|Thomas Wildey, Founder of the Order of the Oddfellows|
The fun part is, I'm tracking all at the same time, Wildey, Wilday, Wilde, Wiley, Wilay, Wilder, Wildes, Willdee, Wildee, Willee, Willy, Wildy, Wildie, Wily, Weldy, Wieley, Weley, Wyly, Wyley, Wylye, Widlley, Wilaa, and about a dozen other spellings. So there are families out there that someday they will discover that they are not just Wilder, but they used to be Wilde, and if they look further, they will discover that they also used to be Wiley, and even before that the family spelling was Wildey! I'm tracking from the 1600s forward, the view looks better from back here, I can't even imagine what family members are up against when they start from present day and work backwards. We are an English family, and all the family members are named Thomas, Richard, John, James, George, Charles, Benjamin, Samuel, Joshuah, Obediah, Peter, Stephen, Edward, Isaac, Isaiah, Jacob, Caleb, etc, the same names generation after generation, decade after decade, over and over, never ending. It gets really confusing to bring up 100 John Wildeys/Wileys and try to figure out who they all belong to..."
The Local History department had an early hand in assisting Jack with his project, supplying extensive information regarding the Wildey family of the Paw Paw area, Van Buren County. In 2002, he put together The Wildey Family : a compilation of manuscripts on the First Five Generations of Family Members Living in Flushing, Long Island and Westchester County, New York - Beginning With Richard Wildey (Born 1635, Died 1690). Jack donated a copy of this to our library. In 1997, he published Wildeys : a colonial family, also found in the Local History Collection.
contact him directly.
If you enjoy working puzzles and solving mysteries, consider starting your own one-name study, and see if you can figure out how all of the pieces fit together. Future generations (and some present) will thank you.
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Nameless Picture of the Day
unknown Civil War soldier, Niles
Photographer - J. W. Tinsley, Chicago
Can you identify the soldier from Niles, Michigan in this daguerreotype? Please contact us if you any information and we will publish it in a future blog. Please include the photo's catalog number with your e-mail.