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in Staindrop, Brignall, Rokeby and Barnard Castle 1700-1850




Timeline Overview





Adrian's 6x grt grandparents were Robert Snr and Ann Procter, who lived at Moorside (a hamlet or tenant farm probably belonging to Raby Castle) near Staindrop.  Ann was buried in June 1733 in Staindrop after giving birth to three or four children including the next Robert Procter.  Widower Robert Snr then married Mary Elizabeth Calvert  in Staindrop in February 1734 and started a second family.  It seems they moved to Brignall in the early 1740s, as Robert Snr was recorded variously as Brignall Overseer, Constable and Church Warden in the 1740s.  Robert was possibly buried in SS Peter & Felix, Kirby Ravensworth on 22 January 1770.




5x grt grandparents - Robert Procter jnr was ch July 1730 in St Mary Staindrop, married Elizabeth Hall in (Old) Brignall in May 1758, and later seems to have moved up to Rokeby, as three or four of their children were christened there in the 1760s.  Robert and Elizabeth were buried in St Mary Barnard Castle in April 1799 (69) (him) and December 1805 (her).  Their headstone has not survived.  Robert's burial record states that he was a farmer. 



4x grt grandfather Joseph Procter Snr 1764 - 1847 (83) was christened at the still to be consecrated Rokeby Chapel in January 1764.  He married Mary Harrison on 12 March 1792 in St Mary, Barnard Castle.  Mary died in early 1797.  Joseph then later in 1797 married Mary Monkhouse who died 4 years later without issue.  Joseph's third and last wife was Alice Horne. 


We know from a legal document that in May 1812 (when he was 48) that Joseph was a Druggist.  His Chemyst shop near the butter market* is recorded in the Parson & White 1827 Barnard Castle History & Directory and its exact location is shown in the Wood town map of the same year (the shop is still there, but it's now an optometrist).  He was then 63. The shop is also listed in the Pigot & Co 1828-29 Barnard Castle Directory, and after Joseph retired seems to have been run by some of his grandchildren. 


In later days Joseph Snr was a trustee of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Alice looks like she was a Methodist), this was close to the SE corner of the church yard, and had been opened by John Wesley hisself on 13 April 1765.  The earliest available chapel records start in 1803 - in fact the first entry records the christening of Joseph Procter's daughter Elizabeth.  In 1822 she would marry the second person in the christening register, William Dixon Jnr, though they chose the mainstream church for the marriage - a joint event with Harrison Procter, Elizabeth's half brother, and Fanny Hall.!


The grave of Joseph Snr's 3 wives and some infant children is in St Mary's churchyard, and an excavated part of the sunken bit of the gravestone has revealed a memorial to Robert - son of Joseph Snr and his first wife Mary Harrison (1763 - 1797 (34)) (m March 1792).   There is more writing to uncover - most likely Joseph Snr himself is here as per lds film 1894207.  In pre municipal cemetery days non-conformists were commonly buried in churchyards.


Next to the Procter grave is that of William Dixon Snr (died 1829) "who was for upwards of 50 years a laborious and useful preacher ...... in the Methodist Connexion ...... in him his family has lost one of the kindest of parents, the poor a liberal benefactor, and the church one of its brightest ornaments"   WOW ! 


We also have a photo of Joseph Procter's will.







* Buttermarkets are some of the most attractive surviving medieval civic buildings.  Farmers' wives would gather here to sell butter, cream, milk, eggs etc.  Apparently this practice went on in Barnard Castle until the 1930s.






3x grt grandfather Robert Procter Jnr 1794 - 1842 (48), was christened in St Mary, Barnard Castle, on 11 May 1794.  He must have moved to York around 1815.  In 1819 when he got married, Robert was a parishioner of Holy Trinity, Mickelgate.  He was described as a druggist / chemyst, though more back-street than shopfront one thinks - unlike his father he did not make it into any of the York commercial directories.  He married Elizabeth Ashton (1801 - 1873 (72)) in All Saints (a lovely posh church with hammer-beam ceilings adorned with angels in North St, York) in January 1819.


Elizabeth was the daughter of Labourer / Coachman John Ashton who also lived in the All Saints parish.  John's wife Sarah Stubbins (and possibly John) came from a Bubwith (near York) family, but they seem to have become York based - daughter Elizabeth had been christened in the beautiful old York church of St Olave in September 1801. 


Robert & Elizabeth's first child Mary was christened in All Saints, York in April 1820, then the family moved back to Barnard Castle - christenings in 1822, 23 and 26.  Their next child Joseph (Adrian's ggg-father) was not born till 1831, and christened back in York - in St Denys, Walmgate.  In 1841 the family were still in Walmgate, at the Fishergate end of George St, Walmgate, one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest slums in England.  One can only speculate as to what a Chemyst did there - distil spirits, sell herbal tobacco for the women's pipes, perform abortions - who knows? 


Robert Procter Jnr died suddenly from an apoplectic fit on 2 August 1842, aged only 48.  His dad had lived to 83 and his Procter grandad to 69 - later his only son Joseph lived to 71 and his grand-daughter Elizabeth to 87 - poor Robert must have picked up a rogue gene somewhere.  Robert was buried with 9 strangers in a public grave in York Cemetery (visited by us in 2011 - photos below).  Much later a headstone was erected commemorating all the Procter family who had expired to that point. 


Life must have been very very tough for Adrian's 3x grt grandmother Elizabeth, Robert's widow, but she battled through inter alia as a child nurse (1851 census) and lodging house keeper (1861 census) and at the age of 60, in October 1861, married retired farmer George Kettlewell.  They spent a hopefully happy decade in Haxby (just North of York) before she died in 1873, aged 72.  Elizabeth and George share a headstone in St Mary, Haxby.











2x grt grandfather Joseph Procter - 1831 - 1902 (71), Robert Jnr's only son, was christened at the "Percy family church" of St Denys in Walmgate on 14 August 1831.  He is picked up in Walmgate in the 1841 census, but has not yet been found in 1851.   By the mid 1850s he had become a Master Draper and set up shop in Scarborough, marrying a local girl - Elizabeth Dobson 1832 - 1911 (79) in the Scarborough Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on 8 March 1859.  Elizabeth's mother's maiden name was Stringer - we have tracked another 3 generations of Stringers back through the records of St Mary's Parish Church, Scarborough.  They apparently arrived from a long Stringer line in Sussex but we have nothing reliable on this at this stage.


Joseph's wife Elizabeth was a Milliner, and joined the business as well as having 6 sons and 2 daughters, one of whom (another Elizabeth) became Adrian's grt grandmother Elizabeth Fletcher



The Procters left behind a really attractive shop facade in Westborough - the country lane which became Scarborough's main drag in the extended wake of the railway's 1845 arrival.  The shop facade (though not now Procters' business) is still there (opposite Vernon Street) - the only survivor of an ultra bland post WWII rebuilt redbrick central Scarborough), as is a handsome polished porphyry family grave in Scarborough's Manor Road Cemetery.








Fletcher - Procter ancestor chart


Chart showing four + generations of Fletchers, Procters, Dobsons, Stringers, Dixons, and Sutcliffes with links to lots of documents.
















































The Nevilles and Gaunts are not part of our family, but Procter descendant Fletch was chuffed with the effigy photo.


The 6th Earl, Charles Neville (1543-1601 (58)) sadly lost the lot - titles and lands - in 1571, as a result of mistakenly (and unsuccessfully) trying to liberate Mary Queen of Scots.


Now, here's the extraordinary thing - the Westmoreland Earldom was revived in 1624 in favour of Sir Francis Fane, product of Maidstone Grammar and Queens Cambridge, and later inter alia MP for Maidstone.


The Fane family lived around Ightham (Kent) and were still enjoying what remained of the mega moolah generated by an earlier Fane, who was involved in the capture and ransom of King John II le Bon of France at the battle of Poitiers in 1356 when he fought with the awful Black Prince in the 100 years' war.


In addition Francis was the only child / heir of his dad Thomas' second marriage to Mary Neville (yes as above), (La) Baron le Despenser etc and one of England's richest.  Francis' parents in-law were the Mildmays, who owned Apethorpe House et al which he also inherited.  Two generations previously Thomas Mildmay had been in charge of monastery closing for Henry VIII.


Francis (1580 - 1629 (49)), who it transpires was Adrian's 10x grt grandfather, had 7 sons and 6 daughters.  Son number 7 (Robert) married  Dorothy Sedley, and their daughter Elizabeth married Lewis Incledon (1636 - 1698 (62)) of Braunton (Devon) and they became Adrian's 8xgrt grandparents.  And all of this before any of the Procters even appear on our radar!


and here is how all this translates into the 1510 - 1736 Fane / Incledon family tree


link to Incledon memorials in St Brannock, Braunton





Our first recorded Procter event in Staindrop is in 1730 - the christening of 5xGrt Grandfather Robert Procter on 21 July 1730.  Presently we do not have any christening or marriage records for his parents (Adrian's 6xGrt Grands) Robert Procter snr and Ann Musgrave - they must have married c1726, but this may well have been in another church (ie her parish).  


Ann Procter (Musgrave) was buried here on 10 June 1733 (unsurprisingly, no gravestone has been found). 


6xgrt grandfather Robert Procter Snr married second wife Mary Calvert here on 6 February 1734.  They later moved on to Brignall (see below).





St Mary, Staindrop in 1949 - photo from Bev Wilkin collection. 






















The mill and village of (Old) Brignall were on the River Greta near Greta Bridge.  Today's Brignall is at the top of the hill and has a Victorian church (consecrated in 1834).


All that is left in the valley are the minimal ruins of Old Brignall Church (Chapel more accurately, as was St Mary, Barnard Castle - they were all in the Parish of Gainford) and a couple of small stone farm-huts at the end of a long, beautiful but very slippery and muddy walk down into the Greta River valley near Barnard Castle, whence Adrian was directed (November 2011) by a local who (luckily) lied about the distance and the degree of difficulty. 


The church was in much better nick (and still in use) when it posed for JMW Turner's 1800s etching (lower right), though even then there was no sign of the mill or its village, and JMWT was capable of exaggerating a bit for artistic effect !


Robert Procter Snr had moved here from Staindrop a hundred years' earlier in the early 1740s, and became variously Church Warden, Overseer (of the poor) and Constable.  Records from the parish accounts book are included here.


