The Norfolks of Tockwith branched away from the main part of my family tree towards the end of the 17th century. 

The breakaway from my own branch of the Norfolk family that led eventually to the Norfolks of Tockwith began in the late 1600s. The story starts with Thomas Norfolk (1666-1699) who was living at Rufforth with the rest of his family, including his brother Christopher, my own direct ancestor. Thomas then married Anne Whorneby from Askham Bryan (just over 4 miles away) in 1688, and that was where all of their five children were christened.

The youngest child, also called Thomas, was born there (just after his father's death) in 1700 and went on to marry Ann Carritt in 1723. One of their four children, yet another Thomas, was christened in Askham Bryan in 1726 and, in 1753 he married Hannah Fowler in York Minster. A record of this marriage can be seen in "The Register Of Marriages In York Minster, Illustrated With Biographical Notices 1681 to 1762." by Robert H Scaife (1873). Their children, including the first two who were twins called Thomas and James, were born in Tockwith and the Norfolks were then well and truly established in Tockwith.

My research into this branch of my family has been enormously helped by a great deal of information that has been very kindly made available to me by two people: Anne Webster from Cheltenham who is, herself, a descendant of the Tockwith Norfolks, and Steve Dye in the United States, whose wife Alison is a descendant of the Tockwith Norfolks. Thanks to Anne and Steve, I've been able to put together this Pedigree of the Norfolks of Tockwith. (Please be patient - it takes a short while to download.)

This description from Bulmer's Directory of 1890 (taken from the GenUKI website, page Colin Hinson) mentions John Norfolk:

Geographical and Historical information from the year 1890.

Wapentake of the Ainsty of York - Rural Deanery of Ainsty - Archdeaconry of York or West Riding - Diocese of York.

Tockwith, formerly a township under Bilton, was, by an Order in Council, constituted a separate parish in 1866. It comprises 1,680 acres of land, chiefly the property of A. Montagu, Esq., who is lord of the manor; Messrs. Brogden and Son, and Mr. John Norfolk. There are several small freeholders. Tockwith has always been noted for its freehold owners. Previous to the last Reform Bill it sent out from 40 to 50 independent voters. The rateable value is 3,534, and the population, in 1881, was 572.

The village stands about nine miles west of York, and six miles south of Wetherby, in the midst of an excellent agricultural district. The nearest railway station is Cattal, on the York and Knaresborough branch of the North Eastern railway, a little over three miles distant, In the battle of Marston Moor the right wing of the Royalists and the left wing of the Parliamentarians were stationed near the village, and it was here that Prince Rupert's dragoons were overcome, and driven from the field of battle by the terrible onslaught of Cromwell's Ironsides. Rupert, it is said, never drew rein till he reached the walls of York.

(Scan, OCR and html by Colin Hinson. Checking and correction by Peter Nelson.)

Nowadays, Tockwith looks to be a rather quiet but prosperous place (if house prices are anything to go by!). There is still a road - "Norfolk Gardens", very nearly opposite Epiphany Church - that bears the family name. (Click here to see it.)