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The Anglo-Saxon name Penshaws comes from the family having resided at Fanshawe Gate Hall in the county of Derbyshire.

Penshaws Early Origins



The surname Penshaws was first found in Derbyshire. The family held high distinction at Fanshawe Gate from early times. This was the site where Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), the Queen's Remembrancer and his descendants hailed. Very little is known of the earlier lineage apart from the fact that he was the eldest son of John Fanshawe of Fanshawe Gate and had an uncle name Henry Fanshawe. In addition to Fanshawe Gate, he held estates in Ware Park, Hertfordshire and Jenkins, in Barking, Essex; presumably some were inherited through the family.

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Penshaws Early History


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Penshaws Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penshaws research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1533, 1601, 1569, 1616, 1596, 1665, 1621, 1661, 1608, 1666, 1625 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Penshaws History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Penshaws Spelling Variations


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Penshaws Spelling Variations



Penshaws has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Fanshaw, Fanshawe and others.

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Penshaws Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Penshaws Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), English Remembrancer of the Exchequer; Sir Henry Fanshawe (1569-1616), an English Remembrancer of the Exchequer; Thomas Fanshawe, 1st Viscount Fanshawe KB (1596-1665), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1661, supporter of the Royalist cause in...

Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penshaws Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Penshawss to arrive on North American shores: Richard Fanshaw who settled in Virginia in 1635; Sibilla Fanshaw settled in Virginia in 1726.

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