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Thomas Wrightson 1755 of Neasham Hall
Information suppiled by Zed & Ilma Malunat
Ilma is a descendant of Prof. John Wrightson
1755, White House, Dinsdale Durham UK
1826, Hurworth Church near Neasham Durham U.K.
Educ: McCoulís school at White House South Durham and
went to school at a small-established school started by a Mr. McCoul. McCoul was a rebel adherent of Prince Charles Edward Stuart,
who, had in the celebrated retreat of the Highland army in 1745 remained behind
and established the small school for the children of the farmers and country
folks near to White House. His learning was limited, but his discipline was
strict. Assembly stated at 6 A.M. even in the winter!
the death of his father Thomas, William was brought home and although barely in
his teens, soon showed that he had inherited his mother's energy and general
capacity. His mother never did give
up the oversight of her own property and was in the habit of herself inspecting
what was done on her widely scattered farms.
On these occasions she rode upon a pillion-saddle, holding by the belt of
the groom while her son accompanied her on his own spirited horse.
seems that William was greatly influenced by his mother, at the age of 19 he had
set his heart on occupying by himself a farm of 400 acres, called Morton Palms,
in the parish of Haughton le Skerne. This
was assisted by his mother and his Uncle Richard Garmonsway. Here during the later years of his residence he married Mary
White, the eldest daughter of Robert White of Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees.
noble-minded mother and his truly saintly sister both died in 1797, they died
within two month of each other.
the death of his mother who lived for 30 years longer than her husband, William
inherited a considerable amount in money and property.
He inherited 5 farms, two lay north of Stockton at Cowpon and Wolviston,
another lay at Harrowgate near Haughton-le-Skerne, the fourth was at Newton
Grange and the fifth was the entailed farm of White House.
William also bought from Sir Charles Turner the Neasham, Morton and
Maidendale estates for 30 thousand pounds.
He now owned 11 farms. His
eldest son would probably inherit more from the Wrightson's of Cockerton.
Hall had around 400 acres. in 1805
Neasham Hall became the seat of the Wrightson family.
1803 William's circumstances were such that he was able to purchase from Sir
Charles Turner, the Neasham, Morton, and Maidendale estates for the sum of
30,000 pounds. He was then the
owner of not less then 11 farms.
the Neasham estate, which consisted of 400 acres, which had an enviable position
and a rich soil, William resolved to erect a family mansion.
Around Christmas 1805 Neasham Hall became the seat of the Wrightson's and
had been successively the home, first of his son and then the wealthiest, and
most influential grandson Thomas Wrightson, M.P. (1894)
estates that William had bought were largely undeveloped, and with prices
increasing in value, plus the demand of farm produce because of wars and an
increase in population caused William to ridicule the idea of any danger arising
from incurred debt. He entered on,
and persevered in, this almost fatal course of policy until his debt reached the
alarming figure of 60,000 pounds. (An enormous sum of money then)
a considerable time William was convinced that he was right and continued to
develop his beautiful estates. But
when Napoleon Bonaparte fell and so did the landed interest.
This at last opened William's eyes to his one great mistake, and realised
that he had gone too far. He
ordered a valuation of his entire property, and it was valued at no more than
90,000 pounds. After the passing of
the Currency Bill of 1819 the value sank to as little as 60,000 pounds, which
was the amount of the debt. As
a result of political abroad and financial legislation in the U.K. William found
himself in a most critical situation. Some
of the farms were sold, but at the time few people were willing to invest in
land. It was here that his son
Thomas, with his Lawyer-like cast of mind and concentrating energy soon made him
invaluable, although still a youth. The
uniting effort that Thomas and his father William espoused in battling the
adverse circumstances were in a few years able to dissipate the debt and the
prospects began to brighten again.
in 1825 when there was a gleam of national prosperity and the Chancellor of the
Exchequer was congratulated. But, alas! In the winter of that darkest year
clouds spread over the country, there was a fearful commercial crisis.
The Bank, in which William had accumulated his much needed money, went
broke, and some of his largest debtorís failed.
To top it off a fire destroyed the most valuable agricultural building on
the home farm.
Due to trying to save his estates, and travelling twice down to London during that dreadful winter on the storm-beat tops of the coaches of the times. With his spirit crushed beneath the burden of anxiety, here ached home at last in a rheumatic fever and laid him up for 9 month. He was a shattered man, and the misfortune broke Williamís heart. He had but a short illness and he died at Neasham Hall on the 8/7/1826, he was 71 years old. He was laid in his own vault beneath his memorial tablet in Hurworth church.
Elizabeth W. Mitchell is listed as a relative.