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|From 1253, in Sudfulke, England, to the 21st century, our family's undergone a few changes in its surname: Very few! In fact, we've had the same last name since the middle 1500s.
We're told that a THOMAS STALWORTHY named three children Robert, Thomas and Rebecca STOLLER. What is the STOLLWERTHE > STALWORTHY link?
It's dialetical variation over 250 years, perhaps 8-10 generations; it's the result of semi-literate people, in some cases, fortunate to be able to spell their own names; it's a lack of spelling standard (only when dictionaries are printed = 18th century). And, it's the "hearing" of various church clerics (priests, of the Roman church, before STOLLER births) -- and what they chose to use to spell out the names they heard. Thomas' name STALWORTHY came "honestly."
STOLLER, on the other hand, is mysterious. We need to consider the times; middle of the 1500s (16th century), Henry VIII on the throne, with his fifth wife by his side. Henry, of course, threw the Pope out of England, converted all the Papal church and land holdings to the Throne, and revested the now defrocked clerics in the Church of England. (CE parented the Salvation Army and Methodist Churches, and the Episcopal Church of the United States, and then there were grandchildren...)
Your editor's grandfather David John avered that they /we descended from a food taster to King Richard -- and was known as a STALLER. The information is supported in part by the presence of a Coat of Arms that seems to date from the same general time.
Problem? Yes. King Richard was dead, and dust, by the time Thomas Stalworthy named his three STOLLER. Digging deeper, we find that "Stallers" were employed by "Constables" to supervise (?) various aspects of royal life: the "Count of the Stable" was responsible, of course, for the buldings, while the "Staller" was responsible for the animals. (Do you follow the drift so far?) It's a broad presumption on your editor's part, a leap of faith (on his good days) -- to consider Thomas working as a stable hand, naming his three children in honor of his post. Except that the clerk who wrote down STALLER goofed, and used a letter which the researchers read as the letter O -- and we've followed their lead, ever since.
Of course, for the pure at heart, you might take the view that STALLER is really another name for a church deacon (or such) who was responsible for cleaning out the nobles' stalls; putting chairs, and padding, inside, for the nobles' use...and collecting the rents thereto. Take your choice!
Then there's Robert's children, who shared the name STALLERY (okay, one STALLERYE). Why the spelling change? Were they the "children of" STALLER, ergo the "Y"? ... If so, why did Thomas STOLLAR's oldest child Michael Miles have a last name of STOLLERY while Mike's siblings were STOLLERS? Relax, by the way. Robert, and Thomas' grandchildren were all STOLLERY. Michael Miles was sometimes STOLLAR. And, adding the Y does not mark either a diminuitive (Billie for Bill, eg) or a 'child of' (O'donnel, MacDonald, etc.).
We are hard pressed to understand the lack of literacy standards, the lack of common pronounciations for specific letters and letter combinations, and other reasons for vowel and consonant sound changes. Is it sufficient to say that O and A were interchangeable at the time? The sound of that vowel was provided by the speaker? And the letter E (WER~) -- in fact, WERTHE itself. For that matter, let's drop backwards in time to 1253.
A family STOLL (probably Angles) had over the preceding years built a reputation as makers of intermediate or outer clothing, by a cunning method of knotting woolen string together. They may have been among the "inventors" of weaving; we do not know (commercial weaving itself only dates from 1331). They may have been "knotters," or pre-knitters. We hear their name echo in the "Stoles" we wear today.
A family WERTHE (Saxon) had over the preceding years received its surname from its practice of owning, and herding, quantities of sheep. We hear their work echo through the word HERD meaning group, and HERDER, organizer or watcher of the group. (Note that WARD, or guardian, could easily have come from HERD / WERTHE as well.) In those days if you ran sheep, you also hired in shearers (SHEARER?) and others; the resulting wool pelts were CARDED / CARDERS, and FELTED / FELTERS ... and so forth.
Business is never easy; we have no way of knowing how hard it was, then, to locate good wool for threads for stoles -- much less how hard it would be to find a market for our wool. What amounts to a "vertical merger in the marketplace" -- the first of History? -- was sealed in a Sudfulke church in 1253, with the resultant family name STOLLWERTHE.
True or false? Half and half? More research may lead us to the truth, to the wedding of 1253, to the other church records that may disclose nibbles and nuggets.
Meanwhile: Who's a STOLLERY?
|SUDFULKE is SUFFOLK
Times do change, and SUDFULKE "elided" to SUFFOLK. This county, or shire, lies north of London -- and you can find many STOLLERYs listed in its telephone books. You can find other, more distant relatives, the STOLLWORTHS -- STALWORTHYS -- and so forth; they will have their own web pages shortly. (That was in January. Here's your May update: Haven't heard a word asking for a link. HINT HINT HINT)
STOLLERY families lived throughout Suffolk, some moving to London and, eventually, Canada, Australia, and the United States. As we move through these (free) web pages, you'll find a lot of possible links -- unproven links for the time being. We cannot locate EVERY link of every descendant of all the family listed, nor can we locate EVERY forebearer of the "orphans" listed in these pages.
In editing the original PAF file to its current resting place, http://www.stollwerthe.8m.net, we've discovered several -- amendations (excellent word) -- and corrections to the record that must be made. Some of them were made in the first posting at Stollwerthe.8m.net. As we "prove" each layer, we have reserved the right to change PAF numbers, etc., as long as we don't lose the sense of our original document: the FAStollery edition of the PAF file, in print March 2001. (See http://stollwerthe.8m.net for that publication's information, etc.)
In January, and in March, thought was this URL and page group would present commentary on individual generations, along with interesting information; some very recent, courtesy of CB of Ireland. She, like all other researchers (yet to be named; hang on), is a Stollery descendant. That's great; however, your editor had to make a choice early on, and that choice has been to do a single name study in these pages: STOLLERY ONLY. Of course we include spouse names; given the correct addresses,we'll gladly link from that spouse to the rest of her family! (May take another year or so.)
AND THEN, after much consideration, we've elected to present in the pages that follow here, all of the STOLLERY family individuals, even those "off the family tree." We do so in alphabetical order; within name groups, the order is by date of birth. WARNING. There are some names that may seem "out of alphabetical order" until you look: they are grouped in the GIVEN name group by date of birth, their middle name notwithstanding.
|Name: 'STALLERY of England'
Armorial Bearing: Ermine a chevron engraved guille
Note: Says "R546pi" in handscript on document
Source: Messrs. Mussett, Lincoln Inn Heraldic Studies, 9 Great Turnstile, Lincoln's In Fields, London WC 1.
How elegant...and how simple! Your editor considers this Coat the simplest and therefore the oldest of the five (to date) Coats discovered.
We recall (my) grandfather, David John, telling us that STALLER is the ancestor who was a food taster to King Richard. A quick check of the appropriate histories shows that this does not match the accepted chronology of kings, provided that the current Family Tree is the ONLY STOLLERY FAMILY TREE. In fact, Henry VIII was on the throne when STALLERY and STOLLERY came into being.
On the http://www.stollwerthe.8m.net section, you'll find in the COATS OF ARMS page our discussion on source and credibility. One purveyer of Coats asserts that STOLLERY is a NORFOLK family, instead of SUFFOLK. We have found nothing to indicate any truth in that, only one of over 700 named members in that county, to get married...
"Let me rephrase," said the attorney; we have NO link, no orphan, no suggestion, of STOLLERY coming from any other place in England -- on hand or presented to me!
Given that, only ONE king qualifies -- Henry VIII -- as the source of the story. There is no duplication of any element from Henry's "armorial bearings" to ours, which may not be indicative of anything at all.
However, as you read at left, Thomas Stalworthy could have been working as a Staller in the King's stables!
"Errata" is a catch-all collection of discovered errors throughout this site, which will in time be editorially corrected.
ONE STANDS OUT...in some of the lists you'll see FAS' PAF #, nn .... in other words, with a comma. Please! After copying to your text blank, do a CTRL-H Find "PAF#", and then do a replace "PAF #" ...without the quotation marks, of course!
This is prominent in the early files but was corrected in the later ones. As time allows I will amend the earlier files, and so remove this notice.
Some would assert that the names, in and of themselves, along with their information, in and of itself, is "public information." Okay, however there is a different view, that the courts support -- the layout, presentation, choice of order and precedence, and so forth, is protected by legal copyright. Certainly you're permitted to make a copy for your own records; but you are restrained from SELLING THIS INFORMATION. Both these and the Stollwerthe pages are copyrighted under US law, which means under the international copyright conventions. While you're free to copy the material for use in your computer, please refer others to this site to do their own copying.
Oh...and if you find my typographical errors, inserted to "prove" my originality -- congratulations. I've tried to include something for everyone, even mispellings! (No, I refuse to use the apostrophed form if ITS incorrectly. Otherwise, almost anything went.)
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