One of his sons, another Robert Procter (1730 - 1799 (68)) who had been christened in Staindrop in 1730, married Elizabeth Hall in the little Brignall church on 15 May 1758


There is a burial record for a Robert Procter in SS Peter & Felix, the parish church of Kirkby Ravensworth, on 22 January 1770 – if this is our man he would have been about 70.











The Rokeby church of old was a bit further back down the Greta River than Old Brignall - near the Dairy Bridge at the junction with the River Tees.  As the 1700s unfurled it was getting distinctly tatty.  From the end of the 1720s the “diplomat / amateur architect” owner of the Rokeby estate, Sir Thomas Robinson, poured all his resources into his self designed “Palladio-Burlington” palazzo, and it was not till 1740 that work started on a new church in a new location, by which time the old one was all but unusable. 


Things moved slowly, not helped by the fact that money was so tight that in 1769 Sir Thomas sold Rokeby to John Bacon Sawrey Morritt.  Morritt completed the “nave only” north-south orientated church, and it was consecrated in May 1776.  Robert Procter jnr was one of the signatories of the formal petition to the bishops asking for the consecration of the church, which Dr Edmund Law, Bishop of Carlisle did on 30 May 1776.  The Morritt family added a chancel in 1877.


Robert jnr's 4th child and Adrian's 4xgrt grandfather Joseph Procter Snr was christened in the Rokeby Chapel on 21 January 1764 (a decade + before it was completed / consecrated, but that's what the original record says!).


In earlier times, Rokeby vicars were seconded from the canons of nearby Egglestone Abbey (below right), and when they passed on upstairs they were coffined up in an enclosure at the corner of the churchyard (right).   BUT NO - HANG ON - Big King Henry had closed down Egglestone in 1540, well over 200 years before this site existed ..... beware taking web "facts" at face value! Maybe the ensemble (with bones?) was carted up the hill from the earlier chapel.


The Rokeby churchyard does definitely contain three "cadet line" Procter graves from the 1800s which we have photos of.


Robert jnr was described as "A Farmer" when he was buried in Barnard Castle St Marys on 14 April 1799.  His widow Elizabeth was buried there on 16 December 1805.  No gravestone survives despite there being one for their daughters in  law, the three wives of Joseph Procter Snr (see below).




Rokeby Chapel - now stripped of old trees, bell, ivy etc, locked and apparently unused,

and fronted unpleasantly by a single carriageway stretch of the heavily trucked A66 (behind camera).


Things looked a lot less bleak and much more friendly in 1949 - photo from Bev Wilkin collection.



Egglestone Abbey - set above the River Tees






1827 Parson & White Commercial Directory




Barnard Castle Market Cross - the white shop was Joseph Procter the Chemyst




The East End of St Mary's Church.  The Procter grave is to the left of the gravestones here.




1827 map of central Barnard Castle - Mr Procter's shop can be seen just above the cross



Joseph Procter married his first wife, Mary Harrison, in St Mary, Barnard Castle on 12 March 1792.  The wedding record and the licence are amongst the documents and photos we have put together in a special pdf.  This also contains extracts from the earlier 1700s Brignall accounts book and parish records....


Records & photos relating to the earier Procters in Staindrop, Brignall, Rokeby and Barnard Castle 1700-1850






This grave in St Marys Parish Church, Barnard Castle, contains Joseph's 3 wives, several infants and quite probably Joseph - how did the logistics of all that work? 


The photo on the left was taken in 2009.  We returned in 2011 with a trowel and brush, and unearthed two more lines - a memorial to Robert which we have included in the transcription below.


There is more, but trowelling from a height is not as easy as it looks - someone needs to go back with a sexton's spade!




to the Memory of Mary, Wife of

Joseph Procter

Who departed this Life

January 14th  1797 aged 33 years.

Also of two Children Joseph and Mary

Who died in their Infancy.

Also of Mary second Wife of

Joseph Procter

Who departed this Life November 6th 1801

Aged 31 Years

And of Alice, third Wife of

Joseph Procter

Who departed this Life July 27th 1829

Aged 60 Years

Also of two Children Mary Ann

and Michael Horn Procter

Who died in their Infancy 

*Robert Procter Son of Joseph

and Mary Procter died at York ......

more to come .......



.... more to be uncovered about Robert (and possibly about Joseph, who died on Christmas Eve 1847 and seems to have been buried in St Mary, Barnard Castle, on 28th December 1847)


* Robert Procter died in Walmgate, York, on 2 August 1842 (gravestone shown lower in page)






The Procter Chemyst Shop was located on the main drag just below the number 3




JOSEPH PROCTER SENIOR (1764 - 1847 (83))


1764 - Robert Procter jnr's 4th child (and Adrian's 4xgrt grandfather) Joseph Procter Snr was christened in the Rokeby Chapel on 21 January 1764.  Robert is a (tenant) farmer - he dies in April 1799 when Joseph snr is 25.




Records & photos relating to the earier Procters in Staindrop, Brignall, Rokeby and Barnard Castle 1700-1850


Joseph snr came from a farm / hamlet background ...



but at some stage he decided to be a druggist / grocer / tea dealer in town .... a world without censuses offers no clues .....


He did not marry until he was 28, in 1792. 



