Thursday, 14 February 2013

People of Hutton Rudby in the C18/19 - explanatory note

As I work through my archives, I thought I would post some more information from my working notes ...

While I was working on Remarkable, but still True I amassed a great deal of information about inhabitants of Hutton Rudby in the C18 and C19.

I can't guarantee accuracy, but I know from experience that people researching their family history have found these notes useful, so I will reproduce them on this blog.

There is a certain fascination in browsing through them, as they include information from a variety of sources and build up a unique picture of village life in the past, but they are really intended for reference.  They consist mostly of surnames but also include general categories such as Skutterskelfe workers, blacksmiths and parish clerks.

They may appear slightly cryptic - they were only intended for my use.



References such as "GG 130" refer to Deeds in the North Riding Deeds Registry, held at the North Yorkshire County Record Office in Northallerton.

Dr Stout refers to notes supplied by Dr Geoffrey Stout

East Side Deeds refer to deeds in private ownership

Hastings refers to the works of R P Hastings, published by the Hutton Rudby and District Local History Society: Rudby-in-Cleveland: the Medieval Landscape; Rudby-in-Cleveland: The Enclosed Landscape c1600-1914; Hutton Rudby: Industrial Village c1700-1900; Rudby-in-Cleveland: Local Government and Society c1600-1900; and The Reverend R J Barlow and the Hutton Rudby National School.  In my notes I have frequently not specified the publication.

IGI - the notes were largely written in the days when the IGI had to be looked up on microfiche in libraries, and later on CD-Rom, long before broadband made looking up familysearch.org so easy

Letters to a Miller's Daughter (I'm afraid there's a frequent typo and it reads "Letters from a Miller's Daughter) refers to the book by J Beryl Turner: Letters to a Miller's Daughter: Dorothy Caroline Watson of Stockton-on-Tees and Hutton Rudby c1860-1893

MI means Monumental Inscriptions

NBI means National Burial Index (the earliest edition)

PRs means parish registers.

The Middleton Book was a notebook kept by the vicar, Mr Barlow, and can be seen on microfilm at NYCRO

The Oddfellows Board is - or was - in the Wheatsheaf Inn. 

In 1995 Beryl Turner provided this interesting information to the members of the Hutton Rudby History Society:

Memorial Board in the Wheatsheaf Pub, Hutton Rudby
On the wall of the Wheatsheaf Pub is a painted board headed "Benevolence - In Memory of Departed Brothers", which lists 47 departed Brothers with their names, places of abode, dates and ages at death between 1841 and 1887.
Odd Fellows Societies were formed to pay their members' funeral expenses and avoid the humiliation of a pauper's grave.  All the members would attend the funeral, dressed in black, wearing white gloves and carrying a stave.

In 1841 Hutton Rudby Lodge had 53 members, John Rowntree was host, and they met at the Wheatsheaf, Main Street, every other Saturday.  Membership in 1856 had grown to 68 and Elizabeth Raney, the landlady, was named as host.
Of the 47 Brothers listed, 19 died at or under 40 years old.  Only nine appear to have headstones in All Saints Churchyard, Hutton Rudby, as recorded by the Cleveland Family History Society in 1987.  The occupations at present known include linen weaver, shoemaker, surgeon, tailor, sail cloth weaver, coal carrier, grocer, farmer and publican.
Beryl Turner provided a transcription of the board with notes, which I hope at some point to post here.

Tree planting refers to information held by the HR History Society on the planting of the trees on the village Greens

There are also references to the Methodist Circuit Records, held at NYCRO




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