The ancestors of the Durton family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire
, at Treeton.
Early Origins of the Durton family
The surname Durton was first found in Yorkshire
where Richard of Treeton (Turton) held that village consisting of a church and a mill from the Count of Mortain at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book.
Early History of the Durton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durton research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1669, 1662, 1622, 1710, 1683 and 1698 are included under the topic Early Durton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Durton Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Durton were recorded, including Turton, Treeton, Treton and others.
Early Notables of the Durton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Turton, Judge of the King's Bench who opposed King Charles I; Richard Treat (or Trott) (1584-1669), an early settler in New... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Durton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Durton family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Durton arrived in North America very early: Francis Turton who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Thomas Turton settled in Virginia in 1663; Timothy Turton settled in Virginia in 1652.