Need to know where your Wing people moved on to, or where they came from before mysteriously materialising in Wing? Here’s some suggestions of where to start looking for them.
If you’ve lost track of your Wing folk in the late 1800s or 1900s, they most likely headed for London. The Rothschild family employed many locals on the Ascott estate, and the servants tended to travel with them each season to their London home (Gunnersbury Park), or move position to one of the other country estates held by the extended family (Aston Clinton House, Halton House, Mentmore Towers and Eythrope in Mentmore, Waddesdon Manor, Tring Park, Oundle). This also worked the other way, with some employees settling permanently in Wing after moving from another Rothschild estate to Ascott.
As one family member moved to London, others tended to follow, so investigate what became of siblings and other extended family members. Another good place to check is Leighton Buzzard, the nearest large town.
Heading the other direction time-wise, many researchers including myself have found they can track their Wing people back through the 1800s just fine, perhaps even back to around the mid 1700s, but the trail stops there. I’m not sure of the reason for the movements around this time (probably connected with agricultural employment), but you are not alone in wondering where your families were from before then. If your ancestors arrived in Wing prior to the start of the parish registers, perhaps you will find them on the list of early immigrants from overseas countries?
A good place to start looking would be in Wing’s neighbouring parishes. The parishes found in Buckinghamshire within 5 miles of Wing are as follows:
- Grove – 1.9m, technically a parish but effectively a small hamlet of Mentmore
- Mentmore – 2.2m, includes hamlet of Ledburn, selected surname extractions
- Linslade – 2.6m, www.leighton-linslade.com, also Bedfordshire Council Community Archives
- Aston Abbots – 2.8m, includes hamlet of Burston
- Wingrave – 2.8m, includes hamlet of Rowsham, FreeReg baptisms 1773-1812
- Cublington – 3.1m
- Soulbury – 3.1m
- Stewkley – 3.1m, Stewkley Local History Group
- Slapton – 3.3m
- Dunton – 3.9m
- Cheddington – 4m
- Hulcott – 4.2m
- Stoke Hammond – 4.3m
- Drayton Parslow – 4.9m
If you have a genealogical connection to one of these villages and might be interested in undertaking a one-place study, I’d be happy to offer advice!
Wing is also close to the borders with Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, so other parishes to check over in those counties are:
- Leighton Buzzard (BDF) – 3.1m, www.leighton-linslade.com, also Bedfordshire Council Community Archives
- Billington (BDF) – 3.7m, included on www.leighton-linslade.com, also Bedfordshire Council Community Archives
- Heath & Reach (BDF) – 4m, included on www.leighton-linslade.com, also Bedfordshire Council Community Archives
- Eggington (BDF) – 4.7m, included on www.leighton-linslade.com
- Long Marston (HRT) – 4.4m
Good luck – and please let me know what you discover. I would like to build up a picture of the migration to and from Wing so knowing where particular families or individuals went to or came from is extremely useful.
Wing people also go wandering temporarily and end up marrying, baptising children, or being buried elsewhere.