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Family history help

by janet on 5 March 2013 · 28 comments

Local historian and WHS founder, Eleanor Waldock, is happy to help with your Walkern family history queries. She doesn’t charge a fee, but donations to St Mary’s Church are appreciated.

Email eleanor.waldock@btopenworld.com


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Caron February 8, 2018 at 9:27 pm

Hi I’m looking for any information that you can give me on the daughter of Jane Wenham and also her husband Philip Wenham. I can’t find anything about them on any website, and I’m hoping that you can help me. It’s as if they’re both an enigma. I’m trying to find evidence that Jane was, as I believe , not a witch but a healer and a wise woman, but to vindicate her I need to know how her husband died and about her daughter. Any help however small world be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.


Helen Mansfield December 14, 2017 at 2:52 am

Dear Eleanor
My ancestors (Sadler) came from Benington and Walkern. I would like some information on the ones from Benington, however I am not sure whether you can help me as I could not find anyone to contact on the Benington Village website. I look forward to hearing from you. Helen


Eleanor Waldock September 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm

If anyone needs help with Family History in Walkern please contact my email. Thanks 25.9.2017


Andy Whitaker April 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Good Evening,
I am hoping someone maybe able to help me with my search on the Streeter family. I recently visited Ardley church and found the grave stone of my great grandfathers brother Edward Streeter died 1945, and his wife Ruby inez Streeter, Ruby died in 1927 and I believe Edward married a Sarah Wensley, having visited the area I was told that Edward and I think Sarah had two children a boy named Dennis Streeter, and a daughter, Edward I think May had been the landlord of the Chequers pub in wood end. I believe Dennis may had worked at a butchers shop in walkers owned I think by the shepherd family? Any information would be fantastic,
Many thanks for your time,


Eleanor Waldock November 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Hi Andy I have not been able to trace the Streeter Family in Walkern. Eleanor Waldock


Susan Melling December 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Hi there! I’ve just found this website and am amazed at the people I recall from my childhood near Walkern. I lived at Clay End, attending school in Benington. But I was at secondary school in Buntingford where I shared classes with a Christine Bruce. Maybe she would remember a chubby girl called Susan Hurley? I was married at St Mary’s, Walkern in September 1969. Now living near Oxford.


samantha Ward August 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Hi my family goes back to Anthony Warner 12 August 1677 Walkern Herts my 8th great grandfather! Buried in Walkern.
I believe his father Antonie Warner was born in 1642 in Walkern!
Henry Warner
BIRTH 22 APRIL 1739 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
DEATH MARCH 1783 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
6th great-grandfather

John Warner
BIRTH 17 APRIL 1757 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
DEATH 25 NOVEMBER 1848 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
5th great-grandfather

William Warner
BIRTH 12 JUN 1796 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
DEATH 11 APR 1879 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
4th great-grandfather

John Warner
BIRTH ABT 1817 • Walkern Hertfordshire England
DEATH 1881 • Walkern, East Hertfordshire District, Hertfordshire, England
3rd great-grandfather

Caroline Warner who married my granddads dad( Ward)
BIRTH 25/03/1851 • Walkern, Hertfordshire, England
DEATH 18 SEP 1921 • Lye End Farm, Sandon, Hertfordshire
2nd great-grandmother

I have a picture of caroline warner if you are interested she was born in Walkern. If you have any other pictures or information I would be grateful many thanks



Christine Johnston December 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

Hi Sam
I go back thru the same family tree and have a lot of info regarding the Warners if u r interested. Please contact me if u would like to share info with me. Tks


denise willis December 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

My Grandfather, William James Webb was born in Walkern in 1875, I understand that his his father was Butler at the Rectory, his mother Sarah was a Warner. I think Sarah may have been a kitchen maid at the Rectory. The family later moved to Rotherhithe, and the Walkern connection was lost. I would be fascinated in any related information.


