Of Lancaster, merchant, and son of Charles Inman, aforesaid.
Born July 12, and baptised July 16, a. 1756, in S. John's Church,
Lancaster, marr. Apr.8, a. 1779, in the parish Church of Kirkham, marr. Feb.19, a.
1784, in S. Mary's Church, Lancaster, died April 26 at Lancaster [probably at the house in
Great John St.], and buried May __, a. 1823, in the Churchyard of S. John's, at
Lancaster Memorial Inscription there. Silhouette, pencs me.
Robert Inman, a. 1756-1823, of Lancaster, merchant, grandson of Christopher
Inman, a. 1693-1737, of Bewerley, gent.; from a Silhouette, penes me.
Tuition; Bond (£10,000), Feb. 29, a. 1768, concerning him, and his two
sisters. Will dated March 30, a. 1822; 'Proved in the Consistory Court at
Lancaster the fifth day of June 1823 by the oath of Thomas Inman and on the ninth day of
June 1823 by the oath of Charles Inman the executors' (sic).
Robert Inman was little more than eleven years of age at the time of his father's
death; two of the Trustees, appointed by the latter's Will renounced. The other one
appointed was the testator's wife's brother, Peter Bowlby, then or afterwards, LL.D. and
Proctor of tile Diocese of Durham; his renunciation has not been ascertained, but
administration was granted to the widow, as already stated. What action was taken for the
continuance or termination of the mercantile affairs Of Charles Inman has not appeared,
nor yet to whom Robert, his son, was apprenticed, and it is very doubtful whether the
latter can strictly be regarded as the successor to his father's business at all; certain
it is that he was admitted a Freeman of Lancaster during the Mayoralty (a. 1772-1773)
of John Stout.
In a. 1778, Jacob Morland granted to Robert Inman, as security for a loan
of 2000, and interest thereon, the remainder of a term of 6000 years, and a term of 1000
years, in property in the parishes of Arncliffe and Kirkby Malhamdale; the latter is then
described as of Lancaster, merchant (Wakef. Reg., CB. 404). Robert Inman seems to
have beer paid off in a. 1787, assigning his interest elsewhere (u. s,
CU. 492); he is again described as of Lancaster, merchant.
It is probable that be paid a visit to Nidderdale in a. 1781, and that his
first wife then lay in of her daughter, Susanna, at Harefield; the latter is described as
the daughter of Mr. Inman of Harefield (Pateley Bridge Par. Reg.).In a.
1782 [? a. 1781], he appeared and was admitted for Harefield; see the Fountains
Call under that year (Studley MS., in 6.43). In a. 1784, at the
Poll for the Borough of Lancaster, he voted for Francis Reynolds and John Lowther (? the
Tory candidates); he is then described as Robert Inman, Gentleman, Lancaster. In a.
1784, he took a Lease for 41 years, renewable for ever, of a Lot in the Fryerage at
Lancaster; he erected the house in Great John Street, and resided therein.
He was, by his first wife, connected with the Salisburys of Lancaster; Edward
and Richard Salisbury were the sons of Edward Salisbury of Newton, and afterwards of
Lancaster, an attorney-at-law, this last Edward being the brother of Thos. Salisbury of
Kirkham, gent. (the grandfather of Ann Salisbury-Inman). In a. 1777, Edward
Salisbury (the son) appointed Robert Inman of Lancaster, merchant, an executor of his
Will; the latter, in a. 1787, personally renounced and refused to undertake the
burden of the execution. In a. 1788, Richard Salisbury died, and, in the same
year, execution of his Will was committed to Robert Inman and others; there are copies
from four Deeds (Wakef. Reg., CZ. 524, 526, DH. 628, 629), a. 1788-1792,
to which some of the Salisburys and Robert Inman had been parties. They mention lands in
the township of Settle, and all other etc., referring to, without particular
location, certain property [or assumed property] formerly of Thos. Salisbury (of Settle
and Lancaster, an attorney-at-law, brother of the last named Edward, and of said Richard),
deceased; from the earliest )u. s., CZ. 526) of them, it appears that Ric.
Salisbury, or Ric. Salisbury and Robert Inman, had advanced, or were advancing, £2,100
[?Trust Money]. The three other Deeds dated a. 1789 and 1792, and all, or some of
them, represented Robert Inman as an executor of the Will of Ric. Salisbury; the Memorials
of the four Deeds do not seem to shew that the former advanced money or purchased any of
the property in question on his own account, but rather that he was concerned with a
Trust. In a. 1790, the estate at Harefield was sold (Wakef.
Reg., DH. 376); the Lease was between Robert Inman of Lancaster, merchant, and
Christopher Benson of York, merchant, & the Release between Robert and Ann Inman,
Will. Bayne of Pateley Bridge, and the aforesaid Christopher. Harefield was then in the
tenure of Abraham Doubleday, Matthew Gill, the said Will. Bayne, and John Sinclair, their
undertenants or assigns; it is given as 40 acres, and was conveyed with an 'interest of
and in' a reserved annual rent of 5/, and a right to search for minerals in 5 acres ('by
estimation five acres more or less') of land. The said 5 acres seem to have been sold by
Christopher Inman in a. 1726; the price paid for the property sold in a.
1790 has not been ascertained.
According to Appendix, No. IX. (Agriculture, W. R., Yorksh., a. 1799),
land at or about Pateley Bridge was let in small parcels at an average of £2 per
acre; following this, Harefield ought to have been worth over £2500 on a 33 years'
purchase. In a. 1737, it was estimated at £23 p. a., say, nearly £600
on a 25 years' purchase; the tenement 'on the bank of the Nidde' was let at 22/9 in the
middle of the 16th c., which would come out at £22.15.0 on a 20 years' purchase. The Feet
of Fines (32 George III., Easter Term, a. 1792) describe the property sold
as 1 messuage, 2 Barns, 2 Stables, 2 Gardens, 2 Orchards, 50 acres of Land, 40 of Meadow,
and 40 of Pasture, with appurtenances, in Low Bishopside, the plaintiff being Christopher
Benson; his name appears for that of Robert Inman 'for Harfield' in the Fountains Call
(Studl. MS.; in 73. 474). When Harefield was sold, no descendants, males in the male
line,of that Michael Inman who died in a. 1690/1, owned an acre of land in
Nidderdale; neither did any of them reside there.
To return to Robert Inman, it seems that he was at Fountains Abbey and Ripon (in
company with his wife and some of his children) in a. 1820, and not long before
his death; perhaps he then revisited Nidderdale. He died in a.1823, almost
certainly at the house in Great John St., Lancaster; he had, ni fallor, 14
children, 2 by his first, and 12 by his second wife. Of these, 8 were sons, and 6
daughters; there survived him 4 sons, Thomas, Charles, John and Richard, and 4 daughters,
Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, and Eleanor. Robert Inman, in a. 1822, had lands, etc., in
the counties of Lancaster and Westmorland; the total extent and returns therefrom are not,
however, known to the present writer. The value of his real estate, at the date of his
Will, should not, apparently, be estimated under £5,000, and it might have been much
more; his personal estate is given as under £20,000. Of course, these figures do not
include the real and personal estate in which his second wife had a life interest by the
Will of her brother, Will. Mashiter; for this latter property, and its destination after
her death, see what is said under Ann Mashiter.
It would not be very easy, nor is it necessary, to attempt to calculate the
addition which Robert Inman made to his original fortune by his mercantile business; let
it suffice to say that he seems to have been a successful man from a pecuniary point of
view. All of his four surviving sons, and none of his daughters, married, but only two of
his sons, Charles and Richard, left descendants at their death; and, through these two
sons alone, is
Robert Inman represented at the present day; of his landed property, not a single
acre, ni fallor, is now in the hands of his descendants.
