Saturday, January 1, 2011




Of course, one of the pieces of “Wrigley” information I received from Grandma Sarah that stood out in my mind is that we were in some way related to the “Gum” Wrigleys. (See last paragraph). Loving to chew gum, and being young, I was very impressed that we were part of that Wrigley Line. However, I was never interested enough to find out just how we were “cousins” to the Wrigley Gum people.

The other part of my “Wrigley” upbringing, was that Grandma Kirkham had traced the Wrigley’s to Barnby Don in Yorkshire, England. After extending the pedigree as far as she could, she applied to the Genealogical Society to do temple work for all the Wrigley in Barnby Don and surrounding villages and towns on the assumption that we were probably related to most of the Wrigleys. This permission was granted, and she spent hours copying Wrigley names from books in local Genealogical Libraries.

At one time in England, it became popular to copy lists of births, marriages, and deaths names from local cemeteries and church records and publish them in newspapers. They were then compiled into books, published, and found their way to the Genealogical Society and it’s offshoots, of which there were two in Shelley, and Idaho Falls.

Grandma would take me to help her copy these names onto group sheets. I soon learned, at a very early age, how to sort these names into families and group them on Family Group Sheets. These sheets would then be sent to the Genealogical Society, cleared for temple work, and sent to the temple. Eventually they would be returned to Grandma Sarah, with an extension glue to the right side indicated the date of the temple work, and who completed it. I inherited a large cardboard box packed tight with Wrigley Group Sheets; the temple work having been done for the names on those sheets. I eventually spent hours organizing them, and trying to form pedigree charts. I soon realized that proving relationship to all these names would be quite difficult, but many were related to our pedigree charts as collateral ancestors.

This experience left me with the impression that although Edward Wrigley had little to do with his “Wrigley” relatives and blood line, it was important to the family, at least to Grandma, to complete the research for the Wrigley line.

Note: In another article on this Blog, I described my experience of traveling to Barnby Don, and impression it left with me. See Parish Chest.

Wrigley Gum Information.

(I don’t even remember where I obtained this little bit of information)

William Wrigley, Jr. was born in 1861. He went into business with his father in 1882 and moved to Chicago. In 1891 William Jr., entered business for himself under the name of William Wrigley Jr. and Co., Manufactures of Chewing Gum. On January 1, 1911 the plant of the Zero Manufacturing Co was absorbed and the name of the corporation was changed to the William Wrigley Jr. of which he was president. William Jr. was president of the First National Bank of Chicago, First trust and Savings Bank, Boulevard Bridges Bank, and Consumers Company of Chicago. William Jr. married Adam L. Foote and to this union was born three children named:

Philip K. Dorothy W. Mrs. James R. Oldfield

William Wrigley Jr. died in 1932 leaving his son Philip K. head of many enterprises.

On Family Search, William is on a pedigree that includes his son Philip and his father and mother.  They have not been tied into any other pedigree.   There lies a challenge.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Carolyn,

    I am a Wrigley researcher. I have done a lot on the Philadelphia Wrigleys (my line) who include the Chicago (gum) Wrigleys. The current Bill Wrigley is my 4th cousin.

    I ran across your blog when I was researching a Wrigley line that so far is not connected to my line. I have been researching my family so long (20+ years) that I now correspond with a lot of Wrigley researchers all over the world. First, kudos on your extensive work. I have been thinking about doing a blog but have never gotten around to it. When I started, I depended on family stories and got side tracked a number of times. I am afraid your “Grandma Sarah” was mistaken about where the Philadelphia Wrigleys came from. My 3 rd great grandfather, Edward, came from Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England to Philadelphia and his grandson went to Chicago on business and founded the gum empire. His line dates first to ould tame back in the mid 17th century (as far back as I could get) and gradually moved eastward to Broadhead and Knowl to the early 19th century. This area is east of Manchester near the villages of Uppermill and Delph in Yorkshire. I have visited there several times

    I am very interested in your Wrigley line and am going to read all your notes with great interest….as I have three different people whom I am helping. Maybe they are connected to you. (Probably you and I are connected too, although it would have to be back around the 1300’s I think.

    I would be pleased to correspond!

    Jeanne Dunn


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