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Title: John Lemon, Belfast, to Captain R. H. Davis, Belfast
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
Filelemon, john/29
SenderLemon, John
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBelfast, N.Ireland
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientCaptain R.H. Davis
Recipient Gendermale
RelationshipLemon would like to contribute information about
SourceD 2015/3/2: Presented by C. L. Davis, Esq., 59 Maryville Park, Malone Road, Belfast 9
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9708183
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
LogDocument added by LT, 29:08:97.
Word Count639

Robert H. Davis
Mercantile Marine Office
Board of Trade Belfast. Custom House

19 June /37 [1937?]

Dear Sir

I was interested in your articles on old
Belfast shipping in recent issues of the
"Evening Telegraph". James Lemon,
my Grandfather - had his business in
Corporation Square opposite the Harbour
Office, where were his offices & the sailmaking
floors, he also had a rope works at the
Bridge End near Short Strand. He resided
at "Ardville" near Holywood, his daughters
were Elizabeth & Harriette, hence the names
of his ships. One of his ships is said
to have been one of the first British
ship to go into the Inland Sea, Japan.
My grandmother - Mrs Sally Lemon -
asked one of her husband's captains to
bring home a dozen pots of Chinese
preserved ginger: when the ship
returned he had brought the ginger
& sent it down to "Ardville", but instead
of 12 pots, he brought 12 "cases" of
24 pots each. My grand mother
was a generous giver of ginger
to her friends for a long time, & I
can remember some of those china pots
of ginger here - my grand mother
died here, both are buried inside the
old Priory Church, Holywood.
I did not know there were so many
ships belonging to my G. father [Grandfather?]. There
are some details of them here, & such
things as wind charts of the Pacific.
There was a ship called "Joanna
Boag" that went to foreign parts
but she may have been her under charter
She brought cargo for Wm. McClure
& others.
The following particulars of the
Lemons may interest you.
Wm. Lemon born 1735 died 19 Apl. [April?] 1822
was a superannuated Coast Office (sic) at
Ballyhalbert, married Jean
McKelvey. He is buried in Donaghadee.
James Lemon, of Donaghadee, born 1758
died 18 Nov 1851, aged 93. He was the
agent <& owner> for the Packet Sailing Ships which
went across to Portpatrick. He was
[sene s chall?] of Donaghadee & declared


four sovereigns there. A large
portrait of him is here, painted by
Daniel McKnee, who was a pupil
of Raeburn, the R.A. - & came from
Scotland & painted many of the people
of Co. Down in those days, & was
president of the Art Society here
at the time. There are also smaller
pastel portraits of his father & mother
& of himself & his wife, she was
Elizabeth Lemon, & before marriage
was a Johnston of Ballykilbeg.
James Lemon, had a business - in
crockery, delf & china, & [one?] day
of gentleman (sic) & his servant arrived /
having ridden hard from Dublin, in
the year 1798, & wanted to cross
over at once to Scotland, but a
ship had to be got ready & he had to
wait & stay with Mr. L [Lemon?] until it
was prepared. Before he left
he asked if Mr L [Lemon?] & his wife had
crests & got particulars. sometime
afterwards, my G. [Great?] Grandfather
received a parchment with the
Lemon crest - a lion - & the
Johnston one combined - the flying
spur - It was sent to him by
the Duke of Leinster, at the
time he was leaving Ireland
after the death of his brother
Lord Edward Fitzgerald in
Dublin, as the Duke was
not quite sure of his own position
at the time. We have this
parchment here. The old
wharf at Donaghadee is still
known as Lemon's wharf. I
suppose it is where the packet
ships came in. I don't know exactly
where he lived in Donaghadee.
He & his wife are buried in the
church yard Donaghadee. He
was twice married & had a great
many children, some went to America
Thomas E Kenhead L. [Lemon?], one of them,
was Lloyds' agent in Liverpool. Glad to show
you the pictures any afternoon
yours sincerely
Jno. [John?] Lemon
To Captain R. H. Davis
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