From the book "History of Blackburn Town and Parish" by Wm Alexander Abram, published 1877 in Blackburn by JG&J Toulmin. Chapter title "Families of Gentry & Yeomen"
Dewhurst of Over Darwen
William Dewhurst of this township, yeoman, died June 10, 1634. Escheat inquisition taken Aug 25, 16th Chas I, proved him seized at death of one messuage, two gardens, 16 acres of arable land, 4 acres of pasture in Over Darwen.
John Dewhurst, his son and heir, was aged 22 years at the date of his father's death.
(...a messuage definition - dwelling house with its outbuildings and land)
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