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1401 Robert Willance is famous in Richmond and Swaledale for surviving a leap of 212' from Whitcliffe Scar in November, 1606.
The following is from 'Romantic Richmondshire':
"At the summit of these bold cliffs is a spot known as '^ Willance's
Leap," which makes one shudder to think of the marvellous exploit of a
hunter at this place in the year 1606, the truth of which is vouched for
in local records. Robert Willance was a member of a family who came into Swaledale from Dent in the 16th century, and through success in trade acquired considerable wealth and became owners of the manor and estate of Clints. Harrison affirms that Robert Willance was the son of one Richard Willance, a draper, of Richmond, who married and left two sons, Robert and Nicholas, the latter of whom succeeded to the Richmond business. Robert was a successful lead miner, and his adventurous spirit led him not only to enterprise in the depths of the Swaledale hills, but he loved also to explore on foot and on horseback the wildernesses of their rugged summits. On the occasion above referred
to he was out hunting with a party when a fog coming on he galloped unawares to the verge of this tremendous cliff. Before he had time to withdraw his horse it sprang fractiously forward and bounded over the cliff, its rider half paralysed on its back, to the valley below, a fall of over 200 feet ! The animal was killed outright, and it is marvellous to think that Willance escaped with but a broken leg. The leg however had to be amputated, and tradition affirms that it was interred beneath a large stone in Richmond churchyard.
Willance afterwards became an Alderman of Richmond, and lived till 1615, when on the 12th of February in that year he was laid beside his leg. To commemorate his extraordinary escape at Whitcliffe he caused three stones to be erected at the places where his horse had taken the fatal leap. Each stone is 24 feet apart, and two of them are inscribed : " 1606. Glory be to our merciful God who miraculously preserved me from the danger so great.'* "

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In his will, which is registered at Richmond and at York, there are a few interesting bequests. He leaves 208. per annum, for 13 years, to be given at Richmond every Christmas even to poor widows and the aged poor, and a similar sum, for a like period, to the needy at Winster, Crook, and Croft. On the day of his burial each poor householder in Richmond is to receive 12rf., and every other poor body, in the town or present at the funeral, is to have a penny, and "dynners for the best." To Elizabeth his wife he gives a round hoop ring and a double ducat of gold.
To his nephew Brian Willance, his heir, he leaves his best horse and saddle and furniture, his best sword and dagger, his books, his books of debts excepted, and all his freehold land and mortgages. To Brian's two sisters, Anne and Jane Willance, he leaves 40/. To Thos. son of his master, Mr. Richard Willance, who was probably his elder brother, he leaves his close behind the Friars. To each of his " god- barnes," the boys 2s. each, the girls 12rf. — "there names are in my booke." To halt Brian Willance of Winster 10^. To John Willance aUas Wetherilt, his supposed son by Agnes Wetherilt, he leaves 300/. To Elizabeth Willance, alias Coates, his supposed daughter by Margaret Coates, now the wife of Giles Alderson of Ravenseat in Swaledale, he gives 100/. To his nieces Ann and Jane, daughters of Nicholas Willance his brother, he leaves 50/. each. The supervisors of his will are Francis Tunstall, Esq., Roger Gower, Chr. Askew, and Humphrey Wharton, gentlemen, to each of whom he gives five angels. In his inventory Willance's effects are valued at 751/. 5^., excluding what is due to him in his debt book which amounted to the large sum of 1119/. Us.
There is one bequest in Willance's will which is a very interesting one. It is a gift to the Corporation of Richmond.
"I give to the brotherhood of Alderman and Burgesses of Richmond, to remayne for ever with the Alderman for the tyme being, and by him to be delivered over to his successor, earely, one sylver bowle, whyte, weight twelve ounces, to be] ingraveu upon the same. This howle given by Robert Willance to the Incwyorated Alderman and Burgesses of Richmond^ to be used by the Alderman for the tyme being and
to he re-delivei^ed by him, his execut(^s, or assignes, to his suc-
cessors for ever/' This inscription,* to which the date of
1606, the year of Willance's wonderful escape, has been added, still remains upon a piece of plate which is in the possession of the Corporation of Richmond. It can scarcely, however, be called a bowl : it is rather in the shape of a cup or calix rising Hke a flow^er out of a graceful stalk. It is where the inscription on the piece of plate is given. a singularly handsome piece of plate, and must have been of some antiquity when it came into the hands of the Alderman.

