Christopher Ingham of Badsworth and Ledsham is shown to have been born about 1704 by the age given on the bond for his marriage to Dorothy (Cooke) Hague in 1729.[1] Two plausible baptisms were located: at Hunsingore in 1704 (son of Peter Ingham of the Park) and at Allerton Mauleverer in 1705 (son of Thomas Ingham of Hopperton).


The will of Thomas Ingham of Hopperton, written in 1728, mentions his son Christopher Ingham. It also mentions Thomas’s daughter Anne Poulter.[2] The parties in the 1756 administration record for Thomas Poulter of Hopperton include his widow Ann and Christopher Ingham of Hopperton, with the latter also signing the inventory of Thomas Poulter’s estate.[3] It seems likely that this was Ann’s brother Christopher Ingham, who would therefore be a different man from Christopher Ingham of Ledsham who died in 1753.


A Christopher Ingham of the parish of Allerton married Mary Sunderland at Spofforth on 10 Sep 1728 and several children of Christopher Ingham of Hopperton were baptised at Allerton Mauleverer in the period 1729-47. This must have been a different Christopher Ingham from the one who lived at Ledsham. However, it is not certain that he was the son (baptised in 1705) of Thomas Ingham as there was also a Christopher, son of John Ingham of Hopperton, baptised in 1694. A Christopher Ingham married Mary Watson on 24 November 1721 at Knaresborough. The will of John Ingham of Hopperton, written in 1721, mentions his son “Crister Ingham”.[4]


Peter Ingham of the Park married Elizabeth Haist at York in 1698 and later lived at Kirk Hammerton. His will, written in 1720, leaves to his son Christopher Ingham “all that houses and land at Folly foot to enter upon when he Cometh at the age of twenty four yea[rs]”.[5] Together with a 1741 poll book, this corroborates the identification of this son Christopher as the one who married Dorothy (Cooke) Hague. The book lists Christopher Ingham, giving his abode as Badsworth, as being qualified to vote by possessing freehold property at “Foollyfoot”.[6]


Further support for the identification is in the 1753 probate record of Christopher Ingham of Ledsham. John Bealby was a witness and one of the parties in the grant of administration for Christopher’s estate was Richard Bealby of York, baker. John Bealby and Jane Ingham were married at Whixley in 1723 and they had a son Richard baptised at Acomb in 1732 who was apprenticed in 1745 to John Ayer of York, baker.[7] The will of Peter Ingham of Kirk Hammerton confirms that he had a daughter called Jane and that he had property in Green Hammerton which was in the parish of Whixley.[8]


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1          ROBERT INGHAM of North Deighton, Yorkshire, was buried on 9 October 1638 at Kirk Deighton.[9] He married ELIZABETH.[10]


Children of Robert and Elizabeth Ingham:

i               ROBERT INGHAM of Hopperton, bap 7 May 1626, Spofforth,[11] bur 20 May 1667, Allerton Mauleverer;[12] m ELLEN.[13]

ii              ELIZABETH INGHAM, bap 14 Sep 1628, Kirk Deighton.[14]

iii             MARY INGHAM, bap 22 Feb 1630/31, Kirk Deighton.[15]

iv             ANN INGHAM, bap 19 Dec 1633, Kirk Deighton.[16]

2              v              CHRISTOPHER INGHAM (1636-1690); m JANE SISSONS.


2          CHRISTOPHER INGHAM of Ribston, yeoman, was baptised on 10 November 1636 at Kirk Deighton[17] and buried on 23 October 1690 at Hunsingore.[18] He married ca 29 June 1663, JANE SISSON,[19] daughter of Richard and Joan (Dewes) Sisson (see here). Jane was baptised on 2 October 1634 at Allerton Mauleverer and buried on 7 October 1683 at Hunsingore.


