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Ineson connection notes

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This page is for notes, sources, ideas etc to connect up the Ianson/Ineson family in the Batley area around 1700. It’s an attempt to overcome the lack of baptism sources by using deeds, documents, location data and snippets of background information to connect the earlier family with the later.

The early Ianson family were committed dissenters and did not usually baptise their children in church, if at all. We only know of the existence of most of these people through deeds, wills, marriages, burials, and official records such as hearth tax or quarter sessions. Before Hardwicke's Marriage Act of 1753, marriages were only legal if performed in church, so there are usually marriage records, either for social reasons or to avoid inheritance problems. However, by the early 18th century many of the family had fallen from yeomen farmers down to labouring level, so there are fewer property documents after this date.


Spread of Early Family

The first known members of the family with a proven relationship are brothers Ralph and James Ianson, born around 1615 - 1625. Ralph is mentioned in his brother's will 1684, and both are on the 1666 Hearth Tax list. They lived several miles apart at opposite ends of the parish, James living at Staincliffe in the south and Ralph at Churwell in the extreme north west. James had only one known surviving son, whose family remained in the Staincliffe/Chapel Fold area for the next few generations at least, and produced many descendants. Ralph had seven children, and apart from the youngest daughter Sarah who moved to Wakefield, all the others remained in the northern area around Morley, Churwell, and Beeston. Nothing is known of his daughter Jane. His sons Joshua and Joseph remained in the Churwell area. Joshua bought out his brother from the family farm, which was at the border of 3 parishes, Batley, Wortley and Farnley. There are later records in the Armley and Wortley areas which may be Joshua's descendants. James is "of Morley" on all records, and may later have lived in the gatehouse at Howley Hall. Mary married Nathaniel Webster and moved to Morley, and Hannah married Shearjashub Coppendale who died in Beeston in 1748.

Chapel groupings

Dissenting families tended to marry into other families of the same persuasion, not only for social reasons, but also safety. Before the Act of Toleration in 1689, there was much persecution, and the penalties were severe. The Conventicle Act of 1664 banned all religious services outside the Church of England and imposed fines, imprisonment, and transportation to the American colonies for offenders. After 1689, legal penalties were removed but dissenters were still barred from most public offices and a family's social circle was still often centred on the chapel.

Heckmondwike Upper Chapel

James Ianson was one of the original 13 signatories of the covenant on 29 July 1674 to set up a congregation at Heckmondwike, in defiance of the Conventicle Act. Other surnames on the list which appear in family marriages are Hird, Webster, Brigg or Briggs, and Beaumont.[1] James left 20 shillings in his will of 1684 to the minister, Josiah Holdsworth, who had been imprisoned and fined. At this time the congregation had gone from meeting in farmhouses to isolated field barns, and then only at night. Heckmondwike was just within Birstall parish where the authorities were very active in suppressing dissent, so the congregation decided to move over the border to Staincliffe in Batley, where they built a chapel in the area which is now known as Chapel Fold. James's son John had a cottage at Chapel Fold, converted from a barn and probably inherited from James. It was later occupied by his wife Martha, then his son, also John, who finally sold it in 1755, thus providing a connection from early times. Available registers for this chapel start in 1786 but there was an "old church book", whereabouts not known, referred to in the 1924 anniversary booklet, which had expenses, diary items, and baptisms. There are likely to be baptisms for the Ineson family in this book if it can ever be found. There were several Ineson families still living at Chapel Fold by the time of the 1841 census, who are probably descended from James.
People without baptisms who may be in the "old church book"-

-John Ianson born about 1681, grandson of James, m. Elizabeth Briggs 21 Feb 1709, m. Mary Beaumont 1715
-Sarah Ianson, granddaughter of James, born before 1684
-James Ianson born about 1716, m. Elizabeth Kirk 1741, possibly son of John above
-Benjamin Ineson, born about 1737, possibly son or grandson of John above, m Mary Eastwood 1757
-John Ineson born about 1741, m. Betty Fox 1763
-Joshua Ineson, born about 1735, witness at marriages of Benjamin 1757 and John 1763, possibly their brother. Buried 14 April 1788, no other record.

Heckmondwike Lower Chapel

This was formed by a splinter congregation from the Upper Chapel. It eventually became Heckmondwike Westgate Chapel. "This chapel is known as the Heckmondwike Lower Chapel but it is in the Township of Liversedge".[2] Founded by Rev. William Booker, minister of the Upper Chapel, who "left the pulpit on April 12th 1786 just before the sermon. He didn’t leave the ministry though because he and some of the congregation went on to found the Lower Chapel in Heckmondwike which became Westgate."[3] The register is available at Ancestry in two copies, one headed "Heckmondwike Westgate Chapel", and the other, which has been used for indexing English Births and Christenings, as "Liversedge Lower Chapel".
Baptisms in this chapel -

-Thomas Ineson . "Thomas, son of James and Mary Ineson, was born Nov 1st 1786, baptised by Mr Booker". Son of James Ineson and Mary Preston.
-Henry Ineson, his nephew, baptised 25 February 1811
-William Ineson bapt 1799 born 1784, son of Benjamin Ineson and Mary Eastwood?
-James son of above William bapt 1819

Morley Old Chapel

Ralph's sons Joshua Ianson, "of Churwell", and James Ianson, "of Morley", became trustees of Morley Old Chapel on 7 May 1687. Their sister Hannah's father-in-law, John Coppendale, was also a trustee. Registers for this Chapel are lost before 1741. However, the wife and daughter of Joseph Ianson, brother of Joshua and James, had lived long enough to have their deaths recorded : "Ruth daughter of Joseph Hineson of Churwell" on 7 October 1746, and in 1754 “Hannah wife of Joseph Ineson of Churwell died on November the 6: aged a bout 94 years.” These are the only records of any of Joseph's family and it is likely that he had other children whose deaths were before 1741 so unrecorded.

People without baptisms mentioned in other records -

-19 April 1671 Thomas Janson married Elizabeth Stones
-2 December 1685 Hannah d of John Janson of Churwell bapt
-13 June 1722 Thomas Ordsley of Dewsbury and Mary Janson married
-14 Feb 1728 Samuel Blackburn and Margaret Janson married, Morley
-12 October 1755 Joseph son of Susanna Ianson a bastard child buried Batley


  1. Heckmondwike Upper Chapel anniversary booklet with history:
  2. Yorkshire Returns of the 1851 Census of Religious Worship: West Riding (South) vol 3, ed John Wolffe, Borthwick Institute, York, 2003, p. 38
  3. Heckmondwike Chapel History

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Morley Old Chapel
Morley Old Chapel


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thank you lynn for all the hard work you have done here it as helped me a great deal with my inesons .

top notch researcher . thank you ron

posted by Ron Bruce