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Cleveland MEWBURN

Male Abt 1505 -


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  • Name Cleveland MEWBURN 
    Born Abt 1505 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I2143  Mewburn
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 

    Father Progenitor MEWBURN,   b. Abt 1480, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. John MEWBORN,   b. Abt 1628, Ormesby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1674, Ormesby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)  [natural]
     2. George MEWBURN,   b. Abt 1725,   d. Abt Oct 1803, Guisborough, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)  [natural]
     3. Kirkleatham MEABURNE,   b. Abt 1546  [natural]
     4. William MEWBURNE,   b. Abt 1530,   d. Abt 1578, Ormesby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)  [natural]
     5. John MEWBORN,   b. Abt 1580,   d. 1647, Ormesby, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [natural]
     6. Christopher MEWBORN,   b. Abt 1602,   d. Abt Jan 1655, Stainton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F669  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • There are hints that the lines of Mewburns hailing from the Cleveland area of North Yorkshire were all related. Proof of these relationships are not entirely clear, however.

      There is no doubt that a good many Mewburns lived and farmed in the rich lands just south of the river Tees. Several appear in the Hearth Tax records of 1673 so were already prosperous enough to be considered potentially taxable. They are associated predominantly with four parishes - Stainton, Marton, Eston and Ormesby, and to a lesser extent with parishes to the West and East of that cluster.

      The earliest and most numerous records are from Ormesby. The first is for the baptism of a Bridgett to a John in 1559.

      We then have three wills in 1578, 1583 and 1598 apparently all for members of the family of a William Mewburne who may have been born around 1530, or earlier. This provides confirmation that at least two Mewburn families were at Ormesby in the mid-16th century.

      There is then nothing until 1605 with the baptism of Isabell the daughter of a John. In the following year, 1606, Henrye married a Margarett Garnet. This indicates that both John and Henry were born in the 1570s-1580s. The burial of a Richard in 1611 could also hark back to that time since he might well be the son mentioned by William in his 1578 will.

      By speculating wildly it is even possible that John, the father of Bridget was also the father to John and Henry. There is no concrete evidence for that, however.

      In the material that follows a speculative structure is developed. We jump to a John who might have been born around 1580 and who apparently had 14 children. The 1647 will for John is the best evidence for him as the father of all the earliest births and for a second marriage to an Anne Mewburne. The will identifies a Richard as a son, though no baptism is known, and that has been taken as license to link him, and two marriages, into the structure and to identify him as the Richard of Ormesby, Thornaby and Nunesthorpe listed in the 1673 Hearth Tax.

      Evidence to link the generations is based on time and place of childrens' baptisms and on burial records but because there is evidence of other Mewburns appearing in the parish for whom there are no Ormesby baptism records the level of uncertainty is increased. For example in 1642 there is evidence of two John's fathering children in Ormesby (a George and a James baptised only five and a half months apart). Of course the actual births could have been more widely spaced so it is still possible that only one John was responsible.

      A line at Stainton begins with a birth in 1663 to a John who himself might have been born around 1638 - indeed he could be the 1633 son of Christopher. A second line at Marton started with a birth in 1664 to a George who could be the 1638 son also of Christopher - later descendants farmed at Ingleby Barwick. Another line at Ormesby has its first birth in 1671 to a Miles who is likely to have been the 1619 son of the early John, and who apparently moved to Loftus. Another pair of lines is attributed to a James of possibly 1654 (though the only Ormesby candidates are three from 1640-1642), with a line at Ormesby starting from Thomas born 1679, and another line at Seaton Delaval which became the Acomb line via James of around 1680.

      A further line began at Eston with the birth of Dorothy in 1701 to John 1648. John could technically also be the progenitor of the first Stainton line.