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1.Staffordshire Parish Registers -Ellastone 1558-1812 - N. Staffs & Derbys. 1599-1906. Rugeley 1777-1929, Brereton 1869-1963

2. British Census -statistical summary

3. Wills - Perogative Court of Canterbury - Lichfield Diocese - Slaidburn & Bowland

4. The Great War -medal recipients - Casualties

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1.USA -Census summary - Social Security deaths 1962 - 2006

 

The Wilbanks Line

 

by Robert M Wilbanks IV

Supposedly the earliest variation of the name is an Adam de Wallbank in 1332. It is believed that this surname originally referred to someone who lived on the banks of a stream.

We do have documentation that in 1662 an Edd Wallbank is found in Charles County, Virginia. An Edward Welbank and a William Walbank are found in Surry County, Virginia circa 1670s. A John Walbancke is documented to have migrated to Virginia in 1684. A Henry Walbanck arrived to Virginia at the age of 24 in 1700. We have no records indicating anyone with the name Woolbanks or variation migrating to the New World.

During the late 1600s and very early 1700s, we find various spelling variations in Virginia, such as Walbancke, Walbank(s), Welbanks, Wolbanks, etc. By the early to mid 1700s the name is primarily found as Woolbanks or variations, with no longer any evidence of Wallbanks or variations. There is no evidence that Woolbanks were recent arrivals. In fact the evidence suggests they have been in Virginia for a number of years though there is no evidence of them prior to their appearance in the 1720s.

A John Woobank is found to have been the clerk of the vestry in Bristol Parish, in Prince George County, Virginia from 1725 to 1757. Prince George County was form in 1703 from Charles City County where we find early Walbank references. We also find John Woobank in Goochland County, Virginia records as being from Prince George County. Later John Woobank, formerly of Prince George County, is found in Surry County. Among other records, he is found administrating the will of Robert Smith Woobank. Many of John Woobank neighbors and associates are later found in North Carolina with William Woolbanks and other Woolbanks.

Meanwhile, another William Woolbanks is found to die in Goochland County, Virginia in late 1784. Is this the same William Woolbanks found in Spotsylvania County in the 1740s? Is he related to the Richard Woolbanks who married Priscilla Hewett circa 1766 in Goochland County, Virginia?
Meanwhile, evidence does suggest that Richard was a brother of Phyllis Woolbank who was married to Robert Cardin circa 1763 in Goochland County.

The name Woolbanks begins to appear in the Bute/Granville county area of North Carolina in the early 1750s. Neighbors and associates are the same or similar to those of the Woolbanks and Wallbanks in Surry, Prince George, Charles City and Goochland counties in Virginia.

In 1771 Richard Woolbanks, formerly of Goochland County, Virginia, is found in Surry County, North Carolina. In 1777 a portion of Surry County, North Carolina was cut off to form Wilkes County. Richard is subsequently found in Wilkes County up to 1790 when he wrote his will there.

By the Revolutionary War, the name was being spelled primarily as Woolbanks, with little variations. The name Wallbanks or variations are not recorded anywhere in Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina.

Between 1800 and 1820 the name began its transition to Wilbanks or Willbanks, with Woolbanks no longer found after 1820.

 

Robert

Robert M. Wilbanks IV
Scottsdale, Arizona
rrmwiv@robertwilbanks.com

 

 

 

Wal(l)bank(s) pages

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WELBANK

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Databases (UK)

1.Staffordshire Parish Registers -Ellastone 1558-1812 - N. Staffs & Derbys. 1599-1906

2. British Census -statistical summary

3. Wills - Perogative Court of Canterbury - Lichfield Diocese - Slaidburn & Bowland

4. The Great War -medal recipients - Casualties

Databases (NON-UK)

1.USA -Census summary - Social Security deaths 1962 - 2006

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