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Pedigree of Burton of Royds Mill

Royds Mill was intiially the residence of Derbyshire and Staffordshire family of Burton.

The Derbyshire founder of the Burtons was Richard of Chesterfield, who was steward to John, first Earl of Shrewsbury, which would be while the Earl was a prisoner of the French, having been defeated and taken captive at the battle of Patey. Richard Burton was father of John of Totley, living 1511.His son was John of Totley and Dronfield who married Elizabeth Revel, daughter of Richard Revel of Stannington. (Source:Old Halls of Derbyshire) They had two sons:

Thomas Burton of Fanshaw Gate who died in 1643 left three sons: Michael, Thomas and Francis.

Michael was of Mosborough and by Anne, his wife, daughter of Henry Ducket, Rector of Eckington, had numerous issue.The names of these children are on his monumental brass in the chancel of the church of Eckington.

Thomas, the second son, was from Putney, married with one child.

Francis was Lord of the Manor of Dronfield and High Sherriff of Derby in 1669. He was buried in Dronfield in 1687. By his first wife Anne, daughter of Thomas Wright of Unthank, by Anne his wife, daughter of Thomas Shiercliffe of Whitley Hall, he had only female issue who survived, but by Ellen, his second wife, daughter and heir of Cassibelan Burton son of William Burton of Lindley, Leicestershire, the historian, he had beside others that died young, two sons, Constantine, who was lost in the Bay of Ostend in 1707 and Ralph, his son and heir, Lord of the Manor of Dronfield, who was killed by a fall from his horse on the moors between Grindleford and Holmesfield in 1714

Pedigree of Burton of Royds Mill
Pedigree of Burton of Royds Mill

The will of Francis Burton:

Date:12th April, 1687.
He bequeaths 40 p.a. to his wife, Ellen, charged on his Birchett estates.
Monetary bequests to his daughters, Mary, Elizabeth, Jane, Frances, Ellen and Sarah and to son, Constantine.
He bequeaths all his lands and messuages to his brothers-in-law, John Wright and Thomas Statham, (who are to be executors) to maintain his children until his son, Ralph, is 21 years old, and then the property is to go to Ralph in tail male.
He bequeaths an annuity of 10 to Constantine.
He directs that his lands in Tideswell are to be sold to pay legacies.
His brother, Thomas Burton, to be overseer of the will and guardian of the children.

(Note in 1700-03 Ralph Burton, was Lord of the manor of Dronfield )

Daughters of Francis Burton(d.1687)

Ralph Burton (d 1814)

Frances, Helena and Sarah - sisters and heiresses of Ralph Burton


John Burton (b.1705), son of William BURTON and Ann (nee FENTON) , married Anne Haslam , born abt 1709, daughter of Edward Haslam born about 1683 of Longcourse and Newbould, Chesterfield. They had 3 children:

John Burton died 21 Jan, 1768 and Ann died 22 Jan 1770

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Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry By Bernard Burke

See also Haslam of Dronfield, Eckington, Coal Aston, Treeton


Michael Burton of Holmesfield and Wirksworth who died in 1719, had three sons, John, Michael Henry. John of the Inner Temple resided at All Hallowes, Dronfield and by Anne, his wife and daughter of Joseph Rogers of Cowley, had two daughters, Mary, unmarried and Jane, wife of Philip Smelter of Goddard Hall, Brightside-Bierlow, who died without issue in 1802.

Philip Smelter died in 1818 age 93 at Goddard Hall.

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