THE FAMILY TREE OF DAN AND DANNIE (LITTLE) BUCKLEY

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  • ID: I3190
  • Name: Roger TASKER
  • Prefix: Colonel
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BEF 1600
  • Death: BEF 1688 in Ireland, Probably 1
  • Reference Number: LTASK02
  • Note:
    All genealogies reviewed by this writer (Bill Polk, Kansas City, MO.) show Roger Tasker as "Col. Tasker." His first name is not mentioned (apparently unknown at that time). William Harrison Polk in his "Polk Family and Kinsmen," pg. 9, shows that Col. Tasker was a "Chancellor of Ireland and a man much renowned for wealth and honour." "He died after the "Derry Spree." Col. Tasker had just two daughters, the eldest Barbara, married Captain John Keyes, who was an officer under Col. Tasker. "Magdalen, the younger, was married to Colonel Porter. He died some time before the 'Derry Spree.' Then "she ran off with one Polk, who was a companion or friend to Colonel Porter. The Porters were a strong connection in this country at that time. It appears that the Porters threatened Polk, and she having no family to Col. Porter, his family obtained most of the property in the estate of Moneen."

    Quoting from Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, pg. 1350: "Thomas Keyes served in the war in Ireland from 1578, first as Assist. to the "Trenchmaster," Sir Richard Hansard. Hansard was sent back to England to raise a Company, which he took to Ireland in 1601, and was joined by Thomas Keyes and his son, John. Hansard was eventually appointed Gov. of the Liffer, and consolidated his hold on the fords across the Foyle River by building a fort at Lifford. Thomas Keyes, who was then Hansard's Capt., was granted a plot of land ("one sesiagh") in the vicinity on which to build a house. His son John, and Roger Tasker, who were Hansard's Lieuts., were given similar plots to build fortified houses to guard another ford at Ballindrait. Hansard's officers did not participate in the distribution of escheated lands on the "Plantation" of Ulster; but Thomas Keyes and Roger Tasker took up and developed land included in Clonleigh, originally granted to the Bishop of Derry. Thomas Keye's property was Clonfade (afterwards Glenfade) and Roger Tasker's was Cavanacor. Thomas Keyes settled in Derry, where he became Sheriff in 1623, and made over Clonfade to his son, John Keyes, who settled there, and had a son, John Keyes, m. Barbara, dau. and heiress of Roger Tasker, to whom her father assigned Cavanacor, which estate henceforth became their principal residence."

    According to William Harrison Polk, Col. Tasker's seat was "Castle Hill," near the village of Ballindrate, commanding a view of the river Dale. It would appear that the Lieut. Roger Tasker above eventually was promoted to be a colonel and acquired more estates in the same general area as his "Cavanacor." W. H. Polk shows on pg. 6 of "Polk Family and Kinsmen" that Col. Tasker gave his oldest daughter Barbara Keyes, wife of Capt. John Keys, "Castle Hill," (which had been the Colonel's seat), and his youngest daughter received "Moneen," described as "lying in the parish of Lifford, near Strabane, on the river Foyle, consisted of six hundred actes."

    Page 13 of "Polk Family and Kinsmen," shows that Col Tasker, of Donegal County, Ireland, possessed two fine estates lying near the river Foyle, above Londonderry, "Broomfield Castle," and "Moneen Hall." The first was a famous estate, and according to a statement received by William Harrison Polk, "one of the finest old castles in Ireland." So, it is possible that Col. Tasker had several estates or he may have changed the names of them at one point. The various texts clearly show that the eldest daughter was given "Castle Hill," "Broomfield Castle," and "Cavanacor," while the only estate left to the younger daughter was "Morning Hall," or "Moneen Hall, " or "Moneen, " all names used for the estate at one place or another in various genealogies.


    On page 12, of "Polk Family and Kinsmen," is the following:

    "Another letter to the author, dated Broomfield, Sept. 1, 1877, from Tasker Keys, says: 'Hugh McMenamin, postmaster of the Lifford office, gave me a letter from you dated June 11, 1875, asking him for information about "Moneen." My name is Tasker Keys, son of John Crayton Keys, and grandson to Lieutenant Tasker Keys, who was a great grandson of Capt. John Keys, whose wife was daughter to Colonel Tasker and sister to Magdalen, who married Colonel Porter, and next a Mr. Pollock.

