Early Origins of the Reedswood family
The surname Reedswood was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire
. The name was first recorded in the year John of Redewood held knights fees in that shire. It is most likely that this person was an Umfraville.
Early History of the Reedswood family
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Reedswood Spelling Variations
Although the name, Reedswood, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Redwood, Reedwood, Redewood, Redeswood, Reedswood and many more.
Early Notables of the Reedswood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reedswood family to Ireland
Some of the Reedswood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Reedswood family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Reedswood family name Reedswood, or who bore a variation of the surname were settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.