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Arrington F a m i l y in America
by John Milton Arrington - a working paper
My Easy Way Out.
When my Dad died in 1980 I inherited a box with pictures, records,
and a lot of names I had never heard of. Asking my brothers, aunts,
and cousins revealed that each knew a little about my family, but
complete picture wasn't there.
This started me on my research of my Arrington Family, and boy did I
find out what a job this can be. I found that each of my living
family also wanted to know, so I received a lot of help. Records
from family storage came my way, and I listened to rumors of fact
and fiction. I kept uncovering many of the females family trees
that married my Arrington's.
Wrote to mayor of Arrington, England. Mr. S. J. Wisson, clerk to
the Arrington Parish, County of Cambridgeshire, replied that there
was no mayor, maybe he could help. My question of where is list of
Arrington@s that may have migrated to America and origination on
Arrington name. Mr. Wisson asked J. M. Farrar, Archivist of County
of Cambridgeshire to tell me about Arrington’s from England. Mr.
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"The earliest known forms of Arrington are Earnningtone (in an
Aanglo-Saxon will of c.950), oarningetune and Erlingtona (in
documents allied to the Domesday Survey) and Erlingtona (in Domesday
Book itself, 1086). By the thirteenth century it had virtually
acquired its modern form as Aring(e)ton(e). The name can be fairly
certainly explained as >the farm of Earn(a)=s people= and thus has
an origin closely connected with Ermine Street (in 1012 Earninga
straete) the important Roman road (now A14) which is perhaps the
village=s dominant feature. Similar -ingatun names are found in
South Cambridgeshire in the early forms of Litlington and Sawston.
They are usually associated with the earliest period of English
The surname >Arrington= is presumably of the type sometimes called
>locative surnames= which arose as a means of distinguishing their
bearers by their origins. One may imagine that in the later middle
ages there were a number of persons scattered round the East
Midlands called John, or William, of Arrington though and naturally
one does not find them in Arrington itself. The Arrington parish
registers for 1538-1835 in fact do not include anyone with this
surname, but in our (incomplete) Cambridgeshire marriage index for
1538-1837 there are a few Arringtons in the 16th and early 17th
centuries in Haddenham, Cambridge, and Elsworth. One should,
however, bear in mind that the name may sometimes represent an
aspirate-less form of the more commom >Harrington@, which derives,
inter alia, from the Northants parish of that name.
Sincerely yours, J. M. Farrar"
Mr. Wisson gave copy of my inquiry to Cambridge Evening News to
publish. Lady named Arrington, who came from Florida wrote me. She
had husband in Florida named Arrington. He beat her and was always
drunk so she wanted to tell me Arrington’s were no good.
Professor Laird Ellison of Bassingbown Village College, who teaches
history wrote me:
"Dear Mr. Arrington, I rarely read the Cambridge
Evening News, but was most intrigued by today=s issue 31 January
which contained information about your family’s possible descent
from an emigrant from this area, and asked how the village got its
name. I teach history at Bassingbown Village College, one of whose
feeder villagers is Arrington; and by coincidence had just prepared
work on the twelve villages in this corner of Cambridge, and their
named meanings. The place names it from the Saxon
proper name Earna, and Ar-ing-ton formation is common. The
Earningas would be following of Earna; in the area we also have
Aab-ing-ton and Hyrol=ing-ton. The run, appears to be the same root
as our town; and we would thus say Aarrington would mean the=run=,
probably a wooden stockaded group of houses built by the followeres
of Earma. But that is not all. The group of villages in SE corner
of the county is rumor as the c=landlord of Aarmingford; Armingas
are, apparently, the same common street all the way north and south."
Page four excerpts of letter:
"I don’t think it would be much use
looking for Arrington as a surname in the parish registers; most
likely the first migrant adopted it? Or, else, settled elsewhere as
early as, say c-15, using Peter Arrington just to distinguish him
from Peter Johnson or Peter Smith.
Yours Sincerely, Laird Ellison"
Relying on existing library data I could not fit my Arrington’s into
any tree. William Arrington’s first child was Christopher,
however, it is confirmed that Christopher was first son of William.
Bits and pieces of history slowly moved my confirmed research from
Texas, to Wyoming, to Arkansas, to North Carolina, and finally to
Virginia. I found that I had four generations of Ezekiel
Arrington's, so I labeled them as I, II, III, and IV. IV was my
Dad. Others doing geneology gave me some facts that proved to be
wrong, so this confused me for several years.
