Early Hammerton Generations: The Poulton Tree
Hamerton family listed in Whitakers History of Craven (WHC)

 

Introduction:
1170 AD - Descended from Richard de Hamerton. who was living in 1170, at Hamerton, York. In the reign of Edward III. the family acquired Hellifield in the same county, where they still reside. Shirley's Noble and Gentle Men. The book is Patronymica Britannica.
1440 - Hellifield Peel was built by Laurence Hamerton in 1440. When the second Sir Stephen was executed for high treason and his possessions confiscated, the manor of Hellifield was preserved by a settlement for his mother during her life. After that it was granted by the king to one George Browne, of whom we know nothing positively except that he lived at Calais, and after changing hands several times it came back into the Hamerton family by a fine levied in the time of Queen. The stone peel is Yorkshire's oldest and largest. It was built around 1440 when Henry VI granted the estate owner, Laurence Hamerton, a 'licence to crenelate' - build a fortification. The words 'Let no pictish warrior wage the savage war' were emblazoned over the main door until relatively recently.
Agnes Hammerton born about 1529 Wigglesworth, Yorkshire, parents Stephen Hamerton and Elizabeth Bigod. Agnes Hammerton married Walter Charles Strickland born 5 April 1516 at Sizergh, Westmoreland, c1540. Agnes was buried 20 October 1588 in Wigglesworth Agnes and Walter had one child Ellen Strickland birth after 1540 she married John Carleton c1582 Sizergh. John Carleton was born c 1550/55 died 27 January 1623 Beeford, Yorkshire and burial was 27 January 1623. His parents were Thomas Carleton and Jennette Wilson.
The Hamertons held the house for six centuries. One, Sir Stephen Hamerton, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Smithfield for joining the Pilgrimage of Grace, the northern rebellion against Henry VIII's religious reforms in 1537.
1610 - of Hellifield Peel, born in 1610, married Dorothy, daughter and co- heir of Richard Folkingham, esq. of North Hall, in Yorkshire, and was s. by his eldest son, Stephen Hamerton, esq. of Hellifield Peel, who espoused Eleanor, daughter of Alexander Rushton, esq.
In 1908, on the death of Chisnall Hamerton, the family's last male heir, it was leased to Sir William Nicholson, a wealthy Leeds builder and one-time Lord Mayor of the city.

The Hammertons from whom we are descended were a family of artisans – blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters and joiners. In complete contrast to most families in the West Riding of Yorkshire, very few members of the Hammerton family were miners. In later times a few of the menfolk branched out into other trades such as tailoring and jewellery making. Christian names such as Stephen and Joseph recur in almost every generation of each branch of the family. Stephen was a relatively rarely used name in England as it still held many evil connotations resulting from the chaotic reign of King Stephen in the 12th century. Other names such as William, Thomas, John and later George also occur regularly. Edward, Robert, James and other popular contemporary names were rarely or never used. There is not the same regularity of naming amongst the daughters of the family with only Elizabeth occurring in most generations. The name of Hammerton seems to originate in the North Riding of Yorkshire where a Sir Stephen de Hamerton held a manor in the 13th century. “A Topographical Dictionary of Yorkshire for the Year 1822” by Thomas Langdale says this of Hammerton – “a farm house in the township of Easingham, and parish of Slaidburn, 1.5 miles from Slaidburn. This place, which gave name to one of the most ancient families in Craven, is now only a large farmhouse, which with the estate annexed, belongs to Manchester School. Here was a Chantry founded by Stephen de Hamerton, in the chapel of St Mary, within his manor of Hamerton, in 1332, for a competent secular chaplain, presentable by himself during his life, and after his decease, by his son John, and his heirs, in the said chapel, to celebrate masses etc for the said Stephen, Richard his father & Agnes his mother. For the support of which chaplain, he amortized two messuages, 36 acres of land, and 20 acres of meadow, in Slaidburn & New Laund in Rowland for ever. This endowment was confirmed by William, Archbishop of York in February 1332.” There is also a village of Hamerton in Huntingdonshire. The links established below for the period up until about 1750 at least are still tenuous and there is probably no way that they can ever be established beyond dispute. The early family relationships are based on a number of assumptions in particular naming patterns across generations and occupations. It was only the decision to include more detail in the census from 1841 onwards, which allowed genealogists to establish firm family relationships in the 19th century. Luckily the surname Hammerton is comparatively quite rare. Parish registers record that there were Hammertons living at Emley, nine miles north west of Barnsley midway to Huddersfield, as early as 1634. In the parish records Hammerton is a relatively rare surname and it appears only every several years. Therefore any of the Hammertons there are certain to be relatives, with only the relationship between them to be established. Emley was an important iron-making centre until its iron ore deposits started to diminish in the 18th century and the village went into rapid decline. This coincides with the move of Stephen Hammerton and his family south to the Barnsley district in the 1740’s. Our probable ancestor Stephen Hammerton and his family moved into the parish of Silkstone, which includes Barnsley in about 1747. A branch of this family then appear to have moved on to Worsbrough, South Yorkshire in the early 19th century from nearby Wombwell. Wombwell was part of the parish of Darfield where most of the family’s births, marriages and burials took place in the late 18th century. In the 1850s four of the Hammertons were blacksmiths in Worsbrough, which indicates that they worked for a fairly large concern. By 1881 the Hammerton family in Worsbrough was greatly diminished, probably by migration to Australia and to the larger urban centres of England. One branch of the family moved to Geelong in Victoria whilst another moved to Helensburgh south of Sydney. By 1900 the Hammerton family had all but disappeared from the Worsbrough parish registers.

