William Belcher1

b. between 1764 and 1774
Father*______ Belcher2
(Probable Father) Brick Wall Research While we were working to organize and understand the information we had been collecting on the Belcher families of Orange and Crawford counties in Indiana, we ran into a serious Brick Wall. Two young girls, Mary Ann Belcher, age 16, and Catharine Belcher, age 11, were enumerated on the 1850 census in Patoka, Crawford County, Indiana in the household of William Hollen. Mary Ann and Catharine, whom we suspected were sisters, had both been born in Orange County, Indiana. We had no idea which Belcher family these two young girls belonged with, and wondered why they would be living with the Hollen family.

From previous research, we’ve learned that the two most common circumstances causing children to live with relatives other than their immediate families were the deaths of one or both parents, and/or the arrival of a stepparent into their household.

The Belcher family we were researching had five brothers: James, Jesse, Joseph, Berry, and John. We had initially used the 1850 census as our primary source, and had been in the process of identifying the children of each of the brothers in order to develop each of their five families. We knew, for example, that James, the eldest brother, had died in 1842 leaving a wife and several children, most of whom had been born in Orange County; that the third brother, Joseph, had moved with his wife and children to Illinois by 1830; that the first wife of fourth brother, Berry, had died after giving birth to five children, that Berry had married a second time, had seven more children by 1850, and that his seven children born before 1841 had all been born in Orange County; that the youngest brother, John, as well as his wife and any children they may have had, were all deceased before 1850; and that Jesse, the second brother, had a wife and seven children, five of whom had been born in Orange County. From the 1850 census, we also learned that Jesse’s eldest daughter, Minerva, and Berry’s eldest daughter, Martha Jane, and second son, Jesse, had all been enumerated in separate households on the same census page as our two Brick Wall children, Mary Ann and Catharine Belcher. That was a fair amount of information, we thought, and hoped it provided us with enough clues to identify Mary Ann and Catharine’s parents. We still believed the girls belonged to one, or possibly two, of the five Belcher brothers, so we needed to make a deeper dive, using a variety of sources, into the families of each one. Reviewing all that we already knew, we felt the two most logical Belcher brothers to analyze first were Jesse and Berry because both were enumerated on the 1850 census in Patoka, Crawford County, Indiana, the same place where we found Mary Ann and Catharine in the household of William Hollen.

We began our targeted Brick Wall research of the brothers with the family of Jesse Belcher, the second brother, whose household on the 1850 census was a few census pages away from William Hollen’s. Jesse’s widowed daughter, Minerva, was enumerated in 1850 on the same census page as Mary Ann and Catharine in the household of William’s brother, Marcum Hollen. We were hopeful, initially, that we could connect at least one of the girls to Jesse. We tried; then had to admit that the birth years of his children too closely overlapped the birth years of Mary Ann and Catharine and that, if the girls belonged with Jesse and his wife, we would have found them with their parents.

Berry Belcher, the fourth brother, was enumerated in 1850 with his second wife and nine of his sixteen children, two from his first wife and seven from his second. They, too, were enumerated in Patoka, Crawford County, Indiana, a few pages away from the subjects of our search, and on the other side of the Hollen household from Berry’s brother, Jesse. Berry’s eldest daughter, Martha Jane, had married Nathan Hollen, a son of William Hollen, and Martha Jane and Nathan were enumerated in 1850 in the next household after Nathan’s father on the same census page. Enumerated with Nathan and Martha Jane was Martha Jane’s brother, Jesse Belcher. Again, we were hopeful as we recognized the intermingling relationships between the Belcher and Hollen families; and again, we were disappointed. Some of the birth years of Berry Belcher’s children either overlapped the birth years of Mary Ann and Catharine, or were too close together to be realistic.

Leaving our research in Crawford County, we moved on to Orange County, Indiana, where Mary Ann and Catharine had both been born. We were hopeful again about James, the oldest of the five Belcher brothers, because most of his six children had likely been born in Orange County. James had died in 1842, and his wife, Nancy, had not remarried. She was enumerated with her younger children, in Jackson, Orange County, in 1850. The birth years of the couple’s six children were consistently spaced at about four to five years apart, which could have left room to insert the two girls. Without any evidence, however, or even workable clues, we realized we were grasping at straws. Hating to let go, though, we decided that, rather than fully eliminate James and Nancy from our dwindling list of parental candidates, we would set them aside until we had completed our research of all of the Belcher brothers.

And, yes, we knew we were running out of brothers because we had already learned that John, the youngest of the Belcher brothers, as well as his wife and any children they may have had, were all deceased before 1850.

That left us with only Joseph, the third Belcher brother, on our list of parental candidates. He and his wife had moved permanently to Illinois by 1830. Additionally, they had a son born in Illinois the same year Catharine was born in Orange County, Indiana. We found it easy and appropriate to eliminate Joseph from our list of potential parents.

After completing phase two of our research on the Belcher brothers, we still had no parents for Mary Ann and Catharine. We had not yet completely given up on the eldest brother, James, and his wife, Nancy, as “possibles” and tried again to see them as plausible. After relooking at everything, and giving them additional consideration, we again determined it just wasn’t working. James and Nancy were not the parents we were searching for. We would have to look elsewhere.

Then later, after working unsuccessfully with other research methods, we discovered a 1904 death certificate for a Catharine (Belcher) Trusty, whose reported date of birth matched the birth year for our 11-year-old Catharine Belcher. The informant for Catharine's death certificate was her widowed husband, Levi Trusty, who reported the name of Catharine's father as Arthur Belcher, and her mother as ______ Pigg. Arthur??? With all of the Belchers we had already researched, we had no Arthur. We did, however, again have hope, and also excitement, as we began to look for Arthur.

We found an Arthur Belcher on the 1840 census in Jackson, Orange County, Indiana. He was between the ages of 40 thru 49 years and his household consisted of seven children, two males and five females. Arthur, we believe, had been widowed by 1840 because his household included no female old enough to be the children's mother. Three of the females were under the age of 10 years, and because Arthur was also enumerated in Orange County in 1830, it was logical to conclude that those three young females on the 1840 census had been born in Orange County, as had Mary Ann and Catharine. This was a Belcher family we had known nothing about, and wondered… Wow! Could this Arthur really be our Catharine’s father? And could one of those other young girls in Arthur’s household in 1840 have been Mary Ann? We definitely hoped so as we set about learning more about Arthur Belcher.

We found him on the 1830 census, also in Orange County, Indiana. His household consisted of seven individuals, three males and four females. We believe that Arthur was the one male between the ages of 30 thru 39 years, and that his wife was the one female between the ages of 20 thru 29 years. Neither Mary Ann nor Catharine were born by 1830, so they wouldn’t have been included among the other females.

Continuing backwards, we found Arthur on the 1820 census in Warren County, Tennessee. His household consisted of three individuals. Arthur and his wife were both between the ages of 16 thru 25, and only one child, a female under the age of 10 years, was enumerated with them. In the next adjacent household on the same census page, William Belcher was enumerated as the head of household. William and his wife were both over the age of 45 years and we suspected they were Arthur's parents. We did not find Arthur enumerated in any other census after 1840, and believe he died before 1850.

We needed earlier information about Arthur's life, and the Bureau of Land Management’s land patent information sent us down another road of exciting research. We learned that not just Arthur, but some of the other Belchers, had also purchased land patents in Indiana about the same time and location. The Belcher brothers’ father, John Belcher Sr., purchased 80 acres in Orange County on 5 August 1837; his fourth son, Berry, purchased 40 acres in Orange County on 1 September 1838; and his fifth son, John Jr., purchased 40 acres in Orange County on 1 August 1839, the same date Arthur purchased 40 acres on the border between Crawford County and Orange County.

We had known, since first discovering Arthur, that he was not a sixth brother of our five Belcher brothers. After completing our research of their land patent purchases, we began to realize that, although not brothers, they were likely related. Our “original” Belcher family began in Tennessee with John Belcher and his wife Martha Johnston, who moved with their five sons, James, Jesse, Joseph, Berry and John, and possibly daughters, to Orange County, Indiana. If there had been another son, Arthur, he would have to have died before 01 August 1839 when the four oldest sons of John Sr., disposed of their shares in their deceased father's property in Orange County by selling it to their youngest brother, John Jr. And we already knew that Arthur was living in 1840 when he was enumerated on that year’s census. So, if Arthur was not a fifth brother of our original Belcher family, who was he?

It was important to remind ourselves that our research objective was to determine the identities of Mary Ann and Catharine Belcher who were enumerated without their parents on the 1850 census in the household of William Hollen in Patoka, Crawford County, Indiana.

So far, our most significant find was Catharine (Belcher) Trusty's death certificate reporting that her father's name was Arthur Belcher. Lacking any information to the contrary, we decided to believe it. Her mother’s surname may have been Pigg, as reported on her death certificate, and her full name even Elizabeth Pigg, as surmised on Catharine's Find a Grave memorial page. Not knowing her mother, though, would have to wait; we felt confident in our conclusion that Arthur Belcher was Catharine's father. So far, so good; however we still had found no evidence that Catharine and Mary Ann were sisters or why they would have been living with the William Hollen family in 1850.

Mary Ann, we learned, married Almarine Moore in 1851, and Almarine’s brother, Harral Moore, married Julia Ann Belcher in a double ceremony on the same date. Their marriage was the first time we had any evidence of a Julie Ann Belcher, and wondered if this was a case of brothers marrying sisters? And, if so, where was Julia Ann in 1850? We have not been able to find her anywhere! We knew this was going to take some thinking, as well as additional research. Then, when we learned that Jesse Belcher married Harral and Almarine’s sister, Mary Ann Moore, less than two months after Mary Ann and Julia Ann Belcher married the Moore brothers, our head exploded! To review… Jesse Belcher was Berry Belcher’s son. Jesse was enumerated in the home of his sister, Martha Jane, and her husband, Nathan Hollen, in 1850. Nathan’s father, William Hollen, was enumerated in 1850 one household above his son Nathan, and it was in Willam Hollen’s household that Mary Ann and Catharine Belcher were enumerated in 1850.

We don’t believe in coincidences. Mary Ann Belcher was born about 1834; Julia Ann Belcher was born about 1836; and Catharine Belcher was born in 1838. Mary Ann and Catharine were enumerated together, and we believe they were sisters. Catharine was a daughter of Arthur Belcher, so therefore we believe Mary Ann was also a daughter of Arthur Belcher. We cannot find Julia Ann Belcher anywhere on the 1850 census and believe she was likely also residing, with Mary Ann and Catharine, in the William Hollen household in 1850. We believe she was simply skipped by the census taker. She named her second son Arthur -- also likely not a coincidence. She was married in a double ceremony with Mary Ann, and we believe they were sisters who married brothers. We therefore believe that Mary Ann, Julia Ann and Catharine Belcher were all three sisters and, in 1850, the orphaned daughters of Arthur Belcher.

Okay, fine… But why were they living in the household of William Hollen?... To try to answer that question, we had to find out more about who Willam Hollen was. We learned he had been born in Tennessee, and we actually laughed out loud when we learned that his parents were Nathan Hollen and Elizabeth Belcher. So, there was an earlier connection between the Belcher and Hollen families. We just had to sort out how that early connection evolved into the families' later relationships. We had our original Belcher brothers, whose father was John Sr; we had Arthur Belcher, whose father we had decided was William Belcher; and we thought that John Sr. and William were brothers. Neither John Sr., nor any of his sons, named a son Arthur, while John Sr.’s brother, William Belcher, did name a son Arthur. Nathan and Elizabeth (Belcher) Hollen named a son Arthur, and was therefore likely to be more closely related to William Belcher than to John Sr. So, how was Elizabeth Belcher related to William Belcher? We believe she was Arthur's sister, about 10 years his senior, and possibly William Belcher’s eldest child. She would therefore have been an aunt to Arthur’s daughters, Mary Ann, Julia Ann and Catharine Becher. On the Hollen side, Nathan Hollen married Elizabeth Belcher and their son, William Hollen, was therefore Arthur Belcher’s nephew. And, it was in William Hollen’s household that the Belcher girls were enumerated in 1850. So, if Elizabeth (Belcher) Hollen was an aunt to Mary Ann, Julia Ann and Catharine Belcher, as we believe, it all makes perfect sense. The orphaned Belcher girls were enumerated in 1850 in the home of their 1st cousin, William Hollen, who had children the same ages as the Belcher girls.

Most importantly, at least to us anyway, is that we believe we've finally solved our serious Belcher girls Brick Wall: Mary Ann Belcher, Julia Ann Belcher, and Catharine Belcher were daughters of Arthur Belcher who died between 1840 and 1850.

It was a long and twisting road and, as if all of that wasn't enough to make us crazy... William Hollen had at least three brothers, Markham Hollen, Arthur Hollen and Mitchell Hollen, who married Minerva (Belcher) Belcher, Polly Belcher and Elizabeth Belcher, respectively. William's brother, Markham, married, as his second wife in 1853, Minerva (Belcher) Belcher, eldest daughter of the second Belcher brother, Jesse. Minerva's first husband had also been a Belcher, and she became a widow with four young children when he died before 1850. It concerns us a great deal that we have not been able to learn the given name, or Belcher family connection, of Minerva's first husband, and would greatly appreciate hearing from someone who knows. And, there are other Belcher family members we wonder about. William Hollen's brother, another Arthur, married Polly Belcher in 1835, and their brother, Mitchell, married Elizabeth Belcher in 1836. Additionally, we think that the Moses Belcher who married Eliza Belcher in 1835 was a son of William Belcher, and a brother of Arthur Belcher and Elizabeth (Belcher) Hollen, William Hollen's mother. Unfortunately, we have no idea which Belcher family, or families, Minerva's husband, or Polly, Elizabeth and Eliza belong with, and are hoping that someone reading this knows , and will tell us... Please...3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,1,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43
Birth*between 1764 and 1774William Belcher was born between 1764 and 1774.1
Relationship Note*William Belcher and John Belcher Sr. were probably brothers. Their relationship was an important conclusion within our Brick Wall research because, by identifying them as brothers, we learned their children were first cousins.2
Census US 1820*7 August 1820William Belcher was enumerated as the head of his household on the 1820 census taken on 7 August 1820 in Warren County, Tennessee. His household consisted of seven people. William and his wife were both over the age of 45 years, and William and one other individual were engaged in agriculture. Five children, two males and three females, were enumerated in the Belcher household in 1820. One of the males was between the ages of 16 thru 25 and was likely the second person engaged in agriculture. The other young male was under the age of 10 years. Two of the young females were between the ages of 10 thru 15 years, and one was under the age of 10 years. Arthur Belcher, whom we suspect may have been William's son, was enumerated as the head of his own household in the first adjacent household above William's on the same census page.1

Family

Children1.Elizabeth Belcher+2 b. bt 1781 - 1790
2.Arthur Belcher+21,1 b. bt 1790 - 1800
3.Moses Belcher44 b. bt 1811 - 1820

