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Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017
Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census.
From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ??? who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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39 High Street
It is possible that this building was constructed before the publication of the 1853 Ordnance Survey Map for some such structure seems to be shown on the map, albeit indistinctly. When the West Riding Deeds registers are again open for inspection (2017?) it may be possible to date the construction more firmly.
At present, the earliest knowledge we have of the property is from the years before WW1 when it was the home and shop of a bootmaker called George Bell.
George Bell was born in about 1850, the son of William and Elizabeth Bell who appear to have arrived in Hampsthwaite from Ripon during the previous decade. William was a Cordwainer and Elizabeth a Shoe Binder.
By 1880, when George married Mary Ann Swale (daughter of James Swale the parish clerk) he was working as a Boot Maker. George and Mary had a number of children (six in total) including Mary Elizabeth born 1890 but who sadly died shortly before her second birthday. Mary Ann herself died in 1894 at the age of 38.
George married again in 1908 – to Margaret Ellen, the daughter of Robert Ellis, a labourer of Swincliffe. We are fortunate to have a photograph of Margaret standing outside No 39 and thought to have been taken shortly before the First World War (as indicated by the inscription found on the back of the photograph).
Mrs Margaret Bell
Inscription on back of photograph
The last available census records (1911) show George and Margaret living at no. 39 with their sons Alfred (18 - a bootmaker) and Frank (born less than one month before the census). George died in 1917.
The property is double – fronted but was it built as such or have two cottages been knocked together? Notice how the doorway is off centre and some mortar joints show evidence of re-pointing or even settlement.
39 High Street
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