Stratton SURNAME:

It is fairly well accepted that the SURNAME "Stratton" originates from post-Roman times and refers to a place-name: the Old English word 'Straet - tun', which 'straet' means old roman road, or street, and 'tun' means settlement, or town. A Town on the main Street, or Street-town, or Strat-ton - Stratton.

The many Stratton places (and Stretton, Strattan, etc) in England are virtually all situated on old Roman Roads. In 1,000 AD the Normans/former Vikings introduced the concept of surnames and, following the Conquest after the Battle of Hastings, all people adopted surnames. These came mainly from either their occupation, employer or where they lived. There were certainly aristocratic Strattons from the 11c like Adam de Stratton, William de Stratton, Straton Tower, etc.

In England in the late 1640s, following the English Civil War, many dissenting Christian groups emerged, including the Quakers, or Religious Society of Friends. In search of economic opportunities, Quakers, as early as the 1680s, emigrated to the New World. Quaker William Penn founded Pennsylvania in 1682.
This interesting name is of Medieval English origin and is locational from any of the various places so called in for example, Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Wiltshire and Cornwall. The derivation of all the above places, except Cornwall, is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'Straet', a Roman Road, and 'tun', a settlement, and the following examples are first recorded spelling of Stratton:

'Stratune' (Domesday Book of 1086 Hampshire)
'Stratone' (Domesday Book Oxfordshire 1086),
'Strattuna' (Domesday Book 1086 Suffolk),
Stratton in Cornwall however is recorded in 880 in the Saxon Charters as
'Straetneat on Triconscire', and probably has as its first element the Cornish 'stras', valley. By 1086 the placename is recorded simply as

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of
Richard de Stratton, which was dated 1199, Dorset Placenames, during the reign of King John, known as 'Lackland', 1199 - 1216.

Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Read more: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Stratton#ixzz2OEZP55MM

'Webster' surname ?
Richard Webster, and, Richard Stretten, of England? Webster/Webstar

The "Webster" name (which means 'weaver'...incidently....which is what Mark and Manuell Stratton's trades were... at least their apprenticeships were in England).

Dr. Stephen W. Taylor, UK, confirmed that Mark and Emanuel Strattan are indeed Mark and Emanuel Webster, of Market Harborough, England.
He is believed to have published these findings in the British Genealogical Journal

Mrs. Anne Marie El:
"Richard Webster b. England - m. Elizabeth (1st wife) - then m. Fraunces Halford on April 30, 1632 in Market Harborough"

"Richard Webster b. 1632 married Judith Holmes on May 30th, 1655. He was from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, and she was from Little Bowden. He died July 1695 and she died Feb 7, 1686/7."

"Richard Webster b. 1663 in Market Harborough, married Elizabeth Grant"

Dr. Stephen W. Taylor:
"Baptisms in the Market Harborough registers: Manuell, son of Rich Webster, was baptised May 15, 1689, and, Mark, son of Rich Webster, was baptized February 27, 1690"

John, July 23, 2000, candlewd@iglou.com:
"I have run across interesting new information that circa 1680's and 1690's apprenticeships in tailoring and weaving occupations were listed for "children" with name of Stratton... yet the interesting fact was that they were listed (and recorded) as "Webster"... and the official record even used the term "alias" in the family name recording. "

J. D. Strattan, July 14, 2000:
"new information that there was a group of Websters involved in the weaving and tailoring trades in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England, with various Christian names of Nathaniel, Richard, Elizabeth, Daniel, Thomas, William, and Hannah. Richard seems to be the Patriarch. All of the above with baptism dates from 1682 to 1695. The interesting facet is that these Websters were intertwined with the family name of Stratton/Strattan/Streton in some sort of family swapping? All of the above is from the Market Harborough, Leicestershire Baptism records 1682-1709!!

Joyce Browning:
Wish I had some hard data; but I note that Stratton is a Virginia Eastern Shore name.
RICHARD WEBSTER also appears in Eastern Shore records briefly as I recall. Perhaps this will give you a shove in the right direction. Hope so.

