Christopher Wilkinson (b. Abt. 1560, d. Abt. 1632)
Wilkinson Coat Of Arms
Christopher Wilkinson was born Abt. 1560 in Barton's St. Mary's, Durham, England, and died Abt. 1632.He married Helen Buck. Notes for Christopher Wilkinson: Of Barton's St Mary's, Co Durham Wilkinson's of Harpley House The Wilkinson surname is Norman in orgin.The first record of the surname was found in Durham, were the clan was first seated from ancient times.They were descended from Robert de Wintona , of Glamorgan, one of the twelve Knights who came to Glamorgan with Robert Fitzhamon, a Norman noble, in 1066.Fitzhamon was Sheriff of Kent and founder of Tewkesbury. Wilkinsons held estates in Durham, Hulan, Coxhoe, Eddercres, Sheriton, The Ganges, Hurworth Bryan, White Hurwoth, Iangdale, Stanley, Holmside, Tursdale, Whutton, Bafferton, Woodham Burn, Rushyford, Stoballe and in locations in Northumberland. They also held estates in Scarborough, York, Pontefract, Kirkbrigg and Winterburn Hall in Yorkshire. One of the most nateable at this time was Lancelot Wilkinson, born 1530, Harpley House, Kyo in Durham.Married Catherine Leigh, Durham. Lancelot died 1592. Other noteworthy Wilkinsons of Harpley House: In 1615 a Coat Of Arms was granted to William Wilkinson of Harpley House, Lanchester, Durham Co. England. His son Lawrence, a Lt. in the army of King Charles the First, was captured in the battle of New Castle On-Tyne, by forces of Oliver Cromwell.His lands were sequestered by Parliment and sold. Lawrence recieved special permission from Lord Fairfax to go to the New World. Samuel Wilkinson the oldest son of Lawrence was the Grandfather of Stephen Hopkins the Govenor of Rode Island, he was the last signer of the Declaration Of Independance. Mary Conyers, wife of William, her ancestry goes back to King Edward the First and to the de Bohuns, signers of the Magna Charta in 1215. Children of Christopher Wilkinson and Helen Buck are:
+John Wilkinson, b. Abt. 1594, Barton'sSt. Mary's, Durham, England, d. Abt. 1640.