This is a fairly short line initiated at Ormesby but moving quickly to Loftus over towards the coast. The name Miles is unique to this line and it is known that there were at least three generations named Miles.
The Loftus tree
The tree is based more on evidence from sources such as wills and court proceedings than from baptismal records.
Miles Mewburn 1619 -1696
An Ormesby baptism in 1619 is for a Miles. There is then a marriage record at Ormesby showing that a Miles Mewburn married Mary Coates in November 1667. Later the Hearth Tax tells us there was a Miles at Loftus in 1673. We have a will for a Miles in 1696.
In 1726 there was a land dispute involving Miles (1703). This makes clear that both his father and grandfather were also named Miles. What we do not know is whether his grandfather was Miles (1619), though technically he perfectly well could be, or whether there was another Miles born in-between, perhaps in around 1642, who was the father of the Ormesby family from the 1760s-1770s. In the absence of other evidence, Miles (1619) is taken to be the progenitor.
The 1696 will mentions various living children. There is James the youngest son with his wife Dorothy, and grandchildren William and James. There is a daughter Frances (who had six children). The eldest son is John and he inherits the main property. However there is a hint that he may not be competent as the property is to go to son Miles on John’s death while, meantime, Miles is required to have John live with him and give him food, drink and lodgings.
Miles Mewburn c1670- 1720
There is a marriage at Loftus in 1700 for the second Miles and Mary Corney but no trace of birth records for any children they may have had. The next evidence is from Miles’s will in 1719. It provides for wife Mary and bequeaths all property at Crossflats to a son, Miles. No other children are mentioned but brother James is evidently alive and gets one shilling!
Miles Mewburn c1703-aft 1741
There is then curation lodged at York in 1720 as the third Miles was evidently under age when his father died. He is said to be 17 so now we have a birth year of around 1703 for him. Mary Corney died in 1736 with admon going to Miles.
This Miles married Alice (Ellis) Robinson at Lythe in 1723. He must be the one who appears in the 1741 Poll Book for Yorkshire. He also is mentioned in the legal proceedings brought in 1726 in a dispute over land ownership. These proceedings confirm that he is a third Miles. This time there is a record for the birth of a son, Francis, in 1739. A Francis Mewborn married Grace Anner at Alverstoke in Hampshire in November 1759. It seems a little distant to have been our man from Loftus but in any case there is then no further trace of either of them. Alverstoke, though, is by Gosport at the mouth of Portsmouth harbour so perhaps Francis was a mariner. He does not appear among burial records and is assumed to have been the last of this line.
James Mewburn 1671-aft 1720
There is a baptismal record for James at Ormesby in 1671 and from it estimates of dates for Frances, John and Miles can be made. There are records for a birth and death for another John in 1673 – it may be that Miles made a second attempt for a successful John to celebrate his father’s name.
The will states that James had a wife, Dorothy, and children William and James. Two Dorothys were buried at Ormesby in 1703 just three days apart – a possible sign of mother and daughter in a childbirth complication. A James died in 1704 as did a William. There is no hard evidence but that may have been the end of this line.
Another possibility is that this James was the progenitor of the Whitby line. He is said to be of Whitby in the chancery case of 1726 - where it was suggested that he wrongly arranged the sale of lands at North Loftus belonging to his brother Miles. This was done while Miles was still underage.