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Sixth Generation - Anthony Petyt††† ††††††

Mary Petytís father, Anthony Petyt, was christened in Skipton on 6 September 1720 [1] . He was the eldest son of John and Mary Petyt, of Crookrise. His sister Alice arrived when he was about three years old, and his brother John, when he was seven [2] . Life was probably quite comfortable for Anthony Petyt as he was the son of a yeoman farmer.

Anthony Petyt was apprenticed at the age of thirteen to Thomas Petyt, Blacksmith in 1733. This may have been very useful training for his later career as a husbandman and farmer, shoeing horses on the farm. His sister Alice was apprenticed aged twelve to Mary Fell and their brother John was apprenticed to John Kendall, Butcher, in 1740 [3] . The apprenticeships were granted by Sylvester Petyt's Trust and indicates that Anthony and his siblings were descended from the Petyt's of Storithes.

Alice Petyt was the first to marry and leave home in 1754 when she married Joseph Spencer, roper, of Kildwick [10] . Alice and Anthony's brother John later married Sarah Petyt, daughter of William and Mary Petyt of Bolton Abbey in 1763 [11] . John and Mary moved to Snaygill and farmed there. John Petty also practiced as a butcher and this may have been part of his smallholding at Snaygill. John Sarah had their first daughter Mary in 1764 [12] . It would seem that John had had taken over the lands farmed by his great-grandfather Anthony Petyt [13] .

Anthonyís father, John Petyt, was a yeoman farmer of Crookrise, near Thorlby, and for the land at Crookrise, he paid an annual rental of twenty-six pounds to the lord of Skipton Castle, the Sackville Earl of Thanet [4] . It is not clear what John Petyt would have farmed at Crookrise, perhaps sheep and cattle [5] . However, to be renting land for twenty-six pounds per annum implies that the land was fairy profitable. John Petyt must have been able to pay this rent and have money to spare.

I have not at present, been able to locate where and when John Petyt was born or christened. However, it is highly probable that John was descended from Anthony Petyt of Caldray House or Cawder Hall Farm. Cawder Hall Farm is located near to Snaygill where Anthony Petytís brother John later farmed, and it is very probable that there is a connection. Certainly, this Calder House line is the only Petyt line in the Skipton area to favour the name Anthony, which appears in every generation.

John appears to have been the son or nephew of Anthony Petty of Skyraikes in the parish of Burnsall, only a few yards from Crookrise. Anthony married Isabel Bradford in 1678 and had one daughter Isabella in 1695 [14] . However, it is perfectly possible that Anthony and Isabella had other children yet to be identified. Anthony Petty lived to a ripe old age of seventy-one and was buried in 1725 when he is described as 'of Crookrise' [15] . This may mean that Anthony's family had inherited the farm from Anthony and his grandparents were residing with them. His wife Isabel was buried in 1742 and is described as 'of Snaygill' [16] . Isabel may have stayed with her younger son John on his farm in Snaygill area.

Anthony Petyt of Skyraikes was the eldest son of John Petty and Martha Airton of Cawder House in Skipton [17] . John's wife Martha Airton was born in Rhylstone and the family seem to have eventually moved from Skipton to Rhylstone, perhaps to farm lands in that area [18] . John was buried in 1700 outliving his wife Martha by two years [19] .

By the time Anthony Petty of Skyraikes was fifteen he had been joined by his four brothers John, Christopher, William and Thomas, and seen his only sister Mary buried aged only ten. His second eldest brother John does not appear to have married, but his third eldest brother Christopher Petty also moved to Burnsall Parish and had three children of whom only one son Christopher survived [20] . This Christopher probably had moved to Littondale by 1725. In that year he was given £5 by Sylvester Petyt's Trust [21] . Anthony and Christopher's brother William Petty was also given £5 in 1725 [22] . William married Judith and had a family of three daughters who all died in infancy [23] . William's wife Judith was buried in 1708 the wife of 'William Petty a poor pensioner' [24] . William Petty was buried in 1740 'a poor pensioner' [25] . William self-evidently had trouble making ends meet as he is also recorded as a staymaker and cordwainer on the birth of his daughters Martha and Mary in 1696 and 1701 respectively. Of Anthony's brother Thomas little else is known at present.

Anthony Petty of Skyraikes father John Petty was the eldest son of Anthony Pettie and Mary Jowett of Calder or Cawder House in Skipton [26] . This area is partially in Skipton Parish and partially in Kildwick Parish [27] . Anthony and his wife Mary had a family of eight children of whom four sons, John, Christopher, Richard and Anthony and two daughters Anne and Elinor survived childhood [28] . Anthony was buried in 1638 and his wife Mary was buried in 1669 [29] .

Little is known of John's brother Christopher, but his youngest brother Anthony moved to Shelf in Coley Parish [30] . John's brother Richard Petty married Anna Brigg in Kildwick Parish in 1659 [31] . They had one son Christopher Petty [32] . Richard was buried in 1673, described as a carpenter of Sutton [33] . Richard's only son Christopher Petty moved to Kildwick and married Mary Smith in 1687. Christopher and Mary had one daughter Mary in 1688 who only survived three months [34] . Mary Petty nee Smith passed away in September 1689 probably as a result of complications from childbirth [35] . Richard moved to Sutton in Craven and then married secondly Jane Craven in 1692 in Kildwick [36] . They had a family of three children, Ellen, Thomas and Richard [37] . Jane passed away in January 1706 and was buried in Kildwick [38] . Richard Petty had three young children and re-married for a third time to Maudlanda Boothman in 1709 [39] . Richard and Maudlanda had a daughter Mary in 1710 [40] . Mary Petty was a beneficiary of Sylvester Petyt's Charity in 1725 and was given £7 to be put out as an apprentice [41] . Richard passed away in 1734 and was buried in Kildwick [42] .

Richard Petty of Sutton's son Richard married Maria Sharpe in Kildwick and they had a son Anthony Petty in 1716 [43] . Anthony Petty was apprenticed to James Emmott, weaver, in 1731 in Skipton at the age of fifteen [44] . In 1741 Anthony married Mary Lund in Kildwick and they had a family of ten children [45] . Anthony was a weaver on his marriage in 1741, but seems to have supplemented his income as a grocer and innkeeper as well.

††††††††††† Richard Petty of Sutton's brother Thomas Petty, son of Christopher Petty and Jane Craven married Sarah Hodson in Bolton Abbey in 1733 [46] . Thomas and Sarah appear to have moved to Storithes and had a family of three sons, Thomas, Christopher and John [47] . Both Thomas and Christopher were apprenticed by Sylvester Petyt's trust [48] . Christopher Petty of Storithes, linen maker, married Sarah Pickersgill, daughter of Thomas Pickersgill of Barden, clogger, and they had one daughter Jane in 1768 [49] . Jane Petty married John Moon of Storithes, linen weaver. John Moon was the great-grandson of another line of Petty's his mother Margaret Petty being the granddaughter of Richard Petty and Alice Lowcocke.

††††††††††† A Richard Petty and Alice Lowcocke married in Skipton in 1682 and had a family of two sons, Christopher and Joseph, and a daughter Eme [50] . Richard Petty of Storithes was aged seventy in 1725 and benefited from Sylvester Petyt's Trust [51] . Richard's son Joseph Petty was a farmer and cordwainer of Storithes and married Anne Thompson. In 1727 Joseph Petty took an apprentice as part of Sylvester Petyt's Trust [52] . Joseph and Anne had three sons, Joseph, Thomas and Richard and two daughters, Margaret and Eleanor [54] . All three sons were apprenticed as part of the Petyt Trust [55] .Of the daughters, Eleanor married William Croft and Margaret married James Moon of Storithes, whose son John Moon married Jane Petty. Richard Petty and Alice Lowcocke's eldest son Christopher married Catherine Carr in Gargrave in 1727 and had a family of three sons John, Christopher, Peter and two daughters, Ellen and Judith [56] . Although their son John later became a dancing master, he too was apprenticed by the Petyt Trust in 1741 and 1742 [57] .

