The name Oldershaw reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Oldershaw family lived in Cambridgeshire
, at Wrench.
Early Origins of the Oldershaw family
The surname Oldershaw was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Haddenham. Conjecturally they are descended from one of seven Freemen who held this village from the Abbot of Ely. Haddenham was included in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census taken in 1086 and initiated by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Oldershaw family
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Oldershaw Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Oldershaw family name include Rench, Wrench, Renche, Wrenche and others.
Early Notables of the Oldershaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oldershaw family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Oldershaw family to immigrate North America: Ann Wrench who settled in Virginia in 1641; William Wrench settled in Barbados in 1635; Simon Rench settled in Virginia in 1660.
Contemporary Notables of the name Oldershaw (post 1700)
- Juan J. Oldershaw, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Willington, 1902, 1904 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Oldershaw family
- Mr. Arthur Oldershaw (b. 1919), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Harborne, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm