Our Story Line
Leonard Story of Mains married Ann Routledge in 1712. Mains was a farm near the Row, a present day farm. Several generations of our ancestors were born here. Leonard and Ann had Thomas, born 1717.
Thomas Story, born 1717, was a farmer of Mains. He married Jane Taylor in 1750, and they had eight children. Our ancestor was their son Thomas, born 1757. Father Thomas died in 1793 and Jane died in 1811.
Thomas Story, born 1757, was a stonemason of the Row Mains. At that time there was a lot of stonemasonry work in Bewcastle. The Story family is said to have been very much involved in the building of farms, houses and stonedykes that were being erected in the parish. Thomas married Margaret Story in 1785 and they lived at Muckleyett. They had a daughter and a son. John was born in 1787. Thomas died in1837 at Coldslope.
John Story, born 1787, was a stonemason of Mains. He married Martha Oliver of Crosshill in 1808. They were both underage. They had six children. Our great, great grandfather was their sixth child, Robert, born at Crosshill. He was baptized at Bewcastle Church on November 17, 1820. Martha died at Crosshill in 1825, aged 33 years. John died at Coldslope in 1847. Both were buried in the Bewcastle graveyard.
Tomorrow: more about our great, great grandfather, Robert Story.