Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The other children of Robert and Mary

The other sons Richard b, 1788, Edmund b, 1782,  John, 1774 were all farmers that appear not to have married. For a while Richard lived with Edmund at Cuckoo Hall, Dilworth, Ribchester, and then later he lived with John at Hubberstey Fold, Balderstone (with Sowerbutts living next door on both sides). By 1861 he was living with Mary Grimbaldeston and her family at Hubberstey Fold. Mary was the daughter of James Hubberstey and Anna Swarbrick .

It appears that one night in 1846 Richard and Edmund had a bit of a problem at Cuckoo Hall.
MURDEROUS OUTRAGE AND EXTRAORDINARY DEFENCE.—In the township of Dilworth, some eight or ten miles from Preston, there is a house known by the name of Cuckoo Hall, which is occupied by two brothers, Richard and Edmund Hubbersty, the only other inmate being a housekeeper. During the night, at twelve o'clock, Richard Hubbersty was awoke from sleep by the barking of the dog, (whose watchfulness had been excited by the sudden bursting open of the house door and the entrance of three strange men,) and he at once went down stairs, when he was instantly savagely set upon by three ruffians. Being a powerful man, he returned the blows dealt to himself with good interest to his assailants, but was compelled afterwards to call out for the assistance of his brother, and he was promptly with him to take a willing and active part in the murderous struggle. The two brothers continued the battle for more than half an hour. The two gallant defenders succeeded in expelling by force the three miscreants from the house, and closing the door upon them. But the men renewed the attack, and again forced the door, and gained admission into the house; death -dealing blows were commenced, and continued till the worn-out strength of the Hubberstys compelled them to express their readiness to give up all the money they possessed, or any other property that might be demanded. These terms were, however, for some time disregarded, and the brutal punishment was continued until the three robbers became satisfied that no risk or danger could possibly result from their showing forbearance; and then only was it that they consented to allow their exhausted victims to show them up stairs, there to surrender whatever money they might be possessed of, the whole amount being under 51.

The daughter Catherine:
Catherine (b. 1785 (based on wedding age), d. Oct 28, 1847) married George Teebay on June 23, 1806. Apparently a number of well known priests had in the past come from the Teebay Family. George and Catherine appear to have had 3 children: Robert (b. Oct 7, 1808), James (b. Jan 10, 1810), and Richard (b. May 16, 1812, d. 1885).

Son James married a Mary Clarkson and had 8 children, but at least 4 died in infancy (three of them in the same year, 1847 ... which is also the year Catherine died). The four surviving children were Catherine (b. 1840), George (b, 1849), John (b. 1851), Jane (b. 1853).

In the course of research on this line a number of interesting points came up. First, in the 1841 census there was a 15 year old Helen Hubberstey living with Catherine and her son Richard (apparently as a servant). So far I have not found out who Helen Hubberstey is the child of. Second, Catherine passes away in Fernyhalgh, site of the other cluster of Hubbersteys, even though she originally was from Samlesbury. Third, George, the son of James and Mary, may have been the parish priest of St. Gregory's in Weld Bank in the late 1890's and early 1900's.

Finally, for some reason as yet unknown, the name "Catherine" becomes very common from this point on. Many Hubberstey families name their first daughter Catherine. One can but wonder whether it is this Catherine that is the reason behind this, and if so, what kind of person must she have been to generate this respect.

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