William Elrington was born in Healey, Northumberland, England to father Ralph Elrington, according to the baptism registers.
William was baptised on 28 May 1665 at St Peters, Bywell, Northumberland. Just his father’s name appears on the register.
Healey is a small agricultural township in the parish of St Peters Bywell. It lies 7 miles from Hexham, and in 1848 the population was just 65 people.
It is believed that William was a yeoman farmer in the Healey district in the parish of Bywell. Two of his sons left wills and they were both yeoman.
At the age of about 29 William married Isabel, surname unknown near Bywell around 1694.
William and Isabel lived at Healey Moor House and had seven children –
- Christopher b ca 1695 Bywell d 1721 Healey. Married Dorothy Stokoe in 1716. Christopher’s marriage and death record both give his abode as Healey Moor House.
- Ralph b 1698 & d 1733 Bywell.
- Thomas b 1703 & d 1703 New House, Healey.
- *Jane b 1704 Waltons Close House, Bywell. Marr Joseph Calley. 5 children.
- *John b 1706 Waltons Cl House, Bywell. d 1775 Blackburn. Marr Jane Proud. 5 kids
- *Mary b 1707 Waltons Cl House, Bywell. Marr John Maudlin. 7 kids.
- Isabel b 1710 Whinney House, Bywell d 1714 Healey Close House
- *Robert b 1712 d 1778 High Fotherley. Married Mary Surtis. 7 children.
William’s first wife Isabel died, perhaps in childbirth with her last child, and then Robert married again, this time to Dorothy. William and Dorothy had –
- William b 1713 & d 1713 Healey House, Healey
- George b 1714 & d 1714 Whinney House, Shotley
- *William b 1715 Whinney House, Shotley d 1804 Fairley Farm, Shotley
- George b 1717 & d 1719 Whinney House, Shotley
- *Jacob b 1720 Whinney House, Shotley d 1755
- *Mary b about 1722
Judging by the baptism and burial records for William’s 13 children by two wives, William lived on the estates of three houses –
- New House, Healey
- Waltons Close House
- Whinney House, Shotley Bridge
*William wrote a will dated 12 August 1743 stating he was infirm in body, but perfect in mind and memory giving his address as Whinns, parish of St Peters, Bywell. He left bequests to – his wife Dorothy, and to his three children William, Jacob and Mary Ellerington. He also mentions other children, Robert, John, Jane Calley, Mary Maudlin, and Mary Ellerington.
William, despite being infirm lived for another 5 years after writing his will and died on 12 January 1748 and was buried at St Peters, Bywell.
A much younger second wife Dorothy died on 1 April 1766 at nearby High Fotherley.
Their headstone at St Peters, Bywell reads the following –
Here lies the body of William Ellrington of Healey who departed Jan 12th 1751 aged 86 years.
Also the body of Dorothy his wife who died April 1766 aged 93 years.
Also the body of Ralph son of William and Dorothy Ellrington who departed his life November 17th 1733 aged 35 years.
Also the body of Jacob son of William and Dorothy Ellrington departed his life July.
Also …… unreadable.
A couple of their children also left wills –
- William Ellerington, yeoman of Fairlamay, Shotley dated 3 August 1778, probated 1806 – leaving estate to brother Robert (and his children Silas, William and Joseph) and brother John (children John, Robt, Willm, dau Betty Harte).
- John Ellrington, yeoman of Blackburn, Slaley dated 9 Dec 1774, probated 1775 – Leaves property to wife Jane, sons John, William and Robert and daughter Elizabeth.