Christopher Inman = Abigail Whaley
(a. 1693-1737) (a. -1716)
CHRISTOPHER INMAN == ABIGAIL WHALEY
Of Bewerley, and Harefield, gentleman, and son of Robert Inman, aforesaid.
Daughter (Thos. Whaley, of Winterburn (Flasby with Winterburn), gentleman,
by Lydia, daughter of Benjamin Ferrand, of Harden (Bingley).
(c. a. 1687-1758)
Daughter of Robert Wood, of Hartwith (Kirkby Malzeard), gentleman, by
Isabel, daughter of __ Browne (? of Thornbrough, par. West Tanfield); widow of William
Whitfield, of Westside houses (Kirkby Malhamdale), yeoman.
Perhaps it was a sale of land; at any rate, Calf Haw does not occur again by name in the Inman property at Bewerley.
Probably, from a legal point of view, Christopher Inman had not even a temporary interest in his wife's freehold estate, and it may be that he had less land in a. 1737 than in a..1721; if this was so, it does not follow that what he left was lese valuable than what he had in a. 1721. Perhaps he may be said to have somewhat concentrated his estate; it is fairly clear that he did not die seised of lands in Appletreewick, or Fellbeck. Apparently, however, the property in the Manor of Bishopside was partly of his acquisition; the estate there, in or in and about Pateley Bridge, seems to have been of considerable value c. a. 1771.
His Will notices my lands, etc., at (1) Bewerley, and (2) Harefield, and (3) 'my' copyholds at Pateley Bridge and High Bisbopside; perhaps, he then had no freeholds elsewhere than in the township of Bewerley, and at Harefleld. He does not specify any leaseholds, the gifts of lands (other than copyhold) to either of his sons being to him, his heirs and assigns, for ever; the residuary personal estate is given to his son Michael, who would therefore have succeeded to remainders of terms of years, supposing such interests existed when the testator died. He left Bewerley to his elder son, Michael (subject to a small annuity*, (*Already secured by the settlement of a. 1719, as it seems) etc., to his own wife, whilst a widow, in lieu of dower), and also his copyholds, subject to a payment of £200, at twenty-one, to his son, Charles; to the latter he left Harefield, possibly thereby merely confirming the settlement of a. 1719. That estate was, a. 1737, valued at £23 p. a. in the Inventory of the effects left to Chas. Inman by his father; the other item was the £200 charged on the copyholds, and the amount of the Tuition Bond (Aug. 22, a. 1737) was £1200. The ante-nuptial settlement had probably retained to Mary, the mother of Charles Inman, a life estate in her own Craven property; apparently, it barred her from dower, and secured to her a mere nominal annuity, diwing widowhood only, charged on all or part of the estate at Bewerley. There is a long Inventory of the goods, etc., of Christopher Inman; it helps to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that he lived in the so-called Tudor House at Bewerley. It has been stated that there was a volume of Sermons on the Lord's Prayer, existing in a. 1861, in which was the name of Christopher Inman; certain it is that he erected a Gallery, at his own charge, in the South part of the old Church at Pateley Bridge (see Memoranda in the P. B. Par. Reg.).
Christopher Inman had five sons, one, Michael, by his first and four by his second wife; three of the sons died young, leaving the said Michael and Charles, both of whom survived their father. Michael Inman, who appears to have been apprenticed at Thirsk, had attained his majority a few days before his father's death; the younger son, Charles, had entered into his 13th year in the May preceding that event. There is an armorial seal on the Will of Christopher Inman, possibly, 3 roses on a chevron, but of this I cannot speak with the least confidence; very sure it is that the seal was not from the same matrix as the seal on the Will of Robt. Inman, his father. In a certain sense, Christopher Inman was the last of his line; he left two sons, it is true, but neither of them permanently continued in the manner of life of his paternal forefathers.
To his wife, Mary Inman, he left rooms at his dwelling-house at Bewerley, during widowhood, and there she seems to have died; she outlived him some twenty-one years, and great changes she must have seen. After her husband's death, part of the so-called Tudor House appears to have been let to a tenant; then came Michael Inman's disaster at Kingston-on-Hull, and the sale of the Bewerley property in a. 1752. But her monetary interest in it would have been secured, very likely by the Settlement of a. 1719, and, at least, by her husband's Will, and she, apparently, survived beyond the time when Michael and Deborah Inman settled at Bewerley; at any rate, she died before the former was again established as a considerable landowner in the township.
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