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Edward Littleton (bef. 1551 - 1622)

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Sir Edward Littleton
Born before in Shropshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Ludlow, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Died in Llanfaire, Denbighshire, Walesmap
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Edward Littleton was born circa 1550/51 at Hopton Castle near Ludlow, Shropshire, England where Edward Littleton later resided.[1] and was baptized at Munslow, Shropshire on 23 March 1550/1.[2] [3]

Sir Edward Littleton, Knight of Munslow and Henley in Bitterley, and Hopton Castle, co. Salop., served as Chief Justice of North Wales.

He died intestate at Llanfaire, Denbighshire, Wales 25 September 1622.[4][5]


Sir Edward Littleton was the son of John Littleton and Alice (Thornes) Littleton. Edward was the great-grandson of Sir Thomas Littleton, K.B. of Frankley, Worcestershire, the famous judge and author of the Tenures. Sir Thomas was one of the most famous law writers in the English language.[6] Edward himself was also a lawyer.[4]


Sir Edward Littleton married Mary Walter (b. 1567, d. 1633), daughter of Sir Edward Walter (Chief Justice of South Wales), at Ludlow, Shropshire, 9 April 1588.[4] Mary died 1633 in North Wales, at 66 years of age and was buried at Ludlow, Shropshire 23 October 1633.[7][6]


Children of Edward and Mary:
  1. Edward Littleton[4] b. c 1588, d. 27 Aug 1645[6][8]
  2. William Littleton[4] b. c 1590[8]
  3. James Littleton[4] b. c 1592[8]
  4. Thomas Littleton[4] b. c 1594[citation needed]
  5. John Littleton[4] b. c 1596, d. a 1644[8]
  6. Timothy Littleton (Sir)[4] b. c 1598[8]
  7. Samuel Littleton[4] b. c 1600[8]
  8. Mary Littleton[4] b. c 1602, d. b 25 Nov 1649,[8] married Gilbert Jones[9]
  9. Col. Nathaniel Littleton b. c 1605, d. c 1654[4]
  10. Anne Littleton, married Thomas Kettleby[9]
  11. Martha Littleton[9]
  12. Priscilla Littleton, married Periot Price[9]
  13. Jane (Joan) Littleton, married John Osbaldeston[9]

Research Notes

From: Royal Ancestry (2013) by Douglas Richardson, Vol. III page 587:

EDWARD LITTLETON, Knt., of Munslow and Henley, Shropshire, Chief Justice of North Wales, 2nd son, baptized at Munslow, Shropshire 23 March 1550/1. He was admitted to the Inner Temple as "late of Clements Inn" 2 April 1574. He married at Ludlow, Shropshire, 9 April 1588. MARY WALTER, daughter of Edmund Walter, Esq., of Ludlow, Shropshire, Chief Justice of South Wales, by his 1st wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Hakeluyt, Esq. She was baptized at Ludlow, Shropshire 13 June 1567. They had eight sons, Edward, Knt. [Lord Littleton, Chief Justice of North Wales, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Keeper of the Great Seal], William, James, Doctor of Canon Law [Chancellor of Worcester], Thomas, John [Master of the Temple], [Col.] Nathaniel, Esq., Timothy, Knt., and Samuel, and five daughters, Anne (wife of Thomas Kettleby), Martha, Priscilla (wife of Periot Price), Mary (wife of Gilbert Jones) and Jane (or Joan) (wife of John Osbaldeston). He was called to the outer bar 9 Feb. 1584. SIR EDWARD LITTLETON died intestate at Llanfaire, Denbighshire, Wales 25 Sept 1622. his widow, Mary was buried at Ludlow, Shropshire 23 Oct 1633.

From: The Littleton Heritage, by Matthew M. Wise, Columbia, SC: Wentworth Corp., 1994

