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The name MOTHERAL is believed to come from Scotland and has many derivatives. Early spellings in documents in Scotland show Motherwell, Modderwell, Murdel, Modderell, Motherall, Motherell, Motherrell, Mothral, Motherill, Motheral, and probably other variants.
The history of the migration of Motherwells (Motheral) began about 1620 from Scotland to Ireland and Motherwells first appear in an area of Donegal called the Laggan. The Laggan area is good land extending across the Irish Penisula from Straban to Ramelton. This was Motherwell (Motheral) country.
The first Robert Motheral (Robert1, born about 1723-1730 in Scotland, Ireland or Pennsylvania and died about 1770 in Orange County, North Carolina). Our lineage group is believed to have first settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania where he married Ann Porter in about 1754. Their first son, John, was born 30 Aug 1755 in Lancaster Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Other children were Samuel (1757); Joseph (1759); Robert, Jr (1761); Mary (1762, Caswell County, North Carolina; and Margaret (1764), Caswell County, North Carolina. The earliest known Motheral found in Lancaster Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, was a Mary Motheral who owned property on the 1730 tax roll. It is not known what relationship she might have had with the first Robert Motheral (Robert1)in our lineage (father of John, Samuel, Joseph, Robert, Mary, and Margaret), however we have found a great number of descendants in this lineage.
Other Motheral lineages include a second Robert Motheral in Pennsylvania and died in Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina (Will probated in 1818 WB-E22), whose descendants included in Will) were Adam, George, Robert, William, and John. Many of this Robert's decendents changed the spelling to Modrall (and other variants). There was also a William Motherall (born circa 1771 in Scotland or England who died 28 Aug 1844 in Wilmington, Delaware (burial in Old Presbyterian Cemetery).
Much more study and research is needed to bring all of these families together even though they probably are all distantly related.
Some DNA records have shown that the Robert(1) and Robert of Mecklinburg, NC appear to have family markers but not enough studies have been done to know just how they might be related.

JUNE 14-17, 2012
USE: MOTHERAL REUNION (in subject line)
Updated May 1, 2012

Jennie Motheral

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