WELCOME!! This website contains some of the results of my research into one branch of my ancestry – the Puleston family. So far, I have managed to trace 26 generations, from my ancestor Hamo de Pyvelesdon, who in 1150 was living at Pyvelesdon (now called Puleston), near Newport in Shropshire, to our grandchildren Rosemary, Samuel, Poppy and Edgar Puleston Jones.
There is some debate about the origin of the family name – de Pyvelesdon, or currently Puleston. Some say the family came over from Normandy or Brittany in 1087, but I have found no evidence for this. More likely, the name originates from the hamlet of Puleston near Newport, Shropshire, where some of my ancestors lived and owned land from at least 1150 to 1283.
Most of my branch of the family pronounce the name as “Pull – stun”. Some of my father’s late Welsh cousins used to pronounce it “Pill – stun”, using the Welsh pronunciation, which is also the pronunciation given in Debrett’s Correct Form and was presumably that used by the Puleston baronets, the last of whom (the Reverend Sir Theophilus Henry Gresley Puleston, Bart.) died in 1896. Other cousins say “Pewl – stun”, and yet others say “Pull – est – stun”.
THE DOMESDAY BOOK
In 1086, the hamlet of Puleston was recorded on Folio 257 verso of the Domesday Book as Pliuesdone, as follows:
“Earl Edwin held it. There is 1 hide paying geld. There is land for 4 ploughs. TRE it was worth 8s. He found it waste and it is.”
A “hide” was the standard measurement of land for assessing the tax due and amounted to about 120 acres or 48.5 hectares. “Geld” means tax. “TRE” is short for Tempora Rex Edwardus – in other words, in the time of King Edward the Confessor, 1042-1066.
EMRAL, WORTHENBURY, FLINTSHIRE
The de Pyvelsdon family held land in Puleston until at least 1433, but King Henry III confiscated most of it in the 1260s, as a result of the Pulestons supporting Simon de Montfort’s rebellion. Fortunately, in 1283, King Edward I granted to Sir Roger de Pyvelesdon the Emral estate near Worthenbury, Flintshire, Wales.
Pulestons lived more or less continuously at Emral until the early 1900s, when (after disastrous fires in 1895 and 1904) it was sold to the Summers family. They in turn sold it in 1936 and Emral Hall was demolished later that year. However, parts of it were bought and re-erected elsewhere, where they can still be seen, many being reused by Clough Williams-Ellis in building the Town Hall in his Italianate village of Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales. For lots of photos of Emral, see Photo galleries.
PICKHILL HALL, WORTHENBURY
Another branch of the Pulestons, from which I am also descended, acquired the nearby Pickhill Hall estate in the early 1600s through the marriage of John Puleston of Bradenheath, near Worthenbury to Ermine, daughter and heiress of Robert ap Madoc of Pickhill. The estate was sold in 1801 after the death of the Reverend Phillip Puleston.
OTHER PULESTON HOUSES IN NORTH WALES
Many other Pulestons lived in various parts of North Wales, including Hafod y Wern, Lightwood Hall, Llai Hall, Llwyn y Cnottiau, Overton, Pwll yr Uwd and the Bers (Upper Berse) near Wrexham, Pentre Coch, Fron Farm and Plasnewydd at Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Berth at Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Tremaran, London House and Mount Place at Bala and Bodrenig, at Arenig, near Bala. Photos of many of these are in Other Puleston houses.
I should be most grateful for any corrections or additional information or photos. You can contact me by e mail by clicking on Contact Form at the top of this page.
I am very grateful for the extensive information supplied to me by Stephen Perkins (especially relating to the Pulestons of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd) and the late Mrs Sunter Harrison (who published several interesting booklets on the Pulestons and their houses).
I am also very grateful to Jean Timm at the Osage County Historical Society and Genealogical Research Center in Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas and the terrific staff at the Kansas Historical Society for all the assistance they gave us in April 2007 when we were there researching my great grandparents, Edward and Jane Puleston, and their daughter, Fanny.
A huge thankyou also to Mary A Riley of Hartshorn, Texas County, Missouri who in September 2009 provided us with many fascinating recollections about the Hartshorn farmhouse owned by my great grandparents, Edward and Jane Puleston, from 1898 to 1909.
Haydn Puleston Jones