James Acton Y-chromosome DNA markers
I'm a descendant of James Acton (1746-1829 m. Elizabeth McCraft 1764). My Y chromosome DNA markers are here
The first 12 markers are identical with those of an individual with surname Acton who is not a descendant of James. He's descended from Henry Acton who emigrated to Maryland from Shropshire around 1700. This strongly suggests that we have a common ancestor in the male line, and that my markers are the same as James.
The 1881 British census map:
shows that most individuals with surname Acton were living around Shropshire. There are places named "Acton" in both Shropshire and Cheshire (it means "oak-tree farm" or "oak-tree settlement").
I put the results on the British Isles DNA data base [http://www.britishislesdna.com/]. So far, the markers are unique and there are no closely related families.