BOLTON
in Colne & Foulridge in Lancashire and Thornton in Craven, Yorkshire

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1. The Starting Point: Elizabeth Bolton. Parish Registers, Monumental Inscriptions and Census Records

My interest in the Bolton family comes from Elizabeth Bolton who married Matthew Cragg on 25 December 1843 at Ghyll Church, Barnoldswick. She was baptised the daughter of William and Mary Bolton of Lower Hague, baptised on 16 March 1823 at St. Bartholomew's Colne. Lower Hague is close to Foulridge which lies just across the county boundary in Lancashire. We have an accurate birth date of 11 January 1823 for Elizabeth Bolton from the family bible.  In addition we know that her father was William Bolton from her marriage record.  As Elizabeth’s birth place was given as Foulridge in one census and Thornton in another a full search was made of the Thornton in Craven Parish and Ghyll church registers for Elizabeth daughter of William Bolton.  However, the correct record was eventually located at Colne Parish Church.

Register of Baptisms: Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary Bolton, of Lower Hague, labourer, on 16 March 1823 at St Bartholomew’s Colne.

In the course of the searches, several other children of William Bolton of the Hague were recorded. 

Thornton in Craven Parish Registers (microfilm at Northallerton) Baptisms from 1814 to 1842

19 June 1825, Ellen d of William and Mary Bolton, farmer Hague.
5 August 1827, Mary Ann, d of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague.
25 December 1829, Isabella Bolton d. of William and Mary Bolton, farmer of Hague.
20 May 1832, Rebeka d of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague.
15 June 1834, Sarah d of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Haigh (sic)
17 June 1836, Jane d of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague.
The very next entry after Jane is for Sarah who was baptised two years earlier in 1834
23 June 1839, James son of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague, Kelbrook.
26 September 1842, John s of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Hague.

Gravestone Inscription found at Thornton in Craven Parish Church. 

In memory of Sarah, the daughter of William and Mary Bolton of Great Hague who died 7 October 1836 in the third year of her age, also Martha, their daughter who died on 19 June 1840 in the 20th year of her life, also John, the son of William and Mary Bolton who departed this life 23 October 1844 aged 4 years.

As John was said to be aged 4 in 1844 on the gravestone at Thornton, his birth must have been in the period of general registration.  This allowed a check on the mother's maiden name.  Death and birth certificates were obtained for John Bolton.

Certificate of Death:  On 23 October 1844 at Great Hague in the Parish of Thornton, John Bolton, aged 3 years, son of William Bolton, farmer, of croup.  Informant was Matthew Cragg of Boothmans, present at the death.  Registered on 27 October 1844.  Henry Waite registrar in Sub-district of Barnoldswick and Registration District of Skipton in the County of York.

Certificate of Birth:  On 27 of August 1841 at Hague in the Parish of Thornton the birth of John, son of William Bolton, farmer, and Mary Bolton formerly King.  Informant was William Bolton, father of Hague on 25 September 1841.  Registrar was Henry Waite in the Sub-district of Barnoldswick in the Registration District of Skipton and County of York.

In May 1996, Steven Broadley found a Colne Parish Church record to the marriage of William Bolton, a farmer of Thornton, to Mary King, spinster of Colne on 14 September 1820. 

The information on baptisms at Thornton and the burials recorded on the monumental inscriptions was compared.  It looks as if these records belong to the same family because of the names of the parents, the location, and the existence of Sarah and John, although the latter must have been baptised when two years old.  The stone shows that there was a daughter earlier than Elizabeth - Martha, born in about 1820

A further clue was provided on the death certificate of John William Cragg the son of Matthew Cragg and Elizabeth neé Bolton. 

Certificate of Death.  John William Cragg, died at Lark Hill Farm, Foulridge on 15 February, 1856 aged 2 years ten months.  He was the son of Matthew Cragg, farmer.  The cause of death was croup, no medical attendant.  The informant was Rebecca Bolton of Wheatley Carr near Barrowford who was in attendance.  Registration District of Burnley and sub-district of Colne.

Steven Broadley discovered a family of William and Mary Bolton in Wheatley Carr, Barrowford, in the Census Records of 1861.  I have added information from the census of 1851 which shows the daughter Rebecca, as well as the three children identified from the Thornton registers, Isabella, Jane and James.  Later Steven found the 1841 census records for Great Hague which completes the picture.  They are shown in chronological order.

Census Record for 1841, Thornton in Craven, Great Hague

Name Age Born in Yorkshire
William Bolton 40, farmer Yes
Mary Bolton 35 No
Elizabeth Bolton 15 Yes
Isabella Bolton 11 Yes
Rebecca Bolton 9 Yes
Jane Bolton 5 Yes
James Bolton 2 Yes
Mary Bolton 12 Yes

The entry for Mary is unusual in being out of order of ages.  Note that the eldest daughter, Ellen, baptised in 1825 was not at home on the night of the census.  According to the registers of Colne Parish Church, (St. Bartholomew's) Ellen Bolton the daughter of William Bolton of Great Ague, a spinster of full age, married James Walton of Ball House Farm, the son of Richard Walton a farmer, on 6 July 1847 when William Phillip and Isabella Bolton were witnesses.

Census Record for 1851, Barrowford, Wheatley Carr, Ecclesiastical Area of St Ann's Fence.  Extra parochial.  No. 8 Wheatley Carr.

Name Relation Age & Occupation Place of Birth
William Bolton head of household 53, farmer of 85 acres employing one man Thornton, Yorkshire
Mary Bolton wife 48, farmer's wife Foulridge, Lancahire
Isabella Bolton dau, unmarried 21, farmer's daughter Thornton
Rebecca, Bolton dau, unmarried 18, farmer's daughter Thornton
Jane Bolton dau, unmarried 15, farmer's daughter Thornton
James Bolton son, unmarried 11, farmer's son Thornton

Census Record of 1861, Barrowford, Wheatley Carr, RG 9/3081, Ecclesiastical Area of St Anne's Fence.

Name Relation Age & Occupation Place of Birth
William Bolton  head of household 63, farmer of 75 acres employing one labourer Thornton
Mary Bolton wife 58, farmer's wife Foulridge
Jane Bolton daughter, unmarried 23 Thornton
James Bolton son, unmarried 21, Thorton
Mary Cragg g/daughter unm 15, servant Salterforth
William Roberts unmarried 47, servant Gisburn

The Jane and James seem to fit roughly with the ages from the baptisms at Thornton reported above although Jane must have reached 25 before the end of the year. Thus by the overlap of information on baptisms from Thornton with the information from the census and the gravestones we can piece together the family of William and Mary.  The Mary Cragg in the 1861 census would be the daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth, born in 1844. The final proof of these connections comes from the will of William Bolton made in 1876, which was discovered as follows.

In the Colne and Nelson Times issue of Saturday 11 October 1879, the death on 3 inst. of William Bolton of Wheatley Carr aged 82 years was reported.  The age and residence fit with those on the census return.  Steven Broadley found a book of monumental inscriptions for Wheatley Carr Inghamites showing that William Bolton of Wheatley Carr died on 3 October 1879 aged 82 and his wife Mary on 24 October 1877 aged 76.  These details appear on two separate stones, one of which has William as 81 at the time of death.  Using this information certificates were obtained as follows.

Certificate of Death: On 3 October 1879 at Wheatley Carr, Wheatley Carr Booth, William Bolton, aged 81, farmer, of Senile Decay, certified by E A Bennett, MRCS.  Informant was Robinson Watson, son-in-law of the deceased, present at the death, of Wheatley Carr, Wheatley Carr Booth.  Registered on 6 October 1879, registrar was Laurence Lee, in the Sub-district of Pendle, District of Burnley.

Certificate of Death: On 24 October 1877, at Wheatley Carr, Wheatley Carr Booth, Mary Bolton, aged 75, wife of William Bolton, of Senile Decay and Diarrhoea, certified by A H Miller MD.  Informant was Robinson Watson present at the death, of Wheatley Carr, Wheatley Carr Booth.  Registered on 26 October 1877, registrar was Laurence Lee, in the Sub-district of Pendle, District of Burnley.

At Lancashire County Record Office Steven also found William Bolton in the Probate Index.

William Bolton of Wheatley Carr in the Forest of Pendle, died 19 October 1879.  Proved at Lancaster on 19 October 1880.  Executors were James Moon of Parrock (House) Corn Miller and John Hutchinson of Nelson, Linen Draper. (date not in exact agreement with death certificate.)

The full will has been obtained and identifies seven children of William and his wife Mary who were still alive when the will was made in September 1876, or who had surviving children.  They are: Ellen the widow of James Walton, Mary Ann the wife of Hartley Stanworth, Rebecca the wife of James Moon, Isabella the widow of William Moon, Jane the wife of Robinson Watson, Elizabeth the late wife of Matthew Cragg, Mary Ann the widow of the late son James Bolton

2. Evidence from Land Transfer Documents

Steven also has found a document relating to land transfer at Colne Library (Deed 907a) from a Thomas Thornber.  This is not one of my ancestors but is the one who was owner of Vivary Mill in Colne and who features in the novel "Song of the Sunrise" by Robert Neil, released in paperback as "The Mills of Colne."
 
The document states that at 21 June 1834 by his will, Thos Thornber of Vivary Bridge, Colne, gentleman, bequeathed his farm called The Great Hague in the Township of Thornton, now or late in the occupation of Wm. Bolton, to his son John; Middle Hague, currently or late in the occupation of James Berry to his daughter, Mary; and Little Hague, now or late in the occupation of Thos Whittaker to his daughter Margaret.  In addition his farm called Moor Gates in the township of Thornton, in the occupation of John Watson is left to his daughter Mary.  A copy of the will has been obtained from the Borthwick Institute

In related documents it states that in January 1848, Thos Thornber, son of the first Thomas, bequeathed his estate to his trustees and mentions all that part of his freehold estate at Great Hague within Kelbrook, in the Parish of Thornton in Craven now in the occupation of Wm. Bolton, which he has contracted for sale to the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway Company, in trust to carry out the contract for sale.  In addition there is all the land from Stone Trough to Kelbrook now in the occupation of Tillotson Walton, Joseph Elder and Ambrose Walton in trust to sell and all his messuages, farm and tenement called Great Hague now in the occupation of Wm. Bolton and all his ditto called Mere Clough in the Township of Kelbrook in the occupation of Matthew Cragg to his son Thomas.

3. The Wheatley Lane Connection

From the 1851 census it appears that the Bolton family moved from Great Hague near Kelbrook to Wheatley Carr, Barrowford between 1848 and 1851.

The information is entirely consistent with the land tax records examined at Wakefield.  William Bolton, Berry and Whittaker, and John Watson are occupying land owned by Thomas Thornber in 1830 and 1831.  There are many gaps in these records.  The same tenants are said to be occupying land with similar taxes in 1824 when there is also a Widow Bolton occupying land too, all of which was owned by Geo. Worrel Esq. 

At the earlier date of 1823 the portion of land later occupied by William Bolton was said to be occupied by James Bolton.  Widow Bolton also occupied a piece from Geo. Worrel Esq.  From 1805 through to 1822 we find that William and James Bolton occupied the land.  This suggests that William succeeded James but that Widow Bolton was the widow of an earlier William. 

Wheatley Carr Inghamite records show that James Moon died in 1883 aged 61 and his wife Rebecca died at Sedgely Bank aged 83 on 23 January 1915.  One of the two gravestones at Wheatley Carr mentioning William and Mary also has James their son who died 20 April 1876 aged 36 and Mary Ann who died 7 August 1909 aged 64.  There is also a record of a Thomas Bolton aged 68 at his death in 1913 but he does not appear to be a son of William and Mary from baptism or census records.

Monumental Inscriptions at Wheatley Lane Inghamites

B106: William Bolton of Wheatley Carr, 3 Oct 1879 aged 81.  Mary his wife 24 Oct 1877 aged 75.  James Bolton of Wheatley Carr, son, 20 April 1876 aged 36.  Mary Ann, wife died 7 Aug 1909 age 64.  Rebecca, Fanny, Edith and John, children who died in infancy.

