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John Rider - 1811 - 1851

John Rider Wood was born in 1811 to Ottiwell and Jane Wood (nee Hodgson) in Wensley, Yorkshire. On 7 July 1811, he was baptised at Bolton Castle Cum Redmire, Yorkshire.

He married Jane Strickland at St Mary's Church Lancaster in 1840.

In the 1841 census, Charlotte, Jane's sister is visiting John and Jane in Gale House Cottage, prior to the birth of their son, Ottiwell. At the time of his son's birth, John Rider Wood is a solicitor.

The family move to Thornton Rust, in the parish of Aysgarth; "wapentake of Hang West, & liberty of Richmondshire; 2 miles South East of Askrigg.
Population: 135."

In October 1845, John Ryder Wood was elected alongside Wood Metcalfe, George Winn and George Terry to be appointed as a sort of council for Askrigg. These men were known as ' The Four Men Of Askrigg '

The 1851 census shows:

WOOD John Head 34 years an annuitant, born in Wensleydale Yorkshire.
WOOD Jane, wife, 33 years, born in Cartmel, Lancashire
WOOD Ottiwell, son, 9 yeas born in Ambleside, Westmoreland
METCALFE Sarah 12 years house servant born in Wensleydale Yorkshire.

Later in 1851, Jane gives birth to a daughter - Eleanor Jane. Unfortunately, John Rider Wood died on 18 November in the registration district of Askrigg, but it took 6 days to register the death.

Sarah Avis Jackson was the informant and was present at the death. It was certified - and the cause was General Debility and "Softening of the Brain" - (Tertiary stage of Syphillis).

One question remains - where were Jane, Ottiwell and baby Eleanor at this time?

Three years later in the Askrigg parish records of 28 December 1854 ....

Eleanor Jane Wood, daughter of John Rider & Jane Wood of Thornton Rust, buried.

I can find no further mention of Jane in the 1861 census, and I wonder if she had remarried or maybe even died - I have yet to find concrete evidence.

December 2009

I have found evidence that Jane remarried.

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