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Very Summary Notes of the Will of John Spencer of Selby, January 1810
(Taken from the Register, rather than the original Will bundle, so also liable to previous copyist errors too)

... John Spencer of Selby Gentleman ...
... brother Joseph Spencer ...
My Farm at Thorp Willoughby in the Parish of Brayton ... in the occupation of John Robinson as Tenant ... during the life of Joseph Spencer ...
... I also give and bequeath unto my relation Mary WEBSTER who lives with me twenty pounds a year ...
... I also give and bequeath unto the three daughters of my late brother Joseph SPENCER Mary Ann and Sarah One hundred pounds each I also give and bequeath unto the three children of my late sister Elisabeth COLLET John Sarah and Mary Fifty pounds each I also give and bequeath unto the three children of my late sister Sarah DEPLEDGE Fifty pounds each and I also give and bequeath unto the two children of my late sister Franscois ENGLAND and WARD Fifty pounds each I also give and bequeath unto the six children of my late sister Henrietta RISHWORTH Fifty pounds each I also give to William RABY of Manchester Merchant and Elizabeth his Wife Ten pounds each to buy morning and rings with.
Lastly I give and devise and bequeath unto my Nephew John SPENCER of Conisbrough Parks County of York his heirs executors and assigns forever he paying my just debts legacies and funeral expenses and chargeable with the annuities as above all my real and personal estate at Selby and my Freehold and Copyhold estates at Thorp Willoughby in the Parish of Brayton and County of York (having put a Surrender into the Court at Thorpwillowhby to the use of my Will) with my Leasehold estate at Selby so long as John HALLIDAY and Robt HALLIDAY lives or the longer liver of them Also the money with the interest I advance under the Drainage Act of Parliament for the Mill Dam with all my shares and dividends in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal ...
... Nephew John SPENCER Sole Executor ... Seal 12th Day of April 1808 in the presence of Edw'd Taylor - Thos Castell Jeremiah Shaw. pas. 18th January 1810


Selby Parish Transcriptions

8th December 1796, Jane SPENCER, Widow, Selby, buried. Jane was the Daughter of Thos WEBSTER, Woolcomber. Died aged 74 of Decay of Nature & buried in the body of the church.

31st March 1800, Mary SPENCER, Wife of John SPENCER, Selby, Grocer. Died of Dropsy aged 67 & buried in the body of the church.

28th November 1809 John SPENCER, Selby, Gentleman, Died of Decay of Nature, aged 75 & buried in the body of the church.

Some RABY, MIDDLETON Summary Notes, at Selby (of interest to me)

1743 Robt RABY married Jane MIDDLETON.
1777 Christopher OBEE married Mary RABY, ages given, (a Mary OBEE died 1779).
1794 William ARMSTRONG married Margaret RABY (one wit. was Hannah PEARSON).
1794 William RABY married Eliz GARTHWAIT (Wm was of Manchester), Grocer, (one wit. was Jno SPENCER), ages given.

1779 & 1781 RABY baptisms give descent to MIDDLETON.


One Deed Memorial Registration (Reference)

The property of John Spencer of Selby Gentleman at Millgate, Selby, changed hands in 1802/1803 from John Spencer, Gent., to the new owner Thomas Hembrough of Selby, Yeoman, still had John HOOD as occupier. (Registered Wakefield 1803, Vol. EN, page 314, No.423).

[This property occupied by John HOOD & Mr HOOD appears to have been owned by John Turner, prior to John Spencer, Gent., per Selby Land Tax]



Found the following on a Google capture, whilst searching for the QUAKER place called SUMMERCROFT (alias Summercroft Farm) at Drax, another source says Summercroft was at Long Drax, near Selby.

"Francis Cook was born in the pub in Asselby in 1801 He left Asselby to become a farmer at Drax The information I have is quite vague. I know that in the 1501 census he lived at Summercroft where he" ...

Looking at where the Grandson, aged 0 years was born "Long Drax".

However, is the Census residence SUMMERCROFT please?

Family Search only gave me the Registration District of Selby
1851 Census
Francis COOK, Head, Marr, 50, Agricultural Lab., born Asselby [abt 1801]
Elizabeth COOK, Wife, Marr, 48,                               born LONG DRAX, Yorkshire [abt 1803]
Ann EASTWOOD, Dau, Marr, 24, Visitor Waterman's Wife, born Asselby.
John COOK, Son, 23, Unmarr, Agricultural Labourer, born Asselby.
Mary COOK, Dau, 21, Daur, Daughter on a Visit, born Asselby.
James Eastwood, Grandson, 0 yrs, born LONG DRAX.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the residence will be SUMMERCROFT, or they will be living in a tied property on the Summercroft Farm?

SUMMERCROFT FARM about 123 acres (when offered for sale early 20th Century), also had a Quaker Burial Ground (according to newspapers) and in 1835 Thos Marshall lived there.

A Borthwick (York University) online pdf, says the burials at Summercroft have had to be made up from the Quaker Meeting Minutes (sounds like the original Registers of the Quaker Farm were lost?)


Durham / Whickham 1827 Marriage COMPLETED
« on: Tuesday 30 January 18 08:53 GMT (UK)  »

I am interested in the witness names and any additional information please from the B.T., to the Marriage?

Found the link to the Whickham images, but could only find Baptisms and burials in 1827.

Henry COOK & Sarah LISTER 1st April 1827 Whickham, Durham (From FamilySearch)

Thank you.


Leicestershire / Anyone recognise this 1959 Leicester address please? COMPLETED
« on: Friday 26 January 18 11:51 GMT (UK)  »

Anyone recognise this 1959 Leicester address "16 ... Avenue, Leicester", please?

Thank you, Mark


I have discovered a mystery Mrs Hood (Scarborough) arrival to 1 Clarendon Place, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Arrival date not given, but published in the Leamington Spa newspaper 3rd August 1872.

Mary Ann Hood, Widow, who died 2nd August 1872 at Leamington Priors
George Bell Rothera of Nottingham, Solicitor.
Willoughby Willey of Leamington Warwickshire, Grocer.

HOOD.-On the 2nd ult., at her residence, Clarendon Place, Leamington, Mary Ann, widow of the late James Hood, Esq., formerly of Berston, near Nottingham, aged 70 years.

According to the Deaths notice and Sale of Household Furnishings, Mary Ann Hood's address was 1 Clarendon Place, Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa.

Hoping with the late Mrs Hood's address, her late husband's name James Hood formerly of Beeston, Nottingham, it might be possible to discover the Scarborough connection, please?



Nicholson v. Nicholson 1830 Chancery Case (with the Bill and three answers between 1830 to 1837 revived), TNA, Kew, was apparently triggered by the death of Samuel Nicholson of Rawcliffe, who had various properties, including numerous properties in Ousegate Selby.

William Bowland and Abraham Hodgson allege that they cannot carry out the trusts of the said Will into execution without the aid and indemnity of a Court of Equity and the said Samuel Nicholson claims to be entitled to the real Estates of the said Testator by descent as his heir at Law.

Bridget Nicholson [*nee Hodgson], the Widow of Samuel Nicholson, is left with an Order of Chancery forcing their property to be sold, offered for sale in newspapers under Nicholson V. Nicholson.

*Claire has discovered:-
in 1811 that Bridget Hodgson married Robert Crampton and
in 1820 Bridget Crampton a Widow married Samuel Nicholson a Widower.

1838 Bridget Nicholson & Others to James Collinson
Samuel Nicholson being Heir at Law is mentioned in the 1838 Nicholson and Others to James Collinson, 1838 property Deed Registration.

According to the 1838 Deed Registration George Hood of Selby Brewer steps in and has signed the registration, splits the property up transferring mainly to Collinson.

The reason why George Hood would be involved in helping the Nicholson's dispose of their property portfolio in 1838 and where the funding came from for George Hood to do this is currently a mystery. If it was loaned from the bank, George Hood was exposing himself to quite a degree of risk. William Hood is still holding the property on Trust for Mrs Collinson, Widow of James Collinson, when Wm Hood of Selby Trustee later advertises that he is Ordering the Sale.



John Hood of Selby Mariner (previously of Scarborough), had a Daughter called MAUDLAND HOOD. The Scarborough Register entry confirmed the baptism spelling.

MAUDLAND HOOD, Married Charles TURNER in Selby in 1794.

Claire has been digging away and found a Selby baptism for SARAH MAUDLAND NICHOLSON in April 1832 Father - Samuel Nicholson, Wheelwright and Elizabeth Nicholson.

Elizabeth Nicholson (above) was a TURNER, Daughter of Charles & Maudland Turner (nee Maudland HOOD).

I haven't a clue yet why George Hood might put himself at possible financial risk in 1838 involved with all this property, as it would seem that the first portion of 14 Selby properties advertised for sale earlier under NICHOLSON v. NICHOLSON in Ousegate in 1835 didn't sell.

