William Welbank

Male 1779 - 1854


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  • Name  William Welbank 
    Christened  2 Jul 1779  Northallerton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1795  linen-draper? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    March 1789 The same day was married, Mr. Thomas Mitchell, wholesale linen-draper, to Miss Welbank, eldest daughter of Christopher Welbank, Esq; of Mount Pleasant, near Northallerton.
    1795 William Welbank is apprenticed to Thomas Mitchell, linen-draper. He would have been 16.
    18 Aug 1803 John Westoby Palmer has declined his retail business as a linen draper in York in favour of William Welbank.
    WILLIAM WELBANK
    Linen-draper and Haberdasher
    Near the Minster-Gates, York,
    BEGS permission to acquaint his Friends and the Public, that he has ENTERED to the Shop lately occupied by Mr J.W.Palmer. From the experience he has had in the first houses in London, hopes for a CONTINUANCE of the same patronage and support with which Mr. PALMER has been favoured.
    WILLIAM WELBANK has laid in a NEW and COMPLETE ASSORTMENT of LINEN DRAPERY and HABERDASHERY GOODS of every description.
    1804 William Welbank, linen-draper, has an apprentice.
    1822 William Welbank of York, linen-draper, requires an apprentice. 
    Note  1804 
    testified in sensational trial Dighton v Watts involving his future brother-in-law Godfrey's wife.

    Mrs Godfrey Hirst and her sister Mrs Dighton were in the habit of scandalously going to theatre alone, and had met two soldiers and eloped to Ripon with them. Mr Dighton sued Mr Watts for alienation of affections, asking for damages of 5000, but the defendant's lawyer argued that Mrs Dighton already had a poor reputation so Mr Watts had not been the one to cause damage to her husband. "I understand they [Mrs Godfrey Hirst and Mrs Dighton] are now following a life of direful infamy" Numerous witnesses testify to Mrs Dighton's and Mrs Hirst's scandalous ways. William Welbank esq testified in the trial on behalf of Mr Dighton, who he said had always shown affectionate regard to his wife. The jury awarded damages of 1,100. The trial was written up in Sporting Magazine: or, Monthly Calendar of the transactions of the Turf, the Chase, and Every Other Diversion Interesting to the Man of Pleasure, Enterprize, and Spirit, (Volume 24, Rogerson & Tuxford, 1804) so probably was widely read about with great fascination.

    John Gough Nichols describes them as "the unfortunate Hirst family" and says they have lost all pretensions to respectability by mixing with plebian blood and low persons. Mary Anne also had a brother Francis who inherited the Golden Lion Inn and partnered with a "low person" and had eight illegitimate children with her before eventually being persuaded to marry her in his demented final years. 
    Occupation  1806 
    1806 Notice that a partnership between William Welbank, Richard Hirst and Richard Barker, under the name of Welbank and company, merchants, Kingston-on-Hull, is dissolved. Richard was one of Mary Anne's brothers. 
    Occupation  1811  Northallerton, Yorks Find all individuals with events at this location 
    wine merchant? Wine merchant William Welbank of Northallerton mentioned in [source] 
    Note  1812 
    1812 Thimbleby coursing Meeting has Welbank's and Hirst's dogs competing (Sporting Magazine: or, Monthly Calendar of the transactions of the Turf, the Chase, and Every Other Diversion Interesting to thre Man of Pleasure, Enterprize, and Spirit, Vol 39 (Rogerson & Tuxford, 1812)) 
    Occupation  1823  Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Fire and Life Insurance Offices,

    Globe, William, Wailes
    London Guardian, William, Wellbank
    Norwich Union, Thomas, Dixon
    Royal Exchange Thomas, Watson
    Union, Jas. Langdale, stationer

    Pigots Directory 
    Occupation  1829  Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Welbank William, esq. Northallerton.
    Savings Bank secretary 
    Note  1832 
    Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's ...
    Great Britain. Court of King's Bench, Richard Vaughan Barnewall, Sir Cresswell Cresswell 1832 Law reports, digests, etc
    R. C. PEASE, J. K. WATson, H. PEASE, and T. B. Locke, who have survived R. HARRIson, their late Partner, deceased, against JoNATHAN HIRST, EDw1N HIRST, FRANCIs HIRST, and WILLIAM WELBANK. A...

    The latter three acted as guarantors for Jonathan Hirst in 1817 on a promissory note for 300. The Hirsts were brothers of William's wife Mary Anne. Francis Hirst was the landlord of the Golden Lion in Northallerton. Another brother Henry was a solicitor in Northallerton, Jonathan was in business in Hull, Edwin was a farmer. (the Topographer and Genealogist Vol 1, John Gough Nichols, 1846, which says that Francis had eight illegitimate children by a "low person" and brought the family into disrepute).

    An ironmonger in Hull, Jonathan Hirst, was a bankrupt in 1829 (the Gazette) and had changed address several times. 
    Note  1839 
    Member of the Newcastle-upon Tyne Literary and Philosophical Society, follower of the Rev William Turner. who founded it. Together with his wife, subscribed to a book of sermons published 1839. Mrs Gaskell was also a follower and mentions Mrs Welbank as a friend in one of her letters.

    HIs brother-in-law Thomas Mitchell, nephew Edward Dawson Welbank Mitchell, and sister Jane seem also to have been followers of Rev Turner, lived in Newcastle where he was based and moved to Manchester where he moved when he retired, and were all buried in the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester where he was also buried. 
    Note  1840 
    bankruptcy. Contents of house were sold off, including a valuable library of 600 books, telescopes and a pair of globes, several dozens of port, sherry and claret, a quantity of home-made wines and of pickles and preserves, a four-wheel carriage with a single harness. 
    Note  1840  Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    White's Directory, Gent 
    Residence  1841  Northumberland Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William (60) and Mary (55) are here on census night - seems like a lodging house. 
    Residence  1851  3 Oxford Street, St Andrew, Newcastle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Boarder, corn merchant. Thomas Hirst, 32, bank agent, is visiting. Described as a widower which is odd, as Mary died the following year. 
    Died  Nov 1854  Northallerton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I544  Welbank1
    Last Modified  12 Aug 2020 

    Father  Christopher Welbank,   b. 1720, Northallerton, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1793 
    Mother  Mary Dawson,   b. 1741, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1798, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Nov 1765  Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mary Dawson was Christopher's cousin once removed, the granddaughter of his father's sister Ann. She was 24 and he was 45. Her father, grandfather and brother had all been called Edward Dawson; her brother had died in childhood. Her first son was Edward Dawson Welbank and the name continued down the next two generations.
    Family ID  F175  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary-Ann Hirst,   d. Feb 1852, Lloyd Street, Greenheys, Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Mar 1805  Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Mary Welbank
     2. Jane Welbank,   b. 1808, Mount Pleasant, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1808, Mount Pleasant, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. William Christopher Welbank,   b. 26 Jul 1811, Mount Pleasant, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1811, Mount Pleasant, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Anne Welbank,   b. 1813, Mount Pleasant, Northallerton Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  12 Aug 2020 
    Family ID  F12  Group Sheet