This too comes from the book "History of Blackburn Town and Parish" by Wm. Alexander Abram, pub 1877 Blackburn, by JG&J Toulmin. Chapter titled "Families of Lesser Gentry and Yeomen" Dewhurst of Beardwood Green and Billinge Carr. The Dewhursts were copyholders in Blackburn Township.William Dewhurst of Beardwood Green, a first Governor of the Grammar School in 1567, by a copy of Court Roll of Clitheroe, dated May 25, 26 Eliz. (1583-4), was entitled to a messuage and 34 1/4 acres of land in Blackburn.He had a son and heir, John, and a younger son Roger was born in 1568, who had a son Thomas born in 1608, died in 1625. John Dewhurst of Blackburn, a copyholder in 1617, by the Decree for the enclosure of Waste Lands in Blackburn was awarded for his 34 1/4 acres customary measure 17 acres of waste.He died in July 1626.He had, I think, sons John & James - the latter died in Oct 1603. John Dewhurst the father was a juror at the Parliamentary Survey of 1650.