Both Joseph (occupation druggist) and his wife Mary signed their names.  The wedding was by licence, the bondholder being Anthony Steele, a Currier, who also signed.


Sadly Jopsep[h's first wife, Mary Harrison, died in January 1796, shortly after the birth of her 4th child Harrison.  Her grave is in St Marys Church, Barnard Castle (photo above). 


By May 1812 Joseph is 48, married for the third time, and



still a druggist.  He appears in a document dated 12 May 1812 .....


(1) James Clifton of Barnard Castle, Saddler

(2) Joseph Procter of Barnard Castle, Druggist

Lease and release by (1) to (2) of the allotment of 2a.2r.24p. by way of mortgage to secure £200 and interest (parchment, 2 membranes).


The 1827 Parson and White commercial directory shows



Joseph Procter, Market place, (now aged 63) listed under the categories of


Fire & Life Offices (agent for Sun)


Groceries and Tea Dealers


1828-29 Joseph Procter Snr, Chemyst and Grocer (65)



is also recorded in the 1828-29 commercial directory which lists the occupations of the tradesmen who drove the small early Victorian market town of Barnard Castle. 


Joseph Procter is also listed as a Chemyst in the 1834 Pigots Directory of Barnard Castle.  His shop is still there - the opticians near the market cross.


1841 - Joseph Procter Snr, aged 77,



Robert and Harrison's father, retired from his Barnard Castle shop and being looked after by daughter Jane in Broadgate, Barnard Castle.  Grandson Michael Dixon (from a daughter of his third marriage) also in residence.



1843 - Joseph Procter Snr (79) signs a will on 9 June 1843



A super family document - this is a direct copy of the original including Joseph's signature.  By the time Joseph Snr died in 1847b (aged 83) all the effoprt was a bit wasted as there was less than £100 to go round everyone!



1847 - Joseph Procter Snr dies on Christmas eve and



is buried in St Mary, Barnard Castle, on December 28th aged 83 - he probably joined in the wives' grave - how did the mechanics of all those layers of bodies in one grave work ?


1850 - 23 July,  probate granted on the less than £100 estate



of Joseph Procter, druggist of Barnard Castle - to be spread (very thinly) between 7 surviving children / their wives.



A digression down a cadet line:  HARRISON PROCTER SNR (1796-1868 (72)) & HIS SON

Joseph's son Harrison (b 1796) was Robert's younger brother.  He and Robert were the only surviving children of Joseph's first marriage to Mary Harrison.



Harrison Procter snr and his family pop up in various parts of Durham and Yorkshire, and we even have a few photos of Harrison jnr and his siblings, so we have put some stuff about them on this panel, and will later add an additional page with more pics. 


14 September 1822 - Harrison Procter marries Fanny Hall in





St Mary, Barnard Castle, on the same day that Harrison's half sister Elizabeth marries William Dixon Jnr there.


Harrison and Fanny's wedding is by licence





and the documentation includes information about her parents and grandparents, though sadly not Harrison's !


In Scarborough 1828-29 Harrison Procter snr





has a go at chemysting in Newborough (Scarborough - Pigot & Co Trade Directory 1829 & 1834 transcripts).


1831 - 5 June - Harrison Procter jnr



is born in Scarborough - he is christened at St Marys, Scarborough on 2 September 1831.  He later becomes a pioneering and respected vet with a practice in Newark-on-Trent (see photo below).


1841 - Harrison snr & wife Fanny Procter



are running the family chemyst / grocer back in Barnard Castle, but their real love turns out to be Scarborough.


1851 - Harrison snr and wife Fanny



have returned to Scarborough, this time to run a boarding house at 20 The Esplanade (still there).


1851 - The family Chemyst shop near the



Market Cross in Barnard Castle now being run by three of Harrison Procter snr's children - Joseph, Elizabeth & John Hall Procter.


1861 - Harrison snr and Fanny are still in the



Scarborough Boarding House business.


1868 - Harrison Procter snr dies aged 71.



His wife Fanny dies in 1881, aged 82, living with son Harrison Procter jnr in Newark (below).



Harrison and Fanny Procter are buried in


Scarborough's Dean Road Cemetery - Grave E - 6-4





In Affectionate Remembrance of


Harrison Procter


who was born

at Barnard Castle

County of Durham

Octr 20th 1796

and died at Scarborough

Septr 12th 1868


"He that believeth in me though

 he were dead yet shall he live"


Also of

Fanny   widow of the above

who died at Newark May 20th

and was interred here

May 24th 1881, aged 82 years.


"Her children arise up and

call her blessed"






Thanks to Bev Wilkin for this great photo


Harrison Procter jnr MRCVS (1831 - 1907 (76)), earlier Barnard Castle's first qualified vet, outside his practice in Newark, Notts.



Thanks to Bev Wilkin for this photo


Harrison Procter jnr MRCVS (1831 - 1907 (76))



Thanks to Bev Wilkin for this photo


Harrison Jnr's CV is on the back of his portrait photo.  

link to a larger version











on the River Derwent just south of York

26 November 1745 Joseph Stubings m



Saray Stubings (Heels) in the Parish Church of All Saints, Bubwith (on the banks of the River Derwent near York)


Bubwith - the Parish Church of All Saints


21 September 1760 Sarah Stubbins (sic)


ch in Bubwith

20 October 1783 - a half pregnant Sarah Stubbins marries


John Ashton in the Parish Church of All Saints, Bubwith, after banns. Their first child Ann was ch 27 February 1784 in Bubwith - father was described then as "a labourer".


