Where did Christopher Lupton come from and how did he get here?

Theories on Christopher's arrival at Cedar Island

Theories are exactly that ... theories and it should be noted that theories are much like toothbrushes, in that everyone has their own and nobody wants to use anyone else's. That said, the most common story of his arrival on Cedar Island being due to a ship wreck is, while possible, more than likely just so much drama likely told to entertain children. Your webmaster has run across various accounts of his origin.

One theory says he was shipwrecked - a variation says there were three brothers shipwrecked - one says he was a whaler - some theories say he was just passing through the area bound for the warmer weather of Florida. There are other claims that the Lupton line came down from Sussex Virginia and populated the Carteret, Beaufort, and Scranton areas of Eastern NC.

Christopher's Ancestors

Most accounts seem to say that he came from New Jersey. This is based on there having been a family of Luptons living in coastal NJ at the time. This Lupton family in New Jersey is the most likely origin of Christopher. While there is no hard evidence of this relationship, there is some strong circumstantial evidence!

At the time, families tended to name their children for relatives or use the surnames of close family friends. Naming patterns were distinct within various families with the use of certain names repeating through the generations. This trend is visible to this day among us, Christopher's descendants and is quite evident among those that we believe to be his ancestors. The names of Christopher, Josiah and Silas are some of those repeating names within our Lupton family. These naming patterns allow us to find out more on his ancestry even though we are missing documents here and there!

From the family in New Jersey it is fairly easy to make the connection to the Lupton family of the Hamptons area of Long Island in the colony of New York. The Long Island Luptons are reasonably well documented and if we go back just a couple of generations we find the first of the Lupton family to live on Long Island. Not surprisingly, his name was Christopher Lupton.

This Christopher Lupton was born in England around 1630 and died in Southhampton, Suffolk county on Long Island in 1686. Christopher, his brother Thomas Jr and his father, Thomas all immigrated to New England prior to 1644 and settled originally in the New Haven area of Connecticut. There is more about their origins in England towards the bottom of this page.

The Lupton Family in New England

Coming soon.

The Lupton Family in England

As you read on, please recall what was said at the beginning of this page about theories! Your webmaster belives that the theory presented here is the most likely (and certainly best documented) scenario for the origin of our Lupton family in America. But, by no means, is it a certainty!

Making the link from Thomas Lupton and his children in Connecticut back to England proved difficult. There is no record of them being on any ship sailing to New England. The first known records of them are from 1644 in Branford, Connecticut (near New Haven, across the sound from Long Island).

Research on a family by the name of Ogden has proven to be the key to the probable origin of our branch of the Lupton family. A researcher, Charles Boetsch, while doing work on the Ogden family, ran across a link between the Ogden and Lupton families. The family he was researching ended up in Connecticut at the same time as, and was known to associate with, our Lupton ancestors.

The final link was made based on church records in England which show a marriage between the families. These parish registers were from Bingley and Keighley parishes in Yorkshire West Riding. These are neighboring parishes with the churches being only about 3.5 miles apart. Our Lupton ancestors lived about halfway between the two, in an area called Morton. Take a closeup look at the area on Google Maps.


The red dot on the map shows the approximate location of Bingley and Keighley parishes.

Below are pertinent excerpts from the parish registers. Scans of the actual pages from the registers can be seen by clicking on the links in each line.

Helen Lupton, daughter of Christopher Lupton, baptised on 20 Feb 1598 in Keighley.
Thomas, son of Christopher Lupton, baptised 02 Feb 1605 in Keighley.
Richard Ogden 'Sr' & Ellen Lupton married on 01 Sep 1618 in Keighley.
Richard 'Jr', s/o Richard Ogden, baptised 25 Mar 1621 in Bingley.
John, s/o Richard, baptised 10 Jul 1625 in Bingley.
Thomas, son of Thomas Lupton, baptised 23 Nov 1628 in Bingley.
Christopher, son of Thomas, baptised 06 Feb 1631 in Bingley.

The reasoning behind claiming these Luptons (there were many others at the time!) as our ancestors is based on the following outline:

1. Brother and sister, Thomas Lupton (1605) and Helen (or Ellen?) Lupton (1598)
2. Ellen marries Richard Ogden (1618)
3. The Ogden's have a child, Richard Jr (1621)
4. The Ogden's have a child, John (1625)
5. Thomas Lupton has a son, Thomas Jr (1628)
6. Thomas Lupton has a son, Christopher (1631)
7. At the time, it was common for extended families to emigrate together.
8. These two groups of related people match (in ages and names) the Ogdens and Luptons that settled at the same time (1640's), in the same area of Connecticut.
9. None of these persons are found at a later date in the parish records of the area.

To rephrase the above, a group of people in England match (in names, ages and relationships) a group of people later found in America. This same group of people are no longer found in England once they appear in America.

The basis for our conclusion isn't exactly as strong as we might wish, but considering that we are trying to prove something that happened 400 years ago it just may have to be enough!

So, now that we know who our ancestors were and where they lived in England, where does that new knowledge leave us?

For starters, we can be certain that the above "coat of arms" was never part of OUR Lupton heritage. A coat of arms is created for an individual, not a family. A modified version can be passed down to the oldest male heir but there is no such thing as a family coat of arms despite what the companies that sell them would like for you to believe.

Our ancestors that came from England were your basic tenant farmers, day laborers or perhaps tradesmen (the Ogden's were stonemasons). They were not landowners. They were not of royal descent. You don't have to worry that someone is going to come calling at your door to inform you that the queen has died and you have to take over the kingdom ... at least not based on your Lupton heritage!

We can actually trace our heritage back a couple more generations! The father of Thomas and his sister, Ellen (who emigrated to New England along with 2 of Thomas' sons) was Christopher Lupton (1570-1613). Christopher's father was Robert Lupton.

We know of Robert Lupton only through his son's baptismal record. We can guess that he was probably born around 1540. But at that point, the trail ends. There are not any older parish records, and there are no grave markers to give us clues. Short of a time machine, we are very unlikely to learn any more of our oldest ancestors.