Pedigree Index

Acton of Wolverton

ACTON, WILLIAM-JOSEPH, Esq. of Wolverton, co. Worcester, b. 27 June, 1803; m. 22 Oct. 1833, Mary, widow of William Trafford, Esq., brother of the late Sir Thomas-Joseph de Trafford, Bart. of Trafford Park, Lancashire, and has surviving issue,

I. WILLIAM-ROBERT, b. 16 Nov. 1835.
II. Thomas-Vincent, b. 15 Oct. 1836.
III. Edward-Charles, b. 13 Oct. 1839.

Mr. Acton is a magistrate for the co. of Worcester.

Lineage.-The Actons, whose antiquity of descent is equalled by few existing families, are of Saxon origin, and were in Worcestershlre, according to Mr. Abingdon, previously to the Conquest. Soon after that great event, we find them seated at Ombersley; and in the 3rd HENRY III. the name of Elias de Acton, of Acton Hall, in Ombersley, appears with those of other knights and gentlemen summoned to serve upon a jury.

From a common ancestor with the ACTONS Acton sprung the ACTONS of Sutton, of which family that of Wolverton is a scion, being founded by a younger son of Sir Roger Acton, of Sutton (the heir of Sir John Mortimer), who m. Alice, sister of William Cokesey, Esq., and was father of JOHN ACTON, who acquired the estate of Wolfrinton, or Wolverton, in Worcestershire, as heir to his uncle, the last of the Cokeseys.

WILLIAM ACTON, Esq. of Wolverton (son and heir of William Acton, of Wolverton, by Margaret his wife, dau. and co-heir of Richard Perkins, Esq. of Beenham, Berks, and grandson (by Barbara his wife, dau. and co-heir of John Vincent, Esq.) of William Acton, Esq. of Wolverton, who d. 12 April, 1679); m. Anne, dau. of William Tyler, descended from the Ardens of Warwickshire; and, dying 6 Sept. 1763, left a son and successor,

WILLIAM ACTON, Esq. of Wolverton, who m. in 1801, Ann-Constantia Davies, descended from the family of Fowler, of St. Thomas, co. Stafford; and dying 22 Feb. 1814, left, with a dau. Mary, who d. unm., a son, the present WILLIAM ACTON, Esq. of Wolverton.

Arms-Gu, a fesse, erm., within a bordure, engrailed, of the second.
Crest-An arm in armour, embowed, ppr., holding in the hand a sword, arg., hilt, or, thereon a boar's head, couped at the neck, sa, distilling blood.
Motto-Valliance avance l'homme.
Seat-Wolverton, Worcestershire.

Transcribed from A genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, by Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms, fourth edition, 1862;
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1862