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********** At the Wakefield Reunion on August 11, 2012, Sue told us of a tremedous research breakthrough in Irish research that has a direct bearing on our Wakefield ancestors. The breakthrough is a list of 35,000 soldiers that were in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. This is important because family tradition(propagated by the Wakefield Memorial) says that Dr. Albert Wakefield dressed a wound for King William III in the Battle of the Boyne. King William was so appreciative that he granted land in Aughrim to Dr. Wakefield and his heirs. That land has been passed down through the centuries to a Leslie Wakefield who lives there now.
Up until now, there has not been a comprehensive list of soldiers in the Battle of the Boyne. That is why this is a tremendous breakthrough.
There is a tradition, propagated by the Wakefield Memorial, that because a Dr. Wakefield patched up King William before the battle of Boyne in Ireland in 1690, King William rewarded Dr. Wakefield with land from the battlefield.
That land has been handed down to a Wakefield today named Leslie Wakefield.
Up unitil now there have not been documents to substantiate this tradition. It is true that Leslie Wakefield owns property near to where the battle was fought, but even Leslie does not know the origin of how his ancestors received this land.
There are some accounts that state that King William was wounded before the battle, but it is not conclusive as to who this doctor was.
There are also incomplete lists of some of the soldiers that were in the battle, but they are not complete lists.
What has come to light is this:
"A historic manuscript containing details of every soldier who who fought with King William of Orange in the Battle of the Boyne has been discovered during renovation work at Belfast City Hall. The 320-year-old 'account book' had been lying in storage at the building for almost a century without the authorities realizing the significance it could hold for military historians and the Orange Order.
The parchment document was written by the Paymaster General Thomas Coningsby and includes a detailed record of each man in the 35,000-strong army which accompanied King WilliamIII to Ireland to do battle with his uncle and father-in-law, the deposed James II."
The significance of this for us is that either Dr. Wakefield will be in the list, which will go a long way in substantiating our Wakefield tradition, or it will not be in the list which will go a long way in substantianting that the tradition may not be correct.
Since the document was not found until May of this year, and it will take a while to get the contents onto the internet, it may be a while before we know one way or the other. But, at some time in the near future, we will get this valuable information.
For more information about this important find, click here.
********** Lionel Nebeker's trip to IRELAND 3 Oct 2011
Read about Lionel Nebeker's trip to the Wakefield Village in Ireland. Clickhere.
We received an email of some great accomplishments of relatives of Sir Humphry Wakefield. Click on Accomplishments.
This site was updated: 7/12/2012 - Added accomplishments of relative of Sir Humphry 7/11/2012 - Added 3/5/2012 - Added journal of Luella Wakefield Washburn - See "Life Sketches" 3/5/2012 - Added life sketches for children of Luessa Wakefield Washburn 2/11/2012 - Added info on the 2012 Family Reunion in Springville 1/17/2012 - Added a Search box to the home page 1/16/2012 - Added Survey 8/15/2011 - Added a page for High on a Mountain Top
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