Joshua Horton,Esq. of Sowerby Hall Joshua Horton, Esq. of Sowerby Hall

Joshua Horton-1572  was born in about 1572 he was the second son of William Horton I of Barkisland. He made his home in  West Yorkshire, England. Joshua built Sowerby Hall, near Sowerby Bridge. The Hall had a stone slate roof, two storeys and two gabled bays with rear range projecting to right and through-passage. Joshua was a very pious man and opened his home for preaching.  He had children:
1.  Elkanah Horton-1602 was born in about 1598 Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
2.  Joshua Horton-1619 was born 1619 and christened 20 Jun 1619 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. He died 07 Apr 1679.

Joshua Horton,Jr.-1619 was born 1619, ch 20 Jun 1619 in Sowerby Hall, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Joshua died 07 Apr 1679 at Sowerby Hall. Joshua's gravestone reads: "Joshua Horton of Sowerby, died of Stone Apr 7, 1679. Aged 60, Justice of Peace. Had 1000 Li a year. A pious man." Joshua married Martha Binns, daughter of Thomas Binns in about 1654. Martha was born about 1623 in Rusworth, Bingley, Yorkshire and died 23 Jul 1694 in Sowerby Hall. Joshua bought 'High Sunderland Hall' from Langdale Sunderland in 1655 and in 1673 he bought 'Stannery End' and 'Thymeley Bent' from Samuel Gregson and the Gregson family. Joshua was a friend of Oliver Heywood. On 18 Jun 1668, Joshua and several members of the Sowerby Church went to the house of Mr. Heywood, in Northowram, and expressed their desire to join in communion with Mr. Heywood's Church. The principal person from Sowerby who then joined the church at Northowram was Joshua Horton, Esq. Justice of Peace of Sowerby Hall. He had already opened a house for preaching in Sowerby, and in the following year he erected a Nonconformist chapel at Quarrry Hill, and through Mr. Heywood obtained a license for it. It was opened on Tuesday May 6th, and Mr. Horton intended that a Tuesday lecture should be preached in it. It was his practice to attend the services at the church, except on one Sunday in the month, when he went to hear Mr. Heywood at Northowram. He contributed L8 per annum towards Mr Bowker's (minister) stipend, and gave 10s to the minister for each service in his own meeting house. When Joshua Horton, Esq. of Sowerby Hall died at the age of 60 in 1679, he was interred at Sowerby Church. Dr. Hooke, the vicar of Halifax, preached on the occasion, and Oliver Heywood attended the funeral.
Joshua and Martha had the following children:
1. Joshua Horton III-1655 was born 1655 and died in 1657 in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
2. Joshua Horton IV-1657 was born 22 Jan 1657 in Halifax, West Yorkshire
and died 15 Dec 1708 Oldham Church, Oldhan, Lancashire.
3. Elkanah Horton-1659 was born 31 Aug 1659 in Halifax, West Yorkshire and died 28 Jan 1728 at Grays Inn, Middlesex. In 1722, Elkanah Horton, Esq. of Grays Inn, in consideration of L200 from the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty, and L100 left left by Edward Colston Esq., of Surrey, made over to the Rev. Nicholas Jackson, the curate of Sowerby, and his successors, Lower Langley Farm, in Norland; Birch Farm, in Sowerby and Lane Ends, Mr. Horton himself allowing another L100 in the purchase.Elkana, who lived at Thornton, was buried at Sowerby, 28 Jan 1729. By his will he provided six almshouses for three poor men and three poor women of Sowerby, who are to be over the age of 60,
4. Thomas Horton-1660 was born 26 Nov 1660 in Halifax, West Yorkshire and died 04 Mar 1694

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