Papers of the Trust of the Ion and Tate Families, Hemingbrough Hall Estate

Scope and Content

This small collection of papers relates to the trust set up by Jane Tate née Ion for her daughter Edith Iona Tate in 1864. The papers largely relate to family property in Hemingborough and Ottringham in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Ouseby in Cumberland.

The estate papers have been catalogued into the following sections: Hemingborough (1743-1938) comprising five original bundles which include papers of the Addison, Fligg and Ion families, a pedigree of the Blackburn family 1721-1843, the marriage settlement of Jane Ion and Charles Grey Tate (1863) and the wills of Nathaniel Fligg (circa 1780), John Bromitt (1797), John Blackburn (1825), John Ion (1859), John Collins Ion (1862) and Jane Tate (1863); Holme upon Spalding Moor (1833-1844) being receipts for Market Weighton drainage rates paid by John Collins and Mary Holmes; Ottringham (1807-1851) comprising papers about drainage including some correspondence of John Collins and receipts for property and income tax paid by William Jackson; Ouseby, Cumberland (1778-1862) including an abstract of the title of George Ion 1729-1812 and the wills of John Workman (1800) and Hannah Grisdale (1802).

A section for papers specifically relating to the financial arrangements of the Tate trust (1864-1894) contains accounts, investment details and correspondence as well as Edith Iona Tate's bank book with the Selby branch of the York City and County Bank 1885-1894 and the burial certificate of her uncle, John Ashton 1888. A miscellaneous section (1834-1892) includes a few lawyers' accounts, an account of the personal estate of Jane Tate in 1864 and an undated list of silver.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edith Iona Tate was born in 1864, the daughter of Charles Grey Tate and Jane Tate née Ion. Charles Grey Tate (b.circa 1841) was a graduate of Queen's College, Cambridge, and the second son of James Tate of Richmond, Yorkshire. The family background was that of several generations of Cambridge scholars who went into the church and James Tate, born in Richmond in 1800 and educated at Charterhouse and Trinity, had taken over from his own father as master of Richmond School, holding that position from 1833 to 1863. James Tate was also rector of Hutton in Essex, vicar of Easeby in Yorkshire and domestic chaplain to the earl of Zetland. Thus, his clerical career was quite lucrative and additional to his duties as schoolmaster (Alumni Cantabrigienses, vi, pp.113-14).

Charles Grey Tate married Jane Ion in 1863. She was the daughter of John Ion and Anne Marshall and she brought to the marriage a considerable inheritance in cash assets and properties in Cumberland and the East Riding. John Ion (b.1790) had attended Pembroke College quite late, when 26 years of age, and then followed his father, George Ion, who had been the evangelical vicar of Bubwith (and was a native of Cumberland with property there), into the church becoming vicar of Hemingborough. John Ion was vicar of Hemingborough from 1825 until his death in 1860 and was also domestic chaplain to Viscountess Sydney. He married quite late in life, in about 1837, and in the next five years, had two children, became JP for the East Riding and built Hemingborough Hall, a many-gabled, Tudor-style brick house. His son, John Collins Ion (b.circa 1840), had attended Richmond school and only just outlived his father, dying in 1862 while an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge. John Ion's daughter, Jane Ion (b.circa 1838), became his sole heiress, marrying Charles Grey Tate only a year after her brother's death and presumably she met him through her brother's connection with the Tate family and Richmond school. Sadly Jane Tate died in 1864, at the age of 26, in the year she gave birth to her one child, Edith Iona Tate. Charles Grey Tate remarried in 1881, to his cousin, Sarah Margaret Blackburne Tate, and he made separate provision for his daughter at that time. He died in 1900. Edith Iona Tate also inherited property after the death of her cousin, John Ashton, in 1892, making her an independently quite wealthy woman. She lived in Reigate and sold a lot of her property in Hemingborough, including the Hall built by her father, in 1938 (Alumni Cantabrigienses, ii, p.524; Burton, History and antiquities of Hemingborough, pp.123-5).


U DTT/1 Hemingbrough, 1743 - 1938

U DTT/2 Holme upon Spalding Moor, 1833 - 1844

U DTT/3 Ottringham, 1807 - 1851

U DTT/4 Ousby, Cumberland, 1729 - 1862

U DTT/5 Tate Trust, 1863 - 1894

U DTT/6 Miscellaneous, 1834 - 1892

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Donated by The National Register of Archives, 28 May 1952


  • Alumni Cantabrigienses, 1752-1900 (1947)
  • Burton, Thomas, The history and antiquities of the parish of Hemingborough in the county of York (1888)