EARLY HISTORY OF THE CLIFTON FAMILY

submitted by John Brandt in cooperation with Julie A. Clifton

In 1170, the Manors of Clifton and Salwick were in the possession of Walter, son of Osbert. His son William was the first to take the surname CLIFTON. It may well be that the Manor of Westby-with-Plumpton was also held by the family, though it is not specifically mentioned in the documents until the early 1200s.

In 1606, the Manors of Lytham and Little Marton were acquired by purchase while the Manor and Rectory of Kirkham were held on lease from the Dissolution until the 19th century. Settlements made on marriages with the Molyneuxes of Sefton have resulted in documents relating to that family being found among the Clifton muniments. (see R. Cunniliffe Shaw, The Clifton Papers.) note: from Guide to the Lancashire Record Office, 1962.

I.
Osbert of Lancashire, England

II.
Walter of Lancashire, Engla
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In 1170 Walter owned the Manors of Clifton and Salwick in Lancashire, England.

III.
William De Clifton
b. ca 1227, Lytham, Lancashire, England
d. ca 1253
m. __________ b. ca 1232, Lytham, Lancashire, England
William was the first to take the the surname Clifton.

IV.
Gilbert De Clifton
b. ca 1253, Lytham, Lancashire, England
d. ca 1323
m. ___________ , ca 1278, Clifton, Lancashire, England
children:
William De Clifton (Sir Knight), b. ca 1279, Clifton, Lancashire, England Thomas De Clifton, b. ca 1281, Clifton, Lancashire, England
Henry De Clifton, b. ca 1283, Clifton, Lancashire, England
John De Clifton, b. ca 1285, Clifton, Lancashire, England

V.
William De Clifton (Sir Knight)
b. ca 1279, Clifton, Lancashire, England
d. _____
m. Elen ________, b. ca 1304, Clifton, Lancashire, England
children:
William De Clifton, b. ca 1305, Clifton with Salwick, Lancashire, England
Joan De Clifton, b. 1311, m. ca 1340, Mathew De Chetleton, of Clifton by Pendlebury.

VI.
William De Clifton (Sir Knight)
b. ca 1305, Clifton with Salwick, Lancashire, England
d. ca 1365
m. Sep 1329, Margaret Shireburn, b. ca 1309, Stonyhurst, Lancashire, England daughter of Robert Shireburn (Sir Knight) , Stonyhurst.
children:
Nicholas De Clifton, b. ca 1330, Stonyhurst, Lancashire, England.

VII.
Nicholas De Clifton (Sir Knight)
b. ca 1330, Stonyhurst, Lancashire, England.
d.______
m. ca 1353, Sutterfield, Warwick, England, Eleanor West, b. ca 1334, Sutterfield, Warwick, England. daughter of Thomas West (Sir Knight) and Alice Fitzherbert (Lady)
children:
Robert De Clifton, b. ca 1353, Salwick, Lancashire, England
Thomas De Clifton, b. ca 1355, Salwick, Lancashire, England, d. ca 1395

VIII.
Robert De Clifton (Sir Knight)
b. ca 1353, Salwick, Lancashire, England
d. ca 1382
m. ca 1377, ___________, b. ca 1353
children:
Thomas Clifton, b. ca 1378, Salwick, Lancashire, England
Roger De Clifton, b. ca 1380, Salwick, Lancashire, England
James De Clifton, b. ca 1382, Salwick, Lancashire, England

IX.
Thomas Clifton
b. ca. 1378, Salwick, Lancashire, England
d. ca 1442
m. ca 1399, Agnes Molyneux of East Lothian, Scotland, daughter of Richard Molyneux (Sir Knight) and Ellen Urswicke (Lady).
Note: Thomas was the first to drop the "De" from the name.
children:
James Clifton, b. ca 1400, Salwick, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Sep 1419, m. Margaret Huddleston, b. ca 1404, Milum Castle, Cumberland, daughter of Richard Huddleston (Sir Knight) and wife.
Richard Clifton, b. ca 1402, Salwick, Lancashire, England.

