Dear Brian My husband has given me the following information.
Sir Nicholas died in 1716 with no children. Grace married again but had no children in that marriage either. Sir Nicholas was the sixth 'Sir' Wolstenholme and we have fairly good records going back to the first who was born in 1520. Before that it is recorded that the family lived in Dronfield in Derbyshire from about 1450. Before that they lived in Wolstenholme near Rochdale in a manor house of that name which goes back pre-Norman Conquest. Nicholas was succeded by his brother William and then by his cousin Thomas. The family lost most of their lands as they fought on the Royalist side in the Civil War (they fought at Marston Moor)and were fined a huge amount afterwards. They got the title back but not the money. We think we are related to this family. We are part of the York Wolstenholmes which all tie in with parts of the family in Derbyshire, Ripponden in Yorkshire and back to Wolstenholme in Lancashire. When the Baronecy had no direct or close male heirs in the early 1800s there was some legal correspondence with the York families trying to find out if anyone claimed the title. Nobody seemed to. There are some gaps in the family tree linking all this up together, but one day we will sort it out! If you need more, let me know.