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

Page 1 The practice of having two names is of very ancient date - probably
it has existed nearly, if not quite, as long as the Christian religion -
for the rite of Baptism superseding that of circumcision, was also
characterized by giving a name to the individual, as well as administering
the spiritual sacrament. When John the Baptist was circumcised he was
also named John. Thus in the earliest Christian records we read of John
the Baptist, Saul of Tarsus, James the son of Alpheus, etc.

Now if a few names became fashionable in the Christian Church as John,
James, Thomas, Matthew, it requires no great stretch of imagination to
suppose that this would soon introduce confusion among the Disciples, and
some other designation would become necessary in order to distinguish them
one from another; and thus from necessity arose the practice of giving a
second or sire name, or as we now term it, a surname to each individual.

How, or from what these sur or family names have obtained or derived
is now almost entirely matter of conjecture. Perhaps the first and most
easy way of fixing a distinctive name on an individual was as he was the
sone of such a one - thus James the son of Alpheus. Thus in our day we
have families of Johnson, Richardson, Williamson, Thomson, Robertson,
Peterson, Rogerson, Betson or Bateson.

Another fruitful source of names is to be found in occupations, calling
and professions of the persons or their ancestors. Thus we read in the New
Testament of Simon a Tanner, Luke the Physician, Joseph the Carpenter. Thus
in our day we have our Chandlers, Farmers, Masons, Wright, Tanner, Butler,
Taylor, Rhodes, Ploughman, Housman, Fisher.

Another origin of names is found in the residences of the individuals.
We read of Saul of Tarsus, Gius of Derbe, and in our day we have John-o-the-
Hill ("o" is the short pronunciation of of) James-o-the-Rigg, Jim-o-the-Well,
-Hill, Dale, Ridsdale (no doubt a corruption of Ridgedale) Rivers, Ford,
Roads, Townsend, Wells, Forrest, Woods, Cliff, etc.

And we doubt not the family name of Stables has had this origin. Some
of its ancestors have resided at the Stable - probably was the manager or
Keeper of the stable - and in the next age it would become John Stable, or
Jim Stable, or Willy Stable. The name appears to have been written Stable
until about 1700, when the "s" began to be added thus making it Stables.
This I have learned from a number of old deeds and documents in my own
possession. There are but a few families of the name in the Kingdom. It
is but rare that it occurs in a Newspaper. There is a William W. Stables,
Esqr. near Huddersfield; there are several Families about Horsforth, near
Page 2 Leeds. One was a medical man, two or three were attorneys, and there is
still a Mr. James Stables, a very respectable tea dealer in Briggate, Leeds.

There have been some families in York and in the North Riding, which
have very probably had the same origin, but the termination has become
altered, and they are generally called Stabler. And thus my brother Samual,
who resides near Pickering, is very often called Stabler.

It is not impossible but the name arose from the ancestors of our own
Family, for by old deeds ( of Oct. 1627) they were at Hetherick (about 1700
it began to be called Stanke, which is, I understand, the Saxon name for pond)
It is near the fish ponds at Harewood House, the princely residence of the
Rt. Hon'blethe Earl of Harewood, and near which is the Stables farmyard,
workshops & to the present day. The ancient Hall was called Gawthorp Hall,
and was about three Hundred yards from the present Hall - In the Southwest
direction - so that it would not be far from the Stanke - and the Stanke it is
very likely was the Stable place (plan?) of the Hall in days of yore.

The first written document which I have met with connected with the
family, places John Stable at Hetherick, from which we learn that he had
some trouble with Stephen Stable, his natural son. It is in the form of
a receipt for a sum of money by Christopher Rawson of Dearnefield in the
Parish of Rigton, yeoman, on which he renounces and quits claim to all
claims and debts "from the beginning of the world to the present time"
owing by John Stable of Hetherick and Stephen Stable, his natural son.
Dated y (70) Octr. 1627.

The Harewood Estate in the reign of Charles the first belonged to the
Rt. Hon’ble Thomas Viscount Wentworth, who was for some years the favourite
Minister of Charles, and by him he was created Earl of Stafford (by which
title he is known in history). He was President of his Majesty’s Council,
and Lord Deputy of Ireland, but at length fell with disgrace, and retired
to his mansion, Gawthorp Hall, where he resided during the gathering of
that storm, which at length burst upon him; for after being impeached and
tried, he was beheaded on Tower Hill, May, 12. 1641.

