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The early JACKSONs of Co. Armagh continue to present a mystery - where did they come from? These records of three graves at Legar Hill may help to provide a clue.
Sharon Oddie Brown. January 17, 2022
Update Jan 21, 2021 added: Clogher Marriage of Daniel JACKSON in 1729

 

JACKSONs of Legar Hill - three grave records.

 

 

HERE LIETH THE BODY OF DANIEL JACKSON WHO DIED 4TH OF DECEMBER 1717 AGE 56 YEARS AND UNSELLA HIS WIFE THE 4TH OF MARCH 1727 AGED 70 YEARS.

(Slab stone.)

 

HERE LIES THE BODY OF DANIEL JACKSON OF CHARLEMONT WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE JANUARY THE 19TH 1762 AGE 66 YEARS. HERE LIETH THE BODY OF MARY COUGHRAN ALIAS JACKSON WIFE OF DANIEL JACKSON OF CHARLEMONT WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OCTOBER YE 30 1747 AGE 52 YEARS.

(Slab stone. Capital letters.)

 

UNDERNEATH ARE INTERRED THE REMAINS OF MARGARET WIFE OF JOHN JACKSON OF CHARLEMONT SHE DIED IN THE FULL TRIUMPH OF FAITH 6TH MARCH 1832 AGE 57 YEARS.

KIND ANGELS GUARD THE SLEEPING DUST.

TILL SEASONS COME TO RAISE THE JUST.

 THEN MAY SHE WAIT IN SWEET SURPRISE.

ANN IN HER SAVERS IMAGE RISE.

(Slab stone)

 

HERE LIES THE BODY OF JAMES CROHRAN WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE 8TH DAY OF FEBRUARY IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD GOD 1729 AGE 50 YEARS AND TWO OF HIS CHILDREN DANIEL AND RUTH.

(Slab. Capital letters.)

 

SOURCE: TGF Paterson 284 Vol 2. Armagh Museum. [Image saved on my computer: D:\Pictures\Genealogy Photos\Reference & Sources\TGF Paterson 284 Vol 2.]

 

NOTE: I do not know where the first Daniel JACKSON came from, but a link to the JACKSONs of Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland and Coleraine, Londonderry is enticing. More work and/or more luck is needed. I suspect there could be a link to John JACKSON (1630-btw 1688-1693) of Bellaghy, father of Daniel & Sarah of Tullyvallen JACKSONs. That John JACKSON had a brother Daniel, although his known birth date does not match up. A cousin relationship is worth keeping eyes open for.
NOTE: In PRONI T2125/12/3 Clogher marriages, there is a record of a Daniel JACKSON who married a Mary IRWINE in 1729. Did he marry more than once?

(From the graves above)

Daniel JACKSON (1661-1717) + Ursella JACKSON (1657-1727)

Their possible son:

Daniel JACKSON (1696-1762) of Charlemont +Mary COUGHRAN (1695-1747)

Their possible son:

John JACKSON (?) + Margaret (1775-1832)

SEE also: Tullyvallen JACKSONs.  About 249 acres of Tullyvallen, Parish of Creggan were granted to Thomas BALL to the use of Daniel & Sarah JACKSON. In another source, 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.

45 THOMAS BALL, to y« use of DANL. and SARAH JACKSON — in ye north-east part of Edward Rawley’s [aka ROWLEY] retrenchment in Tullyvallan, 249a. 1r. 13p. plant. (403A. 3R. 20P. stat.) with a proportion of unprof., 3l 7s. 3½ d • bar Fewes, co Ardmagh SOURCE: Irish Records Commission 14th & 15th page 178. NOTE: p 179 there is mention that see the patent for other lands remitted which had been granted to John ORSON and Edward ROWLEY but are not passed to them under ye Acts of Settlement all of which had been conveyed to and purchased by the said Ball. NOTE: Edward ROWLEY was slain in battle December 31, 1641. His sister Anne ROWLEY married Sir Tristram BERESFORD (1669-1701). Her great-grand-daughter was Susan BERESFORD, wife of Capt William JACKSON (1628-1688) of Kirkby Lonsdale and of Coleraine. Capt. William was the son of Rev. Richard JACKSON (1602-1681). It is possible that John JACKSON was a brother of Capt. William JACKSON.

Daniel & Sarah were the infant children of John JACKSON of Antrim [SOURCES: Reports and Schedules claimed in respect of lands in Antrim]. John Jackson was one of the ex-soldiers settled in the Parish of Dunaghy, Barony of Kilconway, County Antrim who was displaced by Antrim's recovery of his estates His reprise in the Fews consisted of 249 acres ‘in the north east part of Edward Rowley’s retrenchment in Tullivallen’ and is included in the lands shown as Balls in the Book of Survey and Distribution. SOURCE: Armagh: History and Society: Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish County. Ed. A.J. Hughes and William Nolan. Geography Publications 2001. . Land Confiscations and Plantations in County Armagh During the English Commonwealth and Restoration Periods 1650 to 1680. Harold O’Sulivan. p359. See also: An Historical Account of the McDonnells of Antrim page 466. NOTE: I assume that the children were either orphaned, or at least their father was dead. The reference to Antrim's recovery is to Randal Macdonnell, 1st Marquess of Antrim. He was 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. MacDonnell's 2nd wife was Rose O'NEILL, daughter of Sir Henry O'NEILL, but they had no issue. The Parish of Dunaghy includes 37 townlands, one of which is Ballyreagh - which means being cautious since there is also a townland of that name in Co. Down, as well as in Coleraine. NOTE: Dunaghy, the site of John Jackson's original land grant, is a parish just east of Ballymoney. It may be worth noting that there were two JACKSON with holdings in Ballymoney Town in the Antrim Hearth tax rolls in 1669: David JACKSON & ffranc aka Francis JACKSON. If John JACKSON was a son of Rev. Richard JACKSON (1602-1681), then Francis JACKSON was likely his brother. In the 1860s, at the time of Griffiths Valuation, there were 4 JACKSONs in Ballymoney.
There is a good chance that this is the right Daniel JACKSON (Source: Inscriptions on Ancient Tombstones by Robert Pillow. 1870s. (Robinson Library. Item: P001594318):

Legar Hill, Charlemont
Here lieth the body of
Daniel Jackson who died 4th of
December 1717 aged 56 years
And Ursella his wife the 4th of
March 1727 aged 70 years

 

 

 

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