Denise, I don't have much specific information, which is why I started looking in more general references and found the footnote.I have got back as far as Captain Nicholas Addison, who married Rebeka Smyth in Limerick Ireland in 1750, and had properties in Limerick, and Preston Lancashire, and died in 1775 in the battle of Bunker Hill, Boston. I have not yet found out who his parents were, but his son John by his own account was "heir at law of Joseph Addison".
I was recently given a copy of an old family letter which contains the following paragraph:
"The first of the name of Addison of whom we know is Lancelot Addison during the reign of Queen Elizabeth - however, the Addisons existed long before, their clan going back to the middle ages - and sixteen of them figured in the 16th century in frontier wars with Scotland.The seigneurie of Low Wood Nook in the east of Cumberland was their stronghold, which had been in their possession for ten generations previous to 1650."
I am presently reading "English Genealogy" by A Wagner, and the following seems to me to be relevant to the clan mentioned in the above extract:
"A rather different clan pattern is found in certain other counties, such as Lancashire and Cheshire, where a particular surname will be found numerous and comprising all classes in a single parish or group of parishes."
I found this interesting because when looking at the IGI on fiche, there are very large numbers of Addisons in Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire and Yorkshire.It leads me to wonder if these people are all descended from common ancestors.
Denise, I do hope you find something useful in this.Regards, Toni