Saturday, October 13, 2012

My latest DALES adventures in research...

In December, I should have a copy of the Horton in Ribblesdale parish registers on Microfilm from the North Riding Record Office. A friend of mine will bring it back with him from England.

I am actually really excited for these records as it will allow me to work on the PROCTER and other connected families. I believe that the Procters will ultimately turn out to be a very fascinating family when I piece all of them together within the parish.

I am considering purchasing the marriage index for Procters (and related surnames) from Horton in Ribblesdale. It will be about 16 US Dollars but could be well worth it. It could help me provide a framework for those families as I piece them together.

Right now I'm in the mid 1600's with the Procter family but I need to find the baptism entries for a few of the members of my line. I have been very lucky to find probates.

This is a website of court records:

I have found a dozen connections with the Procters of Horton in Ribblesdale. Even a few which I believe fit into my line. I am very excited about looking into them. :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Carr Ebay Auction

Does anyone know about this?

Evidently 11 years ago there was an Ebay Auction about this family collection. Does anyone know where it is? I believe that this William Carr of Settle is my ancestor and I'd love to see the probates and other documents.

Mentioned here:

Offered is a large archive of documents and letters, mostly from
villages in Yorkshire and most connected with the Carr Family, a
father and son who were surgeons. Most of the documents date in the
first half of the 19th century, with 1606 being the earliest and
about 1885 the latest. Other families mentioned include: Barber,
Blackburn, Burnley, Ingham, Whitaker, Smith, Ellis, Nussey, Rhodes,
Charlesworth, Abbatson. A good number of the items are related to
the education of boys and their relationship with their parents. The
letters contain well written personal accounts. Suitability of a
bride is discussed in an 1761 letter. The collection includes
personal and business letters, legal documents, indentures, and lots
more. Two large 13X16 inch sheets detailing Carr family genealogy
from the 15th century to the later 19 century are included. Here’s a
list of the items: 1)Handwritten indenture dated 1606 between Thomas
and Charles Abbatson of Yorshire. 2) 1712 Indenture between John
Carr of Giggleswick and his father Thomas Carr. 3) 1797 Will of
Ann Ellis of Dewsbury. 4) Marriage Settlement dated 1801 between
Margaret Welch, widow of Wiltshire, and Joshua Ingham of Mirfield.
5). Indenture dated 1808 between Shechaniah Rhodes and Martin
Charlesworth both of Little Gomersal, Yorkshire. Details a land
dispute over Low Croft and Wright’s Croft. Other names mention are
Richard Ramsden, Isaac Brown, and William Carr. It is signed by
Shechaniah, Rhodes. 6) A six page partnership agreement dated 1806
between William Carr, elder, and William Carr younger, both Surgeons
of Little Gomersal. A large attractive document. 7) An apprentice
indenture date 1815 for Hannah Barbar to be apprenticed to William
Carr, Surgeon of Gomersal. 8) Two handwritten agreements dated 1818
between William Carr of Little Gomersal and his son William Carr
Surgeon. 9) A handwriteen 12 page office copy date 1818 of the will
of Joshua Ingham with official stamps on each page. Surnames include
Schofield, Hirst, Marriott, Priestly, Jackson, Hepworth, Haigh,
Barker, Ledger, Homes, Fleetwood, and Linley. 10) A detailed
indenture dated 1821between Sarah Nussey of Gomersal, John Nussey of
White Lea and William Carr of Gomersal. It deals with various land
rights including rights to various coal seams. Other surnames
mentioned are Barker, Rhodes, and Naylor. 11) An apprentice
indenture of William Burnley of Dewbury son of Samuel Burnley, to
William Carr, Surgeon of Little Gomersal, 12) A small 32 page ledger
dated 1834 of William Carr, Surgeon listing individual by town with
amounts owed. Many names struck through went debt was settled. Also,
a business card of William Carr. 13) An attractive 3 page
handwritten document dated 1845 between George and James Blackburn,
Clothiers of Little Gomersal, which deals with purchase of rights to
recover coal from various lands. 14) A 3 page handwritten agreement
dated 1856 between William Carr, elder and William Carr, younger,
both Surgeons. Signed by both. 15) Inghams Estate Act dated 1856. A
50 page act of Parliament dealing with the estate of Joshua Ingham
of Yorkshire. Detailed document which begins with the will of
Benjamin Ingham ( died 1810), and contains detailed descriptions of
the distribution of his estate amongst his children and their
subsequent fate. As an appendix it has a 10 page list of tenants of
the lands of the Ingham family located in Kirkheaton, Mirfield,
Thornhill, and Almondry, Yorkshire. Tenant lists listed include:
Knowles, Green, Pickles, Brooke, Kilburn, Illingworth, Armitage,
Fearnly, Crawshaw, Rollinson, and many others. 16) Solicitor’s copy
dated 1863 of the will of William Carr of Gomersal. A Large and
attractive 7 page document being the last will and testament of
William Carr. 17) A large ornate certificate dated 1863 marking
William Carr’s entry into the Royal College of Surgeons. 18) Letters
of Administration dated 1866 for Hannah Whitaker wife of John
Whitaker of Morley. Very attractive document on waxed paper, with a
large ( approx 4 inch) drop down seal of Wakefied registry. 20) 19th
century handwritten copies of several wills bound in a small
booklet. Includes William Carr of Settle, 1777 which is headed
this is my father’s will.” Second, this a copy of the will of
William Carr, elder, Surgeon of Little Gomersal dated 1821. Loose in
the booklet is a handwritten copy of the will of Thomas Carr of
Yorkshire, dated 1824. 21) A wonderful collection of 110 letters
written by William Carr to his parents while he was studying at
Oxford. Most dated 1847-50. 22) Approx 70 further letters written to
or by members of the Carr family of Gomeral. Three of the letters
are 18th century, the earliest being 1761, with the bulk being from
the first half of the 19th century. Aprox 10 of the letters still
have the wax seals. Approx 20 are folded stampless. Four had #3
Penny Reds and one #33 plate 85. Most are local posts. Also,
includes bills for school, progress reports to parents, and more.
23) Other stuff includes a beautiful letter head that details
funeral expenses( I think William Carr’s mother in 1828), a receipt
for schooling dated 1797, and large architectural drawing, and more.
Even the detailed lawyer’s bills for preparing some of the documents

