|In 1555 the
name WYNKS and WYNKES is recorded in the Registers of Rotherham
Parish Church, the first recorded spelling as WINKS was in
1579, this family is thought to have moved to Rotherham from the
Village of Thorpe Salvin.
Around 1570 a family was living in Harthill near
Rotherham, although recorded in Parish Records as WILKS they had
apparently been known as WINKS "for Centuries" and are recorded
as WINKS in the Hearth Tax returns in the C17th. it is thought
that this is a branch of the Thorpe Savin family
It appears reasonable to believe that these Families are the source
for most of the Families found in the local area, but the
families were quite mobile between the villages and also tended to use "family
Churches" for Christenings rather than the Church where they
were Farming, this together with the variations in spellings makes it extremely difficult to trace the
Families so I will jump forward to the various strands that have
However I would point out that although the spelling varies
the use of an S in the name is constant. and therefore with a
few exceptions I have concentrated on the "plural" spelling, if
you are looking for families using WINK or WENK, you are
probably in the wrong place!
(but read on anyway)
The Babworth WINKS
Babworth is close to Retford and is famed as the source of
many of the dissenters that became the Pilgrim Fathers, in 1586
the new Vicar called Richard CLYFTON arrived who had been
influenced by John KNOX, by 1605 CLYFTON was barred from the
living and joined the group at Scrooby who sailed to Holland
before eventually leaving for the New World. This raises the
interesting possibility that some WINKS went to Holland and
became the WINK Family in Leyden, Holland!
The earliest WINKS
entry in the Parish Register is for a George WINKS born in 1626,
but this family appears to have died out in 1691 but are linked
to CAMMAMILE family of North Leverton.
By the 1851 census, four
WINKS families originating from Carlton in Lindrick were working
at Morton Grange in Babworth. At least one of the latter family's
sons migrated to Virginia, USA
The Bole WINKS
Bole is a small rural Community near the banks of the River
Trent. The Winks family known as the Bole family have been
traced back to the neighbouring Village of North Leverton before
1630 and may well be linked to the early Babworth Family.
This family are the ancestors of Pete SMEE and also of Joseph
Foulks WINKS the famed Baptist Preacher and Printer who
baptized Thomas COOK of Cook's travels.
Descendants of this family are now scattered across the Globe
with groups in Australia, New Zealand and the USA
families associated with Bole, check out our sister Site
The Bole Project
The Carlton in Lindrick WINKS
This family was well researched by Becky Leach DOZIER of
Augusta, Georgia, USA. Becky traced the family back through
Virginia to an emigration in 1867 from Babworth and hence all
the way back to Carlton c1700.
The Carlton Parish registers actually show WINKS Marriages
and Christenings back to 1663. Jo JORDAN is confident this
family descended from the Harthill/Thorpe Salvin families via
Carlton in Lindrick
The Hodsock WINKS
I will deal with this family separately as although the
Carlton Family descended from them this was a late discovery.
this family stretches back to about 1620 and is responsible for
many families outside the immediate area including Australia,
the US and also the Winks families around Keelby, Lincolnshire.
1,018 Descendants have been identified of William WINKS and Ann who
married c1650 at Hodsock.
Family based around Banff used the name WINK until the middle of
the 1700's several strands adopted the WINKS Name and at least 3
Brothers/Cousins migrated to New Zealand, some others drifted
south to the English Shipyards in Northumberland during the 19th
descendants of Joseph Foulks WINKS and his son, the Reverend
William Edward WINKS, have adopted the Surname fFoulkes-Winks
The Reverend relocated his family to the Cardiff area in the late 19th
family in the USA claim descendancy from a George WINKS born
about 1700 in Wales.
Documentary evidence of this would be
"work in progress"
was born in Carlton in Lindrick in 1800, he was convicted twice
of Larceny (1826 and 1828), on the second occasion he was
sentenced to Transportation for Life and arrived in Tasmania on
the Manlius, by 1835 had become a Police Constable.
In 1845 John applied for permission to marry another Convict,
Christian STEVENSON, and although Permission was granted, the
marriage does not appear to have taken place and it is possible
John died around this time.
Christian married another Convict, Philip ABLETT in 1846 at
John WINKS was born in in Cowbit, Lincolnshire in 1807, he
was convicted at the Old Bailey in 1832 for theft of a Fowl and
was sentenced to being transported for 7 years. He arrived in
Hobart, Tasmania on the Surrey.
In 1846 John married another
Convict, Margaret FAGAN, He is thought to have died in
Victoria in 1871 but this requires Confirmation.
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