Minus Twenty Two Generation
1Richard de Hamerton, b 1141, d 1172. He married Unknown Unknown.
 Children:
 2iOrme de Hamerton.
  iiStephen de Hamerton.
 
Minus Twenty One Generation
2Orme de Hamerton, b 1172, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn, Yorkshire. He married Avicia Unknown, b 1176.
 Children:
 3iJohn de Hamerton, b 1198.
  iiAmabilia Hamerton.
  iiiThomas de Hamerton. He was the parson of Warden Chapel, now the parish of Slaidburn
 
Minus Twenty Generation
3John de Hamerton, b 1198. He married Alice de Calton.
 Children:
 4iRichard de Hamerton, b 1226, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn.
 
Minus Nineteen Generation
4Richard de Hamerton, b 1226, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn. Lord of Hamerton. He married Agnes Sedgewick, b 1230. Held one carucate of land in Hamerton
 Children:
 5iStephen de Hamerton, b1254, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn.
 
Minus Eighteen Generation
5Stephen de Hamerton, b 1254, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn. Lord of Hamerton. He married Unknown Unknown. In 1316 Stephen de Hamerton was benefactor of Kirkstall Abbey and founded a chantry at Hamerton The Chantry founded by Stephen de Hamerton, in the chapel of St. Mary, within his manor of Hamerton, in 1332, for a competent secular chaplain, presentable by himself during his life, and after his decease, by his son John, and his heirs, in the said chapel, to celebrate masses, &c. for the said Stephen, Richard his father, and Agnes his mother. For the support of which chaplain, he amortized two messuages, thirty six acres of land, and twenty acres of meadow, in Slaidburn, and New Laund in Rowland, for ever. This endowment was confirmed by William, Archbishop of York, in February, 1332. Two institutions only occur for this chantry, and as it does not appear in the catalogue of Archbishop Holgate or Browne Willis, it seems most probable that it fell long before the general dissolution.
 Children:
 6iJohn de Hamerton, b 1308, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn, Lord of Hamerton.
 
Minus Seventeen Generation
6John de Hamerton, b1308, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn. Lord of Hamerton. He married Agnes de Arches in 1333. She married (1) Walter DE FAUCONBERG, then married (2) John DE WIGGLESWORTH before marrying (3) John de Hammerton.
 Children:
 7iAdam de Hamerton, b 1334, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn, Lord of Hamerton.
 