And however he had been guilty of the mismanagement of the King’s business,
he does not appear to have robbed his Master or the Nation to enrich himself,
for during the Civil Wars he ran himself into many debts (see Jewel’s History
of Harewood, page 85)
Page 3 His necessities probably suggested to him the plan of letting his lands
on lease with a sum of money in hand. Among others, John Stable of
Hetherick obtained a lease for twenty one years, of "House, garden and lands
called Hetherick In Weardley in the Parish of Harewood. It is dated 30 Augt.
1633, and he was to hold the same, from the feast of the Purification of the
Blessed Virgin (Lady Day) in the same year. The terms on which he obtained,
and was to hold it were 20 pounds in hand and 14 pounds annually, to be paid
at the Feast of Pentecost, and Saint Martins, and also "at the Feast of the
Nativity of the Blessed Saviour, annually two fat capons and six fat hens".

After the untimely death of this unhappy Nobleman, his titles and
estates descended to his second son, William. He, finding the estate
encumbered with so many debts, sold it to Sir John Catler, who is famous in
history for his penurious habits.

It is said Sir John died in 1693, leaving his estates to his only
daughter, Elizabeth, the wife of John Roberts, Earl of Radnor, with remainder,
in case of failure of issue, to his relation John Boulter, Esqr., who on her
death (1697) accordingly inherited it. He died about 1738, and of his heirs
it was purchased by Henry Lascelles, Esqr, 1739-40.

It appears by several documents that John Stable had to wife Margaret
__________, by whom he had previously a natural son. After the death of
John it seems very probable that Margaret had some trouble with this son,
and it is very likely that he held some security for money, or had something
else to ground a claim on the property of his reputed father, and perhaps
that method might be resorted to, in order to make some provision for him,
as he is not mentioned at all in his father's will. All these particulars
are shown by a Release dated May 30th, 1637, from Anthonie Stable of
Yarmouth in the County of Norfolk, butcher, in consideration of 18 pounds,
to Margaret Stable of Hetherick, widow, and sole executrix of John Stable
(the said John and Margaret being his natural parents) and James Stable
(the natural son of William Stable of Hetherick and grandson of John,
aforesaid) from all claims and demands whatsoever.

John and Margaret had also another son called William, who also
resided at Hetherick, but whether with his parents, of he had afterwards a
separate establishment, does not appear. William was married to Frances
__________, by whom he appears previously to have had a natural son,
James (who succeeded his grandmother, Margaret, on the farm at Hetherick).
William, however, died before his father, being but comparatively a young
man, and leaving a family behind him, which are never
mentioned in his father’s will, except James, whom, it appears, he intended
ultimately to succeed to the farm.

It is evident that William possessed, at his death, some property
independent of his father, but that he died intestate, for I have before me
the Letter of Administration, granted by the Ecclesiastical Court to
"Frances, the widow of William Stable of Hetherick, and to James, Anne and
Margaret, their three children", but as the document is in Latin, I can only
very imperfectly understand it and cannot at all decipher the date.
Page 4 Frances afterwards married to Thomas Bywater, who in one document is
styled "yeoman" and resided at Hetherick. The family or families, however,
appear to have been in an unfriendly and disjointed state, for I have in my
possession a deed purporting to be the accounts of Frances Bywater, late
widow and Executrix of William Stable, made to the Ecclesiastical Court,
and accompanied by an acceptance of the same, under a very large seal of
office. I conceive that the call for her accounts, must have been made on
the complaint of some member of the family. It bears date 1637, and is a
very curious document. It states, first the amount of his property, then
the expenses she had to pay, the debts, the mortuary, the expense of
obtaining the letters of administration, then she accounts for the net
residue, claims one third, as her own customary portion, then another third
to James, Anne and Margaret, their three children, as their final portion;
but there seems some difficulty in accounting for the remaining third:
out of this she has paid so and so, and especially on her second marriage
she has entered into bonds to her two daughters.

I have a bond in my possession, given by Richard Topham to Thomas
Bywater to secure the payment of 3 pounds, 15s, 0d. at the house of
Margaret Stable of Hetherick, from which it was probable that the families
either resided together, or near to each other, - the date is 1638.

Also a Release by William Waite of Bramhope and his wife (who was
daughter of Edward Coole of Huby, carpenter) of all claims on Thomas
Bywater of Hetherick, "yeoman" and Frances his wife, or on Margaret Stable
of Hetherick, widow 14th Novr. 1641. Thomas Bywater must have been a man
of some respectability and character, for we find his wife's son James
Stable appointing him one of the two trustees, to whom he conveted his
property in trust after his marriage with Grace Hardistic - dated 24th
Decr. 1649 (of whom see more hereafter.

