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This is a compilation of work done in my spare time beginning for me, in May of 1998, and it's my contribution to the global genealogy project and dedicated to my branch of Eltons. I hope to update it as new information is discovered and wish to thank my relatives for their help in collecting this information. As you will see, our Elton ancestors have been in the state of New Jersey for well over 400 hundred years. That's even before New Jersey became a state and the Revolutionary War! When researching this family I've found many interesting facts. Some good, some not so good. We've been doctors, lawyers, judges, scientists, published authors, and the list goes on and on. Personally, who am I to judge. Anyway, there was a song that came to mind when I was in the process of posting this. The song in mind is "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Why you ask? Think about it... history as shown us that our family at one time was a "ruling" family in England, we Elton's pre-date the English "Crusades". FACT: "The first record of the name Elton in Cheshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD." Since then, we've branched out all over the world and lead many diversified lives. Mr. Sinatra's words seem to describe us best... "I've been a pirate, a poet, a fraud and a King... I've been up and down and over and out but I know one thing, each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race..." In closing I'd like to say - as a "family" we've been on this planet for a thousand years... God bless & keep all of you and yours and here's to another thousand years! - Bill E.
"The Elton Family of Southern New Jersey"
Updated August 1, 2005

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William Richard Elton, Sr.
beltonsr@comcast.net


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