|1780-01-11||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/788, /1164, /1571; Annual Monitor|
|1792/1793||of Darley, Hampsthwaite; at Ackworth||Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879. Ackworth|
|1820||"When her father died she inherited a legacy of £8 a year, to be paid at £4 every 6 months for life, plus her bed she sleeps on, with bed stocks, blankets, sheets, bolsters, curtains and quilt."||Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|1840-06-08||of Darley; d. there||Annual Monitor|
|bur. plot 10, row 3, Darley fbg||Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|1781-09-06||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/788, /1164, /1571|
|1793||went to New York, USA, with his uncle Thomas and aunt Elizabeth||Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|apprenticed to his uncle Thomas in the merchant business, as an importer of dry goods|
|1803-08-07||merchant, of New York|
|1813-08-23||of New York; named in his uncle Joseph's will|
|bought a considerable amount of property in the Darley area and made profitable investments in England, particularly in Railway shares; part of the real property was an estate at Darley purchased from a Mr Wilks, which later became known as Walker House & Walker farm|
|by 1829-06-25||of Darley|
|1835-06-26||yeoman, of Darley; d. The Holme, Swarcliffe Bottom, Yorkshire||PRO RG 6/890, /916|
He died very suddenly on 25 Jun. 1835 while returning home on horseback from Quarterly Meeting at York. He apparently took ill at Swarcliffe Bottom and was seen to be staggering helplessly about by Mr. Wetherill (see letter enclosed with Edwin Walker’s biography). Mr. Wetherill went to Joseph’s assistance and conveyed him to the old house in “The Holme”, where Mr. Wetherill lived. Joseph was past speech and died in the parlor before he could be taken to a Doctor.
|Joseph Walker (1781)|
|1835-07-01||bur. plot 9, row 3, Darley fbg||RG 6/890, /916; Joseph Walker (1781)|
Joseph died intestate, making it necessary for several probate documents such as 'Proxy of Renunciation', 'Obligation' and 'Affirmation' to be executed in the Probate Courts. The estate, valued at £46,800 after duties and other costs, was divided into six equal shares of £7,800 between five brothers and a sister.
|Joseph Walker (1781)|
|1783-07-17||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/789, /1164, /1571|
|1803-06-15||of Darley; d.||PRO RG 6/890, /906|
On fourth day morning she was very poorly and seemed as though she was going and continues sensible until fourth day afternoon about 3 o'clock gradually breathed weaker and weaker and passed away without a groan or struggle. Thy younger brother is named Spence Walker at the request of thy sister, she saying her younger brothers would know their mother's maiden name when she was gone, farewell.
|letter from Robert Walker to Joseph Walker, quoted in Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|1803-06-18||bur. plot 4, row 2, Darley fbg||RG 6/890, /906|
|1785-07-31||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/790, /1164, /1571|
|1820||inherited a legacy from her father of £50 of lawful money||Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|1821-02-15||of Darley; d.||PRO RG 6/1320|
|1821-02-20||bur. plot 6, row 3, Darley fbg||RG 6/1320; Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|1788-03-06||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/791, /1164, /1571|
|1813-05-17||linen manufacturer, of Darley; d.||PRO RG 6/890, /909|
|1813-05-20||bur. plot 3, row 3, Darley fbg|
|1790-03-27||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/791, /1164|
|1794-05-09||of Darley, Hampsthwaite; d.||PRO RG 6/903, /1165|
|1794-05-10||bur. Dacre fbg, Yorkshire (Darley fbg not yet in existence)||RG 6/903, /1165; Robert Walker Family (1755)|
|1791-11-26||b. Darley, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/792, /1164; Annual Monitor|
|1804/1806||of Darley, Hampsthwaite; at Ackworth||Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879. Ackworth|
Darley Preparative Meeting for Women Friends held 11th Mo., 10th, 1816. The Minute respecting the appointment and reappointment of Clerks and Overseers has been read and it appears desirable that Elizabeth Walker should continue in the station of Clerk the ensuing year.
|Elizabeth Walker (1791)|
|1820||inherited £50 from her father, with an additional £100 to be received upon the demise of her mother|
inherited a legacy valued at £7800 from her elder brother, Joseph. This legacy included Crake Lane farm, valued at £1640, located just south of Darley on Crake Lane, along with personal mortgages worth £2600 and Liverpool & Manchester Railway Shares worth £3835. Thus Elizabeth would have been considered a very wealthy woman, for her time. According to an account of her estate at the time of her death Elizabeth rented this property out.
|1841||ind[ependent], of Walker House, Green Lane, Darley, Yorkshire||PRO HO 107/1284/19 f15 p24; Elizabeth Walker (1791)|
|1851||landed proprietor, of Walker House, Green Lane, Menwith with Darley, Yorkshire, living with her nephew Robert||HO 107/2280 f197 p34; Elizabeth Walker (1791)|
|1859||built Porterhouse Cottage||Elizabeth Walker (1791)|
|built several houses in Darley including a house for the schoolmaster and Walker Cottage; also gave a hearse to the village|
|1861||landed proprietor, living alone at Walker House, Green Lane, Darley||RG 9/3194 f43 p24|
|contributed both moral and financial support to the Darley school||Elizabeth Walker (1791)|
|c. 1862||moved to Laurel Bank in Birstwith to be near her youngest brother, Spence|
|1867-03-09||made her will|
|c. 1868-11||went to live with Spence and his wife, Mary, at Birstwith House|
|1869-06-25||of Darley; d. Birstwith, Yorkshire||Annual Monitor; GRO index; National Probate Calendar|
|bur. plot 11, row 3, Darley fbg||Elizabeth Walker (1791)|
. . . by her will, with the exception of £300 to her Executors and £300 to her name-sake niece, Elizabeth (d. of her brother Thomas), she bequeathed her entire estate to all her 26 nephews and nieces to share and share alike. Each legatee received £380 (a total of £9880) after all other charges and expenses were paid from her total estate, valued at £17,586 17s. 4d.
