This page is dedicated to the history of the Ayton family of the area around Halesworth in north-east Suffolk.

Henry and Mary Ayton had a son John baptised at Huntingfield in north-east Suffolk in 1682, and John's descendants continued to flourish in the area around Halesworth, Chediston, Sibton and Peasenhall down until the early 19th century. Several branches of the family moved south, to the area around Cressing and Braintree in Essex, to the east end of London, to Godstone in Surrey, and to Sussex, while one branch moved to Warwickshire and the West Midlands. An outline of the top of the tree and the connections of various descendant researchers is attached.

This is the family of Chris Ayton of Cheshire and Chris Ayton of Sussex, both active researchers of the general history of the Ayton family.

Another (probably related) local line springs from Hannah Ayton (b.c.1778 in Halesworth) who married Robert Whitton at Denham in 1797. This line is being researched by Geoff Whitton.


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 16 May 2007