D. UK families: Grindon 1600 - to date

This web page outlines the branches of the largest established Titterton Family.

Different branches or sub-branches have been given nicknames based on where they lived, or on uncommon christian names. To find out about a particular branch either:

A. Follow the narrative and, where lines diverge through different sons, click on the Christian Name of the son associated with your branch name (recommended option).

B. Click on the name that interests you in the next section. This will take you to that branch and then you can trace it back up to the top using the (Go back) links. (Not so easy)

Anthony, Apesford, Ardwick, Birmingham*, Bradnop, Butterton, Caleb, Cheadle, Cauldon, Coxon Green, Deepdale, Edensor, Glossop, Handsworth, Hilderstone, Kemberton, Longton, Madeley, Macclesfield, Manchester, Onecote, Openshaw, Prudence, Reddish, Revidge, Shelton, Shropshire, South Africa, Stockport, Tissington, Trentham, Wales.

*If interested in a Birmingham family, note that there are three Grindon branches and also the Tarratt branch (see UK families: Overview)..

Cauldon has been included here because it is probable that the Grindon family is a branch of the Cauldon line.

Cauldon: Family Group Name: Cauldon Period: 1500-1620

Geographic Area Cauldon, Staffs

Summary: Details of the Cauldon families come from two sources. The first is the wills of several Tittertons between 1561 and 1607, which are for successive generations of the same family. The other source is from a survey of the families in the Archdeaconry of Staffordshire made about 1532/3. This records two families but one cannot tell if they are unrelated, brothers, or father and son. The wills show that one member of the family moved to Handsworth near Birmingham and another (d. 1557) moved to Mayfield near Ashbourne. The family in Cauldon seem to fail in the male line as did the Handsworth and Mayfield lines.

However one family member, George, moved to Grindon. George Titterton appears in Cauldon wills. We know that he has moved to Grindon from the will of a Henry Lonesdale, d. 1586, which refers to a number of Cauldon Tittertons and George of Grindon. The Tittertons are probably Henry Lonesdale's nephews or great-nephews.

Grindon: Family Group Name: Grindon Period: 1590-1860

Geographic Area: Grindon, Butterton, Bradnop (and many branches UK and World wide)

Summary: There are references to George Titterton of Grindon in 1586, 1607/8, 1631 and 1654. The George of 1586 must have been born about 1530. The 1631 reference is to a map of Grindon showing the tenements the family used and lived in. That of 1654 was as father of a bride. He would have been born about 1600, so it is possible that these are references to three successive generations. There is no evidence that any of them had surviving brothers with families. George with the daughter marrying in 1654 was probably the grandfather of a George who married 1678, with William Titterton who had three hearths in the 1666 Hearth Tax as the intervening generation.

The ancestry of George, who married in 1678, suggested above, is not totally proven but he is certainly the ancestor of the 'Grindon' family. He was born about 1657. He also had two uncles, George and John Titterton. The former was childless. The latter was a Joiner who died in 1699, and had four sons. One son, Daniel, moved to Cheadle. Thomas Titterton of Grindon, a grandson of John's, left a bequest to the poor of the village and this is still recorded on a board in Grindon church. Thomas' will,1745, also refers to his brother William who has left the area. No descendants of John have been traced beyond his grandchildren.

George Titterton of Grindon married Elizabeth Oakden in January 1678/9 at Dilhorne, Staffs. He had three sons, all of whom have descendants living today. It seems likely that initially he lived in the properties of 1631 but that he acquired the farm, Deepdale. Two of his sons contiued to live in Grindon. His sons were:

William b.1681 (Anthony, Ardwick, Bradnop, Butterton, Caleb, Cheadle, Deepdale, Edensor, Glossop, Hilderstone, Longton, Manchester, Openshaw, Shelton, Tissington, Trentham, Wales)

George b. about 1689 (Australia, Canada, Handsworth, Kemberton, Madeley, South Africa, Shropshire)

John b.1691 (Apesford, Coxon Green, Macclesfield, Oncote, Prudence, Reddish, Revidge, Stockport)

William b.1681, occupied a farm called Deepdale where his descendants lived until the 1860's. He had three sons:

William b.1718, ( Anthony, Butterton, Longton, Shelton, Wales) (the youngest son)

John and George, the two older brothers: (Ardwick, Bradnop, Caleb, Cheadle, Deepdale, Edensor, Glossop, Hilderstone, Manchester, Openshaw, Tissington, Trentham)

John and George, ended up living together at Deepdale which had been inherited by George. However it was John's son, William, who continued the line after George died childless in 1784.

The life of John has been difficult to trace. His birth was not recorded at Grindon, nor was his marriage nor death. His existence is proved by bequests of one shilling from both his father and his mother. He inherted some property at Upper Elkstone, in Alstonfield parish, from his maternal grandfather John Billing. He seems to have set up home there with his wife, Jane Edensor of Hartington. They married at Hartington in 1733. They had three children John, Elizabeth and William, whose births are all registered at Alstonfield. Jane died within days of the birth William in 1739 and she is buried at Alstonfield. John with his young family seems to have moved back to Deepdale to live with his brother and sister-in-law, who were childless. John died in 1769 and was buried in Alstonfield with his wife and elder son John who had died aged 10.

