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Neathery or Nethery?!
Posted by: J. Marshall Neathery Date: December 14, 1999 at 20:32:35
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Like many other surnames, ours is spelled primarily two different ways: NEATHERY and NETHERY. Some, however, are known to spell it NEATHERLY or NETHERLY with the "L" between the "R" and the "Y".

Many people, outside the family, pronounce it with the "L" inserted. Some have told me that "...it just seems the 'L' should be there!"

In my own line, NEATHERY and NETHERY are the spellings, with each being correct of course. It is simply a matter of preference.

The origin of the name is, most probably, from the ancestral home of the Mentieth Clan of Graemes or Grahams, known as "NETHERBY HALL" in County Cumbria, Northern England....in "The Borderlands" of England and Scotland. In 1604, James I of England, banished 'Walter the gude man of Netherby' and 126 of his compatriots, who were mostly Grahams, to Roscommon in Ireland. The banishment was due to these folk being troublesome on the English-Scottish border. It is thought that some of these banished citizens changed their name to "Netherby", after the Graham Estate. In Ireland, the "b" was eventually dropped and the name became "Nethery".

In the early to mid 1600s census records of Scotland, one can find the name Netherie, Nethrie, Netherei, Netherey, Neddrie, Niddry, etc. along the east coast from Edinburgh, Perth and Fife, to Aberdeen.

In America, my progenitor ancestor MAY have been JAMES NETHERY (Netherway, Nevery, Nithery), a Jacobite soldier of the Rebellion of 1715. In the Earl of Wintoun's Brigade, he was captured at the Battle of Preston, England on November 14, 1715. In May, 1716, he was shipped, along with 79 other Jacobite POWs, from Liverpool, England....on the ship called 'Friendship'....to the Colony of Maryland, arriving in August, 1716. The banishment was to be permanent, with a seven-year indenture of labor given to each prisoner to pay for their voyage to America.

James Nethery was indentured to Col. William Holland of Ann Arundel County, Maryland.... along with fellow Jacobites John Pitter (Potter) and Dugall McQueen.

A James Neadre's name shows up as a witness to the Will of Thomas Lingan in Calvert County, Maryland....1734. This may or may not be our James Nethery!?

Netherys show up in the Wilmington, Delaware area in the mid-1700s, as well as in Chester County, Pa., and in Orange County, North Carolina.

My ancestor was THOMAS NETHERY, Sr. (1719 - 1798)came to Mecklenburg County, Virginia (Southside Virginia), about 1760. He MAY have been the son of old Jacobite POW James Nethery! It is thought that Thomas Nethery came from Kennett Township of Chester County, Pa. Thomas Nethery purchased land from Richard Witton, the first High Sheriff of Mecklenburg County. He lived and died on this land which is near the present-day town of Chase City, Va.

In old Mecklenburg County, Va. records, the name is variantly spelled, Neathery, Nethery, Netherly, Netherry, Netherey, Nethry, etc.

Any information that anyone would share re: this surname is welcomed.


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