Henry Dickinson
of Harwood Dale, co. York, d. 1613.

Date of birth or baptism: Unknown.
Place of birth or baptism: Unknown.

Date of burial: 6 August 1613.
Place of burial: Hackness, co. York.
[Hackness PRT]

Probable father: John Dickinson, of Harwood Dale, co. York, d. 31 January 22 April 1556.
Probable mother: Margaret _____, living 22 April 1556.
A Henrie Dicconson, apparently under age, was mentioned in the will of John Dicconsone of Harwood Dale on 31 January 1555[/6] [see the page of John Dickinson]. Since the residences match, and the chronology looks good, it seems likely that John's son was the same person as the present Henry Dickinson. However, the identification cannot be considered certain.

Spouse:

Eleanor/Helen _____, bur. Hackness, 12 January 1612[/3].
Ellinor Dicconson is named as mother of the testator in the will of Catherine Sharpe, dated 6 September 1602, who was a daughter of Henry Dickinson. Ten years later, Henry's wife Helen was buried at Hackness ["Helena Dickonson uxor Henrici Dickonson sen." Hackness PRT]. Since Eleanor and Helen/Ellen are variants of the same name, it is assumed here that they were the same woman, rather than being two different wives of Henry Dickinson.

Children probably all by Eleanor:
Most of Henry's children have their baptisms recorded in the Hackness registers [Hackness PRT]. Some of the daughters appear only in his will and the will of his daughter Catherine Sharp, transcribed below. The will of Henry Dickinson has the apparent complication that it appears to name two different daughters named Margaret. A daughter Margarett Robinson appears in a list of four married daughters, and she is further confirmed by the will of William Dickinson, which names a sister Margaret Robinson (see the page of William Dickinson). Elsewhere in the will of Henry Dickinson, and again in the codicil to apparently confirm that it was not a mistake, there appears a daughter named Margaret Dickinson. The fact that Henry indeed had two daughters named Margaret is confirmed by the will of his daughter Catherine Sharp, which names two of her sisters Margaret Senior and Margaret Junior. Eleanor was definitely the mother of Catherine and all of the younger children.

Elizabeth Dickinson, living 3 August 1613;
m. _____ Hinderwell.
She was listed first among the married daughters in the will of her father, and first among the sisters in the will of Catherine Sharpe, suggesting that she was older than Margaret.

Margaret Dickinson, bp. Hackness, 6 November 1575, living 6 January 1651/2;
m. Hackness, 15 June 1594, William Robinson.
Margaret Robinson was mentioned second among the married daughters in the will of Henry Dickinson, and as a sister in the will of William Dickinson (see the page of William Dickinson). She was called Margaret Senior in the will of Catherine Sharpe, where she is mentioned second among the sisters. The parish registers of Hackness show the marriage in 1594 of a William Robinson to a Dickinson whose first name is left blank [Hackness PRT]. This fits well with the 1575 baptism. As discussed above, she had a younger sister also named Margaret.

Jane Dickinson, living 26 July 1613, perhaps bur. Hackness, 26 March 1622;
m. Hackness, 22 May 1599 Ingram Allanson.
[Hackness PRT] She was listed third among the married daughters in the will of her father, and third among the sisters in the will of Catherine Sharpe, suggesting that she was younger than Margaret. On the other hand, given her marriage date, she was probably not much younger. This, and the similarity of the names Genett (Janet) and Jane, suggests that she might have been the same person as Genett. A Jane Allanson, perhaps the same, was buried at Hackness on 26 March 1622 [Hackness PRT].

Genett Dickinson, bp. Hackness, 14 September 1578, perhaps the same person as Jane.

Catherine Dickinson, bp. Hackness, 22 November 1580, d. 10 October 1602 2 April 1604.
m. Hackness, 20 January 1598[/9], Thomas Sharpe, of Hutton Bushel, d. 10 April 10 October 1602
[Hackness PRT] The will of Thomas Sharpe of Hutton Bushel, dated 10 April 1602, and proved 10 October 1602 by Katherine Sharp, mentioned, among others, his wife Katherine Sharp and his "father Dicconson" [PCY 28: 792, FHL film #99,491]. The will of Catherine Sharp, dated 6 September 1602 and proved 2 April 1604, is transcribed below.

Henry Dickinson, of Stopebrowe, bp. Hackness, 3 March 1581[/2], bur. Fylingdales, 22 January 1664[/5];
m. Anne _____.
[Fylingdales BT] Henry's will is transcribed below.

William Dickinson, bp. Hackness, 2 March 1585[/6], d. 12 January 1653[/4], bur. Hackness;
m. Hackness, 24 November 1607,
Emma Cowlson, bur. Hackness, ca. 1651/2.

Arthur Dickinson, bp. Hackness, 16 December 1588;
m. Hackness, 27 September 1613, Ellen Wansforth.

Thomas Dickinson, bp. Hackness, 7 November 1591, living 26 July 1613.

Anne/Agnes Dickinson, perhaps bp. Hackness, 22 October 1594, living 22 December 1664;
m. _____ Fox.
She was perhaps the unnamed child of a Henry Dickinson baptized at Hackness on 22 October 1594 [Hackness PRT]. She was mentioned in the wills of her brothers Henry (as Anne Fox) and William (as Annas Fox) and her sister Catherine Sharp (as Agnes).

Margaret Dickinson, bp. 17 May 1599, living 3 August 1613.
As already noted, she had an older sister also named Margaret. She is called Margaret Junior in the will of Catherine Sharpe.


Will of Henrie Dickonson of Harwood Dale, dated 26 July 1613, codicil 3 August 1613, proved 30 September 1613.

In the name of god Amen the xxvjth daie of Julie in the yeare of our Lord god 1613 I Henrie Dickonson thelder of Harwooddale in the Countie of Yorke yeoman sicke in bodie but of good and perfect memorie god be praised for it, doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme Followinge that is to saie First I bequeath my soule to Allmightie god my maker hopinge assuredly throught the onelie merritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made partaker of life Everlastinge And I commend my bodie to the Earth whereof it was made Item I give unto Arthure Dickconson my sonne the whole interest of my Farmehold Except one close called Barnscliffe Closse now in the tenure or occupacion of William Pate, and one close called the Hingles now in myne owne occupacion Condicionally that he paid unto Thomas Dickonson my sonne in leiw of his Childes portion Fiftie poundes in manner and Forme Following That is to saie in the first yeare within twelve monthes next after my decease twentie poundes in the second yeare twentie poundes in the third yeare next after my decease as aforesaid ten pounds. Item I give to Margarett Dickconson my daughter in leiw of her Childes porcion Fortie poundes Item I give unto her all such houshold stuffe and other implements as is sett downe in an Inventarie under my hand. Item I give unto Henry Dickconson my sonne all my interest in a Close called Barnscliffe Close aforesaid and the close called the hingles Condicionally that he shall not hereafter make anie further claime for anie porcion or further performance of anie Covenant hereafter heretofore had or made betwixt him and me Item I give unto the right worshipfull Sir Thomas Posthumus Hobie knight my singuler good maister Ten weathers And to my Ladie Hobie his wiffe a blacke taged Quie Item I give unto Arthure Dickconson my sonne all my Corne on the ground and all my haie upon this Condicion that he paie Ten poundes of my debt Item I give unto the said Arthure Dickconson my sonne all my houshold <husbandrie> geare Except a howpe and a yoake and a Teame which I give unto Thomas Dickconson my sonne Item I give unto Elizabeth Hinderwell Margarett Robinson Jane Allanson and Anne Fox my daughters everie one of them Fortie shillinges Item I give to the poore of the parish of Hacknes Five shillinges The rest of my goods unbequeathed, my debts paid legacies and Funerall Expences discharged I give unto Henry Dickonson my sonne William Dickconson Arthure Dickconson and Thomas Dickconson my sonnes whome I make Executors of this my last will and testament And I make the Right Worshipfull Sir Thomas posthumus Hobie kt. supervisor of this my last will and Testament Appointinge and humbly intreatinge his Worshipp that if anie w Controversie arise in or about the same it maie be decided by him In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand the daie and yeare first above written in the presence of these beinge witnesses Thomas Addison sen. Thomas Addison Junior and John Browne with others Et 3 August 1613 Item I the said Henrie Dickonson the elder doe give in this an adment to my last will unto William Dickconson one white headed Quie Item I give unto Thomas Dickconson one bed fitt to lie in Item I give unto Agnes Allatson the daughter of Ingram Allatson one old Cupbord And I give also to Elline Robinson one ould Cupbord Item I give unto Arthure Dickconson my sonne the bedd where I doe now lie with the Featherbed and the Boulster belonginge to it and one greate spitt and one spence standinge in the parlor and one stone trough for to salt beefe in Item give unto my daughter Margarett Dickconson all such houshold stuffe as are not named in any thinge before written in his last will Item I give unto Margarett Dicconson my daughter bourdes to make her a Cupbord and a spence bourd of and wood made reddie to make her a bedd of which I doe sett downe and would hand my sonne Arthure Dicconson to be at charges to make them in his house Item I give unto Elizabeth Hinderwell my daughter one Chest Item I give unto each of my grandchildren one gimber lambe or one gimber shearinge Item I give unto Ellis Burton and to Elizabeth Walker Each of them xijd. Item I give unto Ellis Burton one Cloake and to Elizabeth Walker one Cloake <Thomas Addison William Coulson> Proved 30 September 1613 [PCY 32: 512, FHL film #99,498; the surname appears in three different spellings in the will (Dickonson, Dickconson, Dicconson)]

Will of Catheren Sharpe of Hutton Bushel, dated 6 September 1602, proved 2 April 1604.

In the name of God Amen The sixte daie of the moneth of September in the yeare of our lord god one thousand, sixe hundred, and two I Catheren Sharpe late wife to Thomas Sharpe of Huton bushel deceased being of whole minde, and in good, and perfect remembrance laude and praise be unto almightie god make and ordaine this my present testament concerning my last will in manner and forme following First I commend my soule into the handes of almightie god my maker hoping thorough the meritts of Jesus Christ to have full remission of all my sinnes and my bodie to be buried in the parish church earth where I shall departe this worlde. As for my temporall goodes I bequeath them as followeth First I give and bequeath unto my mother Ellinor Dicconson one fether bedde with that belonges it. Item I bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth a pettie coate cloth Item I bequeath unto my sister Margaret Senior a coate Item I bequeath unto my sister Jane my wedding petticoate. Item I bequeath unto my sister Agnes two dublers and one brasse pott Item I bequeath unto my sister Margaret Junior two dublers and one brasse pott Item I bequeath unto Marie Watson my wedding gowne Item all the rest of my goodes moveable and unmoveable I give and bequeath unto Henrie Dicconson my brother to the use and behoofe of my daughter Anne Sharpe to be delivered unto her when shee shall come to lawfull age or els be married. And I make my said brother Henry Dickenson full Executor of this my will and Testament. And if it happen my said daughter to die before she come to lawfull age or els be married Then my will is that whatsoever shalbe due to her by my said will shalbe equallie devided into two parts The one halfe I give unto my said brother Henry Dickenson And thother halfe I give unto my brethren William Dickenson Arthure Dickenson and Thomas Dickenson equally to be devided amongst them In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the daie and yeare first above written. Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of George Warde, Thomas Addison, Robert Coulson. Proved 2 April 1604 by Henry Dickenson, brother of the deceased. [PCY 29: 257, FHL film #99,493]

Will of Henry Dickinson of the Stopebrowe, dated 22 December 1664, proved 14 June 1665.

