The Family of Thomas Killingbeck (1726? – )

The baptism of Thomas’s son James names Thomas Killingbeck’s parents as John Killingbeck of Cawood, farmer and Mary.  However the baptisms at Riccall name them as Thomas of Cawood and Mary his wife.


Thomas is named in the baptism of his grandson, George Killingbeck, 28 May 1779 at Drax, 3 miles from Snaith, whose father was George of Camblesforth, labourer (a son of Thomas of Camblesforth, farmer, by Sarah, his first wife, daughter of William Arnold (sic) of Methley, house painter).


Thomas was baptised about 1732 (from age given in the marriage entry to Mary Ruff, 1778).  A possible baptism is that of Thomas, son of Thomas Killingbeck, 10 July 1726 at Cawood,


Thomas Killingbeck married first Sarah Arnold, a daughter of William or Thomas Arnold of Methley and Sarah his wife.


Sarah Killingbeck, wife of Thomas of Camblesforth, farmer, and daughter of Thomas Arnold (sic) of Medley (Methley, near Leeds and Wakefield) house carpenter, by Sarah his wife, died 6 December 1777 aged 50 years of an acute fever and was buried in the churchyard of Drax.


He married secondly Mary Rough (daughter of James Rough of Riccal, farmer, and Jane his wife).  Thomas Killingbeck of the parish of Camblesforth, husbandman aged 45 and Mary Ruff spinster aged 25 of the parish were married 17 February 1778 at Riccall by licence.  The witnesses were William Riff and Joseph Settle.  The licence states that he was of Drax and that Mary was of Riccall.  Given the age of the bride, Thomas’s age may well be understated.


Mary the wife of Thomas Killingbeck died of a consumption 3 April aged 35 years and was buried in the churchyard of Riccall 5 April 1788.


Thomas and Sarah’s child appears to be (there must be others born between 1750 and 1777 and see baptism of James below):

1.      George Killingbeck, born about 1750-1 (age 69 at death in 1820) son by first wife Sarah.  He married Sarah Thompson.


Thomas and Mary’s children were:

2.      James Killingbeck, born 29 November 1778 and baptised 4 December 1778 at Drax (4th son and 1st child by second wife).

3.      John Killingbeck, died 12 July 1781 aged 1 year, of dentition and was buried in the churchyard of Drax, a son of Thomas of Camblesforth, by Mary a daughter of James Rough, farmer of Riccall.

4.      Jane Killingbeck, born 31 May 1783 and baptised 1 June 1783 at Riccal.

5.      John Killingbeck, born 2 September 1785 and baptised 3 September 1785 at Riccall.

6.      Mary Killingbeck, born 3 February 1788 and baptised 4 February 1788 at Riccall


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Posted January 2017