Timothy Overend

Timothy Overend was of the lower middle class: his father was a yeoman and he himself was a small landowner, paying land tax in 1753 of slightly below average for land at Skyrack. In 1758 he was appointed a “cloth searcher” at the Pontefract Quarter Sessions, charged with ensuring the correct labelling of broadcloth produced in mills at Shipley. The position carried a salary of £11 per annum – about £20,000 in 2016 money – and would have been a prestigious and influential one. He held this position for at least ten years.

Father of Nathan, son of John Overend of Yeadon, yeoman

Baptised Timothy Overend on 5 August 1725 in Guiseley, Yorkshire

Married Martha Brook in 1747

Buried 8 February 1787

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