Aggleton Family Tree 

The Aggleton family tree was researched  by Mary Aggleton (nee Byers 1920-2001) with inputs from Peter J.Aggleton (PJA) (1952-)

 Roy Aggleton (RGA )(1930-) and others at a time when the Internet did not exist.

The Aggleton family (in various spelling variations) originate from St Albans.

 The family records of the early recorded years (see full family tree) have been obtained from:

Abbey, St Peter's , Redbourn and to a lesser extent St Michael's Parish Churches.

Unfortunately a fire in The Abbey Rectory in 1743 destroyed records from 1703-43 leaving a large gap

 in the information available about  atl east one generation.

 

The St Albans Union comprised the parishes of Abbey, St Peter, St Michael, St Stephen, Sandridge, Redbourn, Harpenden and Wheathampstead in 1844.

St Albans Churches: Abbey

Saint Alban was Britain's first Christian martyr and worship has continued at the site of his execution for over 1700 years. In 703 King Offa of Mercia endowed a Benedictine monastery on the site. The present Abbey Church was begun in 1077, using Roman bricks and flint from the ruined city of Verulamium at the bottom of the hill. After the dissolution of the monastery in 1539 the Abbey Church was bought by the town as its Parish church, and continues as such. In 1877 a new diocese of St Albans was created and the Abbey and Parish Church also became a Cathedral.

  St Albans Churches: St Peters

It is probable that people have worshipped on this site for over 1000 years. According to Matthew Paris, the 13th. century chronicler of St. Albans Abbey, Abbot Ulsinus founded three churches - St. Peter's, St. Stephen's and St. Michael's - in 948 when he laid out the market. St. Peter's church, built at the northern entrance to the medieval town, has a commanding position and can be seen from many aspects. It was ruled by the Abbot of St. Albans until the dissolution of the monasteries. After the dissolution, the churches of St. Albans became part of the See of London. In 1877 the Diocese of St. Albans was created.

St Albans Churches: St Michael's

St.Michael's Church pre-dates the Norman Conquest and, in common with the churches of St.Stephen and St.Peter was always said to have been founded by Ulsinus, Abbot of St Albans Abbey in 948AD. There is now some uncertainty about both the date and the Abbot, but there seems no need to doubt that the three churches were at about that time to receive pilgrims and to prepare them, for their visit to the shrine of St.Alban within the Abbey. The three churches, which still exist, stand on the three main roads into St Albans ; and St Michael’s lies among the foundations of the old basilica (law-court) of Roman Verulamium, where Alban was condemned to die. Bearing in mind that, in sending the first missionaries to Britain, Pope Gregory had instructed them to build churches on important pagan sites, this can hardly be a coincidence.

St Albans Churches: Redbourn

The Church was consecrated in about 1100, and the North Aisle, with its Norman arches, was added about 30 years later.  In the 14th century the Chancel was enlarged and the South Aisle was built. Further changes were made in the 15th century, but the church remained structurally unchanged until 1989 when the Transept Hall, which provides a parish hall and other facilities, was built to the North of the Church.

Redbourn, an ancient town on the River Ver, in St Albans Union and Liberty, and on Watling Street, 24 miles form London,4 miles north-east of Hemel Hempstead and 4˝ miles north-west of St Albans. Previous to the  railway being opened upwards of 80 coaches passed through daily. In 1831 the population was 2,024.

 

Origins of the Family Name

So far there is no formal definition of the origins of the family name: the standard texts on this 

matter leave the name out. There is not even reference to similar sounding, and now more 

popular , names such as Appleton, Eggleton or Eagleton.

Some of the  earliest available records from St Albans are shown below. These show six

 variations on a name. It is assumed that James ADLINGTONE, AGGLINTON and AGLINTON is 

one person. It would be too much of a co-incidence if  they were separate  individuals.

 

A third early section of the family tree shows even more variations on the spelling of the name.

These three sections are not linked probably because of missing documentation. 

