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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Cowesby St Michael


The Parish

The parish of Cowesby lies in the central part of the North Riding of Yorkshire. Cowesby is located about 6 miles southeast of the market town of Northallerton and sits on the western fringe of the North Yorkshire Moors. Cowesby sits in lanes about 2 miles east of the busy A19 road which links Thirsk with Teeside. There is not much to Cowesby merely a scatter of farms and cottages most sited along an east-west running lane or at the immediate foot of the Moorland escarpment. The area would have had been agricultural at the time of this transcript with a mixed farming regime in place, today arable tends to dominate as heavy machinery was developed. A number of small streams drain the parish westwards into the Cod Beck, this leads via the Swale to the North Sea through the Humber Estuary. Cowesby is sited at around 130 metres above the sea but land rises steeply to its east onto the North Yorkshire Moors reaching local heights at 374 metres on Little Moor about 2 miles east. North Yorkshire parishes are rather large in area but Cowesby was quite small, more reminiscent of a southern parish, it covered just over 1,150 acres and would have supported a population of around 100 parishioners. In Domesday times Cowesby was shared between one Hugh (son of Baldric) and the King, himself, it could offer just 4 ploughs as well as small meadows and woodland.

The Church

St Michael's church sits on the northern side of Cowesby's main east/west running lane. Regrettably the mediaeval church on the site was demolished and a new church built in 1846. The building is in a neo-Norman style with a central tower topped by a pyramidal roof. The building clearly lacks great architectural interest as Pevsner dismisses it a couple of lines serving only to document its architect. The church is set rather back from the road, a metal gateway (opposite 2 modern cottages) marked with a footpath sign leads by a dark, tree-lined pathway to the churchyard. There are rather too many mature trees within the churchyard for photographic comfort making for a difficult building to adequately capture.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 11th November 1754 - 23rd March 1811 North Yorkshire Record Office - Reference - PR/COW/1/4 Plain, unruled & margined book containing combined Banns & Marriages Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 13th April 1815 - 10th May 1837 North Yorkshire Record Office - Reference - PR/COW/1/5 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Over Silton St Mary
Over Silton St Mary
Over Silton St Mary
Leake St Mary
Felixkirk St Felix
Leake St Mary
Leake St Mary
Kirby Knowle St Wilfrid
Felixkirk St Felix

1760 1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 11/11/1754 Robert PLUMMER   Thormanby Frances BROWN Single  
2 01/05/1755 James ELLENER Single   Mary HARRISON Single  
3 05/05/1755 John BROWNE Single   Mary PEACOCK    
4 16/04/1760 William WRIGHT     Elizabeth STOREY    
7 26/06/1763 Richard REED   Greatham, Durham Mary ELLA    
5 27/09/1763 George DUNNING   Stonegrave Anne BROWN    
8 02/01/1765 George BAITMAN   Thirsk Mary HARKER    
9 06/08/1766 Abraham SMITH     Ann BACK   Northallerton
6 13/11/1766 Thomas ARMSTRONG     Mary ELLA    
10 15/05/1783 John YOUNG Single Durham Eleanor HUNTER Single  
11 28/10/1783 Benjamin ATLAY Single   Rachel SMITH Single South Kilvington
28/12/1783 William EGGLESTON Single   Mary RAWLIN Single Over Silton
20/06/1785 John SHAW Single Thirsk Eleanor CLARKE Single  
23/11/1791 William BIGET   Whorlton Jane GRANGER    
06/08/1792 William WRIGHT Single   Hannah SMITH Single Over Silton
12/02/1793 George TONS     Dorothy PLOWIES    
05/05/1796 Thomas LANGDALE Single   Elizabeth HILL Single  
12/05/1796 John WRIGHT Single   Ann LINFOOT Single  
23/11/1801 William WOOD     Mary HOLMES    
06/01/1802 John PANNIT   Leake Mary CLARK    
22/04/1802 James EASBY   Whorlton Jane HILL    
25/11/1802 Robert REED   South Kilvington Elizabeth PEACOCK    
11/08/1810 James WRIGHT   Over Silton Ann HILL    
23/03/1811 Francis CAMPBELL     Mary WARNER    
1 13/04/1815 Cuthbert KIRK   Leake Rachel ATLAY    
2 25/02/1819 James SMITH   Leake Jane LANGDALE    
3 11/12/1820 David HOLMES     Ann WRIGHT    
4 26/12/1821 William KITCHING   Felixkirk Maria BROWN    
5 20/05/1823 Thomas WINN   Kirby Wiske Mary CUSSINS    
6 15/08/1825 Benjamin ATLAY     Isabella HILL   Leake
7 17/04/1828 John HILL   Leake Maria ATLAY    
8 09/11/1828 Thomas CARTER     Ann WOOD    
9 05/06/1830 John KING   Bolton Upon Swale Ann ALMACK    
10 14/05/1831 Thomas WEATHERILL     Elizabeth DISON    
11 08/10/1832 Thomas DANE     Fillis BROWN   Kilburn
12 27/12/1832 William SIDDAL     Hannah BROWN    
13 09/11/1833 Francis HILL   Over Silton Susanna PEACOCK    
14 19/12/1833 William ELLENOR     Mary HUTCHINSON   Carlton Miniott
15 19/12/1833 Thomas HIND   Topcliffe Mary ELLENOR    
16 17/03/1834 George CARTER   Guisborough Dinah EATON    
17 15/05/1834 Thomas MEAN     Ann SPIVEY   Northallerton
18 01/06/1834 George COCKFIELD     Elizabeth HILL    
19 10/05/1837 James CHAPMAN     Sarah ATLAY    
20 10/05/1837 William HEWISON     Ann ATLAY    

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