In the eleventh century, there were a number of people in Cheshire, England who could have called themselves De Dutton, the original family surname. That was because they all were de (from) Dutton which was originally known as Duntune, meaning town on a hill. However, it was Odard, who came to England in the train of William the Conqueror and was granted a third of the township in 1086, who was the first to use it as his surname.
Odard probably wouldn't have been so fortunate if William the Conqueror hadn't been his great uncle and the Earl of Chester his uncle. It was the Earl, Hugh of Lupis that granted the land at Dutton to Odard. This is also why we know so much about Odard's ancestry. Both he and William were descended from Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy. Rollo, in turn, was descended from the King of Finland as described in Scandinavian sagas. The direct male Dutton line continued for some 600 years.
In about 1150, Dutton Hall was built by Sir Geoffrey de Dutton next to the Weaver River. It survived on that site, in one form or another, until 1933, when it was moved. The site is now a stud farm.
The most authoritative text on the first Duttons was written by Peter Leycester, baronet and published in 1673. It was part of a greater volume, "Leycester's Historical Antiquites" of which a copy can be found here. Both Peter and his wife were descendents of Odard. Bear in mind that very little of this lineage is supported by primary evidence. Even Peter Leycester is in doubt on one of the generations: twenty three.
DUTTON, Odard b ca. 1061 Normandy, France d Cheshire, England - First Lord of Dutton
m Alice Pichard b ca. 1106
m Alice, daughter of Richard Prescott
m Isabell, daughter of Hamon De Massy, Baron of Dunham-Massy and Agatha De Theray
m Agnes Fitzalured
m heiress of Clifton
m Ellen, daughter of Robert de Chedill
m Muriel b abt. 1191, daughter of Thomas le Despenser
m Alice, daughter of John de Lacy
Sir Geoffrey served in The Cursades in 1248
m Agnes, daughter of Hamon Masey Baron of Dunham
"This Hugh gave to John, his brother, the third part of all the Town of Bolinton in Maxfield Hundred, which Thomas le Dispenser gave in Free-marriage Hugoni Patri meo cum Muriela Matre mea; which Deed was made about the Year of Christ, 1234" from Leycester's Historical Antiquities
m Phillipa, daughter and heir of Vivian de Sandon or Standon, Staffordshire
Sir Thomas was Sheriff of Cheshire 1268, 53 Henry III. He died in the beginning of the Reign of Edward the First. Phillipa was a living widow 1290 and 1294.
m Joann, daughter of Sir Vrian de Sancto Petro, vulgo Sampier d after 1298
For the marriage of Katherine of the previous generation and Hugh of this, Cope says: 'I have no authority for this but an old pedigree'. According to P. H. Lawson, Sir Hugh married Margaret, daughter of Sir Hugh de dsp. Risley
m Joan daughter of Sir Robert Holland of Holland, Lancashire and Maud la Zouche, a possible descendent of Henry II, King of England
Sir Hugh was made Steward of Halton, 24 Decembris, 20 Edward II
m Ellen, daughter of Sir Peter Thorton of Thorton-Le-Moors
m Phillipa, widow of Sir Peter Thorton (not the mother of Ellen)
m 1360 Joan Minshall d 1387, daughter of Henry Minshull de Church-Minshull
m Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Sir William Butler of Beusy, Lord of Warrington
m Petronel Vernon, daughter of Ralph Vernon of Hatton
m Mary or Margaret Athurton, daughter of William Athurton of Athurton, Lancashire
John was mayor of Chester. He was buried at the pulpit along with his son Geoffrey.
m Mary Mainwaring (Mainwarne)
m Elizabeth Grossvenor
m Richard Manley
The genealogy from Odard down to this generation is from Leycester's Historical Antiquities pp. 248-260. The generations down to generation thirty nine can be found on a chart produced by P. H. Lawson F. S. A.
m Elizabeth Fouleshurst
m Elanor (Elinor) Puleston, daughter of Sir Richard Puleston
m Agnes Conway, daughter of John Conway, Flintshire
m unknown Percy
m Elinour Legh
m Julian Poyns daughter of William Poyns of Worthokiton in Essex, Esquire
Sir Piers was Sheriff of Cheshire 34 Henry 8
m Randal Brereton
m Catherine Wainright b ca. 1506 London, Middlesex, England
m Mary Taylor
m Elizabeth Kensall (Kelsall) b ca. 1540
John and Elizabeth were from Frodsham
m Alice Williams d 1593
m Jun 1598 Frodsham, Derby, England Dorothy Smith b ca. 1566 d 1628
m Mary Renny d ca. 1660
In her will of 4 May 1660, Mary (Renny) Dutton left the bulk of her estate to her grandson John, John's father having died before her. Also mentioned in the will were her daughter Elizabeth, her daughter in-law Ellin (Smith) Dutton, and her two other grandsons Thomas and Robert.
m Ellin (Elizabeth) Smith b ca. 1625
Robert may have emigrated to America as did his brother John or at least planned to. The following is found in Henry Graham Ashmead's 'History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania', page 635:
At the southwest end of the township, extending eastward to the original Newtown Street, was a tract of five hundred acres surveyed to Robert Dutton Jan. 18-19, 1681. Dutton appears never to have lived on this estate, which subsequently passed, April 6-7, 1723, to Robert Tippring.
John emigrated in 1682.