This page is dedicated to the history of the Ayton family of Diss, Norfolk.

Andrew Ayton had several children in Diss in the late 17th century, including Isaac (c.1680-1759), Charles (d.1766, who married Mary Shuckforth 1734) and William (d.1776, who married Susan). Both Charles and William seem to have had a son by the name of Charles (in 1742 and 1740 respectively), and one of these may well have been the Charles who married at Shimpling in 1772 (see Gissing page). William and Susan's daughter Sarah married William Barkham in Diss in 1764, and this line is being researched by Tracey Bedford.

Valerie has raised the possibility of a connection between the Diss / Kelsale Aytons (where the name Isaac appears) and the Isaac Hacon / Haken / Haykin of Acle who married Sarah Bayes in Norwich in 1764, but so far no firm evidence of a connection or of the interchangeability of the names has been found.

David O'Byrne is researching the family of James Ayton (b.1794/95 Diss), Sadler, later of Whitechapel, London, who appears to be descended from Isaac's son John (c.1700-1763) via his son John (c.1735-1809, married Margaret Waite 1757) and his son James (c.1770-1817, married Sarah Smith 1792).

Anyone who is able to provide additional material or links relevant to this branch of the Ayton family is invited to contact the coordinator for this page Ian Hall.

This page was last updated 12 August 2008