Bill Atkinson Surname Research
The Atkinson's are an Anglo-Irish family, said to have come as soldiers with Oliver Cromwell's army in 1648 to Northern Ireland and then settling mostly in County Armagh. There are still many Atkinson cousins in Northern Ireland and a large number in both Canada and the United States.
Francis Atkinson (b.1872) married Jeanette Bassingthwaighte (b. 1880). Both were born and married on Manitoulin Island and later moved to Saskatchewan. The Bassingthwaighte clan is quite extensive in England where it originated, Canada, United States, Australia and South Africa. Most English Bassingthwaightes are located in Norfolk, England.
CRAGG / PYE
Jonathon Bassingthwaighte (b.1823) married Agnes Cragg (b.1820) in Ontario County, Ontario, Canada in 1844 which linked our ancestral line back to two quite large families traditionally living around Lancaster, Lancashire, England. In particular both the Craggs and Pyes lived for a significant amount of time around Wyresdale, Lancashire.
The maternal half of my ancestry is all Icelandic and the family name became "Davidson" here in Canada, largely living in Saskatchewan my grandparents around Wynyard. My grandmother's line is from the Abrahamson family but it is of little use to mention ancestral surnames as they were simply a "son" or "datter" added to the father's first name.
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