Early Origins of the Wetstone family
The surname Wetstone was first found in Leicestershire
at Whetstone, a village and civil parish in the Blaby district that dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Whetstone and Westham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
This village was held by under-tenant Ralph, a Norman noble, who held by the Robert Beaumont, Count of Meulan who held these lands and ninety other manors in Leicester, Warwick and Wiltshire
. Rather small by standards of the day, the village held one mill, had 16 acres of meadow and was land enough for 7 ploughs. Whetstones or water stones are used to grind and hone the edges of steel tools and implements. Charnwood Forest in northwest Leicestershire
, has been quarried for centuries, and has been a major source of whetstones and quern-stones.
Early History of the Wetstone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wetstone research.Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1544, 1587, 1711, 1630 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Wetstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wetstone Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Whetstone, Wetstone, Wetston, Whytstone, Whetston and many more.
Early Notables of the Wetstone family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Whetstone (d. 1557), English landowner who owned the manor of Walcot at Barnack, near Stamford, Lincolnshire; and his son, George Whetstone (1544-1587), English dramatist and author; Rear Admiral Sir William Whetstone... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wetstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wetstone family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Florida, and to the islands..