Anne Crawford, otherwise Speer, née Ledlie

 daughter of William Ledlie of Carnan, parish of Arboe. Her first husband was Robert Speer of Stewartstown (d.1754). After Mr Speer’s death, Anne married Robert Crawford of Castledawson, county Londonderry.

Notes:

  • Please note that text written [within square brackets] contains editorial or explanatory remarks by the compiler/transcriber.
  • This timeline includes references to Robert Crawford of Castledawson.

Timeline:

  • 1748: Marriage Licence Bond issued in the Diocese of Armagh, for the marriage of Anne Ledlie and Robert Speer (the younger) of Cratley, parish of Ballyclog and county of Tyrone. [12]
  • 1754-02-26: The will of Anne's husband, Robert Spear of Stewartstown, Gent., was proved. The major provisions in Mr. Speer's last will and testament [1], dated the 18th August 1753, included:
    • by virtue of a lease held from His Grace the Lord Primate, he was entitled to the townlands of Sorne otherwise Sournely and Listreagh [Lislea], in the parish of Donaghendry,  and Ballyleck and Clontery otherwise Clottery [also known as Cratley], in the parish of Ballyclog;
    • he devised this lease to his son, Soloman, subject to:
    • an annual rent charge of £20 payable to his wife, Anne Spear née Ledlie during her natural life—the sum to decrease to £10 if their son, Soloman, should die before attaining the age of twenty-one years, or should he marry—or the sum of £200 payable to Anne, at her election;
    • Robert's several tenements and parks in and near Stewartstown to devolve to his son, Soloman, reserving the kitchen, cellar, rooms streetward, and the half of the back house, to his wife, Anne;
    • if his wife is with child at his decease, £200 payable to said child, and if son Soloman should die before attaining the age of twenty-one years or should he marry, then the fortune of Soloman to such child, with the same covenants described above—in addition to other provisions;
    • on the 7th January 1754, Robert Spear appended a codicil in which he confirmed the provisions in his last will and testament, the major provisions of which are recited above—except that instead of his dwelling house in Stewartstown, his wife, Anne, should have and enjoy, during her widowhood, his dwelling house in Cratley townland, in the parish of Donaghenry, with twenty acres Scotch measure, with a half acre of turf bog—and that on the death or marriage of his wife, these properties to pass to his son, Soloman, and failing him, to pass in the manner described in his will.  [1]
  • 1756-01-22: Memorial no. 185-413-123667 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by William Ledlie of the first part, Anne Speer orse Ledlie (Administratrix of the late Robert Speer) of the second part, and William McSparran of Moneymore, co. Derry, of the third part—whereby for the consideration of £400, Mr. Ledlie transferred the townlands of Ballyleck, Cratley, Lislea, and Sorne to Mr. McSparran, thereby discharging the mortgage taken out on those lands by the late Robert Speer. [2]
    ☛ Related deed: Memorial no. no. 156-416-106420, dated 18 Jan 1753.
  • 1758-02-03: Advert placed in the Belfast News-Letter, to give notice that several townlands in the parish of Drummaul and bordering on the north shore of Lough Neagh, part of the estate of Charles Hamilton, Esq., were available for lease; proposals to be received by Robert Crawford of Castledawson, county Londonderry. [3]
    ☛ 
    One of these, Killyfad townland, would be taken up by Mrs Martha Speer and her son, Robert Speer, of Drumbanaway.
  • 1759: Marriage (second) to Robert Crawford. [11]
  • 1762-06-09: Advert placed in the Belfast News-Letter, to give notice that a farm of 60 acres was available for lease in Killyfad townland, county Antrim; proposals to be received by Robert Speer of Drumbanaway or by Robert Crawford of Castledawson. [4]
  • 1770-02-06: Death of her son, Solomon Speer, in Liverpool. [13]
  • 1770-05-19Belfast News-Letter – Legal notice placed by Ann Crawford’s nephew, Solomon Hamilton-Speer, to assert his claim to the estate of the late Solomon Speer (who died at Liverpool in February, 1770) [5] and to caution the tenants of Soarn, Lislee, Leck, and Cratley, not to pay their rents to the widow of the late Solomon Speer, Mrs Ann Crawford. [6]
  • 1771-06-12: Memorial no. 298-373-197758 – For the consideration of £300, Jane Spear [née Wallace], widow of Solomon Spear, both of Liverpool, conveyed to Robert Crawford and Ann [née Ledlie], his wife, of London, the leaseholds in the townlands of Sorne otherwise Sornely Lisleagh Ballylacke and Clonteary otherwise Clotery, which had been held by the late Solomon’s father, Robert Spear, late of Stewartstown, deceased. Ann Crawford was the administratrix of the wills of both Robert Spear and Solomon Spear. [7]
  • 1776-08-23Belfast News-Letter – Notice of reward offered by about twenty men in the district of Stewartstown, for the conviction of the person(s) who set fire to a dwelling-house in Lislea townland, the property of Robert Crawford of London. [8]
  • 1776-12-11: Memorial no. 316-142-210688 – Conveyance of the leasehold, and associated mortgage, in Soarn, Lislee, Leck, and Cratley townlands, by William McSparran of Moneymore, Gent., of the first part, and Robert Crawford, Gent., and Ann Crawford otherwise Spear [née Ledlie], of London, to John Thornton and John Cornwall, Merchants, of London, for the unexpired term of the lease; reciting the original lease given on the 23rd August 1748 by the Archbishop of Armagh to Robert Spear of Stewartstown, Gent., for a term of twenty-one years; also reciting that Robert Spear had borrowed sums of money from William Leslie [s/b Ledlie] and had, on the 18th January 1753, conveyed the leasehold to Mr Ledlie subject to a clause of redemption. [9]
  • 1777-10-01: Memorial no. 324-145-213493 – A deed poll executed by Robert Crawford, acknowledging the execution of an indenture of assignment on the 11th December 1776 (Memorial no. 316-142-210388), and that the total amount of indebtedness stood at £1000 as of the 1st October 1777. [10]

