Christopher (new) Welbank

Male 1743 - 1786  (~ 43 years)


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  • Name Christopher (new) Welbank 
    Christened 25 Feb 1743  All Saints, Northallerton, Yorkshire, England (perhaps, see note) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Note The problem here is to work out which of the many Christophers in England around that time was our Christopher who married Ann Knapp.

    I am pretty confident that this Christopher is the direct ancestor of all Welbanks in England today. His family with Ann Knapp are well documented as our branch.
     
    Note 30 Jun 1760  Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Welbank Christopher the younger of Hatton Garden Middx gent [completes articles with] Christopher Welbank the elder of Hatton Garden gent. 5 years 30th June 1760.
    (Kings Bench, Registers of Affidavits of Due Execution, National Archives KB170/14)

    Christopher of Southampton Buildings is presumably Christopher the Younger.

    The same address and name suggests they were relatives. Christopher Welbank of Mount Pleasant Northallerton (1720-93) lived at Hatton Garden. He is a likely candidate for Christopher the Elder. At the moment Christopher, his older brother's son, is the most likely candidate for Christopher the Younger, as a fairly close relative who is the right age to complete articles in 1760 (at a pinch: he would have been articled in 1755, at age 12).

    So Christopher (new) Welbank has been given the birth details of Christopher of Mount Pleasant's nephew.

    On the other hand the record doesn't state that the two Christophers are nephew and uncle, so Christopher the Younger might be a related Christopher who doesn't appear in the parish records.  
    Note 1767 
    Admitted to the Queen's Bench (Rolls of Attorney, National Archives KB 172/1) 
    Note 1779 
    Joseph Lockall articled to Christopher Welbank of Dyer's Buildings. In the papers, Christopher says he is an attorney at the Queen's Bench and also in the Courts of Chancery. This will be Christopher the Younger, as the older Christopher has moved to Northallerton. 
    Note 2 Nov 1779  St Andrew's Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    2 Nov 1779 by Licence
    Christopher Welbank, Bachelor of St Andrew, Holborn, London
    Ann Knapp, Spinster of St Andrew, Holborn
    Married by Tho's Clark
    1st Witness: Catherine Knapp
    2nd Witness: Margaret Knapp 
    Note 1782  Nat. Archives C12/2128/12 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lawsuit Price V Welbank against Christopher Welbank of Southhampton Buildings. Samuel Price, Dublin-based bookseller and brother of the deceased, is co-executor with Christopher Welbank and complains that Welbank has made decisions about the funeral without consulting him and has not paid over the proceeds from sale of annuities. Welbank agrees he didn't inform Price because they are not getting along, and admits he hasn't paid all the proceeds over, although he assures the court that he will do so shortly. 
    Residence 1782  Lamb's Conduit Street. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address given in Mary Ann's christening record. 
    Note 1785 
    Christopher Wilbank attorney of 15 Southhampton Buildings, fire insurance for 400.
    Also land tax paid at Old Southampton Buildings in 1785 and 1786. 
    Residence 1786  Southampton Buildings, Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    mentioned in son James Freedom of City record as 'son of Christopher Welbank late of Southampton Buildings, Holborn.  
    Died 27 Jun 1786  Southampton Buildings, Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • fever acquired while canvassing for the post of coroner for Middlesex.

      Notices in the Daily Universal Register of the 24th and 26th June 1786, from Christopher regretting that he can't canvass the voters due to sudden illness, then notices from Ann Welbank announcing his death and suggesting the voters choose a candidate who is prepared to pay her an allowance out of the income. However, they chose the man who had already been filling in for the former coroner during his terminal illness, who had declined to pay her anything.
    Note 10 Nov 1797 
    Dated 10 Nov 1797
    "To our well beloved in Christ, Margaret Knapp spinster, the aunt, next of kin and ? or Guardian lawfully and ? to James Welbank, Mary Ann Welbank spinster, Richard Welbank and Frances Welbank spinster, minors, the natural, lawful and only children of Ann Smith formerly Welbank late of Fee Rent in the Parish of St Andrew Holborn in the county of Middlesex."
    [ document appoints Margaret Knapp guardian of minors and holder of money until one of them reaches the age of 21 ]
    " for the ? and benefit of the said minors and until one of them shall attain the age of 21 years."

    Margaret Knapp of Aldersgate St, London, is Ann's aunt and mentions all of Ann's children in her will. [Margaret KNAPP - PCC 1802]

    5 to brother Thomas Knapp, and William his son, 2 to John his son.
    5 to great-niece Mary Welbank.
    Frances gets a small mahogany bureau, a watch, earrings necklaces jewellery and "all the best of my wearing apparel" silks laces muslins and linen.
    Richard Welbank gets a bed, hangings, feather bed bolster and pillow, sheets blankets two small counterpanes and a large chest with two drawers at the bottom.
    James Welbank gets a large mahogany bureau, plate, damask tablecloths, Huckaback towels, a china punchbowl, etc,
    the residue to be sold and equally divided between James, Richard and Frances (?? Mary left out)::
    James and Richard Welbank to be the executors.
    Funeral expenses not to exceed 15. 
    Occupation Attorney at Law 
    Buried 2 Jul 1786?  All Saints, Isleworth, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • the date fits his desth, although the location is puzzling.
    Person ID I52  Welbank1
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2021 

    Father Thomas Welbank,   c. 5 Dec 1715, All Saints, Northallerton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1744  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Mother Mary Smith 
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ann Knapp,   c. 31 Oct 1756, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1797  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1779  St Andrew, Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. James Welbank,   b. 5 Sep 1780, St Clement Danes, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1841  (Age 60 years)
     2. Mary Ann Welbank,   b. 1782
     3. Richard Welbank,   b. 14 Jan 1784, St Andrews, Holborn Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1853, S.Chelsea, Middx. cert. 208 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. Frances Welbank,   b. 1785,   d. 10 Feb 1858, 27 Golden Square, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F008  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Marriage Licences - Bishop of London's Registry.