3rd Generation

ROBERT INMAN
(a. 1584 or 1585-1662).

   Of Bouthwaite, Fellbeck, and North Pasture House (Sawley, but near Fellbeck), gentleman, son of William Inman, aforesaid.
   Born a. 1584 or 1585 and buried May 2, a. 1662, in the old Church or Churchyard of Pateley Bridge.
   Will dated 28 April, a. 1662 (York Wills).
   The following references occur,
(1) a. 1603, Oct. 5, Studly MS. (in 6.39); probably noted re Essoins.
(2) a. 1609, Apr.20, Pec. Ct. Mash.; witnesses Will of Myles Benson of Calfal House,
(3) a. 1614, May 6, Pec. Ct. Mash.; named in the Will of his father, Will. Inman of Bouthwaite
(4) a. 1617-1662, Pateley Bridge Par. Reg.; entries naming him.
(5) [c. a. 1620 - c. a. 1642], Subsidy Rolls, 18 Jac. I. to 17 Car. I., and an Estreat, t. Car. I.; occurs under Kirkby Malzeard.
(6) a. 1626, Oct.17, Studley MS. (in 17.137), demise of closes, parcel of Fellbeck House; witnessed by Robert Inman.

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(7) a. 1627, Churchwardens' Accts., Kirkby Malzeard; he lays down 7/ to the Feoffees about the parish lands.
(8) a. 1629, Sept. 17, MS. in Ripon Minster Libr.; Inquisition [? at Ripon] about Yorkshire Charities, by the oaths of Rob. Inman, gent., and twelve other good and lawful men of said West Riding.
(9) a. 1630/1, March 7, Pec Ct. Mash.; named in the Will of his mother, Jennet Inman.
(10) s. a. 1636, Apr. 12, Eccles. Act Book, Preb Mash., notice of a contention, at Middlesmoor, between John Inman and his brother Robert; 'office' against the former.
(11) a. 1636-1637, Pec. Ct. Mash., memorandum as to the nuncupative Will of Thos. Stevens, servant to Mr. Ro. Inman of Bowthwaite, at whose house he lay 'sicke', and with whom he then lived; witnesses, Thos. Wayd, Grace Beckwith, Charles Inman.
(12) s. a. 1638, Oct. 9, Eccles. Act Book, u. s.; notice of Chas., the son of Ro. Inman.
(13) a. 1648, July 25, Webster v. Inman, alleged attack by Ro. Inman, aged sixty-four or thereabouts, on certain soldiers at Pateley Bridge; seizure of his mare.
(14) a. 1656/7-1657/8, S. P. Dom., Interr., Vol. 179. and Exch. Q. R., Barons' Dispositions; Webster V. Inman.
(15) s. a. 1661/2, Feet of Fines (13 Car. II., Hil.); conveyance by Ro. Inman, gent., to Michael Inman of 2 messuages, land, meadow, etc., in Fellbeck, Bishopside, and Fountains. signature2
(16) a. 1662, Apr.28, York Wills, Will of Ro. Inman, of North Pasture House. gent.; witnesses, Charles Inman, Philip and Grace Richardson, Mary Darnebrooke.

