East Donyland, Essex Genealogy

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East Donyland

Guide to East Donyland, Essex ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

East Donyland, Essex
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St Lawrence East Donyland Essex
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Lexden (Colchester)
County Essex
Poor Law Union Lexden and Winstree
Registration District Lexden
Records begin
Parish registers: 1731
Bishop's Transcripts: 1801
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Mersea
Diocese Pre-1846 - London; Post-1845 - Rochester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester
Location of Archive
Essex Record Office

Parish History

East Donyland or Donyland (East), is a parish in Lexden district, Essex; it is on the river Colne, at the influx of the river Roman, it is adjacent to the Wivenhoe railway, 3 1/2 miles SSE of Colchester.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

East Donyland, Essex Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

ESSEX = EssexAncestors - (£)[2]
FREG = FreeREG - free[3]
East Donyland, Essex Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1731-1925
Non-Conformist Churches

Wesleyan Methodist

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Poor Law Unions

Lexden and Winstree Poor Law Union, Essex

No records of vestry government survive. Two overseers of the poor were recorded in 1655 but only one in 1737. There was a surveyor of the highways in 1608. In 1650 the inhabitants were presented at quarter sessions for failing to maintain their roads.
In 1642 the poor seafarers of East Donyland needed help to maintain their poor. A poor rate in 1737 raised £22 15s., but the overseer spent £23 9s. 6d.  In 1776 expenditure on the poor was £82 11s., but between 1783 and 1785 it aver- aged only £47 3s. 4d. In the earlier 19th century expenditure per head of population was in most years the lowest in the hundred. Total expendi- ture reached £269, roughly 12s. 8d. per head of population in 1813, but fell to £231 or c. 10s. 3d. a head in 1815. The number of people relieved declined in the same period from 32 to 26. Expenditure rose fairly steadily to £383 14s. or 14s. a head in 1819 before falling to £212 10s. or 7s. 6d. a head in 1821. It rose slightly in the 1820s and early 1830s, reaching £403 or 11s. 8d. a head in 1833.
Daniel Bayley of Newmarket (Cambs.) in 1754 surrendered to the churchwardens and overseers for the use of the poor a house which was apparently used as pauper housing until it was sold in 1838. [4]

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Essex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Essex Ancestors - offers images of genealogical records for the county of Essex ($)

East Donyland on GENUKI


  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, (London and Edinburgh: 1870). Adapted: Date Accessed 17 May 2013
  2. Essex Ancestors: Unearth Your Roots, Seax - Essex Archives Online From the Essex Record Office, accessed 3 March 2012.
  3. Essex Coverage in FreeReg, FreeREG, accessed 4 September 2014.
  4. From: 'East Donyland: Local government', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10: Lexden Hundred (Part) including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe (2001), pp. 194-195. British History Date accessed: 12 February 2011.