Johnson / Bryans Families

Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

James Pillar

Male 1730 - 1806  (76 years)


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  • Name James Pillar 
    Born 16 Sep 1730  Charlemont, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1806  [1
    Person ID I1142  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 18 May 2020 

    Father James Pillar
              b. 1686, Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Aug 1773, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Mary Greer
              b. Abt 1699, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Apr 1771, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married Abt 1726  Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Siblings
    1. James Pillar
              b. 16 Sep 1730, Charlemont, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Sep 1806
     
    Family ID F0407  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Arabella English
              b. Abt 1745, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Apr 1833, Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1766  Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Count of Children 12 
    Children 
     1. Anne Pillar
              b. Abt 1779, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 Aug 1853, 18 Nicholas Street, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     2. Arabella Pillar
              b. Between 1760 and 1807
              d. Bef 1917  (Age ~ 156 years)
     3. James English Pillar
              b. 1788
              d. 1868, Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Elizabeth Pillar
              b. Between 1760 and 1807
              d. Bef 1917  (Age ~ 156 years)
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F0405  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Early Life
      James was born on the 16th of September 1730, most likely in Charlemont, County Tyrone, to James and Mary (nee Greer).

      Life
      James Pillar was a Quaker, like his father before him. He was also a member of the Society of United Irishmen, a radical organisation emerging in 18th century Ireland initially seeking Parliamentary reform but evolving into a revolutionary republican group inspired by the American Revolution and allied with Revolutionary France. It launched the Irish Rebellion of 1798 with the objective of ending British monarchical rule over Ireland and founding a sovereign, independent Irish republic.

      James' membership of this organisation certaintly got him into trouble, as we shall see. The following is extracted from an article in the Dublin Post dated the 29th of April 1797.
      James was arrested on the 24th of December 1796 and charged with High Treason; he was imprisoned in Charlemont Castle and paid 2s 8.5d per day subsistence. He and three other prisoners remained there for eight weeks under confinement. At the end of eight weeks they were permitted to walk in the front of their room for an hour a day, and were allowed to install a piece of wood in the window, which had until that point been open to the elements.

      Notwithstanding their greater liberties at this point, "the utmost strictness was still preserved to keep them from having any correspondence with their friends without. Their loaves were dissected - their butter was cut and pierced - and even a bottle of milk could not escape the research of their vigilant Keepers". Throughout this time they were not apprised of the charges against them, other to be reassured that the charges were not capital, but "as the times were dangerous, Government had thought proper to keep them confined"
      .

      James was eventually released after 15 weeks upon paying a bond of 300 pounds. His bond read:

      James Pillar, of Moy, in the parish of Clonficle [sic], and county of Tyrone, acknowledges himself indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of 200l. Peter PIllar, of Moy, and said county, acknowledges to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of 100l.

      The condition of the above obligation is such, that if the above named James Pillar (now a prisoner in Charlemont Fort) absent himself from the province of Ulster during the war now subsitting between France, and the King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, then the above to be void and of no effect - otherwise to remain in full force and virtue in law excepting said James Pillar is admitted to return and remain in the said province of Ulster, by Brigadier General Knox, or other of the King's Officers that may be duly authorised by Government to do so.

      James Pillar


      Family
      James married Arabella English on the 1st of June 1766. They had twelve children, though not all survived. Many emigrated to America and are the ancestors of a whole raft of cousins alive today. Amongst others, their children included:

      1. Anne, born c. 1779, our 4x great grandmother
      2. Arabella
      3. James English, born 1788
      4. Elizabeth


      Death
      James died on the 26th of September 1806, aged 76.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1730 - Charlemont, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jun 1766 - Moy, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S0212] United Irishmen of Co. Tyrone, The, Brendan McEvoy, (Cumann Seanchais Ard Mhacha/Armagh Diocesan Historical Society), Page 48.

    2. [S0213] Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, Film 1760825; Film 1760878; Film 1903781.

    3. [S0213] Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, Film 537045, Page 25; Film 537533; Film 2034703.