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Jack Priestley’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from Jack’s as (1)

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RALF WADDINGTON is the only known child of Ralf Waddington senior. His mother’s name is unknown.

In one website he is said to have been born in, or associated with, Latham, Clayton le Moors.[1] Clayton le Moors is just west of Altham and Padiham, where we find Ralf’s descendants, so this seems plausible.

He is thought to have been born around 1530. This was just before Henry VIII galvanised the country by breaking with the Roman Catholic Church over the Pope’s refusal to sanction a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He set up the Church of England, with himself as its head.

This date, however, may be questioned by deed of 1523 relating to him and his grandfather Robert Waddington. The other name mentioned in the reference is Miles Whalley. This may be Miles Hill Farm, Old Nab Road, Whalley. The details of the deed are unknown, but it may be that Robert settled land on his grandson when he was born.

A bond of 1525 links Ralf’s branch of the Waddingtons to families in Haworth, Holden, Levesby, Whitworth, Ainsworth and Whalley. They are thought to be related to Ralf’s grandfather Robert Waddington through a marriage with the Grimshaw family.


ANNA INGRAM.  Older records of marriages between the gentry, before parish registers, usually tell us the name of the bride’s father, and often where they lived. In this case we have only Anna’s name.


Ralf Waddington is associated with property in Altham, Clayton le Moors and Aynsworth. He is thought to have married Anna in Altham, just west of Padiham.

This implies that Anna was living in Altham at the time. Henry VIII had decreed that from 1538 every parish should keep a register of baptisms, marriages and burials, but few parishes have preserved their earliest registers. Those of Altham do not go back far enough for us to trace others of her family there.

Aynsworth was an early spelling of Ainsworth. This is a village between Bolton and Bury. It has not previously been associated with the Waddington family, so it may have come to Ralf through his mother, whose name we do not know, or through his marriage to Anna.

Ralf and Anna are thought to have married about 1552. This was the year before the young king Edward VI died and his sister “Bloody Mary” came to the throne, changing Edward’s fervent Protestantism back to Roman Catholicism. Mary was succeeded by her sister Elizabeth in 1558 and the country returned to the Reformed practices of the Church of England.

We know of four sons, though doubtless there were daughters too. Their approximate birth dates are: Richard 1552, Leonard 1553, Nicholas 1554, Ralf 1555. Richard is said to have been held land in Whalley, Leonard in Altham, Nicholas in Clayton le Moors and Ralf in Altham and Whalley.[2] Some websites confuse Ralf junior with another Ralf Waddington of Nether Darwen near Blackburn, but that was a different family.


Ralf senior was still alive in 1589, the year after the Spanish Armada was repulsed. He is said to have died in Haslingden. We do not have a date.

We have no information about Anna’s death.


Their son Richard is said to have died around 1610.

Leonard married Isabel. He died around 1591,

Nicholas married Grace. He died around 1625 in Altham.

Ralf married Jane.


Map of the southern part of Whalley parish. [3]

This map from Whitaker’s An History of the Original Parish of Whalley, and Honor of Clitheroe, 1872,the area associated with the later generations of Waddingtons. Padiham is in the NE. Elvetham, SW of Padiham, is an early name for Altham. Clayton le Moors runs SW from Altham, leading to Rishton and then Blackburn. Haslingden is in the SE of the map.


[1] https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Waddington-218
[2] Waddington, John, Who’s Who in the Family of Waddington. Wada Ltd, 1934.
http://www.seekingmyroots.com/members/files/G007475.pdf. 1589 Ralph Waddington.
[3] http://grimshaworigin.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Whalley_Map_ClM_to_Lower_Darwen_1.jpg





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