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Re: Tarbottons in Yorkshire
Posted by: Shirley Tarburton (ID *****5969) Date: March 08, 2008 at 03:20:28
In Reply to: Re: Tarbottons in Yorkshire by Kenneth Livingstone of 38

Hi, Kenneth
Thanks for your message and the further information about 'our' Jane. I had her marriage registration number for 1867 but did not know that it was to John Mitchell. That is very interesting because her eldest sister, Mary, married a Jonathan Mitchell 29 Jan 1848!

I am not yet sure if James and John are brothers or cousins. There are two Thomas Tarbotton/Tarburtons in Knaresborough. (The name is always spelt Tarburton in the Knaresborough records.) According to the censuses ( I have James Tarbotton's family in the 1841, 1851, & 1861 censuses) James was born in 1814. Thomas, whose wife was Elizabeth, was born in 1799 and his wife two years later, which seems too young to parent James.

To confuse the matter, there is another James Tarbotton born in Knaresborough in 1828 who also married a Hannah (1854) in Bradford and appears in the 1871 and 1881 censuses in Horton. He died in 1883. Only one child is listed in the census to this family - George Thomas Tarbotton. He was listed as a joiner and his father as a carpenter.

I have the marriage certificate of William Tarbotton/Tarburton who was also a joiner, to Sarah Balmforth in 1846. He gives his father as Thomas, Schoolmaster. The Thomas who married Elizabeth was running a school in Horton at the time of the 1861 census. (In the 1851 census, Thomas, 52 and Elizabeth 50, with William 27 and Ann 24 were living in Knaresborough.) In the 1871 census two of William and Sarah's children (John Henry and Elizabeth Ann - both young adults) were living with James and Hannah's son Thomas (who was also a joiner) and his wife Mary and were listed as cousins of the head of the house. If they were first cousins, then their fathers, James and William, are brothers.

However, James' children and John's children are also found close to each other in censuses.

There is a record which survives from December 1777 in Knaresborough of a Noble and Ann Tarburton who buried twins (called Noble and Ann), within a week of each other - presumably a premature delivery. This couple would have been the right age to also be the parents of Henry (who married Maria) b.1780, and of another Thomas (not the one married to Elizabeth) whose death is recorded in December 1833 in Knaresborough, and who was stated to be 61 years old, therefore born in 1772.

I am guessing that this Thomas is the father of (1)Elizabeth who died in Knaresborough in 1819 aged 24 years (born 1795), (2)the Thomas who married (another) Elizabeth and was the school teacher at some time in his life (born 1797), and (3)my ancestor John (born 1799). There are no records of other children in the following years but it is not outside the realms of possibility that your James born 1814 was a younger son. These parents would be of a more reasonable age.

James and Hannah Tarbotton's family.
In the 1841 census, Maria and Elizabeth are with James at their home in Knaresborough and Hannah is at her parents' home in Mickley by Azerley with the second Ann. She was pregnant with Mary at the time. There are two more children in James and Hannah's family after William. Hannah, born Bradford 1852 1Q, and Emma born Bradford 1854 2Q. Emma died 11 May 1854 (buried Bradford Cathedral cemetery No 368), one month after her mother, who was buried 9 April 1854. (Buried Bradford Cathedral cemetery No 252) James died the following year and was buried in the same cemetery on 26 July 1855 (No 335). Maria was Hannah's child and was christened as Maria Nayler 4 March 1836 at Mickley. So although Hannah had 11 children, James had only 10. Hannah and James married the same year and Elizabeth was born late 1836 or in 1837. Elizabeth took over the rearing of the children after her parents died as Maria married 6 months after her father's death. In the 1861 census all 8 are together with Elizabeth as the head.

John and Sarah Tarburton's family
I did not know about the first James b. 1828 in John and Sarah's family. Where did you find him? The basic info. I have is that they married 19 Jan 1819 in Knaresborough. Their first child was Mary, b.1820 (aged 20 in the 1841 census), then John, 1821; Elizabeth ch.26 Jan 1823; Samuel 1824; Sarah 1827; William ch. 2 Oct 1829; Hannah 1832; James ch. 3 Feb 1833; Richard Henry 1834; Henry ch. 12 June 1935; Joseph 1836; George 1838 4Q; Emma 1840 2Q; Jane 1841 4Q and Christopher Thorp 1843. There is also possibly and Ann b. 1831 and who died young that I am still checking out. I have a fair bit of information about some of them but am always happy to get more. Thank you very much for the information about Jane, which I did not have. Were her marriage and death both in Bradford?


Shirley Tarburton
Melbourne, Australia

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