Stephen ATKINSON was born about 1630. He and his wife Isabel lived at Ballynacor, Seagoe Parish, County Armagh, Ireland. They were members of the Lurgan Monthly Meeting of the Friends [Quaker] Church. Stephen died testate in 1699 at "Ballinacor", Parish Seagoe, County Armagh, Ireland, but the will does not survive.1 His widow Isabel died 5 day, 5 month, 1704 and was buried at Lurgan.2 A 1664 Hearth Money Roll for County Armagh listed Edward Atkinson and Steeven Attkinson at "Bellenecorr".3 Edward of "Ballinacor" died on 22 day, 11 month, 1685,2 his relation to Stephen being unknown. Steven and Isabel had children: 1. Sarah ATKINSON b. 18 day, 12 month, 1656 Ballynacor;4 m. John Robson 29 day, 1 month, 1676;5 2. Abigail ATKINSON b. ca. 1665 Ballynacor;4 m. George BELL 11 day, 8 month 1692;5 3. Lydia ATKINSON5 b. ca. 1668; m. Henry HOLLINGSWORTH 22 day, 6 month, 1688;5 4. Ruth ATKINSON6 b. ca. 1677; m. John HOSKINS 31 day, 8 month, 1698;6 d. between 3 July 1739 and 8 Oct. 1739, Chester Co., PA7
1. Church of Ireland, Diocese of Dromore, Index to wills. 2. Society of Friends, Lurgan, Ireland Monthly Meeting, Register Transcripts, Death section 3. "Hearth Money Rolls 1664, County Armagh, Ireland", Hollingsworth Register, Volume 1, Issue 3 (October 1965), p. 102. 4. Society of Friends, Lurgan, Ireland Monthly Meeting, Register Transcripts, Birth section. 5. Society of Friends, Lurgan, Ireland Monthly Meeting, Register Transcripts, Marriage section The marriage for Lydia does not list her parents. The fact that it was held at the house of John Robson, who married Sarah Atkinson, who was stated as the daughter of Stephen and Isabell would suggest Lydia was also a daughter. Note that Abigail, also stated as a daughter of Stephen was also married at the house of John Robson. 6. Chester MM of Women's Friends 1695-1733, US Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, Ancestry.com. John Hoskins and Ruth Adkison laid their intention for marriage the second time on 31 day, 8 month, 1698. 7. Ruth Hoskins will, Chester Co., PA Will Book 2, p. 43. Note that the will of Ruth Hoskins included a bequest to her "sister Abigail Bell". Abigail had probably been living near or with her sister Lydia Hollingsworth in Maryland. On 25 day 7 month 1732 Abigail Bell, sometime "from native country of Ireland," was received at the Chester Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania, from the Cecil Monthly Meeting, Kent County, Maryland. She may have then lived with her sister Ruth Hoskins.