No christening record has been found for Jacob Nettleton, and no
christenings are recorded for any Nettletons in Lancashire
between 1575 and 1600.
"The surname Nettleton was first found in Yorkshire where
they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Nettleton
some say from the time of the Norman Conquest".
Nettletons in the north of England
were primarily found in this time period in the area around
Thornhill in Yorkshire. Between 1570 and 1595, Nettletons were
christened in the parishes of Thornhill, Dewsbury, Leeds,
Rothwell, Monk Frystone, Collingham, Calverley, Bramham, and
Kirkburton, all in Yorkshire.
Nettletons were a prominent family in Thornhill, Yorkshire. In
the Visitation of 1612, this pedigree was given for the
Nettletons of Thornhill: "In the Visitation, A.D. 1612:
Nettleton of Thornhill
(2) John Nettleton, son of Thomas (1), (8 Hen V) married
Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Thomas Holgate; issue John, Edward,
and (3) Thomas Nettleton. The last m. Jennett, dau. of Thomas
Hall, by whom (4) Robert Nettleton, 3 Henry VIII, m.
Elizabeth, dau. of Nicholas Savile, of Grimston Bank, of whom
(5) Robert Nettleton, 36 Henry VIII, m. Ann, dau. of Arthur
Pilkington, of Bradley (6), of whom Thomas Nettleton m.
Margaret, one of the 3 daus. and heirs of Richard Charlesworth
(7), of who Edward Nettleton, anno 1612, Robert aet. 11, and
George." (Annals of the Church and Parish of Almondbury,
Yorkshire, Charles Augustus Hulbert)
The family of Robert Nettleton built Lees Hall in Thornhill: “Lees
Hall, in old records called “Thornhill Lease Haull”, is one of
the most picturesque middle class edifices of the sixteenth
century now extant. It was the home of the Nettleton family
from the time of its erection by Robert Nettleton, about 1530,
to about 1580, when it was abandoned to inferior and less
interested occupants. Robert Nettleton sprang from a clothier
family of that name of Nettle Hill, in the vicinity of
Huddersfield, and married shortly before the earlier date Jane
Pilkington, of Bradley, and then erected Lees Hall for their
future…He died within a dozen years or so afterwards, leaving
six young children: Thomas the eldest, Robert, Alice,
Elizabeth, Jane, and Rosamund, all of whom, except the first
born, being under age at the demise of their mother in 1550.”
(The Bradford Antiquary, Volume 2)
The home still stands.
Lees Hall Thornhill