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William, the eldest son of Richard senior and Ellen, was baptised at Pickhill on 12th June 1661.In July 1684 he married Elizabeth -- of Aynderby, a marriage that was followed by the birth of ten children, or more likely nine. The Ann registered at Knaresborough in 1700 was entered merely as the daughter of William Daggitt and perhaps did not belong to the family that was pretty consistently in Pickhill or its neighbour, Kirby Wiske.

A Richard Daggett of Kirby Wiske appears in the Yorkshire Poll Book of 1741, so one of the two Richards there at the time must have been fairly wealthy or influential. The child following Ann was Thomas "son of William and Elizabeth Daggett of Maunby" and was baptised at Kirby Wiske on 9th January 1701. (Ann had been baptised on 30 November 1700, so, unless her baptism had been delayed some time after her birth, it does look as though she was part of a different family altogether.) Now Maunby is a hamlet in the parish of Kirby Wiske and just across the River Swale from Pickhill. When he was 27 Thomas married Elizabeth Dickinson in 1728 in Knaresborough, where he settled. They had three children, after which Elizabeth died the next year, in early October 1732. Six months later Thomas remarried, to Ann Lowery at the end of March 1733. They had one child, Elizabeth, born in February 1733/34, and Ann died in the middle of 1736. After his unhappy experiences, Thomas waited three years before marrying for a third time, this time to Elizabeth Jackman. Their three children included Mary, who died in infancy; Richard who died at the age of seven; and Thomas who lived until he was only 24. He was a currier by trade, like his father, and he married Mary Bowers by licence in February 1769. They had a daughter Elizabeth baptised on 29 June 1770 at Knaresborough, but she lived for only three years. Thomas himself died when she was only six months old, leaving no further issue.

We now return to the 1arge family of which the first Thomas was a member. He had a brother William who was ten years his senior and who had been introduced as "son of William Daggett junior of Roxby" when he was baptised in September 1691. He in his turn became known as junior, but he also had other nicknames. We were surprised and amused to come across the statement in the Pickhill registers that, in October 1727, Ann had been baptised "the daughter of Lord Dagget" : Other references to this William are in the Pickhill registers. In 1731 we learn that "The visitation was held this year at Richmond May 18. Mr.Christopher Wilson of Ainderby and Mr.William Daggett, alias Major, were chosen Churchwardens good men and true."

In 1736 "The visitation was held by the Commissary at Richmond May 4th 1736. Mr.Peter Kilvington and Lord Daggett were chosen Churchwardens for the current year." And in 1738 "Churchwardens Mr.William Raper junior of Hoome and Mr.William Dagget junior alias Major."

Major and minor are terms used nowadays to signify differences in age, but "major" would be contradicted by "junior" in the third of these examples. Major can also be used, like magnus, to denote physical size. Could the term have had any military significance at that period?

William married Anne Willey at Pickhill in February 1715 by whom he had four children over the next twelve years. The first, another William, died after a few months. A daughter Jane born in 1723 suffered the same fate.

 

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