Jacob (or James) Nettleton married Margaret Brooke of Rumworth 14 February 1614 in Deane, Lancashire.

Jacob Middleton marriage

Marriage record for Jacob Nettlton and Margaret Brooke in Deane: "Jacobus Nettleton et Margareta Brooke de Romwourth sponsati fuerent"

A marriage license application had been applied for on 9 February 1614:

Jacob Middleton

Marriage license application for Jacobus Nettelton of Deane and Margaretam Brooke of Bolton
(Cheshire Marriage License Bonds and Allegations, www.findmypast.co.uk)

Jacob and Margaret had a daughter, Ellen, christened in Deane in 1619. No other Nettleton children are mentioned in Deane christening records.

Jacob Nettleton of Over Hulton died and was buried 26 March 1621 in Deane. James Nettleton, blacksmith of Over Hulton, left a will dated 26 April 1622.

Jacob Middleton

Burial record for Jacob Nettleton in Deane: "Jacobus Nettleton de Overhulton sepulta fuit vicessimo sexto die"

The will of James Nettleton, blacksmith of the parish of Deane was written in 1621. His goods were divided into three parts: one part for "Margaret my wyffe", one part "to be devided equally betwixt my two daughters Marie and Ellyn Nettleton", and another part for other bequests. Other bequests were made to "litle James Alred son of Bylet Alred" his godson, and to "Allice Holme my servant". Margaret was made the sole executor. James left a list of debts he owed, and debts owed to him. A debt is owed to "Richard Brooke my brother in law in Bolton". A debt is owed to James by "Robte Brooke my brother in law". An inventory was made after his death which included farm implements, household goods, and "tooles for the smithie". (Will of James Nettleton, blacksmith of Over Hulton, 26 April 1622, Archdeaconry of Chester Probate Records)

Will of James Nettleton of Deane, 1622

In the name of God Amen in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred one and the eighteenth yeare of [ dark] I James Nettleton of Atherton in the countie of Lancaster blacksmith and within the pish of Deane [torn and dark] being of pfect mynde and memory & prayse my God doe make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following, that is to say first and principally I commend my soule to Almighty God my creator and to Jesus Christ [dark] trusting to be saved by faith through the merits of his precious death & passion And my body I comend to the earth [dark] to be buried in the churchyard of Deane in that psreall place which doth belong to my house or dwelling now in the charge of ancient custome etc and further my mynde and will is that what debts I owe to any manner of pson either by speallty in or otherwise due by the testimonie of two credible psons be taken up by my whole goods and first paid before any division of it is made that by the custome or law of the countrie is to follow further my mind and will is and according to the testimony of the trustees to devide my goodes into three partes one parte thereof is to have to bestow which I shall hereafter dispose of,  the seconde pte to bee and remayne to Margaret my wife, the third and last pte I give to my children to be equally devided amongst them that are in being and such as shalbee begotten by mee & of the bodie of Margaret my now wyffe if any such shall lyve Moreover as it is my mynd and will and I do give and bequeath unto Margaret my wyffe forth of my pte of goods the some of fortie shillings And then after all the present mentioned giftes to be taken up and paid according to this my disposition the rest and residue of my pte I give what shall remayne, my funeral legacies & pbaron of my will and all other expenses and charges I give and bequeath the same to be devided equally betwixt my two daughters Marie and Ellyn Netleton to have fortie shillings more than Marie yet of mynde and will and do bequeath unto litle James Aredd son of Bylet Alredd whom I am godfather unto the some of iiis iiijd Item I bequeath unto Allice Holme my servant the some of ijs Moreover I ordeyne constitute and make Margaret  my wyffe my sole executrix to discharge my debts and to administer my goods according to the expressed needs conteyned in this my will and testament and that trust I do repose in her.

Debtes owing by me the testator
Item owing to Arthur Wethington of Oberhulton by two severall parties the some of – xil
Item to Raffe the Richard Bordman – xl iijs iijd
Item to Willm Rothwell of Great Bolton – ijl wanting
Item to James Crompton first by spealty the some of iijl ijs vjd
To the said James Crompton without xxx the some of xxl
Item to James the son of Robt Grundie of Rumworth for a kow due to bee paid paid at Midsomer next – xl vijs vjd
Item To James Aspull for a kow to bee paid at May Day next the some of - xxxiiijs vjd
Item laid downe and paid to Thomas Heton of Hetonfor two marled carthes to pasture from the first day f the purification of the blessed virgin Mary now last past for one whole yeare to end at the second day of ffebruary now next the some of – vjl
Item a pace of ground taken of John Aynsworth of Barton to some paid is – xlijd
Item Roger Walmersley of Heton xxx agente first the some of – xl iijs vd
Item the said Roger Roger Walmersley of Heton for worke – ijs
Item Robte Brooke of Gilnow now dwelling in the kingdom of Ireland the some of – xl
Item Richard Brooke my brother in law in Bolton – xxxiijs iijd
Item Ellis Blazecocke – xvjl vijd
Item Willm the son of Richard Bordman – xvs vjd
Item John Morbie of the Pyke Hate – xijs
Item Richard Tonge of Great Bolton – xs iiijd
Item Robte Richardson – xs xjd
Georg Edge of Oberhulton – xs iiijd

