The family name is
now quite widespread in both the U.S.A. and to a much lesser extent
in Canada, but these are mostly descended from various early
settlers, and therefore outside the scope of this listing. There were
some direct immigrants from England in the 18th or 19th centuries,
though details are sparse.
Known early settlers:
(aged 21) of Chipping sailed for Virginia 2.1.1634
in the merchant bonaventure "JAMES RICROFTE". He was
probably later in Barbados (also see West Indies including Barbados"), also using the spelling
Plymouth, Mass in 1643 (1642?). Has been claimed to be from
Rochester, Kent, though this may simply have been the port of
embarkation. He married Ann (
?) and was granted lands in
1650, possibly at Plymouth. He was a soldier in colonial wars, and
had 10 children with many descendants. He was a Constable for
Plymouth in 1664. He signed as Samuell
in his will,
and died at Plymouth some time between 1.8.1669 and 22.10.1669. He
was probably born between 1618 and 1664; it is conjectured by the
American branch that he went to Plymouth as an apprentice or "bound
boy" or indentures, around 1634/5, probably from London. One of
his lineal descendants was Benjamin Franklin
(1833-1890), an inventor (ex-cobbler) who founded the large
engineering company B.F.
[Note from Ray Sturtivant: - My own surmise
is that Samuel was one of the two sons of John
Kneesall, Nottinghamshire. Samuel and Joseph were apprenticed in 1630
to a cutler at Sheffield. Joseph completed his apprenticeship and
remained in Sheffield, but Samuel failed to do so and no further
record of him has been found in England]
of Norwalk, Connecticut had two children. He was
born around 1634-45, probably in England, but possibly in America
(Virginia?), and was the founder of the Connecticut branch. He died
at Norwalk some time between Christmas Day 1714 and 22.2.1715, by
then very aged. He had a son John born at Norwalk in 1676, other
children being Sarah, Jonathan, Joseph and Elizabeth. There are
various reports as to his origins, namely:
(1) He was the son
of John, a silversmith of London who went to America.
(2) He was
once a silversmith in London.
(3) He was kidnapped on London
Bridge and taken overseas as a 'bound boy'.
(4) He was born at
Plympton, Mass around 1654.
of the counsel who prepared the charter for the City of Nieuw
Amsterdam (now New York) in 1652. He could be the William
mentioned in a Charles City, Virginia court record in 1666.
arrived at Virginia in 1665.
) was the second husband of
Hannah, who had previous married William Crow on 1.4.1644. He became
a wealthy merchant and has numerous descendants.
arrived at Maryland in 1669.
was in Virginia by 1649, and was granted land in
Henrico County, Virginia in 1652. He was the second husband of Sarah
Hallom, being married in Charles City County, Va around 1659/60. They
had sons Daniel, Llewellyn, Mathew and Chichester. He was a
successful planter and trader, and one of the leader's of Bacon's
Rebellion in 1676/7. Maybe born before 1631, probably in England but
possibly in America. [Note that he was not the son of Roger
arrived at Maryland in 1671.
, baptised 23.8.1609, son of William
and Margaret of Sutton-on-Trent, Notts, went overseas (possibly to
America), but had returned to England by 1680 when he was a porter in
None of the following has been tied in with any of the English families. They
simply have been arrivals from other American ports:
arrived Boston, Mass in 1764.
arrived Philadelphia in 1832.
San Francisco in 1850.
arrived at San
Francisco in 1850.
arrived at San
Francisco in 1860.
arrived San Francisco
arrived San Francisco 1852.
arrived San Francisco 1852.
, daughter of Saunderson Henry & Sophia
of England, was married in New York in March 1904 to Dr George K.de
, an American citizen,
enlisted in the 2nd/1st West Lancashire Brigade, Royal Field
Artillery in 1915. His next of kin was given as Mrs Etta Ramsdell,
There are two
well known places in America with the name
village is 5 miles west of Racine, in Racine
County, south east Wisconsin. It is in a truck farming region, and is
a rail-road shipping point. In 1962 its population was 1,176.
is in California, the nearest large town
being Pasadena. It was started by Wilbur
, who was
born in Ohio around 1840/1 and died in New York in 1910. He had
fought with the Ohio Volunteers in the American Civil War, and
settled down with his family after being discharged in 1864. Later,
however, he left them, and in 1893 started his trail camp in the San
Gabriel Mountains, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre. It was
situated near the head of the Big Santa Anita Canyon, and in those
days could only be reached by way of a long trek over Mount Wilson,
now well known for its Observatory. In 1945 the camp was bought by
the Methodists, and run by them as a religious retreat and conference
centre, under the name
for details of these and other places with
Sturtivant/Sturdivant/Sturtevant related names in USA and England.