The Marshall Family – Part Three – Edward Marshall 1739 – 1817

My previous post focused on the life and family of John Marshall b. 1733 d. 1804, and the post previous to that discussed John’s father – also called John b. 1705 d. 1787, his father – also called John b. 1665 d. 1728 and in turn his father Richard Marshall my 8x great grandfather. This post is about John Marshall’s brother Edward.

Edward Marshall was baptised at Denby near Penistone, Yorkshire on 4th February 1738/9 the son of John Marshall and his wife Elizabeth Walshaw. He was their fourth child out of an eventual ten children.

Not a lot is known about Edward’s earlier years but on 5th October 1762 at the nearby parish of Cawthorne he married Sarah Hattersley. The marriage entry notes that Edward was of the parish of Penistone and that Sarah was from Cawthorne. Sarah had been baptised in Cawthorne in 1738, the daughter of John Hattersley and Ellen Bamforth. Edward and Sarah are my 5x great grandparents in two ways – I previously wrote about their family in this post – Kissing Cousins. I will be repeating some of that information here for completeness.

Edward and Sarah had seven children –

John baptised 22nd March 1763 in Cawthorne

George baptised 16th June 1765 in Cawthorne

Thomas baptised 20th September 1767 in Silkstone

Jonathan baptised 29th July 1770 in Silkstone

Charles baptised 7th Jan 1773 in Silkstone

Sarah baptised 5th March 1775 in Silkstone

Elizabeth baptised 27th April 1777 in Silkstone

The baptism entries in Silkstone also give some residence details of where in Silkstone the family were living at the times the baptisms occurred. In 1767 they are living at Copster, 1771 Handlane, 1773 Simhill, 1775 back to Handlane and 1777 still at Handlane.

Sim Hill also showing Hand Lane from the 1891 OS Map from

Not much more crops up in relation to Edward and Sarah other than these baptism entries. None of their children appear to have died in infancy which was a blessing. Sarah lived into her late 70s – she was buried at Silkstone on 24th November 1816, the burial register entry gives her age as 80, but I think it is more likely around 78 given her baptism in 1738. Her residence is given as Thurgoland which is a hamlet near Silkstone. Edward was buried not much longer after his wife – being buried at Silkstone on 26th February 1817 – again his age was given as 80 but it is more like 78 and the same residence as was given on Sarah’s burial.

Edward did leave a will – which I have transcribed here:

Will of Edward Marshall late of Hand Lane of Thurgoland Parish Silkstone deceased proved by George Marshall his son and sole executor on 27th August 1817 under £100.

In the name of God Amen, I Edward Marshall of Hand-lane in the township of Thurgoland, in the Parish of Silkstone in the West Riding of the County of York, Yeoman. Being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding; do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following that is to say, I give, devise and bequeath to my son George Marshall; my three cottage houses with the gardens and croft thereunto belonging, now in the occupation of James Dey, Mary Lamb and Jonas Pashley, situated at Bower-hill in the township of Oxspring, with the Approbation of William Bosville Esquire Lord of the Manor of the said township.

Likewise I give and devise to my said son George Marshall, the freehold house, barn, stable and all other outbuildings, together with the croft and garden thereunto belonging, wherein I now dwell, situated in Hand-lane aforesaid, together with the life (sic) and dead stock, household furniture, implements of husbandry and all other personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I may die possessed of.

Also I give and bequeath to my said son George Marshall the whole of my coal mine, coals and all utensils whatsoever belonging thereto, subject to the sums, due and payable, to William Fenton Esq for the said coal, likewise all the rest residue and remainder of my effects of what kind soever and wheresoever, I give and bequeath to my said son George Marshall, and I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint, my said son George Marshall, sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all and every other will and wills at any time heretofore by me made, and do declare this to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my Hand and Seal hereunto this 24th day of June in the year of our Lord 1815.

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator Edward Marshall in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

Edward Marshall

Robert Kirby (his mark)

Jonathan Lockwood (his mark)

George Kirby

I do hereby certify that on the 20th of August in the Year of our Lord 1817 George Marshall of Hand Lane in the County of York, Yeoman, the son and sole Executor named in this the Last Will and Testament of Edward Marshall late of Hand-lane aforesaid in the Township of Thurgoland in the Parish of Silkstone in the Diocese of York, Yeoman deceased was sworn well and truly to execute and perform the same; and that the whole of the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased within the Diocese of York, do not amount in value to the sum of One Hundred Pounds. Sworn under £100. Exchequer. Witness my hand John Pickles, Surrogate.

Passed 27th August 1817 under £100.

So it was quite interesting to note that Edward had several properties and owned a coal mine. This coal mine could well have been rather lucrative for Edward, although his estate is valued at less than £100. It is also quite interesting that Edward only mentions his son George, no other children are mentioned, or indeed his wife who was still alive at the time of writing the will, but it is very likely that they had already been well provisioned for already.

Tree of Edward Marshall and Sarah Hattersley

The next post will concentrate on Edward’s eldest son John.

6 thoughts on “The Marshall Family – Part Three – Edward Marshall 1739 – 1817

  1. That is so odd that he left everything to one son and not even his oldest son and namesake. I wonder what the story was behind that. Was he beholden to George in some way?

    • It was kind of common that the eldest son would automatically inherit his father’s estate, so sometimes it might look odd when they are not mentioned at all, or can be left a token in a will so they are mentioned – like being left a shilling. But it is hard to tell between whether they have already inherited or had a falling out. It might well be that Edward had already given John and his other children money and property when they got married. At some point I will look to get the other wills relating to the various family members but at the moment the will copying service isn’t running due to lockdown.

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