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"The Notices of the Stables Family"
by William Stables (1794-1862)

Page 11 Grace, the wife of Joshua Suttel, one house in Huby and one garth and
croft thereto adjoining, which I purchased of Frances Brookes; also one
other close called Feofse (Fosse?) in Huby; also 20 pounds charged on
the long closes, which I purchased of Matthew Rothery. I have in my
possession a receipt
in full for 11 pounds from Josua Suttele to John Stable, dated 28
June 1722.

In the Church yard at Harewood, near the Tombs of the Stable
family, is a very ancient altar tombstone, with the following
inscription (copied by me July 3, 1821) ::
23rd                            (Salulis 1723
      of Augst. Anno- (Aecalis  -73

Also the body of James Suttele the Husband of the said Grace, who
departed this life on the 30th day of January
Anno  -(salulis  1728
              (aelalis    -78

Here lieth also the body of James Suttele and Dorothy, his wife,
late of Harewood, who died, Dorothy on the 27th September aged 55
years and James on the 3d of October, aged 51 years, Anno Domini 1737.

The fourth descendant of James and Grace Stable Was:
FOURTH:: William, baptized 1654, but I have not any further account
of him.

The fifth Descendant of James and Grace Stable was:
FIFTH::JAMES, baptized 1655. I have no further intelligency of him
either. I have carefully searched the Parish Registers at Harewood for
records of the family, but could not find any previous to 1660, though
other documents fully show that the family was at Hetherick long before
that time, and the early registers bear very evident marks of their
being very negligently kept in that parish.

The sixth descendant of James and Grace Stable was:
SIXTH:: SARAH, Married to William Topham Nov. 16, 1682 (she being about
25 years of age). In the will of James, her father, he bequeaths to
her the sum of 30 pounds, which he charges on the long close in Huby.
I have a receipt from William Topham to John Stable (his brother-in-
­law) dated 1694, which I have little doubt was for his wife's portion,
as his father-in-law died in 1693.

The seventh descendant of James and Grace Stable was :
SEVENTH:: MARY, or as she is styled or called in the parchments I have
containing the registers of James and Grace and eight of their first
children, and also in the parish register of baptisms at Harewood, in
Latin "Maria", baptized Decr. 29, 1659. The parish register says 1660.
Married to John Clough Augst. 22, 1689 (she being about 30 years of
age). In his will, James, her father bequeaths 50 pounds out of his
personal estate. Their descendants or relations still (1821) live at
Burden Head and about Eccup in the parishes of Harewood and Addle.

The eighth descendant of James and Grace Stable was:
EIGHTH:: HANNAH, baptized Decr. 27, 1661 (in register in a very old
blackprint Bible). It seemed that, whatever respectability the family
had attained, that Hannah had very little education,
Page 12 for I have several documents in my possession which are witnessed with
a mark, which she would scarce have done if she could have written at
all. She married when about 33 years of age, March 25th, 1695 to
John Elliss. I possess a receipt from John Elliss to his brother-in-
law, John Stable for 10 pounds, being in full for all demands, dated
7th Feb. 1721. For mere than a century the descendants of John Elliss
continued on friendly terms with one branch of the family. A
Miss Elliss used to be a visitor at William Stables', my grandfather
(vide Brian Procter) and I believe at her decease, which took place at
Leeds, she left my father one of, if not her sole, executor. We have a
number of old books principally on divinity, which have the name of
Elliss inscribed in them. In the will of James Stable he bequeaths to
his daughter Hannah (then unmarried, along with Elizabeth, her sister
"one messuage, one Laith or barn, and all ye housing, close of land,
meadow and pasture thereto belonging with all ye appurtenances, which I
formerly purchased of George Wilkes and Thomas his son, all which are
situate in Rigton, and now in the occupation of William Topham."
In the Harewood Churchyard, and near the burial place of the Stable
Family is a tombstone with the following inscription:
"Here lieth interred the body of Hannah, late wife or John Elliss, who
departed this life the 26th day of October, 1710, in ye 49th year of her
age. Here lieth the body of Mary, the 2nd wife of John Elliss, who
departed this life ye 12th day of December in ye 53rd year of her age,
Anno Dominix 1716. Also adjacent the body of the daid John Elliss of
Harewood who departed this life the 25th of December Anno (salulis 1722
                                                                                                             (elalis -71
Hannah ye daughter of John Ellis was buried Feby. 17th, 1698. Mary ye
daughter of John Ellis, was buried May 15th 1701."

