GENEALOGY OF WILLIAM BILLINGS, by Frank Billings, page 44.
John, of Rowell, who was patron of the Church of Colly-Weston and also had lands in Rushden. He was the father of two sons, Thomas and John, the latter of whom died on the 19th of March, 1478, and was buried in Woodford Church.
The BILLINGS FAMILY IN ENGLAND.
The Family of Billings derives its name from its ancient inheritance, Billing, a place of very remote antiquity plkeasantly situated about four miles from the borough of Northampton, in the county of Northampton, EN. In this and neighboring places the family resided several hurnder years.
The word "Billing" is Saxon and means a "place by the meadow." It was originally written "de Billing". In the Domesday Book it is "Bellinge."
The earliest notice of the family of Billings is found in ancient records of the time of Henry III, when in the sixth year of his reign (A.D. 1221) a fine was levied between Sarah, the daughter of Warine Falconer, demandant, and Henry de Billing and Wiman his wife, deforciants, of a moiety of three virgates of land in Rushden, Northamptonshire, to the use of the said Henry de Billing. By the inquistion taken in the same reign, Henry de Billing was ceertified to hold a sixth of one night's fee in Rushden, of William, Earl Ferrars, of the honor of Peveral.
From this time for about two centuries there is no trace of the family until we find: