First of all, congratulations
on such a splendid website. I have just spent a very happy couple of hours
browsing your site and have discovered all sorts of interesting things I
didn't know before.
I am descended from the
Aldwinckle family that lived in Cottingham and Middleton, the first family
listed on your Family histories page. You mention that if anyone buys a
will from the PRO's documents online database you would be interested in
having a look, so I attach the will of John Aldwinckle of Cottingham,
which is dated 1st February 1709. Unfortunately, other than saying he
leaves his worldly goods to his wife Elizabeth, it doesn't tell you a lot.
I was also interested to see from your site that William Aldwinckle crops
up in the Middleton Militia list in 1777. He must be my great, great,
great, great grandfather who was baptised on 12 October 1733 and died 9
I see from the Family histories
page that 'reference has been found to a Thomas Alwinkle as far back as
1600'. The aforementioned William Aldwinckle appears to be the son of
another William Aldwinckle, who was married to Elizabeth, but about whom I
have no other information. This William must have been born around the
time the John Aldwinckle whose will is attached died. If you or any of
your site devotees are able to shed any light on any Aldwinckles between
the Thomas Alwinkle you mention of 1600 and the William Aldwinckle of
1733-1818, I should be most interested and grateful.
With best wishes,
20 June 2004
Lovely to hear from you - and thanks for your feedback on the site.
Aldwinckles have been cropping up all the time as I've put the site
together, so it's fascinating to actually hear from one!
I can't for the life of me remember where I found the 1600 reference to
Thomas Alwinkle, and now can't find it on an internet search I'm afraid.
However, there was a Thomas Aldwinkle around in the 1690s as a witness to
a will listed on Maureen Bryson's excellent site. Here's a link
There is a William Aldwinkle mentioned on this page too (1795),
grandson of Robert Humphrey, a Middleton farner.
All the very best,