Britton Genealogy.

Abbo Le Breton is perhaps the first of the name found recorded, and is said to be descended from the highest nobles of France and Brittany. The family name of Breton, Britain or Britton originated in that westernmost peninsula of France, then called Brittany (incorporated with France in 1532), where resided the remnant of the Roman race (Celtic Tribes) that had been driven out of England by the Angles and Saxons in about 418 AD. For 600 years they multiplied and became the highest citizens in nobility, government, and military affairs in France.

The Brittons came to England with Duke William ("William the Conqueror", King William I -- the first Norman King of England) in 1066. Thomas Le Breton is said to be one of the followers of the Duke, and William I was very liberal with the confiscated estates of English royalty and nobility, granting vast lands and property to his followers, even to his menial servants. The Brittons were granted lands in the northern part of Yorkshire, and along the River Tees, and for more than 500 years from their appearance in England, to the time they began to settle in America, they spread out all over England, particularly southward and westward in the counties of York, Rutland, Leicester, Surry, Northhampton, Huntingdon, Campridge, Herteford, Essex, Oxford. Worcester, Hereford, Middlesex, Norfolk, Wilts and Gloucester. The Britton families continued to be prominent in civil and military affairs, occupying many of the highest positions the King could offer. (The two major Britton source books -- Thomas Bailey's 1962 "Bailey-Britton History and Genealogy" and Elmer Garfield Van Name's 1970 "Britton Genealogy, Early generations from Somersetshire, England to Staten Island, New York" -- detail many English records substantiating the claim of prominence. Note that although these sources were well-researched, both contain errors due to additional information found after their publications and som e spurious assumptions (see sources for all information).

Given the number of Britton descendants in America, there have been many interested in the genealogy of this family. Unfortunately. the records in the 1600s and 1700s are sporadic and incomplete. Much conjecture goes into the process, and there is much information published, in books and on the internet, that is erroneous. (Note: Names in italics are not of general agreement in this tree). Users of the information herein are cautioned to examine the source data provided to see what assumptions are made for the individual's inclusion in this tree. Since so many of the early Brittons marry Stillwell women, including E. Nathaniel Britton in the 1660s, the parallel Stillwell Tree is of interest.

Richard Britton/Brittaine Sr. of Batcombe, Somerset, England -- our English ancestor

The American Britton family to which we belong can be traced back to Richard Britton Sr of Batcombe, Somesetshire, England, who was likely born in the 1580s. His wife is unknown; there is no documentary evidence that she was either Christian Rheymes/Rhermers or Eleanor Crosse; his mother is not Eleanor Crosse (sources). While there was a marriage record on Jan 26 1606 for Richard Byttren and Christian Reymes, this was in Norfolk, not Gloucester, and Byttren is not a common variation for Britton. It is unknown if Richard Sr had an estate in England, and if this estate passed to his oldest son -- it was customary at that time in England that the oldest son inherit the estate and the younger sons go into the ministry or the military. Research into land records in Batcombe may serve to elucidate the family composition. All of his Britton descendants apparently emigrated to America; there are no known Britton descendants of Richard Sr in England, although it is possible that Cananuiel had children who remained in England. Richard Briton of Batcombe is known to be the father of five children; many genealogists have considered him to also be the father of one or two additional sons, but no verifying documents have been found, and they could well be nephews instead of sons. Two source documents irrefutably confirm Richard Britton of Batcombe and his five children -- Richard Jr's will confirms the five children (himself and his siblings Abigail, Jane, Cananuiel and Nathaniel); Richard Jr's University of Oxford record confirms his father was Richard of Batcombe. The five children, born circa 1610s-1630s in England (birth order unknown), and their descendants are:


A. RICHARD BRITTON, Vicar of Bisley (~10/1613-9/13/1679 England-will). Married Sarah Pope (~1617-8/15/1671 England) on Jan 24, 1638 (listed as 1637 based on the old calendar). After his BA degree on June 4, 1635, he became a vicar at Bisley, Gloucestershire in 1641 (Alumni oxoniensis). No children (no children in his will).

• 1638 Marriage: Richard Britton, clerk of Stinchcombe, married Sarah Pope of Stinchcombe, on 24 Jan 1637/8 (Bailey p.335). Stinchcombe is in the county of Gloucester, as is Batcombe and Bisley. Richard's will mentions three Pope cousins Thomas Pope, John Pope and Richard Pope, assumed to be cousins of his wife Sarah (or perhaps in the 1670s "cousin" was used to denote a relative by marriage and were actually Sarah's brothers or her nephews). The inclusion of Pope relatives in Richard's will, the Gloucester death record that confirms her given name of Sarah, and the correct county and time frame make this marriage record certain to be a match.
• Sarah Britton died Aug 14, 1671 age 54 (1970 Van Name book p.4 -- states source is 1791 "History of the County of Gloucester" by Ralph Bigland p.195)(second source: Bisley monumental inscription "Sarah, wife of Richard Birtton, Pastor of this Church, who deceased August 14, 1671, aetatis suae 54")
• Richard Britton died 13th day of 9th month of 1679, age 65 (1970 Van Name book p.4 states source as 1791 "History of the County of Gloucester" by Ralph Bigland p.194)(second source: Bisley monumntal inscription "Richard Britton, vicar of Bisley for 37 years, died 13 Nov 1679 aged 64" and parish burial records for November 16)
• Richard's birthdate is listed as approximately October 1613 as he was 19 on Nov 16 1632 (born 11/17/1612-11/16/1613 (University of Oxford record) and 65 on Sep 13, 1679 (born 9/14/1613-9/13/1614)(1791 "History of the County of Gloucester" by Ralph Bigland states Richard Britton died the 13th day of the 9th month of 1679, age 65 (p.194)) -- so he must have been born 9/14/1613-11/16/1613, assuming accuracy of both sources.


B. ABIGAIL BRITTON married Unknown Duck -- children unknown. (only known from brother's will; Duck family apparently did not emigrate to America)


C. JANE BRITTON married Unknown Fernley -- no children? (only known from brother's will; Fernley family apparently did not emigrate to America)

• Richard's will (dated 8/6/1678; probated 9/10/1680) listed Jane separately from the other siblings. This could be for one of two reasons -- she may not have had issue or I (DLH) suggest that maybe William Clotterbuck was her son from a first marriage. Nephew William Clotterbuck is named executor (Bailey p.334) and he is bequeathed his uncle's prized book collection and half of the household goods -- the other half go to Richard's sister Jane Fernley as well as the residence as Jane had lived with her brother. I (DLH) hypothesize that William Clotterbuck could be a son of Jane's, from a previous marriage. It is also possible that he is a nephew of a sister of Sarah Pope Britton, but if "cousin" was used as a designation for relatives by marriage, as used for the Popes, then this would indicate that William was a son of either Abigail or Jane, but most likely Jane as he shares the household goods with her.


D. CANANUIEL BRITTON (the Quaker)(~1610s/1620s England-1682 Chester,PA) married Jane Unknown (?-9/1675 England) -- 3+ children? (emigrated alone to America August 1682; it is thought at least some of his children may have emigrated earlier; it is possible he had children who did not emigrate to America; it is unknown if all his children were Quakers.)

