Welcome to the Wellbelove family history blog. Intended to supplement the 'Wellbelove Genealogy' website, it will include articles of interest on the Wellbelove surname and variants including, Wellbeloved, Welbelove, Welbeloved, etc.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Passing of June Page

It is with sadness that I report the passing of June Page, peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Friday morning.

Some of you, like myself,  may already be aware via contact from June's family, or via the message posted on the wellbelove mailing list by the Wellbelove Genealogy webmaster Simon Parker-Galbreath.   

Below is Simon's tribute to June:
June was a very active Wellbelove researcher and contributed much to the Wellbelove web pages and often answered queries to the mailing list. I considered her the local expert on the various Wellbelove genealogies of Surrey and Middlesex.

She will be sorely missed.


 My personal recollection of June:

I only met June once myself at the Egham Museum back in 2003. I had only recently started researching my own Wellbelove family history in earnest and if it was not for June's help and encouragement alongside Simon's website - of which she was a major contributor,  I can honestly say I would still be struggling to construct my own family tree, never mind researching the surname on a worldwide basis.

June always approached her research with a youth-like energy and enthusiasm. Her swift and knowledgeable response to enquiries, never ceased to amaze me. We used to share information and documents over the years - many a time a mystery package would drop through my letter box, sent freely by June, with a little note attached - 'I thought you might be interested in the attached which I found at a recent visit too...'

My thoughts go out to her family at this sad time.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

John Welbyloved 1315, Plymouth Devon

I have just discovered another early Wellbelove reference. It relates to a John Welbyloved  in 1315.

Grant by William de Lyndewell to Thomas, Abbot of Buckland, of 25 a [missing] with appurtenances in Pudehele in Bykel Wood in exchange for 25 a [missing] and [missing] one virgate of wood as is more fully explained in a chyrograph
Witnesses: Richard de Mewy [Meavy], Roger Pomeray, John Welbyloved, John Ongar and Gilbert Yeovyng and others
Dated at Bokland [Buckland]
© Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

As stated in previous articles, there is no evidence that any current Wellbelove lines are descended from the early Devon name bearers. It is uncertain whether the Devon line died out, or migrated eastward towards the London area. It is quite possible the surname evolved separately in London and or the surrounding Home Counties.