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NAMES: James NORRIS of Torrehage [AKA Tannagh], Parish of Aghaloo, Co. Tyrone; Charles NORRIS of Larakeen AKA Lairakeen, Parish of Aghaloo, Co. Tyrone; Andrew OLIVER of the Parish of Tynan (possibly Lislooney); Sarah OLIVER, daughter of Andrew OLIVER; Margaret HAMILTON, Countess of Orrey; Ben OLIVER of Farmacartley AKA Farmacaffley; John CALDWELL of Caledon, Co. Tyrone; Robert BRENAN of Glaslough, Co. Monaghan.
Sharon Oddie Brown. December 13, 2007
Updated June 18, 2008
Updated August 3, 2017


1750 October 22 - was under 1754, Feb 9

DEED: 166-289-111573.

OLIVER, Andrew - NORRIS 1746-1758
Townlands Index: 1746-1758



To the Register appointed for the registering of Deeds Wills & Conveyances and so by Act of Parliament.

 A Memorial of a deed or article of marriage bearing date twenty second day of October one thousand seven hundred & fifty made by and between James NORRIS[1] of Torrehage[2] & Charles NORRIS[3] of Larakeen[4] both in the Parish of Aghalow & County of Tyrone of the one part & Andrew OLIVER[5] Parish of Tynan[6] and County of Armagh of the other part. Witnesseth that whereas it appears by the said deed a marriage was intended between the said Charles NORRIS and Sarah OLIVER[7], daughter to said Andrew OLIVER that the said James for and in consideration of his paternal love and affection to the said Charles and for and in consideration of the said marriage hath thereby given, granted and assigned over to the said Charles a full half or moiety of Larakeen with the Houses, Appurts and Improvements therein his the said Charles possession and also one half or moitie off the remainder is then laid out and agreed upon by the said parties Charles and James NORRIS the full half or moiety of said Larakeen for the whole and full time or lives of the original lease held under Margaret HAMILTON[8] now Countess of Orrery at the same rate and exactly upon the same terms which the said James has it and with right of renewal and the other half of the remainder as then laid out and agreed upon for the said terms and conditions and subject to the yearly rent of a five pounds ten shillings each and every year while the present lease shall subsist and the said deed of which this is a memorial for the imports that the said Andrew OLIVER for an in consideration of his love and esteem towards the said Sarah OLIVER and for and in consideration of the above recited settlement and farm and appurtenances thereunto belonging doth thereby  promise and oblige himself his Heirs, Executors  or Assigns to pay or cause to be paid to the said Charles NORRIS the sum of fifty pounds sterling and the said deed of which this is a memorial further imports in the following words that is to say (viz) and further the said Andrew besides the above specified portion intends to consider the said Sarah as having a child’s part at his death and the said deed of which this is a memorial is witnessed by Ben OLIVER[9] of Farmacartly[10] in the County of Armagh, farmer and by John CALDWELL[11] of Calledon[12] in the County of Tyrone, merchant & this Memorial is witnessed by the said John CALDWELL and by Robert BRENAN[13] of Glaslough[14] in the County of Monaghan Littorate

Charles Norris [SEAL]

Signed sealed and delivered

in the presence of

John Caldwell

Robert Brannon


The above named John CALDWELL came to stay before me and made oath that he was present and did see above named James NORRIS Charles NORRIS and Andrew OLIVER duly sign seal and execute the above recited deed or article of marriage for which the above writing is a memorial and was also present and did see the said Charles duly sign seal and execute the above memorial and deposes that he is a subscribing witness to both said deed and said memorial and that the name John CALDWELL subscribed to both as a witness is this deponants proper handwriting

Sworn before me at Monaghan in the County of Monaghan the 16 day of October 1753 by virtue of a commission to me directly for taking affidavits in the County and I know the deponent.

Will Johnston

Two of his Majesty's justices of the peace for

the County of Monahan present when the

above affidavit was sworn

Alexander Montgomery

Oli Anketete

Laurakeen to Tynan

Laurakeen is abt 3 1/2 km - walking distance to both Tynan and Lislooney (the latter where OLIVERs held leases at least as early as 1718).

NOTE: There are two nearby townlands named Enagh. One is on thesouthern border of the townland of Laurakeen, and the other shares borders with the townland of Tynan as well as the townland of Lislooney.

This is significant because there are many BMDs for OLIVERs of Enagh, and most of them have yet to be definitively pinned down with respect to which of the OLIVER family trees they might belong to..

CAUTION: Some of these OLIVERs are going to turn out to be connected to OLIVERs of adjacent townlands, but some may very well also be connected to OLIVERs of another Enagh in the parish of Lisnadill, to the east of these townlands.

I suspect that the Andrew OLIVER, father of Sarah OLIVER, was from one of the townlands that share a border with Lislooney.
The map beneath is based on one at townlands.ie.
The names of contiguous and nearby townland names shed light on the connections between various members of the OLIVER families and the other leases that they held.
The OLIVERs were recorded at Farmacaffly in the 1664 Hearth Money Rolls. A generation later, like the Benjamin OLIVER - witness to this deed, they were also recorded at Ballynahonebeg and Ennislare.
Note the townland of Enagh on the western border of Ballynahonebeg in the map beneath.




MISC SOURCES FOR the NORRIS men in this deed:

    • A posible ancestor?: NORRIS, John (c. 1547-1597) English soldier. He served in conflicts in the Low Countries, France, and Ireland, and in 1589 commanded, with Francis Drake, the fleet that ravaged the coasts of Spain and Portugal. He served in the Low Countries 1577-85, at the head of a party of English volunteers fighting on behalf of the States-General in their revolt against their Spanish rulers, and acted as ambassador to the Netherlands in 1588. In 1591 he served Henry IV of France in his conflict with the League in Brittany. He went to Ireland in 1597 to aid in reducing Tyrone. After fighting and negotiating with the O'Neills in Ulster and warring in Connaught, which he failed to pacify, he asked to be recalled. This was refused, but he was superseded in his military command.
    • Freeholders records include a Charles NORRIS of Caledon.
    • Given naming conventions and proximity, note that the Freeholders List for Dungannon Barony , Co. Tyrone 1795-98 has an Oliver NORRIS resident in Caledon who has a freehold in Knockaginney, Parish of Aghalow, Co. Tyone. He could very well be a son of Sarah OLIVER and Charles NORRIS.
    • Notes and Queries, 1944; 187: 275 - 276. ......F.R.] of Caledon, Co. Tyrone, and David Boyd of City...town of Caledon,? Co. Tyrone, then, in possession...of said Mary Pringle, Charles Norris, , Oliver Norris, Cornelius...and all situate in Co. Tyrone To Hold to Thomas Lewins...... NOTE: This may mean that NORRIS-PRINGLE deed searches could be useful.
    • This family mentioned here is probably not connected with Mary Jane NORRIS the “grandniece of Queensland [Australia]” of Mary Jane OLIVER (1821-1875). Mary Jane NORRIS was a married daughter of Andrew Bradford OLIVER, and likely named after her unmarried aunt. Her husband, George NORRIS, was born in England.
    • A Jane NORRIS, daughter of Robert NORRIS was christened 1779, July 16 at Ardboe, Co. Tyrone. There are also James NORRIS’s of Ardboe, Co. Tyrone – but I could find nothing in the early to mid-1700s.
    • Thanks to a look-up by Linde Lunney of Notes and Queries 1944, p. 187, I now have the information included in ROD: 393-289-260451. FLEMING, David, v. BOYD, David. Register 25th of January 1788 by Mary PRINGLE. … A release dated 28th of August 1784 between David FLEMING of Lakin, Co Longford, Doctor of physic of first part. … part town and lands of Killagowey [aka Kilgowney, Parish Aghaloo] , Tullyneshawe [aka Tullynashane , Parish Aghaloo] and Drumoron [aka Drumearn , Parish Aghaloo] then in possession of said Mary PRINGLE, Charles NORRIS, Oliver NORRIS, Cornelius McNAMEE, John McQUAID and Alexander McGEE undertenants of said Mary PRINGLE and situate in Co Tyrone. NOTE: It is possible that this Mary PRINGLE was the Mary PRINGLE who was a daughter of Samuel PRINGLE. He died 1777 and was buried at Caledon. The PRINGLEs were frequent landlords of OLIVERs, and in some cases would have been distantly related.

[1] James NORRIS the father of Charles NORRIS. It may that he was a surveyor - mentioned in 1765 June 1 Deed.

[2] Torrehage, Parish of Aghalow AKA Aghaloo, Co. Tyrone. I am guessing this may be the townland of Tannagh. It’s the closest sounding townland in Aghaloo.

[3] Charles NORRIS. A Charles NORRIS is one of several names in a list mentioned along with Arthur OLIVER in the Belfast Newsletter 5 Nov 1776 as supporting a reward for a theft that occurred in Blackwatertown.

[4] Larakeen, Parish of Aghalow AKA Aghaloo, Co. Tyrone. aka Lairakean. Aghaloo, Co. Tyrone. In the mid and late 1800s, there are several OLIVERs in Larakeen. (children of James & Margaret OLIVER - Anne (1865) Thomas (1867) Margaret (1870); Henry (1873)); NOTE: : Thanks to Alison Kilpatrick – this parish has had a range of spellings over the years: Larakeene – Larragh keine (1609), Larakeane (1661), Laraghkeen (1705), Lairakeen (1834) or Lairakean. Gaeilge: laithreach caoin, beautiful situation or site. †Larrykeen (1860)

[5] Andrew OLIVER of Parish of Tynan. He does not show up in Tynan in any Freeholders Records at this time (the record of their holding may be lost). HUNCH: It may be that he is the Andrew OLIVER (b. bef 1717- d aft 1738) - a Chandler. If so, he was a son of William OLIVER (bef 1700-aft1730) and Elizabeth HARDY. NOTE: The only Andrew OLIVER that I could find in the Freeholders Records shows up as a  resident at Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in 1788, would be a later generation and is connected to the Mullinture line (which also likely connects to the SherranmcAghully line).

[6] Parish of Tynan. It is regrettable that the actual townland was not mentioned. Lislooney would be my best guess based on other deeds showing a continuous set of leases held by OLIVERs.

[7] Sarah OLIVER, daughter of Andrew OLIVER. Given the date of her marriage (abt 1750), this makes her a contemporary of the William OLIVER (1730-1816) who married Elizabeth STEEL in 1757. I suspect that she was a cousin. It is significant that a witness was Benjamin OLIVER of Farmacartley. She has been included in the Olivers of Killynure Tree, but with a warning that it is only on the basis of a hunch.

[8] Margaret HAMILTON, Countess of Orrey.  She was a daughter of John HAMILTON, proprietor of the Caledon estate and in 1731 married the Earl of Orrery. A Source I do not have access to, but which might be of interest to others: MARY BOYLE. LETTERS OF THE COUNTESS OF ORRERY AND OTHERS, 1740-1746. Notes and Queries, 1882; s6-V: 205 - 206. ......MDCCCLXXVII. (1877). W. C. B. LETTERS OP THB COUNTESS OP ORRERY AND OTHERS, 1740-1746 (ante, p. 161).--Will you permit the great-granddaughter of Margaret Hamilton, Countess of Orrery (afterwards of Cork and Orrery), to correct a slight......

[9] Benjamin OLIVER of Ballinhonebeg. This is likely the Benjamin OLIVER who died in 1770 (Ballinahonebeg is on the border of Farmacaffley). This Benjamin OLIVER was a brother of the William OLIVER (1730-1816) (who married Elizabeth STEEL – both of them sons of William OLIVER and Elizabeth HARDY, and hence a brother fo the Andrew whose daughter Sarah OLIVER married Charles NORRIS.

[10] Farmacartly AKA Farmacaffley AKA SherranmcAghully, Parish of Lisnadill, Co. Armagh – land likely handed down from another Andrew OLIVER who was recorded as resident there in the 1663 Hearth Tax Rolls. More recently, thanks to Jack Story, I now know that it is currently known as Fellamacaffrey and that horse races have been held there since the early 1800s.

[11] John CALDWELL?

[12] Calledon AKA Caledon, Co., Co. Aghaloo, Co. Tyrone – this townland had a town centre and market. Clusters of OLIVER families lived in the environs.

[13] Robert BRENAN?

[14] Glaslough, Co. Monaghan is just over the border from Co. Tyrone & Co. Armagh.



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