Mrs. P. Grundy, B.A., M.A.:
"Children baptised as children of Richard Webster, weaver:"
- Richard - baptised March 31, 1705 - buried April 5, 1705
- Richard - baptised February 19, 1707/8 (apprenticed 1725 as STRETTON)
- Nathaniel - baptised Feb 23, 1709/10 (apprenticed 1724 as STRETTON)
- John - baptised June 30, 1713 (apprenticed 1725 as STRETTON)
- Daniel - baptised March 27, 1715
- Hannah - baptised June 11, 1717

"Richard Webster was still alive when Richard Stretten was buried, in 1708 so he could have looked after these Stretten children until he himself died in 1717 and thenit seems as if the parish helped. These families could have been in a less obvious way such as having been cousins or perhaps the tailor and the weaver were very good friends. There has been nothing so far as to explain the 'aliases'. There was no will by either man." - Mrs. P. Grundy

October 10th, 2002:
"the two boys who arrived in New Jersey, calling themselves Mark and Manuel STRATTAN, were distintive and that these forenames and dates of birth matched by WEBSTER entries, I think that they must have been born as WEBSTER. They were sons of Richard WEBSTER and his wife Elizabeth, formerly GRANT." - Mrs. P. Grundy

"Richard WEBSTER and Elizabeth GRANT married at Kibworth Beauchamp by banns on May 1st, 1680. They had ten children, not all of whom survived to adulthood:

Frances - no baptism - buried October 15th, 1680. 1 week old?
Katherine - baptised - November 16, 1682. --- who did she marry? did she go to America with the boys? did she marry a Strattan?
Frances - baptised - January 29, 1683/4 - buried February 1, 1683/4. 1 week old?
Daniell - baptised - October 22, 1686 - buried June 13 1687. 1 year old?
Thomas - baptised - May 3, 1688 - buried February 27, 1695. 7 years old?
Manuel - baptised - May 15, 1689
Mary - baptised - November 20, 1690 - buried February 12, 1695. 4 years old?
Mark - baptised - February 27, 1690/91/92
Judith - baptised - January 23, 1693/4 - buried September 30, 1697. 3 years old?
Paul - no baptism - buried July 27, 1694. 1 week old?

Elizabeth, the mother of these children, was buried on August 25, 1696
another wife, Lydia, was buried on January 24, 1697/8.
a third wife, Mary, was buried on November 5, 1701.
"he was presumably married for a fourth time"
"I found a baptism for Richard, son of Richard WEBSTER, on March 31, 1705, buried April 5, 1705.
Another son Richard was baptised on February 19, 1707/8"
"In fact, he had another son:
Nathaniel - baptised February 23, 1709/10, and
John - baptised on June 30, 1713, and
Daniel - baptised March 29, 1715, and a daughter
Hannah - baptised June 11, 1717.

Richard WEBSTER was buried on November 3, 1717 in Market Harborough.

Richard WEBSTER was baptised on May 14, 1663. The baptism register shows that he was one of four children of Richard and Judith WEBSTER.
Richard WEBSTER of Market Harborough and Judith HOLMES of Little Bowden were married at Market Harborough by banns on May 30, 1655. Their children were:
- Katherne - b. July 12, 1656
- Richard - baptised May 14, 1663
- William - baptised October 13, 1667
- Mary - baptised May 28, 1670
- "they must have had another son called Nathaniel born between 1656 and 1663"
Judith, the mother of these children, was buried February 7, 1686/7

Richard WEBSTER, SR, was buried on July 6, 1695.

DURING THIS PERIOD, from 1698 onwards, there were baptisms and burials of children of Richard STRETTON, was was a tailor. Richard STRETTON was buried on December 19, 1708. Richard WEBSTER the weaver was still alive then.

Naming tradition works like this: The first son is named after the father’s father. The second son after the mother’s father. The third son is named after the father, the fourth after the father’s oldest brother, and the fifth after the father’s second oldest brother or the mother’s oldest brother. For girls, same pattern. The first daughter is named after the mother’s mother. The second after the father’s mother, the third after the mother, the fourth after the mother’s oldest sister and the fifth, after either the mother’s second oldest sister or the father’s oldest sister. This would be really bad if it was just a terrible name. Thankfully, we have outgrown this wonderful custom, or else I would be named Gladys, who was also nicknamed Happy Bottom.

"Have run across interesting new information that circa 1680's and 1690's apprenticeships in tailoring and weaving occupations were listed for "children" with name of Stratton....yet the interesting fact was that they were listed (and recorded) as "Webster"....and the official record even used the term "alias" in the family name recording."



-- Richard Webster born in England, m. Fraunces Halford on Oct 4, 1632 at Market Harborough.

---- Richard Webster (b. 1632 Market Harborough, Leicestershire, d. July 1695)
---- >> married Judith Holmes on May 30, 1655. Judith Holmes(d. Feb 7 1686-7) was from Little Bowden, England.

------ Richard Webster b 1663 Market Harborough m Elizabeth Grant

-------- Mark Strattan (alias Webster) b 1691 Market Harborough m Ann Hancock


William Webster of Loughborough, in 1692, married Catherine Smith, Kerby, Northants; at Kerby or Loughborough (pg 438)


Leicestershire marriage licences book:


From Kevin Stratton:

"I just ordered the Y-DNA test to hopefully confirm a connection some of us Strattan descendants researched. This is my pedigree per our research:

Richard Webster b England m Fraunces Halford
Richard Webster b 1632 Market Harborough, Leicestershire m Judith Holmes
Richard Webster b 1663 Market Harborough m Elizabeth Grant
Mark Strattan (alias Webster) b 1691 Market Harborough m Ann Hancock
Daniel Strattan b 1714 Evesham, Burlington County, NJ m Mary Sharp...."



'Stratton' name in England

The name Stratton reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Stratton family lived in Wiltshire, at Stratton.

The name STRATTON is a "place name" for Street-Town (straet-tun) and had several origins. Whenever the family home was on an old Roman road, this sur-name was not uncommon. It is derived from two Anglo-Saxon words: straet - a paved road; and tun, an enclosure, a home, or a small village. When the Saxons came into Britain they found paved roads of the Romans. Such roads had never been seen, and having no name by which to designate them, began to use the Roman word stratum, which soon became straet, from which comes the word street. The Saxons gave the name tun, which we get our word town, to an enclosure, having a strong wall, within which dwelt a family, usually a family of wealth, with other families dependant upon it, forming a small village.

Surnames began to come into use about the 11th century. Men took these names from the localities in which they lived as well as from occupations, mental traits, physical features, etc. The name Stratton was first applied to the place, or enclosure, and later to the family that dwelt therein.

In 1148 (1124?), in the Lauriston line in Kincardinshire, Scotland, we find Alexander filius Roberti of Street-town, to whom the "Lands of Stratton" were granted to by David I of Ledland - the King who introduced feudalism into Scotland. Alexander then became Alexander de Straton, whose son was later known as Robert de Stratton and whose grandson, in 1210, was Thomas Stratton.

Two or three generations later the "de" was dropped and the family became Stratons of that Ilk, and later of Lauriston, and in 1296 Alexander Straton swore fealty to Edward I, son of John de Baliol, or "King John" - the rival of Bruce for the crown of Scotland.

In Oxford, in the 13th century, lived Adam de Stratton, who "holdth the manor of Wydeford", and who had a brother William Stratton. John de Stratton is mentioned in County Norfolk in the time of Edward I; while on the eastern coast of Cornwall is the "Hundred of Stratton."

"de Strate" appears on a lease in 1197 in the British Museum and is probably the original of Stratton in one locality.

In present-day England, there are more than 40 places named Stratton, or Stretton, and near most of them may still be seen traces of old Roman roads.



