Sykes in Drighlington

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In 1843 James Sykes, Esq. was the lord of the manor in Drighlington.

Please note: The following does not represent an intensive study of the Sykes in Drighlington. It is mainly a survey based on records I came across while researching Benjamin Sykes (c.1731-1817) and John Sykes (c. 1797-1851+) of Adwalton.

The records were taken from both the Bishop's Transcripts on microfilm though LDS and from the Birstall Parish records from 1558-1724 as transcribed by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society (YAS), from Ancestry.com. and from John James's 1866 Pedigree of the Sykes family of Drighlington.


George Sykes (1588-1645), Drighlington and Mary Oates

"The family of Sykes is of great antiquity, in both Cumberland and Yorkshire. In the former county, it held the manor of John de Chapel, near Carlisle. The Yorkshire branch possessed lands at Flockton, in the reign of Henry the III., but its original location appears to have been at Kirk-Burton.

George Sykes of Kirkgate, Leeds, (of the family of William Sykes, of the same place, second son of John Sykes, of Flockton, temp. Edward the VI.) m. Elizabeth Hodgson, 25 July, 1581, and was buried at St. Peter's, Leeds, 1 May, 1610, leaving (with other issue) a son,

George Sykes, of Driglington, bap. at Leeds, 25 Oct., 1588."

John James Pedigree 1866

Baptism: Son of George Sykes baptized 25 October Leeds, 1588. See notation at marriage. Kirkgate and John James Pedigree, 1866.

Marriage: George Sykes married Mary Oates on February 3, 1630. Birstall Parish. (YAS).

YAS Note: On the marriage of George Sykes and Mary Oates "Bap. Leeds Parish Church 25 Oct. 1588 son of George Sikes, Viccar layne. Bur. at B. November 21, 1645"

(Baptized Leeds Parish Church 25 October 1588 son of George Sykes of Vicars Lane. Buried at Birstall November 21, 1645).

Notes:

  • If he was baptized in Leeds in 1588, he was 42 years old when he married Mary Oates.

Children:

  1. James Sykes (1631-1681) and Mary Brooke
    James, "the son of George Sykes of Dringlington", was baptized on June 24, 1631.
    Marriage: Mary Brooke (John James Pedigree, 1866) Not listed Ancestry.com July 2011
    Children:
    1. Grace, the daughter of James Sykes of Drighlington, buried on March 8, 1657.
    2. James Sykes (1657-1725) and Esther Barker and _______
      Birth:
      James, the son of James Sykes, "parish of Birstall township of Drighlington', was baptized in Tong on October 4, 1657 according to the YAS addendum.
      More of James Sykes: Married twice and has issue (John James Pedigree, 1866)
      Marriage: James Sykes of Birstall and Esther Barker of Mirfield 17 April 1688. James would have been 31 years old.
      Children:
      1. Martha of James Sykes of Drighlington baptized October 10, 1697
      Burial of wife of James Sykes: Sarah wife of James Sykes of D buried Feb 2, 1698/99
      Buried: James Sykes of Adwalton, St Peters, Birstall 1 June 1725 (Parish Record and John James Pedigree, 1866)
    3. Mary, the daughter of James Sikes of Drighlington, was baptized on September 25, 1659 in Tong according to the YAS addendum.
    4. Richard Sykes (1661-1737) Berkenshaw and Mary Barber
      Birth: Richard, the son of James Sykes, was baptized on December 15, 1661.
      Marriage: Richard married Mary Barber on July 18, 1683.
      Children:
      1. Richard, the son of Richard Sykes of Drighlington, was buried on April 9, 1685.
      2. James Sykes (1685-????1713) and Elizabeth Wood in Drighlington
        Baptism: James son of Richard Sykes of Drighlington, Birstall 10 February 1685
        Marriage: James Sykes of Drighlington married Elizabeth Wood in Birstall parish March 30, 1703 (YAS)
        Children:
        1. Samuel of James Sykes of D May 6, 1705
        2. Solomon of James Sykes of D October 6, 1707
          Marriage: Solomon Sykes of Heckmondwike married Hannah Gill 28 February 1737
          Children:
          1. James of Solomon Sykes of Heckmondwike 18 May 1738
            James of Solomon Sykes of Heckmondwike buried June 2 1747
          2. John of Solomon Sykes of Heckmondwike 1 August 1740
          3. Samuel son of Solomon Sykes buried August 22, 1747
          Death of Solomon Sykes:
          Death of Hannah Gill Sykes:
        3. Mary of James Sykes of D baptized October 29, 1710.
          Death: Mary daughter of James Sykes of D buried May 8, 1723
        4. Abednego Sykes (1711-) and Ann Webster
          Birth: Abednego, son of James Sykes of Drighlington, baptized October 19, 1711.
          Marriage: Abednego Sykes to Ann Webster 25 January 1740 Brotherton, Yorkshire, IGI
          Children: Information on the descentants of Abednego Sykes was provided by Richard Sykes, April 2006
          1. Richard Sykes and Mary
            Birth: 27 Dec 1744, Brotherton
            Marriage: Mary
            Children:
            1. Richard Sykes and Jane Jackson
              Birth: 26 Dec 1773 Brotherton
              Marriage: Jane Jackson 1804 Pontefract
              Children:
              1. John Sykes and Elizabeth
                Birth: John Sykes Born 10th Jan 1809 Brotherton
                Marriage: Elizabeth (Per Richard Sykes 2006) Martha Hawksworth (per Michael Chance 2015)
                Children:
                1. Joseph Sykes and Jane
                  Birth: Joseph Sykes Born 24th Sep 1832 Brotherton
                  Marriage: Jane
                  Children:
                  1. Tom Sykes and Elizabeth Brook
                    Birth: Tom Sykes Born 1875 Beverley East Riding
                    Marriage: Elizabeth Brook 10 Apr 1904 Castleford
                    Children:
                    1. Joseph Sykes and Ivy Caddick
                      Birth: Joseph William Sykes Born 29th April 1914 Castleford
                      Marriage: Ivy Caddick
                      Children:
                      1. Richard Sykes
                        Birth: Richard Sykes Born 28th Aug 1963 Wakefield
                      2. Elizabeth
                        Birth:
                        Marriage: "John Sykes who was a cordwainer. He died in 1837 in Brotherton & Elizabeth then married Thomas Dalton & moved to Beverley." (Michael Chance, July 2015)
          Other Comments:
          • The used of the names Solomon and Abednego indicates that this was a family who probably read the bible at home.
          • Shadrack Meshach and Abednego were friends of Daniel. They were ordered to worship false idols and when they refused they were thrown into a fiery furnace. However, they were miraculously saved for their faith in God. (Daniel 3).
          Other Heckmondwike Records
          • Hannah of James Sykes of Heckmondwike baptized 27 December 1728
          • Mary of James Sykes of Heckmondwike 13 October 1731
          • _____ wife of James Sykes of Heckmondwike buried July 20 1734
          • Jane daughter of James Sykes of Heckmondwike buried October 30, 1734
        Death of Elizabeth Wood Sykes:
        Death of James Sykes: (Note: In July 2015 Michael Chance wrote:
        "I suspect the James Sykes who died in Little Town in 1713 is the father of Abednego etc. as there are no more children baptized after that date with James as a father & living in Drighlington. They could, of course, have left the area but interestingly there is an Elizabeth Sykes widow of Drighlington who was buried in 1757. Solomon is also a bit of a mystery as the will of a Solomon Sykes of Heckmondwike was proved in 1797. However there doesn’t appear to be a corresponding burial. The only way to find out if this is indeed the same Solomon is to send for the will."
        Death of Elizabeth Wood Sykes: Elizabeth Sykes of Drighlington, widow, buried December 31, 1757.
      3. Death: An infant of Richard Sykes of Drighlington was buried on February 14, 1689.
      4. George and
        George, second son of Richard and Mary Sykes, of Driglington, was bap. at Birstal, 6 Jan., 1689. He settled at Leeds, where he m. Sarah Walker, 24 Nov., 172a, and d. 25 July, 1761, buried at Mill Hill chapel, Leeds. His descendant Capt. James Sykes, is now of the " First Goorkas," Bengal Army. John James, 1866
      5. Faith of Richard Sykes of Birkenshaw, January 12, 1689
        Marriage: Faith Sykes married John Snipe of D October 12, 1715
      6. John and
        Note: John James in the Sykes pedigree of 1866 says: John of Littletown, bap. at Birstall 2 December 1694 M Mary Benson 3 March and appears to have had a son John.
      7. Elizabeth of Richard Sykes of Birkenshay, December 2 1694
      8. Mary daughter of Richard Sykes of Bw buried December 25, 1694
      9. Samuel of Richard Sykes of Birkenshaw, November 19 1696. Mabgate Leeds m Sarah Craven 17 Aug 1723 had issue. John James, 1866
      Note: Birkenshay was a hamlet between Drighlington and Cleckheaton.
      Death: Richard Sykes of Drighlington was buried June 21, 1737
      Death of Mary Barber Sykes: Mary Sykes, widow, of Drighlington was buried January 6, 1742
    5. William, the son of James Sykes, was baptized on January 17, 1664
      Death: William so of James Sykes of D buried on January 13, 1666.
    6. George Sykes (1666-1730) Drighlington/Adwalton and Mercy Eltofts
      George, the son of James Sykes, was baptized on April 16, 1666.
      Bastard: William bastard of George Sykes and Mary (Mercy) Eltofts of D baptized Aug 5, 1697
      Marriage: George Sykes married Mercy Eltoffe, November 28, 1698
      Children:
      1. Sarah of George Sykes of Drighlington November 12, 1699
      2. Elizabeth of George Sykes of Drighlington, August 3, 1701
      3. John Sykes (1703-1799) and Susannah Rhodes
        Baptism: John of George Sykes of Drighlington August 15, 1703
        (listed as the son of George in John James 1866 Pedigree)
        Marriage: John Sykes married Susannah Rhodes on February 2, 1730 in Birstall parish (BT). Susanna was born circa 1707, daughter of John Rhodes of Adwalton (John James 1866 Pedigree).
        Children:
        1. John of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized 13 April 1731
          Death: John buried April 23, 1731
        2. Hannah of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized on September 16, 1731.
        3. Joseph Sykes (1734-??), Maltster, and Ann Esther Crouch
          Birth: Joseph of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized 1 September 1734
          Marriage: Ann Esther Crouch
          Source Citation: West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D5/22; New Reference Number: WDP5/1/2/9. Birstall, St. Peter, 1759 Entry no. 310 Joseph Sykes and Ann Esther Crouch a minor both of Drighlington in this parish were married in this church with consent of guardians. This thirty first day of July in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty nine by me J. Harrison Curate [signed] Joseph Sykes [signed] Ann Easter [sic] Chrouch [sic] In the presence of John Crouch and George Cooke, Sandra Hewlett, June 2012

