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Messages - geordiewesterby

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Yorkshire (West Riding) Lookup Requests / Re: West Yorkshire Archive Wakefield
« on: Saturday 04 April 09 15:35 BST (UK)  »
Thanks D,

I've been in touch with Wakefield by e-mail and they've looked in the Deeds Registry and no joy there.

Obviously if you are there, anything you could turn up would be hugely appreciated.

All I have on John Westerby at the moment is that he died aged 81 in April 1837 in Doncaster, he had been a Paymaster and Lieutenant of the East Yorks Militia.

A John Westerby who was Paymaster of the East York Militia married Elizabeth Smith in Monkwearmouth, County Durham in 1808 so this must be him, there can't have been two Paymasters with that name. they had a son in 1810 who died as an infant but there don't appear to be any more children. Not in Durham parish records or on the IGI anyway.

Like I say anything you could turn up - mucho appreciation.


Yorkshire (West Riding) Lookup Requests / West Yorkshire Archive Wakefield
« on: Sunday 29 March 09 13:36 BST (UK)  »
I have an ancestor who died in 1837 and I'm trying to find a will.

'JOHN WESTERBY of Doncaster, died 21st April 1837, Lieutenant and late Paymaster of the East Yorks Militia' - from The Leeds Mercury newspaper.

It's not in the Prerogative Court Of Canterbury. The Borthwick Institute in York usually have Yorkshire wills but drew a blank on this. However they did say that I should try the West Yorkshire Archive in Wakefield who have records of the Yorkshire Deeds Registry, where it may be recorded.

Can anyone who goes to the Wakefield archive help on this as I live in North Shields?

Help much appreciated.

David Westerby

Yorkshire (East Riding & York) Lookup Requests / BORTHWICK INSTITUTE
« on: Sunday 01 March 09 23:04 GMT (UK)  »
I'm looking for a will for a John Westerby who died in Doncaster on 21st April 1837. According to information I have gleaned if he left a will it would be at the Borthwick Institute at the University Of York. I've searched on their website without success but it does say that not all the indexes are online.

Does anyone visit this Institute at all as I live in North Shields and York is a bit far away! Would very much appreciate it if anyone could check their index and see if this will exists.


Yorkshire (East Riding & York) Lookup Requests / PARISH RECORDS IN BEVERLEY
« on: Sunday 15 February 09 22:32 GMT (UK)  »
There is a listing on the IGI for a christening for ELIZABETH WESTERBY, 22 Dec 1788, at St Mary & St Nicholas in Beverley, which I would like to view the parish record of, but I live in North Shields, so if anyone has access to those parish records, would appreciate any help I can get.

Also, a marriage on 08 Jan 1810 between Elizabeth Westerby and Thomas Westerby at St John & St Martin in Beverley.

Or does anyone know of the nearest place to Newcastle where this info is available 



Yorkshire (West Riding) / Wills
« on: Friday 06 February 09 19:00 GMT (UK)  »
I had a possible ancestor who died in Doncaster in 1837. He was a former Paymaster and Lieutenant of the East Yorks Militia and I'm guessing that such a guy must have left a will.

Has anybody any tips or information on how to go about getting a copy of it, if there is one? I've looked on the net and seen websites where you can pay to have searches done to see if a pre-1858 will exists. If I've got to shell out, so be it, but before I do so I wanted to see whether fellow Rootschatters could give me any good advice. 

Northumberland / Re: ST JOHNS CHURCH & GEORGE BELL
« on: Monday 19 January 09 20:52 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know how I would go about getting to see a will left by John Westerby who died in Doncaster in 1837 ?

Northumberland / Re: ST JOHNS CHURCH & GEORGE BELL
« on: Sunday 18 January 09 17:03 GMT (UK)  »

Thanks, more and more intriguing. I've seen a lot of those on the IGI, but haven't really been able to make any sense of them, noted them down but couldn't fit them in.

However, that marriage in Bishopwearmouth - I'd seen that on the IGI but it didn't give the detail that the BT gives - that he is from the parish of St John in Newcastle. There were no other Westerbys having children in Newcastle in 1810 at the time, apart from the 1780s ones which you have mentioned, so the man who was going to marry Dorothy Robson in 1810 and who married Elizabeth Smith in 1808, they must be one and the same surely.

Speculation: the reason that the 1810 marriage in Newcastle didn't go ahead was because he was already married to Elizabeth Smith and either Dorothy found out or he ducked out at the last minute after having the Banns read? But if that birth of Ralph Westerby is his son, which it must have been really - well, all I can say is, pretty caddish behaviour for a Paymaster of the East Yorks Militia. :o

I have seen the site which relates to the Brotherton link, and I wondered about that too. I may try to get in touch with that gentleman as to why he's so sure they are the same ones who were in Newcastle & Gateshead in the 1780s.


Northumberland / Re: ST JOHNS CHURCH & GEORGE BELL
« on: Sunday 18 January 09 13:25 GMT (UK)  »
Yes thanks Barbara,

I've started looking at the Bishops's Transcripts, they look brilliant but time-consuming to go through! Is there a 'short-cut' to the bit with Matthew's birth/baptism on? It seemed to me to be a case of going through the pages and I wondered how people came up with it so quickly.

I must admit the more I think about it, the more likely it seems that it IS my Matthew, it is the most logical solution. His parents John & Dorothy didn't marry for whatever reason. If I could only find out something about his father, ie where he came from, as Westerby is not a name common to the north-east, it might lead to so much.

Still, a lot of progress just since joing Rootschat. Pity I didn't do this 5 years ago!

Northumberland / 1800s NAME CHANGE
« on: Sunday 18 January 09 11:57 GMT (UK)  »
I'm working on a theory that my g g g grandfather Matthew Westerby was born out of wedlock with his mother's surname ROBSON, in St Andrews parish in Newcastle in 1810, baptised there in 1811,  his parents never married, but he later took his father's surname. The first official record I have of him is his marriage certificate from 1838. Does anyone have any knowledge of whether it (the name change) was likely to have been done legally, rather than him just calling himself Westerby, and if so, where would such a record be held ?

Thanks to all the Rootschat people who have helped me with Matthew, decided to start a new topic and it's getting a bit more specific.

All thoughts welcome.


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