THE CHILDREN OF RALPH I’ANSON OF
RALPH I’ANSON, eldest son of Christopher I’Anson of Hawkswell, succeeded
to the land owned by his father in and around Hawxwell. The exact date
of his birth is not known, and all we have as a guide to his age is the
fact that his youngest brother, Lancelot, was admitted to Trinity College,
cambridge, in the year 1570. Ralph was probably born about 1545. The record
of his burial appears in the registers of Hawxwell on 19th May,
1623, and his name appears on more than one accasion as Churchwarden.
His wife, Anne (surname unknown), was buried on 5th September,
1613, at Hawxwell.
They had several children:-
WILLIAM I’ANSON, of Cundall farmhold and East Hawxwell. He died during
the lifetime of his father, who witnessed his Will.
The only known daughter of Ralph I’Anson, ISABEL, died unmarried, and was
buried at Hawxwell on 13th June, 1600.
If the large pedigree is referred to it will be seen that only the children
of William I’Anson actually mentioned in the Will (an abstract of which
appears in a later chapter) are recorded. The Hawxwell register extracts,
which are also printed in full later in this book, show that there were
descendants not recorded on the pedigree, and if any still exist, these
printed records should prove helpful to them in establishing their connection
with the branch. William I’Anson must have had a short life. He provides
in his Will against the contingency of re-marriage on the part of his wife
Allison. She, however, did not remarry, and her burial is recorded in the
Hawxwell registers has having taken place on the 1st February,
1650, or about 45 years after her husband’s death.
JAMES I’ANSON, second son of Ralph, is of particular interest, as the
forbear of most of the members of the I’Anson family living in the twentieth
He died early in the year 1625, leaving no Will, and an inventory of
his effects (which were only small) was made by his son Leonard, who succeeded
him. His wife, Edin (surname unknown), survived him, and was buried at
Hawxwell on 2nd December, 1657, or 37 years after her husband’s
death. The history of the descendants of James I’Anson will form the subject
of other chapters.
THOMAS I’ANSON, of Skeeby, in the parish of Easby, county York, died in
the lifetime of his father. He was buried in Easby Churchyard. Extracts
of his Will, and those of his son and grandson, appear in a later chapter.
EDWARD I’ANSON appears to have moved to Spennithorne, and, except that
he is mentioned in his brother’s Will, nothing is on record, and the Spennithorne
registers throw no light on his history.
NICHOLAS I’ANSON is mentioned in the Will of his brother Thomas, but of
him nothing else is known.
MYLES I’ANSON, also mentioned in the Will of his brother Thomas. He is
believed to be the ancestor of the Malton I’Ansons, and, perhaps, also
of the Whitehaven family, but of him also, little is known. He appears
to have gone to Spennithorne, and the Christian name "Miles" appears frequently
amongst members of the family springing from that neighbourhood. In the
year 1624 the Will of a Miles I’Anson, yeoman, of Dronfield, county Derby,
was proved at Lichfield, and it may be that this is the same Miles, though
nothing is mentioned in the Will to connect him in any way with the Hawxwell
family. The abstract of the Will of Miles I’Anson, of Dronfield, is printed
in a later chapter. He left a widow, Elizabeth (it will be noticed that
Miles I’Anson, son of Ralph, buried his wife, Anne, at Hawxwell, 1st
February, 1610), a son George, daughters, Jane Hynd, Rosamund, and three
others, who married Stephensons. Wills of the said widow, Elizabeth I’Anson,
and of her daughter Rosamund, are preserved at Lichfield, and extracts
of these appear in a later chapter.