Debtes which bee owing unto me the testator
Item Oliver Edge the some of – ixs vijd
Item John Seddon of Great Bolton – vjs
Item Lawrence Brooke of Litle Bolton – vjs
Item Robte Brooke my brother in law – vs vjd
Item Willm Acton – vs xid
Item Raffe Carlell – vs xd
Item John Holme of Bolton More
Item Roger Whittle – ijs ijd
Item Roger Grundie of Rumworth – ijs vd
Item Raffe Sharples als Arkinson – xvijd
Item Abraham Isherwood of Bolton – xxjd
Item Raffe Man of Shakerley – vjd
Item James Mather of Great Leaver – xijs
Lawrence Beckadie wynder of Camdil – ijs
John Edge the son of Symon Edge – xixd
Raffe Parthington of Lower Hulton – xvd

These psons here underwritten were psente at the writing & publishing of this my last will & testament

Richard Alredd of Shakerley
Georg Edge of Midlehulton
James Pendleburie Clarke

An inventory was created after James' death:

A true and pfect Inventory of all the goods and chattells of James Netleton late of Oberhulton in the Countie of Lancaster Blacksmith deceased prysed and valued by Arthur Wethington Richard Fench Robt Richardson and George Edge the xxixth day of March anno R Jacobi xxx as followeth

Imprimis xxx horses and mares – xijl
Item one kow bought of Munoke – iiijl
Item one yong kow with wood on her horns – iijl vjs vijd
Item one ould kow in calfe – ijl
Item a spull kow – ijl vjs viijd
Item one heffer in calfe – ijl vjs viiijd
Item two ould kyne – iiijl xiijs iiijd
Item one kow at John Pendleburies – ijl xs
Item foure heffers – ixl iijs iiijd
Item nyneteene sheepe at Roger Whittells & Bancktops – vl
Item twentie wethen sheepe – vjl
Item sixteen yonge sheepe – iijl iijs
Item thirteen sheepe at Richard Garnetts – iijl xs
Item in hay – jl
Item in backe of ground paid for – xiijl ijs
Item in meale & malt – iijl
Item in beefe & bacon – jl
Item in butter & cheese – iijs
Item a kubbord – jl vjs viijd
Item one framed board – xiijs
Item in bedinge, five blancketts – xvjs
Item foure koverletts – ijl
Item two featherbeds and one bolster – iijl
Item two fetherbolsters & two pillows – xijs
Item one chafbed – iiijs
Item five paier of sheets – xijs
Item one boardclothe & two pillow beares – vjs viijd
Item vi bedstockes – xiiijs
Item iii cheste and koffers – il
Item in pewter – jl
Item in brasse - xvs
Item one frying pan & one hacking knyve with spit & golberte – iiijs
Item ii wooden vessel – xujs
Item iii barrels –ijs
Item earthen potts – js
Item iii cheares & stooles – js iiijd
Item iii cushens – js
Item two spinning wheeles – ls iijd
Item iii spade & fork and one muckhook – vjs
Item iii carte and wheeles bought of Robte Johnson – jl
Item two paier of shode wheeles – ijl xiis iiijd
Item two other kartes – ijs viijd
Item iii horse gears xvjd
Item one packsaddle wentow & derley - iiijs
Item two kart ropes – iiijs iiijd
Item one hand saw – vjd
Item three harrowes – xijs
Item plowes & irons and one sled – vjs viijd
Item barrels in the smithie – js
Item rakes and sawes – jl
Item two hatchetts – js
Item the xxx and nayle tooles – jl
Item the bellowes – xvs
Item one stone trough – ijs
Item one payer of waights – vijd
Item in worke tooles for the smithie and other worke tooles and iron geare – xl iijs
Item one feed hoppett and fruttes and sisle & two pounds of sheepe wooll -  ijs
Item apparel of the testator – ijl
Item in pullen – iijs
Item hustlement of the howse – iijs
Item debtes due to the testator as appereth by his last will – xvjl
Summa totalis – 125l 8s 4d

Jacob (or James and Margaret had the following children:

*1. Mary, born in about 1615 of Deane; mentioned in father's will of 1622; married Simon Haydock 2 February 1635 in Bolton; buried 9 September 1680 in Deane.

2. Ellen, christened 26 December 1619 in Deane; mentioned in father's will of 1622. 

Ellen Middleton baptism

Baptism record for Ellen Middleton in Deane: "Ellena filia Jacobi Netletonn (de Overhulton) bapt 26"

SOURCES: Deane parish register; Bolton parish register; www.ancestry.co.uk; Chester Wills, www.findmypast.co.uk; will of James Nettlton, 1622.

Over Hulton

Over Hulton

Nettleton Origins:

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". (www.houseofnames.com) 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

Lees Hall Thornhill