Flitton Family History Chapter 1
The following is a sketchy and draft outline put together by Bob Flitton in the mid 1990s.
THE FLITTON FAMILY
Flitton is a hamlet (small village) in the County of Bedfordshire, England having originated in approximately 1200 AD. The first names of Flitton family members appear on Flitton hamlet cemetery headstones in the 17th or 18th century. The first identified Flitton is Samuel Flitton, about whom little which is known except that there was a connection to the name Bassingborn in Cambridgeshire. It was a practice for English citizens to use the name of their community, example “I’m William of Flitton”, and hence the probable evolution of the Flitton name to the residents of the community.
Samuel Flitton b. circa 1640 at Litlington, married Sophia. Their sons were Ralph Flitton b. Litlington (date unknown – christened May 11, 1670) married Elizabeth; and William (the first William) b. Jan 17, 1672 at Litlington. Ralph and Elizabeth’s son William (the second William) married Mary Archer (approx 1710). William and Mary’s son Samuel, b. Mar 4, 1736 at Bassingbourn, married Lydia at Bassingbourn Oct 20, 1760. They were parents of 6; William (3) b. June 3, 1762 in Bassingbourn, Samuel, 1764 (possibly died as an infant), Mary 1767, Samuel (2) 1762, Thomas 1775 and James 1778. William and Mary’s other children are unknown, but it is apparent that one was Jonathan, b.1737, who married Mary (?). A William and Elizabeth Flitton has sons William on June 13, 1774 and Thomas on June 13, 1779 at Whittlesford.
William Flitton (3) married Mary Scruby in 1790. Mary was born 1765 in Orwell, Cambridgeshire and passed away 1852 in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire. Their son, William Scruby Flitton (3); b. 1793 and christened January 18, 1795 at Abington Pigotts; married Mary Saville. Mary was born 1792 in St. Neots in Huntingsonshire, (now Cambridgeshire). A William Butler Flitton was born to Joseph and Sarah Ann Flittton Jan 18, 1795 at Abington Pigotts.
Samuel Flitton (2) married Mary Wilson at Steeple, Morden Dec 16, 1802. Their son Samuel was born Sept 30, 1803 and Steeple Morden and married Sarah Marsh Dec 18, 1827 at Litlington.
A William Flitton was witness to James Flitton and 3 months later, James was witness to Williams wedding to Alice Hurlock in February 1797. A William Flitton was born to Samuel and Ann Flitton Mar 2, 1806 at Steeple Morden.
A James Flitton married Ann Scare in 1796 in Great Shelford Cambridgeshire. James and Ann had 8 chidlren; Lydia b. 1805, John b. 1807, Mercy b. 1809, James b. 1812, Sarah b. 1814, Thomas b. 1815, William b. 1815, and Mary b. 1817. Descendants of James and Ann currently live in England. Contact James F. Flitton, 1 Keswick Drive, Lightwater, Surrey, UK GU 18 5XD.
A Thomas Flitton was born to Samuel and Ann (North) Flitton Feb 15, 1807 at Steeple Morden and married Mary Pain July 24, 1834. A second Thomas Flitton was born to Samuel and Sarah Flitton, July 5, 1829 at Bassingbourn. There is also mention of a Noah Flitton about this circa.
Willam (4) and Mary had three children; Mary Flitton, b. Aug 28, 1816, in Old Meeting House, St. Neots, Bedsfordshire; William (4), b. February 12, 1819 in Little Barford, Bedfordshire (other records indicate birth – possibly christening – in 1921 in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire); and Elizabeth Flitton, b. 1827 in Southoe, Huntingsonshire.
William Flitton (5) married Caroline Sarah Arnold Sept 27, 1841 in St. Neots, Bedfordshire. William and Caroline had three sons and a daughter: William (6) b. 1842 in Ringstead, Northamptonshire married Sophie J. Trebst, b. 1846 in Koblenz, m. June 18, 1867 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire; Ralph Henry born Ringstead, Northhamptonshire (or Cambridgeshire ?), February 15, 1846 (moved to Canada in 1893); Charles and Caroline.
A Susan Flitton, daughter of Mary Ann Flitton, was christened on June 5, 1888 at Cambridge, All Saints.
William (6) and Sophie had six children: William Augustus (7) b. 1868 in Melbourne,1929; Charles Robert Flitton; Arnold (who died in South Africa); Caroline Margaret and Florence Flitton, and one unknown. One of the sons is thought to have moved to Australia. A number of Flitton’s currently reside in Australia, descendents of John George Flitton. (See Australian Flittons).
William (6), considered a black sheep of the family, divorced Sophia and may have moved to London, England and started another branch of the family about which little is known.
Samuel Flitton, son of Thomas and Rosemary Flitton, was christened at Great Shelford, January 26, 1862.
William Augustus (7) married Kate Leader, b. 1873 in Bourne, Cambridgeshire and died in 1948 in Foxton, Cambridgeshire. William Augustus and Kate had four children – William Cyril, (8) b. 1896; Edith Winnifred (Winnie) Flitton, born July 1898 in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, d. Mar 15 1975 in Couldson, Surrey (married William Reginald Hand); Ronald Flitton b 1902 (Married Dorothy Archer); and Phyllis (Pip) Flitton b 1907 (married James Gee). Phyllis and James daughter Jennifer Gee married James Harrington and lives in Moses Lake, Washington, USA.
William Cyril (8) married Rita, their daughter was Diane Mary Flitton (married O’Dowd). Daphne Hand (sister of Sheila Bray) married Edward Pope. In 1996, the direct Flitton’s have passed on and the only remaining Flitton spouse in this branch of the family was Rita, residing in her nineties in a Roman Catholic convent for the blind.
THE CANADIAN/U.S.A. FLITTONS
Ralph Henry Flitton, born England Feb. 15, 1846, married Letitia Jane (Deane) Flitton, b. Southampton, Hampshire Mar 31, 1849, d. May 30, 1941 Los Angeles, California, in England in October 31, 1872. Letitia Jane was the only daughter of the three children of Charles Deane and Sarah Jane Young.
Ralph Henry and Letitia lived in Melbourne, England for 10 years until 1882, moved to Meldreth until 1892, then Shirley for a year. They sailed from Liverpool to Canada May 13, 1893 arriving in Montreal, Quebec May 24, and in Vancouver British Columbia June 2, 1893.
Their children were Geoffrey Arnold Deane (GAD), b. Melbourne, County of Cambridge, England Jan 3 1878, d. Port Alberni, BC March, 1938; Arthur Guy Flitton, b. England Sept 12, 1886 – died Nov 30, 1886; Ralph Cyril Flitton, b. “at the cottage” in Meldreth, Cambridge, England Sept 15, 1887. D. Sutton, Quebec Feb. 2, 1979; and Charles Neville, b. Feb 20, 1895 in Vancouver, BC.
Charles Neville Flitton married Grace Elizabeth Stines b. Coneaut, Ohio, USA 1893, d. Los Angeles February 1, 1947. They were the parents of retired U.S. naval Captain Charles Neville (II) b. June 7, 1924; the grandfather of Charles Neville (III) b. January 5, 1951; and great-grandfather of Chaz Flitton b. June 28, 1983; all residents of Port Townsend, Washington.
Ralph Cyril Flitton married Marjorie Eleanor Abraham: their sons Ralph Johnston b. July 12, 1918 Verdun, Quebec; Robert Deane (killed in 1941 during World War 11 while bombing German troops from a Wellington Bomber over Italy, the only member of the family lost in war); and Kenneth Saville. Ralph Cyril married Elsie Muir, b. Sherwood, England March 23, 1908, on February 14, 1969. Elsie is currently a resident of Westmount Manor, a seniors home in Montreal.
Ralph Johnston Flitton m. Marilyn Grant Mechin b. Halifax, Nova Scotia March 21, 1922, in October 2, 1943 Montreal, Quebec, their three daughters: Gail Leslie Flitton of Victoria, BC, b. Halifax September 25, 1945, m. Donald John Dixon; Deborah Anne Bouliane of Victoria, b. Toronto, Ontario June 9, 1948, m. November 8, 1987 to Raymond Bouliane in Trail, BC; and Marilyn Elizabeth (Lyn) Flitton of San Francisco, California, b. Toronto July 17, 1951, m. Joel Posluns.
Kenneth Saville Flitton, married to Dorothy Janice (Greer) b. June 9, 1931; residents of, Scarborough, Ontario; daughter Corrine Claire b. July 20, 1957; and two sons Robert Greer (Bob), b. June 20, 1959; and Ralph Edward (Ted) b. February 1, 1970.
GAD Flitton married Josephine Davies at the Bishop’s Palace in Victoria; their children; Winnifred Mary, b. Victoria July 22, 1905; Francis William Geoffrey (Frank) (9th William) b. Victoria June 16, 1908; Charles Ralph, b. Victoria November 27, 1909; Agnes Cecelia, b. Victoria January 19, 1914 and John Edward (Jack), b. Victoria October 11, 1915.
Agnes married Donald Kelly Bell, their son Donald Hunter Bell b. New Westminster BC March, 1942. Don Hunter and his family live in North Vancouver where Don is the Mayor. Winnifred married Bob Beaumont, adopted son David Beaumont of Nanoose, BC.
Charles Ralph (Charlie) Flitton married Gladys Ball July 15, 1933 in Victoria, their children Charles Samuel (Chub) Flitton b. Port Alberni October 28, 1934; and Jeannine (Robson) b. Port Alberni May 9, 1938, both of Shawnigan Lake, BC.
Chub Flitton’s two sons, John Charles (Jack) b. Victoria March 21, 1958 of Kildonan, BC; and Ronald Alexander b. Victoria October 8, 1959. John Flitton married Eileen Eatonshore b. Kamloops, BC April 1, 1914 – no children by that marriage, stepdaughter Bobbi Eatsonshore Cyr.
Francis Flitton married Margaret Fay Massey b. Bellingham Washington November 25, 1911; children Robert Deane and Bette Jean (Hansen) twins b. Port Alberni February 10, 1942; and Frances Fay (Houde) b. Port Alberni September 7, 1943.
Robert Deane Flitton m. Jane Morrison Flitton b. Nuneaton, England August 16, 1942 in February, 1962, div. 1991. Three sons; Robert Geoffrey Flitton, b. Port Alberni Dec. 13, 1962; William Donald (10) Flitton, b. Prince George, BC Oct. 31, 1964; and Bradley David Flitton, b. Prince George Oct. 20, 1972.
Robert Geoffrey Flitton (owner of this website), a resident of Seattle, WA is the father of John Francis (Jack) Flitton, b. Kelowna, BC, Dec 21, 1988; and Katherine Grace Flitton, b. Seattle Wa, April 18, 1993. Jack Flitton served in the US Air Force in South Korea from 2009 to 2015. Rob Flitton is married to Ilona Nowak Flitton, b. Szczecin Poland Mar 25, 1986. William Donald Flitton, a resident of Langley BC, married Annette Daffe b. July 17, 1969; daughter Stephanie Renee Flitton, b. Langley July 9, 1994; and son Andrew William (11) Flitton; b. Langley September 5, 1996. Bradley David Flitton, a resident of Vancouver, BC is the father of Danielle Flitton, b. Dec 7, 1999.
THE AUSTRALIAN FLITTONS
John George Flitton, a Pastor, married Frances Harper. They had 11 (12 ?) children and moved from England to Australia:
- Henry Allen b. March 10, 1873; Frances Mary b. May 23, 1874; Agnes Lydia b. Dec 13, 1875 ; Mercy b. Oct 26, 1877 ; John Bunyan b. Nov 20 1878; James Harper b. Paril 13, 1880; Richard Septmus b. April 1, 1880; Catherine May, b. May 1, 1883; Thomas (Grandfather of Andrew) b. Dec 8, 1885
- Allen, b. Dec 8, 1886 – check date – (lived 26 days); Maud Esther, b. Aug 28, 1888 (died age 3)
Frances passed away shortly after the family’s arrival in Australia. John then married Isabella and had four more children:
- Isabella May, b. July 20, 1893
- Cyrus Leith, b. April 26, 1897
- Ruth, b. Feb 19, 1899
- Julia Bruce, b. May 18, 1901
At time of writing this, I am in the process of receiving detailed information from David and Andrew Flitton, both of Australia where there is a large Flitton family descendants of John George. Write to Andrew Flitton, P O Box 434, Torquay, Victoria 3228.
Bob Flitton had also been corresponding with Roy Flitton of Washington State, USA to determine where his large family (also situated in Utah and Alberta) fit into the scheme. Roy is the son of Parley Arvin Flitton (Parley has a brother Samuel in Layton Utah, and had a brother George of Clairsholm, Alta, now deceased), Grandson of Parley John Flitton and Great-grandson of John Flitton.
HERBERT HOLTZ FLITTON III OF CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA
His Great Great Grandfather was Noah Flitton b. October 27, 1840; d. October 8, 1917; came from England in 1850’s to become Superintendent of Gwinn Falls Park, Baltimore, Ma. (Noah’s family are buried in Trinity Chapel Church, Howard County, Maryland).
He may have had four sons – Charles F. b. 1865, d. 1927; Harry and two others of unknown names.
Herbert Holtz Flitton I (buried in Lorraine Park Cemetery in Baltimore) had three sons:
- Charles Kenmore (father of Herbert Charles and Paul Lee Flitton)– died in Florida 77 in 1998)
- Herb Holtz Flitton II (deceased 1970)
- Raymond F. Flitton (deceased 1965)
Herbert Holtz II Flitton’s two sons are the only remaining Flitton’s in their line. Herbert Holtz III; daughter Christine ; David Flitton, Firefighter in Virginia. Raymond’s children are all adopted – Mark Flitton, Monica, Mathew Flitton. Email Herb Flitton at email@example.com
In addition, Bob Flitton found information on the existence of the following Flittons:
Ben and Cherie in Salt Lake, Diane, Jay, two Jeffs, Matt, Michael, Dr. Todd, Dwayne, Wayne and Doug in other parts of Utah; David, a fire fighter in Virginia; Rebecca, Martin and Joanna in California, John in London, Liz in Maine, Edward in Colorado, Lorraine in North Carolina, Lorna in Vermont, Mark (a golf pro) in Washington State, Michael in New Hampshire, Paul and Steven and a couple of dozen of James family in the UK, Peter in North Dakota, Ronald (retired Police Chief) in Lansing, Michigan and a family in Alberta.