Citations

  1. [S468] 1820 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of William Belcher, 1820 U S Census; Census Place: Warren, Tennessee; Page: 310; NARA Roll: M33_122; Image: 274. Hereinafter cited as 1820 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S221] Analysis and opinion of researcher, Liz Heaton Brown (Summerlin, Nevada).
  3. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of William and Elizabeth Hollen, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 16b, image# 16 of 23. Hereinafter cited as 1850 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S2244] Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog, online at https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/… .Caution: This is a beautifully presented collection of "Person Pages" containing a variety of information about specific ancestors submitted by individual contributors -- often, unfortunately, with no sources. If the information we have chosen to pass along here is accurate, we are extremely grateful to the contributor(s) who have shared it. Without documentation, however, we researchers are always forced to question the validity of information. We hope what we have selected to include was originally obtained from family Bible records, or other reliable sources, and is accurate. Although, even when we have found contributed information to be unreliable, inaccurate or incomplete, we consider the information useful as possible clues as we research, citing the Belcher Heirs Deed, 1839, Orange County, Indiana, submitted by Jeannie Watts <e-mail address> with special thanks to Frankie Lu Eads of Princeton, Indiana who sent her a photocopy of the deed which we found attached in three files under Memories for Berry Belcher, online at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/memories/LTHD-H2Y. Hereinafter cited as Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog.
  5. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Nancy Belcher, Year: 1850; Census Place: Jackson, Orange, Indiana; Roll: 163; Page: 399a.
  6. [S2244] Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog, online at https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/…, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/G6WH-L1P
  7. [S16] 1830 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph Belcher, Year: 1830; Census Place: Crawford, Illinois; Series: M19; Roll: 23; Page: 18; Family History Library Film: 0007648. Hereinafter cited as 1830 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Berry Belcher, Memorial# 34936541. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  9. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Berry and Mary Belcher, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 18b, image# 20 of 23.
  10. [S2283] Indiana, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1802-1892, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 14 December 1826 in Orange County, Indiana, USA, of John Belcher and Eunice Pitman, referencing FHL Film# 1316696. Hereinafter cited as Indiana, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1802-1892.
  11. [S16] 1830 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of John Belcher, Junior, Year: 1830; Census Place: Orange, Indiana; Series: M19; Roll: 31; Page: 34; Family History Library Film: 0007720.
  12. [S2294] Will of Lewis Pitman dated 20 March 1849 in Macoupin County, Illinois, submitted for probate on 7 April 1849; transcription originally shared on 28 December 2012 by WLawrence2182, and attached to an Ancestry Tree; viewed on 27 April 2022, online at https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/85867149/…. Hereinafter cited as Will of Lewis Pitman.
  13. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Jesse and Sarah Belcher, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 13a, image# 9 of 23.
  14. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Marcum Hollen, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 16b, image# 16 of 23.
  15. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Nathan and Martha Jane Hollen, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 16b, image# 16 of 23.
  16. [S487] 1840 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph Belcher, Year: 1840; Census Place: Jersey, Illinois; Roll: 61; Page: 339; Family History Library Film: 0007642. Hereinafter cited as 1840 United States Federal Census.
  17. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph and Ruth Belcher, Year: 1850; Census Place: Point, Calhoun, Illinois; Roll: 99; Page: 335a.
  18. [S1571] Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017, online at www.ancestry.com, death on 20 November 1904 in Taswell, Crawford, Indiana, USA, of Catharine Trusty, transcribed by Ancestry as "Tensty", age 66, married to Lee Trusty, born 24 September 1838 to Arthur Belcher and ______ Pigg in Crawford Co, referencing Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1904; Roll: 03. Hereinafter cited as Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017.
  19. [S487] 1840 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Arthur Belcher, Year: 1840; Census Place: Jackson, Orange, Indiana; Roll: 89; Page: 29; Family History Library Film: 0007728.
  20. [S16] 1830 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Arthur Belcher, his name spelled "Arter" by the census taker and transcribed as "Aster" by Ancestry, Year: 1830; Census Place: Orange, Indiana; Series: M19; Roll: 31; Page: 36; Family History Library Film: 0007720.
  21. [S468] 1820 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Arthur Belcher, 1820 U S Census; Census Place: Warren, Tennessee; Page: 310; NARA Roll: M33_122; Image: 274.
  22. [S1585] Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records (U.S. Department of the Interior), online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx, land patent for 40 acres in Crawford County, Indiana, purchased by Arthur Belcher of Orange County, Indiana, on 1 August 1839 from the Land Office of the United States at Vincennes, Indiana; viewed 22 April 2022, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx. Hereinafter cited as Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records.
  23. [S1585] Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx, land patent for 80 acres in Orange County, Indiana, purchased by John Belcher of Orange County, Indiana, on 5 August 1837 from the Land Office of the United States at Vincennes, Indiana; viewed 25 April 2022, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx
  24. [S1585] Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx, land patent for 40 acres in Orange County, Indiana, purchased by Berry Belcher of Orange County, Indiana, on 1 September 1838 from the Land Office of the United States at Vincennes, Indiana; viewed 25 April 2022, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx
  25. [S1585] Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx, land patent for 40 acres in Orange County, Indiana, purchased by John Belcher of Orange County, Indiana, on 1 August 1839 from the Land Office of the United States at Vincennes, Indiana; viewed 25 April 2022, online at https://glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx
  26. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Catharine (Belcher) Trusty, Memorial# 204517313.
  27. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, database with images, online at www.familysearch.org. Digital collection of microfilmed records located at the Wayne County Courthouse, Richmond, Indiana. Includes surname indexes, marriage licenses were issued on 11 November 1851 by the Circuit Court in Paoli, Orange County for Harral Moore to marry Julia Ann Belcher and for Almarine Moore to marry Mary Ann Belcher, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TMC-9X9F. Hereinafter cited as Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019.
  28. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, online at www.familysearch.org, marriage on 12 November 1851 in Orange County of Almarine Moore and Mary Ann Belcher and also of Harral Moore and Julia Ann Belcher, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TMC-9X9F
  29. [S1444] Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 12 November 1851 in Orange County of Mary Ann Belcher and Almarine Moore, referencing Orange County, Indiana, original record located in the County Clerk's Office in Paoli, Indiana; Book: C- 3; Page: 389. Hereinafter cited as Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941.
  30. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, online at www.familysearch.org, marriage on 12 November 1851 in Orange County of Harral Moore and Julia Ann Belcher and also of Almarine Moore and Mary Ann Belcher, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TMC-9X9F
  31. [S1444] Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 12 November 1851 in Orange County of Julia Ann Belcher and Harral Moore, referencing Orange County, Indiana, original record located in the County Clerk's Office in Paoli, Indiana; Book: C- 3; Page: 389.
  32. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, online at www.familysearch.org, marriage on 8 January 1852 in Crawford County of Jesse Belcher and Mary Ann Moore, certifier's name: C. W. Kindle; officiator's name: J. H. McMickle, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DV77-GZ6Z
  33. [S1444] Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 8 January 1852 in Crawford County of Mary Ann Moore and Jesse Belcher, his given name transcribed as "Isaac" by Ancestry, referencing Crawford County Indiana Marriages, 1818 - 1880, Books A - D, contents: Part I, Index of Grooms, Part II, Index of Brides, Compiled by Ruth M Slevin; Book: B; Page: 148.
  34. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Mary Ann (Moore) Belcher, Memorial# 232116375.
  35. [S37] 1870 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Harold and Julia Moore, Year: 1870; Census Place: Madison, Pike, Indiana; Roll: M593_350; Page: 502B. Hereinafter cited as 1870 United States Federal Census.
  36. [S2244] Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog, online at https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/…, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KGCK-1WC
  37. [S2244] Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog, online at https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/…, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KP3F-CTV
  38. [S2244] Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog, online at https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/…, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KP3F-C5V
  39. [S2244] Family Search Ancestry Discovery Blog, online at https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/…, viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KP3F-CC1
  40. [S1444] Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 2 October 1853 in Orange County, of Markham Holland and Minerva Belcher, referencing Orange County, Indiana.
  41. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, online at www.familysearch.org, marriage license issued, and marriage performed by William C. Walls, Justice of the Peace, on 3 August 1835 in Orange County between Arthur Hollen and Polly Belcher; viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TMC-96HZ
  42. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, online at www.familysearch.org, marriage license with written consent issued, and marriage performed by William C. Walls, Justice of the Peace, on 15 August 1836 in Orange County between Mitchell Hollen and Elizabeth Belcher; viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GTMC-9867
  43. [S1501] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019, online at www.familysearch.org, marriage license issued, and marriage performed by William C. Walls, Justice of the Peace, on 9 July 1835 in Orange County between Moses Belcher, his father's consent verbally given, and Eliza Belcher, consent in writing; viewed online at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9TMC-96HZ
  44. [S487] 1840 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Moses Belcher, Year: 1840; Census Place: Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 76; Page: 456; Family History Library Film: 0007722.

William H. Belcher1

b. 1843
Father*Jesse Belcher1 b. 1798
Mother*Sarah Kellems1 b. 1802
Birth*1843William H. Belcher was born about 1843 in Orange County, Indiana.1
(Son) Census US 185021 August 1850William H. was enumerated on the 1850 census taken on 21 August 1850 in the household of his parents in Patoka, Crawford County, Indiana. He was 7 years old.1,2
(Son) Census US 186014 June 1860William was enumerated on the 1860 census taken on 14 June 1860 in the household of his parents near the Hudsonville Post Office, Harrison, Daviess County, Indiana. He was 16 years old and had attended school within the census year.3

Citations

  1. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Jesse and Sarah Belcher, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 13a. Hereinafter cited as 1850 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Marcum Hollen, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 16b.
  3. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Jesse and Sarah Belcher, Year: 1860; Census Place: Harrison, Daviess, Indiana; Roll: M653_251; Page: 602; Family History Library Film: 803251. Hereinafter cited as 1860 United States Federal Census.

William H. Belcher1

b. 1825
Father-Possible*James Belcher1 b. 1796, d. May 1842
Mother-Possible*Nancy Bolling1 b. 1802
Birth*1825William H. Belcher was born about 1825 in Indiana.1
(Nephew) Census US 185015 November 1850William H. was enumerated on the 1850 census taken on 15 November 1850 in the household of his aunt and uncle, Ruth and Joseph Belcher, in Point, Calhoun County, Illinois. William, whose father had died in 1842, was 25 years of age and was working as a farmer with his uncle and cousins.1,2

Citations

  1. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Joseph and Ruth Belcher, Year: 1850; Census Place: Point, Calhoun, Illinois; Roll: 99; Page: 335a. Hereinafter cited as 1850 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Herman and Celia Page, (transcribed by Ancestry as Harmon and Cela Raye), Year: 1850; Census Place: Point, Calhoun, Illinois; Roll: 99; Page: 335a.

______ Belcher1

d. 1849
Marriage*1840He married, as her first husband, Minerva Belcher, daughter of Jesse Belcher and Sarah Kellems, about 1840. His given name has not been determined and their family relationship is not known.1
Death*1849He probably died about 1849, leaving his widow with four young children between the ages of 1 and 8 years.1

Family

Minerva Belcher b. 1824, d. 9 Jul 1907
Children1.William Belcher1 b. 1842
2.Sarah Elizabeth Belcher2 b. 1845
3.James M. Belcher1 b. 1846
4.Malinda Belcher1 b. 1849

Citations

  1. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Marcum Hollen, Year: 1850; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: 139; Page: 16b. Hereinafter cited as 1850 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Marcum and Minerva Hollen, Year: 1860; Census Place: Patoka, Crawford, Indiana; Roll: M653_250; Page: 481; Family History Library Film: 803250. Hereinafter cited as 1860 United States Federal Census.

______ Belcher1

Family

Children1.William Belcher+1 b. bt 1764 - 1774
2.John T. Belcher Sr.+1 b. 13 Oct 1774, d. Jun 1839

Citations

  1. [S221] Analysis and opinion of researcher, Liz Heaton Brown (Summerlin, Nevada).

Catherine Belknap1

b. December 1883
Father*James G. Belknap1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd1 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*December 1883Catherine Belknap was born in December 1883 in Texas.1
(Daughter) Census US 19004 June 1900Catherine was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of her parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. She was 16 years old and had attended school for 7 months of the census year.1

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.

Emma M. Belknap1

b. 28 December 1888, d. 25 February 1904
Father*James G. Belknap1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd1 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*28 December 1888Emma M. Belknap was born on 28 December 1888 in Texas.1,2
Name VariationShe was called Emmie.2
(Daughter) Census US 19004 June 1900Emma M. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of her parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. She was 11 years old and had attended school for 3 months of the census year.1
Death*25 February 1904She died on 25 February 1904 at age 152
Burial* and was buried in Section A, Row 6 of Hazeldell Cemetery, Hazeldell, Comanche County.2

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Emmie M Belknap, Memorial# 19435938. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

James G. Belknap1

b. 9 December 1855, d. 18 January 1917
Father*Joseph G. Belknap1 b. Jul 1826
Birth*9 December 1855James G. Belknap was born on 9 December 1855 in Travis County, Texas.2
Name VariationHis full name was James Gee Belknap.2
Marriage*He married Nancy Parthena Boyd.3,2,1
Census US 1900*4 June 1900Nancy P. and James G. Belknap were enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. We've identified several errors made by the census taker, and believe we are reporting with accuracy. James's father, Joseph G. Belknap, who was 73 years of age and widowed, resided with his son's family and owned the farm they lived on with a mortgage. He was a farmer who had not worked for six months. His son James G. was 44 years of age and a laborer on the farm, and his wife Nancy P. was 39 years of age. They had been married for 17 years and their seven children were enumerated with them in 1900. Catherine was 16 years old and had attended school for 7 months of the census year; John J. and Emma M. were ages 14, and 11 years, respectively, and both had attended school for 3 months of the census year; Martha E., Sarah P. and Sopha D. were ages 8, 6 and 3 years, respectively, and had not attended school; and Walter S. was 7 months old.1
Death*18 January 1917He died on 18 January 1917 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, at age 612
Burial* and was buried in Pisgah Cemetery, Nimrod, Eastland County.2

Family

Nancy Parthena Boyd b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Children1.Catherine Belknap1 b. Dec 1883
2.John J. Belknap1 b. Sep 1885
3.Emma M. Belknap1 b. 28 Dec 1888, d. 25 Feb 1904
4.Martha E. Belknap1 b. Sep 1891
5.Sarah P. Belknap1 b. Jan 1894
6.Sopha D. Belknap+2,4 b. 14 Sep 1896, d. 20 Feb 1997
7.Walter S. Belknap1 b. Sep 1899

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, James Gee Belknap, Memorial# 24996065. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Nancy Parthena (Boyd) Belknap, Memorial# 24996066.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Sopha Dorthula (Belknap) Eudy, Memorial# 137506097.