Stratton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Stratton settled in Maine in 1623
  • Samuel Stratton, who landed in Watertown, Mass in 1633
  • Henry Stratton settled in Virginia in 1641
  • Henry Stratton, who arrived in Virginia in 1641
  • Sisley Stratton, who landed in Virginia in 1646

Stratton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Stratton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mark Stratton, who arrived in 1703 from England
  • Benja Stratton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Joyce Stratton, who landed in Virginia in 1705



The first record of Strattons in America has been found in colonial records in 1628 - twenty one years after the settlement of Jamestown.

Joseph Stratton (of Harwich, England) came to and stayed in James City, Va. - Came to America in 1628 and was member of the House of Burgesses the following year. He was the youngest son of Thomas Stratton of Shotley and Ardleigh. His father gave him "E100 at 21, and E5 yearly after his age of 14". In April 1628, he came to Plymouth and "sete saile for to goe to Virginia". He married Joan. When the House of Burgesses assembled in March 24, 1629, Joseph Stratton was a member. He represented the Nutmeg Quarter, Denheigh County. Also Waters Creek two years later (Watts Creek on todays maps). In 1635 he owned 500 acres of land at Nutmeg Quarter. He was granted and bough some land from the attorney of Sir Frances Wyatt (Virginia Land Grants). Joseph died in 1641.

Nephew of Joseph, John Stratton (of Shotley) came to New England. He resided in Salem, Mass. (died 1627). He was the eldest son of John and Ann (Dearhaugh) Stratton of Shotley, England. He was born in 1606. He received a Grant of Land on the coast of Maine by the Plymouth Council on December 1st, 1631. He was given 2,000 acres of Land butting upon the south side of the Cape Porpus River/Creek, in the vecinity of Ogunquit and Kennebunk rivers on the south side of the Cape Porpoise, and an island near the mouth of the Saco River. The island is opposite Black Point, a little west of Ricmond Island, and about four miles from Old Orchard. It is still known as "Stratton Island". He left England in December 1631 to take possession of his grant on the coast of Maine. Judge Southgate's "History of Maine" referes to him as the first settler of Scarboro. The present city of Wells probably had its origin as "Stratton's plantation". On September 19, 1636, John Stratton was in Massachusetts Bay Colony, and was "fined E10 for lending a gun to an Indian for four days". John Stratton, Goodman Woodward, with an Indian and two others, were apponited "to lay out a line three miles north of the northermost part of the Merrimc". This line eventually became the boundary between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. On August 8, 1637 John requested land; "Mr. Stratton requests a farm beyond Ipswich Pond" near Salem. On March 1st, 1638, this farm was "laid out to John Stratton" - 100 acres.

In a letter of Mr. Sherley's to Gov. Bradford of Plymouth, dated January 2nd, 1631, he mentions that "Straton & Fogge" were above a month trying to straighten out the accounts of two vessels, the White Angel and the Friendship. both evidently Bristol ships. Ralph Fogg had dealings with N. E. early. These ships sailed to Plymouth with supplies and then to Maine coast for fishing trips. Bristol men sent ships to Monhegan Isle, on the coast of Maine, for cod fish as early as 1616, perhaps earlier.

There are 112+ Strattons on the Revolutionary War Records who took part in the struggle for American Independence - the names being found on Revolutionary Rolls in nine of the thirteen original States.

Joesph's Brother, Richard Stratton, came to Long Island.

The ancestry of Joseph and John is very fully and interestingly traced back to Walter de Stratton of Suffolk, England, in 1329.

Brothers Bartholomew Stratton (1627-1686) and Caleb Stratton settled in Boston, and were from Tenterden, England, were younger sons of William Stratton of London and Tenterden, England, and were great-grandsons of William Stratton of Shrivenham. They are traced back to the 16th century. Bartholomew was first found in Boston in 1658; Caleb in 1660.


First "Stratton" in TEXAS?

Absolom Stratton came from Virginia and went to Kentucky with his 5 brothers, and settled in Simpson County, Tennessee. He was born in New Jersey. He was a Revolutionary Soldier in 1781. Me married Miss Ennis before 1805. After her death he married Celia Logan in Kentucky in 1822.