Belton

The Belton Family Tree

Bill Belton 62 Squadron

The Belton  Family of Bwlchgwyn in North Wales

We believe that the Belton family may have come from Spain to work the tin mines in Cornwall and then moved up to the Wrexham/North Wales area from Halkyn and Llanarmon to Bwlchgwyn, eventually to work the lead mines around the small village of Minera. This is the history of the lead miners who came to North Wales from Cornwall in, probably, the 18th century. This is a different family from the Belton families in the Lincolnshire area.

My branch of the Belton family lived in Bwlchgwyn, near Wrexham, North Wales (UK). Other members of the family have traced the line back to approximately 1700 and the family tree, reproduced below in linear style, is extensive.

Minera was known for the wealth of minerals under its soils, the Romans were well aware of this and carted lime stone, and whatever else they might have mined, through Bwlchgwyn and Nant y Ffrith to be sent to Chester where the plan had been to build a large fort. Apparently they gave the name Minera to any area where they found mineral deposits. A few years ago I found companies in South America with names similar to The Belton Mineral Company of S. America; they were huge mining concerns; I would love to find out whether any of those Beltons were connected with us.

When the first Belton miners found their way to Llanarmon, Bwlchgwyn, Minera and Gwynfryn it is likely that they were simply moving on from the lead mines on Halkyn mountain, which had been worked out, just as they had moved from Cornwall when the tin mining failed. Hopefully, now that I have time to resume the research, this might become clearer. Similarly with the Spanish stories – my DNA results suggests that it is quite possible.

Bwlchgwyn was something of a vague area of land in the early nineteenth century. These days Bwlchgwyn is firmly centered on the modern village that pivots around the War Memorial on the Ruthin Road, but previously most of the area was waste land and/or common land with just the occasional rough built dwelling; in those days more mention was made of Bwlch Gwyn Mountain, now still a sparsely populated area on the highest points of Bwlchgwyn and out towards Gwynfryn. Much later the Church of England seemed to delight in creating and merging and demerging parishes. Bwlchgwyn has been in the parish of Bwlchgwyn, Minera or Brymbo at times. One census suggests that everyone in Bwlchgwyn lived in, or came from, Brymbo because the village, at the time, was in Brymbo parish. A little imagination is sometimes required.

The village did have its own attractions for lead miners. The older maps of the village show lead shafts dotted around on the higher ground, whilst chunks of the village were mined away for the high quality silica that was valuable for roadstone. Whether Bwlchgwyn, or Bwlch Gwyn, roughly translated as White Gap or White Pass, refers to the limestone quarries of Minera, the silica quarries of Bwlchgwyn or, rather more fancifully, the six foot high snowdrifts of long, cold winters, has never been completely resolved.

My father, William Arthur Belton, known as Bill, was born at 17 Wesley Road, Bwlchgwyn, near Wrexham in Denbighshire, on 8th March 1920, the youngest son of Arthur Belton and Edith Williams. His two older brothers were Horace and Harold Belton.

Lineage

  • 6 x Great Grandfather – Unknown Belton
  • 5 x Great Grandfather – George Belton
  • 4 x Great Grandfather – George Belton
  • 3 x Great Grandfather – Isaac Belton
  • 2 x Great Grandfather – Robert Belton
  • Great grandfather -Robert Belton
  • Grandfather – Arthur Belton
  • Father – William Arthur Belton
  • Self – Hilary Belton

Family Tree

Credit must go to Gwynne and Thomas Belton who produced a comprehensive Belton family tree (of which this covers just a small part) a long time before personal computers and the internet changed genealogy research, and this has been of enormous help to me. Any deficiencies in the information below, however, are either the result of my own research or have become obvious since computerised records were introduced. As usual, if this information is important to you, please verify the information or at least email me so that I can check my sources for accuracy. NB the three dots … indicates that other information is known but is regarded as Private.

Bwlchgwyn/Brymbo/Minera/Wrexham are interchangeable at times. One person might have lived all his life in the same house in Bwlchgwyn and been baptised in Minera, married in Wrexham, buried in Bwlchgwyn but recorded on a census as living in Brymbo because the parishes merged. This sort of thing happened all the time and the parish boundaries changed a few times. Being ‘born in Wrexham’ only proves that the birth was in the Wrexham registration area.

