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Elnora Witham McLeod & Fred McLeod my Maternal Grandparents
My Maternal Grandmother Elnora Witham


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The surname Witham was first found in Lincolnshire at North Witham, a small village in South Kesteven. However, Witham is also a town in the county of Essex. The parish of Witham appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. John de Wytham, was 'the king's chaplain' in 1286. [1]CITATION[CLOSE] Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Witham Friary is a small village and civil parish located in Somerset. "Ledstphical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Contemporary Notables of the name Witham (post 1700)

Henry T M Witham (1779-1844), the first English person to investigate the internal structure of fossil plants, Fellow of the Geological Society of London and of the Royal and Wernerian Societies of Edinburgh Richard "Dick" Witham (1915-1999), English professional footballer George Witham (1655-1725), English Roman Catholic bishop Drake Witham (b. 1972), American Los Angeles based stand-up comedian Myron E. Witham (1880-1973), American football player and coach Susan Witham, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 93rd District, 1978 [5]CITATION[CLOSE] The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

one Hall [in Ledstone, in the West Riding of Yorkshire] is a handsome mansion, anciently the seat of the Witham family." [2]CITATION[CLOSE] Lewis, Samuel, A Topogra Henry T M Witham (1779-1844), the first English person to investigate the internal structure of fossil plants, Fellow of the Geological Society of London and of the Royal and Wernerian Societies of Edinburgh Richard "Dick" Witham (1915-1999), English professional footballer George Witham (1655-1725), English Roman Catholic bishop Drake Witham (b. 1972), American Los Angeles based stand-up comedian Myron E. Witham (1880-1973), American football player and coach Susan Witham, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 93rd District, 1978 [5]CITATION[CLOSE] The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html




The Witham Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Optime merenti Motto Translation: To the best deserving.


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DESCENDANTS OF CALEB WITHAM PATRIOT



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