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  Ote Hall, Wivelsfield, Sussex



The ATTREE 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".


Feature Story 1. For links to other Genealogical Websites see the listing under "Documents"

Feature Story 2. Join the "Attree Family History" group on Facebook at

Feature Story 3.
See "Headstones"

Feature Story 4.
Norwegian Connection. Many thanks to Kjell Frithjof Attree Winder Hoel of Norway for his contributions.

Dear Visitor,

Thank you for taking the time to view my website. The site is primary for the Attree One-Name Study, however human nature being what it is; the site also includes my immediate family's branch.
It all began around 1989, at that time the only knowledge of the Attree family was scarce limited to our own relatives. Although assuming that the name was uncommon and it would not lead to anything much I still continued with my research. How soon this assumption was proved to be unfounded, although Attree is not as such a common name it has been found to be extensive. It has and still does give me pleasure in the research and helping other Attree's be they direct or indirect family members.
I was extremely fortunate in that the Attree family had been researched and documented by Col. F.W.T. Attree (1853-1929) and that his work was to be found at the East Sussex Record Office and available on microfilm from the LDS.
In creating and maintaining this study I have received information and support from many interested parties too numerous to mention here, however I will make special mention of Ditchling Museum and the Wivelsfield History Study Group.
There is still much to be accomplished. There are branches of the Attree family that as yet have not been linked to the overall tree (see document "Attree Family History a Short Summary").
All comments, corrections, additions etc are kindly welcomed.


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