Now, I may be right, so I'm ready to write all this up, but one of
my contacts sends me his Arrington Family book. He did such a good
job of laying out the first Arrington in America, and the following
three generations, that I will just copy his books first three
Thank you, Lawson B. Arrington for creating this good work. My
personal comments will be in [ brackets ]
"I Want to Know" 1983, By Lawson B. Arrington
LAWSON B. ARRINGTON BOOK LEAVES MY FAMILY TREE AT THIS POINT IN
HISTORY. HIS DESCENDANTS WENT TO GEORGIA, AND MY EZEKIEL ARRINGTON
AND WIFE DORCAS HORNBEE HAD A SON, EZEKIEL ARRINGTON II, WHO MOVED
TO PHILLIPS COUNTY, ARKANSAS.
THANKS LAWSON, FOR DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB.
Arrington F a m i l y in America
By John M. Arrington -- A working paper
ARRINGTON LINE DECENDENTS
James Peden M.1683 Jane(widow of Rev. Huggens)
dau. Elizabeth Peden B.1681
William Arrington B.1662 M.1683 Elizabeth Peden
Children: Christopher Arrington M.1743 1st
Abigail Bounds, 2nd Sarah B.1720, D.1801,
Arthur M. Mary West, William M. Elizabeth,
John M.1793 Patty Rosser, Benjamin M.1799
Fanny Hunt, Mary M. Sykes, Elizabeth M.
Crumpler, and Sarah m. Riggan.
Christopher Arrington B.____D.1754 M.1743 1st Abigail Bounds D.1742,
Abagail M. John Hubbard
William M.. Mary Halsey
Rachelle M.1785 Thomas Rae
Richard B.1743 M.1767 Susannah Harmon
Ezekiel B.2-9-1787, M1778 Margaret Newby
Benjamin M. ??
Richard Arrington B.1743 M. 1767 Susannah Harmon
Child: Penelope, Nance, Abigail,
Ezekiel I M.. 1st Dorcas Hornbee, M.1833 2nd Celia Webb(no issue).
Frederick M.1782 Nancy Spruill.
Ezekiel Arrington I B. 1843 M.1804 Dorcas Hornbee Children: 1st
Daughter unknown, 2nd Daughter unknown, Son
Ezekiel Arrington II B.1814 D.1866 M. 1st Elizabeth Ashin, 2nd
Sarah A. Thompson(widow of Hill Dallas Stayton) Ezekiel Arrington II
B. 1814 D.1866 M. 1st Elizabeth Ashin (in N.C.).
Mary Francis B.1842. M.____ Smith,
Harriet Virginia B.1846 M.1914 Jerimiah Walker Bell, and Edward.
Children of Hill Dallas Stayton D.1849 &
Sarah A. Thompson were:
William Dallas B.1842 D.1872
Augustus (Gus) B.1842 D.1934 M.1st 1878 Mary V. Gibson - 2nd
Harrell B.1848 D.1872, and Martha Elizabeth.
Children of Ezekiel II M.4-15-1849 Sarah A.
Thompson B.1822(Tenn.) (widow of Hill Dallas
Sarah Elizabeth B.12-10-1853 (Laward Tx.) D.1913 M. 1890 William
Lynd, Jane A. (twin) B.1853,
Florence Antionette B.1859 D.1865, ˛
Ezeliel Arrington III B.6-10-1862, D.10-10-1938.
Ezekiell Arrington III B.6-10-1862 D.10-10-1938, M.1889 1st Sadie
Clarissa Huson B.1873D.1901. children:
Minnie Lee M. Claude Brisendine,
Ethel Pearl M. Charles Franklin Potter,
Hilliard, Ezekiel Arrington, and son
Raymond B.1899 D.1918. 2nd M. Lillian Novia
Rowland. Children:Carl Charles Arrington,
and Robert Roland Arrington B.7-29-1911
Ezekiel Arrington IV B.1897 D.1980 M.1924 Lillian
Novia Rowland B.1886 D.3-28-1933.
Child: John M. Arrington B.1925 M.1944
Dorothy June Storm B. 1925, daughter of
Mary Hatten Storm B.2-19-1906 D.2-9-1990.
John M. Arrington B.1925 M.1944 Dorothy June Storm B.1925.
Child: Susan Elaine Arrington B.1948
M.6-16-1967 Donald Joseph Schaezler
B.2-11-1944 son of Harold Joseph Schaezler
B.1909 (S.A. Tx.) M.1935 Marguerite Laura
Sheldon (R.I.) B.1914.
Susan Elaine Schaezler B.1948 M.1967 Donald Joseph Schaezler
Children: David Joseph B.6-24-1969, Michael
Allen B.1-15-1953 N.Y., Robert Arnold
B.2-16-1976, and Ryan Nathaniel B.4-24-1979.
Carl Charles Arrington B.9-30-1907 M.6-7-1931 Beulah Johanna White
Children: Robert Newton Arrington B.
5-22-1933, and Donald Thomas Arrington B.
Robert Newton Arrington Sr. B.1933 M.1953 Doris Ann Banowsky B.1933.