B110: Thomas Bolton of Nelson, died 6 June 1913 aged 68, Sarah his wife, 5 May 1905 aged 57, Eva, daughter 24 May 1901 aged 18 and John William son who died in infancy.

D42: James Moon of Parrock House, Barrowford, 15 Dec 1883 aged 61, Rebecca his wife died at Sedgley Bank, Padiham, 23 Jan 1915 aged 83, Isabella died 21 Dec 1943 aged 74, William, nephew died 15 Jan 1885 aged 24 and William Bolton of Wheatley Carr on 3 Oct 1879 aged 82 and his wife Mary, 24 Oct 1877 aged 76.

Note that the information on William and Mary Bolton on the latter stone is virtually identical to that on B106 with a difference of a year in William’s age. Note that William and Mary went on to have a daughter called Rebecca who lived to marry James Moon.

4. The Parents of William Bolton

Further Monumental Inscriptions at Thornton in Craven

1.         Identified as William Bolton’s parents

In memory of James Bolton of Kelbrook who departed this life on 11 May 1845 in the 89th years of his age, also Martha his wife who departed 6 January 1839 aged 83.

2.         Probably James Bolton’s brother.

In memory of William Bolton of Fence End, who died on 29 January 1825 aged 70, also Mary, his wife, who died 20 June 1836 aged 75 years, also Betty Bolton, their daughter, who departed this life on 11 February 1846 in the 55th year of her age.

In memory of Thomas Henry Bolton the son of Henry and Ann Bolton of Skipton who departed this life 29 March 1851 aged 5 months.

As these three graves are close to the one containing the children of William Bolton, it may be that they belong to relatives.  The registers of Thornton in Craven show that William Bolton of Fence End, was buried 2 Feb 1823, aged 70.  It could be that the register or stone was misread.  Certificates were obtained for the deaths of James and Martha.

Certificate of Death:  On 11 May 1845 at Kelbrook, Thornton, James Bolton, aged 91 years, farmer, of old age.  Informant was James Wilkinson, of Kelbrook, in attendance, on 15 May 1845.  Henry Waite was the registrar in the Sub-District of Barnoldswick.

Certificate of Death:  On 6 January 1839 at Kelbrook, Thornton, Martha Bolton, aged 83 years, wife of James Bolton, farmer, of debility.  The informant was James Bolton who made his mark, who was present at the death, of Half Ridge House, near Kelbrook on 10 January 1839.  Registrar was Henry Waite in the Sub-District of Barnoldswick.

So we find James must have been born about 1753/4 and Martha about 1755/6.  From the findings in the will below, we may guess that James Wilkinson, the informant, was James Bolton's son-in-law.

A deed was found at Wakefield in which the will of James Bolton was mentioned.  Enquiries were made at the Borthwick Institute and the will was found showing that he was the father of William Bolton of the Hague. 

The will was made on 2 November 1841 and he is said on the will to have died 11 May 1845.  The executors were sworn on the 9 July 1845 and one of the witnesses made oath that he had been a witness, on the 28 June 1845.  The will names his son, John Bolton of Wheatley Carr, who by prior arrangement receives nothing, presumably because he has received the farm.  Other legatees are shown and I have added additional details in brackets of their relationships drawn from the deed, which is described later, and from Thornton parish registers.

Son-in-law, Daniel Parker of Oxnard House in the Chapelry of Colne,
Daughter, Mary Broughton of Heirs House near Colne,
Daughter, Issabella Shuttleworth of Kelbrook.  (Wife of William Shuttleworth)
Daughter, Ellen Wilkinson of Kelbrook (widow of Thomas Wilkinson)
Son, William Bolton of Hague
Daughter, Ann Parker of Higher Hague. 

From this it would appear that James had another daughter, the wife of Daniel Parker, who has predeceased him.  The record was found for the marriage of Ann.  Benjamin Parker, a bachelor of Thornton in Craven married Ann Bolton, a spinster, by banns with the consent of her parents on 20 Dec 1823 at Thornton in Craven.  Witnesses were William Lund and Daniel Parker.

By the time that the will was being proved in July 1845, John Bolton was described as a farmer of Lower Old Lawn (Laund) in the Parish of Whalley.  This is near Wheatley Carr in Barrowford.

The record of a deed at Wakefield (Volume PF page 588, document 582) complements the findings in the will.  It was registered on 19 September 1845 and relates to two cottages in Kelbrook.  The principal parties are:

John Bolton, farmer, of Old Laund in the Forest of Pendle (executor of James Bolton)
Daniel Parker, yeoman, of Oxnards, Foulridge (executor of James Bolton)
Jonathan Wright of Hairs (Heirs) House, near Colne, farmer and his wife Mary.
William Shuttleworth, farmer of Kelbrook and his wife Isabella.
William Bolton, farmer, of Great Hague in the Parish of Thornton.
Benjamin Parker, yeoman, of Kelbrook and his wife Ann.
Ellen Wilkinson of Kelbrook, widow.

Note that there are seven parties here who probably correspond to the seven legatees in the will.  Six of the parties are obviously the same but the odd one out is Jonathan and Mary Wright instead of Mary Broughton but still of the same address of Heirs House.  Mary the wife of Jonathan Wright, is named as one of the executors of the will of John Broughton of Heirs House, stone mason, deceased.  It would appear that Mary Broughton mentioned in the will of 1841 was married to John Broughton.  When he died she married Jonathan Wright and he has moved into Heirs House with her.

Under the deed two cottages are being transferred to Ellen Wilkinson.  They were formerly occupied as a single dwelling by John Broughton and then by Laurence Smith but now in the respective occupations of Ellen Wilkinson and Christopher Cook.

From the gravestone at Thornton in Craven we know that James’ wife was called Martha and an appropriate record has been found:

James Bolton married Martha Brown at Thornton in Craven on 3 December 1778. 

Children of James and Martha Bolton baptised at Thornton were Betty, 1781; John, 1784; Mally, 1787 and died 1796; Nelly, 1793; Martha, said to be 8th child 1796; James, said to be 9th child 1797, died 1797; William, said to be 10th, 8 April 1798 and Ann, also said to be 10th 1801.

This looks a plausible fit for William Bolton son of James who we know from the M.I. to have been married to a Martha.  The identity of Nelly as Ellen who marries Thomas Wilkinson is straightforward.  Mally may be the Mary who married John Broughton.  However there is no baptism record for the Isabella who married William Shuttleworth.  Two other children Martha and James, did not survive long enough to be mentioned in their father's will.

The I.G.I. shows that Ellen Bolton married Thomas Wilkinson at Thornton on 5 January 1815, Ann married Benjamin Parker at Thornton on 20 November 1823 and Mary married John Broughton at Thornton on 7 January 1808.

5. Parents of James Bolton

            Marriage Record at Thornton in Craven:  

John Bolton, husbandman, of Thornton in Craven married Elizabeth Wilkinson of Earby, spinster, both of this parish, on 8 November 1748, by Henry Richardson, rector, by banns.  Banns book shows read on 23 and 30 Oct and 6 Nov.

Children of John and Elizabeth baptised at Thornton were John, 1749; William, 1753; James, born 30 May and baptised 25 July 1756; Elizabeth, 1759; Richard, 1761, died 1761; Jane, 1762, died in 1762; Mary 1764; and Isabel, 1768. 

It looks as if James had a brother William who is the one on the other monumental inscription. at Thornton.  A record was found for his marriage to Mary Turner in 1782.  The following seem to be the burials of the John and Elizabeth Bolton neé Wilkinson.

It may be possible to go back a further one or two generations if the John Bolton at the head of the current tree, is the son of John Bolton and Susanna Hall, baptised on 11 November 1722. I have a note that needs checking that John Bolton married Susanna Hill on 26 December 1721. John, the husband, may be the one baptised 30 October 1698 the son of a Thomas Bolton.

Burial Records at Thornton in Craven

Elizabeth wife of John Bolton of Fence End, farmer, buried 27 January 1788
John Bolton of Far Fence End, widower, 23 August1792

6. The Family Tree so far

Abbreviations

MIW Mentioned in will of William Bolton in 1876.
DC Death Certificate
BC Birth Certificate
MI Monumental Inscription

Appendix 1: Parish Registers of Thornton in Craven.

Bolton Entries from 1746 to 1798. From 1769 only baptisms and burials covered and one or two relevant marriages.

Baptisms
Date Child Parents
06/08/1749 John Bolton son of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman and Elizabeth his wife, born 11 July 1749.
17/02/1750 Thomas Bolton son of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman and Eliza. his wife, born 21 January 1750. (Note that at this period the new year started on 25 March so on the modern calendar this would be 1751 so the gap between John above and Thomas is plausible.)
27/12/1753 William Bolton son of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman, and Elizabeth his wife, born 21 November 1753.
25/07/1756 James Bolton son of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman, and Elizabeth his wife, born 30 May.
08/04/1759 Elizabeth Bolton dau. of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman and Elizabeth his wife, born 9 March 1759.
20/11/1761 Richard Bolton son of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman, and Elizabeth his wife, born 11 November 1761. 
31/10/1762 Jane Bolton dau. of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman, and Elisabeth his wife, born 3 October 1762. Jane was bured 25 November
 08/07/1764 Mary Bolton dau. of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman and Elisabeth his wife, born 8 June 1864.
17/04/1768 Isabella Bolton dau. of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman and Elisabeth his wife, born 24 March 1768
 20/11/1772 John Bolton son of John Bolton of Thornton, weaver, and his wife Isabella, born 10 October.  (different family, Ed.)
11/11/1781 Betty Bolton dau. of James Bolton of Fence End, Thornton, woolcomber and Martha his wife, born 20 September 1781.
31/08/1783  Thomas Bolton son of William Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Mary his wife, born 4 July 1783
14/11/1784 John Bolton son of William Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Mary his wife, born 10 October 1784
17/11/1784 John Bolton son of James Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Martha his wife, born 10 October 1784
07/10/1787 Mally Bolton dau. of James Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Martha his wife, born on 4 September 1787
13/11/1789 William Boltn son of William Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Mary his wife, born 21 October 1789.
25/04/1791 Betty Bolton dau. of William Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Mary his wife, born 12 April 1791
29/12/1793 Nelly Bolton dau. of James Bolton, woolcomber of Far Fence End and Martha his wife, born 13 October 1793.
17/01/1796 Martha Bolton 8th child of James Bolton, woolcomber of Far Fence End and Martha formerly Brown, born 9 December 1795
 16/01/1797 James Bolton 9th child of James Bolton , woolcomber of Far Fence End and Martha formerly Brown, born 19 December 1796
17/12/1797 Mary Bolton 6th child of William Bolton, woolcomber of Far Fence End and Mary formerly Turner, born 4 November 1797
08/04/1798  William Bolton 10th child of James Bolton, woolcomber and Martha formerly Brown of Far Fence End, born 3 March 1798.
     
1800/01   John Wilkinson, William Bolton were churchwardens and Wm. Atkinson Wasney was Curate
     
09/06/1801 Ann Bolton 10th child of James Bolton, farmer, Haigh and Martha formerly Brown, born 4 April 1801.
     
    Baptisms from 1914 to 1844 relating to William and Mary Bolton
1825/0619 Ellen Bolton dau of William and Mary Bolton, farmer Hague.
1827/08/05 Mary Ann dau of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague.
1829/12/25 Isabella Bolton dau of William and Mary Bolton, farmer of Hague.
1832/05/20 Hannah? Rebecca? dau of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague.
1834/06/15 Sarah Bolton dau of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Haigh (sic) (This entry was recorded after the baptism of Jane although it was two years earlier)
1836/06/17 Jane Bolton dau of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague.
1839/06/23 James Bolton son of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Great Hague, Kelbrook.
1842/09/26 John Bolton

son of William and Mary Bolton, farmer, Hague.

