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Percival Hindmarsh 1742

To make identification of the various Percival's easier I will identify them by their birthdates.

Percival (1694) > Percival (1742) > Percival (1781) & his brother William (1780) > Percival (1812) & his brother William (1819)

Percival (1742) who died in 1820 also, fortunately, made a Will

peels wellhouse
Percival the son, wrote his Will in 1819 and said ".. anticipating, as I am far advanced in years, the day of my death..". Percival was, at this time, living in Peels Wellhouse, however you will see on his gravestone he refers to being the son of Percival Hindmarsh of Rookland. His Will was written on 28th September 1819 and he died in January 1820, just a few months later.

peels ford
In his Will he makes reference to his only sons being William and Percival and he makes them executors along with the Rev James Patterson of Harbottle, his friend. He also makes reference to his wife Ann and says that £250 of his estate should be put into good securities and the interest paid quarterly to Ann until she dies. He then goes on to leave various sums to be paid at various times to his sons William and Percival and to his daughters Jane, Ann and Eleanor.

A rough road leads down to Peels Well House and then further down to Peels Farm. A small narrow track then leads down to the river where there is a ford that can be crossed to give easy access to Harbottle and from there Alwinton Church etc.

Percival & Ann's Family

elilaw and rookland
Husband: Percival HINDMARSH
Birth: 29 Jul 1742 Rookland, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: 17 Jan 1820 Peels Well House, Alwinton, Northumberland
Marriage: 18th May 1776 Alwinton, Northumberland; Banns on 27 May, 5 April, 12 April, witnesses Ruth Hutson and Thomas Hymers (Percival's brother) 1776 film no 577
elilaw farm
Wife: Ann DUNN
Birth: 1747 Elilaw, Alwinton Northumberland
Death: 09 Feb 1837 Alwinton, Northumberland
She was called Ann Dunn of Galilaw in the Banns

Elilaw Farm is set on the side of a hill, the current farm was built around 1840 and so the farm at the time of Ann Dunn would have been different however would have been just as isolated. Old Rookland and Elilaw are 2.5 miles apart.


Birth: 30 Mar 1780 Harbottle, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: 08 Jan 1838 Alnwick, Northumberland

Birth: 29 Apr 1781 Puncherton, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: 27 Jun 1821 Belsey Barns, Bolam, Northumberland
Marriage to Margret YOUNG: 17 May 1807 Alwinton, Northumberland; Witnesses were Jane Young, Ann Young (Margret's mother & sister?), Dorothy Davidson (Percival's great aunt nee Hindmarsh or maybe her daughter?), Ellenor Hymes (his fathers sister?), Percival Hindmarsh (his father).

Birth: 01 Sep 1782 Puncherton, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: 20 Mar 1820 Peels Well House, Alwinton, Northumberland

Birth: 12 Jul 1785 Puncherton, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: before 1819 Alwinton, Allenton, Northumberland

Birth: 11 Jul 1787 Cottonhope Burnfoot, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: Apr 1865 Alnwick, Northumberland
Spouse:John ANDERSON

Birth: 19 Aug 1791 Cottonhope Burnfoot, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: Bef. 1838 Northumberland
Spouse: William MARSHALL

By the time Percival's Will was proved sadly great misfortune had hit the family as his daughter Eleanor, who also lived at Peels Wellhouse, had died just a few months after her father (March 1820) and his son Percival's wife, Margaret, had also died within weeks (February 1820). His son Percival then died in June 1821. This left only William, Jane and Ann plus his son Percival's surviving children William and Percival, who were now orphans. Both Percival's and Margaret's deaths are reported in the Newcastle Courant, eg Margaret's death notice is transcribed as follows;

"HINDMARSH   On the 22d Feb 1820, at Belsay Barns, aged 40, Margaret, wife of Mr Percival HINDMARSH, farmer." (

The second Percival Hindmarsh's (1742-1820) Will was proved in 1823, 3 years after Percival's death, and probate is obtained by his son William who by this time is an unmarried grocer in Clayport Street in Alnwick.

"William Hindmarsh of Alnwick, grocer, one of the surviving executors therein named ...... Percival Hindmarsh the other executor died in the lifetime of the Testator"

Percival (1781-1821), the son, (mentioned as an executor) had already died in 1821 so although not strictly within the lifetime of the testator it was after his father's will was written and it was definitely before the father's will was proven in 1823. When Percival (1781), the son, died he left 2 sons Percival age 8 (b1812 at Low Stokoe) and William age 2 (b1819 at Belsay Barns) both now orphans as their mother Margaret had died the year before in 1820.

"This will was proved on the second day of June 1823 by William Hindmarsh of Alnwick in the County of Northumberland Grocer one of the surviving executors therein named, to whom administration was granted, he having been first duly sworn before the Revd William Proctor ??? truly to administer as usual  a power being reserved for making the like grant to the Revd James Paterson the other surviving executor when he shall apply for the same Percival Hindmarsh the other executor died in the lifetime of the testator.
Under £500
R Bundle ???"

"I Percival Hindmarsh of Peels Wellhouse parish of Alwinton, anticipating, as I am far advanced in years, the day of my death and desirous of preventing all disputes among my children after my decease do make this my last Will and Testament.
Imprimis I give to my wife the household furniture, linen as to her sole and separate use.
Item I give devise and bequeath to my two sons William Hindmarsh and  Percival Hindmarsh and to my friend the Rev James Paterson of Harbottle the executors administrators and assigns and the executors administrators and assigns of the survivors all my other estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever in trust that they the said William Percival and James shall dispose of the same in manner following.
That they shall pay out in good government or any other real or personal security to be by them approved the sum of 250£, the interest of which said sum of 250£ is to be paid quarterly to my wife Ann as long as she lives and after her decease my will is that my son Percival shall receive 30£ my daughter Jane 10£ and that the remainder of the said sum of 250£ be equally divided share and share alike between my two daughters Eleanor and Ann.
Item I give and bequeath to my son William the sum of 20£ to my son Percival the sum of 50£ and to my daughter Jane the sum of 20£ to be paid them out of the readies of my effects six months after my decease.
Item the remainder of my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath to my two daughters Eleanor and Ann for their behalf to be equally divided between them share and share alike.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons William Hindmarsh and Percival Hindmarsh and my friend the Rev James Paterson of Harbottle the executors of this my last will and testament and that they act by mutual consent and each be liable only for their own acts; and I do hereby revoke disallow and disannul all former bequests wills and legacies by me heretofore in any wise left or made declaring ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eigth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.
Percivell Hindmarsh
Signed sealed published and declared by the within named Percivel Hindmarsh to be his last will and testament in presence of us who at his desire and in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names
John Bollam
George Bolam"

Original Will at Durham University Library Archives ref DPRI/2/34 p420-421 DPRI/1/1823/H14/1-2
"Percivell HINDMARSH, of Peels Well house parish of Alwinton [Alwinton, Northumberland]
Date of probate: 2 June 1823
will, 28 September 1819 (DPRI/1/1823/H14/1-2) registered copy of will, 28 September 1819 (DPRI/2/34 p420-421)"

There is no documentation to show how the effects are eventually distributed as by the time of proving several beneficiaries had died. In summary Percival's effects are distributed as follows;

  • Wife Ann has the interest on £250 until she dies plus al household goods and linen.
  • William seems to only receive £20 suggesting that as he is already set up as a grocer in Alnwick his father has already assisted him financially in setting up his home and business.
  • Percival is left £50 plus a further £30 when his mother dies, and although more than William gets it is still substantially less than the daughters receive suggesting that he has already received some assistance financially from his father.
  • Daughters Elinor and Ann receive half the residue each plus £105 each once their mother dies, these are substantial legacies and suggest that neither daughter is married and indeed that they would be trusted to take care of their elderly mother. They are both middle aged at the time Percival writes this will and so these facts may already be well established and so do not need writing in the will. Eleanor in fact dies just a couple of months after her father and long before the will is proved which does seem to suggest that Ann receives all the residue and all of the £210 left after her mother dies. Her mother Ann does not die until 1837 when she is 90 and I presume she is looked after during this time by Ann her daughter but can find no records regarding this nor indeed any will left by Ann and whether she ultimately did marry.
  • Daughter Jane receives £20 and then £10 once her mother dies, this seems so little compared to the others however she had already married by the time her father writes his will and will have received her portion earlier.

At the time of proving the will Percival the son and Eleanor the daughter have already died so where do their shares go? In accordance with the wording of the will it does seem that Eleanor's share would go to Ann, however does Percival's share go to his two children William and Percival who by this stage are being looked after by their father's brother, ie William the grocer in Alnwick, mentioned above, and what happens to the estate of their father Percival Hindmarsh (1781)?

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