The Burton family of Dent
Isabel Burton was born on the 18th September 1710 at Scalegillfoot in Dent, Yorkshire.1
She married [K4] Joseph Binns on the 1st March 1737/8, at Leeyeat, Dent. At that time she lived at Warescale in Dent. Their children were: John (17391812), [K3] David (1740/11809), Daniel (17441830), and Margaret (17471818); all born at Cononley Woodside.2
In 1740/1 she lived at Cononley Woodside, as she still did in 1769, though by March 1770 she was apparently of Askwith.3
Between 1757 and 1770, with her husband, she visited Westmorland, Lancashire, several parts of Yorkshire, and also Ireland. In 1769 she received £23 under the terms of her father's will.4
She was a plainly spoken, honest woman of tender spirit and was a minister of the Society for about 18 years. She visited Friends in Ireland and in several counties of England.5
She died on the 25th April 1773, and was buried in Skipton fbg, Yorkshire.6
Isabel Burton was the eldest child of [K22] John and [K26] Ann Burton.7
1 TNA: RG 6/1547
2 RG 6/1235, /1279
3 DQB; RG 6/1616AW. Pearson Thistlethwaite (1979) Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting, (16651966)
4 Information from Alf Rogers; email from Margaret Page, citing the will, taken from the Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, A-G surnames, 1761-1170, FHL film \99045
6 RG 6/1091, /1279
7 RG 6/1246, /1547
John Burton was born at Dent, Yorkshire, and baptised there on the 15th December 1681.1
John Burton2 married [K26] Ann Thistlethwaite on the 1st November 1709, at Loaning in Dent; at that date he was described as of Scalegillfoot. Their children were: [K21] Isabel (17101773), William (17121789), Margaret (17141743), Richard (17161808), Anne (1719/201743), and John (17221753); all were born at Scalegill foot, Dent.3
After he had come "to witness a degree of Experience, and to see the Necessity of Regeneration" he became a minister, about 1709. In 1718 he was one of three people who supervised the addition of a new stable to Lee Yet meeting house. He travelled in the ministry in England and visited Ireland in 1712 and 1721, and in 1734 visited America. In the latter year he was described as "an unlearned man, but endued with a large and powerful gift in the ministry." After this he visited Durham, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Cumberland and Northumberland, and several times travelled into the South of England and to London; one such occasion, in 1752, was with his sister's son, John Alderson. When he was at home he was very diligent in attending meetings for worship and discipline, and gave good service at funerals and other public occasions. He was very serviceable in Monthly Meeting.4
He made his will (signing his name) on the 3rd December 1764:5
THE WILL OF John Burton of Warescale in Dent yeoman INVENTORY respited, above £40 PROBATE BOND dated 20th June 1769 Bound: William Burton of Dent yeoman Richard Burton of Dent yeoman Richard Thistlethwaite of Dent yeoman Affirmed: William & Richard Burton., No relationship stated. WILL dated 3rd December 1764 My ancient estate at Warescale consisting of one Messuage & 2 Closes, the one called Coatgarths the other called Little Intack & 2 parrocks adjoining the said dwelling house to my son William for life & after his death to my grandson William Burton for ever, nevertheless chargeable with the payment of £10 to his sister Isabel, wife of John Greenwood and £5 to his brother John and £30 to his three sisters Ann, Margaret and Agnes £10 each when he enters upon the estate if they are 21. If my son William dies before his son William is 21, the income from the estate is to be used for the maintenance and education of his children. I give & devise my estate which formerly was my cousin William Burton's consisting of one Messuage house & Back parrock thereto adjoining and 2 Closes called New Intacks and one called High Intack and a little parcel of ground called Piece and the priviledge of the Loning & also the priviledges of an undisturbed footpath at all times of the year and also liberty to drive sheep upon occasion at any time between the fifth of September and the middle of April through a Close called Little Intack to my son Richard for ever, chargeable with the payment of £30 to his three daughters Ann, Margaret & Mary £10 each at Richard's death. To my daughter Isabel £28 and £3 to each of her children. To my son-in-law Joshua Binns my best Close (Coat &c). Supervisors are Richard Thistlethwaite of Spicegill and William Mason of Mirehouse. R & R to my sons William & Richard, joint execs. Testator signed Witnesses: John Chapman Peter Buck P his mark Anthony X Scafe.
