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Think I've found another skeleton in my husbands cupboard

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After finding 2 murderous Teasdales I seemed to have found another ancestor of my husbands tried for witchcraft. He says sure it isn't your family. I told him mine are only a load of drunken layabouts. At least it's got him interested. Can't prove it but all three sur names mentioned both as witches and victim in the small village of Denby are surnames in his family and were from Denby. Trouble is I can only get back about to 1690 and need to get back to 1674. I'd really like to connect these to his family for definite. Names involved are Susan Hinchcliffe and Ann Shillitoe as the accused and Thomas Haigh as the supposed victim. They were found not guilty as they had 40 character witnesses from their village testify what good godfearing people they were.
 

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After finding 2 murderous Teasdales I seemed to have found another ancestor of my husbands tried for witchcraft. He says sure it isn't your family. I told him mine are only a load of drunken layabouts. At least it's got him interested. Can't prove it but all three sur names mentioned both as witches and victim in the small village of Denby are surnames in his family and were from Denby. Trouble is I can only get back about to 1690 and need to get back to 1674. I'd really like to connect these to his family for definite. Names involved are Susan Hinchcliffe and Ann Shillitoe as the accused and Thomas Haigh as the supposed victim. They were found not guilty as they had 40 character witnesses from their village testify what good godfearing people they were.

Wow you get all the excitment!! I love a challenge and will see if i can find anything.

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The details are as follows Susan and Joseph Hinchcliffe and Ann Shillitoe were accused of plotting the death of one Thomas Hague in the summer of 1674. Their accuser was a 16 year old Mary Moor. The case collapsed when 50 people petitioned that they had known the accused for between 10 and 20 years and knew them to be sober honest and of unblemished character.
 
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For ancestors I have John Haigh 1740 married a Martha Shillitoe Mallison. Her mother was a Shillitoe. John Haighs father came from Denby and was born 1689. I also have a Thomas Hinchcliffe born in Penistone area in 1714. Now if I could just trace them all back.
 

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Hi Duckweed I found this just for interest sake while i was having a dig around. I will keep looking.

In 1674 two local women, Anne Shillitoe and Susan Hinchcliffe, were accused of witchcraft by a Clayton West resident, one Mary Moor.
Both were charged and taken to Barnsley Court, where they were sent for trial at York. It is not known what happened to them.

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Yes I saw that first. Found out after the acquittal Joseph Hinchcliff was depressed and 18 months later he committed suicide by hanging himself in the barn. Susan was said to have said on her deathbed that she forgave all her accusers. Nothing is said about Ann Shillitoe and her husband.
 
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Found an interesting thing, Hinchcliffe and Shillitoe were both Quaker families so obviously something more in it than just a troubled teenager. Says something for the strong community of Denby that 50 people petitioned in favour of them. Strange that about 15 years later the same families were being thrown into jail for holding Quaker Meetings.
 

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And the plot thickens! found this

Year: 1675 Yorkshire
Susan and Joseph Hinchcliffe, of Yorkshire, England, are murdered after children accuse them of using witchcraft to kill neighbor, Martha Haigh.

I keep looking for stories on them hoping a family member might be named to help connect them with your lot but i keep finding more stories on them and they are all different.
got to go out for a bit i will have another look when i get home.

The link i found that on is below
http://www.buckcash.com/opinions/temp/Christian_Crimeline.htm

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I found that but that site is put up by witches believe it or not. Susan died about 16 months after the case in her bed probably due to ill health caused by her incarceration in Barnsley and York Jails and the stress of the case. Her husband distraught by her death and the whole thing went to a wood and hanged himself. I think it is unlikely he was lynched as the case was focused on his wife not him and in any case the whole community had turned out to support the Hinchcliffes. If they had thought of lynching I'd hardly think they'd wait till they had been home for over a year. Considering the community's support for them I wonder who prosecuted them in the first place? Was the local vicar distrustful of these Quakers because they preached in the streets and met in secret? Or the lord of the manor?
 

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I found that but that site is put up by witches believe it or not. Susan died about 16 months after the case in her bed probably due to ill health caused by her incarceration in Barnsley and York Jails and the stress of the case. Her husband distraught by her death and the whole thing went to a wood and hanged himself. I think it is unlikely he was lynched as the case was focused on his wife not him and in any case the whole community had turned out to support the Hinchcliffes. If they had thought of lynching I'd hardly think they'd wait till they had been home for over a year. Considering the community's support for them I wonder who prosecuted them in the first place? Was the local vicar distrustful of these Quakers because they preached in the streets and met in secret? Or the lord of the manor?
Good morning
Im still looking and actually im finding it quiet interesting. And i have learnt about quackers which i didnt have a great knowledge of before. Anyway back to Mr Google and see what other wonders he has for me.:biggrin:

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Now this is interesting don't you think?

Mr. Walbanke, it will be noticed, is mentioned as having been "suspended" in 1703. There is a full record of his suspension among the old papers at the Vicarage. Several charges were brought against him : One, that he had forged several names to a certificate of moral character presented to the Archbishop, in order that he might be admitted to serve the Cure of Denby Chapel. This is what Hunter refers to, no doubt, when he speaks of an attenipt to connect this Chapel [of Denby] with Cawthorne, where Christopher Walbanke was then the Minister. Another charge proved against him was that he had "caused to be set and painted on the walls of Cawthorne Church several pretended sentences of Holy Scripture not agreeable thereunto giving an example of how he had altered the words of St. Luke xxi.. 42. A further charge is that he had allowed one who had been enjoyned by the Archdeacon's Court to do penance (for having committed the crime of fornication) habitu penitentiali in the time of Divine Service upon Sunday the 25th Sept., 1664, and in the presence of the congregation, to do the same clandestinely and not habitu penitentiali in the said Church, on the Feast-day of St. Michael, returning the said penance into the Court as having been duly performed. He is also charged with having celebrated sundry clandestine marriages, and one especially, in which both the parties lived without the Parish. These charges and his suspension at least shew that there was some real ecclesiastical discipline in the Church more than 200 years ago over both clergy and laity
 

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But fornication in front of the congregation!!! This is a seriously twisted cleric. Maybe the Hinchcliffes and the Shillitoes complained about his immorality.
Ok so now lets see if i have this right. We started to try and find a connection between your Hinchcliff/Shillitoe/Haigh. I have not been able to find anything as yet on this but we do have: suspected witches, deaths, suicide, possible murders and now a seriously twisted cleric. Makes one wonder if the cleric was so deranged in the head that he may have had something to do with the deaths of the Hinchcliff's??

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I am just catching up !! Fornication in front of the congregation. Whatever next !

I thought my ancestors were bad enough doing it in private.

Duckweed , you have got some mighty ancestors. I do realise that you have not proved anything about them as such. Interesting reading though :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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