Family Tradition tells us that the family originally came from Viking roots prior to 1066 but we have not been able to document that with any certainty. According to family Tradition the name “Quarles” comes from the family business of making Crossbow and “Quarl” for supply to the soldiers of the time. A Quarl is the sleeve like holder for Crossbow Arrows. A Quiver is the sleeve like holder for Longbow Arrows.
The name Quarles originates from the name Huerueles which is old English for the place of hwerfel. The name is thought to originally refer to a prehistoric stone circle which was thought to be near-by although no trace of any such feature remains today. Quarles has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085. In the great book Quarles is recorded by the names Gueruelei, and Huerueles. The manor is Kings Land and the main landholders being Roger. Like the names of many other families of ancient origin, the Quarles family name has been spelled many different ways down through the years. It appeared as Querueles in the Domesday Book of 1085-86.
Following are the names of a few members of our family as they appeared in English Public Records over a four century period.
- 1198 – Martin de Warfles
- 1202 – John de Warfles
- 1247 – Nicolas de Qarueles
- 1265 – John Qwarle
- 1302 – Ralph de Quarles
- 1349 – Robert de Quarles
- 1406 – John Wharles
- 1454 – William Warles
- 1481 – Henry Quardelas
- 1484 – Richard Quarles
- 1543 – Francis Quarells of Ufford
After the middle of the 16th Century the name has been consistently spelled “QUARLES” although we know that American members have sometimes spelled it Qualls, Quailes, and Quales.
Quarles is a Hamlet within the civil parish of Holkham in the English county of Norfolk. The Hamlet is 4 miles (6.4 km) miles south west of Wells next the Sea, 34 miles (55 km) miles north west of Norwich and 122 miles (196 km) miles north north east of London. The nearest railway station is Sheringham for the Bitter Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The parish of Holkham, in which Quarles is situated, had in 2001 census, a population of 236. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk. The hamlet is just south of the Holkham Estate and consists of six houses and one farm.
William Quarles – 1420 – 14??
- Married Catherine, Heiress of Ufford
- Moved from Scotland to Norfolk England, date of Death unknown!
George Quarles – 1466 – 1539
- Wife Unknown
George Quarles II – 1490 – 15??
- Married Katherine Cahaworth daughter of Sir John Cahaworth. George Quarles 11 served as Auditor to Henry 8th from 1509 – 1511 George 11 was Grandfather of Poet Francis Quarles 1592 – 1644.
John Quarles – 1542 – ????
- Married Alice Tully daughter of Sir Thomas Tully
- Known as Gentleman Draper
John Quarles II – 1563 – ????
- Married Elizabeth Billingsley in 1590
- Member of the Virginia Company and Registered the Family Coat of Arms 1577
Richard Quarles – 1595 – 1640
- Married Ellen ? Moved from London to Virginia
John Quarles – 1639 – 1680
- Married Francis West
John, Gent (Capt) Quarles – 1665 – 1741
- Married Jane Mallory
Roger Quarles Sr. – 1695 – 1751
- Married Jane Tunstall in 1719
Roger Quarles II – 1720 – 1790
- Married Mary Goodloe in 1749 and had 10 children. Mary Goodloe’s family can be traced back to 1252 on the Isle of Man
Lt. William Pennington Quarles – 1752 – 1814
- Married Nancy Ann Hawes in 1783 and had 10 children. One child, John Adams Quarles went on to be know as Uncle John Quarles to Samuel Clemens.
- The WPQ & AHQ Children Were:
- Tabitha Quarles 1784 – William Hawes
- Mary (Polly) Goodloe Quarles 1786 – Harrison Irby Hughes
- Nancy Hawes Quarles 1788 – William Burton
- Elizabeth Jane Quarles 1790 – Charles Burton
- Francis Dorothy Quarles 1794 – William Thomas Little
- William Hawes Quarles 1794 – Ruth Hyder
- James Tompkins Quarles 1796 – Mary Diana Simpson
- Sarah (Sallie) Wesley Quarles 1798 – Adam Huntsman
- John Adams Quarles 1800 – Martha Lampton
- Catherine (Kitty) Baxter Quarles 1802 – William Snodgrass
- William P. Quarles was a Charter Member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
- Politically associated with several of our Founding Fathers through the Society.
- Virginia Land Owner
- Politically associated with The Adams Famil
- William P. Quarles and Wife Ann Hawes Quarles were married in 1783 and had 10 Children prior to moving west.
- There is some speculation that William P. Quarles originally came to the site with a smaller group and arrived on Christmas Day of 1804.
- It is believed that the Fall of 1809 was the date that he brought the larger group of 48 that included the Family and In-Laws.
- He brought his family, 30 Slaves and all the In-Laws in the Fall of 1809. About 48 people in all.
- The Sons-In-Law:
- William Hawes
- Harrison Irby Hughes
- William Burton
- Charles Burton
- William Hawes Quarles, Born April 13th 1794 was 11 years old in April of 1805 when his Father sent him on a horse to find Sparta and buy some supplies.
- William Hawes Quarles was a Merchant and Farmer.
- Uncle Billy ran the Family Business from age 20 until the house burned down in approximately 1844.
- The Family re-built a house at the site of the current White Plains Golf Pro Shop and continued to run the Plantation from there until that house burned down in 1848.
- A smaller house was built on the same site in 1848 and remained there until Fred Burton replaced it.
Stephen Decatur Quarles – 1843 – 1920
- Married Zahillia Jones and had 4 children. Later married Mary Ann King and had 4 children.
Stephen Brice Quarles – 1893 – 1979
- Married Lottie Phillips and had 2 children. Later married Vashti McCord and had 1 child.
Stephen Richard Quarles – 1948 – ????
- Married Joan Taylor and had 2 children. Later married Gina Fratini and had 1 child.