          Children: See Joseph Sykes and Ann Esther Crouch under Sykes in Adwalton

        4. John of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized June 1, 1736.
          Death: John was buried July 13, 1741.
        5. Mary of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized July 19, 1738.
          Death: John and Mary, son and daughter of John Sykes of Drighlington were buried September 4, 1741.
        6. Richard of John Sykes of Drighlington, baptized May 29, 1740.
          Death: Richard, the son of John Sykes of Drighlington was buried September 13, 1741.
        7. John, of John Sykes of Drighlington, baptized January 3, 1741
          Death: John of John Sykes of Drighlington buried 14 July 1741
        8. Lydia, of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized June 8, 1742.
          Death: Lydia, of John Sykes of Drighlington, buried February 23, 1747.
        9. Mary of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized January 6, 1744.
          Death: Mary, of John Sykes of Drighlington, buried May 6, 1747.
        10. Samuel, of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized June 21, 1744.
          Death: Samuel of John Sykes of Drighlington was buried February 10, 1747.
          Note: THE BAPSTISMS OF MARY AND SAMUEL ARE VERY CLOSE TOGETHER
        11. John Sykes (1747-1814), Maltster, and Hannah Ellison
          Birth: John of John Sykes of Drighlington baptized August 10, 1747.
          Note: Tombstone inscription indicates that this was definitely the son of John and Susanna
          Marriage: John Sykes of Drighlington married Hannah Ellison of Hunsworth 1 June 1767. Both signed. Witnesses: Joseph Ellison and Benjamin Beaumont
          Children:
          1. Sarah daughter of John Sykes, Drighlington, maltster, age 22 buried 8 April, 1790
            Means she was born circa 1768
          2. Buried Betty daughter of John Sykes Drighlington, October 15, 1777
          3. Hannah of John Sykes and Hannah Drighlington, Maltster, born Jan 4, 1778, christened Feb 8, 1778
          4. Nancy of John Sykes Drighlington Maltster, 24 December 1780
          5. Susannah of John Sykes Drighlington , no occupation, 26 October 1783
          6. Meriah of John Sykes Drighlington, maltster 23 April 1786
            Burial: Daughter of John Sykes of Drighlington, maltster, age 2, buried October 23, 1790
          7. John Sykes, Esq., of Highbury, Middlesex, and of Wheatlands, Gomersal, m. first Elizabeth, sister of Matthias Whitehead, Esq., a West Riding Magistrate. She d. s. p. His second wife Susannah, da. of Lionel Knowles, Esq., of West House, Gomersal, d 1812, leaving John. He m. thirdly, Catharine, da. of John Jackson, London, Commissioner of the Court of Requests, and d. 11 Sep., 1843, leaving Joseph, James, Edward, Catharine, m. Joseph Conner Bodwell, M. A. Minister of the Congregational Church, Woburn, L nited States. John James 1866
          8. Joseph of John Sykes of Drighlington 12 April 1789"second son, St. Nicholas, Olave, London, Commissioner of court of Requests and Member of Common Council d 23 Feb 1851, John James Pedigree 1866
          Burial of Hannah Ellison Sykes: October 16, 1796, tombstone
          Burial of John Sykes: 25 April 1814, tombstone. John Sykes, labourer, Drighlington, buried April 29, 1814, age 67 (BT)
        12. Joshua of John Sykes of Drighlington, May 1, 1749.
          Death: Joshua Sykes of Drighlington was buried November 29, 1787. No age given.
        13. William of John Sykes of Drighlington June 3, 1749.
          Death: William, the son of John Sykes "late of Drighlington", was buried January 28, 1754. Note John Sykes was buried in 1799. There is no burial record for John Sykes close to 1754.
        14. James Sykes (1750-1795) and Susanna Rhodes, Drighlington, Maltster
          Birth: 1750 based on tombstone inscription. Son of John per 1795 will. Son of Susannah based on tombstone of John. Brother to John, per will.
          Possible birth record: ????? James son of Jno Sykes of Birkenshaw, June 7, 1750????
          Residence: Low House, Drighlington (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
          Occupation: Maltster
          Marriage: James Sykes of the parish of Birstall maltster to Susanna Rhodes, 3 June 1778. Both Signed. Leeds Parish.
          Children:
          1. Lydia of James Sykes, maltster, and Susanna, of Drighlington baptized October 8, 1778
          2. Joseph Sykes (1780-1860) and Elizabeth Thackrah and Sarah _____
            Birth: Joseph of James Sykes Drighlington, Maltster, 29 June 1780
            Occupation: Land Valuer, Drighlington (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            Maltster per other records
            Marriage 1: "Elizabeth dtr of Thackrah Died 13 February 1820 at 41 at Tong Lane End 1779-13/2/1820" (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            Not listed Birstall Marriages
            Leeds, St. Peter, 1803 Joseph Sykes this parish Maltster, and Elizabeth Thackrah this parish spinster, 21 March 1803, by banns, Joseph signed. Elizabeth made her mark.
            Children of Marriage 1:
            1. Jane Sykes (1804 - ) and Michael Troughton
              Jane circa 1804 per 1851 census
              Jane of Joseph and Elizabeth Sykes farmer July 7 Aug 9 1804 Tong Baptisms
              "Jane m 3rd Dec 1832 at Birstall Church to Michael Troughton Victoria Inn Drighlington Maltster, ob 18 Jany 1856 age 53" (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
              Listed in Birstall Parish marriages. No additional information.
