Ann, I am delighted to be able to contribute to your study of your ancestor James Acheson.The following information is a summary of the data on Achesons I gathered during my research of the Cuttle, Purdue and Ekins families in the area about Cavetown, County Roscommon.
Griffiths Valuation of Tenements 1847-1865.
The index of surnames of householders in the Griffiths Valuation and Tithe Applotment Books indicates that Achesons occupied property in County Roscommon, as follows:
1858, Barony of Boyle; Parish of Ardcarn, 2 properties; Boyle, 1; Estersnow, 2; Killukin, 2; Killumod, 3.1857, Barony of Frenchpark; Parish of Creeve, 1 property.1857, Barony of Roscommon; Parish of Aughrim, 2 properties; Creeve, 3; Elphin, 1.
(Note: I have the details of the Achesons who occupied these properties, together with their lessor’s names, description of the tenements in terms of area and land use, and the rateable annual valuations.If you wish, I could send these details as an attachment to an email sent direct to you.
Land Owners of Ireland, 1876
The list of “Land Owners of Ireland, 1876” contains the following entries for Acheson in the section of the book for Province of Connaught, Roscommon County.
Acheson, James, Cavetown, Boyle, Area 176 acres 1 rood 10 perches, Value £106/05s.
Acheson, William, Cavetown, Crohan, Area 158 acres 3 roods 16 perches, Value £97/0s.
Acheson, Rev. John, Elphin, Area 28 acres 3 roods 30 perches, Value £39/15s.
Gravestones, Parish Church, Eastersnow
During a 1998 visit to the Parish Church at Eastersnow the following inscriptions were transcribed from gravestones in the Acheson family “plot” in the northeast corner of the churchyard.
Name, From, Age, Died
George Acheson, Cavetown, , 01/02/1849
James Acheson, Cavetown, , 31/08/1877
and wife Mary, , 65, 01/05/1854
(Note: James Acheson’s name is very large)
William Acheson (and others), ,66, 20/04/1879
Robert Acheson, , 39, 1870
and son James William, , 9, 1890
(Note: these dates do not seem to be correct)
James Acheson, , , Nov 1912
and wife Martha, , , Feb 1934
and sons Jack, , , Nov 1955 and Berry , , , March 1959
Henry Berryhill Acheson, Lugnashammer, 49, 22/08/1909
and wife Mary, Lugnashammer-Belfast, 69, 19/12/1929
their son Henry Berry Hill Acheson, Lugnashammer-Wicklow, 32, 11/12/1914
and wife Ellen Jane, , 76, 11/01/1964
(Note:My great-great grandmother, Ann Ekins, gave Lugnashammer as her address prior to her marriage to John Cuttle at Eastersnow in 1852.This may have been her connection with the Acheson family, as indicated by James Acheson being a witness at the wedding)
James William Acheson O.B.E., Lugnashammer-Belfast, 75, 28/12/1984
wife Christine Teresa, , 34, 30/03/1944
also Martha Mary Acheson, , 77, 25/01/1988
I note your interesting comments concerning the possible link between Thomas McLelland and your family, but regret to say I have no further information on him.