   Nos. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 to 12 indicate Ro. Inman's connexion with Bouthwaite, and Nos. 4, 6, 14 to 16 his interest near Pateley Bridge; there can be no reasonable doubt that Ro. Inman of Bouthwaite was identical with Ro. Inman of North Pasture House. In the first place, the Family Memorandum Book, in a part of it which is in the handwriting of one who died in a. 1784, describes Michael Inman as of North Pasture, and as the son of Robert Inman of Bowthwaite Grange; this is worth something. Next, observe the witnesses to (11) and (16); they include Charles Inman, that is, Charles, the son of Robert Inman of North Pasture House, and Grace Beckwith-Richardson, that is, Grace, daughter of said Robert. Thus, the son and daughter of Ro. Inman were present when the servant of Mr. Ro. Inman of Bowthwaite made his Will by word of mouth there, and they also witness the Will of Ro. Inman of North Pasture House, gent.; Grace Inman was baptised at the Church of Pateley Bridge in a. 1617, and it will be shewn later on that she was the wife of Captain Beckwith, and, afterwards, of Philip Richardson (gent). In a. 1670, Michael Inman witnesses the Will of Chas. Inman of Bouthwaite Grange, and it contains a bequest to Ro., son of the said Michael; the Par Reg. of Pateley Bridge shews that Chas. arid Michael were baptised in a. 1622 and 1630 as the sons of Ro. Inman. Again, Robert Inman of North Pasture House was born in a. 1584 or 1585 (v. inf.); the younger brother of Ro. Inman of Bouthwaite was born c. a. 1590, for, in a. 1653, his age is given as about sixty three. Lastly, the Will of Christopher Rayner of Ramsgill, dated or proved a. 1660, bequeaths small annuities to Michael Inman, to two children of Grace 'Richeson', and to three children of Chas. Inman; here again are Grace, Chas., and Michael, all of whom were baptised, in the Church at Pateley Bridge, as the children of Ro. Inman.
   This last Will is worthy of attention, for Christopher Rayner mentions sisters and their children; he probably was a connection of the Inmans, and Grace, Chas., and Michael may have been the children of his deceased sister. In support of this view, Christopher Rayner, the elder, joins Will. Inman in the purchase of a. 1592; further, the Will of said William, a. 1614, names his servant, Christopher Rayner, and that of Jennet Inman, a. 1631, her old servant of the same name, who, of course, would not be likely to be the testator of Ramsgill. Again, it is Myles Reynerd, of Pateley Bridge, who was believed to have prevented Ro. Inman from being killed in a. 1648; finally, Ro. Inman of Bewerley, gent., calls Will Reynard his kinsman in a. 1721. It may be taken for granted that the Ro. Inman, who died in a. 1662, was both of Bouthwaite and of North Pasture House; it is probable that he wedded one of the Rayners, or some one related to that family.
   His marriage took place in or prior to a. 1616, for two or more of his children were born before Nov., a. 1617; indeed, it is likely that he was already wedded at the date (May 6, a. 1614) of his father's Will, for one of his own sons married in a. 1635. His name first appears in the Par. Reg. of P. B. in a. 1617; as he witnesses (No.6, sup., the signature in the hand of the testator in No. 16) a Fellbeck deed in a. 1626, and as he conveys land in that place later on (15, sup.), it may reasonably be supposed that he had a domicile there, or thereabouts, in a. 1617. He occurs as of North Pasture, and as of North Pasture House (Sawley, but near Fellbeck), in a. 1654, 1657, 1662 (4, 14 16, sup.) and the initials, M. I., of his son are still to be seen on the latter, with the date of a. 1657, and also his own, or those of his grandson, R. I., without date; when Ro. Inman acquired an interest in the house, and when he first resided there, do not appear. Possibly he had property at Fellbeck which had belonged to his father, and, if so, this might help to explain his occupation of the neighbouring North Pasture House; see under Will. Inman.
   In a. 1648, John Webster and some soldiers were proceeding to the Parliament's army, then near 'Barnolds Castle'; they were at Pateley Bridge on July 25. Ro. Inman had been to a fair at Skipton, and 'came rideinge upp Pateley Briggs', together with his son Michael, and 'did dwell distant from Pateley Briggs aforesaid about three miles'; the soldiers took a mare from him, because he refused to guide them. There was a contention, in which Ro. Inman is alternately represented as the aggressor and as the sufferer; at any rate, he obtained a verdict at the Common Law for the loss of his mare, with which judgment John Webster was dissatisfied. Michael Inman deposes that two persons 'did cock their pistolls' at his father, and 'threatned to shoote him', and another deponent believes he would have been killed but for the intervention of Myles Reynerd;. it is clear that an unarmed man of about sixty-four, and a youth of under eighteen, would not be likely to contend with success against armed soldiers.
