Early Origins of the Reedwood family
The surname Reedwood 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 Reedwood family
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Reedwood Spelling Variations
The name, Reedwood, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Redwood, Reedwood, Redewood, Redeswood, Reedswood and many more.
Early Notables of the Reedwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Reedwood family to Ireland
Some of the Reedwood 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 Reedwood family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Reedwood surname who came to North America were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.