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Wasseburne -- Wasseborne -- Wasshebourne -- Wassheborne --Washbourne -- Washburne -- Washborne -- Washborn -- Wasborn -- Washburne -- Washburn



  • yDNA Haplo Group I-M253
I-M253 13 23 15 10 13-14 11 14 11 13 11 31

These yDNA results (Haplo group and markers) are identical for John "the Immigrant" Washborn, Sr. b. 1597 of Bengeworth, Robert de Washeborne b, 1476, son of Sir John "The Old Sheriff" de Washeborne of Wichenford and Sir Roger "The 1st Washburn" d'Wasseburne of Wasseburne and Stanford, b. bef. 1234. This yDNA evidence once again* proving the line of the Knights Washbourne through Wasseburne, Stanford, Wichenford and down through Bengeworth to Plymouth Colony.

For many years, prior to these tests being done, there were those who wanted to remove John of Bengeworth b, 1479, from the Wichenford line and even went so far as to say that the Washbourne families of Bengeworth/Evesham were not related to the Wichenford Washbournes; that they were an entirely different family that just happened to share a name. The YDNA tests definitively prove that both branches descend from the exact same paternal line.

* For well over 100 years, the line for John of Bengeworth, through John of Wichenford and Joan Mytton, was accepted. The attempt to refute same occurred in the recent past.

The tests do not, by themselves, prove that John of Bengeworth b. 1479, was born to John of Wichenford and Joan Mytton, as the nature of this testing only proves that all of these Washburns' are of the same blood. It is "possible" for this 1st John of Bengeworth to have been from a generation or two back, but thanks to the yDNA evidence, we can say, without a doubt, that the John's of Bengeworth and thus, the John's of Plymouth Colony, were descended from the Norman Knights Washbourne in this male line.

The Manor at Little Washbourne, shown for Urse d'Abitot in Domesday and held in c. 1108 by William son of Samson*, was the ancient seat of the family. This property, recorded for another William son of Samson*, during the reign of Henry II (1154-1189). In 1202, a William d'Wasseburne is recorded regarding Orleton.. This William may or may not have been the same as he who is shown to have d. bef. July 1255, and was husband to Lucy, and father to Sir Roger d'Wasseburne. Roger is recorded as "of Wasseburne and Stanford and of Little Comberton". His son Sir John d'Wasseburne, is recorded as "of Wasseburne, Bretforton and Orleton in Estham". As below, the property is still showing for the main Knights Washbourne line, in that of Sir John of Wichenford, 300 years later ...

* This William, holding in c. 1108, had to be born bef. 1088 and would have been at least 67 at the beginning of Henry II's reign. The William of Henry II's reign, of whom it appears, was he who is recorded holding Little Wasseburne in 1182 (Liber Rubeus), was probably b. bef. 1162, and possibly is the same as he who is recorded as "William de Washbourne" in 1202.

The Eastham properties associated with this family were several, including Eastham (Estham) itself, Orleton (Holreton), Stoke (Stoch), Krye (Cure), Hyde (la Hida) and Hanley (Haneleche), all held of Eastham and later some shown held of Tenbury Wells, Stanford Manor and Little Wasseburne ... Through feudal obligation or by marriage, these lands tied us to the lines of Toeni, Powis, Clifford, Cassey, Stoke, Ketel, la Hide, la Hull, la Pole, de Hanley, d'Abitot and others,

Little Washbourne in Worcestershire, England and Washbourne Manor itself thereon, becoming known as Knights Washbourne for the many from this house that bore that honour.

This Roger and John of the 1200's, are said to have been the first to use the surname, but this may not be correct. John is shown as John de Dufford until Roger died, and it appears that only then is he styled as John de Wasseburne. It would seem if the "surname" was used at this point, he would have been shown as "John de Wasseburne de Dufford". His likely son Robert, is however shown as such, being styled as "Roberto de Wassebourne de Bretforton".

Some 300 years later in 1517, we find Sir John "The Old Sheriff" de Wassheborne of Wichenford, head of the main branch, showing that he still held the properties of his early ancestors; Knights Washbourne, Smyte and Westmancote, also Norton in Bredon (Isolde Hanley), and the Wichenford estate (Margaret Poher).