Links:

Sources and notes:

1.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy will of Robert Speer [Spear] of Stewartstown, proved 26 Feb 1754. PRONI ref. D2315/2/3. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-08-16.

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 185-413-123667: Ledlie & Speer to McSparran (dated 22 Jan 1756; reg'rd 21 Feb 1756). Copy per FHL film no. 461379. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-10-02.

3.

Belfast News-Letter, 3 February 1758. Advert for several townlands for several townlands (including Killyfad) for lease in the parish of Drummaul, county Antrim, part of the estate of Charles Hamilton, Esq.; Robert Crawford of Castledawson, agent. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-30).

4.

Belfast News-Letter, 9 July 1762 (pg 3). Advert for a lease in a 60-acre farm in Killyfad, county Antrim; proposals to Robert Speer of Drumbanaway or Robert Crawford of Castledawson. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-30).

5.

Church of England. Parish of St Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire. Burial of Solomon Spears, cabinet maker, 6th February 1770. Original record: Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283-PET-1-4. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-10-24).

6.

Belfast News-Letter, 22 May 1770 (pg 3). Legal notice placed by Solomon Hamilton-Speer, asserting his claim to the lands and property of the late Solomon Speer, who died at Liverpool in February, 1770 (dated 19 May 1770). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

7.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 298-373-197758: Spear to Crawford (dated 12 June 1771; registered 20 October 1773). Copy per FHL film no. 531671 (accessed in Salt Lake City, 2016-05-07). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-03.

8.

Belfast News-Letter3 September 1776 (pg 1)Notice of reward  for the conviction of the person(s) who set fire to a house in Lislea [parish of Donaghenry, county Tyrone], owned by Robert Crawford of London. (dated 23 August 1776). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-09).

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 316-142-210688: McSparron to Thornton and Crawford (dated 11 December 1776; registered 12 December 1776). Copy per FHL film no. 531688, online at FamilySearch, www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-03.

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 324-145-213493: Crawford to Thomson (dated 1 October 1777; registered 15 October 1777). Copy per FHL film no. 531695 (accessed in Salt Lake City, 9 May 2016. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-03.

11.

Public Record Office of Ireland. Marriage Licence Bonds, Diocese of Armagh. Ann Speer and Robert Crawford, 1759. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk [accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-07).

12.

(i) Public Record Office of Ireland. Marriage Licence Bonds, Diocese of Armagh. Robert Speer and Ann Ledlie, 1748. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk [accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-10-30).
(ii) Groves, Tenison (c.1863–1938). Groves Mss. Abstract: “Armagh M L Bonds ... 1748  Anne Ledlie & Robt Speer.” Typescript copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T808, pg. 9146 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-09-13).
(iii) Paterson, T.G.F. T.G.F. Paterson Manuscript Collection. No. 57, Vol. 4. "Abstracts of Wills, Family Charts, etc.." Held at the Armagh County Museum. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-10-09.

13.

Church of England. Parish of St Peter, Liverpool, Lancashire. “Burials 1770 … February 6  Solomon Spears Cabinet Maker.” Original record: Liverpool Record Office; Liverpool, England; Reference Number: 283-PET-1-4. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-10-24).

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