"He was of a free, chearful Disposition, and Behaviour, yet properly guarded, being a plain Man, bearing a faithful Testimony against the Pride and Show of the present Age." ""Tho' he had but little humane Learning, yet he was often led forth not only in a living powerful Testimony but in matter exceeding copious and pertinent," says the Testimony prepared by his friends."6
He died on the 24th March 1769, and was buried on the 26th, in the Friends' burying ground, Dent. His will was proven at Lonsdale Deanery on the 20th June; the estate was valued at above £40 (£2548 at 2005 values), the inventory respited.7
John Burton was the fifth child and only son of [K23] William and [K25] Isabel Burton.8
1 Carol Herbert's gedcom downloaded from www.herb4.freeserve.co.uk/me/herbertf; information from Brian Davey; William Evans and Thomas Evans, eds, Piety Promoted, in a collection of dying sayings of many of the people called Quakers . . . , 1854, Philadelphia.
2 TNA: RG 6/731, /1075, /1082, /1104, /1246, /1547
3 Bernard Thistlethwaite: The Thistlethwaite Family. Headley Bros, private, 1910; Journal of the Friends' Historical Society 10:127 1913; TNA: RG 6/1235, /1246, /1547; David Boulton: Early Friends in Dent. 1986, Dent: Dent Family History Circle
4 DQB; Thistlethwaite (1910), op. cit.; Janney, 1860, download from Earlham Library; Piety Promoted
5 Bryan Davey, Thistlethwaite CD, citing Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, A-G surnames, 17611770, FHL film \99045
6 DQB; Journal of the Friends' Historical Society 10:27 1913; Piety Promoted
7 RG 6/1246, /1547; email from Margaret Page, citing the will; Piety Promoted
8 Carol Herbert's gedcom; information from Brian Davey
William Burton married [K25] Isabel Thistlethwaite on the 15th June 1672, at Dent, Yorkshire; he lived at Warescale in Dent. Their children were: Elsabeth (1672 ?), Agnes (16761754), Alice (cal 1678 1766), [K22] John (16811769), Isabell (1684 ?), and Margaret (c. 1684 1742).1
He made his will on the 22nd November 1686. Of Wareskaylefoot in Kirthwayte in Dent, he left his messuage, Lands and Tenem. there to his wife for her natural life, his son John to inherit the real estate at 21 if Isabel had died by then, and to split £30 between his sisters; the residue went to Isabel. He died in December 1686, his body being buried on the 29th at Dent. An inventory was made on the 1st January 1686/7, his estate being valued at £31/19/- (£2653 at 2005 values), less £10 owed to Thomas Mason. On the 7th January probate was granted to Isabel Burton.2
William Burton of Wareskaylefoot in Kirkthwayte in Dent.
WILL dated 22nd of November 1686
To my loving wife Isabell Burton the occupation and benefit of all my messuage Lands and Tenem. at Warescalefoot or elsewhere for the term of her natural life for the education and bringing up of my children . . .
My son John inherits my real estate at age 21 if wife Isabel is dead, and pays his sisters £30 amongst them.
If Isabel is still living when John turns 21, he gets an income from the property during his mother's life.
R & R to wife Isabel, sole exec.
Feoffees in Trust are my trusty friends James Burton of Stonehouse; my brother James Burton; Thomas Greenbank of Studley Garth; William Broadgate
Witnesses: James Burton; Thomas Greenbancke; Leonard Greenebank; John Edmondson
INVENTORY dated 1st January 1686 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £31/19/- less £10 owed to Thomas Mason
George Mason of Warescale;
James Burton of Stonehouse;
James Burton of Warescalefoote;
Thomas Greenbanck of Studleygarth
TUITION BOND dated septimo die mensis Januarij 1686
Isabell Burton vid. of Kirthwaite in Dent
James Burton of Stonehouse in Kirthwaite in Dent yeoman
Leonard Greenbank of Kirthwaite in Dent yeoman
Sworn: Isabell Burton, as testamentary guardian of Elizabeth, Agnes, Alice, Isabell, John and Margaret Burton, natural and lawful children of William Burton late of Waresskayle in Kirthwayte in Dent deceased.
PROBATE BOND dated as above [7th January 1686/7]
Bound: Same as tuition bond.
Sworn: Isabell Burton, to execute the last will and testament of William Burton late of Wareskayle in Kirthwayte in Dent deceased. [No relationship given.].