Brian Willance, the son of Nicholas Willance, was the heir
of his uncle Robert, the Alderman of Richmond, and became
the owner of Glints. Of Brian Willance there is little known.
He left behind him two or more daughters and co-heirs,
among whom his property was divided. Of these, Elizabeth
carried Glints and other property in Richmond and elsewhere
to her husband, John Bathurst, M.D. 
WILLANCE, Robert (I6786)
 
1402 Sacred to the memory of Cuthbert WARD of Lanchester obit Feb 9 1770 aged 81.
Cuthbert his son obit Aug 1 1799 79.
Cuthbert nephew to the last named obit Sept 2 1803 aged 61.
William WARD, esquire, late of Lanchester aforesaid brother to the last named obit Oct 7 1813 aged 67.
Edward WARD late of the City of London, gent., second son of the aforenamed obit 23 March 1815 aged 30.
Also John WARD esq. of Lanchester son of the above William Ward, esq,. who died Jan 27 1853 aged 73 years.

So, according to the above headstone, this Edward died Mar 23, 1815, and was son of William Ward, Lanchester, who died Oct 7 1813 
WARD, Edward (I6732)
 
1403 Sacred to the memory of Cuthbert Ward of Lanchester, obiit February/9/1770 Aetat 81.
Cuthbert his son, obiit August/1/1799 Aetat 79 years.
Cuthbert, nephew to the last named, obiit September/2/1803 Aetat 61
William Ward Esq, late of Lanchester, aforesaid brother to the last named
obiit October/7/1813 Aetat 67
Edward Ward, late of the City of London, Gent, 2nd son of the last named
obiit 23/march/1815 aetat 30.
Also John Ward Esq of Lanchester, son of the above William Ward Esq, who died January/27/1853 aged 73 years. 
WARD, William (I6733)
 
1404 Sacred to the memory of Cuthbert Ward of Lanchester, obiit February/9/1770 Aetat 81.
Cuthbert his son, obiit August/1/1799 Aetat 79 years.
Cuthbert, nephew to the last named, obiit September/2/1803 Aetat 61
William Ward Esq, late of Lanchester, aforesaid brother to the last named
obiit October/7/1813 Aetat 67
Edward Ward, late of the City of London, Gent, 2nd son of the last named
obiit 23/march/1815 aetat 30.
Also John Ward Esq of Lanchester, son of the above William Ward Esq, who died January/27/1853 aged 73 years. 
WARD, Cuthbert (I6735)
 
1405 Sacred to the memory of Cuthbert Ward of Lanchester, obiit February/9/1770 Aetat 81.
Cuthbert his son, obit August/1/1799 Aged 79 years.
Cuthbert, nephew to the last named, obit September/2/1803 Aetat 61
William Ward Esq, late of Lanchester, aforesaid brother to the last named
obiit October/7/1813 Aetat 67
Edward Ward, late of the City of London, Gent, 2nd son of the last named
obiit 23/march/1815 aetat 30.
Also John Ward Esq of Lanchester, son of the above William Ward Esq, who died January/27/1853 aged 73 years. 
WARD, Cuthbert (I6745)
 
1406 Sacred to the memory of Cuthbert Ward of Lanchester, obit February/9/1770 Aged 81.
Cuthbert his son, obit August/1/1799 aged 79 years.
Cuthbert, nephew to the last named, obit September/2/1803 Aged 61
William Ward Esq, late of Lanchester, aforesaid brother to the last named
obit October/7/1813 Aged 67
Edward Ward, late of the City of London, Gent, 2nd son of the last named
obiit 23/march/1815 aetat 30.
Also John Ward Esq of Lanchester, son of the above William Ward Esq, who died January/27/1853 aged 73 years. 
WARD, Cuthbert (I6736)
 
1407 Sacred to the memory of Moses BINKS of Feldom who d 26 Jul 1851 aged 63yrs. Also Francis his son who d 13 Jan 1855 aged 37yrs. Also Grace wife of Moses BINKS who d 9 Nov 1857 aged 72yrs BINKS, Moses (I9420)
 
1408 Samuel E. Berry of Maccan, farmer filed Feb 18, 1899.  (This is Samuel
Edward Berry son of Caleb and Mary/Polly Doncaster).  Paulina Berry of
Maccan is his widow.  He died 10 Feb 1899.  She signed her name "Barry".
Will:  I Samuel Edward Berry of Maccan, farmer---he gives his wife Paulina
Berry, the farm owned by me containing 11 acres bought from Thomas Harrison
and his wife Phoebe, also house and barn 3 cows, 1 yearling heifer and a
mowing machine and horse and rake.  He signed it Samuel Edward Berry. 
BERRY, Samuel Edward (I5692)
 
