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The Site

Within this site you'll find the results of research into the family of Thomas and Ann Tilbury nee Durden. The Lineage section follows the descendancy of Tilburys from Thomas and Ann down seven generations. The Gallery holds photos of some of Thomas' and Ann's descendants.

The Background section contains just about everything else, such as the family tree, historical articles (eg. the popular History of Aramac) and records, a list of BMD certificates and parish records, various snippets of information and a log of site updates.

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The Name

Tilbury is an old English (Anglo-Saxon) locality surname derived from "Tila's Burg" (Fort), Essex. Early records of the surname or a variant date to the 13th century, where there is an entry of the name Richard de Tillebyr of county Essex recorded within the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The Hundred Rolls system of local legal jurisdiction was introduced by King Edmund I (939-946AD) and, until the 19th century, was a unit of English Government detailing citizens of a given area.1

Local surnames from English place-names are rare in early London sources. In the early 13th century, local surnames gradually became more numerous and by the end of the century were common. Most, in the 12th and 13th centuries, came from the counties round London, but in the 14th century there is a marked increase of such surnames from farther afield, particularly from the East Midlands.2

The Place

Tilbury is a former urban district (in 1931 the population was 16,825) in South Essex, England, on the north bank of the Thames and 22 miles east of London, opposite Gravesend. Shoe manufacturing is one of the industries.

The extensive docks are included in the Port of London and are the terminus of several passenger shipping lines. Some Tilbury descendants are of the belief that a Tilbury ancestor designed and built Tilbury Docks, which they named after him.

Tilbury Fort, begun under Henry VIII, was later rebuilt and strengthened. In 1588 Queen Elizabeth held a celebrated review there when the Spanish Armada threatened England. The present docks, begun in 1886, were heavily bombed in World War II.

In 1936 the Tilbury urban district was included in Thurrock.3

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The general aim of the site is to put faces to names and attempt to describe the people and the environment in which they lived. It is not a professional genealogical site and no professional genealogical sites have been used in the gathering of information. Should you find that the information here at is also presented in one of such sites, the likelihood is that this site has been scraped at some point and the information they're showing you may be out of date.

The site content was created in book format many years ago and along the way footnote references were lost. They're slowly being re-instated.

[1] ? "The World Book of Tilburys", Halbert’s Family Heritage
[2] "Population Movements in England and Wales during the Industial Revolution", Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Inc., Series A, No.51
[3] ? "The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World, with 1961 Supplement"