WOOLOSON / WOLLASTON

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bristolloggerheads
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Robert Wollaston is listed in the will of Thomas Ridley (1509-1580) as his cousin. Reyngold Syner leaves most of his money to William Woolloson, citizen and tallow chandler of London in 1578. His cousin is named as Rafe Ridley.

Is anyone researching this family? Are William and Robert related?

Peter

Martyn Freeth
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Hello Peter. This may be the family of Wollaston orginating in Perton, near Wolverhampton. There is a pedigree in BLG 18th edition, volume one (1965) which I hold. At least two members settled in London before 1600, but detail is sketchy; and no Robert seen. There is also a pedigree in the combined edition of the 1614 and 1663 Visitations of Staffs (William Salt Society vol five; copy at Shr Archives). I have many photo extracts but not unfortunately this one. For more printed sources see G W Marshall's Genealogists' Guide. A good ref library in Bristol should hold this.

An absolutely super source is Percival Boyd's index of citizens of London, full of every detail that he could in his time find; but so far as I know this is solely at Soc of Genealogists.

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Further thought Peter. Thefamily might just be Willaston of Willaston, near Prees. Tere is a sketchy pedigree in Grazebrooke's edition of the Visitations of Salop; but with few if any reference ointers towards dates. No appropriate Robert.

The attraction here is the proximity of this Willaston to your Ridleys' homes at Broughton and Alkington;

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Thank you Martyn for your thoughts.

This Thomas Ridley (of Caughley and later Willey and the Bold) is not "my" Thomas Ridley of Broughton but another Thomas Ridley who nevertheless I think is related to Reginald Ridley of Alkington. I think the Visitation may have skipped a generation between Owen Ridley of Alkington and John & Reginald Ridley.

(Owen would seem to have been born c.1440 and Reginald died in 1575 (when of Linley) although the History of Parliament says that Reginald was "probably the younger son of Owen of Alkington". While not impossible it does seem a little unlikely.

The said publication suggests that it was the other ("my?") Thomas Ridley that accepted an annuity from the Crown in 1556 of £40.

Peter

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Talking of "near Wolverhampton" I have today come across a Rafe Ridley and children in Albrighton in the C16th.