The next section of the family tree shows more consistency in the spelling of the name:

the only variation being the use of a single or double 'g'. The greater consistency may be 

due to an improved level of literacy or that the "scribe" has checked on previous records 

in both St Peters and Abbey.

Agleton/Aggleton and similar Names

There are a number of examples of early records of Aggleton variations which would be recognised today.

 Most of them are from Christening and Wedding records:

The earliest is probably:

The most relevant :

Early correct spelling in the area:

The Christening of Anne Agelton on the 12 September 1647 in Bromley Kent . Her father's name is given as Francis but no mother is  quoted.  

 The Christening of Josua Agleton at ABBEY in April 1677. His parents were Henrie and Anne.  

A  Mary Aggleton was married at Bedford (Caddington)-30 miles from St Albans-on the 15 November 1706- but this is an isolated spelling of the name.

In Worfield Shropshire there was a family of Aggletons born in the early part of the 18th century. 

PJA that this is a corruption of Haglington which was the prevalent name in the area.

  This  is based on Christening information.

In Wellington Shropshire we find a Thomas Agleton christened in 1696 (parents William & Elinor). Wellington is less than 20 miles from Worfield.

The key references in the "standardisation" of the Aggleton name are probably:

1721

The first Aggleton in the St Albans area appears in 1721 when John Aggleton married Mary Chriuiner (?) in Harpenden Hertfordshire.

(Harpenden is c.5 miles from St Albans and within the St Albans Union).

 This appears to be an isolated use of the name, but John Aggleton should be on the family tree.

1768

William (b.Agglinton) married Rachel Roberts as AGGLETON (St Peters), but their first child was born as John AGLETON (St Peters)

 and subsequent children as AGGLINTON and AGGLINGTON.

1776

Mary AGGLETON married William Cockle (Redbourn) (Mary should probably be on the family tree)

1777

A Thomas  AGGLETON married Elizabeth Turpin at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster  

(where  Thomas James  Aggleton married Ellen Middleton in 1847)

 (RGA has investigated the marriage certificate which has  a signature of AGGLINTON )

1788

James AGGLETON (b. Agglington) married Dorcas Dunkley (Redbourn)

(This is important because James was the brother of John (Thomas) from whom we are descended)

1789

James and Dorcas's first child Charlote Mary is christened with the AGGLETON surname (not on family tree) (Redbourn)

1794

James and Dorcas's second  child Elizabeth Darkis(?)  was christened with the AGGLETON surname (not on family tree) (Redbourn)

1800

This appears to be the last record of a non-AGGLETON in the St Albans area: marriage of Sarah Agglinton at Abbey (Not on family tree)

 These changes are typified within a family:

John AGGLINTON  married Ann Baker at Abbey in 1793

John & Ann's first child was christened as William AGGLINGTON (Abbey) in 1794

Son George was  christened at Abbey with AGGLETON surname in 1801

Further children Joseph & Caroline were christened as AGGLETONs (Abbey) in 1802 & 05

1819

Thomas (b.Agglinton) married Ann Pullen at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster as AGGLETON

1847

 Thomas James AGGLETON married Ellen Middleton at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster.

The simplified Family Tree below shows the key dates for the name change in  the AGGLETON family:

There are a series of family miniature portraits of the  individuals in Red

AGGLETONS IN LONDON

It would appear that by about 1780 in the St Albans area the name Aggleton was being standardised, but in London there are a number  

of references to the name. While these individuals may not be  ancestors but  they may have influenced the standardisation of the name.

1725

30 Aug Jemina AGGLETON is christened at St Botolph-without-Aldgate. Parents Joseph & Jane AGGLETON 

(In  1639 a Hannah Aglentine, daughter of Mary & William, was christened at the same church.)

1737

Elizabeth AGGLETON is a witness at a murder trial

1740

a Thomas AGGLETON draws up his will

1744

The same Thomas AGGLETON dies leaving his goods to his mother Hannah AGGLETON.

(Other references to Aggletons in London have been described above)