How Roger Dalton connects to King Henry II, King of England


Compiled and edited by Rodney Garth Dalton.

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A genealogy report of the ancestors of Rodney Dalton.

Family Tree Maker.com Internet search files.

LDS Ancestry File, Internet search files.

LDS FHL Ancestry record.

Kindred Konnections, internet search files.

Rootsweb.com, internet search files.

A search on the internet of hundreds of users files submitted to record.

Note: There are thousands of personal users gedcom. reports that this record is taken from. Some of these born dates are in dispute for now.

From a Genealogy Report generated by “The Genealogy Center”

From personal Users gedcom files submitted to record.

FTM online family search Web Site.

Various Genealogical Web search sites.

The histories of the English Royalty, many sites on the Internet.

The Dalton Family Research Group.

Rod Dalton‘s personal genealogy files.

Arthur Whittaker’s personal genealogy file’s.

Some information on the Dalton’s is contributed by Leslie Crunk.

According to Dalton Family traditions, our Dalton line was in-fact, through marriage, related to Royalty in Europe and England. As far as we know, there is not one Dalton daughter who was married directly to a Royal, but the search goes on.

One way our Dalton family is connected is through our Roger Dalton, born about 1480 and who married Anne Radcliff. Anne Radcliff and her family is this connection to the Kings and Queens of Europe. This period of time in England was called the “Medieval Time” and during this time there was famous Kings & Knight’s, including some of our own Dalton’s.

Some of these Dalton Knight’s were: Sir John Dalton II, born about 1346. Sir John Dalton 1st, born 1302. Sir Robert Dalton, born about 1284. Sir Richard ll, born 1252 and probably the first of our Dalton family to be Knighted, Sir Richard Dalton lst, Born 1205 in Byspham, Lancashire, England. These Dalton’s were from Byspham, Lancashire Co. England.

These Dalton Knight’s was totally involved in the battles and feud’s of “Medieval” times. You can read the histories of some of these famous Dalton Knight’s in the Dalton Family Book, by Rodney Dalton.

There are only two ways that we know about the history of Roger Dalton, 1480.

One is by the pedigree of the Dalton family complied by John Luther Dalton (1843-1908) John Luther Dalton served two LDS Church missions to England & Wales starting in 1866 and then in the latter part of 1800. John Luther searched far & wide for every bit of information he could find about his ancestors. The Dalton family today owes John Luther a tremendous thanks or his being so dedicated to his search.

The second way is from The Dalton Book complied by Mrs. Francis E. Dalton Leaning

Published in 1951.

One of the most famous Dalton Royalty connections is to King Henry II, King of England. Much history has been written on Henry II and his life, some of which is reported here.

This report has many stories about King Henry II and his descendants.

Much of it is the history of the Radcliff family of Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England.

Of interest is that “Byspham” and “Ordsall are on only about 50 miles apart from each other in Lancashire Co. You can imagine that the Dalton Knights and the Radcliff Knights meet quite frequently in the social circles of the Royal Families of that time.

The last part of this report is some histories on our own Dalton family members.

Note that there are many different spelling for the name Radcliff in the text.


Descendants of Henry II, "Curtmantle", King of England


Generation No. 1

1. HENRY II, "CURTMANTLE", KING OF ENGLAND was born March 05, 1132/33 in Le Mans, France, and died July 06, 1199 in Chinon Castle, France. He married ELEANOR DE POINTIERS, PRINCESS OF AQUITAINE May 18, 1152 in Bordeau Cathedral, Bordeau, France, daughter of WILLIAM DE POINTIERS and ELEANOR CHASTELLARAULT. She was born 1123 in Chateau de Belin, Bordeaux, France, and died March 03, 1202/03 in Fontevraud Abbey, Maine-et-Loire, France.



Book of the MEDIEVAL KNIGHT by Stephen Turnbull. Eeanor of Aquitaine, one of the richest women in Europe was divorced from her husband, Louis VII, King of France, and married a certain Henry Plantagent.

From the point of view of the King of France there could have been no worse

alliance. This Henry Plantagenet had recently had recently inherited Maine, Touraine and Anjou from his father, and was already both Duke of Normandy and Suzerain of Brittany. In 1154, on the death of King Stephen, Henry became King Henry II of England. The amalgamation of their territories into what was to become the Angevin empire, the glory of Plantegenets, would provoke the virtue of inter-nationalism and the vice of conflict, between England and France for the next three centuries.

Henry II (1133-89), King of England (1154-89), first monarch of the house of Anjou, or Plantagenet, an important administrative reformer, who was one of the most powerful European rulers of his time.

Born March 5, 1133, at Le Mans, France, Henry became duke of Normandy in 1151 The following year, on the death of his father, he inherited the Angevin territories in France. By his marriage in 1152 to Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry added vast territories in southwestern France to his possessions. Henry claimed the English kingship through his mother, Matilda. She had been designated the heiress of Henry I but had been deprived of the succession by her cousin, Stephen of Blois, who made himself King. In 1153 Henry defeated Stephen's armies in England and compelled the king to choose him as his successor; on Stephen's death, the following year, Henry became king .

During the first few years of his reign Henry quelled the disorders that had developed during Stephen's reign, regained the northern counties of England, which had previously been ceded to Scotland, and conquered North Wales In 1171-72 he began the Norman conquest of Ireland and in 1174 forced William the Lion, King of the Scots, to recognize him as overlord.

In 1164 Henry became involved in a quarrel with Thomas a Becket, whom he had appointed archbishop of Canterbury. By the Constitutions of Clarendon, the King decreed that priests accused of crimes should be tried in royal courts; Becket claimed that such cases should be handled by ecclesiastical courts, and the controversy that followed ended in 1170 with Becket's murder by f our of Henry's knights. Widespread indignation over the murder forced the King to rescind his decree and recognize Becket as a martyr.

Although he failed to subject the church to his courts, Henry's judicial reforms were of lasting significance. In England he established a centralized system of justice accessible to all freemen and administered by judges who traveled around the country at regular intervals. He also began the process of replacing the old trial by ordeal with modern court procedures. From the beginning of his reign, Henry was involved in conflict with Louis VII, king of France, and later with Louis's successor, Philip II, over the French provinces that Henry claimed. A succession of rebellions against Henry, headed by his sons and furthered by Philip II and by Eleanor of Aquitaine, began in 1173 and continued until his death at Chinon, France, on July 6, 1189. Henry was succeeded by his son Richard I, called Richard the Lion-Hearted.

“From the History of Kings of England”

Henry was born in 1133 and was married to Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine immediately after her divorce from Louis VII, King of France. They had nine children: William, Henry, Matilda, Richard, Geoffrey,

Philip, Eleanor, Joan and John.

Henry was the first of fourteen hereditary kings, who were later referred to in the history oracles as Plantagenets. Henry was the son of the Count of Anjou, whose family emblem was the 'plantegenet', a yellow flowering broom.

It was with the land bequeathed by the Count to Henry and his auspicious marriage to Eleanor, which gained him a vast amount of lands in France. These lands exceeded the lands owned in France by the King of France, himself. In those times, the King of France ruled from Paris and its surrounding areas.

Henry had lands reaching for 1000 miles, and it was this vast domain, which was called the Angevin Empire. Henry was the first king to demonstrate that he was truly a sovereign, and he ended all the anarchy and demonstration of strengths throughout his lands. He devoted himself to the internal security of his land and promoted domestic and foreign trade. Productivity doubled during his reign. He revolutionized the law system, and even sat over cases himself. He was a notable lawyer, and he built up the system of English Common Law, and began to develop the traditional jury system. He was a gifted administrator. Henry's notable failure was his attempt to curb the power and strength of the Church, particularly in the case of Thomas Beckett, who had been his wild pal until he was made Archbishop of Canterbury. His death did little for Henry's popularity. He was unfortunate in love, relentlessly and romantically pursuing the hand of his wife, Eleanor, who became a selfish spoilt lady, and who turned her sons against their own father. A rebellion by the eldest son, Henry was crushed, and Eleanor was placed under house arrest for fifteen years. The other brothers placed continual pressure on their father, in alliances with the King of France. Henry died a lonely and grief-stricken man deserted by all of those he had loved and honoured.


Eleanor of Aquitaine was born around 1122. Her grandfather, William IX, was the wealthy and powerful duke of Aquitaine. He was also a musician and poet, acknowledged as history's first troubadour.

William IX didn't just sing about love. By the time he was twenty he had married and divorced his first wife, Ermengarde. His second wife was Philippa (or Maud) of Toulouse, the widowed queen of Aragon. They had two sons, William and Raymond, and five daughters. When the Troubadour tired of Philippa, she moved to the same nunnery where Ermengard lived. After Philippa's death, Ermengarde tried to force William to take her back, but the duke had other ideas. He had abducted a married woman called Dangereuse ("dangerous" in French), and she was now his mistress.

In time the Troubadour decided that his elder son, William, should marry Dangereuse's daughter Aenor. (Dangereuse's husband was Aenor's father.) The younger William didn't want to marry Aenor, but he had no choice. The marriage took place in 1121, and a year or so later Eleanor of Aquitaine was born. She was followed by a daughter, Aelith (or Petronella) and a son, William Aigret.

When Eleanor was about five years old, William the Troubadour died and her father became Duke William X. A few years later, Eleanor's mother and brother died. Now Eleanor was heir to the vast realm of Aquitaine.

Like his father, William X was a patron of the troubadours and storytellers, and growing up in his court Eleanor developed a lifelong love of music and literature. Proud of his lively, intelligent daughter, William gave her an excellent education. She travelled through Aquitaine with him, preparing for her future role of duchess. Father and daughter were close, and it must have been a harsh blow for Eleanor when William, while making a religious pilgrimage, died suddenly of food poisoning.

Eleanor was just fifteen, and her life was about to change forever. On his deathbed William had asked his men to commend Eleanor to the care of Louis the Fat, king of France. Louis was no fool. He knew just what to do with his young, very beautiful, extremely wealthy ward - marry her off to his own son and heir. And so on August 1, 1137, Eleanor of Aquitaine married the future King Louis VII.

Both Eleanor and her husband were in their teens, but they had little else in common. Eleanor was high-spirited and strong-willed; Louis was a quiet, religious young man, regarded by some as a saint. No one ever mistook Eleanor of Aquitaine for a saint.

A few days after the wedding, Eleanor's father-in-law died and her husband became King Louis VII. Eleanor, who was not one to stay at home making tapestries, threw herself enthusiastically into the role of queen. To the dismay of many observers, the new king respected his wife's intelligence and consulted her frequently on matters of state. Queen Eleanor frequently visited Aquitaine, where she was well regarded by her father's former vassals.

Eleanor's sister, Petronella, was also keeping busy. With Eleanor's encouragement, a nobleman divorced his wife to marry Petronella, which didn't make the family of Wife Number One very happy. War broke out, and Louis led his troops against a town called Vitry, setting it on fire. The townspeople sought refuge in a church, which burned down. More than one thousand people perished. Louis was wracked by guilt.

During the first years of her marriage Eleanor had just one child, who was stillborn. An influential miracle-working abbot, Bernard of Clairvaux, told her that she was childless because God disapproved of her wicked ways. Either Eleanor temporarily mended her ways or God relented, because in 1145 she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Marie. But Eleanor wasn't ready to settle down and be a typical medieval mommy.

The Second Crusade:

In 1144 the city of Edessa (located in modern-day Turkey), which had been in Christian hands for almost fifty years, was captured by Muslims. Most of its citizens were massacred or sold into slavery. Inspired by this event and the preaching of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Louis VII and German emperor Conrad III organized their own separate military expeditions to the Middle East. The French and Germans had little interest in cooperating with each other; still, their dual effort is known as The Second Crusade.

Eleanor had no intention of sitting quietly at home while her husband went off on his adventure. The king's advisors may have been opposed to taking Eleanor and her company of 300 women along on the Crusade, but Eleanor was also offering the services of a thousand men from Aquitaine, and the king accepted. When they reached Antioch they were greeted by Eleanor's uncle, Raymond of Poitiers, who had become ruler of the city by marrying its young princess. Raymond entertained the crusaders in grand style, paying special attention to his flirtatious niece.

Although Raymond had a reputation for being a faithful husband, Eleanor's reputation was less spotless, and gossip about their relationship soon began to fly. The rumors followed Eleanor for the rest of her life. Many years later an English chronicler wrote sneeringly, "How Eleanor, queen of France, behaved when she was across the sea in Palestine... all these things are well enough known."

Whether or not Eleanor had an affair with her uncle, she was certainly influenced by him. When Raymond pleaded for Louis's help in defending Antioch, Eleanor took his side. When Louis refused to assist Raymond, Eleanor declared that she wanted a divorce. Louis, who adored his wife, was angry and hurt. He left Antioch and forced Eleanor to go with him. She never saw Raymond again. In 1149 he was killed in a battle against the Muslims. His severed head was sent to the caliph in Baghdad.

The Second Crusade was a failure, partly because of the quarreling among its leaders. Eventually Louis abandoned the cause and returned to France. Eleanor went with him -- on a separate ship. On their way home they stopped in Rome, where the pope persuaded them to go to bed together. The result of this papal intercession was a second daughter, Alix, born in 1150.

But the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII never truly recovered from Eleanor's scandalous behavior in Antioch, and in 1152 Louis granted Eleanor the divorce she desired. Eleanor was not destined to remain single for long.

In 1152, less than two months after her divorce from King Louis VII of France, Eleanor married Henry Plantagenet, the grandson of England's King Henry I. He was eighteen, eleven years younger than Eleanor. Their marriage scandalized observers. Eleanor, it was rumored, had previously had an affair with Henry's father.

In the words of a contemporary writer, Gerald of Wales, "Count Geoffrey of Anjou when he was seneschal of France took advantage of Queen Eleanor; for which reason he often warned his son Henry, telling him above all not to touch her, they say, both because she was his lord's wife, and because he had known her himself." But, ignoring his father's advice, Henry "presumed to sleep adulterously with the said queen of France, taking her from his own lord and marrying her himself. How could anything fortunate, I ask, emerge from these copulations?"

The first thing to emerge -- just five months after Eleanor and Henry's hasty marriage -- was a son, William. The child died a few years later. By then Henry had claimed the English throne. Eleanor, formerly queen of France, was now the queen of England.

Eleanor and Henry had seven surviving children: Henry, Matilda, Richard, Geoffrey, Eleanor, Joan, and John. As the children grew up, Eleanor and her husband grew apart. At first Henry conducted secret love affairs. Then he began a public relationship with a knight's daughter, Rosamond Clifford, "the Fair Rosamond." Legend has it that the jealous Queen Eleanor confronted Rosamond with a dagger in one hand and a cup of poison in the other and forced her to choose which way she would die. (Rosamond did die in 1177, but probably of natural causes.)

King Henry later became involved with his son Richard's fiancee, a French princess who also happened to be the daughter of Eleanor's first husband, Louis VII. Not surprisingly, Richard never married the girl.

In 1168 Eleanor returned to France to rule her restless subjects. Her court quickly became a center of culture. She was reunited with her eldest daughter from her first marriage, Marie, who shared her interests. But Eleanor wasn't content to spend the rest of her life patronizing troubadours and presiding over courts of love. She wanted more power than Henry was willing to give her, and she began plotting against him. Henry summoned her back to England, where she continued to scheme.

In 1173, Eleanor's three eldest sons - Henry, Richard, and Geoffrey - rebelled against their father, Henry II, with Eleanor's support. They were forced to flee to France. Eleanor tried to follow, disguised as a man, but she was captured by Henry's forces.

King Henry kept Eleanor more or less imprisoned for sixteen long years. His sons continued to war against him; in the end even his favorite son, John, turned against him. Finally, in 1189, Henry II died. Eleanor and Henry's eldest son, Henry, was already dead, so Eleanor's favorite, Richard the “Lionhearted” became king. Richard soon went away on a crusade, leaving his mother as regent. "He issued instructions to the princes of the realm, almost in the style of a general edict, that the queen's word should be law in all matters," wrote a contemporary chronicler, Ralph of Diceto.

She proved to be a shrewd ruler. When Richard was taken hostage, Eleanor helped to raise his ransom money. She also stood up to Richard's brother John, who plotted to seize the throne. She even managed to get Richard and John to reconcile after Richard's return to England.

Eventually Richard died and John became king. Like Richard, King John respected his mother and heeded her advice. She, in return, supported him against his enemies. Eleanor was now quite elderly by the standards of her time, but she continued to lead an active life, travelling through Europe and arranging marriages for her grandchildren. In 1202 the ailing Eleanor was trapped in a castle by the army of the French king, with whom John was at war, but John freed her.

Eleanor of Aquitaine died in 1204 at the abbey of Fontevrault, which she had long patronized. She is buried there, as are Henry II and Richard the “Lionhearted”

According to Ralph of Diceto, Eleanor's life "revealed the truth of a prophecy which had puzzled all by its obscurity: 'The eagle of the broken bond shall rejoice in the third nestling.' They called the queen the eagle because she stretched out her wings, as it were, over two kingdoms - France and England. She had been separated from her French relatives through divorce, while the English had separated her from her marriage bed by confining her to prison . . . Richard, her third son - and thus the third nestling - was the one who would raise his mother's name to great glory."


i. WILLIAM "LONGESPREE", EARL OF SALISBURY, b. Abt. 1160, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England; d. March 07, 1224/25, Mansourah, Nile.

Generation No. 2

2. WILLIAM "LONGESPREE", EARL OF SALISBURY was born Abt. 1160 in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, and died March 07, 1224/25 in Mansourah, Nile. He married ELLA DEVEREAUX, COUNTESS OF SALISBURY. She was born Abt. 1191 in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, and died August 24, 1261 in Lacock Abbey, Lacock, Wiltshire, England.


Illiegitimate son of Henry II and Rosamund (Joan) Clifford.



Salisbury, William Longsword, 3rd earl of, d. March 7, 1226, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Eng.

Longsword also spelled LONGESPÉE, an illegitimate son of Henry II of England, and a prominent baron, soldier, and administrator under John and Henry III. He acquired his lands and title from Richard I, who in 1196 gave him the hand of the heiress Ela, or Isabel, daughter of William, earl of Salisbury. He held numerous official positions in England under John.

He was sent on missions to France (1202) and to Germany (1209). In 1213-14 he organized John's Flemish allies, taking part in the destruction (1213) of the French fleet at Damme, then the port of Bruges, and leading the right wing of the allied army at Bouvines (July 27, 1214), where he was captured. He was exchanged and was back in England by May 1215, when he was employed by John in inspecting the defenses of royal castles and fighting the rebels in the southwest.

During John's war against the barons, Salisbury deserted the king after the landing of Louis of France (May 1216); he returned to royal allegiance, however, by March 1217, fought at Lincoln (May) and Sandwich (August), and attested the Treaty of Kingston (September 1217). Salisbury held various posts during the minority of Henry III and served against the Welsh in 1223 and in Gascony in 1225. He and his wife were benefactors of Salisbury Cathedral and laid foundation stones of the new cathedral in 1220. William was buried there and his effigy, a splendid early example, still survives.

William Longespee. William was the illegitimate son of Henry II and became the earl of Salisbury after marrying the heiress to the earldom of Salisbury in 1198. William supported King John during his reign, including defeating the French fleet in 1213 preparing to invade.