John J. Belknap1

b. September 1885
Father*James G. Belknap1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd1 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*September 1885John J. Belknap was born in September 1885 in Texas.1
(Son) Census US 19004 June 1900John J. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of his parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. He was 14 years old and had attended school for 3 months of the census year.1

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.

Joseph G. Belknap1

b. July 1826
Birth*July 1826Joseph G. Belknap was born in July 1826 in Kentucky.1
(Father) Census US 19004 June 1900Joseph G. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of his son and daughter-in-law, Nancy P. and James G. Belknap, in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. Joseph was 73 years of age and a widower. He owned the farm the family lived on with a mortgage, and was a farmer who had not worked for six months.1

Family

Child1.James G. Belknap+1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.

Martha E. Belknap1

b. September 1891
Father*James G. Belknap1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd1 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*September 1891Martha E. Belknap was born in September 1891 in Texas.1
(Daughter) Census US 19004 June 1900Martha E. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of her parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. She was 8 years old and had not attended school within the census year.1

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.

Sarah P. Belknap1

b. January 1894
Father*James G. Belknap1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd1 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*January 1894Sarah P. Belknap was born in January 1894 in Texas.1
(Daughter) Census US 19004 June 1900Sarah P. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of her parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. She was 6 years old.1

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.

Sopha D. Belknap1

b. 14 September 1896, d. 20 February 1997
Father*James G. Belknap2,3 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd4,3 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*14 September 1896Sopha D. Belknap was born on 14 September 1896 in Hazeldell, Comanche County, Texas.3
Name VariationHer full name was Sopha Dorthula Belknap.3
Name VariationHer name was occasionally recorded as Sophia.5
(Daughter) Census US 19004 June 1900Sopha D. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of her parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. She was 3 years old.1
Marriage*18 December 1919She married J. M. Eudy, son of William Riley Eudy and Nancy Jane Drury, on 18 December 1919 in Baird, Callahan County, Texas.3,6
(Daughter-in-Law) Census US 19204 March 1920Sopha was enumerated with her husband on the 1920 census taken on 4 March 1920 in the household of her husband's parents, Nannie and William R. Eudy, in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Sopha and her husband, Maurice, were both 23 years of age, and Maurice worked as a painter.7
Residence*1928She and her husband were listed as Sophia Belknap, driver, and Sophia, residing at 313 E. 21st Street, Cisco, in the Cisco section of the Eastland County, Texas, City Directory of 1928.5
Census US 1930*4 April 1930Sopha and J. M. Eudy were enumerated on the 1930 census taken on 4 April 1930 at 313 E. 21st Street, Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. James Maurice was 33 years of age and worked as a laborer of odd jobs, and Sopha was also 33 years of age. They had both been age 22 when they married and owned their house which was valued at $1,000. Their five children were enumerated with them in 1930. Maurine and J. M. Jr. were ages 9 and 8 years, respectively, and had both attended school within the census year; Charles was age 5 and not yet in school; and the babies, Virginia M. and Mary R., were ages 3 years and 15 months, respectively. Also residing with the family in 1930 were J. M.'s parents, Nannie and William R. Eudy. William was 58 years of age and worked as a lineman for the telephone company, and Nannie was 53 years of age.8
(Wife) Arrested and Charged13 November 1938Her husband was being sought by police when L. L. Powell, 25, and Rex Holt, 24, both residents of Cisco, were arrested on 13 November 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas, and charged with automobile theft and armed robbery of a service station. A third man, Pete Eudy, who had left the car a few minutes before Powell and Holt were arrested, later surrendered to police. The two men initially in custody readily admitted their part in the robbery, blaming whisky for their complicity. The men had stolen the car in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and driven it to Stamford, in Jones County, Texas where they committed the robbery, then were apprehended with the car in Fort Worth.9,10,11,12,13
Criminal Conviction*30 January 1939At her husband's trial on 30 January 1939 in District Court, Anson, Jones County, Texas, J. M. Eudy, 42, pleaded guilty to the 13 November armed robbery of a filling station in west Stamford and blamed his entanglement with the law on his two companions. Eudy told the court he had a wife and seven children and had understood he was accepting a ride to Fort Worth when he left his home with Rexford Holt and L. L. Powell. Those two men, the newspaper wrote, were currently in jail in default of bond, pending trial in connection with the same robbery.

Subsequently, Eudy testified, he was informed the automobile in which he rode was stolen. He said his companions told him they were bound not for Fort Worth but El Paso, where a market assertedly awaited the car. Eudy said they drove a circuitous route to Stamford where a filing station was robbed, and then fled, but not to El Paso. The trio drove to Oklahoma City, failed to sell the automobile because they were without proper papers, then finally went to Fort Worth. He said he left his companions only 15 minutes before their arrest and later surrendered "to face the music."

The jury, which was required in a trial on a capital offense even when the plea was guilty, sentenced Eudy to five years in state prison.9,10,11,12,13
Census US 1940*17 April 1940Sopha Eudy was enumerated as the head of her household on the 1940 census taken on 17 April 1940 at 1006 9th Street, Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. She was married, 43 years of age, had completed her education through the 2nd year of high school, and functioned as a field worker for the government's Works Project Administration Housekeeping Project. She rented her house for $13 per month and provided a home for her seven children. They had all lived in Cisco in 1935, although not in the same house. Maurine was 19 years old, had completed her education through the 4th year of high school, and worked as a secretary for the government's National Youth Administration; J.M. Jr. was 18 years old, had completed his education through the 1st year of high school, and functioned as an enrollment worker for the government's Civilian Conservation Corps; Charles R., Virginia Mae, Mary Ruth and Billy Jim were ages 16, 13, 11, and 8 years old, respectively, had completed their educations through various grades of elementary school, and had all attended school within the census year; and Martha Lee was 4 years old. Sopha's parents-in-law, Nancy and William R. Eudy, were also enumerated with the family in 1940. Nancy was 64 years of age and William was age 67. They each had completed their educations through the 5th grade of elementary school. Their son, Sopha's husband and father of her seven children, J. M. Eudy, was enumerated as a prisoner at the Harlem State Prison Farm in Fort Bend County, Texas in 1940. He was 43 years of age and had completed his education through the 4th grade of elementary school.14,15
Conduct Records*25 May 1941The Prison Conduct Register for J. M. Eudy, Convict# 91176 at the Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville, Walker County, included the following events:

25 April 1939           Released from Huntsville to Sheriff of Jones County to serve as a “witness”
25 May 1939               Returned from Jones County to Huntsville
14 January 1940      Earned Trusty chores
26 November 1940     Governor granted six (6) month reprieve with orders to report to Eastland County Parole Board
25 May 1941               Governor granted Conditional Pardon.16,17
Sentence Discharge*6 July 1942Her husband's sentence was discharged on 6 July 1942 and he was released to serve in the U.S. Navy.17
World War II*When her husband served as Maurice Eudy during World War II, his place of residence was recorded as Colorado County, Texas.6,18
Full Pardon*5 May 1943 On 5 May 1943, her husband was granted a Full Pardon, with the restoration of his citizenship, by the governor of Texas.17
(Wife) Death9 September 1965Sopha became a widow when J. M. Eudy died on 9 September 1965 at age 68.6
Death*20 February 1997She died on 20 February 1997 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, at age 1003
Burial* and was buried with her husband in Plot B 216, L 3, S 4, of Oakwood Cemetery, Cisco.3,6

Family

J. M. Eudy b. 2 Mar 1897, d. 9 Sep 1965
Children1.Sophia Maurine Eudy19 b. 19 Dec 1920
2.James Maurice Eudy Jr.20 b. 8 Feb 1922
3.Charles Richard Eudy21 b. 14 Aug 1924
4.Virginia Mae Eudy14 b. 1927
5.Mary Ruth Eudy22 b. 19 Jan 1929
6.Billy Jim Eudy14 b. 1932
7.Martha Lee Eudy14 b. 1936

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, James Gee Belknap, Memorial# 24996065. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  3. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Sopha Dorthula (Belknap) Eudy, Memorial# 137506097.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Nancy Parthena (Boyd) Belknap, Memorial# 24996066.
  5. [S1891] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, online at www.ancestry.com, listing for J Maurice Eudy and Sophia Eudy at 313 E 21st, Cisco, Eastland, Texas, USA in the Cisco section, Eastland, Texas, City Directory, 1928. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.
  6. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, James Maurice Eudy Sr., Memorial# 89688501.
  7. [S73] 1920 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of W. R. and Nannie Eudy, Year: 1920; Census Place: Cisco, Eastland, Texas; Roll: T625_1797; Page: 46B; Enumeration District: 118. Hereinafter cited as 1920 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S91] 1930 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of J. M. and Sopha Eudy, Year: 1930; Census Place: Cisco, Eastland, Texas; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0025; FHL microfilm: 2342059. Hereinafter cited as 1930 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S2203] Larry L. Powell 1938-1943 Crime Stories, online at Historical Newspapers from 1700s-2000s, at www.newspapers.com, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, 16 November 1938, page 8, "Third Robber is Hunted Here; Two Cisco Young Men Are Charged with Auto Theft as Companion Is Sought". Hereinafter cited as Larry L. Powell 1938-1943 Crime Stories.
  10. [S2203] Larry L. Powell 1938-1943 Crime Stories, online at www.newspapers.com, Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, Thursday, 31 January 1939, page 10, "Trio Sentenced in Hijacking."
  11. [S2203] Larry L. Powell 1938-1943 Crime Stories, online at www.newspapers.com, Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, Wednesday, 3 May 1939, page 1, "Rex Holt Given Five Years for Armed Robbery."
  12. [S2203] Larry L. Powell 1938-1943 Crime Stories, online at www.newspapers.com, Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, Thursday 4 May 1939, page 11, "Powell Trial Begun at Anson."
  13. [S2203] Larry L. Powell 1938-1943 Crime Stories, online at www.newspapers.com, Abilene Reporter-News, Abilene, Texas, Friday 5 May 1939, page 12, "L. L. Powell Found Guilty of Robbery."
  14. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of Sopha Eudy, Year: 1940; Census Place: Cisco, Eastland, Texas; Roll: m-t0627-04024; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 67-24. Hereinafter cited as 1940 United States Federal Census.
  15. [S1441] 1940 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, enumeration of J. M. Eudy, a prisoner at Harlem State Prison Farm, Year: 1940; Census Place: Fort Bend, Texas; Roll: m-t0627-04034; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 79-15.
  16. [S2189] Texas, U.S., Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945, online at www.ancestry.com, prison processing record dated 12 April 1939 for J M Eudy of Cisco, Texas, age 42, born in 1897 in Kentucky, prison location in Huntsville, Walker, Texas, USA, Convict# 91176, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Convict Record Ledgers, Convict Number Range B 090341-093340, Volume# 1998/038-169. Hereinafter cited as Texas, U.S., Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945.
  17. [S2189] Texas, U.S., Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945, online at www.ancestry.com, prison conduct record dated 12 April 1939 through 5 May 1943 for J M Eudy, Convict# 91176, prison location in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Conduct Registers, Convict Number Range B 089405-091469, Volume# 1998/038-226.
  18. [S2109] U.S., Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940, online at www.ancestry.com, indexed information for Maurice Eudy, record type: Military Service, born on 2 March 1897, residence place: Colorado County, Texas. Hereinafter cited as U.S., Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940.
  19. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Sophia Maurine (Eudy) Thompson, Memorial# 102311284.
  20. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, James Maurice Eudy Jr., Memorial# 136796695.
  21. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Charles Richard Eudy, Memorial# 62283512.
  22. [S748] Find a Grave website, online at www.findagrave.com, Mary Ruth (Eudy) Knott, Memorial# 167122416.

Walter S. Belknap1

b. September 1899
Father*James G. Belknap1 b. 9 Dec 1855, d. 18 Jan 1917
Mother*Nancy Parthena Boyd1 b. 28 Feb 1861, d. 26 Oct 1954
Birth*September 1899Walter S. Belknap was born in September 1899 in Texas.1
(Son) Census US 19004 June 1900Walter S. was enumerated on the 1900 census taken on 4 June 1900 in the household of his parents in Justice Precinct 3, Comanche County, Texas. He was 7 month old.1

Citations

  1. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, household of James G. and Nancy P. Belknap, (the family's surname transcribed as "Belrock" by Ancestry), Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Comanche, Texas; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0030; FHL microfilm: 1241622. Hereinafter cited as 1900 United States Federal Census.

Andrew Bell Booth1,2

b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Relationships3rd great-grandson of John Hinds
1st cousin 1 time removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Robert Bell Booth1 b. 1758, d. 20 Dec 1830
Mother*Jane Amelia Hinds1
Birth*1795Andrew Bell Booth was born about 1795 in County Cavan, Ireland.3,2,4
(Son) Census Ireland 18211821Andrew appeared on the census taken in 1821 in the household of his father in Cornamucklagh, County Cavan. Andrew was 21 years of age.5
(Eldest Son) Will27 January 1825Andrew's father prepared his will dated 27 January 1825 in County Cavan, naming his six children and clarifying the order of their births: Mary (Bell Booth) Baker, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth, Jane Amelia (Bell Booth) Carmichael, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia Bell Booth and Margaret Bell Booth. He appointed Andrew Bell of Creevy and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge his trustees, and named his three sons, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth as his executors.

The Registry's copy of Robert's will was prepared without paragraphs and with little punctuation, so we have taken the liberty of separating the thoughts where we thought appropriate for ease of reading. Our transcription of the registry's copy follows:

In the name of God Amen, I Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban in the County of Cavan, Esquire, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills and testimonies in writing or otherwise. Imploring the Almighty through the merits and blood of Christ my Savior and Redeemer to receive my Soul into the Eternal Bliss and Glory, I direct my remains to be buried in my family burial ground in the Churchyard of Ballimaun in decent and becoming manner, trusting that my beloved sons, my executors, will conduct and commit my body to the earth. And as to such property as I am possessed of, I dispose of as follows:

I do hereby will, devise and bequeath all my real and freehold estates of and in the towns and lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, Corlislea, Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, situate in the county of Cavan, and the lands of Mullaghmeen, situate in Westmeath, unto Andrew Bell of Creevy in the county of Longford and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge in the county of Dublin, Esquire, as trustees, and to the survivors of them, and to the heirs and assigns of such survivors, upon the trusts, and to and for the several uses, interests and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared, for and concerning the same, and to no other use, interest or purpose whatsoever.

