According to family legend, in the late 17th century, about 1692, there lived in England a Lord Swettenham, who was a member of the House of Lords. He had six children, one named John, who had fallen in love with an actress. This was very unfashionable at the time, and his father bitterly opposed the upcoming marriage. The Lord told his son that if he married this actress, he would give him a few thousand pounds and then cut him off from any future inheritance. The son defied his father and married. He brought his new bride to the Virginia Colony and settled in what is today Stafford County. It was then that he changed the spelling of his name.
Right now I'm interested in finding out more about the Davenport/Swettenham feud that started in 1415. I have a little bit of information which I don't quite understand- It seemed to have started when my ancestor, Thomas de Swettenham sold portions of his land with the manorial rights and the advowson of the church to the Davenports. I have no other information about it, but would like to learn more if anyone has an inkling.