Who were the Nuns?

A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800

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Alethea Anderton, in religion Alethea Magdalen.
Born: 1638 in Lostock, Lancs.
Died: 28 Mar 1679 in Louvain, aged 40/1.

father: Christopher Anderton Esq Cath of Lostock, Lancs
mother: Alathea Smith Cath of Wootton Wawen, Warws

Augustinians, Louvain choir nun.

She professed 2 Jul 1658, aged 18.

She was the cousin of Lucy Thwaytes, Aurelia Thwaytes, Ursula Eyre, Francisca Smith, Mary Smyth, Elizabeth Smith, Dorothy Eyre.
She was the great aunt of Anne Anderton, Elizabeth Anderton.
She was the kinswoman of Ann Standish, Mary Heton.
She was the niece of Elisabeth Smythe, Frances Smith.
She was the great niece of Ursula Smith.
She was the sister of Elizabeth Anderton.

brother: Fr Christopher Anderton SJ Rector, Rome of Rome
brother: Fr Bruno Anderton
uncle: Sir Charles Smith 1st viscount Carington of Oxon

Sources: Louvain MS Chronicle: 606-11, 631.

Family tree (Anderton of Lostock and Horwich)
Family tree (Smith Carington)


Father was cousin to Dorothy, Ann, Elizabeth and Mary Anderton, and Ellen, Ann and Elizabeth Bradshaigh, and Elizabeth Tildesly, all nuns at the Gravelines Poor Clares.

Joined as a scholar aged 12.