William Speer of Leck & Irey, parish of Ballyclog

 son of Robert Spear of Drumbanaway?

Timeline:

  • 1753-01-06: Memorial no. 164-201-110224 – a deed of lease whereby Robert Speer‡ (the younger) of Stewartstown granted a lease for a term of seven years, with renewals every seven years, to William Speer, for that portion of Leck, parish of Ballyclog, then in his possession, comprising thirty-one acres with one acre of meadow, Scotch measure;—with a clause of renewal every seven years, so long as Robert Speer, his executors, administrators, or assigns should hold the main lease from the Archbishop of Armagh. [1]
    ‡Variant spellings include Speer(e)(s), Spear(e)(s), Spier(e)(s), and Spire(s).
    The witnesses to the memorial were John Speer of county Tyrone, farmer (a townland was not specified) and Henry Speer, Gent., of Mount Carran, county Tyrone: the latter signature suggests a continuing link between the Speer family of east Tyrone and the branch in Ballynasaggart and Carran townlands in the parish of Errigal Keerogue.
  • 1768-09-14Belfast News-Letter – Advert placed by William Speer of Irey, parish of Ballyclog, to sell his leasehold in a farm of 32 Scottish acres in Leck townland. [2]
  • 1768-10-17: Memorial no. 275-101-175208 – a deed of assignment whereby, at the suit of Solomon Speer, the Sheriff of the County of Tyrone put up for sale at public auction a chattle leasehold in a farm of thirty-two acres in Leck, parish of Donaghenry, held by William Speer [from Solomon Speer, as the son of Robert Speer (d.1754) of Stewartstown] and incumbered by a debt owing of £182 2s. 9d.—at which sale, William Richardson of Stewartstown was the successful bidder. [3]
  • 1769-08-12Belfast News-Letter – Advert for the leasehold in the townlands of Cratley, Soarn, Lislee, and Leck,—except two Farms formerly demised to John Speer (d.1768) and William Speer;—for a term of fourteen years; proposals to Solomon Speer of Stewartstown and James Ledlie of Coagh.[7]
  • 1771-04-15Belfast News-Letter – Notice placed by William Speer of Irey [Eary, parish of Ballyclog], to assert his claim in one-half of that part of the lands of Gortigarn [Gortnagarn, parish of Pomeroy] which he and Robert Speer of Drumbanaway held from the Rev. James Lowry, and also his claim to one-half of the monies spent upon improvements thereon,—which leasehold Robert had put up for sale. [4]
  • 1771-04-24Belfast News-Letter – Notice placed by Robert Speer of Drumbanaway, to dispute the claim made by William Speer into one-half the leasehold held in Gortigarn [Gortnagarn] townland, which he held with William from the Rev. James Lowry for the term of three young lives, “all in being.” The remainder of the notice described the leasehold and appurtenances as amenable to a good bleach operation with spring water on ninety acres Plantation Measure. [5]
  • 1772-04-28Belfast News-Letter – Advert placed by James McGee, surgeon, of Moy, on behalf of Andrew Thomas Stewart Moore, Esq., for the leasehold in a farm of twenty-seven Plantation acres in Eary townland, near Stewarthall, formerly held by William Speer. [6]

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Sources and notes:

1.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 164-201-110224: Robert Speer of Stewartstown to William Speer of Leck (dated 6 January 1753, registered 7 November 1753). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 461368). Indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-09-18.

2.

Belfast News-Letter, 20 September 1768 (pg 1). Advert placed by William Speer of Irey, county Tyrone, re: a leasehold and farm in Leck, same county (dated 14 September 1768). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-11-03).

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 275-101-175208: Irwine to Richardson (dated 17 October 1768; registered 19 April 1769). Copy per FHL film no. 530908 (online at www.familysearch.org, accessed 2018-11-06). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-11-06.

4.

Belfast News-Letter, 19 April 1771 (pg 3). Notice placed by William Speer of Irey, county Tyrone, to assert his claim in one-half of the lands of Gortnagarn [parish of Pomeroy], which he and Robert Speer of Drumbanaway held from the Rev. James Lowry, and which Robert Speer had put up for sale (dated 15 April 1771). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

5.

Belfast News-Letter, 10 May 1771 (pg 3). Notice placed by Robert Speer of Drumbanaway to countenance the claim made by William Speer of Irey in the BNL of 19 April 1771, and to describe the leasehold in Gortnagarn, parish of Pomeroy, then up for sale (dated 24 April 1771). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

6.

Belfast News-Letter, 28 April 1772 (pg 3). Advert placed by James McGee, surgeon, Moy, for the sale of the leasehold in a farm in Eary townland [parish of Ballyclog], near Stewarthall, formerly held by William Speer. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-08-24).

7.

Belfast News-Letter, 18 August 1769 (pg 2). Advert placed by Solomon Speer of Stewartstown for the leasehold of Soarn, Cratley, Lislee, and Leck townlands, for a term of 14 years, except for two farms formerly demised to John and William Speer (dated 12 August 1769). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2018-07-27).

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