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  • Aaron Musgrave (1712 - 1781)
    Aaron Musgrave was born c.1712 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of Moses Musgrave the Elder and wife Elizabeth. They were Quakers. Aaron Musgrave and Elizabeth Walter, according to the records of the Co...
  • Sir Adam de Musgrave, Knight, Lord of Musgrave (1170 - 1216)
    Adam de Musgrave was the son of Robert, Lord of Musgrave. He was born c.1170 in Great Musgrave, Westmorland, England and died c.1216 at Sanford, Westmorland, England. He married Alicia de Holbec c.1195...
  • Adam de Musgrave, Lord of Little and Great Musgrave (deceased)
    de Musgrave, lord of Great and Little Musgrave, co. Westmorland,in right of his father's inheritance, and lord of half the manor of Carevile, co. Cumberland,in right of his mother, temp. King John and ...
  • Rev Adam de Musgrave (1200 - 1247)
    Adam de Musgrave was the third son of Adam, Lord of Musgrave, and wife Alicia de Holebec. He was born c.1200 in Great Musgrave, Westmorland County, England and died c.1247.Links to additional mateial:*
  • Alice Musgrave (c.1463 - bef.1496)
    Alice Radcliffe* Born: ABT 1463, Derwentwater, Cumberlandshire, England* Died: BEF 1496, Edenhall Manor, Edenhall, Cumberland, England* Father: Thomas RADCLIFFE of Derwentwater (Sir)* Mother: Margaret ...

About the Musgrave surname

This distinguished surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a locational name deriving from a pair of villages near Kirkby Stephen in Westmorland, called Great and Little Musgrave. The early settlement is recorded as "Musegrave" in circa 1215, and as "Magna" and "Parva Musegrave" (Great and Little) in the "Records of Pleas" of 1292. The placename is derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century elements "mus", mouse, or the Old Norse byname "Musi", with "graf", grove, thus "grove frequented by mice", or "Musi's grove". A number of English placenames contain "mus" as a first element, including Musbury (Lancashire), "mouse-burrow", and Muscoates (Yorkshire), "mouse-infested huts". Early examples of the surname include Roger de Mussegrave (1277, London); Thomas de Musgraue (1362, Yorkshire), and John Mosgrove, listed in the University of Oxford's Register for 1581. Among the recordings of the name in Yorkshire Church Registers are the marriage of John Musgrave and Alice Byrkehead at St. Peter's, Leeds, on May 14th 1583, and the christening of Thomas, son of Wm. Musgrave, at Snaith, on August 21st 1583. The Coat of Arms granted to Sir Thomas Musgrave in the reign of Edward 111 (1327 - 1377) depicts six gold annulets, three, two and one, on a red shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alan de Musegrave, which was dated 1228, in the "Curia Rolls of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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