In 1936 Fredric William Charles Bill of Longden, Shrewsbury, wrote to Frances Bill. Here are excerpts:
"...my late Father John bill of Much Wenlock...was rather proud of the name and traced the family back to about the 13th Century. He always maintained that we were a Danish family, though as far as he could rely with any certainty he never got beyond Shropshire & Staffordshire associations.
One branch went to the State, and my father communicated with Ledyard Bill in 1867." note of letter & news clippings,"...They both confirm what my father told me- that the Bills were Kings Printers."
Ledyard wrote to John Bill, 1867, "I think with you that the English Bills originally were from Denmark."
Our oral history is that the first Bill (likely Bille) was a clerk or secretary to Princess Anne of Denmark who became queen in England, but I haven't found any such information.
Another oral piece is that my great-grandfather Thomas Bill told his grandchildren that one of his famous ancestors (with his name - Thomas) had a memorial plaque in a cathedral in southern England. My aunt saw it when they travelled, but forgot to note where it was, I've checked with some of the cathedrals she visited, and there's no such record. The words were to the effect of "for meritorious service to..." one of the royal family, and we wonder if it was Thomas Bill, MD.
Our "proven" family goes back to John Bill, b ca 1725, whose children, b 1756 and later, in WAR, and after that, the family stayed in or near Rugby, WAR for several generations.
Again, if said family tree could be located, it might get the pieces all fit together.
I wrote to the address in Longden many years ago, no reply. I haven't yet tried writing to a local newspaper to see if family still lives in Shropshire or Shrewsbury.
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