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Another Morphet line...

Although not directly connected with Giggleswick, I have found ANOTHER tie with the Morphets which solves a huge mystery.

For those who are not aware, the cemetery inscriptions for Giggleswick and the neighboring parish of Horton in Ribblesdale are filmed and typed by the Lancashire Family HIstory and Heraldry Society: Ribble Valley Branch.

My Morphet ancestors go back into Arncliffe, a neighboring parish. However, they lived in Horton in Ribblesdale and Giggleswick for years. Some cousins still live there!

While going through those of Horton in Ribblesdale...

No. 26
In memory of Richard Morphet late of Foredale who departed this life October 8th 1828 aged 89 years also of Martha Morphet his wife who departed this life August 28th 1817 aged 79 years, Mary Morphet daughter fo William and Mary Morphet of Hornby and granddaughter of the above Richard and Martha Morphet died April 5th 1836 ages 22 years also of John Morphet of Foredale son of the aforesaid Richard and Martha Morphet who died April 22nd 1860 aged 90 years also of William Morphet of Hornby their son who died December 2nd 1857 ages 84 years also of Mary wife of William Morphet of Hornby who died September 18th 1862 aged 86 years.

This is Richard Morphet, my 7th great uncle.

His son William moved to Hornby, Lancashire. Its like 15 miles away or something like that... but he returned to Horton to be buried.

Why is this significant?

Well, when searching through the census in Hornby, I found William... In 1851, he was living with his granddaughter Mary Morphet who was born in Hornby.

I looked up Mary's christening and she was the daughter of Henry and Grace Morphet.

Who are these people? No one significant... EXCEPT for a line of Morphets which NO ONE HAS RESEARCHED BEFORE!

And I don't know if people realized that Henry is the son of William Morphet... nor that William's family is from up in Yorkshire.

Sure, you could find the 1851 census which says William is from there. However, there are no entries for this family in the IGI... So most lazy genealogists wouldn't know how to locate the family.

William and his wife Mary (Baynes) married in 1802 and had a number of children. I'm still finding them. I've now tracked Henry's descendants to the late 1800's on one line...

So William Morphet of Horton in Ribblesdale and Hornby has been located!

If anyone is a descendant of this line, Email me! I'd like to know more details. I also have William's ancestry back to the 1600's... For reals.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

More Morphets...

Recently, I began working on a project again regarding an illegitimate Morphet's descendants in Giggleswick.

John Morphet was born in Horton in Ribblesdale in 1802, the son of Ann Morphet. Through a lot of work, I was able to determine which of the four living Ann Morphets at the time was his mother. (All were first cousins born within a few years of each other.)

His mother was the daughter of Edmund Morphet and Elizabeth Wilson.

He married Mary Bentley in 1823 in Horton in Ribblesdale and at this point, I have found eleven children for him...

Yesterday I pieced together his son Joseph's family:

Joseph was christened on the 26th of November 1826 in Clapham, Yorkshire, England the son of John Morphet and Mary Bentley. He married Jane Knowles on the 23 September 1848 in Giggleswick, the daughter of John Knowles and Jane Guyer, who was christened in Giggleswick on 18 December 1825.

