Sunday, May 9, 2010


Lancashireman who took his wife and seven of their sixteen children to America

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RICHARD ELTONHEAD was born about 1582 in Lancashire, England. He died "after 1670" in Lancashire, England. He married Ann Sutton, daughter of Edward Sutton and Ann Stanley according to [[Plantagenet Ancestry, 2005, by Douglas Richardson]]. Mr. Richardson does not know who the parents of Edward Sutton are and states, "Many get this Edward Sutton mixed up with the Edward Sutton that married Theodosia Harington."

RICHARD ELTONHEAD is the son of WILLIAM ELTONHEAD and ANNE BOWERS of Lancashire, England. Records can be found: [[The Parish of Prescot, 1573-1631, ed. by F. V. Driffield (Lancashire Parish Register Series, Vol. 76 (R. Seed and Sons: Preston, 1938)]], LDS Microfilm 0844816, Christenings 1580-1631/2. Marriages 1575-1631/2. Burials 1573-1632.

Richard Eltonhead was heir to his father, William, as the eldest son died in infancy. His brother Henry Eltonhead died 1670 unmarried in England but had strong ties to Ireland. Lothrip Withington, Virginia Gleanings in England, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980. pp. 392-393" " Henry Eltonhead, whose will was dated in 1665, was a brother of Richard Eltonhead of Eltonhead. This is evident as he names his brother Thomas Meares." Administration with will to Richard Eltonhead in County of Lancashire in England Esq of goods of Henry Eltonhead late of London Esq. deceased on 23 August 1670. Perogative Court of Ireland, Will Book 1668-72, folio 166." He names Clement Hogg who is undoubetedly kin to the Wormeley's that came from England to Virginia.

"The Eltonhead family comprised father Richard Eltonhead, mother Ann Sutton, and sixteen children. The family seems to have been Catholic and Royalist, although most of the children were baptized in the Church of England." A number of children came to America. Nine others may be presumed to have died before the migration.

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