en: some of them well-to-do, others a charge on the parish; some getting into the courts and fined for such offences as cutting green wode, or greenhow, or carrying away the Lord's wood,—wood from the yew-trees of the lord of the manor, to which they thought they had a right for their bows.
One of the name was overseer of highways, and one was churchwarden in Ilkley.
It is well established, by tradition and by documents, that the poet's ancestors were in Horsforth.
In 1625 we find Edward Longfellow (perhaps from Ilkley) purchasing Upper House, in Horsforth; and in 1647 he makes over his house and lands to his son William.
This William was a well-to-do clothier who lived in Upper House, and, besides, possessed three other houses or cottages (being taxed for 4 hearths), with gardens, closes, crofts, etc. He had two sons, Nathan and William, and four or five daughters.
William was baptized at Guiseley (the parish church of Horsforth), October 20, 1650.
The first of the name in