Tancréde to Sir Roger

"Our ancestry in Normandy, from Tancrède (whose ownership of alloidial land in Normandy has been set forth herein, proves him one of the Viking conquerors of that Duchy), to Urse d'Abitot, is established. It is clear that Sir Roger de Washbourne, ancestor in the Thirteenth Century of the American Washburns, was descended from Urse d'Abitot. The surname itself, as of the land of Washbourne (recorded as belonging to Urse in the Doomsday Survey of 1086, and which passed, with the rest of Urse's property, to Walter de Beauchamp, the husband of Urse's daughter, Emeline, when King Henry I seized it from Roger d'Abitot, Urse's son and heir), the adoption of the Beauchamp Arms (to be discussed subsequently), the fact that the known Lords of Washbourne, from Roger down, held this Manor feudally from the Beauchamps as Over-Lords: all constitute a chain of fact linking in family relationship the Washbournes with the Beauchamps of Elmley Castle, a few miles away from our family home in what came to be known as Knights' Washbourne."

  • This quote is by Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn, from her: "Washburn Family Foundations in Normandy, England and America", pub. 1953

Possibly most important next to Little Wasseburne, and maybe ironically the most insignificant, as far as size or value, is the Estham property, "Orleton in Estham". At least to Washburn researchers and family members like myself. Recorded associated with Eastham before 1125, we find William de Estham and son Sampson (Villelmo de Estham Sansone filio eius), then recorded in the time of Henry II (1154-1189), the manor of Little Wasseburne was held by "William son of Samson". In 1199, "William de Eastham" is again mentioned regarding Eastham Manor (Orleton was held of Eastham, later of Stanford). In 1202, "William de Washbourne", is shown having right of half a knight's fee in Orleton, and then in 1238, a writ from the king to the sheriff of Worcester, shows that "Willilmi de Wasseburn is to death".

As mentioned above, Sir Roger d'Wasseburne is recorded in the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1280, shown as "of Washbourne and of Little Comberton, as well as of Stanford". His son Sir John d'Wasseburne, is recorded as also holding the fief in "Orleton with Estham" of his ggg-grandfather, William.

Hundreds of years later in 1517, as above, in that of "the Old Sheriff" of Wichenford, we still find these properties being held by the Washbourne family. The point being, we can safely say that the Knights Washbourne male line, came without doubt, through the Samson's and William's of Estham.

Little Washbourne

Little Washbourne, Worcestershire, England

Wassanburna, viii and ix cent.
Wasseburne, x cent.
Waseburne, xi cent.
Wasseburne Militis, xiv cent.
Knyghtes Wasshebourne, xv cent.
Knyghtyswasshebourne, xvi cent.
Knights Washbourne

Documented as holding Little Washbourne:

  • 1086 Urse d'Abitot (c. 1040 - c. 1108) holding of Bredon Manor at Domesday.
  • c. 1108 Samson* b. (bef. 1070 - ) not specifically shown holding.
  • c. 1108 William* "son of Samson" (bef. 1088 - ) "of age" by c. 1018
  • bef. 1135 Godard "father of Samson" (bef. 1097 - )
  • bef. 1135 Samson "son of Godard" (bef. 1115 - ) "of age" by c. 1135
  • 1163 Samson "father of William" (bef. 1143 - ) (or is the same as above)
  • 1182 William "son of Samson" (bef. 1162 - )
  • 1200's William Wasseburn ( - bef. July 1255) not specifically shown holding.
  • 1280 Sir Roger d'Wasseburne (bef. 1234 - c. 1299) of Washbourne, Little Comberton and Stanford.
* It's been suggested that the dates used (1108-1118) for this Samson & William, have been confused with the later documentation for the Samson & William of 1182, and that the earlier pair may not have existed.

