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Shenton family page

This family was prominent in Jersey in the second half of the 20th century through Ben, a Police Sergeant during the Occupation, his son Dick, a politician, and grandson Ben, also a politician


Sheila Theresa Shenton

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Origins of surname

This is an English locational surname, derived from one or more of the places called Shenton in Leicester, Hertford, and Cheshire, or from Shenstone in Staffordshire. The name probably means the hamlet ('ton') by the bright stream ('scen'), or the settlement 'tun' on the River Scence.

The family in Jersey came from Ireland, but although we have been unable to trace its ancestry further than the late 18th century, other records we have found suggest that Shentons emigrated from England to Ireland in the middle of that century.

Early records

Although some researchers suggest that he was born in Jersey, we believe that the first to arrive, from Ireland, was Benjamin, with his wife Mary Bone, as shown in the tree below.


  • Shenton
  • Shinton

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Family wills

This will created by a member of the Shenton family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Francis Shenton, St Brelade - 15 January 1921, D/Y/A/81

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