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

Page 21 There, and on their way to and from it, did they suffer much persecution.
Sometimes they were fastened in the house when assembled for worship;
at other times they were pelted with dirt and rotten eggs. Etc., by
those who knew not God. These troubles, however, did not move them, for
they still continued to hold on their way.

*********Note from preceding page: (The Kirkby-Overblow parish register says
"Married July 8th, 1732, Mr. Bernard Banks of the Parish of Otley, and
Isabel Stable, by license". It is possible that her marriage to Joseph
Atkinson was a third marriage. I have the account about Mr. and Mrs.
Atkinson from the lips of Mr. Brian Proctor, in a part of whose house
They resided. *****************

      John and Isabel Stables had three sons during the short time of
their union, two of which died in their infancy. Henry was baptized at
Kirkby-Overblow March 28, 1727. When Henry grew up to the age of business,
report said that his mother was decided in a choice of a business
calling or profession, in favour of the Law in order to qualify him in
his own person, to contend with his Uncle William Stables concerning
his title to the Scalebors and Low Close, I never heard, however, that
he made any serious attempt to dispute the claim of his Uncle to them.
As Henry grew up he became a very wild young man, very fond of finery
and fun and prank and glee and sport. When he had served his clerkship
he went to London, where he served some years as an attorney's clerk,
and when about 22 or 23 years of age, he married Henrietta Maria Gale,
very probably a near relative of the Gales of whom his grandfather
had purchased the Kirkby-Oveblow estate. It seems possible that after
his marriage he resided for some time at or near Kirkby-Overblow, as the
Parish register records Elizabeth Gale Stables, infant buried Hany [sic. Jany] 6th
1751, and Mary Gale, daughter of Henry and Henrietta Maria Stables
baptized April 8th 1753. Not long after the last record, it would seem
that they left the country and went to the metropolis; And a letter I
have now in my possession, from Henry to his Uncle William Stables of
Stanke, is dated at his wife's Uncle's, "Mr. Gale’s, Noble Street,
near Goldsmith's Hall, London" Brian Proctor informed me that he
married in London, and I think the probability is, that after his
marriage he brought his wife to his own house, and there for two or
three years attempted to gain some practise as an attorney. But that
his wife did not relish country life - had been accustomed to the gaiety
of the town, and sighed for these enjoyments again. She has been
described as a very bright, sharp woman, very fluent with her tongue,
lofty in her views and carriage and handsome in her person, but very
thoughtless and rash in her conduct; and often, when he was gone to
Wetherby or Leeds to attend at his affairs, would she, after an hour or
two take another horse and follow him; and such was her thoughtless
rash and unbecoming conduct as a wife, that her Husband and her very
often quarreled. I think it very probably that it was on her account
that they broke up establishment at Kirkby and again went to London
to seek some new way of life. This would be about 1754 or early in 1755.
After being sometime at his wife's Uncle's, for some reasons best, known
to themselves (but most likely those recited in the re-sale of the
estate) he sold his estate in Kirkby and five cottages at Horsforth
to John Sale, of
Page 22 London, Gentleman, for 1500 pounds. The deeds dated 12 th April 1755.
About a month after this sale of his estate, to his wife's Uncle (17th
May 1755), he wrote to his Uncle William Stables, of Stanke (which
letter I have in my possession) stating that he had agreed to purchase
a place for about 400 pounds, and that his Uncle Gale, in order to raise
the money, had determined to sell the Town Enc Garths [sic. Town End Garths] (those we now call
Best Garth, then in two), that he had undertaken to find a customer for
them and thought it his duty to make the first offer of them to him.
He asked 200 pounds for them, but id [sic. if] he should purchase them, he would
allow him what he was indebted to him out of the purchase money; sends
"his duty" to his aunt, and the little ones and hopes she has had a
good time and recovery.
     This proposal his uncle acceded to, and I have a conveyance 31 July
1755, form [sic. from] John Gale of Noble Street, London, Gentleman; Edward Bears,
late of Kirkby, and now of Follifoot, Gentleman; Peter Watkinson, of
Bradford, Gentleman; Joseph Atkinson, of Leeds, yeoman, and Isabel, his
wife (which said Isabel was the widow of John Stables, the younger).
