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John Wollaston, of Perton, Staff

Male 1485 -

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  • Name John Wollaston 
    Suffix of Perton, Staff 
    Born 1485 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I13  Wollaston
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2016 

    Father Thomas Wollaston,   d. 1523 
    Family ID F44  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Grosvenor 
    +1. William Wollaston, of Trescott Grange,   b. 1516,   d. 1604  (Age 88 years)
    +2. Thomas Wollaston,   b. 1515,   d. 1589  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • It is highly unsatisfactory to find that the name of William Wollaston's father and brother are
      differently stated in the only two pedigrees which notice their existence. In the Statfordshire Visitation
      of 1662 he is the son of John and the brother of Thoma; (8) whilst in the Heralds' pedigree of 1669
      he is the son of Thomas and brother of John, which John was father of Thomas, born in 1515, who
      married 13 June 1541 Joan, daughter of John Ham of Walsall, and was the ancestor of the Wollastons
      of Walsall. (I S)
    • The history of the Wollastons was written in the beginning of the last century
      by William Wollaston, the well-known author of The Religion of Nature. His
      narrative was inserted by Nichols in The History of Leicestershire, and was
      reprinted in his Illustrations of Literary History. It has much literary merit;
      and I should gladly have left it to so accomplished a writer to tell the story of his
      ancestors, if my researches had permitted me to vouch for his genealogical accuracy.
      But he took so little pains to gauge the truth of family traditions, and his statements
      of fact are so often contradicted by Wills and Records, that his memoir is historically
      worthless, and can only be regarded as an apology in disguise for the unnatural
      Will under which he became possessed of the Shenton estate.
      His assertion, that the family of Wollaston was ancient and had been considerable,' might be tacitly
      dismissed as a mere flourish of rhetoric, if it had not been gravely repeated by the
      whole series of modern genealogists. This is the more remarkable because the
      ancient gentility of the Wollastons was unknown to Erdeswick; and they are
      expressly named by Sir Simon* Degge in 1669 amongst the new families in Staffordshire
      who had .risen by trade within the last sixty years.
      It is certain that the Wollastons were yeomen in the neighbourhood of Wolverhampton, without pretension to gentility or coat-armour until the reign of
      James I., when Henry Wollaston, citizen and draper of London, purchased several
      manors in Staffordshire, and obtained the sanction of the Heralds to use armorial
      The name of Wollaston is of local origin, and occurs in several counties in
      England. There are places called Wollaston in Northamptonshire, Staffordshire,
      Gloucestershire, Shropshire, and Worcestershire, and in all these places obscure
      'persons are found from an early period bearing the local name.
      The ancestors of the Wollastons of Shenton came to London from Stafiordshire; and there is little
      doubt that their original habitation was at Wollaston in the parish of Wheaton
      Aston; but they were settled near Wolverhampton, at Perton in the parish of
      Tettenhall, before the end of the 15th century. Their proved pedigree begins with
      WILLIAM WOLLASTON, a substantial yeoman at Perton, who occurs in 16 Hen. VII
      (1500-1) amongst the attesting witnesses of a local deed, and died at the age of
      88 early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He was probably the uncle of Henry
      Wollaston, who was one of the five priests of the college at Tettenhall at the time
      of its dissolution in 1551, and, if we may believeĀ· the Heralds of the 17th century,
      he was the younger brother of the ancestor of the Wollastons of Walsall.
    • From Domsday with the Wollastons:
      John (4) of The Hollies had sons Thomas and William.
      Thomas married Joan Hawe, daughter of an eminent burgher, and was founder of the Walsall Branch. He apparently lived at nearby Bentley Hayes.

      Born: Abt 1485, Perton Hall
      Marriage: Hannah Grosvenor Abt 1514
      Moved to the Hollies around the same time as brother William moved to Trescott
      John married Hannah Grosvenor about 1514.