Welcome to the Wimberly
Family History Web Site!
started this web site on a hot summer day in July, 1997 as a project to
learn how to design web pages. It wasn't long before I discovered the power
of using Internet e-mail and was soon connected with genealogists from
around the world. My search has since expanded to include the many branches
of the Wimberly/Wimberley surname.
Our home page
has been improved over the years by including features suggested by my
many genealogy friends. It is now a "one-stop" Internet location
where you can find queries from descendants of various Wimberly branches
in the United States, Europe and South Africa, about their ancestors. There
is a researchers page which lists the name and e-mail address of Wimberly
family surname researchers. Don't overlook the document download page where
there are genealogy reports on various Wimberlys (and other families) in
Adobe Acrobat© .pdf format.
We have included
all of the Wimberly/Wimberley entries in the 1790 to 1910 US Census for
many states of the Union.
We believe the
Wimberly surname was introduced in the Colony of Virginia in 1673
by either John Wimberley of Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire County, England,
Wimberley (son of William Wimberley) of London, or John Wimberley
of Lancashire County.
There were two
other Wimberley's that immigrated to Virginia - William and Peter
Wimberley - in October 1672 that could be our connection to
England. These two Wimberley's were transported to Virginia by Thomas
Milner I who was born in 1610 in Yorkshire, England and brought his
family to Richmond Co, VA in the early to mid 1600's. Milner then moved
to Nansemond County, Virginia in 1672.
to the land grant, Milner received 150 acres of land for the transportation
of 3 persons, William Wimberley, Peter Wimberley, and Catherine Barstable.
these connections have been proved. We assume, therefore, there is a common
ancestor (John or William) to start our search for our Wimberly roots in
the United States. For additional information on the Virginia Colony, go
to the Features section..
discovered another William Wimberly who immigrated from England to Sangamon
County, Illinois in the early 1800's.He was born in about 1790 and died
early, leaving a wife, four sons and one daughter.
Then there is
the branch of the Wimberly family who spells their last name with an extra
"e" (Wimberley) and claims not to have descended from our John Wimberly
(or William Wimberly) but from a Wimberley that imigrated to Savannah,
GA from Ireland (or Scotland). They live mostly in the Hill Country of
Texas (Wimberley, Texas) and are descendants of Zachariah W. Wimberley
and Pleasant Wimberley. My feeling is they, also, are from John
(or William) of Virginia and one day we will have proof of the connection.
to Elijah Wimberly data (which is my branch of the family), there
are links to other web pages that may be of interest to you if you are
doing research on any of the other Wimberly family branches. You may want
to start with the on-line Wimberly family database to look up over 7,508
surnames and over 2,500 Wimberlys. This database has not been updated since
1998. I do, however, maintain an up-to-date database (Family Tree Maker
7.0) on my master computer that has over 20,430 entries of Wimberly's and
other surnames that have married into the Wimberly family since 1455.
Good luck and
good genealogy hunting for your family roots. I began my quest for information
on the Wimberly surname at the LDS library in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1984
and haven't been able to quit since.
like reading a good mystery book; you don't want to quit until you find
all the answers. Any information you can contribute to make this web page
more accurate or complete, please let me know. Send an e-mail to email@example.com
and I will answer as soon as I'm able or phone me at (714) 369-8155
or (618) 751-0009 to answer questions about the Wimberly surname.
my sincere hope this website will help bring all branches of the Wimberley/Wimberly
family together and remove all doubts of how and where the surname was
established in the United States.
Thomas L. Wimberly