Wragby

Wragby is a parish with a village and three townships, located about 5 miles, (8 kilometres) from Pontefract in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Originally here was an Augustine priory founded in 1105 by Robert de Laci.

The church of St. Michael and Our Lady, Wragby is dated to 1533 and less than seven years later the Roydhouse name appears in the records that have been transcribed and digitised.

St Michael and Our Lady Church, ( Flickr image, woodytyke)

Wragby can be seen just under the I in the word West Riding.

JOHN, also recorded as Johannis

1550 :: John, baptised and buried

1604 :: John baptised

1619 :: John, son of John, baptised

1620 :: Elizabeth, daughter of John, baptised

1621 :: Henry, son of John, baptised

1622 :: Elizabeth, daughter of John, baptised

Between 1646 and 1658 a John Roydhouse (likely born 1619) had the following seven records.

1646 :: John, son of John, baptised and buried

1649 :: Mary, daughter of John, baptised ( possibly married John Pell in 1668)

1651 :: John, son of John, baptised and buried

1652 :: Jane, daughter of John, baptised

1654 :: William, son of John, baptised and buried

1658 :: William, son of John, baptised and buried

1658 :: Allis, wife of John, buried

  • Elizabeth also recorded as Elizabethae
  • Henry also recorded as Henricus and Henrici
  • Mary, also recorded as Maria, Marye and Marae

WILLIAM, also record as Guilamme

William the wheelwright baptised at least five children.

1641 :: William, son of William,  baptised

1646 :: Jane, daughter of William, baptised

1648 :: Susann, daughter of William,  baptised

1651 :: Joshua, son of William, baptised

1652 :: Elizabeth, daughter of William, baptised

In 1670 William (likely born 1641) buried Richard and in 1671 John was baptised and buried.

The will of William Roydhouse in 1656 illustrates the incompleteness of the records.

It mentions his wife, Rosamond, first son William(?1641) first daughter Mary,second daughter Sarah, third daughter Rosamond,fourth daughter Jane(? 1646) fifth daughter Susanna(?1648) and sixth daughter Elizabeth(?1652).

Perhaps the marriage of William and Rosamond, baptisms of daughters Mary and Sarah and the burials of Joshua and William senior are  yet to be transcribed.

RICHARD also recorded as Ricardi

Records of Richard Roydhouse with St. Michaels began in 1661.

1661 :: William , son of Richard, baptised

1664 :: John, son of Richard, baptised

1665 :: Richard, son of Richard, baptised

1666 :: Elizabeth, daughter of Richard, baptised

1669 :: Jennit, daughter of Richard, baptised

1671 :: Ginetta, daughter of Richard, baptised and buried

Richard ( baptised 1665) appears to have married Mary Broadhead in 1695. Her death as a widow was recorded in 1734.

 

SAMUEL also recorded as Samueli and Samuell

Samuel baptised at least two children.

1638 :: Margryt baptised

1641 :: Thomas baptised

As a Samuel Roydhouse appears about 30 years later baptising children, I believe he would also have been a son of Samuel senior.

In 1671 Samuel (junior) married Francisca Pease.

1672 :: Samuel, son of Samuel, baptised

1673 :: Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel, baptised

 

THOMAS

The name Thomas Roydhouse appears in the church records continuously over the time frame between 1540 and 1661.

1540 :: Thomas baptised

1574 :: John, son of Thomas ( likely born 1540) baptised

1578 :: William, son of Thomas, baptised

Given the naming patterns used at this time, a son Thomas would have been highly probable.

1593 :: Joan, daughter of Thomas, baptised

1604 :: Thomas baptised

1613 :: Thomas baptised

1628 :: Ellen, daughter of Thomas ,buried

1634 :: Alicia, wife of Thomas, buried

1646 :: Thomas buried

1651 :: Jane, daughter of Thomas,baptised

1651 :: Anne, wife of Thomas buried

1651 :: Thomas, yeoman, buried

1657 :: Thomas married Mary Benson

1658 :: Mary, daughter of Thomas, baptised and buried

1661 :: Thomas buried

ROBERT also recorded as Roberti

The name of Robert also appears between 1540 and 1661.

