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Early Origins of the Withington family

The surname Withington 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 Withington family

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Withington Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Withington 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 Withington migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Withington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Withington, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • Richard Withington, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1640 [2]
Withington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Withington, who landed in New York in 1797 [2]
Withington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Withington, who landed in America in 1810 [2]

Australia Withington migration to Australia +

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

Withington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Withington, British Convict who was convicted in Salford, Greater Manchester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [3]

New Zealand Withington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Withington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Withington, (b. 1853), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Withington (post 1700) +

  • William H. Withington (1835-1903), American Republican politician, Colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; Recipient, Medal of Honor; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County, 1873-74
  • Marie G. Withington, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1972
  • James H. Withington, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1872
  • Charles C. Withington, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Greenville, South Carolina, 1921-26, 1931-35, 1954-61 (acting, 1921-22, 1954-55)
  • Beverly J. Withington, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 2000
  • Arthur Withington, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1908

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Lothrop Withington, American 1st Class Passenger from Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking [5]

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  5. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook