I originally created this blog to document my work on the family history of my grandmother, Maggie Goodfellow Story, later known as Madge Rogers. She was from Bewcastle. After it became evident that other family historians were attracted to the site, I invited them to share their memories and family histories from Bewcastle and the surrounding parishes. And so, it is evolving into a useful research tool for genealogists. Please note, if you want to read my original work, you will need to scroll down to the beginning of the blog and continue reading up.

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Rosemary Dale




Monday, 28 May 2007

Family History ll


Storys 0f the 1600s

Joan Robson has told of some Storys that lived early in the 1600s. In the will of a William Story of Pelahill (a dwelling) dated 1613, he requested that he be buried in the churchyard at Bewcastle. He left the tenement of "Peale of the Hill" to his son, Richard, and land near Leehole to his son, Leonard. A will of Thomas Story of Ashycroft dated 1628 left a sum of money that suggests that they were not poor. Robson wonders if the money was ill-gotten. In the "Howard Household Papers of 1616/1617" Patrick Story of Pela Hill stole a horse and "surpassed all the thieves of Bewcastle". In 1628 Will Storie, aka Black Will Storie, and Rinion Storie, both of Bewcastle, were executed for felony in Carlisle. In a will of 1713 John Story bequeathed his possessions to his family, Rebecca, Adam, Arthur, Leonard and Elizabeth. His possessions show that he was a wealthy man. No place name is mentioned, but Robson suggests that this Leonard may have been the Leonard of Mains. And now we get to our direct ancestors.

A note: thoughout all the written records, there are many variations of the spelling of names of both people and places. Also, when a person is described as "of" a place, the name refers to a dwelling or farm, within Bewcastle Parish.

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