Wooler Family Tree
On this page of our blog, I am giving some basic outline information on what I have researched about the Wooler Family Tree. I wish to acknowledge and thank my Uncles, Aunts and cousins for all their help and photos, stories and general background.
I have started using the Family Tree Maker software and now have a lot of data on the Woolers and Thompsons, and also links to the Lunds, Parkers, Websters, Slingers, Rawsthorns, Butlers and Bollands.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are researching any of these names and you think that they may be linked to the Woolers.
Wooler relatives and history
I think we have traced back the family through the male line to a Stephen Wooler born about 1752, in Gisburn Forest. He married a Mary Rawsthorn on 16 March 1780 and they had 7 children.
I believe the line of our family continued through their son Richard Wooler born about 1788 at Gisburn Forrest and who married Ann Guy (from Slaidburn) on 28 Jan 1815. They had 9 children, and I have followed Stephen born 01 Sept 1827.
Stephen married Ellen from Gargrave, who was born about 1826. Together they had 3 children, a son Richard Henry Wooler and 2 daughters Ann Grey and Mary Ellen. For more info about Stephen click on the following link:
The line continues through Richard, who appears to have married twice once in 1884 and then to Mary (born Clapham in 1871) in 1899. They had 4 children Stephen (born Dec 1900), Richard (born 1902), Thomas (born Sept 1905) and a daughter Ethel (born abt 1904)
Their son Richard (born 1902) married Edith Thompson and they had 9 children, of whom my father Brian was the 3rd son.
Locations and burial sites
Paul and I spent several weeks over the summer of 2008 visiting places where the Woolers had lived.
In the 1700s some of the family lived in one of three farm houses which were collectively called Hesbert Hall and are situated in Gisburn Forrest, now Lancs but then in Yorkshire. Please see the records from the 1881 census on http://dalehead.org/hesbert_hall_inhabitants.htm and some old photographs of the farmhouses at http://www.dalehead.org/hesbert_hall.htm
They appeared to be non-conformists, and records are held at the Mount Sion Congregational Church, Sandy Syke. We visited the chapel in Aug 2008 and found it to be half of a farmhouse with gravestones in the garden bearing the names of various Woolers.
Just found today that a Margaret Wooler taught the Bronte sisters and a Bob Wooler was at the Cavern with the Beetles where it all started. Also see the Slinger connections on the following web site http://www.rogerthomas.co.uk/index-2.html
Here are some old family portraits supplied to me from Uncle John, Uncle Barry and Aunt Marge.