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NAMES: Jane INNES, née Mary Jane JACKSON; Colonel James INNES; Robert ACKLAND; Dudley ACKLAND; Mrs. DELAMAIN; Mrs. JAMES; Mrs. DEACON; Mrs. M'LOUGHLIN; Araminta CAULFIELD née JACKSON; Susanna HAMILTON, née JACKSON; Dorothy SHINTON, née BALL; John BALL; Richard JACKSON; Mary HERON; John STEWART; Suzy TAYLOR; Nicola THOMPSON; J. McALESTER; William KENTON. PLACES: Jackson's Hall, Coleraine; Killowen Church.
Sharon Oddie Brown. June 14, 2014


1765 March 31 Will of Jane Innes with a 1765 May 30 Codicil


NOTE: The Return of Persons admitted or elected Freemen in Corporation of Coleraine, 1830-32 is interesting in terms of being able to follow some of these people – particularly the mentions of inhabitants of Jackson Hall.

I have also assembled a time-line of the JACKSONs of Coleraine. It will continue to be updated.

For a more light-hearted approach to this will, I have also written a post about it on my blog.



In the Name of God Amen. The last Will and testament of me Jane Innes[1] of Jackson Hall[2] and the County of Londonderry Widow and Relict of the late Colll James Innes[3] of the same deceased.

In the first place leave and bequeath unto Major Robert Ackland[4], my late dear Colll family seal and a pair of silver candlesticks and snuffers, which belonged to his father of Square [?].

I leave and bequeath to Colll Dudly Ackland[5], my late dear Colll Case of Pistols and one pair of silver candlesticks of round plate marked or crested with a Strar[?].

 I leave and bequeath to my niece Mrs Delamain[6] the sum of one hundred pounds Sterl to be entirely for her own use and at her own disposal. To my niece Mrs James[7] the like sum of one hundred pounds Sterl in the like manner; to my niece Mrs Deacon[8] the like sum of one hundred pounds Sterl in the like manner. And to my niece Mrs M’Laughlin[9] in the like sum of one hundred pounds Sterl in the like manner also.

I leave and bequeath unto my sister Araminta Caulfield[10] the sum of one hundred pounds Sterl and to my sister Susanna Hamilton[11] an Annuity during her Life of Twenty Pounds a year to be paid her half yearly.

I leave and bequeath to Miss Dorothy Shinton[12], my repeating [repealing?] gold watch which her father presented me with; the chain belongs to my nephew Mr Jackson[13].

I leave and bequeath unto my much beloved nephew Richard Jackson Esquire the sum of five hundred pounds Sterl in trust and to be paid out by him, according to his own Good Judgement in Clothing at his direction four Boys and four Girls as a little choir to sing in the church of Killowen[14] for ten years after my decease.

I also leave to my said nephew Richard Jackson, the sum of £500, which he is now due to me and pays Interest for and all my Plate hereinbefore unbequeathed together with the whole of my Household Furniture of what Nature or kind soever with the Diamond Sleeve Buttons which belonged to my dear Colll Innes.

I leave and bequeath to my faithful attendant Mary Heron[15] the sum of one hundred pounds Sterl the interest of which at eight [percent?] be paid her yearly during her Life, but the principle not to be at her disposal until her Death.

I leave and bequeath unto to every other servant that shall be in my Employ at the time of my Death or a year’s Wages and a Suit of Mourning over and above what Wages shall then be due to them. All the several legacies above-mentioned to be paid by my said Nephew Richard Jackson out of my fortune or Effects within one year after my decease, save only the above-mentioned annuity to my Sister Hamilton which is to be paid her Annually in half yearly payments during her Life and the Principal Money to Mrs Heron of one hundred pounds that she cannot dispose of until her Death.

I order my Funeral to be just in the same manner as was that of my dear Colll Innes’s. And lastly, I leave and bequeath unto my said nephew Richard Jackson, all the residue and remainder of my Worldly Fortune or Estate what Nature or kind soever and I do hereby appoint him Richard Jackson Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and do by these presents, revoke, disannull, and make void all former and other Wills whatsoever made by me heretofore made either in Words or Writing Hereby ratifying and Confirming this and this only as my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my Hand and Affixed my seal this 31st day of March 1763.

Before signing. I order thirteen shillings and sixpence sterling to be paid to John Stewart[16] carpenter in forty shillings to my cook Suzie Taylor[17] with forty shillings a year during her Life.

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the Testatrix Jane Innes as her last Will and Testament in the presence of the Word him meaning the said Richard Jackson being first mentioned.

Nicola Thompson[18].

J. McAlester[19].

Jane Innes


As and for a Codicil to my foregoing Will, and which I hereby mean and declare to be part thereof, and very essentially so; I do revoke and hereby is revoked the foregoing intend legacies, when I signed the above Will of one hundred pounds to Mrs Delamain, one hundred pounds to Mrs James, one hundred pounds to Mrs Deacon, and one hundred pounds to Mrs M’Laughlin, on Acct of the disregard they have shown for me and my answer to their Bill in Chancery by Fishing for Witnesses on a Commission by them Obtained to contradict the Facts I first Ascribed by Letters, and afterwards attested by my said Answer[20].

In witness whereof I Jane Innes in my in part forgoing Will have hereunto put my Hand and Seal this 30th day of May 1765 five

Signed Sealed published pronounced & Declared as the remaining Will of the Testestrix in the presence of after the word (One) between the to [sic] and 5 lines of this Codicil was interlined.


William Kenton[21].

J. McAlester[22].

Jane Innes.

(A copy).

[1] Jane INNES, née Mary Jane JACKSON (aft 1696-aft 1765). I have no date for her marriage to Colonel James INNIS aka INNES. She was the daughter of Captain William JACKSON (abt 1667-1712) of Coleraine and Elizabeth GORGES (-1747) of Kilbrew, Co. Meath.

[2] Jackson Hall. In 1609, King James I granted a lease for the property where Jackson Hall stood to the Clothworker’s Company. At the time, there was a cottage there – which had been built on the foundations of the Abbey of St Carbreus. William JACKSON (1628-1688) took a lease on this land in 1663, demolished the cottage and built Jackson Hall on the foundations. Already by 1734 it was also referred to as the Manor House, or the Mansion House. In March 9, 1793, George JACKSON was living there. SOURCE: Deed: 458-555-297068.. In the early 1800s, this George JACKSON [aka Sir George JACKSON (1776-1840)], was now living in Surrey [Beach Hill], England and was in financial difficulties. During his tenure, Jackson Hall became dilapidated. It was then taken over by a Mrs. MAXWELL a near relation who had a robust enough fortune to be able to repair it. SOURCE: Coleraine in By-gone Centuries. In spite of various fits of refurbishing over the centuries, it was demolished in 1984. If you stand at the current car park at the rear of the County Hall, you will be standing on the site where it once stood.

[3] Colonel James INNIS died August 15, 1762 at Coleraine. SOURCE: The Gentleman's and London Magazine: Or Monthly Chronologer, 1741-1794.

[4] Robert ACKLAND. I know nothing about him.

[5] Dudley ACKLAND. This is an unusual name, so it may be significant that there is a mention of a Lieutenant Colonel Dudley ACKLAND as a Freemason in Quebec in 1770. Outlines of the History of Freemasonry in the Province of Quebec  By John Hamilton Graham. In the Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales  by Thomas Nicholas, there is an ACKLAND-INNIS link in that Dudley ACKLAND born in Philadelphia in 1748 married in 1783 a Jane  INNIS, daughter of Francis INNIS Esq. of Dublin. This marriage is clearly after the date of the will, so I suspect that there was an earlier INNIS-ACKLAND link. In 1769 a Lieutenant Colonel Dudley ACKLAND was serving in the West Indies as a deputy adjutant-general.

[6] DELAMAIN. This is one of the three nieces who do not have surnames that I have found so far in Coleraine at this time. The surname is associated with Huguenots.

[7] JAMES This is one of the three nieces who do not have surnames that I have found so far in Coleraine at this time.

[8] DEACON This is one of the three nieces who do not have surnames that I have found so far in Coleraine at this time.

[9] M’LOUGHLIN. The M’LOUGHLIN name goes back at least to 1641, where a George M’LOUGHLAN, a Coleraine innkeeper described his experiences during the rebellion. He was likely related to a Katherine NORTON

