Friday, 22 August 2014

John Stubbs' diaries (1853-60): names beginning with C

These are my original working notes, made quite a few years ago in the days before broadband and easy access to census records etc.  I have done a certain amount of extra work in getting them ready to post here, so some of the entries are now up-to-date.

They include quotations from George Whitehead's Journals, ed. Helier Hibbs, which have been an invaluable resource for which I am very grateful. 

As with the A-Z of Hutton Rudby people, my accuracy is NOT guaranteed!  And I'm afraid they are not quite in alphabetical order.

Bessie may have been John's nurse and features in the life of the family for many decades

Diary references:
16 Jan 1856:  “...played cards at Henry Carass’  Joe & I beat the two Henrys had only one rubber  Bessie went to ask Miss Eagle a Clairvoyant Lady at Mrs Morrells about Uncle Henlocks...”
27 Jun 1856:  “At Noon was at Capes’ with Arthur Powell to dinner   I gave Mrs Stevenson a pair of Sissors & Bessie Carass a pair”
15 Sep 1856:  “Called to see Bessie Carass & Aunt Bell & then went home”

30 Oct 1857:  “At Night sat with Bessie Carass”

no references in 1858 or 1859
while in London, JRS wrote to Bessie (9.2.60)

1851:  Boroughbridge
Henry Carass, 32, butcher, b BB
Elizabeth Carass, 34, wife, b Topcliffe

Letters from Ellis Macfarlane to John Stubbs on her first visit to Boroughbridge after their engagement: “I am to see old Bessie tomorrow” she wrote on her first night, and the next day, “Last Night I went to the kitchen to try to get old Bessie tell me something bad about you, but of course failed altogether.  This morning I watched her prepare a turkey for cooking.  So you see I am beginning already!!” 

Bessie offered to come and look after Ellis when the babies were due, made cushions for Ellis and went for holidays to stay with John and Ellis in Coatham. 

Bessie also worked for other families.  She was left £10 by Mrs Wood in 1872, and a letter of Mary’s in May 1874 shows how busy Bessie and Henry were:  “Bessy is very busy.  She has loads of washing.  We have had Henry one day this week and again tomorrow whitewashing.  The Sedgwicks have the Mackaskeys at dinner tomorrow and Bessy is making jelly &c for them”. 

Aunt Bell remembered Bessie in her Will “as a small acknowledgment of all her kindness”, and in a letter of 1886 Mary told John she wished on her death that the maids should each have full mourning and that Bessie Carass was to have “a gown and bonnet and cap” in the traditional way.
d 22 Mar 1898

Diary references:
JRS is a frequent visitor at noon & in the evening in 1856, especially in second half of Jan
16 Jan 1856:  “In the evening Joe  Henry R & I went & played cards at Henry  Carass’  Joe & I beat the two Henrys had only one rubber  Bessie went to ask Miss Eagle a Clairvoyant Lady at Mrs Morrells about Uncle Henlocks...”
24 Jan 1856:  “Joe & I ...went to Henry Carass’   Stewart was there   we played Old Maid”
25 Jan 1856:  “I & Joe went to H Carass’ for five minutes”
30 Jan 1856:  “..went to H Carass’ for newspaper”
6 Mar 1856:  “At Noon I went & sat with Henry Carass”
3 May 1856:  “At Noon I went to Hy Carass’  Mrs Hy Powell & Sophy were there”
23 Jul 1856:  “At Night went to Hy Carass’s   the children were there at tea”
29 Dec 1856:  “At Noon rode Joes Mare in the field.  Went to Hy Carass’   At Night went to Henry Carass’  Read the Paper”

There are fewer references for 1857, but the great majority are again in January and February
25 Sep 1857:  “At Noon walk part of the way to Langthorp   went to Hy Carass’ to market...”

no references in 1858

one reference in 1859:
27 Dec 1859:  “had tea & supper at Hy Carasses with Joe Lizzie & Alice & Eliz Stubbs”

