FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM AND ANNE BILLINGSLEY
Mary Billingsley married Francis Frodgley of
Wildicote on 15 July 1628 in Albrighton, Shropshire.
Marriage record for Francis Frodgesley and Mary
Billingsley in Albrighton:
"Franncis Frodgesley of Wyldicote husbandman and Mary
Billingesley daughter of Wyddow Billingesley of Standley
in the parish of Worefyeld were marryed the xvth day of
July Anno Dm 1628"
Mary Billingsley was christened 21 August 1603
in Worfield, Shropshire, the daughter of William and Anne
Billingsley of Stanlowe townland. William died in 1609,
leaving his wife Anne a widow. His daughter Mary married
Francis Frodgley when she was 25 years old.
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
There are several Billingsley families in Worfield. Mary's
family are identified with Stanlowe (Standley or Standlowe).
William's parents were also William and Anne, also of
William Billingsley was born in about 1560 in Worfield, the
son of William and Anne Billingsley of Stanlowe, Worfield. He
married Anne. William was a husbandman like his father, in the
townland of Stanlowe.
Both Williams are mentioned in the Worfield Court Roll for
1596: "Kingslow and Stanloe - The townships...present that
William Billingsley senior and William Billingsley junior
milled grain at a mill other than the lord's mill against
the custom". They were fined two shillings.
William died in 1609, leaving an administration and an
inventory. The administration, proven 26 July 1609,
names his widow, Anne, and children Thomas, John, William,
Richard, and Mary. The inventory lists those who have borrowed
money from William, including "William Billingsley of
Standlow, his father".
Administration for William Billingsley,
"Administration for William Billingsley who
lived in the parish of Worfield for Anna Billingsley widow
of the deceased.
Anna is named administrator for minor children Thoma,
Johis, Willmi, Rich: et Mariae Billingsley"
Inventory for William Billingsley, 1609
An inventory was created for William:
A true inventory of all and singular the goods
and cattles of Willim Billingsley of Standley within the
parish of Worfielde the Countie of Salope deceased had and
taken the xiijth daie of Julie A.D. 1609
Imprimis towe kine prise – iiijli
Item one mare and part of towe nagges –iijli xjs viijd
Item tow small oxyne – xs
Item shipe yonge and oulde prise – vjli
Item geese pryse – xjs viijd
Item corne in the house and filde both rie barley and
all other graine– vijli
Item inset goods as pottes panes and all other brasen
stuff – xiijs iiijd
Item pewter – iijs iiijd
Item one joynede bedde – vs
Item one fither bede withal other kinde of bedinge –
Item payles loomes, barrels, dishes, and all other
treenen ware – xjs
Item one pease of potgeals – xijs
Item tow coffers – vjs viijd
Item plough cart and all other things belonging to
husbandree – xxiijs iiijd
Item a ston and haulfe of woole – xxxs
Item hempe in the house and upon the grounde – iijs
Item the mucke or donge – xs
Item his wearing apparel – xxs
Item his purse and girdle & money in his purs – vs
Debts owing him:
Imprimis Jhon Barber of Chesterton – iijli xs
Item the sayd Jhon upon specualltion – xli
Item Willim Bradney of Acleton – xs
Item Richard Joken of Acleton – xs
Item the William Billingsley of Broughton – ixs
Item Gilbert Parler – xls
Item Willim Persons – ijs
Item William Billingsley of Standlow his father – iijli
Somma – xliiijli vijs
The names of the praysers
George Wightwicke clerke
Inventory for William
Billingsley, 1609 - mention of his father William
SOURCES: Worfield parish register; Alberton
parish register; administration and inventory for William
Billingsley of Standlowe, Worfield, 1609.
William and Anne had the
1. William, buried 21 September 1592 in Worfield.
2. John, christened 27 January 1593 in Worfield.
3. William, christened 26 October 1595 in
4. Richard, christened 14 May 1598 in Worfield.
*5. Mary, christened 21 August 1603 in Worfield.
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM AND ANNE BILLINGSLEY
William Billingsley was born in about 1530 of Stanlow townland
in the parish of Worfield, most likely the son of Richard and
Margaret Billingsley. He married Anne. William was a
husbandman in Standlow.
William was appointed an ale taster in 1574: "William
Byllingsley of Standlowe and John Crogenton of Newton,
jurors, are appointed ale tasters for the coming year."
