Raiswell one name study

My wife's maiden name is Raiswell, a very unusual name in this and similar spellings.  Starting with the work done by my brother-in-law, we traced back the roots to a single illiterate individual born in 1720 recorded as Samuel Reason, but whose children were later called Raiswell.  Along the way we researched the lineage of 213 people with the surname to make a complete family tree which we believe includes almost all the Raiswells that ever lived.

The research also threw up a wealth of sad stories of paupers, emigrants, criminals, accidental deaths and murder victims in the lives of soldiers, publicans, shopkeepers, shoemakers and a hundred agricultural labourers.

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