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Henry Follansbie and Folansbye Villiage, The first link connecting the Place-Name Follansbee.

From: An hisorical, topographical, and descriptive view of the county Palatine of Durham…Vol. 1pg 17.   By Eneas Mackenzie, Marvin Ross

“Follonsry is bounded by Wreken Dyke on the north on the south and east by the parish of Washington and on the east by Boldon Thorald of London the grantee of Bishop William gave his vill of Folettibi to his younger son Nicholas who released his right in it to Robert Fitz Roger for twenty marks a gown and a palfrey The estate was held by John de Farneacres in the fourteenth century and afterwards by the Gategangs of Gateshead In 1429 Roger Thornton the wealthy merchant of Newcastle died seized of it but Lord Lumley who married the heiress of Thornton probably alienated the manor for it was soon after the property of the Hiltons in which family it continued until 1750 In consists of three farms North Follonsby South Follonsby and the Learn comprizing altogether 702 acres The first portion is the property of Thomas Wade Esq the second of Matthew Russell Esq and the Learn of the Barras family which family it continued until 1750 In consists of three farms North Follonsby South Follonsby and the Learn comprizing altogether 702 acres The first portion is the property of Thomas Wade Esq the second of Matthew Russell Esq and the Learn of the Barras family”

Reviewing some old material for my memory sake.

It is established that the area where the old vill. of Follonsby sat was an area of waste land granted to Thorald de London by Bishop William around 1154 to 1160 (12th C). Thorald then granted the Vill. to his son Nicolas who in turn released it to Robert Fitz Roger. There seems to be a gap, and then we know that in the 14th C. it was owned by John de Farnacres, etc etc until we see all the land sold off. No where from the beginning with Thorald to the eventual dissipation of the Follonsby area do we find in any record of an actual Follonsby owning, living, or working there. The earliest traceable Follansbie is perhaps Henry b. 1597 about 400 years after Thorald was granted the area. It just seems most likely that Henry or perhaps an earlier ancestor was from the area and his last name is a place name, it came from the area he lived, making the village or later Follonsby farms predating the surname of Follonsby (Follansbie, Follansbee, Follansby, Folletebi).

It is established that the original name was Folletebi. In The Place Names of Northumberland and Durham we read:

FOLLINGSBY 

Follingsby (Jarrow). c. 1140 F.P.D. Folete{s)hi, c, 
1180 Foleteby, Folescehy, c. 1220 Folasceby ; 1335 Ch. 
Folethehi ; 1343 J. and W. Folescehy ; 1400.45 Folancehy ; 
1446D.S.T. Folauncehey ; 1539 F.P.D. Folansbye, Folaunceby ; 
1580 Halm. Follenshye. 

Cf. FuUetby, Lines., D.B. Folesbi, Fullohi, Lines. Surv. 
Fuledebi, Fuletebi. The first element is a name of the same 
type as O.N. Haf-, Sumar-, Vetr-li^i=sea.-, summer- and 
winter-traveller. No name FuU-li6i is recorded, but there 
may have been such a name from the adj. full li'Sa, " well- 
provided with troops," " fuUy able " (Vigfusson and 
Fritzner). Cf. Selaby infra. Foletes and Folesce are 
anglicised genitives of this name. For n, v. Phonology, 
§ 55. Later a pseudo-patronymic form was developed.

It is interesting to read that the spelling Folansbye is found around 1539, and our earliest recorded ancestor Henry Follansbie was born in 1597. Noted is the spelling Follenshye in 1580, so I am forced to conclude without other evidence that Henry was possible born with the surname Follansbie and possibly his father or grandfather was the first to use the place-name as their last name, or being only 41 years between the two spellings, Henry could be the first to use the place-name assuming that both names were used as is common all over the world.

The answers lie with tracing Henry, which has been fruitless using just the internet.

-Josh Follansbee

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Excerpts of Estate Records from the Archives of Durham Cathedral

I have replicated the information on the link below on this blog post. If you want to poke around other records just follow the source link: http://reed.dur.ac.uk/xtf/view?docId=ead/dcd/dcdlpk.xml;query=charter#2.

Since my main interest is the information from the archives, I left off the cataloging system here. So for example the original post at the link provided shows:

DCD/K/LP1/42/1 – 12   3.12.1736 and others undated
Documents relating to a dispute between Dean and Chapter and Baron Hilton re property at Follingsby.

Where I just show:

3.12.1736 and others undated
Documents relating to a dispute between Dean and Chapter and Baron Hilton re property at Follingsby.

Italicized comments are my personal notes.


 

Follingsby

3.12.1736 and others undated

Documents relating to a dispute between Dean and Chapter and Baron Hilton re property at Follingsby.

(Dean and Chapter was the Governing Authority after King Henry VIII abolished Roman Catholicism and appointed a Dean and Chapter in A.D. 1541)

3 December 1736
Note re Baron Hylton’s claim to property (The first Baron Hylton was Robert Hylton, 1st Baron Hylton (d. 1322) and there remains a Baron Hylton today. The date here being 1736 leads me to view the 18th Baron, John Hylton (1699–1746) as the person mentioned.
[undated]
Note of the grants of Follingsby over a period of 600 years, observations and answers to allegations in support of Baron Hylton’s claim to the lands in dispute
 [undated]
Observations on the boundaries of Follingsby and plan of the property in dispute
  [undated]
Another plan of the property in dispute
 [undated]
Case of the Dean and Chapter and their title to the property in dispute. (Dean and Chapter as a post 1541 authority, so while undated we can assume this was after 1541 and King Henry VIII dissolution of Roman Catholicism)
 [undated]
Copy of charter of Geoffrey Rufus, bishop of Durham, giving Follingsby to Thorald of London, as in Cart.II (We know the village was given to Thoral by Rufus around A.D. 1144 from Durham Episcopal Charters 1071-1152.)
[undated]
Copies of :
Charter of Thorald of London confirming gift of the vill to his son Nicholas.
Various Quitclaims.
Charterof Robert son of Roger confirming gift of the vill to the prior and monks of Durham.
 [undated]
Copies of:
Charter of Bishop Hugh of le Puiset confirming possession of the vill by the monks of Durham.
A division made between Heworth & the vill and Boldon & the vill.
Charter of William, prior, confirming possession of the vill by Bartholomew Marsh
undated and incomplete
Copies of:
Grant by William, prior, & the convent to Wm son of Wm of Wessington of 80 acres of land in the vill, 6.1.1311/12.
Lease by Richard, prior, & the convent to Wm, baron of Hylton for 79 years of a mill-pond in Great Usworth,
Rent: 2s:0d.
The following three entries appear to be the source of comments in other documents that Follingsby was simultaneously granted to three individuals.
[undated]
Copies of:
Division between Heworth & the vill and Boldon & the vill. Note of grant of the vill by Bishop Hugh of le Puiset to Prior& Convent. Undated
Lease of a mill-pond in Great Usworth for 79 yrs. 1470.
Division between Boldon and the vill.
[undated]
Copies of:
Division between Heworth & the vill and Boldon & the vill
Note of grant of the vill by Bishop Hugh of le Puiset to the Prior
Note of lease of a mill-dam for 79 yrs on 9.6.1470
Notes of two grants by the Prior and Convent 1311 (see notes)
[undated]
Copies of:
Division between Heworth & the vill and Boldon & the vill.
Note of grant of the vill by Bishop Hugh of le Puiset to the Prior.
Note re a mill-dam (grant)
Notes of two grants by the Prior and Convent 1311. (see notes)

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