6 September 1801 - Elizabeth Ashton (child 6+) christened



at this font in St Olave, York, the most evocative of York's old churches.



ROBERT PROCTER (1794 - 1842 (48))

We do not know when Robert Procter (b 1794) moved



down to live in York - probably around 1815.  At his wedding in early 1819 he was living in the parish of Holy Trinity, Micklegate, but in the wedding licence he was of the City of York. 



24 January 1819 - Robert Procter (25) (son of Joseph Snr)


















marries Elizabeth Ashton (17) under the hammer beam angels of the (now) posh All Saints Church (North Street), York.


Both Robert (occupation druggist) and his wife Elizabeth signed their names.  Elizabeth has permission to marry from her father John Ashton, who signs with an X.  Her sister Mary and 3 others are witnesses (all signed).  The wedding was by licence, the bondholder being a Combmanufacturer* (sic) Richard Hands, who also signed.


* as in comb for wool combing






Robert and Elizabeth Procter's first child,



daughter Mary Harrison Procter, was christened in All Saints on 30th April 1820.  On 24 November 1843 she married an Australian surnamed Harrison - thus becoming Mary Harrison Harrison!  She died in Liverpool in November 1867 aged 47.


Return to Barnard Castle -



daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Ann are christened between 1822 and 1826 in Barnard Castle, Sarah in the Methodist Chapel.




Back to York, but this time slumming it ....





1831 - Robert and Elizabeth's only son, Joseph Procter, born in Walmgate, York, on 7 July 1831, and later christened in the Methodist Chapel of St George, and (as an insurance) in the "Percy Family Church" of St Denys, Walmgate.  They were living in Hope Street, Walmgate, in the middle of one of the poorest slums in England.
















St Denys - Today's church is only half the length of what it used to be, and if you are lucky enough to get inside you get more of a feel for its grand width.



1834 Pigot's York Directory



No mention of Robert the Chemyst either here or in the 1840 York Whites Directory.  In his and his son's wedding documents he was described as a "druggist" - as Walmgate was one of the poorest slums in England, what this meant is open to speculation, though he could of course have travelled to work in a city chemists' shop.


1841 Census - Robert & Elizabeth Procter & Family in George St, Walmgate, York



Robert Procter is living with wife Elizabeth (Ashton) and 4 children including Joseph in George St, Walmgate, York (at the Fishergate end, nowadays completely rebuilt though some of the Pub might just be a survivor).  What people did for a living was not included in the 1841 census.



This is Fishergate Bar, which leads directly into George St.  All the old slum houses were dozered and replaced with a council house estate, but it's possible that the pub or its dad was there in Robert's day.  The grave of the highwayman Dick Turpin is just down the road on the left, except that we got diverted to undertake a lengthy photo shoot of the Romanesque porch of St Margaret's church in the other direction, plus a lazy lunch on Walmgate, and then forgot about old Dick.










1842 - Robert Procter(48) dies suddenly on 2 August 1842.





Luckily for us there are gravestone transcripts in the York Cemetery records which were done a few decades ago when the grave-stone inscriptions were less weathered.  Light type indicates information which we have added from other sources.  Robert's headstone reads:



In memory of

Robert Procter

who died August 2nd 1842

aged 48 years

Also Elizabeth

second daughter of the above

who died May 28th 1865

aged 43 years

Also Martha

youngest daughter of the above

who died Oct. 14th 1867

aged 32 years

Mary Harrison, daughter of the above

who died Nov. 19th 1867

aged 47 years

Also Elizabeth

widow of the above Robert Procter

who died Sep. 22nd 1873

aged 72 years.



York Cemetery guardians Hugh and David





The Procter family is living at the Fishergate Bar end of George Street, in Walmgate, York, and he is buried at a cost of four and six (4s 6d) with 9 complete strangers in a public grave in York Cemetery.  Some years' later there was a memorial headstone erected probably by his only son - Joseph Procter jnr - which included the names of other dead Procter family members at that time.   A transcript is shown on the left.  Thanks to Wendy, Hugh and David for all their help in relation to York Cemetery and the Robert Procter grave.



Of the people listed on the headstone, only Robert is actually in the grave, along with 6 unrelated infants and 3 unrelated adults.


The last lines on the gravestone relate to the death of Robert's wife Elizabeth, and are in good condition after lying buried before David exposed them (wish he had come with us to Barnard Castle and later to Haworth) !  Elizabeth's grave, which by contrast looks like new, is in St Mary Haxby (see lower in page).


Robert & Elizabeth Procter's children were:


*Mary Harrison Harrison (Procter) Ch 1820 All Saints, North St, York.  Died in Liverpool in November 1867 aged 47.

*Elizabeth Lazenby (Procter) Ch 1820 St Mary, Barnard Castle.  Died May 28th 1865 aged 43 years, also buried in York (6733).

Sarah Procter Ch December 1823 in Barnard Castle Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.  Death date not known.

