Ben Haughton
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Benjamin Haughton 1781 - 1862

Benjamin Haughton

Benjamin Haughton was born in Ballitore, Co. Kildare in 1781. The first child of Benjamin (1744) and Abigail Boake (1759), he moved to Lurgan, at an early age, to serve an apprenticeship with his uncle, Thomas, who was engaged in the Linen business.

After the death of his uncle, Benjamin decided to move into the separate occupation of the bleaching of linen. He moved from Lurgan to Banford House, Tullylish and remained there for more than fifty years, where the trademark of 'Banford Bleach' had an enjoyable reputation. (Extract from memorandum by Malcolm Haughton 1904)

Benjamin bought Banford House in 1815 from Thomas Nicholson. He later acquired the tenancy of the bleach mill, flour mill and three other mills in Tullylish village in 1836.   He traded under the name of Benjamin Haughton & Co.,

He married first Anne Murphy (b.1781) (daughter of Samuel Murphy and Margaret Malcolmson) on 28 December 1809. They had four children, Samuel b.14 Jan 1811 (Lurgan), Thomas b.25 Apr 1816 (Banford), Margaret Maria b.22 Sep 1818 (Banford) and Joseph Benjamin b. 19 Dec 1823 (Banford). 

Anne died somewhere between 1823-1826 and Benjamin re-married Rachel Malcolmson Fennell (1790-1866) (daughter of James Malcomson and Sarah Morrison) on 4 Oct 1826. Widow of Robert Fennell with whom she had had 5 children (see Banford Family Chart).

Benjamin and Rachel had five children: Benjamin b.19 Jul 1827, Anne b.28 Jan 1829, Malcolm Graeme b.2 Nov 1830, David b.26 Jul 1832 and Rachel Jackson b.25 Oct 1834.

Benjamin was buried at Moyallon Friend's Graveyard - a group of four flat stones includes Benjamin who died 1862 aged 82, Rachel who died 1866 aged 76; Thomas Haughton who died 1888 aged 72 and Mary Haughton (Clarke Fennell) who died 1869 aged 49.

*Burke's Irish family records states 1866 as Benjamin's year of death.

Benjamin & Rachel
Benjamin Haughton Jnr
Anne Haughton
Malcolm Haughton
David Haughton
Rachel Haughton
Thomas Haughton
(Son by first marriage to Ann Murphy)
Henry Haughton (Benjamin's brother)
David Fowler
(Henry Haughton's nephew)
The will of Benjamin Haughton, late of Banford in the county of Down, who died 23 December 1862 at same place, was proved at the Principal Registry, 3 November 1863 at the affirmation of Robert Fennell of Banbridge, in the county of Down aforesaid, linen merchant, one of the executors. Effects under £2,000. Double probate issued from Principal Registry, 5 April 1866, folio 55.

Also of interest is Kathleen Rankin's 'The Linen Houses of the Bann Valley' - see p.118 on Benjamin Haughton and Banford House.