The Children of John Gaskell and Elizabeth Thumpstone
Sarah Gaskell: 1706 - ?
Sarah was baptised at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 10th November 1706
She married Adam Dawson at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 21st February 1731, Adam was a “Clock Winder” of Little Heaton, between Prestwich and Manchester. They had at least six children:
John Dawson baptised at Prestwich c.1735. In later life he was of Unsworth, near Bury in Lancashire. He married and had 5 children
Anne Dawson baptised at Middleton, Oldham on 7th August 1737
Sarah Dawson baptised at Middleton, Oldham on 22nd April 1739
Adam Dawson baptised at Middleton, Oldham on 22nd March 1741. In later life he was of Royton Mold, in the Parish of Middleton. He married and had 4 children
Jeremiah Dawson baptised at Middleton, Oldham on 10th July 1743. In later life he was of of Blakeley, Manchester. He married and had 5 children. Sarah, his mother, was living as a widow with Jeremiah in 1794
Thomas Dawson baptised at Middleton, Oldham on 1st May 1746
In a letter from the wife of Sarah’s brother John, Elizabeth, to her son George on 10th July 1769, she writes that “little Bob Dawson is dead”. Bob may or may not be of the above Dawson family.
Sarah is mentioned in the will of her sister, Ann Misenor, nee Gaskell, in 1784 as still living in Middleton, Lancashire. The details on John, Adam and Jeremiah come from William Usher’s letters – see George Gaskell
Daniel Gaskell: 1707 - 1736
Daniel was baptised at the Collegiate Church on 12th September 1707. He married Ann Low on 1st January 1729/30 in Eccles, Lancashire. Daniel was buried at the Collegiate Church on 4th December 1735. His wife, Ann, was buried on 13th January 1735/36. There is no evidence of any children
Lydia Gaskell: 1709 - ?
Lydia was baptised at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 10th October 1709
Lydia married James Thorpe at the Collegiate Church on 22nd January 1736. James subsequently died and Lydia married John Plant at the Collegiate Church on 15th November 1746.
James and Lydia had one daughter:
Martha Thorpe, baptised on 28th December 1749. Lydia was living in Manchester in 1784 - mentioned in the will of her Aunt, Ann.
John Gaskell: 1714 - 27 April 1766
See John Gaskell notes
Deborah Gaskell: 1715 - ?
Deborah was baptised at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 25th December 1715.
Deborah married Mr Curtis of London and was living in Chelsea, London in 1784 - mentioned in the will of her sister, Ann.
Thomas Gaskell: 1719 - 1 May 1780
Thomas was baptised at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 18th May 1719.
Thomas lived in Uxbridge, Middlesex, following his childhood in Manchester. On 6th February 1748 he married Dianah Austin of Harefield, Middlesex in Ickenham Middlesex.
In a letter from his brother John’s wife Elizabeth, to her son George on 10th July 1769, Elizabeth inserted a P. S. “ I have not heard from Billy (William) this month. I think to write soon to his Uncle about binding him”. The uncle being Thomas, and Billy, George’s twin brother, William. He also appears on 12th June 1769, when George’s mother writes of a waistcoat given by Uncle Gaskell, who must have been John’s brother - Thomas.
The Gentleman’s Magazine of December 1769 records the bankruptcy of Thomas Gaskell of Uxbridge, Linen Draper. In a note, written by his nephew, George Gaskell, the death date of Thomas is recorded as 1st May 1780, implying he was close to this Uncle. Both George and William lived in London.
Peter Gaskell: 1721 - 26 May 1745,
Peter was baptised on 21st July 1721
He died on 26th May 1745; this was recorded on his parents’ gravestone. He was buried at the Collegiate Church, Manchester on 31st May 1745.
Joseph Gaskell: 1722 - ?
Joseph was baptised on 29th May 1722. Nothing further is known about him and he must have died at a young age.
Elizabeth Gaskell: 1723 - ?
Elizabeth was baptised at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 21st September 1723.
Elizabeth married firstly Thomas Cheadle of Salford at the Collegiate Church, Manchester on 8th August 1753. Thomas was a Warehouseman in Manchester, and they had one son:
John Cheadle was baptised at the Collegiate Church, Manchester on 1st January 1754 and named after his Uncle, John Gaskell. This John was living in Halifax, Yorkshire in 1794.
Elizabeth secondly married William Usher at the Collegiate Church, Manchester on 16th June 1765. She is mentioned in the will of her sister, Ann in 1784. William Usher was the author of a number of letters to the agent of George, the son of Elizabeth’s brother, John.
Ann Gaskell: 1726 - 12 June 1784
Ann was baptised at The Collegiate Church, Manchester on 2nd May 1726
Ann married Thomas Misenor of Battersea Rise. George, son of Ann’s brother, John, recorded the death dates of his Aunt as Saturday, 12th June 1784 and Uncle on Monday, 28th May 1779 – this date is also recorded in The Gentleman’s Magazine. George must have been close to the Misenors who lived in London, as was George’s twin brother, William.
Thomas Misenor is recorded in Lowndes Directory of London from 1772 until his death as Blackwell-hall factor of 50 Lothbury, which is in the City of London. Blackwell Hall, otherwise known as Bakewell Hall, had held a weekly market for woollen cloth from home and overseas, since the 13th Century; the property then belonged to John de Banquelle, Alderman of Dowgate Ward in the City of London. The property later came into the hands of Thomas Bakewell. It was rebuilt in 1588 and again, after the Great Fire, in the 1670’s; it was this building which was described by Hatter in his “New View of London” of 1708 as a “spacious building”. It was, also the same building used by Thomas in course of his business as a Trader in Woollen Cloth.
Anne’s will was dated 28th May 1784 and proved at London on 17th June 1784. When Ann wrote her will and, according to the Gentleman’s Magazine when she died, she was living in Great Ormand Street in the United Parishes of St Andrew, Holborn and St George the Matyr, in the County of Middlesex. She desired to be buried in the same vault as that of her husband in Battersea Church in the County of Surrey. She had considerable wealth and must have lived in some style, leaving the bulk of her estate to her nephews, George and William Gaskell.
The information on all these children, except Daniel, comes from letters from William Usher, through an intermediary, to John’s son, George, held at the Worcester Record Office.
All daughters are mentioned in the will of Ann above.
Baptismal and marriage dates from records at the Collegiate Church in Manchester.
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