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I've ordered 5 Blythe wills to see if I can get a clue about who is related to whom. Hope they are readable and in English. I have found more about George Blythe who was Dr. John Blythes son. He was apparently secretary to Lord Burghley. He is mentioned in letters and probably wrote many of the letters between the Lord Burghley and the Earl of Shrewsbury regarding the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots. However in August 1581 he became very ill, probably the plague which hit that year. Sad story as he like many of the Blythe's had been bright, he had an M.A at Cambridge and also had qualified as a lawyer. He had been a tutor of law at Cambridge. He married well making him Burghleys nephew. There is no record of any children from his marriage. Anyway I shall download the wills tomorrow and hopefully I shall be enlightened.
 
I've ordered 5 Blythe wills to see if I can get a clue about who is related to whom. Hope they are readable and in English. I have found more about George Blythe who was Dr. John Blythes son. He was apparently secretary to Lord Burghley. He is mentioned in letters and probably wrote many of the letters between the Lord Burghley and the Earl of Shrewsbury regarding the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots. However in August 1581 he became very ill, probably the plague which hit that year. Sad story as he like many of the Blythe's had been bright, he had an M.A at Cambridge and also had qualified as a lawyer. He had been a tutor of law at Cambridge. He married well making him Burghleys nephew. There is no record of any children from his marriage. Anyway I shall download the wills tomorrow and hopefully I shall be enlightened.

I am still following your Blythes Duckweed,next instalment please.
Jackson
 
Downloaded the wills. 1 was wrong family. 3 are definitely family. All are in English thankfully and well written and the documents are in good condition. Have to sit down and really concentrate to read the old handwriting. Even at a quick glance made some interesting discovery. They had lands in Darton. Googled Darton and it confirmed connections with William Blythe who I'm pretty sure is grandson of William Blythe of Norton Lees so opening up some new lines of research. Unfortunately been up blind alley on one as to who John Blythe of Norton Lees is son of because found other John son of Dr. John. Oh well back to drawing board. I'm off to Archives and Central Library to see if I can find the field names mentioned in other Norton Lees documents.
 
keep up the good work Duckweed, i am jealous i wish i were that far ahead in my research! but it is work like you are doing that keeps me motivated.
Thanks jackson.
 
Trouble is this isn't my family research. Its hopefully to raise the profile of Bishops House. My family research only surfaces briefly from time to time. The Central Library had some interesting maps and have now found a map of when practically the whole of Norton went up for sale in 1849. This I know has field names in a ledger somewhere but haven't found the Ledger yet. Am collecting old maps of the area from different sales of property including some 18th century maps. Gradually piecing the area together. I hope to have a map of 15th and 16th century Norton Lees eventually, listing the fields and estates. Its never been done before. Then overlay it over a modern map and people will be able to get a feel of where everything was.

Anyway it was a good day and now I have to try and decipher properly 4 wills in tudor handwriting. Think I'll take it slowly as yesterday got headache from typing out Latin from old book from Cambridge University.
 
Going cross eyed reading this Tudor script. I have my conversion chart I got from the Ryedale Folk Museum site. The surnames aren't a problem. Its the place names that are the worst. Anyway I'm off to Sheffield Archives tomorrow to see if we can find missing ledger now I have the company name and also get some more maps. I have a meeting on Friday with the history section of Friends of Bishops House on Friday so want to be able to bring some new stuff for them to see and help with. Wonder how good they are at reading Tudor script?
 
Trouble is this isn't my family research. Its hopefully to raise the profile of Bishops House. My family research only surfaces briefly from time to time. The Central Library had some interesting maps and have now found a map of when practically the whole of Norton went up for sale in 1849. This I know has field names in a ledger somewhere but haven't found the Ledger yet. Am collecting old maps of the area from different sales of property including some 18th century maps. Gradually piecing the area together. I hope to have a map of 15th and 16th century Norton Lees eventually, listing the fields and estates. Its never been done before. Then overlay it over a modern map and people will be able to get a feel of where everything was.

Anyway it was a good day and now I have to try and decipher properly 4 wills in tudor handwriting. Think I'll take it slowly as yesterday got headache from typing out Latin from old book from Cambridge University.

redf) well thats how much i know,but i am still fascinated by it all.
I will have to do a little more research myself in future.
regards Jackson.
 
Hey I found the ledger so now hopefully will be able to put the boundaries of the Blythe's estate at Norton Lees now. Just need to find the route of the old London to Sheffield Road before they built the turnpike roads. But I think I know someone who just might know that.

Read the sad story of Shore who went bancrupt through no fault of his own, desperately trying to prevent the rest of the family going with it. Making claims to the courts that his aged aunts allowance had been willed by his father who had died 10 years before and therefore they had claim from the estate that he was being forced to sell. The sale went on for 6 days but many lots had to be withdrawn due to either no bid or below reserve. I can imagine the wrench it must have been selling up and the fear that he was going to be unable to pay off his debts. They were good honest generous people the Shores who took meat stew to the poor who couldn't afford meat nor had the means to cook, and they had put money into educating the poor too. I think when Shores went bancrupt it must have been disastrous for the poor in Norton and Sheffield too.
 
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