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photoblog image Mosedale - Friends' Meeting House - interior

Mosedale - Friends' Meeting House - interior

 

This is the site of a bit of family history.  As far as I can determine, back into the 17th century, the Wilsons were a Quaker family more or less from the origins of Quakerism.  At some time in the early 18th century my Great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Wilson (born 1685), moved from Great Orton, near Carlisle, to the farm of Crook-a-fleet, in Greystoke parish.  I don't know whether he owned the farm, or was a tenant of the local "lord of the manor", (i.e., I think, Lord Henry Howard, of Greystoke Caslte - where my GGGF (also Daniel Wilson) was a stone mason) Crook-a-fleet is situated below Carrock Fell, a short distance, but a long climb!, from Mosedale.  In 1739, owndership of the Meeting House was transferred to the Society of Friends, with my GGGGGF acting as one of the trustees - presumably able to do so on the basis of his status as a local farmer. So, I was interested to see the Meeting House, finally, and sit where my ancestor had sat.

 

Mosedale - Friends' Meeting House - interior

 

This is the site of a bit of family history.  As far as I can determine, back into the 17th century, the Wilsons were a Quaker family more or less from the origins of Quakerism.  At some time in the early 18th century my Great-great-great-great-grandfather, Daniel Wilson (born 1685), moved from Great Orton, near Carlisle, to the farm of Crook-a-fleet, in Greystoke parish.  I don't know whether he owned the farm, or was a tenant of the local "lord of the manor", (i.e., I think, Lord Henry Howard, of Greystoke Caslte - where my GGGF (also Daniel Wilson) was a stone mason) Crook-a-fleet is situated below Carrock Fell, a short distance, but a long climb!, from Mosedale.  In 1739, owndership of the Meeting House was transferred to the Society of Friends, with my GGGGGF acting as one of the trustees - presumably able to do so on the basis of his status as a local farmer. So, I was interested to see the Meeting House, finally, and sit where my ancestor had sat.

 

comments (8)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 25 Aug 2017, 00:38
This is very interesting, Tom.

Needs a few pints of beer, and a buxom serving wench to make it really friendly, though...
Tom Wilson: I don't think there'd be much custom if you took it over and turned it into a pub smile Mosedale is a tiny hamlet with, I think, fewer than 50 inhabitants smile
Nice shot, Tom, what a lovely room! And isn't that wonderful - it's kind of hard to describe what it means to learn about family history - but it does just give a person a sense of "place", doesn't it!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth - yes, you are right about that sense of place and, to a certain extent, belonging.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Aug 2017, 06:58
I think it's a great thing to have a connection with your ancestors in this way Tom

Do not take Mr Storey's advice though, or you will be drummed out of Quakerdom forever..
Tom Wilson: Yes - I didn't notice a bar anywhere around smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Aug 2017, 07:39
Crumbs, what a claim to fame you have Tom, and thank you for showing this. I'm afraid that my illustrious ancestors were all military. I am intrigued by the laters and symbols - think I see a sigma.
Tom Wilson: Ah, but your forebears were illustrious, Chad - mine were just farmers and working men.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Aug 2017, 08:08
I doubt if you could sit where GGGGGF sat, as this place is completely overhauled - aircon and all.But it is about the idea, I guess. I wonder what they really talked about.
Tom Wilson: Judging from earlier drawings I've seen, Louis, the only things that have changed since 1702 are a heating system and that AC unit - otherwise the layout has been unchanged smile
It must have been exciting to find your way to this part of your past Tom, it's a it like watching 'Who Do You Think You Are' smile
Tom Wilson: Yes, a somewhat similar feeling, Brian. smile
  • Cuidado
  • Canada
  • 25 Aug 2017, 14:02
I can only imagine how honoured you must feel and how satisfied. I know my family history from 1646 but would be able to find further back if I ever got to France.
Tom Wilson: You've certainly got further back than many, already! I can't push the Wilson line further back than about the middle of the 17th century, but, through two female lines, it appears that I can go back to William the Conqueror smile
Impressive to have traced your family tree back that far. I don't even know where my grandfathers were born
Tom Wilson: That shouldn't be hard to do, Bill - send me details of where your mother and father were born and when and I'll do a check in Ancestry.com :–wink

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