Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a person who made arrows, or more specifically the maker of the iron tips for arrows.
Early Origins of the Harrysmith family
Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Harrysmith family
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Harrysmith Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Harrysmith include Arrowsmyth, Arrowsmith, Arrowsmythe, Arrowsmithe and others.
Early Notables of the Harrysmith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Harrysmith family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Harrysmith were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Elizabeth Arrowsmith who settled in America in 1718; followed by John in 1734; and Martha in 1737; Thomas Arrowsmith settled in Virginia in 1670; Daniel Arrowsmith settled in Savanna, GA. in 1865..
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