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Re: Wingham Genealogy
Posted by: Barry Wingham (ID *****6282) Date: November 30, 2007 at 11:35:08
In Reply to: Re: Wingham Genealogy by Tina Smith of 53

hi Tina;

Surname: Wingham
Recorded in several spellings including Wineham, Wingham, Winham, and possibly
others, this is an English surname. It is locational from Wingham, near
Canterbury, in the county of Kent. The placename is recorded as "Uuigincggaham"
in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles of 834 a.d., and as "Wuungham" in the same
charters a century later in 946. In the Domesday Book of 1086, the place
appears as "Wingheham", and subsequently it has been Winham and Wineham. The
name means "the settlement of Wiga's people", derived from the Olde English pre
7th Century personal name "Wiga", a short form of the various compound names
with a first element "wig", war, with the suffix "-ing(as)", tribe, people of,
and "ham", enclosure, settlement. Locational surnames were acquired by local
landowners and the lord of the manor, and especially by those former
inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, and were thereafter best
identified by the name of their birthplace. London Church Registers record the
marriage of Arthure Wingham and Katherine Bulbeck at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, on
May 8th 1587, and the christening of their daughter, Ann, on August 24th 1595
at the same church. A Coat of Arms granted to Henry de Wingham, Bishop of
London, 1259 - 1262, depicts a red human heart between two gold wings,
displayed. The Crest is a sword and feather in saltire proper. The first
recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry de Wyngeham,
which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Kent", during the reign of King
Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the
centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading
to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Copyright: Name Orgin Research 1980 - 2007

No-body (that I can find) this side of the water has yet properly ID'd James Wingham.
I think that he was James Wingham chr.Bepton, 21st Mar 1819, Son of Benjamin Wingham and Harriet Wadey - BUT I cannot confirm this.
There seems to be a concensus that his port of departure was Liverpool abt 1842/43 and that his port of entry was Galveston.
Yes he married Francis Munroe in Trimble and from that point his family and descendants are pretty well documented.
I even have copies of Land Records.
However he is still the missing link. Do you have access to passenger arrival lists ?.
Barry Wingham

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