Monday, May 10, 2010

Family of John and Margaret Hutchinson of Shorefoot, Egton, North Yorkshire

My great great great grandmother was Mary Hutchinson, daughter of John Hutchinson, Tailor, and his wife Margaret. Her ancestry, as well as the relationship between her and other Hutchinsons in England and Canada in the 1830s was a mystery to me for a very long time. However much of this has now been solved by the will of John Hutchinson, who died in Egton in 1824.

John Hutchinson (c. 1742 – 1824)
m. Margaret ? (c. 1750 – d. 1825) of Shorefoot, Egton, North Yorkshire. According to Leslie O'Connor's MSS Hearts of Oak, John was a tailor and Shorefoot is present day Shortwaite.

John and Margaret appear on the 1780 recusant list for Egton with three children. I cannot find their marriage in Egton. It was most likely a secret Catholic marriage.  They do not appear to have also married in the Anglican Church (which was required under the Hardwicke Act in order for a marriage to be legally recognized).   John's burial in the cemetery at Egton on August 19, 1824 is recorded in the Egton Anglican Church Register. It indicates that he was "R. Catholic" and that at the time of his death his "abode" was "Horse Mire Head" (present day Watergate Farm just east of Egton). His age is given as 82 years. John's will lists a number of children including Mary HARRISON, John HUTCHINSON, William HUTCHINSON, Francis HUTCHINSON, Ann HARRISON, Jane ROBINSON and Elizabeth WALKER, as well as his son-in-law George WOOD. The burial of his wife Margaret is also recorded in the Egton Parish Register on November 27, 1825. Her abode is Egton Village and her age is given as 75.

They had the following children:

• Mary (May 13, 1782 - 1856) – Mary's birth date of May 13, 1782 was registered by her father in the Anglican Church in Egton.  She emigrated to Canada with her husband William Harrison and family in 1831 on board the King William from Whitby to Quebec.

• Ann (1784 - 1832) m John Harrison at Egton January 28, 1805. The witnesses were Margaret Hutchinson (her sister) and John Peckett (bailiff of the Egton Estate).  I can only find one child born in Egton. A daughter Mary who was baptized in the Roman Catholic Chapel at Egton Bridge on September 24, 1814, one of the sponsors was Margaret Leadley (her aunt), the other was her uncle William Hutchinson.  She died a few years later and was buried at Egton on February 3, 1817, aged 2 years, designated RC in the Egton Anglican Register.  John Harrison of Egton Bridge died on February 14, 1831 and was buried at Egton on February 17, 1831, designated "R. Catholic" in the Egton Anglican Register, aged 59.    Finally, Ann Harrison, nee Hutchinson of Egton Village was buried in Egton on February 16, 1832, aged 47, also designated "R. Catholic" in the Egton Anglican Register.   I am certain that this Ann Harrison was Ann Hutchinson.  The administration documents for John Harrison's probate from 1831 include a William Leidler (Leadley).  Various Leadley family members were sponsors at the baptisms of various Hutchinson and Harrison family members.   It is believed (though I continue to look for more evidence) that this John Harrison was the son of  Joseph and Mary Dale.

• Eleanor (1785-1785)– listed as one of the children in Hearts of Oak - registration in Egton C of E register, - daughter of John Hutchinson of Shorefoot, Tailor.  She died and was buried at Egton on April 19, 1785.

• Eleanor (April 22, 1787-?)– listed as one of the children in Hearts of Oak. She was not mentioned in her father's will and so must have died before 1824.

• Margaret (1789-?)– m. Matthew LAIDLER/LEADLEY, bachelor, carpenter at Whitby Anglican on Nov 25 1806, both of this parish, banns; the witnesses were Ellen Haydock and William White.  They had at least one daughter in 1810 but she died in 1811 and was buried at Whitby.  Matthew must have died as Margaret Laidler, widow, married George Wood, bachelor at Egton, by Licence on September 30, 1819.  The witnesses were William WOOD, Robert COOPER, Ann WOOD.  Margaret must have died before her father in 1824 as she is not mentioned in his will, though her husband George Wood is (he was one of the executors). George Wood of Low Wood [Side?], Glaisdale died and was buried at Egton on November 6, 1829, aged 50 years.  

• William (?-?) m. Susanna LAW (1797-?), daughter of William LAW and Ann YEOMAN, at Whitby on January 29, 1821 – emigrated to Canada in 1832 on board the Columbus from Whitby to Quebec with their children. William signed a petition in Toronto Gore Township in 1834. The 1837 Directory for the Home District lists him as living on Lot 15, Concession 11, Toronto Gore Township, Peel County.