Deed recites some of John Stables' [sic. Stables's] will, then declared she "did not prove
with child, either a male or female". refers aIso to the deed to John
Gale of 12th April 1755. To William Stables of Stanke, of the Town End
Garths, containing 4 acres for 195 pounds to John Gale and 1 pound each
to all the other parties.
     Sometime after this sale to his Uncle William Stables, it would
seem that something not very pleasant had transpired between him and his
Uncle John Gale, and he found it needful to adopt some precautionary
measures with him, least he should take advantage of the accommodation
kind of conveyance which he had made of his real property to him.
Accordingly, a deed was drawn up 3 Noyr. 1755 [sic. 3 Novr. 1755], being a conveyance from
John Gale of London, to Henry Stables, quartermaster in the Earl of
Anacram's Regiment of Dragoons, but late of Kirkby-Overblow, and states
that the said Henry Stables, through falling into dangerous peoples
society, had lately had many litigious suits at law, brought against
him and fearing that the same people would in revenge bring more
litigious suits at law against him, as long as he had any estate left,
that therefore he conveted [sic. conveyed] his estates to John Gale on April 12th, 1755;
that the real consideration money then paid was 430 pounds and interest
at 4 per cent.
     It appears that the unsettled and unhappy Henry did not long remain
satisfied with his profession of soldier, for I have a letter before me,
addressed by him to his Uncle William Stables of Stanke, to whom it
appears he now again had recourse in his troubles. It is, however,
without date, but from the reference made to the lease of his farm, I
believe to have been written in 1756 or 7, and as it is a very curious
document, I copy it entire:
     "Dear Uncle:- By the assistance of a friend, I’ve got leave to sell
out of the army, though at some loss, for I found 'twas impossible to
get any higher, as not being in rank of commission, and therefore,
being sensible that you have some regard for me, I most humbly desire it
as a particular favor [sic. favour] you will give me your advice, how I should act
for the best - I mean which way of life to follow now. Whether you would
advise me to live of my own land and follow some small business of the law,
which should tend to credit and some payment, or to let the land again
(as the lease is out next spring) and come down and follow a small
business in the law way at Leeds, or any other town
Page 23 Thereabouts, or be a hackney writer here at 10/. a week, which my
Uncle Gale seems to approve of 'till something better falls out. I
suppose he means a Commission being given me gratis, which he’s using
means to obtain, and very probably he may have success. I have just now
refused a commission in the Marines, for I would not go to sea, for
late Brigg's commission (and who was shot last Monday morning with a
bullet in his head and three in his body). If you should approve of
the scheme of living again at Kirkby, which I'm most fond of (and as
having seen so much of the world, I should hope to do well there).
My wife won't live with me there. If I be a hackney writer in London,
she won't live with me because Mr. Gale has bought a house at Thi Itnam [sic. Twickenham],
10 miles of London, and is repairing and furnishing of it up against
mid-summer next. If I go again into the army, my wife won't live with
me, therefore, as it were, I have no wife at all. I suppose she has
great assurances of money from the Uncle, and both he and she behave
very well to me. I have not seen 'em for this 6 months, before now.
I have paid Mr. Gale the money for which my warrant was sold for, and
when all the money I have by me is paid to him, I shall remain in his
degt [sic. debt] near 100 pounds. I pay him 20 pounds a year for my wife and
child's board, which he accepts of, besides clothes and pocket money,
I pay besides, which I think is a little hard on me. I have but one
child living, which was born at Kirkby, and none so likely to have more.
I hope my aunt and cousins are well, which will give me pleasure to
hear of, and my duty and love to 'em. Pray let me have a full answer,
if possible, by return of post, for I’m very uneasy at present.- - -
Your dutiful nephew, H. Stables. Direct for me at Mr. John Gale's,
Noble Street near Goldsmith's Hall, London."

