Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, merchant (d.1747)

Biographical outline for James Stevenson of Stewartstown
Blog article: Obituary for Capt. James Stevenson

Timeline:

  • Blog article: Stevenson of Stewartstown, county Tyrone – introduction to research of this family line and, in particular, work done through the memorials (copies) held by the Registry of Deeds, 1708ff.
  • Blog article: Stevenson of Stewartstown (parish of Donaghenry, co. Tyrone), Killyfaddy (parish of Lisnadill, co. Armagh), Fortwilliam (Tobermore, co. Derry), and Mineveigh (parish of Tullyniskan, co. Tyrone).
    • Link to map of Stevenson at Stewartstown, Mineveigh, Fortwilliam, and Killyfaddy.
  • Early references to Stevenson of Stewartstown. (work in progress)
  • 1688-91 – Capt. James Stevenson headed a company of volunteers, under Colonel Dalway Stewart's command, during the Williamite war. [1]
    • Discussion – This statement was made by Capt. James's grandson, William Stevenson in 1781. It seems more likely that the commanding officer was either Lieut.-Col. William Steuart (1643-1726), of the 16th regiment of foot, who served William III of Orange during this war—or perhaps more likely, Capt. William Stewart of Killymoon (near Cookstown) who, with the Rev. George Walker, led the defence of Dungannon before marching their men to Derry. [2] Dallway Stewart (d.1752), the son of Andrew, 7th Baron Castle Stewart, and Elinor Dallway, was born after 1695, the year in which his parents were married. [3]
  • 1692-08-04 & 1698-08-04 deeds: Blog article re: John Houstone, of Castlestewart, to Capt. James Stevenson re: leases of plots of ground in Stewartstown, and of parks and townlands lying adjacent to the town.
    • Link to map of the town of Stewartstown and adjoining townlands in the parish of Donaghenry. 
  • 1703-1714 – Burials of Capt. James Stevenson's sons in St. Patrick’s churchyard, Stewartstown: Robert 1703, James? 1707?, John? 1709? Thomas 1711?, and James Stiuert 1714. The children were buried in the same grave as their grandfather, William Allett (1623-1712), and another relative, Robert Stevenson (1732-1721). [4]
  • 1705-1720 – Capt. James Stevenson attended meetings of the General Synod of Ulster (the Presbyterian Church of Ireland), often in the company of his father-in-law, the Rev. Thomas Kennedy, sen. and his brothers-in-law, the Rev. Messrs. Thomas Kennedy, jun., and John Kennedy. [5]
    • Discussion – Mr. Stevenson attended as a Ruling Elder of Brigh congregation, and represented the Tyrone Presbytery. One of the more interesting events during his tenure involved complaints arising from the erection of a new congregation at Coagh (for  which, see the 1709, June 1st entry in the General Synod of Ulster abstracts).
  • 1710-06-01 – Mr. James Steephenson [sic], merchant of Stewartstowne, and the Rev. Mr. Dilgarno were present at the signing of an agreement to build a new parish church at a new site in Arboe. The parties to the deed included Stewart Blacker and William Leathem, Esqrs. of the first part, the Rev. Dr. Christophilus Jenney, rector of the parish of Arboe, Andrew Stewart of Stewart-hall, John Houston of Castlestewart, James Stewart and Henry Stewart of Killymoon, and William Conyngham of Springhill, Esqrs., of the second part, on behalf of the parishioners. Messrs. Blacker and Leathem agreed to undertake the construction of the new church. The new church was consecrated on the 25th September, 1713. [6]
  • 1716-10-19: Memorial no. 31-342-19418 (Registry of Deeds, Ireland): Stevenson et al to Timons et al – settlement re: the intended marriage between William, son of Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, and Elizabeth, daughter of William Fleming, of Portadown. The settlement also involved James Stephenson of Killyfaddy. [7]  Blog article: Marriage settlement of Wm Stevenson and Eliz'th Fleming (1716)
  • 1721-08-01 – Death of Robert Stevenson, aged 89 years; buried in the church yard of St. Patrick's, Stewartstown, in the same grave with the infant children of Capt. James Stevenson. [4]
    • Discussion – Robert Stevenson's relationship to Capt. James Stevenson is not stated in the inscription, but it seems likely that old Mr. Stevenson was either father or uncle to James.
  • 1722-09-13: Memorial no. 51-513-34556 (Registry of Deeds, Ireland): Stevenson to Akie and others – settlement re: the intended marriage between William Stevenson of Portadown, son of Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown, and Ann, daughter of the late Andrew Stewart of Castle-stewart. [8]
    • Blog article: Stevenson's Dowery, or What's in a Place Name?
  • 1724/5-03-10: Memorial no. 51-249-33563 (Registry of Deeds, Ireland): Stevenson to Carson – an indented deed of lease granted by Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown to William Carson, shopkeeper, also of Stewartstown, for a term of twenty-one years, with a clause of renewal, of a  3-1/2 acre (Scots measure) parcel in Drumagullion townland, parish of Donaghenry. [9]
