Witherington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Witherington family

The surname Witherington was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Widdrington Castle. "High Trewhitt is 4¼ miles (N. W.) and Low Trewhitt 4½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Rothbury. These places were in the time of James I. possessed by Sir Ephraim Widdrington: the family of Clavering held the former in the reign of Charles I., but forfeited it by their attachment to the Stuarts." [1]

As one would expect the eponymous parochial chapelry of Widdrington, again in Northumberland is of special note to the family. "This place was long the seat of the Widdrington family, many of whom at various periods greatly distinguished themselves against the Scots, and on other occasions. Sir William Widdrington, in 1642, was expelled from the house of commons for raising forces in defence of Charles I., by whom, in the following year, he was elevated to the dignity of baron; after the battle of Marston-Moor, he left the kingdom, when his estates were confiscated by the parliament, but returning in the service of Charles II., he was slain at the conflict of Wigan.

William, 4th lord Widdrington, was attainted in 1715, for his share in the rebellion of that year, and his property, to the amount of £100,000, was sold for the public advantage; thus consummating the downfall of a family that had flourished during a space of seven centuries." [1]

Witherington is a tything, in the parish of Downton, union of Alderbury, hundred of Downton, Salisbury and Amesbury in Wiltshire.

Early History of the Witherington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Witherington research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1663, 1563, 1640, 1610, 1651, 1640, 1718, 1685, 1689, 1678, 1743, 1640, 1660, 1660, 1664, 1656, 1665 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Witherington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Witherington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Widdrington, Widrington, Witherington and many more.

Early Notables of the Witherington family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Preston (1563-1640), a Benedictine monk assumed the name Roger Widdrington while in prison; William Widdrington (1610-1651), 1st Baron Widdrington; and his son, Ralph Widdrington (c. 1640-1718), Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed (1685-1689); Baron William Widdrington (1678-1743), 4th Baron Widdrington of Blankney; Thomas Widdrington (1640-1660), an English politician who sat...
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United States Witherington migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Witherington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Witherington, who settled in Jamaica in 1654
  • Anne Witherington and her husband settled in Barbados in 1668
Witherington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Witherington, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [2]
  • Henry and Jane Witherington, who settled in New England in 1747
  • John Witherington, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Witherington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Witherington, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • M. Witherington, aged 24, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, Queenstown [3]
  • Margaret Witherington, aged 30, originally from Belfast, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Ethiopia" from Moville, Ireland [4]
  • William James Witherington, aged 3, originally from Belfast, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Ethiopia" from Moville, Ireland [5]
Witherington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Witherington, aged 33, originally from Lyndhurst, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • John Witherington, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Iroquois" from Dominican Ports via Turks Island [7]
  • Elizabeth Witherington, aged 48, originally from Lyndhurst, England, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Witherington (post 1700) +

  • Ben Witherington III (b. 1951), American New Testament scholar
  • Benjamin Witherington, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lenoir County, 1801-02 [9]
  • William Frederick Witherington (1785-1865), English painter and academic from London [10]
  • Cecil Pearl Witherington Cornioley CBE (1914-2008), nicknamed "Agent Wrestler," Paris-born, British World War II secret service agent who was recommended for the Military Cross, but as a woman, she was ineligible


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BZ-S6D : 6 December 2014), M. Witherington, 27 Apr 1893; citing departure port Liverpool, Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J611-H4Q : 6 December 2014), Margaret Witherington, 26 Jan 1894; citing departure port Moville, arrival port New York, ship name Ethiopia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J611-H47 : 6 December 2014), William James Witherington, 26 Jan 1894; citing departure port Moville, arrival port New York, ship name Ethiopia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXLN-G4X : 6 December 2014), Elizabeth Witherington, 01 Dec 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JK-SPP : 6 December 2014), John Witherington, 15 Jul 1921; citing departure port Dominican Ports via Turks Island, arrival port New York, ship name Iroquois, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN26-S28 : 6 December 2014), Elizabeth Witherington, 02 Sep 1922; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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