Its appears there were a family of Lisson/Lystons/Listun/Lissum who left England/Wales and settled in Virginia. This same family had connections to the Bristol Listuns (Where my family reside now). The Lissons/Listuns/Listons were linked to the early Washington family of the USA. The family were Merchants/US Navy etc.....
I have also noted that the Sissons/Lissons/Listuns/Listons also became Whalers......
There was a Richard Lifton who went to Virginia in 1674, hopefully now finding a link for the family now.
Have been informed originally that we came from the village in Devon named Lifton. Supposedly the Liftons who reside in the West Country are originally from Devon. I live in the West Country.
Going back it appears Lifton has changed names many times, in the 6th Century named as Leoftun. It is also noted as a pre 7th century lost tribe? Leof is also a Anglo Saxon name and also elsewhere has been named as Scandinavian.
My grandfather use to go on about us being involved in the Navy and that originally the Liftons were named after the village in Devon. This was supposedly due to us always getting drunk and rowdy, were eventually kicked out the village and named after it. I suppose we must have taken it over in some way to be named it!?
Looking at family history of the Liftons I have found different variations for the Lifton surname.
There were Liftons who supposedly sailed the Great Yarmouth in 1300 and also Liffens from Beccles, Suffolk.
It seems the Liffen surname was originally (de) Lyston from Essex..a parish on the Suffolk border. That transmuted into Liston and then Lifton. I found a will of a Lifton who was named in the parish register as Liffen; and in a different will I found a 'Lefen alias Lifton'. Also, the Lowestoft Liffins were originally in the registers as Liftons.
There is also Loiston in Ireland that later became Lyston. In a lot of books Lyston and Lyfton are mentioned as being the same thing?
Looking at particular Scottish Liston familes the spellings for a same couple who had children around 1720s have included Listone, Leston, Lyston and Listoun. Most of all those spellings lived in the Bristol area in the 1600s, these are the same ones who went to the USA.
Looking at the Lifton families in Pembrokeshire I was informed back in the 1600/1700s they were Quakers from Nantucket. I have not found any links unless there was a change in the surname. There is supposedly a book somewhere with this all in. There were Liftons that resided in Hubberston(Milford) Pembrokeshire this was built by Quakers. There seems to be a lot of conflicting stories of who fathered who. This is due to the high volume of William Liftons in the 1700s. The earliest Ancestor in Pembrokeshire died 1796 he was named William Lifton (Boatman) aged 73. I have no idea where he was born.
The only Quaker I have found in Pembrokeshire with a similar spelt name is Jonathan Clift died. 1684. Jonathan was buried near the river cleddau. It appears from a book on ancestry he stayed in England whilst his family died in the USA. I have also noted Liftons being named Lift for short to fit into transcripts. It also appears that Clift can also be Olift, the same as a Richard O'Lifton born in Gloucester in the 1500s. I believe the O'Lifton possibly maybe the same as the Clift family.
There is a Richard Lift in Steynton who has a child named Dorothy b. 1711. Steynton is where the Quakers lived.
(I did find a book saying about building Pembroke Dock in the late 1600s, it states that the only people idea to labour/build the port would be some Quaker families who settled a few years earlier.).
In and around 1600-1700 there were Listuns in Bristol (Where I am based now), there are no actual records of the family apart from Old Church Records. It appears that they were Baptists that travelled to and from Wales to preach. There was a William Listun who was a Glover and resided at the Pithay. As noted above these were the ones who went to Virginia USA.
Lisson appeared to be linked to Listun (Possibly spelling?)
The Listuns appear to be related to Listouns (Ireland) and also Listons. There was a Thomas Liston b. 1600s who lived in Bristol who was a Merchant that travelled to Barbados and elsewhere abroad. It appears that he may have been involved in the Slave Trade?
There were Barbados Lufton Quakers?
A descendant of the family from my GGG Gilbert Lifton b. 1862 did the family tree and confirmed that we were related to the Poco A Poco Listons? There was mention of a Ginger Lifton, I have not found this!?
Listons were Quakers in America and linked to the Navy.
A Benjamin Lifton of the Vessel named 'Elizabeth' aged 22 of Westport (Ireland) in the year 1867 was on the New Bedford Massachusetts, Whaling Crew Lists. It states - 'Concerned in piracy - discharged'
Danl Lifton in 1776-1783 died in the War of Independence in USA.
So far I strongly believe that the Listuns of Bristol are linked to our family. The Listuns family went to the USA (whilst some stayed in Bristol) later on some came back via Wales. The interesting part on the Listuns is the naming pattern similar to my dads full name?
The hardest thing is trying to distinguishing between the Sissons, Lyssons, Lissons, Listuns and Listons it appears that they may all belong to the same family. Descending from England and Ireland.
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It is possible there was a different spelling. That always hangs me up. Also, depending on the time period and location, some records have been lost.
It only makes for a greater challenge.
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I am currently looking into the Lifton family history. I have been stuck at a distant Ancestor and trying to get back further. It is possible the surname was Liston/Listun.
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