Early Origins of the Bateshel family
Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bateshel family
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Bateshel Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bateshel were recorded, including Battershill, Battishill, Battershell, Batteshell and many more.
Early Notables of the Bateshel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bateshel family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bateshel family emigrate to North America: Henry Batteshell who settled in Maine in 1616; four years before the arrival of the "Mayflower," in 1620.
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