              1851 Census: Victoria Hotel Drighlington, Michael Troughton, age 49, Jane, age 47, Joseph, 17, Michael, 12, Fanny, 9 James 7 two servants,
            2. Sarah Sykes (1807 - ) and William Halliday
              Sarah 19 July 1807 of Joseph Sykes and Elizabeth Drighlington Maltster (Birstall PR)
              Daughter married Halliday weaver Nethertown, Drighlington (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
              Marriage: William Halliday of Drighlington and Sarah Sykes of Drighlington by banns, April 25, 1825, both signed, witnesses, George Sykes, Benjamin Thackrah and Jane Sykes
              Further records: had children baptized in St. Paul's Drighlington
            3. James 13 August 1809 son of Joseph Sykes and Elizabeth Drighlington (Birstall PR)
              "James Sykes was a druggist in Halifax: but having been unfortunate in business became a Railroad Porter at Radcliffe Bridge Station on - East Lanchashire Railway. (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
              Death: James Sykes, Halifax, September 24, 1859, 50 years (1809) (Drighlington Chapel)
            4. John Sykes (1811-1859) and Mary ______
              Birth: 1809, "John Sykes, Tobacconist 157 Bishop Gate without, London. (--- of Regent Street, London Feb 1856) cannot read 1809-20/7/1859 age 50" (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
              John 27 October 1811 of Joseph Sykes and Elizabeth Drighlington Maltster (Birstall PR)
              1851 census: 280 Regent Street John Sykes head married age 39, tabacconist, born Yorkshire, Drighlington, Mary E Sykes, age 32, corset maker employer of 4 workmen, born Hampshire George W son, age 3, Elizabeth daughter, age 1 both born Middlesex, Bishops Gate a visitor, and three servants
              Death: 1859 (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            5. George 25 Jul 1814 of Joseph Sykes and Elizabeth Drighlington Maltster, (Bristall PR)
            6. Suzanna✟ 9 June 1826 of Joseph Sykes and Elizabeth Drighlington Maltster, (Bristall PR)
              Death: Buried Suzanna d of Jos. Sykes of Drighlington Maltster 22 Dec 1817 1 and 3/4 years (Birstall PR)
            7. Suzanna Sykes (1818-) and Thomas Cooper
              Suzanna 17 May 1818 f Joseph Sykes and Elizabeth Drighlington Maltster, (Bristall PR)
              Daughter married Tom cooper butcher Adwalton ob 17 Mar 1856 age 35 (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
              Marriage: Leeds, St Peter, September 29, 1846, Suzanna Sykes full age spinster, of Farnley daughter of Joseph Sykes maltster, to Thomas Cooper, bachelor butcher, Wortley, son of John Cooper, butcher, by license both signed witness Michael Troughton and Sarah Halliday
            Death of Elizabeth Tharckrah Sykes: Elizabeth wife of Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington buried February 17, 1819 age 41
            Marriage 2: Sarah dtr of .. Hardy, Low Moor, and widow of .... Boys, innkeeper, Nethertown. She had two dtrs by her 1st husband, one died & the other was barmaid at -- Talbot Hotel, Bradford Died -95 (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            Marriage record: Joseph Sykes of Birstall Maltster, by license, to Sarah Boys, widow, 20 August 1823, Otley, both signed.
            Children of Marriage 2:
            1. Joseph son of Joseph and Sarah Sykes Drighlington maltster, June 6, 1824, Drighlington St. Paul
              "Joseph Sykes 6.6.1824 tobacconist, Derby Street, Dewsbury, Leeds employed by (cannot read) Leeds 1860 (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            2. Henry of Joseph and Sarha Sykes Drighlington Maltster 8 Jan 1826 Drighlington St. Paul's
              "Henry 8.1.1826 Drighlington maltster" (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            3. William Wilkenson Sykes of Joseph and Sarah Sykes Drighlington Maltster 28 October 1827 Drighlington St. Paul.
              Wm Wilkinson Sykes Fountain Inn Drighlington 28.10.1827 (married) ... dtr of John ---field joiner Drighlington" (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
              Death: William Wilkenson Sykes died in Bowling October 7, 1865 age 41 (Drighlington Chapel deaths)
            4. Samuel of Joseph and Sarah Sykes Drighlington maltster May 16, April 7, 1830 Drighlington St. Paul
              "Samuel Sykes Butcher Drighlington" (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
            Death of Sarah Sykes: Sarah Sykes Drighlington, August 12, 1853, age 63 (1790)
            Death of Joseph Sykes: 18 Nov 1860 in his 81 year (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
          3. George of Mr. James Sykes Drighlington, Maltster, 4 April 1782
            Marriage: Mary dtr of Scholefield, Drighlington, 23 June 1828
            George Sykes of Drighlington in the parish of Birstall, maltster, to Mary Schofield spinster, by license 23rd June 1823 both signed Leeds St. Peter.
            1851 Census: Drighlington all in a row:
            • George Sykes age 68, maltster and his wife Mary age 48, servant
            • Joseph Sykes head age 7- maltster wife, Sarah age 62 son Samuel age 20
            • William Sykes age 23 inn keeper wife mary age 21
            • Henry Sykes head age 26, journeyman maltster wife Martha
            Death: George Sykes Drighlington, March 15, 1852, age 70 years (1782)
          4. Richard of James Sykes of Drighlington, Maltster, 14 April 1784
            Tobbaconist London died 1833 (per Pedigree by Dr. D F E Sykes, Doncaster Archives shared by Marian Craddock, November 2011)
          5. Hannah of James Sykes Drighlington Maltster, 20 April 1786
          6. Mary per will

          Death: James Sykes of Drighlington, age 45, was buried August 27, 1795 (BT).
        15. The tombstone of James Sykes of Drighlington, born circa 1751 reads:

          In memory of JAMES SYKES of Drighlington
          Who departed this life the 25th day of August 1795 in the 46th year of his age
          Also of SUSANNAH, wife of the above named JAMES SYKES
          Who died the 20th of July 1835, age 79 years

          Will:

          Vol. 139m 653m Oct 1795, James Sykes of Drigh. maltster to bro John & his heirs my Dw Ho tenements in Drig. in the possesion of Jn Sykes & Martha Beanland [wid] after his death to his son John & his heirs forever to my own son Joseph I give all & every messgin Drig. cum Adwalton in township of Gomersal adhering to the Will of my father John's late Will £150 each to my 2 sons George & Richard when they become 21 Also daus Lydia, Hannah, & Mary - bro-in-law John Rhodes & friends Wm Barrans of Brierley yeoman 7 Wm maltby shopkeeper of Adwalton wits Jn Greenwood & Jms Booth

          Courtesy of Marian Craddock, October 2011

        16. Susanna baptized January 30, 1754.
          Death: Susanna of John Sykes of Drighlington was buried August 24, 1765.

        Death of John Sykes, 1779, Susanna, 1765, John 1814, and Hannah 1796 :

        SYKES

        Sacred to the memory of JOHN SYKES of Drighlington
        Who departed this live on the 24th Day of November 1779
        In the 80th year of his life
        Also, SUSANNA, wife of the above named JOHN SYKES
        Who departed this life on the 22ND Day of September 1765
        In the 58th year of her age
        Also, here was interred the body of JOHN SYKES, son of the above parents
        Who departed this life the 25th day of April 1814, in the 68th year of his age
        Also of HANNAH, wife of the last named JOHN SYKES who died October 16, 1796, age 71 years

        Death From Parish Records:

        • John Sykes of Dringlton Malster 28, November 1779, Birstall St. Peter
        • Susannah the wife of John Sykes of Drighlington was buried September 24, 1765.
        • Sykes, John Labourer Drighlington April 29, age 67 Birstall St Peter 1814
        • Did not find burial of Hannah 1796

      4. James of George Sykes of Drighlington, December 27, 1706
      5. George of George Sykes of Drighlington, May 22, 1709
      6. Richard of George Sykes of Adwalton, baptized December 23, 1711 (BT)
      Death: George Sykes of Adwalton, was buried October 5, 1730.

    7. Elizabeth, the daughter of James Sykes, was baptized on May 13, 1668 (YAS).
      Marriage: Elizabeth Sykes married William Batt July 13, 1691 (YAS).

    Death of James Sykes baptized 1631: James Sykes of Drighlington was buried on May 28, 1681. There is a footnote on this entry, "Will (Sikes) 12 May 1681 pr 17 Aug 1681."

Death of George Sykes baptized 1588: 1646 St Peter Birstall George Sykes of Liversedge

Died Liversedge buried 21 November 1645 "leaving a son" (John James Pedigree, 1866)

Death of Mary Oates Sykes: Mary, the wife of George Sykes of Drighlington, buried on May 18, 1658.

Death of George Sykes : George Sykes of Drighlington buried on August 18, 1667.


Tombstone inscription of Jane Sykes wife of James Sykes

Here lies the body of JANE SYKES the wife of JAMES SYKES late of Drighlington
Who died the 19th day of December 1762 age 69 years"


The tombstone inscription of Joseph Sykes, son of James born 1722 and his wife, Anne Sykes reads:

SYKES

Sacred to the memory of JOSEPH SYKES late of Drighlington, Gent.
Who departed this life September 3, 1785, age 60 years

AFFECTION WEEP, BUT HEAVEN REJOICES

Also, ANNA, his wife who departed the life the 23rd Day of July 1792 age 63 years


The tombstone of Samuel, the son of James Sykes, baptized on May 8, 1729 reads:

SAMUEL SYKES

Died February 25, 1781 age 53


The tombstone of James, the son of Joseph Sykes of Drighlington, born 1754 reads:

Sacred to the memory of James Sykes, the son of Joseph Sykes of Drighlington
Who departed this life November 21, 1785 age 30 years

HEAVEN HAS IN STORE, WHAT WE HAVE LOST

I did not find this death record; although much of the death records are illegible.

Mr. Joseph Sykes ____, Drighlington

Birth:

Occupation:
Marriage:
Children:

  1. Thomas baptized August 31, 1752
    Death: buried September 21, 1752
  2. Joseph baptized June 6, 1754
    Death: buried August 27, 1754.
  3. Jane of Mr Joseph Sykes of Drighlington 30 Jun 1755
  4. Martha of Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington 24 Jul 1756
  5. Anne, the daughter of "Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington" baptized January 6, 1758
  6. Mary, daughter of Mr Joseph Sykes of Drighlington buried April 28, 1762
  7. Simeon, of Mr. Joseph Sykes was baptized May 10, 1763
    Death: Simeon, the son of Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington was buried May 26, 1763

Samuel Sykes Gentleman Born Circa 1727

According to the tombstone Samuel Sykes, Gentleman, was born circa 1727. There is no appropriate baptism in the parish records. The closest is the birth of Samuel son of James of Drighlington in May 1729. There are no other records (marriage or children) in Birstall parish.

