Category Archives: Boulton

Looking for the Boultons: gunmakers and goldsmiths in late seventeenth-century London

Recently I’ve been exploring the life of my ancestor Elizabeth Boulton and her connection with the ancient and illustrious Littleton family of Worcestershire. Elizabeth was the sister of Captain Richard Boulton of the East India Company (died 1737) and Major … Continue reading

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Littleton connections: recusancy and ‘treason’ in Elizabethan and Jacobean Worcestershire

In the last post I reported my discovery that John Littleton, the first husband of my ancestor Elizabeth Boulton, was the brother of Humphrey Littleton of Naunton, Worcestershire, who died in 1690. I also shared what I’d been able to … Continue reading

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The Littletons of Naunton Beauchamp

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first marriage of my ancestor Elizabeth Boulton. Born in about 1670, Elizabeth was the daughter of William Boulton and Alice Forrest, and thus the niece of my 9 x great grandfather, London … Continue reading

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Thomas Sanders in the ‘Returns of Papists’ and Nonjurors’ estates’

In the previous post I wrote about Thomas Sanders or Saunders of Fladbury, Worcestershire, who was included in a return of ‘papists’ and nonjurors’ estates’ in 1723. I’m fairly certain this is the Thomas Sanders or Saunders who married Margaret … Continue reading

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Thomas Sanders of Fladbury and the non-jurors

In the last post I summarised what I know about the Forrest family of Fladbury, Worcestershire. I have good reason to believe that my 9 x great grandfather, Thomas Forrest, a London citizen and haberdasher who died in 1678, was … Continue reading

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The Forrests of Fladbury

My maternal 9 x great grandfather Thomas Forrest was a haberdasher at Little Tower Hill, London, in the second half of the seventeenth century. What do we know about his origins? We don’t for sure when Thomas was born, but … Continue reading

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Lydell, Markland, Littleton – and Pepys

Towards the end of the last post I mentioned Dennis Lydell, who is described as ‘my honoured friend’ in the 1715 will of Martin Markland, the second husband of my ancestor Elizabeth Boulton. I noted that Lydell was, like Markland, … Continue reading

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