  • 1724-10-29: Memorial no. 80-364-56219 – a deed of release from Robert Speer of Stewartstown, father of Solomon Speer who married Jane, daughter of Capt. James Stevenson. Solomon had died intestate, and by this release, Robert Speer conveyed a settlement upon his daughter in law. In the preamble, the deed recites the marriage settlement between Robert Speer and his son Solomon, of the first part, and James Stevenson and his daughter Jane, of the second part, dated 29th October 1724—whereby James Stevenson agreed to a marriage portion of £100, payable to Solomon. [10]
  • 1726/7-01-27: Memorial no. 54-138-35169 (Registry of Deeds, Ireland): Smith to Stevenson – for the consideration of £70 paid by James Stevenson, James Smith assigned to Mr. Stevenson the unexpired term (about twenty-seven years) of a lease held by Mr. Smith and Russell Pattison, both of Stewartstown, for two tenements with garden in Stewartstown, and three acres of land adjoining Creeve Lough. Mr. Houston reserved rights for quarrying, and for ingress to and egress from the lough in order to carry water from the lough between sun rise and sun set.  [11]
  • 1726-11-16 and -17: Memorial no. 53-179-34968 – James Stevenson of Stewartstown, Merchant, was a party to the release side of a lease-and-release transaction executed by John Stewart of Gortigal, county Tyrone, Gent., in consideration of his intended marriage with Mary, daughter of Thomas Kennedy of Letterclery, county Tyrone, Gent. [20]
  • 1729-10-13: Death of Sarah Stevenson, aged 24 years (born c.1705). [4]
    • Discussion – Here again, Miss Stevenson's relationship to Capt. James Stevenson is not stated. However, her body was interred with five sons of James and also with William Allett, described as the young boys' grandfather. Sarah may well have been a daughter of Capt. James.
  • 1730-07-20: Memorial no. 80-43-54826 – deeds of lease and release, whereby William Stevenson of Stewartstown (James' son) conveyed to James, his (William's) holding in Drumgor townland, parish of Seagoe.
  • 1730-10-(09?): Death of Latticia Sharp née Stevenson, aged 30 years. [4]
    ☛ Latticia had married Hugh Sharp of Ballinacory (parish and county have not been identified to date).
  • 1731-01-03: Memorial no. 68-240-47898 – deeds of lease and release, in which Joan Dobson alias Williams and her sons, James, William, and Henry, of the Manor of Benburb, conveyed twenty acres in Drumgor townland, parish of Seagoe, to James Stevenson. [13]
    • Link to blog article: Fortuitous 17th century genealogical find for Dobson, Williams, and Wicker (30 July 2016).
  • 1732-07-06: Memorial no. 70-401-48895 – deeds of lease and release, whereby William Williams conveyed to James Stevenson two parcels of land in Drumgor: one at forty acres and situated on the south side of the road from Portadown to Lurgan, and the other of about twenty-eight acres on the north side of that road. [14]
  • 1738-07-31 & -08-01: Memorial no. 90-283-64319 – deeds of lease and release, wherein John Toulerton of Trummery, county Antrim, for the consideration of £150 paid to him by James Stevenson, conveyed to the latter the leaseholds in a tenement known as Graham's Tenement, lying on the northeast side of the town of Lurgan, and a farm of twenty-six acres nearby in Knocknashane, parish of Shankill. [15]
  • 1743-02-08: Memorial no. 126-1-84607 – an indented deed of demise, whereby James Stevenson granted a lease to William Hirdman of a house and garden in Stewartstown, a proportion of the Common Moss near Stewartstown, and twenty acres Scotch measure in Galvally townland for a term of forty-one years, and thirty acres in Ruskieroe townland for a term of sixteen years. Capt. Stevenson agreed that he, his heirs or assigns, would renew the latter lease when the grand lease was renewed under the Manor of Castle Stewart. [16]
  • 1743-05-01: Memorial no. 116-219-80316 – an indenture of lease conveyed by James Stevenson to Andrew Carson, both of Stewartstown, of a parcel of ground on which Mr. Carson would build a malt kiln. The term of the lease was for forty-two years with annual rent of 10s. [17]
  • 1744-03-23: Memorial no. 121-554-84549 – A deed of lease given by Capt. James Stevenson (the Elder) to James Stevenson of Stewartstown, the younger, of the former's holdings in Galvally townland (40 acres, Scotch measure), houses and tenements in Stewartstown including those occupied by Capt. Stevenson and his under tenants, together with Capt. Stevenson's portion of the Common Moss, for a term of forty-one years. [18]
    • Discussion – This deed recites Capt. Stevenson's right reserved in these premises by an earlier deed, Stevenson to Akie & others, the marriage settlement of his son, William, with Ann Stewart, dated 1722-09-13.
    • James Stevenson "the younger" was a son of William Stevenson.
  • 1747-01-22: Letters of administration for the last will and testament of James Stevenson were granted to his grandson, James Stevenson. [19]
    Abstract, with notes and cross-references to deeds.

