Hello Cousin David,
How are you getting along with your research? I have not advanced at all with the Girlings during the past few months because I have been researching a quite unrelated family which has thrown up a most interesting story, and I keep being strung along.
Hello Cousin Douglas,
Research continues, and your input was interesting and useful intel.
I would have replied earlier, but I wasn't aware your latest message was on the Stradbroke Site,
so I should check more often and not rely on automatic notification of replies.
I've not managed to take the family line back much further but I have found several links across the Girling, Borrett and Sandcroft lines. The branch is not much longer, but wider and considersbly more twigs entwined.
Broadly I have found many fascinating cross connections:
William Sandcroft (1485-1557) had an older sister Johane Sandcroft (1477-1504)
who married Thomas Greenling (1473-1529) in 1498 at Fressingfield.
Their Grandson Roger Grenling (1535-1588) married Alice Borrett (b.1535) in 1561 at Wilby.
Roger & Alice's gt.Grandson Anthony Grenling (1618-1653) married Frances Sandcroft (1580-1648) in 1644 at Stradbroke.
Frances was the Daughter of Francis Sandcroft (1580-1648) & Margaret Butcher (1593-1631 and of course Frances was the gt.gt.gt.Grandaughter of William Sandcroft (1485 ) & Alice Studhaugh (1485-1504).
Frances secondly married a Borret (Giles) in 1656 but as yet I have not connected Giles to Alice of 1535.
The above mentioned Anthony (1618)
had a Sister Elizabeth Grenling (b.1616) who married a distant Cousin John Grenling (b.1605) in 1640 in Stradbroke.
This John was descended from Thomas Greenling (c.1525) who was Brother to the aforementioned Roger (1535).
There are more cross links between Girling, Borrett and Sandcroft.
A lot of the above is out there in assorted Trees and found on diverse sources but I've not seen it all linked like that.
Hope the above is of interest to you Douglas
(and to any other reseaechers of these lines).
Hello again ,Cousin David, and thanks for the twiglets. Once I have studied those I shall come back to you but, in the meantime, can I direct you to the undernoted link that shows a number of Girlings. I cannot vouch for the accuracy however.
Greetings cousin Douglas
I have recently joined the site and have been enjoying the postings. I am of course intrigued with the Girling ancestry in Stradbroke, but would be interested to know the precise connection of John Gurling, landlord of the Swan at Lavenham, to the Stradbroke family. I can only find an IGI entry which is not precise (born abt 1641,) and obviously not from a parish register or transcript. If you can fill this gap for me I would be very grateful.
Hope you're thriving
Hello again cousin John,
Sorry I have not been in touch for a long time. I would like to come back to you directly by email with more information, but the essence of the link to Stradbroke of John Girling or Gurling of the Swan Inn at Lavenham is that he was adopted as a child by an uncle Abraham Girlling (clothier in Water Street there) and his wife Mary. John was born abt 1640 at Stradbrook to parents John Greenling or Girling (bap 21 Dec 1605 and bur. 01 May 1681, both Stradbrook) and his wife Elizabeth. Much of the proof lies in Wills, of which I have copies, and there is a line going back to a John Gyrlyng of Fressingfield who died 04 Oct 1487.
Good to hear from you, and I shall make further contact.
Hello again Douglas
The suspense is killing! I would be delighted to chat about the Girling connection when you have time, and also catch up on the Petleys. I have been trying, without a great deal of success to trace them pre-Lavenham, and wonder how you have been progressing.
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Hello - another Girling family request!
I'm a descendant of Thomas Girling (b.1695) and Mary, née King (b.1695) and married in 1712. I've seen references to Mary as born in Eye and/or Fressingfield, but nothing further and know that they lived in Stradbroke. I do know that at least 4 subsequent generations of the family lived in Stradbroke:
John Girling (b 1719) & Sarah (née Smith)
William Girling (b1748) & Sarah (née Huggins)
Richard Girling (b.1790) & Jemima (née Pyle)
Richard moved north, to Stoke Holy Cross (where he worked in the original Colman's mustard mill!)
If anyone out there has any further information about the family, I'd love to hear from them. I'm hoping I can find leads to go earlier than Thomas and Mary as well as get any information that might shed light on the lives/occupations and places ancestors lived.
PS - Curious to know if there are any Girlings living in Stradbroke today?! A quick look on whitepages.co.uk shows none!