The Ling Family

Blaxhall and around.

I have been researching the Ling family for my wife, one of the many descendants of the famous David(1754). I have gone back to William Lynge (Ling) Died 1579 Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk. In the tree I have developed down to my wife are many Lings down to my wife. Her grandfather Harry Allen Ling was born in Blaxhall in 1873 and was baptised there on 10th Aug 1873. If I can help any others researching the Ling's or any family that may have married a Ling I will be glad to help. My email address is

All the best


Hi Colin, my name is Anthea Christine Agar nee Ling . My father was Harry Rust Ling 15.12.1920 of Howden le Wear, Crook, Co. Durham. Mother Mary Ling nee Sleights 19.12.1919. My father's father was George Thomas Ling and his father's father was Harry Rust Ling. I am holidaying in the Baxhall area this week and was facinated with the Ship Inn and the chuch at Blaxhall. I wondered if you had any information about my ancestors? Thankyou, Anthea.

Hello Anthea,

I've got a Harry Rust Ling on the Blaxhall family tree, born 1850, who became a miner in Durham. I've not got a son George Thomas though, can you confirm it's not John Thomas?


Hi Shane, Sorry it was me who got it wrong.
My grandfather was John Thomas Ling who died in 1950, aged 73. He was married to Mary Wilson and together they had 5 children, Harry Rust born 1920 and died aged 73, Gordon, Robert, Edith and Heather. Edith and Heather are still alive. Apparently John Ling from Snape was my dad's double! In 1911 there was
a Harry Rust Ling living in Charsfield nr Whickham Market with 2nd wife Alice.
A Harry Rust came to Durham from Eyke and is burried in Butley or Orford. My father had someone visit him from Australia called Kit. I'm not sure about how he came to be related. Hope you have some further information you could give me. Thanks for replying, Anthea.

Hello Anthea,

That sounds better. The Harry Rust Ling born 1850 was a great nephew of David Ling, 1754, father to so many Blaxhall Lings, via David's younger brother James, born 1768. One curiosity is why Harry gave his birthplace as Homerton, London, during one of the census' in Durham; I'm sure it's the same guy, but it's an odd anomaly.

Getting back to David, together with another Ling researcher Kevin Scott I've got his ancestors pegged back to the mid 1600s, so it would be interesting to see what Colin (above) can add.

As for the Australia angle, one of David's other sons, John, was transported for stealing a pig, but after serving his time stayed there and had children, so it could be one of his descendants or possibly those of one of the other Lings who emigrated later on.

Hi Shane, I have received some other information and talked to my father's
regarding my strain of the Lings and after taking it all in will send you another comment. ANTHEA