Source: The House of Clifford, Chapter 5:

Much controversy surrounds the identity of the Mother of William, for Rosamund was not the king's only mistress, though there are many who believe she was. Those who dispute Rosamund's claim base their case on the disparity in the ages of all concerned, but there is other evidence as well which can not be ignored. Unfortunately, the records date neither the birth of Rosamund nor that of her father, or her reputed sons.

Documents also indicate an Ida, and an Ykenai as his mother. Died on Crusade.

Notes for Rosamond Clifford.

Born: Abt 1137

Died: 1176

Henry II's mistress. Rosamond was the daughter of a Welsh baron. Henry's wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine was imprisoned in 1173 and it may have been at this time that the affair between Henry and Rosamond began. Rosamond died in 1176, possibly posioned by Eleanor who had located her secret hide-away at Woodstock. Rosamond was buried at Godstow nunnery where Henry had a shrine built above her tomb.

See The House of Clifford for more details of Rosamund's liason with Henry.
Weir attributes the mother of these children to "Ikenai", which is also
discussed by Clifford. (Chapter 5).


i. STEPHAN "LONGESPREE", b. Abt. 1216, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; d. 1260, Sutton, Northantshire, England.

Generation No. 3

3. STEPHAN “LONGESPREE” was born Abt. 1216 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, and died 1260 in Sutton, Northantshire, England. He married EMALINE DE RIDDLESFORD, COUNTESS OF ULSTER. She was born Abt. 1223 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, and died 1276.



i. ELA "LONGESPREE", b. Abt. 1246, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; d. July 19, 1285.

Generation No. 4

4. ELA "LONGESPREE” was born Abt. 1246 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, and died July 19, 1285. She married SIR ROGER LA ZOUCHE, LORD OF ASHBY 1267. He was born Abt. 1242 in Ashby, Leicestershire, England, and died Abt. 1285 in Ashby, Leicestershire, England.


Children of “ELA LONGESPREE" and SIR LA ZOUCHE are:

i. MAUD LA ZOUCHE, b. Abt. 1284, Winchester, Hampshire, England; d. March 16, 1371/72, Brackley, Northamptonshire, England.

ii. SIR ALAN LA ZOUCHE, b. October 09, 1267, North Molton, Devonshire, England; d. March 25, 1314, Brackey, Northamptonshire, England; m. ELEANOR DE SEAGRAVE; b. Abt. 1270, Seagrave, Leicestershire, England.

Generation No. 5

5. MAUD LA ZOUCHE was born Abt. 1284 in Winchester, Hampshire, England, and died March 16, 1371/72 in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. She married SIR ROBERT DE HOLAND 1308 in Winchester, Hampshire, England. He was born 1283 in Upholland, Lancashire, England, and died October 07, 1328 in Beheaded, Borham Wood, Essex, England.


Children of MAUD LA ZOUCHE and SIR DE HOLAND are:

i. JOANE DE HOLAND, b. Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England; d. 1357.

ii. THOMAS DE HOLAND, b. Abt. 1314; m. PRINCESS OF WALES JOAN; b. September 29, 1328, Woodstock, Oxford. England; d. August 08, 1385, Wallingford Castle, Berkshire, England.

Generation No. 6

6. JOANE DE HOLAND was born in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died 1357. She married (1) SIR JOHN RADCLIFF, son of RICHARD RADCYLFFE and MISS LE BOTELER. He was born Abt. 1280. She married (2) SIR HUGH DE DUTTON. He was born 1276, and died 1326.


History of the Radclyffe Family:

Hundreds of years before the Ratcliff's came to American shores, our ancestor Ivo de Tailbois (or "John Talbot" in English) arrived in England the same year William the Conqueror overtook the country, 1066. Without doubt Ivo assisted William in the battles that took place and may have even been related to him. Ivo was born about 1022 in Anjou or Normandy, France. Ivo's family was one of the most illustrious in Normandy, and his brother was the Earl of Anjou. Ivo was known as "Baron of Kendal." Ivo married Lucia, a daughter of Earl Aelfger. Lucia was clearly of royal line, being the granddaughter of Gruffydd, the King of Wales. Ivo's great-grandson, Nicholas Fitz-Gilbert de Tailbois, was a knight. He was given the manor of Radeclive from his lord, and may have built Radcliffe tower.

The tower and manor are located near the town of Radcliffe in Lancashire, England. Nicholas was often called Nicholas "de Radcliffe," meaning of or from Radcliffe because he lived near the town and owned the manor by that name. His children and other descendents were also called "de Radcliffe" and eventually the "de" was dropped. Thus our family has the distinction of being named after the manor and town in which our ancestor, Nicholas, lived. The town was named Radcliffe because it is located along the red banks (red cliffs) of the Irwell River.

John de Radclyffe, the actual founder of the line of Radclyffes of Ordsall, was the youngest son of Richard the Seneschal. His family's attachment to the cause of insurgent barons under the Earl of Lancaster, led John eventually into the service of the Queen's party, where he was rewarded with the favour of Queen Isabella and the warm friendship of the young Prince Edward, to whose personal service he was attached. In this capacity he was accompanied the Queen and the Prince during their sojourn on the Continent, where they sought the protection of Count William of Hainault, to whose daughter, Phillipa, the boy Prince was contracted by marriage. In September 1325 Isabella landed with her son at Orwell in Suffolk, supported by a force of two thousand men, which the Count of Hainault had placed at her disposal. She was joined by the great nobles who hated the Despensers, and Edward the Second fled with his favourites to the Welsh Marches. Here he was captured by his cousin, Henry, Earl of Lancaster, and taken prisoner to Kenilworth. The elder Despenser was executed at Bristol, and the younger at Hereford. Thomas of Lancaster was avenged. The King was deposed and Prince Edward proclaimed in his stead. A few months later in the midnight secrecy of Berkeley Castle the supplanted monarch came to his untimely end

The following spring Sir John Radclyffe was despatched to Hainault,, to conduct the Lady Philippa to England for her marriage to King Edward the Third, and to act as King's Proxy in the preliminaries concerning the marriage. As soon as Edward was firmly established on the throne, having proved his quality by his courage against the Scots in his first expedition of a military nature, the Queen mother's star began to set. A new confederacy against her influence, and that of Roger Mortimer, her paramour, was organized by Henry, Earl of Lancaster. It proved abortive, Lancaster suffered a heavy fine, and the Earl of Kent was executed on a flimsy charge of treason. The young King was now decided to assert his own authority, and Mortimer was brought to the scaffold on 29th November 1330. Queen Isabella was banished for the remainder of her life to the seclusion of Castle Rising. During the next five years Sir John Radclyffe was engaged with the King against the Scots, and in 1337 was sent to Flanders to open negotiations for a treaty between the English King and the Flemish trading cities, which were anxious to secure the support of the powerful King of England against their oppressor, the King of France. Edward, on his side, was desirous of establishing a commercial alliance with the rich and prosperous burghers of the Low Countries, as a means of improving the economic state of his own impoverished people. For several years John Radclyffe remained in Flanders, rendering valiant service in counsel and in arms to Jacob van Artevelde and his associates in Ghent, Bruges, and Ypres. So much so, that when he was asked to name his reward he immediately requested that a number of the Flemish craftsmen should be permitted to return to England, there to teach their arts of manufacture to his own people. The request was readily granted, and he thereupon conducted these men and their families to England, settling them in Lancashire, of which county he had been appointed a Knight of the Shire in 1340.

In 1346 King Edward began his great attempt to establish his claim to the Crown of France, and supported by a great concourse of English archers and men-at-arms, commanded by trusty barons and knights, he landed on the coast of Normandy. On Saturday, the 26th of August, was fought the memorable Battle of Crecy, when the English forces routed the assembled might of France. Five days later Edward began his 12 months' siege of the fortress of Calais, which finally capitulated on 4th August 1347. During this campaign Sir John Radclyffe was in constant attendance on the King, with a personal entourage of two knights, twelve esquires, and fourteen archers, and so nobly did he distinguish himself throughout the engagements, that the King granted him the right to use what has been described as the proudest family motto in all the nobility of England, the superscription 'Caen, Crecy, Calais,' which has been borne by his lineal descendents from that time to the present day.

After the surrender of Calais Philip of France agreed to a temporary truce with England, and Sir John Radclyffe now returned to establish his possession of Ordsall manor, against Sir John Blount and the De Leghs, who had assumed the estate after the death of Sir Robert, his cousin. In the intervals of the lengthy litigation that challenged his occupation until 1359, when his rights in Ordsall lands were finally conceded, he busied himself with public duties, particularly in fostering the new industries his proteges from Flanders had introduced into the district. A century before, the town of Salford had been made a free borough, but its commercial development had been slow. Sir John set to work to enrich the chartered liberties of the town with the life blood derived from the new manufactures. He built houses for the Flemings in the town, made the free burghers, awoke a new spirit of commercial enterprise amongst the yeomen of the neighbourhood, and succeeded in gaining the interest of Queen Philippa in his experiment. From a quiet country village the ancient town grew under Sir John's direction into a thriving centre of commercial intercourse, and to him belongs the credit of firmly establishing in Lancashire the textile industry which has been the main strength of English trade throughout the centuries since his day. There still stands in the older part of Salford the half timbered, many gabled inn of the Bulls Head, a portion of which is contemporary with Sir John, at which period it was changed from the private dwelling of a leading family in the town to an inn, where the merchants could be lodged. Fit it's sign was chosen the 'Bulls Head,' the Radclyffe crest, out of compliment to the Ordsall knight who had set the feet of his fellow burghers on the high road towards a greater prosperity.

Sir John married Lady Joan de Holland, the widow of Sir Hugh Dutton. Her father was Sir Robert Holland, the particular favourite of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and his foremost lieutenant. When Lancaster became chief minister of the realm in 1314, he caused Sir Robert to be summoned to Parliament as Lord Holland, which title he retained until the execution of Earl Thomas in 1322. Holland took part in the rebellion of the Earl, and forfeited all his lands. This forfeiture was reversed by Edward the Third in 1228, but in the October following, Sir Robert was murdered by certain followers of Henry of Lancaster, who regarded his alleged cowardice as responsible in part for the failure of the plot against Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer. His eldest son, another Sir Robert, distinguished himself in the French war, and was the ancestor of Lord Lovel, one of the favourites of Richard the Third, and of the Hollands, Dukes of Exeter. Another son, William, was the father of Thurstan Holland of Denton, by Margaret de Shoresworth. His youngest son was Sir Thomas Holland, a soldier of great repute, who married Joan, the daughter of Edmund, Earl of Kent, and was summoned to Parliament as Lord Holland in 1353. Seven years later he was created Earl of Kent and died in Normandy on the 28th December in the same year (1360). His widow, the 'Fair Maid if Kent,' then married Edward, the Black Prince, and was the mother of Richard the Second.

By her first husband, Sir Hugh Dutton, Joan Holland had a son, Sir Thomas Dutton, who was Seneschal and Receiver of the Castle of Halton in Cheshire, and Sheriff of Cheshire, 1356-59. One of his descendants was Sir Ralph Dutton, the prominent Royalist, and another was created Baron Sherborne of Sherborne in 1784. After the death of Sir John, Lady Joan married a third husband in Sir Thomas Talbot of Bashall

When Sir John was securely settled in the occupation of Ordsall, he commenced the rebuilding of the manor house, and the main portion of the existing Ordsall Hall is a tangible link between the present day and the gallant and illustrious begetter of the Ordsall Radclyffes

In 1341 John de Radclyffe acquired from John de Belshaw the latter's interest in the bailiwick of the serjeancy of Rochdale, 'with all its rights to be held of the chief lord of the fee by accustomed service.' The charter is dated at Whalley 18th November 1341, and was witnessed by Richard de Radclyffe, Robert de Radclyffe, John de Clitherowe, and Richard ffyshwycke, Clerk.

Under date of 13th August 1344, John de Radclyffe in named as party to an indenture, with Henry de Haydock and John de Belshaw, as bound by a recognisance of the Statute Merchant to the Earl of Derby in the sum of one hundred pounds, which John de Kynewell, general attorney to the Earl, agreed to commute the payment of fifty two pounds, sixteen shillings and threepence to be paid to him at Michaelmas at the house of John le Fleming in Fridaistrete in London. Presumably this was in connection with the settlement of the Flemish workers in England

At the April Assize held at Preston in 1353, Sir John, as Bailiff of Rochdale, was in dispute with John, the Abbot of Whalley, regarding Puture in Spotland and Castleton. John de Radclyffe claimed for his sub-bailiffs a Puture a day every week of the year, and on two days of the year, a nine o'clock and at supper at the Abbot's table. At the September Assize in the same year, Sir John was called upon to show cause why he had taken two bullocks at Marland in Castleton, belonging to the Abbot, and had detained them until a fine was paid. Sir John's case was that Adam, a former Abbot, held the manor of Marland from Henry de Lacy, Constable of Chester (from whom the Duke inherited), for six shillings per year, but the rent was four years in arrear. The jury eventually found that the Duke was not entitled to rent, and the Abbot did not owe it. The Puture question was not settled until November 1360 when Sir John, as Bailiff, released to the Abbot and Convent his right to Puture in all the will of Castleton and the grange of Whitworth in Spotland for a consideration of twelve shillings per year to himself and his heirs

In 1356 Sir John was in dispute with Richard de Langley and Joan, his wife, regarding certain lands in Salford and Pendleton, and in 1358 he was sued in conjunction with Sir Henry de Trafford, John le Bold of Whittleswick, and Katherine, his wife, respecting an annuity of thirteen shillings and fourpence in Ordsall, which Thomas de Goosnargh alleged had been granted to him by Richard de Hulton.

The period of Sir John's settling at Ordsall was the time of the Black Death, and an interesting sidelight is thrown on his character when, at a time lands were going out of cultivation for want of labourers and many men were realising their properties and fleeing with their capital abroad, Sir John chose that time to forsake military distinction and apply himself to the illustrious but no less worthy duty of a landed proprietor, the stay of simple men and a helper of the distressed, ministering to the needs of his neighbours and assisting the prosperity of the commonwealth .

Shortly after his settlement at Ordsall Sir John added to his possessions the manor of Moston. For some reason not disclosed Emma, the only daughter of Richard de Moston, granted to Sir John in 1353 her life-interest in the manor of Moston and the rights in the inheritance which her brothers had given to her in 1325. She had previously to her grant to Sir John bestowed these on John de Moston, son of her youngest brother Hugh, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Richard de Tyldesley. After John's death Margaret was married to a second husband in Robert de Bolton. Robert de Moston, Emma's third brother, had a reversion in the lands, and this was claimed by his daughter and heir, Alice, the wife of Hugh de Toft, whose son, Robert de Toft, in 1404, recovered the manor of Moston against Hugh de Moston, son of John and Margaret, and Alice, his wife. After the death of her nephew, John, Emma reclaimed possession of the manor against Robert de Bolton and Margaret, his wife, William, son of Robert de Radclyffe, Alice, daughter of Robert de Radclyffe, and James, son of Henry de Tyldesley, and thereupon regranted it to Sir John de Radclyffe of Ordsall. Emma appears to have died shortly afterwards, and Sir John thereupon confirmed his possession be securing from Hugh de Toft and Alice, his wife, the reversion of a messuage and 40 acres of land.

William de Moston, another heir, who held lands in the manor for life after the death of Emma, was present in court and did fealty to Sir John de Radclyffe. The manor of Moston was held by the Radclyffes of Ordsall until 1394, when Sir John of Ordsall, grandson of the original Sir John, gave his lands at Moston, presumably for life, to Henry de Strangeways. After this Sir John's death in 1422, a dispute arose regarding the possession of Moston, and in 1425 a settlement was arrived at whereby his son and heir, another Sir John, was to hold the Moston lands for life, with the remainder to James, the son of Richard de Radclyffe of Radclyffe. The estate remained in the possession of the Tower family until the death of their last heir without issue caused them to pass to the FitzWalter Radclyffes under settlement, and in 1543 Henry, Earl of Sussex, sold Moston Hall to John Reddish. The Ordsall family did, however, retain a portion of the lands in Moston, since Sir William Radclyffe is shown in possession of them at his death in 1568.

There was a virulent outbreak of the pestilence in the winter of 1361. It lasted for none months, and in the spring of 1362 Sir John de Radclyffe died, a victim perhaps of the sickness that decimated his tenantry. The postmortem inquisition shows him holding Ordsall by knight's service and a rent of six shillings and eightpence, as well as lands in Flixton and elsewhere, including 40 acres in Salford held by knight's service and twenty shillings rent. The Ordsall estate is therein described as including a hall with 5 chambers, kitchen, chapel, 2 stables, 3 granges, 2 shippons, garner, dovecoat, orchard, a windmill, 80 acres of arable land, and 6 acres of meadow. Eight years before, the manor was described as 'a messuage, 120 acres of land, 12 acres of meadow, and 12 acres of wood.'

Sir John had issue of two sons and three daughters:

i. Richard, the elder son and heir.

ii. John, the younger son, served with his father in the wars in France and was knighted after the battle of Crecy. His first wife was Ellen, daughter of Thomas del Bothe of Salford and Barton, who, amongst many other benefactions, founded the Chantry of St Katherine in Eccles Church, where he lies buried. In his deed of Foundation Thomas del Bothe appointed as his executors Richard, son of Sir John de Radclyffe, John de Radclyffe, his brother and Ellen del Bothe, his wife, and Thomas de Wyche, rector of Manchester Church After the death of Ellen, Sir John married Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas D'Anyers, of Bradley-in-Appleton, Cheshire, who distinguished himself at the Battle of Crecy by rescuing the Standard of the Black Prince and taking prisoner the Earl of Tankerville, Chamberlain to the King of France. After the death of Sir Thomas, the wardship of his daughter and heiress was given to Sir John de Radclyffe, who after an ecclesiastical enquiry regarding his rights married her. Through her mother, Isabel be Bagguley, Margaret has heiress of Clemency de Cheadle. The Cheadles were a branch of the Duttons, and Sir John's mother was the widow of Sir Hugh Dutton when she married his father Sir John died without issue, and Lady Margaret afterwards was married to Sir John Savage, whose descendants succeeded to the Cheadle estates. Six years later she was again a widow and she was married to a third husband in Sir Piers de Legh, younger son of Robert de Legh of Adlington.

iii. Ellen, married William de Fairfax, of Walton, co. York.

iv. Julia, married to Henry de Lacy, of Cromwellbotham.

v. Amabil, married to Robert de Neville, of Hornby Castle .


i. RICHARD RADCLIFF, b. Abt. 1301, Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England; d. July 19, 1380, Rossendale, England.

Generation No. 7

7. RICHARD RADCLIFF was born Abt. 1301 in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died July 19, 1380 in Rossendale, England. He married MATILDA LEIGH. She was born Abt. 1305 in Booth, Lancashire, England.


