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Poulton family


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
Our Poulton ancestors include:

Poulton Stories

The following Poulton family stories are published on this website.

  • The Clan keeper – The ancestor that I admire the most is Ma Bowen (Alice Clarkson Poulton).

Poulton Clan

The Poulton clan descends from John Poulton and his wife Elizabeth Clarkson through their daughetr Alice Clarkson Poulton who was known in the family as Ma Bowen.

  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
John Poulton
(b. Abt 1830, d. 1887)
Elizabeth Clarkson
(b. Abt 1834)
John Poulton
(b. Abt 1858, d. Abt 1860)
Alice C. Poulton
(b. 1860, d. 1927)
John H. Bowen
(b. 1853, d. 1902)
Thomas M. Bowen
(b. 1879, d. Abt 1880)
Albert J. Bowen
(b. 1880, d. Bef 1927)
Ellen R. Bowen
(b. 1882, d. 1912)
George C. Murphy
(b. 1880, d. 1949)
John H. Murphy
(b. Abt 1906, d. Aft 1912)
(b. Abt 1906)
Roscoe Turner
(b. Abt 1934)
Debbie Turner
(b. Abt 1953)
(b. 1981)
(b. 1982)
Donna Turner
(b. Abt 1956)
Lee A. Turner
(b. Abt 1960)
Dorothy Murphy
(b. 1930, d. 2011)
(b. Abt 1950)
(b. Abt 1952)
(b. Abt 1954)
(b. Abt 1951)
(b. Abt 1953)
(b. Abt 1955)
(b. Abt 1954)
(b. Abt 1956)
(b. Abt 1958)
(b. Abt 1960)
(b. Abt 1955)
(b. Abt 1957)
(b. Abt 1958)
(b. Abt 1960)
(b. Abt 1962)
Shannon Murphy
(b. Abt 1959)
John Murphy
(b. Abt 1961)
Brendan Murphy
(b. Abt 1963)
(b. Abt 1961)
(b. Abt 1963)
(b. Abt 1965, d. Bef 1990)
Scott Murphy
(b. Abt 1961)
Fiona Murphy
(b. Abt 1963)
Troy Murphy
(b. Abt 1965)
Petra Murphy
(b. Abt 1967)
Kathleen I. Murphy
(b. 1942, d. 1979)
Joseph Dekker
(b. Abt 1940)
(b. Abt 1969)
(b. Abt 1971)
(b. Abt 1973)
(b. Abt 1975)
(b. Abt 1977)
(b. Abt 1940)
Darren Nicholls
(b. Abt 1966)
Carmel Nicholls
(b. Abt 1968)
(b. Abt 1946)
Brett Murphy
(b. Abt 1969)
Erin Murphy
(b. Abt 1971)
Gerrod Murphy
(b. Abt 1973)
Anthony W.
(b. Abt 1966)
David N.
(b. Abt 1968)
Bradley J.
(b. Abt 1970)
Jason Murphy
(b. Abt 1968)
Shane A. Murphy
(b. Abt 1969)
Nathan J. Murphy
(b. Abt 1971, d. 1973)
Ena R. Murphy
(b. 1908, d. 1995)
Halvar R. Kessey
(b. 1905, d. 1981)
Jane Langridge
(b. 1945, d. 2013)
Nita C. Bye
(b. 1932, d. 1974)
Dimity Unknown
(b. Abt 1960)
Halvene T. Kessey
(b. 1934, d. 2005)
Reginald B. Fleming
(b. 1929, d. 2016)
Carmel R. Kessey
(b. 1939, d. 2019)
John H. Hull
(b. 1936)
Luke J. Hull
(b. 1987, d. 1989)
Alice Hull
(b. 2012)
Mark Hull
(b. 1962)
(b. ca. 1962)
Jennie Hull
(b. 1970)
Emma J. Hull
(b. 1993)
Mia McMillan
(b. 2014)
David Roberts
(b. 1975)
April Roberts
(b. 2001)
Kate Roberts
(b. 2003)
Leila Murphy
(b. 1911, d. Aft 1912)
Jack Barton
(b. 1908)
Claire Barton
(b. 1933)