SYKES

In Memory of SAMUEL SYKES, Gentleman
Who departed this life on the 25th of February 1781 age 55 years


Other Sykes Records in Drighlington

James Sykes (c1682-1748) and Jane Emmerson, Drighlington Maltster

Birth: C 1682 based on an age of 66 years at his death in 1748.
Marriage of James Sykes to Jane Emmerson : James Sykes of Drighlington married Jane Emmerson (No place) 13 December 1721.
Birth of Jane Emmerson Sykes: Circa 1693 not in Birstall parish
Children:

  1. James of James Sykes of D buried February 16, 1721/22
  2. James Sykes (1722-1783) and Ann ______
    Birth: James, of James Sykes, of D baptized October 2, 1722 (BT)
    More: Vicar of Bradford author of "Remarks on the Landed and Commercial Policy of England" H m but d. s. p. 7 Aug 1783, and has a monumental tablet in the chancel of Bradford Church (John James, 1866)
    Marriage: Anne, unknown
    Children: Died without issue per John James 1866
    Death of James Sykes born 1722: Bredford 1783
    Death of Ann Sykes: Mrs. Ann Sykes of Drighlington widow age 63 buried 26 July 1792
    YAS Note: "James Sykes, adm sizar Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1740-41. School: Drighlington. Ordained deacon (Norwich) 1744-45, priest (Lincoln) 1748, vicar of Bradford, Yorks, 1752-83. Died 1783"
  3. Mary, of James Sykes of Drighlington, buried May 8, 1723 (BT).
  4. Joseph Sykes (1725-1785) and Ann Pollard
    More: Lord of the Manor per John James
    Birth: Joseph, of James Sykes of Drighlington, baptized April 7, 1725 (BT)

    Marriage:

    Joseph Sykes, 23, Birstall Anna Pollard, 18, Bradford Marriage date - 6 April 1749 in Bradford. (British Origins Yorkshire Marriage Allegations database Sandra Hewlett, 2012)

    Ann Pollard from John James pedigree 1866.

    Children:

    1. James (1751-1836)
      Birth: James of Joseph Sykes of Drighlington, baptized April 11, 1751
      More: James died unmarried 19 November 1836 age 87 buried in Drighlington Chapel, John James 1866
    2. Jane, the daughter of "Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington" baptized June 30, 1755
      Death: Miss Jane Sykes of Drighlington, spinster, age 30, was buried November 24, 1784
      Will: In October 2011 Marian Craddock kindly shared information on Sykes Wills: Vol. 130, 189: 1786 Jane Sykes of Drig. spin to sisters Martha Walker, Sarah & Ann Sykes £300 & Samuel bro & his heirs, niece Ann Marie Walker dw ho in occup of Jn Brook
    3. Hannah (Per John James 1866)
      Birth:
      Marriage: Hannah married Richard Brooke Esq of Leeds (John James 1866)
    4. Martha Sykes (1757-) and Joshua Walker and Thomas Hague
      Birth: Martha, the daughter of "Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington" baptized July 24, 1757
      Marriage: Joshua Walker per John James 1866
      Death of Joshua Walker: 1783 John James 1866
      Marriage: Thomas Hague: "Martha, the daughter of Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington (1724-1785) married Thomas Hague esq. of Crow Nest, Dewsbury.", per Grant Scanlan Museum Officer Kirklees Museums & Galleries Dewsbury Museum Crow Nest Park Heckmondwike Road Dewsbury WF13 2SG, January 2010
      Regarding Martha Hague (b. 1743 d.1819), the wife of Thomas Hague, the information comes from the death notice of another John Hague taken from the November 1867 edition of 'Gentleman's Magazine', it reads: "Oct 1. At Crow Nest, Dewsbury, aged 77, John Hague esq. He was the eldest son of the late Thomas Hague, esq. of Bullcliffe, Wakefield, by Martha, daughter of Joseph Sykes, esq. of Drighlington."

      Grant Scanlan Museum Officer Kirklees Museums & Galleries Dewsbury Museum Crow Nest Park Heckmondwike Road Dewsbury WF13 2SG, February 2010

    5. Sarah Sykes (1764-) and John Hague
      Birth: Sarah, of Mr Joseph Sykes of Dringlington, baptized July 12, 1764
      More: John Hague (b.1753 d.1832) married Sarah Sykes - his first wife. I don't know her birth year or the year of the marriage. They had three sons (John Hague, Joseph Sykes Hague and Thomas Hague). Sarah Sykes died in 1798 which corresponds with the birth of her third son Thomas, presumably her death resulted from childbirth. I'm sure this must be the same Sarah Sykes (sister of Martha, daughter of Joseph) as you have listed on your site. Grant Scanlan Museum Officer Kirklees Museums & Galleries Dewsbury Museum Crow Nest Park Heckmondwike Road Dewsbury WF13 2SG, February 2010
    6. Ann of Mr Joseph Sykes of Drighlington, baptized September 1, 1765
      Marriage: Benjamin Murgatroyd Esq of Red Hall Leeds, d.p.s. 27 May 1850 (John James 1866)
    7. Samuel of Mr. Joseph Sykes of Dringlington, baptized March 8, 1770
      Further Records No children in Birstall parish records
      Death: Samuel Sykes of Drighlington, buried July 27, 1830 age 60

    Death of Joseph Sykes: 1785, 6 September, Mr. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington.
    Death of Ann Sykes: 1792 26 July Mrs Anne Sykes of Drighlington wid.
  5. Thomas, of James Sykes of Drighlington, baptized August 20, 1727 (BT)
    Death: Thomas of James Sykes of Drighlington buried August 22, 1727
  6. Samuel of James Sykes of Drighlington, May 8, 1729 (BT).
    More: Samuel of Dirghlington Col. of the Birstall and Batley Vol. infantry died unmarried July 1830 age 60. per John James 1866
  7. Jane, baptized March 7, 1732
    Death: Buried June 3, 1732 (BT)
  8. Ann of James Sykes of Drighlington August 25, 1735
    Marriage: Anne Sykes of Drighlington married Thomas Lister, the younger of Salter-heaton Halifax, Shalloon maker, granted by James Sykes, surrogate. Witnesses: Samuel Sykes and George Margerison, 8 August 1764
  9. Martha of James Sykes of Drighlington, 30 Dec 1737
    Marriage: Martha Sykes of Drighlington married Thomas Wormald, both of Drighlington, December 23, 1760. Witnesses, Hannah Walker and George Margerison (the parish clerk ?)
Death of James Sykes: John Sykes of Drighlington buried 20 September 1748.
SYKES
Here lies the body of JAMES SYKES of Drighlington
Who dyed the 26th of September 1748
In the 66 year of his age
STOP PASSENGER AND DROP A TEAR
AND THINK ON ME WHO NOW SLEEPS HERE
AND WHILST YOU READ THE STATE OF ME
THINK ON THE GLASS THAT RUNS FOR THEE
LET NOT THIS WORLD YOUR THOUGHTS BETRAY
BUT THINK UPON YOUR DYING DAY

Will of James Sykes provided by Michael Chance July 2015: He clearly indicates: that he was a maltster, his eldest son was James, his second son was Joseph, his third son was Samuel and his two daughter were, Ann and Martha.