• Francis (?-1843)– emigrated to Canada in 1831 or 1832. Francis signed a petition in Toronto Gore Township in 1834. The 1837 Directory for the Home District lists him as living on Lot 15, Concession 11, Toronto Gore Township, Peel County. I have an obituary of the death of a Francis Hutcheason on Monday Jan 9th, 1843 in the Township of the Gore of Toronto, Peel County from the Toronto Mirror. The obituary reads:  "At the Gore of Toronto, on Monday the 9th inst. Mr. Francis Hutcheson, an old and respectable inhabitant of that Township."  He does not appear to have been married.


• Jane (?-?) m. John Robinson at Whitby on January 11, 1812. Stayed in England? I can't find any children for them at all.

• Elizabeth (Dec 6, 1789 - baptized 1790 in Ugthorpe-?) Her father registered her birth date in the Egton Anglican Church.  She married Thomas Walker at Whitby on April 6, 1812. Stayed in England? I have the following children for them all baptized in the Roman Catholic Church in Whitby: William b. 1812; John b. 1814; Elizabeth b. 1816; John b. 1818 and Margaret b. 1822.


• John (Sept 7, 1792- ?) was registered by his father at Egton with a birth date of September 7, 1792.  He was one of the executors of his father’s estate. According to the probate records he was a farmer in Whitby at the time (1825). 

Where Does Matthew Hutchinson Fit In?

That leaves Matthew Hutchinson unaccounted for. He is not mentioned in the will of John Hutchinson so perhaps he is a cousin of Mary Hutchinson? In 1834 he also signed the petition in Toronto Gore Township, Upper Canada.

On May 11, 1840 Mathew Hutchaeson of the Gore (of Toronto) married the widow Small of Adjala (Simcoe County) at St James Roman Catholic Church, Colgan. (Was this the widow of Daniel Small who settled on the east half of Lot 10, Con 7 in Adjala?)  The 1852 census for Simcoe County is missing.  Is this the same Matthew in the 1852 Census in Toronto Gore Township, Peel County? In that he is listed as single not widowed. According to the Land Book of Upper Canada and the Crown Land Letters at the Archives of Ontario, Matthew Hutchinson purchased the W 1/2 of Lot 12, Concession 8, Albion Township, Peel County from James Long on March 23, 1837 for £62 10s by private sale. He sold the land to William Meaghen on March 21, 1840 for £90. As these sales all occurred "off the books" so to speak, there are a number of letters in the files from others certifying the improvements that occurred to the lands, who sold what to whom, etc..

The following information is in the 1852 Canadian Census for Toronto Gore Township, Peel County

– Ann Hutchinson, aged 82 years (b c. 1768), Roman Catholic
- Matthew Hutchinson, aged 45 years (b c 1804), Roman Catholic


They are living in a log shanty. Matthew is listed as single. Ann is listed as widowed but both are listed as the same family suggesting that Ann is Matthew's mother.  Could this be Hannah Jackson who married John Hutchinson in Egton on Dec 13, 1790 (witnesses James Dodd and Robert Jackson)? I can't find the baptisms of any children in either the Roman Catholic or Church of England records for Egton.

The following information is from the 1861 Canadian Census for Toronto Gore Township, Peel county

– Matthew Hutchinson, aged 62 years (b c. 1799) – Roman Catholic – Matthew is living with the family of Matthew Harrison and Ann Hewgill. If he was living with my gggrandparents he must have been a relative.

The following information is from the 1881 Canadian Census for Toronto Gore Township, Peel county

- Matthew Hutchinson, aged 77 years (b.c. 1804) - Roman Catholic, listed as a widower - Matthew is living with the family of William Kellum.

Family of John Hutchinson and Ann Harrison

At the time there was another known Catholic Hutchinson family around - John Hutchinson and Ann Harrison of Egton (listed as the daughter of John Harrison and Helen Lyth of Greenhouses in Hearts of Oak). They were originally married in the Catholic Church but remarried in the Church of England on June 16, 1781 to give their marriage legal standing before the law.  They also show up on the 1780 recusant list for Egton with 3 children.  Both John and Ann died in 1822. According to John's will they had 3 daughters - Elizabeth Cornforth, wife of Francis Cornforth, Mary Hutchinson and Ellen Hutchinson. Elizabeth Hutchinson (of Egton) married Francis Cornforth (of Whitby Parish) in Egton on November 26, 1817.  Witnesses were George Cornforth, Ellen Hutchinson and William Lyth.  John Hutchinson and Ann Harrison lived in Stangbridge, near present day Beckside Farm according to Hearts of Oak. Beckside Farm is located east of Egton Bridge on Barnard's Road. 

There must have been some relationship between the two Johns. Perhaps their fathers were brothers making them first cousins?

1 comment:

  1. I have a John Hutchinson in my ancesters married to Margaret, they died 1795 and 1800 farmer of ibarndale sleights , they definitely had a daughter Isabella and also at some point lived at littlebeck before sleights. They were farmers, d63agar@btinternet.com

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