Early Origins of the Rashlay family
The surname Rashlay was first found in Devon
at Rashleigh "in the parish of Wemworthy, gave name [to] this ancient family , the elder line of which became extinct in the reign of Henry VII. John Rashleigh, a merchant of Fowley, was the first who settled in Cornwall
, and was in fact founder of the present family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Rashlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rashlay research.Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1580, 1554, 1624, 1608, 1591, 1675, 1614, 1675, 1619, 1693, 1661 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Rashlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rashlay 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 Rashlay were recorded, including Rashleigh, Rashliegh, Rashly, Rashley and others.
Early Notables of the Rashlay family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Rashleigh (1554-1624), an English merchant and Member of Parliament, High Sheriff
in 1608; Jonathan Rashleigh (1591-1675), an English merchant and politician who sat in... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rashlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rashlay family to Ireland
Some of the Rashlay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rashlay 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 Rashlay family emigrate to North America: Charles Rashleigh settled in New York in 1822.