Richard de Radclyffe, the son and heir of Sir John, was known as 'Le Puigne' to distinguish him from his cousin Richard of the Tower. In addition to the Ordsall estates he succeeded to his father's offices of Bailiwick of Rochdale and the Stewardship of Blackburn. By his marriage he vastly enhanced his noble status and landed possessions. His wife was Matilda, daughter and heir of Sir John Legh of Booths and Sandbach. In this lady flowed some of the noblest blood in the land. She was descended in the paternal line from Hamon de Legh, Lord of the Mediety of High Legh in the reign of Henry the Second, whose descendants had absorbed by marriage the notable families of Swineshead, Oughtrington, Corona, and Sandbach. By her grandmother, Margaret de Arderne, she was descended from Ralph, Viscount of Bayeux, from the family of Averanches Earls of Chester, and from the noble lines of St. Hillery, Montalt, Orreby, Glanville, and Sackville. The quarterings of this distinguished ancestry were now brought into the Radclyffe shield, and Matilda brought to her husband the manor of Sandbach, a moiety of Mobberley, and other extensive possessions of the Arderne inheritance in the county of Chester

Richard was one of the greatest landowners in the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire, for in addition to the wide domains that his wife brought him, he had acquired other portions of the former lands of his own family. Besides Ordsall, he held the manor of Hope within Pendleton, a messuage and 60 acres of land, held by knight's service and a rent of four pounds and two shillings, and Shoresworth, which with Hope had come to the Radclyffes from Margaret de Shoresworth. On his father's death, Richard petitioned for the restitution of lands in Livesey and Tockholes in Blackburnshire, which had been granted to Roger de Radclyffe by Thomas of Lancaster, and had been seized by the Crown on account of the debts which Robert, son of Roger, had left unpaid at his death

Richard was drowned in Rossendale Water, while exercising his official duties, on the Thursday before the feast of St. Margaret in 1380. He had issue by Matilda of a son and a daughter:

i. John, the heir

ii. Joan, married to James de Bosville of Chevet,co. York, Esquire

Richard was married twice, his second wife being Sybil, daughter and heiress of Sir Robert de Clitheroe of Salesbury, by whom he had a daughter, Joan, married in 1401 to Sir Henry de Hoghton. After Richard's death Sybil was married again to Sir Richard de Maulverer, to whom she bore a daughter, Isabella, who was married to John de Talbot, and whose descendents had Salesbury for their inheritance. The son of John and Isabella was sir John de Talbot, who married Joan, daughter of Sir John de Radclyffe of Ordsall. Sybil's third husband was Sir Roger de Fulthorpe, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas in Ireland. In 1388 Sir Roger was convicted at Westminster of 'divers betrayals of trust' and his lands were made forfeit to the King. These included 10 messuages and 100 acres in Flixton, held by knight's service and a rent of seventeen shillings and sixpence, lands called Shagh in Saddleworth Frith of an annual value of ninety shillings, and 6 messuages and 80 acres of meadow with appurtenances, of an annual value of eighty shillings in the township of Quyck in co. York, all held in right of his wife as dower from the inheritance of Richard de Radclyffe. These properties on the death of Sybil reverted to the Lord of Ordsall. Sybil was living in 1406, when the Bishop of Lichfield granted her a licence as Lady of Salesbury for Mass to be celebrated 'submissa voce' within her manor of Salesbury


i. SIR JOHN RADCLIFF I, b. Abt. 1343, Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England; d. August 08, 1422.

Generation No. 8

8. SIR JOHN RADCLIFF I was born Abt. 1343 in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died August 08, 1422. He married MARGARET TARFFORD. She was born 1338 in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died August 1434.

John de Radclyffe, son and heir of Richard, was born at Ordsall in 1356, and was twenty-four years old when he succeeded to his inheritance. He lived through the reigns of three monarchs, the disorders of misrule of Richard the Second, the no less lively era of Henry the Fourth, and the valiant awakenings Henry the Fifth inspired. John entered military service at an early age, desiring no doubt to emulate the fame of his grandfather, and was associated with his kinsman, Sir Thomas de Holland, Earl of Kent, half-brother to King Richard. In 1385 he was amongst those chosen by the Earl of Kent to accompany him when he went to take up his appointment as Captain of Cherbourg, and the King's protection was granted to Radclyffe for the safeguarding of his estates during his absence abroad. For some reason his plans were changed; he did not go to Normandy, and the protection was withdrawn. In that year Charles the Sixth of France determined to invade England, and assembled a great army in Flanders, with an armada at the port of Sluys to convey them across. The young King's uncles wisely dissuaded him from the enterprise, and the expedition was abandoned. It is probable that the services of John de Radclyffe were more necessary at home at such a time than they would be overseas. The incompetence of King Richard forced the support of the nation to his uncle, the Duke of Gloucester, whose appointment as head of the Great Council the King was forced to concede. Gradually the power of the Lancastrian party was rising and the Lord of Ordsall was a devoted adherent of that house. John of Gaunt died in 1399, and Richard thereupon seized his immense estates and kept them, notwithstanding his letters patent to the banished Henry of Lancaster permitting him to take possession of his lawful inheritance. According to the Deputy Keeper's Reports, the Radclyffe title to Ordsall was challenged at this time, from which it might appear that Sir John was with Duke Henry in his exile. Within a short time, however, Henry landed at Ravenspur, Richard was deposed, and Lancaster was proclaimed King as Henry the Sixth. Throughout the fourteen years of his reign the new King found Sir John ever a gallant champion of his cause. He fought at Hateley Field, and was amongst those whom King Henry held in constant favour. When Henry the Fifth succeeded his father, Radclyffe like his cousin at Attleburgh was appointed to the personal service of the King, and was given a captaincy in the French war. Though now an elderly man Sir John bore himself with distinction at Agincourt. He was present at the capture of Caen and the Siege of Rouen, and in 1421 was chosen by the King for election to the Order of the Garter. This honour was actually denied him, however, for he died before the Feast of St. George following

About 1375 he married Margaret, daughter of Sir Henry de Trafford, whose manor house faced the hall of Ordsall across the River Irwell. Sir Henry was a considerable landowner of the county, and a notable knight who had won fame in the campaigns of Edward the Third. Margaret bore him a family of four sons and two daughters, and survived her husband. She is said to have been married again, shortly after Sir John's death, to Robert Orrell, of Turton, though she was then past her sixtieth year. In 1413, the year that Henry the Fourth died, Sir John had a dispute with his sons, and agreed to accept the arbitration therein of Ralph de Radclyffe, son of Sir Ralph of Smithills, apparently with successful result

At the death of Sir John it was found that the Rochdale Bailiwick was worth nothing, as the outgoings exceeded the receipts. In 1430 therefore his heir sold the family interest in the bailiwick and serjeancy of Rochdale to Sir John Byron

Sir John and Lady Margaret had issue as follows:

i. John, the eldest son and heir

ii. Edmund, died in 1446

iii. Peter, died in 1468

iv. Alured, died in 1462

v. Elizabeth, eldest daughter, married to Sir Richard Venables, Baron of Kinderton in Cheshire

vi. Joan, married to her cousin, Robert de Radclyffe of Todmorden, and after his death, to a second husband, Robert de Smethwick of Smethwick


i.          SIR JOHN RADCLIFF II, b. Abt. 1377, Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England; d. July 26, 1442, Hope Manor, Lancashire, England.

Generation No. 9

9. SIR JOHN RADCLIFF II was born Abt. 1377 in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died July 26, 1442 in Hope Manor, Lancashire, England. He married CLEMENCE DE STANDISH March 13, 1395/96. She was born Abt. 1380 in Duxbury, Lancashire, England.

John de Radclyffe, the eldest son and heir, was born at Ordsall in 1377. At the age of nineteen he married Clemency, daughter of High de Standish of Duxbury, a family of notable antiquity in the county of Lancaster. The mother of Clemency was a Standish of Standish, her uncle, Ralph, was Sheriff of Lancashire in 1392, and a cousin, John, was one of the heroes of Agincourt, On their marriage, his father settled on John de Clemency the manors of Hope and Shoresworth, and the young couple made their home at Hope Hall. John, like his father, was a soldier, and served in the French wars, wherein he was accorded the honour of knighthood, and remained in active service until his death. He was forty four years of age when his father died, opening John's succession to Ordsall, and he remained in possession for twenty-one years. That he was an addict to the extravagant fashions of the day is adduced from the fact that in 1428 he was summoned by his brother, Alured, for an offence against the sumptuary laws, a series of edicts passed in the reigns of Edward the Second and Edward the Third and renewed more forcibly under Richard the Second, which sought to restrain undue expenditure on elaborate and fantastic apparel. Proclamations were issued against 'outrageous and excessive multitude of meats and dishes which the great men of the kingdom still use in their castles, ... and persons of inferior rank imitating their example beyond what their stations required of their circumstances could afford.' The lavish hospitality at the hall of Ordsall no doubt made Sir John's brothers anxious, lest their own patrimonial portion should be dissipated.

Sir John died 26th July 1442 in his sixty-fifth year holding Ordsall by the ancient services. His wife, Clemency, had predeceased him, and he had married again. To his widow, Joan, he left for the period of her life his lands in Flixton, Shoresworth, Hope, and Tockholes. She bore him no issue, but by Clemency Standish he had four sons:

i. Alexander, eldest son and heir

ii. John, killed in an affray at Little Bolton in the parish of Eccles in 1444, leaving a daughter and heir, Alice, who was married to William Ellcot of Handsworth, co. Chester

iii. Hugh, killed in the same affray as his brother, John.

iv. Robert, married Emma, eldest daughter and co-heir of Roger de Mellor, and became the ancestor of the Radclyffes of Mellor.


i. SIR ALEXANDER RADCLIFF, b. 1401, Ordsall, Lancashire, England; d. 1476.

Generation No. 10

10. SIR ALEXANDER RADCLIFF was born 1401 in Ordsall, Lancashire, England, and died 1476. He married AGNES HARRINGTON. She was born Abt. 1404 in Hornsby, Lancashire, England, and died 1496.


Alexander Radclyffe, the eldest son and heir of Sir John, was born at Hope about 1401. The inquisitions on the deaths of his father and uncles show an extraordinary disparity in the recorded age at these periods, but the above date seems to be the most acceptable as the date of his birth. Alexander had received from his father a moiety of Flixton on his marriage to Agnes Harrington, and Shoresworth also seems to have been a portion of the dowry. By his marriage to the daughter of Sir William Harrington of Hornby Castle Alexander further enriched the noble blood of his already illustrious line. Through her mother, Margaret Neville of Hornby, Agnes was descended from King Ethelred, through his daughter, Elgiva, who was married to Uchtred, Earl of Northumberland. Their descendant, Robert Fitz-Maldred, Lord of Raby, married Isabel, daughter of Geoffrey, Lord Neville, from whom descended Sir Robert Neville of Hornby, who married Dorothy, daughter of William de la Pole. Margaret Neville was the daughter of this marriage. On the paternal side, Agnes traced her descent from Alice le Fleming, sister and heir of Michael, Lord of Aldingham, and wife of Richard de Cauncefield. Their daughter, Agnes, married Sir Robert Harrington, and had a son, Robert, who married Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Banastre, Baron of Newton. Their son, Sir Nicholas Harrington, married Jane, the heir of Sir Thomas English of Wolfege, and Sir William Harrington, father of Agnes, was their eldest son, Lord of Hornby Castle in right of his wife.

The Radclyffes of Ordsall had by this time advanced to become one of the most influential houses in the county, and in 1455 Sir Alexander was a knight of the shire. Family feuds were still rampant, especially amongst the younger sons of neighbouring proprietors, where the motive of the quarrel might be trivial, but was sufficient to excite the passions and prejudices of the young hotheads, in whom the ascendancy of military habits and the rough-and-tumble of education of the time encouraged a disposition to satisfy their honour and settle their grievances by taking the law into their own hands. One of these disputes between local Montagues and Capulets came to a head on the Monday after Low Sunday in the year 1444. The Booths of Barton were a powerful landed family, the bounds of whose estates ran partly with the Radclyffe lands. On the day in question John Radclyffe, his brother High, and a party of their friends, including their uncle, Peter Radclyffe, were hunting in the Wheaste, which was part of the royal forest adjacent to their estates. As they approached the manor house of Little Bolton, their way was challenged by William Gawen, the lord of the manor, who had summoned to his support Sir Thomas Booth of Barton, with his sons, Nicholas and Henry, and a strong force of armed retainers. In the fracas that ensued John Radclyffe was slain by one of the Booths, Hugh Radclyffe died at the hands of Lawrence Hyde, of the Barton faction, and the two others of the Radclyffe party, Ralph Oldham and Nicholas Johnson, were also killed. Peter Radclyffe was responsible for the death of Peter Cowapp of Barton. All the delinquents were brought to trial but were acquitted. Subsequently, Sir Alexander again proceeded against the Booths at a later assize, when Henry and Nicholas Booth received sentence of outlawry. In 1455 the Wars of the Roses began with the first Battle of St. Albans, and the Radclyffes were prominent in their support of the Lancastrian cause. At the battle of Wakefield in 1640 Lady Agnes Radclyffe lost her brother, Sir Thomas Harrington of Hornby, and her nephew, Sir John Harrington, who both fell fighting on the King's side. Sir Alexander himself died in 1475, on the 20th July. Lady Agnes survived him fifteen years. They had issue of four sons and three daughters.

i. William, eldest son and heir.

ii. Robert, married Elizabeth, third daughter of John Radclyffe of Chadderton, from whom descent the Radclyffes of Foxdenton.

iii. Alexander, married Anne Travers of Hampstead in Middlesex, and became the ancestor of a line of Radclyffes settles in the counties of Buckingham and Middlesex

iv. Thomas, had a son Ralph who became the ancestor of the Radclyffes of Hitchin Priory John.

v. Isabel, married to Sir James Harrington of Wolfege in Northants. Sir James was knighted at the coronation of Henry the Seventh in 1485.

vi. Katherine, married to Thomas Davenport of Henbury in Cheshire .

vii. Anne, married to John Talbot, of Salesbury.


i. SIR WILLIAM RADCLIFF, b. 1420, Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England; d. May 15, 1498.

Generation No. 11

11. SIR WILLIAM RADCLIFF was born 1420 in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died May 15, 1498. He married JANE TRAFFORD. She was born Abt. 1423 in Of Trafford, Lancashire, England, and died 14

William Radclyffe, eldest son and heir of Sir Alexander, was born at Ordsall in 1435. He married Jane, youngest daughter of Sir Edmund Trafford by his wife, Alice, daughter and co-heir of Sir William Venables of Bollin, thus uniting for the third time the ancient lines of Radclyffe and Trafford. Sir Edmund Trafford was skilled in scientific arts and claimed to have discovered a method of transmuting base metals into gold, for which a licence was granted to him and to Sir Thomas Assheton by Henry the Sixth in 1446. He received the honour of knighthood for his gallant conduct at Verneuil in 1424.

William Radclyffe was forty years of age when he succeeded his father at Ordsall. He had gained fame in the wars, and been knighted the year before his succession. He was a devout man esteemed for the nobility of his character, and his generous benefactions made him beloved by the people. The Radclyffes both at Radclyffe and Ordsall had shown a deep interest in the founding of the College at Manchester Church, and William's grandfather, Sir John, is amongst those recorded as being present at the ceremony of collegiation in 1422. The chapel of St. George in the Collegiate Church was founded by the Radclyffe family, and Sir William also founded a chantry at the Altar of the Blessed Trinity in the same church, placing therein a window of richly coloured glass, depicting the Trial and Crucifixion of Our Lord, and further adorned with symbols of the Trinity. After his death, Sir William's pious reputation made this chapel a place of devotion and pilgrimage of the part of the country people. To the chaplain celebrating at the Trinity Altar Elizabeth Brereton, widow of John Radclyffe, Sir William's son, bequeathed a Mass Book with cover and clasps, a silver cruet with 'J.R.' on the cover, two towels, a vestment of green and white velvet with bull's heads on the orphreys, and three shillings and fourpence to buy a sacring-bell. Two years later, Robert Chetham and Isabel, his wife, enfeoffed Richard Bexwicke, Sen., Richard Bexwicke, Jun., James Radclyffe, and others, of lands in Salford and Worsley including Domville House in Salford to found a chantry at the Altar of St. George in the Collegiate Church. This latter chapel was held with the manor of Ordsall. The lower choir of the church was for centuries the exclusive burial place of the Radclyffes of Ordsall, and in consequence was known as the Radclyffe Chancel. During the restoration of the church in the nineteenth century a number of fragmentary brasses were taken up and placed in the chapter-house, the matrixes being buried beneath the cement setting for the new pavement of gaudy tiles.

In the autumn of 1496 James the Fourth of Scotland was persuaded to invade England on behalf of Perkin Warbeck, and the men of the northern counties stirred into resistance. Realising the hopelessness of their cause by the lack of English response to their proclamation the Scots retired, pillaging the county without mercy. Sir William Radclyffe and his sons were amongst those who hastened to the defence of the north, and whether from wounds received in the battle or from the ravages of illness, they died within a month of each other. John Radclyffe was the first to succumb on the 12th April, and his father and brother William died on the same day, 15th May following. They were buried in the choir of Manchester Church, and one of the recovered brasses previously referred to, showing a knight in plate armour with a sword by his side and his lady in hood and mantle with the effigies of six female children at her feet, is indubitably the memorial to Sir William and the Lady Jane, his wife.

After his death, his widow was married to Sir James Byron of Clayton, whom also she survived, and was married a third time to Sir John Talbot of Salesbury. The children of Sir William and Lady Jane Radclyffe were:

i. William, eldest son, died unmarried, on the same day as his father, 15th May 1497

ii. John, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Brereton of Brereton, co. Chester, a kinsman of the Venables and descended from the same stock. John died on the 12th April 1497 leaving a family of two sons, Alexander, who succeeded his grandfather, William, and three daughters, Christina, Anna, and Elizabeth.

iii. Elizabeth, married to John Domville of Lymme.

iv. Anne, married to Sir Thomas Tyldesley of Wardley, and after his death, to Sir Henry ffarington of Wednacre.

v. Eleanor, married to Robert Langley, of Agecroft. He received from Henry the Seventh in 1486 a general pardon and an annuity of ten marks for services rendered in the deposition of Richard the Third. Robert commenced the building of Agecroft Hall in Pendlebury, which was demolished in 1925 and taken stone by stone for re-erection in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

vi. Clemency, married to James Holme of Darcy Holme, and after his death to John Chetham of Nuthurst.

vii. Jane, married to Alexander Hepworth of Hollingworth Isabel, married to Robert Chetham.


i. JOHN RADCLIFF, b. 1454, Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England; d. April 12, 1497, Lancashire, England.

Generation No. 12

12. JOHN RADCLIFF was born 1454 in Ordsall, Lancashire Co. England, and died April 12, 1497 in Lancashire, England. He married ELIZABETH BRERETON. She was born 1450 in Lancashire, England.


Unfortunate there has been nothing wrote about John Radcliff, the father of Anne Radcliff who married our Roger Dalton . Here is the origins of Ordsall, Lancashire County England.

“Origins of the name Ordsall”

The name Ordsall has Old English origins being the personal name ‘Ord’ and the word ‘halh’, meaning a corner or nook, which has become the modern dialect word ‘haugh’. This, indeed, describes the position of the manor for its boundary on the south side is a large bend in the river Irwell which later became the site of the docks for the Manchester Ship Canal.

The name first appears in print in 1177 when ‘Ordeshala’ paid two marks towards an aid, a feudal due or tax. There was probably a house at Ordsall by 1251 when William de Ferrers, Earl of Derby, exchanged the manor for land in Pendleton which belonged to David de Hulton.