Also a release by Thomas Bywater, of all claims on James Stable
Decr. 12th, 1655.

The last will of John Stable of Hetherick is dated Feby. 1635, on
which probate was granted 1637, so that his death must have occurred
between these dates. In the will he is styled "yeoman" (the usual sense
of which is a proprietor of real estate or landed property) though he
does not dispose of any landed estates by his will. It states that
"being debile and weak in bodie, but of a good and perfect remembrance –
praised be God, do make this my last will and Testament in manner and
form following - First, I bequeath my soul to God Almighty, my only
Saviour and Redeemer, by whose merits, death and passion, and through
an affixed faith in Christ Jesus I hope to be found and to attain to
Eternal and Everlasting life, and my body to be buried within the
Parish Church yard of Harewood". He then gives the tenant right in
the lease for a term of years which he held of messuages, lands etc.
In Hetherick and Weardley under the Rt. Hon’ble Thomas Lord Viscount
Page 5 unto Margaret, his wife, for her life, and after her decease to
James Stable his grandchild, and late son of William Stable my son
deceased". He then bequeaths all his goods and chattels whatsoever,
that he may lawfully give to his wife Margaret, and appoints her his
sole executrix. To this probate there in no signature at the bottom;
either there had not been any, or they had neglected to copy it on the
probate, neither are there any witnesses’ names.
     The probate is dated 1637.

As soon as her husband was dead, Margaret, his widow, weary of the
cares of business, or for some other reasons, good and sufficient thereto,
assigned over all her right and interest in the lease of the farm at
Hetherick. This is a long document and is dated Feby. 8, 1637. From
which time I have no further record of Margaret whatever.

In the parish registers of Harewood I do not find any entry of the
Birth, baptism, or marriage of James Stable, but on two old pieces of
parchment, which appear like official extracts from some register
(which may have since been lost)
his baptism is stated to have taken
place 28th Novr. 1621 (in this they both agree) so that when his grand-
­father, John Stable died In 1637 he would be about 15 or 16 years of
age. That is supposing him to be baptised when an infant.

For some years after this I have no account of his movements, until
about 1646, when he contemplated entering on the Holy Estate of
Matrimony. The object of his choice was Grace Hardistie, an only child
of George Hardistie, of Huby, who was the natural son of Richard
Hardistie of the same place. Richard Hardistie appears to have been
possessed of some considerable property in houses and lands at Huby
about 1600, and his son George having negotiated an advantageous marriage
with Rebekah the daughter of Richard Walker of Upper Yeadon. In order
to facilitate the union there was considerable preparation. Richard
Hardistie conveyed his estate to his two sons, George and William (1624)
Then William executed a deed of trust conveying his estate to Thomas
Walker, of Yeadon and John Walker of Mig-gate, in trust for George
Hardistie, his natural and Elder brother and Rebekah his wife, and to
their lawful heirs, and in default of heirs by Rebekah, then they were
to find William with meat, drink, and lodging, and twenty shillings per
annum (1624). There is also a deed to the same persons by George
Hardistie, in trust of the estate his father had conveyed to him date
Feby. 26, 1624. There is also a jointure deed
after marriage, by George Hardistie to Francis Wilks of West Rigton,
yeoman, and Thomas Walker of Yeadon in the Parish of Guinby, of lands
Page 6 in Huby in trust, for the use of me, the said George Hardistie, for
life after decease to the use of Rebekah, my wife; after her decease
"to the heirs of me the said George Hardistie and Rebekah begotten." -
"and in default of such issue, to my heirs and assigns." July 1624

Then, after the lapse of ten years, George Hardistie having
departed this life, in a deed of trust by Rebekah, his widow stating,
"whereas by grant of her late husband, George Hardistie, she is
possessed of certain lands in Huby vested for her use in Thomas
and John Walker (as she survives her husband) and the use of her heirs,
and as she has by the said George Hardistie a daughter, Grace, of the
age of six years and nine months, and said Rebekah in her present
widowhood, being and respecting that true and faithful love that her
said husband bore and shewed unto her, the said Rebekah, doth grant to
the said Thomas and John Walker (her brothers) houses and lands in
Huby now in her occupation for the use following, viz: to her use
until her daughter Grace attains to twenty one years of age, after
she attains that age, then one moiety to said Rebekah, the other half
to Grace her daughter; after Rebekah's decease, the whole to Grace,
her heirs and assigns forever. 14th Augt, 1634"

Rebekah does not appear to have remained long a widow, for in 1635
we find her account made to the Ecclesiastical Court, as Rebekah Ingle,
late the widow of George Hardistie, of Huby.