|1869-07-30||will proved at Wakefield by Robert Walker and Joseph Walker, nephews and executors; effects under £12,000||National Probate Calendar|
|1794-02-27||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/629, /1164; Annual Monitor|
|1804/1808||of Darley, Hampsthwaite; at Ackworth||Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879. Ackworth|
|following school, apprenticed to Godfrey Woodhead of Foolstone, near Holmfirth||John Walker Family (1794)|
|1818-10-14||clothier, of Rawden, Guiseley, Yorkshire; m. Mary Thompson (1794–1848, d. of Richard and Hannah (Horsfall) Thompson, of Rawden, Guiseley), at Rawden fmh||PRO RG 6/786, /862; Annual Monitor|
|Children:||Robert (1819–1820), Hannah (1820–1898), Thompson (1822–1885), Elizabeth (1825–1854), Richard (1829–1873), Mary (1833–1836), and Sarah Ann (1836–1845), all b. Rawden||RG 6/637, /638, /793, /794, /889, /890, /895, /896, /911, /917, /1342; Annual Monitor; GRO index|
John Walker kept an account book of his cloth manufacturing business in Rawden, which is presently in the possession of his great-great grandson, Christopher Walker of Bexhill-on-Sea, in East Sussex. The records show that he made cloth, both plain and coloured, from wool of domestic and merino sheep and that he shipped it to India and America by sailing ships. John dealt primarily with Cropper, Benson & Co. and Rathbone, Hodgson & Co. For example, on 24 July 1821 he shipped 2 cases of woolens, died indigo, to Calcutta via the ship Albion per Cropper Benson & Co., at a cost of £187-7-0. James Cropper was a Quaker so it is not surprising that John Walker choose him as his shipping agent. Most ships at that time were registered (insured) with Lloyds' of London. It should be noted that the brig Two Friends, which was registered with Lloyds' in 1775, was the same ship that John's grandfather, Robert Walker (1717–1785) sailed in from America on his return to England in 1775.
|John Walker Family (1794)|
|1835||one of the siblings that inherited £7,800 from their brother, Joseph Walker|
|1841||clothier, living with his family at Henley Cot, Rawden, with a female servant, his sister-in-law, and two nieces||TNA: PRO HO 107/1313/7 f23 p39|
|1846||tithe records for Rawden show that John was required to pay on two occasions, 6s. 8d. Upon refusal to pay the bailiff sequestrated 26 lbs. of candles and 20 lbs. of lump sugar, valued at 11s. 11d. and 12s. 6d. respectively||John Walker Family (1794)|
|1851||retired cloth manr, of Henley Cottage, Rawdon, living with three adult children and a domestic servant||PRO HO 107/2285 f249 p23|
|1861||retired cloth maker, of Henley Cot, Rawdon, living with his daughter and son-in-law, and a general servant||RG 9/3215 f44 p12|
|1863||made his will||John Walker Family (1794)|
|1866-12-02||gentleman, of Henley Cottage, Rawden; d. there||Annual Monitor; GRO index; National Probate Calendar|
|left his entire estate, both real and personal, to be divided equally between his three remaining children; valued at approximately £20,000||John Walker Family (1794)|
|1866-12-29||will proved at Wakefield by Thompson Walker and Richard Walker, sons and executors; effects under £20,000||National Probate Calendar|
|1795-04-06||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/629, /889; Annual Monitor|
During his early years Thomas lived with his parents in a thatched roof cottage located in Darley where he apparently remained at least until his father died in 1820 and most likely for some time after. It is believed that he may have rented property from his elder brother, Joseph, as his brother, Benjamin, had inherited the home estate. However this has not been confirmed.
|Thomas Walker (1795) Family|
|1827-05-16||m. Ann Swale (1805–1874, b. Hartwith, Yorkshire), at Kirby Malzard church, Yorkshire||Annual Monitor; Thomas Walker (1795) Family|
|1827-10||disowned for marrying out||Thomas Walker (1795) Family|
|became a weaver|
|Children:||Robert (1828–1876), Rachel (1830–1911), Thomas (1832–1903), Spence (1834–1903), Mary Ann (1835–1895), Sarah (1837–1898, Charles (1841–1912), Joseph (1843–1925), Maria (1845–1932), Samuel (1848–1904), and Elizabeth (1852–1881), all b. Darley||PRO RG 6/794, /795, /889, /895; Annual Monitor; censuses; Ackworth Old Scholars' Association (1901/1907) Annual Reports 17–26; GRO index; Thomas Walker (1795) Family|
|1828-06-22||farmer, of Darley; not in membership||RG 6/794, /889|
|1830-06-10||RG 6/795, /889|
|1832-04-27||farmer, of Darley|
|1833-07||successfully requested readmission to the Society of Friends||Thomas Walker (1795) Family|
Thomas, undaunted by his disownment continued, with his wife, to attend the Meetings at Darley and he was later re-admitted, together with his wife and children. It is said that he emphatically declared that he was a Friend, that he had never been anything else but a Friend.
|1834-03-15||farmer, of Darley||RG 6/889, /895|
|1835-10-22||yeoman, of Darley|
|1841||farmer, living in Menwith with Darley, Yorkshire, with his family and a female servant||PRO HO 107/1284/19 f24 p23|
made his will:
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Walker of Darley in the Parish of Hampsthwaite in the County of York Yeoman. I appoint my Brothers John Walker, Benjamin Walker and Spence Walker Executors of this my Will, and to the survivor and survivors of them and their Heirs Executors and Administrators of the survivors of them. I direct my said Executors to pay all my just Debts, Funeral and Testamentary Expences out of my personal Estate. I give to my dear Wife, Ann for her own sole and separate use all my Household Furniture, China Plate and Linen. I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Spence Walker, his Heirs Executors, Administrators and Assigns forever all my Messuages, Tenements, Buildings, Lands, grounds and Hereditaments with their and every of their Appurtenances situate at Darley Carr which Estate was purchased by my late Brother Joseph Walker of the Executors of the late Stephen Downs (except the Moor Allotment). I also give and devise to my said Son Spence Walker his Heirs and Assigns that piece or parcel of land called the Calf Garth which I bought of the Executors of the late William Metcalf subject to the payment of the yearly sum of ten Pounds unto my dear wife Ann or her assigns during the term of her natural life, or being married again which shall first happen, by half yearly payments the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Months next after my Decease, also subject to the payment of one Hundred Pounds unto my Daughter, Rachael Walker at her age of twenty five years.
