On 25th May 1791 William Withell of Goodmanham and Rhoda Stokes of Market Weighton were married by license in Goodmanham church. William had been born in Huggate, a village north of Goodmanham and at the time of his marriage William was a Wolds shepherd. These men seldom moved away from the Wolds where the care of sheep was quite different from that on the plain of York.

William and Rhoda had nine surviving children. Many of their descendants remained in England, but as with the Cornish Withells, it was groups from the next generation who were to seek a better life in far away places, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and US.