County Down

Some County Down Wills

Charitable Donations and Bequests (Ireland)

Returns from the Diocesan Court of Dromore from 1831 to 1844

Dorcas Carleton,50 to the poor of the parish of Clonallan, County Down
Thomas Kennedy, of Rathfriland, to the Seceding Congregation of Rathfriland
Owen Dignan, of Drumgath, Port town, Rathfriland 3 for saying masses
Archibald Scott, Banbridge, 20 for erecting stairs to the second Presbyterian Meeting house in Banbridge
William Phoenix,10 for building the Methodist Chapel in Banbridge

Henry Weir, Banbridge 20 for painting and otherwise improving testator's place of worship in Banbridge, ,20  to the Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews the committee of said place of worship may think proper,20 for the General assembly home mission society, 20  to the General  Assembly's foreign Missionary Society, 20  to the Society for promoting christianity among Jews
Margaret Templeton, Kilpike, Banbridge, 10 to the home mission, 10  to the Sunday school society for Ireland
Eliza Scott, Banbridge, 20 to the Synod of Ulster's home Mission

Alexander Chambers, late of Banbridge, 5 to the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary society,5  to the Rev. John Johnston, Presbyterian minister of Tullylish,to be devoted by him to the repair and improvement of the meeting house of Tullylish
Thomas O'Reilly,late of Magherary, 30 towards the building of the new chapel in the townland of Ballymaghery
John Andrews,late of Ballyward in the parish of Drumgooland, 5 for the congretation of Drumlee for to aid them in liquidating their debt on the new meeting house.

Robert Mulligan,late of Ballymafoy in the parish of Anaclone, 20 for missionary purposes, to be paid by my executors of my real and personal estate, one year after my decease, to whatever missionary societies or purposes they shall consider it be fit and proper to be given to.
Luke Savage,late of Ballinran, Parish of Kilbroney. 2 to be given towards the repair of Killsavan chapel.

Andrew Smith late of Knockmagorm in the parish of Garvaghy,  100 to the Rev. J. Rutherford or his executors or assigns in trust for the home mission of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church in Ireland, 100  to the Rev. J. Rutherford for in trust for the foreign mission of the Presbyterian church of Ireland, 100 to the Rev. J. Rutherford in trust for the Jewish mission or the society for converting the Jews.

John Carter late of Carrakavaddy in the parish of Donaghmore, I desire my executors to pay the sum of 1 to the Rev. John Keenan and also the sum of 1  to Miss Kearney of Curlingford, both sums I have promised for charitable purposes.

Nicholas Downey,late of Legananny, in the parish of Drumgooland, At the expiration of my wifes days, Susanna Downey, I allow my executors to bury her decently, and then I allow them to call an auction and auction all my land and effects to pay off all those charges, then the remainder to be given for the benefit of our souls, that is to the clergy and the poor as my executors find most needful.

Hester Barnsly,late of Ballinahinch, parish of Magheradroll, Spinster, After bequeathing several sums, testatrix continues her will as follows, namely after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid, I leave what money that remains of mine to the poor of Lisburn, to the disposal of Sarah Barnsly and Mary Anne Barnsly who is appointed the above executors.

Patrick Gilmore, of Dree in the parish of Dromara, At my wifes death I will and bequeath to my sisters son, Edward Croskerry, the three acres which i purchased from Peter Gilmore and John O'Hara,by giving to the very Rev. Dr.Devlin the sum of 3 for charitable purposes.

Ebenezer Martin,late of Balluly parish of Garvaghy, To the Banbridge Bible society, for 50 years 1,to the London missionary society for 50 years 1 , to the home mission of the General assembly of the Presbyterian church in Ireland, for 50 years from testators death.
Patrick Rooney, of Ballyrally, parish of Clonalton, farmer deceased,1. 10 shillings for masses for deceased's soul.