John Cobb

     John Cobb was also known as Cob in records. He was born in Alconbury, Huntingdonshire.
     John Cobb married Mary Ann Bowker, daughter of Peter Bowker and Mary Marshall, on 24 March 1833 in Woodston, Huntingdonshire. Mary Ann Bowker & John Cob of Alconbury, at Woodstone.
     John Cobb and Mary Ann Bowker were recorded on the 1851 census in Church St, Stilton, Huntingdonshire. John Cobb, 49, cottager, born Alconbury; his wife Mary A, 53, born Alconbury, daughters Eliza 13, Sarah? 11, both scholars, born Stow in Long? Huntingdonshire.
     John Cobb and Mary Ann Bowker appeared on the 1861 census in High St, Stilton, Huntingdonshire. John Cobb, 59, ag. lab., born Alconbury, his wife Mary A 63, born Alconbury and unmarried daughter Eliza, 23, formerly house servant, born Stow Long.

Robert Ryther

(21 October 1652 - 7 March 1695/96)
     He was described as of Ryther Hall in the Isle of Axholme in the Frank pedigree.
     Either he or his father were often stewards of Epworth Manor: 16 April 1684, 10 Oct 1691, 6 July 1692. Stonehouse, 1838, mentions that a memorandum in the Temple Belwood archives was labelled Mr Ryder's bad behaviour, when he held office of land steward to the manor of Epworth, it was stated that he had done many ill terms and offices to the tenants, who complained of him to the Lord Carteret, at which he was so enraged that he threatened to go over and make common cause with the Participants; and that he had been to meet them in some out-a-way place. Robert Ryther was christened on 21 October 1652 in Belton, Lincolnshire. He was the son of Robert Ryther and Margaret Campion.
     Robert matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge University, on 11 June 1669. Admitted Pensionari (aged 16) at St Johns June 11 1669. Son of Robert, gent of Belton. Baptised there 2 Oct 1652. School Belton. Matric 1669. Robert was a Counsellor at law on 19 November 1670. He was admitted at the Inner Temple Nov 29 1670 as Robert Ryther, gentleman, of the Isle of Axholme. Councillor at Law, Deputy Recorder of Lincoln. He was also Deputy Steward of the manor of Epworth.
     Bargain and sale - (1) Robert Ryther (with signature) of Belton in the Isle of Axholme, esq., and Robert Ryther gent., his son.
(2) John Curtis of Lissington, gent.
Cottages (or parcels of ground, viz. one cottage, one little) parcel of ground belonging, and one other cottage or homestead (50 poles)
(2) is to pay 1d. yearly to the President and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. but (1) are to pay the outrent due to the King, and whatever else is due to the lord of the manor for their other grounds in Lissington
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Between 1678 and 1720 Robert Ryther sold property in Belton, Lincolnshire. Robert Rither of Doncaster sold lands in Belton to Robert Popplewell 1679-99. [Lincs Archives 2/TGH/1/33/34/3].
1/2-3: Bundles of deeds relating to land in Belton purchased by Robert Popplewell from Thomas Wakefield, Roger Pilsworth of Epworth, William Pettinger, Richard Kynman of Belton, Robert Temperton & others; Richard Kynman of Belton, Robert Rither of Doncaster and Edmund Wildbore of Belton. 38 items.
1/33/34/1/2-3 1679-99 - 11 items: Manor of Epworth, surrenders of lands in Belton to Popplewell family 1693-1736 (16 items).
Manor of Crowle, admission of lands at Belton Woodhouse, Popplewell family 1708-53 (30 items).
Manor of Epworth, admissions to lands in Epworth, Popplewell family 1640-1782 (4 items). Bundle of deeds re Bewitt Carr Close, conveyed to Robert Popplewell by Robert Parking jr. of Crowle in 1719 (7 items 1659-1719).