McLoughlin [nic Lochlainn; married name Norton], Katherine (fl. 1671–1679), Quaker preacher, was born to wealthy parents in or near Coleraine, co. Londonderry. She may have been related to and even the sister of Dúnal ‘Gorm’ (‘Blue’) Mac Lochlainn, a protestant minister of Clonmany parish 20 miles north of Londonderry, and also of Peadar ‘Caoch’ (‘Blind’) who was a Roman Catholic priest. Katherine was sent to Londonderry for an education, including instruction in the Gaelic language. When she was sixteen years of age she went to Barbados, where she married a Mr Norton. In 1671 George Fox, William Edmundson, and other members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) visited the island as part of their mission to establish the religious movement in the West Indies. Katherine met Fox, was convinced by the ministry, and became an ‘able minister’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography In 1678, she came to Northern Ireland to proselytize, and preached both in Lurgen and Coleraine where her relations lived. The Quaker families of Coleraine were well established in the linen business. SOURCE: Rutty’s History of the Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers in Ireland from 1653 to 1700. According to The Society of Friends in Lurgan. Lurgan: Lurgan Friends’ Meeting, Arthur C. Chapman. 1997, the speech she gave in Lurgen was in Irish. Her birth name also intrigues me because of the marriage of George JACKSON (1718-1782) with Margaret O’LOUGHLIN – the ancestors of Sir Thomas JACKSON who settled in the Parish of Creggan, Armagh, and the fact that I suspect that he descends from the same line of JACKSONs.

[10] Araminta aka Aramintha CAULFIELD née  JACKSON. Her husband was Raphael-Hunt CAULFIELD, a Captain in Col. Folliot's Regiment of Foot. His family were a prestigious family, descended from the Earl of Charlemount. See his family line at: The Irish Compendium or Rudiments of Honour Containing the Descent, Marriage, Issue, Titles, Posts, and Seats of all the Nobility of Ireland. 1756.  Also, www.thepeerage.com  has the entire family laid out. Araminta was the daughter of Captain William JACKSON (abt 1667-1712) of Coleraine and Elizabeth GORGES (-1747) of Kilbrew, Co. Meath.

[11] Susanna HAMILTON née  JACKSON. She was the daughter of Captain William JACKSON (abt 1667-1712) of Coleraine and Elizabeth GORGES (-1747) of Kilbrew, Co. Meath.

[12] Dorothy SHINTON (1741-1819) I am choosing this Dorothy SHINTON née Dorothea Margaret BALL, daughter of  John BALL (1702-1764) and Dorothy JACKSON (1796-1760) rather than her daughter also named Dorothy SHINTON (who would have been born after 1760)  because I suspect that there has been an error in her being referred to as “Miss”. Dorothy JACKSON was a deceased sister of Jane INNIS.

[13] Richard JACKSON (bef 1729-aft 1781) was the sole surviving son of William JACKSON (abt 1695-1744) & Frances EYRE (1708-), He served as 2nd Secretary to George, Lord Viscount TOWNSEND, L.L.SOURCE: Collins Peerage of England Vol 8 under entry for Lord BRODRICK. He also served as an MP in seven parliaments for Coleraine, and one for the borough of Orford, Suffolk – although I do wonder if this may be a mistake, and it should be another Richard JACKSON (son of Thomas). By September 29th , 1752 he was the sole surviving trustee of a deed of 1736 relating to leasehold property held from Clothworkers' Company, and the newly erected mansion house. SOURCE: PRONI D/1118: Lane and Boyle Company Papers.

[14] Killowen, St. Johns. 4 Laurel Hill, Coleraine, Co Londonderry. The church records, except for some Vestry records, do not go back far enough to shed any more light on this. In the Killowen Parish Church, there is a memorial to Ann, the wife of the Rt. Hon. Richard Jackson of Jackson Hall Coleraine, daughter of Charles O'Neill of Shane's Castle, Antrim, who died in 1781. NOTE: Anne O’NEIL died August 6, 1781; her husband Richard JACKSON (b. aft 1729 and died aft 1781). See also Belfast Newsletter Aug 14-17, 1781: Early on Monday morning, the 6th inst, died, at Coleraine, Mrs. Ann Jackson, lady to the Right Hon. Richard Jackson; and most deservedly and deeply lamented by rich and poor; but chiefly by a fond and affectionate husband, whose grief and affliction is beyond description, further than by saying that it is in a measure proportioned to his loss, which is immense and irreparable. A James JACKSON at the time of Griffiths Valuation leased part of the Church land .

[15] Mary HERON. The name is common in leases at the time, but I have no idea where she may fit in.

[16] John STEWART

[17] Suzy TAYLOR

[18] Nicola THOMPSON


[20] Chauncery case involving Mrs. Jane INNES. I have no idea what it might have been, although there is a paragraph in a history of the Irvines –which may be no more than coincidence: Elizabeth Innes was the daughter of Hugh Innes, who came to Bedford county, Va., together with his two brothers — James and Robert. The ship in which they sailed from Scotland to this country was wrecked, and the Innes brothers — James, Hugh and Robert were all of the crew that were saved. For many years the descendants of these three Innes brothers vainly tried to obtain the fortune left by Miss Jane Innes.


[21] William KENTON




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