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Richardi Auitt (Auty) - Josuha Auty 1715

Updated March 2, 2003

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The Auty Family has changed over the years with its spelling. The earliest spelling Oty and Otty” came from the Scandinavian countries ex: - Norway around time of 1066. The year 1066 is when William the Conqueror, conquered England and the Ottys came to England and made their way North. The Autys then moved down through France where the spelling changed to Auttie, during 1400 - 1500. In the year 1685 Revocation of the Edilt of Nantes drove thousands of Protestants (Huguenots) out of France. Many settled in England, so another group of Autys came with the Huguenots and settled. Many move north to Yorkshire and the Midlands. The spelling appeared in many ways, mainly because people could not spell. Oty, Otty, Auttie, Awty. Just to name a few. Even today Auty is still not correctly spelt in England as you change your region. Example: - When I (Russell) first moved to London in 1958, if I told them my name was Auty, they would pronounce it Oty. This went on for many years.

Woodkirk, Yorkshire

The earliest that I found our name was in Woodkirk 1659. (Woodkirk because that is where our family was traced). Woodkirk Parish Register. You may find earlier dates elsewhere), Woodkirk which is in Yorkshire, about 7 miles from Wakefield and 3 miles from Dewsbury.

We start our story with Richardi Auitt and Sarah Attock (I.G.I records) with the birth of
Richardi os Lelius (son of) Richardi Auitt.1659 or Abt. 1658 (I.G.I.) All the following search is from the Woodkirk Parish Church Ref. D108/2. All entries were written in Latin up to 1720. Auty was spelt Auitt. Richardi Auitt born 1658 (I.G.I.) married a Hannah sometime about 1686. Johann os Filius (son of) Richardi Auitt was baptised Oct. 3, 1689, at the age of 3 months old. . Ref. D108/2 Woodkirk Parish Church Records held in Wakefield Record Office. Richardi os Lelius (son) Richardi Auitt was baptized May 12th. 1697 at the age of 3 months. Sahara Lliliu (Daughter) Richardi Auitt was baptized July 6, 1701 at 6 months. Richardi Auitt was a miner like many in the family. Richardi Auitt snr. died August 4, 1713. Hannah wife of Richardi Auitt deceased on January 30th.1715 Ref D/108/2 Woodkirk Parish Register held by Wakefield Record Office. . With the exception of the word Auitt (Auty) the rest is hard to understand, unless you knew Latin. Where I wasn’t sure, I asked one of the archivists what the word meant. The Church of England until around 1720 mainly used Latin. Auitt (Auty) as with Richardi Auitt 1684, no relation that we know of.

Other names I have found on the I.G.I records, but we are not sure of the mother as the mother's name were not written down in the Church Records.

The following children have their father as Richardi Auitt, but as said from the I.G.I Records. Gulielmus christen April 24, 1687,father Richardi Auitt. William Auitt baptised May 13, 1688, Joseph baptised about 1691, and Thomas baptised May 13, 1697. I did not see these I.G.I entries in the Woodkirk Parish Register as the book was in very bad condition.

We start in the year 1715 when the Marriage of Joshua Senior married Martha Auty July 4, 1715 in Hemsworth, Yorkshire. Ref. D36/2 West Yorkshire Achieves. We believe that she is the daughter of Thomas Auty born about 1687? Martha had a brother Johny or Johnny Auty son of Thomas Auty (as spelt) born April 4,1685. Joshua Senior we believed changed his name to Auty as I found no other Autys being married in Hemsworth from 1645 to 1715.

Joshua Auty and Martha moved from Hemsworth near Wakefield, Yorkshire in July 1716. They moved to Hague Moor, Woodkirk, West Ardsley, Yorkshire. Hague Moor was a small settlement just outside of Woodkirk. There is now a street called Hague Moor in Woodkirk.

Joshua and Martha Auty had a son, which they also called Joshua (2) born 1718 in Hauge Moor, West Ardsley. Joshua (1) his father was a miner/collier of Hague Moor. He also did farming.

Family Photos
  • Shoulder of Mutton (156 KB)
    The Shoulder of Mutton is one of two pubs in Mirfield, which Joshua used after a hard days work on the farm or down in the coalmines.
  • Saint Mary's Parish Church Woodkirk (83 KB)
    Woodkirk Parish Church is where I found the first Autys spelt Auitt in Latin 1659.
  • Mirfield Parish Church,Yorkshire (36 KB)
    This is where Joshua and Martha Broadley married July 28,1768. Martha was the daughter of William Broadley. Martha was born and batised March 18,1740/1 in Lee Green, Mirfield,Yorkshire. They brought their family up in Mirfield.
  • Auty Crest used by Richard Hatt Auty (3 KB)
    The original crest of the Auty Family was used by Richard Hatt Auty. This was used from around 1865 till 1916 when Richard Hatt Auty died. Richard had used this crest in offical business until he died. It is not known when the actual crest came into being. But you will note the fleur de lee representing our ties with France. The story in the family is that our family came over with the Huguenots in the year 1685 with the Revocation of the Edit of Nates. When they drove thousands Protestants(Huguenots) out of France. I was told by my Aunt Ettie that we arrived in Canterbury in Kent as weavers. What I have found on my research is that we moved to Hague Moor, Woodkirk,Yorkshire then in 1801 or 2 we had moved to Southgate,Middlesex. By this time we had become Brewers and Carpentars. But as far as proving we came over with the Huguenots,I have not been able to prove or disprove this theory out. I have only gone back to 1645 in Hemsworth,Yorkshire. A further search is required to find out where Thomas Auty came from originally in 1685. We believe that Joshua Senior changed his name to Auty and that Martha Auty was the daughther of Thomas Auty. The original Auty Crest is held by Lucie Nottingham the daughter of Charles Harley Auty. The Crest itself is over 100 years old. Origin of the above is by Russell Percival AutyGreat Grandson of Richard Hatt Auty.
  • Coalmine Dewsbury (8 KB)
    This is a picture of A Coalmine near Dewsbury. This coal mine is now shut but was very active at the time of Joshua and his family was working. Though we have no proof of what mine he worked in, Joshua and his family members could have worked here while living at Mirfield or Dewsbury.
  • Coalmine Dewsbury (8 KB)
    This is a picture of A Coalmine near Dewsbury. This coal mine is now shut but was very active at the time of Joshua and his family were working. Though we have no proof of what mine he worked in, Joshua and his family members could have worked here while living at Mirfield or Dewsbury.
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