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Wilkins Name Study

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Surname/tag: Wilkins
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Please contact the Study's coordinator Alison Wilkins or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

I'm in the UK, and so use English rather than American spellings (s instead of z mainly), although my spoken English isn't too heavily accented, my ancestors used a vocabulary very different to "Queen's" or "BBC" English, I heard it spoken as a child but it's sadly dying out; although we still greet each other with "Ay up me Duck" East Midlands English


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the WILKINS surname. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Link Wilkins family groups; common ancestors or common locations - Appleby my direct male line hasn't travelled far.

Personal project - is there a link between the Wilkins family and the Gresley family? I grew up in South Derbyshire, not far from Castle & Church Gresley, Drakelow, and Overseal & Netherseal. The spellings have altered over time and county borders have moved, but their location hasn't - all within a stone's throw of my childhood.

John Wilkins married Robina, sister of Oliver Cromwell. Despite what some Ancestry trees suggest; there were no Wilkins offspring ... but does John's family link to ours?

To begin with, not looking to include any variants (I'm new to this!) but may change.

Females and adoptees; those that married into the family? = still to be decided, but probably. Staying with the male line now to get going.

Task List

Will look at unsourced later...

Personally I'm not DNA tested, nor feel it likely that I will be, so don't have any DNA data to add.


Until this becomes unwieldy; a list of places where a family member is recorded in a source (birth/baptism, marriage, death/burial to start with)

Appleby / Appleby Magna (is in Derbyshire and Leicestershire)

  • 1681, John Wilkins, married (Mary Lott or Knott)
  • 1692, George Wilkins, baptised
  • 1715, John Wilkins, buried
  • 1716, George Wilkins, married (Elizabeth)
  • abt 1735, Richard Wilkins, baptised
  • 1759, Richard Wilkins, married (Frances Hall)
  • 1782, Richard Wilkins, married (Ann Smith)
  • abt 1789, Thomas Wilkins, born
  • abt 1835, Henry Wilkins, born
  • 1861, Henry Wilkins, married (Eliza Findley)
  • 1863, Thomas Wilkins, died & buried

Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

  • 1959, Ernest Wilkins, died
  • 1970s, Alison Wilkins, born

Hartshorne, Derbyshire

  • 1732, George Wilkins, married (Mary Brown)

Linton, Derbyshire

  • 2007, Roy Wilkins, died & buried

Overseal (now Derbyshire, Leicestershire up to 1897)

  • 1872, Walter Wilkins, born
  • 1901, Henry Wilkins, died & buried
  • 1902, Ernest Wilkins, born
  • 1930. Ernest Wilkins, married (Dorothy Smith)
  • 1931, Roy Wilkins, born
  • 1946, Walter Wilkins, died & buried
  • 1959, Ernest Wilkins, buried


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Hi Alison,

I have added some of my Wilkins ancestors to your project with the Wilkins Name Study sticker. I have also added to your "Wilkins in Appleby Magna" free-space page.

My ancestor is Mary (Wilkins) Burrows and her paternal line.

Cheers, Sarah

posted by Sarah Bell
I am researching my Wilkins ancestry and hit a dead end at my great grandfather, James Lewis Wilkins, born abt 1821 in Ohio and died 1893 in Knox County IL. He was married to Sophronia (Johnson) Wilkins. I can see by a record that his father came from MA and his mother from NY and settled in Ohio.

Can anyone help me unlock his parents and ancestry Thanks Harry James Wilkins

posted by Harry Wilkins