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Rawson family history

Place name:

Michaelchurch Escley




Entry in the Register of Marriages of York Minster, (980). 1734, Aug. 13. Mr. Jeremiah Rawson* of Bradford, in the diocese of York, and Frances Sterne, of the par. of All Saints in North-street, York. (Lic.)

Jeremiah Rawson, attorney, son and heir of William Rawson, esq., of Bradford, by his second wife Grace, daughter and coheiress of Jeremiah Rossendale, esq. He died in 1767, without surviving issue, and was succeeded by his cousin Benjamin Rawson (son of Brook Rawson, of Manchester, gent., and grandson of the abovementioned William), whose son and heir, Benjamin Rawson, esq., of Bolton-in-le-Moors, co. Lanc., and Nidd Hall, co. York, purchased, in 1795, the manor of Bradford, which is yet held by his daughter, Miss Rawson, of Nidd Hall. -Frances, daughter of Richard Sterne, esq., of Elvington, and great-granddaughter of archbishop Sterne. She resided in the Manor House at Bradford, where she died 26 Oct., 1801, aged 86. " Her character will long be contemplated with respect and gratitude. She was a lineal descendant of archbishop Sterne, and cousin to the celebrated Tristram Shandy; had been 33 years a wife, and near 34 years a widow, and was a constant reader of this magazine from its commencement, of which she has left a complete set." (Gent. Mag., 1801, p. 1059.)

Extract from particulars of Stanbury manor (Yorks) by the Baronage Press:

In 1795 the descendants of Henry Marsden sold the manors of Stanbury and Bradford to Benjamin Rawson, and when in 1844 his granddaughter Frances Penelope Rawson (daughter of Thomas Rawson of Nidd Hall) married Henry, 13th Viscount Mountgarret, she took with her a family interest that led to her aunt in 1891 leaving to her husband and her son Henry, 14th Viscount, the great wealth of the Rawson family (then half a million pounds and 9,000 acres).

Extract from the Ripon Millenary Record published by William Harrison of Ripon in 1892 : November 29th 1890.

Died at Nidd Hall, in her 96th year, Miss Rawson, the youngest and last surviving daughter of Mr. Benjamin Rawson, of Nidd Hall whose mother was the only child of the late Mr. Thomas Plumbe, of Bolton, near York, and who succeeded to the estates in the year 1844. The deceased lady was born in 1795. Her father died in 1844 leaving two daughters, one of whom died in 1863, and the surviving daughter quietly passed away, after a life of uninterrupted charity and benevolence during the closing hours of Saturday evening. The deceased during her lifetime was lavishly charitable, not only to those resident in the immediate vicinity of her demesne, but to institutions throughout the country. Miss Rawson owned a vast amount of landed property in various parts of the county. The heir to the estate is the Hon. Henry Edmund Butler, of Eagle Hall, Pateley Bridge. son of Viscount Mountgarrett. Mr. Butler married the daughter of Mr. J. St. John C. Charlton, of Apley Castle, Salop, and in 1885 contested the borough of Windsor as the Liberal candidate.

Note: Elizabeth Rawson owned Michaelchurch Court and Estate, and left that part of her property to the Trafford family in her will when she died.


Extracts of data from the following Internet sources:

Genuki – extract from the ‘Register of Marriages in York Minster, Illustrated with Biographical Notices, 1681 to 1762’. By Robert H. Skaife, The Mount, York (1873).

http://www.baronage.co.uk/ (Copyright - Baronage Press and Pegasus Associates)

http://www.smithson.org.uk/ : Extract from Ripon Millenary Record published by William Harrison of Ripon in 1892.

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