THE RAWDON BRANCH

The Rawdon branch begins with Mary Rawdon(12) who married John Briggs(11).

The Rawdon generations

Generation Rawdon ancestor Spouse Date and place of marriage
L Mary Rawdon(12) (1734-1799) John Briggs (11)(1727-1782) 14 Jan 1754 at Bilborough, Yorks.
K Christopher Rawdon(297) Sarah Harrison(298) 31 Dec 1723, at the church of St Martin and St Gregory, York.

Mary RAWDON

Mary Rawdon(12) was 67 years old when she died on 25 Dec 1799, according to the burial entry and monumental inscription recorded by the East Yorks Family History Society and the pedigree compiled by Foster (1874). This suggests that she was born in 1732. Foster says that she was the daughter of Christopher Rawdon of Bilborough. There is a baptismal record for a Mary Rawden daughter of Christopher listed in the IGI which took place at St. Mary Bishophill Senior, York, on 28 Apr 1734, which might possibly be hers. On 14 Jan 1754/55, at Bilborough(?) Mary married John Briggs of Hull. As a family, they were members of the Bowlalley Lane Presbyterian chapel in Hull, where a memorial tablet was later erected which was quoted by Foster (1874), and also by Donald Henry Currer Briggs (1971), and the text of which is reproduced in the entry for John Briggs(11). Mary and John had 12 children, of whom 4 died in infancy or childhood. For details of these, see the entry for John Briggs.

As already indicated above, Mary died on 25 Dec 1799. She was buried at the Air Street burial ground, Hull, on 30 Dec 1799, presumably because the Bowlalley Lane chapel did not have its own burial ground. The East Yorkshire Family History Society has recorded the monumental inscription on a flat gravestone at Air Street, Sculcoates, and this inscription is also reproduced in the section on John Briggs.

Christopher RAWDON

Christopher Rawdon(297) was, according to Foster (1874) the Sheriff of Yorkshire, 1739/40. His dates of birth and death are not known. There is an IGI reference to a marriage on 31 Dec 1723 between a Christopher Rawdon and Sarah Harrison(298) at the church of St. Martin and St. Gregory in York, also known as St Martin Micklegate. There are a lot of Sarah Harrisons in the IGI, so I shall have to wait for some further clues to find out where she came from and who her parents were. Armitage (1967) says that she was the daughter of a brewer.

The IGI contains references to the baptisms of seven children of a Chrstopher Rawden (the mother's name is not given so there remains uncertainty), all at St Mary Bishophill Senior, in York. Four of the names are the same as the four children of Christopher Rawdon and Sarah Harrison given in Famillæ Minorum Gentium (Publ. Harlean Soc. vol. 37, 1894) suggesting that these are probably the children of this Christopher Rawdon, and Armitage (1967) mentions just four daughters, Faith, Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah. In addition, the IGI contains a record of a Faith Rawdon, baptised in 1726, but at a different church. For the moment all these eight names are listed here, though eventually it may be shown that not all were actually children of this Christopher and Sarah.

Children of Christopher Rawdon (297) and Sarah Harrison(298)

name notes
Jane Rawdon(1067) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 09 Nov 1724 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York. Not mentioned in other sources, but the date of her baptism matches well with the date of her putative parents' marriage (31 Dec 1723). Nothing else is known about her.
Elizabeth Rawdon(799) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 19 Jan 1725/26 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York. Listed in Famillæ Minorum Gentium and in Armitage (1967) as married to a Mr Thomas Topham, and there is an IGI entry for this marriage on 26 Nov 1751 at Holy Trinity, Hull. I don't know whether they had children.
Faith Rawdon(798) According to the IGI, based on church records, baptised 24 Sep 1730 at St. Saviour's Gate Presbyterian Church, York. In view of the later baptism of another Faith, perhaps this Faith died in infancy.
Sarah Rawdon(1068) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 08 Nov 1727 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York. Mentioned in Armitage (1967) but not in Famillæ Minorum Gentium. Nothing further known.
Christopher Rawdon(797) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 05 Mar 1728/29 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York. Other IGI entries have born about 1723, which may be a transcription error. According to the IGI, based again on church records, on 16 Aug 1751 at Thornton, near Bradford, he married Abigail Hodgson(800) and Armitage (1967) says she was the daughter of John Hodgson of Bradford. Christopher and Abigail had children, for details of which see his separate page.
Faith Rawdon(1069) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 24 Sep 1730 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York. Listed in Famillæ Minorum Gentium and in Armitage (1967) as married to a John Rhodes of Halifax and as having issue.
Agar Rawdon(1070) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 02 Jul 1732 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York. Not listed in either Famillæ Minorum Gentium or in Armitage (1967). An Agar Rawden is listed in the IGI, based on parish records, as having married Ann Lund on 08 Jun 1767 at St. Martin, Coney Street, York. This could have been him, but nothing further known.
Mary Rawdon(12) According to the IGI, based on church records (Bishop's Transcripts), baptised 28 Apr 1734 at St. Mary's Bishophill Senior, York, making her the youngest in this family. She is listed in Famillæ Minorum Gentium and in Armitage (1967). The latter has her married to John Briggs and as having issue. See her entry above.

If Christopher Rawdon was indeed Sheriff of Yorkshire, then there is probably more that can be found out about him, such as who his parents were. At present all I know is that he was said to be the third of that name, and to have been a brewer in Bilborough (Armitage 1967). Armitage also says that the Rawdon family is mentioned as living in Bilborough in 1629, and that in 1683 a Christopher Rawdon bequeathed freehold property to his only son Christopher. I do not have sufficient information to place these earlier Christophers in the family tree.


© John Stowell 2009             This file last edited on 19 Sep 2009.


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