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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)

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THOMAS TRIPP. We know from his gravestone that Thomas was 68 when he died in 1769.[1] This gives him a birth date of 1700-1. There are two possible baptisms:

Barton on Humber. 1700/1  Feb 16Thomas son of William Tripp, labourer.

Horkstow. 1701 April 13. Thomas son of Fran: and Jane Tripp.

Barton on Humber is 3 miles east of South Ferriby, where Thomas brought up his children. Horkstow is less than 2 miles south. Either of these baptisms is plausible, but since Thomas named two of his children Francis and Jane it is highly probable that the second is the right one.

This Thomas was the youngest of the three children of Francis Tripp and Jane Ureby.  His mother died when he was only five. Three years later, his father remarried to Mary Cavill and three half-brothers were born.

Thomas’s father was a labourer, but sufficiently prosperous to buy a house and land in the neighbouring parish of South Ferriby.

Horkstow is one of the five Low Villages which lie between Brigg and the Humber. South Ferriby is another. They lie below the northern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Since he brought up his family in South Ferriby, there is a marriage that would fit very well.

Marriage. Saxby All Saints.
1731 Nov 14  Thomas Tripp and Mary Jobson.

Both bride and groom were said to be of South Ferriby. Saxby All Saints is a village 2½  miles south of this.

Both Thomas and his brother John raised their families in South Ferriby. It is likely that one of them did so on the property their father had bought before they were born.



MARY JOBSON. Mary was the child of Anthony and Catharine Jobson, baptised in Bonby on 18 Jan 1701/2. Bonby is only a mile south of Saxby All Saints where she married. We have not found her mother’s maiden name.

She was the youngest of six children of Anthony and the fourth child for Catharine.


Mary would have been six months pregnant at the time of the marriage, but in those days this was not too uncommon.


The couple set up home in South Ferriby,

Four baptisms followed:
Baptisms. St Nicholas. South Ferriby.
John 13 Feb 1731/2
Francis 10 June 1734
Jane  13 Feb 1736/7.
Mary 8 Nov 1739

 The church of St Nicholas has an unusual north-south alignment. This is because it stands on an escarpment and part of it was lost in a landslip in the late 16th century. It was rebuilt, using what remained, so that the result was almost square. It was enlarged in Victorian times.

It bears a late Saxon or early Norman tympanum showing the patron Saint Nicholas.

Mary, wife of Thomas Tripp, died a year after the younger Mary’s birth. She was buried in South Ferriby on 20 Jan 1740/1.

Thomas’s father was a labourer, who had bettered himself to the point where he could buy land in South Ferriby. Thomas went still further. On 26-27 Mar 1742, Thomas Trippe, yeoman of South Ferriby leased a cottage and two hemp garths in South Ferrriby from Sir Henry Nelthorpe of Barton for £40.[2] A yeoman was a farmer of some substance. The hemp garths would have been small enclosures near the house in which hemp was grown for its fibre.

On the 29 Mar 1742, Thomas Trippe mortgaged a cottage and lands in South Ferriby to Robert Trippe, labourer of Horkstow, for £30.[3] Robert was his half-brother.

Two years after the first Mary’s death, on 12 Mar 1743, Thomas Trip married Mary Camil in South Ferriby.

Thomas’s second wife is named as Mary at their marriage and in Thomas’s will, but the subsequent baptisms name her as Alice. It may be that this was how she was commonly known.

Baptisms. South Ferriby.
1744 May 6  Thomas. This first Thomas was buried on 20 Dec 1747, aged three.
1746 Apr 13  Elizabeth.
1753 Nov 6  Thomas

The ink of the South Ferriby register is badly faded. It is evident from Thomas’s will that there were at least three other daughters, Margaret, Catharine and Sarah. This would explain the long gap between Elizabeth and the second Thomas.

Thomas’s prosperity was growing and he was now acquiring property outside South Ferriby. On 2 Feb 1747 he signed a deed to lead the uses of a fine.[4] This meant that he was buying from Jonathan Dent of Alkborough, yeoman, messuages and several acres of land in Alkborough, South Ferriby and Starholme. Alkborough is a village 6 m west of South Ferriby, and Starholme may be Starholme Farm, in Cadney, 12 m south of South Ferriby, though the distance makes this questionable. Messuages were dwelling houses with outbuildings and land.

Thomas Trippe of South Ferriby made his will on 26th. July, 1768.[5] He left half his property in South Ferriby to his wife Mary and the other half to his son Thomas, who is to inherit his mother’s share when she dies. He bequeathed money to his daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Catherine and Sarah.

Thomas died the following year, on 10 Apr 1769, aged 68. He was buried at St Nicholas, South Ferriby, two days later. He is recorded in the burial register as an “ould man”. 68 was not such a great age, but he may have been showing signs of senility.

The family were evidently prospering. On 9 Apr 1770, John Tripp, farmer of South Ferriby, mortgaged a cottage and land in South Ferriby to Robert Tripp, yeoman of Horkstow.[6] John Tripp, the farmer, could be Thomas’s brother or his eldest son. His brother Robert had risen from labourer to yeoman.


[1] Find My Past: Monumental Inscriptions
[2] National Archives: NEL IV/15/2 and 3
[3] National Archives: NEL IV/15/4
[4] National Archives: NEL IV/15/5
[5] National Archives: NEL IV/15/6
[6] National Archives: NEL IV/15/7





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