Ann Procter Ch 1826 St Mary, Barnard Castle.  Death date not known.

Joseph Procter, Adrian's 2 x grt grandfather.  Ch Jul 1831 in nearby St Denys. Bu Manor Rd Cemetery, Scarborough, November 1902.        See lower in page.

*Martha Britton (Procter) Ch February 1835 on York.  Bu St Mary, Haxby October 1867 (18/10) aged 32.


* also commemorated on this gravestone.


As revealed above, Robert's mother's gravestone in St Mary, Barnard Castle, also has a memorial statement for Robert - probably done well before this one in York.




Elizabeth Ashton - Procter - Kettlewell


6 September 1801


see above


Christened in St Olave, York, the daughter of John Ashton and Sarah Stubbins

24 January 1819

Marries Robert procter in All Saints, York St, York

2 August 1842 - she is just 40 when

husband Robert dies suddenly in Walmgate, leaving Elizabeth in dire financial circumstances

1851 Census - Elizabeth Prockter (sic)




officially a guest, but more likely a paid child nurse

1861 Census - Elizabeth Procter




running a boarding house with daughter Martha (who also moved later to Haxby)


1861 October - Elizabeth Procter (60 - widow of Robert)






remarries.  The groom is retired farmer George Kettlewell.  The wedding on October 16 1861 was in St Marys, Birkenhead (witnesses Benjamin and Sarah Bake).   Later a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Procter is given "Benjamin Bake" as a Christian name, and he lies in the family grave in Manor Rd, Scarborough.  Flour dealer Benjamin Bake and his wife Sarah appear as Birkenhead residents in the 1843 Quaker register of Liverpool.



1871 Census - Elizabeth Kettlewell (Ashton, Procter)






censussed with second husband George in Haxby, now a blandly rebuilt village that has become a northern suburb of York.




Elizabeth Kettlewell (formerly Procter formerly Ashton)









Memory of

George Kettlewell

many years churchwarden

of this parish

who died June 24th 1876

aged 78 years

Also of

Elizabeth his wife

who died Septr 22nd 1873

aged 72 years.







dies on 22 September 1873 aged 72, and George dies on 24 June 1876 aged 78.  Their shared grave is in St Mary, Haxby (grave 22/09).  Elizabeth and Robert's youngest daughter Martha Britton, who probably died in child birth, is also buried at Haxby (grave 18/10) but we did not have time to locate the grave.










The Fletcher's town of Oxenhope is between Hebden Bridge and Haworth










The Stringer family arrived in Scarborough in the first half of the 1700s in the person of Francis Stringer.  He may have come from a long Stringer line in Sussex but we have nothing reliable on this theory presently.


St Mary, Scarborough, Parish Registers show ....


1743:  31 March - Francis Stringer marries Arabella Darlington.  We have so far not found anything about the origins of  either Francis or Arabella which is odd particularly in view of her unusual name.  Later at least 8 of their children are christened here including -


1745: Edmund Stringer, who married Elizabeth Irish of Huntingdon on 31 October 1776 by licence.  Edmund was a cordwainer*.  7 of their children are christened here including -


1777 (ch): William Stringer (also a cordwainer*) who married Mary Short (PDF including licence) on 13 August 1797, by licence.  One of their 5 children was Elizabeth Stringer (ch 1803) .......



*Cordwainers were shoemakers - originally highly skilled craftsmen who used the finest goatskin leather from Cordoba in Spain (by contrast Cobblers were shoe repairers).  It is probable that other Stringer family members were Cordwainers. The worshipful company of Cordwainers is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London.




1803 - Elizabeth Dobson (Stringer) is baptised





in the beautiful old Parish Church of Saint Mary, Scarborough  where at least three generations of Stringers before her had also been baptised and wed (and probably buried, though we have no records of this yet).




The beautiful old parish church of St Mary has been there in various forms since at least the early 1100s.  In 1189, shortly after the French speaking English King Richard I acceded to the throne, it is said that whilst he was hangin' out in Dover waiting to take off on the Third Crusade, he granted the revenues of St Mary's to the Abbot of (Cistercian) Citeaux (Burgundy).  A big aisle building campaign in the early 1200s was a bit of an on again / off again thing because of Innocent III excommunicating King John and trying to financially ruin the Cistercians etc

, but it was finished post John (and Innocent) in 1225.  The aisles were further augmented

It took more than the most powerful Pope in history to stop the Scarborough masons, who eventually went for the jackpot by doubling the length of the church with a Quire.  This was all completed by 1450, and in use for nearly 200 years until, in 1645, one of O Cromwell's artillery officers sneaked a brace of canons into the church at night, and at daybreak opened fire on the royalist held castle.  The castle returned fire enthusiastically and the when the smoke cleared the castle keep was ruined as was the "new" choir, the western church towers and much else in the church.  When things settled down again there was not enough money to rescue the east end or the western towers, but the rest of the church was lovingly rebuilt.  In the mid 1800s there was a Victorian clean out and all the medieval clutter of galleries, box pews etc were removed.  What was left is a beautifully proportioned space that Adriano found  a lovely place to just sit and be!




