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Looking for the WOODNOTHs of Cheshire, England.

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Not an easy family to track, as I have found 19 different variations of the spelling. True! Mostly WOODNOTH in the old records, but sometimes the same family will be "WOODNOTH alias WOODNET", which brings you into conflict with WOODNOTs, who may or may not be related. When they moved across to the potteries, they often got WOODNORTH. In one family, 4 children christened with different surname spellings :- WOODNOTH, WOODNITT, the next chr. WOODNORTH but WOODNOTH when married, and the last chr WOODNAUGHT, but WOODWORTH when married - which is more likely to have been awful writing by the clerk.
In USA there is a DNA project going to try to sort out the lines to see which ones really go back to Cheshire.
Does anybody else belong to this crazy mixed-up family?

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on 2011-08-11 05:39:17

Shortstuff has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2011. is researching the following names: WOODNOTH, FRANKLIN, HODDER and 8 other(s).

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by janilye on 2011-08-11 06:15:21

I hate to add to the list but we in Australia have WOODNUTT! have a look at what one of ours has to say.

by Shortstuff on 2011-08-11 16:59:59

Thanks janilye. Yes, I was put in touch with Anita & co a couple of years ago, & have a lot of their results, and I was able to fill in a few of their gaps (1800s) as they hadn't considered the Woodnorth variant. The "WOODNOTH ALIAS WOODNET" record, I discovered in an old lease (?1600s - but I would have to check that.)
My Gt.Grandmother was said to have been an only child, but when I was looking through GRO microfiches I found a run of births (inc. her) which suggested more children born. Got the Birth certs & found that Thomas & Caroline who marr 1841, had Ann(e) (my Gt.Grandmother) plus Joseph, George, Elizabeth & Edward. The last 3 died in infancy, but so far I have not found a death for Joseph b.1844, unless, of course, it is under another of the variants or misspellings (e.g.Woodworth) or perhaps he did later in childhood.
I have had a quick look at the One Name page but will study it more later. Thanks for sending the link. Unfortunately we are a dead-end for the DNA project, as we are all descended from a female, but we do have documentary proof after her.
Thanks for your reply.

by afwoodnutt on 2011-09-26 14:42:29

I am co=administrator for the Woodnutt Surname y-dna project through Ancestry.com. The Woodnoths that I have knowledge of, where the name seems to cross over into Woodnorth, is in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Would love to find a male Woodnorth whose ancestors come from this area to test with the descendants of the Cheshire Woodnoths. Or perhaps, if someone knows of a Woodnorth y-dna project already in place so that I might contact their administrator. I think y=dna is the only way to rule in or rule out Woodnorth from Woodnoth. Thanks.

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