I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Walker his Heirs Executors, Administrators and Assigns all my Messuages, Tenements, Buildings, Lands, Grounds and Hereditaments with their and every of their appurtenances situate in the Township of Menwith with Darley aforesaid, which I bought of the Executors of William Hudson, and also the Moor Allotment formerly the property of Stephen Downs, subject to the payment of the yearly Sum of ten Pounds unto my dear Wife Ann or her assigns during the term of her natural life, or until she be married again, which shall first happen by half yearly payments, the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Months next after my Decease and also charged and chargeable with and subject and liable to the payment of the Sum of four Hundred Pounds unto my Daughter Rachael Walker at her age of twenty five years my son Thomas Walker shall pay interest for the aforesaid sum of four Hundred Pounds after the Rate of four per Cent per Annum until my said Daughter, Rachael attain her age of twenty five years, the property bequeathed to him being subject thereto.
I give, devise and bequeath all my Messuages, Tenements, Buildings leans, grounds and Hereditaments with there and every of their appurtenances situate at Hanging Slade in the Parish of Hampsthwaite aforesaid, the Buildings and Land being in the occupation of Edward Mudd and the plantation ground in my own occupation unto my Sons Charles Walker and Joseph Walker and to his and their Heirs Executors, Administrators and Assigns respectively as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants subject and chargeable with and liable to the payment of the Annuity or yearly Sum of fifteen Pound, unto my dear Wife, Ann, or her Assigns during the term of her natural Life or until her second marriage, which shall first happen by half yearly payments, the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Months next after my decease.
I give devise and bequeath all my Messuage, Tenements Buildings, Lands, Grounds and Hereditaments with their and every of their appurtenances situate at Hanging Slade in the Parish of Hampsthwaite aforesaid the Buildings and land being in the occupation of Edward Mudd and the planting ground in my own occupation unto my sons Charles Walker and Joseph Walker and to his and their Heirs, Executors, Administrators and Assigns respectively as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants subject and chargeable with and liable to the payment of the Annuity or yearly Sum of fifteen Pound unto my dear wife Ann or her Assigns during the term of her natural life or until her second marriage which shall first happen by half yearly payments the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Month next after my decease.
I give devise and bequeath all my Messuage, Tenements, Buildings, Lands, Grounds and Hereditaments with their and every of their appurtenances which my Brother Joseph Walker bought of the Executors of Thomas Petty, situate in the Township of Menwith with Darley aforesaid unto my son Samuel Walker his Heirs and Assigns forever, subject and liable to the payment of the. legacy or term of five Pounds yearly and every year unto my dear Wife, Ann, or her Assigns during the Term of her natural Life, or of her being married again, which may first happen by half yearly payments, the first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Months, next after my decease.
All the rest of my real and personal Estate I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Robert Walker, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators and Assigns for ever subject to and chargeable with the Annuity or yearly Sum of twelve Pounds unto my dear Wife Ann or her Assigns during her natural Life, or until her marriage again which may first happen by half yearly payments. The first payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Months next after my decease and also subject to and charged and chargeable with the payment of the Legacy or Sum of four Hundred and fifty Pounds to each of my three following daughters, namely Mary Ann Walker, Sarah Walker and Maria Walker which I give and bequeath to them respectively , to be paid to them as they respectively attain the age of twenty one years, and I make my said aforesaid property chargeable with the payment of interest after the rate of four per cent per Annum for the said three Legacies until they respectively become due and payable.
I give devise and bequeath all my aforesaid real and personal Estate unto my Executors upon Trust during the minority of my said children that they shall lay out, apply and expend the clean Rents, Issues and profits of my said devised real and personal Estate in the Maintenance, Education support and clothing of my said Children and in putting them out to Trades and Callings at the discretion of my said Trustees, provided that in case any of my sons die under age and without Lawful Issue it is my Will and Mind that the Estate or Estates of such Child or Children so dying shall descend and go to the surviving Sons equally alike if more than one, but if only one then to such only Child. I make the Estate devised to my Son Spence Walker, liable to pay four Pound per Annum for the Interest of one Hundred Pounds charged upon the said Estate until my Daughter Rachael Walker attains her age of twenty five years.
And I do hereby revoke all Wills by me at any time heretofore made and publish this for my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Walker the Testator have hereunto subscribed my Name this twenty fifth Day of January one Thousand eight Hundred and Forty eight.
|will transcript by Bob Walker|
|1851||landed proprietor occupying 120 acres employing 5 labourers, living with his family in Green Lane, Menwith with Darley||HO 107/2280 f197 p34|
Thomas was a very prominent resident of Darley. He became a magistrate of the village, whose advice was sought from all sides. His wagons took the Liberals to Pateley Bridge to vote. Mary Helen Burtt, a granddaughter of Thomas writes in her family history:—
|Thomas Walker (1795) Family|
Thomas was called on by a neighbouring farmer in the night and asked if he could attend a prize beast that was ill. His wife, Ann, suggested that he send the foreman, but Thomas knew his neighbour was not well off and the loss of a valuable animal would be a great loss, so he rose and went, taking his foreman with him. He doctored and advised as to the animal, which recovered, but on his way back he suffered a bad heart attack and died before reaching home. Thomas was buried in Row 2, Plot 2 of the Friends Burial Ground in Darley, located at the Friends Meeting House.
