My Brereton Ancestors

The family of Brereton was one of the most ancient and influential in the county of Chester, England.  Brereton, as a landed estate has existed since A.D. 1066.  The origins of the Brereton name originate with the Norman Conquest and are mentioned in early books such as the "Roll of Battle Abbey" and "Domesday Book."  The estate of Brereton was the home to these early settlers bearing that name which was spelled in different ways including Bretoun, Breton and Bereton.  The first Brereton mentioned by name is Ralph de Brereton, as a witness to a charter given by Gilbert de Venables in 1087.  In abt. 1176, Ralph de Brereton, the grandson of Ralph is mentioned as witness in a grant of Marton to Richard de Davenport.

1. William de Brereton, a descendant of Ralph married Margery De Thornton, daughter of Randle De Thornton.
2. Ralph de Brereton, son of William and Margery. Ada is listed as wife of Ralph in some sources with others not mentioning the marriage.
3. William de Brereton, son of Ralph married Margaret De Sandbach, one of the daughters of Richard Sandbach.
4. William de Brereton, son of William and Margaret was born c. 1263.  He married Rose De Vernon in abt. 1275, daughter of Sir Ralph De Vernon of the ancient Barons of Shipbrook.
5. William de Brereton, son of William and Rose was born c. 1295.  He married Margaret Bosley, daughter of Sir Ralph Bosley.
6. William de Brereton, son of William and Margaret married Margaret Done, daughter of Henry Done of Utkinton.
7. Randle Brereton, son of William and Margaret married Alice De Ipstones, daughter of Sir William de Ipstones and Maude De Swynnerton.  Randle was Sheriff of Cheshire in 1428, 1433, and 1436.
8. Randle Brereton, son of Randle and Alice married Catherine Bulkeley, daughter of William Bulkeley of Eaton.
9. Randle Brereton, son of Randle and Catherine married Emma Carrington, daughter of John Carrington.

10. Randle Brereton, son of Randle and Emma was born abt. 1485. He married Eleanor Dutton, daughter of Peter (Piers) Dutton in abt. 1502.  He was made a Knight Banneret for his bravery at Terouenne and Tournay.  He built the Brereton Chapel in the Church of Malpas in 1522 where he was buried.  Randle and Eleanor had 9 sons and 3 daughters.

11. Elizabeth Brereton, daughter of Randall and Eleanor was born abt. 1505.  She married Sir Randall Mainwaring, son of John Mainwaring and Katherine Honford.  I descend from their daughter Margaret Mainwaring who married Sir. Arthur Mainwaring.


Brereton Material on the Internet
Brereton: A Family History - Available as a free eBook on Google Books


Surnames that married into my Brereton family








My Descent From The Brereton Line

Generation Father Mother
26 William Brereton, Sir (1203-) Margery De Thornton
25 Ralph De Brereton, Sir (1223-1280)  
24 William Brereton III, Sir (1245-) Margaret De Sandbach
23 William Brereton IV, Sir (1263-) Rose De Vernon
22 William Brereton V (1290-1345) Margaret Bosley
21 William Brereton IV (1322-1381) Margaret Done
20 Randle Brereton (1380-) Alice De Ipstones
19 Randle Brereton Catherine Bulkeley
18 Randle Brereton Emma Carrington
17 Randall Brereton (1485-1530)  Eleanor Dutton (1484-1522)
16 Sir Randall Mainwaring (1495-1577)  Elizabeth Brereton (1505-1545)
15 Sir Arthur Mainwaring (1520-1590) Margaret Mainwaring (1521-1591)
14 Richard Cotton (1539-1602) Mary Mainwaring (1541-1578)
13 George Abell (1561-1631) Frances Cotton (1565-1630)
12 Robert Abell (1589) Joanna (1610-1671)
11 Caleb Abell (1646-1731) Margaret Post (1653-1700)
10 Zachariah Loomis (1681-1751) Joanna Abell (1682-1759)
9 Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800) Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

This page was added on 12/18/13 and last updated on 09/15/16

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