|About Breretons from Cheshire and Staffs.
My name is Jeanie Atkins and my maiden name was Brewerton. I have discovered via DNA testing
that my family relates to the Brereton name. We have connections via DNA to Brereton families
from Cheshire and Ireland.
There is a site that relates to the Irish Breretons at www.irishbreretons.tribalpages.com.
That site has been set up to be a collaborative tree. The aim being to gather many of the Irish
Brereton trees together and to see if by DNA testing we can find the most recent common
ancestor of these trees.
Another site, owned by Alyn Brereton, focuses on the Breretons of the surrounding
areas of Wybunbury, Nantwich.
I am starting this site along the lines of the Irish Brereton site.
I hope that people who can trace their tree to Cheshire will get involved and have a DNA test
the very least, spread the word about these projects.
The trees will be listed in date order rather than place.
There is a link to the head of each tree under their name.
Some trees have a coloured marker and others have place names next
to each name to help identify the tree.
William de Brereton c1176 = xxx. Brereton Hall. (Navy) Norfolk line DNA tested
John Brereton 1596 = Ann Gardener. Bunbury/Acton/Nantwich/Harthill. (Aqua)
Ralph Brereton 1630-1717 = Mary Unknown. Nantwich.
Thomas Brereton c1650 = Unknown. Wybunbury. (1650)
Edward Brereton c1660 = Mary Fletcher. Chester. (Teal)
John Brereton c1749 = Betty Edwards. Wybunbury. (Red)
William Brereton c1752 = Unknown. Wybunbury. (Yellow) DNA tested
Samuel Brereton c1755 Wybunbury. (George=Mary)
George Brereton c1775 = Mary Taylor. Wybunbury. (Betley)
Ralph Brereton c1775 = Alice Owen. Norton. (Purple)
George Brereton c1776 = Mary Jackson. Weston. (Weston)
Joseph Brereton c1771 = Mary Hamlet. Sandbach. (Sandbach)
Thomas Brereton c1790 = Hannah Unknown. Astbury.(Astbury)
Benjamin Brereton c1794 = Ann Furness. Romiley,Hyde, Stockport. (Romiley)
John Brereton c1796 = Ann Potts. Alsager. (Green)
James Brereton c1799 = Ann Unknown. Ashton, Tarvin. (Tarvin) DNA tested.
George Brereton c1799 = Hannah Farrington. Wheelock, Cheshire. (Sandbach x2)
George Brereton c1800 = Mary Keen. Wybunbury. (Odd Rode)
Thomas Brereton c1804 = Frances Forster. Wybunbury. (Wybunbury x 2 )
John William Brereton c1805 = Elizabeth Harding. Adlington. (Biddulp)
William Brereton 1811 = Julia E Gregory. Wybunbury. (Blue)
John Brereton c1820 = Martha Foxley. Wybunbury.
John Brereton c1830 (may be the son of George = Mary Keen) = Ann Davies. Astbury.
Collection of Brereton families connected to the district of Stockport, Cheshire.
At the moment the DNA results we have show that there are 6 separate Brereton trees.
There are two DNA results from the Norfolk line which shows by paper trail a connection to
the Breretons of Brereton Hall.
There is one sample from Barbados whose family members live in Trinidad. We need
another from this family.
The 3rd. line is also a single tester of an adoptee from the Harthill tree.
The 4th is from the Tarvin tree. This does not match any other tested so far.
The 5th tree has fourteen matching samples which have a mixture of trees from
Cheshire and Ireland.
The 6th tree is from Harold Brereton 1884 whose mother was Alice Brereton
We need more tests, particularly from the descendants from Brereton
Hall who live in Ireland.
If you wish to join in this great adventure and if you are a male Brereton, take a
minimum of a Y-37 DNA test and if you are a male or female with Brereton ancestors
up to 4th generation then take a family finder test. All tests to be taken via:
There is information on all aspects of taking a DNA test in the Stories link
at the foot of the home page.
Tree: (1) William de Brereton c1176. Brereton Hall, Cheshire x 2.
Tree: (2) John Francis Brereton, b. 1820’s, West Indies.
Tree: (3) Harold Warren Brereton. Adopted.
Tree: (4) James Brereton c1799 Tarvin, Cheshire.
Tree: (6) Harold Brereton c1884 whose maternal grandfather was William
Brereton 1842 Nantwich.
Tree: (5) William Brereton c1752 Wybunbury, Cheshire
William Brewerton c1765 Shotwick, Cheshire
David Brereton c1732 Kings County, Ireland
Henry Brereton c1760 Kings County, Ireland.
Michael Bruton 1859 Loughrae, Galway, Ireland.
Thomas Bruton ? Loughrae, Galway, Ireland.
Thomas Brereton c1679 Lisburn, Ireland.
James Brereton 1790-1835 Staffordshire or Cheshire.
Samuel Brereton 1808 Wybunbury, Cheshire.
John Brereton 1596 = Ann Gardner Acton/Bunbury/Harthill.
UNFORTUNATELY WE DO NOT HAVE FUNDS TO PAY FOR DNA TESTS AT THE MOMENT,
SO YOU MUST PAY FOR YOUR OWN KITS.
However a new fund is just starting. If you wish to donate go to
Once we get some money it will be used to part sponser Y-DNA kits.