27 Oct 1860:  “Drew & ingd Henry Carass’s Will & attested with Mrs Simpson the execor of it”

Slaters 1849: Butchers:  Henry Carass, Boroughbridge & William Carass, Bbdge
Slaters 1854: Butchers:  John Carass, Bbdge
Shopkeeper & Retailer of Beer:  Joseph Carass, Bbdge

Tithe Map c1840
William Carass owns, and Carass & Marten occupy no.1, two houses & garden (near St James Sq)
Joseph Carass owns & occupies no.78, house & garden (on the east side of the Gt North Rd)

1851 Boroughbridge
Henry Carass, 32, butcher, b BB
Elizabeth Carass, 34, wife, b Topcliffe

Clergyman at Kirby Hill until December 1859, when he is replaced by Mr Sale

Diary references: eg
On several occasions in June 1858: eg. 1 June “Capes Joe Charlesworth & I went ratcatching to the mill”
2 Sep 1858:  “...met Charlesworth at Kirby Hill.....we went out shooting....went down to Humburton .... & had tea”
8 Sep 1858:  “ a concert at the [Leeds] Town Hall...Charlesworth & Steele were there..”
18 Sep 1858:  “...supped at Charlesworths  A Cousin of his a Solicitor from Leeds...”
10 Nov 1858:  “Went to sup at Charlesworths to meet Bainbridge & Steele  a very pleasant evening”
12 Nov 1858:  “At four o’clock walked with Charlesworth & Steele to Woods of Skelton   Had tea   set off home about ½ past 7”
13 Nov 1858:  “At Night went by train with Charlesworth & Bainbridge to Humburton  Had a very pleasant evening”

20 Feb 1859:  “Charlesworth & Bainbridge had tea with us”
13 Mar 1859:  “Charlesworth preached at BB at night”
26 Mar 1859:  “At night Charlesworth  Bainbridge & I walked to Norton  called on the old Folks & then on the Young Folks”
14 Apr 1859:  “I went to sup at Charlesworths of wild duck & pike to meet Bainbridge”
26 May 1859:  “At night Capes Joe Steele Charlesworth Bainbridge & I rowed up to Westwick”
4 Dec 1859:  “in the afternoon to Kirby Hill Church when Charlesworth preached his farewell sermon”
    also walking with on half a dozen occasions, rook shooting with in May &c. 

Charlesworth is at Bridge Foot, at Miss Stott’s, at the Sedgwicks’ do, at Scotts, at Hirsts, at Thos Lund’s party. 

no mention in 1860

He was in Settle at about the time that John was at school, and he was later vicar in Acklam.

Baptism: Edward Gomersall Charlesworth, b 30 Sep 1829, bap 11 Nov 1829 St Peter's, Leeds, son of Edward and Anne Charlesworth

Poems by the Rev E G Charlesworth, curate of Tosside, near Settle, pub 1856

Leeds Intelligencer 24 Dec 1859
The Rev E G Charlesworth, late curate of Kirby Hill, Boroughbridge, has been appointed to the curacy of St Mark's, Old-street, London

Marr Isabella Sheraton in Darlington in Jun qtr 1864

Poem by George Markham Tweddell:
To the Rev. E.G. Charlesworth, Vicar of Acklam and Author of “Ecce Christus,” &c
(Composed whilst Smoking and Evening Pipe of some Choice Tobacco, which he had considerately sent me, as “a Christmas Present.”
George Markham Tweddell website

Archives of The Spectator 28 Nov 1874
Ironopolis. By the Rev. E. G. Charlesworth. 2 vols. (Morgan and Hebron.)—One expects from the title a tale about manufacturers and artisans, -with the scene laid in some busy town of forges. But "Ironopolis "—an unnecessary and atrocious barbarism, by the way— has very little to do with the story. A certain bank in it comes, or very nearly comes, to ruin, and puts the hero of the story, if there be a hero, to much inconvenience, and that is the only important fact that we hear about it, except, indeed, that one of the characters commits a forgery, which has something to do with it. Generally the scene of the story lies elsewhere. Though not positively ill written, it is a very rambling and ill-contrived affair. Does not Mr. Charlesworth know, for instance, what a prejudice he excites against himself in every sen- sible person by such a name as "Stethoscope," with which he labels his first sketch? Surely this is a very rude way of letting us know that this particular character is too self-conscious or too fond of self- inspection. All that we can say for the novel is that it is a little better than the last which we saw from the same pen.