   The depositions in this case evidence that Anthony Beckwith, 'sonne in law' to Ro. Inman, was a Captain in the Parliament's service, and had a mounted troop of 60 soldiers or thereabouts, and that Owen, one of the sons of Ro. Inman, was his Lieutenant; further, that another son, Robert, was a soldier in the Parliament's service, and that Michael, another son, is now (a. 1657) a soldier in the service of the Lord Protector, and hath been so for five years or more. It is stated that Ro. Inman maintained his sons very well in the Parliament's service, and that, by reason of his affection to the Parliament, he had lost in the plunder of goods and the spoiling of his house and other losses to the value of 1000 or thereabouts; it is alleged that he had often received many wounds from the King's party, and that they took away from him many of his goods and chattels, and that he was imprisoned at Ripon, by command of Lieut.-Colonel Norton, for refusing to take the oath of association with the Cavaliers.
   It is also stated that Captain Beckwith and his soldiers, and other officers and soldiers in the Parliament's service, were quartered at Pateley Bridge, and that Ro. Inman was with them there; a party of horse and foot of the King's party came to take the said town, and took many prisoners there, said Robert escaping being [made] prisoner 'uery narrowly'. Ro. Inman, described as of North Pasture House, yeoman, gives his age as seventy-two, Apr.10, a. 1657, and his son, Michael, states that his father was sixty-four or thereabouts in a. 1647 (vero, 1648); it follows that he was born in a. 1584 or 1585. Michael Inman is described as of 'Fellbeck', aged twenty-six or thereabouts, Feb. 3, a. 1656/7; he was baptised on Oct. 5, a 1630, as the son of Ro. Inman.
   From (15) it appears that Ro. Inman passed property to [his son] Michael in 'Felbecke', Bishopside, and Fountains; it names, inter alia, 2 messuages. There is no ascertained proof that the Fine related to any other place than Fellbeck; the conveyance may merely refer to land, etc., there, such being in the township of Bishopside and in the Manor of Fountains. North Pasture House is in the township of Sawley, and it had common of pasture in Brimham Moor (in the township of Hartwith); it was not in the township of Bishopside, but had belonged to the Monastery of Fountains. Harefield, near Pateley Bridge, but some distance from Fellbeck, was in the township of Bishopside, and had pertained to the Monastery of Fountains; in my opinion, it is not included in (15). The Will (16) of Ro. Inman names no lands whatsoever, but would perhaps pass a term of years in North Pasture House to his son, Michael, supposing that the testator had the disposition of such term when he made his Will; No. (15) shews that he made conveyance of property during his lifetime, and this may have been the case with Bouthwaite, or Chas., his son, may have succeeded to it as heir-at-law.
   The small seal on the Will (inscription, MEMENTO MORI) might easily have come from one lent by Grace Beckwith-Richardson, a witness; the very same stamp (ni fallor )had been used by Allen Conyngham. M.A., 'Minister and Preacher of Gods Word at Patheley bridge', when he left, Feb. 28, a. 1647/8, Captain Anthony Beckwith (then the husband of the aforesaid Grace) his sole executor. In the Family Memorandum Book, in a portion in the handwriting of one who died in a. 1784, the subject of this notice is alluded to as Robert Inman of Bowthwaite Grange. . d0 [Netherdale]. Called bold Robin of Bowthwaite; it has been asserted that he killed some thieves at the Grange, but I have not found that the statement comes from an ancient written source.