the 22d of December 1664 / In the name of God Amen I Henry Dickinson of the Stopebrowe in Fylingdayles in the County of Yorke yeoman; being in good and perfect health and memory (praised be God for itt) doe make this my last will and Testament as followeth. First I bequeath my Soule to Allmighty God my maker, and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer hopeing of Salvation by his sufferings and bloodshed of his sonne Jesus Christ whoe dyed upon the Crosse for my sinnes; Inprimis I give unto Henry Postgate my Grandchild that house wherein George Lawson dwelleth and the garth itt standeth in, and one garth called the Lane garth, and one part of the Intack as appeares att the lowend of his Garth as the peice of the wall goes, one Close called the long Flat, One Close called the Leaffeild and halfe of the Leagg that was bounded by Raiph Postgate and William Fox Henry Postgate and John Postgate, and Foure gates in the Rawe pasture. I give itt to hom and his heires for ever, lawfully begotten My will is that Henry Postgate make the fence from the head Land ends through the Leagg and soe up untill itt come att long Flat. Item I give unto Henry Postgate that house William Fox dwelleth in and the Intack ioyneing to itt, one Close called the Calfe garth with a house Standing att the head of itt, One Close called the Gibban Close, one Close called the dead mans Buskes, allwayes provided that after the death of mee and my wife hee shall pay unto his Aunt Grace Hesletine Eight pounds a yeare dureing her life and noe longer: otherwise shee is to enter of that House and Intacke William Fox dwelleth in: and the three Closes next belowe itt which is my wifes part as long as she liveth. Also hee is to pay to his Sister Elizabeth Postgate Twenty pounds to Mary Postgate Twenty pounds: and to Grace Postgate Twenty pounds within one yeare after that I dye, he performing these Covenants I give itt to him and his heires for ever. Hee paying the aforesaid Eight pounds to his Aunt Four pounds att Whitsentide and Foure pounds att Martinmas. hee entering the aforesaid Grounde halfe a yeare after I dye. Item I give unto my now wife Thirty pounds which is in the hands of Edward Robinson of Cloughton as appeares by his Bond and his sonns and all the Household goods which is in the house that is not given under my hand and Seale, Item I give unto John Postgate my Grandchild the other foure gates in the Rawe pasture, One house in Londale scare with Intacke within a Lease for a Thousand yeares, hee paying to Whitby Abby att Christmas two henns or pullitts, halfe of the house and garth Robert Twidell dwelleth in: half of the house that Emmott Plumer dwelleth in and that garth; And my will is that he have a way up Gibbon Close through the Paddock into the Laineing with Cart and Carrige without impeachment. I have given him this to him and his heires forever lawfully begotten: Item my will is that John Postgate shall pay that Fourty pounds hee oweth unto mee as appeareth by his Deede to Anne Simpson Twenty pounds and to Barbara Munckman Twenty pounds within One yeare after my decease. Item I give unto Elizabeth Norrison Twenty pounds: Item I give to Ellen Postgate Tenn pounds to herselfe for ever Item I give unto Francis Dickinson sonne to Thomas Dickinson Twenty shillings Item I give unto James Postgate my Grandchild Twenty shillings: Item I doe give unto George Simpson and to Ellen Munckman either of them Three pounds. Item I give to the poore of the Parrish Fourty shillings to be distributed by Henry Postgate. Item I give to the poore of Whitby Tenn shillings to be distributed by William Jackson; Item I give to the poore of Hacknes parish Five shillings to be distributed by Mr. Prowde. Item I doe give unto Henry Dickinson the younger of Langdon bridge Tenn shillings. Item I doe give unto my Sister Anne Fox Twenty shillings. Item I doe give unto Mary Postgate for helping mee up att morne, and to bed att night Foure pounds. Item I doe make Margaret Blacke my full Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I doe give her Fourty shillings for her paines and noe more after these small Legacies paid and Funerall expences discharged I give unto my two supervisors of my will either of them Tenn pounds haveing that in trust in them to see this will performed, More I give my wife Anne Dickinson and my two supervisors Raiph Postgate and George Hesletine all the rest of my goods and Chattells I give unto them; and all Bills and Bonds what soever due unto mee. In witnesse hereof I have sette my hand and seale Henry Dickinson. Witnesses hereof George Lawson his marke John Fox Richard Moesom his marke. Proved 14 June 1665. [PCY 47: 136, FHL film #99,573]


Reference abbreviations

Fylingdales BT = Bishop's transcripts of Fylingdales, co. York, FHL film #919,060.

Hackness PRT = Charles Johnstone and Emily J. Hart, The register of the parish of Hackness, Co. York, 1557-1783 (Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 25).

PCY = Prerogative and Exchequer Court of the Archbiship of York.


Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 13 May 2011.