|1851-11-23||"On the 23d ultimo, at Darley, near Pateley-bridge, aged 56, Mr. Thomas Walker, a member of the Society of Friends, and chairman of the board of guardians in the Pateley-bridge Union."||Huddersfield Chronicle, 1851-12-06|
|1799-01-23||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/630|
|1820-09-19||shopkeeper and linen weaver, of Menwith-with-Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire; inherited his father's estate in Darley||Benjamin Walker Family (1799)|
. . . built a large new stone house just a few yards east of what used to be his father's barn and shop. Over the back door on the lintel is carved the date 1826. This house which today is known as 'Field House' was constructed over two old cellars, belonging to the previous house
|1829-07-29||m. Elizabeth Webster (1796–1844, d. of George and Ann (Pickering) Webster, of Storthwaite, Yorkshire), at York fmh||PRO RG 6/629, /881, /786, /857, /1290; Annual Monitor|
|Children:||Joseph (1830–1907), Ann (1831–1859), Hannah (1833–1857), Elizabeth Jane (1835–1864), Benjamin (1837–1891), John (1838–1879), Edwin (1840–1916), and Webster (1843–1843), all b. Darley||RG 6/795, /889, /995; Annual Monitor; GRO index; PRO HO 107/1284/19 f15 p24; HO 107/2280 f197 p35; Old York Scholars' Association (1971) Bootham School Register. London: Oyez Press|
|1830-07-12||grocer, of Darley||RG 6/795, /889|
|1833-06-24||shop-keeper, of Darley||RG 6/889, /995|
|1841||grocer, of Menwith with Darley, Hampsthwaite, living with his family, two female servants, and one male servant||HO 107/1284/19 f15 p24|
|1843-04-21||at the annual meeting of the Wharfedale Agricultural Show, at Otley, Yorkshire, Benjamin Walker of Darley awarded a £3 farmers' premium for his three-year-old bull 'Useful'||Bradford Observer, 1843-04-27|
|1851||grocer and farmer (50 acres employing 3 labr), of Menwith With Darley, widower, living with two daughters, a house servant, and a farm servant||HO 107/2280 f197 p35|
|1851-11-26||made his will:
I Benjamin Walker of Darley near Leeds, Yorkshire, do make this my last Will and Testament. This my Will that my Debts and funeral expenses, be paid by my Executors and give and devise my Estate called Long Lane Farm at Felliscliffe in the parish of Hampsthwaite occupied by Thomas Houseman, equally to my sons Joseph, and John, share and share alike and their heirs and assigns forever, as tenants in common, subject and changeable with the payment of the Annuity of twelve pounds, ten shillings a year, by each of my Sons to each of my three daughters, Ann, Hannah, and Elizabeth Jane, until they respectively attain the age of twenty four years—and as they respectively attain that age, each of my said Sons subject to the payment of one hundred and sixty seven pounds to each of my said three daughters, and also subject to the payments of the annuity of six pounds, five shillings yearly, by each of my Sons to each of my three daughters during their life, and at the death of any of my said three daughters subject to the payment of one hundred and sixty seven pounds equally amongst her children, or the Issue of her Children, and if there are no children or issue of such children, subject to the payment of the said one hundred and sixty seven pounds equally amongst themselves and my other Children or their Issue.
I give and devise my Estate at Long lane aforesaid occupied by Thomas Brown unto my Son Edwin and his heirs and assigns forever, subject to the payment of the annuity of twelve pounds ten shillings a year to each of my three daughters before mentioned, until they respectively attain the age of twenty four years, and as they respectively attain that age subject to the payment of one hundred and sixty seven pounds to each of my said three daughters, or their Issue, and also subject to the payment of six pounds five shillings yearly to each of them, my said three daughters during their life and at the death of any of my said three daughters, subject to the payment of one hundred and sixty seven pounds, equally, amongst her children or the Issue of her children and if there are no children in the Issue of such, subject to the payment of the said one hundred and sixty seven pounds, equally amongst my other children and himself or their Issues.
I give and devise my Estate at Darley and at Dacre in my own occupation to my Son Benjamin and to his heirs and assigns forever, subject and charged with the payment of the Annuity of twelve pounds ten shillings a year to each of my three daughters before mentioned until they respectively attain the age of twenty four years, and as they respectively attain that age, subject to the payment of one hundred and sixty seven pounds to each of my said three daughters on his or their Issue and also subject to the payment of the Annuities of six pounds five shillings yearly to each of my said three daughters during their life and at the death of any of my said three daughters subject to the payment of two hundred and thirty seven pounds equally amongst her children, on the Issue of her children. If there are no children or the Issue of such subject to the payment of the said two hundred and thirty seven pounds equally amongst my other children and himself, his or their Issue.
I give to my son Edwin one thousand pounds payable out of my personal Estate five hundred pounds thereof when he attains to the age of twenty four years, and, the other five hundred pounds when he attains to twenty eight years of age. If any of my four Sons die before he has attained to twenty one years of age leaving no children or issue of children, it is my Will that his part of my Real Estate and also his part of my personal Estate, go equally amongst my other Sons or their Issue, as tenants in common. And it is my Will and mind that if my money charged on my Real Estate or any part thereof is not paid to my daughters or their Issue that they my Daughters or there Issue, shall enter to and receive the Rents and proceeds of the respective Estates, charged with the payment thereof until the said Payments are made, and all expenses incurred by reason of the nonpayment thereof.
And it is my Will and I hereby order and direct that the annuities to my Daughters shall not be subject to their Debts, controls or intermeddling of their Husbands, or any of them. All the Residue of my Real and Personal Estate I give equally amongst my four Sons or their Issues.
And I appoint my Brother Spence Walker of Birstwith, near Leeds, my Nephew Robert Walker of Darley before mentioned and my Son Joseph Walker joint Executors of this my Will, and Guardians of my Children in their minority, and this my Will and mind that the Interest, Rents and proceeds of the parts or shares of any of my children, under twenty one years of age, shall be applied by my Executors for the maintenance, education and bringing up of my said children during their minorities.
