Early Origins of the Wolthal family
Westmorland where they held a family seat. Little is known of the early history of the family until they migrated south to Cheshire in the vicinity of Chester. Thomas Walthall, the first in Cheshire, was directly descended from the Westmorland family. He married Margeret, the daughter of Sir William Stanley of Hooton.
Early History of the Wolthal family
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Wolthal Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Wolthal has been recorded under many different variations, including Wattall, Whaltall, Whalthall, Waltall, Walthal and many more.
Early Notables of the Wolthal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wolthal family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wolthal or a variant listed above: David Wattall who landed in North America in 1735.
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