John Wilson Esquire of Broomhead Hall 1719-1783

Okay ! not exactly Russel Crowe 
but I fell for him after visiting Leeds Library this summer and I'm sure if he was alive to-day
he'd belong to the YORKSGEN mailing list and post snippets daily. For example
"1780, Joseph HADFIELD of Wigtwizzle, aged 55, was then a boy of 12 or 13, and tells the story of a man 
who was rescued after falling 40 fathoms down a mine shaft. Within a week he died after falling off a three legged-stool"

Found at Leeds in the Brotherton Library Special Collections MS 295 and slowly being added to these pages:

Marriage Licences  - Bradfield 1757 - 1766  
All the Constables and their Deputies from 1644 to 1712.  
Westnall Overseers of the Poor 1758 - 1779 Waldershelf Church Wardens 1718 - 1779
Westnall Constables 1719-1779 Waldershelf Overseers of the Poor 1718-1779
Westnall Church Wardens 1718-1779 Waldershelf Constables 1718-1778

"Note John Wilson was an antiquarian who lived at Broomhead Hall in the parish of Bradfield, near Sheffield. The Wilson family had lived in the same area for several centuries and extensive family archives formed the original basis for the collection, which was supplemented by acquiring or copying the papers belonging to other local families, such as the Kayes of Woodsome and the Bosvilles of Gunthwaite
The collection consists of original deeds, court rolls, manorial records, and other material, dating from the 13th century onwards and almost exclusively Yorkshire in character. It includes: (1) Papers, accounts and correspondence of the Wilson family, and of those families with whom they intermarried; (2) Documents relating to the churches, parish and castle of Sheffield; (3) Manorial records of Sheffield, Midhope, Rotherham, Gunthwaite, Almondbury, Cawthorn, Bolsterstone, Hallamshire, Penistone, etc.; (4) Parochial records of Bradfield, Ecclesfield, etc., and many abstracts of deeds relating to other Yorkshire parishes; (5) Papers in law suits, mainly of the 16th century; (6) Copies of genealogies of Yorkshire families; (7) Miscellaneous copies of medical receipts, epitaphs, sermons, folklore, and other antiquarian notes, collected by Wilson, or copied by him from printed works"

Photo from the book Hunter's Hallamshire .. scanned to CD by Colin HINSON , an absolute "must buy" if you're interested in this area.

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