1540 :: Lawrans, son of Robert, baptised

1604 :: Robert, son of Robert and Mary, baptised

1619 :: Robert baptised

1621 :: Anna, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth, baptised.  (possibly married Richard Max in 1646)

1622 :: Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Mary, baptised and buried

1623 :: John, son of Robert, baptised

1626 :: Elizabeth, daughter of Robert baptised and buried

1631 :: Dorothy, daughter of Robert, baptised (possibly married George Perkin 1648)

1632 :: Anna, daughter Robert and Anna, buried

1634 :: John, son of Robert, buried

1646 :: Robert, buried

1654 :: Robert baptised

1657 :: Robert, son of Robert and Mary, buried

1658 :: Frances, wife of Robert, buried

1658 :: Jennit , daughter of Robert and Mary, buried

1659 :: Allis, daughter of Robert and Mary, buried

1659 :: Mary, wife of Robert, buried

1661 :: Robert, buried

  • Dorothy also recorded as Dorothie and Dorothea
  • Jennit also recorded as Gennetha

HENRY also recorded as Henricus, Hennerie and Henrici

Henry as a name appears from 1604 through to 1743.

1604 :: Henry baptised

1620 :: Henry, son of John, baptised and buried

1622 :: Henry married Anna Foster

1623 :: Henry, son of Henry, baptised

1626 :: John, son of Henry and Anna, baptised

1626 :: Martina, daughter of Henry, buried

1631 :: Jane, daughter of Henry baptised

1632 :: Anna, daughter  of Henry, buried ( possibly Jane)

1635 :: Anna, baptised and buried

1646 :: Henry buried

1646 :: Mary buried

1648 :: Anna, widow of Henry married Richard More

1648 :: Anna More, wife of Richard, buried

1648 :: Henry ( likely born 1623) married Katherine Symson

1649 :: Mary, daughter of Henry, baptised

1651 :: Thomas, son of Henry, baptised

1653 :: Henry buried

1654 :: Henry, son of Henry, baptised

1655 :: Thomas, son of Henry, baptised and buried

1656 :: Henry, son of Henry, baptised

1657 ::John, son of Henry, baptised

1659 :: Elizabeth, daughter of Henry, baptised

1664 :: Jane, daughter of Henry and Katherine, baptised

1700 :: Henry, baptised and buried

1734 :: John, son of Henry, buried

1736 :: John, son of Henry, buried

1738 :: Joseph, son of Henry, baptised

1743 :: William, son of Henry, baptised

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hemsworth, Yorkshire

DISCLAIMER::::

These next blog posts in early Yorkshire are only my understandings and interpretations of the available remaining records for the time frame and exact place.

The records are in the main extremely hard to read, in bad handwriting, alternative spellings and/or mostly in Latin.

 

The record of interest as an example is one for “Jane fillia Henricus Roydhoufe et Catherine .. baptiz..”

The basic intent of this record is that Henry and Catherine Roydhouse had a daughter, Jane in April 1664.(Wragby)

I have not tried to trace the people beyond what I can glean from the records found in Hemsworth.

I believe that the locality with this surname is important to justify my theories- the surname not ever being very commonplace. I cannot extend the same beliefs to another locality due to the very common first names of the time.

Having said all that, I am enjoying trying to crack this extremely difficult puzzle, although I may not post every week while chasing these early families!!

Let’s start!!

The records for Hemsworth suggest that a Roydhouse family with at least three brothers Oursley, Francis and Thomas were living in the area in the early 1600’s. However, the men could have been cousins or one the father of the other two continuing his family, or even a father, uncle and son baptising children at the same time.

Oursley baptised a daughter, Faith in 1626.This document is only available “transcribed” and I have to accept not being able to read the original for myself- there are no other records for an Oursley anywhere. I can’t find any records of Faith in Hemsworth after her baptism.

Francis baptised Richard in 1627.

Thomas buried a son Roger in 1628.As Roger is listed as a son, he will most likely have been quite younger than 15.

Francis or Thomas also appear to have Edward and Thomas in their families. I would imagine they were born around 1635.

Edward baptised Rachell in 1662, Mary 1667 married Edward Huntingdon 1687 and possibly Eliza 1668(married Edward Milnor 1689)

Edward or Thomas has William circa 1665. His children included Dorothy 1680, Eliza 1685-1685; Margaret 1686; ,Prizile 1687-1700; William 1688,Mary 1694.Edward died 1705, a brother of the hospital.

Thomas and Ann baptised John 1663, Ann 1668 and Mary.

Ann the daughter married Robert Mitchell in 1685.

Mary the daughter married William Shepherd in 1695. John  1696; Edward  1699; Mary 1702; Margaret 1704

Ann the wife of Thomas died in 1693.

John the son of Thomas and Ann, married Ann Bayes in 1688.

Their children included:

William 1688; Marye 1689; James and John 1692; Ann 1695 (possibly married Joshua Clayton 1723); Thomas born and died 1697; Thomas 1698 m Elizabeth Bates 1720 ;Sarah 1699 and William 1700-1713.

Ann the wife of John died in 1704 and John appears to have died in 1709, recorded as a “brother of the hospital”

This form of classifying a person rose in the Middle Ages, when there were four types of hospital; for lepers, for poor pilgrims; for the poor and infirm and almshouses or bedehouses. The long term inmates were known as the brothers and sisters of the “house” and instructed to pray daily for the souls of the benefactors- “bede” being prayer.

Many old churchyards had yew trees growing, the surrounds encouraged growth and the tree made strong bows. The construction of St Helen’s in Hemsworth was recorded in 1022.

Hemsworth’s  Yew tree is said to be between 700 and 1,000 years old, the ancient tree no longer grows but stands, weighing several tonnes and a girth of over 4.5 metres. It would have been already been between 300  and 600 years old at the time these Roydhouse families were flourishing.

Yorkshire at last!

The hamlet of Roydhouse in the West Riding of Yorkshire consists of a few

farms and a pub.

A hamlet is defined as a small settlement, generally one smaller than a

village, and strictly one without a church.

To start the investigation of the assorted Roydhouse families throughout

Yorkshire, I first decided to follow the theory that the surname may have

originated from that area of the West Riding.

 

3 Acres  Inn, Roydhouse, Shelley, Yorkshire.

The closest ancient church is All Hallows Parish Church in Kirkburton, about 2 miles away.

Kirkburton Church is dedicated to All Hallows. It was built in 1190, and is now classified as a Grade I listed building. Most of the structure is 13th century although parts have been rebuilt. The tower was added in the 15th century. Inside the church is a late-medieval nave ceiling, large wooden pulpit, stone font and Elizabethan and Jacobean pews. A small window in the chancel may have opened from the cell of a hermit.

A restored 10th century stone crucifix can be found inside, supporting the belief that another church or Christian settlement may have existed on this site. The church has undergone extensive restoration.

The church records mostly show burials appear from the early 1800’s, though a few survive and are legible from the 1700’s. No Roydhouse (or other variant) burial is recorded, however this does not mean there were none. Over the centuries churchyards can become overgrown, run-down, stones become impossible to read and even broken, and old church records lost due to fire, flood, or war.

Going further  back in time I discovered the accepted meaning of the name, Roydhouse.

ROYD (Scandinavian.) Dweller at a forest-clearing

ROYDHOUSE (Scandinavian.) Dweller at the Clearing-House.

The Domesday Book of 1086 showed that much of the woodland of Britain was still intact. It was a very detailed survey of land held throughout William the Conqueror’s Britain and designed to gather taxes and revenue.In the north, and Yorkshire in particular, the land clearance was the work of the Scandinavians who first settled from A.D 867 in the Danelaw region.

 

My DNA test kit revealed a 25% Scandinavian heritage.

I knew I identified with Hagar and Helga!!

 

 

Unravelling Yorkshire

The hamlet of Roydhouse in the West Riding of Yorkshire consists of a few farms and a pub.
A hamlet is defined as a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village, and strictly one without a church.
To start the investigation of the assorted Roydhouse families throughout Yorkshire, I first decided to follow the theory that the surname may have originated from that area of the West Riding.

Roydhouse Hamlet location

3 Acres Inn, Roydhouse, Shelley, Yorkshire.

 

The closest ancient church is All Hallows Parish Church in Kirkburton, about 2 miles away.

Kirkburton Church is dedicated to All Hallows. It was built in 1190, and is now classified as a Grade I listed building. Most of the structure is 13th century although parts have been rebuilt. The tower was added in the 15th century. Inside the church is a late-medieval nave ceiling, large wooden pulpit, stone font and Elizabethan and Jacobean pews. A small window in the chancel may have opened from the cell of a hermit. A restored 10th century stone crucifix can be found inside, supporting the belief that another church or Christian settlement may have existed on this site. The church has undergone extensive restoration.
The church records mostly show burials appear from the early 1800’s, though a few survive and are legible from the 1700’s. No Roydhouse (or other variant) burial is recorded, however this does not mean there were none. Over the centuries churchyards can become overgrown, run-down, stones become impossible to read and even broken, and old church records lost due to fire, flood, or war.

Meanings of the surname  discovered vary only slightly, dweller by the marsh or dweller by the clearing.

ROYD (Scand.) Dweller at a forest-clearing

ROYDHOUSE (Scand.) Dweller at the Clearing-House

The Domesday Book of 1086 showed that much of the woodland of Britain was still intact. It was a very detailed survey of land held throughout William the Conquerors Britain and designed to gather taxation revenue.
In the north, and Yorkshire in particular, the land clearance was the work of the Scandinavians who first settled from A.D 867 in the Danelaw region.

My DNA test kit revealed a 7% Scandinavian heritage. Probably related to Hagar and Helga!

Lydia and Sarah B Roydhouse

The first child to be born in America, and the eldest daughter of John Roydhouse and his wife Frances nee Parkinson, Lydia Ann Roydhouse was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1819.

She married Aaron Wood about 1837, and the couple had 2 sons and two daughters.

1.Henrietta Wood was born on Christmas Eve, 1838 and married Benjamin F Lindsey in 1863
Nettie M 1868-1870; Frank Clinton 1872-1943 and Willam Tibbits 1875-1924. Henrietta died in 1909

2.Lydia A Wood born in 1845 married Joseph Steere
Amanda Steere 1864, Georgeanna 1866, Anna Mary Steere 1868

3.Jacob born in 1851 and died in 1867.

4.Alfred was born in 1856

Lydia died in 1889.

John’s second daughter Sarah B was born in 1820.

She married Thomas Parker Birkett on the 24th October 1839 in Mt Holly, Burlington Co. New Jersey.

1.Margaret F.Birkett was born on the 29th September 1840 in Kansas and married William Henry Pew.
Joanna Elizabeth Pew 1865-1920. Her father William died in 1869.She lived with her grandparents after her mother’s marriage to Thomas Atkinson Gaskill in 1871.
Margaret and Thomas had two sons John Coty Gaskill 1871-1933; Otto Gaskill 1881 Kansas-1900

2. John R Birkett 1842-1905

3. Sarah Birkett 1845-1874

4. James Birkett 1847-1887

5. Thomas Parker Birkett jr 1851-1933

6. Benjamin Franklin Birkett 1856-1935

7. Mary F Birkett 1858-1937 single 1900 census

8. Martha Watts Birkett 1861-married Reginald Thomas Whitcomb 1895
1. Arthur B Whitcomb was born in 1896

Sarah died on the 6th May 1914 in Burlington. She was 94.

Josephine Ann Roydhouse

Josephine Ann Roydhouse was born on the 29th of August ,1851 in Burlington New Jersey , the daughter of Joseph and Ann Roydhouse nee Pedrick.
By 1854 she was an orphan. Little is known of hers and sister Ellen’s life until their marriages.
Josephine married John M Connor on the 16th April 1877 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Hugh Seelye Conner and his twin brother Joseph Roydhouse Connor were born on the 3rd of April 1878. Hugh died aged 4 years on the 14th July 1882, 18 months after John Connor his father had died.
Catherine Connor was born on the 28th December in 1879. She died in Montgomery a spinster aged 33 on the 28th June 1913.
Josephine married Elisha Cyrus Stout ( 1851-1929) on the 17th January 1889 in Montgomery.
In 1898 her son Joseph died in Santiago de Cuba. The Spanish-American War had run for 10 weeks only but was quickly followed by the Philippine -American War. It is possible he was victim to Yellow Fever, a disease borne by female mosquitos. His tombstone reads U.S.V ( United States Volunteer)
Josephine and Elisha’s son Robert Pollak Stout was born in 1890 on the 17th July in Montgomery .
Robert married Flora Irene Cooper and 2 sons and 2 daughters were born.
Robert R.Stout 1924-2003, William Cooper Stout 1928-2997,Mary C. Stout 1926-2004 and
Flora Childress Stout 1931-
Robert died on the 22nd of June 1932 in Pensacola Florida. He was a 2nd lieutenant in the 59th Field Artillery.
Josephine died on the 15th May 1926 in Pensacola, Florida and Elisha 3 years later in 1929.

Ellen Pedrick Roydhouse

Ellen Pedrick Roydhouse was born on the 23rd June 1848 in Burlington Township,NJ.

