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Welcome to our newest Gadd family member-Susan Gadd Griffis-glad to have you on the team-Sincerely Pat
About Gadd Families of West Sussex

   This Gadd family originated so far as existing records examined ,from a small area 
on the Southern coast of Great Britain, the cities, towns and villages surrounding 
Eastern Hampshire and West Sussex.
Other pockets of the Gadd surname appear elsewhere in the Counties of Somerset in the 
West and to East Sussex suggesting a migration taking place before official records 
were maintained.

   The origins of the surname with its variations in spelling has been suggested as 
having been derived from the nickname ?GAD?, an old English word meaning a long 
tapering stick, with tall lanky young men dubbed with this description of their 

   The area of Portsea Island in Hampshire and the Cathedral City of Chichester in 
Sussex both have their origins back to the times of the Romans and the Norman 
Conquest of the 11th century, with strong connections to the Sea, so perhaps the 
ancestors of the Gadds came from these far off lands. 

   The first record we have is that of a Henry Gad (II) who was christened at the
Village of Aldingbourne, Sussex on 29th June 1675, his parents being Henry I(1634 ? 
1696 from Eastergate) and Elizabeth Gad.
Aldingbourne is a village 5 miles to the East of Chichester.
The connection between Henry and these parents being established through the contents 
of administration granted to Elizabeth his mother on his father?s death.

   Church Christening and marriage register entries were interrupted with the course 
of the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell?s reign as Lord Protector. Termed the 
Interregnum this lasted between 1642-60, many Parish registers were poorly kept or 
destroyed during this time.

   Henry (II) possibly followed the same occupation as his father, either a miller or 
baker as he was a baker when he married Martha Smith at the village of Appledram in 
Sussex in 1699.

   It is not sure where the family lived beforehand but by 1709
they were at the village of Birdham in Sussex where they remained until Henry II?s 
death at in 1733.
Birdham is a village 4 and half miles South West of Chichester.

   Henry II was quite successful during his lifetime and left quite a considerable 
estate when he died.

   His son Henry III (1714 to 1773) was later described as a butcher and consequently 
a Yeoman Farmer of Birdham establishing a dynasty of Gadd farmers which extended well 
into the late nineteenth century.

   Since this time, progressive generations have migrated to all parts of the World 
including North America, India and Australia.-------Bob Campbell

     ******There are so many kind and generous people to thank, please know we are 
ever grateful for your time and expertice.******

   A grateful mention to Major A J Pearce of England. His research over the course of 
numerous years into this particular Gadd family opened the door and "demolished" my 
personal brick wall..
Also Liz McCormick ,super sleuther and great friend,from the Canadian Genealogy
Group,who wouldn't let me quit when I was sorely frustrated. Since the beginning of 
2008 I have been fortunate enough to meet online, wonderful new "gene cousins".
They are  incredibly dedicated researchers , who have spent many 
hours and years researching "their roots",and whose hard work is contributing to 
this  growing tree. Without their knowledge and dedication none of this would be 

My grateful "THANK YOU's" go to all of you-

VIC COTTLE-Australia
Steve Dallyn--UK 
Debbie Portwin -UK
Andrea Villalobos-USA

Please check the links section for contributors own tree.

**** This site is still a "work in progress". As with all genealogy research, we 
strive to record correct information,however there may be mistakes. We appreciate 
hearing from anyone who finds errors and can help us correct them.
----To Err is Human---

14 Gadd and collateral family ancestral and descendant lines to date, 
highlighted by different colored icons.
 Aqua- Bob Campbell, 
 Fuschia-Pat Burdick,
 Yellow-Jennifer Schuemann and Vic Cottle
 Lime- Richard Beaton, 
 Red-Roger Pearce,
 Blue -Julie Summers,
 Maroon-Tom Cosens,
 Teal-Adam Welfare,
 Navy-Jacqui Hart,
 Olive green- Susan Warrack,
 Green- Kyle Justin Slimmon,
 Purple-Geoffrey Boys,
 White-Jim Weatherall
Silver--Steve Dallyn
no color-sorry-- Debbie Portwin and Andrea Villalobos  descend from Emily Mary Gadd-

    Should you find a connection to any of these Gadd families or collateral lines, 
and would like to contribute and join in the fun, please leave us a message in the 
guestbook so we may contact you and add your family line if you wish.

                  Successful searching to everyone.

Ship Images 1921-1928 from
Images and history of Rebecca Wall Wratten Gadd from David Simkin. Thank you David

** New contributor-- DAVID WOOLVEN-- Thank you for the Will Transcriptions.
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Descendants of GADD, HENRY THE THIRD, I714
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