From Shaw's History
and Antiquities of Staffordshire, England, it is learned
The name was Saxon in origin.
The word "hampton" or "de hampton" literally
Cardinal Wolsey built Hampton
Court Palace, about a mile from Hampton
The Hampton family have been
people of achievement all along, and their
This long tradition of honorable service continues in America to this day.
The surname Hampton originally
was used as a regional appellation. Regional
Early records of the surname
Hampton or a variant include John de Hampton
Later Richard Hampton from
the county of Sussex appeared in the Subsidy Rolls in 1327. The
Subsidy Rolls was a taxation system devised during the middle
ages. All citizens of the realm were obliged to contribute to
this form of
John Hampton married Elizabeth Laymere at London in 1575. From early church records we find that in the year 1661 the baptism of William the son of John Hampton was recorded at St. Jason's in Clerkenwell.
BLAZON OF ARMS Gules on a fess or, between a mullet
in chief and an
The Arms described above seem to match the description from the authority of Martin & Allardyce, who say it has been assigned to the South Carolina family.
From England to the Americas:
Name Relation Date of Arrival Sailing Ship Colony or Country William Hampton Original Immigrant 1620 Bona Nova VA Joane ____ Wife of William 1621 Abigail " William Hampton, Jr. Son " " " Grace Hampton Daughter " " " Elizabeth Hampton Daughter " " " John Hampton Probably a cousin " " " Rev. Thomas Hampton I Probably a cousin Before 1636 Unknown "
From Scotland to the Americas:
John Hampton, Gardener Original Immigrant 1683 Exchange NY/NJ Katherine Cloudsley Wife of Andrew " " " Janet Hampton Daughter of John " " " Elizabeth Hampton Daughter " " " Lydia Hampton Daughter " " " John Hampton Son " " " David Hampton,
born at sea?
Son " " " Andrew Hampton, Tailor Original Immigrant " " " Margaret Cumming Wife of Andrew " " "
All the above information was extracted from the Hampton Mailing List -- any errors are my own. Please send corrections and additions to Hampton-L@rootsweb.com. A very special thank you goes out to all the HAMPTONEERS who have contributed in the past and in the future.
Pending ~ Australia, Ireland, Germany, etc...
18th & 19th Century
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20th Century (Are the Hamptons still emmigrating?)
Do you think you are related to General Wade Hampton?
The first thing you should know is that there were four Wade Hamptons. The first Wade Hampton was an officer in the Revolutionary war and a Major General in the War of 1812. Wade Hampton II was a 2nd Lieutenant in the First Light Dragoons during the War of 1812. He was many things, but never a general. However his son, Wade Hampton III, did reach that rank during the Civil War, which from his perspective was "The War of Northern Aggression." His son, Wade Hampton IV, was a Major in the Confederacy. So which one is your ancestor?
It's best for family historians to work backwards in time, so allow me to start with the children of Wade Hampton III and his first wife Margaret Preston: Wade Hampton IV had no children - so he can't be your ancestor; Thomas Preston Hampton never married; Sarah Buchanan Hampton married John C. HASKELL; John Preston Hampton died in infancy; and Harriet Flud Hampton died while still a child. Wade III then married Mary Singleton McDUFFIE. Their children were: George McDuffie Hampton who married Heloise URQUHART; Mary Singleton Hampton married Randolph Tucker, but had no children; Alfred Hampton married Frances HERNSEN; and Catherine Fisher Hampton who died in infancy.
So that leaves only three families to choose from. Do you descend from Sarah (Sally) Hampton and John HASKELL, George McDuffie Hampton and Heloise URQUHART or Alfred Hampton and Frances HERNSEN?
Or if Wade III isn't your ancestor, perhaps you descend from Col. Wade Hampton II and his wife Ann FITZSIMMONS? Their first child was Wade III, but they had seven more children: Christopher Hampton who married Mary Elizabeth McCORD; Harriet Flud Hampton; Catharine Pritchard Hampton; Ann M. Hampton; Caroline Louisa Hampton; Col. Frank Hampton married Sarah Strong BAXTER; and Mary Fisher Hampton.
None of the girls ever married, nor did Annie, the only daughter of Christopher Hampton and Mary McCord. That only leaves Frank HAMPTON and "Sally" BAXTER. You can read more about her in the book, A Divided Heart, Letters of Sally Baxter Hampton 1853 - 1862, edited by Ann Fripp Hampton.
One more Wade to go. There were no children from his first marriage to Mrs. Martha Epps (Goodwyn) Howell. The children of the original Wade Hampton and his second wife Harriet FLUD (now you know where that name came from) were Wade II (already discussed) and Francis Hampton who never married. After the death of Harriet, Wade married Mary CANTEY. Their children were: Harriet Hampton (never married); Louisa Wade Hampton (never married); Caroline Martha Hampton married John PRESTON; Mary Sumter Hampton married Thomson T. Player (she and her only infant died during childbirth); Alfred Hampton died very young; and Susan Frances Hampton married John MANNING.
So now all you have to do is the research to learn which of the families is actually yours. There were many young men named after one Wade Hampton or another, simply because they were civic and military leaders -- good men who inspired others. Even if you learn that you do not descend from one of the Generals, there are other many other branches of the HAMPTON family dating back almost a thousand years. In fact there are so many branches, that we are still trying to figure out where they all came from -- and where they went. Care to join us?
"The name and fame of Hampton will endure as long as loyalty and courage are respected by the human race."
~John Esten Cooke