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Col. ThomasBrereton,called"the elder,"was born about 1635,inEngland.He wasa residentofNorthumberland County, Virginiaasearlyas1650; there he attested the appointmentofLt. Col.SamuelSmith as sheriff in March 1656.Thomas Brereton was Clerk of the Council in James City also in 1656.He wasone of the justices of Northumberland County, and lieutenant-colonel in the militia.
WilliamClaybornepatented 5000 acres between the rivers of Great and Little Wiccocomoco on5 January 1651/2.Then the said William Clayborne and William Clayborne Junr, by deed of 16 October 1665,sold it toClaiborne'sfutureson-in-law Thomas Brereton, of Northumberland County.
Thomas Breretonmarried, first,between 1657 and 1661, Jane Claiborne,thedaughter ofColonel William Claiborneand Elizabeth Butler (Boteler).
He had of his marriage toJane Claiborne a son Thomas and a daughterElizabeth,who married Thomas Winder;son Henry was born of "a second venture."[This “second venture”was Graciana Spann, nee Graciana Watts,widow of Richard Spann.]
Information concerning Graciana Watts: "History of the Spann Family" by Earle Steadman. "that the widow of Richard Spann married Colonel Thomas Brereton in 1671."
Acourt record dated26 Feb 1660 indicates that one William Vaughan, 13 years old,was the servant ofThomas Brereton, andon 17 October 1660,Thomas Breretonpatented 200 acres of land which he sold in 1663 to Samuel Gouche.
On14 November 1670,Thomas Brereton conveyed by deed2000 acres of the Claiborne purchase to his son Thomas Brereton.
SometwentyfiveyearsafterthedeathofCol. Thomas Brereton, there was filed in Northumberland County, Virginia, Court of17 September 1714,aSuit of ejectment by Robert Clay against Elizabeth Winder and Richard Kenner for lands in possession of Cuthbert Bennett:
Mrs. Sarah Dickinson, sworn, says
"that sometime before Col. Tho Brereton went to the Susquehannah fort, he came totheir house anddelivereda bundleor pacquett ofpaper untoherthen husband, Mr. Thomas Hobson, which saidhusbandtold herit was the said Col. Brereton's will."
"Wealso find by theoath ofMr. Tho. Hobson [Jr], who being sworn sayeth:Thatsometimeafter the death of theaforesaidCol. Tho Brereton, thathis father gave him a paperwhich he toldhim was Col.Brereton's will andbid him record it, which he did, a copy of which is with us the jury.
Hobson says he knew Col. Brereton's hand well,
"as also heknew onePeter (X) Platt,anEvidence to the said Instrument,and that it wastold him thatPeter Platt went to England betwixt the time of the Date of the said Instrumentand the death ofCol.Brereton, as also one Jno. Jonnysname wassubscribed as an Evidence (X) who he was not acquainted with but knew one of that name who was dead beforeCol. Brereton dyed, as he was informed, also the said Hobson being examined how long it was from the making the said Instrument to the Death of the said Brereton, he sayeth seven years or thereabouts.
"Thatthewillwasdated11 October 1765.In it he devised the land to hisson Thomas Brereton.The will statesif theson Thomasdie before age 21, that then sonHenryhavetheland.Also thatThomas was the
Eldestsonand thatHenry"was by a second Venture"; that Thomas, the father, died about 1683.
"Also,thatThomasthe son, by deed 12 June 1688, sold to John Downing 300 acres, part of the land.
"We also find that theson Thomas had a son named Thomas by his first wife, andat his death'lefthiswife, being a second Venture, privily with child' -- Elizabeth, in the plaintiff's declaration mentioned."
"Alsowefindawilldated23 March 1698/9 of Capt. Thomas Brereton, son ofCol. Thomas Brereton.We find Mary, relict of Thomas the son, married in 1701 Leonard Howson, and soon after,the land and other property was dividedbetween Howsonin rightof Mary,andGeorge
CooperandThomasHobsoninrightofThomasthe grandson.And Cooper and Hobson remained in possession till death ofThomas the grandson,which was before he arrived at 10 years of age.
"Wealso findthat Henry Brereton,brother of the half blood to Thomas the son, had not any issue living at the time ofthe death ofThomasthe grandson, but we find likewise thatsome timeafterhisdeath,hadissue
living and yet hath issue living.
