Clark of Maghera, county Derry

This section of Arborealis presents a timeline for the descendants of John Clark (died c.1707), vintner, of Maghera, county Derry.

Please note that the Clarks of Maghera were related to the Stephenson family of Killyfaddy, county Armagh (not to the Stevensons of Stewartstown), and also to the Ledlies of Carnan, in the parish of Arboe, county Tyrone. This timeline is not intended to provide an exhaustive survey of the Clark surname.

  • 1707-04-09: Will of John Clark of Maghera, Vintner. [1] The will was proven on the 28th February 1707/8, and the abstract of which cites the following:
    • wife, Jean alias White, one of the executors
    • eldest son, Jackson (a minor), to whom he left a lease in Ballyknock [parish of Killelagh?]
    • another son, John (a minor), to whom he left one half of the leaes of Longfield [parish of Faughanvale?] and Ballynagmeen [parish of Ballyrashane?]
    • daughters Margaret (unmarried), Esther, Mary, Jean, Anne
    • brother, Moses
    • brother in law, John Ledlie of Carnan [parish of Arboe, co. Tyrone], one of the executors
  • 1712-10-17: An Exchequer Bill filed by Robert Blair of Maghera, county Londonderry, innkeeper, and late partner of John Clark of Maghera, gent., deceased, versus John Ledlie and Jane M’Cracken alias Clark, surviving executors of the will of the said John Clark. The plaintiff, Mr. Blair, was a brother-in-law to the late John Clark. In 1704, he leased, in partnership with Mr Clark, the tithes of Maghera and Killyleagh in county Londonderry, from the then rector, the Rev. William Muschet. The plaintiff alleged that Mr Clark had managed the matter and collected the tithes for three years, but never accounted for the profits. In the interim, Mr Blair had gone surety for his mother, who has since died after a short illness, for money that she had borrowed from John Clark. The schedule mentioned the following names: Moses Clark, brother of John Clark; Elizabeth Clark, Mr Jackson, Chas Reen[?], John Maky, Thomas Garvan, Mr Harper, Mr Wardlaw, Pat O’Clery, Dan Brown, Charles Swindele, Thomas Adams, Captain Downing, Dougall Campbell, John Lyil, Mr Hairs, Bryan O’Devlin, Dermott O’Ferren, Shan O’Brullaghan, John M’Duffy, and James Clewns. [12]
  • 1713-07-10: Bill in the Court of Exchequer – Elizabeth M’Craken, widow, and mother of Alexander M’Craken of Maghera, county Londonderry, gent., deceased; versus Jane M’Craken, widow and executrix of said late Alexander M’Craken, Thomas Hamersley, executor of said Alexander, and Archibald Boyd and John Ladly, trustees or agents of Defendant Jane M’Craken; alleging that the late Alexander M’Craken had, by his will dated 30th April 1712, provided for his mother (the plaintiff) and left to his wife (the defendant) his leases in Maghera and Falgartravis. [13]
     Falgortrevy, parish of Maghera.
  • 1714-05-07: Bill in the Court of Exchequer – Jackson Clark of Belfast, eldest son and heir of John Clark of Maghera, vintner, deceased, versus: John Leadly, executor or overseer of the will of the said John Clark; James Dykes, executor or overseer of the will of the late brother of the plaintiff, John Clark, jun.; William James and his wife; John Murdoch and his wife; and David M’Nelley, whose wife is deceased;—reciting the will of the plaintiff’s father, dated 9 April 1707, who left two sons, both minors, i.e., the plaintiff and his late brother, John Clark, jun., and five daughters, Margaret, Ester, Mary, Jane, and Anne, all unmarried minors; leases of Ballyknock and one-half of Longfield and Ballynascreen to the plaintiff, and the other half of Longfield and Ballynascreen to John, jun.; and a brother, Moses Clark. The executors were Jane Clark, James Rea, and defendant John Leadly who was the sole surviving executor. By his will dated 20 July 1721, John Clark, jun., left all his lands in county Londonderry to his brother, Jackson Clark, the plaintiff; the executor was James Dykes, named as defendant in this cause. [14]
  • 1717-05-13: Bill in the Court of Exchequer – Bernard Mulholland versus John Ladlie, executor of the last will and testament of John Clark of Maghera; Andrew Ballagh and his wife, Jane (widow and executrix of the said John Clark); William Jackson of Tobermore, county Londonderry; the Rev. Andrew Henderson and James Birkby of Magherafelt, county Londonderry, witnesses to plaintiff’s lease; and Thomas Taffe, lessee of John Ladlie, in a Common Pleas ejectment brought against Mr Mulholland.
