Origin of the surname
The surname Poulton was probably given to individuals who came from the one of the many villages in Britain that are named Poulton. The word is simply the combining of the two Old English words Pol and Tun meaning Pool and Settlement or Enclosure (i.e. 'settlement by the pool').

Spelling variations include: Poulton, Poolton, Pulton, Pullton, Polton, Pouleton and many more.

The name was first found in Cheshire where they were anciently seated at Poulton cum Spital cum Seacombe, just west of Birkenhead.

Places with the name of Poulton are referred to in the Doomsday Book. They are variously Pontone; Pulton; Poltone; Poltun; Poltune.

The list of Poulton towns and villages includes:-

  1. POULTON-le-Fylde near Blackpool in Lancashire 
  2. POULTON-le-Sands, now part of Morecambe in Lancashire 
  3. POULTON near Liverpool, Cheshire 
  4. POULTON cum Seacombe, now part of Wallasey in Cheshire 
  5. POULTON cum Spital, now part of Bromborough in Cheshire 
  6. POULTON Lancelyn, a hamlet in Poulton cum Spital 
  7. POULTON a hamlet in Pulford near Chester in Cheshire 
  8. POULTON a hamlet of Asterley in Shropshire 
  9. POULTON now part of Awre in Gloucestershire 
  10. POULTON near Cirencester in Gloucestershire 
  11. POULTON Priory in Gloucestershire 
  12. POULTON an ancient village, now part of Mildenhall near Marlborough in Wiltshire 
  13. POULTON Wood in Aldington, near Ashford in Kent 
  14. POULTON a village near Deal in Kent, which declined after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the early 16th Century 
  15. POLTON near Edinburgh in Midlothian in Scotland There are also over 3000 deserted medieval villages, some of these may have been called POULTON

The earliest named Poultons are:-

  • William de Polton from Staffordshire in 1200 
  • Walter de Pulton from Gloucestershire in 1259 
  • John Polton from Sussex in 1327 
  • Robert de Pulton rector of Little Hampden Church, Buckinghamshire in 1377 
  • Giles Polton (b.1460) of Desborough, Northamptonshire. - Daughter Anne Poulton born in 1486 
  • William Powlton from Wiltshire in 1576 
  • Ferdinando Poulton (1536-1618) a lawyer who lived in Buckingham in 1600 
  • George & Simon Poulton of Sheepy Magna, Leicestershire in 1621

John Poulton was born in 1830 at Preston in the English County of Lancashire. Little is known of his family or childhood but, like many young men in this region, he went down the mines at an early age. He married Elizabeth Clarkson on 1 May 1854 at Lancashire and they had a son, John, in 1858.

Their son was still in nappies when John and Elizabeth decided to leave England and emigrate to Australia. This was a decision made by numerous young couples in the area in the 1850s. No doubt the unhealthy and dangerous nature of the miner's work was a significant factor in their decision. The fact that their first child (before John junior) had died young would also have been an important factor.

The young couple emigrated from Liverpool on 13 November 1859 aboard Fitzjames. It was, however, a tragic journey due to the death of their young toddler en route to Sydney. It must have been a heavy burden for both parents to bear, particularly Elizabeth who was in the advanced stages of pregnancy.

The lonely couple arrived in Sydney on 20 February 1860 and soon found lodgings in Botany Road, Redfern where their daughter, Alice Clarkson Poulton, was born six weeks later.

John died at Coonamble Hospital on on 5 September 1884 of acute inflammation of both lungs. He was just 54 years old and, most probably, a victim of the coal dust inhaled during the years spent down a Lancashire mine.

Poulton ancestors
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Poulton stories

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Poulton clan

Our Poulton clan descends from John Poulton (c1830-1887).
John Poulton's descendants
John Poulton
(c __/__/1830 - 05/09/1887)
Elizabeth Clarkson
(c __/__/1834 - 01/05/1854 - b __/__/1884)
John Poulton
(c __/__/1858 - c __/__/1860)
Alice Clarkson Poulton
(23/03/1860 - 27/11/1927)
John Henry Bowen
(23/06/1853 - 20/10/1878 - 08/01/1902)
Thomas Martin Bowen
(25/07/1879 - c __/__/1880)
Albert John Bowen
(28/12/1880 - b 27/11/1927)
Ellen Ruby Bowen
(16/09/1882 - 14/04/1912)
George Charles Reed Murphy
(27/12/1880 - 18/10/1905 - 11/12/1949)
John Henry Murphy
(c __/__/1906 - )
Agnes (?)
(c __/__/1906 - )
Marie Ellen Murphy
(01/10/1928 - )
Roscoe Turner
(c __/__/1934 - c __/__/1952)
Dorothy Murphy
(26/07/1930 - 01/11/2011)
Clare Elizabeth Murphy
Leila May Murphy
Georgina Ethel Murphy
Len (?)
John Patrick Finley Murphy
Ann (?)
Veronica Margaret Murphy
James Thomas Murphy
Kathleen Isabel Murphy
(03/07/1942 - 17/03/1979)
Joseph Dekker
Beverley Ann Murphy
(?) Nicholls
Peter Anthony Murphy
Betty (?)
Pauline Barbara Murphy
Michael Charles Murphy
Edward Joseph Murphy
Ena Ruby Murphy
(06/09/1908 - 16/10/1995)
Halvar Roy Kessey
(01/04/1905 - 29/10/1928 - 11/12/1981)
James Anthony Kessey
(31/03/1930 - 28/08/2014)
Claire Bye
(c __/__/1932 - c __/__/1953 - c __/__/1971)
Jane Langridge
(09/08/1945 - c __/__/1970 - 15/06/2013)
Halvene Therese Kessey
(06/02/1934 - 06/10/2005)
Reginald Bruce Fleming
(07/09/1929 - 01/03/1955 - 15/08/2016)
Carmel Rae Kessey
John Henry Hull
Penny Patricia Kessey
Leila Murphy
(01/06/1911 - )
Jack Barton
(01/09/1908 - )
Claire Barton
Judith Anne Barton
John Dixon
(c __/__/1934 - c __/__/1995)
Jacquiline Marie Barton
Maxwell Bannister
Lei Barton
Kenneth Helm
James Daniel Bowen
(04/12/1884 - a 27/11/1927)
Douglas Allan Bowen
(__/12/1933 - 21/08/2008)
Joan Brown
Douglas Bowen
Allan Bowen
Diane Bowen
Hilda Lake
John Henry Bowen
(c __/__/1911 - )
Amy Isobel Stracey
(c __/__/1909 - b 17/03/1939)
Patricia Margaret Bowen
Lionel Andrewartha
Allan Andrewartha
Tanya Andrewartha
Norm Huntly (?)
Daniel Stanley James Bowen
Dorothy Simmons
Debbie Bowen
Peter Connor
Gary Bowen
Nina (?)
Kim Bowen
Ian Cruikshank
Darlene Bowen
Elizabeth Alice Bowen
(10/08/1887 - c __/__/1967)
Roland Arthur Kendall Thorne
(c __/__/1885 - __/__/1910)
Patricia Thorne
Ken Fletcher
Tony Fletcher
Betty Thorne
Vic Honeyman
Alma Honeyman
Ronnie Honeyman
Laurel Honeyman
Lionel Thorne
Percy Cornelius Thorne
( - __/__/1967)
Ethel Thorne
Thomas Furness
Jim Furness
Billy Furness
Leona Furness
Bert Thorne
Lola Willoughby
Unknown Thorne
Ron Thorne
Dot Farnham
Ken Thorne
Leslie Thorne
Margaret Thorne
Arthur Rowland Thorne
(__/__/1910 - __/__/1979)
Emily Howell
Nancy Thorne
Robbie Rumble
Joan Thorne
Royston Gibson
Dulcie Thorne
Bill Johnstone
Michael Thorne
Letisha Long
Leo Thorne
Una M Thorne
(b __/__/1929 - __/__/1929)
Ivy May Josephine Bowen
(14/11/1889 - 05/03/1940)
James Henry Williams
(c __/__/1888)
John Bowen Williams
Grace (?)
Jill Williams
Anne-Marie Williams
Peter Williams
Robert Williams
Ellen Ruby Bowen Williams
(c __/__/1917 - 13/05/1938)
Patrick Bowen Williams
Claire Williams
Sandra Williams
Myn Bowen Williams
(c __/__/1922 - )
George McCormick
Jack Howe Tully
Shauna Tully
Wayne (?)
Dave Bailey
Fiona Tully
Norman Alan William Gordon
Shane Tully
Lydie (?)
Unknown (?)
Cornelius Bowen Williams
Noel Bowen Williams
Jean (?)
Alice Mary Bowen Williams
Halvar Lawrence Dugan
Kevin Dugan
Tony Dugan
Joseph Michael Bowen Williams
Jan (?)
Linda Williams
Glen Williams
John Martin Bowen
(25/12/1891 - a 27/11/1927)
Elsa May Haines
Eric Bowen
(c __/__/1915 - )
Violet (?)
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
(?) Bowen
Veronica Bowen
(__/__/1917 - __/__/1978)
Tom Keay
boy1 Keay
Jack Bowen
Peggy Richardson
Violet Frances Schweitzer
Jack Bowen
(__/__/1927 - __/__/1927)
Patricia Alice Bowen
Malcolm Haynes
child3 Haynes
child4 Haynes
child1 Haynes
child2 Haynes
Ivy Leone Bowen
Brian Darcey
Belinda Joan Darcey
Joseph Cummins
Frank Martin Darcey
Susan Leone Darcey
Berndt Tronzik Cherubini
Judith Ann Darcey
John Hayes
Bertha McNamara Bowen
Trudy Frances (?)
Betty Loraine Bowen
Bill Bailey
David Bailey
Lisa Thomson
Lorna Bailey
Tony Garnsey
Cecil Thomas Bowen
(__/__/1936 - __/__/1970)
Lillian May Bowen
(22/05/1893 - b 27/11/1927)
Jack Sunderland
Sylvia Sunderland
Alma Sunderland
Arthur Sunderland
Thomas William Bowen
(29/11/1895 - b __/__/1897)
Alice Mary Bowen
(21/03/1897 - a 27/11/1927)
Graham Sidney Honeyman
Nancy Regan
Christopher Honeyman
Jackie (?)
Kay Honeyman
John (?)
Alan Francis Honeyman
Alma Dennis
Maria Honeyman
John Karandonis
John Honeyman
Judy Bye
Brian Sidney Honeyman
Patricia Mooring
Kerry Honeyman
Bob Thwaites
Tony Honeyman
June (?)
Cornelius Patrick Joseph Bede Bowen
(06/02/1899 - a 27/11/1927)
May Gertrude Irene Guthrie
(c __/__/1900 - c __/__/1985)
Patricia Alice Bowen
(c __/__/1935 - c __/__/1988)
Ronald Leonard
Gary Leonard
Rhonda Leonard
Wayne Leonard
Cornelius Guthrie Bowen
Unknown Unknown
Cornelius Bowen
William Bede Bowen
(04/11/1900 - a 27/11/1927)
Myrtle (?)
Unknown Gender