FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
HERCULES FELTON AND
JANE WYAT (WHITE)
Hercules Felton was christened 4 December 1625 in Worfield,
Shropshire, England, the son of Thomas Felton and Elizabeth
Felkyn. He married Jane Wyat or White 16 July 1666 in Worfield.
Jane was the daughter of Richard White and Jane Hawes, and was
christened 2 February 1636 in Claverley, Shropshire. Hercules
worked as a labourer. Jane died and was buried 15 March 1696 in
Worfield: "The 15th day was buried Jane, wife of Archelaus
Ffelton of Worfield, labourer, who dyed the 14th day".
Hercules died 9 May 1700 in Worfield: "The 10th day was buried
Archelaus Ffelton of Worfield, day labourer who dyed the
Hercules and Jane had the following children:
1. Thomas, born 22 April 1667 in Worfield.
*2. Jane, born 5 February 1669 in Worfield; christened 20 February 1699 in Worfield; married Humphrey Vaughan 6 April 1703 in Worfield;
3. William, born 14 January 1671 in Worfield.
Several Feltons appear in the Exemption lists for the Hearth Tax
Our Hercules Felton appears in 1673/4, and it is likely that
Artchelios and Archelios are misspellings of his name. William
Felton may be his brother. It is possible that the others on the
list are brothers or uncles. Andrew was also a day labourer, and
had a son named Hercules, christened in 1673.
Source: IGI; www.familysearch.org; Hearth Tax for Worfield;
Worfield parish register.
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS FELTON AND
Thomas Felton was christened 18 March 1592 in Worfield, the son
of Robert and Elizabeth Felton. Thomas married Elizabeth Felkyn 3
May 1618 in St. Peter, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Thomas worked
as a nailor or nailmaker. Thomas died 24 June 1649, and was buried
25 June in Worfield: "The same day was buryed Thomas Ffelton of
Acleton, smith, who dyed ye 24th day". Thomas Felton of
Ackleton, Worfield parish left an administration and inventory
proven 3 November 1649:
A true inventory taken and praysed by us whose names also under written of all the goods cattell and chattels that Thomas Ffelton of Acelton in the parish of Bobbington also Worfield died sealed as taken and praysed by us the first of November anno domini 1649.
Imprimus was praysed one cubbard at 0 10 0
Item one table bord at 0 5 0
Item one side table at 0 0 6
Item one buffet joyne, stool 0 1 0
Item two chayers at 0 2 0
Item one forme and a bowle 0 0 6
Item a paire of butter waights & ballance 0 0 6
Item his forge that he worrked upon 0 1 0
Item one brasse pott 0 12 0
Item tow small brasse bottels at 0 4 10
Item one iren pott 0 3 4
Item a bound gawn & a halfe whoep 0 0 4
Item an ould pott & a box 0 0 6
Item a paire of pott hookes & yayls and a paire of boulting wich, a small possenett 0 1 8
Item a chaffinge dishe & a salter 0 1 8
Item one coffer & a chest at 0 6 0
Item one barrel 0 2 0
Item one basket & one heaine ___ 0 1 2
Item one wooden platter & a dish 0 0 5
Item one trovelle and tow paires of small irons 0 0 7
Item a payer of naylors bolly & anirons at 0 13 4
Item three pewter dishes at 0 4 0
Item one spinning wheel at 0 1 6
Item one kettle in wish they did drafte meade in & one joyne bed at 3 0 14 4
Item an fether bed and one shorte bed tow boulsters and other nenoripane
as welling & linnings belonging to these tow beds now praysed at 1 19 9
(This next line is crossed out in the inventory)
Item now praysed all
things forgotten and not shown by us at 0 10 0
Elizabeth died 28 January 1660 in Worfield: "The 29th day was buryed Elizabeth Ffelton of ye Armitage widow who dyed ye 28th day".
Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children:
1. Robert, christened 10 September 1620 in Worfield,
mentions father Thomas as a nayler.
*2. Hercules, christened 4 December 1625 in Worfield: "This
day was baptized Hercules sonne of Thomas Ffelton of Acleton,
naylor, and Elizabeth his wife"; married Jane Wyat 16 July
1666 in Worfield.
3. Jane, christened 13 April 1635 in Worfield: "The
13th day was baptized Jane, daughter of Thomas Ffelton of
Acleton, nayler and Elizabeth his wife".
