Welcome to my Kettlewell family research. This is a work in progress, and I will continue to upload more information over the next few weeks
I started to look into the early Kettlewells when I hit a blockage in my research in the mid-17th century, and was looking for possible ancestors. Unfortunately, I am still looking for the sledgehammer that will knock down the brick wall I have hit in the 1660s in Pateley Bridge, and hope to find proof linking the family back to Kettlewells of Ripon who supplied four wakemen or mayors to the city in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Initially I have listed all the references I can find to the name Kettlewell ( and its many early variations ) before 1700, and all the Baptisms, Marriages & Burials before 1600, although I plan to extend this upto 1700 shortly, and those for Pateley Bridge and Ripon should be complete to 1730.
Originally, the two most common spellings of the name were Ketylwell and Ketlewell, however from around 1580 the spelling Kettlewell predominates more and more. Note that the variant Kettelwell is still used in a few families today. I have tried to use the spellings used in the records of the time, wherever possible.
I am always pleased to hear from anybody interested in the family or who has new information, and I will try and help where possible.
List of spellings found - Ketelwell, Ketilwell, Ketylwell, Ketilwelle, Katelwell, Kyttelwell, Kettylwell, Kettylewell, Ketilewell, Ketlewell, Kettelwell and of course Kettlewell
Farthing token issued by Bartholomew Kettlewell, Mayor of Ripon in 1636.
Obverse - BARTHO. KETTLEWELL Reverse - IN RIPPON MERCER = B.A.K.
The link below leads to a family tree of the Kettlewell family of Pateley Bridge. William and Elizabeth Kettlewell had nine children between 1799 and 1815, and the six sons all went to run businesses on Briggate in Leeds. William, Thomas and Peter were drapers and carpet merchants, John and Kaberry were silversmiths, and James worked for his brother, Peter, before returning to Pateley Bridge. They were prominent members of the Liberal party and Methodist church in Leeds. There are timelines for each person.
Pateley Bridge - Kettlewell Family Tree
Story of the six Kettlewell brothers of Pateley Bridge and their businesses on Briggate, Leeds - Story
Some photos related to the Kettlewell family of Pateley Bridge and Leeds - Photos