Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
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.
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