Norman de Mittons

The Norman “family de Mitton” early genealogy….

1. Ralph the Red. Ralph was the first Lord of the Manor by charter dated Nov. 23, 1102 and became rector of “Mytton” or All Hallows church in 1103. His son Jordan succeeded Ralph. A second son named Ralph is listed as successor rector.

2. Jordan de Mitton married to Wymarka de Elond. They had four children.

1. Hugh (b. approx 1180`s), succeeded his father as Lord of the manor. He married three times;

  • 1st. wife Olive, a daughter of Robert de Goosnargh and they have one son, Robert who succeeds.
  • 2nd. wife was Richmunda
  • 3rd. wife was Beatrice Catteral and they had 4 children; Hugh, Bernard,
  • Ralph (3rd. son becomes rector) and daughter Hawise. Circa late 13th century.
  • Another son Otto de Mitton (by which Mother?) is granted Bailey manor by Hugh and is know also as Otto de Bailey. He becomes the persona of Bailey – Shireburne extended family scions of the de Mittons.

3. Robert above succeeds Hugh. He married Agnes and they had 4 children; Isabel, Matilda, Avice and Ralph (rector as well circa 1250). Robert granted the advowson (the right to appoint the priest) of Mitton Church to Cockersand Abbey. This later makes for a dispute in 1369 between Thomas Sotheron (who was then lord of Mitton manor) wanted the advowson himself. Cockersand Abbey was to receive the tithe revenues of the advowson of Mitton church from an earlier grant by Sir. Robert Mitton.Thomas Sotheron was eventually denied the church advowson (by force at one point) from later historical accounts. Tolkien uses the name Saron (coincident or not ?) as the “bad guy”, which Sotheron certainly was in this dispute over the advowson of Mitton church. The courts eventually upheld the earlier grant of Sir. Robert Mitton to Cockersand Abby.

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4. Ralph or “Radulphus de Mitton” succeeded his father, Robert. He married Margaret around 1241 and had 6 sons; Jordan, Ralph, Adam, Nicholas, Hugh, William and a daughter, Alice.

5. Jordan (who may be the first to use the surname de Mitton in court records) marries Amabilla and they have 3 children; John, Ralph and Henry.

Supposedly it is the second son Ralph that grants the manor of Mitton to the Sotherons circa 1312. Most likely he and the family had to give it up due to the death of Henry de Lacy, Lord of Bowland, 3rd. Earl of Lincoln in 1310. The de Lacy’s lands including Mitton were subsumed into the Earldom of Lancaster under the feudal lord Thomas Plantagenet, husband of Alice de Lacy and she being the only surviving heir to Henry de Lacy. Thomas undoubtedly ensconced his own liege manor lord, a Sotheron. The de Mittons ceased to be lords of Mitton manor from that time.

6. John 1293-1315 marries Alice and they have 5 children; Roger, Hugh, John. Cecilla and Emma.

7. Roger has no issue. However, he apparently is in possession of Stonyhurst. He predeceases his siblings and his only surviving sisters Cecilia and Emma deed Aighton, Bailey and Chaingley in 1362 to cousin John de Bailey (dies 1371). He in turn leaves Stonyhurst to his son also named John (dies 1391) and the father of Richard de Bailey who marries Margaret Shireburne in 1377. Richard is identified as a Chaplain at Bailey Chapel and held a “license to oratory”.

*Note: their appears to be two John de Baileys, father who first deeded Stonyhurst from his cousins Emily and Cecilla de Mitton in 1362. He dies in 1371. His son inherits Stonyhurst and lives to 1391. It is he who leaves Stonyhurst to his 9 year old grandson Richard Shireburne, the first of the Shireburnes of Stonyhurst Hall. Richard was given the surname Shireburne after his Mothers family, rather than his fathers surname Bailey.