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Edward Stratton (abt. 1633 - aft. 1688)

Edward Stratton
Born about in Wiltshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1655 in Burmuda Hundred, Chesterfield, Virginiamap
Husband of — married 1684 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 55 in Bermuda Hundred, Henrico, Virginia Colonymap
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Edward Stratton migrated from England to Virginia.
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Edward Stratton "appears in Henrico county about the time the records begin, 1677." He married at least twice. His first wife gave him his son Edward Stratton (born 1655,[1] died 1698), who lived in Henrico County, Virginia.pp 274-276[1]
While there has been unearthed nothing positive in regard to the English ancestry of Edward Stratton, of Henrico County, it does not seem improbable that he may have descended from the Strattons of Wiltshire.
There are some very suggestive items relative to this matter in Miss Stratton's A Book of Strattons, Volume I (see pages 20 and 214)[1]
Edward's second wife was Martha Shippey, the widow of Thomas Shippey (died 1684).[1]
"The Strattons lived in the Bermuda Hundred section of Henrico, now Chesterfield county."[1]
About 1678, Edward's son by his first wife, also named Edward Stratton, married Martha Shippey, the daughter of the elder Edward's second wife Martha (by Martha's first husband Thomas Shippey, who had died in 1684).[1]
The maiden name of Martha Stratton (Sr.), widow of Thomas Shippey, is not known,[1]but her sister Mary married "first, Joseph Tanner, and, secondly, Gilbert Platt." Martha's daughter married secondly (in 1703) John Brown. A third generation Edward (son of Edward & Martha nee Shippey), born c1680-7, married Anne Batte, daughter of Capt. Henry Batte of Charles City and Prince George counties.[2]


While indicated in numerous unsourced, user submitted trees on the following marriage is UNPROVEN Edward Stratton and Elizabeth Thurston married 1655, Burmuda Hundred, Chesterfield, Virginia, United States.


To Loving wife Martha, L 10, Goods and chattels to be divided into three parts. Wife to have one third and son two thirds. Son Edward Stratton, Jr. To be executor. Dated 5 Dec 1688. Wit: John Worsham, Mary Platt. Proven 28 Mar 1689 by deposition of Mary Platt, aged 50.[3]Why his daughter, Rebecca is not named, is unknown. However, she is named in the Will of her brother, Edward.

Research Notes

A Book of Strattons, Vol I pg 69 "....outline shows the Colonial Strattons who are known to be emigrants and others not yet (1907) traced to any earlier American ancestor,....Pg 70 "Of the next three,—John of Watertown, Edward of Bermuda Hundred and John of W oodbury,—the most diligent research has failed to find any trace earlier than the dates given, or the least clew to any connection with any earlier Strattons."
Stratton: Vol 1 pg 214 regarding this Edward Stratton's father: "He may have been a son of Joseph Stratton of James City, but as not the slightest evidence of this has been found, he will be considered in this volume as the first of his line in America."
Edward was born about 1633 in England, although he may have been born much earlier. The name of his first wife is unknown. He married Martha Shippey, widow of Thomas Shippey of Bermuda Hundred. He died in 1688.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Henrico County: Virginia: Beginnings of Its Families: Part III," William Clayton Torrence, The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Apr., 1916), pp. 262-283 (Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; DOI: 10.2307/1914683). Stable URL: (accessed September 15, 2015) p 274 has 1665; p 276 has 1655, also has m 1678, so went with 1655 as birth year
  2. source (#Torrence) also lists Edward and Anne (Batte) Stratton's children
  3. Wills naming Edward Stratton

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I have been researching the descendants of Edward Stratton I - in particular those of Edward Stratton III and Anne Lound Batte - for a decade now. I cannot recommend either of the books by Harriet Russell Stratton. I have poked holes in both The Book of Strattons volumes, and have found that many other so-called reliable sources used her books to validate their findings. When I see her books in the footnotes, I know better than to take the research very seriously. It's frustrating to see her myths perpetuated.
posted by Nancy Ballew
With his parents disconnected, I would think that the Magna Carta sticker is obsolete. As for the migration sticker, is there evidence he was born in England? Almost certainly he was of English stock, so maybe the two stickers can be replaced with
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Edward Stratton has English ancestors.
posted by Thom Anderson
Agreed that the Magna Carta sticker is obsolete; however there is evidence that he was born in England and immigrated to Virginia. Thanks.
Roger that! Would be nice to have a source on the birth in England! ;>
posted by Thom Anderson
My ancestors through my Grandmother - Alice Stratton
posted by James Cox
Welcome, James!

I trust that you'll find WikiTree as wonderful, in so many ways, as I have. There is much to learn and many members who are available to assist you, to answer any questions you have, to offer support, and advice. So please don't hesitate to reach out to individuals, or to the G2G forum.

Cheers, Donna

All available records show that this Edward Stratton could not have been the son of Joseph Stratton of James City.

Please see Notes in the biography for evidence cited.

Thank you. I concur the relationship to Joseph should probably be removed. They are each mariners, No reputable genealogist would entertain this record, much as I enjoy the lineage from Robert FitzWalter, Leader of the Magna Carta Barons. Descent of 600 Immigrants, Gary Boyd Roberts. "Possibly, but unproved"

Lineage Societies as references.

Many of my ancestors here at wikitree are found in Ancestors' of Colonial Wars, XVII Century Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons' of the American Revolution, &c. I'm not a member of any of these organisations, but I adhere to their mission to respectfully represent their ancestors histories, is too frequently found here as sources devoid of any facts. The more devoid of facts, it seems, the greater the number of family-trees that are referenced as sources. It is quite depressing at times to find knowledge corrupted in so thoughtless a manner. Respectfully Yours, Chas Vigneron

Southside Virginia Genealogies, CD, 4,040 pages, John W. Pritchett

posted by [Living Vigneron]
I've removed Joseph Stratton and his wife as parents, as I have found no evidence to support these parents. I'm a descendant of Edward Stratton, hence my particular interest.

I certainly agree with your comments regarding My experiences with so many of the trees are that they are not sourced or refer to other trees which are also not sourced and then simply copied frequently with different facts. Then they are used as the only source on WikiTree.

Thank you. I appreciate your comments! Regards, Donna Harris

Stratton, Henrietta Russell, A BOOK OF STRATTONS, Vol I. The Grafton Press, Genealogical Publishers, New York.1918. pg 214.

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