1409 Samuel is a descendant of David Hamilton who had been taken prisoner in the Battle of Worcester (England) circa 1651. David was sent to the new world and settled in Maine. HAMILTON, Samuel (I2929)
 
1410 Samuel was mayor of Halifax 1859 - 1861 CALDWELL, Samuel Richard (I995)
 
1411 Sat on the panel of the Quarter Sessions of Jan 7, 1605 in Richmond. Before Cuthbert Pepper and Coniers Darcy, Knts, and Adam Middleham, Esq. WARD, James Gent (I7163)
 
1412 School master at the National School, Dishforth GROVES, Henry (I9892)
 
1413 Schoolmaster HETHERINGTON, John (I8675)
 
1414 Schoolmaster, widower. HETHERINGTON, John (I8675)
 
1415 seaman, died in a southern port of yellow fever. SMITH, Woodbury (I2043)
 
1416 second son of William Ward...was born about 1200. He may have survived his brother Nicholas, who was living in 1245, but if so it cannot have been for any great length of time, for he appears to have been dead before 1262. This doubtless accounts for the few records concerning him. I think he probably did survive Nicholas, from the fact that he was a knight. Knighthood in these early times was not usually due to prowess on the field or service to the state, but to the more prosaic fact of owning a certain amount of property. I think that this Simon was probably the one to whom Archbishop Gray granted the lordship of Baildon, and that the grant was probably on the occasion of Simon's marriage in 1210".
1228, Wednesday after the Translation of St. Thomas [July 5]. — Simon Warde holds five tofts and a bovate of land in Givendale, paying 6d a year...
This small estate was probably given by his father on the occasion of his marriage. 
WARD, Sir Simon (I7873)
 
1417 Settled in Douglas, on the Kennetcook River, the first farm east of the Township line ANTHONY, John (I1007)
 
1418 Settlement of Northcote on the marriage of Anthony Ward, May 14, 1621 (Marriage settlement made by Anthony Ward upon his wife, Elizabeth Layton) WARD, Anthony (I6781)
 
1419 She appeared in the 1920 census as age 75, 'widowed'. WARD, Mary Maria (I216)
 
1420 She could be the Jane Calvert who died May 12th 1667 in Muker, North Yorkshire, but no definite proof. WARD, Jane (I6769)
 
1421 She could be the Mary Moore born 8 Feb 1662, Forcett, daughter of John Moore of Eppleby.
She could also be a sister of Lancelot Moore of Marrick.
The name John would be consistent with Lancelot Moore's firstborn son John.

Alternatively, she could be the Mary Moore born 26 Dec 1667, Forcett, daughter of Marmaduke Moore, also of Eppleby, likely a brother of John Moore above.

Considering she married a Manfield, this makes sense because nearly all the Manfields came from the Forcett/Eppleby/Aldbrough area. 
MOORE, Mary (I10202)
 
1422 She died at 48 Morris Street, Halifax.
Buried in Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax 
WARD, Mariah (I1216)
 
1423 She died between the 1881 census and 1886 when her husband remarried. WARD, Elizabeth O. (I1169)
 
1424 She is buried in lot 066N, owned by James King. WARD, Caroline Anne (I4599)
 
1425 She is buried in Old Parish Burying Grounds, Windsor, Hants County, NS WARD, Mary (I212)
 
1426 She is in a picture in 'Brooklyn in Retrospect' where it shows Helena Miller and Olive Miller side by side wearing identical clothing. MILLER, Verna Olive (I1656)
 
1427 She is listed in the 1901 Windsor census in the household of Harry and Maggie Ward as Mary Lowthers, mother-in-law. However, the birthdate is wrongly given as July 20, 1855 and her age as 45 which is of course impossible, since she was born in 1838 and married Samuel Lowthers in 1861!
In the 1910 US census she is living with her son Frederick, wife Augusta and their seven children in Framingham, Massachusetts. The year of immigration to the US is given as 1899 for the whole family, so it appears she must have moved back and forth before she returned to Nova Scotia and died there in 1911.
Since we don't really know who Mary and Matilda's father was, could it be that this is the missing link in the 'Mi'qmak' stories? Maybe Mary and Matilda's father was native. Matilda was listed as a 'cane worker' on her death record. This may also point to a native background. 
BERRY, Mary Ellen (I17)
 
1428 She is mentioned in her father's will of 1551 as 'Elizabeth Ward, widow, my daughter'. DODSWORTH, Elizabeth (I6920)
 
1429 She is mentioned in Simon's will as 'my grand daughter Sarah Ward, daughter of Lucillia Mosher, so must have been born before Lucillia married Tonge Mosher.
The will reads: "three ewe sheep and the increase of them from the time of my decease until she is eighteen years old to be giving her by my executors hereafter to be named." 
WARD, Sarah (I514)
 
