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7  Christopher Cowgill, son of Bryan and Ellen Cowgill, bapt 25 Oct 1583, Thornton in Craven, d before 1652, m 21 Dec 1617, Kirkby Malham Parish, Agnes Iveson. Presumed died before 1652 since he is not mentioned in brother Robert’s will.

Children: known are – dau (name unknown), William, Brian


1  dau Cowgill bapt 27 Mar 1620, Thornton in Craven. This may be the Gennett or Marie Cowgill who received bequests in Robert Cowgill’s will of 1652.


2  William Cowgill bapt 27 Jan 1621, Thornton in Craven, bur 5 Sep 1698, St Alkald's, Giggleswick, m Jane ____, bur 2 Nov 1675, All Saints’, Broughton. This must be the William Cowgill ordained a deacon (he was described as "literate") 21 May 1665 (at York?). A history of the Giggleswick Grammar School notes that William succeeded to the post of Usher in 1666, and served until 1671. He is probably the “Mr Coogill” on the 1672 Hearth Tax list for Giggleswick. In 1671-1677, he is shown as Curate of All Saints', Broughton Parish (there was a different curate in 1678). His burial record describes him as a clerk of Giggleswick. Was the Mary Cowgill of Giggleswick, spinster age 22, who m 12 Jul 1670 at Gisburn to William Paley a daughter of William? Note: this may instead be the William, youngest child of Richard Cowgill. Why didn’t William get a bequest in Robert Cowgill’s will?


3  Brian Cowgill bapt 20 Nov 1625, Thornton in Craven, bur 12 Jul 1716, Carleton in Craven, m Mary ____ , bur 1 Dec 1710, Carleton in Craven. This must be the Bryan Cowgill, a “shoemaker”, who received a bequest in Robert Cowgill’s will; he was described as a farmer on his death entry. In 1684 the register has a note that the chancel window at St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, was repaired; Brian was mentioned as a church warden. Note: why didn’t Brian appear on the 1672 tax list? Was he in one of the listed households with a relative at the time, or not meet the asset qualification? There was another Bryan Cowgill, a “laborer”, who was bur 3 Mar 1718/1719, Carleton in Craven. This Bryan, or a son, or who? It is also possible that this Brian and his line belong to the Brian, son of James, b 1628.

Children: known are – Jane, Francis, Ann, Mary, Jonathan, Rosamund, William


1  Jane Cowgill bapt 24 Mar 1671/2, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, bur there 3 Dec 1693.


2  Frances Cowgill bapt 6 Sep 1674, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven (record has dau of Brian Cowgill “of Carleton”), probably the Frances Cowgill who m 11 Nov 1697, St Peter’s, Martons Both, James Airton.


3  Ann Cowgill bapt 3 Jun 1677, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, possibly the Anne Cowgill who m 2 Mar 1711/12, Carleton in Craven, John Toogood (or was she Anne, widow of William?).


4  Mary Cowgill bapt 15 Feb 1679/80, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven. Is she the Mary Cowgill, spinster of Salterforth, bur 1 Jan 1720/1 at Barnoldswick?


5  Jonathan Cowgill bapt 16 May 1682, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, d 1736 (his estate administered 18 Sep 1736), m 10 Nov 1715, Carleton in Craven, Mary Moors (or Moore), a widow, bur 12 Mar 1742 (her estate administered 20 Mar 1742). Jonathan was described as a farmer of Carleton (as “yeoman” in his father’s will); as a wool weaver at son Jonathan’s birth, and of Carleton Moorside at death. Mary and Anne were listed as residents of Scarcliffe (unlocated) in Carleton. Administration of his estate was "granted to Mary Cowgill, his widow. Inventory was ….(illeg) under 20". Mary’s estate was administered by her son-in-law William Moon, husband of her daughter Jane Moore.

Children: known are – Isabel, Jonathan, Anne, Robert


1  Isabel Cowgill bapt 18 Sep 1716, Carleton in Craven, bur there 28 Apr 1717.


2  Jonathan Cowgill bapt 15 Jun 1718, Carleton in Craven, d early?


3  Anne Cowgill bapt 24 Jul 1720, Carleton in Craven, bur there 22 Feb 1742. Anne apparently held property as freeholds. In her will dated 14 Feb 1742, Anne left all to her mother and, following her mother’s death, to “my sister Jane Moon”. Actually, Jane was Anne’s half-sister, having married (as Jane Moore) William Moon in 1729. William Moon became the de facto administrator of Anne’s will when Mary Cowgill died soon after.


