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Re: Charles S. Tooley
Posted by: Tim Paulson (ID *****6566) Date: May 22, 2007 at 08:12:18
In Reply to: Re: Charles S. Tooley by Eric Tooley of 839

I am honored that my thoughts would be refined by a magnanimous Englishman. Thank you! While I certainly stand corrected by much of your research and the authoritative sources you've cited (particularly Stephen Friar's "Heraldry for the local historian and genealogist"), I hasten to call your attention to what appears to be an inconsistency or contradiction concerning the origin of the Tooley name itself. While you maintain that the name was not derived from Olaf, but from the Vikings of the 8th and 9th centuries, and that "King Olaf's period was far too early for such sophisticated heraldry", you then concede that "Tooley Street in London is considered to have derived its name from its St. Olave's ( Olaf's) Church". Never having thought that the family shield was an instantaneous production, made near the time of the illegitimate son of "St. Olaf", I had hitherto been under the impression that the sophistication of the heraldry was a process, which had evolved over a long period of time. Be that as it may, the value of your contribution to the debated question is immeasurable and I am grateful to be corrected by you.


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