ATTREE FAMILY HISTORY
family, known by its Old English name of Att Ree
or Atte Ree
and also known as Atree
and even Tree
, is recorded in the thirteenth century as "William Atte Ree of Warnham, son of Alan Atte Ree of Warnham, born about 1230, died before 1271"
During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the Attree family was established in the towns (villages) of Wivelsfield and Ditchling, Sussex and at that time were in their own right "Lords of the Manor".
There is even mention of "Attree" in the Domesday Book
(1086) with reference to Edmer At Re
"At Ree" signifying "at the ree or river"
(Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica page 249)
The most known (published pedigrees are the Pedigree of Attree of Theobalds
(Wivelsfield) and the Pedigree of Attree of Barcombe and Ditchling
. The Pedigree of Goodman of Otehall starts with John Atte Ree, Lord of the Manor of Otehall, 1438
The present Otehall house was built in three stages, the oldest section being the middle part, the stem of the T, dating to approximately 1550, while the head of the T or east wing is dated 1600.
The pedigree of Attree of Theobalds, published in the Sussex Archaeological Collections (SAC) volume XXXV in 1887 together with an article about Wivelsfield by Captain F.W.T. Attree, R.E.
refers to the descendants of Richard Attree (died circa 1544).
The family owned a house called "Theobalds" (or sometimes known as "Tibbles") for 256 years or more, from which the pedigree is named after.
John Attree (1793-1876) grandson of John Attree the Malster of Ditchling (1708-1772) sold Theobalds in 1823 to William Henry Bacchus.
The house "Theobalds" still exists.
The Pedigree of Attree of Barcombe and Ditchling (also published in another volume of the SAC) starts with John Attree (1530-1610) of Barcombe. John is the second son of Thomas Atte Ree (d 1533) of Town Place in Horsted Keynes. Thomas was a brother of Richard of Theobalds.
For further reading see the document "Short Summary of the Attree Family History".