     
    Miscellaneous item picked up while looking at other records after 1842
1844/07/14 William Bolton son of William and Elizabeth Bolton, Gisburn, farmer

Marriages
Date Groom Bride and Witnesses
08/11/1748 John Bolton, husbandman, of Thornton in Craven Elizabeth Wilkinson of Earby, spinster, both of this parish, by Henry Richardson, rector, by banns.  Banns book shows read on 23 and 30 Oct and 6 Nov
03/12/1778 James Bolton, woolcomber Martha Brown spinster both of this parish with banns published on 15, 22 and 29 November, by Edward Capstack, curate.  Both signed and witnesses were James Hargreaves and Robert Brown
01/08/1782 William Bolton, woolcomber

Mary Turner (?) spinster both of Fence End in this parish by banns by Edward Capstack, curate.

    Additional items not part of a systematic search
1823/12/20 Benjamin Parker, bachelor, otp, farmer Ann (x) Bolton spr by banns with consent of parents to, itpo William Lund and Daniel Parker.
1835/02/03 Thomas Throup of Carlton Mary Bolton otp by licence itpo Wm. Bolton and James Heartley
Burials
Date Deceased and Relationship if any
16/10/1746 John Bolton, of Thornton, husbandman.
25/11/1748  Isabella Bolton of Thornton, widow
25/11/1761 Richard son of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman, and Elizabeth his wife
25/11/1762 Jane dau of John Bolton of Thornton, husbandman, and Elisabeth his wife.
11/06/1770 Jane Bolton of Parish of Marton.
11/04/1773 John son of John Bolton and Isabella of Thornton Township.
01/10/1773 John Bolton jnr. of the further Fence End in Thornton, Isabella his wife (could be John son of John born in 1749)
15/07/1777

Ellen dau. of John Bolton of Thornton and Isabella his wife.

1785 John Bolton was a churchwarden this year
27/01/1788 Elizabeth wife of John Bolton of Fence End, farmer.
25/04/1791 William son of William Bolton of Fence End, woolcomber and Mary
23/08/1792  John Bolton of Far Fence End, widower
23/06/1796  Mally dau. of James Bolton of Far Fence End, woolcomber and Martha his wife.
19/01/1797 James son of James Bolton of Far Fence End, woolcomber and Martha his wife.
   
  Miscellaneous items picked up as part of another search
1823/02/02 William Bolton of Fence End, aged 70. By Wm. Wasney, vicar of Bracewell.
1824/03/28 Mary Bolton, aged 11, of Longber.
Appendix 2: The Parents of Martha Browne

From the gravestone we known that Martha must have been born about 1755 or 1756.  The following family provides a good fit the marriage of her parents leading to more records for their seven children.            

Marriage Record at Thornton in Craven:             

Wm. Browne, labourer, married Mary Robinson, both of this parish, on 13 February 1749, by banns, by Henry Richardson, rector.

Children baptised at Thornton were as follows

Thomas son of William Browne of Thornton, labourer, and Mary his wife, born 21 March 1749, bapt. 26 March 1749.  (Buried on 11 September 1753)
Robert son of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman and Mary his wife, born 19 March 1752 and bapt. 29 March 1752
John son of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman, and Mary his wife, born 6 March 1754, bapt. 31 March 1754.
Martha, dau. of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman and Mary his wife, born on ? January, bapt. 18 January 1756.
Mary dau. of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman and Mary his wife, born 15 September.  Must be 1759/60/61
Ann dau. of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman and Mary his wife, born 18 August 1762, bapt. 24 October 1762, (buried 16 December 1762.)
Ellen dau. of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman, and Mary his wife, born 9 January 1767, bapt. 26 April 1767, (buried 24 September 1768.)

The following burial records at Thornton include one for a William Browne who has a wife called Mary, in 1775

01/06/1753 William Browne of Thorton Hall, labourer
22/07/1753 Margaret Browne wife of William Browne senior of Thornton.
11/09/1753 Thomas son of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman and Mary.
26/08/1755 Mary Browne of Thornton, widow
27/04/1756 William Browne of Kelbrook, weaver.
16/02/1762 William Browne of Thornton, widower, baptised 12 October 1681.
16/12/1762 Ann dau. of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman, and Mary his wife.
24/09/1768  Ellen dau. of William Browne of Thornton, husbandman, and Mary his wife.
25/09/1768 John Browne of Thornton, High Gate, widower.
30/01/1769 Alice Browne of Earby, widow
27/02/1775 William Browne of Thornton, husbandman, Mary his wife.

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