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Percival Hindmarsh 1781-1821

the farms up the valley
At the time of his marriage Percival is shown as living at Quickening Cote, Alwinton, Northumberland and Margret Young is shown as living at Linshiels. These 2 farms are next to each other in the valley past Alwinton. Shielings were the old name for sheep grazing areas.

Percival and Margret married on 17 May 1807 however their first daughter, Margaret was born 27 Aug 1807 in Linshiels, Harbottle, Northumberland  and so Margret was quite pregnant when they married.  Interestingly a large number of family members are witness to the marriage, maybe they wanted to make sure it went ahead. Margaret, the child, dies in 1811. She is not mentioned later when her fathers estate is dealt with and neither is the next child Helenor who is born 5 Nov 1810 at Low Stokoe, Falstone Northumberland where Percival and Margaret had now moved to.

Low Stokoe is a farm high up in the Cheviots about 30 miles from Alwinton and there is little information about it however they must have stayed there until after 1812 as their eldest son was also born at Low Stokoe however by 7 years later they had moved 33 miles to Belsay Barns, Bolam where William Hindmarsh was born.

Photo looking down the valley towards Alwinton

Percival & Margaret's Family

Husband: Percival HINDMARSH
Birth: 29 Apr 1781 Puncherton, Alwinton, Northumberland
Death: 27 Jun 1821 Belsey Barns, Bolam, Nothumberland
Marriage: 17 May 1807 Alwinton, Northumberland, England; 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).

Wife: Margret YOUNG
Birth: 1781 Linshiels, Northumberland
Death: 22 Feb 1820 Belsay Barns, Wallridge, Northumberland


Birth: 27 Aug 1807 Linshiels, Harbottle, Northumberland
Death: 29 May 1811 Stokoe, Simonburn, Northumberland

Birth: 05 Nov 1810 Low Stokoe, Falstone Northumberland
Death: Bef. 1820

Birth: 01 Dec 1812 Low Stokoe, Falstone Northumberland
Death: 25 Feb 1859 Sydney, NSW, Australia (Natural causes)

Birth: 1819 Belsay Barns, Bolam, Northumberland
Death: 09 Oct 1882 379 Scotland Rd, Liverpool
Marriage to Frances WILKINSON: 05 Feb 1841 Alnwick, Northumberland, England; William's occupation is Grocer. His father is a Farmer, hers a Gardener. Witnesses are William Duncan, gentleman and Isabella Duncan.

Percival's wife Margret died 22 Feb 1820 in Belsay Barns a few weeks after Percival's father had died aged 77 at Peels Wellhouse and just before Percival's sister Eleanor died also at Peels Wellhouse. One can only presume that there was some  outbreak of disease whereby Margret went to the Wellhouse to help Ann tend to Percival's father and sister but then succumbed herself or maybe the deaths are a co-incidence and Margret died as a result of complications of childbirth having just given birth to William.

There is no documentation to show what happened next however Percival, Margret's husband died himself  in June 1821 and so at this stage the 2 boys, Percival aged 9 and William aged 2, were left orphans. It seems likely that William, the children's unmarried uncle, a grocer in Alnwick, took the children in and that they lived with him in Clayport Street in Alnwick.  This seems likely as the first census for William Hindmarsh (b1819) in 1841 shows him living in Clayport Street and described as a grocer.

As stated before, William (the Grocer) proved his father's will in 1823 and hopefully Percival and William came into the inheritance due to their father.

Although Percival (customs officer) and William's (prison officer) father died in 1821 it seems his affairs weren't dealt with until nearly 20 years later. He died without a will which shows his death was unexpected and as a consequence the Intestate estate of Percival (1781-1821), father of the boys, was not dealt with until many years later, in 1843, when his son Percival, by then a Customs Officer, returns from Newfoundland Canada to tie up his father intestate estate. For some reason, which is not clear, William (1819), in 1843, renounces his rights to administration of his father's estate, possibly because it was worth very little. Percival, the customs officer, had in fact returned a few years earlier, in 1840, to deal with legal matters relating to his uncle's (William 1780-1838) estate.

The record at Durham University Library is as follows;
Percival HINDMARCH, farmer, of Belsay Barns in the parish of Bolam in the county of Northumberland [Bolam (Northumberland), Northumberland].
Date of death: 27 June 1821
Date of probate: 9 December 1843
renunciation, 9 December 1843 (DPRI/3/1843/A148/2-3) renunciation by William Hindmarch, son
administration bond, penal sum £400, 9 December 1843 (DPRI/3/1843/A148/1) administration granted to Percival Hindmarch, son

1843 Renunciation by William of his fathers estate.

"Whereas Percival Hindmarsh late of Belsay Barns in the Parish of Bolam in the County of Northumberland and Diocese of Durham Farmer departed this life on the twenty seventh day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty one intestate leaving Percival Hindmarsh and William Hindmarsh his natural and lawful only children and next of kin him surviving and having no widow him surviving.

Now know all men by these presents that I the above named William Hindmarsh for divers goods causes and considerations me hereunto specially moving Do hereby renounce my right to Letters of Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased And to the end that this my renunciation may have due effect in law I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Robert Burrell Notary Public one of the Procurators General of the Consistory Court of Durham my true and lawful Proctor for me and in my name to appear before the Right Worshipful James Baker Clerk Charter of the Vicar General and Official Principal lawfully constituted of the Right Reverend Father in God Edward by Divine Providence Lord Bishop of Durham his surrogate or any other competent judge in this behalf to exhibit this my Proxy of Renunciation and to pray and procure the same to be received admitted and enacted And generally for me and in my Name to do all such further and other acts matters and things as shall so may by law be required and necessary to be done in the premises. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three (9 Dec 1843)

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us William Hindmarsh
Rob Busby Sol and Notary Alnwick
John C Busby Alnwick

On the ninth day of December 1843 this Proxy of Renunciation was exhibited by Robert Burrell the Proctor within named and at his petition admitted
Edward Elder

Original from Durham University Library DPRI/3/1843/A148/2-3

9 Dec 1843 Administration of Percival Hindmarsh of Belsay Barns by his son Percival

"Know all men by these presents, that we, Percival Hindmarsh, late of St Johns Newfoundland and now of Alnwick in the County of Northumberland Gentleman David Drysdale of Alnwick aforesaid shoemaker and James Worth of Alnwick aforesaid, cooper

are held and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God, EDWARD, by Divine Providence, Lord Bishop of Durham, and the Right Worshipful James Baker, Clerk, Master of Arts, his Vicar General and Official Principal, lawfully constituted .. the Penal Sum of FOUR HUNDRED Pounds, of good and lawful Money of Great Britain, to be paid to the said Reverand Father in God, his said Official, or to their certain Attorney, their Executors, Administrators, or Assigns; To which Payment, well and truly to be made, we oblige ourselves, and each of us by him self, jointly and severally for the whole, our and every of our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, in the SEVENTH Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady VICTORIA by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and FORTY THREE

THE CONDITION of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Percival Hindmarsh the natural and lawful Son and one of the next of kin and

Administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights, and Credits of Percival Hindmarsh late of Belsay Barns in the Parish of Bolam in the County of Northumberland aforesaid in the Diocese of Durham Farmer deceased. (William Hindmarsh the Son and only other next of kin of the said deceased having duly renounced letters of Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased)
do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Good, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession of any Person or Persons for HIM and the same so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court, at Durham, at or before the NINTH Day of JUNE next ensuing; and the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, at the Time of HIS Death, which at any Time after shall come the hands or possession of the said ADMINISTRATOR or to the hands of any other Person or Persons for HIM do well and truly administer according to Law.

And further do make or cause to be made, a true and just Account of HIS said Administration, at or before the NINTH Day of DECEMBER in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and FORTY FOUR And all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator's Account, the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge of Judges for the Time being of the said Court, shall deliver of pay unto such Person or Persons respectively, as the said Judge or Judges by his or their Decree or Sentence, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of a late Act of Parliament, made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth Years of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second, intitled An Act for the better settling of Intestates' Estates, shall limit and appoint. And if shall hereafter appear, that any last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein-named, do exhibit the same into the said Court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the said ADMINISTRATOR above bounden, being there unto required, do render and deliver the said letters of Administration, Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the same Court, then this Obligation to be Void, or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.

Signed, sealed and delivered (being first duly stamped) in the Presence of
H??? Carr Surrogate
Percival Hindmarsh
David Drysdale
James Worth"

Along the side, handwritten it says "Intestate died 27th June 1821". Original from Durham University Library DPRI/3/1843/A148/1

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