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Titus Scolefield to Richard Schofield (1680 - 1875)

Titus Schofield was born on August 1st, 1680. Apparently his father, Richard, lived in Heckmondwike, a small village close to Birstall. Here is the record from the Parish of Birstall.Notice the "Schoelfeild" and "Tytus". (Thanks due to Mark for digging this up). He was married in the parish of Birstall, three miles South of Farnley, on April 8th, 1702 to Elizabeth Steele. The parish register shows his last name spelled as Scolefield. His first two children were born when he lived in Birkenshaw according to the parish register. This is right next to Adwalton, about 3 miles SSW of Farnley (see the Leeds map)

In 1709 he was living in the village of Gomersall about a mile away, did not have a job and apparently found a job in the neighbouring village of Tong. Click to read the rest of the story.

His wife, Elizabeth Steele, was born 17th Aug, 1681 in Farnham about 30 miles north of Farnley. They had at least seven children.

Richard (1) Schofield was born 7th May, 1704 according to the parish register of Birstall. His father's name was Titus Scolefield, his mother is recorded only as Mrs. Schofield. He was living in Milnsbridge, about 25 miles southwest of Farnley, the other side of Huddersfield, when his sons Richard and Joseph were born.

They had seven children, all were registered at Birstall. Note there are three different spellings of the last name:

Richard (2) Schofield was born in 1737. We're not sure of the size of his family, but one son was called David. His christening was registered in Tong on 13th Nov., 1768.

David Schofield was born in 1768, married Alice Ingham on 20th May, 1792. Again, we don't know the size of the family but Richard (3) was christened on 4th Dec., 1797

There is a record of Benjamin Schofield, laborer, who married Hannah Walton on November 11th, 1816 at Tong, and another record of Benjamin Schofield, blacksmith, marrying Nancy Woodhead in Tong on August 20th, 1818. There is no proof that this was one man, although the work history indicates it may be, presumably his first wife died soon after they were married. There is also no direct link into our family. Let's leave this mystery to be explored by one of you.

The way we know about the people after this point is that G.T. Schofield, your great grandfather, was an amateur historian and talked to older people such as his grandfather. The people before this point were found by detective work at the Mormon library and by searches on the web. The 1851 census is the earliest available census and lists all the people living in each house along each street. We looked at the census for Farnley to see who in the family was still living together so we could cross-reference dates, and came across Richard (3) living with his wife. His place of birth was recorded as a matter of course - Adwalton - which is about three miles south of Farnley, the other side of Tong. The internet reference noted that Adwalton was in the parish of Birstall, whereas Farnley is in the parish of Armley. So by moving three miles, the family went from one set of records to another. The Church of the Latter Day Saints has the Birstall records on microfilm, the marriages and christenings show the father and mother, their place of birth and the father's occupation. It took many hours of poring over a microfilm reader, but the pieces were eventually put together.

Richard (3) Schofield was born in 1796 and lived in Cow Close Farm for some of his life. The farm, along with eight cottages that were rented out, was destroyed recently. Its site is now occupied by a Catholic Church. When the church was being built, the workmen came across the foundations of a building exactly where old photographs show the farm was sited.

In the map also available from "Miscellaneous" you can see Cow Close Farm in the bottom right corner

Picture of the Cottages behind Cow Close Farm- 02-01

He moved to Granny Lane in Wortley in 1830 when he was 34 years old. He worked as a clothier in Wortley for most of his life and is buried in Upper Wortley Cemetery.

To put things into perspective, Richard was born when convicts were still being shipped to Australia, twenty-one years after the rebelious Colonists in America declared their Independence and eighteen years before Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

The Farnley Hill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (much more of this later) was being built as he was born - it was dedicated in 1797. It is still going strong and is designated as a historic monument. Jim Scott, father of Maud and great grandfather of Paul, Mark, Heidi and Kathryn was organist there and died during a performance in the schoolroom. George Turner Schofield, great-grandfather to all of you, was a member and it was a large part of his life. Peter Schofield, father of P, M, H &K and Keith, father of Gregory, Pamela and Judith were christened there (behaving beautifully with no crying according to Mary). It's a large part of our history.

At the top of the Long Causeway which went from the farm up the hill to the village was the village school on Cross Lane. It is likely that he attended the school for a while. In 1846 the school was replaced by the National School and the building became a private residence. It was pulled down in the 1950's and Cyril Shuttleworth (he's in the family tree) found a couple of pieces of paper behind a loose brick in the fireplace. Note the dates on the paper: the first may have been when the school was built; the second was for tuition and paper when Richard was two years old.

Two Pieces of paper found when the old schoolhouse was pulled down 02-03

You can probably make out that the upper paper was from the building of the school; an "end-oven" is a box with a door built at the side of a fire-grate so when there was a fire going it heated the box. This was a very common way of baking before electricity and gas. Typically there would be another box at the other side of the fireplace which had a tap instead of a door: you put water in the top, it was heated by the fire and, voila, hot water. The lower paper was for tuition and supplies. The first line is "to son 14 and daughter 3 weeks at 4@" the last mark is a circled "d" meaning penny, so this was a total of 17 weeks at fourpence a week - 68 pence - and at twelve pence per shilling that is five shillings and eight pence - as written at the end of the line. There's a question as to whether this was sex discrimination or if the daughter had just started. The second line is 12 1/2 pence for paper and six shillings and tuppence - written 6/2@ - on account.

When Richard was 23 years old he married Mary Hudson and they started producing children. They had eight kids. This was a reasonable number of children in those days when half the kids died as children and when parents relied on children to support them in their old age (so what's changed? hint,... hint,...).

When Richard's third child was born, Richard's occupation was listed as "Clothier".

We think that Mary's brother was Isaac Hudson who married Harriett and had a son Joseph Hudson who was born March 22nd. 1829 and baptised at Farnley Hill Chapel

The first child of Richard and Mary was christened Edward Hudson Schofield. He was born in 1819. Here he is in 1886 at age 58. Photographic processes were originally developed by Daguerre (hence the old name for a photo Daguerrotype) in 1838-9 so this is quite an early example of a photograph. It's amazing that it has not deteriorated more.

Picture of Edward Hudson Schofield

Picture of Edward Hudson Schofield 02.04
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Richard's family looks something like this...

Richard Schofield (1796 - 6th Nov, 1875) married Mary Hudson.

Richard Schofield (4), the sixth child, was a cloth weaver in Upper Wortley. He married Sarah Anne who was the same age but died much earlier on Oct. 20th, 1873 at age 45. They are buried together in a grave next to Edward Hudson. His family looks like this:

Now for a mystery. The Armley census of 1861 shows a Richard Schofield aged 64, born in Adwalton. The only Richard Schofield born there within several years of that date was OUR Richard. But the census shows him married to Elizabeth who was born in Farnley and is twelve years younger. Also living in the house is Mary Barker his step-daughter, born in 1839. What are the bets that Richard's wife, Mary Hudson, died while they were living in Farnley and Richard married again to Elizabeth Barker whose husband had died leaving her with a daughter (remember, divorce was virtually unknown at the time) conveniently living in Farnley. Who knows?

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