Early Origins of the Shenston family
The surname Shenston was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census 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)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Shenstone by Robert d'Oilly who held from Earl Roger who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. This large village contained a Mill.
Early History of the Shenston family
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Shenston Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Shenstone, Shenton, Shenston, Shentin, Shensten and others.
Early Notables of the Shenston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shenston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Shenston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Shenston, who settled in Maryland in 1660
- George Shenston, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Shenston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Shenston, who arrived in Ontario in 1871