Samuel Fielden of Bottomley was the youngest child of Joshua Fielden.
Born at Bottomley [6th May 1711].
He (possibly) married (1) Elizabeth.
Child: Martha [d 6th December 1734]
Elizabeth (possibly) died in 1734.
On 25th August 1735, he married (2) Jane Robinson.
When he was a young man, he went to his uncle Nicholas at Edge End to learn the clothing trade. He returned to Bottomley and took possession of the property about 1745.
His uncle, John, gave him the New Inn – which later became then White Hart – and the farm at Todmorden. However, he preferred his life at Bottomley and remained there, working at his own trade. He installed his own son, Samuel, as tenant at the inn and farm. They must have moved to Knowltop for a period as that is where his wife Jane died in 1770. After Jane's death, Samuel turned his farm at Bottomley over to his son John, and went to live in a cottage at Doghouse in Todmorden.
It was whilst he was there that he sold the New Inn and farm to John Greenwood of Langfield. The land included the messuage, 1 barn and other outbuildings, plus
about 41 days work of land
and the ground rents of 9/- a year on some new buildings being erected on the land, namely, a preaching house – which was Doghouse Wesleyan Chapel – and 5 dwelling houses. Samuel excluded from the sale, reserving ownership for himself, 3 old cottages known as Doghouse, an old cote at the end of the cottages and a croft behind the cottages with a strip of land to the front.
10 days after signing the sale agreement, Samuel made a will – dated 17th March 1786 – in which he left everything he owned to his eldest son, Samuel. This included the whole of the proceeds of the sale of the White Hart, including that portion not yet paid over, three cottages at Doghouse, Doghouse Croft, and a piece of land in front of these houses. He named the current tenants and occupiers as Ambrose Veevers, John Ingham, Martha Hopkinson and Samuel. A codicil to the will – dated 18th March 1786 – gave his clothing, household goods, bed and bedding to his children Joshua, John and Mary.
Samuel left Doghouse and returned to Bottomley where he died.
He was buried at Shoebroad Quaker Burial Ground
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