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Cotton Stansfeld (bef.1575 - 1632)

Parents: son of Robert / George / John
but see the note below re property deal

Born: bef.1575
Flourished: 1596
Died: buried 4 Feb 1632 Felkirk

Possibly Robert buried 5 Dec 1626 Felkirk
Possibly George
Possibly Johan dau of George baptised 30 July 1570 at Wragby

Marriage: to Agnes Hunte (possibly baptised 26 Jan 1583 St Mary's, Barnsley). Married 1 July 1601 at Hemsworth.

John baptised 7 Oct 1610 as son of Cotton
Possibly Robert buried 5 Dec 1626 Felkirk
Other facts
Note: a group of properties in Felklrk, Havercroft, and Bradfield featured in three records in Yorkshire Feet of Fines, dated 1551, 1552 and 1559. (No Stansfield was mentioned.) It is not known what the connection was between Bradfield, which was some distance away, and Felkirk / Havercroft.

- Bishop's Transcripts, Wakefield District Family History Society transcriptions booklet (R77) for Felkirk
- Boyd's Marriage Index 1538-1840
- LDS England,Marriages, 1538–1973
- LDS England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
- West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812
- Yorkshire, Extracted Parish Records


1596 Michaelmas Term, 38/39 Elizabeth I
Re: Messuage with lands in Bradfeld
Edmond Hobsonne in an exchange of lands with Thomas Gillott, senior, Thomas Gillott, junior, Cottonus Stansfeld, John Sikes (?) and Isabel his wife, Francis Saunderson and Johanna his wife, and Ann Nailer.
(Feet of Fines of the Tudor Period [Yorks]: Part 4, 1594-1603)

If Cotton was involved in any type of property deal in his twenties or thirties, as appears to be the case, this would suggest that he is less likely to be the son of a third son (ie. John).


(Above) Burial record of Cottan Stanfeeld 4 Feb 1632 at Felkirk

Note: The name Cotton may be a tribute to Sir Cotton Gargrave and is used frequently as a first name across the area in this period. Sir Cotton Gargrave 1540-1588 inherited lands in this area from father Sir Thomas. Sir Cotton lived at nearby Nostell Priory, baptised his children at Wragby, led a West Riding force of 200 in the 1569 rebellion, and became High Sherriff of Yorkshire like his father.

Note: The Bishop's Transcripts for Felkirk are not complete and the entries for the following years are missing: 1599, 1602, 1606-1607, 1611, 1613-1616, 1618-1620, 1623-1624, 1628,1632, 1639. 1642-1659 (Civil War & plague in 1645), 1662, 1670, 1674,1678-1681, 1685, 1688, 1690, 1694-1695, 1717-1718, 1756.

My thanks to researcher Joanne Backhouse for her collaboration and guidance regarding the Stansfeld family and Calderdale.