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The surname Treadwell was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1248 when Thomas Treddewel held estates in that shire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Treadwell, Treadway, Threadwell, Tredway, Threadway, Tredway, Tradewell, Tradway and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Treadwell research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1st , 1642, 1455, 1487, 1595 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Treadwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Treadwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Treadwell, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Thomas Treadwell, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1638

Treadwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Agus Treadwell, who arrived in New Jersey in 1762

Treadwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J P Treadwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J C Treadwell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Treadwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Treadwell, aged 14, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

Treadwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Betsey Treadwell, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Jane Treadwell, aged 27, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874

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  • Louis Mead Treadwell II (b. 1956), American politician, 11th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska from 2010 to 2014
  • Marshall Treadwell (1875-1958), American politician and farmer, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Fairfield, 1921-1922
  • Alexander Treadwell, American politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Harry A. Treadwell, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Hartford, 1910
  • John Treadwell (1745-1823), American politician, Delegate to Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1784-1787, Member of Connecticut Council of Assistants, 1786-1798, Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, 1797-1809, Governor of Connecticut, 1809-11
  • Timothy Treadwell (1957-2003), born Timothy Dexter, an American environmentalist and bear enthusiast who was killed by a brown bear, inspiration for the acclaimed 2005 documentary film Grizzly Man
  • Sophie Treadwell (1885-1970), American playwright and journalist, best known for her play Machinal
  • Captain Jack L Treadwell, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • David Treadwell (b. 1965), American football placekicker
  • Frederick Pearson Treadwell (1857-1919), American-Swiss Chemist

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  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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