Signed by the Hand of: Benjamin Walker
Signed by the Testator Benjamin Walker in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of each other and in the presence of the Testator, this Twenty sixth day of eleventh month (called November) one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
|1855-02-14||of Darley; d.||Benjamin Walker Family (1799)|
|bur. plot 12, row 3, Darley fbg|
|1801-01-08||b. Hampsthwaite, Darley, Yorkshire||TNA PRO RG 6/631, /889; Annual Monitor|
|1814/1815||of Darley, Hampsthwaite; at Ackworth|
|1815||spent a term at Bootham School, York||Samuel Walker Family (1801)|
|1830-03-22||farmer, of Horsforth, Guiseley, Yorkshire; m.1. Mabel Webster (1802–1834, of Halifax, Yorkshire, d. of John and Mary Webster), at Halifax fmh||PRO RG 6/631, 786, /861, /881, /890, /916, /1086, /1290; Leeds Intelligencer, 1830-03-25|
|Children with 1st wife:||John (1831–1834), and Robert (1833–1918), both b. Horsforth, Guiseley||RG 6/795, /889, /895, /1342; Annual Monitor; censuses|
|1831-01-20||farmer, of Horsforth||RG 6/795, /889|
|1833-01-18||RG 6/889, /895, /1342|
|1835||farmer, of Horsforth; inherited £7800 from his brother Joseph||Samuel Walker Family (1801)|
|1836-11-24||yeoman, of Carleton, Pontefract, Yorkshire; m.2. Rachel Dixon (1809–1885, d. of George and Rachel (Coates) Dixon)||RG 6/786, /861; Annual Monitor|
|Children with 2nd wife:||Rachel Hannah (1837–1893), Sarah (1841–1900), John (1842–1910), Thomas (1843–1897), Joseph (1844–1883), Alfred (1845–1884), George (1848–1918), all b. Carleton, near Pontefract||Annual Monitor; censuses; GRO index; Samuel Walker Family (1801)|
|1837||of Horsforth; voted for Lord Morpeth and Sir George Strickland||Samuel Walker Family (1801)|
|1841||ind., of Cliff St Square, Bridlington-Quay, Yorkshire, living with his family and a female servant||PRO HO 107/1213/7 f34 p24|
|1851||gentleman, of Carleton, living with his family and a servant||HO 107/2330 f33 p14|
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me Samuel Walker of Carlton in the Parish of Pontefract in the County of York, Whereby I direct that all my Debts, Funeral and Testamentary expenses shall be paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, by my Executors hereinafter named. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto my Dear Wife, Rachael, the use of ALL my household goods, Plate, Linen, China, Glass, Books and other the Household Effects, which shall be in and about my Dwelling house at the time of my decease, during the term of her natural life provided she continue my widow. AND after her death or ceasing to continue my widow, then I direct that the same shall fall into the residue of my personal Estate hereinafter mentioned.
I ALSO GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto my Dear Wife, the sum of Fifty Pounds to supply her immediate occasions, and which I direct shall be paid to her immediately after my decease and as to for and concerning all the rest, residue and remainder, of my personal Estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever, and of what kind and nature the same may be or consist of, which I shall or may be possessed of at the time of my decease, or over which I have a disposing power. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the same and every part thereof unto my said Dear Wife.
James Edward Robinson of Pontefract aforesaid Manager of the Yorkshire Banking Company, and William Henry Marshall of Leeds, in the said County of York, Stock and Share Broker, their Executors, Administrators and Assigns, UPON TRUST as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to possess, collect, get in and convert into money so much and such parts of the same Residuary Personal Estate, as shall not consist of money or investments for money yielding Income (other than personal securities which I intend shall be called in). AND UPON FURTHER TRUST that the said Trustees or Trustee do and shall place out and invest the monies arising from my said residuary Personal Estate in their, his or her own names or name in or upon any of the Public Funds or on Government Stocks of Great Britain, or upon real securities or upon Preferential Railway Shares or Railway Bonds, in England.
AND I DIRECT AND DECLARE that my Trustees or the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will do and shall stand possessed of as well the Funds, Securities, Preferential Railway Shares and Railway Bonds to be purchased as lastly here before mentioned, and also the stock Funds, Securities and Railway Stock or Shares of which my residuary personal Estate may happen to be composed at my decease, and which shall, from time to time remain unsold and unconverted upon the Trusts and for the intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned.
WHEREAS in and by an Indenture of assignment bearing date the Twenty fourth day of October one thousand, eight hundred and fifty five and made between my son Robert Walker of the one part and myself of the other part. In consideration of my said Robert having thereby assigned over to me a certain Legacy and other interest to which he was entitled as therein mentioned. I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, Executors and Administrators did thereby covenant, promise, and agree to and with the said Robert Walker his Executors, Administrators and assigns, that I should and would in and by my last Will and Testament bequeath and properly secure to him my said son his Executors, Administrators and assigns an annuity or clear yearly sum of Fifty two Pounds to be paid to him by four quarterly payments in each year free and clear of all Legacy Duty and free and clear from all deductions or abatements whatsoever for or in respect of any present or future Taxes or any other matter or thing whatsoever for or in respect of any present or future taxs or any other matter or thing with a proportional sum for any fractional portion of a quarter of a year, which might happen to immediately precede the determination of the said Annuity, the first payment to be made at the expiration of three Calendar months after my decease and the proportional sum immediately on the death of my said son Robert.
NOW in pursuance and fulfillment of that my said covenant I do hereby bequeath unto my said Son Robert the said Annuity or sum of Fifty Two pounds as in the said Covenant is mentioned, and for the purpose of securing to him the due payment thereof I DO HEREBY DIRECT my said Trustees or Trustee to stand in Trust to appropriate and set apart so much of the said Stock, Funds, Securities, Preferential Railway Shares, and Railway Bonds, as shall yield and produce the clear full annual sum of Fifty two pounds free and clear from all Legacy Duty, and also free from all deductions or abatements whatsoever, for or in respect of any present or future Taxes, or any other account whatsoever. And I hereby direct my said Trustees or Trustee, to pay out of the interest and produce thereof, the full amount of the said Annuity of fifty two pounds unto my said son Robert during his life, together with the proportional sum for any portion of a quarter, which may happen to precede the determination of the said Annuity at the times, and according to the strict and true intent and meaning of the said Covenant.
