I have been revisiting the Witty family line, going back from Ann, b. 1823 in Kilnwick, the illegitimate daughter of Jane. Jane was b. 1803 in North Frodingham, parents Thomas Witty and Rachel Binnington. Thomas was b. in Lund 12 April 1743 and baptised there on 14 April, the son of Robert Witty and Mary Capleby - the evidence for the birth date is a report of a Family Bible (now sadly believed lost) and for the baptism an entry in the Lund Parish Register "Thomas, son of Robert Witty, Labourer". A marriage of Robert Witty and Mary Capleby took place in Huggate on 4 February 1733/34 "Robert Witty & Mary Capleby both of the Parish of Huggate were married 4 Feb 1733, by Robert Luck Rector Ibid by virtue of Banns three times published in ye sd Parish". Of the family ascribed to Robert and Mary the first two (Robert, 1734, and John, 1737) were baptised in Huggate and the remaining five (Mary, 1740, Thomas, 1743, Ann, 1746, Rachel, 1748, and Richard, 1754) in Lund; was it reasonable in those days for the family to have moved the 6 or so miles from Huggate to Lund?
Robert apparently died in 1792, aged 91, and was buried in Holme on the Wolds. However, he was also said to have been baptised 18 November 1706 in Hutton Cranswick, son of Richard Witty and Ann Lawty. Certainly the latter couple had a son Robert, for he is mentioned in Richard's Will (this Will mentions sons John, Richard and William Witty, Daughters Anne (wife of Michael Bielby), son Thomas Witty, sons-in-law John & William Lawty, daughter Jane Witty and son Robert Witty - the Executrix was his widow, Ann (Lawty at the time of marriage), who received the residue of the Estate). Oddly, Jane and Robert received the largest bequests by a long way so, despite the Witty-Lawty marriage having been in June 1696 and Thomas apparently having been baptised in May 1697, so I wonder about the parentage of Thomas.
On Family Search there is a suggestion that Robert was born in Huggate in 1701, but there is a considerable gap in the Registers of the Parish and I have been unable to verify this. This is more consistent with his declared age at burial, but changes the ancestral line, so any suggestions and evidence would be appreciated.
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