John Petty son of Anthony Petty of Calder House certainly had a large family extended family in the Craven area. His father Anthony was probably the youngest son of Christopher Petty of Storithes. Anthony had at least two older brothers, William and Christopher. His brother Christopher married Elizabeth Birkbeck of Orton Hall in Westmorland and moved his family there. Anthony's eldest brother William Petyt moved from Storithes to the Red Lion in Skipton by the 1650s and his two sons William and Sylvester Petyt of Skipton were eminent lawyers in London [58] . John's eldest son Anthony Petty farmed at Skyraikes. Anthony's son John of Crookrise's eldest son was also called Anthony.

††††††††††† Anthony Petyt followed in his fatherís footsteps and continued to farm Crookrise, and his brother John Petyt also farmed at Snaygill, near Skipton. These lands at Snaygill may also have been rented from the lords of Skipton Castle. Anthony appears to have increased his landholdings in the Bolton Abbey area of Deerstones [6] . He may have been able to extend his landholdings through his marriage to Mary Heelis daughter of Edward Heelis and Leah Catterson. Anthony was nearly forty when he married twenty-two year old Mary, and it would appear that this was not a love match. They married on 30 November 1759 in Skipton Parish Church [7] .Of the seven children that Mary Heelis bore to Anthony Petyt, only three daughters survived.

Anthony lost his wife Mary on 15 November 1790, when she was aged fifty-three. Anthony Petyt died on 1 March 1814, aged ninety-three, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, in the same plot as his wife Mary Petyt nee Heelis [8] . The Petyts seemed to live quite long lives, Anthonyís brother John Petyt of Snaygill also died at the age of 93 in 1819 [9] .



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[1] Skipton Parish Registers.

[2] Alice Pettyt was christened on 18 August 1723. John Pettyt was christened on 17 October 1727. Skipton Parish registers.

[3] Mary Fell may be the Mary Petty who married Thomas Fell, of Kildwick, in Skipton on 30 September 1708. Mary Fell was buried on 16 January 1745, wife of Thomas Fell of Snaygill, farmer. Thomas Fell of Snaygill, farmer was buried on 17 January 1775. John Fell of Halton, butcher, married Anne Johnson on 29 May 1707. their son John was christened on 13 March 1708. Skipton Parish Registers. Sylvester Petyt trust.

[4] From an early eighteenth century Rent roll published in Dawsonís Lose Leafs of Skipton History.

[5] I have yet to ascertain what kind of farm this was.

[6] See above.

[7] Skipton Parish Registers.

[8] Holy Trinity Church Skipton, Monumental Inscriptions.

[9] John Petyt was buried on 14 February 1819, aged 93, in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton. He was buried in the same grave as his wife Sarah Petyt who died on 17 October 1801, aged 65 years. Their two daughters Sarah Bennett, wife of Thomas Bennett of Crookrise was buried on 30 October 1836 aged 70. Their daughter Mary Petyt daughter of john Petyt of Snaygill died 26 June 1794 aged thirty-one. Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, Monumental Inscription.

[10] Alice later married Joseph Spencer, roper of Kildwick, on 10 October 1754.Joseph was the son of Joshua and Mary Spencer weaver of Crookrise. Skipton Parish Registers.

[11] John later married Sarah Petyt 15 February 1763 at Bolton Abbey. Sarah Petyt was christened on 5 December 1736 the daughter of William and Mary Petyt of Bolton Abbey. Bolton Abbey Parish registers.

[12] Mary Petty was christened on 8 February 1764. Skipton Parish registers.