In the name of God Amen, I James Sykes of Drightlington in the County of York Maltster being of perfect memory and Understanding Do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form Following, First and Principally I Commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my Body I Committ to the Earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors herein after named, And as Touching my worldly Estate I dispose thereof as followeth, First it is my Will and mind that my Just Debts and Funeral Expences be paid and Discharged, And I do hereby Give and Devise to James Sykes my Eldest Son and to his heirs and Assigns for ever, All that Messuage Dwellinghouse or Tenemt. and One Malthouse or Maltkiln and one Barn thereunto belonging Scituate and being in Wakefield in the sd: County of York and now in the Tenures or Occupations of Widow Haworth and Thomas Shillitoe their or one of their Assigns or Undertenants, And also one other Messuage Dwellinghouse or Tenement Scituate and being in Drighlington aforesd: and now in the Tenure or Occupation of Amos Webster, And also one other Messuage Dwellinghouse or Tenemt. and a Barn to the same belonging And Two Closes of Land called the Flatts and one other Close of Land called the Nether Field, which sd. last mentioned Messuage Barn Closes of Land and premes are Scituate lying and being in Drighlington aforesd, and now in the Tenure or Occupation of John Brooke or his Assigns, with all outhouses Edifices Buildings Orchards Gardens Folds Backsides ways Passages waters Watercourses privileges hereditamts. and Appurts whatsoever to the sd. Messuages Maltkiln Several Closes of Land and premes above mentioned or to any of them belonging or Appertaining, And I also give and Bequeath to my Sd Son James Sykes the Sum of Twenty Pounds to be paid to him out of my Personal Estate by my Executors herein after named within Twelve months next after my Decease.
And I hereby Give to my Loving wife Jane Sykes and her Assigns for and during the Term of her Natural life All that new Erected Messuage or Tenement and one Barn thereto belonging Scituate and being in Drighlington aforesd, and one Close of Land in Drighlington aforesd called the new Close wherein the said last mentioned Messuage Stands and now in my own Possession with all Ways Passages hereditamts. and Appurts thereto belonging And from and Imediately after the Death of my sd wife Jane Sykes, Then I Give and Devise the same Messuage Barn and Close of Land last above mentioned with their and every of their rights members and Appurts unto my Second Son Joseph Sykes and to his heirs and Assigns Forever, And I also Give to my sd wife Jane Sykes All my Goods and Furniture now Standing and being in the Little Parlour. And I also hereby give and Devise to my said Son Joseph Sykes and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever, All those Eight Several Closes of Land comonly called or known by the several names of the Two Spewlands, the Pitty Close, the Two Flatts the Pghill, the Long Barraclough and the Dame Rawden all lying and being in Drighlington aforesd, and now in my own Occupation with all ways passages Waters Watercourses privileges hereditamts: and Appurts whatsoever to the said Several Closes of Land or to any of them belonging or Appertaining
And I do hereby Give and Devise to my Third Son Samuel Sykes and to his heirs and Assigns for ever, All that Malthouse or Maltkiln Scituate and being in Drighlington aforesd and now in my own Possession, And one Messuage or Tenement and one Barn to the same belonging Scituate and being in Drighlington aforesd and now in the Tenure or Occupation of Tristrum Brooke, And also one other Messuage or Tenemt. in Drighlington aforesd now in the Tenure or Occupation of John Newton, And also all those Seven Several Closes of Land lying and being in Drighlington aforesd, and Comonly called or known by the Several names of the Ned Flatts, the Ned Barraclough the Springs the Whiteley, the Tom Brooke and the Two Windmiln Closes which said last mentioned Seven Closes of Land are now in my own Possession, with all outhouses Edifices Buildings Orchards Gardens Folds Backsides ways Passages Waters Watercourses Privileges hereditamts. and Appurts whatsoever to the same Messuages Maltkiln Seven Closes of Land and premes or to any of them belonging or Appertaining And It is my Will and mind that the Sum of Seventy Pounds shall be taken or deducted out of my Personal Estate and laid out in Finishing the new Erected Messuage or Tenemt. and Barn herein before by me given to my sd wife Jane Sykes for and during the Term of her Natural life, And I hereby also give and Devise unto my said Son Joseph Sykes and to his heirs and Assigns for ever All that Close of Land lying and being in Drighlington aforesd called or known by the name of Bowlingalley Close now in the Tenure or Occupation of Joseph Cooke or his Assigns.
And I hereby give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Sykes the Sum of Three hundred Pounds And also to my Daughter Martha Sykes the Sum of Three hundred Pounds to be paid out of my Personal Estate within Twelve Months next after my Decease by my Executors herein after named into the Hands of my Friends John Gumersall the Elder of Birkenshaw in the County aforesd, Yeoman and the Reverend John Belcher of Drighington aforesd Clerk, Upon this Special Trust and Confidence in them reposed and to the Intent and Purpose that they the sd John Gumersall and John Belcher and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Admst. of such Survivor shall put and Place the sd Respective Sums of Three hundred pounds each out at Interest and yearly Pay and Apply the Interest of the sd Respective Sums for and towards the Respective Maintenances and Educations o f my sd Daughters untill they Respectively Attain their Several and Respective Ages of Twenty and Two years, And shall pay the said Respective Sums of Three hundred Pounds each to my sd Daughters when and as they shall Severally and Respectively Attain the age of Twenty and Two years, And if my said Daughters or eiter of them shall happen to dye before the age of Twenty and Two Years Attained and happen to leave lawfull Issue, Then my Will and mind is that the Legacy or Legacyes of such so dying shall be equally Devided amongst such of her or their Respective Issue, And for want of such Issue That the same shall be equally Devided amongst all my Children above named that shall be then living, And I hereby make Constitute and Appoint my sd Sons Joseph Sykes and Samuel Sykes Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testamt. And I give to my sd Sons Joseph Sykes and Samuel Sykes All the Residue and Remainder of my Goods Chattles and Personal Estate whatsoever, And I hereby Revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me made And Declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the Twenty Fourth day of September in the years of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Forty Eight.

