I'm indebted to Richard Hargreaves, a descendant of William, for sharing his information on this branch with me. I include it on this site in the hopes of definitively connecting the two families, who lived in the same area at the same time and favoured many of the same names.

Marriage Record


The 29 November 1730 wedding of William & Frances Setree is recorded in the register of Parish of Skelton. A copy of this was kindly provided by Richard Hargreaves:
William Barton Frances Setree marriage Skelton register SNIPPET.jpg

Children


The following list comes from a tree provided by Richard Hargreaves, but is not in complete agreement with the will below.

With Frances Setree:
  1. Johannes Barton (b.1731)
  2. Jane Barton (b.1732)
  3. unnamed female (b.&d.1734)
  4. William Barton (1737-1818)
  5. Isabell Barton (b.1741)??
  6. Mary Barton (b.1743)
  7. Robert Barton (1747-1795)
  8. Mary Barton (b.1751)

The will below, written 12 March 1763, names his wife Frances, and his children William (the eldest), Robert, Jane, Frances, & Mary


Tenant of Highhead Castle?


The 1737 will of Isabella Miller of Highhead Castle mentions a William Barton as a tenant, paying 9 shillings and 10 pence in rent. One or more John Bartons feature in the same document - possibly John Barton of Ivegill (d.1747)?


Will


The following document and transcript was kindly provided by Richard Hargreaves:

"Will of William Barton late of Ivegill in the parish of Hesket Yeoman deceased proved April 28th 1763.

In the name of God Amen - I William Barton of Ivegill in the county of Cumberland, Yeoman, being through the abundant mercy of God (tho' weak in body) of a sound and perfect understanding and memory does hereby constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in form and manner following -?- I give my body to the earth from whence it came in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day. As my burial I desire it may be decent without pomp or state at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named who I doubt not will manage it will all requisite prudence as to my worldly estate. I will and positively order that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged,

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Barton the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds to be paid to him or his heirs when he comes to the age of twenty one years.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Barton the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds to be paid to her or her heirs one year after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath un to my daughter Frances Barton the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to her or her heirs and assigns one year after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Barton the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to her or her heirs and assigns when she comes to the age of twenty one years.

As for all my messuages and tenements situate lying and being at Ivegill in the county aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my eldest son William Barton his heirs and assigns for ever, excepting one close field or parcel of ground commonly known by the name of High Field. Which said field I give and bequeath to my son Robert Barton his heirs and assigns for ever.

But provided my son William Barton or his heirs shall pay or cause to be paid unto my said son Robert Barton or his heirs the said sum of eighty pounds as soon as he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years that then my said son Robert Barton shall quit ail gain and right to the said field, to my son William Barton, who shall possess and enjoy the same in conjunction with the rest of my said messuages and tenements.

But provided my said son William Barton should die without issue the foresaid eighty pounds which I have reserved to be paid out of my freehold estate to my said son Robert Barton shall be divided amongst my daughters to share and share alike.

As for the rest and residue of my goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever (excepting the dresser on the south side of the kitchen, one horse which he pleases and one bedstead and furniture thereunto belonging which I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid son William Barton) after payment of my debts legacies and funeral expenses I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved wife Frances Barton whom I make sole executrix of this my last will and testament and does hereby constitute and appoint John Mallinson and Bernard Barton as trustees for my dear wife and children.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of March and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three.

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named William Barton for and as his last and will and testament in the presence of us.

Witnesses:
John Mayson
John Barton - sworn
Benjamin Barton"

William Barton 1763 will signatures.jpg

Probate signatures:
William Barton 1763 will probate signatures.jpg



Notes on the Will


  • William bequeathes £540 to four children, not including his property. According to www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/currency, this is about the same as £40,000 in 2005; a sizeable portion of savings.
  • The 1763 probate document associated with this will is "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered in the Presence of John Nicolson". This same man with the same signature also signs the same type of document relating to the 1749 probate of Ann (d.1748), wife of John Barton of Ivegill (d.1747).
  • This same document is signed by Frances Barton, John Barton and William Barton. The signature of John Barton is very similar to the one on the same type of document relating to the 1720 probate of John Barton (d.1720), which I thought to be the signature of his son John Barton of Ivegill (d.1747), but he died long before 1763!
  • 'John Mayson' - here a witness - is a name also found on the 1682 plaque at High Head Chapel (alongside the names John and Bernard Barton), although unsurprisingly the signature on the matching High Head restoration document does not match the 1682 signature on this will. Perhaps this latter is the father of the witness in this will?
  • Is Bernard the trustee the same as Bernard Barton of Carlisle (1728-1773)?
  • Who is Benjamin Barton, the witness? That's a first name that never crops up anywhere else in the family.