"We find that Elizabeth Winder, widow, is the only sister of the whole blood to the saidThomas Brereton the son, andthatElizabethKenner, nowthe wife ofRichard Kenner, isthe daughter of said Elizabeth Winder and is thesameElizabethin the will of the said Thomas the son
"Wefind thatElizabeth,the daughter of the aforesaid Thomas the son, by a second venture is the only issue of the saidThomasnow living and is the Elizabeth in the plaintiff's declaration mentioned and in whose right the
Children of Col. Thomas Brereton and Jane Claiborne:
I.Capt. Thomas Brereton
II.Elizabeth Brereton, married Winder, Son of Col. Thomas Brereton and "a second Venture":
Capt. THOMAS BRERETON
Capt. ThomasBrereton, son of Col. ThomasBrereton and Jane Claiborne, was born after 1661, and wasa minor child in the willofhis father,dated11 October 1665.
Capt. Thomas Brereton,probablyundertheageofthirtyeight,and referred to as "the younger",died in 1699,leaving a young sonThomas,andsecond wife Mary who was pregnant with the yet-to-be-born daughter Elizabeth.
Will of Capt. Thomas BRERETON, of St. S. Parish, Gentleman
23 March 1698/99 proved 16 August 1699
Son:Thomas, under age 18
Brother:Henry Brereton, "his children, if any"
Niece:Elizabeth Winder, daughter of my sister Elizabeth Winder
Plantation called Mulberry Fields, 700 acres not to go over path from Fleets Point to Sweethall.Provision for unborn child.Son Thomas to be put to school to be taught to read, write, and cypher.
If wife should marry before Thomas is 18, then friends Capt. Peter Hack, Mr. Cuthbert Spann, Geo. Cooper executors.Witnesses:Edward Bennett and Mary Hill.
Re-recorded 18 July 1711.
Produced in Court in trial "in the Ejectione Firma" brought by Robert Clay, lesee of Thomas Gaskins, guardian and nearest friend of Elizabeth Brereton, plaintiff, and Richard
Kenner and Henry Brereton, admitted defendant.
Northumberland County Court Records further outline the circumstances of the family of Capt. Thomas Brereton (Jr).
2 July 1703 -Re Capt.Thomas Brereton, dec'd.
That Thomas Brereton, gentleman, dec'd., late of St. Stevens parish,Northumberland County, by will of 23 March 1698/99, proved 16 August following, provided if his wife Mary marry before his son Thomas was eighteen that he appoint Capt. Peter Hack, Mr. Cuthbert Spann, Thomas
Hobson, and Geo. Cooper executors.
That the widow married Leonard Howson, gentleman, of this County.
That Thomas Brereton, the son of the testator died under the age of 18.
That a daughter Elizabeth Brereton, born after her father's death, is an heiress.
That Capt. Hack refused to act as trustee.
That Cuthbert Spann died shortly after assuming trusteeship.
Now Capt. Thomas Winder and Thomas Brereton, son of Henry Brereton, demand delivery of a rateable part of the estate.
That Elizabeth Brereton is now under 10 years of age, actually about three.
Wit:Wm. Masonsigned:Henry Brereton
Joseph TiptonTho. Winder
Re-recorded 19 July 1717 by Tho Hobson[17:238-243]
13 December 1704 - Elizabeth Brereton, received a Legacy from Capt. Leonard Howson,a ring with her grandfather Brereton's coat of arms.[17:8]
18 March 1713/14 - ElizabethBrereton:HerguardianTho. Gaskins sues Tho. Hobson. [6:27]
18 November 1714- ElizabethBrereton this day chooses Tho. Pinkard her guardian. [6:90]
When she was about seventeen years of age, Elizabeth Brereton was married to Robert Jones, son of Capt. William Jones and Margaret Haynes, also of Northumberland County.
Thefollowingyear,on 18 June 1718,Robert Jones and his wife Elizabeth petitioned for administration of the estate of Thomas Brereton, "the younger."[6:266]
On19 June 1718, intheEstateofThomasBrereton,the younger,Robert Jones and Elizabeth his wife,are listed as nearestofkin.[6:272]Shewas,infact,theonly surviving heir of her father, since her only brother had died before age ten.
Children of Capt. Thomas Brereton, "the younger" and Mary:
I.Thomas Brereton, died before age 10.
II.Elizabeth Brereton, born 1700, after the death of her father.She married Capt. Robert Jones.
1. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, editor, Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York 1915, p. 194.
2. Beverly Fleet,Abstracts of Virginia Colonial Records, Vol. XIX, Northumbria Collectanea 1645 - 1720, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1961, pp. 12 - 15; 23;
95 - 99; 105; 107; and 120-122.