Minus Sixteen Generation
7Adam de Hamerton, b 1334, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn. He married Katherine de Knoll. She brought considerable wealth and influence with her to the family when her father Elias, son of Reginald, transferred the manor of Wigglesworth to the Hammertons. Previously lords of Hammerton, they were now also lords of Knowlesmere, Wigglesworth and Hellifield. They left Hammerton and settled at Wigglesworth Hall and in 1436 Laurence Hamerton was licensed to keep a chaplain to sing Mass in his manor house at 'Wiklesworth'. An arched doorway to an outbuilding, opposite the entrance to the supposed 16th century house, remains today ...... Adam and Katherine had a son Richard and his marriage added the Manor of Langfield near Halifax to the estate, together with a third of the Manors of Rishworth, Bottomley, Barkisland and Scammonden in the area.
 Children:
 8iRichard de Hamerton, b 1356, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn.
 
Minus Fifteen Generation
8Richard de Hamerton, b 1356, Hamerton Hall, Slaidburn. Lord of Hamerton, Knolsmere, Wigglesworth and Hellifield Peel. He married Elizabeth Radcliff in 1376. She was born in Langfield, Yorkshire and died in 1449. Daughter of William de Radcliff and Ellen. This marriage added the Manor of Langfield near Halifax to the estate, together with a third of the Manors of Rishworth, Bottomley, Barkisland and Scammonden in the area.
 Children:
 9iLaurence Hamerton, b 1380, d 1461 and was buried in the South Choir of Long Preston Church.
 
Minus Fourteen Generation
9Laurence Hamerton, b 1380, d 1461 and was buried in the South Choir of Long Preston Church. He married in 1400 to Isabel Tempest, b 1389, Bracewell, Yorkshire, daughter of Sir John Tempest, of Bracewell and Alice, daughter of Richard Sherburne of Stonyhurst. Laurence obtained a licence to crenellate his mansion at Hellifield.
 Children:
  10iRichard Hamerton, b 1401, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1480.
  iiAlice Hamerton, b 1402, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire She married in 1921 to Richard Sherburne, b c1402 in Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire. He died before 1440.
  iiiElizabeth Hamerton, b 1404, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1480, Fordwich, Kent. She married (1) Thomas Unknown (Carell?) of Aldwark, Lancashire then in 1445 to (2) John Woodrove, b 1416, Woolley, Yorkshire, d 20th October 1487, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Apparently Elizabeth and John, below, are depicted in a leaded window in Woolley church.
  ivLaurence Hamerton, b 1405, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
  vJane Hamerton, b 1406, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married Unknown Metcalf, b Nappa, Wensleydale, Yorkshire.
  viiKatherine Hamerton, b 1410, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married Peter Murfield of Murfield, Howley and Tong.
  viiiJames Hamerton, b 1414, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. He married Unknown Unknown and had son, Richard. Richard married Unknown Unknown.
  ixGrace Hamerton, b 1420, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married Thomas Pudsey of Bolton and Barford.
  xPeter Hamerton, b 1420, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
 
Minus Thirteen Generation
10Richard Hamerton, b 1401, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1480. He married in 1426 to Elizabeth Assheton, b 1339, Tankersley, d 10th August 1466. She was the Daughter of Sir John Assheton, b 1368, d 1428, of Assheton-Under-line. Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of Henry IV, and Lady Jane Saville of Tankersleigh, b 1372, d 1410, widow of Sir Ralph Harrington of Tankersleigh, b 1372, d 1410.
 Children:
  11iStephen Hamerton, b 1427, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1501.
 12iiJohn Hamerton, b 1429, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire d 1487.
  iiJane Hamerton, b 1431, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married Brian Rocliffe, b Cowthorpe, Wetherby, Yorkshire, Baron of the Exchequer, second son of Guy Rocliffe near Wetherby.
  viIsabel Hamerton, b c1408, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married (1) Unknown Radcliff then (2) Sir John Mallory, b 1427, Studley, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, d 1475.
  iiWilliam Hamerton, b c 1333, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
  iiElizabeth Hamerton, b 1436, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1487.
  iiPeter Hamerton, b 1438, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1501.
 