[13] John Petyt was buried on 14 February 1819, aged 93, in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton. He was buried in the same grave as his wife Sarah Petyt who died on 17 October 1801, aged 65 years. Their two daughters Sarah Bennett, wife of Thomas Bennett of Crookrise was buried on 30 October 1836 aged 70. Their daughter Mary Petyt daughter of John Petyt of Snaygill died 26 June 1794 aged thirty-one. Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, Monumental Inscriptions.

[14] Anthony Petty, of the parish of Burnsall, married Isabel Bradford on 27 May 1678 in Skipton. Their daughter Isabella was christened on 31 March 1695, daughter of Anthony Pettit farmer of Skyraikes. Skipton Parish Registers.

[15] Anthony Petty was buried on 28 October 1725 aged seventy three and is described as a farmer 'of Crookrise'. Skipton Parish Registers.

[16] Isabel Petty widow of Snaygill was buried on 20 January 1742. Skipton Parish registers.

[17] John Petty married Martha Airton on 3 June 1649 in Skipton. They had Mary christened on 4 January 1651 and buried on 23 April 1661, Anthony christened on 24 October 1651, John christened on 12 April 1655, Christopher christened on 5 October 1658, William christened on 17 August 1661 and Thomas christened 20 May 1665. Skipton Parish registers.

[18] Martha Airton was christened on 6 December 162 daughter of John Airton, Rhylstone Parish registers.

[19] John Petty was buried on 9 March 1701, Martha Petty was buried on 11 October 1698. Skipton Parish registers.

[20] John the son of Christopher Petty of Kilnsay was buried on 25 January 1795, Christopher was christened on 14 September 1698, Mary was christened on 5 January 1701 and buried on 22 March 1701. Burnsall Parish registers.

[21] 'To Chr. Pettyt of Littondale.---£5.'Sylvester Petyt trust.

[22] He is identified as the brother of Christopher Pettyt of Littondale. Sylvester Petyt Trust.

[23] Mary Petty was christened on 3 August 1701 and buried 13 May 1705. Anne Petty daughter Of William and Judith Petty of Snaygill was buried on 19 January 1708. Martha Petty was christened on 30 August 1696 begotten out of wedlock by William Petty, staymaker upon Judith Marshall and buried on 14 March 1703 the daughter of William Petty of Snaygill. Skipton Parish Registers.

[24] Judith Petty was buried on 18 April 1708. Skipton Parish Registers.

[25] William Petty was buried 2 April 1740. Skipton parish Registers.

[26] Anthony Pettye of the pish of Skipton & Marye Jowett of the pishe of Bradford married 11 Dec 1615. Keighley Parish Registers. Mary Jowett was christened on 24 February 1599 daughter of William Jowett in Hepstonstall. IGI.

[27] On modern ordnance survey maps Cawder Hall farm can be seen between Skipton and Keighley, near Snaygill.

[28] Marie was christened on 10 September 1616 and buried on 25 July 1632, John was christened on 13 October 1618, Ann was christened on 19 June 1627, Christopher was christened on 16 January 1620, an unbaptised son was buried in 1622, Richard was christened on 11 July 1624, Elinor was christened on 1 May 1629 and Anthony was christened on 5 february 1634. Skipton Parish Registers.

[29] Anthony Petty was buried 6 February 1638 and is described as of Cawder. Mary Petty, widow of Cawder was buried on 8 November 1669. Skipton Parish Registers.

[31] Richard Petty married Anna Brigg on 10 September 1659. Kildwick Parish registers.

[32] Christopher Petty was christened on 6 February 1660. Kildwick Parish Registers.

[33] 14 June 1673 Rich. Petty Carpentarius de Sutton. Kildwick Parish Registers.

[34] Maria Smith and Richard Petty married on 7 August 1687 in Kildwick. Their daughter Mary Petty was christened on 9 September 1688 and buried on 7 November 1688. Kildwick Parish registers.

[35] Jana' Petty wife of Christopher Petty of Kildwick was buried on 2 September 1689. Kildwick Parish registers.

[36] Richard Petty and Jane Craven were married on 17 May 1692. Kildwick Parish registers.