Orleton in Estham/Stanford with Orleton

  • The Church of Stanford with Orleton

Recorded as holding Orleton:
  • Gilbert Fitz Turold holding in 1086
  • Hugh holding of Gilbert 1086
  • William de Wasseburne re: knight fees at Orleton 1202
  • Sir Roger d'Wasseburne "Lord of Stanford" c. 1255
  • Sir John d'Wasseburne formerly d'Dufford c. 1280
  • Sir Roger d'Wasseborne "of Washbourne and of Stanford" 1316
  • John "the younger" d'Wasseborne 1336

The Washburn Name and Variations

The Name—anciently Wasseburn or born. C. W. Bardsley's Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames states that Wasse was anciently and still is a common surname in Yorkshire. It is a place name derived from the various river and sea beaches subject to overflow by floods and tides, hence known as wasses and now as cashes. Wasseburn to our ancestors signified a flowing stream. The little ham that stood upon its banks took its name from the stream, and the proprietor or lord of the village was so and so de Wasseborn, just as the parson was the most important person in the parish. The form Wasseborn is the form first met with about 1100; and Wasseborn or burn continued in common use by the family with the occasional addition of a final "e" till about the middle of the 17th century when the family wrote the name Washbourne, a form which still prevails in England. Through all the first two periods, writers of public documents, even of wills, felt themselves at liberty to suit their own convenience or taste in spelling the name, so that great varieties of spelling are found in public documents and varieties in the same document. Thus in the will of John Washburn of Bengeworth, it is Wassheburns; in his wife's Wasborn; in his son's Wasburne and in the inventory Wasborne; in the burgess' will Washborne; in his wife's Wasburne and Washborne; in the public registers of Bengeworth pretty uniformly Wasborne. John the emigrant wrote his name Washborn. In America three forms of spelling have prevailed,—Washburn, the most common, Washborn, and Washburne, with even a greater variety of freak spelling of the name than is found in England, and not always by outsiders..

From; "Ebenezer Washburn: His Ancestors and Descendants" by Geo. T. Washburn

Starting Over

Sir Roger of the 1200's and his heirs had to start again. We know about the small fife of Orleton in Estham, near Stanford in Worcestershire, and how later it is recorded as a fee of Stanford Manor, the Washbourne Estate. Also the namesake Washbourne Manor in southern Worcestershire, both being brought to honor by this family, becoming known as "Knights Washbourne" and "Stanford Washbourne" respectively ....

Rogers family having become Lords of Estham, of Washbourne, of Stanford with Orleton and Little Comberton, recorded also with properties in Dufford (Defford), held of Geoffrey d'Abitot, Bosbury, Aldington, Bretforton, Smyte, Westmancote and Moreton in Bredon, Bengeworth and others. The main branch becoming the Lords of Wichenford, and eventually being returned to Roger's hereditary title, as Sheriff's of Worcestershire.

Coat of arms

"Gules bezantée on a canton or a raven sable"

The first coat of arms met with for this family were recorded in the St George's Roll, c. 1285. The blazon, "Gules bezantée on a canton or a raven sable", suggested to early writers a familial connection to the Houses of la Zouche ("Gules bezantée") and le Corbet ("Or a raven sable"), but this connection has yet to be corroborated. It is possible that these arms were borne, rather, in feudal homage to these Houses, but again, this possibility is conjecture. The later recording of these same arms is shown here, by Joseph Foster in 1902, and suggests a slightly different blazon, "Gules ten bezants 4, 3, 2, 1" for la Zouche. This is actually a very common variation in heraldry and is noted so in the description of the arms on the page for Zouche.

"Argent a fess between six martlets gules"

When the vast estates that Urse d'Abitot had accumulated were usurped from his son Roger, a substantial portion of the same, including the lands of Little Washbourne, were ultimately bestowed upon his sister's husband, Sir Walter Beauchamp of Elmley. The Washbourne family that resided at Little Washbourne thereafter, did so as under-tenants to their now over-lords, the Beauchamps of Elmley Castle. The arms for this branch of Beauchamps' were "Gules a fess between six martlets or", as shown next.

Sir John d'Wasseburne, formally of Defford (Dufford), son of Sir Roger, is the first Washbourne to be recorded as having borne the Beauchamp "a fess between six martlets" arms, changing the tincture's to the colors of "Argent and Gules", thereafter being that which designates these Arms as "Washbourne"*.

* The tinctures (along with the cinquefoil/quatrefoil charges, as below), "is" what makes these the "Arms of the Washbourne Family".