And my will is that as to, for and concerning the lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and the lands of Mullaghmeen in trust, to permit and suffer my eldest son Andrew, immediately after my decease, to enter into and have, hold, use and enjoy the same as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the debt of £300 sterling which he and I owe to Robert Parkes, together with the interest thereof, from my decease until paid, and also subject to the chief or ground rents thereof, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons, in seniority of age and priority of birth, and the lives male of such child or children of the said Andrew, lawfully to be begotten of the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent of and approbation of my said trustees as hereinafter mentioned. The elder of such sons to always be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Andrew shall marry with the approbation of my trustees, or the survivors of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife, chargeable on said lands. And should he hereafter have lawful issue more than one, my will is that the said Andrew shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with full power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Andrew shall not have issue male lawfully begotten, or that having issue male and that he or they, or any of them, shall not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees, and the survivor of them, and the heirs and assigns of such survivors, shall permit and suffer my second son, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth, in case he should survive the said Andrew or his issue male lawfully to be begotten, to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen, subject however to such jointure for any wife the said Andrew may marry and provision for the younger children or female issue of said Andrew of such marriage, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed on. And also subject to such chief rents as payable thereout. And in case the said Andrew and Richard should both happen to die without lawful issue male, or that having lawful issue male and that he or they should die and not attain the age of 21 years, then upon trust to permit and suffer my youngest son George Thomas Bell Booth and his issue male to have, hold and enjoy said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen as aforesaid. And upon this further trust, that if all my said three sons shall happen to die without issue male, lawfully begotten, in such event the said lands of Bellsgrove and Mullaghmeen to go and descend to the heirs male of the Bell line of my family.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Corlislea, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my second son the Reverend Richard Bell Booth to enter into and upon, and have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Corlislea as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of, and chargeable with, the sum of £1,500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs male of such child or children of said Richard, lawfully to be begotten upon the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees as hereafter mentioned. The elder of such sons and the issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Richard shall marry with the approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on said lands of Corlislea. And should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said Richard shall have the power, and I do hereby invest him with the power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable, and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them. Such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed the sum of £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Richard shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they or any of them shall not attain the age of 21 years then, and in such event or events, my will is that my said trustees shall, or the survivor, or the heirs and assigns of such survivor, may permit and suffer my sons Andrew and George Thomas, jointly if they both live, or the survivor if either should die in the meantime, and the issue male of such survivor, to have, hold and enjoy the lands of Corlislea, subject however first to the said sum of £1,500 sterling herein before and after mentioned and for such jointure for any wife the said Richard may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said Richard, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed upon.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my third son, George Thomas Bell Booth, to enter into and upon and to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the sum of £500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the sons male of such child or children of said George Thomas Bell Booth lawfully to be begotten on the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees, as here after mentioned. The eldest of such sons and their issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said George Thomas shall marry with approbation of my trustees or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize him and them to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on the lands and should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one, or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said George Thomas shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or child not to exceed the sum of £1,500. And in case the said George Thomas shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they shall die and not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall permit and suffer my sons Andrew and Richard jointly, should they both live, or the survivor, and should either die in the lifetime of said George and the issue male of such survivor to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, subject however first to the said sum of £500 herein and after mentioned, and such jointure for any wife the said George Thomas may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said George Thomas, should there be any, as shall on such marriage be agreed upon. And also subject to the head rent payable out of said lands of Kevit.

And it is my will and desire, and I do empower each of my three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, respectively, when in possession of the premises to make leases and grant all or any part of the premises they are respectively entitled to under this my will for any term not exceeding one life or 31 years when in possession not in reversion without fraud or fine, and at the best improved yearly rent that can be had for same from solvent tenants, and so as every such lease contains covenants against waste and that the tenant do execute a counterpart thereof.

I have herein before mentioned the sum of £1,500 as charged on the lands of Corlislea and the sum of £500 as a charge on Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit. I do now declare and my will is that said respective sums do stand charged on said lands, respectively, and be payable with interest from my death as aforesaid, and that said sums together with the sum of £2,000 sterling shall be equally divided by my trustees between my two daughters, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth, so that the fortune or portion of each shall be £1,000 with interest payable to each on their respective marriages. I do however declare it is my will that in the meantime they, or either of them, shall only receive the interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum by half-yearly payments on the first of every six months after my decease, and in case either or both of my said daughters should happen to die before marriage, or be married without the consent and approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, or the heirs or assigns of such survivor, and also the consent and approbation of the said Reverend Richard Bell Booth then, and either of those events so happening, the fortune or portion and all arrears of interest thereon of such, or either or both so remaining unmarried, or offending by marriage against the consent and approbation aforesaid, shall go to, and be ratably divided by my said trustees, and go between my said three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, or the survivors or survivor of them, and share and share alike. And such of my daughters so offending herein shall only have and receive a sum of £50 sterling instead of £1,000 as aforesaid.

Robert Baker is indebted to me by bond and warrant in the sum of £96 or thereabouts together with interest, and the same is secured by a deed between him and James Smyth of Cavan, Esquire, whereby an insurance is to be kept up that on the death of said Robert Baker said debt with his other debts will be paid. I bequeath said debt and all advantage therefrom to Mary, second daughter of said Robert Baker.

I order and direct, and I do hereby will and bequeath, the furniture of and belonging to two of my best chambers be reserved and handed over to my daughters, Letitia and Margaret, and it is my wish they should reside with my son George after closing their education and until their marriage, respectively, on an understanding to make some renumeration.

I do hereby devise and bequeath the remainder of my household furniture at Drumcarban and the farming utensils or implements of husbandry to my son George Thomas Bell Booth.

I do hereby order and direct that my executors shall, with all convenient speed after my decease, ascertain and collect as well, the debts due to me as those due by me. And for that purpose, immediately after my decease, to sell, dispose of or value my goods, chattels and personal property not herein before bequeathed or disposed of and, after payment of my debts, funeral expenses and £5 each to Jane McCabe and James Quin, should they be in my service at my decease, that the residue of such personal property and all other property not herein disposed of, be equally divided, share and share alike, between by beloved, dutiful and much respected children, Mary, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew, Richard, George Thomas, Jane Amelia, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth and that same be paid them each, respectively, notwithstanding their coverture.

I do now nominate, constitute and appoint my sons Andrew, Richard and George Thomas Bell Booth executors of this my last will and testament and with the affection of a fond parent, I consign them to act in all things under this my will and more especially in forming any connection by marriage by, with, and under the consent and approbation of my good and faith worthy trustees who are uncles to each of them, respectively.

There is a bond debt due to me by Arthur Moneypenny, Esquire, amounting to £50 with interest. I hereby bequeath this sum to Mr. Moneypenny and I direct my executors to acquit and release the last-mentioned debt.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my name and seal this 27th day of January 1825.                    Signed… Robert B. Booth


The will was signed in the presence of three witnesses, William Carmichael, William Harris and Andrew Carmichael.

A copy transcribed from a copy of the original Will and Testament of Robert Bell Booth, Esquire, was taken by the Reverend Richard Bell Booth and compared in the presence of Andrew Bell Booth of Creevy who found it to be correct, signing his name as Andrew B. Booth, in agreement, on 31 December 1830 at Drumcarban.6
Marriage*4 October 1830He married Charlotte Bell, daughter of George Bell Esq. and Catherine Nugent, on 4 October 1830 in Cavan Church, Cavan, County Cavan, Ireland. The Enniskillen Chronicle reported on 14 Oct 1830 that on the 4th of that month Andrew Bell Booth Esq. of Belgrove in the County of Cavan was married at Cavan Church by the Reverend Samuel Roberts to Charlotte, daughter of the late George Bell of Belview in the County of Fermanagh.1,2,7
Probate10 January 1832His father's will was proved and his estate opened for probate on 10 January 1832 in the Prerogative Court. It appears from the probate notes, that the directives in his will were faithfully executed and, among other bequests, his lands were inherited by his sons. Andrew Bell Booth, his eldest son, received the lands of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, and Mullaghmeen in County Westmeath. Andrew's brother, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth, received the lands of Corlislea in County Cavan, and their brother, George Thomas Bell Booth, inherited the lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, all in County Cavan.8,2
Land Records*13 October 1837Andrew's inherited lands of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, were appraised on 13 October 1837 and appeared in the 1837 Valuation Field Office Books. They contained 306 acres, 3 roods, 23 perches, and the owner was listed as "Andrew Bell". The valuations were £258.1s.2d on the land, and £24 on the house and offices.9
Land Records20 November 1838Andrew's inherited lands of Mullaghmeen, County Cavan, were appraised on 20 November 1838 and appeared in the 1837 Valuation Field Office Books, without listing the owner's name. The townland contained 114 acres, 3 roods, 31 perches, and the valuation was £75.18s.3d on the land with the notation that there were no houses in the townland worth £5 a year. We note also that the townland was no longer in County Westmeath.10
(Uncle of Bride) Marriage Settlement20 May 1840A memorial of an indented deed of marriage settlement dated 20 May 1840 was made between Andrew Bell of Heathville, Kilmainham, County Cavan, of the first part and Jane Bell, otherwise Baker, his wife of the second part, Jane's brother John Baker of Lower Kilmore, County Cavan, Esq. and her uncle George Thomas Bell Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan Esq. of the third part, and two more of Jane's uncles, Andrew Bell Booth and Andrew William Bell, both Esq. and of Bellsgrove, County Cavan and Creevy, County Longford, respectively, of the fourth part.

Whereby after reciting as therein, the said Andrew Bell, for the considerations therein mentioned, and of the said Jane Bell his wife relinquishing and releasing all right of dower and thirds of from and to, not only the lands, tenements, hereditaments and premises therein and herein after described, but also all other of the estates of him, the said Andrew Bell, of and from all rights of dower and thirds which she might hereafter claim or be entitled to, granted, bargained, sold, assigned, aliened, released and confirmed unto the said John Baker and George Thomas Bell Booth, their heirs and assigns all that and those the town and lands of Kilmainham and that part called Heathville with the mansion house and out offices there unto belonging situate, lying and being in the barony of Clanmahon and county of Cavan aforesaid, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, all which said lands were then in the actual possession of the said John Baker and George Thomas Bell Booth as therein recited.

To hold unto the said John Baker and George Thomas Bell Booth, their heirs and assigns to the uses, intents and purposes therein mentioned; that is to say to the use of the said Andrew Bell and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after the determination of that estate by forfeiture or otherwise in his lifetime to the use of the said Andrew Bell upon trust to preserve contingent uses and estates therein limited from being defeated or destroyed but nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Andrew Bell and his assigns to receive and take the rents and issues and profits thereof to and for his and their own use and benefit during his natural life and immediately after the decease of the said Andrew Bell to the use of the said Andrew Bell Booth and Andrew William Bell for and during and unto the full end of term of one thousand years to commence and be computed from the day of the said Andrew Bell's death without impeachment of or for any manner of waste upon the trusts and for the uses, intents and purposes therein after declared subject thereto, and to the trusts thereto, to the end intent and purpose that the said Jane Bell and her assigns shall and may in case she shall survive the said Andrew Bell, have, receive, perceive, take and enjoy for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or clear yearly rent charge or annual sum of £100 sterling English value and currency to be issuing and paid out of and charged and chargeable upon all and singular the lands and premises therein granted and released to be by way, or in the nature of, the jointure for her the said Jane Bell in lieu, barr and satisfaction of and for all dower or thirds at common law which she the said Jane Bell might or could have claim or be entitled to, or out of, or expect. All or any of the messuages, lands, tenements thereunto whereof the said Andrew Bell now is or at any time or times heretofore or hereafter during said coverture shall or may be possessed of which said annuity yearly rent charge or annual sum was thereby agreed to be paid on the days and times therein mentioned by even and equal portions over and above taxes with powers of distress and re-entry as therein mentioned and the said indenture of which this writing is a memorial further witnessed that the said Jane Bell, otherwise Baker, wife of the said Andrew Bell for the considerations therein mentioned for herself, her heirs, executors and administrators remised, released and forever quitted claim unto the said Andrew Bell, his heirs and assigns, all dower right and title of dower both at law and in equity of her the said Jane Bell, her executors or administrators can or may at any time hereafter have claim, challenge or demand of in or to or out of all and every the lands and premises; that is to say all that and those the towns and lands of Losset, situate in the barony of Tullyhunco, and also all that and those the town and lands of Coolbane, situate in the barony of Clanmahon, and also all that and those the town and lands of Aghaknock, situate in the barony of Tullyhunco, and also all that and those the town and lands of Kilmainham and that part called Heathville with the mansion house, out offices and demesne lands thereunto belonging, situate in the said barony of Clanmahon, all said towns, lands and premises being situate, lying and being in the said county of Cavan with their and every of their appurtenances.

So that the said Jane Bell, otherwise Baker, her executors, administrators or any of them shall not nor will at any time or times hereafter have claim or pretend to any such dower or right of title of dower or other estate or demand as aforesaid of into or out of said lands and premises or any part thereof other than and except the said jointure annuity or yearly rent charge of £100 sterling, the said deed contains covenants for further assurances. The execution of the deed and memorial was signed by Andrew Bell and Jane Bell and witnessed by James McCready and George Cassin, both of the city of Dublin, gentlemen. It was registered on 21 May 1840.11
Land Records*14 February 1857His inherited lands of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, were appraised on 14 February 1857 and appeared in the 1857 Griffith's Valuation of Tenements. They contained 306 acres, 3 roods, 23 perches, and the owner was listed as "Andrew Booth Bell". The rateable annual valuations were £242.6s.0d on the land and £24.5s.0d on the buildings for a total annual valuation of rateable property of £266.11s.0d.12
Will*Andrew prepared his will13
Death*24 May 1879 and died on 24 May 1879 at Bellsgrove at age 84. His son, Andrew Bell Booth, was with him.13,3
Probate*30 July 1880His will was proved, and granted for probate, on 30 July 1880 at the Principal Registry, Dublin, to Robert John Cunning, Esquire, of Crover Mount Nugent, County Cavan, the sole executor. Andrew's effects were recorded as under £300.13

