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In Sicily, he soon branched out in his own right to become one of the richest and most powerful men on the island.

By today’s values, he was a millionaire many times over.

However, the Whitakers were to inherit his massive fortune, which over the next 70 years or so, they proceeded to spend at an impressive rate.

In his mid-30s, Ingham met Alessandra Spadafora, the Duchess di Santa Rosalia, a widow six years his senior with four adult sons.

after being jilted by the mercenary Anne Brook, probably because he lost all his money in a failed business deal.

Ingham was a consummate but ruthless businessman and he was helped in the "concern" by five of his Ingham and Whitaker nephews who all moved to Sicily.

When the first nephew, William Ingham Whitaker died mysteriously of fever in 1818, Ingham reputedly wrote home to his sister in Ossett although this is probably family legend.

What follows shows that Whitakers were not shy in spending the legacy that had been left to them.

Benjamin Ingham was always determined never to return to Yorkshire until he was rich enough to buy up the whole of his native Ossett.

after being jilted by the mercenary Anne Brook, probably because he lost all his money in a failed business deal.Ingham was a consummate but ruthless businessman and he was helped in the "concern" by five of his Ingham and Whitaker nephews who all moved to Sicily.When the first nephew, William Ingham Whitaker died mysteriously of fever in 1818, Ingham reputedly wrote home to his sister in Ossett although this is probably family legend.What follows shows that Whitakers were not shy in spending the legacy that had been left to them.Benjamin Ingham was always determined never to return to Yorkshire until he was rich enough to buy up the whole of his native Ossett.The Inghams are one of the oldest recorded families in Ossett, dating back at least to the time of the English Civil War.