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Ancestors of George Wythe (Declaration signer)
Posted by: christine kenyon jones (ID *****2802) Date: November 21, 2006 at 06:04:56
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I am a member of the Wythes family of Worcestershire, UK. I would like to know if there is a connection between the Worcestershire Wythes family and the George Wythe who signed the Declaration of Indpependence, and therefore would be glad to hear from anyone who has traced George Wythe's ancestors in England. The 's' was added to the name 'Wythe' in the 1630s after the visitation of the heralds of Charles I, who required all families with coats of arms to pay a tax. Rather than pay this tax, the Wythe family added an 's' to their name and pretended they did not have a coat of arms.

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