The Cleveland, Cleaveland family was founded, evidently, by Thorkil, in all probability a Saxon land-owner, who, it appears, at or soon after the time of the Norman Conquest, assumed assumed the surname de Cliveland, calling himself Thorkil de (of) Cliveland.
His son Uctred de Cliveland, who was evidently the Uctred, the Saxon land-owner of 3 manors in the town of Ghigesburg and other possessions mentioned in Domesday [Doomsday] Book. Uctred gave land to the Priory.
The English ancestry of the Cleveland emigrants to America is not yet definitely settled.
The Parish Records of St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich, Eng. (printed 1897), show baptisms, burials, and marriages, 1542 to 1612, of ancient Ipswich, Eng., Clevelands, all of whom were unmistakably kin to Moses 1 Cleveland of Woburn, Mass., 1635-40... .
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