6th Generation

Christopher Inman = Abigail Whaley

(a. 1693-1737) (a. -1716)


(a. 1693-1737),

   Of Bewerley, and Harefield, gentleman, and son of Robert Inman, aforesaid.
   Bapt. July 26, a. 1693, in the old Church at P B., marr. Aug. 28 (Bond, Aug. 22), a. 1715, at Giggleswick, marr. Aug. 27, a. 1719, at Hampsthwaite, died July 22, and was buried July 24 a. 1737, in the old Church at. P. B., beside his first Wife. ‘under the South Isle’, and ‘in front of the Family Loft’.
   Will dated Oct. 11, a. 1735, and proved in the Exch. Ct. of York, Aug. 22, a. 1737; Bond (460), dated Aug. 22, a. 1737, and Inventory, July 30, a. 1737.
   His father, Robert, left him some gates [gaits] in APPLETREEWICK Pasture, and a share of the royalties in HEBDEN; these are not mentioned in the Will of Christopher Inman, and when. (a. 1735) he made it, he, apparently, had no property in either place. He occurs as a free tenant, a. 1723-1726, in the Appletreewick Court Rolls; there is a gap in the series of these Rolls after a. 1726, and, on their resumption, the Inmans of Bewerley do not, ni fallor, occur.
   With regard to property at or near FELLBECK, it does not absolutely appear whether he succeeded to any; in a Studley MS. (in 4.26), there are the so-called Extracts from Court Rolls as to Fellbeck and Bollershaw Grange. Amongst these is a notice from an Estreat Roll, seemingly dated a.1724-1734; it states that Christopher Inman was amerced 6d. for not doing suit and service, although lawfully summoned. These extracts do not appear to have been taken earlier than the end of the 18th c., and the above reference to Christopher Inman was presumably included on account of the occurrence of his name under a local heading, and it may be that Harefie1d was sometimes taken under Felbeck, etc.; at any rate, it is most unlikely that he had any freehold: at Fellbeck on Oct. 11, a. 1735, when he made his Will.
   With reference to the Manor of BISHOPSIDE, he was admitted as heir to the lands, etc., of which his father died seised; see the Court Rolls under a. 1722, for this, and under a. 1724, 1771, for other references. Under a. 1724, he sells, or sells and disposes of his interest in, Bayle Close, in high Bishopside, Scarr Intack Close, in Low Bishopside, and all or part of Townend House in Pateley Bridge; in his Will, a. he refers to his copyho1d lands, lying at Pateley Bridge and High Bishopside. Now, in a. 1771, it was presented that he died seised in fee, by copy of Court Roll, of a barn at Pateley Bridge, and several closes called Wood Close, Nooking or Noblesworth Garth, Pitt Garth, Mill Ealand, and [?Lower] Ing; Michael Inman surrendered [so1d ,ni fallor] all, or nearly all, of this property in a. 1771-1772, and, surprising as it may seem, an old memorandum, apparently derived from a contemporary source, shews that, c.a. 1771. ‘Pately’ was estimated at 2000, or, less probably, that it realised that amount in a. 1771-1772 (Le Page MS.).
   Turning to HAREFIELD, that estate was possibly settled, May 26, a. 1719 (v. Yorke MS.; Wakef. Reg., T. 304), so that, in due time, it might come to the issue of the marriage (Aug. 27. a. 1719) of Christopher Inman and Mary Whitfield, widow; the settlement of lands is not particularised, but Charles the son of said Christopher and Mary, succeeded to that place, at twenty-one, independently of his mother. The latter, on her side, brought property in the parishes of Giggleswick and Kirkby Malhamdale, which was apparently placed in the hands of Trustees, Aug. 8, or 18, a. 1719(Yorke MS.; Wakef. Reg., T. 304), and was subsequently sold by herself, and her son Charles; Christopher Inman does not name it in his Will. On Nov. 15 or 16, a. 1716, the latter seems to have sold some 5 acres of land in Low Bishopside, which possibly then belonged to, or which might have been near to, Harefield, reserving a rent of 5/ p. a., and the right to search for minerals; see Wakef. Reg., DH. 376.With reference to Bewerley, the Wakef. Reg. (AA. 550, May 24, a. 1729) only records one transaction between the deaths of Robert and Christopher Inman; this Indenture of Release, between Christopher Inman and Will. Collyer, of Bewerley, yeoman, was concerning four closes of arable meadow and pasture with a barn [the premises, as it would seem, being] commonly called Calf Haw, said closes containing 10 days' mowing.

