A SHENTON Family Site
Scott Shenton

This Site presents genealogical material on several parallel lines of the Shenton family, based on the Reunion software offered by Leister Productions, Inc. The lines are currently unconnected. Four of the lines go back to about 1700 in England: Nathanial Shenton (born about 1699 in Leicestershire), Thomas (married in 1720 in Derbyshire), William (born about 1650, possibly in Staffordshire), and John (born about 1765, probably in Lancashire). The Nathanial line is my own, and the Thomas, William and John lines have been developed by other researchers who have kindly agreed to let me publish their lines here, hopefully to the benefit of all of us. The fifth line represents some of the Shentons who emigrated (presumably from England) to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, starting with William Shenton, first noted in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1679. This line is, initially, based solely on the published research efforts of Delmarva Roots, of Lewes, Delaware, by their kind permission. To provide a single structure for a database and web site which supports all lines - which, hopefully, will eventually be merged into a single line - I have created an "Ancestral Shenton" as the hypothetical ancestor of all these lines.

"Ancestral Shenton" Family Card

Nathanial Shenton (abt 1699) Family Card

Thomas Shenton (ca 1700) Family Card

William Shenton (ENG, ca 1650) Family Card

William Shenton (MD, ca 1650) Family Card

Hot List of all Surnames

Hot Index of all Individuals, by Surname


Citation of all Sources

Randle Shenton (ca 1760) Family Card

Contact Information

Paper on Captain John Shenton

Shenton DNA Project

Site Conventions and History


The purpose of this site is to offer information on Shenton family history in a structured format, and act as a stimulus for other Shenton researchers. I welcome any and all inputs and assistance, especially in connecting these lines - and other Shenton lines - and tracing them back further in time. Except for on-going efforts between updates of the web site, I plan to publish here everything I have. I try, not always successfully, to do a full update of the web site every few months (major failure here lately). Additionally, I dedicate a lot of effort in researching, documenting and "sourcing" as much as possible, to weed out the unsubstantiated "family lore" and replace it with documented facts wherever possible.

Site navigation guides: click on "parent" or "child" name to move up or down in the family; click on the tree symbol for a 5-generation display; click on underscored husband/wife name to display the appropriate Person Sheet; click on superscript number in Person Sheet to display the source citation.


Additions to this site since 27 November 2011 (Report 039) continue to reflect a back seat to my companion efforts on the Shenton One-Name Study (ONS) effort. Major changes include the addition of another 80 entries (latest is number 1829), developed from UK Shenton Probate records; these provide specific dates and places of death as well as identifying or confirming many new spouses and offspring. New sources included in this report are 364-380.

The Shenton One-Name Study is a separate and distinct effort based on the Shentons enumerated in the UK Censuses of 1841-1911. Malcolm Street and I are well into a project to publish the names and data on every Shenton in those Censuses, and - to the maximum extent possible - expand and link the people and households across the Census decades and the family generations. There are approximately 12,000 Shenton enumerations in the eight Census reports, so this is a massive undertaking. We are over two-thirds of the way there, as of February 2014. While the end result will be a help in my and Malcolm's individual research efforts, it should be a very significant resource for anyone conducting research on Shentons of England. We're using a new web site specifically for this effort: Shenton - One Name Study. As of February 2014, we have nearly 4,500 Shentons on the site; some are "connected" and extended across the Census years and some remain to be addressed. We welcome any comments and especially contributions.

Yet another Shenton genealogy research effort is the establishment of the Shenton Y-DNA Surname Project. See the link above for information, links to the detailed web site, and information on how to participate. Come jump into the Gene Pool ! Volunteers are Needed !


The source for all the initial data on the 'fourth line" - the Shentons of colonial Maryland - was extracted from the book "Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland", Volume 13, published by Colonial Roots (formerly Delmarva Roots) of Lewes, Delaware, USA, which contains about ten pages of data on Shenton/Shinton records. The authors - Henry C. Peden and F. Edward Wright - have kindly granted permission for me to publish the extracts, which hopefully will become the base of an extended line. Colonial Roots researches and publishes quite an array of data on colonial era Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania - check their website. If you note any errors of omission or commission in this fourth line, please notify me -- I can determine if there was an error in my transcription or something of which the authors should be aware.

As with many genealogical efforts, I have made extensive use of the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, both on-line through FamilySearch.org and by microfilm and microfiche at the local Family History Center. While no exact printouts or downloads are presented in this site, some material in this site is reprinted or extracted by permission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In granting permission for this use of copyrighted material, the Church does not imply endorsement or authorization of this website.

GOONS web site

Created 09 February 2014 (Report 040) by Reunion software, from Leister Productions, Inc.