"Gules a fess between six martlets or"

The arms for Sir Walter Beauchamp of Elmley Castle bore a red shield with gold fess and martlets, and the Washbournes' bore a silver shield with red charges, as shown above. This feudal homage was also borne by and recorded for several other families. Members of the Wysham, Walshe, Waleys, Burdett, Blount, Cardiff and other families all bore these "fess between six martlets" arms in differing tinctures. All of these other families are also recorded as marrying into the Beauchamp family.

"Argent on a fess between six martlets gules three cinquefoils of the field"

These are the Arms of the main branch, the Wassheborne's of Wichenford, who were seated at Wichenford Court, Worcestershire. Shown in the 1569 Visitation of Worcestershire for Washburne, also recorded in Papworth's Armorials and Burke's General Armory.

"On a fess between six martlets three quatrefoils slipped sideways"

Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas, adopted a version of this coat of arms, using creative license to alter the tinctures (colors), to its school's colors, and used it as its own logo. The college, originally chartered as "Lincoln College", changed its name to "Washburn College" after a substantial pledge was received from Massachusetts Industrialist Ichabod Washburn. Since becoming "Washburn University", the school has abandoned the Washburn Arms logo, now using a stylized "W" in its place. The school mascot "The Ichabods" is still in use.


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  • Rev. James Madison Becker of Hillsdale, New York and Montrose, Colorado.
  • Rev. James Allison Becker of Chatfield, Minnesota, Montrose and Grand Junction, Colorado.
  • Rev. Dr. Lois Gillespie (Becker) Washburn of Sheridan, Wyoming and Washburn Mtn., Montrose, Colorado.
  • Chester Southworth Washburn of Noel and Washburn Mtn., Montrose, Colorado.
  • James William Washburn Jr. of St Martins, NB, Canada, Montrose, Colorado and Maricopa Co., Arizona.



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Good morning, Cousin Daniel!

I hope you and your family are all doing well. Also wanted to THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the updates and bio improvements you have been doing on our shared ancestors (and so many others you have been working on!!). Me? Sorry to say that I have not been working as much as I would like to. For the present, I have been proofing, reading, re-reading a blog article my sister, Andie, is preparing for her wordpress page. She hopes to get it totally completed within the month (been working on it for many years). It's a proof.....PROOF.... of the lineage between Van Valkenburg and Fortenberry using NOT just the "paper trail", but also DNA. Andie understands that.... I do...KINDA. So I've been reading and re-reading and making little suggestions for minor changes. Have to take breaks, though. MUST smell the roses blooming, plant something new and just sit outside. Just a little bit of a "Howdy", loving your work.... and yes, I'm still here!! Take care! Teresa

posted by Teresa Fortenberry
HEY, Cousin!! So very glad to hear from you! I totally understand your intentions as related to the cold weather. I don't think I could have ever lived anywhere other than here.... Georgia!! We have had several days of 70+ degree weather since Thanksgiving and expecting more later this week which makes getting outside so much more enjoyable. Heather and I watched a Michigan football game a week or so ago and just "ouched!!" at the amount of snow that was falling. Golly! THAT SAID..... we will probably have a record snowfall this winter! Need to watch what I say. We celebrated what would have been Daddy's 103d birthday yesterday with his favorite pie..... home-made chocolate pie. I sure do miss him. YES... Dec. 7 was Daddy's birthday, as well as two of his younger brothers, Uncle Jack and Uncle Don.

Hope you and your family have a WONDERFUL Holiday Season..... Stay warm! Teresa

posted by Teresa Fortenberry
Hi Daniel

Several weeks ago I sent you a request to be added to Elizabeth Henchman-67 Vaughan's trusted list. Would you please approve it?

