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Re: Col. Thomas Brereton, VA
Posted by: J. Daniel Mahar Date: July 28, 1999 at 09:52:38
In Reply to: Col. Thomas Brereton, VA by Johnnie Weaver of 296

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Col. Thomas Brereton died about 1683 and left records of his estate. There are depositions concerning his estate found in the Northumberland Oreder Book #6. His parentage is unknown, but as he was appointed Clerk of Council of the State for Virginia Colony at a young age, it is likely that he came from a well connected family. Brereton also held it for five years, the longest time the position had ever been controlled by one person. As he appointed all the county clerks; Brereton had a huge control of the way land was allotted in Virginia. Brereton was brought to VA in 1656 by Sir Francis Chichley, which may be a clue to his family. Most people point to the prominant Brereton family of Chestershire, England; however, I have yet to identify Thomas as a member of that family.

Thomas Brereton married twice. His first wife was Jane Claiborne daughter of Col. William Cliaborne the merchant, planter, and a member of Council in various key positions. Jane's mother was from an Essex family the Boteler (Butler) family. It is believe that Thomas' first two children come from this line: Capt. Thomas Brereton and Elizabeth Brereton who married Thomas Winder. Col. Thomas Brereton married 2ndly in about 1671 to Gracianna Span, widow of Richard Spann (who she had children by). There is only one child from this marriage that we know of, Capt. Henry Brereton who married Sarah Hull (daughter of Richard Hull).

Elizabeth Brereton who married Robert Jones is the granddaughter of Col. Thomas Brereton and daugther of Capt. Thomas Brereton. We know that Elizabeth's father diedin 1699 leaving a son Thomas and a daughter Elizabeth; both minors. Thomas was a son by an unknown first wife and died at age 9 or 10 leaving Elizabeth as his heir (Northumberland Order Book 5, pg. 88). Elizabeth's mother was named Mary. Mary married first William Nutt; then Capt. Brereton; and after Brereton's death in 1699 she married Capt. Leoanrd Howsen. Mary Howsen died in 1704 or about that time.

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