The surname Pelton belongs to perhaps the largest class of English family names – those derived from names of localities. Pelton was a common place-name before the Norman conquest. William the Conqueror granted Pelton Manor to William the Deacon and some two centuries later his descendants took their surname from the Manor. Important branches of the Pelton family have lived in Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Somersetshire and Buckshire. The coat-of-arms of the Essex family is described: an inescutcheon charged with a ben within a orle of escallops. [source]
John Pelton, the American immigrant was born in England about 1616 and was descended, it is believed, from the Essex branch of the family. [source]
There are a lot of PELTON’s in America – a lot of them are descended from John PELTON & Susanna WAY(E) who came over from England on the Mary & John.
John PELTON & Susanna WAY(E)
then Samuel PELTON & Mary SMITH
then John B. PELTON & Jemima JOHNSON
then John PELTON & Elizabeth CHAMPION
then Ithamar PELTON & Asenath PRATT
then Asahel PELTON & Anna DENIO
then Horace Birt PELTON & Mary CORLEY
then Horace O. PELTON & Ella/Ellen S. HIGGINS
then George Lester PELTON & Francis M. WEEKS
then Charles Lester Isaac PELTON who is my grandfather.
I’m trying now to get away from the “name collecting” and find actual stories and photos. I’ve got a few of my grandfather but none of anyone further back. I’m also trying to get my hands on an original copy of the 1892 “Pelton Family in America” but it’s pricey and I only see it once in a blue moon.
There is a digital copy available for free: