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The generations are numbered working back from Jack's as (1)




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THOMAS HARLAND was born 19 July 1762, son of the farmer William Harland and Ann Dickinson . He was christened in Whitby on 29 August 1762.


He made a significant change in occupation to become a cabinet-maker in Whitby.


ESTHER WARDALE was the daughter of William and Mary Wardale . She was born c.1753 but probably not baptised until 13 April 1760.


Thomas and Esther married in Whitby, 5 May 1782.


They had seven children baptised in Whitby.

Esther: born 2 Mar 1786, bapt 21 Mar 1786

Ann: born 25 Nov 1787, bapt 30 Nov1787

Mary: born 14 Feb 1792, bapt 30 Dec 1798

William Wardale: born 17 Oct 1794, bapt 30 Dec 1798

For some reason, Mary and William Wardale were not baptised until the birth of their brother Mathew, when Mary was 6 and William Wardale 4. The family may have drifted away from the church, though it was still unusual for a child not to be baptised. Or they may have attended a dissenting chapel for a time, and had Mary and William Wardale baptised there. If they returned to the Church of England, they may have been persuaded by the rector that a second baptism was necessary to regularise the position.

Mathew: born 25 Nov 1798, bapt 30 Dec 1798

Richard : born 29 Jan 1800, bapt 4 Feb 1800

William: born 11 Jul 1801, bapt 14 Jul 1801

Sarah: born 28 Jul 1806, bapt 15 Aug 30 Nov 1806



Whitby. Photograph Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.

The Church is on the left of the skyline, the Abbey on the right.


There is a death in Whitby for Esther Harland in 1837.


Next Generation: 6. HARLAND

Previous Generations: 8. HARLAND-DICKINSON

              8. WARDALE



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