Belton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Belton family

The surname Belton was first found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times in the parish of Dunbar. Their history at this place is before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Belton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belton research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1231 and 1312 are included under the topic Early Belton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belton Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Belton occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Belton, Beltone, Beleton, Beldan, Belden, Belston, Belting, Beldon and many more.

Early Notables of the Belton family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Belton family to Ireland

Some of the Belton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Belton migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Belton, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Belton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe Belton, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Jo Belton, aged 48, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
Belton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Angus Belton who settled in Barbados in 1745 after Culloden
  • Janet Belton, aged 20, who arrived in Carolina in 1774 [1]
  • Janet Belton, who settled in South Carolina in 1774
  • Janet Belton, who arrived in Carolina in 1774
Belton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Belton, who arrived in New York state in 1826
  • James Belton, who landed in New York in 1826 [1]
  • Edmund Belton, aged 49, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Edmund Belton, who arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • John Belton, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Belton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George Belton U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]

Australia Belton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Belton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Belton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [3]
  • James Belton, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Daniel Belton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [5]
  • John Belton, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [6]
  • Ethelinda Belton, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Belton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Belton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Belton, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Eliza Belton, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Belton (post 1700) +

  • Horace Belton (1955-2019), American CFL and NFL running back and Grey Cup champion from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Howard C. Belton (1893-1988), American farmer, nineteenth Treasurer of the State of Oregon
  • Keith Da'Shawn "Thump" Belton (b. 1981), American football fullback
  • Joseph Belton, American inventor of the Belton flintlock (c. 1777)
  • Sharon Sayles Belton (b. 1951), American social worker, mayor of Minneapolis (1994-)
  • William Belton, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Winnipeg, 1943; U.S. Consul in Porto Alegre, 1949
  • Vanderbilt Belton, American politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 1936
  • Sharon Sayles Belton (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1984, 1996; Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994-2001
  • Leon Belton, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 2012
  • Howard Clair Belton (1893-1988), American Republican politician, Member of Oregon State House of Representatives, 1933; Member of Oregon State Senate, 1939-47; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1944, 1952, 1956 (member, Credentials Committee);
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Belton +

  • 4110 "The Family of Edmund Smith Belton in America" by Blair Belton.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Navarino.htm


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