Henry De Horton (1220 - 1277)

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Birthplace: Horton, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Knaptoft, Leicestershire, England
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The word Horton, in the Anglo-Saxon language, means an exclosure, or garden of vegetables. It is said to be derived from ort and tun, ort meaning plant and tun enclosed. The name is evidently of latin origin and has been known in England ever since the conquest of Caesar. The Horton coat-of-arms in England is as follows: a stag's head cabossed, silver; attired, gold; and for distinction, a cantone ermine. Crest, out of the waves of the sea proper, a tilting spear erect,gold; enfiled with a dolphin, sliver finned, gold, and charged with a shell. The motto, "Quod vult, valde vult:" What he wills he wills cordially and without stint.

The Hortons in England, and their descendants in America, have generally been cultivators of the soil. They are, and always have been, producers rather than consumers, and for industry, integrity, and piety, they will lose nothing in a comparison with the renowned families of either the new or the old world. The first of the family who emigrated to this country, of whom we have any authentic record, came over from England 1633 to 1638. Thomas, Jeremiah, and Barnabas, were among the early emigrants, and old tradition says they were brothers. Thomas came over in the "Mary and John," in 1633, settled permanently in Springfield, Mass. Jeremiah also settled in Massachusetts. There was a John Horton in New York, in 1645, but no one has been found claiming descent from him. He probably returned to England. It is not known from what place in England either Thomas or Jeremiah came, nor is there any certain evidence that they were brothers of Barnabas, but the three coming over about the same time would favor the tradition that they were brothers.

The Head Quarters of Caesar's army was near the present Leicester, the principal town of that county, and the Horton name has been known there to the remotest period of any authentic records. This fact, together with the name itself, favors the idea that the family was of Roman origin.

The antiquity of the Horton Family is established by the fact, that one Robert De Horton, manumitted a bondman to his manor of Horton, long before the time of Henry Larey, Earl of Lincoln, who died in 1310. It is also ascertained that the Hortons had a manor-house in Great Horton, with a mill and certain demesne lands therewith belonging, at a very remote period.

Source: Hortons in America (http://relatedlines.com/files/The_Hortons_in_America.pdf) HENRY DE HORTON was born 1220 in Northamptonshire, England, he died before Jan. 13, 1270 in Knaptoft, Leicestershire, England. Henry married Joan ______. Henry moved to Knaptoft and became progenitor of the Knaptoft Hortons.

Title Deeds, Devon, Hartland Manor - ref. AR/1/576-630 - from Scope and Content: "all rights and the whole land of Westere Esse, Braworthy with a mill, and Seepwas with the whole moor of La Spanga, together with rents and services of Kranforde and Bokys, with all appurtenances; which lands and services Joan who was wife of Henry de Horton received from (1) in dower upon the death of Henry de Horton her husband. For (2) and his heirs to hold for ever of the chief lords of the fee, freely and hereditarily, by services due and accustomed. For this gift and quitclaim (2) has given (1) 100 marks silver beforehand."

1268 Henry moved from Northamptonshire to Knaptoft. In 1269 he was appointed bailiff for Gobion who worked for King henry III. A Fine of Trinity, 5 Edward I; 1277 Between Hugh, son of Henry de Horton, plaintiff and Henry de Horton defendant, of messuage and virgate of land in Knaptoft. Lay Subsidy Roll, 1327, printed in "Transactions of the Associated Architectural Societies, Vol. XIX, page 369,also lists the Armorial Bearings of Horton: For Arms: - Gules, a Stag's Head cabossed Or, on a Chief of the last a Rose of the first between two Thistles slipped and leaved proper. For Crest: - On a Wreath of the Colours, In front of two Claymores saltirewise proper, a Spear erect Argent, the whole encircled by an Antique Crown Or. (His issue was authorised to assume and use Arms) Henry and Joan de Horton had at least five sons: Hugh de Horton, William de Horton, Robert de Horton,Thomas de Horton and Richard de Horton born abt 1255.

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Henry De Horton's Timeline

1220
1220
Horton, Northamptonshire, England
1240
1240
Age 20
Horton, Northamptonshire, England
1277
1277
Age 57
Knaptoft, Leicestershire, England
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