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James Ridsdale

Male Bef 1776 - Unknown


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  • Name James Ridsdale 
    Born Bef 25 Feb 1776 
    Christened 25 Feb 1776  Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Kirkby Overblow. Baptisms. 1776.
      Feby 25. James Son of William & Sarah Ridsdal.
    Gender Male 
    Died Unknown 
    Buried Unknown  All Saints Church Cemetery, Bramham, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Headstone seems to read: (but date and age do not seem legible)
      Here
      Lies the Body of
      James Ridsdale of this Parish?
      who Died tie 20th? of July 1837?
      Aged 56? Years
    Headstone of James Ridsdale, born 1776, at All Saints Churchyard, Bramham, Yorkshire
    Headstone of James Ridsdale, born 1776, at All Saints Churchyard, Bramham, Yorkshire
    Notes 
    • http://www.burnelluk.info/richuncle.html

      Bramley Grange Farm
      On 5th April 1802, when he was 72, Abraham (b. 1730) purchased Bramley Grange Farm in Kirkby Malzard, North Yorkshire from James Geldart of Kirk Deighton. (Wakefield Deeds EN 134). The purpose of this purchase appears to have been to assist Timothy and his sons, because the land was then leased back in 5 parts to Timothy, his son Abraham, James Geldart, John Geldart and James Ridsdale of Kirkby Overblow, maltster. (James Ridsdale was related to the Burnells, being the brother of Peter Ridsdale who married Timothy's granddaughter, Sarah.)

      Timothy would have been too old to work the land and in practice it may have been taken over by Timothy's son, James. James witnessed the signatures on the deed and we know he later lived at Bramley Grange. The property included not only the buildings and surrounding land but also rights to two pews in Kirkby Malzard Church opposite each other against the south and north walls.

      After buying Bramley Grange, Abraham made a codicil to his will leaving the freehold jointly to James and Abraham, sons of Timothy, but with the stipulation that they paid one thousand pounds to the children of Peter and Elizabeth, Timothy's other two surviving children.

      When Abraham died in Chelsea in 1804, his estate, including the Bramley Grange farm was valued at £7500. This sum in 1804, compared to average earnings then, would be worth over £6m today compared to today's average earnings. However, its purchasing power in 1804 would be only equivalent to about £500,000 in today's money. This is because goods were relatively much more expensive in 1804 than they are today. On either count, Abraham was a wealthy man when he died.

      Abraham left specific bequests to all his nephews and nieces, small sums to relatives through marriage and to friends, and some money to St George's Hospital and the Sunday School. It would seem that he had a servant or servants, because they were to get gratuities. The balance of the estate (excluding Bramley Grange) was divided equally between Peter, James and Abraham (sons of Timothy) and Robert (son of Samuel).

      James was 45 when he inherited half of Bramley Grange. He reached an agreement with his brother Abraham who had inherited the other half to buy out his share on 5th April 1805, immediately after probate had been granted. (Wakefield Deeds EU 307). Abraham had a successful business as a corn merchant in the centre of Leeds and was no doubt happy to leave the farming to James.

      It seems likely that James moved permanently to Bramley Grange around 1804. We know that as late as 1802 he was still working as a carpenter in Little Ribston (Parish record for the birth of his son Abraham).  However in May 1804 his eldest daughter got married in St Andrews Church in Kirkby Malzard and her address in the parish record was given as Bramley Grange.

      James remained at Bramley Grange until 1818. By then he was 59 and may have been finding the farming too much. Anyway, he sold some or all of the land on 17th February of that year to Thomas Durham of Masham, a grocer, linen and woollen draper and to William Lightfoot of Howe Farm, Masham, a yeoman. One complication of the sale was that Peter had inherited the tenancy that Abraham originally granted to Timothy, so Peter was also a party. (Wakefield Deeds GR 609).  James later moved to the nearby village of Grewelthorpe where he died in 1844 aged 85. Mary, his wife, had died in 1819 at the age of 60.
    Person ID I1539  Ridsdale Families
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2015 

    Father William Ridsdale,   b. Bef 26 Aug 1750,   d. 27 May 1840, Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Mother Sarah Harland,   b. Bef 16 Apr 1750,   d. Unknown 
    Married 3 Mar 1774  Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Kirkby Overblow. Marriages, p. 40, No. 157 (1774).
      William Ridsdal of this Parish in the County & Diocese of York and Sarah Harland of this Parish Spinster were Married in this Church by Licence this Third Day of March in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and seventy four by me Wm. Colton, Curate, in the Presence of Marma. Lowry and Peter Harland.
    Family ID F1449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Gray,   d. Unknown 
    Married 18 Dec 1797  Fenton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Ridsdale,   b. 28 Nov 1798, Bramham, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1871  (Age 73 years)
     2. John Ridsdale, of Bramham,   b. 15 Apr 1800,   d. Bef 1805  (Age 4 years)
     3. James Ridsdale,   b. Bef 15 Nov 1801, Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Aug 1887, Wetherby Registration District, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     4. Mary Ridsdale,   b. Bef 25 Jan 1804,   d. Unknown
     5. John Ridsdale,   b. Bef 25 Jul 1805,   d. Unknown
     6. Robert Ridsdale, of Kirkby Overblow, Stone Mason,   b. Bef 8 Mar 1807, North Deighton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1877, Wetherby Registration District, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     7. Jane Ridsdale,   b. Aug 1809,   d. Unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F1443  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 Feb 1776 - Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Unknown - All Saints Church Cemetery, Bramham, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Dec 1797 - Fenton, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
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