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My Cleveland Family

Pam Hawley Marlin


Cleveland Name Meaning English: regional name from the district around Middlesbrough named Cleveland ‘the land of the cliffs’, from the genitive plural (clifa) of Old English clif ‘bank’, ‘slope’ + land ‘land’. adm See also Cleaveland. Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleiveland or Kleveland, habitational names from any of five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse kleif ‘rocky ascent’ or klefi ‘closet’ (an allusion to a hollow land formation) + land ‘land’.

My Hawley branch of the Cleveland family is descended from Moses Cleveland who came from Ipswich, County Suffolk, England about 1635 (see Cleveland Family Tree). According to family tradition, he sailed from London, England and arrived in America in the year 1635. He first landed somewhere in Massachusetts, probably Plymouth or Boston. The Hawley and Cleveland families came together in Springfield, Bradford County, Pennsylvania when Jerusha Bushnell Cleveland married John Hawley (II) on January 1, 1840.

The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families Vol II by Moses Cleveland.