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[RUSH641] Joshua Rushforth m1. [RUSF642] Mary Rushforth . [RUSH651] John Rushforth m. [BINK652] Mary Binks . . [RUSH662] Ann Rushworth m. [METC661] James Metcalf
[RUSH641] Joshua Rushforth married 1. (at Bradford, 2nd August 1753) [RUSF642] Mary Rushforth. They had seven children born at Heaton and baptised at Toad Lane Primitive Methodists, Bradford, as follows:
Joshua (baptised 23rd February 1756), died (age 3) at Heaton (buried at Bradford, St. Peter, 8th March 1759);
Anna (baptised 1st January 1758);
Joshua (baptised 30th November 1760), died (age 58, unmarried) at Armley, and buried there (4th September 1816);
Mary (baptised 9th January 1763), died (age 9 months) at Heaton (buried at Bradford, St. Peter, 9th October 1763).
John (-), died at Heaton (buried at Bradford, St. Peter, 26th March 1765);
James (baptised 20th April 1766), married Hannah Worsnop who died (age 74) at Low Wortley (buried at Armley, St. Bartholomew, 30th December 1843);
[RUSH651] John (baptised 17th April 1768), married Mary Binks, see later.
Mary died at Kirkstall (but was buried at Bradford, St. Peter, 7th May 1773). Afterwards Joshua (a clothier) married 2. (at Leeds, St. Peter, September 1775) Hannah Pickersgill (born 1752). They had one child born at Kirkstall as follows:
Mary (baptised at Leeds, St. Peter, 18th April 1777), died (age 44, single woman) at Armley (buried at St. Bartholomew, 15th November 1821).
Joshua (a cloth scorcher) died at Kirkstall (buried at Bradford, St. Peter, 6th December 1782). His 2nd wife Hannah died at Armley (buried at St. Bartholomew, 8th September 1807).
[RUSH651] John Rushforth (born 1768, son of Joshua & Mary), a clothier, married (at Leeds, St. Peter, 11th March 1792) [BINK652] Mary Binks (born 1769, see BINKS), witnessed by James Rushworth (John's brother) and Thos. Atkinson (parish clerk). They had eleven children as follows:
Hannah (baptised at Armley, 20th January 1793), married Jeremy Joseph Lobley;
William (born at Armley, 22nd May 1794, baptised there 15th June 1794), married Elizabeth Denison;
Mary (born at Armley, baptised there 19th June 1796), never married, died at Armley (4th May 1839, buried at St. Bartholomew 1839). She had one child:
Joseph (born at Armley, baptised there 4th September 1798), married Margaret Moorhouse;
Benjamin (born at Armley, baptised there 29th June 1800), married Jane Donald;
John (born at Armley, baptised there 6th February 1803), died (age 23 months) at Armley (buried at St. Bartholomew, 23rd December 1804);
Thomas (born at Armley, baptised there 16th December 1804), married Peggy Howard;
James (born at Armley, c.1806), died (age 2) at Armley (buried at St. Bartholomew, 4th January 1808);
[RUSH662] Ann (born at Armley, 4th June 1808), married James Metcalf, see later;
George (born at Bramley, Wyther, baptised at Bramley Lane Baptists, 31st August 1810), died (age 15) at Armley (13th July 1826, buried at St. Bartholomew, 16th July 1826);
Betty (born at Bramley, Wyther, baptised at Bramley Lane Baptists, 6th March 1813), died (age 4) at Armley (5th June 1817, buried at St. Bartholomew, 8th June 1817).
John died (age 47) at Armley (4th May 1815, buried at St. Bartholomew, 7th May 1815). Mary died (age 73, of senectus) at Armley also (26th June 1843, buried at St. Bartholomew, 30th June 1843).
In 1976-77 the old gravestones in Armley Churchyard were transcribed before being taken away, preparatory to landscaping the whole area. The transcription of the relevant headstone for this family reads:
Here lyeth interred the body of John Rushworth, of Armley,
who departed this life May 4th 181 aged 47 years.
Also his sons John and James, died young
Also Elizabeth, daughter of the above who departed this life June 5th 1817, aged 4 years
Also Mary, wife of the above John Rushworth, who died June 26th 1843, aged 73 years
Also Betty, daughter of the above [who] died Ju[ne 181]7, aged 4 years
Also [G]eorge, [son of the] above who died Ju[ly] 13th [1826,] aged 15 years
Also Mary, daughter of the above who died May 4th 1839, aged 42 years.
It would appear this headstone was erected and inscribed some time after Mary died in 1843, presumably on behalf of their eldest son William. Curiously, it was not realised that Betty and Elizabeth were one and the same child, who died in June 1817. The grave was next opened in June 1938 for the interment of Jesse Edward Bentley, whose widow Annie, was a great-great-granddaughter of the aforementioned John & Mary Rushforth. It was particularly noted that the coffin of Mary (buried in 1843) was in perfect condition. Incidentally, this Annie was a granddaughter of Gabriel Frankland, Clerk of Works when the new St. Bartholomew’s church was under construction in the mid 1870’s.
[RUSH662] Ann Rushworth (born 1808, daughter of John) married (at Leeds, St. Peter, 4th September 1827) [METC661] James Metcalf (born 1807, see METCALF).
John Rushforth = Mary Binks
1841 Census 1342/2-27 Armley, Moor Ann Turner 80 Mary RUSHFORTH 70 Ann Rushforth 20 w.c.burler Nancy Frankland 5