The spelling of Cananuiel's name is quite varied, including Cananawell/Canowall and even a surprising Kendall. It is assumed the spelling in his brother's will is the most accurate.
        • It has been hypothesized that Cananuiel may be the oldest son, as it was normal at the time to bequeath one's entire estate to the oldest son, and thus it was normal for the younger sons to go into the church or the military. The fact that Nathaniel, known from tax records to be younger, emigrated first to America is in line with this practice, as is the ministry vocation of brother Richard. If there was an estate, and if Cananuiel was the oldest and stood to inherit it, then it also suggests that he would remain in England and that he had issue in England to inherit the estate (otherwise Nathaniel may have stayed in England so his children could inherit, since Richard had no children). Perhaps more research could attempt to track the ownership of the estate through taxes or land records, and this might shed light on any English births of children of Cananuiel.
        • There are no published Britton genealogies that I (DLH-2008) have found that mention any children for Cananuiel. However, famed genealogist Gilbert Cope concluded he probably did have issue, specifically a son Peter in Chester,PA -- sources. I concur, and add an additional American son John based on Chester,PA land records.
        • Supporting the assumption of children for Cananuiel is the wording of his brother Richard's 1678 will -- he bequeathed £10 each to his siblings Cananuiel, Nathaniel and Abigail, providing that "if either/or all of them dy before their respective legacy is due" ... "it should be distributed among their children." Richard did not provide for Cananuiel's legacy to go to Nathaniel and Abigail. This is a strong indication that Cananuiel has at least one child.
        • In 1962 Bailey only mentions Cananuiel as "apparently did not come to New York. He married Jane . . . ., who was buried Oct 1, 1674* (*Bristol Friends Register). He belonged to the "Friends" Church (Quaker). He is mentioned in Besse's "Sufferings of the people called Quakers," vol 1 as follows: These are to certify to all and every person, unto whom this present writing may or shall come that there were three persons called Quakers, viz, Cananiel Britton, Bartholmey Crocker and Lewis Rogers, brought on board our ship called the "Mary Fortune" of Bristol, the 16th day of Decmeber, 1664, and continued waiting on our ship until the 23rd of the same. Dec 18, 1681, Cananiel Britton, an ancient man was thrown down and much bruised by Sheriff Knight who came to the meeting, after which the Sheriff sent him to Newgate."" (Bailey, p.336)
        •Also supporting the assumption of children for Cananuiel are the listings of at least three Brittons in Joseph Besse's "A Collection of the Sufferings of the People Called Quakers: For , Volume 1" (Google ebook) -- Richard Britton (p.304 fined in 1659 in Lancashire), Cananiel Britton (p. 51 he was convicted in Bristol and put on shipboard for deportation in 1664), Samuel (p.534 sent to jail for six weeks in Northamptonshire in 1665 -- he had been at a meeting in Findon), Richard Britton (p.323, same person or son?, was fined in Lancashire in 1678), Cananiel (p.54, clearly the same person, was beaten in Bristol and sent to prison in 1681), Samuel Britton (p.11, perhaps another Samuel? was continued a prisoner in Bedfordshire in 1683), Richard Britton (p.329, maybe the same person, again fined in 1685 in Lancashire). Richard Brittain (p.534, maybe the same person, again fined in 1672 in Lancashire). Research is warranted in the Quaker records for Bristol, Northampton, Lancaster, and Bedford, especially since Samuel and Richard are names found in subsequent generations.
        • In 1970 Van Name only mentions "Cananuiel, a Pennsylvania Quaker, who died in 1682 (SG 4:120;WS 1:43)" as the oldest child of Richard Sr. (Van Name p.4)
        • Cananuiel was a staunch Quaker, persecuted in England with an attempted 1664 deportation and he was imprisioned for a year (1681-1682) at Newgate in London. None of his known siblings, or even the assumed ones (William and Daniel), have been found to have any Quaker ties. None of the other American branches have any PA ties, and it is important to remember that PA was founded by Quaker William Penn as a haven for Quakers and others persecuted religiously. It is noteworthy that the American Brittons were primarily in NY and none of the NY Quaker records found have any Britton entries at all. Unfortunately, many of the earliest PA Quaker records are not extant, so confirmation of Cananuiel's children is impossible. Perhaps when more PA records are digitized, and English ones as well, it will be possible to confirm the children's births in England and/or their immigration through removal certificates in either PA or England.
        • Chester court records confirm his death, intestate. Feb 14, 1692 Canonwell Brittin, deceased, intestate. Feb 27, 1682 Canonwell Brittin, deceased, intestate. May 1, 1684, Canowall Britton. March 1685, Cananawell Britton. Jan 3, 1685 Cananawell Britton. March 11, 1685 Cannawell Brittaine, deceased. (Records of the Courts of Chester County, PA 1681-1697, published by Colonial Society of PA, and summarized in the Stillwell History,) -- Note Jan/Feb dates would actually be for the following year according to the modern calendar, so reflect dates Feb 1693-Jan 1896.
        • I place children here, and specifically his (guessed) son John with his son guessed to be the John Britton of Bucks, to stimulate further discussion and research into this branch and this hypothesis. While John Britton of Bucks is generally accepted to be related to the Britton family of Staten Island, it has never been agreed where to place him. I suggest his Pennsylvania and Quaker ties indicate he is more likely related to Cananuiel than to Nathaniel or William (despite the fact that his first wife is agreed to be a Stillwell). This suggestion is further supported by the geography of Peter's children in Bucks in the 1720s (John is known to have moved there by 1727), and in Frederick,VA (a Quaker community) in the 1730s (John's son Joseph bought land there in 1752), and in Pickaway,OH in the 1790s (where John's grandson Jesse moved in the 1800s). There were several Brittons in the Quaker community of Hopewell in Frederick,VA -- I have yet to find any of them who descend from Nathaniel or William. In any case, it is clear that John would be somewhere in the "a" groups -- a grandson of one of the four Brittons (Cananuiel, Nathaniel, Daniel, William) and great-grandson of Richard of Batcombe.
        • It does appear that the Brittons stayed in contact between the NY and PA/NJ families. And often visited for extended periods of time (e.g., in Bucks) before moving on to a new locale.
        • Descendants of Cananuiel are members of the "Welcome Society" for descendants of the families who emigrated to America with Quaker William Penn in the 1680s -- Cananuiel was on the 4th ship "Society of Bristol" landing in August 1682 (see full source) -- he is listed as "Kendall." He died just a couple months after immigration, probably in his 60s but perhaps as old as 70s.
        • I am perplexed why Cananuiel emigrated alone in 1682, at age ~60s/70s -- I would have thought his children would have emigrated with him; it is unknown if they emigrated earlier or later. Arguing for earlier is that it seems like you would accompany your old father on such an arduous journey; but arguing later is the fact that the earliest record found in America for Peter was in 1686 and he is not listed on his father's death records. Further research should also be done to see if the family estate in England was in jeopardy due to Cananuiel's Quakerism.