  • Unknown Belton
    • George Belton 1718-1793 married (unknown)
      • George Belton 1744-1809 married Catherine Cumpston died 1803 in 1763 at Wrexham
        • George Belton of Minera 1764-1831 married Anne Roberts in 1791 at Wrexham
          • George Belton of Pen-y-Cae 1792
          • Elizabeth Belton 1793 married Thomas Williams in 1821 at Wrexham
          • Richard Belton 1795 married Jane Edwards in 1823
            • Mary Ann Belton 1824
          • Thomas Belton 1797-1837 married 1) Jane Owens 2) Elizabeth Williams
            • 1) George Belton of Mold 1825-1825
            • 1) Anne Belton of Mold 1825
            • 2) Thomas Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1820-1889 married Anne Unknown 
              • Hannah Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1862-1877
            • George Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1831-1875 married Jane Price 1820-1891 in 1853 at St Giles, Wrexham
              • Mary Jane Belton 1856 married William Thomas 1831
                • Martha Anne Thomas 1873
              • Ann Belton 1859
            • Hannah Belton 1833
            • Edward Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1834-1908 married Ann Lloyd 1843-1898 in 1862 at Minera
              • Elizabeth Belton of Wrexham 1864-1943 married William Griffiths 
                • Ethel Griffiths died 1971
                • William Griffiths
              • Thomas Belton of Wrexham 1865 married Jane Mary Daniell died 1900 Vancouver in 1888 in Vancouver
                • Elizabeth Ann Belton 
              • Edward Belton of Wrexham 1867-1867
              • Mary Ellen Belton of Wrexham 1868
              • Hannah Belton 1870
              • Ann Jayne Belton of Wrexham 1873-1959 married Walter Crawford Thompson of Ontario 1872-1927 in 1900 at Vancouver
                • Walter Belton Thompson 1905-1989
                • Edward Thompson
                • Arthur Thompson
                • Dorothy Thompson
                • Cynthia Thompson
              • Sarah Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1874 married George Frederick Roberts of Bwlchgwyn 1871 in 1902 at Bwlchgwyn
                • Emrys Roberts of Bwlchgwyn 1903 married Anne …
                • Gwladys Roberts of Bwlchgwyn 1909
              • Louisa Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1876-1953 married William Belton of Brymbo 1874-1950 in 1903 at Wrexham COUSINS
                • Edward George Belton 1905-1984 married Violet Helen Jones 1913 -1967…
                • Robert William Belton of Wrexham 1908-1977 married Hilda Burns 1913-1993 in 1936 at Wrexham …
                • Walter Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1914-2005 married Margaret…
                • Mary Louisa Belton of Wrexham 1917
                • Wilfred Thomas Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1921-1942
              • Edward Owen Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1878-1952 married Louisa Williams of Bwlchgwyn 1879-1932 in 1907 at Bronx, New York
                • Ardudfyl Belton of Wilkes Barre 1909-1910
                • Eluned Belton of Wilkes Barre 1912-1978 married Walter Henry Obitz 1904-1977 in 1933 at Luzerne, Pennsylvania…
                • Arthur Owen Belton of Wilkes Barre 1914-1936
                • Goronwy Belton of Wilkes Barre 1918-1977 married Eileen Camella Theresa Gaven 1923-2013 in 1949 at Kentucky…
                • Gwilym I Belton of Wilkes Barre 1922-1989 married Norma Seminario of Wilkes Barre 1924-1988 in 1946 at Wilkes Barre…
              • Robert Lloyd Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1883…
            • Enoch Belton 1837-1911 married Margaret Ellis 1837-1912
              • John Ellis Belton 1861
              • Thomas Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1867-1941 married Elizabeth Edwards 1869-1949 in 1890 at Bwlchgwyn
                • Margaret Jane Belton 1891 married Evan Edwards
                • Enoch Thomas Belton 1898-1947 married May
                  • Leonard Belton died 1943
                  • Cyril Belton married Kathleen…
                  • David Belton married Betty
                  • Craddock Belton married Jean…
                • Harriet Elizabeth Belton 1900-1906
                • Robert Alun Belton 1903-1963 married Patricia…
                • John Edward Belton of Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil 1904-1975 married Elsie Powell 1922…
                • Winifred Belton 1906-1948 married George Fowles 1900 1974…
                • George Belton 1910-1911
                • Virginia Belton married 1) Trevor died WW2 2) Alfred Thomas…
              • Edward H Belton 1870-1942 married Mary 1874
                • Glynne Belton 1899
                • Gwladys Belton 1906-1999
                • Winifred M Belton 1910
            • Dinah Belton 1842
          • Mary Belton 1798 married Joseph Blackwall
          • Isaac Belton of Llandegla 1801-1870
          • Edward Belton of Llandegla 1803-1870 married Jane 1805-1880
          • John Belton 1805 married Catherine 
            • Margaret Belton 1829
          • William Belton 1808-1870 married Ann
            • Hannah Belton 1847
        • Edward Belton 1766-1848 married Catherine Humphreys 1760-1840 in 1789 at Llandegla
        • Thomas Belton 1771-1848
        • Elizabeth Belton of Minera 1774
        • Ruth Belton 1776-1855
        • Isaac Belton of Llandegla 1778-1851 married Elizabeth Williams 1780-1818 in 1806 at Llandegla
          • Isaac Belton 1807-1883 married Margaret 1818-1897
            • John Belton 1846-1847
            • Thomas Belton 1848 married Ann 1848
              • Robert Belton 1875
              • Thomas Belton 1880
              • John Belton 1888-1918
            • Isaac Belton 1850-1852
            • Eliza Belton 1853
          • William Belton 1809-1878 married 1) Sarah 2) Ann Price (widow of Robert Belton) in 1864
            • 1) Thomas Belton 1835-1859
            • 1) Isaac Belton 1841
          • Robert Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1814-1863 married Ann Price of Bwlchgwyn 1819-1891 in abt 1841
            • Sarah Belton 1842-1855
            • George Belton 1843-1910 married Mary Ann Matthias 1846-1917 in 1863
              •  Sarah Ellen Belton of Brymbo 1867 married Aaron Price
                • Beatrice Price 1889-1889
                • Randolph Price 1891-1891
                • Albert Price 1892
                • George Price 1895
                • Oswald Idris Price 1906-1995…
                • Evelyn Price 1908-abt 1969 married William Pearce died abt 1969 
                • Tecwyn Price 1910-1996
              • Anne Belton of Brymbo 1869
              • Robert Belton of Brymbo 1872 married Elizabeth
                • George Belton married Ena
                  • Selwyn Belton 1926-1980 married Jean Roberts
                  • Menna Belton died 2000 married Trevor Powell
                  • Gwyn Belton died 2006 married Jean
                  • Ronald Belton
                • Gwilym Belton married Glenys Cooper
                  • Elizabeth Mary Belton
                • Florence Belton married Alun Cooper…
                • Beatrice Belton married…
              • William Belton of Brymbo 1874-1950 married Louisa Belton 1876-1953 COUSINS
                • Edward George Belton 1905-1984 married Violet Helen Jones 1913 -1967…
                • Robert William Belton of Wrexham 1908-1977 married Hilda Burns 1913-1993 in 1936 at Wrexham …
                • Walter Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1914-2005 married Margaret…
                • Mary Louisa Belton of Wrexham 1917
                • Wilfred Thomas Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1921-1942
                • Because cousins married, the list of descendants appears twice in a linear list; this list is in a faded font to indicate that it is a copy of the list of descendants of Louisa Belton, above.
              • Emma Belton of Brymbo 1878
              • Mary Belton 1883 married Alun Jones
                • Joseph Jones married Ceridwen Gittens
                • Trevor Jones married Dilys Williams
                • Glyn Jones married Violet Jones
                • Gwladys Jones married Stanley Roberts
                • Horace Jones married Constance