The manor passed into the hands of the Radclyffe family of Radclyffe Tower, nr. Bury, about 1335 on the death of the childless Richard de Hulton. The first twenty years of Radclyffe ownership were very confused because there were several claimants, but in 1354 Sir John Radclyffe finally established his right to inherit the manor on his return from the French wars. During these he was granted the right to use one of the earliest mottoes for services in the battlefield, ‘Caen, Crecy, Calais’. Sir John inherited a manor described in 1351 as a messuage, 120 acres of land, 12 acres of meadow and 12 acres of wood.

Ten years later he had enlarged his house which, included a new chapel for which he received a licence in 1361. When his son Richard died in 1380 the Hall was described as having a hall, five chambers, a kitchen and a chapel. It was associated with two stables, three granges two shippons, a garner, a dovecote, an orchard and a windmill, together with 80 acres of arable land and 6 acres of meadow.


Radcliffe is a 15th century ruin where according to Cheetham.

“The ruins stand in a farmyard about 200 yds S.W of the church.... James de Radcliffe in 1403 obtained a royal licence to rebuild his manor house erecting "a hall and two towers of stone".... Radcliffe Tower is the supposed scene of "The Lady Isabella's Tragedy" a gruesome ballad telling how Fair Ellen was killed and cooked in a pie by order of her

wicked step-mother, the Lady Isabella.

Sir Alexander Radclyffe becomes High Sheriff of Lancashire.

Its associated cruck hall, which could have been similar to the one still existing at Samlesbury, near Preston, was replaced by the present Great Hall in 1512 when Sir Alexander Radclyffe (d. 1549) became High Sheriff of Lancashire for the first time. The new hall is typical of others built at that time in the North West, for example at Rufford Old Hall, and is certainly one of the largest, although the absence of a wall fireplace is unusual at this date. As at Rufford, the Hall is distinguished by an elaborate roof structure clearly displaying the skills of the carpenter who built the hall. The large oriel bay with the slightly later small private room above, may be an early addition: a similar bay was added to Samlesbury Hall in the 1530’s.

Further alterations and additions were made to the Hall in the 17th century. A modest brick house was built in 1639 by Sir Alexander Radclyffe (d. 1654) at the west end and at right angles to the timber framed building which may have been the home of his bailiff since by then Ordsall was no longer his main residence. Later the house was joined to the main building.

Sir Alexander was apparently already in financial difficulties and this expenditure, followed immediately by the Civil War during which, as a Royalist, he suffered imprisonment and financial hardship, left his son and heir John in such straitened circumstances that in 1662 he had to sell the Hall to Colonel John Birch.

The Radclyffe family had been connected with the Hall for over 300 years and their family history tells of inter-marriages and feuds with other local families such as the Booths, Leghs and de Traffords. Some sat in Parliament as Knights of the Shire, and Sir Alexander (d. 1549) was High Sheriff of Lancashire on four occasions. Most were knighted for services in battle and took part in Court life: for instance, Margaret Radclyffe (d. 1599) became a favourite Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth and was seen at Court in a dress said to have cost one hundred and eighty pounds.

Post Radclyffe History:

At the end of the seventeenth century the estate was sold to the Oldfield family of Leftwich, nr. Northwich, and again in 1704 to John Stock, a trustee of Cross Street Chapel. His son’s executors sold the property in 1756 to Samuel Hill of Shenstone, Staffordshire, on whose death two years later it passed to his nephew, Samuel Egerton of Tatton. The Stocks were almost certainly the last owners to live in the Hall for the two wings were probably occupied by tenants by 1700, the Stocks retaining for their own use the central section consisting of ‘a large hall, longe dineing room, a chapple, six rooms on a floor, with brewhouse, large courts, stable, etc.’

It is likely that alterations took place during the early years of Egerton ownership: the canopy at the dais end of the Great Hall, for instance, was destroyed when a floor was inserted and rooms formed with lath and plaster partitions on both floors. One rib of this canopy can be seen in the north wall of the dais. Probably at the same time, and certainly before the earliest estate map of 1812, the east wing of the Hall was demolished.

Various families of substance continued to occupy the Hall until 1871. In 1780 Joseph Ryder, a cotton merchant and former Boroughreeve of Manchester, shared the building with Richard Alsop who was innkeeper of the famous ‘Bulls Head’ inn in Manchester for about 12 years from 1770, and later became a cotton manufacturer. The land was occupied for many years by the Mather family who were cowkeepers and butchers. After Richard Alsop’s death in 1814, the lease was taken over by John Markendale whose descendants continued to live in the Hall until 1871. They were well-known locally as butchers and Richard Markendale’s skin and hide business still survives.



i.          ANNE RADCLIFF, b. 1475, Wymerly, Lancashire, England.

ii.         SIR ALEXANDER RADCLIFF, b. 1476; d. February 05, 1547/48, Ordshall, Lancashire Co. England.

Generation No. 13

13. Anne Radcliff was born 1476 in Wymerly, Lancashire, England. She married Sir Roger Dalton, son of Sir Dalton and Elizabeth Fleming. He was born Abt. 1469 in Of Dalton Hall, Bispham, Croston and Mawdesley, Lancashire, and died Abt. 1531 in Byspham Manor, Lancashire England.

We have always listed John Radcliffe as being the father of Anne.

Sir Roger Dalton of Croston was born about 1470.

He married:

1. Anne Radcliff.

2. Miss Standyce - no issue

3. Miss Farynton - no issue

4. Jane Jakes - issue





iii. THOMAS DALTON, b. Abt. 1508.

iv. WILLIAM DALTON, b. Abt. 1513, Byspham, Lancashire, England; m.

(1) MARGARET TORBROKE, Abt. 1520; m. (2) JANE TOWERLEY, b. Abt. 1515, of Lancashire, Co. England.

In 1525 Roger Dalton's name is on the list of the land-owners in Croston Parish contributing to the Subsidy, others being Thomas Ashton, Henry Banastre, Robert and Bartholomew Hesketh, and a few others. He was associated with his father in 1527 in the making of a grant which mentions William Dalton the elder, his uncle, as still living then.

Roger Dalton was the husband of no less than four wives, and the father of at least 16 children.

Children of Roger and his first wife, Anne Ratcliff are:

i. Roger, who left no issue.

ii. Sybell, married William Wolberd Draper and reportedly left no issue.

iii. Thomas, born 1508.

iv. William was born in 1513 in Byspham.

Roger Dalton’s second wife was a Miss Standyche, and his third a Miss Farynton, but he had "no issue by his second or third wife." He made up for it by his 4th, Jane, daughter and one of four heirs of Roger Jakes of Barkemsted and of Mawde Shordyche.

Jane Jakes gave him 8 sons and 5 daughters:

i. Lawrence. He married Dorothy Bream. He became a Herald, Norroy King of Arms. His line still survives in the year 2000. Lawrence died on December 13, 1561, and is buried at St. Dunstan's in West London.

ii. Margaret who married, first, Richard Pawley of London, Fyshmonger, who was the father of two children: Walter and Dorothy Pawley. She married, secondly Thomas Weston of London, a tailor.

iii. Anne. She married Thomas Baker of Barkensted. There is no doubt that this was the Berkhamsted, within 30 miles of London, in Hertfordshire, which was Jane Jakes' native place. Anne Baker had five children.

iv. Cyssely, who married Chygwell of Essex.

v. Elsabeth who married Francis Colbarne and had two girls.

iiv. Daughter (no name given) married first Richard Knott of London "ale bruer", and secondly, Robert Vady.

7 other sons did not survive.

Evidently Roger Dalton's second family (as adults) migrated in force to London. But out of this whole great family, only two males survived to carry on the family name - William and his half brother, Lawrence.

Generation No. 14

14. WILLIAM DALTON was born Abt. 1513 in Byspham, Lancashire, England. He married (1) MARGARET TERBROKE Abt. 1520. He married (2) JANE TOWERLEY daughter of SIR JOHN TOWERLEY. She was born Abt. 1515 in of Lancashire, Co. England.







Children of WILLIAM and JANE TOWERLEY are:


vii. ROGER DALTON, b. Abt. 1531, Byspham, Lancashire, England; d. 1588, Holborn, London, England.

viii. THOMAS DALTON, b. Abt. 1533.

ix. ANNE DALTON, b. Abt. 1534.

x. RICHARD DALTON, b. Abt. 1535.

xi. MARJERY DALTON, b. Abt. 1537.

With William we reach the second of those much larger families which distinguish the Daltons of the Tudor period. His first wife was Margaret, daughter of Sir William Torbrock of Torbrock Hall. Gregson gives Dalton of Bispham among the Torbrock alliances, but in spite of the seven children born to them, none left descendants. William married secondly, Jane, daughter of Sir John Towneley. Some documents claim Jane was illegitimate. In the Chetham Society's publication (Vol. 98) dealing with the Visitation of Lancashire in 1533, the Towneley pedigree shows Sir John Towneley had married one daughter into the Hesketh family; another to a Shirburne, and a third to a Banastre.

Note: There is no mention of Jane Towneley marrying into the Dalton family in this list of his daughters' marriages, which gives credence to the claim of illegitimacy.)

In 1533 William Dalton "demised to Thomas Hough an acre of the hill and half an acre in the town meadow in Croston" (VCHL VI p. 92). William and Jane had at least eight children:

i. Robert.

ii. Thomas, married a daughter of the Richard Molyneux, Earl of Sefton. This was a family "among the oldest of our Norman houses." Sir Richard Molyneux, father of Thomas wife, was at the coronation of Queen Mary in 1553. Lord Byron was among the descendants of this family.

iii. Anne who married a Mr. Westmer.

iv. Roger

v.. Richard.

vi.. Three unnamed daughters.