Minus Twelve Generation
11Stephen Hamerton, b 1427, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1501. he married Isabel Plumpton, b 1422, Plumpton Hall, Yorkshire, daughter of Sir William Plumpton and Elizabeth Stapleton
 Children:
  iMargaret Hamerton, b 1447, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married William Middleton, born Middleton near Ilkley and Stockeld near Wetherby. He died 1474.
 13iiJohn Hamerton, b 1449, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
12John Hamerton, b 1429, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire d 1487. He married Elizabeth Unknown, b 1424.
 Children:
  iRaner Hamerton, b. after 1446. Mentioned in her Grandfather, Richard's Will.
  iiRoger Hamerton, b. after 1446. Mentioned in his Grandfather, Richard's Will.
 
Minus Eleven Generation
13John Hamerton, b 1449, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 20th September 1515. He married Elizabeth Middleton, b 1453, Daughter of Sir Geoffrey Middleton of Middleton Hall, Co Westmoreland, Kent.
  Children:
 14iStephen Hamerton, b 1480, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 25th May 1537.
 15iiRichard Hamerton. b 1482, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
  iiiLaurence Hamerton, b Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
  ivThomas Hamerton, b Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire.
 
Minus Ten Generation
14Stephen Hamerton, b 1480, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 25th May 1537. He married Elizabeth Bigod, b 1484, Settrington, Yorkshire, d 3rd May 1538, daughter of John Bigod and Joan Strangeways.
 Children:
 16iHenry Hamerton, b 1511, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1537.
  iiMargaret Hamerton, b 1513, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1538.
  iiiAgnes Hamerton, b 1520, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married 28th April 1537 to Walter Cecil Strickland of Sizergh, Westmoreland, b 1516, d 1569.
15 Richard Hamerton. b 1482, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. He married Agnes Sedgwick, b 1486, Dent, Yorkshire, daughter of John Sedgwick of Dent and Karen Schatko.
 Children:
 17iJohn Hamerton, b. 1513, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
  iiWilliam Hamerton, b c1515, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire. He married Bennet Castelyn, born in London, daughter of William Castelyn of London, Gent, and Angela his wife, daughter of Michel Vlischo of Chloes of Greece
  iiiLaurence Hamerton, b c1517, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
  ivAnne Hamerton, b c1519, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
  vElizabeth Hamerton, b c1521, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
 
Minus 9 Generation
16Henry Hamerton, b 1511, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire, d 1537. He married on 8th May 1535 at Coventry, Warwickshire to Joan Stapleton, b 1509, Wighill, Yorkshire, d 23rd June 1538, daughter of Christopher Stapleton of Wighill and Alice, daughter of William Aske, of Aske.
 Children:
  iMargaret Hamerton, b 1536, Hamerton, Wiggleworth, Yorkshire. She married Francis Redman, b 1534.
17John Hamerton, b. 1513, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire. He married in 1543 to Ursula Banister, daughter of Robert Banister of Skelbroke.
 Children:
 18iLaurence Hammerton, b 1544, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
  iiUrsula Hammerton, b 1546, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
 
Minus Eight Generation
18Laurence Hammerton, b 1544, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire. He married in 1574 to Mary Wycliffe, born 1548 at Wycliffe, daughter of William Wycliffe of Wycliffe, near Richmond, Yorkshire
  Children:
 19iStephen Hammerton, born 1575, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
  iiJohn Hammerton, born 1577, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire. He married Unknown Unknown. This is purely circumstancial but he is the closest link to the Hammerton's who were not part of the Gentry and well to do's so until proved otherwise I will link him to Richard Hammerton.
 
Minus Seven Generation
19Stephen Hammerton, born 1575, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire, died in 1651 and buried at Belfrey Church, York, Yorkshire on 9th November 1651. He married (1) Mary Vavasor, daughter of Sir Mauger Vavasor of Weston, Kent. As far as I aware there were no children from this marriage. He then married on 5th October 1607 at Thornton to (2) Mary Lister, born 1587, Thornton, daughter of Laurence Lister of Thornton and Midhope.
 Children:
 20iJohn Hammerton, born 1610, Hellifield Peel, Yorkshire.
  iiEleanor Hammerton, born c 1612, buried at Thornton on 16th May 1612.
  iiiMartin Hammerton born c 1614, baptized on 20th August 1629 at Long Preston.

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