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People of Note

The DeWasteney Family

The great Domesday Record compiled for William the Conqueror to show the land holdings he had acquired at his conquest of England, shows that Colton was divided into two larger manors and one smaller one. They were given by William along with many other Manors to two great Norman Barons; Robert of Stafford and Roger of Montgomery. Robert of Stafford appears to have had as his tenant Geofrey (Goisfrid) whose family eventually assumed the name DeWasteney.

The family owned land in Lincolnshire and we are not sure when they first came to Colton but they appear to be well established in Colton by 1166 when the Black Roll of Exchequer states that Geoffrey is holding a water mill (presumably the one recorded in Domesday) and a manor.

In 1240 Sir William DeWasteney obtained a grant from King Henry III to hold a weekly market every Friday at his manor in Colton. This must have been of great importance to the village - a turning point in its history. In 1260's Stephen DeWasteney appears to have been a supporter of Simon de Montford in the Barons uprising against the King because in 1267his name appears in the Patent Rolls as being granted a pardon by Henry III. By the late 1260's the family appear to own most of Colton.

The family seem to have resided in Colton for many years because they appear in many deeds, land transactions and other matters. They remained the Lords of the main Manor of Colton until late in the 14th. Century when it passes by the marriage of Thomasine DeWasteney, sole heiress to the manor, to Nicholas of the Gresley family.

  More People of Note
  The DeWasteney Family
Lords of the Manor of Colton until the 14th. Century. (click here)
  The Aston Family
Lords of the Manor from the 17th.-18th. Century. Lord Aston an important courtier.(click here)
  The Blount Family
Lords of the Manor into the 18th.& 19th. Century. (click here)
  The Boughey Family
Their allegiance to their faith caused them great hardship in the 17th. Century. (click here)
  John Heylinger Burt
18th Century owner of Colton House and plantations in the West Indies. (click here)
  Frederic Bonney
Victorian Explorer, botanist and distinguished photographer. (click here)
  Rev. F. P. Parker
Rector of Colton and important Staffordshire Antiquinarian. (click here)
  The Bagot Family
Lords of the smaller Colton Manor until the 20th. Century. (click here)