I have no Register of the marriage of James Stable and Grace
Hardistie, but I have a document very carefully drawn up in the
following articles of agreement (most likely) executed on, or immediately
before the marriage of the parties. This deed is between William Ingle
and Rebekah, his wife (mother of Grace Hardistie), William the uncle,
Grace and James Stable. By this deed William Ingle engages to convey
to James Stable and Grace his wife two messuages buildings and lands in
Huby and Wescoe Hill, late the inheritance of George Hardistie and
William Hardistie. In consideration of which, James Stable engages
and covenants to find William Ingle and Rebekah his wife meat, drink
and Iodgings for life, according to their estate and quality (except
only apparel for William Ingle), and in case Rebekah dislike to remain
with James Stable, then he will pay her 8 pounds per annum; also he
engages to provide William Hardistie with meat, drink and lodgings,
according to his estate and quality, and twenty shillings per annum,
that is, five shillings every quarter, and if he dislike to remain with
him, then he will pay him 8 pounds per annum; also James Stable acquits
William and Rebekah Ingle from the payment of 20 pounds due to the said
James Stable, which sum William Hardistie is to dispose of by will or
otherwise; in consideration of which all the household goods, etc.,
which belonged to George Hardistie are to belong to James Stable and
Grace, his wife. The document is dated 30 May, 1646.

In accordance with the foregoing agreement, and of the same date,
is a regular conveyance by William Ingle and Rebekah his wife, of the
estates late the inheritance of George Hardistie, and also another of
the same description and date, by them conveying the estates late the
inheritance of William Hardistie. These several documents all in date
render it certain that the marriage was already solemnized, as they are
Page 7 to James Stable and Grace his wife. Very Likely they were executed on
the wedding day.

There is also a bond from William Ingle (husband of Rebekah, the widow
of George Hardistie) and William to James Stable.

If the marriage was solemnized at the time the articles were agreed
on and the settlements made, James Stable would be about twenty four
years and seven months of age, and Grace Hardistie would be eighteen years
and seven months of age. That the event did not occur later than this
we may infer from the circumstance that Frances, the daughter of James
and Grace was baptized 16th of Septr, of the same year.

According to the foregoing baptism of Grace, the wife of James
Stable, she would be twenty one years of age 0ctr. 1648. This would be
as soon as she could execute any conveyance of her inheritance; but it
is also probable that this was not done until the decease of her Uncle
William Hardistie, when the estate fully vested in her. Accordingly,
we find a deed of trust (and its counterpart) dated 24th Decr. 1649,
by which James and Grace Stable convey to
Thomas Bywater of Hetherick, yeoman (his step father) and Robert Scatchard
of Arthington, yeoman, their real estates at Huby and Wescoe Hill, viz:
a messuage and Garth one acre; two crofts adjoining, 1 acre; two crofts
adjoining, 4 acres; one do., 2 acres; middle thornyland close, 2 acres;
one do., 1 acre; long lands, 4 acres; Byerly Closes, 1˝ acres; one
dwelling house in which Alice Burnett did heretofore live, all in Huby,
late the inheritance of George Hardistie. Total 16˝ acres.

Also one other messuage, barn and Thornyland Close 1˝ a. Two
other Closes called Hebdin Flatts, and Thorny Close, 5 acres; one other
Thorneyland Close (with the Layth or Barn and buildings on the same)
5 acres; all in Huby; one other close at Wescoe-Hill, 2˝ a; total,
14 acres; late the estate of William Hardistie, deceased. (Total of
both estates, 30˝ acres), in trust, to the use of the said James and
Grace Stable, during their natural Lives, and to the longer liver of
them, and to the heirs of the body of the said Grace, by him the said
James lawfully begotten, or to be begotten, and to their heirs; and in
default of such issue, then to the heirs of the said James Stable.

James Stable having thus married a woman of some substance, appears
by that union to have laid the foundation of that accumulation of
landed property about Huby and Weeton, which still remains in the
possession of his descendants. A few years after their marriage,
James, very probably having been able to lay by a little money, he
began to make additions to their estate. His first purchase seems to
been the Widgate, which was estimated at two acres (we now make more
than 2˝ a. of it) which he purchased of Matthew Rothery, of Huby,
shoemaker for 30 pounds, 7 shillings, 6 pence, the deeds of conveyance
for which are dated 23d March 1655. Next we find him purchasing Turn
Ing (?) and Little Shaw of Matthew Rothery aforesaid for 20 pounds,
Page 8 5th March 1661, and under the same date are deeds such as were then
customary (a feofment - receipt for the money - and a Bond to perform
the covenants), he having purchased of his step-father-in-law, William
Ingle, the field called Bank Ing (?) (now Barn Close) in Huby, for 20
pounds. Then again, after taking breath a little, we find him purchas-
ing 23 June 1665 of the aforesaid Matthew Rothery of Huby for 55 pounds,
15 shillings, the two closes called Long Close and Laith Close, also in

He also purchased some land in Rigton of George and John Wilks
called Garbut Closes, 14 June 1655. He also bought some more land in
Rigton of Thomas and George Wilks Feby andd March 1663. He purchased
Fosse Closes in Huby 2 acres of Isabel Atkinson and Henry her son for
22 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence , 5 March 1661, and also of the same
persons Goose acre, 1 acre in Huby for 9 Pounds 18 May 1668. He also
made a large purchase of Anthony Thackray of Huby for 203 pounds of a
house, barn and little Yuge (Ing) and two little closes 6 acres; two
other closes called Ebor Closes, 4 a. one little close called Goose
acre and the Lane called Goose Acre Lane, 23rd March 1665.

There is a receipt stating that "James Stable of Harewood hath
paid the duty of excise till the 19th Inst. (next?)"; dated 22nd March 1660.

It is very probable that James Stable was constable of Harewood
1654, as I find among the family papers a magistrates' order on the
Inhabitants of Harewood for 1 pound, 6 shillings, 3 pence, being their
proportion of 53 pounds demanded at law in the Wapentake in satisfaction
of a Robery (robbery?) June 1654.
(Note by author, written June 1856) My brother has the original amount
of weekly pay of James Stable, overseer of the poor of Harewood on 1668
and 1661 weekly pay 2/10.

There is a charge made on James Stable for the "Train Bands",
April 10, 1661.

I find a copy of the valuation of Weeton Township (in which Huby
is situated), in which James Stable's proportion is valued at 14/8/0,
but there is no date to the document.

I have a lease (or its counterpart) of lands in Huby let by James
Stable to Richard Core (COn?), being 27 acres in 8 closes, at 14 per
annum for 8 years, dated 20 March 1664. Thus it seems from the valua-­
tion and the lease that the land was then worth about ten shillings
per acre per annum.

I have a large number of receipts for rent, on detached papers,
from the proprietors of the Harewood Estate, or their agents, down from
1646 to 1712, but they are not an unbroken series. 1648 James Stable
paid at the rate of 45/3/0 per annum. In 1657 James Stable occupied
the Gawthorpe Hale (Hall?) Demesnes and paid 64 pounds per annum rent,
and 1659 he paid 67 pounds
William, Earl of Stafford, sold the Estates (Harewood) to Sir John
Cutler. The conveyance is dated June 16th, 1657, is very lengthy, and
contains more than fifty folios. (William, Earl of Stafford was son
of Thos., the unfortunate Earl). At which time James Stable was a
tenant in Gawthorp, and also in Weardley. Price 25347 Pounds, 18
shillings 8 pence, also Shadwell and Wike 2680 pounds, 3 shillings,
6 pence. Page 65. In History of Harewood by John Jones, page 200 & 239.
Page 9 The children of James and Grace Stable of Hetherick were:
FIRST: Frances, baptized 16th, Septr. 1646 and married Sept. 4th 1684,
being then near 38 years of age to Thomas Harrison of Stubhouse. Two
days before marriage a marriage settlement was made between James Stable
and Thomas Harrison, on which James Stable for himself, his heirs and
assigns, covenants to and with the said Thomas Harrison, his heirs and
assigns, that he the said James will on or before the first day of
March then next ensuing, at his own proper costs and charges, sufficiently
Convey, settle and assure all that Housing and Lands which he purchased
of Anthony Thackray, situate, lying and being in Huby in the Township
of Weeton, now in the occupation of Christopher Thompson, to the uses
hereinafter mentioned, that is to say, to the use of the aforesaid
Thomas and Frances, during the term of their natural lives; after their
decease of the survivor of them, to the Heirs of their two bodies,
lawfully begotten, and for default of such issue, to the Heirs and
assigns of the said James Stable forever; redeeming the one moiety or
half part of the aforesaid premises, unto the said James Stable, for
the term of Fiftie years, if the said James Stable live so long,
paying one red rose.

In consideration of which the said Thomas Harrison - as also for
providing a competent jointure and livelihood for the said Frances, his
intended wife, in case she shall survive the said Thomas - Doth for
himself, his heirs and assigns, covenant, promise, agree and grant to
and with the said James Stable his heirs and assigns, that he the said
Thomas will, on or before the first of March then next coming, at his
own proper costs and charges, sufficiently convey and settle all his
housing and lands in the Parish of Harewood and (perhaps it is) Kirkby,
being all in the occupation of John Suttle and William Stead to the
uses hereinafter mentioned, that is to say, to the use of him the said
Thomas Harrison and Frances Stable his intended wife, during the term
of their natural lives, and after the decease of the survivor, to the
heirs and assigns of the said Thomas Harrison for ever. It is signed,
sealed and delivered in the presence of these, - John Stable, Grace
Stable, Hannah X (her mark) Stable.

With them and the descendants of this marriage our family has kept
up a friendly intercourse for about 150 years, acknowledging each other
as relations. Thos. Harrison, Esqr., of St. Peters Square, Leeds, has
been on visits at our house, and I have been at their house. They
removed from Leeds about 1812 or 1815, since which time we have had no
intercourse with them.

They had long resided at Stubhouse, a large farm about a mile south
of Gawthorp Hall, and belonging to the Estate. 1620 Stephen Harrison
bequeathed the interest of 20 pounds to the
poor of Harewood (See board of benefactions over the south door of
Harewood Church - Jewel's History of Harewood, page 57). The last
of the family that resided at Stubhouse was Thos. Harrison, Esqr. who
Page 10 married the daughter of Henry Waugh of Leeds, which Henry Waugh and two
children of Thomas and Ann Harrison are interred in the Church at
Harewood, page 49-54 - place marked 19 upon the ground plan in Jewel’s
History of Harewood. Thomas and his family gave up the farm and retired
from business about 1800, fixing their residence in St. Peter's Square,

Rev. Thomas Harrison is at present (1821) Curate of Cleek Heaten
near Dewsbury, at whose house Thomas Harrison, Esqr., his father died
in the beginning of this rear, aged about 80 years.

SECOND: The second descendant of James and Grace Stables was:
REBEKAH, baptized 23rd Feby., 1649, married to George Easterby July 8th,
1673, she being aged 24 years. On a scrap of paper is a clause which
appears to have been intended for the will of James Stable, bequeathing
a close In Rigton to his son John on the payment of 30 pounds to his
daughter Rebekah, the wife of George Easterby. (no date). George
Easterbie was the natural son of Richard Easterbie, who had some houses,
barns and a garth in Kirkby-Overblow and some closes called Barbican
Closes, containing 12 acres, and 1 1/2 acres in the Towne Tag. This house
and garth and the Barbican Closes he (Richard Easterbie) conveyed to
Bridget Koughe (?) of Weardley (who was the mother or his son George)
and George Easterbie his natural son.

I hold a release from Geo. Easterbie of Kirkby-Overblow, yeoman,
given to John Stable of Hetherick, acquitting him of all manner of claims
"from the beginning of the world to the present time", Feby. 10, 1694.
It is witnessed by Thomas Harrison and William Topham.

I possess also a copy of the will of George Easterbie, dated 3 Augt.,
1714. This house, garth &c., the Barbican Closes 12 acres and 1 1/2 a. in
the Towne Inge (?) afterwards by some means came to be the property of
James Ibbotson, Esqr., of Leeds. An act of Parliament was obtained,
vesting it with other lands in the hands of Commissioners (of which Sir
Henry Ibbotson, Bart., of Leeds was one) in order to its being sold and
the produce invested in other lands. Of these commissioners, my grand-
father, William Stables, of Sandygate purchased the property for 366
pounds, which property is principally belonging to me at the present
time (1855).

The third descendant of James and Grace Stable was:
THIRD: GRACE, baptised 1 Jany 1652, married to Joshua Suttle or Suttel
Novr 30, 1685, she being about 33 years of age. I have before me a
church rate for 1721, headed "An eight-fold lay, to be gathered of ye
inhabitants within the Township of Harewood, for ye repairs of the church,
by Joshua Suttel, church-warden, for ye year 1721.", in which is John
Elliss 4/8 (the largest occupier), John Stable 2/8, Joshua Suttel, 2/0.
Total 3/15/2. In the will of James Stable he bequeaths to his daughter

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Heaton', now called 'Cleckheaton'.
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rear' should be 'year'.        [Andy]

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