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The pedigree of the Wolley family below
has been scanned from
Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" published London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited

To assist those researching the family of Wolley of Matlock there are some additional information included lower down this page.

Pedigree of Wolley of Darley Abbey
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Forebears of this family are shown on the pedigrees of Wolley of Riber and Wolley of Allen Hill.

Additional notes about the pedigree:

  • Generation 2
    • Will of John Wolley of Marston, 1642[1].

  • Generation 3
    • Arthur Wooley or Woolley, Yeoman, of Marston near Tutbury. His PCC Will proved 24 June 1642 (PROB 11/189/415)[2].
    • Francis Wolley, silkman, had a grandson Francis "of the same ... his grandson is now alive (1712)"[3].
    • Adam Wolley who married Arderne of Rotherham } this child was a daughter, according to Wolley's "History"[3].
    • Adam Wolley who married Trubshawe of Etwall } ... " ... " ... " ... " ... " ... " ... " ... " ... " ... " ... "[3].

  • Generation 4
    • Arthur Wolley of Marston on Dove was the eldest son and a Yeoman, although this pedigree doesn't show either fact. He died in 1690/1[3]. He had married Jone (Joan) Gisborne at Brailsford in 1671. The couple had four children who were christened at Marston and survived childhood: Mary 16 April 1674; Samuel 8 Mar 1680; Sarah 8 May 1677; Margery 17 June 1686. They are mentioned in the 1704 Will of Arthur's brother Adam (see immediately below)[2]. At least three of their children did not survive into adulthood: Adam christened 4 Apr 1679; Esther 18 January 1675; Thomas 7 Aug 1672. The PCC Will of Joan Woolley, Widow of Repton, was proved 9 March 1714 (PROB 11/539/75)[2].

    • Adam Wolley Merchant of London, who died in 1704, was a goldsmith. His PCC Will, in which he described himself as a citizen and goldsmith[3], was proved on 17 May 1704 (PROB 11/476/270)[2]. He had married Sarah Greensmith (various spellings of her surname) on 2 Aug 1666 at St. James's, Duke's Place, London[4]. Both of them were buried at St. Stephen's, Walbroke[5]. Their children were: Arthur who inherited Sapperton which his father had bought before his death; William who died in 1726 in London[3]; John, Ann, Esther and Elizabeth[5]. The PCC Will of Arthur Woolley of Church Broughton was proved on 21 June 1764 (PROB 11/899/392)[2].

  • Generation 5
    • In 1709, William Wolley purchased the manor [of Darley Abbey], and built the hall on the bank of the Derwent"[6]. According to the Lysons, writing in 1817, William Wolley "wrote a brief topographical history of Derbyshire, brought down to the year 1712, which remains in M.S. In this work he was assisted by the collections of Mr. Samuel Sanders ... who was connected with his family by marriage"[7]. In the introduction to the "History", that has only been published relatively recently, Philip Riden and Catherine Glover suggest that William was probably born in the middle of the seventeenth century, possibly at the family home at Marston on Dove although he could equally have been born in London[3]. They describe the family as "yeomen" and state that "various members "acquired considerable wealth from trade". They also appear to have made good marriages.

    • William Wolley and Rebecca Willson were married by licence at Marston on Dove on 12 Jun 1688, with him recorded as Mr. and his abode given as London[8].

    • A memorial was erected in St. Alkmund's Church, Derby in Rebecca Wolley's memory:
      "M.S. Near this place lyeth interred the body of Rebekah Wolley, daughter and co-heir of Robert Westbrooke, of Collingham, in the county of Nottingham, gent. first married to William Wilson, of Ku'tt Thorpe, in the county of Leicester, esq. and after his decease, without children, married a second time to William Wolley, of Derby, esq. by whom she had two sons, William and John, both liueing at her death, which was 20th October, 1716, aet. 62"[6]. The PCC Will of William Woolley of Derby proved 16 March 1720 (PROB 11/573/130)[2].

  • Generation 6
    • William Woolley married Ann Gery on 3 Sept. 1718 in Westminster, London. William, who became Mayor of Derby, died in 1732[3].
    • John Wolley married Sarah Flanagan on 11 May 1733 at Tatenhill, Staffordshire.
      Sarah, christened on 1 Mar 1713 in Burton-Upon-Trent, was the daughter of Jacobi Flanagan and his wife Annae. PCC Will of John Woolley of Darley [Abbey] proved 19 December 1743 (PROB 11/730/423)[2].

Further notes:
In 1877 the church historian Rev. John C. Cox mentioned the Wolley family in his accounts of the churches at both Marston on Dove and Church Broughton.

  1. Marston : "Against the south chancel wall is a tablet relative to certain parochial charities left by Thomas Wolley, who died in 1669, and another to the memory of Adam Wolley, 1704, who was also a benefactor of the parish. On the floor is an eighteenth century alabaster slab to one of the same family, but the inscription is illegible ; and another slab of alabaster to Arthur Wolley, 1641, and his wife Emma, is half concealed by the communion rails*".
    Footnote: *"The Wolleys purchased property at Hoon, in this parish, early in the seventeenth century. They were of the same family as the Wolleys of Ryber, Matlock ..."

  2. Church Broughton: "The pulpit, which is of an octagon shape, was the gift of Arthur Wolley of Sapperton, in 1751".

More on site information about the WOLLEY family of Allen Hill:

Wolley Manuscripts Derbyshire A major collection of pre 1828 documents.

The Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock - more detailed, with a series of documents relating to the WOLLEY family.

Hatches, Matches & Dispatches Find the WOLLEY family in Matlock's parish registers.
Coat of Arms: Description of WOLLEY arms.
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Image produced from a copy of the pedigree in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Image re scanned April 2007 and more information added Nov 2013.
Written and researched by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] "Lichfield Wills and Administrations, 1516-1652", (1892) ed. W.P.W. Phillimore, Index Library, British Record Society, London.

[2] PCC Will held by The National Archive, Kew.

[3] Glover, Catherine and Riden, Philip (edited by) (1981) " William Woolley's History of Derbyshire" Derbyshire Record Society volume vI.

[4] Boyd's Marriage Index 1538-1840; Nottingham Archdeaconry Marriage Licences (with her as Green and 1665 and him as Woolly); The Vicar General Marriage Licences transcription © Society of Genealogists.

[5] Information about Adam and Sarah Wolley's burials at St. Stephen's, Walbroke, the names of their children and those children of Arthur and Joan who survived into adulthood with thanks to Jamie Vans.

[6] Glover, Stephen (1833) "The History and Gazetteer of the County of Derby ..." Edited by T. Noble. pub. Derby and London.

[7] Lysons, Rev Daniel and Samuel Lysons Esq. (1817) "Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire" London: Printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and G. and A. Greenland, Poultry.

[8] Marston on Dove Parish register: see FindMyPast.

[9] Cox, J Charles (1877) "Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire Vol III" Chesterfield: Palmer and Edmunds, London: Bemrose and Sons, 10 Paternoster Buildings; and Derby, The Hundreds of Appletree and Repton and Gresley.