Daughter of Thos. Salisbury, of Kirkham, Co. Lancaster, gent., by Susanna,
believed to have been of Bradford, Yorkshire, and to have been the widow of one Harris.
Baptised at the par. Church of Kirkham, Feb. 21, a. 1758, married there
Apr. 8, a. 1779, died July (?22), of 'Decline', and buried July (?22) a.
1782, in the Churchyard of S. John's, Lancaster; Memorial Inscription there. Silhouette of
her, and Oil Painting of her infant brother (ut uidetur), penes me.
Ann, a. 1758-1782,
daughter of Thomas Salisbury, of Kirkham, gent., and first wife of Robert Inman of
Lancaster, from a Silhouette, penes me; date not later than a. 1782.
There is a copy (Wakef. Reg., AM. 583) from a Deed of Aug.2, a.
1756, which perhaps points to a pre-nuptial conveyance on trust of leaseholds in the
township of Heaton, par. Bradford; the parties thereto, Susanna Harris of Bradford, widow,
Thos. Salisbury of Kirkham, gent., and others. Thomas, the father of Ann Salisbury- Inman,
was the son of another Thos., also of Kirkham; the latter is described as of that place in
a. 1737 and 1752, and was the brother of Roger and Edward Salisbury of Newton
(par. Slaidburn), gentlemen, and also of Christopher Salisbury (Wakef. Reg., II. 587, AG.
These four brothers were the sons of one Thos. Salisbury, of Newton, yeoman, who
died c. a. 1728 or 1729; my notes from his Will have not been found, but he was a
party to a Deed of a. 1715/6 (Wakef. Reg., P. 432), and Was of the
parish of Whalley c. a. 1690.
The uncles. of this last Thomas were Roger Salisbury, of Shay House, par.
Slaidburn, Edward Salisbury, of Roefield, par. Clitheroe, Henry, and Richard; the Will or
Roger, aforesaid, dates a. 1690, and he was dead by a. 1693/4. The
surname might derive from Salesbury (in the par. of Blackburn), some ten miles from
Newton, aforesaid; there were Salisburys of Easington in Holderness, and it is not
likely that any of the copies of early Wills, in the Reg. Books at York,
of Easington Salisburys point to Easington, par. Slaidburn.
The Salisburys were connected with the Richardsons, for Martin Richardson, the
brother of John of Knaresbro' (he who married Jane Inman in a. 1719), wedded the
daughter of Edward Salisbury, of Roefield, aforesaid. Some of the Salisburys went to
Lancaster, Edward (of Newton) and his sons, Thos., Edward, and Richard; the three last
named were the first cousins of Thomas, the father of Ann Salisbury-Inman.
Returning to the Kirkham branch, this last-named Thomas died in a. 1764,
his infant son in the next year, and his wife, Susanna, in a. 1776; thus, before
she was nineteen, Ann, the daughter, was an orphan, and, as it seems, the only surviving
descendant of her father and grandfather. The latter, Thomas senior, died in a.
1763, and, in his Will (Oct. 1, a. 1763), names his lands of 'Inheritance and
Leasehold' in Ribby with Wray, Kirkham, Newton [par. Slaidburn], or elsewhere; his son,
Thomas, died in a. 1764, and, in his Will (Sep. 29, 1763), names his estate of
'inheritance' in Kirkham Cornabrow, and his leasehold one in Wesham, and it seems clear
that he held them independently of his father.
By a. 1776, the grandfather and his wife, the father and his widow,
and the brother, were all dead, so that it is likely that Ann Salisbury would be well
provided for; perhaps she had a benefit from the [? leasehold] property, mentioned above,
at Heaton in Yorkshire. In a. 1779, she was married to Robert Inman of Lancaster;
their signatures were witnessed by Edward Salisbury [apparently, her late father's first
cousin, and then of Lancaster, merchant] and one Bradkirk. Her married life was but of
brief duration ; she paid a visit to Nidderdale in a. 1781, and died of 'Decline'
in the following year.