John's only surviving son, William inherited Deepdale and, in memory of the mother he never knew, started a tradition still continued today of using Edensor as a christian name. (Go back)

This William had four surviving sons

John b.1767 (Ardwick, Cheadle, Glossop, Hilderstone, Manchester, Openshaw, Trentham)

William b.1769 (Bradnop, Caleb, Deepdale, Edensor, Tissington)

George b.1776 (Manchester)

Edensor b 1785, d 1858 without issue

Although William b.1769 was the second son he continued to live at Deepdale. He also had four sons christened John, Edensor, William, and George. But only William and George had families.

George b.1810 (Bradnop, Caleb, Tissington)

William Deepdale.

William ended a family tradition of nearly 200 years and moved from Deepdale in the 1860s to manage a newly built farm at Pirehill Grange, near Stone, Staffs. Two bricks in its main door frame have the initials 'M T' and 'J T' for his two daughters Mary and Jane. William married Mary Birch in 1837 and had three sons and four daughters with, eventually, over thirty grandchildren. Despite this there are only three male Titterton great-great-grand children; the two sons of the author of this web site (called William Thomas Edenzor and Edward John Edenzor) living in the UK and a Donald William Titterton with three daughters, who lives near Perth, Australia. (Don't ask why we use a "z" rather than an "s" in Edensor; its a complicated story!!!)

The family of George b.1810 which later settled in the Bradnop area, continued the Edensor tradition with a son Edensor and grandsons Edensor, Thomas Edensor and Arthur Edensor. The majority of the descendants living today are those of William Titterton d.1932 and his wife Jane Snape Bagnall, who lived at Tissington. There are also descendants of Arthur Edensor, through his son Caleb, living in the UK and the USA. (Go back)

John b.1767 was William's eldest son and settled at Ossoms Hill, not far from Grindon. Possibly he inherited wealth through his wife, Mary Hancock. Also his branch of the family kept in touch with his Edensor cousins who were not poor. His daughter Thomasin, married a John Edensor. (Go back) The names of his sons were somewhat predictable:

William b.1796 (Cheadle, Hilderstone, Trentham)

George b.1802 (Manchester, Glossop)

John b.1809 (Ardwick, Birmingham, Openshaw)

William b.1796 is like his great-grandfather, John, in that his life did not follow the standard easy-to-trace genealogical path. His birth has not been found. His existence and place on the family tree is proved by his mention in the will of his father and that he called his eldest son Edensor. He married Elizabeth Swindell and started his family in Cheadle in 1840 when aged 46. Was he previously in a childless marriage or perhaps in service in the army? He died before 1881.

He had eight sons.

Thomas Loton and (Robert) George were unmarried and living with their mother in 1881. Edward died aged 19.

Both William, b.1844 and Edensor, b.1840 have children recorded in the 1881 Census of the UK but there is no later knowledge of their families.

John married Sarah Bentley in 1868. His family eventually moved to Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent. One descendant lives in Victoria B.C., Canada and has his own web page.

The remaining two brothers may have married sisters. Frank married Albina Noakes and has descendants living in the West Country and Richard married a Charlotte Noakes and moved to Hilderstone, Staffs and it is believed he has descendants living today. (Go back)

There were two families who moved early on to Manchester, George b.1802 and his Uncle George b.1776. This was probably under the influence of the Edensor family who had business interests there. Both families used Edensor as a middle Christian name.

The family of George b.1776 also used Mitchell and Taylor as christian names from successive marriages (Go back).

George b.1802 christened a son William Phillips Titterton. Another of his sons, John was killed as a teenager in a gunpowder explosion in a shop in Ashbourne. The family of this younger George moved to Glossop. (Go back) (The families at Ardwick and Openshaw are different; see entry immediately below)

John b.1809 married Mary Adams and moved to Birmingham. However two of their sons Francis and George were living in Ardwick and Openshaw respectively in 1881. (Go back)
William b.1718 was the third son and was not provided with farms/land like his two older brothers. He married in 1741 Ann Brindley from Leek and their eldest son, William was christened at Butterton in 1742. Possibly his brother John's misfortunes may have been to his advantage. They had seven more children between 1748 and 1766 at Alstonefield, so did William move into the property that brother John had vacated? Another question is, why no children recorded between 1742 at Butterton and 1748 at Alstonfield? Did they have a third home in that time? Or did the first wife die and he married again to another Ann? William and Ann had three sons who all reached adulthood and had families of their own. (Go back)

They were

William b.1742

George b.1752 (Wales, Anthony, Longton, Shelton)

Thomas b.1760 (Butterton)

William b.1742 married Jane Chadwick and had 7 children, some christened at Grindon and some at Alstonfield. Nothing is known of future generations. William died in 1812 and his wife in 1831. Pehaps the children moved away; they did not die or marry at Grindon.

