Tellings of Wiltshire
I have just recently started to trace the Telling side of my family tree.My father, Edward William Stiles Telling, was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1911.His father was Frederick William Stiles Telling, born in Broad Town, Wiltshire, around 1878.He had only one sibling, a sister, name Amy Theresa Telling.His mother’s name of record was Mary Panting. His father was Frederick Charles Telling, born Wootton Bassett, Wilts, around 1847.We now know that Stiles was a given name—It is family lore that Frederick Charles had a rather active love life and that the “Stiles” in Frederick William’s name was a tribute to his actual birth mother, one Polly Stiles.However, when my father came of age (and his father being dead) he legally changed his name to simply Edward William Stiles, omitting the “Telling” as he believed at the time that he had been (as he saw it) cursed with a double-barrelled surname.
I have traced Frederick Charles back to his father, Edward Telling, born around 1815 in Ashton Keynes, Wilts. Edward was married to Hannah Telling of Cricklade St. Sampson, Wilts.They had five children, sons Edward, Frank and Frederick Charles, and daughters Mary H. and Sophia E.However, at the time of the 1861 census, Edward also had an “apprentice” living in his household, another Frederick Telling, born around 1845, in Ashton Keynes, Wilts.One assumes that perhaps this Frederick Telling was, most likely, a nephew of Edward.
I note that another post on this board by Chris Tillin refers to the Tellings of Wiltshire from Purton. Edward’s wife, Hannah, was from Cricklade, which is just north of Purton—and that Wootton Bassett and Broad Town are just south of Purton. Indeed, Purton and Broad Town are just 7 miles from each other—today the M4 slices right between them; however, in Edward’s day I don’t think even H. G. Wells could have imagined such a thing as the M4, much less the farmers of Wiltshire!
Chris, if you are still visiting this message board, would you be interested in corresponding?I have tried to email you directly, but your email address listed on this site appears to be out of date.If anyone else has any information about the Tellings of Wiltshire in general, or the Tellings of Broad Town/Wootton Bassett in particular, I would truly appreciate hearing from you.