4  Robert Cowgill bapt 24 Jan 1724/5, Carleton in Craven, m 1 Nov 1752, St Peter’s, Rylstone, Burnsall Parish, Magdalen ____, bur 28 Aug 1759. Parish record: "in ye Parish of Carlton with as (sic) Certificate granted by Mr Tennant of Carlton, and Magdalen in ye Parish of Burnsall with Banns published, and married by Mr Matthew Knowles November the 1st". Robert described as a laborer of Cracoe, Burnsall Parish, on Magdalen’s death entry.

Children: known are - Jonathan, Stephen


1  Jonathan Cowgill bapt 21 Oct 1753, Carleton in Craven, bur 4 Nov 1762, "a poor boy from Craco", bur by the Rector, Mr Knowles (Rylstone Chapel entry).


2  Stephen Cowgill bapt 25 Dec 1755, Carleton in Craven, bur 2 Feb 1762, “son of Robert Cowgill of Craco, laborer, bur by the Rector, Mr Matthew Knowles (Rylstone Chapel entry).


6  Rosamund Cowgill bapt 10 May 1685, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, m 1 Sep 1711, St Mary-le-Gill, Barnoldswick, Richard Broughton Jr.


7  William Cowgill bapt 13 Jun 1688, St Mary’s, Carleton in Craven, bur 2 Mar 1735, St Andrew’s, Kildwick, m Susanna _____, of Sutton, bur 10 Aug 1742, Kildwick. William described in parish records as a shoemaker and cordwinder; lived at Eastburn.

Children: known are – Sarah(?), William(?), John, Mary, Anne, Martha, Brian (?)


1  Sarah Cowgill, m 6 Jul 1735, St Andrew’s, Kildwick, Walter Widdup (“Walter Widdup, Taylor, & Sarah Cowgill, Spinster, both of Eastburn in this Parish, were Married by Banns by me Jonathan Jackson, Curate of Silsden”). This is a postulated link.


2  William Cowgill, bur 15 Jun 1750, St Andrews, Keighley, m 22 May 1739, Keighley, Sarah Partle. William described as “yeoman of Eastburn” in 1745, then as “butterman”. William probably a son of William above. Sarah m(2) 26 Apr 1753, St Andrew’s, Joseph Proctor.

Children: known are – Mary, John, William, James, Sarah


1  Mary Cowgill bapt 28 May 1740, Keighley, d early? Need parish record to verify.


2  John Cowgill bapt 23 Jan 1742/3, Keighley. On 28/29 Jan 1764, John executed an indenture of lease & release of property in Eastburn with John Whalley jointly with his mother Sarah Proctor (wife of Joseph Proctor and widow of William Cowgill), John being a shalloon weaver, eldest son and heir at law of William, deceased, late of Kighley (sic) who d intestate (Deedbook AZ 347 445). No further information.


3  William Cowgill bapt 2 Feb 1745/6, bur 8 Sep 1746, St Andrews, Kildwick.


4  James Cowgill bapt 15 Nov 1747, St Andrews, Kildwick. No further information.


5  Sarah Cowgill bapt 1 Jan 1749/50, Keighley, m 19 Nov 1771, Keighley, John Wilson. Two of her daus b in Skipton in 1783/1784, when Sarah was described as dau of William Cowgill, late of Keighley, laborer. John Wilson described as a laborer, son of Robert Wilson of Hainworth near Bingley.


3  John Cowgill bapt 2 Feb 1718, St Andrew’s, Kildwick. No further information.


4  Mary Cowgill bapt 22 Dec 1721, St Andrew’s, Kildwick. No further information.


5  Anne Cowgill bapt 11 Aug 1723, St Andrew’s, Kildwick. No further information.


6  Martha Cowgill bapt 3 May 1731, bur 22 Dec 1738, St Andrew’s, Kildwick.


7  Brian Cowgill b ca 1730, bur 12 Jul 1810, St Andrew’s, Kildwick, aged 80y, m 11 Jul 1754, St Andrew’s, Ann Tempest, b ca 1721, bur 18 Jul 1805, Cowling, aged 84y. Brian was described as a shalloonmaker (a twilled woolen cloth used chiefly for linings) at his wedding, as a weaver of Ickornshaw, Cowling, at burial. On 2 Apr 1767, Brian (as Bryan) signed an indenture with/to? Christopher Emmott of Bedside(?) in Cowling, yeoman, and Bryan Cowgill, yeoman of Cowling, of a common close adjoining Westfield where Bryan had a house and other structures (Deedbook BI 408 562). Note: there is no evidence to support placing Brian here. This Brian may instead be a son of William and Elizabeth (Driver) Cowgill. Need a birth cert or some other evidence to validate.

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