Children of Christopher and Jane (Sisson) Ingham:[20]

3              i               PETER INGHAM (1664-1720/21); m ELIZABETH HAIST.

ii              JOHN INGHAM of Knaresborough, tanner, bap 12 Jan 1665/66, Kirk Deighton,[21] bur 19 Dec 1719, Knaresborough;[22] m 24 May 1696, Knaresborough, MARGARET BENSON.[23]

iii             MARY INGHAM, bap 30 Aug 1668, Hunsingore.[24]

iv             ANN INGHAM, bap 18 Oct 1675, Hunsingore.[25]

v              ELIZABETH INGHAM, b ca 1677;[26] m(1) 12 Oct 1697, Ribston, FRANCIS JOHNSON;[27] m(2) 17 Feb 1706/07, Long Marston, THOMAS HANSELL.[28]


3          PETER INGHAM of Ribston and Kirk Hammerton, yeoman, was baptised in 1664 at Allerton Mauleverer[29] and buried on 8 February 1720/21 at Kirk Hammerton.[30] He married on 12 September 1698 at Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York, ELIZABETH HAIST,[31] daughter of George and Mary (Tailforth) Haist (see here). Elizabeth was baptised on 22 January 1672/73 at Barwick in Elmet and buried on 16 February 1746/47 at Kirk Hammerton.


Children of Peter and Elizabeth (Haist) Ingham:

i               JANE INGHAM, bap 16 Jan 1701/02, Hunsingore,[32] bur 7 Jan 1767, Acomb;[33] m 1 May 1723, Whixley, JOHN BEALBY.[34]

4              ii              CHRISTOPHER INGHAM (1704-1753); m DOROTHY (COOKE) HAGUE.

iii             MARY INGHAM, b 8 May 1707, Kirk Hammerton,[35] bur 22 Dec 1747, Moor Monkton;[36] m 21 Aug 1728, Moor Monkton, RICHARD DEIGHTON.[37]

iv             ELIZABETH INGHAM, bap 19 Sep 1712, Kirk Hammerton;[38] m 20 Nov 1738, Marton cum Grafton, EDWARD SPINK.[39]

v              PETER INGHAM, bap 5 Mar 1715/16, Kirk Hammerton.[40]


4          CHRISTOPHER INGHAM of Badsworth and Ledsham, butcher and farmer, was baptised on 11 October 1704 at Hunsingore[41] and buried on 5 September 1753 at Ledsham.[42] He married on 8 July 1729 at Campsall, DOROTHY (COOKE) HAGUE,[43] widow of Matthew Hague and daughter of William and Mary (Wells) Cooke (see here). Dorothy was born ca 1698 and buried on 7 June 1753 at Ledsham.


Children of Christopher and Dorothy (Cooke) (Hague) Ingham:[44]

i               MARY INGHAM, bap 24 May 1730, Wragby,[45] bur 30 Jun 1791, Aberford;[46] m 12 Feb 1753, Ledsham, GEORGE GIBSON.[47]

ii              CHRISTOPHER INGHAM of Ledsham and Methley, farmer, bap 20 Nov 1732, Badsworth,[48] bur 29 Jul 1805, Ledsham;[49] m(1) 24 Apr 1755, Methley, Yorkshire, SARAH LEAKE;[50] m(2) 23 Aug 1770, Methley, ELIZABETH (LEAKE) CROSFIELD.[51]

iii             DOROTHY INGHAM, bap 30 Aug 1736, Badsworth,[52] bur 5 Nov 1770, Aberford;[53] m 5 Sep 1757, Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire, JOHN STANDBANK[54] (see here).

iv             ELIZABETH INGHAM, bap 18 Jun 1739, Badsworth,[55] bur 4 Oct 1753, Ledsham.[56]

[1] Marriage bond, 15 May 1729 (Borthwick Institute, Mf 1449).

[2] West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/120/9.

[3] West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/138/141.

[4] West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/120/1.

[5] West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/120/2.

[6] The Poll for the County of York… One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty-One (York, ca 1742), 129.

[7] City of York Apprentices and Freemen, 1272-1930 (online at

[8] A Jane Ingham married a William Waddington at Allerton Mauleverer in 1728 but she is named in the will of her father Thomas Ingham of Hopperton as “my Daughter Jane Waddington” and can therefore be clearly distinguished from Peter Ingham’s daughter Jane (West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/120/9).

[9] Kirk Deighton parish registers (online at Administration granted 12 Nov 1638 (Borthwick Institute).

