My Great Grandfather Nicholas Brierton, born 1831 Liverpool, son of Martin Brierton and Catherine Sheridan, sailed from Liverpool early 1860s for USA or Australia and never heard from again. I have found a Nicholas Brierton and a James Brierton who bought land in South Dakota in the 1880s but otherwise a dead end. He was a butcher and later a cattle dealer before sailing away to find bigger opportunities. Trying to find out what became of him. Have you come across a Nicholas Brierton or Brereton (or usual spelling variations) in your research? Any info appreciated, thanks.