William LONGFELLOW (RIN: 2766) was born abt. 1500 in Calverley Parish, Yorkshire, England. He married Isabel . He died MAR 1543/44 in Yorkshire, England. Isabel  (RIN: 2767) was born bet. 1485 and 1509 in Yorkshire, England. She died bet. 1527 and 1580 in Yorkshire, England.


Children of William LONGFELLOW and Isabel are:
1. Percival LONGFELLOW (RIN: 2764), b. 1525 See Percival LONGFELLOW & Margaret

Notes for William LONGFELLOW:

Married Isabel , Surname unknown. He was likely the brother of Richard Langfellay of Otely who left a will dated 1537 and named his wife Elizabeth and Peter Langfellay, Vicar of Huddersfield, who on 08/12/1510 was instituted as Vicar of Calverly.

Peter Langfellay resigned his Calverly vicarage before 01/09/1526-7, the date his successor, Thomas Moorton was instituted. Peter (accepted the living of Leathley) near Otley, where he died and was succeeded by Richard Roundall about 1530. A Peter Langefellows, clerk, was one of the original trustees of Magna's Charity, there is no evidence, but the probability is they do. No will by Peter was found.

William (1st) made his will 10/26/1546 and bequeathed his soul to Almighty God, the Virgin Mary, and all the holy company of Heaven, and his body to be buried in the parish church of Leathley, to which church he gives 3s,4d. To Sir Richard Langfellay he bequeaths six marks, to sing for his soul for a year, the one half-year in the parish church of Lethley, and the other half-year in Calverley Church, if that he will; and if he will not, to take "another" priest, and pay him at every quarter. Also he makes Isabel, his wife and John Teel the younger, his executors. To Percival Langfellay, his son, he bequeaths all his goods which he should have at Bagley (in Calverley Parish), that is to say, debts and other goods and the debts which belongeth to Sir Peter Langfellay to be paid again for his part of the same goods. Also to John Teel the elder, his son in law the residue of his goods. Witnesses: Thomas Rushworth, Percival Jenkinson, William Fontyman, Barnard Brodbelt, and Christopher Wharton. Proved 03/06/1543-4 by Isabel Langfellow and John Teel.
Children of William 1475;


The Longfellows were simple sons of the soil. The first one mentioned was a day laborer, and he paid four pence as his share to help Henry V111 fight against France. Later those Longfellows became church wardens and overseers of highways and gradually climbed to higher places.

Those ancient Longfellows were as purely bits of nature as the oaks in the woods or the heather on the hillside. They had a certain old Saxon insistence upon what they believed was their right. They believed that game belonged to them as much as to the great Lords and Land owners, hence the Longfellows were leaders in raids on game. It was the fight of the Saxon against the Norman. Our Longfellow is the flower of all the centuries of his family history, and he makes the race immortal.

The earliest Longfellow was James Langfellay of Otley, who left a will dated 06/18/1486 proved at York County, England 07/28/1486 He willed that his body be buried in the monastery of St. John, of Helagh Park, and named Alice his wife, and John Langfellay executors, but the relationship of John to James was not stated. They were believed to be brothers. In 1522 one John Langfellows was fined at Middleton, along with twenty two other offenders, for carrying away the Lords wood. In 1524 he paid 4d. towards the expenses of the French wars.

There was another Longfellow in Otley (Richard) who left a will dated 1537; however there has been no linkage to William 6, the first Longfellow to arrive in this country.


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