1827 - 27 December - Elizabeth Stringer (24)





marries Matthew Dobson, Master Mariner, in the Parish Church "on the hill" of Saint Mary, Scarborough.  Their daughter Elizabeth will marry Robert Procter's son Joseph, but by this time the venue has switched to the Wesleyan Methodist Hall - possibly more satisfying spiritually, but not in the same league as a space.


1830 Mary Ann Dobson




christened in St Mary's Parish Church, Scarborough.  She was to marry twice (Joseph Salmon 1851, Richard Reid Harrison 1867) and lived to the age of 81, when she was described as a "retired Grocer".


1832 Young Elizabeth Dobson (Procter to be)




christened in St Mary's Parish Church, Scarborough.  After this there were no more Dobson children and the likelihood must be that Matthew disappeared or was lost at sea round about then.

1840 Elizabeth Dobson snr in


1840 Whites Scarborough Directory under "miscellany of trades".

1841 Census - Elizabeth Dobson (Stringer)



aged 36 and 2 daughters in Scarborough - husband (sailor Matthew Dobson) was not around, in fact we have no evidence of him after the 1832 christening of second daughter Elizabeth jnr.  She is shown here as having "independent means". 



1845 - The railway comes to Scarborough and










over the rest of the century the town's retail centre moves west to "outside the walls" Westborough (where the railway station is) which had started the century as an unsealed country lane.



Today's Scarborough steam rail link (link to attribution) pulled by the "Duchess of Sutherland" - back in the '50s my main Hornby Dubloo engine was the Duchess class "Duchess of Montrose" - a beautiful scale model which can still be found on e-Bay today.


Back in York, just to show that team Fletcher is capable of more than churches and restaurants, here is the magnificent LNER Mallard class engine - world speed holder and part of the equally magnificent York Railway Museum.


1851 Census - Elizabeth Dobson in Scarborough



- now the mother and one daughter (who will marry Joseph Procter) milliner team living together.  The handwriting is difficult to read but she seems to be described as a widow - it is likely in fact that Master Mariner Matthew had died / disappeared long ago in the mid 30s.


1851 - Joseph Procter Jnr ........



has so far avoided showing up in any of our 1851 census searches, but he could not have been far away because .....


1859 - Joseph Procter (27) marries Elizabeth Dobson (26) in Scarborough.



Draper (son of druggysts of Barnard Castle then Walmgate, York - where did he learn draping ?) and Milliner (daughter of a milliner and a master mariner) combine forces in the 1,800 seat Centenary Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Queen Street Scarborough.  Witnesses William Frear(?) and Mary Purnell.


1861 Census - Joseph & Elizabeth Procter



have started a family and are living in Queen Street, Scarborough.


1861 Census - Elizabeth Dobson in Scarborough



Now just Elizabeth snr (retired seamstress and widow) as jnr has become Mrs Procter and the master mariner has long died.  She is probably living at Milson's Hospital / Almshouse.


1867 Whites Scarborough Directory lists



Procter, Jsph, Linen and Woolen , Silk Mercer, Milliner &c, 54 Newborough.


1871 Census - Elizabeth Dobson in Milsons Almshouse



Living with her is Mary Salmon her 19 year old milliner granddaughter. 


1871 Census - The Procter family at Scarborough,



Langham House, Westborough (possibly 108).  Joseph Procter is a master draper and wife Elizabeth a milliner.  Their daughter Elizabeth Stringer Procter will marry Frank Edward Fletcher, son of Maria and John, whose ironmonger shop will be in nearby North Street.  108 Westborough is opposite Vernon Street outside the old city wall (which was roughly at North Street).  The Newborough Gate or Bar was the main entry point through the walls of Old Scarborough.  It was rebuilt in mid-Victorian times, but then got demolished in 1890.


1872 - Kellys Scarborough Directory lists



Procter, Jsph, Linen Draper, Westborough and 54 Newborough



19 February1880 - Elizabeth Dobson, the 78



Grave C 15-23





In Memoriam




relict of

Matthew Dobson

who died February 19th 1880

aged 70 years


“Return unto thy rest O my soul,

….. the day break and the shadows

flee away





year old Relict of long evaporated sailor hubbie Cap'n Matthew, dies in Scarborough after living in a home for distressed gentle-folk for many years.  Her grave is to be found as No C 15 - 23 in Scarborough's Dean Road Cemetery (which is next door to the later Manor Road one).  More information.





1881 Census - The Procter family at 108 Westborough 









thanks to the Scarborough Library for this c1900 photo

the distinctive cast iron window frames can be seen on the mid-right

the signage over the blind reads "J Procter & Sons"

















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There must have been Procter family photos ....  especially the marriage of Elizabeth Procter to Frank Fletcher on 24 April 1889 in the Wesleyan Methodist Queen Street Chapel, Scarborough.




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Scarborough with 8 kids living over their Drapers shop.  The shop is still there, though no longer a draper, its elegant cast iron window frames a beautiful contrast to the square ordinariness of surrounding redevelopments.



Doreen Mary, one of the granddaughters, remembered that -


"it was quite a big establishment and it was said that a coach and horses could be housed over the shop in uncle Matthew's (eldest son of the Procter family) and Aunty Lizzie's lounge.  Other children of the Procter family were Uncle Joe , Auntie Patt and Auntie Lily.  My father was the youngest child. I remember I had three girl cousins of Uncle Matt.  They were Lily, Loise and Lucy.  Uncle Joe was the next son of the family.  He had one daughter Muriel. 