They had three children:

John Morphet, c. 25 December 1848 in Giggleswick who married Alice Cockshott on the 24th of April 1869 in Giggleswick.

Mary Jane Morphet, c. 9 Jun 1851 in Giggleswick who married Patrick Cox about June 1876 in the Settle Registration District.

William Morphet, c. 13 August 1865 in Giggleswick who married about March 1896 to Caroline Farrow.

Joseph's brother Bartholomew is also a family I have worked on... He was christened on the 4th of June 1825 in Clapham and moved up to Cumberland and Westmorland... where he married Elizabeth Furness and had four known children, but possibly more. He always stayed in Cumberland. To an inexperienced researcher, they might not realize that he is in fact the same Bartholomew as the one in Clapham.

Also, I have been locating several illegitimate Morphets in Giggleswick post 1849... I think I'm up to a total of 6. I am not always sure WHO the mothers are, but I have figured out who two of the mothers were for a total of three children. Two of them were sisters of Bartholomew and Joseph.

I will post more information about them as I learn more!

If anyone is interested in more information on these people or knows something additional to add, please let me know!

Also, if anyone is looking for help in tracing their Giggleswick ancestry, please contact me. For quick questions, I can always answer them... for more in-depth research, my rates will be discounted for any Giggleswickian.


Monday, March 31, 2008

Langcliffe Church Records

I am trying to locate the original Parish registers for the Langcliffe Chapelry. They are not located in Northallerton, as they are supposed to be... I have an address and phone number for the church. I planned on contacting them to see if I could find the records through them.

Before I do that, is there someone who knows of their location?

I'm very much interesting in indexing these records IF I can get digital images (or photocopies) ... If anyone is familiar with this church or knows the location of these documents, PLEASE let me know.

If the church is interested in getting me copies, I will gladly make a searchable database for them. Free of charge.

My family lived in Langcliffe and I know those records would be invaluable to me.

BTW, I know that 17 years of the Bishop's Transcripts for this church exist. I am looking for more than just those 17 years!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Morphets, Hudsons, Bullers and more...

As it has been over a year since I have posted genealogical data on Rootsweb, I have decided for now to upload my information (including sources) onto World Connect.

Although I don't have a direct link into my WorldConnect page, you should be able to locate it by searching for Matthew Morphet at the below link.

Feel free to browse my listings. The names are heavily involved in Giggleswick and local families in surrounding parishes for many of the lines.

If you would like to know more about them, I could easily have additional things which I have not posted. I have to-do lists always several pages long and I am always behind with my lists of Ancestors I need to add to my database but don't have the time.

If you connect to me, please contact me... I would love to share information. As you may have noticed, I have not allowed for Gedcom downloading of my research. If you want a gedcom, please contact me directly and I would be happy to send you one... preferably if you also have information to share.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

CARRS breakthrough!

For those who do not know, Giggleswick is a Dade parish. For the period of the 1780's-1812, the Parish registers include grandfathers' names and residences for each child christened in the Parish. Ages are usually provided at death, and many times occupations and parentage.

The Carr surname is extremely common in the Giggleswick area, extending back into the 1500's.

I knew my ancestor James Carr was born abt. 1811 in Giggleswick. I had found his christening ages ago but due to a computer crash, I lost it. I located it again... this is what it said:

April 7th 1811.
Jas. son of Thos. Carr of Settle son of Wm. Carr by Agnes his wife daughter of Richd Curran of Bolton

He had six other siblings born in the parish: Richard, John, Robert, Chrissy, Elisabeth and Anthony. His parents, Thomas Carr and Agnes Curran were married 16 June 1791 in Giggleswick.

Previous christenings for his siblings gave his grandfather Richard Curran's name as both William and Richard and his place of residence ranged from Bolton to Bolton by Sands to Bolton Le Sands. I checked online Parish Registers for Bolton Le Sands (about 20 Miles from Giggleswick along the coast in northern Lancashire) and located Agnes Curran's christening. Her parents were Richard Curran and Jane Borrow.

Thomas and William are pretty common names for the Carr family, especially Thomas. I was a little dismayed his name wasn't Oliver or Theodore as that would have been much easier to trace.

However, after checking other registers I located two men who also had a father named William Carr in Settle during their childrens' christenings.

Anthony Carr who married 15 June 1774 in Giggleswick to Elizabeth Marsden, daughter of George Marsden. And also Richard Carr who married Allison Houghton in June 1789.

Rather than look just for a Thomas who is the son of William, I now had two brothers to search for. I believe, actually that Thomas and Richard must be the younger siblings in the family as they were married many years after Anthony.

I have been going through the Dade parishes to see any other children of William Carr from Settle but I have yet to discover any.

If anyone is familiar with the Carr genealogy of Giggleswick-Settle, please contact me!