I don’t know anything about there being a family disagreement about the inheritance after John Henry’s death, but I would be very interested to read what you have found.You could email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if it is too large to go in a GenForum posting.
You might be interested know that Jane Henry, daughter of John Henry and Margaret Johnston, married Archibald Stewart (1746-6.7.1830).Their son Archibald Stewart (c1786-b13.9.1845) inherited extensive property in County Antrim and County Londonderry from his uncle Alexander Henry (Jane’s brother).
The properties left to Archibald Stewart (c1786-b13.9.1845) by his uncle Alexander Henry (c1761-13.1.1816) consisted of the townlands of Kinflea, Magheraboy, Ballycraigagh, Garryduff and Unshinagh formerly called the two Unshinaghs, in the barony of Kilconway, Co. Antrim, and the lands of Culduff Park in the barony of Upper Dunluce, Co. Antrim and Darnhead and Turnakiblack in the liberties of Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, as well as premises on the east and west sides of Main Street, Ballymoney, and in the Gate and Meeting House Lane, Ballymoney.
Upon the death of Archibald Stewart (c1786-b13.9.1845) his property passed to his brothers Charles and Alexander and his sisters Margaret, Frances, Jane and Elizabeth, who survived him.Charles and Alexander both died prior to February 1847, unmarried without making wills.This left the property in equal shares between the four sisters or their heirs.Margaret married Daniel McKay of Mosside, esq. and died prior to February 1847, leaving Daniel Stuart Henry McKay as her eldest son and heir at law.Frances married Hugh Hall of Liverpool, a sea captain, who was dead by 1847.Jane married William Beattie of Ballymena, a medical doctor, who was dead by 1847.Elizabeth married Rev. Robert Loughhead of Ballymoney. (They were my 3rd great grandparents).
By her will dated 31 May 1845, Elizabeth Loughhead nee Stewart left her share of the property in trust with her friends William Orr and William McIntyre.Orr subsequently declined the trust, leaving McIntyre as sole trustee.He was to pay an annuity of £45 to Elizabeth's four sons, James, Archibald Stuart, Robert and Henry William, and one of £35 to her four daughters, Mary Henry (who subsequently became Mrs. Kennedy), Jane, Elizabeth and Frances Stuart.The eldest son, James, was named as residuary heir, meaning that he was to have whatever profits arose from the properties beyond the annuities.However, his interest was entailed firstly to his heirs, then to his brothers and then to his sisters.
In February 1847 Frances Hall, Jane Beattie, Daniel Stuart Henry McKay and James Loughhead agreed to divide the Alexander Henry properties into four separate shares of approximately equal value and appointed Robert Clark and James Hamell to made the division for them.Then in April 1847 they and William McIntyre made over all the properties to Charles George Stuart of Ballyhivistock as trustee and made the division.Elizabeth Loughhead's share of the properties consisted of the lands of Garryduff and premises in Main Street and Gate, Ballymoney.Then in September 1847, in order to break the tail on the estate, James Loughhead granted Elizabeth Loughhead's share of the properties to William Francis Greene to hold in trust for him free of any entail or limitations created by Elizabeth Loughhead's will.The following month this transfer was enrolled in the Court of Chancery.To cover Elizabeth Loughhead's personal debts and the costs involved in making the partition of the Alexander Henry properties, it became necessary to raise £1200. A deed of November 1847 deals with this.James Loughhead and William Francis Greene mortgaged the properties to Eliza Stuart of Ballyhivistock.James' sisters Mary Henry Kennedy (and her husband), Jane and Elizabeth joined him in the mortgage, making over their annuities to Eliza Stuart's trustee, James Stuart.The fact that their other siblings, Archibald Stuart Robert, Henry William and Frances, were not directly involved suggests that they were all under age.Their trustee, William McIntyre, joined in the mortgage on their behalf.
I am aware that one by one the properties belonging to Elizabeth Loughhead nee Stewart had to be sold in order to meet the annuities, which were inherited by Elizabeth’s grandchildren and then by her great-grandchildren.Eventually there must have been nothing left to sell and the estate was finally wound up some time in the 1940s, if my memory serves me correctly.