     I conceive that he remained in London until near the close of 1757,
when his wife still refusing to live in the country, he left her and
her child in the hands of her Uncle, John Gale, and letting a part of
his House, buildings and lands again, he once more took up his residence
on his own property at Kirkby-Overblow. I have in my possession "A
lease for 21 years" 24 Jany. 1758, granted by him to Thomas Hargreaves,
the Elder, yeoman, and Thomas Hargreaves the younger, both of Great
Woodhouse, of that oart [sic. part] of the Stone House in which James Swain doth
now live, one little orchard at the front thereof, one barn and a
cowhouse therein, one kitchen and stable with two rooms over the same,
one helm near to the said barn and one stack garth, also one other cow
house, swine coat, and little stack garth adjoining the same; and a
lane leading down to the said messuagem and part of one pew in the
Parish Church of Kirkby-Overblow belonging to the said messuage; also
7 closes viz: Stoney Leys, Near and Far Carr Nobbs, Summergate, Carrs,
containing 38 acres (now occupied by James Swain) for 25 pounds per
annum. On leaving they are to lay 24 horse loads of well burnt and
unfallen lime per acre for each of the two last crops in Summergate
Close, Stoney Leys, and Near Car Nobbs, and Far Car Nobb is to have the
same tillage per acre on the last, which is to be a clean fallow. Carrs
and Little Pasture are not to be plowed. Accompanying the lease, and
of the same date is a bond for 5 pounds per annum, Stating that the
agreement for
Page 24 the Stone House and lands was for 30 pounds per annum, but as only 25
pounds is mentioned in the lease, this is to secure the payment of the
other 5 pounds per annum.
     About the time of his leaving London, he found it advisable to free
himself entirely from the clutches of his wife's Uncle John Gale, of
Longon [sic. London]. To accomplish this he mortgaged (1st June 1758) the Sur-Averish
and the Near and far Land Heads containing by estimation 24 acres, for
300 pounds to his Uncle William Stables of Stanke. With part of this
sum he obtained from John Gale a release of the Stone House and lands
containing 65 acres; refers to the deed of 12 April 1755: says the real
consideration then paid was 430 pounds; that of this he had received
200 pounds, and that now, in consideration of 230 pounds he re-conveys
the estate to him, 13 July 1758. (both these documents term him Henry
Stables of Wetherly [sic. Wetherby].)
     Whether he at all occupied part of his own house after he returned
from London is uncertain. I understand that he did, but that about ten
of the last years of his llfe was spent at Wetherby, at which place he
died; but from the document before mentioned, I think it most probable
that he at once took his residence at Wetherby and there abode.
     I have been told that when he resided at his own house at Kirkby,
he had a little square room made at the southeast corner of the miccls [sic. middle]
front room of the house, and the place where the window was may yet be
distinctly seen; also that while he resided here he had an assize trial
with the proprietor of the Manor House and Estate at Kirkby. They had
some fish ponds which were only separated from his lands by a lane. He
would have a watering place on the opposite side of the lane, which
would probably be connected with the pond by some kind of bridge or
drain across the lane. Henry set up a claim to the right of fishing in
these ponds, and a trial was the consequence, which, however, he lost
and was saddled with the costs.
     He had also a trial with the friends of an apprentice boy, who
contended that he was to have made an attorney out of him. He, on the
other hand, contended that he was only to learn and be his groom, stable
boy, etc. But this also he lost, and with the damages to the lad, and
expenses it cost him about 200 pounds. I have a deed stating that in
Easter term, last, (date 16th Augt. 1769) WillIam X Fletcher of Clements
Inn in the County of Middlesex, Gentleman, obtained a judgement in the
Court of King's Bench against Henry Stables of Wetherby for 457 pounds
and on the payment of this sum this indenture is given in discharge of
the said Henry Stables, and his lands at Kirkby-Overblow.
     On 29th June 1768 he mortgaged that part of his estate occupied
by Thomas Hargreaves to Revd. Richard Fawcett, of Leeds, for 200 pounds.
Then Augt. 18th, 1769 he executed a release for the absolute sale of
Sur-Averish containing 11 acres (before mortgaged to his Uncle William
Stables) to Joseph Lawer of Dun-Keswick, for 524/3/0. And on the same
day a release to his Uncle William Stables of the Lund-heads, containing
14 acres for 587/3/0, reciting the mortgage, that 300 pounds was then
paid, and that 157 pounds is now paid, and 130 pounds remains on interest
at 4 percent as a security against any claim that may be made by Henry's
Page 25      Some years after his later return to settle in the country, he
again visited the metropolis, and took with him his cousin John Proctor,
as his witness. The cause of his visit, it is said, was that his wife
had threatened to bring a serious charge against him for the maintain-
enance of his daughter. But he, believing that she would not be willing
to part with her, adopted the plan of going to demand her, when, as he
expected, he was refused her, and thus he set himself at liberty from
the legal responsibility of her maintenance. This daughter, I have
been told, lived until she was 16 or 17 years of age. Her mother
continued to support herself on some private property that she had
(probably from her Uncle Gale), until old age, only dying about 1811-12.
