Danby Wiske, Yorkshire One Place Study

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Date: 14 Oct 2021
Location: Danby Wiske, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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My earliest known paternal ancestor is John WILKINSON who married at Danby Wiske in 1736, and there are earlier WILKINSONs I would like to lay claim to. Coincidentally, it turns out that I grew up right across the road from the ancestral farm, though I have absolutely no plans on laying claim to that.

Other branches of my family originate from places in neighbouring parishes: PEARSONs of Yafforth, TAYLOR's of Hutton Bonville, and ALCOCKs of Eryholme.

-- Project Leader Jane WILKINSON

**This One Place Study is NOT officially registered

The Project



This is a place to AGGREGATE and SHARE facts, information, and memories of Danby Wiske, focusing on the genealogy of people in the village and parish.

The outcome will be connecting those facts - 'joining the dots' - to tell the stories of ordinary people and families living their lives in an ordinary Yorkshire village, and to establish their connections to each other and larger historical events.

This project has no deadline, no minimum commitment, and the only qualification for participants is a desire to contribute, share, and learn.


  • Parish boundary rather than village boundary
  • Includes hamlets of Streetlam and Lazenby
  • Yafforth as a chapelry of Danby Wiske could/should be included, but Yafforth has its own separate parish register, so maybe not?


  • people associated with with named houses, farms and locations
  • surnames analysis
  • lifespan/fertility/mortality analysis
  • professions analysis
  • land tax/property/electors analysis
  • migration to/from the area
  • list of document references for future research
  • WikiTree cemetery page (?)


  • parish register
  • census
  • 1939 register
  • newspapers, London Gazette
  • village newsletters
  • land/property/rent/tax lists
  • wills
  • electoral rolls
  • bastardy records
  • poor law records
  • quarter sessions
  • muster rolls
  • recusancy returns
  • non-conformist records
  • estate records
  • Hearth Tax Returns
  • county histories
  • commercial directories

Village History

Historical Highlights

Notable Personages

George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore (1569-1632), known as the "founder of the Colony of Maryland". Considering Lord Baltimore never set foot in the Colony, that's one canny Yorkshireman you can be proud to claim as kin!

Excerpts from the Parish Register

A Mr. Roger WILKINSON, High Constable, signed the register in an impressive script in 1676, on account of his being entrusted with the money collected by parishioners for victims of a disastrous fire in Southwark, London. Danby Wiske's donation to the cause totalled £0 8s 4d.

Coming only 10 years after the 1666 Great Fire of London, the Southwark fire has been overshadowed in popular history, but the destruction of an estimated 624 houses in Southwark was comparable to the devastation originating in Pudding Lane.

When Abraham WILKINSON's name appeared in the register in 1709, he was described as a "poor housekeeper"; which seemed more than a little inappropriate, coming from a priest or parish clerk writing about a man recently deceased.

Recovered from my consternation, I looked to see how other poor souls were described upon their demise... TO BE CONTINUED ...

Between 1724 and 1730, John & Cicely CHAPPELLO had 4 children baptized at Danby Wiske. By 1734, John had been executed at YORK for the crime of horse stealing. With 4 fatherless children to feed, Cicely had remarried at Danby Wiske by later that same year.

I can be confident that the fellow hung at YORK is the same John CHAPPELLO who fathered the children baptized in Danby Wiske, because the parish priest saw fit to go back in the register and make note of the execution in the margins beside the entry for one of the children's baptisms. [1]

Elizabeth I'ANSON's connection to Danby Wiske begins with her marriage at HORNBY (near BEDALE) in 1742 to Danby Wiske native Ralph ALCOCK then living at ERYHOLME, while the bride was living at HACKFORTH. Elizabeth & Ralph ALCOCK's first 2 children were baptized at BIRKBY, followed by 7 children baptized at Danby Wiske. Remarkably for the period, all 9 children survived infancy and, in fact, most of them lived well into old age: 2 living into their 90s, and 5 more living into their 80s.

Elizabeth started life 6 miles due west of Hackforth in the parish of EAST HAUXWELL, where she was baptized in 1719, the daughter of Richard & Deborah I'ANSON. There is a published genealogy: "A History of the I'Anson Family" (1915) by Brian I'Anson that traces Elizabeth I'ANSON's lineage back to one Captain John I'ANSON who purportedly captained a 'man-of-war' during the reign of Henry VIII, and was descended from French nobility.





  • maps, maps, maps

Archive Locations

You can contribute a little or a lot...

  • share first-hand memories of Danby Wiske in the MEMORIES section near the bottom of this page
  • share old photos; e.g. Christmas parties at the Village Hall, weddings at the Parish Church, Women's Institute activities and outings, the Queen's Silver or Golden Jubilee celebrations
  • share newspaper articles found online, or clippings from personal collections
  • interview family members about their memories of Danby Wiske (notes, audio, video)
  • start creating WikiTree profiles
  • see task list below

Family history articles

A Farmer in the Dales, 2015, Barbara J Starmans, The Social Historian, accessed 27 Oct 2021. This article tells the tale of a single ancestral family line that starts in Danby Wiske in 1782. It's also an excellent example of genealogical storytelling.

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  1. John CHAPPELLO executed 1734 | York Castle

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