Martha Eltonhead was born circa 1628 in Lancashire, England, United Kingdom to Richard Eltonhead (1582-1664) and Ann Sutton (c1582-c1686) and died 1689 in Middlesex County, Virginia, United States of unspecified causes. She married Edwin Conway (c1610-c1674) 1640 in Northampton County, Virginia, United States. Notable ancestors include Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rurik (c832-879), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands.

An important "gateway" ancestor for many Americans, including Presidents Barack Obama (1961) and James Madison (1751) (though there seem to be discrepancies in Madison's reported lineage).


Offspring of Richard Eltonhead and Ann Sutton (c1582-c1686)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Eltonhead (c1615-1657)
Agatha Eltonhead (1622)
Jane Eltonhead (1623-c1660)
Eleanor Eltonhead (c1624)
Richard Eltonhead (c1626-aft1664)
Martha Eltonhead (1628-1689) 1628 Lancashire, England, United Kingdom 1689 Middlesex County, Virginia, United States Edwin Conway (c1610-c1674)

Alice Eltonhead (c1630-aft1671) 1627 1671 Rowland Burham (c1630-)
Henry Corbin (c1630-)
Henry Creyke (c1630-)


Offspring of Martha Eltonhead and Edwin Conway (c1610-c1674)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edwin Conway (1644-c1698) 11 May 1644 Rappahannock County, Virginia 7 September 1689 Richmond County, Virginia, British America Sarah Fleete or Walker (c1645-aft1685)
Elizabeth Thornton or Thompson (c1645-)

Eltonhead Conway (c1646-1689) 1646 England, United Kingdom 28 October 1689 Middlesex County, Virginia, United States Henry Thacker, Sr. (c1632-aft1672)


Line of ascendancy to Henry II, King of England: correct (March 2009) lineage of Martha Eltonhead and her daughter Eltonhead Conway. contributed by Marianne Dillow, given to her by Douglas Richardson, author of "Plantagenet Ancestry, 2004" and "Magna Carta Ancestry", 2005.

Henry II, King of England, with a mistress, Ida de Tosny.

William Longespée, Knt., 3rd Earl of Salisbury, married Ela of Salisbury.

Stephen Longespée, Knt., of King’s Sutton, Northamptonshire, married Emeline de Ridelisford.

Ela Longespée married Roger la Zouche, Knt., of Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire.

Alan la Zouche, Knt., Lord Zouche, married Eleanor De Segrave.

Maud la Zouche married Robert de Holand, Knt., 1st Lord Holand.

Maud (or Matilda) de Holand married Thomas de Swinnerton, Knt., 3rd Lord Swinnerton.

Robert de Swinnerton, Knt., 4th Lord Swinnerton, married Elizabeth de Beke.

Maud Swinnerton married John Savage, Knt., of Clifton, Cheshire.

Mary Savage married (as his 1st wife) William Stanley, Esq., of Hooton (in Wirral), Cheshire.

William Stanley, Esq., of Hooton (in Wirral), Cheshire, Stanley, married Alice Hoghton (or Houghton).

William Stanley, Knt., of Hooton (in Wirral), Cheshire, married Agnes Grosvenor.

William Stanley, Knt., Hooton (in Wirral), Cheshire, married Anne Harington.

Peter Stanley, Esq., of Moor Hall (in Aughton), Lancashire, married Cecily Tarleton.

Anne Stanley married Edward Sutton, Gent., of Knowsley (in Huyton), Lancashire and Hall House (in Rushton Spencer), Staffordshire.

Ann Sutton married Richard Eltonhead, Gent., of Eltonhead (in Prescot), Lancashire.

Martha Eltonhead married Edwin Conway, Gent., of Northampton and Lancaster Counties, Virginia.

Eltonhead Conway married Henry Thacker, sr.

That line continues down through some of Marianne Dillow's ancestors thus:





Most of those people now have individual pages on this wiki and should appear automatically on an ancestry table for Elizabeth. Some of those and other descendants should appear on the "Descendants" tab above.

For copious notes about this family, see Edwin Conway (c1610-c1674).

Famous descendants

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • Internet sources give her date of birth variously as:
  • ca 1608
  • 26 Sep 1608
  • 26 Sep 1618
  • 26 Sep 1625
  • 26 Sep 1628
  • 26 Sep 1678

The "born 1678" file (AFN: FXH8-QS) says she was married in 1640; but it gives two options for her mother's surname:

  1. Ann Sutton (c1582-c1686) (AFN:FXH8-S5) (with ancestry stated by Marianne Dillow to go to Henry II, King of England) - married to Richard Eltonhead (AFN: FXH8-R0) Individual record Extensive pedigree, probably including a line to Edward I as discussed
  2. Ann Massey (c1615-?) (AFN:140F-HSM) - married to Richard Eltonhead (AFN: 140F-HV2) Individual record (no parentage shown for either of them)

The "born 1628" (at Eltonhead, Lancashire) file (AFN: Z5J4-5D) gives her the two marriages followed by death in Virginia after 1652. No mother shown; father Richard Eltonhead (AFN: 1RR2-QZ2) Individual record (no parentage shown)

The "born about 1608" file (AFN: NBX1-P1) gives her Ann Sutton as mother and the same father as for the "born 1678" file abovementioned. Their family group record] shows that many siblings followed her:

  • the ninth being Richard, b c1626, "Of Eltonhead, Lancashire"
  • next being (the second) Alice, b 1627 "Of, Glochester, , Va", who died c1685 in Middlesex County, Virginia, the first on the list for whom any death place or date is shown
  • finally there is the second Martha, born 26 September 1678 in Lancashire.
₪ Wedding
  • Virginia was then in "British America".


  Robin Patterson

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