b. 20 Jan 1658 Bromborough, Cheshire Co., England
christened: 24 Jan 1658
d. before 1718 county Longford, Ireland
his father - Richard
his mother- Dorcas Broster
| Captain John Spann
||b. about 1689 County Cavan, Ireland
|d. about 1769 Dobbs Co., NC
| m. Mary ?
|b. about 1690 Chester Co.,
|b. ? before 1718 (will of
|m. William Lauder
are several Spann families who come to the colonies. There is a strain
from England and this one from Ireland. It is conceivable that they are
related to one another at some point. This particular strain is the
original research of Joe Spann who is in the process of writing a book
on the Spann families. He has completed the first three chapters.
According to his research, Rev. Benjamin Spann was a graduate of
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. This is confirmed in records I
discovered in Ireland. (see 1704) A couple of his sons,
including Capt. John Spann, attended the college. Apparently
John Spann didn't complete his studies which may have cause a split
with his father and perhaps an emigration from Ireland.
1674, May 16 - Benjamin
Span(Spanne) is listed as an alumni of Trinity College in Dublin who
entered the school at age 17. The following statement gives
his birth place as Bromborough, Cheshire and his father being Richard
Span, "a private gentleman" and comes from the
"Alumni Dublinenses" by Burtchaell
and Sadleir, Dublin 1935 in the collection of the Trinity College
Library. It is a register of graduates of Trinity College
from 1593-1862. It was provided to me by Caoimhe
Ní Ghormáin, Assistant
Librarian, Manuscripts Department, Trinity
College Library, Dublin.
(Spanne), Benjamin, a Pensioner (fee-paying student), entered the
college on 16 May 1674, aged 17. Prior to that he was educated by a Mr
Golburne in Cheshire, England. He was born in Bromborough, Cheshire. He
became a scholar in 1675. A scholar was a student awarded special
privileges for high achievement in examinations. He graduated a
Bachelor of Arts in the spring of 1678 and was awarded a Masters degree
in the summer of 1681. Benjamin was the son of Richard, a private
[Burtchaell and Sadleir, Alumni
Benjamin had "the cure of a parish" in County Longford, Ireland.
[Joe Spann, "Captain John Spann (1689-1769)", Rootsweb.com. 15 Jun
According to Joe Benjamin Spann's brother was Jonathan Spann commander
of the British
Navy in the Caribbean. I have thus far not been able to confirm
this. [Joe Spann, "Ancestor of Capt John Spann",
GenForum.com - January 06, 2003]
The following records come from the "Alumni Dublinenses" by Burtchaell
and Sadleir, Dublin 1935 in the collection of the Trinity College
Library. As stated above, this volume lists the students of
Trinity College and gives personal connections to their families.
1704, April 19 - Samuel Span, entered
Trinity College in Dublin at age 14.
Span, Samuel, a Pensioner (ie. a fee-paying student), entered the
college 19 April 1704, aged 14. Also previously educated by a Mr
Griffin in co Longford, Samuel was the son of Benjamin, a cleric, and
was born in Chester, England. He graduated a Bachelor of Arts in
the spring of 1708 and received his Masters degreee in the summer of
1705, May 30 - John Span, a Pensioner, entered the college 30 May 1705,
aged 16. Prior to tht he was educated by a Mr Griffin in co
Longford. John was the son of Benjamin Span, a cleric, and was
born in co Cavan. He does not appear to have proceeded to degree level.
[Burtchaell and Sadleir, Alumni Dublinenses]
interesting that the younger son, Samuel, enters Trinity College almost
year before his older brother, John. They also were born in
different places. That indicates to me that Benjamin must have
his English contacts active or that he had family in
England. Cavan and Longford counties are next to one
another in what is referred to as the Midlands, almost in the dead
center of Ireland.
"Captain John Spann was born 1689 in County
Cavan, Ireland. He was a son of Rev. Benjamin Spann. John came to Mount
Royal, North Carolina from Dublin, Ireland about 1723." [Joe Spann -
Genforum email April 24, 2001]
It is quite feasible that the following
records are for the Benjamin Span our relative. Place proximity
and time period make this much more likely.
1707, Aug. 19 - A will is created for Rebecca Cuppaidge and
witnessed Rev. Benjamin Span, clerk. apparently near or in
Langer, Co., Cavan. The will is filed in Dublin.
Rebecca, Died 5 Jan 1711. created 19 Aug 1707.
Préces, 1/2 p. 17 March 1711.
"Her estates" to Sir Francis Hamilton of Castle
Hamilton, Co. Cavan, Bar., and Dame Anne Hamilton his wife.
Witnesses: Rev. Benjamin Span, clerk. Rev.