George b.1752 lived in Grindon. His first wife, Catherine died in 1791 leaving three young children. George remarried two years later and had a further 10 children. Only two sons are known to have had families; (Go back)

William b.1786 (Wales)

Anthony b.1795 (Anthony, Longton, Shelton)

William b.1786 appears as a butcher near Carnavron. Two of his three son have children; the younger, William b.1827 stays in Wales but Thomas b.1815 has moved to Birmingham by 1851.

Anthony became a miner and moved to Shelton in Stoke on Trent. In the 1881 Census his son William is living at Longton. His daughter Emma also has a family before she marries Samuel Allen. It seems likely that a grandson of Emma's son Thomas William was sent to Canada from a Dr Barnardo's home. At one time this family was living in Toronto.

Thomas b.1760 moved to Butterton where his descendants were living well into the 20th century. (Go back)

George b.1689 lived in Grindon. His family developed non-conformist tendancies. He died in Grindon in 1751. He had two sons, George and Isaac. Isaac died in his late 20s unmarried and George moved from Grindon to Kemberton. The church records for the family are not easy to follow because of the non-conformist belief. Either there is no entry in the local Church of England parish register or a number of children are christened en block. Many entries are to be found at Madeley and Kemberton. Its probable that sons of two of his sons settled in parts of Shropshire. George had three sons: (Go back)

George b 1764 Nothing is known about his family if any.

Isaac b. 1767 (Australia, Canada, Handsworth, Shifnal, Shropshire)

William b.1772 (South Africa, Shropshire)

Isaac b.1767 married Ann Warren and they had six sons and three daughters. The sons were:

George b.1795 May have had a family in Shropshire

James b.1798 May have had a family in Shopshire

Isaac b.1800 Deported to Australia 1820 for having forged banknotes where there are a number of descendants.

John b.1810? Son John Ward lived at Shifnal, Shropshire. Descendant Proctor Ward b.1902 emigrated to Canada where descendant John Edward and family live near Toronto.

William Warren b.1812? Nothing is known about his family if any.

Joseph b.1820? Settled in Birmingham. His son George was an industrialist living in Handsworth and associated with the Chamberlin family. George's son was Frank Titterton, the Operatic singer. (Go back)

William b.1772 married Elizabeth Clift in 1799 at Stirchley and had six sons and two daughters. They sailed for South Africa June 4 1819. The majority (possibly all) of Tittertons in South Africa are descended from William. The family returned to England on a number of occasions. One son John Clift, married at Sutton Maddocks in Shropshire, UK, in 1828 an Ann Titterton and they had two children christened there. The daughter married there in 1858. Her father John Clift died from a fall from his horse in Port Elizabeth in 1850. Another member of thefamily Ella Titterton 'born in Cape Colony' is living with an uncle in Essex in the 1881 Census.

John b.1691 was the third son. He married in 1724, moved to Onecote and was a blacksmith there. He had 2 sons (Go back)

George b.1726 (Apesford, Macclesfield, Reddish, Revidge, Stockport)

Thomas b.1730 (Coxon Green, Onecote, Prudence)

George b.1726 at some stage of his life moved to Apesford Farm. He had two sons

Joshua b. about 1760 (Apesford)

John b. about 1766 (Macclefield, Reddish, Revidge, Stockport)

Joshua b. about 1760 continued to live at Apesford as did his son, his grandson and possibly his greatgrandson after him.

John b about 1766 had 4 sons and 2 daughters. The sons were

George, whose son Joshua lived at Stockport.

Benjamin, who lived at Revidge a farm next to Apesford.

Joshua, who may have had no family.

John, whose sons, Joshua and Benjamin moved to Reddish and Macclesfield respectively. It was Joshua's sons who established the successful chain of butcher's shops in Stockport.

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Thomas b.1730 continued his father's trade as blacksmith at Onecote. He married twice but had no surviving issue by his first wife. His son John, who lived at Coxon Geen, also married twice and had children by both wives. John's only known Titterton descendants are the children of his daughter Prudence. His daughter Elizabeth married John Gregory and has Gregory descendants and others through Horobin and Mountford.

BIRMINGHAM: Several branches of the family lived in Birmingham or its suburbs. Look at the details of the following families. Note the family name and go straight to the family.

John b.1809 and Mary (nee Adams) Titterton lived in Birmingham in the 1850s.

Joseph Titterton and his son George lived in Handsworth and came from Shropshire. George's son was Frank the Operatic singer.

Thomas Titterton a rulemaker living in Birmingham in 1851 came from Wales.

John Tarratt Titterton does not belong to the Grindon family. This family is dealt with as the Tarratt family on the UK Families: Overview page.

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Last Updated October 7, 2000 by John Titterton