Gomersall of Otterburn was born on 26th November
1821 and christened at Kirkby Malham Church on Christmas
Day. He went to Kirkby Malham School ('The Lambert
School') which had been founded in 1604 and flourishes
to this day albeit in a different location. In 1845
his father William Gomersall of Rectory Farm, Birstall
Church, died, and by whose will inherited Hill House
Farm in Otterburn, comprising 150 acres.
Mary who was married to Joseph Holroyd, a draper
in Halifax also inherited 150 acres in Otterburn.
His brother William Thomas Outhwaite who was apprenticed
to a Mr Spence a chemist and druggist in York, also
inherited 150 acres in Otterburn.
House farm had been tenanted by William Moorby and
his wife Bridget from William's father, prior to
William taking over in 1844.
census shows William farming 320 acres, as he had
now aquired additional land from his sister Mary
Holroyd who with husband Joseph was carrying on
a draper's business in Halifax.
married Mary Lodge Beverley on 6th November 1844
at Wakefield Parish Church . Mary was born in Bank
Newton the daughter of a farmer, John Beverley .
Mary's unmarried brother, Anthony, was also living
with them at Hill House jointly farming the 320
no children and Mary sadly died of peritonitis on
20th February 1853, aged 32. She is buried in Kirkby
Malham Church yard by the south east wall.
married again on 29th November 1853 in Leeds to
Agnes Shackleton daughter of Joseph Shackleton a
Corn Miller in Wortley, Leeds.
lived together for the next 47 years until
William's death in 1900. Agnes died on 25th
November 1918 aged 86. By the 1861
census William and Agnes had 3 sons and 2
daughters, William, Hubert, Frederick, Elizabeth