(a. -1716)

   Daughter (Thos. Whaley, of Winterburn (Flasby with Winterburn), gentleman, by Lydia, daughter of Benjamin Ferrand, of Harden (Bingley).
   Marr. Aug.28 (Bond, Aug. 22), a. 1715, at Giggleswick, died Oct. 1, and was buried Oct. 4, a. 1716, in the old Church at P. B., ‘under the Seat in the South Isle’, ‘and in front of the Family Loft’.
   The name would appear to derive from a place-name; Whalley, in Lancashire, is not far from Blackburn. Thomas Whaley was the grandson of Thou. Whalley, (*See Note F in p. xxii.) Of Shearebanck in Blackburn, co. Lancs., yeoman, whose Will dates a. 1647; the former was the Thos. Whaley, on whose land Winterburn Chapel was erected. His Will dates a. 1715, and he died in that or the next year; he leaves to his daughter, Abigail Inman, 300, or so much of it as should be unpaid at the time of his death, provided she, or any child of hers, be then living. Abigail Inman survived her father by a few months, leaving a son, Michael; her marriage portion would seem to have been 300. Her brother, Samuel Whaley, subsequently left very considerable property to his nephew, Michael; the former is the ‘Cousin Sam Whaley’, named, a. 1730, in a letter from Ric. Richardson, of North Bierley, to his son.


(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.
   Bapt Jan. 18, a. 1686/7, or 1687/8. at Kirkby Malzeard, marr. a. 1711 or 1711/2, Sept. to Jan., at Kirkby Malzeard, marr. Aug. 27, a. 1719 at Hampsthwaite, died Nov. 17, and was buried Nov. 19, a. 1758, on the North side of the old Churchyard at Pateley Bridge, beside her father-in-law, Robert Inman.
   Robert Wood was perhaps the son (bapt. a. 1654) of Robert Wood of Winsley, and one or other of them seems to be returned under Hartwith cum Wimsley in a. 1672, Robert Wood (the father of Mary Whitfield) being noted for 4 Hearths, under Hartwith, in 26 Car. II. (Hearth Tax Rolls); by his Will, dated or proved a . 1702, he leaves 400 to his daughter Mary, then twenty-one. All or part of this fortune would presumably be received by Will. Whitfield, the first husband; he died a. 1717, his Will bearing date Feb. 4, a. 1716/7.
   He left, to his wife, (1) property in the parishes of Giggleswick and Kirkby Malhamdale; this appears to have been freehold, and is specified, at some length, in copies from two Deeds (Wakef. Reg., see AF. 53, AI. 451). He also left her (2) his unrun years in a tenement at Deer Ing (Laverton), with lands, etc., he having bought leaseholds from her brotber in a. 1714 (Wakef. Reg.., G. 399) for the sum of 190 (for remainders of terms of 1300 and 1000 years); she apparently sold all or part of her unspent years by a Deed, dating Apr. 10, a. 1718 (Wakef. Reg., see M. 198). He also left her (3) an estate at Westside Houses for twenty years, she to pay certain annuities and to discharge bonds for 150 and 70 thereout; she was, however, only to have this tenure if the testator’s brother-in-law declined to fulfil a certain condition.
   In a. 1719, very shortly before her second marriage, she seemingly conveyed her Craven property to Trustees, to uses, Christopher Inman being a party thereto; in a. 1751, or, much more probably, in a. 1754 (Wakef. Reg., AF. 53, AI. 451), she, and her son Charles, sold it. It may be noted that, in a. 1751, there were two Deeds, of even date, one about the Craven freeholds, and the other about Harfield; the explanation seems to be that Mary Whitfield-Inman had a life estate in the former, and that her son, Char1es, raised money on the Craven property, and secured her annuity, by permitting part of the estate at Harefield to be assigned to her.

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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