Betsy Paley

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.

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Tombstone Tuesday – James and Mary Ann Paley

James Paley and Mary Ann Paley (nee Spink) are my 2x great grandparents. They’ve only had very brief mentions in my blog up until now. So having recently found their gravestone at St Peter’s church in Rylstone, North Yorkshire it’s time to write about them.

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James Paley

James was born c1828 to parents William Paley and Mary Blackey. He was baptised on 23 March 1828 at Linton in Craven, Yorkshire.

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As far as I have been able to establish James was the third of at least six children – his siblings were:-

Thomas – baptised 20 June 1824
Mary – baptised 25 December 1825
William – baptised 11 April 1830
Francis – baptised 1 February 1835
John – baptised 2 May 1841

I have James on the 1841 census at Threshfield, Yorkshire and in 1851 at Drebley (about 5 miles from his home) living and working as a “farm labourer”

Mary Ann Spink

Mary Ann was born 20 June 1832 to parents John Spink and Sophia Shuttleworth Kitching. She was baptised 4 days later at Conistone, Yorkshire.

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Mary Ann was the first of at least seven children – her siblings were:-

Ellen – baptised 19 March 1834
James – baptised 1 May 1836
Joseph – born 11 March 1838 and baptised 15 March 1838
Sophia – baptised 8 September 1839
John – baptised 5 June 1841 and died early 1842
John – baptised 6 August 1843

I have Mary Ann in the 1841 census at home and in 1851 living and working in Keighley, West Yorkshire as a “servant”.

And that is where I thought I was going to move on and tell you about James and Mary Ann after they married. However, sometimes when you look at the records afresh you spot things you might have previously missed.

Searching the “Spink” baptisms in Conistone for this blog post I noticed one for Annie Elizabeth Spink on 18 June 1852. The baptism record shows the mother as Mary Anne Spink (spinster). Could it be that my Mary Ann became pregnant while living in Keighley and returned home to have her baby?

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Looking again at the 1861 census for John and Sophia Spink (Mary Ann’s parents) there is Ann Elizabeth Spink listed as “granddaughter”. I’m sure that I would have spotted that before but for some reason didn’t try to find out who the parents were – well now I know!! More research required about Annie Elizabeth I think.

Ok – back to James and Mary Ann. They married on 11 April 1857 at Conistone.

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Over the next eighteen years they had at least ten children:-

John – born 1857 and died 1858
Ellen – born 2 December 1858 (my great grandmother)
Mary – born 2 December 1858
Sophia – baptised 25 August 1861
James – born 20 January 1864
Margaret Ann – baptised 22 October 1865
William Thomas – born 21 October 1867
Martha Jane – born 24 January 1870
Betsy – born 19 December 1871
Francis – born and died 1875

I have James and Mary Ann on all the census returns from 1861 to 1901. James is variously described as a farmer, road contractor or general labourer. For all of their married life they lived in the village of Hetton in the Yorkshire Dales.

James died of bronchitis on 16 April 1903 – five days after their 47th wedding anniversary. He was 75 years of age.

Mary Ann lived for a further four months and died of angina on 18 August 1903 at the age of 71. In her will she left effects valued at £451 6s 2d to her son James.

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