Book of GENT


St. Cuthberts, Forcett

William GENT
was born about 1769 at Cockerton, Durham, England. At the age of 24 he married Lydia DAVISON on the 28th November 1793 at Sockburn, Durham. In 1851, he was a farmer with 135 acres employing 2 men and 1 boy at Naanan's Leases, Aldborough. William died in 1853 at the Leases, Forcett, North Riding, Yorkshire, England and was buried on the 2 Jan 1853 at St Cuthberts Church Cemetery, Forcett. His wife Lydia was born about 1868 at East Cowton and was christened on the 2nd May 1769 at Wycliffe, Yorkshire.  She was the daughter of Robert DAVISON and Ann ALLISON. Lydia was buried on the 10th November 1857 at St Cuthberts Church Cemetery, Forcett.



William and Lydia’s children were:

1.3. Michael GENT was born on the 29 September 1800 at Darlington. He died in 1872 in the Richmond District. He married Jane (1797-1872) and they had 5 children. Refer to “British Roots”. He was the  3rd Son.

1.4. John GENT was born about 1803 in Darlington, Durham, England. He married Matilda WILKIN who was born about 1801 at Carlton, Yorkshire. In the census 1841, he was a farmer at Little Smeaton employing the following Servants- William HEWSIDE 15,Thomas COLLINGS 13, John WARD 20 and Mary RICHARDSON 15. In the 1851 census he is still a farmer at Little Smeaton, and employing 2 servants John BRADBURY 16 and John HARVOE. John died at Birkby and was buried on the 13th January, 1855 at St Peter’s Church Cemetery, Birkby, North Yorkshire. Matilda continued to run the farm of 229 acres employing 2 men and 1 boy. She was buried on the 15th April 1870 at St Peter’s Church Cemetery, Birkby.

    John and Matilda’s children were:

    1.4.2. Mary Ann GENT was born about 1833. She married John COOPER, a labourer in May 1855 at Birkby both were aged 22. John Varo RATCLIFFE was a witness. In 1881 the family was living at Late Grange, Hurworth, Durham.

                John and Mary’s children were:

        1.4.2.1 John Gent COOPER was born about 1858. He married Margaret Ann OLIVER.

        1.4.2.2. Eleanor COOPER was born about 1862 at Little Smeaton, Yorkshire. 

        1.4.2.3. Jane COOPER was born about 1867 at Little Smeaton, Yorkshire.

        1.4.2.4. Thomas E. COOPER was born about 1869 at Little Smeaton, Yorkshire.

        1.4.2.5. Mary L. COOPER  was born about 1862 at Great Smeaton, Yorkshire.

        1.4.2.6. Robert W COOPER  was born about 1873 at Great Smeaton, Yorkshire.

        1.4.2.7. James COOPER was born about 1876 at Great Smeaton, Yorkshire.


    1.4.3.  Lydia Elizabeth GENT was born on the  8th June 1834 at East Cowton, Yorkshire. She was married on the 3rd February 1855 to John Varo RATCLIFFE at the Parish Church, Birkby. (Refer Book of RATCLIFFE)



    1.4.4. William GENT was christened on the 19th July 1835 at East Cowton. He married Elizabeth who was born about 1847. In 1881 the family was living at Back Lane, Gainford, Durham. In 1911 he was in the Northallerton district.

        William and Elizabeth’s children were:

        1.4.4.1. John GENT who born about 1870 at Great Barton, Durham.
        1.4.4.2. Henry GENT who was born about 1872 at Dalton, Yorkshire.
        1.4.4.3. William GENT who was born about 1873 at Dalton, Yorkshire.
        1.4.4.4. Matilda GENT who was born about 1877 at Pucknell, Yorkshire.



    1.4.5. Matilda GENT was born about 1837 at East Cowton, Yorkshire and was christened on the 7th May 1837 at East Cowton. She married Atkinson SMITH, a joiner who was born in 1837. In 1861 they were living at Little Smeaton, Yorkshire.

    1.4.6. Jane GENT was born in 1840 at Little Smeaton, Yorkshire.


1.5. Lydia Elizabeth GENT was born on the 11 Oct 1808 and was christened on the 4th December 1808 at St Cuthberts, Darlington. She married  Robert WILKIN. In 1851 the couple were staying with Lydia’s parents at Naanan’s Leases, Aldborough. Robert died in 1869 and was buried at St Cuthberts Cemetery, Forcett on the 3rd November 1869 and Lydia in 1889 and was buried on the 13th August 1899 at St Cuthberts Cemetery, Forcett.

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