       In 1684, Capt. George Gregory sold his tenant right in part of Iniscarn to William Jackson and the late John Clark, who let one-half of Iniscarn to Bernard Mulholland at a rent fixed by Andrew Henderson and James Birkby. Thomas Taffe, acting as agent for John Ladlie, brought an ejectment against Mr Mullholland in the Court of Common Pleas. The late John Clark left Iniscarn to his son, John Clark, jun. [2]
  • 1721-07-20: Will of John Clark, jun., of Maghera. [3] The abstract cites:
    • nephew, John Clark (son of Jackson Clark), to whom he left one half of his leases, to be obtained at the age of twenty-one years; should the nephew die, then to his sisters
    • sister, Margaret, to whom he left a legacy "if she return to this kingdom"
    • sister, Ester, and her daughter, Jean, and other children
    • sister, Mary, and her daughter, Jane, and other children
    • nieces, Jane M'Neily and Martha M'Neily, daughter of Jane M'Neily née Clark (deceased), late of Ballymanoch [sic], county Antrim
    • brother, Jackson Clark, one of the executors, and to whom John, jun. left the lease of Longfield, and whom he authorized to bring his uncle John Ledlie of Carnan to an accounting of the administration of his (John, jun.'s) father's will
  • 1732-12-08: Memorial no. 121-828-83117 – Jackson Clark, of Maghera, was one of the witnesses to a marriage settlement agreed between Mary Burch alias Jackson of Loughans (parish of Donacloney, county Down), on behalf of her son, John, and John Ledlie of Carnan, whose daughter, Jane, was the bride intended for John Burch. [4]
  • 1743-01-02: Memorial no. 114-135-78334 – Jackson Clark, of Maghera, was one of the witnesses to an indented deed executed by Gilbert Ledlie of Carnan with Thomas Kennedy, sen., of Lettercleary, and his wife, Sarah née Bell. [5]
  • 1743-12-06: Memorial no. 110-465-78730 – a tripartite agreement executed by Gilbert Ledlie of Carnan with Jackson Clark of Maghera, and John Clark of Maghera, citing (i) rents and profits issuing from leases held by Gilbert, (ii) a partition with Thomas Ledlie, and (iii) a settlement on the occasion of his intended marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Jackson Clark. In the first instance, Gilbert's leasehold in Legmurn (parish of Ballyclog) yielded £20 clear profit per annum. Similarly, his holdings in Killeen and Lisaclare (parish of Clonoe) yielded £19 yearly. Further, because he had purchased Thomas Morris Jones' interest in Legmurn, Killeen, one third of Lisaclare, and Tirkvallan (parish of Arboe), thus holding directly from the Lord Archbishop of Armagh, Gilbert accrued an additional annual profit rent of £29 11s 4p. Gilbert agreed to grant to his brother, Thomas, a one-half share in the the last cited leasehold. As to the marriage portion, Jackson Clark agreed to settle a marriage portion of £200 upon Gilbert. As is usual in these kinds of settlements, several paragraphs ensue regarding the dower to Elizabeth should Gilbert predecease her, with or without issue of the marriage, and vice-versa. Finally, all of the lands recited in the deed were then made over to John Clark, to hold in trust such that Gilbert Ledlie should hold and enjoy said Lands during his lifetime, thence to devolve upon his wife, children of the marriage, or failing any issue, such person or persons as he would designate in his last will and testament. [6]
  • 1745-03-22: Memorial no. 124-47-83731 – an indented deed executed by the Sheriff of the county of Tyrone and John Clark of Maghera whereby, for the consideration of £400, Gilbert Ledlie's leaseholds in Aughrimderg, Legmurn, Lisaclare, Killeen, and Trickvallan, were made over to Mr. Clark. This conveyance was precipitated by a writ of fieri facias issued out of the Court of Exchequer, at the suit of James Kerr of Tullydraw, chirurgeon. [7]
    • Discussion – John Clark was brother in law to Gilbert Ledlie.
    • Jackson Clark, of Maghera, was one of the witnesses.