1881 Census: West Acklam, Middlesbrough
Acklam Vicarage: Edward Gomersall Charlesworth, 51, vicar of Acklam West, b Leeds
Isabella 47, b Melsonby Yks
housekeeper & gardener

Died in Harrogate 3 Apr 1900, Probate 2 May 1900   

General histories etc:
“The churches of North Craven”
A Mr Charlesworth was one of those who “took great interest in the restoration” of Giggleswick church in 1890


Diary references:
14 Oct 1856, she is at a large evening party at Miss Stotts
2 Sep 1859:  she is at LW Sedgwicks’, a party to meet Mr Richardson, vicar of Stainforth

Whites 1840: “Jonathan Crawshaw, Langthorpe” in “Brewers”
Slaters 1849:  “Jonathan Crawshaw, Langthorpe” in “Maltsters” and “Brewers”
Slaters 1854: do.-

Mr CROW of Ornhams Hall

Diary references:
frequently mentioned through 1857 as in “Walked past Mr Crows”
1 May 1857: “At Night Smallwood & I walked to Crows to see him about a ham for the tea party on the night of the Bazaar”

17 May 1859:  “At night walked up thro Mr Crows Yard & on to Grafton Lane”
21 Dec 1859:  “At night Steele & I went to Mr Crows when he gave us £10 for BB Church Endowment Fund”

Slaters 1849: “George Crow, Esq, Ornhams Hall”
Kellys 1908:  “Richard George Paver-Crow, Ornhams Hall”

1851: Ornham's House: George Crow, unmarried, 59, landed proprietor b Well and his brother Edmund, 52, farmer of 470 acres emp 11 labourers, niece Elizabeth Kirk, 20, housekeeper b Roecliffe.

General histories etc:

“On the Blowing Wells near Northallerton” by T Fairley FRSE (1881):  three blowing wells, one being “The well at Ornhams, Boroughbridge, [which] I only know from description from Mr Paver Crow, of Ornhams Hall”

George Whitehead’s Journals:
Richard Howe [Gt Ouseburn Moor] & Catharine [& Elizabeth CROW from Ornhams]  Married [Feby] 1840
Edwin Crow, Ornhams, died Nov 27  1861
George Crow Esqr  Ornhams died Jan 27 aged 80 yrs  1872
Richard PAVER flitted from Grassgills to Ornhams  Feb 10 or 12th  1872  Mr Crow died & left him all
Mr Paver Crow sale at Ornhams Apr 15th  he sold the stock & implements & gave up farming  he     built a new farm house & let the farm to Mr --  1887
A C Holtby of Heaton House BB & Mary Paver Crow of Ornhams marrd at Aldbro Oct 29  1889          she died Apl 30  a20 yrs  1890

Miss CUNNYNGHAM / Cunynghame
Diary references:
15 Mar 1856 “went home with Miss Cunnyngham from there to Burton.....”
In Oct 1856 she goes to Redcar with the Hirsts, Stubbs etc

she is mentioned once in 1857 and once in 1860


Diary references:
27 Sep 1857 “twice to BB Church.  Dr Cartman preached both times”

John CROSBY, doctor of Great Ouseburn
Diary references:
5 Jan 1853:  “in the afternoon went to call on Mr Crosby & stayed tea there”
7 Jan 1853:  “went to dine with Mr.. Crosby of roast illeg & plum pudding   stayed tea & stayed all night”
18 Jan 1853:  “[at Ouseburn]...had Crosbys neices & nephew after tea   nephew stayed all night”