My (DLH) conjecture as to children for Cananuiel:
1. (maybe) son(s) (~1640s/1650s England-? maybe England?) -- remained in England to inherit estate. Note that even if Cananuiel is younger than his brother Richard, Cananuiel's sons would be next in line to inherit the estate, as he was definitely older than Nathaniel (and William and Daniel) -- this could be Richard of Lancaster and/or Samuel of Northampton/Bedford, but I suspect that the oldest son would have inherited the Britton estate in Somerset? Richard was fined in 1659 -- if he was Cananuiel's son it seems he would have been the oldest, and maybe born in the late 1630s or early 1640s? Research of British land records and Quaker records is needed.

2. (maybe) daughters?

3. (maybe) Lionel Britton (~1650s England-? PA) married Elizabeth Unknown. PA Quaker records detail their immigration from Almy (Bucks,England)(Bucks=Buckingham? but no town Almy found) to Bucks,PA in April 1680, just before Cananuiel in 1682. They briefly lived in Burlington,NJ, an early Quaker community, upon their arrival. Having a son already in America in PA could explain why Cananuiel emigrated alone. The inclusion of Lionel is pure conjecture on my (DLH) part, based only on his appearance in Bucks in the early 1680s, and needs research of British Quaker records to confirm or refute.
-----3a. Elizabeth Britton (?-4/1680 Burlington,NJ) -- died young
-----3a. Elizabeth Britton (11/19/1683-?) married Michael Kearny (~1710s-?)
-----3a. Mary Britton (10/15/1690-?) married Philip Kearny (1710s-?) (The Kearnys were brother, and of Irish descent)

4. (maybe) Peter Britton (~1660s England-11/22/1710 Chester,PA)(will) married Mary Coppock (1679 Chester,PA-?) on 3/27/1696 in Chester,PA. (She subsequently married Richard Woodward on 1/5/1717, and after his death in 1727 David Davis). -- Peter's will: Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834. BRITTAIN, PETER. Of the West side of Brandywine, Pennsylvania. Yeoman. November 21, 1710 [proved]. November 17, 1711 [written]. C. 278. Children Elizabeth, Deborah, Thomas, Samuel and Jonathan. Unborn child. Executrix: Wife Mary. Witnesses: Francis Swayne, Bartholomew Coppock and Joseph Pennock.
-----4a. Elizabeth Britton (~1698-?) married (maybe) Philip Horbury
-----4a. Deborah Britton (~1700-?) married John Philips (9/12/1702? Bucks,PA-1762 Bucks/York,PA) of Gwynedd,Montgomery,PA in 1729
----------4b. George Phillips (~1730 Bucks,PA-)
----------4b. Nathan Phillips (~1732 Bucks,PA-)
----------4b. Mary Phillips (~1733 Bucks,PA-1/13/1775 Philadelphia,PA) and William Crookham (1729 Chester,PA-) on 3/16/1752 in Philadelphia -- 5 children
-----4a. Thomas Britton (~1703-?)
-----4a. Samuel Britton (~1706-by 1764 Frederick, VA) sent certificate from Oppeckon,VA to Chester,PA in 1737, married Mary Martha Burtis (~1710 Burlington, NJ-Frederick, VA) (widow of Robert Worthington) -- 3 children
----------4b. (stepdaughter) Martha Worthington (1731 Frederick,VA-1757 Frederick,VA) married Samuel Pearson (8/23/1724 Chester, PA-1/8/1790 Newberry, SC) -- 3 children
----------4b. (stepdaughter) Mary Worthington (~1732 Frederick,VA-)
----------4b. (stepson) Robert Worthington (~1734 Frederick,VA-1779 Berkeley,VA) married Margaret Mathews in 1758 -- 6 children
----------4b. Jonathan Britton (~1750 VA-) and Elizabeth Crow -- 4 children -- lived in Berkeley, WV
---------------4c. Thomas Brittain
---------------4c. John Brittain
---------------4c. William Brittain
---------------4c. James Britton (~1770 Frederick, VA-1832 Washington,OH) and (1) Maria Pickenpaugh (3/27/1758 Frederick,MD-) and (2) Elizabeth Skiver and (3) Sarah Dye -- 16 children
----------4b. Sarah Britton -- unknown, died young?
----------4b. Susannah Britton (3/6/1752-7/8/1809 Pickaway,OH) married Thomas Crow (12/14/1749 PA-1/15/1814 Pickaway,OH) on 1/15/1770 in Frederick,VA -- 11 children [moved to Pickaway County, OH in the 1790s]
---------------4c. John Crow (1/1/1771 Wythe,VA-?) married Elizabeth Brittain in Washington,VA
---------------4c. Samuel Crow (2/8/1773 Wythe,VA-9/30/1836 Putnam,IL) married Mary "Polly" Douglas in Washington,VA
---------------4c. Thomas Crow (11/22/1774 Wythe,VA-7/2/1853 Pulaski,KY) married Jane Douglas in Washington,VA
---------------4c. Robert Crow (8/29/1777 Wythe,VA-10/18/1824 Wythe,VA) married Mary McPhatridge in Washington,VA
---------------4c. Mary Crow (1/12/1780-6/24/1780 Wythe,VA) -- died young
---------------4c. Susannah Crow (9/22/1781 Wythe,VA-) married Charles Fielder
---------------4c. William Crow (2/26/1784 Wythe,VA-1/22/1836 Allen,KY) married Sarah "Sally" Wilson
---------------4c. Mary Rush Crow (8/29/1785 Wythe,VA-~1845? AR?) married Runnel Fielder in Washington,VA
---------------4c. Sarah Crow (4/20/1788-3/8/1821 Champaign,OH) -- never married
---------------4c. Joseph Crow (10/1/1790 Wythe,VA-2/1825 Champaign,OH) married Martha Hull in Ross,OH
---------------4c. David Crow (8/16/1793 VA-10/31/1860 Pickaway,OH) married Mary Connelly in Pickaway,OH
-----4a. Jonathan Britton (~1708-?) -- unknown
-----4a. Hannah Britton (~1710-?) (the "unborn child" listed in his will)

It is important to remember that the populations were very small so long ago: in 1700 there were 4400 people living in Philadelphia. So it is a lot more reasonable to assume that all the records of the same surname are for the same family. This is especially the case when the records are for the same Quaker meeting. (PA Quaker info.)

5. (maybe) John Britton (~1660s Chester,PA-) (maybe married Sarah?) -- unknown (1680s land record--see sources)
-----5a. (maybe) Joseph Britton -- (see Chester,PA 1820s taxes)
-----5a. (maybe) James Britton (~1705 Chester, PA-? Guilford,NC) married Mary Witty (see Chester,PA 1820s taxes; lived in Frederick,VA in the 1740s and moved to Rowan,NC in the 1750s, according to VA Quaker records -- sources)