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Andrew Bell (d. 1755) Family Tree obtained from Beverley Mackey. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree.
  3. [S1659] IrishGenealogy.ie, online at https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/, Civil Records, death of Andrew Bell Booth of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, age 84, widower, gentleman, died on 24 May 1879 at Bellsgrove of typhoid fever of ten days duration and bronchitis for two years, certified, Andrew Bell Booth of Bellsgrove present at his death, registered on 17 June 1879 in the Registration District of Cavan. Hereinafter cited as IrishGenealogy.ie.
  4. [S587] Ireland. Census Office, 1821 Census; (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1951, 1969), household of Robert Bell Booth, Cornamucklagh, Kilmore parish, County Cavan. Hereinafter cited as 1821 Census.
  5. [S1552] 1821 - 1851 Ireland Census Record Set, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, household of Robert Bell Booth, 1821, townland of Cornamucklagh, parish of Kilmore, County Cavan. Hereinafter cited as 1821 - 1851 Ireland Census Record Set.
  6. [S2113] Ireland Public Record Office, Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin. Microfilm of original records at the Dublin Public Record Office. Testamentary documents include wills and administrations or copies thereof, inventories, litigation, and other papers related to probates. Most of these were collected after the 1922 destruction of virtually all original probate records housed in the Public Record Office, Dublin: Film# 581932, DGS# 8095383, T.12968, images 875-886, 1825 will of Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan; on 137 microfilm reels, viewed online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin.
  7. [S766] Séamas MacAnnaidh, "Old Rossorry Graveyard, Enniskillen", This work is a combination of the reading and transcribing of gravestones, newspaper notices and microfilm. The gravestones were in the Old Rossorry Graveyard in Enniskillen and his graveyard project was unfinished at the time of his writing. Most of the newspaper notices were found in the Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet, although some were also from the Enniskillen Impartial Reporter. Those he included were described simply as "relevant" to the families or individuals mentioned on the gravestones. The microfilm he used was (MIC 1/22) Church of Ireland burial register found at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Old Rossorry Graveyard, Enniskillen (County Fermanagh, Ireland), online at http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/fermanagh/cemeteries/…, downloaded on downloaded 4 Sep 2010. Hereinafter cited as Old Rossorry Graveyard, Enniskillen.
  8. [S2112] Irish Will Register, 1828-1832. Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, Dublin: 1832; Film# 597167, DGS# 8087793, Volume 7, pages 39-40, images 43-44, Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban, probate notes; on 4 microfilm reels, viewed online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Irish Will Register, 1828-1832.
  9. [S2119] Ireland 1837 Valuation Office Books, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, townland of Bellsgrove, Ballymachugh Parish, Barony of Clanmahon, County Cavan, Ireland, dated 13 October 1837, 306 acres, 3 roods, 23 perches, "Andrew Bell", £258.1s.2d on the land and £14 on the house and offices. Hereinafter cited as Ireland 1837 Valuation Office Books.
  10. [S2119] Ireland 1837 Valuation Office Books, online at www.findmypast.com, townland of Mullaghmeen, Drumlane Parish, Barony of Loughtee Lower, County Cavan, Ireland, dated 20 November 1838, 114 acres, 3 roods, 31 perches, owner not identified, £75.18s.3d on the land and the notation that there were no houses in the townland worth £5 a year.
  11. [S588] Ireland Registry of Deeds, Transcripts of memorials of deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929; on 2687 FHL microfilms. Most are now digitized and available online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1840; Film number 548213; Volume 11; Deed number 66; online images 271-272. Hereinafter cited as Deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929.
  12. [S1653] Griffith's Valuation 1847-1864, online at Findmypast, www.findmypast.com, townland of Bellsgrove, Ballymachugh Parish, Barony of Clanmahon, County Cavan, Ireland, Valuation of Tenements, pages 74-76 dated 14 February 1857, 306 acres, 3 roods, 23 perches, "Andrew Booth Bell", Rateable Annual Valuation of £242.6s.0d on the land and £24.5s.0d on the buildings for a Total Annual Valuation of Rateable Property of £266.11s.0d. Hereinafter cited as Griffith's Valuation 1847-1864.
  13. [S1663] National Archives of Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922, online at http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie, the will of Andrew Bell Booth, late of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, Esquire, deceased, who died 24 May 1879 at the same place, was proved on 30 July 1880 at the Principal Registry by the oath of Robert John Cunning of Crover Mount Nugent, County Cavan, Esquire, the sole executor; effects under £300. Hereinafter cited as National Archives of Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922.

Andrew Bell Booth1

b. 9 February 1834, d. 10 June 1922
Relationships4th great-grandson of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth2 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell2 b. c 1803
Birth*9 February 1834Andrew Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland, possibly on 9 February 1834.1,3,4
Marriage*15 May 1863He married Rachel Power of Dublin, daughter of Pierce Power and Rachel Colgan, on 15 May 1863 at St. Mary's Church, Dublin. They were married by Andrew's uncle, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth.5
(Son) Death24 May 1879Andrew was with his father when he died on 24 May 1879 at Bellsgrove at age 84.6,7
Immigration*12 March 1884Andrew and Rachel immigrated to Victoria, Australia, with their children on the ship Chimborazo, arriving there on 12 March 1884.2,8
(Husband) Death11 June 1913Andrew became a widower when Rachel (Power) Bell Booth died on 11 June 1913 at age 77.9,10
Death*10 June 1922He died on 10 June 1922 in Queensland, Australia, at age 8811
Burial* and was buried with his wife in Plot 1 of South Brisbane Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland.4

Family

Rachel Power b. 1836, d. 11 Jun 1913

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree, reporting his date of birth as 9 February 1832. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree.
  3. [S2116] Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923, online at www.ancestry.com, passenger A. B. Booth, Irish, age 40 (which would have made his year of birth about 1844), with his wife and family departed from Naples on the ship Chimborazo and arrived in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia on 12 March 1884, citing Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Victoria, Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947], VPRS 7666. Hereinafter cited as Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923.
  4. [S748] Find a Grave website, which often provides cemetery and tombstone photos, and sometimes personal biographies, that may be obtained from the site, online at www.findagrave.com, Andrew Bell-Booth, Memorial# 48719339, reporting his age at death as 88 which would have made his year of birth about 1834. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.
  5. [S1662] Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925, online at www.ancestry.com, marriage on 15 May 1863 in Dublin, Ireland of Andrew Bell Booth of County Cavan, only son of Andrew .B Booth, Esq., of Bellsgrove, married Rachel Power, youngest daughter of Pierce Power of Dublin, married by Richard B. Booth, cousin of the bridegroom, announcement published in The Belfast News-Letter on 20 May 1863, referencing Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Periodicals & Newspapers, Irish & Reference. Hereinafter cited as The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925.
  6. [S1663] National Archives of Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922, online at http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie, the will of Andrew Bell Booth, late of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, Esquire, deceased, who died 24 May 1879 at the same place, was proved on 30 July 1880 at the Principal Registry by the oath of Robert John Cunning of Crover Mount Nugent, County Cavan, Esquire, the sole executor; effects under £300. Hereinafter cited as National Archives of Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922.
  7. [S1659] IrishGenealogy.ie, online at https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/, Civil Records, death of Andrew Bell Booth of Bellsgrove, County Cavan, age 84, widower, gentleman, died on 24 May 1879 at Bellsgrove of typhoid fever of ten days duration and bronchitis for two years, certified, Andrew Bell Booth of Bellsgrove present at his death, registered on 17 June 1879 in the Registration District of Cavan. Hereinafter cited as IrishGenealogy.ie.
  8. [S2116] Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923, online at www.ancestry.com, passenger A. B. Booth, Irish, age 40, with his wife and family departed from Naples on the ship Chimborazo and arrived in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia on 12 March 1884, citing Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Victoria, Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947], VPRS 7666.
  9. [S2117] Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007, online at www.ancestry.com, death of Rachel Bell-Booth on 11 June 1913, age 77, wife of Andrew. Hereinafter cited as Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007.
  10. [S1784] Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985, online at www.ancestry.com, death of Rachel Bell-booth on 11 June 1913 in Queensland, daughter of Pierce Power and Rachel Colgan, registered in 1913 in Queensland, referencing Registration Number 003341, page 1674. Hereinafter cited as Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985.
  11. [S1784] Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985, online at www.ancestry.com, death of Andrew Bell-Booth on 10 June 1922 in Queensland, son of and Charlotte Bell, registered in 1922 in Queensland, referencing Registration Number B037313, page 102.

Catherine Letitia Bell Booth1

b. 13 August 1832, d. 19 December 1832
Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*George Thomas Bell Booth1 b. 30 Sep 1800, d. 22 Jun 1845
Mother*Mary Jane Bell1 b. 1801, d. 17 Jul 1887
Birth*13 August 1832Catherine Letitia Bell Booth was born on 13 August 1832 in County Cavan, Ireland.1
Death*19 December 1832She died on 19 December 1832 in County Cavan.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Daughter Bell Booth1

Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth1 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell1 b. c 1803
Birth*Daughter Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Daughter Bell Booth1

Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth1 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell1 b. c 1803
Birth*Daughter Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Daughter Bell Booth1

Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth1 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell1 b. c 1803
Birth*Daughter Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Daughter Bell Booth1

Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth1 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell1 b. c 1803
Birth*Daughter Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Daughter Bell Booth1

Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth1 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell1 b. c 1803
Birth*Daughter Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Daughter Bell Booth1

Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Andrew Bell Booth1 b. 1795, d. 24 May 1879
Mother*Charlotte Bell1 b. c 1803
Birth*Daughter Bell Booth was born in County Cavan, Ireland.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Frederick Richard Bell Booth1

Relationships5th great-grandson of John Hinds
1st cousin 3 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Frederick Thomas Bell Booth1 b. 1841, d. 1921
Mother*Kate Sankey1 b. 1859, d. 1938
Birth*Frederick Richard Bell Booth was born in New Zealand.1

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."

Frederick Thomas Bell Booth1

b. 1841, d. 1921
Relationships4th great-grandson of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*George Thomas Bell Booth1 b. 30 Sep 1800, d. 22 Jun 1845
Mother*Mary Jane Bell1 b. 1801, d. 17 Jul 1887
Birth*1841Frederick Thomas Bell Booth was born in 1841 in County Cavan, Ireland.1
(Son) Death22 June 1845Frederick Thomas was about 4 years old when his father was murdered at age 44 on Sunday, 22 June 1845, as he was returning home from church in County Cavan. On his return from Kilmore Church with his two young sons in his gig, he was shot at his own back gate. One of the boys fell out of the gig, breaking his thigh, and was not thought to have survived his injury. There was wide coverage throughout Great Britain of his murder. Newspaper transcriptions may be accessed by clicking on the PDF Text Icon.2,3
Immigration*23 January 1864Frederick Thomas immigrated to New Zealand on 23 January 1864 accompanied by his mother Mary Jane (Bell), brother Richard and sister Jane Amelia. Frederick Thomas's future wife, Kate Sankey, immigrated on the same date as the Bell family, and it is not yet known if the couple had already married in Ireland before their departure.4
Marriage*He married Kate Sankey.4
(Son) Death17 July 1887Frederick's mother died "at an advanced age" in his home in Auckland, Avondale, New Zealand, on 17 July 1887.5
Death*1921He died in 1921 in New Zealand.1

Citations

  1. [S763] Linda (Bell-Booth) Petrenko, "Bell-Booth Family Information," e-mail messages from e-mail address to LHB, various dates, email dated 29 Aug 2010. Hereinafter cited as "Bell-Booth Family Information."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), from a letter dated Spring 1993 from William Graham, Dillagh, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland to unidentified "Friends" thought to mean Marguerite Clayton and Beverly Mackey. The author noted in his letter that he, himself, is descended from the same Bell Booth family through his great grandmother on his maternal side. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  3. [S498] Ireland Newspaper Abstracts, online at www.irelandoldnews.com. Hereinafter cited as Ireland Newspaper Abstracts.
  4. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree.
  5. [S1621] Irish Newspapers, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, Cavan Weekly News and General Advertiser, published on September 2, 1887, from Colonial papers they noticed the death of Mrs. Mary Jane Bell Booth, at an advanced age, on 17 July 1887 at the residence of her son in Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand; her husband, the late George Thomas Bell Booth, J.P. of Drumcarban House, Crossdoney, was assassinated when returning from service in Kilmore Cathedral on June 22, 1945. Hereinafter cited as Irish Newspapers.

George Alexander Bell Booth1

b. 1837, d. 5 April 1860
Relationships4th great-grandson of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*George Thomas Bell Booth1 b. 30 Sep 1800, d. 22 Jun 1845
Mother*Mary Jane Bell1 b. 1801, d. 17 Jul 1887
Birth*1837George Alexander Bell Booth was born in 1837 in County Cavan, Ireland.1
(Son) Death22 June 1845George Alexander was about 8 years old when his father was murdered at age 44 on Sunday, 22 June 1845, as he was returning home from church in County Cavan. On his return from Kilmore Church with his two young sons in his gig, he was shot at his own back gate. One of the boys fell out of the gig, breaking his thigh, and was not thought to have survived his injury. There was wide coverage throughout Great Britain of his murder. Newspaper transcriptions may be accessed by clicking on the PDF Text Icon.2,3
Death*5 April 1860He died intestate on 5 April 1860 in Calcutta, India, at about age 234
Administration*28 May 1863 and Letters of Administration were granted to his widowed mother, as his next of kin, on 28 May 1863 at the Principal Registry, Dublin. George was a bachelor and the place of residence recorded for both George and his mother was Drumcarban, County Cavan. His personal effects were valued as under £450.4

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", from a letter dated Spring 1993 from William Graham, Dillagh, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland to unidentified "Friends" thought to mean Marguerite Clayton and Beverly Mackey. The author noted in his letter that he, himself, is descended from the same Bell Booth family through his great grandmother on his maternal side.
  3. [S498] Ireland Newspaper Abstracts, online at www.irelandoldnews.com. Hereinafter cited as Ireland Newspaper Abstracts.
  4. [S1663] National Archives of Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922, online at http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie, Letters of Administration of the personal estate of George Alexander Bell Booth, late of Drumcarban, County Cavan, bachelor, deceased, who died 5 April 1860 in Calcutta, granted on 28 May 1863 at the Principal Registry to Mary Jane Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan, his mother, a widow and only next of kin, of the deceased; effects under £450. Hereinafter cited as National Archives of Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922.

George Thomas Bell Booth1

b. 30 September 1800, d. 22 June 1845
Relationships3rd great-grandson of John Hinds
1st cousin 1 time removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Robert Bell Booth2 b. 1758, d. 20 Dec 1830
Mother*Jane Amelia Hinds
Birth*30 September 1800George Thomas Bell Booth was born on 30 September 1800 in County Cavan, Ireland.3,4,5
Relationship Note* The families George Thomas Bell Booth and Ralph Hinds were thought by earlier researchers to have been related in some way. Our research indicates that they were both 1st cousins one time removed and 3rd cousins one time removed.6
Relationship Note*George Thomas Bell Booth and Thomas Bell were reported by the source to have been 1st cousins, although our research has not yet identified a common ancestor.7
(3rd Son) Will27 January 1825George Thomas's father prepared his will dated 27 January 1825 in County Cavan, naming his six children and clarifying the order of their births: Mary (Bell Booth) Baker, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth, Jane Amelia (Bell Booth) Carmichael, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia Bell Booth and Margaret Bell Booth. He appointed Andrew Bell of Creevy and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge his trustees, and named his three sons, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth as his executors.

The Registry's copy of Robert's will was prepared without paragraphs and with little punctuation, so we have taken the liberty of separating the thoughts where we thought appropriate for ease of reading. Our transcription of the registry's copy follows:

In the name of God Amen, I Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban in the County of Cavan, Esquire, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills and testimonies in writing or otherwise. Imploring the Almighty through the merits and blood of Christ my Savior and Redeemer to receive my Soul into the Eternal Bliss and Glory, I direct my remains to be buried in my family burial ground in the Churchyard of Ballimaun in decent and becoming manner, trusting that my beloved sons, my executors, will conduct and commit my body to the earth. And as to such property as I am possessed of, I dispose of as follows:

I do hereby will, devise and bequeath all my real and freehold estates of and in the towns and lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, Corlislea, Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, situate in the county of Cavan, and the lands of Mullaghmeen, situate in Westmeath, unto Andrew Bell of Creevy in the county of Longford and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge in the county of Dublin, Esquire, as trustees, and to the survivors of them, and to the heirs and assigns of such survivors, upon the trusts, and to and for the several uses, interests and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared, for and concerning the same, and to no other use, interest or purpose whatsoever.