X.
Richard Clifton
b. ca 1402, Salwick, Lancashire, England
d. 1490
m. 1427. Alice Butler, b. ca 1406. daughter of John Butler and wife.
children:
James Clifton, b. ca 1428, Goosnargh, Lancashire, England
Robert Clifton, b. ca 1430, Goosnargh, Lancashire, England

XI.
James Clifton

b. ca 1428, Goosnargh, Lancashire, England
d. _____
m. 1 Mar 1457, Westmoreland, to Alice Lancaster, b. ca 1432, Westmoreland, daughter of James Lancaster
children:
Robert Clifton, b. ca 1437, Goosnargh, Lancashire, England.

XII.
Robert Clifton
b. ca 1437, Goosnargh, Lancashire, England
d. _____
m. ca 1450, Bewsex, Lancashire, England, Margaret Butler, b. ca 1435. daughter of Nicholas Butler.
children:
William Clifton, b. ca 1453, Westby, Lancashire, England
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1453, Westby, Lancashire, England, m. ca 1471, Alice Lawrence, Ashby, Lancashire, daughter of Sir John Lawrence. children: Elizabeth Clifton, b. ca 1472, Lithom, Lancashire, m. Sir Richard Hesketh, b. ca 1472. m. (2) Sir William Molyneux.

XIII.
William Clifton

b. ca 1453, Westby, Lancashire, England.
d. _____
m. ca 1473, Hampfield, Lonsdale North to Isabell Thornborough, b. ca 1458,
Hampfield, Lonsdale North, daughter of William Thornsborough, b. ca 1432 and Elizabeth Broughton, b. ca 1436.
children:
Thomas Clifton, b. ca 1475
William Clifton, b. ca 1477
Ellen Clifton, b. ca 1479

XIV.
Thomas Clifton, Esquire
b. ca 1475, Westby, Lancashire, England.
d. _____
m. ca 1505, Osbaldiston, Lancashire, to Ellen Osbaldiston, b. ca 1480
children:
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1510, Westby
William Clifton, b. ca 1512, Westby
Ellen Clifton, b. ca 1514, Westby, m. Arthur Houghton, Esq. , b. ca 1514
Isabell Clifton, b. ca 1514, Westby, m. _______Holcroft, b. ca 1514

XV.
Cuthbert Clifton, Esquire
b. ca 1510, Westby, Lancashire, England
d. 1596
m. ca 1540, Westby, Catherine Houghton, b. ca 1515, daughter of Sir Richard Houghton.
children:
Thomas Clifton, b. ca 1545, Westby
William Clifton, .b ca 1547, Westby
John Clifton, b. ca 1549, Westby
Ellen Clifton, b. ca 1553, Westby, m. Sir Thomas Singleton, b. ca 1553
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1555, Westby
Elizabeth Clifton, b. ca 1555, Westby, m. William Butler, b. ca 1555
Mary Clifton, b. ca 1557, Westby, m. Richard Booth, Esq.
Mary Clifton, b. ca 1560, Westby, m. Nicholas Butler

XVI.
Thomas Clifton, Esquire
b. ca 1545, Westby, Lancashire, England
d. _____
m. ca 1575, The Speke, Lancashire to Mary Norris (Norreys), daughter of Sir Edward Norris (Norreys)
children:
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1586, Westby

XVII.
Cuthbert Clifton (Sir Knight)
b. ca 1586, Westby, Lancashire, England
d. ca 1634
m. (1) ca 1605, Ann Tildesbury, Morley, Lancashire, b. ca 1590, daughter of Thomas Tildesbury
Note: Sir Cuthbert bought the Manor of Lytham in 1606.
children:
Thomas Clifton, b. ca 1606, Westby
Cuthbert Clifton (Col.) b. ca 1608, Westby, d. Oct 1642
Elizabeth Clifton, b. ca 1610, Westby, d. 1642, m. William Gerard, b. 1612, Daniel, Kemp, Lancashire, d. 7 Apr 1681, Winwick, Huntingdonshire.
Charles Clifton, b. ca 1612, Westby

