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Pawson and Codd Hall
Tradition has it that my English immigrant ancestor Robert Pawson -- b. 18 Dec 1806 and baptized on 14 Jan 1807 in South Cave -- came from a "family estate" called variously "Cob Hill" or "Cob Hall" or "Cod Hill" or "Cod Hall" supposedly in or near Leeds. I have just found that there is a place in South Cave (on Common Road) called "Codd Hall" and suspect that this is the actual place intended.

Robert was the son of John and Mary Pawson, who had at least 4 children:

Mary b 14 Jun 1796 & bap 3 Jul 1796 ;

George b 13 May 1798 & bap 3 Jun 1798 ;

James b 29 Dec 1802 & bap 3 Jan 1803 ;

and Robert, as above.

It is also part of our family lore that Robert had another brother named William who was mayor of Leeds. There was indeed a mayor of Leeds in 1841 of that name, but whether he was actually part of my family or not has not been demonstrated as yet. It is possible that the family in the USA co-opted him for bragging rights, but he may also be an actual brother or some other close kin.

I am hoping for information to show that the Pawsons were either owners or tenants of Codd Hall, South Cave, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Or were they farm laborers employed there?

I am looking for the maiden name of John Pawson's wife Mary and when they wed.

I am looking for the names of the parents of John Pawson.

I am seeking infomation about what became of John & Mary's other children, and did one of them actually become Mayor of Leeds?

Is there a local historical society in South Cave that might be able to help?

Thank you for any information you may have.


Posted: 2005, Member logged in: 2010
South Cave, Yorkshire, East Riding


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