Maurice Neliga, Clerk, Alexander Brock, Gortnashamer, Co., Longford,
Memorial witnessed by: Richard Young, Lagher, Co.
Cavan. gent., W. R. Rankin.
Dame Anne Hamilton (seal)
[Registry of Deeds, Abstracts of
Wills, Vol. 1, 1708-1745, p. 24]
1708, July 21 - A registry of Deeds, records
the estate of
Francis, Edgeworthstown, Co., Longford,
Esq. 21 JULY 1708. Narrate, 1/2 p., 17
Wife mary Edgeworth, extx. Son Richd. Edgeworth
(heir). "His own brother." Rev. Benjamin Span guardian of son.
Real and personal estate in Co., of Longford, or
elsewhere, house in Dublin and "all his pretentions in world."
Witnesses: James Darby, John Forester, Dorothy
Memorial witnessed by: John Forester, James
Nugent lives at Carpenterstons, Co. Westmeath.
Richd. Edgeworth (seal)
1713- Rev. Benjamin Spann becomes involved when
group of Quakers who wanted to hold a meeting in Longford. This
document shows that Benjamin was a justice of the peace and priest of
the parish. It also shows the intolerance toward protestant
religious groups in Ireland. I have changed some of the spelling
from the original old English use of "f" for "s" to make it more
[Registry of Deeds, Abstracts of Wills,
Vol. 1, 1708-1745, p. 107]
"Besides other ministring friends from abroad, Benjamin Holme was here
this year, and spent seven months in this visit; Having meetings pretty
frequently among strangers, and being instrumental to the convincement
of several in this journey.
In some part
of his travels he had been accompanied by John Burton, with whom having
parted, he went towards Londonderry, accompanied by Patrick Henderson,
intending to have had a meeting in that city, which the magistrates
would not permit, but dispersed those who came together; whereupon
Benjamin(Holmes) wrote to magistrates, shewing how disagreeable it was
to Christianity thus to treat men who came to call the inhabitants unto
repentance: also he and Patrick wrote to the inhabitants of the city in
general , reminding them of the late calamities they had been under,
and of the their forgetfulness of God's deliverance of them, for which
ingratitude, with other provoking sins, the Lord would bring his
judgements on the, if they did not timely repent.
our said friends had several meetings in that county, and in the county
of Donnegal, among strangers, as also in the provence of
Connaught. Benjamin also travelled into Munster twice, and had
several meetings among strangers, and from thence passed again, through
some parts of Leinster, into Connaught a second time, and had several
meetings with the people in that province: he also visited those few
friends that had lately been convinced near Sligo, having a particular
concern upon his spirit to strengthen and encourage them to a faithful
perserverance in the way of life and peace.
Second month, 1713, Benjamin and three other friends, coming to
Longford, set up their horses at an inn, desiring of the landlord that
they might have a meeting in a room in his house, to which he
consenting, they went to invite the
people, and acquaint Benjamin Spann of it, who was both a
justice of peace and minster of the parish. The friends,
considering him as a magistrate, that it proper to speack to him; accordingly Benjamin Holme, and Benjamine
Parvin, went to him and told him, that they had appointed a meeting
that day there at their inn; but he, in a furious manner, told them
they should have no meeting in that town. B. Holme mildly
told him they did not come to ask his leave, but as he was a
magistrate, to aquaint him with it, and that he might come to it if he
pleased, and pleaded the queen's toleration for liberty of conscence
and so parted for that time. Their landlord hearing of this their
success, being somewhat cowardly, said, he durst not by any means
let a meeting be held in his house; 'For, said he, 'Mr Spann will ruin me.' Whereupon B.
Holme and B. Parvin, went to seek for another place, but meeting with
the said priest in the street, he attacked them asresh upon the same
subject. B. Holme, as before, pleaded the queen's toleration (but
the priest, in a furious manner, denied that either man or woman in
England or Ireland, could grant a toleration), and desired him to do as
he would be done by. The said, 'That is no rule for me;' upon
whihc they came to an argument, in which the priest finding himself
pinched, called for a constable; but no constabele appearing, he laid
hold of B. Holme himself; and, seeing the gaoler near, he commanded him
to take him into custody, and the priest led him by one arm, and the
gaoler by the other, till they put him into the dungeon; and after
using abusive language, the priest also himself laid hold of Benjamin
Parvin, and delivered him to the gaoler, who obeyed his orders, and put
him also into the same place, where the friends sat together in great
peace and sweetness for about fix hours; and then the gaoler took them
into a room above stairs, where several friendly persons came to see
them; and among them one that brought them a discharge from the priest,
upon condition they should promise not to come again, not hold any
meeing in or near Longford. They told him they could make so such
promise, letting him know that not true minister of Christ was his onw
matter, but must answer the requirings of him that had called him into
his work and service; and so they parted, and were locked up that night
in the room, where they lay on the boards in their coats and
boots. Next day a friendly man, a merchant in the town , sent
them a bed, and B. Parvin asked the gaoler, where he had any thing from
the justice but his bare word; he answered, 'No.' B. Parvin told him,
he though he could not lawfully detain them above twenty-four hours
without a mittimus, and that then they would demand their
liberty. The gaoler said he would go and tell Mr. Spann that, and
so he did, and in a short time came again, and said he had a mittimus,
they desired a sight of it, and with some intreaty got it, and found
the tendency of it to be, 'that whereas they came in contempt of the
queen's authority, by force and arms, in hostile manner, to the
terrifying the queen's peaceable subjects, to hold a Quaker's meeting
in the borough of Longford,' When they read it, they
told the gaoler it was false, and demanded of him where their arms
were; and that it was not they that did condemn the queen's
authority, but the priest, who had in the open street, before the crowd
of people that gathered about them, denied that either man or woman in
England or Ireland, could grant a toleration for liberty of conscience.