----------5b. Nathaniel Britton -- died in American Revolution
---------------5c. James Britton married Nancy Chadwell
-----5a. others?
----------5b. (maybe) Richard Britton (~1730 Wilmington, New Castle,DE-~Jan. 1802 Chester,PA/9/9/1802 DE) married Catherine Unknown on 12/15/1750. Resident of Chester County by 1779. Manumitted his two slaves in 1798 and 1799.
---------------5c. Catherine Britton (11/5/1768 Monmouth,NJ-6/21/1838 Wilmington,DE) married on 4/5/1792 in Delaware,PA to Caleb P. Bennett (11/11/1758 Chester,PA-5/9/1836 Wilmington,DE)(buried in Quaker cemetery in Wilmington,DE)(Governor of Delaware) -- 13 children (first two in Ridley,Delaware,PA)
---------------5c. Mary Britton (4/5/1767 Wilmington,DE-1839) married Isaac Stidham in 1794 -- 2+ children
--------------------5d. Anna George Stedham (3/8/1800 Wilmington,DE-4/11/1879 ?) married William Augustus Mendenhall (8/10/1798 Wilmington,DE-8/19/1839 Wilmington,DE) on 8/12/1824
---------------5c. Ezekial Britton (1770 Wilmington,DE-~Mar 1815 New Castle,DE) -- never married
---------------5c. Sarah Britton (1772 Wilmington,DE-?) married Unknown Ford
---------------5c. Richard Britton Jr. (1774 Wilmington,DE-?)
---------------5c. Amy Britton (1775 Great Valley?-?) married John Forman/Fairman -- 3+ children
--------------------5d. Jonathan Fairman
---------------5c. Ann Britton (8/25/1778 Great Valley?-9/1801) married William George -- 2+children
• The Quaker links of this 5b Richard Britton of DE/PA suggest he might belong in this tree as some great-grandson of Cananuiel, however, it is not certain he is part of this Britton lineage; there were other Quaker Brittons who emigrated to PA. And if he belongs, could be a son of 5a Joseph or James above. This also indicates that DE records need to be examined, in addition to PA, NJ, MD, NY!
-----5a. (maybe) John Britton* (~1695 PA?-10/28/1784 Bucks,PA) (Bucks 1770 will) married (1) Elizabeth Stillwell (~1695 Middleton, Monmouth, NJ-~1718? NJ?) and (2) Unknown (see notes at bottom of John's will) and (maybe) (3) Elizabeth Stevens (?-9/10/1777 Bucks, PA) in 1761 -- 11 children
• The correct placement in this tree of this John is very much in doubt, as are the names of his wives. While genealogists and historians definitely place him as a descendant of Richard Britton of Batcombe, it is more usually as a grandson of G. William (below), but also F. Daniel is a possiblity too; he has not usually been placed under E. Nathaniel as this branch stayed in NY and have more wills to determine family composition with more accuracy, and he does not seem to fit either as a son or a grandson based on his estimated birthyear, or upon the fact that the families alreadly had another known John -- see below and sources for more discussion. This John is known to have been in Bucks by 1727; it is thought he moved here from NJ and not NY, based on the births of his children. It is thought he might have been Quaker (an early Quaker record: John Britten, witness to marriage of Joseph Wardell to Margaret Parker, both of Shrewsbury, 10-21-1718 -- friends records of Shrewsbury,NJ) -- but alas, there are no records of his marriage or the births of his children, just as there were few Quaker records found for Peter's family above.
----------5b. Richard Brittain (~1716 NJ?-between 1745&1749) married Unknown -- moved to Monmouth, NJ
---------------5c. Elizabeth Brittain (in NY 1745)
----------5b. William Britton (~1718 NJ?-) -- unknown
----------5b. Elizabeth Britton (~1720 NJ?-) married Edward Morris
----------5b. Anna Britton (~1722 NJ?-) married William Young (According to the records of the 1st Presbyterian Co. of Philadelphia, Anne Brtton was married 4-10-1745 to William Young who is said to have been the son of Bernard Young, who for his second wife married, 1-10-1741, at the above church, Susanna Britton, who was the daughter of a William Britton. Bernard Young lived in Hilltown and owned land adjoining that of David George and William Britton. He afterward went to Virginia and thence to S. Carolina.)
---------------5c. Mary Young (? PA-? VA) married Abraham Slacto?
---------------5c. Elizabeth Young (? PA-? VA) married Unknown Strickland
---------------5c. John Young (1/16/1759 PA-4/9/1815 ?) married Mary Mathias (daughter of David Mathias) -- unknown number of children