Both her parents had died in her 6th year.

After one of her legal guardians passed away just after assuming responsibility for the two sisters , the next record is of her marriage on Christmas Day 1866 to Isaac Alloway King at age 18.

Christmas Day weddings usually occurred out of necessity as Christmas and Boxing Day were often the only days of the year that young working class couples were guaranteed to get off work.

The first few years the couple lived in Wrightstown,NJ where their first daughter Susanna Alloway King was born on the 13th Feb 1878.

By 1870 when Annie Roydhouse King was born on the 25th October they were living in Montgomery, Alabama, almost 1,610 kilometres away. Isaac was a carriage maker.

Joseph Grant King was born on the 6th May 1873, and Ella Pedrick King on the 14th May 1876.

Ellen died aged 30 years and 3 months on the 14th September 1878.

In the 1880 census, Ellen’s sister Josephine, 28, her husband John Connor, a carriage maker, their twin sons Hugh,2, and Joseph,2 and Catherine, aged 5 months were sharing the house with widower Isaac. Hugh has diabetes written in his Health column.

Joseph Roydhouse

Five of the eight children of John (died 1851 aged 66) and Frances nee Parkinson( died aged 54 in 1846) died in their late twenties/early thirties.
Matthew Roydhouse died in 1851 aged 37, his wife Elizabeth pre-deceased him in 1848.
John, his brother died in 1850 aged 34, and a sister Mary was 27 when she died in 1852. Thomas was 28 when he died in 1860.
Another son of John (d 1851 aged 66) and Frances nee Parkinson(died aged 54 in 1846) was Joseph Roydhouse.
Joseph was born in Burlington County, the 6th of 8 children in 1822.
He married Ann Pedrick on the 27th March,1845.
Their daughter Ellen Pedrick Roydhouse was born on the 23rd June, 1848 and her sister Josephine Ann on the 29th August 1851.
Joseph is recorded on the census of 1850 as a milkman.
Aged just 31, Joseph died intestate, in Washington, Burlington County on the 23rd September 1853.

His widow Ann was struggling with the process of proving her right to have any monies awarded to her when she passed away 4 months later on the 22nd January 1854.The document below was signed in a very shaky hand 5 days before her death.

The deaths of both parents left two orphans, Ellen aged 6 and Josephine aged 3.
The paperwork trail then included two brothers George and Matthew McHenry to pay a bond to ensure they would be legal guardians of the two girls until they at least attained the age of 14.

It appears that George died later that year. He was married with children of his own.

Howard McPherson Roydhouse (jnr) and sons.

Hold tight, this is a bit of a bumpy ride keeping up with all the goings on of Howard, his sons Howard the Third and Kenneth.

Howard jnr was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 19th August, 1915.

He married Mildred Rutter sometime between the US Census of 1940 and the birth of their first child, Howard McPherson the Third in 1943.

Kenneth was born in 1944, while his father was away at sea.

Howard jnr served on USS Bunker Hill as a Quartermaster.While covering the invasion of Okinawa, Bunker Hill was struck by two kamikazes in quick succession, setting the vessel on fire.346 confirmed dead and 43 missing, with over 200 injured. The ship returned to the U.S. mainland and was still under repair when the war ended. In October 1945 Howard was discharged off U.S.S. Monmouth after the commissioning of U.S.S.Midway.

( photo Wikipedia USS Bunker Hill on fire)

In November 1957 he divorced Mildred, and was married the next month to Ruth Kay Singleton.

Howard served as a Councillor for some time in the municipality of Kenneth City.

 

In 1960 he received $60 through Veteran Affairs for his 6 months at war.

Ruth and Howard divorced in January 1963, and two months later he married Carrie Elsie Gambrell. This marriage was to end in divorce in the March of 1969.

Marjorie S Power and Howard married in April 1970, divorcing in December 1974.

In May 1976 he married Mary Rose Ward, but divorced in February 1978.

His two sons attended the same High School, and the family resemblance is easily seen.

Kenthe Third

Ken had married and divorced an unknown lady prior to his marriage to Myra Faye Carter in 1980. He died in 2007.

Howard McPherson the Third married Penny Jane Fletcher in May 1964 and divorced in August 1966.

He married Julia M Shindel in February 1967 and this couple were at the same address through the 1990’s.

Howard the father does not appear to have married again, and he lived in Pinellas, Florida until his death in 1991.