Morrett Stables (b. 1711 South Kirkby, d.1765, Ardsley)
Morrett was the youngest son of Henry Stables and, like his father, and was born at South Elmsall in the parish of South Kirkby in 1711.
We now know that Henry named his son, Morrett, after the maiden surname of his own grandmother, Jennet Tomlinson (née Morret), the daughter of Thomas and Jennet Morret of Haddlesey.
In 1753, Morrett married Sarah Scales at All Saints' Church in Darfield and they had three children, John, Ann and Thomas who all died during childhood.
He was a cordwainer, which was someone involved in the manufacture of either clothing, fashions or shoes. He mentions a workshop in his Will but unfortunately the inventory of his possessions for probate does not itemise its contents.
In his Will, dated 1765, he left bequests to his brothers William and John, his sister's husband (Thomas Royston) and their son, and his wife, Sarah. He was buried at All Saints' Church, Darfield in 1766, having died at the age of 54.
In March 1767, Sarah was re-married, to William Rogerson of Royston, who is listed on a deed of lease for that year as being the occupier of Morrett's property. They moved to Royston and Sarah died there on Christmas Day in 1772. The inscription from their memorial in Royston Churchyard reads:
William Rogerson of Royston,
died Nov 28th 1765 age 44
Also John, son of William
Rogerson died March 4th 1766
aged 14 years
Also Sarah wife of William
Rogerson died Dec 25th 1772 aged
Also William Rogerson husband
to the above died Oct 9th 1804
aged 81 years.
Also Rachel wife to the above
William Rogerson died Nov
27th 1805 aged 82 years.
Background on Sarah's marriage to William Rogerson kindly supplied by Michael Chance.
Deed of Doncaster Road, Ardsley - 1742
This is a transcript of a Deed that shows Morrett leasing property in Ardsley in 1742. It was very kindly provided by Michael Chance.
Indentures of Lease & Release. Between Thomas Betts of Ardsley, yoman, & Mary his wife & Jonathan Betts of Sheffield (eldest son & heir apparent of Thomas Betts) of one part and John Bower of Ardsley, carpenter, of the other part. All those two messuages now in the occupations of Thomas Betts & Morret Stables, & one shop, one barn & one stable belonging the same, & one croft (1a) & one orchard to the same adjoining, & 2 acres 2 roods in the town fields; In Hunningley Field, 1 acre lying between lands of Francis Hall in the possession of Elias Smales on the south & lands of John Beckett in the possession of Widow Fox on the north, abutting on Coldroyds belonging to the heirs of Nathaniel Beverley in the possession of Edmund Greenwood on the east & lands of Elias Cawthorne on the west. In Dobhill Field, three roods in a shutt called Old Ardsley, lying between lands of John Smith on the east & lands of Widow Owram on the west, & abutting on lands of John Smith north & Norman Royd belonging to Richard Micklethwait in the possession of John Scales south. In the Northfield, three roods in Coal Pitt Hill Shutt, lying between lands of John Smith south & lands of Richard Micklethwait in the possession of Widow Ainley north & abutting on lands of Samuel Binns east & lands of the Duke of Kingstone in the occupation of John Scorer west.
Reg. 26th Nov 1742.
Ardsley Corn Tithe Rentals 1753 to 1761
These are transcripts of Morrett's entries in the Ardsley Corn Tithe Rentals for the period 1753 to 1761 that show him owning several sheep and lambs but no land, so he must have rented that. It also shows the amount of tax that he paid in each year. His name is listed in 1760 and 1761 but at this time he doesn't appear to have any livestock, so perhaps he was getting too old to look after them by that time.
The Ardsley Corn Tithe Rentals are amongst the private family papers of the Micklethwaite family, who were Lords of the Manor for Ardsley for over two hundred years. The transcripts were very kindly provided by Michael Chance.
This is a full transcription of the Will of Morrett Stables, which is held at the Borthwick Institute in York. It was very kindly provided by Michael Chance.