The issue of James and Grace Stable were::
NINTH:: ANNE, baptized Decr. 23rd, 1662, married to John Gudgeon
April 25th, 1682, she being in the 28th year of her age. In her father's
will he bequeathes to her "the two closes called Widgettw, which he
purchased of Matthew Rothery, lying in Weeton". I do not find any
other mention of her in the will, and whether these lands have been
commuted for a sum of money, I know not, but they are now belonging to
us, and I do not find any writings from John Gudgeon or Anne, his wife,
or their heirs; but I have a legacy receipt from John Gudgeon, given to
John Stable for the legacy left by his father-in-law, James Stable,
20 July 1695.

TENTH:: JOHN, (See notices after those of Elizabeth, page 15)

The descendants of James and Grace Stable were:
ELEVENTH:: ELIZABETH, baptized Augst. 5th, 1669: married to Matthew
Mallorie May 28th 1691 (she being about 22 years of age). The
Mallories are a very ancient family of respectability, residing for many
generations at Dun-Heswick in the Parish of Harewood. They had
formerly a vault and Family burying in

- 'daid' should be 'said'.
Page 12
Harewood Church, marked on the ground plan of the Church in Jewel's
History of Harewood, No. 24. It is near the north side of the Church,
but it is said that the stone which covered it was defaced by the masons
when the Church was new flagged. Matthew Mallorie, who died In 1619,
was interred here (see Jewel, page 55). Bridget Mallorie bequeathed
the interests of 5 pounds to the poor of Harewood in 1622. (vice Board
of Benefactions over the south door of the Church (Jewel's History,
Page 57). I possess a document, being a grant of tenant right by
Elizabeth Mallorie to her son Thomas, of Meadow and pasture land in
Dun-Keswick, called Easing Croft, to enter to March 1727. The descen-
dants of Elizabeth have continued to reside on the same farm until
1854, when William Mallorie becoming insolvent, left the farm, and went
to reside at Harewood, being with his family pensioners on the bounty
of the Rt. Hon’ble the Earl of Harwood. Another branch of the family
(William the cousin of the insolvant) still resides on a farm of the
Earl's at Kearby-cum Netherby and occupy the field called Easing Croft.
They are an industrious family, and are in respectable circumstances.

After being his companion in tribulation for about 37 years, James
Stable was called to resign the wife of his youth to the Angel of Death,
July 7th, 1683, she being 55 years of age. In testimony of his affection
for her, her bereaved husband erected over her grave an altar tombstone
on which we managed with much difficulty, assisted by the register, to
spell out the following Inscription:

"Here lieth the body of Grace, the wife, of James Stable of Hetherick
Died July 7th, 1683." This tombstone (along with that over James) myself,
brother and sisters Penelope and Jane were at the expense of about
4 pounds taking them down, rebuilding and relettering them about 1830.

