the following Co. Meath lands: Drishoe, Ardlonan, Keske & pt of Oristown, Emlagh & Marvelstown.

·       William JACKSON (1668-1712), of Coleraine had received several bequests from his uncle Samuel JACKSON’s December 5, 1705 will, but after his death, it seems that at least some of Samuel’s bequests went to his younger brother, this Thomas JACKSON.

·       Jane JACKSON, the 2nd wife of Thomas JACKSON, died in Feb 1754 at Drogheda. SOURCE: The Belfast Newsletter 1754 Feb 12 Mrs. JACKSON at Drogheda, widow of counsellor JACKSON late of Creekstown in the County of Meath.

·       Anne JACKSON, the daughter of Thomas and Jane JACKSON, married the Rev. Ralph COCKYN (1702-1773), and their son Thomas Jackson COCKYN (?-1819) inherited the lands mentioned in this lease.

·       Thomas Jackson of Crickstown Co. Meath. Member of Parliament for Borough of Coleraine. SOURCE: The London Magazine and Monthly Chronicler p168 and Irish House of Commons 1692-1800

·       Thomas Jackson of Coleraine. BA 1702 Called to Irish bar 1710. SOURCE: TGF Paterson Notebook #5, held at the Armagh Museum.

·       Thomas Jackson Appointed MP in the Irish Parliament, representing Coleraine. Nov 1727. Born 1680 Died 24 Mar 1751, age 70 SOURCE: Irish House of Commons 1692-1800.

[3] Creekstown aka Crickstown, a townland in the Parish of Crickstown in Barony of Ratoath, Co. Meath. SEE: Crickstown (Baile an Chricigh) , Crickstown Civil Parish, Barony of Ratoath, Co. Meath 807 A, 1 R, 33 P

·       The Barnewall Baronetcy, of Crickstown Castle in the County of Meath, is a title in the Baronetage of Ireland. It was created on 21 February 1623 for Sir Patrick Barnewall. He was the member of a family that had been settled in Ireland since 1172, when Sir Michael de Berneval landed on the coast of Cork. The second and third Baronets both represented Meath in the Irish House of Commons. The fifth Baronet, a descendant of the second son the first Baronet, established his right to the title in 1744. However, his cousin Thomas Barnewall, de jure sixth Baronet, never assumed the title and it remained dormant from his death in 1790 until 1821, when it was successfully claimed by Robert Barnewall, the eighth Baronet. WIKI.

·       The 1654 Civil Survey of Meath shows that a large portion of the area of Big and Little Lagore, including Crickstown, was owned by Joseph Plunkett, ‘an Irish Papist of Norman stock’. Most of these lands were transferred to the Bolton family in the 1690s, following William of Orange’s victory over the Jacobites. SOURCE: Turtle Bunbury: The Plunketts of Crickstown.

·       In 1659, Capt. John Thompson Esq. held title to Cricks town in Parish of Cruckstown. SOURCE: 1659 Census of Meath. NOTE: A Richard THOMPSON was MP 1695-1699 for Wicklow.

·       Situated on a level landscape with a slight slope down to the S. The parish church of Crickstown (ME039-008----) is c. 450m to the E. Sir Patrick Barnwall became the first Baron of Crickstown in 1623. According to the Civil Survey (1654-6) Sir Richard Barnwall owned 403 acres there in 1640, of which nearly 300 acres was a commonage called Currahaeh. On the property were ‘a castle and a stone house ruinous, a church, a mill, an orchard and 10 Tenements’ (Simington 1940, 95). He owned the rest of the parish which included Knavinstowne, Somerstowne (between Hammondtown and Sutherland), Soddorne (Sutherland) and Blackbutter (Blackwater) (ibid. 95-6). The ground floor of a rectangular building (ext. dims 16m plus N-S; c. 5m N-W) survives, apart from the N wall. It has a barrel-vault and is divided into two chambers (S: int. dims 5.15m N-S; 3.25m E-W; N: int. dims 8m plus N-S; 3.5m E-W) with separate doorways on the E side and a blocked doorway between the chambers. The S chamber has a rectangular window in the E and W walls, and the only feature of the N chamber is a second doorway on the W wall. There is no indication of access to any upper storeys or of garderobes. It is possibly the remains of a seventeenth century house. The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 13 July 2016 SOURCE: Meath Heritage.

·       In 1659 Capt. John Thompson Esq. was the owner. SOURCE: A Census of Ireland circa 1659.

[4] William CHURCH. The CHURCH family were prominent in Coleraine in the mid to late 1600s and into the 1700s. Thomas CHURCH was a member of the Mercer’s Guild, and was an Alderman on the Coleraine Council. This William is likely his son.

[5] John DOWNING. I suspect this is the John DOWNING (1700-1785), son of Col. Adam DOWNING (1666-1719) and Anne JACKSON (who died btw 1718-1726). Anne JACKSON was a cousin of the Thomas JACKSON of this lease. Adam DOWNING was an executor of the will of Samuel JACKSON, and uncle of the Thomas JACKSON of this lease,

[6] Henry ARKRIGHT was a Collector of Dublin.

·       In TGF Paterson notes on the will on the will of William JACKSON (1628-1688) father of Rose JACKSON (1668-1738), ARKRIGHT was described as being of Coleraine.

·       He was a subscriber to A Treatise of the Laws of Nature. He was also one of the signatories at the commission signed at Derry on July 12, 1689. SEE: Thomas Witherow’s Derry and Enniskillen in the year 1689.

·       He was an executor of Samuel JACKSON’s  December 5, 1705 will,

·       Also, A Henry ARKWRIGHT was a surveyor-general in the Hanoverian period (ie after 1714). Perhaps he was a son of this Henry ARKRIGHT.



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