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Lord Thomas Wootton (Watton)

Also Known As: "Thomas Watton of Castor"
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Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England
Death: 1585 (25)
Peterborough, England
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Son of Sir Thomas Wotton, MP and Elizabeth Rudston
Husband of N.N. Wootton
Father of Sir John Wootton; Countess Catherine Wootton and Dr. Thomas Wootton, III
Brother of Robert Wootton; Sir John Wootton; Sir James Wootton; Edward Wotton, 1st Baron Wotton; Elizabeth Dering and 1 other

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About Lord Thomas Wootton

Thomas Watton d. AFT 1585, Castor, Northamptonshire, England. Prior to 1100 AD there existed a village of wutton (spelled many different ways) in Northamptonshire, England, about 4 miles south of Northampton, the county seat.

The name Wutton (various spellings) has been found as early as 1200, taking the name from the village, now spelled Wootton. Dr. Patrick M. O'Shea, in researching the surname for this researcher, developed the following etymology: "According to Marie-Therese Morlet's "Dictionnaire Etymologique des Noms de Famille" (Paris: Perrin, 1991), the name appears to be an English re-spelling of "Outin" (pronunciation VERY close to Wooten), which is in turn a variant form of "Autin," a contracted form of "Augustin." The spelling "Outin" seems to be specifically found in Normandy and Picardy. So far, it seems that this is the best guess for a name origin. Now, this is pure speculation, but it seems odd to me that the Normans would pick such a name out of the blue. There are two saints by the name of Augustine (Augustine of Hippo, 354-430, and Augustine of Canterbury, d. 613). Augustine of Canterbury was clearly a cleric of the Saxons (no Norman connection there), and Augustine of Hippo (near Carthage) was one of the greatest figures of Christianity in the late Roman Empire. It seems that Augustine of Hippo would have been the inspiriation for taking such a name in this region, as he was a figure of the late Roman Empire, which of course covered what was to become Normandy at that time. Taking the next leap, families adopting this name in the 900s or 1000s would more likely have been Romano-Gaulish in origin rather than Norman (Norman control of the region notwithstanding). In other words, if you wish to stretch this logic a bit, it seems plausible that Wooten may have its earliest origin as a Gaulish, and hence Celtic name! Here's the evolution: 1) Augustinus (Latin, from Saint Augustine of Hippo); 2) Augustin (early Norman form); 3) Autin (abbreviated); 4) Outin (variant); 5) Wooten (anglicized)." By 1600 there were families of this name scattered throughout the county. One of these families, which spelled the name Watton, lived in the northeast part of the county, in the section to the west of the cathedral city of Peterborough, around the village of Castor. In 1538, henry viii ordered all parishes to begin recording baptisms, burials, and marriages. In the Castor parish register there is a record of the burial of a john Watton in 1588. Further baptisms and burials found under the name Watton were found to be children of Thomas and Jane Watton. There exists a record of the birth of a Thomas Watton in 1585, which possibly could be the Thomas Watton who married Jane and who died after 1641. This Thomas Watton would have been 23 at the time of the birth of the Thomas Watton born in 1608 (and died in infancy). If this is indeed that Thomas Watton, then his father is listed as thomas Watton as well (ref. IGI record batch 7032313, serial sheet 85, 06apr1972az). Refer to records beginning with this name. Children: 2. i Thomas Watton b. 1585.

Watton, Thomas II Birth: 1559 Petersborough, Northamptonshire, England

Death: 1586 Castor, Northamptonshire, England Northampton Northamptonshire, England Death: 1585 Northamptonshire, England Petersborough, Northamptonshire, England

Birth: 1559 - Petersborough, Northamptonshire, England Death: 1585 - Castor, Northamptonshire, England Parents: Thomas Watton, Anne Watton (born Belknapp) Siblings: Robert Wotton, Anthony Wotton, Leonard Wotton, Nicholas Wotton, Eleanor Wotton, Legacy Wooton, Margaret Wotton, George Wotton, Thomas Watton, Idonea Wotton, Anthony Wotton, Leonard Wotton, Sir Nicholas Diplomat Wotton, Margaret Wotton, Mary Wotton

Wife: Dorothy Watton (born Reade) Son: Thomas Watton

Thomas Watton died After 1585, Castor, Northamptonshire, England. Prior to 1100 AD there existed a village of wutton (spelled many different ways) in Northamptonshire, England, about 4 miles south of Northampton, the county seat. By 1600 there were families of this name scattered throughout the county. One of these families, which spelled the name Watton, lived in the northeast part of the county, in the section to the west of the cathedral city of Peterborough, around the village of Castor. In 1538, henry viii ordered all parishes to begin recording baptisms, burials, and marriages. In the Castor parish register there is a record of the burial of a john Watton in 1588. Further baptisms and burials found under the name Watton were found to be children of Thomas and Jane Watton. There exists a record of the birth of a Thomas Watton in 1585, which possibly could be the Thomas Watton who married Jane and who died after 1641. This Thomas Watton would have been 23 at the time of the birth of the Thomas Watton born in 1608 (and died in infancy). If this is indeed that Thomas Watton, then his father is listed as thomas Watton as well (ref. IGI record batch 7032313, serial sheet 85, 06apr1972az). Refer to records beginning with this name.

