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The generations are numbered working back from Jack's as (1)
RICHARD and MARY HARLAND (6)
He became a flax dresser. Some time in the 1820s he moved a considerable distance from his place of birth, to Mickley, near Kirby Malzeard, on the other side of the North York Moors. It is probable that he was still single when he made this move and that it was there he met his future wife.
Others made an even longer journey to Mickley.
St John the Evangelist Church in Mickley was built for the Dalton Family of Sleningford Grange in 1841 in memory of Elizabeth Dalton. It is built of cobblestones taken from the river Ure, which runs the length of the village on the north side. There are a number of gravestones of Irish Catholics in the graveyard. These are of immigrants who came to work in a flax mill near the river during the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s. The ruins of the flax mill can still be seen.
The mill was also used to make machinery for the spinning of flax.
Intelligencer 25 November 1811
MARY was born in Kirkby Malzeard, a village north-west of Ripon. Mickley is a hamlet within the parish of Kirkby Malzeard, so Mary may have been born there.
Children Mary, Samuel, Thomas , William and Richard were born there between 1829 and 1839.
The family were living in Mickley at the time of the 1841 census.
1841 Census: Mickley, Kirkby Malzeard, Azerley, Yorkshire
The inhabitants of Mickley seem to be divided between working in the flax industry and in agriculture. Despite her five children, Mary is helping with the family income. Young Samuel is at work at 10 years old. Probably the daughter Mary helped with the younger children.
By the 1851 census, three more children, Robert, Elizabeth and John had been born.
1851 Census: Mickley. West Riding
Mary is no longer working at flax carding. She now needs to look after the children. Her eldest daughter Mary junior has left home. At 22 she may be married.
The teenage Thomas has got work, not working with the flax itself, but as a mechanic, probably with the machinery at the mill.
Richard died in June 1857, in Mickley, at the age of 57.
In the 1861 census we find the widowed Mary living in a cottage in Mickley with three of her children. She is supporting herself as a cleaner. The two eldest children still living at home are also working.
1861 Census. Cottage, Mickley, Azerley.
Mary Harland Widow 55 Charwoman Mickley, Yorks
William Harland Son Un 23 Carrier (Common) Mickley, Yorks
Elizabeth Harland Daur Un 14 Assistant Laundress Mickley, Yorks
John Harland Son 12 Scholar Mickley, Yorks.
Later that year we find the son William in trouble with the courts.
Yorkshire Gazette. Sat. 14 th Dec 1861.
Borough Court. – On Wednesday last, William Hoben, of Manchester, hawker, summoned William Harland, of Mickley, for having assaulted him at Ripon, on the 5 th inst. During the afternoon of that day, complainant met the defendant coming out of the Green Dragon public-house. Defendant inquired the price of some umbrellas complainant was selling, and then without any provocation, struck him on the hat and under the ear, and then knocked him down, and, while laid, kicked him. Convicted in the penalty of 20s. and 22s. 6d. costs, which he paid.
In the next census, ten years later, we find Mary living alone in a cottage in Mickley.
1871 Census. Mount Pleasant Village Street
Mary Harland Head W Charwoman 68 Mickley, Yorks
Two doors away is her second son William and his young family: his wife Mary, his children Eliza 6, Louisa 5, Frederick 3 and Lilley 1. Also with them is William’s orphaned nephew, 14-year-old Alfred. He is the child of Mary’s older son Thomas . William is still a carter.
York Herald. Sat 17 th October.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT.
Ripon West Riding Petty Sessions – Yesterday William Harland, of Mickley, labourer, was charged with assaulting William Stainthorpe, of the same village, labourer, on the 6 th inst. Fined 10s, and costs £1 12s.
Mary died 1 January 1876.
William was described in the previous court case as a labourer, but his next brush with the law shows him still to be in possession of a horse. He probably worked at odd labouring jobs between employment as a carter.
York Herald. Sat 26 th July 1879.
LOCAL AND DISTRICT.
Liberty Court. – William Harland, of Mickley, was charged with cruelly ill-treating a horse whilst in an unfit state. Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s. with 11s. costs, or in default 14 days imprisonment.
In the 1881 census for Mickley, William is described as a carrier. Living with him are his wife Mary, three of his younger children and his widowed brother John, who is an agricultural labourer.
Fatal Accident near Ripon. – An inquest was held on Wednesday night, the 21 st inst., before Charles Husband, Esq., coroner of the Liberty of Ripon, touching the death of Wm. Harland, of North Stainley, labourer, who died the previous day from injuries sustained from being crushed by a horse and cart. The evidence of Francis Bolland, who had been working with Harland, showed that on Tuesday the 21 st inst, he was in the yard behind the kitchen at Sleningford Grange. He saw Harland filling a tank- cart, out of the tank: he was going to take it to the manure heap at the low end of the kitchen-garden. In doing so he had to go down a steep hill, nearly at the bottom of which there is a gate. Witness went across the lawn where he expected to find Harland, but on arriving there he found he had not reached the place. He then went in search of him, and hearing him crying out as if in pain, found him at the left side of the road, at the gate. The near side of the gate and fence were down, and the tank cart was 60 or 70 yards lower down in the field, one shaft was stuck in the ground, and the horse was grazing at the far side of the pasture. He believed it was a very quiet horse. Harland was laid on the road, and bleeding from the mouth. He told him he had been crushed, witness got assistance and had him removed to the carriage house. Mr. J. Hartley, of Ripon, surgeon, was sent for. Sarah Sly, a servant at the place, was called and said: She was working at Sleningford Grange. On the day mentioned she saw the deceased filling the cart at about a quarter to 12, as stated by Bolland, and about 10 minutes after on account of something the housemaid told her, she went to the road leading to the garden, she saw Harland laid on the road. Bolland was trying to hold him up. Harland’s hands and face were all bloody. She asked him what was the matter, when he told her he was going to die. He said he could not get the gate open. Mr. Hartley said the deceased’s heart was injured, and two or three ribs might be broken. Harland died at about a quarter past-three o’clock in the afternoon. It was supposed that deceased had tried to get the gate open before the horse and cart arrived, but failing this, he had not been able to stop the horse with heavy load on the steep road.-Verdict, accidental death.
North Stainley is a hamlet only a mile from Mickley.
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