= ANN MASHITER
(a. 1760 or 1761-1845).
Daughter of Thos. Mashiter, 'late' of Lancaster, but, 'last', Quarter-Master on
board the King's ship, Humber, by Ann, daughter of [? John] Atkinson [? of Lancaster,
yeoman], and afterwards (for this last mentioned Ann married again) the wife of Richard
Thompson [? of Lancaster, gentleman].
Born March 31, a. 1760 or 1761, marr. Feb. 19, a. 1784, at S.
Mary's Church, Lancaster, died, Apr. 3, at Great John St., Lancaster, and was buried, Apr.
10, a. 1845, in the Churchyard of S. John's, Lancaster; Memorial Inscription
there. Silhouette and Oil Painting of her, and Miniature of her brother, William Mashiter,
Will dated Feb. 19, a. 1835, and proved Apr. 17, a. 1845, in the
Consistory Court at Lancaster.
Thomas Mashiter appears to have died intestate, a. 1759-63; he was the son
(probably a younger son) of William and Eleanor Mashiter of Heysham. William Mashiter died
in a. 1754 or 1755, making his Will in the former year; he was described as late
of Broadgates ffoot, but now of Upper Heysham. He appears to have been a yeoman, and may
have been the son of Cuthbert Mashiter of Broadgatefoot, Heysham, whose Will seems to have
been proved in or c. a. 1728; the index of Wills, etc., gives Mashiters of
Heysham from a. 1626 onwards. But the name occurs about this part of co.
Lancaster in the 16th c., t. Hen. VIII. and Elizabeth; it was then spelled
Masherother, Mashetor, Mashedor, Mashyter, Mashiter, Massader, Massheter, and Masshetor.
Bardsley does not give Mashiter in his Dict. (a. 1901), but, under Mashrudder,
has a 16th c. instance of Maschrodder; he supplies no notices at all for the 17th,
18th, and 19th c., but Mashiter seems to be in real connexion with the three 16th c.
examples his book furnishes.
Returning to Ann, the daughter of Thos. Mashiter, her mother, the widow of said
Thomas, was married to Ric. Thompson, probably of Lancaster, gent.; presumably, Ann
Mashiter resided at Lancaster, at the house of her step-father, and, at any rate, is
described as of the town and parish of Lancaster when she was married to Robert Inman in a.
1784. Whether she had any portion has not appeared; certain it is that she became a
beneficiary by the Will of her brother, Will. Mashiter of Liverpool.
This brother recorded his votes for the Borough of Lancaster on April 12, a.
1784, and his Will (May 10, a. 1784) dates within three months of her marriage;
after desiring the payment of all his just debts, funeral expenses, and 'the charge of the
Probate', his Will purports to 'give devise and bequeath all and singular my real estate
monies out at interest and all other my personal estate of what nature or kind soever
whereof or whereunto I shall die seized possessed or entitled unto and to the only proper
use and behoof of my sister Ann now the wife of Robert Inman and her assigns for and
during the term of her natural life', and, from and after her decease, to 'give devise and
bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and equally between and amongst all and
every the child and children of her my said sister Ann Inman which shall happen to be
living at the time of her death share and share alike and the heirs executors or
administrators of such of them as may happen to be then dead', etc. He died in a.
1789, and was buried at Lancaster, and his personal estate is given as under £5000; the
real property, which came to the Inmans, seems to have been houses and premises on the
Castle Hill, at Lancaster, and some fields at Skerton (par. Lancaster). Ann Mashiter-Inman
survived till a. 1845, and her personal estate is given as under £5,000; the
testamentary dispositions of her brother and husband, apparently, afforded her the
opportunity of converting part of her annuities into principle.