I am left with the question:- If my George Hood was related to John Hood of Selby, Mariner, was there a Bridget Nicholson, Widow, family link to my George Hood?


Warwickshire / King's Heath Address - who resided there prior to 1878?
« on: Sunday 07 January 18 11:17 GMT (UK)  »

I am back to a Hood Marriage of 1815 and an earlier reference in 1812 in Selby, Yorkshire, then a brick wall to prove a link backward.


Because there is a possibility that the 1878 newly married couple (below) might stay with one of the families or a relative, I would like to find out who lived at the King's Heath address around 1878 and beforehand please?

From 1880 to circa 1901 the couple were on the run from the Police based at Moor Street, Birmingham and began using the surname Grove, later at the Camberwell Dairy, 291 Camberwell Road, London, hers being Anna Mary Grove. However, earlier she was A. M. Hood or A. M. Curtis in documents [born Hannah Mary Hood 1850].

Traced the Curtis to London using a Hood Will, witnessing as A. M. Curtis and address and John Conway Curtis in the Probate Calendar. Around the time of death Mr Curtis appears to have been caught out.
Camberwell Green Farm Dairy (British Library)

Thanks to Rootschatters who traced the Reward Notice and realised Grove was an alias.

The Athletic News, 30 March 1878
Long Life to Em! Married, on the 26th day of March, 1878, at the Abbey church, Selby, Mr John Conway Curtis, of Birmingham (late Leeds), to Miss Pollie Hood, of Selby. Reside at Rozell Villa, Avenue Road, King's Heath, Birmingham.

Rather hoping an 1870s Kelly's Directory might tell us who lived there beforehand? Thank you.



The letter dated 1945 from the U.S. written by Mr Chapman of Scarborough and Blackpool, England, G.B., has some pencil notes added by the recipient that my Hoods of Selby were Shipbuilders.

Thomas Gouldsbrough (related to my Sarah Russell) had a Ship Yard at Selby by 1823 rented from Lord Petre (which he later purchased).
Also Geo Gouldsbrough had a House at the Selby Shipyard 1823.

William Burton (also a Burton related to my Sarah Russell) had a Butchers Shop at Ship Yard, Selby in 1823.

At Thomas Gouldsbrough's Selby Ship Yard in 1823 it mentions cottages called Pearson & Littlewood's cottages, so I thought I'd have a good go at these two surnames PEARSON (Pearson, is of interest) and LITTLEWOOD :-

A William Littlewood, Ship's Carpenter was claimed to be struck by an anchor at Selby and died 20 August 1834.

Did he marry?

Researching into Pearson Ship Builders, I find a Richard Pearson of Thorne (a very familiar place) and also find in the London Gazette of 1816 two businesses at Thorne:-

Gilderdale, Pearson and Company, Ship Builders.

Collinson, Pearson and Company, Timber Merchants.
Various names Richard Pearson; Samuel Staniland and William Mitthorp Maude, Executors

Executors in Trust for the late Thomas Ellison Collinson, late of the Lordship of Myton, Kingston upon Hull deceased.
(a Staniland with Audas also at Selby Shipyard Wharf in 1823)

1816 London Gazette notice,+Collinson+%26+Co+ship&source=bl&ots=78CWNtwett&sig=WJPgjOSIFUWkML94tqahaO4T96g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi59Pni0dfXAhUMIMAKHZM2AykQ6AEIMjAI

Unconfirmed - Richard was the Son of James Pearson, Keelman and Shipbuilder, born Fishlake 9 January 1754 and dying Thorne 1 November 1829.

Might be a link to the same Richard Pearson, in the Selby Register 21 Feb 1806 , Hannah 1st Dau of James & Mary Pearson, Selby, Mariner. James was the Son of Richard Pearson of Thorne, Seaman (odd as they are Shipbuilders) and his Wife is the Dau of James Whareham of Gainsborough.

There must be a marriage for the above couple and I wondered who the witnesses were please?

1812 Marriage (online Magazine)
Mr Richard Pearson of Thorne, to Miss Howarth, of Syke House.

Any HOOD or familiar surname witnesses lurking in the Marriages and Banns and docs and also any Wills available online for these Pearson & Collinson and directly associated Littlewood characters, please?

Thank you.

Kind regards, Mark

Please can you assist with an exact Latin translation to English? Marriage Bond of George Hood & Maudlin Spencer of Scarborough in the County of York 1731.

At the bottom, both George Hood and then John Hood underneath put their marks on the front

Thank you, Mark

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