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Acton Research File

Acton, John --1585-86 Military Colonist (Master)

 

 

The names of those titled "Master" were likely the officers serving under the Captain. As Master Acton was listed thirdly, he may have been an officer junior grade. At that time in English history, officers were usually at least of the Gentry class, sometimes aristocracy, that is why so many people, including Raleigh, viewed Captain Francis Drake with contempt as a parvenu, as his origins were not of this class. (Even 'though it is said that he was a distant relative of some sort.)

Shropshire (also called Salop in old records) might well be one place to begin searching. The Actons of Aldenham and Longnor had at least two sea captains in the family, perhaps more, one serving under Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and dying 1707 in the Dutch Wars, and another one becoming Admiral of the fleet of Naples... the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies... in that period following the revolution over in France. I think he was the one who was sometimes called a pirate. That family seems to have a naval tradition.


But of course, there are many, many other Actons of the gentry class spread across Shropshire. Gentry and aristocracy are easier to trace than ordinary seamen. This is just one place to begin searching.


Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Sir Richard Grenville (of the 1585-6 Colony), and Sir Francis Drake were all from Devon in the West Country. Perhaps they assembled their crews there. You might also check Devon.
I would be interested in hearing what you find out.
Good Luck

(The above is a posting at Genforum.com, it was copied and pasted here with the permission of the author...nlp)


 

What we know about John Acton "Master".

Transcribed from a posting at genforum.com's message board, posted here with permission ..nlp

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I do not know Master Acton's first name, although I have seen somewhere else, that someone inserted (John) in parentheses. The names of those titled "Master" were likely the officers serving under the Captain. As Master Acton was listed thirdly, he may have been an officer junior grade. At that time in English history, officers were usually at least of the Gentry class, sometimes aristocracy, that is why so many people, including Raleigh, viewed Captain Francis Drake with contempt as a parvenu, as his origins were not of this class. (Even 'though it is said that he was a distant relative of some sort.)
Shropshire (also called Salop in old records) might well be one place to begin searching. The Actons of Aldenham and Longnor had at least two sea captains in the family, perhaps more, one serving under Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and dying 1707 in the Dutch Wars, and another one becoming Admiral of the fleet of Naples... the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies... in that period following the revolution over in France. I think he was the one who was sometimes called a pirate. That family seems to have a naval tradition.
But of course, there are many, many other Actons of the gentry class spread across Shropshire. Gentry and aristocracy are easier to trace than ordinary seamen. This is just one place to begin searching.
Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Sir Richard Grenville (of the 1585-6 Colony), and Sir Francis Drake were all from Devon in the West Country. Perhaps they assembled their crews there. You might also check Devon.
I would be interested in hearing what you find out.
Good Luck

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