That James would have many cares with his large family, there can
be no doubt; and it is evident that his endeavors for their peace and
welfare did not end with the present day, for on the 7th April, 1677,
"Being then but weake in body, considering yt death is common to all
Creatures" he disposes of his worldly goods by making his will. This,
however, was superseded by another on the second of December 1689.
This document commences with some very pious remarks, on his commending
his soul to God, and his trust in the precious death and merit of our
Lord Jesus Christ (which seems to have been the fashion of that day).
He then gives to his son John all those messuages and lands in Huby
which were the inheritance of his mother; then to his eldest daughter
Frances the wife of Thomas Harrison all those lands he purshased of
Anthony Thackary and one little close, Goose Acre, to enter to after my
Decease; to his son one close called Gorbut Close, lying in Rigton, in
my own occupation, provided he pay to Rebekah Walker my daughter, the wife of
George Easterby the sum of thirty pounds, within one year after my
decease; to Grace, my daughter, the wife of Joshua Suttel, one House
Garth and Croft in Huby, which I formerly purchased of Francis Brookes,
also one other Close called Flosse in Huby, to have and
- Either the author or the transcriber
- were superstitious, as there is no page
- '13', only a 'Page 12 Contd'.
Page 14 to hold from my decease. To my son John Stable, three closes in Huby
called Long Closes, provided he pay Grace, my daughter, the wife of
Joshua Suttele the sum of 20 pounds, and to Sarah, my daughter, now the
wife of William Topham 30 pounds. To my son John one close called
Bank Ing which I purchased of William Ingle, also two closes called
Turn Ing and Little Shaw, provided he pay to Anne, my daughter, the wife
of John Gudgeon, the sum of Forth pounds within one year of my decease.
To my daughter Anne, the wife of John Gudgeon, the two closes called
Widgett, To Hannah Stable and Elizabeth Stable, my youngest daughters,
immediately after my decease, one messuage, laith or barn with the
housing and closes of land, which I purchased of George Wilks, and
Thomas his son, lying at Rigton, in the occupation of William Topham.
The personal estate "both quick and dead, whatsoever" to pay to Mary,
my daughter, the wife of John Clough fifteen pounds; the other to
payment of my debts; appointing John Stable, his son, and Frances,
his daughter sole executor and executrix of his will.

This will is in manuscript and has not been administered to. It
was to a considerable extent superseded by an assignment made by James
to his son John, on certain conditions, 25 May, 1691; and the other
bequests were most like superseded by some mutual agreement between
John and his sisters, as this is a very curious document, I shall copy
it entire:

"Articles and agreed upon this 25th day of
May, in the third year of their majesty’s reign William and Mary, by
the grace of God, King and Queen over England &c - Anno Domini 1691 -
Between James Stable of Stanke in the Parish of Harewood and County of
York, yeoman, of the one part, and John Stable, son and heire of the
said James Stable of the same place and County, Batchelor (or Butcher)
as followeth - Imprimis - The said James Stable for divers good and
serious considerations and more expecially for the Natural affection he
bears unto John Stable, and for others divers and good and considerations
hereinafter in these presents mentioned - Have given, assigned and set
over and by these presents doth give, grant, assign and set over unto
the said John Stable, my son, aII my goods and chattels whatsoever.
Moveable and unmovable (after my debts and funeral expenses being paid)
and likewise the sum of fifty pounds to be paid to my daughter, Mary,
now the wife of John Clough, out of the same as I have mentioned in
my last will and testament; my said son John to enter to all the said
goods and chattels at the day of the date of these presents, and peace-
ably and quietly to have, hold and retain the same to him, the said
John Stable, his heirs and assigns for ever. Item - Whereas the said
James Stable hath by his last will and testament given and bequeathed
unto the said John Stable his son, his heirs and assigns forever all
the lands and tenements, with the buildings and appurtenances whatsoever
which was his mother's, late deceased, and likewise several other
parcels of land which the said James hath given and granted by his said
last will and testament unto the said John Stables, his son his heirs
and assigns for ever, as by the said will and testament more (now?)
at large doth and may appear, and it is covenanted and agreed now by
both the above said parties that the said John Stable shall enter of
all the above recited
Page 15 premises upon the day of the date hereof - and peaceably and quietly
to have, hold and possess all the above said premises, from the said
day of the date hereof unto the said John Stable, his heirs and assigns
forever - the said John Stable his heirs and assigns paying and dis-
charging unto his sisters such several sums of money as is mentioned
and declared in his said father’s last will and testament, which said
will and testament bears date the second day of December in the first
year of the reign of William and Mary, King and Queen over England,
Anno Domini 1689. In consideration whereof the said John Stable doth
covenant, demise and grant and doth for himself, his heirs executors
and administrators covenant demise and grant to pay unto the said
James Stable his father the whole and just sum of ten pounds of lawful
money of England yearly and every year during his life, at the feasts
of Whitsuntide and Xmas by even and equal portions and that the said
James shall have and enjoy the best room in the house he now liveth in
during his Iife with the best bed and bedding and best cha___, and the
said John to maintain his said father with sufficient meat, drink,
washing and lodging during his life. And lastly, for performing
all and singular these articles covenants and agreements the said John
Stable doth bynd himself, his executors and administrators unto the
said James Stable his heirs executors and administrators in the whole
and just sum of five hundred pounds of lawful money of England, in
witness whereof the said John Stable hath hereunto set his hand and
seal the day and year first above written. John (SeaI) Stable signed
sealed and delivered in the presence of us John Watson, Frances Harrison,
Hannah (her mark) Stable.
On the back it is endorsed, "Likewise it is further covenanted
that if ye said James Stable shall mislike of his keeping to have five
pounds a year.