Emma April 25, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Hello! I’m curious about Bridgefoot farm – do you know if it was built by the Bridgefoot family? My maiden name is Bridgefoot but we do not have much information about our family prior to a great grandfather coming to Australia in the mid 1800’s. Would be interesting to know if the farm has any connection to the family?
Many thanks


Carol johnson October 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Hello Eleanor
I wonder if you would be so kind and see if you could find any information about the Miles family for me.
My great grandfather Albert Miles was born in Walkern August 28th 1862. Also any info on George Miles , Eliza Parker , John Miles , Mary Ann Winter. Benjamin Miles , Jane Chalkley. John Miles Alice Carter phew I think that will keep you busy!
Look forward to any news.
Carol Johnson


Eleanor Waldock November 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Hi Carol Sorry I have taken a while to pick up your request, would it be possible for you to write to me stating all the persons that you wish me to look up, it would be easier that way, I do ask for a donation for the work as it goes to St.Mary’s Church in Walkern.You can reply using my email address eleanor.waldock@btopenworld.com I should certainly be able to help you. Best Wishes Eleanor


Judy Rose March 27, 2016 at 10:27 pm

Hi Carol,

A lot of your names are in my husband’s tree! I’m currently looking (and tearing my hair out!) for either the birth date or age at marriage for Jane Chalkley. Although I can find the marriage records on line for her and Benjamin Miles, there is no date for her. Can you help?


Kimberley September 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm

Hi there!
I am descended from the Savages and the Warners from Walkern.
I am planning a visit to do some further research past my descendants William Savage (b1814 d 1886) and his father Thomas Savage. Would love to hear any hints or tips you have for me! I have no living family to grill
Thank you



Eleanor Waldock November 14, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Hi Kimberly, I can certainly help you with the Savage and Warner Families can you send me an email letting me know your interest, I do ask for a donation for the work, my email is eleanor.waldock@btopenworld.com


Tony Chadwick June 12, 2015 at 4:08 am

Hello, I am searching the family of Jonas Cock who married Sarah Ann Bray in 1793. They lived in Walkern, with Jonas being buried there in 1842. Sarah was born in 1774. Her ancestors include Brays, Andrews, and Kimptons all connected with Walkern. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Eleanor Waldock November 14, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Hi Tony first of all I apologise for not replying to your request as you can imagine we have had a very eventful year with the Magna Carta celebrations, but if you would like to send me an email stating what you would like me to look at I will try and find information for you, I do ask for a donation my email is eleanor.waldock@btopenworld.com


Rodney Berry February 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Hello Elenor.

I am searching for information my family that originated in Walken herts.
Benjamin Berry around 1730
I have a family tree and thats about how far the information is so far . i.e. Walkern. I wounder if you can advise and maybe help me find where Benjamin was living and his family.

Thank you and hope you can help

Best regards

Rodney Berry


Eleanor Waldock May 31, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Hi Rodney, Having helped you with your Family History I was amazed to find out that there may be a connection between the Berry’s and the Waldock’s, I believe that you were going to put me in touch with your cousin Susan who has been working on the Family Tree. Best Wishes Eleanor


Janet July 29, 2013 at 12:17 am

I’ve been researching my family beginning with my mothers. All of my ancestors were British and arrived in America in the early 1600’s. The main names I have followed are: Stillwell, Welch, Wright
and Benedict. I hit a wall with a John Wright born 22 Dec. 1605 in Walkern, Hertforshire, England. His father was also John Wright. Are there any possible records of these John Wrights anyplace near your area?
Any information about either the persons or the town at that time would be most appreciated.

Jan (Janet) Lynne Anderson (by marriage).