In the Name of God Amen I Morrett Stables of Ardsley in Parish of Darfield and County of York Cordwainer Considering the Uncertainty of this Mortal Life and being of Sound and Perfect Memory blessed be Almighty God for the Same do Make and Publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following (that is to Say) First I bequeath my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God my Maker hoping through the Meritorious Death and Passion of My only Saviour and Redeemer to receive free Pardon of all my Sins and as for my Body to be Buried in Christian Burial at the Discretion of My Executrix hereafter Nominated Item I Give and Bequeath unto Sarah Stables my beloved Wife the Dwelling House wherein I now live being and Situeate in Ardsley Aforesd. with the Goods and furniture now therein with my workshop and Chamber over it with the Garden and all the Appurtenances thereunto belonging Dureing the Term of her Natural Life if She keeps unmarried; and then to William Stables Son of my Brother William Stables and Thomas Royston Son of My Sister Ann Royston to be Equally Divided between them and to their Heirs and Assigns for ever; And if either of them or both of them should happen to Die before they become Possesed of them; then to their Heirs or Assigns Respectively as if they had been both Living. But if my Wife Should happen to Marry then the House and Workshop and Chamber and Garden with all the Appurtenances at the Time of her Marriage Shall go to the Aforesd. William Stables and Thomas Royston as their Right and Property for ever: and Household Goods and furniture at the Time of her Death or Marriage whether Shall happen first shall go to Thomas Royston my Brother in Law and to his Assigns for ever Item I give and bequeath unto my Brother John Stables one Shilling Item I give and bequeath to my Brother William Stables one Shilling Item I Give and bequeath to Thomas Royston my Brother in Law the Sum of Twenty Pounds Which is now out at Intrest he Paying to Sarah my wife the Yearly Sum of one Pound if the Said Twenty Pounds be Gotten or the Intrest Paid him: but if it be not Gotten nor Intrest Paid then the Yearly Sum of one Pound Shall Cease and be Paid to her no Longer and if be gotten the Payment of the Yearly Sum of one Pound to Cease at her Death or Marriage which Shall happen first; and I likewise Give Thomas Royston my Brother in Law all my Wearing Apparrel and if my Wife Should happen to Stand in Need he shall pay to her five Pounds and he to have the Value of five Pounds in Goods out of the House And Lastly as to all the rest and Residue and Remainder of my Personal Estate Goods and Chattels of What kind or Nature soever I Give and bequeath to Sarah my Wife Which I Appoint my Sole Executrix of this My Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Twenty Ninth Day of June in the fifth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George the Third and in the Year of Our His Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty and five
Morrett x Stables
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Above Named Morrett Stables to be his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us Who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the Presence of the Testator
This is the full inventory of Morrett's possessions at the time of his death in 1765. Again, this is held at the Borthwick Institute in York and provided by Michael Chance for publication here.
A True full & perfect Inventory of the Goods Cattels & personal Estate of Morrett Stables late of Ardsley in the parish of Darfield in the County of York Cordwainer Deceased Drawn & Appraised at the Instance & request of Sarah Stables Widow Relict & sole Executrix of the Last Will & Testament of the said Deceased.
In the House
purse & Apparel
A Corner Cuberd 8s a Clock £2 15s a Dresser pewter Case 15s
A Taey Cattel 5s a Tin Hover 2s 6d a Seallpey 1s
A Casinnife 6d a pair of pothockes 3d a Hingin Spit 1s
A fire Shovel a Beeffork 1s 10d Range & Grate Envion & rales £1 1s
A Jack Scillit 3s a Baxton & set pot & Grate 13s
A sosepan 10d & a braspan 3s a Iorn pot 1s a Iorn pan 1s 6d
A spit 1s four Chairs 4s & a buffet 8d & a Tuenel 4d paperbox1d
A Driginbox 2d a square Table 4s 6d a Riten Desk £1 15s
16 Trenchers 2s 8d half a Duson forkes 2s P..oing Iron 3s
In the seller
3 Barrels 6s 2 Tubes 6s
In the Chamber
2 Beds & Bedding & 2 Sheets
half a Duson of Charges 6s a pair of Chist of Drawers 6s
a Ofeat Tabel 8s a Chist 1s 6d
A Chamber over the Seller
a Bedstead & aneat
This is a full transcript of a deed that was registered at Wakefield on August 22nd, 1766 and recording the transfer of his property to his wife Sarah after his death.
A memorial of the last will and testament of Morret Stables of Ardsley in the parish of Darfield and County of York. Cordwainer bearing date the twenty ninth day of June in the fifth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord King George the third and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred sixty and five and which said will is witnessed by William Parkin of Ardsley aforesaid Farmer George Wilkinson of Ardsley aforesaid Mason and John Hawksworth of Ardsley aforesaid blacksmith and made of and concerning all his the said Morret Stables dwelling house wherein he did then live being and situated in Ardsley aforesaid with his workshop and chamber over it with a garden and appurtenances thereunto belonging sealed and delivered by Sarah Stables devise and executrix in the last will of the said Morret Stables named this twentieth day of August one thousand seven hundred and sixty six
|in the presence of us
|the mark and seal of
Sarah X Stables
Deed of Church Street, Ardsley - 1767
This is a transcript of a Deed that shows the transfer of Morrett's property in Ardsley after his death in 1767. It was very kindly provided by Michael Chance.
Indentures of Lease & Release. Between William Stables the younger of Barnbrough & Sarah his wife & Thomas Royston the younger of Great Harwood (sole devisees of the last will of Morret Stables of Ardsley) of one part and Thomas Royston the elder of Ardsley, schoolmaster, of the other part. All that messuage or tenement late the estate of Morret Stables & now in the tenure of William Rogerson, with all buildings etc.
Reg. 17th Aug 1767.