Archdeaconry of Richmond, Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, Burton, William of Warescalefoot, Probate 7 Jan 1686/7.3
1 "England Marriages, 15381973," database, FamilySearch: 10 February 2018, Willyam Burton and Isabell Thistlethwayt, 15 Jun 1672, citing Dent, York, reference index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 100,090; information from Brian Davey and Margaret Page; Brian Davey refers to him as of "Leyeate" in 1681
2 information from Brian Davey
3 'Ancestors of Isabel Burton', Master Genealogist report
by Brian Davey, 2008-05-21
Isabel Thistlethwaite married [K23] William Burton on the 15th June 1672, at Dent, Yorkshire, where she then lived. Their children were: Elizabeth (c. 1672 ?), Agnes (16761754), Alice (cal 1678 1766), [K22] John (16811769), Isabell (1684 ?), and Margaret (c. 1684 1742).1
She died on 3 October 1719, and was buried at Langdale on the 5th of that month.2
Isabel Thistlethwaite was the elder daughter of [K27] Richard and [K31] Margaret Thistlethwaite.3
1 "England Marriages, 15381973," database, FamilySearch: 10 February 2018, Willyam Burton and Isabell Thistlethwayt, 15 Jun 1672, citing Dent, York, reference index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 100,090; information from Brian Davey
2 TNA: RG 6/1246
3 Thistlethwaite CD
Ann Thistlethwaite was born on the 6th May 1685, at Harborgill, Dent, Yorkshire, and was baptised at Dent on the 31st May. In November 1686 she was mentioned in her father's will, as a beneficiary.1
She married [K22] John Burton on the 1st November 1709, at Loaning in Dent; she was described as of Warescale, Dent. Their children were: [K21] Isabel (17101773), William (17121789), Margaret (17141743), Richard (17161808), Anne (1719/201743), and John (17221753); all were born at Scalegill foot, Dent.2
She died before 1764.3
Ann Thistlethwaite was the youngest child of [K27] Richard and [K31] Margaret Thistlethwaite.4
1 Bernard Thistlethwaite (1910) The Thistlethwaite Family. Headley Bros, private; Dictionary of Quaker Biography (Friends' House Library, typescript); Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD
2 TNA: RG 6/731, /1075, /1082, /1104, /1246, /1547; email from Margaret Page, citing the will, taken from the Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, A-G surnames, 1761-1170, FHL film \99045; Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD
3 Carol Herbert's gedcom
4 Thistlethwaite (1910); NB this has been called
Richard Thistlethwaite was born about 1621. He was baptised at Dent, Yorkshire, on the 6th May 1621.1
It may have been this Richard Thistlethwaite who married Margaret Lancaster in Dent, on the 24th April 1647. If so, nothing further is known of his wife, and no children are known.2
He was mentioned in his father's will, as joint executor, on 7th May 1661; and in his mother's, as a beneficiary, on 24th August 1666.3
Richard Thistlethwaite married [K31] Margaret Harker about 1676, allegedly at Anthony Mason's house in Upper Dentdale. Their children were: William (1676/71786), John (c. 1679 1697), [N162] Isabel (c. 1682 1753), and [K26] Ann (1685 before 1764).4
He had the farm of Harborgill in Dent Dale. He was never a Quaker.5
Described as a yeoman, he made his will on the 24th August 1686, disposing, inter alia, of Harbourgill, Hollow Mill and New Closes, all in Kirthwaite in Dent, as well as a moiety of part of a pasture close called Swineleyside, in Wensleydale. He died at Harborgill in November 1686 and was buried in Dent on the 6th. An inventory of his effects was taken on the 11th November, valuing his effects at £771 4s. 10d. Probate was given at Richmond on the 19th.6
Richard Thistlethwaite of Harbourgill in Kirthwaite in Dent yeoman, WILL dated 24th August 1686.
To my elder son William Thistlethwaite for ever Harbourgill, Hollow Mill, New Closes all in Kirthwaite in Dent; he is take possession of them when he attains the age of 18 years.
To my two sons William and John for ever all that moiety or half part of one part of one pasture close called Swineleyside (in Widdale head on the north side of Wanfell in Wensleydale).
£420 in trust 'to the onely proper use benefitt & behoofe of my three children John, Isabell & Anne'. . . the trustees are James Burton of Haycoate & James Burton of Stonehouses (both in Dent); James Whaley of Snaisholm in Wensleydale; & James Harker now of Grisdalle.
Dear and loving wife Margaret sole executrix.
Testator signed, Witnessed by William Waidson; Richard Burton [R his mark]; John Chappman; Myles Thiftlethwayte [the Schoolmaster].
INVENTORY dated 11th November 1686, £771-4-10.
Appraised by James Burton; James Harker; Willyam Burton [mark]; John Burton.