And my will is that as to, for and concerning the lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and the lands of Mullaghmeen in trust, to permit and suffer my eldest son Andrew, immediately after my decease, to enter into and have, hold, use and enjoy the same as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the debt of £300 sterling which he and I owe to Robert Parkes, together with the interest thereof, from my decease until paid, and also subject to the chief or ground rents thereof, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons, in seniority of age and priority of birth, and the lives male of such child or children of the said Andrew, lawfully to be begotten of the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent of and approbation of my said trustees as hereinafter mentioned. The elder of such sons to always be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Andrew shall marry with the approbation of my trustees, or the survivors of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife, chargeable on said lands. And should he hereafter have lawful issue more than one, my will is that the said Andrew shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with full power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Andrew shall not have issue male lawfully begotten, or that having issue male and that he or they, or any of them, shall not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees, and the survivor of them, and the heirs and assigns of such survivors, shall permit and suffer my second son, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth, in case he should survive the said Andrew or his issue male lawfully to be begotten, to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen, subject however to such jointure for any wife the said Andrew may marry and provision for the younger children or female issue of said Andrew of such marriage, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed on. And also subject to such chief rents as payable thereout. And in case the said Andrew and Richard should both happen to die without lawful issue male, or that having lawful issue male and that he or they should die and not attain the age of 21 years, then upon trust to permit and suffer my youngest son George Thomas Bell Booth and his issue male to have, hold and enjoy said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen as aforesaid. And upon this further trust, that if all my said three sons shall happen to die without issue male, lawfully begotten, in such event the said lands of Bellsgrove and Mullaghmeen to go and descend to the heirs male of the Bell line of my family.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Corlislea, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my second son the Reverend Richard Bell Booth to enter into and upon, and have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Corlislea as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of, and chargeable with, the sum of £1,500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs male of such child or children of said Richard, lawfully to be begotten upon the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees as hereafter mentioned. The elder of such sons and the issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Richard shall marry with the approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on said lands of Corlislea. And should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said Richard shall have the power, and I do hereby invest him with the power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable, and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them. Such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed the sum of £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Richard shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they or any of them shall not attain the age of 21 years then, and in such event or events, my will is that my said trustees shall, or the survivor, or the heirs and assigns of such survivor, may permit and suffer my sons Andrew and George Thomas, jointly if they both live, or the survivor if either should die in the meantime, and the issue male of such survivor, to have, hold and enjoy the lands of Corlislea, subject however first to the said sum of £1,500 sterling herein before and after mentioned and for such jointure for any wife the said Richard may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said Richard, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed upon.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my third son, George Thomas Bell Booth, to enter into and upon and to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the sum of £500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the sons male of such child or children of said George Thomas Bell Booth lawfully to be begotten on the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees, as here after mentioned. The eldest of such sons and their issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said George Thomas shall marry with approbation of my trustees or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize him and them to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on the lands and should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one, or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said George Thomas shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or child not to exceed the sum of £1,500. And in case the said George Thomas shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they shall die and not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall permit and suffer my sons Andrew and Richard jointly, should they both live, or the survivor, and should either die in the lifetime of said George and the issue male of such survivor to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, subject however first to the said sum of £500 herein and after mentioned, and such jointure for any wife the said George Thomas may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said George Thomas, should there be any, as shall on such marriage be agreed upon. And also subject to the head rent payable out of said lands of Kevit.

And it is my will and desire, and I do empower each of my three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, respectively, when in possession of the premises to make leases and grant all or any part of the premises they are respectively entitled to under this my will for any term not exceeding one life or 31 years when in possession not in reversion without fraud or fine, and at the best improved yearly rent that can be had for same from solvent tenants, and so as every such lease contains covenants against waste and that the tenant do execute a counterpart thereof.

I have herein before mentioned the sum of £1,500 as charged on the lands of Corlislea and the sum of £500 as a charge on Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit. I do now declare and my will is that said respective sums do stand charged on said lands, respectively, and be payable with interest from my death as aforesaid, and that said sums together with the sum of £2,000 sterling shall be equally divided by my trustees between my two daughters, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth, so that the fortune or portion of each shall be £1,000 with interest payable to each on their respective marriages. I do however declare it is my will that in the meantime they, or either of them, shall only receive the interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum by half-yearly payments on the first of every six months after my decease, and in case either or both of my said daughters should happen to die before marriage, or be married without the consent and approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, or the heirs or assigns of such survivor, and also the consent and approbation of the said Reverend Richard Bell Booth then, and either of those events so happening, the fortune or portion and all arrears of interest thereon of such, or either or both so remaining unmarried, or offending by marriage against the consent and approbation aforesaid, shall go to, and be ratably divided by my said trustees, and go between my said three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, or the survivors or survivor of them, and share and share alike. And such of my daughters so offending herein shall only have and receive a sum of £50 sterling instead of £1,000 as aforesaid.

Robert Baker is indebted to me by bond and warrant in the sum of £96 or thereabouts together with interest, and the same is secured by a deed between him and James Smyth of Cavan, Esquire, whereby an insurance is to be kept up that on the death of said Robert Baker said debt with his other debts will be paid. I bequeath said debt and all advantage therefrom to Mary, second daughter of said Robert Baker.

I order and direct, and I do hereby will and bequeath, the furniture of and belonging to two of my best chambers be reserved and handed over to my daughters, Letitia and Margaret, and it is my wish they should reside with my son George after closing their education and until their marriage, respectively, on an understanding to make some renumeration.

I do hereby devise and bequeath the remainder of my household furniture at Drumcarban and the farming utensils or implements of husbandry to my son George Thomas Bell Booth.

I do hereby order and direct that my executors shall, with all convenient speed after my decease, ascertain and collect as well, the debts due to me as those due by me. And for that purpose, immediately after my decease, to sell, dispose of or value my goods, chattels and personal property not herein before bequeathed or disposed of and, after payment of my debts, funeral expenses and £5 each to Jane McCabe and James Quin, should they be in my service at my decease, that the residue of such personal property and all other property not herein disposed of, be equally divided, share and share alike, between by beloved, dutiful and much respected children, Mary, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew, Richard, George Thomas, Jane Amelia, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth and that same be paid them each, respectively, notwithstanding their coverture.

I do now nominate, constitute and appoint my sons Andrew, Richard and George Thomas Bell Booth executors of this my last will and testament and with the affection of a fond parent, I consign them to act in all things under this my will and more especially in forming any connection by marriage by, with, and under the consent and approbation of my good and faith worthy trustees who are uncles to each of them, respectively.

There is a bond debt due to me by Arthur Moneypenny, Esquire, amounting to £50 with interest. I hereby bequeath this sum to Mr. Moneypenny and I direct my executors to acquit and release the last-mentioned debt.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my name and seal this 27th day of January 1825.                    Signed… Robert B. Booth


The will was signed in the presence of three witnesses, William Carmichael, William Harris and Andrew Carmichael.

A copy transcribed from a copy of the original Will and Testament of Robert Bell Booth, Esquire, was taken by the Reverend Richard Bell Booth and compared in the presence of Andrew Bell Booth of Creevy who found it to be correct, signing his name as Andrew B. Booth, in agreement, on 31 December 1830 at Drumcarban.8
Marriage*14 October 1831He married Mary Jane Bell, daughter of George Bell Esq. and Catherine Nugent, on or about 14 October 1831, the date of their marriage settlement agreement, in Kildrumferton Church, County Cavan, Ireland.9,10,11,12
Probate*10 January 1832His father's will was proved and his estate opened for probate on 10 January 1832 in the Prerogative Court. It appears from the probate notes, that the directives in his will were faithfully executed and, among other bequests, his lands were inherited by his sons. His third son, George Thomas Bell Booth, inherited the lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, all in County Cavan. George Thomas's brother, Andrew Bell Booth, received the lands of Bellsgrove in County Cavan and Mullaghmeen in County Westmeath, and his brother, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth, received the lands of Corlislea in County Cavan.13,14
Land Records*12 December 1837George Thomas's inherited lands of Drumcarban, County Cavan, were appraised on 12 December 1837 and appeared in the 1837 Valuation Field Office Books. They contained 358 acres, 1 rood, 4 perches, and the owner was listed as "Booth Bell". The valuations were £188.13s.10d on the land, and £24 on the house and offices.15
(Bride's Uncle) Marriage Settlement20 May 1840A memorial of an indented deed of marriage settlement dated 20 May 1840 was made between Andrew Bell of Heathville, Kilmainham, County Cavan, of the first part and Jane Bell, otherwise Baker, his wife of the second part, Jane's brother John Baker of Lower Kilmore, County Cavan, Esq. and her uncle George Thomas Bell Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan Esq. of the third part, and two more of Jane's uncles, Andrew Bell Booth and Andrew William Bell, both Esq. and of Bellsgrove, County Cavan and Creevy, County Longford, respectively, of the fourth part.

Whereby after reciting as therein, the said Andrew Bell, for the considerations therein mentioned, and of the said Jane Bell his wife relinquishing and releasing all right of dower and thirds of from and to, not only the lands, tenements, hereditaments and premises therein and herein after described, but also all other of the estates of him, the said Andrew Bell, of and from all rights of dower and thirds which she might hereafter claim or be entitled to, granted, bargained, sold, assigned, aliened, released and confirmed unto the said John Baker and George Thomas Bell Booth, their heirs and assigns all that and those the town and lands of Kilmainham and that part called Heathville with the mansion house and out offices there unto belonging situate, lying and being in the barony of Clanmahon and county of Cavan aforesaid, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, all which said lands were then in the actual possession of the said John Baker and George Thomas Bell Booth as therein recited.

To hold unto the said John Baker and George Thomas Bell Booth, their heirs and assigns to the uses, intents and purposes therein mentioned; that is to say to the use of the said Andrew Bell and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after the determination of that estate by forfeiture or otherwise in his lifetime to the use of the said Andrew Bell upon trust to preserve contingent uses and estates therein limited from being defeated or destroyed but nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Andrew Bell and his assigns to receive and take the rents and issues and profits thereof to and for his and their own use and benefit during his natural life and immediately after the decease of the said Andrew Bell to the use of the said Andrew Bell Booth and Andrew William Bell for and during and unto the full end of term of one thousand years to commence and be computed from the day of the said Andrew Bell's death without impeachment of or for any manner of waste upon the trusts and for the uses, intents and purposes therein after declared subject thereto, and to the trusts thereto, to the end intent and purpose that the said Jane Bell and her assigns shall and may in case she shall survive the said Andrew Bell, have, receive, perceive, take and enjoy for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or clear yearly rent charge or annual sum of £100 sterling English value and currency to be issuing and paid out of and charged and chargeable upon all and singular the lands and premises therein granted and released to be by way, or in the nature of, the jointure for her the said Jane Bell in lieu, barr and satisfaction of and for all dower or thirds at common law which she the said Jane Bell might or could have claim or be entitled to, or out of, or expect. All or any of the messuages, lands, tenements thereunto whereof the said Andrew Bell now is or at any time or times heretofore or hereafter during said coverture shall or may be possessed of which said annuity yearly rent charge or annual sum was thereby agreed to be paid on the days and times therein mentioned by even and equal portions over and above taxes with powers of distress and re-entry as therein mentioned and the said indenture of which this writing is a memorial further witnessed that the said Jane Bell, otherwise Baker, wife of the said Andrew Bell for the considerations therein mentioned for herself, her heirs, executors and administrators remised, released and forever quitted claim unto the said Andrew Bell, his heirs and assigns, all dower right and title of dower both at law and in equity of her the said Jane Bell, her executors or administrators can or may at any time hereafter have claim, challenge or demand of in or to or out of all and every the lands and premises; that is to say all that and those the towns and lands of Losset, situate in the barony of Tullyhunco, and also all that and those the town and lands of Coolbane, situate in the barony of Clanmahon, and also all that and those the town and lands of Aghaknock, situate in the barony of Tullyhunco, and also all that and those the town and lands of Kilmainham and that part called Heathville with the mansion house, out offices and demesne lands thereunto belonging, situate in the said barony of Clanmahon, all said towns, lands and premises being situate, lying and being in the said county of Cavan with their and every of their appurtenances.

So that the said Jane Bell, otherwise Baker, her executors, administrators or any of them shall not nor will at any time or times hereafter have claim or pretend to any such dower or right of title of dower or other estate or demand as aforesaid of into or out of said lands and premises or any part thereof other than and except the said jointure annuity or yearly rent charge of £100 sterling, the said deed contains covenants for further assurances. The execution of the deed and memorial was signed by Andrew Bell and Jane Bell and witnessed by James McCready and George Cassin, both of the city of Dublin, gentlemen. It was registered on 21 May 1840.16
Occupation*George Thomas Bell Booth was a Magistrate in County Cavan.17
Death*22 June 1845He was murdered at age 44 on Sunday, 22 June 1845, as he was returning home from church in County Cavan. On his return from Kilmore Church with his two young sons in his gig, he was shot at his own back gate. One of the boys fell out of the gig, breaking his thigh, and was not thought to have survived his injury. There was wide coverage throughout Great Britain of his murder. Newspaper transcriptions may be accessed by clicking on the PDF Text Icon.6,17
Inheritance*In accordance with the 1825 will of his father, upon George Thomas's death, his eldest son, Robert, succeeded him at Drumcarban, County Cavan, and Derrylane.8
Land Records14 February 1857His son Robert's inherited lands of Drumcarban, County Cavan, Ireland, were appraised on 14 February 1857 and appeared in the 1857 Griffith's Valuation of Tenements. They contained 358 acres, 1 rood, 4 perches, and the owner was listed as "Robert Booth Bell", in fee. The rateable annual valuations were £183.0s.0d. on the land and £25.10s.0d. on the buildings for a total annual valuation of rateable property of £228.10s.0d.18

Family

Mary Jane Bell b. 1801, d. 17 Jul 1887
Children1.Catherine Letitia Bell Booth14 b. 13 Aug 1832, d. 19 Dec 1832
2.Robert Bell Booth11 b. 17 Nov 1833
3.Jane Amelia Bell Booth11 b. 1835
4.George Alexander Bell Booth14 b. 1837, d. 5 Apr 1860
5.Richard Bell Booth11 d. 1895
6.Frederick Thomas Bell Booth+11 b. 1841, d. 1921
7.Louisa Bell Booth14 b. 1842, d. 7 May 1848

