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About the study
This is a one-name study of my maiden name Pilkington and has been registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies. It is a large study; in the 1881 England Census there were 5442 records of the name, predominantly in Lancashire. The history of the name Pilkington is well recorded and goes back a long way. Lieu-Colonel John Pilkington, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London, wrote a comprehensive history entitled 'History of the Pilkington family of Lancashire and its branches, from 1066 to 1600'. A third updated edition was published in 1912 and is made up of ancient deeds, charters, pipe rolls, de banco rolls, final concords, wills and other authentic sources. My interest and main research at the present time is threefold: 1)A thorough examination of John Pilkington's research in his 1912 publication will take me to 1600.There is much evidence of the aristocratic Pilkingtons in this recorded history. At the present time I am merely collecting data from this source.In these early Pilkingtons I have recorded the descent numbers used by Lieu-Colonel Pilkington for ease of use. 2) The world famous glass manufacturers, Pilkington Glass, are said to be descendents from the de Pilkingtons. Again, much has been recorded about this branch of the family, and I am still in the process of data collecting. 3) My 2 x gt grandfather Robert Pilkington (1833-1905) was born in St. Helen's in Lancashire and came to Chesterton in North Staffordshire sometime between 1851 and 1859, presumably to find work in the coal mines. He married Elizabeth Henshall from Tunstall. I have thoroughly researched the descendants of Robert and Elizabeth, who mostly lived in and around Chesterton. This has led me to finding other Pilkingtons, not of the same line, who migrated to the area from Lancashire and I am currently piecing together some of these families. In responding to queries and other interests in the name, I occasionally deviate, and there will be families that are not as yet connected. There is a great deal to do and a long journey ahead This study is very much in its early days. If you are also researching Pilkington I should be pleased to hear from you.