Henry WILLES of North Wales was born circa 1450 and is believed to have died in England in the year 1488, like many welsh families he settled in England around the time King Henry VII won the throne after his forces defeated King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Henry Willes may even have been present at the battle.
It is believed that Henry Willes is a direct male to male descendant of BLeddyn ‘ap Rhys’ ap Maenyrch who was born in the year 1039 and died 1093, I haven’t researched this possible connection, but if it’s correct then the ancestry of my 6x great grandfather ‘Richard Gilham’ can be traced through an unbroken male line of more then 1000 years.
With this particular line I have researched as far back as 1450, below is my pedigree.
son of Henry ‘of North Wales’ WILLES
son of Thomas ‘of Forest Dene’ GUILLIM
son of John ‘of Forest Dene’ GWYLLIM
son of John ‘of Minsterworth’ GUILLIM
son of Richard ‘of London’ GUILLIM
son of Griffith ‘of London’ GUILLIM
son of Henry GILHAM
son of Michael GILHAM
daughter of Richard GILHAM
son of Rebecca GILHAM
daughter of Charles GILHAM
daughter of Sarah Ann GILHAM
son of Caroline Eliza MYHILL
son of Thomas Walter Frank BEAN
daughter of William Llewellyn BEAN
There are some interesting connections in this pedigree, all of which can be found on my ancestry tree: ancestry of Rebecca Gilham.
This branch is fully sourced, (including DNA) and includes connections with the Boleyn Family and the Denys Family ancestors I share with ‘Cher’ 😀. Many members of the family are well recorded and can be found on wikipedia and their pedigrees can be found in the county visitations and Burke’s Peerage. (to name but a few).
Below is a coat of arms associated with the family: