The Stables Family of Snaith
In the period from 1550 to around 1700, the greatest concentration of Stables entries in parish registers are to be found in the parish of Snaith. It is possible that our earliest ancestors may have originated in this area, which is just South of Ferrybridge at what is now the junction of the M62 and A1, just North of Doncaster. I have yet to establish a link from the current family tree back to this period in time.
Doncaster archives hold the parish accounts for Snaith and these indicate that a William Stables was a churchwarden of Cowick, a small town in the parish of Snaith, in both 1624 and 1635.
The following is a photograph of the page in the Parish Accounts for St. Lawrence's Church, Snaith, listing the churchwardens for the year 1624, including William Stables of Cowick.
The following is a transcription and photograph of a page from the accounts for 1635 that lists him as a churchwarden and a signatory to a charge for repairs. The document is nearly 400 years old and is both fragile and very difficult to read. There are some words that I just cannot decipher.
2. October 1635
Whereas it is appointed that all churches and chappels within the diocise of
Yorke should be kept in good repaire and all of the seates pewes and stales
be made uniforme, we the ministers and churchwardens of and within the parish of
Snaith in the county of Yorke after diverse meetings and consultations with
Able Workmen concerning the defraying of the charge of fair repaires of
the Church and now making and repairing the stales in the forth part
of the middle alley of the said church (being so much as the parish of Snaith
is well able to repaire and make good) have condiscended and
agreed to pay and assess an assessment of fifteen pounds of good and
lawfull money of England to be paid to the curchwardens of the Towne
of Snaith for John Headley and George Damall of Snaith. To be
levied and assessed at the particular towns hereafter to be mentioned
according to the usual and accustomed rate, and at and upon the dayes
hereafter in these (- ? -) to be expressed. That is to say Rorliff Towne
pound Carlton Towne pound Snaith fyve pounds Cowick fyve pounds
Hooke fyve markes Goole fyve markes Airmyn fyve markes Balme forty
shillings (?polling) to fortene shillings Yorke forty shillings Hensall fortene
shillings Gowdall fortene shillings in all fifteen pounds, to be payed
by three equall portions and at the several dayes following that is
to say sixteen pounds thirteen shillings (- ? -) upon the eighth day of
november next other XVIth (- ? - ? -) upon the second day of februarie
next and other XVIth (- ? - ? -) in full payment of the said sum of
fifteen pounds upon the first day of April (- ? -) next ensuing
the date hereof. In witnesse whereof they have here unto sett there
hands the day and date first written.