Re: Thomas Knutton
Prompted by Nichola's post I've put the relevant Huddersfield District Family History Society (HDFDS) index entries for Almondbury and Kirkburton baptisms & burials on a timeline from which 5 major groups emerge.There are a few problems putting the data together.
Firstly, as millers, the Knuttons lived around and maybe straddled streams which formed township, chapelry and parish boundaries (and manorial boundaries) so they can appear in two parishes almost at random.For instance the first child in Family 1, William, is baptised in Kirkburton and buried shortly afterwards in Almondbury.
Secondly they have sometimes been entered without the initial 'K' as Nutton.Given that "Newton" is also a surname in the area it's possible that some of them may have been registered under that name but I haven't yet followed up this possibility.
Thirdly in some instances the end of the name has been misread in transcription: the Knutters in the HDFDS Almondbury baptisms were Knuttons.For the purposes of this timeline I've taken Knutton, Knutter, Nutton and Nutter as being synonyms.
Fourthly the registers normally list fathers' names and sometimes their abodes and occupations against children for both baptisms and burials and husbands' names and sometimes their abodes and occupations against wives and widows for burials; this information is not included in the HDFDS burial indexes.A fuller examination will require that this information be acquired from the microfiches.
Fifthly, Wooldale lay in the Holmfirth chapelry.Baptisms and burials from the chapel are normally transcribed into the parish registers but sometimes omitted.The chapel's copies survive from mid-century but the baptisms do not seem to have been indexed either by HDFDS or by IGI extractions.Transcriptions into the PRs seem to have stopped some time before the upper end of the Holme Valley was carved up into separate parishes leaving the records in an even more confused state than previously.HDFDS (and IGI) have indexed some of the Holmfirth registers but not all.In addition non-conformist chapels sprung up and some baptisms may have taken place there.
Finally there are a number of Knuttons who cannot be fitted into these families but they are located in or near Almondbury itself, Huddersfield or Slaithwaite.The information on them seems too scanty to fit them into any other pattern.
I've listed the children's names & baptismal dates with any other dates in parentheses.
Family 1: James and Martha (Roebuck).
William 13/6/1748 (buried 19/7/1748)
Mary 19/10/1751 (buried 19/8/1753)
Mary 6/1/1759 (had a child, Martha, daughter of Joshua Woofenden, bapt 8/2/1778)
The first four are listed as being born at Thongsbridge or Thongsbridge Mill, Hannah as Thurstonland (Mytham Mill was the manorial mill for Thurstonland) and the rest at Mytham Bridge."Mytham" was the commonest spelling at the time.It appears that the family occupied two separate mills, whether at the same time or not is less clear.Nichola's documentation may help here.
Family 2 John and Sally (Woodhead - HDFDS lists her as Woodhouse)
These are listed as Mytham Bridge and it seems clear that this John Knutton was the son in Family 1.Bryan Knutton's discovery (see Helen's website) of Sarah Knutton's gravestone at Netherthong Weslyan indicates that Sally Woodhead was the Sally Woodhead bapt daughter of Joshua Woodhead, clothier of Netherthong, on 06/11/1756.Joshua and Matthew Woodhead, who I take to have been her brothers, appear as fathers of children baptised from 1768 onwards with the abode given as Bridge Mill which is sometimes described as "in Thongsbridge".It's difficult to see how the present Bridge Mills at the bottom of New Road can be so described.Possibly the mill is the Thongsbridge Mill at which the first children of Family 1, including John, were born and that there were business as well as family ties between the Knuttons and the Woodheads.Pigot's Directory for 1834, the year before Sarah's death, lists Sarah Knutton & Son, Mytholm bridge under the heading Corn Millers & Flour Dealers.
Bryan's notes list Ellen (?Nelley), Joseph and Mary as her children.Mary is clearly missing from the list above.Clearly there is at least one child not accounted for in the parish registers and, given the association with Netherthong such a child or children may have been baptised there; if the registers survive so far back they need to be investigated.
Family 3 George and Martha (Beardsell)
The abode is given a Bridge, Woodall (Wooldale).The lower bridge in Holmfirth may have been meant.Despite the lack of clear association with Mytham it seems likely that the father was the son in Family 1.
Family 4 William and ?Elizabeth (Bradley) and/or Mary ?
William Nutton of Kirkburton married Elizabeth Bradley of Almondbury on 27/12/1781 but the only baptism with a mother's name, that of Lydia, gives it a Mary but I can find no marriage of a William and Mary, nor can I find a burial of an Elizabeth.Nevertheless it seems likely that the William is the same throughout.
James 3/5/1788 (probably buried 16/5/1788)
Lydia 11/11/1798 (born 23/10/1798)
All were born at Mytham Bridge.It seems clear that this William Knutton was the surviving son in Family 1.There is a gap between the marriage and the baptism of John.There is the burial of an otherwise unknown Sarah and of an un-named child in this interval either or both could belong to this family although they could also fit into Family 2.
Family 5 Thomas and Martha (Chambers)
Charles 31/8/1806 (born 4/8/1806)
Mary 15/8/1808 (born 2/7/1808)
William 22/8/1813 (born 3/6/1813
Lydia 7/4/1816 (born 22/10/1815)
John 17/5/1818 (born 30/01/1818)
George 25/8/1822 (born 25/8/1821)
Samuel 21/8/1825 (born 3/3/1825)
Thomas 26/7/1829 (born 25/2/1829)
For the most part the place of birth is given as Ridings or Muslin Hall which are alternative names for the same place not far from Mytholm Bridge although Charles' place of birth is given as Holstage - which appears to be in Thurstonland and is probably Halstead - and George's as Thurstonland.No occupation is given for Thomas in the first two entries.In George's he is a corn miller and in the rest a clothier.This association with Mytholm Mill in George's entry shows that Thomas is clearly one of the descendants on Family 1.However there was the burial of a Thomas Knutton on 11/11/1772 and another burial indexed as Thomas Knutton? on 19/07/1774.These need further investigation but there is a possibility that one of these could be the son of Family 1 and that we may need to look elsewhere for Thomas' parentage.Chronologically he would fit well in Family 2 or even Family 3.