Sir Cuthbert m. (2) Dorothy Smyth (Smith), b. ca 1599, daughter of George Smyth and Anne Gifford
children:
Gervase Clifton, b. ca 1616, Westby, Lancashire
Lawrence Clifton, b. 1618, Westby
Francis Clifton, b. 1620 (or 1614) Westby
John Clifton, b. 1622, Westby
Ann Clifton, b. 1624, Westby, m. Richard Norris
Alice Clifton, b. 1626, Westby, m. Richard Massey
Jane Clifton, b. 1628, Westby, m. Thomas Eccleston
Dorothy Clifton, b. 1630, Westby,
Catherine Clifton, b. 1632, Westby,
Mary Clifton, b. 1634, Westby, m. Willaim Latham, Esq.

XVIII.
Thomas Clifton, Esquire
b. ca 1606, Westby, Lancashire, England
d. 15 Dec 1657
m. ca 1624, Anne Halsall, daughter of Sir Cuthbert Halsall, of Halsall, Lancashire.
Thomas and Anne had 13 children, five of their daughters were nuns.
children:
Cuthbert Clifton, b. ca 1625. m. 1641 Margaret Iroland of Southworth, Lancashire. Daughter of George Iroland.
Thomas Clifton (Sir Knight), b. 7 Jul 1628, Clifton, Lancashire. m. (1) Bridget Hussey, b. ca 1643 of Hunnington, Lincolnshire, England. They married ca 1666, she died after 1710. She was the daughter of Sir Edward Hussey and Elizabeth Huton. children: Thomas Clifton, b. 1668 Bridget Clifton, b. 1670, m. Francis Andrews (Sir Knight) Sir Thomas next married Bridget Heneage, b. 3 Sep 1630 in Hainton, Lincolnshire, England to Sir George Heneage. bur. 11 Dec 1662 in Kirkham, Lancashire, England. Sir Thomas died 13 Nov 1694 in Kirkham. children: Mary Clifton, b. 1637 or 1654 at Lytham, Lancashire, m. ca 1666 and died 4 Feb 1729 in Ghent.
John Clifton, b. 1630 , Westby, Lancashire, England, m. ______ Blackburn, b. ca 1634 at Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. They had a son: Thomas Clifton, Esquire, b. 1656, Westby, Lancashire. He married Eleanora Alathea Walmsley in Clifton, Lancashire in 1694, She was born ca 1660 in Dunkenhalgh, Lancashire, the daughter of Richard Walmsley, Esq. and Mary Fromond. They had the following children: Thomas Clifton, Esq. b. 30 Aug 1696. m. Mary Molyneux, b. ca 1708. children: Thomas Clifton, Esq., b. 9 Jan 1728 Mary Clifton, b. ca 1730 Clifton, Lancashire Isabel Clifton, b. ca 1732, Clifton, Lancashire Juliana Clifton, b. ca 1733, Clifton, Lancashire Eleanora Clifton, b. ca 1734, Clifton, Lancashire Mary Clifton, b. 13 Nov 1697, Clifton, Lancashire. She m. George Mostyn (Sir Knight), b. ca 1697 Isabel Clifton, b. 27 May 1699, Clifton, Lancashire. Ann Clifton, b. 4 Jun 1701, Clifton, Lancashire. Elizabeth Clifton, b. 7 Sep 1703, Clifton, Lancashire. She married William Gerard (Baronet) Cuthbert Clifton, b. 3 Jan 1706, Clifton, Lancashire. Julia Clifton, b. 4 Oct 1707, Clifton, Lancashire.
William Clifton, b. 1632, Westby, Lancashire. d. 26 Nov 1695
Richard Clifton, b. 1634, Westby, Lancashire.
James Clifton, b. 1636, Westby, Lancashire.
Anne Clifton, b. 1638, Westby, Lancashire.
Elizabeth Clifton, b. ca 1640, Westby, Lancashire.
Dorothy Clifton, b. 1642, Westby, Lancashire.
Alice Clifton, b. 1644, Westby, Lancashire. m. Alexander Rigby, Esq.
Bridget Clifton, b. 1646, Westby, Lancashire. m. Thomas Westby, Esq.
Frances Clifton, b. 1648, Westby, Lancashire.
Margaret Clifton, b. 1650, Westby, Lancashire.
Ann Clifton, b. 1652, Westby, Lancashire.