Links:

Footnotes and sources:

1.

Stevenson, William. Cases in Medicine. Printed by Taylor and Drury, Retford: and to be sold by the Booksellers of Newark and Nottingham. Likewise by J. Johnson, and C. Dilly, London, 1781. (The author was grandson to Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown.) Please cite your sources.

2.

Mitchell, Brian. Defenders of the Plantation of Ulster 1641-1691. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., 2010. Cited by Linda Merle, e-mail to RootsWeb's Scotch-Irish mailing list (6 November 2011). Online at archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com (accessed 2016-06-15).

3.

Edson, G.T. Stewart Clan Magazine. Vol. VI, No. 10 (April 1928), pg. 42. “Andrew Stewart of Ballyclog, county Tyrone, esq. married by prerogative marriage license Jan. 7, 1695, Elinor Dalway of St. Michan, Dublin, spinster.”

4.

Mayes, Frank, Aidian Fee, and James Glendinning. “St. Patrick’s Church, Stewartstown: Gravestone transcriptions.” The Bell: Journal of the Stewartstown and District Local History Society. No. 9 (2003).

5.

Presbyterian Church of Ireland. Records of the General Synod of Ulster, From 1691 to 1820. Vol. I. Belfast: The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1890.

6.

Roulston, William. "An Agreement to Build a New Church in Arboe Parish in 1710." Ulster Journal of Archaeology. Vol. LI (2002).

7.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 31-342-19418: Indenture of lease and release involving Capt. James Stevenson of Stewartstown and William Fleming of Portadown, to Richard Timons of the parish of Seagoe and James Stephenson of Killyfaddy, co. Armagh, and the marriage settlement of William, son of Capt. James Stevenson, and Elizabeth, daughter of William Fleming (dated 19 Oct 1716, reg'rd 10 Nov 1721). Copy per FHL film no. 461320. Transcript and précis by Alison Kilpatrick; submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-16.

8.

(a) Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Memorial no. 51-513-34556 (dated 13 & 14 September 1722; reg'd 14 April 1727). James Stevenson to Wil Akie and others. Original document held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. PRONI ref. D1618/4. (b) Notes and Queries, pub. by Martin de Albuquerque. Vol. 183 (4 July 1942). Transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, and index submitted to irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-06-17.

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 51-24-33563: Stevenson to Carson (dated 10 Mar 1724/5, reg'rd 14 Dec 1726). Copy per FHL film no. 461327. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-24.

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 80-364-56219: Speer to Speer als Stephenson to Speer (dated 1 Dec 1732; reg'rd 25 June 1735). Copy per FHL film no. 522815. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-02.

11.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 54-138-35169: Smith to Stevenson (dated 27 Jan 1726/7; reg'rd 22 June 1727). Copy per FHL film no. 461329. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-27.

12.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 80-43-54826: Stevenson to Stevenson (dated 20 & 21 July 1730; reg'rd 13 Dec 1734). Copy per FHL film no. 522815. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-02.

13.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 68-240-47898: Dobson et al to Stevenson (dated 3 & 4 Jan 1731; reg'rd 21 Mar 1731). Copy per FHL film no. 461336. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-29.

14.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 70-401-48895: Williams to Stevenson (dated 6 & 7 July 1732; reg'rd 9 Aug 1732). Copy per FHL film no. 461338. Transcribed and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-30.

15.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 90-283-64319: Toulerton to Stevenson (dated 31 July & 1 Aug 1738; reg'rd 17 Aug 1738). Copy per FHL film no. 522819. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-04.

16.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 126-1-84607: Stevenson to Hirdman (dated 8 Feb 1743; reg'rd 29 Nov 1746). Copy per FHL film no. 522831. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-10.

17.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 116-219-80316: Stevenson to Carson (dated 1 May 1743; reg'rd 20 Dec 1744). Copy per FHL film no. 522828. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-08.

18.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 121-554-84549: Stephenson Eld'r to Stephenson y'r (dated 23 Mar 1744; reg'rd 24 Nov 1746). Copy per FHL film no. 461350. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-09.

19.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy Will of James Stevenson; administration granted, 22 January 1747. PRONI ref. T1009/16. 

20.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 53-179-34968: Stewart to Crawford et al (dated 16 & 17 November 1726; reg'rd 8 June 1727). Digital image online at familysearch.org per FHL film no. 461328. Indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-06-06.

This page was published on the 10th August 2016, and edited on the 11th August.

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