The gaoler went to the priest and reported to him the conversation they
had had, and when he returned to them, he said the priest wished he had
never seen them, who in the evening of the same day, sent an order
under his hand to the gaoler for their liberty; whereupon the gaoler
told them, they were free from their commitment, but he wantedhis own
and the sheriff's fees. They told him they were innocent
prisoners, and therefore they could pay no fees. He said he would
forgive them his part, but the sheriff said they should pay their fees,
or lie in gaol till they rotted, and commaned the gaoler to turn them
into the dungeon again; which he did not but gave them their liverty
two nights, upon their word to return to the gaol if the sheriff did
not acquit the, which he did at tast without their paying any fees.
When B. Holme was set at liberty from his confinement at Longford, he
went a second time into Ulster, being accompanied by Alexander
Seaton....Our said friend of B. Holme published this year at Dublin, 'A
tender Call and Invitation to all People, to embrace the offers of
God's Love, and to break off from those things that provoke him to
anger, before the day of their visitation pasover.'"
[Wight, Thomas, of Cork. A History of Quakers.... pp. 209- 212]
1718 - A will is filed for Rev. Benjamin Span,
Temple-michael, co. Longford, clk.
to Prerogative Wills of Ireland p. 434]
Although there are other Span/Spann
wills listed in this book, they are
a good deal later and mostly in Dublin.
Turner paper - is a collection of papers, maps and plans about an
estate in County Leitrim, Ireland belonging to William Lauder. It
consisted on lands in Keelogue, Listermagaville, Gorthenury, Drumoula,
Bonymore, Boneybeg which were all in the Parish of Mohill. It
also had lands in Annahassna in the Prish of Kiltoughart.
William Lauder of Bunnybeg was sheriff of County Leitrim and had
married Catherine, daughter of Arthur Auchmuty of Brainstown, Co.
Longford, and died in 1715. William's grandson was also
named William Lauder and had "married Elizabeth Span, the daughter of
Rev. Benjamin Span, of Dublin and Co. Longford, whose will dated 1718,
is included within the collection."
"William Lauder had two sons, William and Samuel Span Lauder who died
in 1844 and 1846 respectively. Williams's eldest son william
Arther died in 1866) became manager of the estate and marreid Elizabeth
Gregg, daughter of Hubert Gregg, who had acted as agent for William
Arthur Lauder. William Arthur had two children, Mary and William
Sydney. The latter inherited the estate in 1866 and lived at
Mount Cambell House. William Sydney Lawder was the last of the
Lawders and he left the estate to his cousin, Richard Garret of Belfast
and Helen's Bay County Down, grandfather of the depositor, Capt.
Richard Turner. "
Apparently after the potato famine the estate fell into a state of
[Turner Papers, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Crown
Burtchaell and Sadleir, Alumni Dublinenses, Dublin
Caoimhe Ní Ghormáin
, Assistant Librarian, Manuscripts
Department, Trinity College Library, Dublin.
Eustace, Beryl. Registry
of Deeds, Abstracts of Wills, Vol. 1, 1708-1745, Irish
Mauscripts Commission, Dublin Stationary Office, 1956.
Index of Prerogative Wills of
Ireland, 1536 - 1810. ancestry.com
Spann, Joe - records as given in emails on
Genforum, various dates. 1999-2005 -
of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parish of Bromborough in the
county of Chester, 1600-1726 - Church of England.
Parish Church of Bromborough (Cheshire)
Turner Papers, Public
Record Office of Northern Ireland, Crown
Copyright 2007. www.proni.gov.uk
Wight, Thomas and John Rutty. A
History of the Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers in
Ireland: from the year 1653 to 1700. printed by W. Phillips,
1811, fourth ed. London
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