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), from a letter dated Spring 1993 from William Graham, Dillagh, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland to unidentified "Friends" thought to mean Marguerite Clayton and Beverly Mackey. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Andrew Bell (d. 1755) Family Tree obtained from Beverley Mackey.
  3. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Andrew Bell (d. 1755) Family Tree obtained from Beverley Mackey noted date of birth as 9 Dec 1800.
  4. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree noted date of birth as 9 Sep 1800.
  5. [S763] Linda (Bell-Booth) Petrenko, "Bell-Booth Family Information," e-mail messages from e-mail address to LHB, various dates, email dated 29 Aug 2010 noted date of birth as 30 Sep 1800. Hereinafter cited as "Bell-Booth Family Information."
  6. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", from a letter dated Spring 1993 from William Graham, Dillagh, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland to unidentified "Friends" thought to mean Marguerite Clayton and Beverly Mackey. The author noted in his letter that he, himself, is descended from the same Bell Booth family through his great grandmother on his maternal side.
  7. [S1615] James Green Jones, "Genealogy of Martha Jane Bell, wife of James Green Jones, Ireland : partial pages from a manuscript", 1870 (New York City, New York). Hand written, pages 167-176 only, pages 171-172. Hereinafter cited as "Genealogy of Martha Jane Bell, wife of James Green Jones, Ireland."
  8. [S2113] Ireland Public Record Office, Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin. Microfilm of original records at the Dublin Public Record Office. Testamentary documents include wills and administrations or copies thereof, inventories, litigation, and other papers related to probates. Most of these were collected after the 1922 destruction of virtually all original probate records housed in the Public Record Office, Dublin: Film# 581932, DGS# 8095383, T.12968, images 875-886, 1825 will of Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan; on 137 microfilm reels, viewed online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin.
  9. [S1621] Irish Newspapers, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, Mayo Constitution, published on December 8, 1831, marriage at Kildrumferton Church, County Cavan of George T. B. Booth Esq. of Drumcarban and Mary Jane, daughter of the late George Bell Esq. of Bellevue, County Fermanagh. Hereinafter cited as Irish Newspapers.
  10. [S1651] Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885, online at www.findmypast.com, lands of Drumcarban and Derrylane to be sold on 4 November 1881 by Robert Bell Booth, owner and petitioner, containing 358 acres, 1 rood, 4 perches, statute measure, situate in the Barony of Clanmahon and County of Cavan; held in fee-simple, and producing a net rental of £316 4s. 7d. sterling. Hereinafter cited as Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885.
  11. [S763] Linda (Bell-Booth) Petrenko, "Bell-Booth Family Information," e-mails to LHB, various dates, email dated 29 Aug 2010.
  12. [S766] Séamas MacAnnaidh, "Old Rossorry Graveyard, Enniskillen", This work is a combination of the reading and transcribing of gravestones, newspaper notices and microfilm. The gravestones were in the Old Rossorry Graveyard in Enniskillen and his graveyard project was unfinished at the time of his writing. Most of the newspaper notices were found in the Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet, although some were also from the Enniskillen Impartial Reporter. Those he included were described simply as "relevant" to the families or individuals mentioned on the gravestones. The microfilm he used was (MIC 1/22) Church of Ireland burial register found at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Old Rossorry Graveyard, Enniskillen (County Fermanagh, Ireland), online at http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/fermanagh/cemeteries/…, downloaded on downloaded 4 Sep 2010. Hereinafter cited as Old Rossorry Graveyard, Enniskillen.
  13. [S2112] Irish Will Register, 1828-1832. Microfilm of original records at the Public Record Office, Dublin: 1832; Film# 597167, DGS# 8087793, Volume 7, pages 39-40, images 43-44, Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban, probate notes; on 4 microfilm reels, viewed online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Irish Will Register, 1828-1832.
  14. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree.
  15. [S2119] Ireland 1837 Valuation Office Books, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, townland of Drumcarban, Kilmore Parish, County Cavan, Ireland, dated 12 December 1837, 358 acres, 1 rood, 4 perches, "Booth Bell", £188.13s.10d on the land and £24 on the house and offices. Hereinafter cited as Ireland 1837 Valuation Office Books.
  16. [S588] Ireland Registry of Deeds, Transcripts of memorials of deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929; on 2687 FHL microfilms. Most are now digitized and available online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah: 1840; Film number 548213; Volume 11; Deed number 66; online images 271-272. Hereinafter cited as Deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929.
  17. [S498] Ireland Newspaper Abstracts, online at www.irelandoldnews.com. Hereinafter cited as Ireland Newspaper Abstracts.
  18. [S1653] Griffith's Valuation 1847-1864, online at Findmypast, www.findmypast.com, townland of Drumcarban, Kilmore Parish, Barony of Clanmahon, County Cavan, Ireland, Valuation of Tenements, page 104 dated 14 February 1857, 358 acres, 1 rood, 4 perches, "Robert Booth Bell" in fee, Rateable Annual Valuation of £183.0s.0d on the land and £25.10s.0d on the buildings for a Total Annual Valuation of Rateable Property of £228.10s.0d. Hereinafter cited as Griffith's Valuation 1847-1864.

Jane Amelia Bell Booth1

b. 1835
Relationships4th great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 2 times removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*George Thomas Bell Booth1 b. 30 Sep 1800, d. 22 Jun 1845
Mother*Mary Jane Bell1 b. 1801, d. 17 Jul 1887
Birth*1835Jane Amelia Bell Booth was born in 1835 in County Cavan, Ireland.2,1
(Daughter) Death22 June 1845Jane Amelia was about 10 years old when her father was murdered at age 44 on Sunday, 22 June 1845, as he was returning home from church in County Cavan. On his return from Kilmore Church with his two young sons in his gig, he was shot at his own back gate. One of the boys fell out of the gig, breaking his thigh, and was not thought to have survived his injury. There was wide coverage throughout Great Britain of his murder. Newspaper transcriptions may be accessed by clicking on the PDF Text Icon.3,4
(Sister) Immigration23 January 1864Jane Amelia immigrated to New Zealand with her mother and two siblings on 23 January 1864. Their family group of immigrants included mother Mary Jane (Bell), sons Frederick and Richard and daughter Jane Amelia. Frederick's future wife, Kate Sankey, immigrated on the same date as the Bell family, and it is not yet known if the couple had already married in Ireland before their departure.2

Citations

  1. [S763] Linda (Bell-Booth) Petrenko, "Bell-Booth Family Information," e-mail messages from e-mail address to LHB, various dates, email dated 29 Aug 2010. Hereinafter cited as "Bell-Booth Family Information."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  3. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", from a letter dated Spring 1993 from William Graham, Dillagh, Ballinagh, County Cavan, Ireland to unidentified "Friends" thought to mean Marguerite Clayton and Beverly Mackey. The author noted in his letter that he, himself, is descended from the same Bell Booth family through his great grandmother on his maternal side.
  4. [S498] Ireland Newspaper Abstracts, online at www.irelandoldnews.com. Hereinafter cited as Ireland Newspaper Abstracts.

Jane Amelia Bell Booth1,2

b. 5 July 1803
Relationships3rd great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 1 time removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Robert Bell Booth1 b. 1758, d. 20 Dec 1830
Mother*Jane Amelia Hinds1
Birth*5 July 1803Jane Amelia Bell Booth was born on 5 July 1803 in County Cavan, Ireland.2,1,3
(Daughter) Census Ireland 18211821Jane appeared on the census taken in 1821 in the household of her father in Cornamucklagh, County Cavan. She was 16 years old.4
Marriage*She married John Carmichael.2
(2nd Daughter) Will27 January 1825Jane's father prepared his will dated 27 January 1825 in County Cavan, naming his six children and clarifying the order of their births: Mary (Bell Booth) Baker, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth, Jane Amelia (Bell Booth) Carmichael, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia Bell Booth and Margaret Bell Booth. He appointed Andrew Bell of Creevy and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge his trustees, and named his three sons, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth as his executors.

The Registry's copy of Robert's will was prepared without paragraphs and with little punctuation, so we have taken the liberty of separating the thoughts where we thought appropriate for ease of reading. Our transcription of the registry's copy follows:

In the name of God Amen, I Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban in the County of Cavan, Esquire, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills and testimonies in writing or otherwise. Imploring the Almighty through the merits and blood of Christ my Savior and Redeemer to receive my Soul into the Eternal Bliss and Glory, I direct my remains to be buried in my family burial ground in the Churchyard of Ballimaun in decent and becoming manner, trusting that my beloved sons, my executors, will conduct and commit my body to the earth. And as to such property as I am possessed of, I dispose of as follows:

I do hereby will, devise and bequeath all my real and freehold estates of and in the towns and lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, Corlislea, Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, situate in the county of Cavan, and the lands of Mullaghmeen, situate in Westmeath, unto Andrew Bell of Creevy in the county of Longford and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge in the county of Dublin, Esquire, as trustees, and to the survivors of them, and to the heirs and assigns of such survivors, upon the trusts, and to and for the several uses, interests and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared, for and concerning the same, and to no other use, interest or purpose whatsoever.

And my will is that as to, for and concerning the lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and the lands of Mullaghmeen in trust, to permit and suffer my eldest son Andrew, immediately after my decease, to enter into and have, hold, use and enjoy the same as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the debt of £300 sterling which he and I owe to Robert Parkes, together with the interest thereof, from my decease until paid, and also subject to the chief or ground rents thereof, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons, in seniority of age and priority of birth, and the lives male of such child or children of the said Andrew, lawfully to be begotten of the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent of and approbation of my said trustees as hereinafter mentioned. The elder of such sons to always be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Andrew shall marry with the approbation of my trustees, or the survivors of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife, chargeable on said lands. And should he hereafter have lawful issue more than one, my will is that the said Andrew shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with full power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Andrew shall not have issue male lawfully begotten, or that having issue male and that he or they, or any of them, shall not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees, and the survivor of them, and the heirs and assigns of such survivors, shall permit and suffer my second son, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth, in case he should survive the said Andrew or his issue male lawfully to be begotten, to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen, subject however to such jointure for any wife the said Andrew may marry and provision for the younger children or female issue of said Andrew of such marriage, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed on. And also subject to such chief rents as payable thereout. And in case the said Andrew and Richard should both happen to die without lawful issue male, or that having lawful issue male and that he or they should die and not attain the age of 21 years, then upon trust to permit and suffer my youngest son George Thomas Bell Booth and his issue male to have, hold and enjoy said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen as aforesaid. And upon this further trust, that if all my said three sons shall happen to die without issue male, lawfully begotten, in such event the said lands of Bellsgrove and Mullaghmeen to go and descend to the heirs male of the Bell line of my family.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Corlislea, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my second son the Reverend Richard Bell Booth to enter into and upon, and have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Corlislea as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of, and chargeable with, the sum of £1,500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs male of such child or children of said Richard, lawfully to be begotten upon the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees as hereafter mentioned. The elder of such sons and the issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Richard shall marry with the approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on said lands of Corlislea. And should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said Richard shall have the power, and I do hereby invest him with the power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable, and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them. Such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed the sum of £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Richard shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they or any of them shall not attain the age of 21 years then, and in such event or events, my will is that my said trustees shall, or the survivor, or the heirs and assigns of such survivor, may permit and suffer my sons Andrew and George Thomas, jointly if they both live, or the survivor if either should die in the meantime, and the issue male of such survivor, to have, hold and enjoy the lands of Corlislea, subject however first to the said sum of £1,500 sterling herein before and after mentioned and for such jointure for any wife the said Richard may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said Richard, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed upon.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my third son, George Thomas Bell Booth, to enter into and upon and to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the sum of £500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the sons male of such child or children of said George Thomas Bell Booth lawfully to be begotten on the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees, as here after mentioned. The eldest of such sons and their issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said George Thomas shall marry with approbation of my trustees or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize him and them to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on the lands and should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one, or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said George Thomas shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or child not to exceed the sum of £1,500. And in case the said George Thomas shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they shall die and not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall permit and suffer my sons Andrew and Richard jointly, should they both live, or the survivor, and should either die in the lifetime of said George and the issue male of such survivor to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, subject however first to the said sum of £500 herein and after mentioned, and such jointure for any wife the said George Thomas may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said George Thomas, should there be any, as shall on such marriage be agreed upon. And also subject to the head rent payable out of said lands of Kevit.

And it is my will and desire, and I do empower each of my three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, respectively, when in possession of the premises to make leases and grant all or any part of the premises they are respectively entitled to under this my will for any term not exceeding one life or 31 years when in possession not in reversion without fraud or fine, and at the best improved yearly rent that can be had for same from solvent tenants, and so as every such lease contains covenants against waste and that the tenant do execute a counterpart thereof.

I have herein before mentioned the sum of £1,500 as charged on the lands of Corlislea and the sum of £500 as a charge on Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit. I do now declare and my will is that said respective sums do stand charged on said lands, respectively, and be payable with interest from my death as aforesaid, and that said sums together with the sum of £2,000 sterling shall be equally divided by my trustees between my two daughters, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth, so that the fortune or portion of each shall be £1,000 with interest payable to each on their respective marriages. I do however declare it is my will that in the meantime they, or either of them, shall only receive the interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum by half-yearly payments on the first of every six months after my decease, and in case either or both of my said daughters should happen to die before marriage, or be married without the consent and approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, or the heirs or assigns of such survivor, and also the consent and approbation of the said Reverend Richard Bell Booth then, and either of those events so happening, the fortune or portion and all arrears of interest thereon of such, or either or both so remaining unmarried, or offending by marriage against the consent and approbation aforesaid, shall go to, and be ratably divided by my said trustees, and go between my said three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, or the survivors or survivor of them, and share and share alike. And such of my daughters so offending herein shall only have and receive a sum of £50 sterling instead of £1,000 as aforesaid.

Robert Baker is indebted to me by bond and warrant in the sum of £96 or thereabouts together with interest, and the same is secured by a deed between him and James Smyth of Cavan, Esquire, whereby an insurance is to be kept up that on the death of said Robert Baker said debt with his other debts will be paid. I bequeath said debt and all advantage therefrom to Mary, second daughter of said Robert Baker.

I order and direct, and I do hereby will and bequeath, the furniture of and belonging to two of my best chambers be reserved and handed over to my daughters, Letitia and Margaret, and it is my wish they should reside with my son George after closing their education and until their marriage, respectively, on an understanding to make some renumeration.

I do hereby devise and bequeath the remainder of my household furniture at Drumcarban and the farming utensils or implements of husbandry to my son George Thomas Bell Booth.

I do hereby order and direct that my executors shall, with all convenient speed after my decease, ascertain and collect as well, the debts due to me as those due by me. And for that purpose, immediately after my decease, to sell, dispose of or value my goods, chattels and personal property not herein before bequeathed or disposed of and, after payment of my debts, funeral expenses and £5 each to Jane McCabe and James Quin, should they be in my service at my decease, that the residue of such personal property and all other property not herein disposed of, be equally divided, share and share alike, between by beloved, dutiful and much respected children, Mary, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew, Richard, George Thomas, Jane Amelia, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth and that same be paid them each, respectively, notwithstanding their coverture.

