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The surname Whetsell was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat on the lands of Whiteside from very early times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whiteside, Whitesides and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whetsell research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whetsell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Whetsell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Whetsell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margeret Whiteside arrived with 4 children in New York in 1822; John and Ann arrived in New York State in 1803; Arthur, Stephen and William, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1830-60..

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  • Richard Whetsell (b. 1905), American Republican politician,Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Preston County, 1949-60; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1952, 1956
  • Clay B. Whetsell, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Elkins, West Virginia, 1941-44
  • Charles Whetsell, American Republican politician, Chair of Preston County Republican Party, 1969-73


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Whetsell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whetsell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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