[37] Richard Petty was christened on 30 September 1692, Ellen was christened on 24 December 1699, Thomas was christened on 18 October 1702. All described as children of Richard and jane Petty of Sutton. Kildwick Parish registers.

[38] Jane Petty wife of Richard Petty of Sutton was buried on 10 January 1706. Kildwick Parish Registers.

[39] Richard petty and Maudlanda Boothman married on 2 February 1709. Kildwick Parish registers.

[40] Maria Petty was christened on 15 June 1710. Mary later married Robert Lister on 21 August 1729. Kildwick Parish Registers.

[41] An Account of such children of the Testator’s poor relations and others which are recommended to the Trustees as fit to be put out apprentices whose parents do not receive alms of the parish. 1725

[42] Christopher Petty of Sutton, labourer, was buried on 20 May 1734. Kildwick Parish registers.

[43] Richard Petty married Maria Sharpe in August 1715. Anthony Petty was christened on 30 September 1716. Kildwick Parish Registers.

[44] James Emmott, Weaver, with Anthony son of Richard Petyt of Sutton.1731 Petyt Trust accounts.

[45] 29 Dec 1741 Anthony Petyt of Sutton, Weaver, & Mary Lund of the same, Spinster, were married. Kildwick Parish Registers.

[46] . Thomas Petty married Sarah Hodson on 10 July 1733. Bolton Abbey Parish Registers.

[47] Thomas Petty was christened on 26 December 1736, Christopher was christened on 30 May 1742, John was christened on 1 November 1744. Bolton Abbey Parish registers.

[48] In 1752 Thomas was apprenticed to William Roberts, linen maker of Storithes. In 1754 Christopher was apprenticed to John Booth, stuff maker of Storithes. Petyt Trustees Accounts.

[49] Jane Petty was christened on 17 January 1768 Bolton Abbey. The details of her mother and maternal grandfather are taken from the details of her daughter's christening in 1803.

[50] Richard Petty married Alice Lowcocke on 21 November 1682. Skipton Parish Registers. Christopher Petty was christened on 2 September 1688, Eme was christened on 23 November 1701, Joseph was christened on 14 August 1702. Richard Petty was buried on 9 February 1735. His wife Alice was buried on 18 May 1735.Bolton Abbey Parish Registers.

[51] Rich. Pettyt of Storiths, aged 70, a poor relation and has 5 children. He was given £5 in 1725. Sylvester Petyt's Trust.

[52] Joseph Petyt, Weaver, with John Holmes instead of Thomas Chippendale son of Peter Chippendale. Sylvester Petyt's Trust.

[54] Joseph was christened on 27 June 1726 and later married Ann Mirfel on 19 October 1754. Thomas was christened on 16 July 1627. Richard was christened 2 November 1740. Hannah was buried 21 January 1768. Bolton Abbey parish registers.

[55] 1733 Stephen Briggs, Blacksmith, with Joseph son of Joseph Petyt instead of Ann daughter of William Petyt. 1739 Thomas Thompson, Blacksmith, with Thomas son of Joseph Petyt. 1754 James Moon, Linen Weaver, with Richard son of Joseph Petyt. Sylvester Petyt's Trustees Accounts

[56] Richard Petty married Catherine Carr on 28 February 1727. Gargrave Parish Registers.They had John Petty christened 24 April 1729, he was a dancing master and later married and had a family of four children. Skipton Parish Registers. Christopher was christened on 16 March 1732 in Skipton and later married Martha Clough.on 2 August 1768 in Kildwick. Skipton and Kildwick parish registers. Peter was christened on 10 July 1737, Ellen was christened on 15 January 1732 and Judith was christened on 16 March 1630. Skipton Parish registers.

[57] 1741 William Shiers, Linen Weaver and Husbandman, with John son of Christopher Petyt. 1742 William Fell, Cordwainer, with John son of Christopher Petyt. Sylvester Petyt's Trustees Accounts.


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