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Early Origins of the Withey family

The surname Withey was first found in Somerset where Adam de la Wythye was listed in 1241. A few years later the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 included Richard atte Widege and Robert Widie in Oxfordshire. John de Wyihye (1296) and Alan atte Wythye (1332) both lived at Withy Farm in Danehill in Sussex and were recorded in the Subsidy Rolls; presumably they were related. [1]

Up in Scotland, the first record there was that of Laurencius filius Wyth, judex de Perth in reign of Alexander II. He reigned there from 1214 until his death in 1249. "Thomas Wyche or Withe was burgess of Perth, rendered homage [to King Edward I of England in] 1296. Henry Wyth, burgess of Dunfermline, appears in 1316 and c. 1340. Bricius Wyche, familiaris regis, had an annuity from the king in 1364. In this record his name is mangled to Dichty, Wacht, Wicht, Wycht, Wighte, Wyght, Wichtis, and Wricht. Malcolm Wyth witnessed a deed of sale in Aberdeen, 1383." [2]

Early History of the Withey family

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Withey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Withy, Withey, Withie, Wythy, Wythie, Wythey, With, Wyth, Wythe and many more.

Early Notables of the Withey family (pre 1700)

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United States Withey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Withey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isham Withey, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [3]
  • August Withey, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [3]
Withey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eli Withey, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864 [3]
  • George Withey, who landed in Illinois in 1856-1864 [3]
  • James Withey, who landed in Illinois in 1856-1864 [3]
  • William Withey, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864 [3]

Australia Withey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Withey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Withey, (Withy), (b. 1812), aged 31, English sawyer who was convicted in Wells, Somerset, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1884 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Withey (post 1700) +

  • William H. Withey, American politician, Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1852-53; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1856
  • Ward Alva Withey (1891-1958), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Allegany County, 1930
  • Solomon L. Withey (1820-1886), American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention, 1867; Member of Michigan state constitutional commission 5th District, 1873
  • Howard F. Withey, American politician, U.S. Consul in Tahiti, 1920-22; Copenhagen, 1924; Limoges, 1926; Kingston, 1927; London, 1929; Paris, 1932; Naples, 1938
  • Francis M. Withey, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Florence, 1938
  • Charles A. Withey, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 19th Circuit, 1909-17; Appointed 1909; Defeated, 1926 (7th Circuit)
  • Solomon Lewis Withey (1820-1886), United States federal judge
  • Chester "Chet" Withey (1887-1939), American silent film actor, director and screenwriter
  • Jeffree David "Jeff" Withey (b. 1990), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Graham Arnold Withey (b. 1960), English former professional footballer

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert Thomas William Withey, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [5]

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook