Matthew Webster is the husband of Betsy Paley – my great grand aunt. Her parents are James Paley and Mary Ann Spink – my 2x great grandparents.
Matthew was born on 19 February 1870 at Aysgarth, Yorkshire and Betsy was born on 19 December 1871 at Hetton, Yorkshire.
Betsy and Matthew married sometime in the second quarter of 1900 – the marriage is registered at Skipton, Yorkshire. Over the next ten years they had six children:-
Annie – 8 March 1901
James Paley – 16 April 1903
John – 1905 (died 1906)
Richard – 15 December 1906
Frank – 3 September 1909
Robert – 3 September 1909
Matthew was a farmer at Hazel Head Farm, Hawkswick, Skipton. In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Annie and Robert were still at home with their parents.
Betsy died on 3 June 1941.
Tragedy struck the family again at the end of February 1946. The youngest son Robert was injured in an accident on the farm and died a few days later at Whinfield Hospital, Skipton on 27 February at the age of 36. The very next day his father, Matthew, died.
Father and son were buried on 2 March 1946 at Arncliffe, Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer reported on their deaths on Friday 1 March 1946 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).
The death took place yesterday of Mr. Matthew Webster, of Hazel Head, Hawkswick, Skipton, which he had farmed since 1901. His death, in his 77th year, followed the death of his son, Mr. Robert Webster, in Skipton and District Hospital on Wednesday. Mr. Robert Webster last week-end fell on a hay fork when working on a hay mow at the farm. Father and son will be buried together at Arncliffe Cemetery, tomorrow.