XIX.
James Clifton

b. ca 1636, Westby, Lancashire, England.
He married ca 1661 Ann Brent, daughter of George Brent and Marianna Peyton. she was born ca. 1640.
James was in St. Mary's Co., Maryland 12 Oct 1663 (see Land Notes Vol. 5, MD Historical Magazine, p. 263) with cousins Margaret and Mary Brent. In 1669 he was in Stafford Co., Virginia and was called son of Thomas Clifton, Esq. of Westby and Clifton, Lancashire, England.
The land of James Clifton and George Brent joined and was near the present city of Alexandria, VA.
James Clifton returned to his home in England before 1679 and died there in 1714.
His will, dated 6 Jan 1714 leaves his estate to nephew Thomas Clifton, daughter Catherine and nephew George.
children:
Cuthbert Clifton, m. Dorothy Winckley, dau. of William Winckley of Banister Hall and Isabel Elston children: Father James Clifton, Soc. of Jesus 1698-1750 Father Thomas Clifton, Soc. of Jesus 1698-1777 William Clifton Ann Clifton, m. Col._______ Slaughter Ann Clifton, a nun Eleanor Clifton Elizabeth Clifton, m. Francis Green Mary Clifton `
Thomas Clifton, 1675 or 1662, d. ca 1708
Father William Clifton, b. 1664, Westby, Lancashire. Soc. of Jesus 1678-1749
Francis Clifton, probably a nun. Was in Rome in 1682
James Clifton, b. 1666, Westby, Lancashire. 1683-1704 a student in Rome. Mary Clifton, b. 1668, Westby, Lancashire, She was a nun.
Bridget Clifton, b. 1670, Westby, Lancashire. A spinster at Lytham.
Catherine Clifton, b. 1672, Westby, Lancashire.

XX.
Thomas Clifton

b. 1675,
d. ca 1708
Thomas entered the Society of Jesus in 1698, and left it in 1699.
He went to Virginia and in July 1706, the estate of Col. Phillip Alexander was settled at his home in Stafford Co., VA.
Thomas married Col. Alexander's widow, Sarah Ashton Alexander in Richmond Co. VA. Sarah died in 1749
children:
Ann Clifton, b. 5 Sep 1706, Stafford Co. VA
Burdette Clifton, b. 29 Jun 1708

XXI.
Burdette Clifton
b. 29 Jun 1708,
d. 1762.
Burdette married three times, the first wife, Frances Hill, m. 15 Jul 1732, Stafford Co., VA. St Paul's Parish.
children:
Thomas Clifton, b. 20 Apr 1734, Stafford Co., VA. m. Anne ________ ca 1757, Stafford Co., VA. child: John Clifton, b. 7 Feb 1758, Stafford Co., VA
Burdette Clifton, b. 3 Feb 1736. He was a twin.
Baldwin Clifton, b. 3 Feb 1736.
Anne Clifton, b. 14 Aug 1737, Stafford Co., VA
Sarah Clifton, b. 10 Apr 1740, Stafford Co., VA
Jane Clifton, b. 14 May 1743, She was a twin.
Elizabeth Clifton, b. 14 May 1743, Stafford Co. or King George Co.

Burdette next married Grace Seaton, 18 May 1745
children:
Charles Clifton, b. 12 Dec 1747, Stafford Co., VA
Henry Clifton, b. 7 Mar 1748, (VA Records show his birthdate as 17 Mar 1745 or 7 Mar 1746 in Stafford Co.)

Burdette next married Mildred _______ ca 1749 in Stafford Co. who survived him.
children:
William Clifton, b. ca 1750, Stafford Co., VA
Judith Clifton, b. ca 1752, Stafford Co., VA
Burdette Clifton left a will in Stafford Co., on 2 Dec 1760. It was recorded on 13 Jul 1762. In it he names his third wife Mildred and their son William; sons Burdette, Thomas, Charles, and Henry, and daughters, Ann and Elizabeth.

 

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