Richard Platts
(-Bef 1509)
John Gawkroger of Platts
(-Bef 1533)
Richard Gawkroger
(Abt 1510-1570)


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Richard Gawkroger

  • Born: Abt 1510, Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
  • Marriage: Isabella about 1532 in Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England 1319
  • Died: 18 Oct 1570, Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England about age 60 1319

bullet   Other names for Richard were Richard Gawkroger of Platts and Richard Platts.

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 1310
Accord to John G. Hunt, author of "Notes on Families of the Parish of Halifax, Yorkshire Farrer, Deane, Platts, Fairbank, Prescott," American Geneologist, Vol. 40, p. 28:

"Genet Fairbank married James (generation 5) son of Richard (geneartion 4), son of John (3), son of Richard (2) son of John Platts alias Gawkroger of Sowerby. Genet and James had, with others, Abraham Platts alias Gawkroger and James. This Abraham Platts was father of Mary who married in 1629 John Prescott of Sowerby with whom she shortly removed to New England..."

• Background Information. 1317
Taken from Genealogy of the Gordon-Macy, Hiddleston-Curtis and Allied Families, p. 218:

"John Gawkroger b. Sowerby, Yorkshire, England, d. 1505 Sowerby, Halifax Parish. He gave land called 'Platts' to his grandson John in 1487 and then the family was called Gawkroger of Platts; this eventually came to be called just Platts."

"Richard Gawkroger b. and d. Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England."

"John Gawkroger of Platts, an adult in 1487, Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England."

"An unknown generation but with the same land in the family inherited from father to son."

"James Gawkroger of Platts b. c. 1558 Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England. m. 2 Dec. 1751 Sowerby Jannet Fairbank b. c. 1558 Sowerby, Yorks, England, dau. of George Fairbank, clothier, whose will was dated and proved in 1650, d. Sowerby, England."

"Abraham Gawkroger of Platts bp. 7 Sept. 1578 Halifax Parish, Sowerby, Yorks, England d. will proved 1627 Sowerby, m. 5 Sept. 1601 Sowerby, Yorks, England, Martha Riley b. c. 1580 Sowerby, Yorks, England, d. after 1627 as named in will of her husband."

"Mary Platts alias Gawkroger bp. 15 March 1611 Halifax Parish, Sowerby, West Riding, Yorks, England d. 1674 Lancaster, Mass., buried in 'Old Cemetery' there, m. 11 March 1629 Sowerby, Yorks, England John Prescott b. 1604 Standish Parish, Lancashire, England, d. 1681, will proved 20 Dec. Lancaster, Mass., bur. 'Old Cemetery' there, called on his gravestone 'the founder of Lancaster.'"

• Dates & Events. 1319
Richard Gawkroger-Platts, of Sowerby, parish of Halifax; married Isabella, who was buried 12 Feb 1560. He married, as his second wife, Elizabeth, who survived him. He was the heir of moiety of Hessilhurst, 10 Oct 1547. He died 18 Oct 1570 and his will was proved 19 Dec 1570.

~Ancestry of John Barber White and His Descendants, p. 129

Richard married Isabella about 1532 in Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.1319 (Isabella was buried on 12 Feb 1560 in Sowerby, Halifax, Yorkshire, England 1319.)

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