(vide Brian Proctor).
     I have been given to understand that he did not attain to anything
like respectability in his profession while at Wetherby, and his domestic
troubles causing him no little vexation, having all his manhood been a
dissapated man, fond of his glass, in the later years of his life he
plunged more deeply into the excesses of the bottle. This brought on
ultimately "an inward decay" of which he died at Wetherby Decr. 26, 1770.
His body is interred in the Church at Kirkby-Overblow, where a tombstone,
adjoining that of his father, and which was taken down and repaired
at the same time by us, has this inscription.
     "Beneath this stone doth rest in peace the remains of James Stables;
he was the son of John and Isabel Stables of Kirkby-Overblow, and died
Anno Domini 1727, aged 2 years. Here likewise is interred the body of
John Stables, also sone of the above, who departed in 1729, aged 1 year.
Also the body of Henry Stables, sone also of the aforesaid, who expired
Dec. 26th. 1770, aged 63 years.
     At his decease Henry left the remains of his patrimonial estate
to his cousins James and Brian Proctor; but it being saddled with many
debts, and several legacies, they on April 5th 1774 sold it to their
Uncle, William Stables, of Sandy-Gate for 1550 pounds. Thus the Kirkby
estate returned to the younger branch of the family of John Stables,
in which it has remained, through a variety of changes, unto the present
day (1855), and I now write in the House, the estate belonging to me.

     The descendants of John and Elizabeth Stables of Hetherick were:
THIRD:: An infant buried at Harewood March 21st, 1699.

FOURTH: GRACE, born Septr 24th, 1701. She was married Feby. 14th, 1727.
(Being more than 25 years of age) to Mr. Sam'l Oddy, Junr., I have before
me a note, of which the following is a copy:  "I, John Stables, of Stanke
in ye p’ish of Harewood & County of York, Gent., so promise to pay unto
Samuel Oddie, the younger, of Horsforth in sd. County, yeo., the sum of
four hundred pounds of lawful British money, upon ye sd. Sam’l Oddie ye
Younger, his marriage with Grace ye daughter of ye sd. John Stables, upon
Demand, as a marriage portion with ye sd. Grace his daughter. Witness my
hand ye first day of February in ye year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and twenty seven. John Stable" On the back and bottom of this
note (for it is on a quarter of a sheet of foolscap paper, and before the
age of stamps) are several

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Page 26 receipts for sums of money; and at about six years distance from the
date is one for the ballance - all signed Sam'l Oddy, Junr. (Note:
his name in the body of the note is spelled "Oddie" - he signs it Oddy.
John Stables signes his name Stable, but in the body of the note the
final "s" is added.
     Mr. Oddy at the time of his marriage resided at Horsforth, where
he had considerable real property. Sometime afterwards he took, and
and went to reside on a large farm near Bingley, where, however, he
only continued a few years, removing from it to Baildon Hall, which,
with the large farm attached to it, he occupied for many years. It is
believed, however, that a short time before his death, they had returned
to and resided on their own property at Horsforth. His death was sudden
and awful, and happened as follows:
     Their oldest son residing in the south of England, came over on a
visit to his parents. On starting for his return to the south, his
father, out of tender affection for him, would accompany him a few miles
on horseback. When he had gone as far as his time or circumstances
would allow, they took an affectionate leave of each other. On their
way together they had crossed a rivulet; but being then in its common
state, it was very inconsiderable; however, form some extraordiany [sic. extraordinary]
cause, at the time when he approached it on his return, it was mych [sic. much]
increased and swelled to a dangerous size. But he supposing it still
fordable, resolved to make the attempt,, and in doing so was unfortunately
drowned, being then about 54 years of age.
     Grace Oddie continued in her widowhood to reside on the estate at
Horsforth. She was a sensible woman and remarkable for being cool in
the decisions of her will, cautious in the performance of Duty, and firm
and steady to her purposes. She died about 1781, being then 80 years of
     The eldest son of Samuel and Grace Oddy was brought up to the
profession of the law. He practised as an attorney in London. He was
a very clever man in his profession, and made a considerable appearance
in the world, but was addicted to the pernicious practise of drinking
too much strong liquor. After his father's death (there not being any
will found) he inherited the estates of his father according to law,
but his mother being in possession, refused to give it up to him, and
he not wishing to proceed to extremities, hielded to her, but wanting
money, he at length sold his interest in the estate, it being stipulated
in the bargain that it was to remain in the quiet possession of his
mother during her natural life. The purchaser had to wait many years
before he laid hold of his bargain. The attorney lived only some ten
years, or thereabouts, and Brian Proctor believes he died in London.
     They had a daughter, who, when grown up to woman’s estate, married
and resided a few miles from Wakefield. She was in respectable circum-
­stances and died in a good old age about 1810.
     Samuel Oddy, their son, resided at Kirghtley and died there about
1790. He left some daughters, some of which Brian Proctor had been in
company with.
     William Oddy, their son, lived on a large farm a few miles below
Wakefield. He died about 1815 or 16, being at the time of his death a
batchelor, and a very old man.
Page 27      The descendants of John and Elizabeth Stables of Stanke were:
FIFTH:: An infant buried at Harewood November 24th, 1703.
SIXTH:: ANN, Baptized July 17th, 1705; married to William Proctor
Decr. 8th, 1725. William Proctor resided at East Rigton where he rented
a large farm. It was the same farm, which for many years back has been
occupied by John Waddington, and since his decease by his youngest son,
Henry Waddington. He had also a considerable tan yard, and dealt
largely in leather, so that, when after his decease his widow Ann wound
up his affairs, she realized a thousand pounds from things connected
with the tan yard and the leather trade.
     He was also chief constable for the Wapentake of Skyrack in which
East Rigton is sittuated, and held the office until removed by death.
He had three estates belonging to him. One situated in the village of
Pannal, and which was held by his son Brian until a short time before
his death, when he sold all his landed property to his son-in-law,
Mr. Wm. Bentley, and it is now held by his son, Mr. Thomas Bentley.
Another farm up in the top of Pannal Township, and which now belongs to
Mr. Wright; and a third, being some land situate between Collingham
and Compton.
     He continued to reside at East Rigton, eagerly pursuing his secular
concerns, thereby endeavouring to provide for his increasing family,
until about the year 1738, when he was arrested by the hand of Death,
being in the prime of life.
     After she had sustained the loss of her husband, Ann, his widow,
set herself to wind up his extensive business concerns, and as soon as
she regularly could give up the farm. She then went to reside as an
inmate with her brother William Stables at Stanke. With him, however,
she only continued one year, at the expiration of which she again
commenced housekeeping in her own house at Pannel, her Brother William
Stables occupting [sic. occupying] her land connected with it. He, however, found it
inconvenient to farm land so far from his residence. After a while he
gave it up and she accepted of some other person as tenant. Things
went on in that was [sic. way] until her son Brian was grown up to manhood, when
she let her farm to him, and herself resided with him. After a while
Brian, wishing to marry, she left him (in order to make way for the new
wife) and went to reside with her son James at Wetherby. He being a
bachelor, she was useful in managing his household affairs, which
arrangement continued for a few years, when James meeeting [sic. meeting] with some
suitable partner for life, his mother, in order to facilitate their
union, again removed, going again to her son Brian at Pannel; and with
him she remained during the continuance of her natural life.
     William and Ann Proctor had five sons. 1st. Their eldest was
called John after his grandfather Stables. When at a proper age he was
apprenticed to a grocer and mercer at Leeds. He was a gay, wild,
thoughtless, extravagant, young man. He had a considerable fortune to
begin the world with, having more left him by his father than all his
four brothers put together. Accordingly, when Ioose from the apprentice-
ship he commenced business for himself in Leeds, and for a short time
dashed away at a fine rate. But as causes will inevitably produce
effects, so, as was not easy to foresee by others, it was not long
before his dissipated and
Page 28 expensive mode of life began to make him short of cash. According to
the fashion, in such circumstances, he laid the blame on his business,
and to be revenged on it, sold himself up, and was once more an inde-­
pendent man. Being now released from the cares of business, he was at
full liberty to pursue his pleasures, and rambled about from one place
to another, seeking rest but finding none. In his travels he got to
London, and there married, and the fruit of their union was a son,
which survived him. During the later years of his life, however, he
was in very reduced circumstances, and much distressed his mother and
brothers by his clamourousness for money. (Brian Proctor).
     Aunt Burdsall (Feby 1828) says, “that her Aunt Proctor resided
with her father (my grandfather) for several years, in the latter part
of her life, and removed to Pannal 16 weeks before she died. Her father
used often to scold her Aunt for being so weak, as to let her eldest
son squander away her property, she having no more than 16 pounds per
annum to maintain herself on in her old age." He died when about forty
years of age - (Brian).
     William, the second son of William and Ann Procter was brought up
to the linen manufacture. He was a Heckler, weaver, etc. In early life
he was in business at Wetherby, but in the later part of his life he
was in very abject circumstances. For about 20 years before his death
he received an annuity of 5 pounds bewueathed [sic. bequeathed] to him by his Uncle William
Stables, of Sandygate. He died at Wetherby in abject poverty in 1811,
being about 80 years of age.
     James, the third son of William and Ann Procter, was a manufac-
­turer of Cotton. He also was in business at Wetherby and also in the
later part of his life was doomed to feel the pinching hand of poverty.
He died about 1790, leaving a son and four daughters, who were taken by
his relatives, Brian Proctor his brother taking James, the son, and one
of the daughters.
     Brian, the fourth son of William and Ann Procter, was after his
Father's decease taken by his grandfather, John Stables of Stanke. His
uncle gave him a tolerable education, intending him for some trade or
shopkeeper, as all his brothers were put, too, as they grew up. Brian,
however, as he grew up, always manifested a great dislike to a shop of
any kind, and frequently affirmed his preference for agricultural
pursuits. This strong preference in the youth was at length yielded to
by his friends, and he was allowed to continue and grow up in his Uncle's
family. Perhaps, however, his preference of a farmer's life was not
exactly disinterested. He was with his Uncle, who treated him kindly
and as a son. His uncle was a widower, without family, and it was said
that Brian hoped to be his adopted and obtain his property. When Brian
was getting up to a young man, however, his Uncle married again, a
young family began to come, so that his prospects in that direction
were blasted. Such being the case, when he was about eighteen years of
age, with his Uncle's consent, he went to live with Mr. Matthew Mallorie
of Dun-Keswick, partly as a relative, but more as a farm servant. With
him he remained some years, until his friends
Page 29 thought him of sufficient age and prudence to begin business on his
own account. He then removed to his mother at Pannal and took the
family property into his own hands. He, however, often visited his
uncle at Stanke, until, as the young family began to come (knowing the
expectations that he had entertained from his Uncle) they began to look
rather shy at him, thinking that he wanted to wheedle his uncle out of
something or other -(Aunt Burdsall), and at that place he has continued
to reside until the present time (1820). He, however, has occupied
considerable quantities of lands besides the family property. For many
years he occupied eighty or a hundred acres belonging to the Earl of
Harewood, laying near the Spany(?) Houses, and now occupied by
Mrs. Wilkinson; inhabiting one of the Spany (Spacey?) houses. He had a
large farm on Killing Hall Moor on which he had generally some of his
sons as his agent. He also bought a farm up in Pannal which he occupied
himself; so that I have heard him say that at one time he occupied
about six hundred acres of land.
     In his old age, however, he gave up one concern after another until
the last winter (1821) when he let his own homestead and farm to his
son-in-law, Thomas Knapton, with whom he now lives as an inmate, being
upwards of eighty six years of age.
     In the meridian of life he married Agnes Wade, a neighbouring
spinster, moving in life in a sphere something on a level with his own.