I do now nominate, constitute and appoint my sons Andrew, Richard and George Thomas Bell Booth executors of this my last will and testament and with the affection of a fond parent, I consign them to act in all things under this my will and more especially in forming any connection by marriage by, with, and under the consent and approbation of my good and faith worthy trustees who are uncles to each of them, respectively.

There is a bond debt due to me by Arthur Moneypenny, Esquire, amounting to £50 with interest. I hereby bequeath this sum to Mr. Moneypenny and I direct my executors to acquit and release the last-mentioned debt.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my name and seal this 27th day of January 1825.                    Signed… Robert B. Booth


The will was signed in the presence of three witnesses, William Carmichael, William Harris and Andrew Carmichael.

A copy transcribed from a copy of the original Will and Testament of Robert Bell Booth, Esquire, was taken by the Reverend Richard Bell Booth and compared in the presence of Andrew Bell Booth of Creevy who found it to be correct, signing his name as Andrew B. Booth, in agreement, on 31 December 1830 at Drumcarban.5

Family

John Carmichael
Child1.George Carmichael6 d. 25 Jan 1866

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Andrew Bell (d. 1755) Family Tree obtained from Beverley Mackey. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree.
  3. [S587] Ireland. Census Office, 1821 Census; (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1951, 1969), household of Robert Bell Booth, Cornamucklagh, Kilmore parish, County Cavan, estimating her year of birth as 1805. Hereinafter cited as 1821 Census.
  4. [S1552] 1821 - 1851 Ireland Census Record Set, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, household of Robert Bell Booth, 1821, townland of Cornamucklagh, parish of Kilmore, County Cavan. Hereinafter cited as 1821 - 1851 Ireland Census Record Set.
  5. [S2113] Ireland Public Record Office, Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin. Microfilm of original records at the Dublin Public Record Office. Testamentary documents include wills and administrations or copies thereof, inventories, litigation, and other papers related to probates. Most of these were collected after the 1922 destruction of virtually all original probate records housed in the Public Record Office, Dublin: Film# 581932, DGS# 8095383, T.12968, images 875-886, 1825 will of Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan; on 137 microfilm reels, viewed online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin.
  6. [S1629] Reverend Henry Bidall Swanzy M.A., The Families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh and their Descendants, downloaded from the Boston Public Library eBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. (Dublin, Ireland: printed for private circulation, 1908), Robert Erskine, pages 194-196. Hereinafter cited as The Families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh and their Descendants.

Letitia Bell Booth1,2

b. 11 May 1805, d. 10 June 1837
Relationships3rd great-granddaughter of John Hinds
1st cousin 1 time removed of Walter Hinds
ChartsDescendants of John Hinds, including our Walters and Ralphs
Father*Robert Bell Booth1 b. 1758, d. 20 Dec 1830
Mother*Jane Amelia Hinds1
Birth*11 May 1805Letitia Bell Booth was born on 11 May 1805 in County Cavan, Ireland.2,1
(3rd Daughter) Will27 January 1825Letitia's father prepared his will dated 27 January 1825 in County Cavan, naming his six children and clarifying the order of their births: Mary (Bell Booth) Baker, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth, Jane Amelia (Bell Booth) Carmichael, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia Bell Booth and Margaret Bell Booth. He appointed Andrew Bell of Creevy and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge his trustees, and named his three sons, Andrew Bell Booth, Reverend Richard Bell Booth, George Thomas Bell Booth as his executors.

The Registry's copy of Robert's will was prepared without paragraphs and with little punctuation, so we have taken the liberty of separating the thoughts where we thought appropriate for ease of reading. Our transcription of the registry's copy follows:

In the name of God Amen, I Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban in the County of Cavan, Esquire, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills and testimonies in writing or otherwise. Imploring the Almighty through the merits and blood of Christ my Savior and Redeemer to receive my Soul into the Eternal Bliss and Glory, I direct my remains to be buried in my family burial ground in the Churchyard of Ballimaun in decent and becoming manner, trusting that my beloved sons, my executors, will conduct and commit my body to the earth. And as to such property as I am possessed of, I dispose of as follows:

I do hereby will, devise and bequeath all my real and freehold estates of and in the towns and lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, Corlislea, Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, situate in the county of Cavan, and the lands of Mullaghmeen, situate in Westmeath, unto Andrew Bell of Creevy in the county of Longford and Mark Kerr of Tokay Lodge in the county of Dublin, Esquire, as trustees, and to the survivors of them, and to the heirs and assigns of such survivors, upon the trusts, and to and for the several uses, interests and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared, for and concerning the same, and to no other use, interest or purpose whatsoever.

And my will is that as to, for and concerning the lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and the lands of Mullaghmeen in trust, to permit and suffer my eldest son Andrew, immediately after my decease, to enter into and have, hold, use and enjoy the same as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the debt of £300 sterling which he and I owe to Robert Parkes, together with the interest thereof, from my decease until paid, and also subject to the chief or ground rents thereof, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons, in seniority of age and priority of birth, and the lives male of such child or children of the said Andrew, lawfully to be begotten of the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent of and approbation of my said trustees as hereinafter mentioned. The elder of such sons to always be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Andrew shall marry with the approbation of my trustees, or the survivors of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife, chargeable on said lands. And should he hereafter have lawful issue more than one, my will is that the said Andrew shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with full power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Andrew shall not have issue male lawfully begotten, or that having issue male and that he or they, or any of them, shall not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees, and the survivor of them, and the heirs and assigns of such survivors, shall permit and suffer my second son, the Reverend Richard Bell Booth, in case he should survive the said Andrew or his issue male lawfully to be begotten, to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen, subject however to such jointure for any wife the said Andrew may marry and provision for the younger children or female issue of said Andrew of such marriage, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed on. And also subject to such chief rents as payable thereout. And in case the said Andrew and Richard should both happen to die without lawful issue male, or that having lawful issue male and that he or they should die and not attain the age of 21 years, then upon trust to permit and suffer my youngest son George Thomas Bell Booth and his issue male to have, hold and enjoy said lands of Bellsgrove, otherwise Aghacreevy, and Mullaghmeen as aforesaid. And upon this further trust, that if all my said three sons shall happen to die without issue male, lawfully begotten, in such event the said lands of Bellsgrove and Mullaghmeen to go and descend to the heirs male of the Bell line of my family.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Corlislea, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my second son the Reverend Richard Bell Booth to enter into and upon, and have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Corlislea as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of, and chargeable with, the sum of £1,500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder of and in said lands and premises to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the heirs male of such child or children of said Richard, lawfully to be begotten upon the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees as hereafter mentioned. The elder of such sons and the issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said Richard shall marry with the approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize them and him to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on said lands of Corlislea. And should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said Richard shall have the power, and I do hereby invest him with the power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable, and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them. Such sum for younger children or female child not to exceed the sum of £2,000 sterling. And in case the said Richard shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they or any of them shall not attain the age of 21 years then, and in such event or events, my will is that my said trustees shall, or the survivor, or the heirs and assigns of such survivor, may permit and suffer my sons Andrew and George Thomas, jointly if they both live, or the survivor if either should die in the meantime, and the issue male of such survivor, to have, hold and enjoy the lands of Corlislea, subject however first to the said sum of £1,500 sterling herein before and after mentioned and for such jointure for any wife the said Richard may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said Richard, should there be any, as shall or may on such marriage be agreed upon.

And as, to, for and concerning the lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, upon trust, that my said trustees shall immediately after my decease permit and suffer my third son, George Thomas Bell Booth, to enter into and upon and to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit as his Estate for and during the term of his natural life, subject however to the payment of and chargeable with the sum of £500 sterling with interest from my decease until paid, as hereafter mentioned, with remainder to the first and other sons in seniority of age and priority of birth and the sons male of such child or children of said George Thomas Bell Booth lawfully to be begotten on the body of any wife he may hereafter marry, such marriage however to be by and with the consent and approbation of my said trustees, as here after mentioned. The eldest of such sons and their issue male always to be preferred to the younger. And in case the said George Thomas shall marry with approbation of my trustees or the survivor of them, and not otherwise, I do hereby authorize him and them to provide a competent jointure for such wife chargeable on the lands and should he thereafter have lawful issue more than one, or if only one, a daughter, my will is that the said George Thomas shall have power, and I do hereby invest him with power, to charge and encumber said lands for younger children with any sum reasonable and under the direction of my said trustees or the survivor of them, such sum for younger children or child not to exceed the sum of £1,500. And in case the said George Thomas shall not have issue male lawfully begotten or that having issue male and that he or they shall die and not attain the age of 21 years, then and in case such event or events shall happen, my will is that my said trustees and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall permit and suffer my sons Andrew and Richard jointly, should they both live, or the survivor, and should either die in the lifetime of said George and the issue male of such survivor to have, hold and enjoy the said lands of Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit, subject however first to the said sum of £500 herein and after mentioned, and such jointure for any wife the said George Thomas may marry and provision for the female issue or younger children of said George Thomas, should there be any, as shall on such marriage be agreed upon. And also subject to the head rent payable out of said lands of Kevit.

And it is my will and desire, and I do empower each of my three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, respectively, when in possession of the premises to make leases and grant all or any part of the premises they are respectively entitled to under this my will for any term not exceeding one life or 31 years when in possession not in reversion without fraud or fine, and at the best improved yearly rent that can be had for same from solvent tenants, and so as every such lease contains covenants against waste and that the tenant do execute a counterpart thereof.

I have herein before mentioned the sum of £1,500 as charged on the lands of Corlislea and the sum of £500 as a charge on Drumcarban, Derrylane and Kevit. I do now declare and my will is that said respective sums do stand charged on said lands, respectively, and be payable with interest from my death as aforesaid, and that said sums together with the sum of £2,000 sterling shall be equally divided by my trustees between my two daughters, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth, so that the fortune or portion of each shall be £1,000 with interest payable to each on their respective marriages. I do however declare it is my will that in the meantime they, or either of them, shall only receive the interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum by half-yearly payments on the first of every six months after my decease, and in case either or both of my said daughters should happen to die before marriage, or be married without the consent and approbation of my said trustees, or the survivor of them, or the heirs or assigns of such survivor, and also the consent and approbation of the said Reverend Richard Bell Booth then, and either of those events so happening, the fortune or portion and all arrears of interest thereon of such, or either or both so remaining unmarried, or offending by marriage against the consent and approbation aforesaid, shall go to, and be ratably divided by my said trustees, and go between my said three sons, Andrew, Richard and George Thomas, or the survivors or survivor of them, and share and share alike. And such of my daughters so offending herein shall only have and receive a sum of £50 sterling instead of £1,000 as aforesaid.

Robert Baker is indebted to me by bond and warrant in the sum of £96 or thereabouts together with interest, and the same is secured by a deed between him and James Smyth of Cavan, Esquire, whereby an insurance is to be kept up that on the death of said Robert Baker said debt with his other debts will be paid. I bequeath said debt and all advantage therefrom to Mary, second daughter of said Robert Baker.

I order and direct, and I do hereby will and bequeath, the furniture of and belonging to two of my best chambers be reserved and handed over to my daughters, Letitia and Margaret, and it is my wish they should reside with my son George after closing their education and until their marriage, respectively, on an understanding to make some renumeration.

I do hereby devise and bequeath the remainder of my household furniture at Drumcarban and the farming utensils or implements of husbandry to my son George Thomas Bell Booth.

I do hereby order and direct that my executors shall, with all convenient speed after my decease, ascertain and collect as well, the debts due to me as those due by me. And for that purpose, immediately after my decease, to sell, dispose of or value my goods, chattels and personal property not herein before bequeathed or disposed of and, after payment of my debts, funeral expenses and £5 each to Jane McCabe and James Quin, should they be in my service at my decease, that the residue of such personal property and all other property not herein disposed of, be equally divided, share and share alike, between by beloved, dutiful and much respected children, Mary, wife of Robert Baker, Andrew, Richard, George Thomas, Jane Amelia, wife of John Carmichael, Letitia and Margaret Bell Booth and that same be paid them each, respectively, notwithstanding their coverture.

I do now nominate, constitute and appoint my sons Andrew, Richard and George Thomas Bell Booth executors of this my last will and testament and with the affection of a fond parent, I consign them to act in all things under this my will and more especially in forming any connection by marriage by, with, and under the consent and approbation of my good and faith worthy trustees who are uncles to each of them, respectively.

There is a bond debt due to me by Arthur Moneypenny, Esquire, amounting to £50 with interest. I hereby bequeath this sum to Mr. Moneypenny and I direct my executors to acquit and release the last-mentioned debt.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my name and seal this 27th day of January 1825.                    Signed… Robert B. Booth


The will was signed in the presence of three witnesses, William Carmichael, William Harris and Andrew Carmichael.

A copy transcribed from a copy of the original Will and Testament of Robert Bell Booth, Esquire, was taken by the Reverend Richard Bell Booth and compared in the presence of Andrew Bell Booth of Creevy who found it to be correct, signing his name as Andrew B. Booth, in agreement, on 31 December 1830 at Drumcarban.3
Marriage*8 June 1836She married Edward Molloy Esq. of Lennoxbrook, County Meath on 8 June 1836 in Kilmore Church.4,1
Death*10 June 1837She died on 10 June 1837 on Lennoxbrook, County Meath, at age 32.1,5

Family

Edward Molloy Esq. d. 25 Feb 1867

Citations

  1. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection" (Research results and analysis, letters and photos, in the possession of Shirley Ertz of Nebraska), Andrew Bell (d. 1755) Family Tree obtained from Beverley Mackey. Hereinafter cited as "Hinds Family Research Collection."
  2. [S497] Marguerite Clayton (Michigan), compiler, "Hinds Family Research Collection", Robert Bell Booth (c1758-1830) Family Tree.
  3. [S2113] Ireland Public Record Office, Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin. Microfilm of original records at the Dublin Public Record Office. Testamentary documents include wills and administrations or copies thereof, inventories, litigation, and other papers related to probates. Most of these were collected after the 1922 destruction of virtually all original probate records housed in the Public Record Office, Dublin: Film# 581932, DGS# 8095383, T.12968, images 875-886, 1825 will of Robert Bell Booth of Drumcarban, County Cavan; on 137 microfilm reels, viewed online at www.familysearch.org, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Testamentary Documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin.
  4. [S1621] Irish Newspapers, online at Find My Past, www.findmypast.com, Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent, published on June 16, 1836, marriage of Letitia Bell, third daughter of Robert Bell Booth Esq., late of Drumcarban, County Cavan, deceased, and Edward Malloy Esq. of Lennox Brook, County Meath, on 8 June 1836 at Kilmore Church by the Honorable and Very Reverend Dean of Kilmore. Hereinafter cited as Irish Newspapers.
  5. [S1621] Irish Newspapers, online at www.findmypast.com, Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette, published on June 24, 1837, death at Lennoxbrook, County Meath of Letitia, beloved wife of Edward Molloy Esq. and daughter of the late Robert Bell Booth Esq., Drumcarban, County Cavan.