AND after making such appropriation, to meet the said Annuity of my said Son Robert, then I direct my said Trustees or the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will, to appropriate and set apart so much of the said Funds, Stocks, Securities, Preferential Railway Shares or Bonds, as shall yield and produce the clear and full annual sum of Two hundred pounds, UPON TRUST to pay unto or otherwise authorize and empower my said Dear Wife, or her assigns, to receive and take the interest, dividends and annual produce of such appropriated funds, for and during such time and so long as she shall continue my widow.
SUBJECT NEVERTHELESS to the payment of the annual premium upon a certain policy of assurance bearing date the first day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifty two and effected in the Friends Provident Institution Office at Bradford, in the County of York in the name of my said Wife for her life, in the sum of Nine hundred and Ninety nine Pounds, nineteen Shillings, which premium I direct my said Trustees or the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will to deduct from the said Annuity of Two hundred pounds and to pay or cause the same to be paid to the said Insurance Company in order to keep the said Policy on Foot during the life of my said Dear Wife. AND it is my wish and I hereby direct and expressly request my said Dear Wife that she shall assign, will or otherwise, dispose of the said Policy of Assurance together with all the monies and advantages to arise therefrom at her death. To the same uses upon the same trusts and for the same intents and purposes as the residue of my personal estate is left and subject to, under this my Will, or such of them as can be capable of taking effect.
AND I DIRECT that the said Annuity of two hundred Pounds after deducting the amount of the said Annual Premium as aforesaid shall be paid to my Said Dear Wife in equal half yearly portions the first half yearly payment thereof to be made at the expiration of Six Calendar Months next after my decease. AND I DECLARE that my said wife shall be entitled to a proportional part of the same annuity up to and including the day of her ceasing to be my widow or Death, whichever of those events shall first happen. AND as to all the residue of my said personal Estate and the Funds, Stock, Securities, Preferential Railway Shares and Railway Bonds, whereon the same shall, from time to time happen to be invested, and also as to the Funds, Stocks, Securities, Preferential Railway Shares, and Railway Bonds to be appropriated and set apart to answer the said Several Annuities of Fifty two pounds and two hundred pounds as aforesaid when the payment of the annuities shall respectively cease to be payable.
IN TRUST for my seven other children, namely John, Joseph, Alfred, George, Thomas, Rachael Hannah, and Sarah and such other child or children as may be born at my death or in due time after my decease or such of them as shall be living at the time of my decease or in due time afterwards, and who shall have attained or shall afterwards live to attain the age of Twenty one years and the issue of such of my children as shall die in my life time or before they attain the age of twenty one years leaving issue as Tenants in Common such issue of each child so dying nevertheless only taking between and among them and as Tenants in Common the part or share which their his or her respective parent would have taken or been entitled to if he or she had lived to gain a vested interest therein and if there should be but one such child or issue then the whole to that one child or issue subject nevertheless as to the shares of such of my children as shall be Daughters to the trusts hereinafter declared concerning the same.
PROVIDED ALWAYS and I direct and declare that in case any of my last mentioned children shall not have attained the age of Twenty one years at the time of my decease, then it shall be lawful for the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will to apply all or any part of the yearly dividends, interest or annual produce of the presumptive or expectant Share, of each such Children, during his or her minority or until the time of their, his, or her, respective Shares becoming vested in, or towards his or her maintenance or education, or otherwise for his or her benefit, and that so much of any of the Dividends, interest or annual produce arising from the presumptive or expectant Share of each of such children, respectively as shall not be so applied as aforesaid, shall be improved at Interest and accumulated and the accumulation thereof shall be added to the principal of the share whence the same shall have arisen.
PROVIDED ALSO and I further declare that it shall be lawful for the said Trustees or Trustee for the time being at their, his, or her discretion to apply any part of the principal of the vested or presumptive or expected share or respective shares of each or any of my said children, of and in my said Residuary personal Estate in or towards the advancement or preferment in the world or otherwise for the benefit of the Child or Children to whom such share or Respective Shares shall actually or presumptively belong in such manner as the said Trustees or Trustee shall think proper.
AND I DIRECT and declare that the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will shall stand possessed of the Share or respective Shares in my Residuary Personal Estate of such of my children as shall be a Daughter or Daughters upon the Trusts following (that is to say) UPON TRUST to continue to lay out and invest the Share of each such Daughter respectively in the name or names of my said Trustees or Trustee in Government Real or preferential Railway Shares and Railway Bonds and from time to time to pay the Dividends, interest, and annual produce of the same unto or permit the same to be received by such Daughter of mine as aforesaid for her separate use free from the control and debts of any husband with whom she may have intermarried or might afterwards intermarry and so that during and coverture of such Daughter. She shall have no power to alien or anticipate the growing payments of th said Dividends, interest or annual produce or any part thereof.
AND I HEREBY declare that the receipts or receipt alone of any of my said Daughters notwithstanding any such coverture shall be a sufficient and full discharge to the Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will for any sum or sums of money paid by them, or any of them, to any of my said Daughters, AND from and after the decease of such Daughter of mine, as aforesaid, then as to as well the said Trusts, monies, Stocks, Funds, Securities and Railway Shares and Bonds forming the Share of such Daughter of mine so dying as the yearly dividends and as produce thereof thenceforth to arise therefrom, IN TRUST, for all and every the child or children of such respective Daughter of mine so dying who shall attain the age of Twenty one years, if more than one in equal Shares as Tenants in Common for the absolute use and benefit of such child or children respectively, AND if there shall be no child of such Daughter of mine who shall live to acquire a vested interest in such Daughter, share of my Residuary Personal Estate under the trusts hereinbefore contained then I direct that the same shall fall in and become part of my residuary Personal Estate and be subject to the Trusts hereinbefore declared concerning the same, PROVIDED ALWAYS and I hereby declare that it shall be lawful for the said Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will at their, his or her discretion to sell and dispose of any stocks, Funds, Securities or Preferential Railway Shares or Railway Bonds. Whereon any of the said Trust monies shall or may happen to be invested either at the time of my decease or afterwards and to invest the monies to arise from such sale or disposition in any other Stocks, Funds or other Government Securities of Great Britain, or on Real Securities or in Preferential Railway Shares or Railway Bonds in England, and vary and transfer the same as occasion shall require or as shall be thought fit.
PROVIDED ALSO, and I hereby declare that in case the said Trustees or any or either of them should die in my life time or should renounce the Execution of the Trusts hereby created or in case the said Trustees or any Trustees or Trustee to be appointed under the present provision shall die or shall become unwilling or incapable to act in the aforesaid Trusts, then and so often as the same shall happen it shall be lawful for the surviving or continuing Trustees or Trustee or if there be no such Trustee then for the retiring or renouncing Trustee for the time being or if there should be no such last mentioned Trustee, then for the Executors or Administrators of the last deceased Trustee to nominate any fit person or persons to supply the place or places of the Trustee or Trustees respectively so dying renouncing or becoming unwilling or incapable to act as aforesaid AND that immediately after every such appointment the said Trust Estate monies and Effects, Stocks, Funds, Securities and Railway Shares and Bonds shall be conveyed and transferred in such manner that the same may be vested in such new Trustee or Trustees jointly with the surviving or continuing Trustees or Trustee or in such new Trustee or Trustees solely as the case may require. AND such new Trustee or Trustees shall have and be capable of exercising all the powers and authorities whatsoever, here in before contained in the same manner to all intents and purposes as if he or they had been appointed a Trustee or Trustees by my Will.
PROVIDED ALSO that the said Trustees or Trustee for the time being shall be charged and chargeable with such sums only as they respectively shall actually receive by virtue of the Trusts hereby in them reprised notwithstanding their joining in any receipt or receipts, or doing any other act for the sake of conformity, AND that they or any of them shall not be answerable or accountable for involuntary, misfortune lose or damage which may happen in the Execution of the aforesaid trusts or in relation thereto, PROVIDED ALSO, and I hereby further declare that it shall be lawful for the said Trustees or Trustee for the time being, by and out of the money which shall come to their, his, or her hands by virtue of the trusts aforesaid to deduct, retain, and reimburse themselves, himself or herself respectively, and also to allow to each other all Costs, Charges, Damage and expenses, which he, she, they or any of them may sustain, disburse or incur in or about the Execution of the aforesaid trusts or in relation thereto.
AND I HEREBY nominate and appoint my said Dear Wife, the said James Edward Robinson and the said William Henry Marshall , Executrix and Executors in trust of this My Will and Guardians of my children during their respective Minorities. AND I hereby revoke all former Wills by me at anytime heretofore made.
IN WITNESS whereof to the said Samuel Walker have to this my Last Will and Testament contained in this and the preceding Six Sheets of Paper subscribed my Name this Seventh day of September, one thousand, eight hundred and sixty.
Signed by the said Samuel Walker the Testator
William Hutton—Sol. Pontefract.
Wm. Dunbar—Clerk to the said William Hutton.
|1861||fundholder, of Town Street, Carleton, living with his family and a general servant||PRO RG 9/3437 f24 p4|
|1864-08-24||made codicil to his will:
THIS IS A CODICIL to the last Will of me Samuel Walker of Carleton near Pontefract in the County of York, Gentleman, WHEREBY I revoke the appointment of James Edward Robinson of Pontefract aforesaid Bank Manager as Trustee and Executor of my said Will and all devises and bequests therein made to him And in all other respects I confirm my said Will. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereto signed my name this twenty fourth day of August one thousand eight hundred and sixty four.
Signed by the said Samuel Walker the Testator,
Robert Oxley M. D.—Pontefract
This is the Testamentary paper writing or Will referred to in the annexed affirmation.
APt Arundel. Commissioner.
|1866-03-13||of Carleton; d. there||Annual Monitor; National Probate Calendar|
|1866-03-11 [sic]||will and codicil proved at Wakefield by Rachael Walker, widow, and William Henry Marshall, executors; effects under £14,000||National Probate Calendar|
|1803-05-12||b. Darley, Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire||TNA: PRO RG 6/232, /632, /889; Annual Monitor|
|1803-08-07||"Thy younger brother is named Spence Walker at the request of thy sister, she saying her younger brothers would know their mother's maiden name when she has gone, farewell."||Spence Walker Family (1803), citing a letter from his father to his brother Joseph|
|1814/1817||of Darley, Hampsthwaite; at Ackworth|
|1817/1820||lived with his brother Samuel at Lower Head Row, Leeds, Yorkshire||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|1820-03-04||apprenticed to William Sutcliffe, grocer, of Newshop, near Todmorden, Yorkshire, for four years and two months, as a grocer and draper|
|from 1824||prospered in the grocery trade in Leeds for a number of years|
|1826||grocer and tea dealer, of 40 Lowerhead row, Leeds||General and Commercial Directory of the Borough of Leeds|
|1827-11-21||grocer and tea-dealer, of Lowerhead Row, Leeds; m. Mary Sharp (1800–1876, linen draper, of Darley, d. of John and Hannah (Webster) Sharp, of Philadelphia, America), at Halifax fmh, Yorkshire||PRO RG 6/786, /861, /1086; Annual Monitor; Hull Packet, 1827-11-27|
|1828||of 40 Lowerhead row, Leeds||Pigot's Directory|
|1830||grocer, of 40 Lower Head Row, Leeds||Leeds & Clothing District Directory|
|grocer and tea dealer, of 40 Lowerhead row, Leeds||General and Commercial Directory of Leeds|
|1830-03-08||at the Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors, in
THOMAS WATERHOUSE, the younger, of Horsforth, labourer, was opposed by Mr. HALL, on behalf of Mr. Spence Walker, grocer, of Leeds, on the ground of having put him to unnecessary expense by a frivolous and vexatious defence to an action brought against him by Mr. Walker to recover £4 9s. for shop goods, the costs of which action amounted to £82. The record of the trial was not produced, and therefore that ground of opposition could not be maintained.
