Appendix I: Genealogy
the name of Longfellow
is found in the records of Yorkshire, England
, as far back as 1486, and appears under the various spellings of Langfellay, Langfellowe
, Langfellow, and Longfellow
The first of the name is James Langfellay
, of Otley.
In 1510 Sir Peter Langfellowe
is vicar of Calverley.
In the neighboring towns of Ilkley, Guiseley, and Horsforth
lived many Longfellows
, mostly yeomen: 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