6 Mar 1856:  “[at Ouseburn]..had dinner Uncle Williams as they had been coursing   We then had tea   after tea a rubber at wist   two table  Uncle Henlock   Crosby  Len Sedgwick & I sat at one table.  Gudgeon  Uncle Pick  Capes & Joe at the other...”
10 Mar 1856:  “At noon Joe & I went up the River for a walk..............Crosby had a dinner party to day   Joe & Len Sedgwick went   Capes & Aunt Bell   Jane was going but she had such a bad cold”
29 Mar 1856:  “[at Ouseburn] ...I called at Crosby’s   he was not in”
30 Mar 1856:  “back to Uncle Picks to tea   After tea Crosby called   gave me a letter for Miss Jepson who was staying with Aunt Bell”
4 Apr 1856:  “At Night I walked to Ouseburn to have tea at Crosby’s to meet the Ouseburn party  we played at Bagatelle and Cards   we left about a ¼ past eleven” [ie the people staying at Ouseburn:  Bell Baldwin & her little girl   Mary Metcalf]
12 May 1856:  “At night went to tea at Aunt Bells   Miss Jepson from Ouseburn & a Miss Johnson from Easingwold who was staying at Crosbys......Miss J is rather a nice girl  rather good looking &c &c”
15 May 1856:  “I went & found Joe at Crosby’s  I saw Miss Johnson  She played & sang   I turned over the leaves   she has a very sweet voice   we stayed ½ an hour & then came home”
1 Nov 1856:  “Wrote to decline an invitation of Mr Clarks of Ellinthorp Hall...also to Crosby of Ouseburn for Tuesday..” [presumably because Uncle Hirst is to be away - on such occasions JRS stays at Hirsts’]
3 Nov 1856:  “Had letter from Crosby of Ouseburn pressing me to go on Tuesday but I wrote back & declined”
4 Nov 1856:  “At night Joe went with Sedgwicks   Steele & Mary Hirst & Richd went with Capes & Jane in a Cab to Crosbys party   I went home to tea...”

28 Apr 1857:  “..At ½ past 4 Smallwood & I set off & walked to Ouseburn   Had tea at Aunt Picks.  Called at Crosby’s & Uncle Williams...”
5 Aug 1857:  “Uncle  Aunt [Pick] Tom & I went to Manchester   spent the day in the Exhibition.....we took a Cab to Salford    called on Crosby but he was out...”
21 Sep 1857:  “...walked to Ouseburn Feast   Dined at Uncle Picks ... tea at Uncle Wms   Called at Crosby’s...”
17 Oct 1857:  “At Night Uncle & Aunt Pick came & took me home with them   Went to call at Crosby’s”
17 Dec 1857:  “..went to York to order clothes for Leonards Wedding.  Dined at Park Place [Joe’s parents in law to be]  Had tea at Crosby’s house of business  Smallwood supped at our house”

13 Jun 1858:  “[staying at Picks’] Called at Crosby’s & Uncle Williams”
11 Sep 1858:  “At Night Sd & I walked to Ouseburn  Called at Crosbys & Uncle Wms  Supped at Uncle Picks” [Smallwood is to leave for Scarboro on the 15th]

19 Nov 1859:  “...Called at Uncle Picks & then went on to Uncle Wms to stay till Monday.  Mr Crosby came in & we had a rubber”
2 Dec 1859:  “..Poor Crosby of Ouseburn died at Kings Cross Station London either yesterday or today very suddenly”
8 Dec 1859:  “At night I went with Capes (who went to Mr Crosby’s funeral & from there here) to Minskip...”

9 Jul 1860:  “dined at Uncle Picks  went to Browns to the sale of the late Mr Crosby’s property”

Great Ouseburn:  fol 365: this is the first house listed in this section of the township  (east of the church to Aldwark bridge): it comes after Kirby Hall
Crosby, John , W, 53, MRCS Eng LLA [?], b Newton, Yorks
with 3 servants:  a groom & labourer, a housekeeper & a general servant
then follows a shoemaker, the schoolmaster and then the Horse Shoe Inn

JRS’ handwriting in 1853 was not clear, and it appeared to say ‘Mrs Crosby’.  Crosby is a widower in 1851, there is no record of him remarrying, and so this will not refer to a wife