  • 1747-01-14: Memorial no. 127-468-87488 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by Jackson Clark of Maghera with James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, for several leaseholds in the parish of Maghera (list provided, below). The sum of £500 was repaid by Mr. Clark on the 14th September 1757. [8]
    • Largantogher, Craigadick, Craigmore, Taggarkeevy, and Moneymore, in the parish of Maghera—except for such part of Largantogher and Criagadick as were in the possession of the Rev. Mr. Mauleverer;
    • Tirkane and Tirnony, parish of Killelagh; and,
    • Mullagh, parish of Termoneeny.
  • 1747-10-08: Memorial no. 126-229-86700 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by John Clark of Maghera, for several leaseholds in the baronies of Loughinsholin and Dungannon (citing the lands and premises cited at 1745-03-22, above) (see list, below). The sum of £881 was payable to several people, including relatives of Mr. Clark, with his brother, Jackson Clark, serving as security for the mortgage. The mortgage was due and payable on the first of November following. [9]
    • in the Barony of Loughinsholin –
      • Largantogher, Craigadick (lower part of), and Moneymore, parish of Maghera;
      • Tirnony, parish of Killelagh;
      • Mullagh, parish of Termoneeny;
      • tenements in Maghera; and,
    • in the Barony of Dungannon –
      • Legmurn, parish of Ballyclog;
      • Trickvallan, parish of Arboe; and,
      • Lisaclare and Killeen townlands, parish of Clonoe.
  • 1747-10-12: Memorial no. 129-303-87151 – an indenture of mortgage between John Clark of Maghera and James Adair of Belfast whereby, for the sum of £800 in which John Clark stood indebted to Patrick Adair and Robert Jackson of London, merchants, Mr. Clark conveyed his right and title in several leaseholds to James Adair. The deed included a provision of redemption upon payment of the sum owed, with interest and costs. [10]
    The several leases recited included the following, all of which had become the property of John Clark:
    • 1740-06-26 – a lease held by Jackson Clark from the Bishop of Derry in the townlands of Largantogher,* Craigadick,* Tergartreevy [Falgortrevy?],* Craigmore,‡ Tirkane,† Tyrnony,† and Moneymore,* except that portion held by the Rev. Mr. Mauleverer in Tirkane and Tyrnony, for a term of twenty-one years. Key: * parish of Maghera; † parish of Killelagh; ‡ parish of Aghadowey.
    • 1747-08-04 – a deed of conveyance from Jackson Clark to John Clark of leaseholds held by the former in Hunter's tenement (with garden) and the Well tenement in Maghera, for a term of twenty-one years.
    • 1738-09-22 – a deed of lease granted by Jackson Clark to James Deniston, of Maghera, to forty acres of land in Moneymore and Mullagh townlands, for a term of twenty years.
    • 1743-11-16 – an indenture of lease granted by the Archbishop of Armagh to Gilbert Ledlie, of Carnan, in several townlands* in the county of Tyrone, for a term of twenty-one years. * Legmurn, parish of Ballyclog; Trickvallan, parish of Arboe; and, Killeen and a one-third portion of Lisaclare in the parish of Clonoe.
    • 1742-01-21 – an indenture of lease granted by Thomas Morris Jones of Moneyglass, county Antrim, to Philip Morris of Trickvallen, parish of Arboe, to Legmurn townland and that portion of Mullaghrim in Mr. Morris' possession, parish of Ballyclog, for a term of twenty-one years.
    • [undated, and term not cited] – an indenture of lease granted by Lord Viscount Mountjoy, Arthur Hill, and Henry Brook, to John Ledlie of Carnan, in one-half of the townland of Aughrimderg in the parish of Clonoe—the parcel of land comprising seventy-nine acres two roods, Irish plantation measure.
    • 1739-11 – a lease demised by William Stewart, formerly Lord Mountjoy, now Earl of Blessington, to Gilbert Ledlie, of the lands in Aughrimderg, for a term of twenty-one years.
  • 1748-02-04: Memorial no. 134-164-90437 – a deed of assignment whereby John Clark conveyed several townlands to John Stephenson and Robert Stephenson of Killyfaddy, county Armagh. The affected townlands included Legmurn, parish of Ballyclog; Trickvallan, parish of Arboe; and Aughrimderg, Killeen, and Lisaclare, parish of Clonoe. [11]
    ☛ One of the witnesses was Jackson Clark of Maghera.
  • 1754-11-20: Betham’s abstract of the will of Jackson Clark of Maghera:

