Mailing List:2006-09-25 09, Whitneys of Herefordshire, by Tim Doyle

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From: "Tim Doyle" <tim -at- greenscourt.com> Subject: [WHITNEY] Whitneys of Herefordshire Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 13:45:16 -0500 As you may know, the earliest origins of the Whitney surname are in Herefordshire, England where, sometime perhaps about 1190 a man was granted the area called "Witenie" or "Whytene", a location named before the invasion of William the Conqueror, and a castle was built. Sometime in the following generation or two, the family took the surname "de Whitney" (of Whitney) and later just Whitney to describe themselves. The main line of Whitneys stayed in this area until it "daughtered out" in 1670. However, in the intervening generations, many Whitneys moved away from their home and started branches of their own, often keeping the Whitney surname after they left. Many of these migrations took place in Medieval times and documentation is lacking. As I was thinking about our current DNA Project, a thought occurred to me. What if we could locate a living person who was able to trace his ancestry back to Herefordshire? What if we could then match the DNA of that individual to John, Henry, or Samuel? It wouldn't tell us how they were related, but it would give us clues as to the origin of the various American branches of the Whitney family. As I looked into this, I realized that we don't know very much about the Whitney families of Herefordshire. Sure, we've started to put together outlines of the various Medieval Whitneys who were in Herefordshire (see link below), but we have done next to nothing with the more recent Whitneys of Herefordshire. What if we examined the 1841 and 1851 census records of England to find out just how many Whitney families there were in Herefordshire and then attempted to trace them both backwards in time (to see how they might inter-relate) as well as forwards in time (to search for living descendants)? I have started to do just that. I examined the 1841 and 1851 censuses and found all Whitney males born before 1817 in Herefordshire. I spent the weekend researching these families (see link below) and am happy to report that I am making great progress. I have extracted the records for several Herefordshire parishes (Allensmore, Brilley, Burghill, Clifford, Credenhill, Kinnersley, Little Cowarne, Moreton Jeffries, Norton Canon, Pencombe, Preston on Wye, and Weobley) from the IGI and have used that information to tie in with the census records. Family groupings are beginning to emerge. The Whitneys of Norton Canon are especially interesting - several members are listed with the title of Esquire, and one is listed as a "Landed Proprietor". Norton Canon is just 8 miles East of Whitney on Wye. I'm sending this summary of this little project as I thought some of you would enjoy reading about it. If there's anyone out there that is interested in the Whitneys of Herefordshire and who would like to help out, please contact me. If we have any male descendants of Whitneys who can trace their lineage back to Herefordshire, and who might consider joining our DNA Study, please contact me as well. Thank you, Tim Links: Whitney Research Group Website: <a href="http://wiki.whitneygen.org">http://wiki.whitneygen.org</a> Medieval Whitney Families: <a href="http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Medieval_Whitney_Families">http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Medieval_Whitney_Families</a> Whitneys of England: <a href="http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Whitneys_of_England">http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Whitneys_of_England</a> Herefordshire Parish Records: <a href="http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Archive:Great_Britain%2C_Vital_Reco">http://wiki.whitneygen.org/wrg/index.php/Archive:Great_Britain%2C_Vital_Reco</a> rds#Herefordshire


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