(Worfield Court Roll 1574)
William was mentioned in The Lost Villages of Worfield:
“It is the 23rd day of September in 1584 and the
Frankpledge Court is being held in Worfield. All the
townships are presenting the petty crimes of their
inhabitants. One has not cut a tree across the River Worfe,
several have played bowls (definitely not allowed), another
has allowed drinking in their house at the time of the
divine service, and so it goes on, the delicious trivia
which is the stuff of everyday life. Ackleton presents its
list of miscreants: John Hytchcokes left wood on the Queen’s
highway to Bridgnorth at Leggers Wall fine 2d John Shepherde
overstocked the common with sheep over his allowed number -
4d John Pratt and Roger Catstrey also overstocked the common
- fine 4d John Chester, Roger Smythe, William
Billingsley, Richard Chapman, Anna Bradborn
widow, and Stephen Smythe, all put their animals in the
grain field of Aculton while the grain was being carried and
were fined 6d. You can picture the scene. The corn has been
cut and left in stooks ready to be taken to the barn.
Perhaps someone had not been very quick in getting the job
done and others, who were running short of fodder had little
choice but to put them in the grain field. Perhaps, John
Chester et al were making a point, that whoever was
responsible should get out of bed earlier and get the job
done. Either way, I bet the cattle and sheep made a mess of
the corn and I can imagine that the air was pretty blue in
Ackleton that day.” (The Lost Villages of
Worfield on www.sharehistory.org)
Anne died and was buried 5 December 1609 in Worfield, the
same year that her son William died.
Burial record for Anne Billingsley in Worfield:
"The 5th day was buryed Anna wife of Billingesley
of Standlow the elder husbandman"
William died and was buried the next year, 26 August 1610 in
Burial record for William Billingsley in
"The 26 day was buryed William Billingsley of Standlow
seinor housholder husbandman widower"
William and Anne had the following children:
*1. William, born in about 1563 in Worfield; married
Anne, died 1809 in Worfield.
2. Humphrey, buried 2 December 1573 in Worfield.
SOURCES: Worfield parish register.
RICHARD AND MARGARET BILLINGSLEY
Richard Billingsley was born about 1490. He
A census was taken in the Archdeaconry of Stafford in 1532 and
1533. This census lists the head of household, their current
and former spouses, and all children living and dead. No
Billingsleys are listed in Stanlow, but one Billingsley family
is found in the nearby townland of Rendelford in the parish of
Worfield. This is the family of Richard Billingsley:
"Richard Belengeley, Margaret, uxor eius, Richard,
Thomas, William, Margaret, Agnes, Margery"
This list shows Richard, his wife Margaret, and their
Richard is listed in 1524 in the townland of Bromley in the
Lay Subsidy for Worfield:
Ric Byllyngesley g. vi.Li.-iii.s
Richard was also listed in Bromley in the Lay Subsidy of 1525.
Richard is mentioned in the Worfield Court Rolls.
"Rindleford and Bromley. The townships there present that
Richard Billingsley (2d) attacked Roger Baker; the same
Roger (2d) attacked the said Richard in return; and that
Roger Catstree (2d) attacked the said Roger Baker, and that
John Hitchcocks (annulled by the court) attacked John Baker;
therefore they are in mercy." (View of Frankpledge
Worfield 1518/9) Richard Billingsley also is listed as
a juror in the same document.
Richard Billingsley and Roger Baker were the only two
occupants listed in Bromley in 1525, so were near neighbors.
Richard died and was buried 26 September 1587 in Worfield.
Burial record for Richard Billingsley in
"The 26 day was buryed Ric Billingsley of Bromley yoman
Richard and Margaret had the following children:
SOURCES: A List of Families
in the Archdeaconry of Stafford, 1532-3; Frankpledge
Worfield 1518/9 on www.sharehistory.org; Lay Subsidy for
Shropshire, 1524 - Bromley.
Richard's parents are not known, but several Billingsleys are
listed in the Worfield Court Roll for 1446:
"Ale tasters - Present that Rober Bruggend (4d) brewed once
and broke the assize. John Rowelowe (4d) brewed once, Robert
le Sond (4d) brewed once, Richard Bere (4d) brewed once,
John Turner brewed once (4d), John Billyngsley (4d)
brewed once, John Smyth (4d) brewed once, John Hull (4d)
brewed once, Dominus Bonamy (4d) brewed once, Roger
Billyngsley (4d) brewed once,...And present that all
the above brewed and broke the assize each and everyone is
"Asterhull Ewyk and the Sonde present that Giles Hyde
unjustly took two yards of russel cloth from John
"Ale tasters - The ale tasters present that John Catstre
(4d) brewed once, Richard Billingsley (4d) brewed
once...and they broke the assize."
"To this court came William Barowe (8d), Matilda
Billyngsley (8d) and Henry Wever (8d) and they gave to the
lord a fine to brew until the Feast of the Michaelmas next".
Billingsleys are also found in the Worfield Court Roll for
"Presentation of ale tasters amercements - John Bullok
(4d), John Byllingsley (4d) brewed once, Henry
Barker (4d) brewed once,..."
SOURCES: Worfield Court Roll 1447; Worfield Court