Child: Robert Newton Arrington Jr. B.6-3-1956
M.1977 1st Virginia Hummel B.1959,
and Thomas Michael Arrington B. 8-11-1958
M.8-4-1983 Tamara Diane Hart B.4-15-1960,&
Christian Carl Arrington B. 5-22-1965
M.8-16-1987 Susan Dorothy Palino B.
7-25-1965. Donald Thomas Arrington B. 8-11-1938 M.1960 Patricia
Joyce Shoemake B. 10-31-1939.
Children: Terri Rene Arrington B. 7-21-1964
(Ca.) M.6-25-88 Ronold William Siggs
B.11-21-59, and Gary Lee Arrington B.
Robert Newton Arrington JR. B. 6-3-1956 M.1977 1st
Virginia Hummell B.1959.
Children: Robert Erret Arrington B. 1-3-1979
(Reno,Nev.), Christopher William Arrington
B. 6-19-1980 (Nev.).
2nd M.12-27-1988 Melany Walker B.7-6-1953.
Children: Ryan Walker Arrington B.1-11-1988
Robert Roland Arrington B.7-29-1911 M. "Totsie" Emma Adean Carter
Children: Wayne Carter B.10-18-1938, Lillie
Adean B. 9-4 1944 (adopted).
Lillie Adean Arrington B.1944 M. Ken Harris (now divorced)
Wayne Carter Arrington B.10-18-1938, M. Lynda Benton B.4-21-1939
Children: Douglas Benton B.2-21-1958
(adopted), Twins Rodney Wayne B.1962, and
Ronald Carter B.5-2-1962.
Douglas Benton Arrington B.2-21-1958 M.2-1-1981
Sarah Jan Fletcher B.______.
Children: Matthew Benton B.1-30-1985, and
Rodney Wayne Arrington B.1962 M.Oct 1984 Tammy
_________fill in please__
Children: Colby B.4-1.1989. Ronald Carter
Arrington B.1962 M.6-30-1984
Jennifer Abigail Phillips B.5-28-1962.
Children: Travis Carter B.1-17-1985, Ryan
The Arrington family of Perquimas County, North Carolina, most
likely descends from William Arrington who appears in the records of
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, about 1700. There is no record
indicating from where he came, but it is most definite that he or
his father came from England during the proprietor colonization.
[records indicate that a William Arrington was ship wrecked on his
journey from Barbatos, but no confirmation that this was our
William] The name Arrington is of English extraction, an is a name
of a parish located ten miles southwest from the city of Cambridge
in the Diocese of Ely, which took its name from the more ancient
word, Ermington. Landowners living there in the 13th century took
the name as a surname.[JMA does not agree with this] The parish
Church of St. Nicholas in Arrington dates from the Norman Conquest.
(Oxford Dictionary English Place Names, London, 1936).
Family of William Arrington
William Arrington of Isle of Wight, Virginia only about fifteen
miles from Perquimas County, North Carolina, married Elizabeth
Pedin, of the same county in Virginia, daughter of James and Jane
Pedin, ca 1681. [Pedin of German ancestry] According to the records
available in the Isle of Wight County, William Arrington was born in
1662, but records do not indicate where he was born.
On 9 June 1703, William and Elizabeth Arrington discharged William
Boddie of a deed of gift he had given to James Pedden, Elizabeth's
father, in 1683. (Mrs. Blanche A. Chapman's abstracts of Isle of
Wight County). James Pedden was in Isle of Wight by 1667, at which
time he witnessed a Power of Attorney. (Ibid: 550).
William Arrington witnessed the will of James Pedden, dated 16
October 1693. Only the wife of James, Jane, was mentioned in the
will. (Grant Book, Page 347).
On the 9th day of March, 1694, in the Isle of Wight County Court,
Thomas Hutchins accused William Arrington of feloniously taking
various items from his home. Then, by order of the court the goods
and chattels of William Arrington were seized by the sheriff, and
William was sentenced to leave the county. "Elizabeth P. Arrington,
being placed under a very distresed condition through want of the
necessary subsistence and protection, petitioned the court for some
relief. Therfore, the Court ordered that if Mrs. Arrington would
give bond and good security, the proper estate would be redelivered
to her by the high Sheriff, Mr. George Moor."
"On December 11, 1694, in the information of Thomas Hutchins in
behalf of our sovereign Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary
against William Arrington, when personally appearing at the bar, and
nothing appearing against him to make him guilty of any felonious
act, he was therefore acquited from this present information. But,
since William was considered a person of ill flame and reputation,
and said Hutchins warning he may be bound to his good behavior, he
is therefore committed to the Sheriff's custody till he give bond
and security for his future behavior." (Page 67, Court Orders of
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Oct. 1693 - May 1695).
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