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The surname Pelton 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.

Although the name, Pelton, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Belton, Beltone, Beleton, Beldan, Belden, Belston, Belting, Beldon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelton research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1231 and 1312 are included under the topic Early Pelton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pelton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Pelton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Atlanti c. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Pelton family name Pelton, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Pelton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Pelton, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • John Pelton, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1672

Pelton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James, Pelton Jr., who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Rollin H Pelton, who arrived in Canada in 1832
  • Elijah Pelton, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Phineas, Pelton Jr., who landed in Canada in 1841

Pelton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Robert Pelton, aged 39, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Alfred Francis Pelton, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
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  • Guy Ray Pelton (1824-1890), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1855-1857)
  • Joe Pelton (b. 1977), American business analyst and poker tournament player, as of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,200,000
  • Jack J. Pelton, American former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company
  • Elizabeth Anne Pelton (b. 1993), American seven-time gold medalist swimmer
  • Lester Allan Pelton (1829-1908), American inventor of the Pelton water wheel, at that time the most efficient design of the impulse water turbine, awarded the Elliott Cresson Medal, recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Agnes Lawrence Pelton (1881-1961), American modernist painter
  • Marvin Lee Pelton (b. 1950), American academic administrator and college president
  • Shawn Pelton (b. 1963), American studio and session drummer
  • Ronald William Pelton (b. 1942), American National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence analyst
  • Robert Young Pelton (b. 1955), Canadian author, journalist and documentary filmmaker
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Pelton Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Benjamin David J. Pelton, Canadian Assistant Steward from Canada who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914 but later died in hospital
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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