After a thorough search I have been unable to make any connection between the Irishman Oscar Wilde with anyone of the Wills name in Devon, England.
Oscar Wilde was born OSCAR FINGAL O'FLAHERTIE WILLS WILDE and believe that his Wills name may have come from his father Sir William Wilde who was known as Willie.
Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland on the 16th Oct 1854 and died on 30th Nov 1900.
His father was one of Ireland's top ear and eye surgeons. In addition to his children with his wife Jane Francesca, Sir William Wilde was the father of 3 children born out of wedlock before marriage. Henry Wilson born in 1838 followed by Emily in 1847 and Mary Wilde in 1849, respectively, of different parentage to Henry. Sir William acknowledged paternity of his illegitimate children and provided for their education,but they were reared by his relatives rather than with his wife and legitimate children.
Stephen, I would be most interested in knowing more of your lineage to William John Wills the explorer as I have over 2000 connections with the Wills surname on my family tree including William John Wills and all his known connections apart from those still living. After more than 40 years of Wills research I have been able to connect up Wills people from all over the place.
Looking forward to what ever information you can provide regarding your lineage to William John Wills.
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