With her he enjoyed much domestic comfort, she hearing him four sons
and four daughters, who all lived to mature age, after which she died a
quiet and respected old woman. In his person he was something above
the middle size, but rather slender made, and at his long age he is
quite remarkable for his activity and the agility with which he can
move about. His visage long and thin, his forehead (which is
furrowed with age, and has long since lost its youthful covering of
hair) declines considerably backwards. His nose is thin and a little
inclined to the aquiline. His temper is mild, peaceable, grave (but
not sullen or gloomy) mixed up with a little of the artful or cunning.
Having had so much intercourse with society, his manners became graceful
and easy, and with his striking countenance, mild temper, prudent
conduct, respectable appearance and great age, he is a man much res-
­pected and venerated. In his religious sentiments and connections he
is a Wesleyan Methodist, and has been a member of that society for
about 60 Years (1821). His mind was enlightened to see his state and
danger as an unconverted man, under the sermon of the first Methodist
preacher which he ever heard. It was at Weardley, near Harwood , on a
Sunday afternoon, in the open air. The text was "Ye must be born
again". Such, however, was the persecuting spirit of that day, that
they did not allow him to complete his address, the mob dragging him
down from his stand, and immersed him in a horsepond, which was near
at hand. It was not, however, until some years after this circumstance,
that he was brought to experience the new Birth of which he then heard.
It was after he went to live at Pannel, from which place, he used to
travel many miles to hear preaching, and on the formation of a class
at Pannal he became one of its first members, and to
Page 30 this day (1821) he has continued one of the principal supporters of
Methodism in the village. Some of the last years of his life he
spent with William Dickinson (his son-in-law) and his daughter Elizabeth
at Goldsbro, near Knausbrough [sic. Knaresborough]. With them he died Jany. 26th, 1827,
aged 93. The Leeds Mercury in its obituary of him says "He remembered
the foundation stone being laid, of "The Crown" in Low Harrogate, which
was the first of that description erected there". (Leeds Mercury,
Feby. 17th, 1827.
     Brian and Agnes had:
     I. William. He remained with his parents until he was a good
age, then married a woman of some substance in the neighborhood [sic. neighbourhood] of
Pateby Bridge [sic. Pateley Bridge], and removed to that neighborhood. He died some years
ago, leaving three or four children.
     II. Brian. He remained with his parents until about the time of
his father's giving up farming, when he married some person near Ripon,
and by that means made himself a home in that neighbourhood, where, I
believe he still (1855) lives, moving in rather humble life, and I
think has a small annuity bequeathed by his father. He was generally
regarded as a man of weak mind, scarce equal to the ordinary affairs of
life. (Note. added later - - Jany. 3, 1856. Died at Ripon, aged 85,
Mr. Brian Proctor, last surviving son of the late Mr. Brian Proctor,
of Pannel. - - - Leeds Mercury. )
     III. Samuel. He being a very quick, sharp lad, took in learning
very fast, and perhaps by (this?) means became better educated than his
bretheren. When he served an apprenticeship, or he went as a clerk or
bookkeeper after he was grown up, I cannot say, but he became acquainted
with mercantile life, and when of mature age, he married and began
business in Leeds, as an oil merchant. It was thought by some of his
friends that he was too aspiring, and lived rather too fast, and a
panic coming on, the clothiers in his debt failed one after another
(this report I heard him give of his affairs myself) until in the end
he was borne down by the pressure and his affairs had to be wound up
under a commission of bankruptcy. For a number of years during the
last period of his life he resided at Pannel High Ash (?) where he
taught a school, his good education and quick parts there enabling him
to procure a scanty subsistance for his family. There he remained
until his decease, which took place about 1830 or 35. They left two
sons, who, I have been told, are making their way in the world very
nicely - (Thomas Bentley)
     IV. John, who died of a consumption in the prime of life.
     V. A daughter __________, married to __________
Skirrow, of Hampswaite. They lived on a farm there, where he died
rather suddenly, while yet but comparitively a young man. She lived to
old age, until about 1852 or 3. They had a son and a daughter, who
married a brother and sister (Bramby). The son, Sam:l came to reside
on a farm, called Addlethorp, near Ticklinghall, where he died in the
prime of life. His parents were both steady Methodists, but he was a
thoughtless, giddy young man. He left a family on the farm, who have
prospered better since, than before his death. The daughter, I believe,
is still living in the neighbourhood of Darby, not far from Pateley.
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