Eggleton from Norfolk to Ireland & USA
My Eggleton ancestry can be traced back to around the year 1684 and a place called
Bawdeswell in Norfolk. Bawdeswell lies about mid way between Norwich and Fakenham in the north of the
county. After that the Eggleton family can be found in Stibbard, Fakenham and South Creake. They them
emigrated to the Damascus township of Wayne County, Pennsylvanian in August 1871.
I have been researching this family for some
time now and would welcome contact from fellow researchers to compare notes and make my research more
complete. If you have an interest in this family and would like to compare research please do get in
The family concerned are that of Robert Eggleton (son of Robert Eggleton and
Elizabeth Whitesides) and Lydia Prudence Armiger (daughter of Samuel Armiger and Elizabeth
They emigrated with their children Honor, Ann,
John, Mary Jane, Prudence, James and Hagai. They settled somewhere around Lookout in Wayne County or possibly
Tanner Falls. Please see my specific Wayne Co.
page for further information on the US
As far as I am
aware to this date the family were never to return to Norfolk. Lydia and Robert lie buried in Wayne Co. and
various other headstones of the families of descendants can be found in the area including that of the
Mawdsley (Maudsley) family.
So really that only leaves me and how the Eaglesons came about in Ireland?. That's
not something I am going to publish on a web site but is something I am willing to discuss privately. That being
said you would need to be a family member with a genuine reason for wanting to
My grandfather, William Robert
Eagleson, and his younger brother, John James Eagleson, grew up in Belfast. I vaguely remember my grandfather
but to my knowledge never met his brother John. I was lucky enough to meet Sarah (Sadie) Eagleson
who was a daughter of John James Eagleson back around the late 90's and spent part of an afternoon with
John James grew up around Fox Street in the
lower Newtownards Road area and I believe was a driller in the Belfast shipyard. My grandfather and his brother did
not seem to be very close but from youth they grew up in the hard environment of Belfast and lived their own lives
on different sides of the City.
John James Eagleson married Ellen Allen and
they had 7 children to the best of my knowledge with maybe 6 surviving into adulthood. Although I have never met
anyone on that side of the family I remain hopeful of that link being made with someone else with the genealogy
From what I have learnt of the family of John
James Eagleson there would now appear to be family connections in Canada and possibly South Africa. You can see how
easily a name can spread from the small Belfast beginnings.