    [No.] 485  Jackson Clarke of Mahara [Maghera] co Derry Gent 20 Nov 1754
    e’st [eldest] son John
    2 son Alexander C
    3 [son] Arthur C
    4 [son] William C
    daur Sarah  wife of D’r James Ferguson
    [do.] wife of Gillet [Gilbert] Ledlie
    gr son Jackson Ledlie
    daur Jane
    [daur.] Margaret
    gr d’r Agnes d’r of John
    sister Margaret Jenison [Jameson]
    [15]
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Sources and notes:

1.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Groves Manuscripts. Abstract of the will of John Clark of Maghera, proved 28 February 1707/8. PRONI ref. T808/9167.

2.

Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Exchequer Bill, dated 13 May 1717, re: Bernard Mulholland vs. John Ladlie, executor of will of John Clark of Maghera; ndrew Ballagh and his wife, Jane (widow and executrix of the said John Clark); William Jackson of Tobermore, county Londonderry; the Rev. Andrew Henderson and James Birkby of Magherafelt, county Londonderry; and Thomas Taffe, lessee of John Ladlie. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808/9167 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 13 September 2018).

3.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Groves Manuscripts. Abstract of the will of John Clark [jun.] of Maghera, written 20 July 1721. PRONI ref. T808/9167.

4.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 121-828-83117: Burch otherwise Jackson & Son to Ledlie & another (dated 8 Dec 1732, reg'rd 8 April 1746). Copy per FHL film no. 461350. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-13.

5.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 114-135-78334: Ledlie to Kennedy (dated 2 Jan 1743; reg'rd 13 Feb 1743). Copy per FHL film no. 522826. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-06.

6.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 110-465-78730: Ledlie to Clark & another (dated 6 Dec 1743; reg'rd 10 April 1744). Copy per FHL film no. 522824. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-05.

7.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 124-47-83731: Sheriff of the County of Tyrone to Clark (dated 22 Mar 1745; reg'rd 26 June 1746). Copy per FHL film no. 522830. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-09.

8.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 127-468-87488: Clark to Stephenson (dated 14 Jan 1747, reg'd 23 Jan 1747). Copy per FHL film no. 522832. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-25, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-12.

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 126-229-86700: Clark to Clark (dated 8 Oct 1747; reg'rd 13 Oct 1747). Copy per FHL film no. 522831. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-10.

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 129-303-87151: Clark to Adair & ors (dated 12 Oct 1747; reg'rd 1 Dec 1747). Copy per FHL film no. 522833. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-13.

11.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 134-164-90437: Clark to Stevenson & another (dated 4 Feb 1748, reg'd 9 Feb 1748). Copy per FHL film no. 522836. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-06-26, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-14.

12.

Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Exchequer Bill dated 17 October 1712, re: Robert Blair of Maghera, county Londonderry, innkeeper, and late partner of John Clark of Maghera, gent., deceased, vs. John Ledlie and Jane M’Craken alias Clark, surviving executors of the will of the said John Clark. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808, pg. 9166 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).

13.

Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Exchequer Bill, dated 7 May 1714, re: Jackson Clark of Belfast, eldest son and heir of John Clark, deceased, vs. John Leadly, executor or overseer of the will of the said John Clark, James Dykes, executor of the will of the plaintiff’s younger brother, John Clark, jun., and William James, John Murdoch and wife, and David M’Nelley. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808, pg 9165 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).

14.

Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract of Exchequer Bill, dated 7 May 1714, re: Jackson Clark of Belfast, eldest son and heir of John Clark, deceased, vs. John Leadly, executor or overseer of the will of the said John Clark, James Dykes, executor of the will of the plaintiff’s younger brother, John Clark, jun., and William James, John Murdoch and wife, and David M’Nelley. Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808, pg 9165 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).

15.

Betham, Sir William (1779–1853). Betham's notebooks, containing abstracts of records held by the Public Record Office, Dublin. Genealogical abstract of the will of Jackson Clark of Mahara [Maghera], co. Derry, proved 20 November 1754 (No. 485, pp 147-8). Records held by the National Archives of Ireland (Dublin); archival ref. Phillips Mss, “C” 1738–1760. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick 2018-05-12, by subscription).

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