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Jack Priestley’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from Jack’s as (1)




There were Cattersons in the Craven area of Yorkshire in the Middle Ages. In 1219 Alano de Kaherton witnessed the transfer of lands in Elslack as part of the marriage portion of the mother of Robert de Vavasour. Elslack is a village 4 miles west of Skipton, close to the Lancashire border.

He may be the father of Alani de Katherton who witnessed transfers of land to Bolton Abbey in 1257. Bolton Abbey is 5 miles NE of Skipton, and close to Storiths, which is associated with some of our early Catterson ancestors.

Half a century later, in 1305, Alan de Catherton held lands in Elslack of the honour of Mowbray. This means he was a feudal tenant of the Lord of Mowbray.

The continuity of the name suggests that these were of the same family.

View from Elslack Moor [1]


We then jump forward to Robert Caterson. In 1538 he paid a rent of 2s 6d for a farm of “one tenement with appurtenances” in Storithes. The oldest Catterson ancestor we have identified is Thomas Catterson, born in 1537. We do not know how closely these two may be related.


[1] Steve Riley. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6784355241_f7bd6ee091_b.jpg




Riley Tree