b'The Tennyson FamilyKate & Mike Pratt: Using material supplied by Brian Tennyson, Nova Scotia, CanadaB rian Tennyson contacted us by email in Februaryand half of one common right . to be . Copyhold 2006 having seen the local history website. Inof the said Manor 2 acres and 14 perches of land . his message he said, I have traced my family backlying in the said Southfield .to Bishop Wilton in the 18th century and so have aConfirmation of this is to be had from Rebecca real interest in the village history. Unfortunately I haveTennesons will (also available at the Borthwick not yet managed to visit but hope to do so soon. HeInstitute), which she wrote in 1814, after she had been managed it sooner than expected! He visited Bishopwidowed. The 2 acre field at Belthorpe Gate, as it was Wilton in September 2006 at which time we finalisedapparently called, she leaves to her son William; to this article. her grand-daughter Elizabeth, Williams daughter, she We consulted records in the Borthwick Institute forleaves 2 tenements or dwelling-houses with yards, births, marriages and deaths, which tell the story ofgardens and outbuildings in Bishop Wilton, one in the family in outline. occupation of Matthew Tenneson and the other in On May 10th 1756 William Tennison of Bishopmy own occupation. She also leaves her household Wilton married Rebecca Tiplady also of Bishopfurniture and her gold ring to Elizabeth, and the Wilton, daughter of James Tiplady and Rebeccaresidue of her estate to Williambut nothing to her (nee Quarton). They had 3 sons, John, who becameother son Matthew.a carpenter and sadly died of a fever aged only 25, Matthew and William. Matthew married Mary, who bore him 8 children, who seem to have been fairly long-lived; Williams offspring, on the other hand, were not so lucky.Another resource available for local history research in Bishop Wilton is the Enclosure Map of 1772, which was drawn up when the large common fields of the parish were split up into various plots, and allocated to the villagers. From this map it can beWilliam junior married Elizabeth Harrison in 1787; seen that William Tennison & Wife had a small fieldshe was the daughter of Samuel Harrison, a tenant of just over 2 acres, north-west of the junction on thefarmer. On the Enclosure Map S Harrison & Wife road to High Belthorpe. However, the layout of thehave a very small field to the east of Mucky Lane, of village dwellings on the same enclosure plan showsjust over 1 acre, plus a cottage plot on Main Street, no reference to the Tennisons so at the time they mustjust down from The Fleece Inn. At his marriage have been tenants who did not own any property inWilliams occupation is given as Carpenter, but from the village. 1792 he was listed as an Innkeeper. There was more than one public house in the village at that time, but thanks to a map of 1816 (made for the Sykes of Sledmere who were then the Lords of the Manor) we know which was his Inn. It is evident that the Tennisons had prospered since 1772they had bought the adjoining field, doubling their acreage, as well as the plot of land along Pocklington Lane from Main Street as far as South Lane, which would place William as the Landlord of the Fleece Inn. William and Elizabeth had 13 children, of whom 6 died very young and another 2 as teenagers. Of the remaining 5 it is not clear what happened to 3 of them, but the 2 youngest sons emigrated to Canada with their parents. By a happy accident, a passenger The text that accompanies the enclosure planlist survives for the brig Trafalgar sailing from Hull to states the following: Saint John, New Brunswick, en route to Quebec in We do also award and assign unto WilliamJune 1817. Appearing on the list is the name George Tennyson of Bishop Wilton aforesaid Yeoman andTenneson, who would have been aged 11 at the time; Rececca his wife . in lieu of their Copyhold Landshe appears to be travelling with several members of 248 BULLETIN 14'