as Lords of the Manor of Astbury in the county. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1287 when William of Astbury was recorded with estates in that village.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Astbury research.Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1688 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Astbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Astbury has been spelled many different ways, including Astbury, Astbry, Astbrey, Asprey, Aspry, Astbray, Astburie and many more.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Astburys to arrive in North America:
Astbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John and Edward Catherton Astbury, who were recorded in Sacramento County, California between 1866 and 1871
- Thomas W. Astbury, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1877