Eleanor Waldock May 31, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Hi Jan, First of all a great big apology for not replying to you, I have been looking at Wright.
Transcribed Burials for St.Mary’s Church. Walkern from 1559 – 2000.
1642 December 28th WRIGHT John son of John and Martha.
I also checked the Strict Baptist Records and the United reformed Church Records and none of these names appear. Best Wishes Eleanor


Polly Macmillan July 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Hi Nicol, I was a friend of your Mother, Christine Bruce. I am known as Polly now, but I was born Pauline Swain.My family lived in Totts Lane, not far from theirs. I would love to hear how your family are now. Both my parents, Vic and Joyce Swain have been gone for many years and sadly there is no memorial for them, as they wished. I vaguely remember the house you mentioned above St Mary’s Church Hall (where we had Youth Club and Girls Guides for some time until the School Hall was later used) I am sure I went to birthday parties at their house. I also went to Walkern School and have many very happy memories of the school and the village, I left Walkern at the young age of 19 to get married. The meadows above your Grandparents house were full of wild flowers, and the ‘Walks’ nearby had an abundance of wild violets which we girls picked for our mothers. Dirty Lane, nearby, was also a good source of a variety of now uncommon flowers, I spent many happy hours exploring the surrounding countryside! Walkern was an idyllic place to grow up.


Nicol December 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Polly, what wonderful recollections, how lovely that you remember my Dear family. Yes they are all well. I wonder if it is possible to use the email addresses to contact each other? I could pass it on to Mum?


Polly Macmillan (Pauline) December 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Nichol, yes please pass on my email address to your Mum. I haven’t replied before now as I only look on the WHS website irregularly – sorry, I would love to catch up.
Nichol Yes please pass on my email address to your Mum, it would be lovely to catch up. In fact I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me in Walkern. I hope to come to a WHS meeting some time.


Eleanor Waldock May 31, 2015 at 8:53 pm

Hi Pauline, You probably don’t remember me, but I am Philip Waldock’s wife, we used to have a lot to do with your Mum and Dad, especially sport connected, Cricket and Football as Philip used to play both, also with Don your uncle who we still see on a regular basis, we used to have some great times all of us.


Pauline Macmillan October 30, 2016 at 6:18 pm

Hi Eleanor, Sorry I haven’t replied before now, it just goes to show how often I look at the WHS website. I am in regular contact with Uncle Don and he tells me that he sees you although I haven’t heard him say so lately, but I know that he and Eileen have had some health issues. I keep in touch with Mary Ashurst (that was) and Cecilia Boorman (also that was ). We met up in April and we haven’t all three been together for over 60 years! You can imagine the fun we had. We are now in regular contact by Facebook. I have very fond memories of growing up in Walkern.

Nicol McDowell July 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

My Grandfather was Raymond Bruce who lived in the cottage up the end of church lane with his wife Amy and four beautiful daughters June, Christine, Mary and Elizabeth. They lived in a cottage behind\attached to what used to be the old church hall. It was in the meadow above St Marys Church where my mother Christine and her sisters played. Raymond or Bob as he was known had a lot to do with the church and I remember had a large set of keys that let us into the vestry where he readied things for the next church service while I played and studied the saints and architecture of that wonderful place. Raymond and Amy moved to Moors Ley with their growing family where Bob wrote the weekly Walkern post for the Comet newspaper and cycled it to the newspapers headquarters in Letchworth on a weekly basis. The girls where schooled and married in Walkern church and I as a child would stay weekends and school holidays. We all have a great affiliation with the village and even though sadly both Grandparents are no longer with us, Grandchildren are brought over to tend to the graves and frolic in the ford when it is plentiful. It would be interesting to hear of any one else’s thoughts or memories of my dear family.


Eleanor Waldock May 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

Hi Nicole, I certainly remember your Grandparents, through Church with you Grandfather, and also when they moved up to Moors Ley, Walkern. I still live in the same road, Bob was very interested in Gardening, and would chat about it, in fact in our front Garden we have a Weeping Prunus Cherry Tree that your Grandfather once got for us, and it is still going strong, I am not sure how old it is. Best Wishes Eleanor


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