[10] Elizabeth is named as the mother in some of her children’s baptism entries and is also named as the widow of Robert Ingham in the probate act book entry for the administration of his estate. She may be the Elizabeth Ingham buried at Kirk Deighton on 20 Sep 1658, although that could be her daughter of the same name.

[11] Spofforth parish registers (online at

[12] Allerton Mauleverer parish registers (online at; West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/51/58.

[13] West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/51/58, R D/AP1/52/69.

[14] Kirk Deighton parish registers (online at

[15] Kirk Deighton parish registers (online at

[16] Kirk Deighton parish registers (online at

[17] Kirk Deighton parish registers (online at

[18] Hunsingore parish registers (online at

[19] Archbishop of York Marriage Licences Index, 1613-1839 (online at

[20] Christopher and Jane may also have been the parents of Susanna Ingham who married John Stubbs at Hunsingore in 1695/96.

[21] Kirk Deighton parish registers (online at

[22] Knaresborough parish registers (online at Peter Ingham and Robert Sisson were among the men taking the inventory of John’s estate, supporting his identification as the son of Christopher and Jane (Sisson) Ingham and brother of Peter Ingham (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WYL1012/F/16).

[23] Knaresborough parish registers (online at Some descendants of John and Margaret (Benson) Ingham are given in Francis Collins, The Family of Collins of Knaresborough (Leeds, 1912).

[24] Hunsingore parish registers (online at

[25] Hunsingore parish registers (online at

[26] J.W. Clay, ed., Paver’s Marriage Licences, vol. 3 (1912), 134. I have not found direct evidence of Elizabeth’s parentage but it seems very likely that she was a daughter of Christopher and Jane (Sisson) Ingham of Ribston as her first marriage took place at Ribston, Peter Ingham and John Ingham are mentioned in the probate record of her first husband Francis Johnson (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WYL1012/26/72, WYL1012/28/4), and a T. Hansell was among those taking the inventory of John Ingham in 1719 (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WYL1012/F/16).

[27] Hunsingore parish registers (online at

[28] Long Marston parish registers (online at; J.W. Clay, ed., Paver’s Marriage Licences, vol. 3 (1912), 134.

[29] Allerton Mauleverer parish registers (online at

[30] Kirk Hammerton parish registers (online at; West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/120/2.

[31] Holy Trinity, Goodramgate, York, parish registers (online at

[32] Hunsingore parish registers (online at

[33] Acomb parish registers (online at

[34] Whixley parish registers (online at

[35] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (

[36] Moor Monkton parish registers (online at

[37] Moor Monkton parish registers (online at

[38] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 ( The year is given as 1412, presumed here to be an error for 1712. Elizabeth is listed between Mary and Peter among her father’s children in the tuition record included in his probate documents (West Yorkshire Archive Service, R D/AP1/120/2).

[39] Marton cum Grafton parish registers (online at

[40] Kirk Hammerton parish registers (online at

[41] Hunsingore parish registers (online at

[42] Ledsham parish registers (online at

[43] Campsall parish registers (online at

[44] The administration documents for Christopher Ingham (Borthwick Institute) name “Christopher Ingham his only Son and Mary his Daughter now the Wife of George Gibson of Abberforth in the County aforesaid Butcher and Dorothy Ingham Spinster his Daughter”.

[45] Wragby parish registers (online at; John Charlesworth, ed., The Parish Register of Wragby, 2, Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 107(1939):192.

[46] Aberford parish registers (online at

[47] Ledsham parish registers (online at The bride's name is given as “Eliz: Ingham”, but her father's administration records show that the wife of George Gibson was Mary Ingham.

[48] Badsworth parish registers (online at

[49] Ledsham parish registers (online at

[50] Methley parish registers (online at

[51] Methley parish registers (West Yorkshire Archive Service, RDP76/1/3, RDP76/1/4, RDP76/3/1). David Crosfield married Elizabeth Leak on 13 Jan 1754 and David Crosfield was buried on 1 Sep 1767 aged 46.

[52] Badsworth parish registers (online at

[53] Aberford parish registers (online at

[54] Sherburn in Elmet parish registers (online at One of the witnesses to the marriage was George Gibson.

[55] Badsworth parish registers (online at

[56] Ledsham parish registers (online at; Ledsham bishop’s transcripts (online at