Lancashire, England

Summary of Family History


Local historians and genealogists interested in the area around Pendle will come across the Nowell family of Read, perhaps in connection with the story of the Pendle Witches.  The family tree below has been simplified from that in Dr. Whitaker's History of Whalley so as to focus on the male line at Read.  The earliest part of the tree in Whitaker is very sketchy so I begin at the point where we first see the names of the wives.  The senior line became extinct in the male line in generation 12 and so it was from Alexander Nowell of Gawthorp in generation 10 that the male line continued but it failed two generations later.   The tree has been compared with that shown in Pedigrees of the County Families of England, Volume I, Lancashire, by Joseph Foster, published in London by Head, Hole and Co. in 1873 and additions or alterations are shown in square brackets thus: [ ...]

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