Farndale was born on 19 September 1845 at Fogga
Farm near Skelton. His father, Martin,
was working on the farm which belonged to James Taylor, his father-in-law.
His mother, Elizabeth (nee Taylor) seems to have been James' only child and
heiress. Martin was in fact the second son of Martin and Elizabeth. At the
time of the 1851 census the young Martin listed is listed as grandson to the
owner of the house he was living in (ie to James
Taylor of Fogga); he was aged 5 and born at Skelton. Certainly his birth is recorded in Skelton Parish Register as "Born
September 19th 1845 and baptised on October 20th 1845 as son of Martin
Farndale." Although all his brothers recorded at Somerset House,
Martin's birth is not recorded there. The family consisted of four boys,
William (b1842), Martin (b1845), John (b1848) and Matthew (b1850).
Martin's eldest brother died at Skelton, aged 11, of inflammation of the
chest on 29 January 1854. Martin was aged 9 at this time. He was probably
going to school at Skelton. His father died at Guisborough on 12 July 1862 of
empyma and at this time Martin was 17. There is a
family story that his father had been kicked by a horse.
For the next 14 years it appears that Martin
grew up in the Skelton /Brotton area. He
probably went on working for his maternal grandfather for some time, taking
on the responsibility of looking after his two younger brothers and his
By 1877 however, Martin was described as a miner
of Brotton on his marriage certificate. He married
Catherine Jane Lindsay, daughter of Andrew Lindsay, a shoemaker of
Darlington, at St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington on 7 July 1877. He was aged
31 and she was aged 28. The ceremony was witnesses by James Mattison and
Polly Thompson and the service was conducted by the Reverend T E Hodgson
32, about the time of his marriage
It appears that the newly wedded couple moved to
a cottage at Kilton-Thorpe. According to Brotton Parish Register, their eldest son John was
baptised on 17 February 1878 having been born 24 December 1877. He was born
"to Martin and Catherine Jane Farndale of Kilton
Thorpe, a miner." Their next child, a daughter, Elizabeth Lindsay was
born two years later on 11 December 1879 and baptised at Brotton on 25
January 1850. Martin and Catherine were still living at Kilton
Thorpe, but he was now described as a farmer. Their third child, Martin, was
born on 8 June 1881 and was baptised at Brotton on 31 July 1881 and his parents were still at
Kilton-Thorpe and described as farmers.
Sometime in the next two years Martin moved to Tranmire Farm near Whitby since his next two children
were born there. There is a family story that Martin asked his brother
Matthew to go to make a bid for Craggs Hall Farm near Brotton. The story
goes that Matthew returned saying that he'd taken the farm - for himself!
True or not that is where Matthew went and Martin went to Tranmire,
a farm some ten miles along the road to Whitby - a poor moore
farm near Ugthorpe situated on Roxby Moor. The
other brother John spent his life working on the railway at Loftus. It was at
Tranmire that their next son George was born in
January 1883 and also their next daughter, Catherine
Jane, named after her mother and always known as Kate; she was born on 16
Tranmire Farm, near Ugthorpe - Martin and
Catherine moved here in 1885 from Kilton Thorpe
But by the time James was born on 22 December
1885, the family had moved to Tidkinhow farm on Stranghow
Moor near Guisborough, an improvement on Tranmire.
Eldest son John recalled driving sheep from Tranmire
to Tidkinhow when seven years old; this would mean 1884.
The young family were brought up at Tidkinhow
and the other six children were born there. William was born on 22 June 1887, but died only two years later on 19 July
1889. By this time Mary Frances had been born on 22 January 1889 and another
son also to be called William, in January 1891. Two and a half years later
came Grace Alice, named after her mother's sister and her mother's mother,
Alice Lindsay. Then two years later Dorothy Annie was born on 24 May 1895 to
be followed by the last and youngest child, Alfred on 5 July 1897.
Farm, near Guisborough, about 1900 - Kate, Catherine, Alfred and Elizabeth
(Lynn) - Martin and Catherine moved here in 1887
By now Martin was 52 and his wife, Catherine
still only 43. They continued to work the farm at Tidkinhow and the eldest sons and
daughters were now starting to work helping to look after the youngest who
were going to school at Boosebeck. On 23 August
1903 Lynn (Elizabeth Lindsay) married George Barker and went to Tancred
Grange near Scorton to live. John worked on the
farm and in 18? Martin went to try his fortune in Western Canada, soon to be
followed by his brother George in ?. The Canada bug
hit the family hard and Kate went in ? to join her
brothers; she never returned to England. In ? James
followed though he was to spend his late life in the United States. Mary
remained at home until she was married to George Brown in ?
and went to live at ?. Meanwhile William had become a butcher at ?, but soon the Canada bug hit again and he went off to
join his brothers in Canada, settling in Regina (?) in ?.
The boys of
Tidkinhow in about 1910, John, James, Alfred, Willhe
boys of Tidkinhow about 1910 - John, James, Alfred, William, George, Martin
Farndales of Tidkinhow with Barker children - Willie B, Dorothy F, Mary F,
Mary B, Kate F, Grace F, Margaret B, John B - about 1910
On 14 July
1911, Catherine Jane Farndale died at Tidkinhow
aged 56; she was buried at Boosebeck Parish Church.
Martin was now alone at the farm, but surrounded by his family, though now
five were in Canada, two (Lynne and Mary) were married and one, the first
William, had died. John the eldest was on the farm and Grace, by now 18 and
Dorothy 16 were there to help bring up the youngest, Alfred, aged 14.
When the war came in 1914 three of the boys
became soldiers. James joined the American forces and fought in France. Soon
he was joined by William, serving in the Canadian Army who was wounded near
Ypres in 1917 and then by Alfred who served from 1916 to 1920 as a British
soldier in the Machine-Gun Corps in France and Mesopotamia.
After the war James returned to America where in
September 1917, he had married Edna Adams. William returned to Canada where
he too intended to marry, but tragically he died on 20 November 1919 from the
flu, contracted when he was still weak from his was wound. Alfred returned to
Tidkinhow in March 1920. But George
Barker, Lynn's husband at Tancred Grange had died in ?
and their young family wee unable to cope alone.
harvesting at Tidkinhow about 1920
Farndale mounted at Tidkinhow in about 1920
to help out and stayed until 1921 before he returned
home to help at the farm. He remained at home until Martin died on 17 January
1928, aged 82, of pneumonia. Martin is buried beside Catherine Jane at Boosebeck Parish Church where there is an inscription
which says "Catherine Jane Farndale, Died 14 July 1911 aged 56 years,
also MARTIN, Beloved Husband of the above, Died 17 January 1928 aged 82 years
of Tidkinhow Farm."
Farndale at Tancred Grange in about 1925 - his daughter, Lynn Barker, lived
Tidkinhow Farm about 1925 (notice sundial between upstairs windows
Martin Farndale at Tancred Grange about 1925 (his daughter, Lynn Barker lived
Farndale, George Brown, Grace Farndale, Willie Barker, and Mary Brown (nee
Farndale son of Martin and
Elizabeth Farndale (FAR00264) born Skelton;
baptised 20 Oct 1845.
Martin Farndale, miner, aged 31, son of Martin
Farndale, farmer, married Catherine Jane Lindsay, a spinster, aged 23 of
Darlington, daughter of Andrew Lindsay a shoemaker, at St Cuthberts
Church, Darlington, 7 Jul 1877.’
was born at Alnwick, Northumberland on 28 Jul 1854. Her father was a
shoemaker living in Queen's Head Yard, Alnwick - see Catherine's Birth
Lindsay on 29 October 1875, shortly before her marriage
His story is told in detail by following the
link to the Farndales
John Farndale, born Kilton
Thorpe 22 Dec 1878 (FAR00553).
Elizabeth Lindsay Farndale, born Kilton Thorpe 25 Jan 1880 (FAR00564).
Martin Farndale, born Kilton
Thorpe 8 Jun 1881 (FAR00571).
George Farndale, born Tranmire
9 Jan 1882 (FAR00588).
Catherine Jane Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm 16
Jun 1884 (FAR00601).
James Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm 22 Dec 1885
William Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm ?? Sep
Mary Francis Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm 22
Jan 1889 (FAR00634).
William Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm 29 January
Grace Alice Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm 21 Apr
Dorothy Annie Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm ?? Jun 1895 (FAR00668).
Alfred Farndale, born Tidkinhow Farm 5 Jul 1897
Catherine Jane Farndale, died 14 Jul 1911 at Tidkinhow Farm aged 56.
Martin Farndale of Tidkinhow Farm died aged 82 years, 17 Jan
1928. (ie born 1846).
From an undated Newspaper cutting;
‘Farndale; At Tidkinhow Farm, Boosbeck, on 17th
January 1928, Martin Farndale died in his 83rd year. To be interred at Boosbeck on
Friday 21 cortege leaving Residence at 1.30 pm. Friends kindly invited.’
in Boosbeck Churchyard;
Catherine Jane Farndale died 14 July 1911 aged
56 years, wife of Martin Farndale, a farmer. She died of Fibroid Phthisis,
cardiac failure, certified by WW Stainthorpe MD
(Catherine's death certificate)
Also Martin, beloved husband of the above, died
17th January 1928 aged 82 years of Tidkinhow