Thank you, S

posted by S (Hill) Willson

My Grandmother is Jacqueline Washbourne of Ledbury, Herefordshire, UK. I am definitely interested in learning more about this very interesting line!



posted by Callum Terry

You are keeping so busy with our Washburn families! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I guess I haven't been doing much on WikiTree recently and that's sad. I need to get my.... self.... in gear and get back into this work.... What DOES one call this obsession we seem to have? My daughter was furloughed.... and then laid off. She's a "work-a-holic" so we have been busy with house chores. We finally decided to clean Andrew's room (so yes, I sneak away to find a quiet place to cry from time to time. But I'll work through this)..... We are "reshaping" our yard. The neighbors chat from their yards so we keep up with everyone ..... so far we are a healthy neighborhood!! While I was eating breakfast this morning, one of the movie channels had "I Accuse" running.... stars Jose Ferrer... and somehow I got over to a movie about the WWII German ship Admiral Graff Spee. So I picked up my Kindle and started researching that event. My Dad was actually THERE in 1939 as all of that drama was playing out!! The British Admiral who is credited with cornering the Graff Spee in Montevideo was Admiral Sir Henry Harwood!! There is NO WikiTree page for him ???? I wanted to see if he could be a descendant of the family of our Mary Harwood (wife of Seth Washburn)??? Or at least a cousin? I haven't logged in to Ancestry to see if anyone has a page for Admiral Sir Henry.... guess that's my job for later today. When you get a chance, have a look at my sister's blog page (Andie)..... Her most recent entries are located at the top of the page under the tab "Meet Your Kin" A few weeks ago, Andie wrote a short one about Robert and Susanna Latham... a few weeks before that she had one about Peter Thatcher Washburn. Today's is about Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox) who is NOT kin.... but an interesting fellow with several of our Southern ancestors in his Revolutionary War unit! Hope you and your family are doing well.... please stay safe!!

Cousin Teresa

posted by Teresa Fortenberry
I am trying to find out more from my lineage from the Washburn/Washbourn/Washbourne line. New to wikitree, saw you had quite a bit of the family online and was hoping you can help or point me in the right direction.

John Thomas Washbourne 25 Mar 1815 Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom - 10 Aug 1896 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. He was my 3rd GGF paternally.

He was the husband of Mary Ann Quarrier (may have had middle name E) and

father of John Thomas Washbourne/Washburn. bMay 1845 in Cricklade, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

who married Sara Agnes Green

posted by Ron Carback
OH MY GOSH!!! Cousin Daniel!! That is THE most AWESOME news! I believe the Washburn tree and our Fortenberry (Van Valkenberg) tree are our two most solidly researched and documented lineages. Thanks in HUGE part to YOU on the Washburns...

Teresa (I still love the DNA information)

posted by Teresa Fortenberry
Thank you for letting me know about the Washburn genealogy Facebook group. I put in a request to join and will see what I can find out there.
posted by Ann (Reiner) Harms
Hi Daniel!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

PS: That is a stunning photo of The Church of Stanford with Orleton.

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, again, Cousin!

I am so very thankful that the Washburn family tree has such a wonderful protector/ genealogist keeping these profiles as rich and full of information as they are!! THANK YOU for all of the hard work you have been putting into each profile page..... each person's life!! Teresa

posted by Teresa Fortenberry
Rev. Daniel, You did a really nice job on the many Washburn/Washburne profile additions and changes. I appreciate the detailed work, especially the photo added to Minnie (Wheeless) Washburn's profile. Thank You so much.

Norma Washburn Burn

posted by Norma (Washburn) Burn
Hi, I took myself off of Thomas Staunton, as profile manager, when I split the two Thomas' this one connects to one of your profiles and isn't one of the Staunton's I'm connected to. Thought you might want to adopt him.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
Hi just wanted to let you know that I split the profile for Thomas Staunton, it did have two different Staunton's on it. So the younger Thomas was married to Katherine FitzSimond, and the older Thomas was married to Elizabeth Merdeley.
posted by Pam Kreutzer
THANK YOU, Cousin, for adding me to the profile of Hannah (Johnson) Washburn!! You continue to do such amazing work on these profile pages!! I know they are in safe hands with YOU at the helm! Hope you are enjoying some better weather with Spring moving forward! It's been beautiful here and getting better every day!

Love you, Cousin!! Teresa

posted by Teresa Fortenberry
Daniel, You and i are 10th Cousins. This is our Most Recent Common Ancestor:
Hi , sure I'll take on that profile, I'm doing work around it anyway on the FitzSimond's. I'll ask to be on the trusted list, maybe it will be easier to put me as manager then.
posted by Pam Kreutzer

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