Blenkin George

Blenkin George

Male 1788 - 1837

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  • Born  1788  Ottringham, East Riding of Yorks Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Nov 1837  Kingston upon Hull Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I134  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  5 Oct 2013 

    Father  Blenkin William,   b. 1751, Mappleton, East Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824 
    Mother  Hobson Elizabeth,   b. 1754, Aldborough Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1802 
    Married  1773  Aldborough Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F73  Group Sheet

    Family  Beatson Mary,   b. 1782, Kingston upon Hull Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1870, Boston, Lincs. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Mar 1819  Sulcoates, East Riding Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    >1. Blenkin Canon George Beatson,   b. 4 Mar 1822, Sculcoates, East Riding Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1892, Boston, Lincs. Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Blenkin Georgina,   b. 1820,   d. 1826
     3. Blenkin Collings,   b. 1823,   d. 1826
     4. Blenkin Frederick Beatson,   b. 1824,   d. 1901
    Last Modified  6 Feb 2013 
    Family ID  F57  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1788 - Ottringham, East Riding of Yorks Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Mar 1819 - Sulcoates, East Riding Yorks. Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Nov 1837 - Kingston upon Hull Link to Google Earth
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    George Blenkin 1788-1837
    George Blenkin 1788-1837
    portrait copied from a a very comprehensive Genealogy site for the Booth family, which you can find here:
    1834 Pigot's Directory for Hull mentioning George
    1834 Pigot's Directory for Hull mentioning George
    High st, Hull as it is today
    High st, Hull as it is today

  • Notes 
    • George was one of 16 children born to his parents in Ottringham, Yorkshire. He grew up to become a merchant, and 'operated as wholesale grocer, tea dealer and seedsman with his brother, William in High St, Hull', and he is said to have died of St Anthony's Fire, which causes an intense burning sensation in the limbs.



      1822 Pigot's Directory, Yorkshire, Hull. p.625
      Grocers and tea dealers:
      Blenkin, Geo. (wholesale), 67, High St.

      1828 Pigot's National Directory, North England and Wales (a list of tradesmen):
      Yorkshire directory, Hull
      Hop and Seed Merchants and Dealers:
      George Blenkin, 67 High st

      He has the same listing in the 1818, the 1829 and the 1834 edition of the same publication.


      The seeds he was involved in trading were probably linseed and rapeseed:

      "The raw materials flowing into Hull gave rise to a number of industries engaged in processing and refining. The oldest of these was the oil-seed extracting industry. There are references to the milling of rape-seed in Hull from the early 16th century and by the middle of the 18th century the industry was well established. As early as 1740Joseph Pease, later head of the banking firm, had built an oil-mill at the corner of Lowgate and Salthouse Lane, and by the end of the century, when there was a growing demand for linseed oil for cloth-making processes, for paint, and for soap, there were numerous such mills. In 1796 in one street alone, Wincolmlee, there were 'three windoil-mills, one belonging to Messrs. Jarratt & Coates, worked by a steam engine, besides horse-mills for the same purpose'. The growth of the extracting industry is reflected in the quantity of cattle cakes exported: this rose from about 150,000 in 1717 to over400,000 in 1737. Thereafter exports were recorded in tons, 52 tons being exported in1758. Similarly, the quantity of linseed brought to Hull rose from 1,902 bushels in1725 to 18,880 in 1758 and over 66,000 in 1783. English oil-seed was also being brought from East Anglia and from those parts of Yorkshire where flax-growing was developing. The value of rape and other seed sent to Hull by the Aire and Calder Navigation in1792 amounted to £9,750."
      source: 'A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 1: The City of Kingston upon Hull' by K. J. Allison (editor), published 1969.

      The same history gives an interesting description of Hull in this directory in 1822, pp. 620-621:
      "...within the last century the alterations and improvements have been very great...The whole town lies on a level tract of land and is of triangular shape, washed on two of its sides by the rivers Hull and Humber...the principal streets are broad and paved and lighted with gas. The town is also well supplied with water, brought by pipes from a reservoir which has the appearance of a canal about 5 miles in length. In commercial importance Hull ranks as the fourth in the kingdom. It is also one of the priviledged ports for trade to the East Indies. It is the principal port for the whale fishery, and its intercourse with the Baltic is very great...It sends two members to Parliament, they are elected by the burgesses or freemen, who are a respectable body of about 2000...there are also many places of worship for dissenters; one lately erected by the methodists is the largest in the kingdom belonging to their body, except that at Huddersfield..."
      The Directory then goes on to praise the various buildings and the architecture of the town, the botanic gardens, the hospital for decayed seamen, the spacious docks, etc.

