I have now completed a good section of my work into the early history of our family name. I do hope that people will accept my comments for what they are ment to be and that is helpful.
At the start of the book on our family, under notes for Egerardi Albrictona, it states that "There is documentary proof in English history that the individuals existed but there is no proof that the present alignment is correct. However, circumstances indicate that all of the individuals mentioned were members of the Albrighton/Albritton family"
Now the first of the statements is true, however the second is false. All we can say is that these individuals lived at some stage in Albrighton and that when they moved away as was tradition they were refered to as, for example John de Albrighton. Whilst in Albrighton John may have been John son of Thomas or John the Smith. This was the case until artound 1400 when for tax reasons surnames became widespread.
As an example of this Roger de Albrighton, only very late in his life is the 'de' dropped. Reference is made in the book to his nephew Symeon de Albryghton, in fact it reads, Symeon le Clerk de Albryghton. Simeon is also listed twice in Close Rolls in 1396/97 as just Simeon le Clerk of Albrighton. Just to put the record straight, as nephew he shold be under generation 10 not 11and was probably born around 1370ish.
There are other Albrightons found in records, two different generations being listed in the Coventry Guild in the late 14th/ 15th Century.
To sum up the earliest confimed link in anyones tree should be Thomas Albrighton of Haughton bn abt 1490. Before that all we can say is that Thomas's ancestors at some point came from Albrighton, hence where they obtained their name.
Just for the record the Staffordshire record of 1532 where this information came from lists name as Bryghton. This however appears to be a recording error as they are all recorded later in Wills and Parish records as Albrighton.