Fourth Generation
Sir Edward4 Littleton (Chief Justice) (John3, Thomas2, Thomas1 Lyttleton)(34412) was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1550.(34413) Edward died 1621 in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales, at 71 years of age.(34414)
Sir Edward Littleton (Chief Justice) and Mary Walter had the following children:
5 i. Sir Edward Littleton was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1588. Edward died 27 Aug 1645 in North Wales, at 57 years of age. Edward was employed. He was the Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, 1639; Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal, 1640; created Baron Littleton of Mounsloe, 1641. When King Charles I. raised his standard at Oxford, Sir Edward Littleton fled from London, where he had remained until compelled to abandon Parliament, taking the Great Seal of England with him.[6]
6 ii. William Littleton was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1590. William died in England or Wales. William was employed.
7 iii. James Littleton was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1592.(34422) James was living 1656 in Shropshire, North Wales.(34423) He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, England. He was never married.
8 iv. William Littleton was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1594. William died in England or Wales. He was married, but had no children. Perhaps this is son Thomas ?
9 v. John Littleton was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1596. John died after 1643/4 in England or Wales. He was a fellow of All Souls College; Master of the Temple until ejected in 1644, as being in the King's army.
10 vi. Timothy Littleton (Sir) was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1598. Timothy died in England or Wales.
11 vii. Samuel Littleton was born in Henley, Shropshire, North Wales circa 1600. Samuel died in England or Wales. He died unmarried. [For facts concerning the Littletons see Va. Mag. of Hist. & Biog., Vol. XVIII., p. 20; William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. VII., p. 230; Vol. IX., p. 62; New Eng. Hist. & Gen. Reg., Vol. XLI., pp. 364-8. See also "Evelyn's Diary," March 24, 1688, for interesting references to the beautiful residences of the Littleton family in England.]
12 viii. Col. Nathaniel Littleton was born circa 1605.(34428)
13 ix. Mary Littleton (Matthew Wise) was born in England 1610. (Houston, Mihalyka, Colonial Residents of VA Eastern Shore.) Mary died 1691 in Accomack Co, VA, at 81 years of age.(34431 Ames Mears & All'd Lines. ) She died at the home of Anthony West on Merry Branch. She married twice. She married Gilbert Jones circa 1630 in England.(34432) Gilbert was born circa 1610 in Welshpool, Co Montgomery, Wales.(34433) Gilbert died before 1635. She married Col. Edmund Scarburgh circa 1635 in Accomack Co, VA.(34434) Edmund was born 1617 in St. Martin's in-the-Fields, London, England.(34435) Edmund(34436) was the son of Capt. Edmund Scarburgh (Esquire) and Hannah Butler. Edmund died May 1671 in Hedric Cottage, Occahannock Cr, Acc Co, VA, at 53 years of age.(34437) His body was interred in Hedra Cottage, Scarborough Neck, Acc Co, VA.(34438) He was baptized 2 Oct 1617 in St. Martin's in-the-Fields, London, England.(34439) Edmund immigrated to before 1634.(34440) Edmund was employed at as a Surveyor General. (See Col. Edmund Scarburgh for the continuation of this line.)
Conflicting evidence states that Mary was born 1612 in England.(34441) Mary immigrated to 1635.(34442) Mary's will was probated 15 Dec 1691 in Accomack Co, VA.(34443) "Adventurers of Purse and Person" notes that she may not have been the daughter of Sir Edward Littleton, based on Whitelaw's suppositions. However, in a phone conversation with Mr. Matthew Wise of Salem, VA, on 19 Aug 1995, Mr. Wise indicated that he received a letter from Mr. Dorman, a co-author of the above reference, indicating that they had more recent references indicating that she was Mary Littleton. Evidently she was older than Col. Scarburgh and had a prior marriage to a Mr. Jones in England. (SHOULD GET FURTHER PROOF FROM MR. DORMAN). According to the above reference, she married 1st, Gilbert Jones of Welshpool, County Montgomery, Wales (and perhaps secondly, -- Newport), and took over administration of her father's estate, 1633, after her mother's death.
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  1. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Vol III page 35.
  2. Richardson
  3. "The Tree of Life", Chapter 12: Nathaniel Littleton: Gateway Immigrant, Steve Smith 2016 <>
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families], 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol. III, page 587
  5. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants, Frederick Lewis Weis, Genealogical Publishing Com, 1992, pg 5, Line 1a, 40
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Dictionary of National Biography.", Sidney Lee, Ed., LONDON SMITH, ELDER, & CO., 15 WATERLOO PLACE,1903
  7. The Visitation of Shropshire, Taken in the Year 1623 by Robert Tresswell, Somerset Herald, John Paul Rylands, Robert Treswell, Augustine Vincent , George Grazebrook, 1889, The Harleian Society.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Wise
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Richardson

See also:

  • Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families, 1st edn. (2004), 1 vol, page 453.
  • The Littleton Heritage, by Matthew M. Wise, Columbia, SC: Wentworth Corp., 1994, p. 5.
  • GenForum, Pedigree of Walter of Ludlow
  • Colonial families of the United States of America, in which is given the history, genealogy and armorial bearings of colonial families who settled in the American colonies from the time of the settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775; by Mackenzie, George Norbury, 1851-1919, ed., Publication date 1907, Publisher New York, Boston, The Grafton Press
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On 21 Dec 2017 at 06:04 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I couldn't find support for "Rushbury" (in birth location)

On 23 Sep 2016 at 10:34 GMT Gerald Jones wrote:

Littleton-490 and Littleton-391 appear to represent the same person because: Looks like a duplicate.

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