Family lore has it that our Wallbridge ancestors fought on the wrong side of the Lord Monmouth rebellion against King James II in 1685 and had to flee to the colonies in order to keep their heads, literally. In order to leave England they had to change their name at the docks and chose "Meech". I wonder if it could have been their mother's maiden name. Anyway, my closest Meech relatives settled in the 1840s with other Connecticut transplants in Northern Ohio bringing with them many of the place names, such as New London, Litchfield, etc. The name died out with 4 bachelor brothers, my gr-gr-uncles. I would love to hear from anyone who could coroborate or shed any light on this story!
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