TUITION BOND dated decimo nono die mensis Novembris 1686
Bound: Margaret x Thistlethwaite de Harbergill vid James Burton of Stonehouse in Dent yeoman
James Burton of Haycott in Dent yeoman
Sworn: Margaret Thistlethwaite, to pay to William, John, Isabell and Anne Thistlethwaite the natural and lawful children of Richard Thistlethwaite of Harbergill in Dent deceased all such filial and childs parts...etc.
PROBATE BOND dated as previous [19th November 1686]
Bound: Same as previous
Sworn: Margaret, to perform the will of Richard Thistlethwaite late of Harbergill in Dent."
Archdeaconry of Richmond, Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, Thistlethwaite, Richard of Harborgill, Probate 19 Nov 1686.7
Richard Thistlethwaite was the eldest known child of [K28] William and [K30] Isabel Thistlethwaite.8
1 "England Births and Christenings, 15381975," database, FamilySearch: 11 February 2018, Richard Thislthwait, 06 May 1621, citing index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 100,090
2 "England Marriages, 15381973 ", database, FamilySearch: 12 March 2020, Richard Thistletwhaite, 1647
3 Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD
4-5 Bernard Thistlethwaite (1910) The Thistlethwaite Family. Headley Bros, private; Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD; NB Ann's parentage has been called into question.
6 Thistlethwaite (1910); name given as 'Thystlethwaite'; Thistlethwaite CD
7 'Ancestors of Isabel Burton', Master Genealogist report by Brian Davey, 2008-05-21
8 Thistlethwaite CD
William Thistlethwaite married [K30] Isabel Nelson, about 1620. Their children were: [K27] Richard (16211686) John (c. 1623 1684), Miles (c. 1625 1635), Anthony (c. 16271693), William (c. 1630 ?) and Agnes (c. 1634 after 1677).1
He was one of the ringleaders of an eight year long Tithe Strike against Trinity College, Cambridge, to whom Dent Tithes had been given by Henry VIII.2
He made a will on the 19th April 1660, dying shortly afterwards at Harborgill, Dent. His willin which inter alia he disposed of Harborgill, Leayeate, Monkbeckparrock, New Closes and Hollow Mill, as well as a pasture close in Widdalewas proved at Richmond on the 7th May; an inventory bears date 15th September 1660; his effects were valued at £130.3
William Thistlethwaite of Harborgill in Dent yeoman
WILL dated 19th April 1660
My sons Richard Thistlethwaite & John Thistlethwaite executors.
Harborgill to my son Richard & his heirs for ever.
Leayeate and Monkbeckparrock to my son John & his heirs for ever.
New Closes and Hollow Mill to my son Anthony Thistlethwaite & his heirs for ever.
My execs are to pay to my son William Thistlethwaite £120 for his portion at or upon the second of February ensuing my decease.
My execs are to pay to my daughter Agnes Thistlethwaite fourscore pounds [£80] for her portion [same as for William, i.e. Candlemas]
My pasture Close in Widdale to be divided equally amongst my sons Richard, John & Anthony.
. . . the £4 which my brother Bryan Nealson oweth me . . .
. . . the £1/10/- which John Linsey oweth . . .
Wife Isabel Thistlethwaite.
Witnesses: William Waller; Thomas Sidgswickes mark (T); John Harker [III his mark]
INVENTORY dated 15th September 1660. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £130/-/-
Appraisers: Thomas Sidgwick & John Harker
PROBATE BOND dated 7th May 1661
Richard Thistlethwaite of Harborgill in Dent yeoman
John Thistlethwaite of the same yeoman
John Harker of Dent [I H his mark] yeoman
[Signatures/marks but no further text].
Archeaconry of Richmond, Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, Thistlethwaite, William of Harborgill, Probate 7th May 1661.
William Thistlethwaite was a child of [K29] Richard Thistlethwaite.4
1 Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD
2 Thistlethwaite CD; David Boulton (1986) Early Friends in Dent, Dent: Dent Family History Circle
3 Thistlethwaite CD
4 'Ancestors of Isabel Burton', Master Genealogist report by Brian Davey, 2008-05-21
5 Thistlethwaite CD
Richard Thistlethwaite had five known children: Geoffrey (1603 ), [K28] William (? c. 1660), Jane (? ?), Isabel (? ?), and Richard (? 1651).1
1 Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD
Isabel Nelson married [K28] William Thistlethwaite, about 1620.1
Their children were: [K27] Richard (162186) John (c. 16231684), Miles (c. 16251635), Anthony (c. 16271693), William (c. 1630 ?) and Agnes (c. 1634 after 1677).2
She died in August 1666, and was buried on the 8th August at Dent, Yorkshire.3
"Isabel Thistlethwaite of Harborgill widow
NUNCUPATIVE WILL dated on or about the fourth of August 1666
To my sons John Thistlethwayt & Antony Thistlethwayt and to my daughter Agnas Thistlethwayt equalye amonst them six pounds in Francis Allan hands due at Candlemas next and Tenn pound in Richard Leaske hand due the second day of Februarye next and Tow pounds & ten shilings in John Browne and George Mason hands due to be payed the twentye fift of March next and six pounds in my sonn Richard Thistlethwayt hand.
Item I give to my son Richard Thistlethwayt all the reste of the moneye which he owes to me or was indebted to me.
Item I give to my daughter Agnas Thistlethwayt A bed of Close.
Item I give to my daughter Agnas Thistlethwayt Thre Pounds Ninttine shilings more in my purse. Witnessed by John Harker [III his mark] & Agnes Thistlethwayt [agnes her mark]
INVENTORY dated 18th August 1666 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£51-19-00
Appraisers: John Harker; Richard Capstacke; Richard Thistlethwayt & John Thistlethwayt.
PROBATE BOND dated 24th die mensis Augustij 1666
Richard Thistlethwayt of Dent
John Harker of Dent [III his mark]
Richard Thistlethwaite, the son of Isabel Thistlethwaite deceased."
Archeaconry of Richmond, Lonsdale Deanery Probate Files, Thistlethwaite, Isabel of Harborgill, Probate 24 August 1666.4
13 Brian Davey: Thistlethwaite CD
4 'Ancestors of Isabel Burton', Master Genealogist report
by Brian Davey, 2008-05-21
Margaret Harker was baptised at Muker, Yorkshire, on 27 June 1654.1
She married, first, [K27] Richard Thistlethwaite, about 1676, allegedly at Anthony Mason's house at Upper Dentdale. Their children were: William (1676/71786), John (c. 16791697), [N140B] Isabel (c. 16821753), and [K26] Ann (1685 before 1764).2
On 26 May 1684 she was named as a beneficiary under the will of her brother-in-law John Thistlethwaite. She was executrix of her husband's will of her husband, on 19 November 1686.3
She probably joined the Society of Friends after her husband died, in about 16868. On the 4th July 1688 she married, secondly, Samuel Wynn (? 1695), at Anthony Mason's house; she was still living at Harbourgill at that date, as she did until her death. She was buried at Laning, Dent, on the 25th December 1691.4
Margaret Harker was the sixth child, and fourth daughter, of [K32] Adam Harker.5
1 information from Brian Davey; Thistlethwaite CD; "England Births and Christenings, 15381975," database, FamilySearch: 30 December 2014, Mgt. Harkey, 27 Jun 1654, citing MUKER, YORK, reference FHL microfilm 942.74 G4 V26C
2 Bernard Thistlethwaite (1910) The Thistlethwaite Family. Headley Bros, private; Thistlethwaite CD
3 Thistlethwaite CD
4 TNA: RG 6/1246; Thistlethwaite (1910); Thistlethwaite CD
Adam Harker married Jane Mason on 28 August 1659, at Muker, Yorkshire. She is presumed to have been his second wife, as he had already fathered seven or eight children with an unidentified spouse (though they could have been born to Jane Mason, prior to their marriage).1
His children were: John (1640 ?), Mary (1643 ?), Issabell (1645 after 1691), James (1650 ?), [K31] Margaret (16541691), John (1656 after 1708), all b. Muker; and Ann (? after 1689).2
A record of the Sufferings of Friends in Swaledale records3 that in 1703:
Adam Harker and William Aldson of Swaledale being prosecuted by Tobias West priest of Grenton (upon ye Late Act for recovering Tythes) By warrant from 2 Justices of Peace Who adjudged their tythes to 03:18:2 for bread & wind 00:01:04, charges 0s0 in all 04:08:06 Had taken from him by the Constable Thirty young sheepe valued 09:08:00
The same two men were similarly distrained in 1705, tithes due being adjudged at £1 5s. 11d, and stocking[s] taken from them to the value of £1 11s. 3d.4
1 "England Marriages, 15381973," database, FamilySearch: 10 December 2014, Adam Harkey and Jane Mason, 28 Aug 1659, citing Muker, York, reference FHL microfilm 207565, 942.74 G4 V26C
34 TNA: RG 6/1281
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