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My 3x Great Grandparents

John Lightfoot of Newton

…… c: 19 March 1758
…… m: Mary Artingstall, widow, age 30,
………….. 2 January 1783 at St. Mary’s Parish, Chester (age 25)
…… lived: Newton by Chester (from Will)
…… o : Victualer
…… o: 1829, stock of barley malt and hops (from Will)
…… d: 12 March 1832
…… b: 17 March 1832 at St. Oswald’s, Flookersbrook (age 74)

+ Mary Artingstall

…… c: thought to be Mary Morgan
……… on 2 February 1741 at St. Oswald’s Parish, Chester
……….Father: thought to be Thomas Morgan

…… m1: John Artingstall, b:abt. 1739, d: 1780 (age 41),
…………… m: 20 Dec 1764, St. Oswald’s Parish, Chester

…… m2: JOHN LIGHTFOOT, 2 Jan 1783,
…………… St Mary’s Church, Saltney, Chester


Daughter of John Lightfoot and Mary Artingstall

Katharine Lightfoot (Our Ancestor)
……… c: 7 Dec 1784
……… m: 16 Jul 1805 (age 20), of Flookersbrook
……… d: 8 Dec 1840, Forest Street, Chester (age 56)
+ Thomas Walker
……… b: 20 Dec 1782
……… o: Tanner, St Peter / Gentleman
……… d: 8 Dec 1840 (age 56)
……… b: 15 Dec 1840, St. Oswald’s Parish, Chester

John Lightfoot, Victualer of Newton 1758-1832



Tithe maps in the Cheshire Record Office show that a Thomas Walker (1782-1857) owned properties in Newton Township in the area we now know as Flookersbrook. These included a tan-yard, a brewery, a brick bank and at least 6 houses and cottages. On the south side of Hoole Road, in Hoole Township, he owned plots of land and a number of dwellings including Ashtree House (recent research show that the rightful owners were the Trustees of the Estate of JOHN LIGHTFOOT, his father in law). Source: Hoole History Society



Burial record of John Lightfoot of Flookersbrook.
bur: 17 Mar 1832 (age 76)

Christening of Catherine Lightfoot, daughter of John Lightfoot, Victualer, 7 Dec 1784. Source: Parish Records, St. Oswald, Chester

Mary Artingstall and John Lightfoot

It is thought that Mary was the widow of John Artingstall (abt 1739-1780), who was licensee of the “Ermine” and a Malster in Flookersbrook until he died in 1780. It is thought that John Lightfoot married her after John Artingstall’s death. John Lightfoot was licensee of the Ermine, Flookersbrook, from 1818 to 1820 (there is a Lightfoot Street just across the road from the pub today). The Ermine has been rebuilt several times and is very different today from the building of the 1780’s.

Advertisement from Adams Weekly Courant 18 July 1780

“MARY ARTINGSTALL, of FLOOKERSBROOK, near this City, Begs leave to inform the Friends of her late Husband, John Artingstall, deceased,THAT she intends to continue the PUBLIC BUSINESS, as usual, at the Sign of the Ermine, in Flookersbrook aforesaid; and also to carry on the MAKING of MALT, under the Management of the Person employed by her late Husband, to whose Friends she returns her sincere Thanks; and assures them and the Public in general, that those who will please to favour her with their Commands, shall be served with the above Article upon the best and most reasonable Terms,
By their oblig’d and faithful Servant, MARY ARTINGSTALL”

Visit for more information on the Ermine Hotel.

Notes taken from Last Will and Testament of John Lightfoot

•  His will, dated 6 June 1829 gives his address as “of Newton by Chester” and refers to his business stock of barley malt and hops, which he left to his son-in-law and partner Thomas Walker of Newton, who married his daughter Katherine.

•  It also refers to his brother William Lightfoot, now residing at Hawarden, Flintshire.

•  Executors were: Thomas Lightfoot of Wavertree, near Liverpool, and William Cross of Flookersbrook.

•  By Codicil dated 10 March 1832 he amends the legacy of his share of the partnership asset to his daughter Katherine, instead of his son-in-law Thomas.

•  Will and Codicil proved on 28 July 1832 – net £12,000. (a huge amount of money in those days)


Thanks to Janet Leece, England for her in-depth research on the Lightfoot families of Flookersbrook.