North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Friday, 28 March 2014

Daniel Jennings [1765-1830] of Mill Street, Newry, County Down.

There are two graves in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Graveyard, Chapel Street, Newry. Daniel’s has a slate headstone with a stone surround.
“This monument was erected by Daniel Jennings of Newry 1816, who departed this life 21st June 1830 aged 65, also his beloved wife Bridget who departed this life 27th October 1832 aged 64, may the Lord have mercy on their souls, also pray for the soul of his son Patrick Jennings of Dundalk who died 18th November 1873 aged 74 and his wife Anne Jennings who died 18th May 1897 aged 87.”
 Daniel’s nephew, Andrew, is also buried here. The inscription is on a slate headstone.
        “Erected by Andrew Jennings of Newry in memory of his daughter Mary Catherine who departed this life on 19th August 1864, also Ellen McDonald who departed this life on the 16th February 1866, Andrew Jennings departed this life on the 12th April 1869 aged 76. Requiescant in pace.”
 Daniel Jennings’ will, probated in 1831, was a Prerogative Will. He was a miller and not wealthy but a small amount of property in another diocese probably made his will a Prerogative will.  As Newry straddles the border between Down and Armagh it was easy for property to be in two dioceses.  It would have been probated in the Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of Armagh. The will transcript located in the National Archives provides the names of his children, Patrick, Charles, Bridget and Anne.

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