4. William, christened 11 March 1637 in Worfield.
Source: IGI; www.familysearch.org; St. Peters, Wolverhampton
parish register; Index to Lichfield Consistory Court; Worfield
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
ROBERT FELTON AND
Robert Felton of Ackelton, Worfield parish was born in about 1561
in Worfield, the son of Robert and Jease Felton. He married
Elizabeth Foxall 22 March 1592 in Worfield.
Elizabeth was christened December 1562 in Worfield, the daughter
of Robert and Agnes Foxall. Robert worked as a blacksmith.
Robert is found in the Worfield Court Roll for 1590: "Aculton - William Bradeney & Roger Catstrey with others present that William Bradeney Senior, John Felton, Robert Felton Junior, William Mathewe, Thomas Barret, Ludovic Done, Jeremy Warter, Thomas Walker did not wear woollen hats on feast days according to the statute."
Both Robert and Elizabeth died in 1640. Elizabeth died, and was buried as a widow 26 February 1640 in Worfield.
Robert and Elizabeth had the following children:
*1. Thomas, christened 18 March 1592 in Worfield, "of
Chester(ton)"; married Elizabeth.
2. Frances, (female) christened 14 March 1595 in
3. Hercules, christened 12 June 1597 in Worfield: "The
12th day was baptized Hercules sonne of Robbt Ffelton of
Acleton, smythe, and Elizabethe".
4. Robert, born 1599 in Worfield; buried 31 March 1640 in
5. Elizabeth, christened 3 November 1605 in Worfield: "Elizabeth
daughter of Robert Ffelton of Acleton, smith, and Elizabeth his
Source: IGI; www.familysearch.org; Worfield parish extracts;
Worfield parish register.
Richard Felton must have been born in about 1490. He married Elizabeth.
Earlier records in Worfield show Richard Felton, listed
as Robert's father. In 1514/15 (6 Henry VIII), Richard Felton made
a donation to the church, and gave to "Saynt Nicholas a Heyfre
of 2 years age". (Worfield on the Worfe, a Brief History)
On 8 February 1518/19, Richard Felton in found on the Worfield
Court Rolls as a juror. (Worfield Court Roll) In
the Lay Subsidy for Shropshire 1524-7 in Ewdness, Richard
Felton is the only entry for that townland: "Ric Felton g.
x.Li.-v.x/". John Felton is listed in the nearby townland of
Allscott, about 1 1/2 miles away.
In A List of Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1532-3
Richard is shown with his family in Ewdness, but Robert is not
listed. It is possible that he was missed, as he appears just six
years later with his father in a muster roll, showing them both as
being from Ewdness.
Richard Felton, Elizabeth, uxor eius, William, Richard, John.
This shows Richard Felton, his wife Elizabeth and children
William, Richard and John. Two other Felton families live in the
parish of Worfield, but in the townland of Allscott: The family of
"John Felton, Joan, uxor eius, Elizabeth, Hugh, Margery,
Thomas, William, Richard, Edward" and "Thomas Felton,
Eleanor, uxor eius, Richard". These may be brothers or even
a parent for Richard.
1538-9 Muster Worfield
Rych. Felton & Robert (sone) a bowe, such harnes for a man
A harness is defined as a headpiece (sallet), thick padded coat
(jack), gorget (neck armor), and protective armor for chest and
back (splints). The muster was an assessment of the men and
weapons available for the defense of the town.
Richard died in about 1553, leaving a will proven 12 January 1552/3: "I Richarde Ffelton of the pishe of Worfield in the countie of Salop..."
Richard and Elizabeth had children:
*1. Robert, born in about 1528 of Ackleton, Worfield; married Jease in 1552 in Worfield; yeoman farmer of Acleton; buried 1 February 1598 in Worfield.
2. Joyse, married Richard Dansley.
3. Anne, married Richard Barrett; had
children Margery, Ffrances, John, Rycharde, Thomas, Robert, Alice
Two other Feltons are mentioned in early marriage records:
There is a mention of a Felton in Worfield in the Worfield Court Roll of 1422: "Fealty to the lord king - Roger Felton 24 years old...remaining in Worfield for a year or more came to the court and made fealty to the Lord King". The king he pledged fealty to was the infant King Henry VI, who became king at the age of nine months in 1422, following the death of his father Henry V. This Roger Felton was born in 1398.
SOURCES: Worfield Court Roll on sharehistory.org; 1538/9 Muster Roll for Worfield on sharehistory.org; Worfield on the Worfe, a Brief History; will of Richard Felton on www.findmypast.co.uk.
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