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The Northard surname only came about as a change in the spelling over the years and the earliest records that I have come across are from the mid 1800's. Previous to this while living in the small village of Derrythorpe in the Parish of Althorpe, four miles west of the town of Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire the family was known as Noddard, an explination for this could have been to there being a Welsh vicar at the local church, as I have been reliably informed that in those days "dd" was usually written to mean "th" by the Welsh. This could also mean that they had earlier been "Nothard's", as there surname was often spelled as Northard on quite a few of the church records.
A William Noddard married a Sarah Kirk, a widow, formerly Fish, at Althorpe Church in 1788, Their first child Robert was born the following year. This is where they were later buried. The only other match that I can find for William Noddard is a family who were living in the Doncaster area called Nother, as there is also another from the same family that would match up with a Noddard who had a child at Althorpe.
The eight children from William and Sarah marriage all married under the names of Noddard, Nothard and Northard and lived in the villages of West Butterwick, Burringham, Keadby Flixborough, Adlingfleet Burton upon Stather and Garthorpe, all situated along the banks of the river Trent before moving to live in the city of Kingston upon Hull in the late 1850's. The main river system in those days was the motorway of today and the majority of these families worked as Fishermen and Boatmen up till after the turn of the twentieth century.
I have records to show that a couple of the offspring from these family migrated across to Canada and then across the border into North America where their descendants are still living today.
Northard History