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I’m off on another tangent now – I thought I would just try to put some thoughts together on some of my genealogy. This is my second post reflecting on some History about my link to the honorable Brereton Family, of Cheshire, England. The Brereton bloodline is Norman, and instead of being French, as some scholars used to think (I don’t know, maybe some still do); the Brereton Clan actually stems from Norway with the Vikings, under King Rollo, who fought, plundered, and then married into more royalty in Rouen, France. He became the first Duke of Normandy.
I do not have any first-hand documentation for the genealogical data on the Brereton Family, so I rely mainly on information found through what I’m assuming are reliable sources; and then, I try to corroborate several sources to see if they match.
It’s Fun! It takes my mind off of things! It gives this History Major (I concentrated on English Medieval and Roman History as an undergraduate at UNL) a chance to delve back into Historical Research from time to time. And, it is interesting to the second power, because it is old History about my family.
The Brereton Clan has held a long respectable History. There have been Brereton Knights in service to almost all the English kings afterwards. Starting with William the Conqueror, my ancestral Grandfather Brereton(s) were Barons or Knights under William the Conqueror, and stood by William during The Battle of Hastings, in 1066 AD. The name ‘Brereton’ (Bretone) is written in several ancient manuscripts, including “The Honour Roll of the Battle Abbey,” “Ragman Rolls,” and “The Domesday Book” (1086).
“The Domesday Book, (compiled in 1086 by William the Conqueror), the Ragman Rolls, the Wace poem, the Honour Roll of the Battle Abbey, The Curia Regis, Pipe Rolls, the Falaise Roll, tax records, baptismals, family genealogists, local parish and church records, shows the first record of the name Brereton was found in Cheshire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished help at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.” (WEB. “Brereton Family”, information from Bob Brereton.)
Apparently, the Brereton family name was not of French origin, as some researchers believe (WEB. “Brereton Family” – brereton.org). It is more accurately a family of Viking origin.
“The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and Northern Scotland about the year 870 A.D., under their King, Stirgud the Stout. Thorfinn Rollo.” (WEB. “Brereton Family,” information from Bob Brereton).
It seems that the Vikings under King Rollo were not only plundering outside of their home of Norway, but also within Norway, so he was exiled (WEB. “Rollo – First Duke of Normandy”). Eventually, Rollo and his army ended up in France. At this time, various marauding ‘Barbarian’ hoards were running roughshod throughout the country, so the people of Rouen asked Rollo to stay and protect them, and he did.
“In 911 Rollo and Charles le Simple concluded the contract of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte. The contract warranted Rollo the reign over Neustria. Neustria was situated in the northwest of France between Loire and Schelde,” the area which became known as Normandy (WEB. “Rollo – First Duke of Normandy”).
Brereton had but one origin, beginning with the Norman Conquest, preserved in “The Roll of Battle Abbey” and “Domesday Book,” and perpetuated in the Hall of “Brereton,” in Cheshire, England. This was the first Brereton home, and so continued since A. D. 1066, when William the Conqueror confiscated most of the Saxon estates and gave them to his Norman barons. (WEB. “Brereton – A Family History”)
Here is the National Archives Data Reference in the “DOMESDAY BOOK” where the surname, Brereton, is located:
|Place name:||Brereton, Cheshire|
|Folio:||267r Great Domesday Book|
|Domesday place name:||Bretone|
|People mentioned within entire folio:||Church of Lymm; Dodda; Earl Edwin; Earl Morcar; Earngeat; Edwin; Gilbert de Venables; Gilbert the huntsman; Glewin; Godgyth; Godwine; Gruffydd; Joscelin; Leofnoth; Leofwine; Men of Gilbert the huntsman; Ralph the huntsman; Ranulph; Thorth; Uhtbrand; Wulfgeat; Wulfsige|
“Isdem Gislebertus (de Venables) ; tenet Bretone; Ulviet tenuit. Ibi ii hi- dae geldabiles. Terre est iv carucarum in dominio, est una et ii bovarii, et ii villani,et iii bordarii. Ibi una acra prati. Silva una leuva longa, et dimidia lata, et molinum de xii denariis. De hac terra ii homines eius unam hidam, et habent una carucum, cum ii servis, et ii villanis, et iv bordariis. Totum tem- pore R. Edwardi valebat xx solidos, modo similiter. Wasta invenitur.” (WEB. “Brereton – A Family History.”)
“Brereton Hall is situated to the north of the village of Brereton Green, adjacent to St Oswald’s Church. The manor of Bretune is listed in Domesday Book. The brick built hall dates back to 1586, as is inscribed over the entrance” (WEB. “Brereton.” brereton.co.uk).
The most famous of the ‘New World’ Brereton explorers, was John Brereton (b. c.a. 1572, Norwich, England). He was the navigator on one of the first expeditionary mapping projects of Virginia, under Captains Bartholomew Gosnold, Bartholomew Gilbert, and Gabriel Archer, (c.a. 1602) (“American Journeys Background… < http://www.americanjourneys.org/aj-039/summary/index.asp >.
Like most explorers, this group was not much different. The trip was financed by the Earl of Southampton (and others), with the intent to see what could be financially exploited and to set up a permanent trading post in Virginia (WEB. (“American Journeys Background… ). A competitor for adventure and economic exploration at that time, was Sir Walter Raleigh, who was busy along the South East coast of the New World. Apparently, Raleigh had a ‘patent’ and claim for this sort of exploration, where with he believed the exploration journey of Captain Gosnold (1602) had infringed upon his ‘patent’.
I am not sure if John Brereton (b. c.a.1572) was a direct ancestor of mine – I am assuming he is a Great ancestral Uncle. John Brereton (ca. 1571/1572 – ca. 1632) is credited for naming many of the place-names in Virginia. He was the first to document Cape Cod and its environs (“Briefe and True Relation of the Discoverie of the North Part of Virginia in 1602“).
The famous, “Captain John Smith, in his Adventures and Discourses, speaks of Master John Brereton and his account of his voyage as turning his brains, and impelling him to cast in his lot with Gosnold and Wingfield, and make that later voyage which resulted in the planting and colonisation of Virginia in 1607.” (WEB. “John Brereton” – Wikipedia).
My family (on my father’s mother’s side) have been in the United States since the early 1600’s.
My Great Ancestral Grandfather, William Brereton (b. 1648 – Cheshire, England), emigrated from England, to the ‘New World’ along with his brother, Thomas, and they settled in Maryland. There are many records in Somerset County, Maryland, about my Great Ancestral Grandfather:
“Brereton is found often in the records as a party in various transactions, and appears as one of “his Lordship’s Justices of the Peace” for Somerset in the commission of June 1676. He continued as a member of the court to the year 1690, being of “the quorum” of the court from 1687. In 1689 he was one of the coroners for Somerset Co. [Appendix IV on p. 393: 1689-1690-William Brereton (Somerset Court, Judicials, Liber EFG, 1689-90, p. 19; and Judicials, 1690-1, p. 12)].”
“William Brereton was sworn in as high Sheriff of Somerset County in place of William Whittington, on 5 November 1689 — so presumably he was living in the county, and not across the bay.” [MSA Volume 106, Somerset County Judicial Records, 1689-1690, p.7]
William Brereton (b. 1648), was married to Sarah Smith , who was the daughter of Colonel Samuel Smith: Colonel Smith piloted ships back and forth from England to America, bringing new immigrants to the New World.
“”WILLIAM BRERETON; William Brereton belonged to a family of distinction in Northumberland Co., VA, whence he came to Somerset Co. MD c1672. Brereton settled on a plantation in the folk of Wicomico & Passadike Creeks in Somerset Co. which contained some 500 acres of the tract called “Smith’s Adventure.” The patent for “Smith’s Adventure” (containing in the whole 1000 acres) was granted in June 1667 to Col. Samuel Smith, of Little Wiccocomoco, Northumberland Co., VA, and a “full half” thereof deeded by the said Smith on June 8, 1672, “for and in respect of the love and affection which I beare to my son in law William Brereton, of Wiccomoco, afsd., and Sarah, his now wife,…to the said William Brereton and Sarah, his wife, and the heirs of the said Sarah, forever (Somerset Court, Deed Liber O3, p. 116. In May 1676, Samuel Smith conveyed to “My son in law Peter Presley, Junior, of Northumberland Co., Va., the remaining 500 acres of “Smith’s Adventure” tract-Deed Liber O5, p. 25-9).
I do not have all the records I need or want, on my known Brereton Grandfathers, but there is hope that I will find more as time and research continues.
I am a 7-Times Great Grandson of William Brereton (b. 1648, Brereton, Cheshire, England – d. 1690, Somerset County, Maryland) and Sarah Smith (b. 1653 – d. 1698, who was the daughter of Colonel Samuel Smith (b. 1625), husband of Hannah Smith [b. 1630]).
⊙ These new editions to the post, are with some edits, and some corrections (I hope corrections and not mistakes), updated on 2 September 2017.
(Gen 10) WILLIAM BRERETON (1648 – 1690)
+SARAH BRERETON [SMITH] (1653 – 1698)
[Daughter of Colonel Samuel Smith (b.1625)]
(Coming soon when I can get to a keyboard to make typing easier.)
(Gen 8) WILLIAM BREWINGTON (1719 – 1796)
+NANCY BREWINGTON [PARSONS] (no specific dates yet) (Note: There are many spelling variations of BRERETON in Historical Documents. This was the time of high-tension between the British loyal to the Crown, and colonists fighting for freedom. Changing the surname from “Brereton” to “Brewington” was most likely a strategic move for safety’s sake as the name “Brereton” was well known in service to royalty of England, for over 500-years, as Knights and Barons of the Kings.)
(Gen 7) WILLIAM BREWINGTON (b. 1765
+SARAH (SALLIE) BREWINGTON [VANCE] (d. c.1826)
(Gen 6) PRISCILLA JANE LAMBERTSON [BREWINGTON] (b. c.1790 – d. 9 Dec 1851)
+JOHN W. LAMBERTSON (b. 4 Oct 1789 – d. 16 Aug 1865) (Note: My Lambertson family had been in The New World since before 1630. They first landed in Accomack County, VA. Shortly then, my ancestral Great Grandfather Lambertson moved to Snow Hill, Maryland. It was the Lambertson side of my family that joined with the Brereton (Brewington) Clan.
(Gen 5) SAMUEL LAMBERTSON (b. 22 Dec 1828 – d. 1 Jan 1921)
+MARY M. LAMBERTSON [SHADE] (b. 18 Feb 1834 – d. 29 Apr 1909)
(Gen 4) WILLIAM MONROE LAMBERTSON (b. 14 Mar 1864 – d. 31 Mar 1948)
+ADA GRACE LAMBERTSON [GOODMAN] (b. 14 Jun 1870 – d. 1 Jun 1950)
(Gen 3) BERTHA GRACE JOHNSON [LAMBERTSON] (b. 8 Mar 1898 – d. 23 Jun 1981)
+JOHN ADOLPH CHRISTIAN JOHANNESON (b. 3 Aug 1885 – d. 3 Jul 1963)
(Gen 2) Merlin Roy Johnson (b. 14 May 1938)
+Connie Rae Johnson [Yonkey] (b. 22 Oct 1941)
(Gen 1) AHMAD Nawfal JOHNSON NUR BIN ABDULLAH (b. 1965)
+RASHIDAH ZACHARIAH (b. 1963)
My quest to discover new things about my families of the past, continues. I apologize for any unintentional misinformation that I may have added here. However, I believe that my sources are consistently correct in their research on the Brereton Clan (for the most part). I learn something new each time I investigate my family genealogy.
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