On the Felton genforum there is a new description of the Origins of the Felton family name in England.There are now over 5,000 connected Felton names (and more to come soon) in one family tree -- including the Massachusetts and Virginia/ North Carolina immigrations.This tree goes continuously back to AD 1020, and reaches out to many cousins in numerous locations.
In the 1500s John Calvin's work led to the Puritan way of life; in the 1650s the Quakers started their pacifist movement; and then there were the Protestant/Catholic conflicts in England. All these movements caused religious differences with the powers of the day, and people left England for more enlightened lives elsewhere.Adding to the emigration effect of these religious differences, merchants and tradesmen also moved to new bases in Europe.
In your searches for the origins of your Velten/Felten family emigrants, I would appreciate knowing if you find any real evidence of English migrants to Germany/France/Belgium/Holland/etc. with "Felton" surnames that could match yours.I recognize that names change when borders are crossed!It may be possible to connect these migrants with the main English Felton tree which is already established.So, for example, did Hans Veltin (born in 1625) actually come from somewhere outside Alsace?
Thanks David Felton Hemmings email@example.com