When JRS writes to J A Sharpe on 14 Feb 1861 he mentions that he has an introduction to Mr Crosby the County Court Registrar at Stockton

George Whitehead’s Journals:
Mr Crosby left his house & went to Mr Seaton’s first week in April 1844
Walkers left Lund House, & went to live at Mr CROSBY’s house, Apr 6th 1844
Jeremh Addison G.O. got the Bailiffs into the house (by Dr Crosby) Jan 9th  the sale was Jan 25th      it is reported that he has failed about £2000 debt 1849
Benjamin Cass died at Mr Crosby’s  Jun 13  1849
Emelia had her first tooth drawn by Mr Crosby  Feb 24 1850
I had my first tooth drawn by Mr Crosby Apr 1  1856
John Roecliffe of Crosby Field Grange & Christiania Jebson niece to Dr John Crosby Esqr G.O. marr Oct 1  1857
Doctor Crosby of G.O. died at London Dec 1  he went to consult a Physician but died before he got back  1859
Mr Haworth began Doctoring at G.O. about Dec 31st  he succeeded John Crosby Esq  1859
The stock, furniture &c of the late Dr Crosby sold, Jan 16, 17 & 18  1860
IJohn Crosby Elsworth d 1901


Diary references:
24 Mar 1856:  “At 4 o’clock  Joe & I set off & walked to Ouseburn to see the Craven party mentd on the 21st.  Miss Jepson & Edwd Crosby  our Jane & Capes were there   we had tea & supper  played at Cards...”

Miss Calder and Miss Fretwell are on several occasions to be found in the diaries having tea with Mrs Mary Stubbs.  “Miss Calder Aunt Bell & Dora were having tea at our house   It was thought rather rude my going out to tea” wrote John in March 1856.  Miss Calder is mentioned the more frequently, on a dozen occasions, and John noted in his diary years later that his nephew Joseph William in 1898 married Miss Isabel Maud Calder, daughter of Rev Wm Calder, at Kingston upon Thames, which suggests there was some family connection between the two Misses Calder of different generations.

Diary references:
20 Feb 1856:  “At night Joe Capes & I went to Clarks of Ellenthorp Hall to fetch home Jane  Aunt Pick  Aunt Bell & Miss Calder”
24 Feb 1856:  “...took...Aunt Bell to Church in the even  I then joined Miss Calder”
4 Mar 1856:  “...Miss Calder  Aunt Bell & Dora were having tea at our house   it was thought rather rude my going out to tea”
26 Mar 1856: “...dinner at 2 o’clock as the Ouseburn party...came to dine at our house...had tea  Miss Calder came & Miss Jepson..”
2 Apr 1856:  “At night went to Uncle Hirsts to tea to meet the Ouseburn party, the Sedgwicks, the Stotts & Steele, Miss Fretwell & Miss Calder..”
9 Jun 1856:  “......went & had supper at Uncles  Miss Calder was also with us & after a jolly chat I went home along with Miss Calder”
19 Sep 1856:  “ night Aunt Redmayne went to York   Miss Calder came & sat with us..”
3 Oct 1856:  “...went to Crawshaws to have tea   Leond Sedgwick & Mary  Dora & Mary Hirst  the Stotts & Steele  Mrs Powell & Miss Calder were there  Mrs Elgood   it was rather sticky...”
21 Nov 1856:  “..Miss Calder was at our house”

10 Mar 1857:  “ night went to Capes’  The Hirsts & Emily Stead  The Stotts  Miss Fretwell  Steele  Smallwood  Miss Calder  Joe & I were there..”

30 Dec 1858:  “At Night Went to Capes    Miss D  Miss Sarah Appleton of Dishforth  Miss Clarke of Minskip  Miss Calder  Jane Sedgwick & Mary  Alice & Lizzy  Joe & I were there”

3 Jan 1859:  “ Stotts phaeton to Clarks of Minskip to tea   Miss Calder  The Misses Appleton & Miss McCleod were there...”

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