b.29 May 1682 Marton (near skipton), West Riding of Yorkshire, England
d.31 Mar 1753 Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
m. BEF 1682
m. 10 Jun 1703
Facts and Events
RELIGION: Christian - Religious Society of Friends.
MARRIAGE: Friends' registers (are defective and) do not record the marriage of John and Abigail, but the Settle Monthly Meeting minutes [Carlton Hill Archives H2, pp.30-31] show that it was cleared to take place at their MM sitting 2 iv 1703. The wedding doubtless took place on 10 iv 1703 as stated in the Genealogy.
DEATH: 1396.278 1397.274 Abigail Binns, widow of John, late of Carleton Biggin, died 31 iii 1753, 70 yrs.
BURIAL: 3 iv 1753, Skipton.
OTHER_RECORDS: In May 1745 'Abigale Binns' wrote to one Henry Simpson (possibly her landlord's farm steward), requesting that he petition her landlord, the Earl of Burlington, for a yearly stipend for her. "I being an Old Widow and have had thirteen Childer; and above 70 Years of Age; and hath been tenant to his Lordship above 30 Years at Carleton Biggen have Endeavoured to pay his Lordships Rent Honestly, In hopes my Sons will do the Same; And having had the Misfortune to Loose Some moneys that my Husband left me, by people breaking and Running away; Which has Reduced me so that I have nothing left, but what my Childer pleased to give me; which is very hard when Old age and poverty meets together: Sr If one might be so bold without offence to crave on his Lordship to bestow some Small matter yearly on a poor Widow for my time here cannot be longe; Would be very acceptable and would Ever pray for his Lordship and all that Honoble Famely: If your Worship thinks propper to move it to his Lordship, shall ever be highly obliged to you for that great favour." Simpson obliged, adding that Abigale lived "In good Repute", had "Endeavoured to bringe up her sd Children with School Learning and Traids", but was now "very Infirm". Both letter and petition survive, though there is no record of the outcome. (Chatsworth House archives quoted by Ben Beck).
OBITUARY: She was a tender, well inclined woman, a dutiful Wife while married, a very affectionate Mother and had great sympathy with the afflicted of all sorts. Was very cheerful and free with her friends and even with all innocent discourse, very industrious in Business and much noted in her way of housekeeping. She made the Poor as welcome at her table as theRich, even Beggars filling their Bellies and even their Pokes too at times.