When William Dalton died in 1543, there devolved on his eldest son, Robert (not our line), the care of his widowed mother (Jane) and the younger members of the family. Trouble and change were the lot that lay before them, due both directly and indirectly to fidelity to the Roman Catholic faith in which they had been bred, and which brought ever more and more severe penalties on its adherents. The Reformation begun under Henry Vlll had involved, with the suppression of the Monasteries in 1536 and 1539, not only religious difficulties, but immense changes in land ownership, since thousands of acres and a vast amount of real property were thrown back into the hands of the Crown, and by it sold or leased to new owners.

Generation No. 15

15. ROGER DALTON was born Abt. 1531 in Byspham, Lancashire, England, and died 1588 in Holborn, London, England. He married (I) UNKNOWN. He married (2) MARY WARD Abt. 1550. She was born Abt. 1534 in Pillings, Lancashire Co, England.

Children of ROGER and MARY WARD are:

i. WALTER DALTON I, b. Abt. 1552, Pillings, Lancashire Co, England; d. Abt. 1619, Witney, Oxfordshire, England.

ii. JOAN DALTON, b. Abt. 1560; d. April 28, 1585.

iii. MILLICENT DALTON, b. 1570, Pillings, Lancaster Co. England; m. CHRISTOPHER BRINDLE; b. Abt. 1566, Of Pillings, Lancaster Co. England.

iv. ROBERT DALTON, b. 1575.

v. ANNE DALTON, b. 1576, Pillings, Lancaster Co. England; m. JOHN CALVERT; b. Abt. 1572, Of Pillings, Lancaster Co. England.

vi. THOMAS DALTON, b. 1577.

Roger Dalton, Trustee of Thurnham Hall.

During the long minority of the heir of Thurnham Hall (Robert II), Roger's name occurs frequently in business matters. In the year after Robert I's death, a grant of lands in Cockersand for 21 years was made to Roger (VCHL VII p. 255); in 1581 he claimed turbary (the right of a tenant to dig on his overlord's land) in Preesall Moss and a messuage (use of a house, its lands and outbuildings) called Quatholme or Wheatholme, against Robert Carter. In 1582 a house called Friars Moss, near Quernmore Park, part of the Rigmaidens estate, was sold to him. He held burgages (right of rent) (in Lancaster). In virtue of a lease from Queen Elizabeth 1, he claimed the Furness land in Forton. In 1583 he purchased from Adams an estate in Pilling of 40 messuages, 500 acres of salt marsh, etc., which in 1586 was granted to feoffees (tenants) by "Anne Dalton, widow, Barnaby Kitchen, and Hugh Hesketh," and next year (1587) the feoffees with Roger Dalton sold the greater part to Robert

NOTE: From this point on there are no notes about the lives of Walter Dalton 1st and his descendants in this report. The histories on these descendants can be viewed in the Book: The DALTON FAMILY HISTORY, by Rodney Dalton.

Generation No. 16

16. WALTER DALTON I was born Abt. 1552 in Pillings, Lancashire Co, England, and died Abt. 1619 in Witney, Oxfordshire, England. He married MARGARET Abt. 1580. She was born 1555 in Lancashire, England, and died Bef. 1619 in Witney, Oxfordshire, England.

Children of WALTER and MARGARET are:

            i.          WALTER DALTON II, b. Abt. 1582, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. Abt. 1657.

            ii.         EDWARD DALTON, b. Abt. 1584, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England.

            iii.        JONE DALTON, b. Bef. 1585; d. April 28, 1585.

            iv.        ELIZABETH DALTON, b. 1586, Curbridge, Oxford, England; d. 1587, Curbridge, Oxford, England; m. THOMAS RICHARD; b. Abt. 1595, Curbridge, Oxfordshire Co. England.

            v.         ANDREW DALTON, b. Abt. 1588.

            vi.        LEONARD DALTON, b. Abt. 1595.

Generation No. 17

17. WALTER DALTON II was born Abt. 1582 in Whitney, Oxfordshire, England, and died Abt. 1657. He married (1) JOANE. She was born Abt. 1582. He married (2) ELIZABETH Abt. 1602 in Curbridge, Oxford, england. She was born 1582 in Curbridge, Oxford, England, and died 1651 in Curbridge, Oxford, England.

Children of WALTER and ELIZABETH are:

i. WALTER DALTON III, b. Abt. 1603, Witney, Oxfordshire Co. England; d. 1666, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire Co. Wales.

ii. CHARLES DALTON, b. Abt. 1605, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. 1651, Worcestor, England.

iii. ELIZABETH DALTON, b. Abt. 1609, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England.

iv. THOMAS DALTON, b. Abt. 1611, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. 1651, Wochestor, England.

v. WILLIAM DALTON, b. Abt. 1614, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. 1651, Worcestor, England.

vi. ANDREW DALTON, b. Abt. 1616, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. 1721; m. REBECCA SKINNER; b. Abt. 1620, Witney, Oxfordshire co. England.

vii. JOHANNA DALTON, b. Abt. 1618, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; m. MR. J HOSKYNS; b. Abt. 1618, England.

Generation No. 18

18. WALTER DALTON III was born Abt. 1603 in Witney, Oxfordshire Co. England, and died 1666 in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire Co. Wales. He married JANE NEEDHAM Abt. 1638 in Pembrey, Wales. She was born Abt. 1607 in Cambridge, Oxfordshire Co. England, and died in Pembrey, Wales.

Children of WALTER III and JANE NEEDHAM are:

i. CHARLES DALTON, b. 1639, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. October 23, 1707, Penybedd, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

ii. THOMAS DALTON, b. 1643, Witney, Oxfordshire, England; d. Abt. 1644, Witney, Oxfordshire co. England.

iii. ORMAND DALTON, b. 1645, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. Abt. 1646, Witney, Oxfordshire, England.

iv. JOHN DALTON, b. 1647.

v. WALTER DALTON IV, b. 1648, Witney, Oxfordshire, England; d. Abt. 1649, Witney, Oxfordshire, England.

vi. JAMES DALTON, b. 1650, Whitney, Oxfordshire, England; d. May 18, 1721, Caldicote Farm, Pembrey, Wales.

vii. JOHANNA DALTON, b. 1653, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, England; m. JAMES BUTLER.

viii. MARGARET DALTON, b. 1657.

Generation No. 19

19. JAMES DALTON was born 1650 in Whitney, Oxfordshire, England, and died May 18, 1721 in Caldicote Farm, Pembrey, Wales. He married JOYCE VAUGHAN 1677, daughter of ROWLAND JR. and UNKNOWN. She was born 1647 in Trimsaran, Pembrey Parish, Carmarthanshire, Wales, and died March 10, 1730/31 in Caldicote Farm, Pembrey, Wales.


Children of JAMES and JOYCE VAUGHAN are:

i. JOHN DALTON, b. 1678, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. February 22, 1723/24, at Clog Y Fran, St. Clears, Carmartenshire.

ii. JAMES ORMANDE DALTON, b. 1680, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. February 13, 1761, Llanelly, Carm. Co. Wales.

iii. CHARLES DALTON, b. 1682, Of Court House, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales.

iv. RICHARD DALTON, b. 1683, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. October 03, 1742, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire Co. Wales.

v. EDWARD DALTON, b. 1685, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. 1766, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire Co. Wales.

vi. THOMAS DALTON,VICAR OF DAUELLY, b. 1688, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. 1737, St. Clears, Carmarthanshire, Wales.

vii. MARGARET DALTON, b. Abt. 1690, Of Caldicot House, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; m. ANTHONY MORRIS, 1712; b. Abt. 1690, Gower, Wales.

Generation No. 20

20. JAMES ORMANDE DALTON was born 1680 in Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales, and died February 13, 1761 in Llanelly, Carm. Co. Wales. He married AYLIFFE EDWARDS Abt. 1704 in Pembrey, Wales, daughter of JOHN EDWARDS and DOROTHY ELLIOT. She was born Abt. 1693 in Rhyd-y-gors (St. Clears), and died May 17, 1731 in Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales.

Children of JAMES and AYLIFFE EDWARDS are:

i. LETITIA DALTON, b. April 08, 1712, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. April 26, 1783, Llanrhidian, Grwer, Glamorgan.

ii. JAMES DALTON, b. June 23, 1713, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. February 13, 1766, Of Lettyvychan, Pembrey.

iii. DAVID DALTON, b. January 12, 1724/25, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire Co. Wales.

Generation No. 21

21. JAMES DALTON was born June 23, 1713 in Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales, and died February 13, 1766 in Of Lettyvychan, Pembrey. He married MARY BONVILL Abt. 1731, daughter of WILLIAM BONVILL and CATHERINE ROGER. She was born October 01, 1706 in Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales, and died March 23, 1779 in St. Peters, Carm. Co. Wales.


Children of JAMES and MARY BONVILL are:


i. THOMAS DALTON, b. November 25, 1731, Pembrey, Carmarthanshire, Wales; d. Abt. 1791, New York State; m. MARY (POLLY) FREELAND; b. 1743, Ireland; d. Abt. 1807.

ii. MARY DALTON, b. 1734.

iii. ELZABETH DALTON, b 1733

Children of THOMAS DALTON and POLLY are.

i. JOHN DALTON SR., b. 1761

ii. JAMES DALTON, b. 1763

iii. CHARLES DALTON, b. 1765

iv. POLLY DALTON, b. 1767

Here is where Thomas Dalton came to American. Start with his son John Dalton Sr. and go through your own correct lines to the present time.

(Rod Dalton’s pedigree)

22. THOMAS DALTON, born 1731

23. JOHN DALTON SR. born 1761

24. SIMON COOKER DALTON, born 1806




28. GARTH CARREL DALTON, born 1917

20. RODNEY GARTH DALTON, born 1938


31. JASON SCOTT (DALTON) WELCH, born 1980.

32 . GAIGE SCOTT (DALTON) WELCH, born 2000

(END) Rodney Dalton. February 2000 AD.

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