Because of the casual, if not chaotic, approach to spelling during the 17th-century, I have always assumed that Roylance, Rylance, Rylands, etc. were all variations in spelling of a single family's surname. I believe I have an unbroken thread of documentation tying my generation to a 10-greats grandfather Richard Rylands, apparently born ca. 1550.The christenings of five children are recorded in the Wilmslow (Cheshire) parish register from 12 January 1574/75 to 9 July 1592. Richard's son William Rylands (1575-1611) married Elizabeth Eles 1 March 1605/06.William Rylands' daughter Anne was born posthumously and christened 30 January 1611/12.She married William Smyth/Smith in Wilmslow 28 September 1637.Anne is the last of my ancestors born with the Rylands surname. Is anyone working with this particular Rylands line?Ifso, please contact me [firstname.lastname@example.org], as I am always interested in learning more about any of my ancestral lines.