    I do not know anything about that family, but would like to know from you. There is none of them in this vicinity. I am the only member of the old stock in this neighborhood now. "Moneen" is an estate which is in the parish of Lifford. It was divided between those whom I have mentioned (Barbara and Magdalen), and I hold part of it yet. All the old dwellings are down. The house Colonel Tasker lived in is near a little village called Ballindrate. The name of his residence was "Castle Hill," commanding a view of the river Dale. From him I hold that renowned name, Tasker. "Moneen" in size is about 600 Cunningham acres.

    I am sorry to say they all lived too fast. For instance, my grandfather, Lieutenant Tasker Keys, was grandmaster of the Orangemen. He mortgaged the property and married secondly, and bound her a jointure that was a heavy yoke on our family. I have eight of a family, four boys and four girls. The two eldest boys intend to visit your country shortly, as I have a great number of friends out there."


    Mary Winder Garrett in her series of articles on the Polks in 1897-1899 in the American Historical Magazine shows Colonel Tasker as being a Chancellor of Ireland whose seat was Bloomfield Castle on the Foyle River, back of Londonderry.
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    NOTE: While one of the individuals (Roger Tasker) shown below could be Roger Tasker, father of Magdalen and Barbara Tasker, he would have to be fairly old at the time these two women were born; some of the names are obviously NOT the correct Roger Tasker, but may be related (speculation).

    Below information downloaded on 3 Sep 1999, from the IGI at the Latter Day Saints website http://www.familysearch.org/Search/searchresults.asp
    You searched for: Roger Tasker [refine search]:

    Results: International Genealogical Index/British Isles (20 matches)

    1. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Christening: 30 Sep 1663 Walton Le Dale, Lancashire, England Father: Henry TASKER Mother:
    Batch number: P005681

    2. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Christening: 4 Feb 1676 Peterborough, St John Baptist,
    Northampton, England; Parents: Father: Robert TASKER
    Mother: Film Number: 2034477

    3. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Christening: 12 Oct 1573 Ormskirk, Lancashire, England
    Parents: Father: Thomas TASKER Mother:
    Batch number: P001171

    4. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Christening: 25 Nov 1733 Billinge, Lancashire, England

    5. Rogeru. TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M 21 Jun 1572 Easthampstead, Berkshire, England

    6. Rogeru. TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 21 Jun 1572 Easthampstead, Berkshire, England

    7. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Christening: 8 Oct 1592 Mottram In Longdendale, Cheshire,
    England

    8. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Birth:ABT 1526 Of London, Sussex, England

    9. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Sep 1604 Manchester, Lancashire, England

    10. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Aug 1604 Manchester, Lancashire, England

    11. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Sep 1604 Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire,
    England

    12. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Birth:ABT 1582 Of Manchester, Lancashire, England

    13. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 15 Nov 1601 Manchester, Lancashire, England

    14. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Aug 1604 Of Manchester, Lancashire, England

    15. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M 15 Nov 1601 Manchester, Cathedral, Lancashire, England

    16. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 15 Nov 1601 Manchester, Cathedral, Lancashire,
    England

    17. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Sep 1604 Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire,
    England

    18. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Sep 1604 Manchester Cathedral, Lancashire,
    England

    19. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Marriage: 16 Sep 1604 Manchester, Lancashire, England

    20. Roger TASKER - International Genealogical Index
    Gender: M Birth: ABT 1526 London, England
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  • Change Date: 26 Mar 2006 at 01:00:00



    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      Children
      1. Has Children Magdalen TASKER b: ABT 1635 in Cavanacor, County Donegal, Ireland (See Notes)

      Sources:
      1. Title: Polk Family and Kinsmen
        Author: William Harrison Polk
        Publication: 1912, by Bradley and Gilbert Inc. of Louisville, KY.
        Page: pg. 9
        Text: states Col. Tasker "died after the 'Derry Spree." The siege of Londonderry occurred in 1688; it is assumed this is the "Derry Spree" referred to in the text.
      2. Title: Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage Baronetage and Knightage
        Author: Founded 1826 by John Burke and Sir Bernard Burke, C. B. (Ulster King of Arms, 1853-1892); 103rd Edition, edited by Pete
        Publication: Burke's Peerage Limited, 1959, 1963; Printed by Waterlaw and Sons Ltd., Waterlaw House, Worship St., London, E. C. 2
        Note:
        Considered to be one of the best sources for information on families of Great Britain

        IRN = Spiral No. 6, pg. 88

        NS50653

        Source Media Type: Book
        Page: "Keyes," pg. 1350
        Note: Founded 1826 by John Burke and Sir Bernard Burke, C. B. (Ulster King of Arms, 1853-1892); 103rd Edition, edited by Peter Townsend, Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage Baronetag e and Knightage, (Burke's Peerage Limited, 1959, 1963; Printed by Waterlaw and Sons Ltd., Waterlaw House, Worship St., London, E. C. 2), "Keyes," pg. 1350, shows "Thomas Keyes and Roger Tasker took u p and developed land included in Clonleigh, originally granted to the Bishop of Derry. Thomas Keye's property was Clonfade (afterwards Glenfade) and Roger Tasker's was Cavanacor. Thomas Keyes settle d in Derry, where he became sheriff in 1623, and made over Clonfade to his son, John Keyes, who settled there, and had a son, John Keyes, m. Barbara, dau. and heiress of Roger Tasker, to whom her fath er assigned Cavanacor, which estate henceforth became their principal residence."
        .
        Text: shows "Thomas Keyes and Roger Tasker took up and developed land included in Clonleigh, originally granted to the Bishop of Derry. Thomas Keye's property was Clonfade (afterwards Glenfade) and Roger Tasker's was Cavanacor. Thomas Keyes settled in Derry, where he bacame sheriff in 1623, and made over Clonfade to his son, John Keyes, who settled there, and had a son, John Keyes, m. Barbara, dau. and heiress of Roger Tasker, to whom her father assigned Cavanacor, which estate henceforth became their principal residence."
      3. Title: The Civil Survey A.D. 1654-1656, Counties of Donegal, Londonderry, and Tyrone, Vol. III, With the Returns of Church Lands
        Author: H. M. Stationary Office, Dublin, with introductory notes by Robert C. Simington of the uit Rent Office, Dublin
        Publication: 1937
        Note:
        NS293913

        Source Media Type: Book
        Page: County of Donegal, Parish of Lifford, folio 21, pg. 39
        Note: H. M. Stationary Office, Dublin, with introductory notes by Robert C. Simington of the uit Rent Office, Dublin, The Civil Survey A.D. 1654-1656, Counties of Donegal, Londonderry, and Tyrone, Vol. III , With the Returns of Church Lands for the Three Counties, (1937), County of Donegal, Parish of Lifford, folio 21, pg. 39. Roger Tasker is shown as the father in law of Jon. Portr (who m. Magdale n Tasker, Roger Tasker's youngest daughter). See footnote under Magdalen Tasker.
        Text: Roger Tasker is shown as the father in law of Jon. Portr (who m. Magdalen Tasker, Roger Tasker's youngest daughter). See footnote under Magdalen Tasker.
      4. Title: The Polks of North Carolina and Tennessee
        Author: Mrs. Frank M. Angellotti
        Publication: Originally published by the New England Historical and Genealogical Soc., 1923-1924; republished for the James K. Polk Me
        Note:
        Excellent, with some errors. Sources of information rarely shown, but it is known that Mrs. Angellotti solicited information from many Polk descendants.

        Considered to be one of the best Polk family genealogies.

        NS299953

        Source Media Type: Book
        Page: pg. 2
        Text: name shown is "Colonel Tasker of Broomfield Castle, near Londonderry, Ireland, a chancellor of Ireland...."

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