Fetherston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Fetherston name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the area that was named Featherstone which was in the counties of Staffordshire, the West Riding of Yorkshire and Northumberland. The surname Fetherston is a habitation name, which is a type of local name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case, the surname was originally derived from an ancient structure made of three light-weight stones that were found near the dwelling place of the original bearers.
Early Origins of the Fetherston family
The surname Fetherston was first found in Northumberland at Featherstone Castle, a large Gothic style country mansion on the bank of the River South Tyne, near the town of Haltwhistle.
The 11th century manor house belonged to the Featherstonehaugh family and dates back to the 13th-century. A square three-storey pele tower was added in 1330 by Thomas de Featherstonehaugh. The castle was held in good repair through the centuries as a survey from the year 1541 reported the property to be a tower in good repair and occupied by Thomas Featherstonehaugh. For a brief time, the castle was sold to Sir William Howard in the 17th century, but was repurchased from the Earl of Carlisle in 1711 by Matthew Featherstonehaugh (1662-1762).
Some moved west to Kirk-Oswald in Cumberland. "The estates were granted by Elizabeth to the Dodding family, and subsequently to the Featherstonhaughs, of Northumberland, who have been settled here since the time of James I., and whose mansion, called The College, is a venerable structure, formerly the residence of the provost and fellows of the college. It is romantically situated on a gentle eminence rising from the margin of the Raven beck, at a short distance from the town; and retains its ancient Oriel window, and other interesting details of its original style. The mansion was plundered by the parliamentarian forces; and there is still preserved the copy of a petition presented to the parliament by the widow of Sir Timothy Featherstonhaugh, in which the loss is estimated at £10,000." 
Important Dates for the Fetherston family
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Fetherston Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Fetherston has undergone many spelling variations, including Featherston, Featherstone, Fetherstone, Featherstonhaugh, Featherstun, Fetherston, Featherstonaugh, Featherstonhoe, Fetherstonhoe, Fetherstunhaugh, Fetherstonaugh and many more.
Early Notables of the Fetherston family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Richard Fetherston (Fetherstone, Featherstone) (executed in 1540), an English Roman Catholic priest, chaplain to Catharine of Aragon and tutor to her daughter, Mary Tudor, he was beatified by Pope Leo XIII, 29 December 1886.
Francis Fetherston or Fetherstonhaugh (born c. 1575) was an English politician, Member...
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Migration of the Fetherston family to Ireland
Some of the Fetherston family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Fetherston migration to the United States
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fetherston were among those contributors:
Fetherston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Fetherston, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 
- Ellen Fetherston, who landed in Virginia in 1642 
Fetherston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Luke Fetherston, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 
Contemporary Notables of the name Fetherston (post 1700)
- William T. Fetherston, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1936, 1940; Chair of Richmond County Democratic Party, 1936-41 
- Sir George Ralph Fetherston (1852-1923), 6th Baronet, whose Baronetcy became extinct on his death
- Sir Thomas John Fetherston (1824-1869), 5th Baronet
- Sir Thomas Francis Fetherston (1800-1853), 4th Baronet
- Sir George Ralph Fetherston (1784-1853), 3rd Baronet, MP for Longford (1819 to 1830)
- Sir Thomas Fetherston (1759-1819), 2nd Baronet, MP for Longford (1801 to 1819)
- Sir Ralph Fetherston (1731-1780), 1st Baronet of Ardagh, County Longford
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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