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  Sussex Co England surname

Thomas Garton was a merchant of London in the 16th censury, and married Joan, daughter and sole heir of Sir James Burford, Knight.   Their two sons, John and William Garton, lived at Billingshurst. John died in 1565 without issue. William Garton, who married Ursula Stapley of Framfield was, in 1534, Steward of Vassett's Fee in Billingshurst on behalf of Syon Monastery.

William Garton had two sons, Francis, who was mayor of Arundel in 1585, and Giles. These two brothers in 1587 purchased the three Grafham manors, Graffham, Wonworth and Woolavington from Henry, Earl of Arundel, and John, Lord Lumley. One wonders at the sales of land by these two at this period. The earl had once been finied 12,000 pounds on a frivolous charge of having removed bolts and locks from Westminster and so may have sold these estates of necessity.

Giles Garton's son and heir, Sir Peter Garton, received his Knighthood from King James 1 at the Tower of London in 1604. His half brother, Giles, was also knighted in 1630 and was High Sheriff of Sussex in 1641 under King Charles I. He owned Filsham Moanor to the west of Hastings.

Although Sir Peter, who married Judith, sister of Sir John Shurley, whose splindid tomb is in Isfield church, had six sons, only one, Henry, who was a member of parliament for Arundel in 1640, had offspring, a daughter and heiress Mary.  ............

Feb from:  J. Garten

I am doing research on my father's male line in Sussex. I have traced it back to a William Garton (b. c. 1640 (England), d. 1709 in Virginia Colony.  Some persons state that his father was John Garton, "landed gentry in Sussex."  Most list his father as unknown. When looking for Garton in Sussex, I found the page for the Shurleys of Isfield Village, where it states that Judith Shurley (b. 1570) married Sir Peter Garton.   From John Shurley's (Judith's brother) will of 1631, it's noted  that his sister and Peter Garton had issue. One is menitioned by name (Henry Garten,Esq.).  I've also found where a Henry Garton had a son William, christened 13 May 1641 in Woolavington, Sussex England.



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