Greetings Brian -My husband has ancestors whose names were Mottershaw in the U.S. - under a variety of spellings in the UK.
Specifically his 2x gr. grandfather is this John Motterson/Mottershaw - b. 17 Jun 1832, Village of Sunbury, Cheshire Co., EnglandFamily emmigrated from England and moved to Chestnut Ridge, PA in 1884.
This information is courtesy of two other Mottershaw cousins - onewho lives in the U.K and one who lives in Illinois.
Census 1881 England
NameRelation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
John MOTTHERSONHeadMMale48Hy...Bunbury, Cheshire, EnglandIron Stone Miner
Betsey MOTTHERSONWifeMFemale46Fradley, Cheshire, EnglandWife
John MOTTHERSONSonUMale15Goldenhill,Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, EnglandCoal Miner
George MOTTERSTSON (MOTTHERSON)SonUMale12Goldenhill,Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire , EnglandScholar
Thomas MOTTERSTSON (MOTTHERSON)SonUMale11Audley,Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, EnglandScholar
Francis MOTTERSTSON (MOTTHERSON)(Daur)UFemale9Chesterton, Staffordshire, EnglandScholar
William MOTTERSTSON (MOTTHERSON)(Son)Male5Chesterton,Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, EnglandScholar
Richard MOTTERSTSON (MOTTHERSON)(Son)Male1Chesterton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
There is a reference to the name of "Mottershaw" in the Doomsday Book created during the reign of William I (William the Conqueror) in the 11th Century.Cheshire was the area of domicile, and the family then went into the surrounding counties of Nottingham, Derbyshire, Shropshire, and Yorkshire.The family has a "Coat of Arms" as most similar families had in those days, but I haven't the details.
The census showed other members of the family living in the area where John and Betsey were and even their names had different spellings "Mottashaw, Mothershaw, Motershaw, Mottersham, and Mattershaw.Our families in Yorkshire also had Mottishaw and Mottershall, which is very awkward when trying to trace the family connections.
There is obviously a connectionwith us through Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield, Wakefield and Leeds.
My husband's grandmother told of the family being from Yorkshire County and Chesterton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Good luck in your searches.