   It is known that Ro. Inman had eleven children, John, Will., Chas., Grace, Mary, Chas., Richard, Owen, Robert, Michael, Mary ; it is probable that Charles and Michael were the only sons who survived him. John was alive on March 7, a. 1630/1, when his grandmother made her Will; the first Charles was buried in a. 1619. William, described as of the parish of Kirkby Malzeard, gent., married, a. 1635, at York (MS Paver), Eleanor, daughter of Ingram Wyse, of Ripon, gent.; it is clear from the Will of Margery Wise, gentlewoman, that said William was dead in a. 1646. Robert, Will's son, bapt. at Ripon a. 1636, was alive in a. 1646; apparently, he did not succeed to Bouthwaite in a. 1662, and the presumption is that he died in or before that year. The first Mary was buried in a. 1629, Richard in a. 1641, Lieutenant Owen (who 'dyed in Pateley Briggs') in a. 1654, and Robert, a soldier, died in the Parliament's service not later than a. 1657; the second Mary is probably noticed in the Will (d. or p. a. 1660) of Christopher Rayner as Mary Horner. The second Charles married Anne, daughter of Will. Bayne of Limley, and lived at Bouthwaite Grange; his descendants held land there till a. 1830 or later, and, presumably, some of his posterity still survive in Nidderdale. Grace Inman was married at York (MS. Paver) to Anthony Beckwith [afterwards Captain] of Bewerly in a 1636; in a. 1658, administration of goods, etc.. of Anthony Beckwith, of Bewerley, was granted to Grace, his relict, now wife of Philip Richardson, and she was still living in a. 1696. Her son, John Beckwith of Bewerley, gent., married at [?]Otley, license for a. 1666, Mary, the daughter of Col. Chas. Fairfax of Menston, the son of Sir Thos. Fairfax of Denton, Baron Cameron; see the Will of said Chas. Fairfax, dated a.1672. Her second husband, Philip Richardson, of Low Bishopside, gent., was a widower; he had been married to Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Fairfax, of Fewston, the poet, see Grainge's Daemonologia (p.159 and n.).
   From Capt. Anthony Beckwith and Grace (Inman), his wife, sprang a race of soldiers, commencing with Lieut.-Col. Beckwith, their grandson, down to their military descendants of the 19th c.; see the pedigree in Foster. It seems that the latter was unaware of their Nidderdale descent, for a commencement is made with the said Lieut.-Colonel; the genealogy of Beckwith, late of Bewerley, compiled by Thos. Beckwith, F.A.S., in the 18th c., clearly shews that Lieut.-Col. Beckwith was the son of John Beckwith, of the par. of Ripon and of Mary (Fairfax), his wife; the said father, of Bewerley, died in a. 1696, and his Will, of the same date, exhibits, ni fallor, the arms of Beckwith. The question arises as to his right to bear these arms John Beckwith, of Bewerley, was the son of Captain Anthony, who was the son of John Beckwith of Kirkby Malzeard. The latter's Will dates a. 1656, and, in it, he names his 'loving friends and coozens, Mr. Matthew Beckwith and Mr. William Beckwith'; these were the sons of Roger Beckwith, and a relationship to the Aldbrough family is apparent. but how the latter was connected with that of Beckwith of Clint I do not know.


JOHN INMAN
(a. 1589 or 1590-1667).

            Of Calfal House Grange, yeoman, son of William Inman, aforesaid.
   Born a. 1589 or 1590, seemingly married in or before a. 1625-6, died a. 1667, and buried, presumably, at Middlesmoor.
   His father, in his Will, bequeaths to him his leases at ‘Dalley Gill’ and ‘Grewelthorp’, and gives to him, and to his elder brother, Robert, a parcel of ground at ‘Brathwaite’, lately leased to Jas. Chambers; his mother, by her Will, gave to his son, Christopher, at twenty-one, her lease at Grewelthorpe, subject etc. But, a, 1617-1626, John Inman bought both parts of Calfal House Grange; his father and, as it seems, his grandfather had been tenants on one moiety of it. The Grange had formerly belonged to Fountains Abbey; it was divided into two moieties. In a. 1535, it was valued at 6.13. 4 by the year; in a. 1540, either moiety is placed at 3.10. 0 [total 7, but the items come to 7 10. 0], the acreage being 77 and 75, with common of pasture on the moors, and the value 140, on a twenty years’ purchase (7 x 20). From c. a. 1496 to a. 1574, the rent for the whole Grange appears to have been, loosely, about 8 by the year; nevertheless, I find that Ro. Benson claimed a twenty-one years’ lease for his moiety, commencing from a. 1561, for which he had paid 15 [in addition to a rent, which was 4.1.4 in a. 1574], and this was not the only lease.
