Updated 19 Jun 2007

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Decendants of TOPLIS-1

Hello John

Would it be of interest to have the short ped of John Toplis founder of Toplis Bank 1780.

Yours Stuart G Flint

Descendants of TOPLIS

    John Toplis of Pratt Hall Ashlehay born in the 1540s married Elizabeth ......(as I sit typing this today, I can see Pratt Hall Lane from my window Pratt Hall Lane adjoins St Helens Lane at Breamfields)


    Robert Toplis of Pratt Hall


    John Toplis of Brookwalls Farm Ashleyhay married Ellen Lowe (Brookwalls farm is a few hundred yards along Pratt Hall Lane adjoining Hey Lane)


    Thomas Toplis married Agnes Spencer 1658 daughter of Tobias Spencer of Hardhurst Farm Breamfields They living at Hollyseats Farm Shottle


    John Toplis married 1st wife Anne Greatorex of Stonebridge Wirksworth
    2nd wife Rebecca Vallance daughter of Ferdinando Vallance of Alderwasley married at South Wingfield Church 1711

    Son by Rebecca

    John Toplis born 1718 married Elizabeth Gell 2nd September 1741 daughter of Anthony Gell of Carsington (possibly a junior branch of the Gells of Hopton Hall)


    John Toplis born 9th November 1746 married Sarah Penelope Buxton 1783 three years after founding the bank on The Causeway..married at St Peters Church Nottingham... Sarah daughter of John and Sarah Buxton nee Dale Sarah nee Dale daughter of Thurston and Hannah Dale nee Burton .. Thurston Dale of Parwich Gent (The Dales also of Nottingham and Sheffield one of whom I believe married into the family of Thomas Norris Ince Solicitor / Genealogist of Wirksworth) John Buxton was a Soap Boiler and Grocer of Nottingham

    John and Sarah had one child, a daughter Elizabeth (sometimes named as Eliza) who married George Greaves Gent of Page Hall, Elmsall Lodge, near Doncaster Yorkshire Eliza his 2nd wife ..George Greaves 1st wife being Anne Marie Rooke ..George was son of George Bustard Greaves of Elmsall Lodge and Hesley Hall Nottinghamshire a descendent of the Beeley Bagshaw-Greaves family. George Greaves brother John Greaves married Louisa Jane Leacroft daughter of Thomas Leacroft of The Cliffe Matlock .. See descendents of George and Mary Greaves nee Marriott of Derbyshire

    John Toplis founded his bank in 1780 being joined in partnership with Richard Arkwright in 1802. Richard Arkwright then taking over after Toplis's demise in 1826 R Arkwright and Co was also known as Wirksworth & Ashbourne Bank his sons being Directors after which it was known I believe as Moore Robinson and Maltby (Nottingham Banking Co.) afterwards known as Capital & Counties Bank and then Lloyds Bank then Lloyds T.S.B.

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