Auntie Lily (married name Fletcher) lived in Folkestone and had four sons (ed: and two daughters!).  Auntie Patt married Uncle Tom Miller and they had a son Max and a daughter Edna.  They lived in Leicester and owned a restaurant and home made chocolate business.  Tom Miller used to go to Grindlewald every winter curling, and he brought back an expert in chocolate making etc and consequently had a very thriving business.  We used to go there for Xmas sometimes and I remember he used to have a decorated boar's head on the sideboard which was delicious to eat and lots of chocolates etc. 


Procter & Co were draper's and outfitters etc and when I visited Scarborough Uncle Matt and Uncle Joe used to be in the shop."


The gatherings would have taken place on the second floor - the first being the cutting room we think.



The Uncles and Aunts (Joseph and Elizabeth's children) were Matthew Dobson "Uncle Matt" (b1860, m Elizabeth Shaw in 1887), Robert Ashton (b1863, d1883 and later buried with parents), Joseph Edmund "Uncle Joe" (b1864), Elizabeth Stringer "Aunty Lily" (Fletcher) (1865 - 1953 (87)), Benjamin Bake & William Harrison (twins b1868, Benjamin also buried with parents), Martha "Auntie Patt" (Miller) (b1870), John (father of Doreen Mary) (b1872).  It's interesting that Martha and John did not get a second christian name - all but one of the ones given were surnames. 



24 April 1889 - Frank Edward Fletcher (25) marries Elizabeth Procter (23).







If only we could find that 1889 Fletcher / Procter Scarborough wedding photo.


There will be one somewhere!


All four parents were alive then.




On Wednesday 24 April 1889 in a corner of the huge (1,800 people capacity) Centenary Wesleyan Methodist "Chapel", in Queen Street, Scarborough, where Frank Edward was an organist. 


thanks to the Scarborough Library for this image


Today's grim looking and impenetrable (to us) chapel is an early 1900s rebuild after severe damage caused by a major fire in next door Boyes store.


Then Lily moves far south to Folkestone, where Frank has become the organist and choirmaster of Christ Church.



1890 - Scarborough 


Newborough Bar looking East (towards the sea)

from Westborough c1885




The 1890 Scarborough Post Office / Bulmers Trade Directory lists both Procter, Jsph, Draper & Milliner, 108 Westborough, and Fletcher, John, Ironmonger – 20 North Street.  In 1890 the Victorian Newborough Gate or Bar, whose predecessor was one of the two gated entrances to town, is demolished, the Westborough / Newborough roads are seamlessly joined and North Street is opened up.  Mind you, the bar had obviously been no barrier to Frank Edward's romance with Elizabeth Procter.



Scarborough Trade Directories 1823 - 1905








1891 Census - The Procter family still in Scarborough (shop on the left at the end of the street - which is still there today and in good nick in a sea of redbrick mediocrity, but no longer a draper!).



thanks to the Scarborough Library for this photo.




Mr & Mrs P, nearing 60, are still drapering at 108 Westborough, helped by sons Matt and Joe and Elizabeth's niece Mary Salmon.  They place an ad in the 1892 Hagyards Trade Directory.




1890s Daughter Elizabeth Stringer Fletcher (Procter)



is now  living in Folkestone - first child, Adrian's grandfather Frank Rex Fletcher, arrives on 9 January 1890 - quick work!



1901 Census - Joe Procter Snr (69) and Lizzie (68)



still living over the shop at 108 Westborough, Scarborough.  Joe dies on 17 November 1902 aged 71, and Lizzie keeps on until just before the 1911 census.



1911 - Elizabeth (Lizzie) Procter (Dobson)



Grave O - 04



In Memoriam

Robert Ashton M.S.

son of

Joseph & Elizabeth Procter,

who died June 13 1883,

In the 21st year of His age


Also of the above named,

Joseph Procter,

born July 7, 1831,

died Nov 17 1902


Also of

Benjamin Bake,

son of the above,

died Dec 22, 1908,

aged 40 years


Also of


widow of the above

Joseph Procter,

died Feby 16, 1911

aged 78 years








dies in Scarborough on February 16, aged 79.  She is buried with Joe, Robert and Ben in Manor Rd Cemetery, Scarborough - grave O 0-4.  "Ashton" was Joe's mother's maiden name.  Quakers Benjamin (Birkenhead flour dealer) & Sarah Bake witnessed the second marriage of Joe's mother in 1861.  Benjamin Bake Procter was born in Scarborough in 1867 (he had a twin brother William Harrison).


Photo courtesy Scarborough Council with thanks



Shortly afterwards, on 30 May 1911, Maria Fletcher dies in Scarborough and is buried a few hundred yards away.  It is nearly a hundred years before direct descendant Adrian Fletcher returns to Scarborough in 2009 !



Many thanks to Bill Harrison, Martin Wolfgang, Bev Wilkin, the York Cemetery Trust and the Scarborough Library and Council for providing invaluable material for this page.



On to the Fletchers, establishing a new life down south


Link to Photos of more Recent Ancestors of Angela Williams (Fletcher) & Adrian Fletcher