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As a young whippersnapper- as my father would have said – I was told of a legendary figure who was a lopper and had fought for the freedom of Epping Forest. The legend was sketchy, but hinted at harsh imprisonment and consequential death. It may have been knowledge of this legend, or perhaps just natural curiosity, that caused me to arrive in the village of Willingale late on one damp January afternoon in 1971, with patchy snow on the ground, to start a search for my roots. The timing had been intended to coincide with pub opening time – as a naval officer I was something of a connoisseur of hostelries – but I was early, the Maltsters Arms was not yet open, and two churches complete with churchyards of tomb stones beckoned as a possibly productive alternative area for research.

Some time ago we came across an 1826 parliamentary poll for Maldon which listed people with the surname Willingale who were living in London yet were entitled to vote in the Maldon election. Several of these men we were able to identify, by address and occupation, as Willingales that we had in the main tree […]

Another early Willingale is mentioned in the Patent Rolls of 1331: Confirmation, in mortmain, of a grant by John, late bishop of Bath and Wells, to Nicholas de Wyllinghale of Leukenore, as rector of the church of St. Mary, Wauton, of a grove in that town called ‘Holmengrove’, part of the bishop’s demesne land, with […]

In addition to the early Willingale’s listed int he last blog we have located some other references to early Willingales: Records held at the Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive, mention a ‘Thomas son and heir of John Wyllinghale’, during the reign of Henry VIII, this indenture also refers to the places Berkeswelle, Canleye and Hurst. […]

The latest DNA results have provided conclusive proof that the ‘unconnected’ Samuel branch of the Willingale family does link somewhere into the main connected family tree. Owen, who is from the main connected John branch of the family has just 2 DNA markers different to Peter, who comes from the unconnected Samuel branch. Both Owen […]

Another history of the name states it originated from the Village of Willingale, which is located in Essex, between Ongar and Chelmsford. The ancient surname of Willingale was of the locational group of surnames from ‘Willingale Doe’ and ‘Willingale Spain’ the name of two places in the County of Essex. The name was derived from […]

We often get asked about the history of the Willingale name, yet it is something we have done little research on. One commercially produced history of the name is as follows The origin of this name is medieval German, the derivation being either Villinger, a name found recorded heraldically from the former province of Winter […]

We received Thomas’s DNA test results back yesterday. These we supposed to confirm if the Charles Willingale branch was distinct from the other Willingale branches; William our original tester from this branch has very different DNA to mine & Peter’s DNA. We therefore needed Thomas’s DNA to confirm if Williams DNA difference was the result […]

Sophie organises motor rallies to Tajikistan to support a charity. This year’s has just finished and been a great success – see http://roofoftheworld.charityrallies.org/ Here’s todays email: Hello everyone I think this will be my one and only update this year as internet access has been hard to come by.  I’m writing this whilst waiting for […]

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