|Leeds Intelligencer, 1830-03-11|
|1831-05-19||grocer, of Leeds; an outlet for George Waite's Real Japan Liquid and Paste Blacking||Leeds Intelligencer|
|1832||eligible to vote by virtue of his house and land at Moor Allerton; voted for John Marshall, Jun., and Thomas Babington Macaulay||Leeds poll book|
|1833-04-02||at the Court House in Leeds, appointed an Overseer for the township of Chapel-Allerton||Leeds Mercury, 1833-04-06|
|1834||farmer, of Moor Allerton; voted for Mr Baines, the successful Whig candidate||Leeds poll book|
|1835||owner of house and land at Moor-Allerton; voted for Mr Baines and Mr W. Brougham, both unsuccessful||Leeds poll book|
|1835||farmer, of Moortown, Yorkshire; with his wife, went to live at Chapeltown||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|inherited 201 United States Bank Shares and a loan to Leeds & Selby Railway, which together were valued at £7800, from his brother Joseph’s estate|
|1835-09||purchased Darley Mill with his brother Thomas|
|1837||owner of house and land at Chapel Allerton; voted for Mr Baines and Sir William Molesworth; Baines successful||Leeds poll book|
|1838-05-19||had subscribed 10s. to the Leeds Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society||Leeds Times|
|1840||of Chappel Allerton; qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill||electoral register|
|1841||ind., of Chapelallerton, Leeds, living with his wife and a female servant||PRO HO 107/1332/13 f34 p23|
|owner of house and land at Chapel Allerton; voted for Joseph Hume and William Aldam, Jun.; the latter successful||Leeds poll book|
|of Darley; also voted for Viscounts Milton and Morpeth||West Riding poll book|
|1842/1858||of Hirst Grove, Birstwith, Hampsthwaite||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|1843/1857||of Hirst grove, Birstwith; qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill||electoral registers|
|1846||purchased a house and property, which later became known as 'Birstwith House', from Joseph Spence, for £3700; made a payment of £700 on 3 April 1846 and paid the remainder in August of the same year; Joseph Spence rented the property back from Spence, from May, 1846 till 1850 when he (Joseph) died||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|1848||of Birstwith; voted for Sir Culling Eardley Eardley||West Riding poll book|
|1851||landed proprietor and shareholder, living in Hirst Grove, Birstwith, with his wife and a servant||HO 107/2282 f192 p2|
|1856-01-31||had subscribed 2s. 6d. for the New Mechanics' Institute, North Shields||North & South Shields Gazette and Northumberland and Durham Advertiser|
|1857||of Birstwith||Post Office Directory, West Riding|
|1858-05-01||sold Hirst Grove to a Mr Cooper||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|1858/1859||of Hirst grove, qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill; also of Howard street, North Shields, post North Shields, qualified to vote by his copyhold land and buildings near Darley mill, occupied by James Layfield, as tenant||electoral registers|
|1858/1861||of New Bridge, Birstwith||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|1860/1861||of Birstwith, qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill; also of Howard street, North Shields, post North Shields, qualified to vote by his copyhold land and buildings near Darley mill, occupied by James Layfield, as tenant||electoral registers|
|1861||landed proprietor, of New Bridge, living with his wife and a general servant||RG 9/3194 f61 p20|
|1862/1866||of Birstwith; qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill||electoral registers|
|1868||of New Bridge, Birstwith; occupier of rateable value of £12 and under £50 rental; voted for Isaac Holden, who came fourth out of four candidates||West Riding poll book|
|of Birstwith, near Ripley; didn't vote in the West Riding election in November||West Riding poll book|
|1869/1871||of Birstwith; qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill||electoral registers|
|1870-07-19||of Birstwith House, Birstwith; d. there; "a much respected member of the Society of Friends"||Annual Monitor; National Probate Calendar; York Herald, 1870-07-30; Knaresborough Post, 1870-07-23|
In our obituary this week, we regret having to announce the decease of Spence Walker, Esq., which event took place at his residence, Birstwith House, on Tuesday last, the 19th inst., about 8.30 p.m. The deceased gentleman who was in his 68th year, was well-known, and also highly respected, by all who knew him. His true urbanity of manner was innate and not assumed; and all who came in contact with him felt the influence of his character, whilst those who enjoyed his friendship most, will feel the more keenly the separation. Possessing what to him was a sufficiency of income, his liberality may be said to have kept pace therewith. Though warmly attached to the Society of Friends, (of which he was a consistent member and overseer), he was no sectarian, but acting on the broad basis of Christian unity, every good work ought [sic] that had for its object the amelioration of the suffering of our common humanity, was sure to find in him a warm supporter. For some length of time past his health had been failing, but hopes were entertained that on the return of fine weather he would rally. Such hopes were, however, fallacious; and on Tuesday morning, the 12th inst., for the first time, he was entirely confined to his room. Only a week elapsed after this ere the grim messenger brought the final summons. Death came not, however, to him as an unwelcome guest. His remains will be interred in the burial ground attached to the Friends' Meeting-house at Darley, today (Saturday), about noon. Most emphatically do we say, "Requiescat in pace."
|Knaresborough Post, 1870-07-23|
|1870-08-23||bur. plot 2, row 7, Darley fbg||Spence Walker Family (1803)|
|1870-09-13||will proved at Wakefield by his widow and his nephews Robert and Joseph Walker; effects under £14,000||National Probate Calendar|
|1871||of New bridge, Birstwith; occupier as owner at New bridge of rateable value of £12 and under £50 rental||electoral register|
|1872||of Birstwith; qualified to vote by his freehold land and buildings at Darley mill||electoral register|
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