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About Clothier Family Tree
My Paternal Grandfather William Charles Clothier 1897 - 1991 did a lot of research into the family name and started to build a tree, after he died I decided I would carry on finding out about the name Clothier and searching for the links between the different branches of the family and how we were all related. The surname can also be found spelt Clother and I have found an early spelling as Clothyer. These are known as variants.

The name Clothier is an interesting and unusual surname, it is of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from an occupational name for a seller or maker of Cloth and Clothes, derived from the middle English (1200 - 1500) "cloth", from the Olde English pre7th century "clath", and the agent suffix"-(i) er".  Job descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the name bearer and then later became hereditary. A quotation from Piers Plowman reads "as clotherrs kenbem hir wolle". The surname was first recorded in the late 13th centuryand early recordings include; Richard le Clothmongerr, recorded in the 1296 Cartulary of Oseney Abbey, Oxfordshire, and Thomas Clothman, recorded in the 1416 Calendar of Letter Books of the city of London; both of these surnames have the same meaning as Clothier. The modern surname can be found recorded as Clothier, Clother and Clothyer. 

Recorded in English Church Registers are the christening of Thomas, son of Thomas Clothier, on 30th June 1625 at Rugeley, Staffordshire, and the marriages of William Clothier and Elizabeth Griffin on "3rd Octobter 1638 at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, London, and Mary Clothier and Thomas Jennings on 2nd February 1698 at Stone, Gloucestershire. 

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert le Clother, which was dated 1286, in the "Middle English Surnames of Occupation of Norfolk", during the reign of King Edward the 1st, known as "The of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.

From Dictionary of English Surnames, CLOTHIER: Robert le Clother 1286 Meso (nF). A derivative of OE clap 'cloth'. maker or seller of cloth. Cf Richard le Clothmongere 1296 Oseney (O), Thomas Clothman 1416 LLBI

In the beginning my branch of the Clothier tree came from Stoke Sub Hamdon, a village in the county of Somerset in England. The village is 5 to 6 miles North West of Yeovil and 2 miles South of Martock railway station. The village is situated on the river Parret, many of the inhabitants used to work in the glove making industry but agriculture was a large industry. Some of the family moved to Portsmouth in Hampshire and then in the early 1800's onto Charlton, Woolwich and then spread out from there. I have relatives in Canada, New Zealand, Austrlaia and Canada

When Robert Clothier 1779 - 1860 came to London he worked for Woolwich Dockyard making Tree Nails (tre-nail or tun-nel a wooden pin that swells when moist used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships. Ref Civil Engineer & Architects Journal (1841) Volume 4 pages 235 & 236). 

A variant of Clothier is CLOTHER and data is available in the census or registers, in the census of 1841 the number of Clother's was 21 living in 5 different County's with an age range of 3 to 72 years old. The 1881 census shows 16 Clother's living in 3 different County's with a age range of 14 years old up to 87 years old. The census of 1911 shows 24 Clother's with an age range of 9 to 75 years old. By the time of the 1921 census the number of Clother's has gone up to 118, 53 men and 67 women. The 1939 register shows 37 Clother's living in 16 different County's with an age range of 3 to 84 years old.

DNA
I have at last had a DNA test carried out. I used Ancestry Autosomal DNA test because the results are matched to your Ancestry account and family tree. The results provided are ethnicity, cousin matches, migration groups and ancestor groups. When I get DNA matches to others who share my ancestors I can verify this with my family history research the good old fashion way.

1841 CENSUS
In the 1841 England Census there was a total of 353 Clothier's in 12 different county's. The county's are as follows Buckinghamshire 2, Devon 1, Dorset 16, Essex 1, Gloucestershire 3, Hertfordshire 3, Isle of Wight 3, Kent 33, Middlesex 26, Somerset 249, Surrey 5 and Wiltshire 11. the total of males was 196 and the total of females was 157.

As can be seen from the above the largest number of Clothier's in one county was 249 in Somerset, if we split that into male and female, then we have males at 141 and females at 108. 
The ages range from a baby of 4 weeks to a male of 80 years old.

1881 CENSUS
I have found information from the forebears.io that in the 1881 census in England Clothier's numbered 575 people, in Wales 32, in Guernsey 9 and Jersey 6. they have also worked out that this meant the name of Clothier in England was ranked 5,342th in popularity.

MY MATERNAL FAMILY
My mother's maiden name was Curtis, the name is derived from nick name "Courteous" one of courtly manners, middle English Curteys and Corleys; Old French Curtiss a popular surname from the 13th century downwards. An old English name. My mother's Grandmother's maiden name was Linegar the origin of the name LINEGAR and the only clue I have found is the fact that the name is linked to the name LINACRE. This is a topographic surname for someone who lived near a field where flax is grown that is used to manufacture cloth, which is from an old English word LIN meaning flax, ACRE meaning cultivated field, this information is from the forebears. io
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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