ACTON, William (by 1513-67), of Aldenham, Salop.
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Family and Education
b. by 1513, s. of Thomas Acton of Aldenham by Elizabeth, da. of one Dryland. m. by 1534, Cecily, da. of Richard Cresset of Upton Cressett, 6s. 6da. suc. fa. by Feb. 1538.1
There is some obscurity about the succession of William Acton to his family’s lands, which constituted one of the largest estates west of Bridgnorth. The succession was disputed, and it is impossible to reconcile the various statements of relationship contained in the consequent chancery cases and in contemporary wills and inquisitions. As Acton came from a line of lawyers and his eldest son was to be trained to the law, he may have received a legal education, but the first trace found of him is in the administration of the estates of two recently dissolved Shropshire abbeys in 1540. Six years later he bought some ex-monastic land in the county for £291, only to sell it not long afterwards to a London mercer.