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Burniston Family

The surname Burniston.
On February 21st 1592 An(n), daughter of Rogeri Burniston, was christened in Ripon, and on March 11th 1594 Wilfryde Burnystone, an infant, was christened there also. The marriage of Margaret Burniston and Robert Bransby took place in Ripley on September 23rd 1627. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Dorithea Burnistone, (christening), which was dated February 17th 1583, Ripon, Yorkshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, “Good Queen Bess”, 1558 – 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Last update June 2012
The following information gives details of the Burniston family from Grewelthorpe and the surrounding area.
People in Grewelthorpe used the church at Kirkby Malzeard before they had a church of their own in 1846.


Kris Burrill is keen to hear from anyone with information about Elizabeth Burniston born in Grewelthorpe 1699.



ALICE BURNISTON. Bap. 27.1.1765 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Thomas of Grewelthorpe.
ANNE BURNISTON. Bap. 18.3.1656 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Leonard & Elizabeth.
ANNE BURNISTON. Born 1689 Grewelthorpe. Dau of Leonard & Sarah Clarkson.
ARTHUR BURNISTON. Born C1882 Harrogate. Married Janet from Scotland in C1910. Living in Harrogate in 1911. he was a chauffeur.
CHARLES BURNISTON. Born C1842 Kirkby. In 1911 he was a widowed pedlar living in Harrogate.
ELIZABETH BURNISTON. Of Grewelthorpe. Married John Bayne. of Grewelthorpe on 1.5.1698.
ELIZABETH BURNISTON. Of Grewelthorpe Married John Watson. of Grewelthorpe on 11.4.1700.
ELIZABETH BURNISTON. Bap. 4.11.1699 Kirkby Malzeard. Died 31.12.1784. Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Leonard & Sarah Clarkson. of Grewelthorpe. Married John Burrill. in 1718 North Leighton. Had 9 children. See Burrill page.
ELIZABETH BURNISTON. Born C. 1737. Lived Grewelthorpe. Buried 19.3.1818.
ELIZABETH [BETTY] BURNISTON. Born 1801. Buried 1.11.1814 Grewelthorpe. age 13.
FRANCIS BURNISTON. Yeoman of Grewelthorpe. Made his will 11.12.1643. Will proved 14.1.1644.
GABRIEL BURNISTON. Shoemaker of Grewelthorpe. Made his will 1.8.1677. Will proved 2.11.1677.
GABRIELL BURNISTON. Bap. 26.2.1654 Kirkby Malzeard. Son of William & Elizabeth of Grewelthorpe.
GEORGE BURNISTON. Born C.1754. Buried 8.2.1837. Lived Grewelthorpe.
GEORGE BURNISTON. Bap. 4.1.1767 Kirkby Malzeard. Son of George of Grewelthorpe.
JANE BURNISTON. Bap. 20.1.1765 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of George of Grewelthorpe.
JOANE BURNISTON. Bap. 21.6.1655 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Richard & Anne of Grewelthorpe.
JOHN BURNISTON. Bap. 6.3.1773 Kirkby Malzeard. Son of Thomas of Grewelthorpe.
LEONARD BURNISTON. Of Grewelthorpe. Will proved 10.9.1600.
LEONARD BURNISTON. Of Grewelthorpe. Will proved 14.4.1617.
LEONARD BURNISTON. Husbandman of Grewelthorpe. Made his will 20.5.1667. Will proved 30.5.1667.
LEONARD BURNISTON. Bap.6.10.1653 Kirkby Malzeard. Son of Leonard & Anne of Grewelthorpe. Married Sarah Clarkson. Had 5 children.
MARY BURNISTON. Bap. 9.12.1694 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Leonard & Sarah Clarkson of Grewelthorpe.
MARY BURNISTON. Born C1828 Ripley Yorkshire. In 1911 living with 2 children a widow.
RICHARD BURNISTON. Yeoman of Grewelthorpe. Made his will 16.7.1641. Will proved 15.12.1641.
RICHARD BURNISTON. Bap. 4.5.1690. Buried 23.7.1695 Kirkby Malzeard. Son of Leonard & Sarah Clarkson. of Grewelthorpe.
RICHARD BURNISTON. Yeoman of Grewelthorpe. Made his will 25.4.1712. Will proved 7.5.1712.
SARAH BURNISTON. Bap. 22.8.1686 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Leonard & Sarah Clarkson. of Grewelthorpe.
THOMAS BURNISTON [Junior]. Of Grewelthorpe married Alice Barker. of West Lea on 25.4.1753.
THOMAS BURNISTON. Owned land mentioned in Grewelthorpe enclosure award 1782. 20perch at Town Waste, Low Moor. and 2acres,2roods,4 perch at Low Moor. Nutwith.
THOMAS BURNISTON. Bap. 9.5.1790 Kirkby Malzeard. Illeg. son of Betty.
WILLIAM BURNISTON. Yeoman of Grewelthorpe. Made his will 13.12.1660.
FEMALE BURNISTON [Nee |?]. Wife of Leonard of Grewelthorpe. Buried 10.4.1705 Kirkby Malzeard. It is possible that this is Sarah Clarkson.


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