Manor of Crowle, conveyance of copyhold land in Crowle to Popplewell family 1694-1754 (26 items). 1/33/34/1/5-9].
Lincs Archives index: Robert Popplewell of Belton gent., grant of messuage by 1701, Tonge 2/6, purchased land at Belton 1716 F.L. Deeds 1341. Belton 1710, 1713, FL deeds 1121-2, deeds to Epworth property 2TGH 3 A 2/1 Witness 1687 [see MCD 1187 Cardiff City Library collection].
Mentioned in deeds 1701 Misc.Don. 403/6/1/1/3; 1703 Beltoft 403/6/1/2/1; Belton & Epworth 1698-9, 1700, 1707 871.950, 951.
     Robert Ryther married Deborah Franke in 1681 in Rossington, Yorkshire.
     Robert was a plaintiff in a civil court case between 1685 and 1687 in Lincolnshire. Suit of Robert Ryther of Lincoln v. Peter Clarke, miller, of Belton. He was listed as a Freeman of the city of Lincoln, in 1686. By purchase.
     Edwd. Lord Viscount Erwyn, Sir Anthony Abdy, Bart., John Harvey, Wm. Marwood, Mark Vanvalkenburgh, Robt. Gosline, John Singleton. v. The Right Hon. John Earl of Mulgrave, Robert Ryther the elder, Jas. Gardner, Doctor of Law, Robt. Medley, Robert Ryther, junr., Wm. Sampson, "and others.": "Manor of Epworth, and the commons, low grounds, and waste grounds within the same improved and dreyned by Sir Cornelius Vermuden and his participants." Touching "the 7,400 acres, or such part thereof as lies within said manor, which were allotted to the King (Charles 1.) and Sir Cornelius and his participants for the King's interest and share therein, and the improver's charge for dreyning and improveinge the whole," &c., &c. Touching the award of Sir John Banks, Knt., the Attordey-General, to his late Majesty Charles the First, made concerning the draining of the marshes and waste grounds in manor, and the decree of the Court of Exchequer made for the confirmation of the award, &c., &c.: York; Lincoln.
     In Robert Ryther's will dated 23 September 1693 in Lincolnshire, Robert Ryther was named as heir; In the name of God amen I Robert Ryther the elder in the county of Lincoln Esq languishing under a great indisposition of health in body but of sound and perfect memory praised be God for it, yet ... the frailtyes and uncertainty of this natural life, and being and being desirous to settle and dispose of what God almighty has been pleased to lend me here in his world doe declare therefore and make this my last will and testament in manner following First I commend my soule unto the hands of Almighty God trusting through the merits of my saviour Jesus Christ to ... ... Glory and as to my worldly estate and goods which I have I dispose and give as followeth:
Imprimus I give and bequeath to the poor of Belton twenty shilling to be paid unto the hands of Mr Robert Medley of Belton at my funerall and to be by him then distributed at his discretion
Item I give unto Francis Chatts widower twenty shillings to dispose of at the discretion of my executor hereafter named
Item I give unto my son Robert Ryther and my daughter Catherine the wife of Robert Poplewell Esq each of them twelve pounds a piece to be paid within twelve months after my death (being lawfully demanded)
Item I give unto my daughter Rebecah Hartropp a broad piece of gold worth five & twenty shillings & six pence
Item all the rest of my personal estate, plate goods, moneys whatsoever undisposed of I give unto my daughter Susannah Ryther whom I make sole Executrix of this my last will & testament revoking hereby all other wills by me heretofore made
In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand and seal the three & twentieth day of September in the fift yeare of the reign of the sovereigne Lord and Lady William & Mary King & Queen of England A.D. 1693. Robert Ryther (his mark).

