Robert Skelton
of Wilton, co. York, d. 16681672.

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

Date of death: between 24 June 1668 and 27 May 1672.
His will (transcribed below) was dated 24 June 1668 and proved 27 May 1672.
Place of burial: Ellerburne, co. York.
His will specified that he should be buried there.

Father: Unknown.
Mother: Unknown.

Spouse: Frances _____, d. 24 July 1672 April 1686.
That the wife of Robert Skelton was named Frances is proven by his will, transcribed below. The will of Ralph Kay, dated 10 April 1686, mentioned his mother-in-law Frances Skelton, late of Wilton, deceased, so Ralph's first wife Ann (Skelton) Kay was the daughter of a Frances Skelton. That this was the same as Robert's wife Frances is likely. However, the alternate scenario, in which two Mr. Skeltons of Wilton both had wives named Frances, has not deen definitively ruled out.

Probable child:
See the above comments.

Ann Skelton, bur. Allerston, 1 August 1670;
m. Thornton Dale, 5 February 1655/6,
Ralph Kay, bur. Allerston, 28 December 1686.
[Allerston BT; Thornton Dale PRT]

"Son-in-law" (stepson?):
Ralph Sawden, living 24 June 1668.
Ralph Sawden was left a legacy of one shilling in the will of Robert Skelton, the only person other than Robert's wife Frances to receive a legacy. Since the term "son-in-law" can have more than one meaning according to the usage of the time, it is not clear whether Ralph Sawden was the husband of a daughter of Robert, or the son of his wife by an earlier marriage.


Will of Robert Skelton, dated 24 June 1668, proved 27 May 1672.

In the name of God amen June 24 1668 I Robert Skelton of Wilton in Pickeringlith in the county of yorke husbandman being of whole minde and in good and perfect remembrance praised be Almighty God doe make and ordaine this my present will and testament in maner and forme following viz. & Imp. I Commend my soule unto almighty God my maker and redeemer and my body to be buried in the parish Church-yard of Ellerbourne Item I bequeath unto my son in Law Ralph Sawden as a legacy one Shilling Item I doe give and bequeath unto Frances Skelton my wife all my goods moveable and unmoveable whatsoever, And alsoe of this my present testament I make and ordaine the said Frances my wife my whole and sole executrix And I utterly revoke all and every other testaments Wills Legacies bequests and executors by me in any wise before this time made named Willed and bequeathed In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and yeare above written. Wittnesses Timothie Platt Ralph Kay Jur. Inventory 24 may 1672, total value 18. Proved 27 May 1672 by Frances Skelton. [Dean of York peculiar, FHL film #99,349]


Reference abbreviations

Allerston BT = Bishop's transcripts of Allerston, co. York, FHL film #990,916.

Thornton Dale PRT = Parish register transcripts of Thornton Dale, co. York, FHL film #1,850,192.


Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 13 May 2011.