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Richard Sykes

Male 1678 - 1726  (48 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Richard Sykes was born in 1678 (son of Daniel Sykes, Mayor of Hull and Deborah Oates); died in 1726.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1658

    Notes:

    According to his descendant Mark Sykes, while trafficking in the Baltic Richard Sykes rendered service to Peter the Great, and presentation pictures of the Tsar and Tsarina were still at Sledmere in Mark Sykes's lifetime.

    Family/Spouse: Mary Kirkby. Mary (daughter of Mark Kirkby, Mayor of Hull) died about Apr 1714. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Rev. Mark Sykes was born in Apr 1711; died on 14 Sep 1783; was buried in All Saints, Roos, Yorkshire, England.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Daniel Sykes, Mayor of Hull was born in 1632 (son of William Sykes and Grace Jenkinson); died in Aug 1697; was buried in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1 Sep 1697

    Daniel married Deborah Oates. Deborah (daughter of William Oates, Mayor of Pontefract) was buried in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Deborah Oates (daughter of William Oates, Mayor of Pontefract); was buried in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 1. Richard Sykes was born in 1678; died in 1726.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Sykes was born on 10 Feb 1605 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (son of Richard Sykes, Alderman of Leeds and Elizabeth Mawson); died in 1652 in York Castle, York, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    He is said by some sources to have been a republican. He established himself in Knottingley, Yorkshire just after the Civil War, and in 1652 he led a rebellion against the payment of tithes. He was arrested and convicted, and fined £266-13-4, which he refused to pay despite being personally wealthy. As a result he was imprisoned in York Castle and died there.

    William married Grace Jenkinson in 1625 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Grace (daughter of Josias Jenkinson) died on 25 Sep 1685 in York Castle, York, Yorkshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Grace Jenkinson (daughter of Josias Jenkinson); died on 25 Sep 1685 in York Castle, York, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    After her husband's death she became an active Quaker and was arrested several times; she appears to have died a prisoner in York Castle like her husband decades earlier.

    Children:
    1. 2. Daniel Sykes, Mayor of Hull was born in 1632; died in Aug 1697; was buried in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.

  3. 6.  William Oates, Mayor of Pontefract
    Children:
    1. 3. Deborah Oates was buried in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Richard Sykes, Alderman of LeedsRichard Sykes, Alderman of Leeds was born about 1568 (son of Richard Sykes and Sibbell Reame); died on 27 Mar 1645; was buried on 29 Mar 1645 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1567
    • Alternate death: 29 Mar 1645

    Notes:

    He may be the Richard Sykes recorded as baptized at St. John the Baptist, Halifax, Yorkshire on 17 Oct 1568, son of Richard Sykes.

    He was one of the "new, exuberant generation of confident, buccaneering merchants, whose determined exploitation of their influence over local parliamentary elections culminated in 1626 in the grant [to Leeds] of a charter of incorporation, whose provisions ensured that power was to reside unequivocally in their hands." [Joan Kirby, citation details below]

    Alderman (in essence, mayor) of Leeds in 1629-30 and 1636-37. Further from Joan Kirby: "His wealth attracted a demand for a contribution to the Privy Seal loan and a fine of £60 (the highest in the county) for distraint to knighthood. Not surprisingly he is believed to have been the first 'private gentleman' in Leeds to own a carriage. The complete absence of business records and correspondence, however, means that nothing is known about the enterprises which brought wealth to him and to others like Thomas Metcalfe, Joseph Hillary, and John Harrison; but his will provides impressive evidence of Sykes's investment in real estate. Unlike the childless Harrison who was able to devote a large part of his fortune to the achievement of lasting renown as the town's most munificent benefactor, Sykes had a large family to provide for in a manner that would reflect credit upon his reputation. A trustee of the Grammar School and member of the prestigious Committee for Pious Uses, his own great civic benefaction was to take an intiative in the purchase of the manor of Leeds from the City of London to which it had been sold by Charles I. Thereafter he and the other eight shareholders (each having a one-ninth share in the lordship of the manor) transferred the major part of the manorial rights to the Corporation of Leeds."

    His will includes a bequest of "a suit of apparel" to "my poor kinsman Alexander Reame", "and his dinner euery Sabboth Day that he goeth to the Church in the same suit of apparrell, to be at my Executrix disposing."

    Richard Sykes (d. 1645) = Elizabeth Mawson (d. 1646)
    William Sykes (1605-1652) = Grace Jenkinson (d. 1685)
    Daniel Sykes (1632-1697) = Deborah Oates
    Richard Sykes (1678-1726) = Mary Kirkby (1681-1714)
    Mark Sykes (1711-1783) = Decima Woodham (1714-1793)
    Christopher Sykes (1749-1801) = Elizabeth Egerton (d. 1803)
    Tatton Sykes (1772-1863) = Mary Anne Foulis (d. 1861)
    Tatton Sykes (1826-1913) = Christina Anne Jessica Cavendish-Bentinck (~1856-1912)
    Mark Sykes (1879-1918), of the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement

    Richard married Elizabeth Mawson on 30 Jan 1594 in St. Peter's, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Elizabeth died on 19 Aug 1644; was buried on 19 Aug 1644 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Elizabeth MawsonElizabeth Mawson died on 19 Aug 1644; was buried on 19 Aug 1644 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    Her burial record calls her "wife of mr Richard Sikes of Brigait." Briggate was historically the main street of Leeds, leading north from Leeds Bridge. Among Richard Sykes's extensive property holdings was a burgage house in Briggate, which is where Elizabeth Sykes died "during a severe outbreak of plague, when the parish church was closed, the registers were discontinued, and the daily toll of the unnamed dead was reported to the military governor of the town." [Joan Kirby, citation details below]

    Ironically, since he outlived her by eight months, Richard Sykes's 1641 will bequeaths to her "all that Burgage scituate in Briggate in Leeds with all the apppurtences [sic] thereto belonging".

    Children:
    1. Richard Sykes was born before 24 Jul 1603; died on 10 Jan 1653 in Islington, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 12 Jan 1653 in St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England.
    2. 4. William Sykes was born on 10 Feb 1605 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England; died in 1652 in York Castle, York, Yorkshire, England.

  3. 10.  Josias Jenkinson was born in in of Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 5. Grace Jenkinson died on 25 Sep 1685 in York Castle, York, Yorkshire, England.