     Robert Ryther made a will dated 12 November 1694 in Lincoln.
     In a lease for 27 years Robert Ryther was mentioned as one of the persons nominated by us in trust to and for the benefit and behalf of our said county of Lincoln from the Crown (as Duke of Lancaster).
     Lease for 27 years: The Crown (as Duke of Lancaster) to Peregrine Bertie, Charles Bertie, Peregrine Bertie, Philip Bertie, Sir John Tyrwhitt, Sir John Oldfield, Sir William Buck, Sir Edward Ayscough, Charles Dymoke, Robert Ryther, Mathew Lister, John Rositer, Christopher Hales, William Ambler and Robert Cawdron "being persons nominated by us in trust to and for the benefit and on behalf of our said county of Lincoln". The keepership, the Gaol, and the houses at or near called the Shire House..
     Robert died on 7 March 1695/96 in Belton, Lincolnshire, aged 43. On a large blue marble slab enclosed within iron rails, his memorial inscription reads: Here lyeth the body of Robert Ryther, jun. esq. who departed 7 March Anno. Dom. 1695, in the 44th year of his age.
His arms are impaled with those of his wife's family Franke. He was buried on 8 March 1695/96 in Belton. Sepult Robert Rithier, armiger, 8 March 1695.
     His will was proved on 27 May 1696 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Robert Ryther settled his estates, after his wife's decease, upon his 6th cousin, John Ryther of Scarcroft, Yorkshire "to preserve the lands in our ancient family, which is now very inconsiderable, in comparison of the great estates heretofore enjoyed, in the counties of York, Lincoln and elsewhere, by our extravagant ancestors", but they were debarred as Roman Catholics so it was settled on Richard Popplewell his nephew.
     Robert Ryther was mentioned circa 1710.
     Robert Ryther was mentioned circa 1718/19.

Deborah Franke

(31 July 1654 - before 8 January 1739/40)
     Deborah Franke was christened on 31 July 1654 in Pontefract, Yorkshire.
     Deborah Franke married Robert Ryther, son of Robert Ryther and Margaret Campion, in 1681 in Rossington, Yorkshire.
     Grace Lady Carteret, widow, dowager and administratrix of Geo. late Lord Carteret, Baron of Hawnes. v. Deborah Ryther, widow.: Manor of "Epworth with Westwood in Haxey, in the Isle of Axholme, in the coy of Lincoln," lately belonging to the plaintiff's husband Geo. Lord Carteret. Touching the lands in said manor held by defendant, lately belonging to her husband Robt. Ryther, agent, steward, or receiver for the late Lord Carteret's rents, and formerly in the possession of Robt. Ryther, father of said husband, and held by him of Sir Geo. Carteret, grandfather of said Geo. Lord Carteret. Also touching the discharge from his said office of said Robt. Ryther, and the accounts of his stewardship given in by him. Arrears of rents, duties, and services alleged to be due from defendant and her late husband, &c., &c.: Lincoln [circa 1709].
     Grace Lady Carteret, widow, dowager and administratrix of Geo. late Lord Carteret, Baron of Hawnes. v. Deborah Ryther, widow.: Manor of "Epworth with Westwood in Haxey, in the Isle of Axholme, in the coy of Lincoln," lately belonging to the plaintiff's husband Geo. Lord Carteret. Touching the lands in said manor held by defendant, lately belonging to her husband Robt. Ryther, agent, steward, or receiver for the late Lord Carteret's rents, and formerly in the possession of Robt. Ryther, father of said husband, and held by him of Sir Geo. Carteret, grandfather of said Geo. Lord Carteret. Also touching the discharge from his said office of said Robt. Ryther, and the accounts of his stewardship given in by him. Arrears of rents, duties, and services alleged to be due from defendant and her late husband, &c., &c.: Lincoln.
     She was mentioned in her nephew Robert Frank's will of 1737.
     Deborah Franke made a will dated 9 August 1739 in Lincoln. I Deborah Ryther of the Close of Lincoln, widow, being in tolerable health ... to be buried at Belton nigh my deceased husband. Item I give my silver tankard to the use of the communion table at Belton ... my niece Elizabeth, widow of Wm Scrimshire ... cousons John Franks of Caistor ... [no mention of Rythers]
     Deborah died before 8 January 1739/40 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. She was buried on 8 January 1739/40 in Belton.
     Her will was proved on 12 May 1740 at Lincoln.