      - It's fascinating to see the long list of trades and professions in Hull for this directory in 1822. Many of which would seem to be unchanged for hundreds of years, and most of which would disappear in the next few decades as the industrial revolution took hold;

      Bakers, Bacon dealers, Basket makers, Block Pump and Mast makers, Book sellers and stationers, Bookbinders, Boot and Shoemakers, Brass Founders, Braziers and Tinmen, Brewers, Brick makers, Brush makers, Builders, Cabinet makers and Upholsterers, Carvers and Guilders, Cheesemongers, Clothes Brokers, Coach Makers, Coal Merchants, Comb Makers, Confectioners, Coopers, Cork Cutters, Corn Factors, Curriers and Leather Cutters, Cutlers, Druggists, Dyers, Engravers and Copper Plate Printers, Fire and Life Insurance Offices, Flax Dressers, Flour and Sundry Dealers in Groceries, Fruiterers, Furniture Brokers, Glass China and Earthenware Dealers, Grocers and Tea Dealers (including George Blenkin), Gun Makers, Haberdashers, Hat Makers and Dealers, Hosiers, Iron Founders, Iron Merchants, Iron Mongers, Joiners, Last and Pattern Makers, Linen Drapers, Maltsters, Mahogany Merchants, Marine Stores, Merchants, Millers, Milliners and Dress Makers, Mill-stone Makers, Millwrights, Music Sellers, Mustard Manufacturers, Nursery and Seedsmen, Oil Merchants, Paint and Colour Manufacturers, Painters, Paper stainers, Pawnbrokers, Physicians and Surgeons, Pipe Makers, Plumbers and Glaziers, Port Dealers, Pot Makers, Printers, Professors and Teachers, Rag and Rope Merchants, Rope Makers, Saddlers, Sail Makers, Sail Cloth Manufacturers, Salt Merchants, Seed Crushers, Ship Chandlers, Shipe Sloop and Boat Builders, Ship and Insurance Brokers, Ship Owners, Silversmiths and Jewellers, Slate Merchants, stay Makers, Stone and Marble Makers, Straw Hat Makers, Tailers and Habit Makers, Tallow Chandlers, Tar and Turpentine Distillers, Tanners, Taverns and Public Houses (the largest number of all the trades/professions listed - 236), Timber and Raff Merchants, Tobacconists, Toy Dealers, Trunk Makers, Turners, Umbrella Makers, Watch and Clock Makers, Whafingers, Whalebone Manufacturers, Wheelwrights, Whitesmiths, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Woollen Drapers, Worsted Manufacturers, Carriers (travel companies), Market Boats, Steam Packets, Coaches...


      "As the place where fortunes were made and sailors from all over the world mixed, High Street was undoubtedly a place of high drama and human emotion. A fine instance of this was the reaction to the work of the Royal Navy?s press gangs, which were used by the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars to find rich pickings amongst Hull?s seething pubs. These gangs of men would force unsuspecting drinkers onto ships waiting in the Humber and then whisk them away for naval service. Popular feeling against the activities of these gangs grew to such a state that the rendezvous points for the gangs, such as at the corner of Church Lane Staithe on High Street, were destroyed by rioters."

      1832 electoral Register:
      Blenkin George, Savile st, Sculcoates

      1835 electoral Register:
      Blenkin George, Savile st, Sculcoates

      1836 electoral Register, Otteringham:
      Blenkin George, place of abode - No 4 Savile st, Hull. Freehold land, Willliam Egglston is the tenant on the land.

      Record of death:
      Jan-Mar 1838 George Blenkin, Sculcoates

      He was buried on 26 NOV 1837 in Preston by Hedon


      This was his wife Mary's 2nd marriage - she had married Wilfred Burnham and had 2 children but Wilfred died, and Mary then had another 4 children of whom George Beatson was one.

      There is an interesting legal case in 1820 which involves George and Mary and the custody of some children before the High Court:
      'Order for Habeas Corpus for bringing up Children on application of Father.
      [The order was made on motion.]
      His Lordship doth order that a writ of Habeas Corpus do issue, directing the said defendants George Blenkin and Mary his wife to bring into this Court the plaintiffs Mary Lyons, Frances Lyons and Jane Beatson Lyons the infant children of the said John Lyons, at the sitting of this Court, at Westminster Hall, on the 10th of February next. Lyons v. Blenkin. L. C. 15th January, 1820. Reg. Lib. B. 1819. fol. 208. S.C. Jac. 247.
      Writ of Habeas Corpus in the above case.
      George the Third &c.'To George Blenkin and Mary his wife greeting. We command you, that you do on Thursday, the 15th day of February next, bring before us in our Court of Chancery, at the sitting thereof at Westminster Hall, the bodies of Mary Lyons, Frances Lyons, and Jane Beatson Lyons, or by whatsoever name or addition they are known or called, who are detained in your custody, to perform and abide such order as our said Court shall make in their behalf. And hereof fail not, and bring this writ with you. Witness ourself, at Westminster, the 29th day of January, in the 60th year of our reign. [From a MS. of Mr. Jacob.]
      The Return to the above Writ. The within named George Blenkin and Mary his wife do hereby certify to the Right Honourable the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, that the within-named plaintiffs Mary Lyons, Frances Lyons, and Jane Beatson Lyons, are detained by and are under the protection of the said Mary Blenkin, in the parish of Sculcoates in the county of York, for the purpose of their being educated and maintained by her as their guardian, under the will of their grand-mother Mary Beatson deceased, and according to the trusts and directions for those purposes contained in the said will. Dated the 9th of February, 1820. (From a MS. of Mr. Jacob.) S. C. Lyons v. Blenkin, supra.

      source: Forms of decrees in equity: and of orders connected with them, with practical notesí by Sir Henry Wilmot Seton.


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