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Wickersham Coat of Arms / Wickersham Family Crest

Wickersham Coat of Arms / Wickersham Family Crest

This English surname of WICKERSHAM was a locational name meaning 'the dweller at the estate belonging to the lord of the manor'. A manor, during the middle ages, may have had two or three hundred people living there, most of whom worked in various parts of the manor to produce their food. The manor would be owned by the king or an important noble, or by a religious house or even a freeman. The tenants would have been of three kinds, the freeholders who worked substantial land for which they paid a money rent which freed them of most, but not all, services to the lord, the villeins or serfs who cultivated about thirty acres for which they worked for the lord two or three days a week, and the cotters who held smaller plots and worked shorter periods for the lord of the manor. In the centre of the manor would be the hall, the principal residence of the lord of the manor and the church would be nearby. Around these two important building would be crude houses or cottages of the inhabitants. As overseers usually enjoyed a higher rank, these occupations first appeared recorded in official documents, and tended to become hereditary family names which have continued to this day.The name was taken to the United States of America by early settlers, as some of the instances of the name will prove. In Drunmore township, Pennsylvania, circa. 1860 Lena Penny, daughter of Joseph Penny, married Robert WICKERSHAM of Chester county. The State Normal School at Millersville, Pennsylvania, was founded by the Hon. J.P. WICKERSHAM, circa. 1850, and in 1873 some of the students received a teacher's permanent certificate from the State Superintendent, the Hon. J.P. WICKERSHAM. In 1861 under, Captain M.D WICKERSHAM, many of the men from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania were assigned on September 30th to becoming members of the Co. E., 79th P.V.I. Rachel, daughter of Walker and Anna Moore, married William WICKERSHAM, a farmer from London Grove township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, circa. 1840.


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