1430 She never married. WARD, Anne Eliza (I178)
 
1431 She signed a land sale document in 1790 with her husband William Hall. Nancy (I983)
 
1432 She was living with her sister in law Elizabeth Jane (Ward) Miller MILLER, Mary Jane (I2033)
 
1433 She was still alive in 1926 according to a newspaper article of that year. GAULT, Mary Ann (I5588)
 
1434 She was the daughter and co-heir of Brian Willance, whose family had acquired the manor of Clints and its smelt mill from the Hutton family around 1618. By her marriage to John Bathurst, therefore, Bathurst gained possession of the Clints mill and was able to use it for smelting ore from the Arkengarthdale mines, which he leased in 1654. WILLANCE, Elizabeth (I6801)
 
1435 She was the daughter of John Wythes of Westwick. Alison and her husband are both buried in the church of Saints Peter and Wilfrid in Ripon.

There is a mention of her and her son Walter in "The Certificates of the Commissioners Appointed to Survey the Chantries, Guilds, Hospitals, etc."
"THE DEANEEV OF RIPON. 367 Goodes, onjamentes, and plate pertenynge to the aarao, as by J the inventory appei'^'th, viz : goods nii, and plate nil. I First, the mancion howse of the said hospitall with all the * closez therto belongynge, in the tenure of Thomas Staveley and Christofer Hebden, viijli.; one tenement with certen landes in Mulwath, in the tenure of Alice Ward and Walter Warde, viijli." 
WITHES, Alison (I6859)
 
1436 sheep farmer. PEACOCK, James Roger (I10010)
 
1437 Shepherd assisting his father RUTTER, George Tiplady (I10183)
 
1438 Sheriff of Yorkshire.
"eldest son of Simon, was born about 1270 to 1280 ; he succeeded to the family estates on the death of his father in 1306. From 1315 (when he first served the office of Sheriff) to his death in 1334, he was one of the most prominent men in Yorkshire, in both civil and military affairs. His name occurs frequently in the Patent and Close Rolls of the period, and as these are now accessible in printed calendars, I omit all but the most important items there found. A fully annotated biography of Sir Simon would require a book to itself. A good account of his public services will be found in Walbran's Memorials of Fountains Abbey [Surttees Society, vol. 42]. '
It is not quite certain if he is the Simon Warde who married Isabel, daughter of Serlo de Westwick and widow of Sir Robert de Plumpton, but I do not know of any other Simon at this date, and I therefore include here all my notes relating to this marriage.
- 1299, Michaelmas Term. — Simon le Warde and Isabel his wife sued Robert de Plompton for a debt of 12 marks ." This Robert was the son of Isabel by her first husband.
- circa 1300-1. — Thomas de Seleby and Ellen his wife grant to Simon son of Simon Ward half a carucate of land in Newby-on-Yore (Ure), to hold of the chief lord, paying him 4.5. a year, and also a pair of gloves or a penny to John de Hauteclou, and a rose at Midsummer to the grantor. Witnesses, Roger Goldestan, Bailiff of Ripon, and others.
- 1301, March 30. — Sir Simon Warde the younger, knight, did homage and fealty to Thomas [de Corbridge], Archbishop of York, in his chamber at Beverley, for his tenement in Newby, and he admitted that he held by the service of a quarter of a knight's fee, but as to other services he knew not ; there must be an inquiry as to these.
- 1302-3.— Simon son of Simon Ward holds one fourth of a knight's fee in Newby-on-Yore.
He had a charter of tree warren in all his desmesne lands in Newby, dated January 28, 1303-4.
-1306-7,16 Kal. Feb. [January [7]. — Sir Simon le Warde presented Nicholas Warde, clerk, to the Rectory of Guiseley. Nicholas was probably Sir Simon's brother.
- 1314, June 24. — Simon Warde was one of those taken prisoner at the Battle of Bannockburn ; he was not killed there, as sometimes stated.
- 1315,June 3. — King Edward II granted an annuity of 100 marks [£66. 1 3j. 4.'/.] a year to Simon Warde, in consideration of his good service, until he should be provided with a life-estate to that value in lands or rents. "
- In 1315 Sir Simon was appointed Sheriff of Yorkshire ; his accounts cover from October 20, 1315, to January 21, 1316-7.
1315-6.— In the Nomina VUlarum of 9 Edward II, Simon Warde is returned as lord of the vills of Givendale, Newby, Guiseley and Driglington ; Baildon and Hawksworth are returned with the names of the undertenants.

- 1318, May 15. — Sir Simon began his second term as Sheriff, which, with a short interval, in December, 1318, lasted until June 15, 1323.

- 1322, March 16. — Sir Simon Warde and Sir Andrew Harcla were in command of the King's army when Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, was defeated and taken prisoner at the Battle of Boroughbridge.

Sir Simon died in the spring of 1334, shortly before April 9 as per the following:
"1334, 5 Ides April [April 9]. — William [de Melton j, Archbishop of York, to the Abbats of Fountains and Kirkstall; being fully confident of your diligence and purity of conscience, we appoint you in our place to pronounce the absolutions over the body of Sir Simon Ward, knight, lately deceased, from whatever sins he has committed, even in cases specially reserved for us, so far as our power extends so to do. Dated at Cawood."
- The explanation is very simple, and, so far from indicating any censure of the Church, what the Archbishop did was a high compliment. Not being able to be present himself, he appointed two of the most important abbats in the county to act as his deputies and to take part in the last solemn service of the "absolutions" .... Sir Simon had been one of the leading men in Yorkshire for many years, what more natural than that Archbishop Melton should wish to be represented at his funeral. 
WARD, Sir Simon (I7918)
 
1439 Signed a marriage bond with William Rickards (Jr.) in Halifax County for marriage of William Rickards and Elizabeth Alexander SENTELL, Edward (I2093)
 
1440 Simon Ward of this parish and Eleanor Wilkinson of this parish...
Witnesses: William Shaw and Jane Hill. 
Family F585
 
1441 since Caleb is last found in the 1871 census, but not in the 1881, but his wife is, we can assume he died between those years. Also, since there is no death record in the NS archives for him, he must have died after 1877 (deaths were recorded for 1864-1877) BERRY, Caleb (I5690)
 
1442 Since his first son was named William, Edward is very likely the son of William Wilkinson b. 15 May 1701, Forcett, son of William. I just can't find a baptism record for him. WILKINSON, Edward (I8507)
 
1443 Since she was not included in her father's will of 1631, she must have pre-deceased him.
Because there are no records of any children being born anywhere in Durham or Yorkshire, it's possible she is the Ellen Carter who died in Richmond in March 1617. It is hard to read but they've transcribed it as wife of Thomas. Could be 'John' though. 
WARD, Eleanor (I7038)
 
1444 Since Thomas Forrest lived on the property next to William Berry, who had a wife named Phoebe, there is a good chance that Thomas married William's widow. Family F2141
 
1445 Sir Edward Musgrave died May 23, 1542, leaving Sir William Musgrave, knt., his son and heir, then aged 33 ; Dame Joan appears to have predeceased her husband; Walbran says that she left a will dated 1540, and that Sir William had livery of a moiety of the Warde estates in 1543, but gives no authority. MUSGRAVE, Sir William (I8048)
 
1446 Sir John appears to have died before December 10, 1414, when his son Roger presented to the rectory of Guiseley WARD, Sir John (I7868)
 
1447 Sir John Warde, son of Sir Simon, 8, was, as he himself says 46 years of age in September, 1386, that is, he was born in 1339 or 1340. WARD, Sir John (I7868)
 
1448 Sir Roger died in 1453, after March 19 and before August 10. Buried at Esholt Abbey.
His will is as follows:

In Dei nomine. Amen. Memorandum that I, Roger Warde, knyght, in hole mynd, the xix day of the month of Marce, the yere of our Lord, MCCCClij [1452-3], make my testament in this maner: — I will and orden Jenet Ward, my wife, Roger Ward, my eldist sone, and Nicholas Ward my son, to be my full executurs, and thay to have my gudes, movable and immovable, and thay to dispose thaym for the wel of my soule, and pay my dettes, and to fulfyll my will; that is to say, I bequeth my saule to God all myghtty and to our Lady Sanct Mary and to the hole companie of Hevven, and my body to be beryd at the Abbay of Esshehold in Ayredale; and thay to fulfyll thes and all othir thynges as God and I and thay knawes, as they will answer to God. Proved August 10, 1453. 
WARD, Sir Roger (I7727)
 
1449 Sir Roger was dead at the date of his sister Joan's will, November 28, 1472 WARD, Sir Roger (I7710)
 
1450 Sir Timothy Hutton, leases to William Corbett of Marske, Katherine his wife, and Hutton Corbett his son, " the seate and soyle of the laite decayed leade mynes or smeltinge houses in the territories of Marsk, laite in tenure of Richard Wyllance of Richmond, deceased." CORBETT, William (I6548)
 

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