Details of Gargrave family from the Grewelthorpe area. Last update Sept 2021.
The following research was submitted by Suzi Nottingham in October 2012.
William Gargrave born around 1793 in Leyburn married Dorothy Wickill from Spennithorne on 12th February 1833, they had a daughter Ann baptised on 25 October 1833 At Mickley, buried on 4 November 1834. Dorothy was buried on the 7th April 1846.
By the 1851 census William is living in Kirkby Malzeard, described as a widower and farmer of 20 acres. With him is Elizabeth Weighill servant, 31 and two children Mary Weighill 3, and William Weighill
1.Parish records of Grewelthorpe July 1849 describe William as the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Weighill, spinster – presumably Mary is also illegitimate.
On the 10th November 1853 William married Elizabeth at the Register Office in Ripon and their first legitimate child George was born on the 26th December 1854 with another child Elizabeth Dorothy in February 1856 who died two months later in April.
The 1861 census shows another daughter Ann born on 3rd September 1851 in Kirkby Malzeard, her birth certificate shows mother Elizabeth Weighill, Father’s name left blank.
William died on the 8th July 1855 before the birth of his last child. I think it is fair to assume that he was the father of Mary, William and Ann and then decided to marry Elizabeth – perhaps his conscience told him he should!
The 1861 census has Elizabeth as head of the household – a widow and charwoman – living with her were William, Ann and George. In 1871 she is housekeeper to a William Jackson. Her son William is living in the village – a boot and shoe maker and Anne his sister is living with him, a dressmaker together with their Aunt Mary Austick.
1881 William is still in Grewelthorpe still a boot and shoe maker but married to Ada with children Alfred 6, Anne 4 and John William 1. Elizabeth died in 1889. Suzi would be interested in knowing if anyone is researching this family.
I am descended from the only legitimate one! George Gargrave was my great grandfather – he came down south and joined the navy.
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The following history has been done from census returns.
ADA PRICILLA GARGRAVE [Nee WOOD] Born C1852 Northallerton. Wife of William [shoemaker] Married 1873. living Kirkby Malzeard in 1891.
ADA ZILLAH GARGRAVE Born 1852. Died 1906. Ripon. This is probably the same person as above. Ada Precilla.
ADA ANN GARGRAVE. Born C1910.Huddersfield. Dau of John William & Hannah.
Married in 1938 to Stanley Dyson. in Huddersfield.
ALFRED GARGRAVE. Born C1875 Kirkby Malzeard or Darlington.?. Died in Croydon in 1944. Son of William & Ada Priscilla. In 1891 he was a shoemakers apprentice in Kirkby Malzeard. In 1901 he was a Carman Contractor in Kent. Married to Louie from Essex. They had baby son Louis born in Beckenham Kent. In 1911 he was a coachman in Surrey. He had had 6 children and 1 had died.
ANNIE GARGRAVE. Bap. 24.12.1876. Grewelthorpe. Dau of William [shoemaker] & Ada Priscilla.
DOROTHY GARGRAVE. Died April 1846. Buried Kirkby Malzeard.
ELIZABETH GARGRAVE [nee WEIGHILL]. Born C1820 Spennithorne. Dau of John & Anne Pace. Married to William in 1853. she was a widow & a charwoman in 1861.
see her grave after Williams entry.
ELIZABETH DOROTHY GARGRAVE. Bap 16.3.1856 . Buried 21.4.1856. Grewelthorpe. Dau of William & Elizabeth.
FRANK IREDALE GARGRAVE. Born C1911 Huddersfield. Died 1983. Son of John William & Hannah. Married in Halifax in 1937 to Edna South. of Gargrave. married  to Dorothy Newsome. of Gargrave in 1951.
GEORGE GARGRAVE. Born C1772 Wensley. Married in 1792 to Ann Dent. Father of William George Gargrave. 1793 – 1855.
GEORGE GARGRAVE Born 11 Feb 1791 Leyburn. Died 1861 Leyburn. Son of John & Dorothy Janson. Married in 1818 to Elizabeth Leadley of Patrick Brompton.
GEORGE JOHN GARGRAVE. Born 25 Dec. 1854. Bap.16.3.1856 Grewelthorpe. Son of Wm & Elizabeth.
His profession was a whitesmith. He joined the navy in 1878 signing up for 10 years.
His description. Height 5ft 7.5inch. Blue /Hazel eyes. Dark brown hair. Fresh complexion.
In 1881 he was a stoker aboard HMS Euryalis. A 3rd class iron corvette cased in wood.
stationed in Bombay Harbour. East Indies. He was unmarried. Conduct always very good.
In 1911 he was a Naval Pensioner, stoker in Royal Navy. Living in Portsmouth. he was married [ In C1883] to Margaret Stubbington. of Portsmouth. They had had 6 children. 1 died.
[Mabel, Marguerite, George & Dorothy worked in a corset factory].
HERBERT GARGRAVE. Born C1906 Surrey. Son of Alfred & Louie.
JOHN GARGRAVE Born 1754 Finghall. Died 1818 Finghall. Son of John & Isabella. Married in 1779 to Dorothy Janson
JOHN WILLIAM GARGRAVE. Bap. 22 June 1879 Grewelthorpe. Killed WW1.see notice below. Son of William & Ada Priscilla. In 1911 he was a tramway conductor in Huddersfield. Married C1909 To Hannah of Sowood Hill. They had 2 children. Ada Ann & Frank. He was killed WW1 on 29 March 1918.
Named on Pozieres memorial.
The cemetery is enclosed by the POZIERES MEMORIAL, which relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918.
The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died in France during the Fifth Army area retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names.
JOHN WILLIAM GARGRAVE. Born C1902 Surrey. Son of Alfred & Louie.
LOUIS ALFRED GARGRAVE. Born 5.1.1901 Kent. Died 1948. Son of Alfred & Louie. Admitted to Woodland Road School, Lambeth London. 26.2.1906. Transferred from there 24.8.1908 to Boys school. [Ref school admission register]. In 1922 living Camberwell. [Ref. electoral reg.]
MARY GARGRAVE Born 1786 Hunton Bedale. Died 1868 Thornton le Moor. Dau of John & Dorothy Janson.
Married John Rucroft in 1811.
MARY GARGRAVE. Born C1848 Grewelthorpe. Died 1919 Bedale. Dau of William & Dorothy? or Elizabeth. In 1861 living in York. Married in 1870 to Robert Wintersgill. He was a carpenter he died 1901. She was a baker, confectioner. living Park Street Masham.
WILLIAM GEORGE GARGRAVE Born 1793 Leyburn. Died 1855 Kirkby Malzeard. Son of George & Ann Dent. Married Dorothy in 1833 then Elizabeth Wrighill. in 1853.
Grave of William Gargrave 1793-1855 & Elizabeth in Kirkby Malzeard.
Thanks to Suzi Nottingham for this picture.
WILLIAM GARGRAVE. Born C1850 Grewelthorpe. Son of William & Elizabeth. he was a shoemaker. Married to Ada Priscilla of Northallerton.