James Sykes (signed)

Wits: Nichos: Tempest

Joshua Brooke

Jams: Thompson

Odd Records

  1. Joseph Sykes of Drighlington was buried May 26, 1763

  2. Nancy daughter of Joseph Sykes Drighlington "clothier", baptized 22 October 1786.

  3. James Sykes Drighlington, age 87 buried November 24, 1836 (1749)

  4. Mary Sykes, Leeds, December 30, 1853, age 64 (1793) (Drighlington Chapel)

  5. Emma Sykes, Bradford, May 15, age 5, 1868 (Drighlington Chapel)

Sykes Wills

Sent courtesy of Marian Craddock October 2011

  1. Vol167 261 May 1822 Benjamin Surgeon & Apothecary of Gomersal to Ann his dear wife. Mentioned Wm Gomersal dyer of Gomersal, lands tenements in Gom, Liversedge & elsewhere dear dau Martha provsion for her education,Edna Knowles, Sarah Clayton, Late bros Francis his children Elizabeth, Sarah, John & Ann Walker Sykes a very long Will prov for burial in vault sth side of Par Church at Birstall Born c 1762. Death Birstall St. Peter Sykes, Benjamin surgeon Crowtree age 60 1 May 1822

  2. Vol184 222 July 1831 Samuel Sykes of Drig left £800 [cannot find] Samuel Sykes of Drighlington 27 Jul 1770 age 60 Drighlington Chapel, St. Paul, Parish of Birstall Born circa 1710


Sykes in Adwalton and Drighlington in the Leed's Directories

In the 1830 or 1834 directory, in the township of "Drighlington including Adwalton". There were 10 Sykes listed in Drighlington/Adwalton as follows:

  1. James Sykes, Esq., Drighlington. Note: He was the lord of the manor
  2. Jph. Sykes, cardmaker and leather cutter, Drighlington
  3. Jph. Sykes, vit. Fountain Inn, Drighlington
  4. Samuel Sykes, Esq., Drighlington
  5. Saml. and Jas. Sykes, Coal Owners, Drighlington
  6. Geo. Sykes, Grocer, Adwalton
  7. Joseph Sykes, Drighlington, maltster
  8. Geo. Sykes, Maltster, Drighlington
  9. Francis Sykes, Maltster, Adwalton

The 1842 directory listed three Sykes in Adwalton

  1. Joseph, plumber and glazier
  2. James, Coal Owner
  3. Francis, Maltster

In the 1847 Directory listed inly one Sykes in Adwalton

  1. George Sykes, maltster

The 1857 Leeds Directory listed four Sykes in Drighlington/Adwalton.

  1. Benj. Sykes in Drighlington
  2. George Sykes, Adwalton
  3. Robert Brook Sykes, Adwalton
  4. Robert Sykes, Adwalton


Sykes in the tax records in Drighlington (no separate breakdown for Adwalton)

I did not record every year. I only recorded when there was some change in the format or in the listings of one of the Sykes I was interested in. I did not pay a lot of attention to the various Mr. Sykes who were landlords. In many places the quality of the film is not good and the records are very hard to read.

In 1781 there were 88 taxable properties some of which appear to have been owned or rented by the same person paying taxes on more that one piece of property. The landlord was not listed. There were 6 listings for Sykes.

Benjamin Sykes 4/4
Mr. Samuel Sykes 2/10/1/2
Mr. Joseph Sykes own 1/2/9
Mr. Joseph Sykes for mill -/6/6
James Sykes own -/3/3
Widow Sykes for (can't read) 12/1

In 1782 there were 89 taxable properties. There were 7 listings for Sykes. The landlord was listed.

Benjamin Sykes 4/4 from William Tempest
Mr. Samuel Sykes 2/10/1/2 himself
Mr. Joseph Sykes own 1/2/9 himself
Mr. Joseph Sykes for mill -/6/6 himself
James Sykes own -/3/3 himself
Widow Sykes for (can't read) 12/1 himself
Joseph Sykes from ____ Sykes 3/3

By 1786 there were some changes for the Sykes

Benjamin Sykes 4/4 from William Tempest stayed the same.
Mr. Samuel Sykes was no longer listed instead there was a listing for James Sykes and Company landlord, Mr Hoston (?).
Mr. Joseph Sykes was no longer listed.
James Sykes own -/3/3 himself was still listed
Widow Sykes for (can't read) 12/1 herself still listed
Mr. James Sykes was added at -/7/7 nothing listed in the landlord space.

By 1799 the number of taxable properties had increased to 128.

Benjamin Sykes was still listed.
The estate of James Sykes, themselves
Mr. James Sykes, himself and letting to several others and for the mill and coal mine.
Mr. James Sykes letting to William Booth and John Spright
Mr. Samuel Sykes, themselves
(Can't read) Sykes from Henry Reston
The Widow Sykes from Henry Reston

Francis Sykes was listed for the first time in 1798 landlord, Mr. Thomas Gomersall. Note: The listing for 1798 came after 1799 Benjamin Sykes was not listed and Francis Sykes was not listed in 1799. William Tempest was not listed in 1798 either.

1800

Benjamin Sykes was not listed
Francis Sykes was listed twice. Once letting from Thomas Gomersall the other time from Mary Hudson.

By 1826 when the form changed and added the type of property the number of taxable properties had increased to 142.

In addition to the "Mr. Sykes" there were the following listings for Sykes
"Formaly (sic) John Joseph Sykes and others work shop" £3/0
Joseph Sykes house -/1/-
(can't read) John Joseph Sykes and others house and land
Joseph Sykes and others, house and land -/13/2
Joseph Sykes land -/7/6
Susanna Sykes and others, house £2/9
Francis Sykes land £12/9
James Sykes Esquire, house and land -/16/6

Sykes Pedigree

Continuation and additions to the History of Bradford, and its parish By John James, 1866

PEDIGREES

SYKES OF DRIGLINGTON.

Arms. - Argent, a chevron sable, between three heraldic fountains, or sykes.
Crest. - a bull, passant, proper, charged on the shoulder with an horoldic fountain.
Motto. - Quod facio, valde facio. [What I do I do well]

The family of Sykes is of great antiquity, in both Cumberland and Yorkshire. In the former county, it held the manor of John de Chapel, near Carlisle. The Yorkshire branch possessed lands at Flockton, in the reign of Henry the III., but its original location appears to have been at Kirk-Burton.