Judith A. Barton
(b. Abt 1935, d. 2014)
John Dixon
(b. Abt 1934, d. Abt 1995)
Peter J. Dixon
(b. Abt 1958)
Anne M. Dixon
(b. 1962)
Michael Kane
(b. Abt 1960)
Christopher Kane
(b. Abt 1984)
Sharon L. Dixon
(b. Abt 1963)
John Blease
(b. Abt 1952)
Jessica Blease
(b. Abt 1994)
Samantha Blease
(b. Abt 1994)
Jane Dixon
(b. Abt 1965)
Maxwell Bannister
(b. Abt 1940)
(b. Abt 1964)
Shae Bannister
(b. Abt 1984)
Claire Bannister
(b. Abt 1986)
Hugh Bannister
(b. Abt 1988)
Lei Barton
(b. Abt 1954)
Kenneth Helm
(b. Abt 1952)
Emily R. Helm
(b. 1978)
James D. Bowen
(b. 1884, d. Aft 1927)
John H. Bowen
(b. Abt 1911)
Douglas A. Bowen
(b. 1933, d. 2008)
Douglas Bowen
(b. Abt 1955)
Allan Bowen
(b. Abt 1957)
Diane Bowen
(b. Abt 1960)
Amy I. Stracey
(b. Abt 1909)
Dorothy Simmons
(b. Abt 1944)
Debbie Bowen
(b. 1961)
Peter Connor
(b. Abt 1961)
Jade Connor
(b. 1982)
Justin Connor
(b. 1985)
Gary Bowen
(b. 1962)
(b. Abt 1962)
Patrick Bowen
(b. 1997)
Kim Bowen
(b. 1964)
Ian Cruikshank
(b. Abt 1964)
Darlene Bowen
(b. 1967)
Rebecca Bowen
(b. 1985)
Jayden Bowen
(b. 2004)
Nathan Hall
(b. 1989)
Patricia M. Bowen
(b. Aft 1939)
Lionel Andrewartha
(b. Abt 1962)
Norm H.
(b. Abt 1940)
Elizabeth A. Bowen
(b. 1887, d. Abt 1967)
Roland A. Thorne
(b. Abt 1885)
Arthur R. ("Mick") Thorne
(b. 1910, d. 1970)
Craig Gibson
(d. aged 8)
Leo Thorne
(b. Abt 1921)
Una M. Thorne
(b. Bef 1929, d. 1929)
Ivy M. Bowen
(b. 1889, d. 1940)
James H. Williams
(b. Abt 1888)
John B. Williams
(b. Abt 1916)
Peter Williams
(b. Abt 1952)
Robert Williams
(b. Abt 1956)
Ellen R. Williams
(b. Abt 1917, d. 1938)
Patrick B. Williams
(b. Abt 1918)
Myn B. Williams
(b. Abt 1922)
Jack H. Tully
(b. Abt 1928)
Shauna Tully
(b. Abt 1957)
Dave Bailey
(b. Abt 1955)
Fiona Tully
(b. Abt 1959)
Norman A. Gordon
(b. Abt 1957)
Shane Tully
(b. Abt 1962)
Noel B. Williams
(b. Abt 1924)
Alice M. Williams
(b. Abt 1927)
Halvar L. Dugan
(b. Abt 1930)
Kevin Dugan
(b. Abt 1951)
Tony Dugan
(b. Abt 1953)
Joseph M. Williams
(b. Abt 1934)
(b. Abt 1940)
Linda Williams
(b. Abt 1961)
Glen Williams
(b. Abt 1965)
John M. Bowen
(b. 1891, d. Aft 1927)
Eric Bowen
(b. Abt 1915)
Veronica Bowen
(b. 1917, d. 1978)
Jack Bowen
(b. 1923)
Jack Bowen
(b. 1927, d. 1927)
Ivy L. Bowen
(b. 1931)
Cecil T. Bowen
(b. 1936, d. 1970)
Lillian M. Bowen
(b. 1893, d. Bef 1927)
Thomas W. Bowen
(b. 1895, d. Bef 1897)
Alice M. Bowen
(b. 1897, d. Aft 1927)
Cornelius P. Bowen
(b. 1899, d. Aft 1927)
May G. Guthrie
(b. Abt 1900, d. Abt 1985)
Patricia A. Bowen
(b. Abt 1935, d. Abt 1988)
Cornelius G. Bowen
(b. Abt 1939)
Cornelius Bowen
(b. Abt 1957)
William B. Bowen
(b. 1900, d. Aft 1927)
  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse