Mathew Youle, maltster (c1630-1689) Research Notes
|The first reference to Matthew Youle is that of his marriage to Tomasin Taylor viz-
Matthewe Youle of Sheffield maltster and Tomasin Taylor of Sheffield aforesaid spinster was published on the 30th daie of September, 7th and 14th October and was married on the 15th daie of October 1656.
Thus Matthew (and Tomasin) were apparently residents of Sheffield and would have been born circa 1630, say up to 1636. However, neither appear in Sheffield baptism records.
Thus the major questions arise:-
Examination of the Youle records in Sheffield, show that while the family was established here before the commencement of the parish registers in the mid 16th century the family would not have been the source for Matthew. Apart for the absence of any actual reference to Matthew. there are other major factors:-
The Sheffield records also show that the Youle family failed in its male line during the century, and disappeared form the town before 1700.
Clearly the first continuing line of research is the examination of the registers and other records for adjacent and near by parishes. This has been performed as far as possible, but without any success, see below for overall results.
It should also be noted here that Matthew's will indicates the existence of a Gartrude Youle circa 1660 and a Nicholson-Youle marriage, neither of which have come to light in the search so far.
Search of adjacent Parishes
A search has been made of the parishes adjacent to Sheffield for Mathew and any reference to Youle. The search is very much biased to the east and north east of Sheffield, to take account of the natural communications features.
Normal expectations would indicate marriage or movement distances would not greatly exceed 10 mile.
Note in other directions Sheffield is bounded by hills, moors and county boundaries, whilst these would not necessarily impede migration they render such to be less likely.
The most important outcome of the search is that Matthew (and Gartrude and the Nicholson-Youle marriage) were not found. Nor were any naming affinities found, to suggest the search was getting warm. Only two Matthews were found, these at Braithwell (Maltby) here Matthew Snr was born 1615 and Junior 1646. Almost exactly the wrong dates to suit my search.
The results are summarised in the table below. This table ranks by the number of Youle records found in the period 1600 to 1650, in the named parishes. Sheffield shows by far the greater number of record, this may however, be inflated, owing to the higher level of research here, resulting in the location of a greater number of entries from non parish register sources. Never- the-less there is no doubt that Sheffield was the main centre for Youles in this period.
Name Earliest register Search start Youles 1600 to 1650
A feature of the results returned show that representation was in each location was by a single family of one or perhaps two branches.
Discussion of Search Results
I am speculating that Matthew may have been born in Handsworth. I prefer the Handsworth possibility, even though this assumes the records there to have been defective, primarily on the basis of the later move of Matthew's sons to that parish, and the acquisition of a landholding there. Contributing factor is the reference to a number of people in Matthew's will who also cannot be traced in Sheffield. Which suggests an adjacent source of Youle family members and associates.
The names chosen for his children would suggest Matthew's parents were Joseph & Elizabeth, the only Joseph I have record of in one Josephus born to Nich in 1622 (elder brother to Jonas), no further indication of either death or marriage, this Joseph would have been a little to young to have been Matthew's father.
Geographic Distribution of Youles 1600 to 1650
The data in the above table have been plotted on "map 1". This plot shows the preponderance of Youles occurred in the Arc Sheffield, Rotherham, Aston, Wales and Norton. Other groups existed at Chesterfield, Bolsover, and in the Maltby, Braithwell and Tickhill area.
In none of these areas is there evidence to support the existence of the missing branch of the Youle family , which contained Mathew. None of the parishes searched showed Youles with a similar name set to Mathew. In fact only one Matthew was found in the Sheffield area during the relevant period, and this was at Braithwell.
Note here Mathew's Will suggested that there is a whole family missing, not just a stray baptism. In particular a Nicholson-Youle marriage and a niece Gartude. It may also be noted that the Nicholson's referred to do not appear to be of Sheffield origin, though they, like Mathew took up residence there.
Conclusions further research
Given that I am looking for a whole family here, the possibilities are:-
Regarding 1. I note that at this period the records for Treeton and Beighton are missing or fragmented, although from what is available and later records, neither seem likely.
Regarding 2. Some of the North Derbyshire parishes could be a possibility, and may repay searching.