NameRobert MITFORD, 2689
Baptism15 Sep 1645, Earsdon, NBL
Bapt MemoEarsdon Register
Burial9 Nov 1713, Earsdon, NBL
Burial MemoEarsdon Register
Robert Mitford "of Seghill." Of Corpus Christi College, Oxon. Matriculated 10 June 1664, aged 18. Admitted to Grays Inn 21 May 1664. Sold the Manor of Heaton 27 April 1692 to Nicholas Ridley of Newcastle. Will dated 17 March 1711/2, proved 1714.
The Fawcett Index lists him as "Robert Mutford of Sasmill/Sashill/Saswill"
Robert made considerable additions to Seghill tower in 1673. Fragments of walling dating from this period may be seen...
Earsdon, a parish comprising the townships of Backworth, Blyth and Newsham, Burradon, Earsdon, Hartley, Holywell, Seaton Delaval, and Sighill, is bounded on the north by Bedlingtonshire, on the west by Long Benton, Cramlington, and
Horton, on the south by Tynemouth, and on the east by the German Ocean. It is a rich and fertile district abounding with excellent stone and coal, of which great quantities are annually exported from Blyth and Hartley. The surface of
the parish consists of gentle undulations, and is well suited for various kinds of agricultural produce It is about seven and a half miles in length by six in breadth, and comprises an area of 11,646 acres. The population in 1801, was
3,651; in 1811, 4,388; in 1821, 4,644; in 1831, 6,460; in 1811, 9,429; and in 185l, it had increased to 10,982 souls.
[From History, Topography, and Directory of Northumberland, Whellan, 1855]
Robert’s will reads:
In the name of God Amen I Robert Midford of Sighill in the County of Northumberland Esq. being weak in body through Infirmityes attending old age but of sound and perfect memory and Understanding (Praised be God) doo hereby make and Ordaine my last Will and testament in manner and forme ffollowing (that is to say) ffirst and principally I comend my Soul unto Almighty God hopeing for Salvation by the meritts of Christ my Saviour And I appoint that my body Shall be buryed within the Chapple of Earsdon among my Ancestors after Such manner as to my Executors hereafter named shall seem fitt and decent And as to my personall Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give and dispose of the Same as ffollowith Inprimis I give and bequeath unto my loveing wife Christian Midford All and every my Charriott and ffive Coach Mares plate linnen and household Goods of what nature kind or quality soever And I give and bequeath unto my daughters Dorothy Midford Mary Midford and Barbara Midford to each and every of them the sume of One hundred pounds of lawfull money to be paid to them respectively within twelve months next after my death And as to all other my Goods chattles Stacks of corne or hay Stock of cattle Sheep Wool Implements of husbandry ready money bonds bills [?] for years and all other my Goods and Chattles moveable and unmoveable reall and personall after my just debts ffunerall and legacyes or bequests abovementioned [ff..?] paid and discharged I Give and bequeath the same unto my said wife Christian Midford and unto my youngest sonne Christopher Midford whom I make and ordaine full and joynt Executors of this my Will and unto their Executors Adms. and Assignes And I alsoe Give and bequeath unto George Midford of the Towne and County of Newcastle upon Tyne Barber Chyrurgion the sume of ffive pounds for a token In Wittness whereof I have to this and to another part of the same date [?] and Effect sett my hand and seal this Seaventeenth day of March in the Eleventh year of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lady Anne by the grace of God of Great Brittaine ffrance and Ireland Queen Defender of the ffaith Anno Dom. 1711
Signed Sealed Published and Declared to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
Baptism18 Apr 1651
Burial9 Jul 1716, Earsdon, NBL
Burial MemoEarsdon Register
Youngest daughter of Sir William Blackett
Will dated at Newcastle 24 November 1715, proved 1716 [Durham Probate Register]:
In the Name of God Amen I Christian Mitford late of Sighill but now of the towne & County of Newcastle upon Tyne Widdow do hereby make & ordaine my last Will & Testament in manner & fform ffollowing / that is to say / ffirst & principally I comitt & comend my soul unto God my creator hoping in & through the blood & merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer for the full & free pardon & remission of all my sins & my body I comitt unto the earth from whence it came to be interred in such decent manner as to my executors hereafter named shall see ffitting & as to the temporall estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give & dispose of the same as ffolloweth Whereas my late ffather Sr Wm. Blackett Barrt. Did by his last Will & Testament in Writing bearing date the Ninth day of March in the year of our Lord God 1679/80 amongst severall bequests therein mentioned will & require that his executors named in his said Will within twelve Months meet[?] after the death of my late husband Robert Midford (In case I the said Christian should happen to survive him) should should pay unto my Ex. & adm. the sum of One thousand pounds Now I do hereby give devise & dispose of the said sum of One thousand pounds in manner as is herein after mentioned & expressed/ that is to say / I Will that the sum of One hundred pounds part of the said sum of One thousand pounds as soon as the same can or shall be received shall be put out att Interest upon good security by my Ex. hereafter named & the Interest thereof shall be paid unto the hands of my Daughter Margarett Carr wife of Mr. Richard Carr Merchant for her sole & separate use without her said husband for & during the naturall life of the said Richard Carr husband of the said Margarett Carr & I will that her receipt or Acquittance without her husband the said Richard Carr Notwithstanding the Coverture betweene them shall be a good & sufficient discharge in [?] unto my Ex. for the payment of the said Interest unto my said daughter It being my Intention & Will that no part of the said one hundred pounds or the Interest thereof should att any time come to the hands or possession of the said Richard Carr & from & after the death of the said Richard Carr in case my said daughter Margarett shall survive him I will that the said sum of one hundred pounds principall money shall be paid unto my said daughter Margarett Carr Imediately upon the the Death of the said Richard Carr her husband but in case the said Richard Carr shall happen to survive his said wife the said Margarett Carr then my Will is that Imediately upon the death of the said Margarett Carr in the life time of her said husband the said Richard Carr my Ex. hereafter named shall pay the said sum of one hundred pounds unto & among all the Children of of my said daughter Margarett Carr which shall be living att the time of her death (if more than one) equally to be devided & parted amongst them share & share alike & if but one Child that then the said sum of one hundred pounds shall be paid unto the said Child but I do order that my Ex. shall not suffer by the said one hundred pounds not being att any time Lett out at Interest or or being Lett out upon any defective Security but that such loss (if any should happen) shall be sustained by the said Margarett Carr & her Child or Children Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Diana Watson the wife of Mr. Stephen Watson of North Seaton in the County of Northumberland Gentl. (in case the said Stephen Watson shall & do quitt claim & release unto my son Michael Midford & his heirs all his right title Interest claime & demand whatsoever appointed to be paid unto me during my Coverture but not otherwise the sum of two hundred pounds other part of the said sum of one thousand pounds Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Dorothy Midford the further sum of two hundred pounds other part of the said sum of one thousand pounds & to my daughter Barbara Midford the like sum of of two hundred pounds further part of the said sum of one thousand pounds & unto my Son Christopher Midford the sum of of two hundred pounds further part of the said sum of one thousand pounds & the further sum of one hundred pounds remaining of the said sum of one thousand pounds I give & dispose of the same as ffolloweth (that is to say) to my daughter Barbara the sum of thiry pounds & unto my Granddaughter Jane Lilburne the sum of twenty pounds, & unto each of my Daughters Elizabeth Lilburne Christian Laidman & Diana Watson to each of them tenn pounds to buy them Mourning And twenty pounds I give & bequeath to the Ministers & Church Wardens for the time being of the Parish of Earsdon to be distributed among the poor of the said Parish by ffive pounds yearly for four years successively next after my death upon Christmas Eve in each of the ffour said years the ffirst of the said