"The Aston family was first documented during reign of Henry II, whose charters record one Gilbert de Aston, Lord of Aston juxta Sutton (he is mentioned in AD/IX/7). The family built up a large estate in Cheshire and in Berkshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire, through the marriage of their male heirs to a female heiresses. The estate descended lineally until the death of Sir Thomas Aston, 4th Baronet, in 1744 when the baronetcy reverted to a collateral male line and the estate was settled on his elder sister Catherine. This brought the estate to the Hervey-Aston line and remained in the possession of this family until the death of Arthur Hervey-Aston in 1839, when an entail passed it to Charles Chetwynd-Talbot. It was inherited in turn by his great-nephew Captain Talbot.
Accrual and descent of the Aston estates
•Thomas Aston (married Bridget Harewell of Warwickshire). He was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1551.
•John Aston (d.1573, married Margaret Ireland of Lancashire).
•Sir Thomas Aston (d.1613, married Elizabeth Mainwaring of Shropshire and Mary Unton of Shropshire). He was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1601.
•John Aston (d.1615, married Maud Needham of Shropshire).
•Sir Thomas Aston (1600-1645, married Magdalene Poultney of Leicestershire and Anne Willoughby of Derbyshire) was created 1st Baronet Aston in 1628. He was High Sheriff of Cheshire 1635-1636 (see AD/V/1-3), and held the office of M.P. for Cheshire from April 1640 to May 1640. He was a colonel for the Royalist cause during the Civil War, and was defeated by the Parliamentary General, Sir William Brereton, in the Battle of Nantwich on 28 January 1642. He was captured in later fighting in Staffordshire, and died attempting to escape from a prison at Stafford. [ Note: Anne Willougbhy, sole heir of Sir Henry Willoughby of Risley, Derbshire, brought with her estates in Berkshire (Stanford-in-the-Vale) and Warwickshire (Kingsbury). She had been previously married to the Honourable Anchitel Grey of Stanford-in-the-Vale, and these estates came into the possession of the Aston family when Sir Willoughby inherited them on his mother's death. Her maternal great-grandfathers were Sir Ambrose Cave of Warwickshire (ca.1503-1568), Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Sir Francis Knollys (ca.1514-1596), Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth."== Sources ==
Baronets. vol. I. London: Thomas Wotton. Cokayne, George Edward (1902). The Complete Baronetage. vol. II. Exeter: William Pollard and Co. Ltd.. Burke, John (1841). John Bernhard Burke. ed. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland and Scotland (2nd ed.). London: Scott, Webster, and Geary. Courthope, William (1835). Synopsis of the Extinct Baronetage of England. London: G. Woodfall. Kimber, Edward (1771). Richard Johnson. ed. The Baronetage of England: Attribution Public domain: "Aston, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. Willis, Browne (1750). Notitia Parliamentaria, Part II: A Series or Lists of the Representatives in the several Parliaments held from the Reformation 1541, to the Restoration 1660 .... London. pp. 229–239. George Ormerod: The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, Volume I, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged by Thomas Helsby (George Routledge, London, 1882). Pages 531-537 are Ormerod's account of the Aston family from the reign of Henry II up to the time of Sir Willoughby Aston, 2nd Baronet, with an added family tree which follows the family up to Sir Arthur Ingram Aston. George Edward Cockayne: Complete Baronetage, Volume II, 1625-1649, (William Pollard & co., Exeter, 1902). Pages 48-49 list the grantee and successors to the title of Baronet Aston in the reign of Charles I. The Cheshire Sheaf, 3rd series, vol 24, (Chester, 1927). Contains a description of the biographical diaries of Sir Willoughby Aston with some biographical notes.
The Aston collection at the University of Liverpool form only a small part of the papers of the Aston family. A full list of the other holdings of the papers of the Aston family of Aston Hall can be found on the National Register of Archives. Links are provided below to the catalogue entries for the Aston papers held by •The British Library •John Rylands University Library Special Collections •Cheshire Record Office •Liverpool Record Office
'The parish of Ashton-under-Lyne - Church and charities ', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911) pp. 347-352. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=41439. Accessed: 07 November 2013
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