            • Thomas Belton 1847-1909 married Sarah Owens 1856-1931 in 1872 in Wrexham 
              • Daniel Belton 1875
              • Mary Belton 1879
              • Harriet Belton 1890 married Herbert Edward Jones
                • June Belton Jones
                • Rosemary Belton Jones
                • Herbert Vaughn Jones married…
              • Dorothy Belton 1893 married Lemuel Davies of Llandegla 1891 in 1916 at Wrexham
                • Emyr Belton Davies of Wrexham 1923-1979 married Beatrice E Green in 1974 at Wrexham…
                • Eirwen B Davies 1917 married Thomas Moss in 1941 at Wrexham
                • Alun Davies 1921-2005 married Valerie…
              • Eliza J Belton 1874 married James Kelly
                • Gwyn Kelly
              • Sarah A Belton 1876
            • Mary Belton 1849-1933 married Richard Rogers 1851-1909
              • David Richard Rogers 1883-1960 married Hilda Roose of Rhyl 1893-1985
                • Dorothy Myra Rogers 1918
                • David Herbert Rogers married Barbara…
              • Joshua Rogers 1876-1910
              • Agnes Ada Rogers 1881-1963 married William Davies of Bwlchgwyn 1874-1924
                • Mary Blodwen Davies 1919-1994 married Trevor Humphreys 1911-2000
                • Glenys Rhiannon Davies 1922 married John Hywel Roberts died 1960…
              • Sydney Ann Rogers 1877-1939 married John Griffith of Garndolbenmaen…
              • Elizabeth Helen Rogers 1879-1932 married John Owen of Caernarfon died 1949 in 1914 in Melbourne
                • Richard Aleyn Owen 1909-1982
                • Gwilym Roger Owen of Melbourne 1916
              • Florence Emily Rogers 1886-1952 married John Hughes of Anglesey died 1933
              • Mary Blodwen Rogers 1888-1952 in Melbourne married William Roberts of Anglesey…
              • Dora Elwen Rogers 1895-1942
            • Robert Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1851-1917 married Ann Dodd of Wrexham 1849-1916 in 1873 at St Giles, Wrexham
              • Elizabeth Anne Belton of Wrexham 1875-1947 married Thomas Edwards of Llantysilio 1872-1950 in 1897 at Bwlchgwyn
                • Margaret Edwards of Brymbo 1898
                • Dora Edwards of Brymbo 1899-1977 married William Rowland Bithell 1901-1954…
                  • Joseph Bithell of Bwlchgwyn 1921-1990
                  • Dora May Bithell of Bwlchgwyn 1923 married Ernest Dyer…
                  • William Reginald Bithell of Bwlchgwyn 1926-1997 married Margaret Alice Donelon 1937-1982…
                  • Derrick Bithell of Bwlchgwyn 1935-2008
                • Stanley Edwards 1904-1979 married Norah Gwendoline Belton 1907-1999 COUSINS…
                • Edward Edwards of Bwlchgwyn 1908-1997 married Marion Evelyn Jones of Llanarmon yn Ial 1908-1985
                  • Elizabeth Edwards 1931
                • Robert Edwards
                • William Edwards
                  • Joyce Edwards 1928 married Gwylim Owens 1926…
                  • Arnold Edwards 1936
                • Glyn Edwards
                • Hywel Edwards
                • Amy Edwards married Robert George Hellen in 1931 at Bwlchgwyn
                  • Gordon Hellen 1939 married Elva Williams
                    • Claire Elaine Hellen 1966-1975
              • Robert Belton of Brymbo 1878-1947 married Elizabeth Ann Davies 1878-1926 in 1901 at Wrexham
                • Arthur Morris Belton 1901-1914
                • Hubert Emlyn Belton 1902-1924
                • George Victor Belton 1907-1995 married Adeline Evans 1907-1980
                  • Cyril Belton 1933…
                  • Neville Belton 1937-1999…
                • Ida Belton 1909-1949 married John Williams 1911-1991…
                • Merlin Belton of Wrexham 1913-1975 married Molly Yates died 1981 in 1941 at Blackpool…
                • Eurfron Belton 1916
                • Clifford Belton 1917-1996 married Winifred Archer 1913-1973…
                • Freda Elwynedd Belton 1918-1920
                • Joseph Belton 1918
                • Meirion Belton 1919
                • Vernon Belton married Ann Devaney
              • Edward Belton of Brymbo 1880-1918 married Jane Ann (Ginny) Jones
                • Norah Gwendoline Belton 1907-1999 married Stanley Edwards 1904-1979 in 1936 at Bwlchgwyn COUSINS 
                • Because cousins married, the list of descendants appears twice in a linear list; this list is in a faded font to indicate that it is a copy of the list of descendants of Stanely Edwards, above.
                • Wilfred Ronald Belton1910-1982 married Frances Ingman died 1983 in 1937 at Treuddyn
              • David Thomas Belton 1881-1882
              • Arthur Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1883-1941 married Edith Davies Williams of Minera 1880-1947 in 1910 at Bwlchgwyn
                • Harold Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1911-2002 married Dorothy Roberts 1913-1980
                • Horace Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1912-1921
                • William Arthur Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1920-1996 married Barbara Salthouse of Liverpool 1927-2011
                  • Hilary Belton
                • May Beatrice Belton of Brymbo 1886
                • William Thomas Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1887-1918 married Elizabeth J Roberts died 1956
                  • Gladys Dodd Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1918-1918
                • Fanny Belton of Wrexham 1889 married Edwin Hughes in 1915 at Bwlchgwyn…
                • Sarah Jane Belton of Brymbo 1891 married James Stanley Jones 
                  • Robert William Jones…
                  • Wilfred Jones…
                • Amy Belton of Brymbo 1893-1920 married Bertie Richard Clarke 1892-1976 in 1918 at Wrexham
                  • Belton Anthony Clarke of Wrexham 1919-1989 married Vera Davies 1920
                • George Victor Belton of Brymbo 1894-1907
                • Lisa Belton
            • Eliza Belton of Bwlchgwyn 1854 married Richard Williams of Y Gegin, Minera
              • Mary Williams married Jonathon Oldfield Davies
                • Alun Bennett Oldfield-Davies 1905-1988 married Lilian M Lewis in 1931
                • Richard Davies
                • Ruth Davies married Emlyn…
                • Mairona Davies 
                • Elizabeth Davies married Douglas…
              • Sarah Williams married John Edward Parry
                • Trevor Parry
                • Stanley Parry
                • Albert Parry
                • Harold Parry
                • Sarah Eliza Elsie Parry
              • Herbert Williams
              • Edith Williams married Unknown Brandreth…
            • William Belton of Bwlchgwyn (Hope – across the county boundary on Llanarmon Rd) 1856
            • David Belton 1859-1927 married Miriam Roberts 1860-1911 in 1892 at Wrexham
              • Gwladys Belton 1894-1983 married Pryce Evans
              • Robert Alun Belton 1899-1962 married Anne Johnson 1896
              • Alice Selina Belton 1897 married John William Roberts in 1927 at Wrexham
                • Trygan Roberts
              • Mary Louisa Belton 1905 married Edward Roberts 
                • Dorothy Belton Roberts…
          • Edward Belton 1817-1848
        • Mary Belton 1781-1810
        • Sarah Belton 1783
        • John Belton 1786-1845 married Anne Roberts in 1806
          • Mary Belton 1806
          • Isaac Belton 1808 married Mary
            • Thomas Belton 1849-1924
            • Elizabeth Belton 1854
            • Mary Belton 1855
            • Isaac Belton 1857-1936
          • George Belton 1811-1858 married Mary Price
            • Hannah Belton 1832
            • Ann Belton 1836
            • George Belton 1839-1859
            • Mary Belton 1841
            • Thomas Belton 1845-1859
            • Edward Belton 1853-1876 married Sarah 1851-1876
              • George Belton 1868-1872
              • Lydia Emily Belton 1876-1876
          • Elias Belton 1814
          • Elizabeth Belton 1817
          • Lydia Belton 1820
          • Thomas Belton 1828-1889
      • Elizabeth Belton 1750 married Robert Roberts in 1771
    • Elizabeth Belton 1710 married Benjamin Thomas in 1730

 

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