NameJohn Billing
Misc. Notes
Was a patron of the Church of Colly-Weston and also had lands in Rushdin.

In 1861 "Frederick Billings employed Henry G. Somerby, Esq., a distinguished American genealogist who was then living in London, to trace back, as far as practicable, the line of the Billings family to which he belonged. Mr. Somerby was engaged in the work for more than a year...
"The family of Billings derives its name from its ancient inheritance, Billing, a place of very remote antiquity pleasantly situated about four miles from the borough of Northampton, England. In this and neighboring places the family resided several hundred years.
"The word "Billing" is Saxon and means a "place by the meadow." It was originally written "De Billing." In the Domesday Book it is "Bellinge." The final "s" making the mane "Billings" was not put on till early in the eighteenth century. The first two generations in this country adhered to the old spelling.
"The earliest notice of the family of Billings is found in ancient records of the time of Henry III, when in the sixth year of his reign (A.D.1221) a fine was levied between Sarah, the daughter of Warine Falconer, demandant, and Henry De Billing and Wimar his wife, deforciants, of a moiety of three virgates of land in Rushdin, Northamptonshire, to the use of the said Henry De Billing. By the inquisition taken in the same reign, Henry De Billing was certified to hold a sixth of one knight's fee in Rushdin, of William, Earl, earl Ferrars, of the Honor of Peveral.
"From this time for about two centuries there is no trace of the family until..." John Billing.


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Sources
 

Title: Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists
Author: Frederick Lewis Weis
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1964
Media: Book
Page: 58
Title: History of Woodstock, Vermont
Media: Book
Page: 589-592
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ChildrenThomas (1395-1481)
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