Name: Robert de Affeton
Birth: ABT 1251
Residence: Affeton, West Worlington, Devon
Change Date: 28 APR 2008
The first "de Affeton" to be recorded was one Robert who held Afton (as it was often spelt) under the Feudal tenure system, with Humphrey, Lord Stafford, as his immediate overlord. This was in the year 1272.
The Aftons or de Affetons appear to have been people of some account, having provided a Sheriff for the County, 1371, and having acted as Trustees to the Acklands at the time of the Crusades. One of these, Thomas de Afton, purchased the Manor of Worlington from Walter Marwood (1368) who was the last separate owner of that property. The de Worlingtons never owned Affeton itself, which, up to the end of the 15th century was a Parish on it's own account, having it's own Church and Chaplain, and presumably having been the centre of a community of some size, since in the 15th century a reference is made to a person being "of the town of Affeton".
(A brief note on Affeton by Lieut-Cmdr. J.H. Stucley, D.S.C., R.N.)
"Affeton, or Affton, now the seat of a worshipful family of Stukely. It was sometime a parish of itself, and now it stands between the two Worlingtons, east and west. It gave name to a great progeny, whereof Thomas de Afton was sheriff, 44th Edward III. Agnes, the heir of the house, brought it with a fair inheritance to Stukely. This gentleman married Halse and Coades: his father, Munk: his grandfather, St. Leger.?
- John de Affeton