After living thus to old age James Stable departed this life 13th
Septr, 1693, aged 72. Over his grave is erected (close by that of
Grace, his wife) an altar tombstone inscribed,
"Here lieth interred the body of James Stable of Stank, who
departed this life the 15th day of September, in the year of our Lord
1693. Also the body of John Stable, son of ye said James Stable, who
departed this life ye 28th day of November in ye year of our Lord 1747
aged 83 years."

TENTH:: I now take up the Notices I have been able to collect of JOHN,
the child of James and Grace Stables
. He appears to have been their
only son who was spared to grow up to manhood, as we have no register
of the deaths of either of the other two they had, nor any mention of
them or their children in their father's will, the probability is that
they died in infancy. JOHN was born Augst. 1st and baptized Augst 13th
1664. On the 25th of June, he being about 29 years of age, he married
Elisabeth, the daughter of John Dade of Otley, Yeoman. This was about
three months before the death of his father. She, at her marriage,
(according to the record on her tombstone) would be from 18 to 19 years
of age.
I have in my possession a copy of the will of John Dade dated
27 July 1696, by which he bequeathes 100 pounds to John Stable of
Hetherick, otherwise Stank, and Elizabeth, his wife, she being the
daughter of the testator, also to Elizabeth some
Page 16 fields in Otley (after the death of his widow). There is also some
property bequeathed to his daughter Ann, the wife of William Dinsdale
of East Keswick, and ten pounds each to their children, Elizabeth, Ann,
and John Dinsdale. I have also a copy of a lease from the Arch-bishop
of York, to Christopher Lupton of Bramby, of lands In Ottey, 2nd June
1693. I have also an assignment of the remainder of the term of the
above lease for 21 years, of two closes at Ottey (for 15 pounds in hand
paid) to John Daid or Dade of Otley, subject to the annual rent of
6/ (61?) 21 June 1693. Also a receipt from the Lord of the Manor of
Otley, to John Stable and Isabel Dade for 13/6 due to the Lord of the
Manor on the death of John Dade, 1697. Also some receipts from the
agents of the archbishop of York to John Stable for rent 3/. from 1697 to

Whether John Stable received some considerable portion on or in
consequence of his marriage with Elizabeth Dade, does not very clearly
appear; but the probability is that she had some considerable fortune,
for he was able, not only to pay his sisters their portions out of the
lands his father had bequeathed to him subject to such legacies, but
also considerably to enlarge his estate.
The first purchase which he made of which I have any record is of
the tithes (?) of his lands in the Constabulary of Weeton. This was of
John Boulter, Esqr., who had succeeded to the Harewood estate and who
was Lay-Improprietor of the Tithes. Then he purchased for 35 pounds
with the exception of one shilling per annum, called a "stint", the law
very probably not allowing him to sell them absolutely. The document
is dated at Gawthorp Hall 1 March, 1700, and signed John Boulter.
This arrangement continued in form until about 1790, when an act of
Parliament was obtained for Incloseing the Commons and waste lands in
the Township of Dun-Keswick and Weeton, when a portion was alloted to
the Clergyman, and the tithes entirely obliterated.
We next find him taking a mortgage for 400 pounds on a house,
buildings and certain lands in Weeton, of Ann Graveley and Robert,
her son, dated 18 Jan. 1701. The husband of Ann (if not her and her
son) had resided in Weeton, and had made several purchases of land
there (as the deeds testify) and in his day had been a man of wealth
and importance. Ann and her son Robert resided at Knowsthorp
(Knousthorp?) a little below Leeds, and for some reason or other, it
seems was running through their property at Weeton. Then on the 25th
March 1701 they let him the estate for 7 years at 21 pounds per annum.
And then again on the 9th Septr. 1701 they sell him the whole, absolutely
and entirely for 460 pounds additional. It is described as a house,
buildings and garth, 2 acres, bounded on the north by lands of John
Boulton, Esqr. on the south by the town street; also Fitts close,
2 acres; Long lands close 2˝ acres; 3 little shaws, 3a.; Cringle Myers,
3˝ acres, one house and barn adjoining the town street (heretofore
purchased by Rob. Graveley the Elder of Robert Pukard (Pirkard?)
Chipindale Close, 3 acres; Howker’s Close 2 acres. Prikard Ings in Weeton.