Child: Thomas Watton b. 1585/after 1641 in England. married Jane____ who died in Mar 1641 in Caster, England

Thomas Wooten Family - 1343

by: Ima Eula Mewborn Chronicles of Pitt County, NC

This Wooten family had its American origin in Isle of Wight County, VA. Thomas Wotton (II), son of Thomas Wotton (I) and his wife, Jane, of Northamptonshire, England, was christened 27 Sept 1612. This information is found in the Castor Parish records. Castor, Northamptonshire is mentioned in the will of Thomas Wotton (II) dated Mar 15, 1669. This will is found in Isle of Wight County, VA. Thomas Wotton settled in this county and married Sarah Wood, the widow of Arthur Wood. Sarah had one son by her first husband, named Thomas Wood, and one son by her second husband, named Richard Wotton.

Richard Wotton (I), son of Thomas Wotton (II), and his wife, Sarah, also made his home in Isle of Wight County, Va. Richard Wooten’s (I) wife was named Joyce, her surname is unknown. They had three children: Thomas (III), Richard (II), and a daughter whose name is unknown. Richard Wotton’s (I) will is dated Sept 28, 1686 and is found in the records of Isle of Wight County, VA Richard Wotton (II) (the name is spelled Wooten), son of Richard Wotton (I) and his wife, Joyce, make his home in Isle of Wight County, VA. His wife is Lucy Council, daughter of Hodges Council and his wife, Lucy Hardy. Hodges Council and his family attended Old St. Lukes church and he was a member of the vestry there.

Richard Wooten (II) and three known children: Richard III, William, and John. Richard Wooten III lived and died in Isle of Wight County, VA. William made his home in Edgecombe County, NC near the Pitt County Line. John made his home in Pitt County, NC near the Edgecombe County line. John and his brother, William, were just a few miles apart. John Wooten had a land grant from the Earl of Granville, dated Aug. 6, 1761.

John Wooten, son of Richard Wooten (II) and his wife, Lucy Council, was married twice. His first wife was a daughter of Shadrach Williams. His second wife was named Mary. I am not sure of her maiden name. John Wooten had a large family, at least six sons and two daughters. The sons are: Shadrach, John Jr., William, Richard, Josiah, Council, and perhaps Levi. the two daughters names are unknown. A search of the Pitt County records reveals a lot about this old family. John Wooten Sr., and John Wooten, Jr. listed their occupations as hatters. John Wooten Sr. was a minor in 1730 and he died in 1779 in Pitt County.

John Wooten Jr., son of John Wooten Sr., and his wife, Mary, made his home in Dobbs County, NC. When this county was divided, he owned land in Lenoir, Greene, and Wayne Counties. His home was in the present Lenoir county near la-Grange. He married Sarah Hewes, a Quaker. The old cemetery of this couple reveals the following: “This monument is erected to the memory of John Wooten who died on the 26th of September, 1835, in the 72 year of his age by the gratitude of his youngest son. He was benevolent, as a member of society, kind and provident as a husband and father, is a Christian, humble and confiding in the mercies of his Redeemer. Mrs Sarah, wife of John Wooten, died August 1, 1836 in the 71 year of her age. She lived in reciprocal affection with her husband for 51 years and reared 9 children. Her youngest son from a sentiment of filial duty dedicated this stone to her memory”. The nine children are: John Hewes, Peter Bond, Thomas, Shadrach, William, Mary, Nancy, Charity, and Council.

John Wooten Jr. served in the American Revolutionary War with Captain John Hodges’ Company of Pitt Volunteers, commanded by Colonel Benjamin Seawell of the NC Regiment of Militia. John Wooten Jr. was a Mason, and a member of St. John’ s Lodge at New Bern. He served Lenoir County in the House of Commons at Raleigh.

Mrs Sarah is described by a grandson , Council Simmons Wooten, ““My grandmother had on a white cap, which was the fashion in that day for old ladies. Her face is round, fat and plump, indicating good health and there is a kind, benevolent, motherly, expression to her countenance. I would like to have been a little boy when she was living for I know I would have been petted.”

Thomas Wooten (1795-1844), so of John Wooten Jr and his wife, Sarah Hewes, m. Nancy Best (1792-1871), daughter of Benjamin Best II and Mary Hardy. Nancy Best’s grandparents were Benjamin Best I and Margaret Williams; and Lemuel Hardy II and Mary Sutton. Thomas Wooten inherited his father’s Greene county land and his mill on Hullett Creek. He bought surrounding land to increase his holdings. Here he provided for his large family: Louisa, John Hewes, Josiah, Sarah, Thomas Jr., Benjamin, Elizabeth, Robert, Clement, Winifred, Mary, and Nancy Jane. He gave the land where the old Mewborn Church stands in Greene County. A memorial marker in the church yard lists the following: Parrott Mewborn II, Pastor; Charter Members: Mary Aldridge Mewborn, Patience Barfield Sugg, Richard Smith, James B Pridgen, Howell Aldridge, Holland Pridgen, Nancy Wood, Willouby Sugg: the donors of the land: Thomas Wooten, Nancy Best Wooten (church site), Rasberry Parks (parking area). Nancy Best Wooten was an early member of this church, also her daughter Winifred, and her son-in-law, Joshua Mewborn. (Sources: National Archives, VA State Library Archives, Cemetery and Church Records, Wooten I Records.)

It's Sarah Wood Jennings Watton / Wooten

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Lord Thomas Wootton's Timeline

1559
1559
Northamptonshire, England
1577
1577
Age 18
1579
1579
Age 20
1585
1585
Age 26
Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England
1585
Age 26
Peterborough, England