payments to be made upon Christamas Eve next after my death Item I give & bequeath unto my said daughter Dorothy Midford the further sum of one hundred pounds & unto my said daughter Barbara Midford the further sum of two hundred pounds & the Chist of Linnen with what there is in the said Chest which is now att my son Watsons house att North Seaton & I give to my said daughter Diana Watson my two silver candlesticks with snuffers & snuff dish & unto my daughter Christian Laidman wife of John Laidman Clerk my largest silver tankard & the sowed[?] Bedd which is att my Son Watsons house att North Seaton & all the rest of my household Goods Linnen & plate which I have & use att my house in Newcastle I give & bequeath the same unto my said two Daughters Dorothy Midford & Barbara Midford equally to be devided between them willing that the household Goods att Sighill house should remaine in the said house for the use of my son Michael & the heirs of Sighill Estate & as to all & every the arrears of the one hundred pounds [?] for tenn years & the yearly sum of sixty pounds appointed to be paid me by my ffathers Will & all the right title & Interest which I have or claim of in & to the portion of my late daughter Mary Midford by vertue of her last Will & Testament or otherwise howsoever after allowing & discounting what hath been paid to me & what I have received by my late husbands personall Estate I give & devise the same unto my Grandson Robert Midford oldest son of my son Michael Midford to enable & assist him to clear the Incumbrances which are upon Sighill Estate Provided Nevertheless that the said Christopher Midford my Son shall not be entitled to the above mentioned Legacy of of two hundred pounds given & bequeathed unto him by this my Will untill he the said Christopher Midford shall have ffirst by Writing under his hand & seal released & quitt claimed unto the Ex. of this my Will all right title & Interest which he hath or can shall or may pretend to have or claime of in or to the personall Estate of my said late husband Robert Midford either by being named Ex. of his last Will & Testament or otherwise howsoever or if the said Christopher Midford shall or do give to my said Exs. any suite trouble or disturbance touching the said personall Estate or any part thereof then my Will is that the said Legacy or bequest of two hundred pounds hereby made to my said son Christopher shall be void & of none effect & revoking & making void all former Wills by me made I publish & declare this to be my last Will & Testament appointing & ordering my said Son in Law Stephen Watson & my said daughter Barbara Midford to be joynt Exs. of this my Will In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal this Twenty ffourth day of November in the second year of the reigne of our soveraigne Lord George by the grace of God King of Great Brittaine Anno Dom. 1715.
Signed sealed published & declared to be her last
Will & Testamt. in the p’sence of us
Cha. Clarke Robt. Wallis
Marriage30 Dec 1669, Newcastle upon Tyne, NBL
Marr MemoSt Nicholas
The Church of St. Nicholas, an ancient and beautiful edifice, situated in the parish to which it gives its name, was founded in the year 1091, by Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, Earl of Dorset, a follower of William the Conqueror. ... The original church was burnt down in 1216, and rebuilt in 1359, since which period it has been frequently repaired and beautified: it is now a magnificent
structure, situated on the crown of a bold eminence, which rises abruptly from the river nearly to the centre of the town. ... The steeple of this church is a very ingenious specimen of architecture. It is sixty-four yards high, and consists of 13 pinnacles, and two bold stone arches supporting a large and beautiful lantern, crowned with a tall spire.
[From History, Directory, and Gazetteer, of the Counties of Durham and Northumberland, Parson, William and White William. Newcastle 1827.]
ChildrenWilliam (Died as Child), 3033 (1671-1682)
Robert (Died as Child), 3507 (1672-1682)
Elizabeth , 3040 (1673-1735)
Michael , 3563 (1675-<1717)
Margaret , 3042 (1676->1723)
Ralph , 3567 (ca1678-)
Timothy , 3568 (1679-1679)
Blackett , 3569 (1681-1759)
William , 3037 (1683->1695)
Robert , 3038 (1684-1723)
Christopher , 3039 (ca1686->1715)
Julia , 3044 (1687-1688)
Diana , 3045 (1688-)
Dorothy , 3034 (ca1689-)
Mary , 3048 (1690-1714)
Barbara , 3049 (1692-)