- 'Ottey' should be 'Otley'

- 'Ottey' should be 'Otley'

- '6/' would be '6 shillings'

- Probably 'Robert Pickard'
Page 17      Tradition says that this house and buildings, bounded on the south
by the town street, formerly belonged to the Nunnery of Arthington.
The house bears marks of having belonged to some corporation, as but
few private persons would build in the style of architecture and ornament
found there. The front doorway and door has been and still is in a
peculiar style. Some other doorways about the house and buildings have
been ornamented. There were several fine round stone balls, about
eighteen inches diameter, with an Arin (iron?) pike let into them, and
ornamented pedestals for them to stand on, which had ornamented the
gateways or walls. Several of these were taken to Sandy-gate by my
father when he made some repairs on the premises after it came into
his possession, and he afterwards carried some of them to Lillington
when they still ornamented my brother's garden walls. There is also
in the best room of the house a flagged floor - in diamonds, which we
hid by laying on it one of boards about the year 1836.

Among the documents connected with the estate I find a "Feofment
by Thomas Briggs and Thomas Hodgson to William Newsome and Ann his wife,
to Robert Gravely, to perform covenants, 1688. There must have been
some other deeds, as a bond in those days was a customary part of the
conveyance on any purchase of real estate. Then three years after
(July 1691) we find them in the possession of Robert Graveley, and his
obtaining from Sir John Cutler, Bart., Lord of the Manor of Harewood,
permission to erect a building and enclose a fold yard and garden in
Weeton on paying an acknowledgment. The Weeton Green anciently went
up to the door of the House, and I have no doubt the old Mistle, behind
the present Methodist Chapel and the Foldyard adjoining on those en­-
closed by Robert Gravely. And lastly these premises were purchased by
John Stables of Robbert and Ann Graveley 1701, and have been in the
Family ever since.

On Feb. 25, 1708 (being the eighth of Queen Anne) we find him
purchasing of Miles Gale of Kirghtley, Clerk, Margaret Gale (wife of
said Miles) for 950 pounds a messuage called the Stone House, occupied
by Thomas Cullingworth; also the close called Stoney Leys (now Cow
Close) near and far Can Nabbs, Summergate Close, the Carrs, Swindon
Lane Close and Scaleboro, Sur-Averick, messuage and garth, in Kirkby
occupied by Richard Watson, also 1˝ acres of meadow in the broad Inge;
also the Close called Hold-gate End; two closes called Rosby Closes,
occupied by Richard Watxon, also two closes called Lund-Heads,
occupied by George Easterbie, also two closes called Duke Closes, with
a barn, occupied by Richard Watson, all in the Township of Kirkby-

(In 1652 John Gale of Farnley purchased of Miles Dodgson of Kirkby-
Overblow, for whom a monument is erected in the north Isle or recess
in the Church at Kirkby, for 1170 pounds, the Stone House and lands in
Kirkby. John Gale also afterwards bought some more purchases of land of
Miles Dodgson - 11 July 1679 John Gale, Joan his wife and Miles, their
Son, before the marriage of the said Miles with Margaret, daughter of
Christopher Stone, D.D., of the City of York (who had 500 pounds as a
marriage portion) conveyed this property to trustees as marriage
settlement - hence the name Stone House)
Page 18 After several years (5th Feby. 1730) he made a small addition to
his Weeton Estate, by purchasing of Robert Garnett of Leathby, Gent.,
a little close adjoining his Cringle Myers, called "Cringle Myre pit";
the purchase was 40 pounds.