   In a. 1594, Will. Gresbam sold the whole Grange to Thos aud Ursula Pavot, and to etc., for 200; it was then in the occupation of Robert Benson, and of Dorothy, the widow of Ric. Benson, leases having been made to the Bensons, with rents from them at 16, and 13.6.8, by the year, respectively. Will. Gresham agreed to save the buyers harmless from all manner of former bargains, fees, jointures, dowers, etc. (Closed Roll, 37 Eliz.); this is that Gresham who had accused Will. Inman and others of conveying secret estates to persons unknown, and it would seem that he or his Dame acted either in a fraudulent or an arbitrary manner about Calfal. In, or before, a. 1617, Francis Pavett (son of said Thos. and Ursula) sold the whole Grange; it is described as 2 messuages, 40 acres of land, 100 of meadow, 200 of pasture, and common of pasture, and the price named is 300 (Feet of Fines, Easter Term, 15 Jac. I.).
   ‘Shortly after’ it was conveyed to ‘your said Orator’ [that is, John Inman], and his heirs; see Chanc. Bill, Inman v. Gresham, Bundle I. & J. 33, a. 1625-1649, No. 92. Will. Gresham was now [a. 1626] dead, but his wife, and executrix, Dame Elizabeth, ‘intendinge causelessely to vex and molest your said Orator by unjust suites and troubles & to wrest from your said Orator some parte of his said granges and lands soe by him purchased as aforesaid hath for that purpose confederated herselfe and combined with the said william Reynolds’, and they ‘haue set on foote and pretended a title of Dower for the said Dame Elizabethe in and to the third part of your Orators said granges and lands’. Dame Gresham, With said Reynolds as her solicitor, had commenced an action for Dower at the Common Law, and ‘your said Orator’ seeks discovery of the Jointure which was made to Dame Elizabeth! etc, etc.; what was the end of the case 1 have not discovered, but it seems clear either that Will. Gresham defrauded the buyers, or that his widow, and executrix, was not acting with equity.
  In a. 1630-1632, John Inman is again in misfortune; he pays, or is assessed at, 10, as a composition for not becoming a Knight (Exch. Receipt, Misc. Bks., Vol. 34). In theory then, c. a. 1630-1632, he had ‘Lands or Rents’ worth not less than 40 by the year as a freeholder, but, on this occasion, some lessees seem to have been included amongst the compounders; he is returned as John Inman of ‘Calfeild’ (under ‘Kirkby Malzerd’), and the Grange there was freehold, but the property for which he was to make fine may have included lands, leasehold or freehold (either or both), elsewhere. In a. 1649, Calfal House Grange is only valued at an eighteen years’ purchase, 540, John Inman being seised in fee there ‘of the cleare yearly vallue of 30 librates’; see the Royalist Comp. Papers. He was fined 90, as a sixth, for delinquency, in raising forces at Kirkby Malzeard, and assisting the forces raised against Parliament; on Aug. 5, a. 1650, he states that he has been unable to pay within the time limited, by reason of his great losses in the seizure of his goods, his long sequestration, and his many debts, says he has never borne arms against Parliament, and begs his fine may now be received, and his sequestration discharged. It may be remarked that his eider brother, Robert, was on the side of the Parliament; a notice in the Eccles. Act. Book (Preb. Mash.) s. a., 1636, records a difference between them.
   In a. 1650, John Inman was seised of a considerable estate of inheritance in fee simple of several parcels of land [suppose Calfal House Grange, or including it] in the parish of Kirkby Malzeard, and then conveyed them to his son John, who reconveyed a moiety of the estate to his parents, etc., for sixty years, in case, etc., at the annual rent of one peppercorn; on Dec.26, a. 1667, Jane, the widow of John Inman, sen., conveyed the remainder of the term of sixty years to her son Henry, in case, etc., (see Inman v. Baine, Chanc. Proc., Whittington, No.484). Hence John Inman, sen., did not survive a. 1667, and he died in that year, for John Inman, sen., and John Inman, Jun., occur in the Fountains Call for a. 1667 (Box 6, Parc. 43); he was probably born in a. 1589 or 1590, for his age is given as about sixty-three under a. 1653 (Exch. Q. R., re Bouthwaite Tithes). He married, apparently, not later than a. 1625/6; his wife, Jane, is noticed as a Popish recusant under record of a Court held Feb. 1625/6 (Eccles. Act Book, Preb. Mash.), and she is, presumably, the Jane who was living in a. 1667 (sup.). There are ‘good plenty’ of other references to John Inman; Subsidy Rolls, Hearth Taxes, Studley MSS., etc. The Hearth Taxes appear to shew that Calfal House Grange was reckoned at 2+3 and 2+4 Hearths; see. those Rolls for 16 and 18 Car. II.
   John Inman had, at least, four sons, Christopher of Bouthwaite Grange, John of Grewelthorpe and of Calfal House Grange, Henry of Calfal House and Sutton (Ripon) Granges, and Peter; possibly Tristram, and perchance another Christopher. Of these, John was probably dead in a. 1681, and certainly so in a. 1682; Christopher died in or before a. 1681, his brothers, Henry (ob. a. 1704) and Peter, being alive in that year. Apparently, Christopher left no issue him surviving.; John and Henry were married, and, it may be, Peter. It is likely that there were descendants, in Nidderdale, in the 18th c., of John Inman, Sen.; an ‘Elliner Inman’' of ‘Covel House’ was buried at Middlesmoor in a. 1716/7 and there are 18th c. notices of Peter and Henry Inman of Studfold (Stonebeck Down), and of a Peter Inman who used to live at Bouthwaite.
   As to Calfal House Grange, matters are not very clear (see the case, Inman v, Baine, cited above); the following is a mere attempt from the ex parte statement from the person who represented himself as the injured party. Henry Inman obtained in a. 1667, the. remainder of a term of sixty years (a. 1650-1710) for part of the Grange, in case etc. ; he took a mortgage of the reversion of said part in a. 1668; or 1668/9, and claims to have bought this reversion from his brother, John, in a. 1673/4. Said John had been in debt, and, c. a. 1669, conveyed said reversion, and certain lands he then possessed, to Ric. Baine, of Grewelthorpe, as counter-security; the latter sold part of the said lands, and reimbursed himself, and does ‘pretend’ that the reversion was settled on him, etc. Perhaps John Inman, himself, and also through Ric. Baine, had disposed of all the moiety (of the Grange), of which he had possession, before his death; Henry Inman was wishful to sell his [alleged] moiety, but could not make out a good title, ‘neither can he satisfie anyone who desired to purchase’ from him, ‘through the Rumour and Noise of an incumbrance being upon itt by the said Richard Baine’. The Feet of Fines (23 Car. II., say, a. 1671) seem to record the sale of part of Calfal House Grange by John and Isabella Inman to Robt. Fryer [? of New Bridge]; the property conveyed is described as 1 messuage, 20 acres of land, 50 of meadow, 200 of pasture, etc. This John Inman is John Inman, Jun.; he is named in the Will, a. 1660, of Mark Falkner, and married, at Masham, Isabella, probably the widow of the latter, in the same year. Perhaps the initial F., with a date of 1685, which is said to he on one of the houses at Calfal, might be explained; F. to stand for Fryer.


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