Sir Thomas Hildreton as he was also known was a trusted retainer to John of Gaunt: King of Castile and Leon, Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster, Earl of Derby Lincoln and Leicester.
Sir Thomas was also a Constable of Dunstanburgh Castle, and High Sheriff of Northumberland.His surname can be found recorded in various ways from Ilderton to De Hildreton.I discovered on-line that the same can be said of his 13th century ancestors and 15th century descendants.After the 1500s the name mainly remains Ilderton or Ildreton.
Surnames like mine Hildreth, and surnames like yours are often misspelled in many different ways.For this reason, could it be possible that Ilderton and Hildreth share a common ancestor?
For example, my ancestor Richard Hildreth emigrated from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony circa 1643.How he came to America from England is still a mystery.Most of his descendants have been genealogically recorded in America.In that time, the Hildreth last name was often misspelled in numerous ways.Today Richard has descendants who call themselves Heldreths.
A DNA test taken by over two dozen Hildreths have proven that Richard Hildreth shares a recent common ancestor with English Hildreth cousins whose ancestors never left England.
Today many Ildertons and Hildreths live in the vicinity of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England.Coincidence?
Please contact me if any Ilderton men would be interested in proving if Hildreths living today might be related to them.Or contact me if you are interested in genetic ancestry.I'll share what information I have.