When he was near sixty years of age, he had a series of domestic
afflictions. The wife of his youth was taken from him by death 19th
Feby. 1723, and little more than a fortnight after, she was followed
by their youngest son, called James, a youth of about fourteen years
of age. He manifested his attachment to them by erecting over their
graves an altar tombstone on which is the following inscription:
(copied by me July 3d, 1821)
"Here lieth interred the body of Elizabeth, late wife of John
Stable, who departed this life on the 19th day of Feby.
Anno- (salulis 1723.
             (etatis 14

It is very probable that bereavements deeply wounded his feelings
and loosened his attachment to earthly things, and also induced him to
think more than heretofore on his own later end, and probably to make
some settlement of his temporal affairs. And his son John having some
prospecy of forming an advantageous matrimonial connection, he on the
20th June, 1723 executed a release to Robert Harrison of Long Addingham,
yeoman, and John Stables the younger, son and heir of John Stables the
elder, by which "In consideration of the natural love and affection to
his said son, John Stables the younger, and 5/. to Robert Harrison in
trust (and he accepts the trusts) for the use and profit of the said
John Stables the younger, of the Stone House, Stoney Leys, Near and Far
Carr Nobbs, Summergate Close, The Carrs, Sur-Average, two closes called
Lund head Closes, and two Closes called Duke Closes, all in Kirkby-
Concomitant with the above grand, and in consequence of it, was a
deed executed by John Stables, the younger, by which he renounces all
claim or right to or inheritance in the lands of his father situate
at Huby.
In the grant made to his son John Stables, the younger, the
"Scalebars" is not included, but (vide the late Brian Proctor to me)
his father allowed him to occupy it without paying rent, and the widow
and son of John the younger afterwards made a claim to it, and it was
a matter of dispute between the families of John and his younger brother
William, to whom his father bequeathed it.

For several years during the later part of his life, he had one of
his grand-sons, Brian Proctor with him. Brian lived to a very great
age and died at the house of his son-in-law, William Dickenson of
Goldsbro, Jany. 26, 1827, aged 93. He was a very intelligent man,
and with him I had many lengthy conversations on the early history of
the Family. He appeared to have a perfect recollection of his grand-
father, and the affairs of the family at that period. From him I
learned that part of the farm at Stanke that his grandfather occupied
is now included in the Barkl that he had the eminence on which the
Harewood House now stands in it, but it was at that time arable, and
that he had often, when a boy, driven the plow over it, and a very
rough, awkward, stony piece it was, though
Page 19 now by art and labour rendered so much of an Earthly Paradise.

For the last 8 or 9 years that he was in business, he had a servant
man lived with him called John Wimitage, who also continued afterwards
with his son William, so that in the whole he was seventeen successive
years in the family. He used to give his old master an excellent char-
acter, and his young master William used afterwards to say that John
Armitage was the best servant he ever had.

John Stables was a highly respectable man. His good sense and
prudent conduct combined with his station in society, gave him great
influence in the sphere in which he moved, and as his judgement was cool
and sound, and combined with great magnanimity, of spirit and mildness
of temper, in the latter part of his life he was much looked up to as a
counselor and advisor. In the decline of life he was remarkably dead
to the world, and giving up the farm to his son William, he receiving
the rents of his estate at Huby and Weeton for pocket monet, resided
with his son at Stank. There it was, at a revered old age, that he
met his change on the 30th of November 1747, being about 83 years of age.

By his will (the probate of which I have in my possession) dated
Jany. 31, 1736, he bequeathed all his estate at Weeton and Huby in the
Township of Weeton, and at Kirkby-Overblow called "Scaleburs and Low
Can Close, now in my own possession or that of my undutinants" to his
son Willian Stables, and 20 pounds each to his daughters Grace Oddy
and Ann Proctor, to be paid out of his personal property within six
months next after his decease; all the residue of his personal property
he bequeathed to his son William and appoints him sole executor.

The descendants of John and Elizabeth Stables of Stank were:
FIRST: James, baptized Jany 1st 1696 and buried Jany 9, 1696.

SECOND: John, born Feby. 15th, 1697. His father had purchased the
estate of Kirkby-Overblow in 1708, and while his son was yet but a
young man, placed him there as the occupier. The exact period of his
coming to reside at Kirkby I cannot ascertain, but I have in my
possession the copy of a Terrior or Survey of Church property at Kirkby-
Overblow, made in 1716, and which is signed by John Stables, a first
(or Kirkby) Church-warden; at which time he could not be 20 years of age.

When he was about 25 years of age, and about the time of his mother’s
and youngest brother’s death, he commenced a matrimonial connection with
Isabel Harrison of Addingham. The probability is, that in order to
accomplish, facilitate, or render comfortable, this union his father,
John Stables of Stanke made him a grant of great part of his estate
at Kirkby-Overblow (see the account of John, his father) on which he
continued to reside until his decease. I have been told (by Brian
Proctor) that his father also allowed him to occupy the Scalebars
(being the four most westerly closes which we still possess) and the
Low Close without paying any rent. But as they were not included in
the grant

- 'Wimitage' is certainly 'Armitage'.

- 'monet' should be 'money'.

- 'undutinents' is probably 'undertenants'.
Page 20 made to his son John and his trustee, his father bequeathed them by
his will to his son William (my grandfather). His right to do so,
however, the widow of John at least attempted to dispute, grounding
her claim, we suppose, on occupancy.

The character I have beard of John, Junr., is that he was very
fond of liquor, and that he indulged so much in this propensity that
he brought himself to a premature grave. His death took place at
Kirkby-Overblow March 1st, 1731, he being just turned of 34 years of
age. An altar tombstone was erected over his grave, Inscribed with
the following record::
"Here lieth interred the body of Mr. John Stables, Junr., of
Kirkby-Overblow, who departed this life March 1st, 1731, aged 34".
In 1817 this tombstone was taken down and rebuilt and new lettered,
when it and the two others adjoining it were inclosed with an iron
pallisade, costing in the whole, at that time, about 50 pounds. In
1841 the grave of John was reopened, and a walled Bricked-covered grave
make for the body of Henry, the son of myself and Martha, my wife, and
the following inscription was afterwards added: "Also the body of
Henry, the son of William and Martha Stables, who departed this life
Aug. 13th, 1841, aged 13 years."

A day or two before his death (28 Feby. 1731) he made his will,
which he bequeathed his estate in Kirkby-Overblow to his good friends,
Samuel Oddy of Horsforth, Edward Bears of Kirkby-Overblow and Peter
Watkinson of Chella, all in the County of York, in trust, for the use
of his son Henry as soon as he shall attain the age or 21 years, and to
his heirs and assigns forever; and it is his will that they, his trustees,
permit his wife, Isabel Stables to receive the rents, issues and
profits, for the bringing up of my said son 'till he attain 21 years
of age. But in case my wife should prove with child, if a boy, I give
unto the same 300 pounds, when 21 years of age; if a girl, 200 pounds,
and charge the estate therewith; and beg of my said trustees to see
the same paid out of my estate. In case Henry die before being 21,
and his wife not with a male child, then the whole of the said estate
to William Stables, his heirs and assigns forever. In case my son
Henry die before attaining 21, and the estate come unto William Stables,
or if he survive that age, I will that my wife Isabel have 20 pounds
per annum our of the said estate during her natural life; and I appoint
my dear and loving wife lsabel sole executris of this my last will,

John and Isabel had two other children besides Henry, who both
died in their infancy, and are buried at Kirkby-Overblow.

After Isabel had remained a widow for a number of years [see note on next page]
she again entered the married state, with a Mr. Joseph Atkinson,
who was generally considered an honest, upright, simple hearted
man. For about three years after their marriage, they resided
in a part of the house of Brian Proctor (her former husband’s
nephew) at Pannul. This would be between 1750-60. From there they
removed to a farm near Thorner, where they both died. During their
residence with Brian Proctor, they became acquainted with the
Methodists. The only place they preached at in the neighbourhood was at
Huby, and a cottage was their only sanctuary. To this place Mr. and
Mrs. Atkinson, old Mrs. Proctor, and a neighbour woman used to resort
at the time of preaching.

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