Birdsall Home Page

This page was created as an access point for information about the Birdsall Family in North America.  Since the fall of 2020, I have been gradually updating the linked pages starting with Henry Birdsall who came to America in approximately 1632 as a widower with two children.  For ease of reference, I am referring to Henry as generation 1 in North America.  Here is the link directly to Henry.  All subsequent generations are linked from there.

Index by first name and date of birth

Link to Powers Family History

Link to Robb Family History

Link to Swinn Family History

There is an interesting web page published by the family of J.T. Bullock on Henry Birdsall’s ancestors.  It can be found here.  The Bullock family descends from Henry Birdsall through his daughter Judith and Henry Cooke.

A short history of the name Birdsall can be found at the bottom of the linked page.  It appears that this was also written by the J.T. Bullock family:

The Birdsall Name

The name Birdsall derives from the place name in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. In the time of the Domesday Book the place was known as Briteshala which in anglo-saxon means Brid's sloping land and it was occupied by one Ulchil (originally Ulfketyl). At this time all land was in the King's gift (William the Conqueror). Birdsall was given by him to his half brother Robert, Count of Mortain, who leased it to the Fossard family. Nigel Fossard built there the wooden castle of Monferrant which was soon destroyed by the Earl of Albemarle; the timber therefrom being used in the construction of Meaux Abbey. The Fossards, who held over ninety manors sub-let Birdsall to the family who took their surname "de Bridshalle", later de Birdsall, from that place. When the Fossard male line became extinct, a Mauley (de Malo Lacu), who married the Fossard heiress- in- line took over the Fossard holdings and became feudal overlord of the Birdsalls. The Birdsalls however were great barons in their own right until their fortunes changed in the first half of the fourteenth century. Not long afterwards we see that their descendants are lawyers and wealthy merchants in the City of York and others are minor landowners within the County. This archive material sheds light on life in mediaeval Yorkshire and on proud, and more humble, bearers of the name Birdsall.


I am providing references on each page when I have them.  I welcome any input to the pages at and will update credible information.  Access to is intended to always be free of charge, hopefully differentiating this access to family history from the multitude of paid websites that persist today.

My name is Charles Oatman, I reside in Ontario, Canada and I can be reached at

Below is a picture of the Birdsall House near Malton, North Yorkshire, UK. as it stands today.

Some historical context and the current use of the Birdsall house can be found at History | Birdsall Estates

A short history of the house was written in The Birdsall Family by George A. Birdsall, published in 1958:

Erected, as nearly as can be determined from old records, in the year 410 A.D. as a Monk’s House, known as “Brettshall” or “Brideshall House,” and later as at present as the “Birdsall House,” this spacious and imposing mansion resembling a palatial French Chateau, has survived the ravages of time, appearing today in a well preserved condition as shown in the above picture.

At the extreme right are the ruins of the old Church, which had been rebuilt following destructions by the Romans in the 12th Century of the original Church, built at the same time as the Birdsall House.

Since 1999, there have been two Birdsall Reunions in Ontario, Canada for those descended from Samuel and Elizabeth (Melick) Birdsall, Samuel and Elizabeth (Parks) Birdsall and Andrew Melick Birdsall and Elizabeth Scott.


Some information from the Birdsalls in Ontario, Canada:

Link to The Family Devotional Bible by Rev. Matthew Henry that was passed down through Annie (Powers) Birdsall to the site administrator.

Link here to view diaries of Charles Wellington Birdsall from 1908 to 1980

Link here to view diaries of John Wellington Birdsall from 1884 to 1922

Below are some interesting anecdotes as provided by Bernice Marsland:

A 1938 newspaper article about a young John Wellington Birdsall and his adventurous move from Canborough, Ontario to South Middleton

A collection of information about Etta Birdsall Garnham’s life

Etta Birdsall’s graduation picture from Macdonald College, Guelph in 1918

Etta Birdsall in group photo at Macdonald College, Guelph in 1817

I am descended as follows:

Charles Douglas Oatman - Doris (Birdsall) Oatman - Charles Wellington Birdsall - John Wellington Birdsall - Andrew Melick BirdsallSamuel Birdsall- Samuel Birdsall - Jacob (1722-1804) - Samuel (1687-1761) - Benjamin (1646-1719) - Nathan (1620-1696) - Henry (1588-1651) - Henry (1550-1631) - Robert (1520-1594) - John (1490-1559)

Link to Oatman Home Page.

Please drop me a line at and let me know how you fit into the family.

There is a book The Birdsall Family, published in 1982 by Mrs. James V. Fiori, P.O. Box 52, Endicott, New York 13760. Some of the information on these pages came from that book. Much also came from the personal records of Charles Wellington Birdsall as compiled by his daughter, Doris (Birdsall) Oatman.