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John Wisdom

Birthplace: Bucklebury, Berkshire, England
Death: 1681 (75-76)
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Wisdom and Anne Daw
Husband of Elizabeth Pinchin
Father of Thomas Wisdom and John Wisdom

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About John Wisdom

John Wisdom

  • Birth: 1605 - Bucklebury, Berkshire, England
  • Death: 1682 - Eastern Shore, Maryland, The American Colonies
  • Wife: Elizabeth Pinchin or Pynchen (Wisdom)
  • Son: Thomas Wisdom


The Wisdom family from Berkshire, England has existed sinc e the year 1375. Thomas Wisdom (farmer), b. 1630 at Buckles bury, Berkshire, England; d. 1685 at Petsworth Parish, Glou chester Co., VA. (based on church records which indicate th e parish budgeted funds for the keeping of the widow Wisdom ). It is believed that Thomas was the son of John Wisdom, b . circa 1604 at Bucklesbury; d. before 1681.

Biography John Wisdom (aka Wisdome) was born in 1605 in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury, England. He was the son of Thomas Wisdom and his wife (Name UNKNOWN). In 1633, John Wisdom married Elizabeth Pynchen (aka Pinchen or Pinchin) at Corsham, Wiltshire; this was probably her home village. Wiltshire county is just west of Berkshire.

According to: London City Apprenticeships Abstracts (1442-1850), John Wisdom had a Tile & Bricklaying business there.

"Alsopp Richard, son of Humphrey, Barton, Staffordshire, husb. (deceased), to John Wisdom, 29 May 1638, Tilers' and Bricklayers' Company."

Apparently he followed his children to America, perhaps arriving in Maryland in 1673 with Henry Wisdom or in 1682 in Philadelphia where a John Wisdom is noted as immigrating then.

From: DAVID WISDOM <> Subject: Re: [WISDOM] Fw: John Henry Wisdom Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:52:53 -0800 (PST) References: <> In-Reply-To: <>

Tavner is almost a common family name. Our common ancestor is probably of southern Virginia. The youngest son of our common ancestor, Francis Torrence Wisdom, was John Wisdom who married Druscilla Winn, daughter of Benjamin Winn and Rachel Tavenor. The Tavenors were of Caroline County, Virginia n the 1600s and one of their relatives may have been Governor of Virginia.

This John and Druscilla Wisdom's third child was a Tavenor, who is shown in the Spotsylvania county, Virginia, census up to 1820. Tavner has since become a common family [first or middle] name.

I even had a Uncle Tavner, who I liked very much. He was kill by a bee swarm, in about the 1960s, Missouri.

You might be interested in some research I did on the name Wisdom. I was able to find a story about its orgin being "Wistoe," of Devonshire, England, 1200s. Since only the English used the letter "W," I was then curcious to see what the word ISTOE would mean. It turns out to be Portuguese for Independent. That made no sense to me, until my Y-DNA study told me I was 47% in common with those of Northern Portugal. That really blew me out of the water as I now have two sources of information about a Portuguese connection Devonshire, on the southern edge of England, is due North of Lisbon. The English were starting a tax system that required surnames, so this migrant called himself a Istoe, an Independent. History of 1200s tells of the Pope's army murdering 20,000 non Catholics, in the general area of the world, and our guy was fleeing for the safety of England in the 1200s. He was independent of the Catholics.[1]

My Y-DNA [male chromosomes only] says I am as much Irish as Portuguese and nothing English [direct male ancestors]. I am 15% in common with U.S. blacks and 25% Hispanic, 5% Han Chinese, yet you would think there would be an Englishman in there somewhere. I now know that [my] surname "Wisdom" is really of a long trail from Portugal.

The English addition of a W and verbal misunderstanding of Wistoe became the English "Wisdome". The "e" was dropped, by Thomas Wisdom, upon his arrival in Ware Parish, Gloucester, Virginia, 1662. David = from:

Sources ↑ NOTE - this would imply he was Jewish or Moorish/Muslim; both were being kicked out of Portugal in the 1200s.

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Bucklebury, Berkshire, England
Bucklebury, West Berkshire, England
Age 76
Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States