The Telling Information for Ashton Keynes Area

Telling must be the most common name in Ashton Keynes. Consequently they are very difficult to trace through the generations as there are nearly always two or more possibilities for every person.

The first mention of them in the Ashton Keynes Parish Register is in 1590 for the birth of Juan Tellinge son of Raynaldi and Katherin. However there were Tellings in Ashton Keynes before this as there was a John Telling listed in Aschton in the 1539 Muster for Wiltshire. There is also a Thomas at Pyrton and several Tomms listings. This may be significant as many early Tellings were “Telling alias Toms”.

From the beginning of the Parish Registers the records are good and continuous with possibly a gap around 1640.

Wiltshire Record Office holds a large number of Wills for Telling which would help clarify many of the relationships.

Many of the family were masons. Also some were described as yeoman, butchers, bakers, carriers and later many farm labourers.

So, the families are pieced together using Parish Registers, Census, any Wills seen, name patterns, occupations etc. There will be errors so make your own decisions and please contact me if you spot anything which is definitely wrong.

Telling Families Ashton Keynes Area

Telling Headstones

Headstone Sacred to the Memory of
Who died March 21
Aged 81 years
Of Mary his wife
Who died May 7th
aged 66 years
Sacred to the Memory of
who died June 20
aged 89 years
and of
ELIZABETH his wife
who died March 22 1857(?)
aged 73 years
____________ MATHIAS
their grandson
who died May 11 1854
aged 30 years

In addition to these headstones there are an additional seven headstones recording burials in the last 70 years.

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