Wheatley Name Origin

This interesting name is of medieval English origin and is a locational name from any of the places so called in Essex, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Oxon, and Yorkshire. The derivation is the same for all counties and is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'hwoete', wheat, and 'leah', a clearing, thus a clearing where wheat was grown.The placename development includes 'Wateleia' (Domesday Book of Essex 1086), 'Watelage' (Domesday Book, Yorkshire 1086), 'Hwatele' (Assize Rolls of Yorkshire 1280), 'Whetelegh' (Feet of Fines, Lancashire 1227), 'Weteley' (Introduction to the Survey of English placenames, 1314). During the Middle Ages people migrating from their birth place would often adopt the placename as a means of identification.One Christopher Wheatley aged twenty eight, sailed from the Port of London aboard the 'Thomas and John' bound for Virginia in June 1635. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Lambert de Watileia, which was dated 'The Geld Roll of 1084 (Domesday Book)', Somerset, during…


Ferberd Name Timeline

In order to understand when the variant forms of the Ferberd name may have appeared (and disappeared) a timeline has been created of the known people, based on Find My Past searches conducted in September 2017 by Paul, and searches of the Berkshire records by Sheila. The Timeline Explained In many cases, only a single life event was discovered for a person, usually a birth or death. To give the timeline a more realistic look we have assumed a lifespan of 70 years for these people (80 years for people living into the 20th Century.) Indeterminate birth or death dates are indicated by fuzzy bar ends. Solid ends indicate that both birth and death dates are known. Dark Blue = various forms of Ferberd as a Last Name. Dark Blue = various forms of Ferberd as a FirstName. Brown = various forms of Fairbeard as a Last Name. Orange = various forms of Fairbeard as a Last Name. Everyone above the timeline scale…


People Named Ferberd Who Emigrated

Our investigations into the source and usage of the name Ferberd, which is usually a given name but sometimes a family name, have uncovered a few that emigrated from EnglandThis article describes them.Ferberd Harold Ashford b 1907/8 d 1957This Ferberd is one of ours - he belongs to the Barrett family.  His immediate family looks like this:Ferberd Harold Ashford        © OurFamilyHistory.club He is the son of William Ashford b Abt 1885 and Bertha Barrett b 1884. Bertha's father is a Ferberd - the first in the family to have the name - his parents having "borrowed" it from the local doctor,  Dr Ferberd Sessions-Barrett (no relation).  Bertha has a brother called Ferberd and her brother, Harry, names one of his sons Ferberd Henry. The family seems to be somewhat obsessed with the name.Ferberd Harold (FH)'s birth details are unsubstantiated. Sheila Wheatley reports that,A chance contact through an ancestry website, Carol, who had been searching for Bertha’s brother, Harry informed me Bertha was her grandmother and…


The Origin of the Name Ferberd

When our father Ferberd Henry Barrett (ID: I1019) began researching his family history in about 1967, one of the main reasons was to try to discover the origin of his peculiar forename which he shared with several ancestors.(If you want to view the records of the people in our family who share this unusual name, click here.)While he was able to trace the generations shown in the table, he came to an abrupt halt with Ferberd Barrett (I159) whose father was the far more prosaic John Barrett (I580), and there was no evidence of the name further back.  The name also doesn't go any further forwards than me.  My mother Kath Barrett (I404) would not allow me to be called Ferberd Henry so it was relegated to a second name and, as it was the source of many school fights, it hasn't gone any further down the line.We hope that this article may reach other people who are researching this strange name, or…


Clara Richings b. Abt 1857- Married or Not?

Clara Richings was born in About 1857 in Longworth, Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), England.  Her parents were Alfred Richings and Millicent Legg and she was one of eleven children.Our ProblemAccording to all the research that we have carried so far, Clara never married.She appears on the 1871 and 1881 England Censuses as a single woman.  Then, on the 1911 Census something strange happens. - her status changes, to Widow.   There she is, on the second row. written in a different hand and with a very different pen.  It's almost as if the older woman, the Head of the Household, completed her details and then gave it to the younger woman with a weary word, "Go on my dear, you complete the rest of it, my eyes aren't up to it in this light."  And, as if to confirm that idea, the address is completed by Clara (we suppose) although the signature appears to be Mary Marsh's.So what happened?  Did Clara simply make a mistake…


The Intriguing Hockley / Collins Family formed in 1869 Bagshot

Family: Edward Thomas Hockley / Emma Collins (F133)When our family tree was imported to TNG from Ancestry.co.uk using FTM as a bridge some media became disconnected and that had to fixed.  In the process I decided I would scrutinise the documents carefully to make sure they were relevant to our family tree (because, unfortunately, you can inherit a lot of questionable content from Ancestry hints.)  Some interesting stories emerged, and this is just one of them.Let's look at the timeline.Where to start?The distance between Bagshot in Surrey (where Edward lived) and Ickenham in Middlesex (Emma) doesn't concern me. There is plenty of evidence in our family tree of people moving considerable distances even before the coming of the railways.  By 1867/8 the railway network was transforming England.  And at 22 miles, it could be walked in 8 hours. So mobility is not the issue. The catalyst for that journey would be interesting but we'll never know.It's the timing of the birth of William…


Alfred Richings b.1816 – d. 27 Oct 1870

Alfred Richings was an interesting character, a stone mason who seems to have experimented with a type of artificial stone. He built his house called Warren Cottage. All the window surrounds and mullions were made of this artificial stone. He is believed to have worked mainly for the Pusey Estate which was a major land owner at the time.(That brief story was extracted from an html file that was somehow included in his main record.  The source is unknown but it was called "Church Warden's Story" so was sourced from a parish record perhaps?)We also know that on the 1851 England Census his occupation was given as a Stone Mason, but by the 1861 Census he had become a Master Mason employing 5 men.  Perhaps we can check some Guild records to verify this?Paul Barrett


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