George Sykes of Kirkgate, Leeds, (of the family of William Sykes, of the same place, second son of John Sykes, of Flockton, temp. Edward the VI.) m. Elizabeth Hodgson, 25 July, 1581, and was buried at St. Peter's, Leeds, 1 May, 1610, leaving (with other issue) a son,

George Sykes, of Driglington, bap. at Leeds, 25 Oct., 1588, m. at Birstal, Mary Oates, 3 Feb., 1630. He d. at Liversedge, and was buried at Birstal, 21 Nov., 1645, leaving a son,

James Sykes, of Driglington, bap. at Birstal, 24 June, 1631, buried there, 28 May, 1681. By Mary, (Brooke) his wife, he had, with two das. Mary and Elizabeth, four sons,

  1. James, of Driglington, bap. at Tong, 4 Oct., 1G57, m. twice and had issue. He was buried at Birstal, 1 June, 1725.
  2. Richard, of whom hereafter.
  3. William, bap. at Birstal, 17 JaD., 1663, buried there 18 Jan., 1666.
  4. George, of Driglington, bap. at Birstal, 26 April, 1666, m. Mercy, da. of Richard Eltoft, and was buried at Birstal, 30 Sep., 1730. His son
    John Sykes, of Driglington, bap. 15 July, 1703, m. Susanna, da. of John Rhodes, of Adwalton, and d. 24 Nov., 1779, leaving (with other issue) a son,
    John Sykes, of Driglington, m." Hannah Ellison, of Birkenshaw, and rf. 25 April, 1814, leaving two sons, viz : -
    Joseph, the second son, of St Nicholas, Oleve, London, Commissioner of Court of Requests, and Member of Common Council, d. 23 Feb., 1851.
    John Sykes, Esq., of Highbury, Middlesex, and of Wheatlands, Gomersal, m. first Elizabeth, sister of Matthias Whitehead, Esq., a West Riding Magistrate. She d. s. p. His second wife Susannah, da. of Lionel Knowles, Esq., of West House, Gomersal, d 1812, leaving John. He m. thirdly, Catharine, da. of John Jackson, London, Commissioner of the Court of Requests, and d. 11 Sep., 1843, leaving Joseph, James, Edward, Catharine, m. Joseph Conner Bodwell, M. A. Minister of the Congregational Church, Woburn, L nited States.
    Richard Sykes, the second son of James Sykes, as before-mentioned, was of Littletown. He was bap. at Birstal, 13 Dee., 1661, and m. there 18 July, 1683, Mary Barbar, who was buried 3 Jan., 1741.
    Richard Sykes, d. at Driglington, and was buried at Birstal 21 June, 1737, leaving issue, four sons,
    1. James Sykes, Esq., of Driglington, bap. at Birstal, 10 Feb., 1685, m. there 13 Dec, 1721, Jane Emmerson, who d. 19 Dec, 1762. He d. 28 Sep., 1748, a quaint epitaph marking the spot in Birstal church-yard, where the remains of himself and his wife are interred. They had issue, three sons, and two das.
      1. James, M.A. Vicar of Bradford, bap. at Birstal, 8 Oct., 1722 ; author of " Remarks on the Landed and Commercial Policy of Engl and.'' He m. but J. a. p. 7 Aug., 1783, and has a monumental tablet in the chancel of Bradford church.
      2. Joseph, of whom presently.
      3. Samuel, d. unm. 25 Feb., 1784, buried at Birstal.
      4. Ann, m. Thomas Lister, of Salter-Hebble.
      5. Martha, m Thomas Wormald of Gomersal, whose descendant, John Wormald, Esq., is of the firm of Child & Co., London.
      Joseph Sykes, above named lord of the manor of Driglington, was bap. at Birstal, 7 April, 1725, and m. at Bradford, 6 April, 1749, Anna Pollard, (of the Pollards of Kirkstal) and had issue two sons, and five das.
        James, of Driglington, d. unm. 19 Nov., 1836, aged 87, buried in Driglington chapel.
      1. Samuel, of Driglington, Col. of the Birstal and Batley Vol. Infantry, d. unm. 22 July, 1830, aged 60.
      2. Jane, d. unm. 21 Nov., 1785.
      3. Hannah, m Richard Brooke, Esq., of Leeds.
      4. Martha, m. first, Joshua Walker, Esq., (of the Walkers of Lascelles hall) who d. 1783, leaving a da. Mrs. Walker m. secondly, 6 June, 1787, Thomas Hague, Esq, whose son John Hague, Esq., is lord of the manor of Driglington, and a Magistrate for the West Riding.
      5. Sarah, m. John Hague, Esq., and d. 19 Feb., 1804.
      6. Anna, m. Benjamin Murgatroyd, Esq, of Red Hall, Leeds, and d. a. p. 27 May, 1850.
    2. George, second son of Richard and Mary Sykes, of Driglington, was bap. at Birstal, 6 Jan., 1689. He settled at Leeds, where he m. Sarah Walker, 24 Nov., 172a, and d. 25 July, 1761, buried at Mill Hill chapel, Leeds. His descendant Capt. James Sykes, is now of the " First Goorkas," Bengal Army.
    3. John, of Littletown, bip. at Birstal, 2 Dec, 1692, m. there Mary Benson, 3 March, 1712,'and appears to have had a son John.
    4. Samuel, of Mabgate, Leeds, bap. at Birstal, 29 Nov., 1696, m. first, Sarah Craven, 17 Aug., 1723, and by her had,
      1. John, of Leeds, M.D., buried at Mill Hill chapel, 20 March, 1757, aged 33.
      He m. secondly, Hannah, da. of Stephen Servant, 15 Oct , 1728, and had,
      1. Richard, buried at Mill Hill, 1 June, 1754, aged 24,
      By his third wife Mary, da. of Nathan Jefferson, (m. 13 Oct., 1735) he left at his decease, 3 Nov., 1768, a son,
      1. Samuel, of Frizinghall, Bradford, hap. at Mill Hill chapel, Leeds, 31 March, 1738, d 20 Dec, 1819. buried at Farnley, leaving by Elizabeth, (Dench) his wife, an only son,
        William Henry Sykes, b. 25 Jan., 1790, Col. Bombay, N. I., M.P. for Aberdeen. (For further particulars see Biographical Notices). He m. 4 March, 1824, Elizabeth, da. of William Hay, Esq., of Rennistoun, N. B (Cadet of the House of Errol) and has,
        Henry Peters, Capt . 2 Bombay Light Cavalry.
        William Henry Frederick, Capt . 3 Bombay Light Cavalry, m. Julia Elizabeth, da. of Charles Walter, Esq.
d. p. s. +descessit sine prole = died without issue

1848

West riding election. The poll for a knight of the shire for the west riding ... By York county, west riding, 1848 listed under DRIGHLINGTON:

  1. Sykes, George, Drighlington
  2. Sykes, James, Upper Batley
  3. Sykes, Joseph, Drighlington
  4. Sykes, Richard Brook, Adwalton


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