Farndale, son of William
& Mary Farndale (FAR00183) of Kilton
(Brotton PR & IGI)
www.birdsinthetree.com indicates DOB 30
Matthew Farndale & Hannah Thompson married, Brotton, 13 May 1829. Aged 35.
www.birdsinthetree.com indicates Hannah Thompson
was born 11 October 1807 and died 9 December 1892 aged 85
(Brotton PR & IGI)
Mary Ann Farndale, born Kilton 6 Apr 1831 (FAR00313).
Elizabeth Farndale, born Kilton 5 Apr 1832 (FAR00323).
Census 1841 - Kilton;
Matthew Farndale, 45, Farmer, born Yorks; (ie born about 1796)
Hannah Farndale, 30, born Yorks;
(ie about 1811)
Mary Ann Farndale,10, born Yorks;
(ie about 1831) (FAR00313).
Elizabeth Farndale, 8, born Yorks;
(ie about 1833) (FAR00323).
Thomas Farndale 15, Male servant Born Yorks; (ie about 1826) (FAR00280), son of his brother
George Farndale (FAR00215).
Census 1851 - Hallgarth,
Matthew Farndale, Head; Marr; age 57;farmer; 150
acres; 2 lab; b Kilton
Hannah Farndale, wife; marr;
age 43; born Sleights ( 1808).
Mary Ann Farndale, dau;
u/m; age 19; born Kilton
(1832) (see FAR00313).
Elizabeth Farndale, dau;
u/m; age 17; born Kilton
(1834) (see FAR00323).
Plus servant and lodger living in.
Books 1835 - 1850;
All Show Matthew Farndale, as ‘Farmer; occupier
of Kilton Hall
Life at Kilton before emigration to Australia
Farndale was one of twin sons born at Kilton Hall and baptised at The Parish Church, Brotton, on 3
November 1973. The other twin was William. Mathew and William were the third
and fourth children of William and Mary Farndale of Kilton Hall Farm, Kilton. Kilton was then a
village of some 120 inhabitants. Matthew's elder brothers were George (born
1789) and John (born 1971). There were to be four more children, Mary (b
1796), Martin (b 1798), Anna (b 1801) and Elizabeth (b 1804).
We know very
little about Matthew's life at Kilton and he is not mentioned at all in his brother
John's book about Kilton. However
he would be brought up on the farm, go to school in the village or possibly
at Brotton and go to church regularly. His parents
were churchgoers and about the turn of the century became methodists.
There is no evidence that he ever left the farm as he grew up. In 1816 his
father took a farm at Easby for his elder brother
George and another at Skelton for his
next elder brother John. This left Matthew with his father William and his
younger brother Martin at the Hall Farm Kilton. As
he grew uo (he would be 23 when his elder brother
left home) he clearly did more at Kilton. His name first appears in the Kilton Church Rates Book in `1829 as paying more rates
than his father. He paid 8/9d and his father 7/9 3/4d. This would indicate
that he was now in charge at Kilton aged 36. 1829
was also the year he was married. On 13 May 1829 Matthew Farndale of Kilton married Hannah Thompson of Sleights at the Parish
Chapelry Brotton, indicating a methodist
marriage. They were married by licence with consent of their parents by
William Close, the Minister. Both signed in the presence of Ann Thompson,
Elizabeth Seller and Richard Thompson. In 1831 their eldest daughter, MARY
ANN was born and baptised at Brotton on 6 April
In 1831 also his twin brother William died of
typhus fever. There is an obituary to him in the Methodist Records which
21st at Kilton:
In the Stokesley Circuit in his 37th year, Mr William Farndale Junior. He was
of an open disposition and of studious habits. About the year 1815 a revival
of the work of God took place in the neighbourhood where he resided. When he
was acquianted with his condition as a sinner and
sought and found the Lord to the joy of his heart. He then listed himself to
the Wesleyan Methodists and became very useful among them as an exhorter and
local preacher. The complaint typhus fever which terminated his mortal exitsence, considerably affected his mind, yet when he
recollected he expressed strong confidence in God."
He was buried at Brotton on 23
October and his tombstone still stands in Brotton
In 1832 ELIZABETH, second daughter to Matthew
and Hannah was born at Kilton and baptised at Brotton on 5 April
1832. The situation at Kilton at this stage is not
quite clear but as William got older Matthew began to take over, particularly
after his marriage in 1829. His younger brother Martin married Elizabeth
Hours at the Chapel, Brotton on 18 May 1833. There
were three families living at the Hall; William & Mary; Matthew and
Hannah and their two children; and Martin and Elizabeth. Somewhere about this
time their elder brother George returned from Easby
and in 1839 John's wife Martha had died at Skelton but he did not return to Kilton Both his younger sisters Mary and Elizabeth had
died and Anna was married, living at Seamer, in 1841.
From 1838 to 1850, Matthew is shown as a farmer
at Kilton and with his brother Martin on the
Register of Voters. Then at the census of 1841 we read: "Matthew
Farndale, a farmer of Kilton aged 45, Hannah his
wife aged 30, Mary Ann his daughter aged 10 and Elizabeth his daughter aged
8." However this census shows Matthew and his
family at Kilton Hall, Martin and Elizabeth at
Stank House nearby and William and Mary at Brotton.
Matthew signed the 1841 Census for Kilton.
On 25 March 1843 Matthew's mother Mary died at Brotton and was
buried in Brotton Old Churchyard on 28 March 1843
aged 81 years. It appears that old William now went to live with his daughter
Anna at Seamer for it was here that he died on 5 March 1846 aged 86, a farmer
who died of old age in the presence of his son in law, William Phillips. In
his will he left "All my money upon note and other securities unto my
said son Matthew Farndale ...... my said son Matthew Farndale, my sole
William expected Matthew to take over the farm at his death. We can only
guess what was going through Matthew's mind however.
It seems that he was not prepared to let down is father
but it seems that he did not want to spend the rest of his life at Kilton. Events went as follows. He was clearly at Kilton until 1849 as the following entries show:
6 Jun 1843 Martin & Matthew Kilton lane Repairs
31 Aug 1843 Matthew Swindles, loading stores
11 Dec 1843 Martin & Matthew Gripping stones
18 Mar 1844 Martin & Matthew Cutting snow
22 May 1844 Matthew Loading stones at Kilton Quarry 2/-
29 Jun 1844 Matthew & Martin Repair Cowhill Lane 2/- each
3 Feb 1845 Matthew Repair Cowhill
24 Mar 1845 Matthew Cutting stones How Lane,
cutting stones Kilton Lane, 2/- each lane"
There are also light entries in 1842 and 1843
for the provision of horses by Matthew for work on the roads, mainly How Lane
and Mill Beck. He was paid for these sometimes teams of 1, 2 or 3 horses. In
1843 the Rate Assessments @ 6d in the £ showed his brother @ £212, George
(now returned from Easby) @ £208 and Matthew @
£164, giving him a rateable value of £6,560.
The Kilton accounts show
Matthew as paying a rent of £100 for the first time in 1834. In the Estate
list of Freeholders Tithe for Brotton, Matthew was
shown as renting a farm at Kilton in 1843 and 1845
and Townend Farm in 1849. Also in 1849 is the entry:
"1849 John Marshal, Townend Farm, late
This would appear to be the year that Matthew
and his family left Kilton. His farm with details
of his fields are shown on the Tithe map for Kilton
The census of 1851 showed Martin and George, a
widower at Kilton and Mathew had moved to Hallgarth Farm, Kildale, a farm
of 150 acres and 2 labourers. He aged 57 and Hannah 43; Mary Ann his daughter
aged 19 and Elizabeth 17. Richard Thompson was a servant unmarried aged 51,
presumably his brother in law and they had a lodger, William Horsley aged 28
Farndale, aged 59, his wife Hannah Farndale, formerly Thompson, aged 45, his
daughter Elizabeth Farndale aged 19 (FAR00323) and his daughter
Mary Ann Martin (nee Farndale) (FAR00313)
aged 23 left Southampton on ‘The Argo’ (967 tons) on 8 Oct 1852.They arrived in Melbourne
Australia on 19 January 1853, a journey of 103 days or some three months.
now visit the webpage which details the Farndales and their
descendants of Australia, which line was started by Matthew.
is much more detailed information about Matthew and his family and his
emigration to Australia on that other webpage.
Matthew Farndale, age 90 at Birregurra,
Australia 8 Aug 1884. Hannah Farndale, age 84 at Birregurra, Australia 9 Dec 1892.
death or memorialised on the tombstone of his twin brother William.
Mary Ann had already married William Martin when they
emigrated, so although no direct Farndale line followed from this family in
Australia, the Martin family and other descendants can link in to this story.
For a comprehensive record of those descendants, including their link to the
Farndales, go to the website of Robert Mote at www.ozigen.com.