How can I find ancestors and living relatives of William Stead, England (left York area in 1817)?

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I would like to know ancestral information and how to locate present day relatives in Yorkshire, England, elsewhere in England, Europe, etc. I am a descendant of William Stead who left York (?) England in 1871 and arrived on the east coast of Canada and initially settled in PEI. He was born William Stead (no middle initial ?) in Sheriff Hutton, Yorkshire, England July 17, 1774). I would like help with information on his parents, siblings or their descendants. He married Mary Rowntree on August 24, 1806, at St. Leonards Church, Farlington, England. They brought four children with them to Canada, on the 'Valient'. The four children were all born in Farlington, Eng. - Robert, Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary. I do not need information on any other Steads who emigrated to Canada. I am very interested in identifying his parents and siblings, and then locating any living relatives in England or elsewhere outside of Canada. This request may be shared.

Thank you for your assistance,  Brenda Stead, Stead Consultants, NB Canada.
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retagged by Anne B
Hi Brenda, I'm also from the Stead family. William is my 4th great grandfather. I live now in Dartmouth NS but my father was from Hunter River PEI.

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William Stead was the third of four children of Robert Stead & Ann (Corthrite).

William's siblings where 

John 1767/68 Sheriff Hutton -

Mary 1769 Sheriff Hutton -

Elizabeth 1776 Strensall -

 Their father Robert Stead married Ann Corthriite on 9 February 1767, Huntington. I believe the spelling of Anne's surname should be Cartwight and I believe her to be the daughter of Vincent Cartwright and born York 1750  (

A number of trees on Ancestry suggest Robert was born in Strensall around 1747/48 the son of Henry Stead & Margaret Dixon, although I am unable to verify the relationship.

by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
FindMyPast has the marriage banns from December 1766 but the spouse is Ann Carterick. I'll post the image later but it's quite clearly that. Bear in my mind, however, that these were the banns from the groom's parish and if they were married in Huntington (presumably Ann's parish?) the details there might be more reliable.

First name(s) Robert
Last name Stead
Banns year 1766
Banns date 07 Dec 1766
Place Sheriff Hutton
Spouse's first name(s) Ann
Spouse's last name Carterick
County Yorkshire (North Riding)
Country England
Archive Borthwick Institute for Archives
Archive reference B-PR-S-H-18
Record set Yorkshire Banns

Boyd's has Cartrite (which of course is phonetically Cartwright)

First name(s) Rbt
Last name Stead
Birth year -
Marriage year 1767
Spouse's first name(s) Ann
Spouse's last name Cartrite
Place Huntington
County Yorkshire
Country England
Source Boyd's marriage index, 1538-1850
Record set England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850

Edit: An exciting development! There's actually an image of the bishop's transcript on FindMyPast (behind a paywall). I'll post an extract of the marriage later (can't do it from work). It's very hard to say what Ann's surname is from the image though ...

Here is the image "Robt Stead of the parish of Sheriff Hutton and Ann Cortterite?? of this parish were married by ??? 9 [maybe 19] February 1767

It's taken from here but you need to subscribe to see the image:

Thank you so much for the speedy reply! This is very informative. I will sign-up and check the marriage record sent to me in the separate e-mail. That was a great find! You are most likely correct about the misspelling or former spelling of Ann's surname. Reference to the York Cartwright surname: This is also the spelling of an area in Newfoundland-Labrador - a province of Canada - a place where the English and originally the Vikings settled.  

I am looking into visiting England before the end of June. I would want to include going up to see the beautiful and historic Yorkshire area. I would love to have assistance prior to that in the tracing of present day living relatives of any of the 3 siblings of William Stead. I realize that may be a bit of an undertaking. Is that something that archivists or ancestry researchers or others do, or should I contact someone off-line regarding help for a fee?   

Thank you,

Brenda Stead
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I had occasion to do research for a member of the Stead family a few years back. I chanced upon a Tony Stead in England, who was an expert on the Stead family genealogy. I have lost his e-mail address but if you googled him I am sure you would turn up some contact information. If not, let me know, I can search through some old files.

George Churchill
by George Churchill G2G6 Mach 8 (86.7k points)
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My name is Ruth Stead. I belong to the Stead Family from PEI. My direct line is William Stead. Would like you to contact me.
Ruth, I will contact you. I will now be in London in April. I am hoping to go up to York the week of April 10 with friends who know the area. Before I leave Canada, I will do some further research and contact the York County Records Office in North York. We hope to visit Sheriff Hutton, the St. Leonards church in Farlington, other sites, pop in  at the Blacksmith's Pub, and try to find harness racing. I may even locate a 'living' Stead and connect.

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Hi there brenda, i am a living descendant of William Stead still living in Yorkshire, england, it is wonderfull to know i have relatives living in canada.
by Max Burns G2G Rookie (200 points)

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