Arncliffe

Sunday’s Obituary – Matthew Webster (1870-1946) and Robert Webster (1909-1946)

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).

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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.

Surname Saturday – Dinsdale

The surname Dinsdale appears six times in my family tree.  The earliest person is John Dinsdale, my 3x great grandfather.  The other five are all his children – four daughters and one son:-

Elsy – born about 1816

John – born  about 1819

Mary – born about 1819

Hannah – born about 1821 (my 2x great grandmother)

Alice – born about 1824

According to surnamedb Dinsdale is of locational origin from places called “Low Dinsdale” in Durham, recorded as “Ditneshall” in the Early Yorkshire Charters (c1185) and “Over Dinsdale” in Yorkshire, appearing as “Digneshale” in the Domesday Book of 1086.

My Dinsdale’s appear to come from Arncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales.  So far I have not had much success in finding them in the census records but I am having another go after I finish writing and publishing this post.

Arncliffe – Postcard #9

This is a postcard of St. Oswald’s Church at Arncliffe, North Yorkshire.

The postcard is used and has a bit of wear and tear.  You can see the creases at the top right corner where it has been bent.  There is also some damage to the image – you can see this on the right end wall of the church.  Finally there is some staining down the middle of the image.  But apart from all that it’s perfect!

The card was published by T Turner of Skipton.

Unfortunately the stamp has been torn from the card and this has made the postmark impossible to read.  It looks like it is dated 17 July.  It was posted in Arncliffe to Private D Holland at the Military Hospital in Frensham, Surrey.  I suspect that Private Holland was there sometime during the First World War.

My interest in Arncliffe is because my 2x great grandmother, Hannah Dinsdale, was born there as were her siblings and two or three other people in my tree.  From what I have been able to establish Hannah was christened at St. Oswald’s church.

The first stone church here at Arncliffe was built in the 12th century.  In about 1500 the old church was pulled down and a new one was built, this time with a tower.

Then in 1796 everything except the tower was pulled down.  A new chancel was built on the site of the 16th century one, and the roof was opened up to show the timbers.

St. Oswald’s stands in a beautiful spot beside the River Skirfare.  I haven’t visited the church yet but it is on my list of things to do.