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Cumbrians have a saying about Wasdale, that it has “the highest mountain, the deepest lake, the smallest church, and the biggest liar”
The “liar” referred to was Will Ritson 1808 – 1890, he was well-known for entertaining the early tourists to the Lake District. He is included here just for fun, as we share a common ancestor.
William Ritson was born in 1808 at Row Foot, Wasdale Head, the son of John Ritson and Mary Wilson, who married at Irton in 1807. William had a brother John, and sister Mary, his mother Mary died very young in 1818.
William married Dinah Fletcher at Netherwasdale in 1835, they had two sons, John and William, and were farmers and innkeepers at Wasdale Head.
William’s father John Ritson 1785 -1867 was the son of William Ritson and Mary Walker, Mary was born in 1761 at Calder, Ponsonby, the daughter of John Walker. When William married Mary Walker at Ponsonby in 1784, he was from the parish of Gosforth.
William Ritson senior died at Egremont in 1841.
In his will he left the property of Town Head, Egremont to Clement Mossop and his grandson William Ritson, subject to mortgage, but his daughter Mary Stable had the use of the property, followed by her children. To his grandson John Ritson he left his writing desk, chest watch and the family bible. To his daughter Mary Stable the furniture etc, at Town Head. After her death these were to go to his grandchildren George, Mary, John and Ritson Stable. His estate at Row Foot, Wasdale Head was left to his grandson William Ritson, together with a flock of heathgoing sheep, subject to an annuity of £20 to his son John. To his grandson John Ritson, £140, payable after his son John's death.

Jane's link to this family is her fourth great grandmother Sarah Walker. She was the sister to Mary Walker 1761 - 1794

Descendants of William Ritson

1 William Ritson 1754 - 1841
.. +Mary Walker 1761 - 1794
..... 2 John Ritson 1785 - 1867
......... +Mary Wilson 1786 - 1818
............. 3 William Ritson 1808 - 1890
................. +Dinah Fletcher 1805 - 1888
..................... 4 John Ritson 1836 - 1888
..................... 4 William Ritson 1844 - 1878
............. 3 John Ritson 1810 - 1871
............. 3 Mary Ritson 1814 - 1816
..... 2 Mary Ritson 1791 - 1865
......... +George Stable - 1841
............. 3 George Stable
............. 3 Mary Stable 1820
............. 3 John Stable 1824
............. 3 Ritson Stable 1826 - 1848
..... 2 Jane Ritson 1794 - 1794



 

 


© J Holmes January 2016