----------5b. Nathaniel Britton (~1724 NJ?-1791 Freehold Twp, Monmouth Cty, NJ?)(but sold land in Bucks Cy PA in 1753 too) married Rachel Jones (daughter of Samuel Jones Sr) -- moved to NJ by 1791 but I (DLH 2008) wonder if it was in fact Virginia, since son Timothy is in Virginia, and perhaps Joseph and Nathaniel were the N and J mentioned in Dyer's diary as moving to VA in 1790.
---------------5c. Nathaniel Britton Jr (?-1770 Bucks,PA) -- died young (kicked by horse)
---------------5c. Samuel
---------------5c. Timothy Britton (5/18/1764 Bucks,PA-12/23/1855 Staunton, VA) married Hannah Unknown -- 1+ child
--------------------5d. Margaret Britton
----------5b. Hannah Britton (~1726 NJ?-) married Peter Cosner
----------5b. Mary Britton (~1726 NJ?-) married James Lewis
----------5b. Martha Britton (~1728 Bucks, PA?-1770 VA) married Edward Poe (1732 Bucks, PA-1816 KY) -- married ~1753 in Baltimore, MD
---------------5c. Joseph Poe (~1754 Bucks, PA-3/16/1838 Clermont, OH) married Barbara Rod (1757 Bucks, PA-1860s OH) -- 11 children
--------------------5d. Elizabeth Poe (~1780-) married Nicholas Shedrick
--------------------5d. Edward Poe (~1782 Baltimore, MD-) married Anne Sanders (~1784-)
-------------------------5e. Absalom Poe (~1805-)
--------------------5d. Jesse Poe (1784 Baltimore, MD-1866 Highland, OH) married Mary Ireland
--------------------5d. Joseph Poe (1786 Baltimore, MD-6/1864 KY) married Rebecca Roe
--------------------5d. David Poe (1788 Baltimore, MD-) married Elizabeth Harris
--------------------5d. Margaret Poe (1792-) married Unknown Lafferty
--------------------5d. Naomi Poe (1794-) married John Riley
--------------------5d. Ruth Poe (1796-) married Beverly R. Young
--------------------5d. John Poe (1798- )
--------------------5d. Jehu Poe (1800-)
--------------------5d. Mary Poe (~1803-) married John Pyle
---------------5c. John Poe (~1756 Bucks, PA-) married Mary Unknown
---------------5c. Patrick Poe (~1758 Bucks, PA-1844) married Hannah Swain (1754-
--------------------5d. Thomas Poe (4/12/1790-) married Sarah Latham
-------------------------5e. Ezekiel Poe
---------------5c. Abigail Poe (~1760 Bucks, PA-4/33/1845 Clermont, OH) married John Day (1/29/1755 Bucks, PA-) -- 11 children
--------------------5d. Martha Poe Day (1/1778 MD/PA-9/11/1855 IN) married Henry Hendricks
-------------------------5e. Jesse Henricks (4/12/1802-)
--------------------5d. Matthew Day (1779 MD-10/1819) married Jane Wark
--------------------5d. John Day (1782 MD-1817) married Catherine Hendricks
--------------------5d. Edward Poe Day (8/6/1788 NC-1/24/1873 Marion, IN) married Elizabeth Williams (2/4/1790 VA-) -- 10 children
-------------------------5e. Abigail Day (1/2/1809 OH-) married Robert D. Tombs
-------------------------5e. John Edward Day (12/23/1810 OH-) married Mary Ann Samuels
-------------------------5e. Elizabeth Day (5/1/1812 OH-) married John Hmilton Dunn
-------------------------5e. John Wesley Day (9/28/1814 OH-) married Rachel McCord -- 5 chilren
-------------------------5e. Nathaniel Calvin Day (11/26/1820 OH-) married Margaret Ellen Underwood
-------------------------5e. Joseph Nelson Day (11/5/1826 OH-) married Philena E. McCord
-------------------------5e. Josiah Washington Day (2/27/1828 OH-) married (1) Elizabeth Stoner and (2) Mary Flanagen Clawson
-------------------------5e. Evaline Day (2/19/1829 OH-) married John B. Stoner
-------------------------5e. Caroline Day (12/8/1831 OH-) married Stephen T. Fee
-------------------------5e. Euphemia Day (8/31/1836 IN-) married John Francis Urbain
--------------------5d. Elizabeth Williams (2/4/1790 VA-) (adopted) -- married stepbrother (see above)
--------------------5d. Mark Day (11/10/1790 PA/MD-1870 Marion, IN) married (1) Cassandra Boring and (2) Elizabeth Huff -- 7 children
-------------------------5e. Michael Huff Day
-------------------------5e. Mary Ann Day
-------------------------5e. Samuel Day
-------------------------5e. Angeline Day
-------------------------5e. Sanford Day
-------------------------5e. Jeremiah Day
-------------------------5e. July A. Day
--------------------5d. Thomas Day (1793 MD-12/11/1813 Fort Ball)(killed in war of 1812)
--------------------5d. Isaac Day (5/19/1795 MD-~8/1870 Marion, IN) married Rachel Trout -- 2 chilren
-------------------------5e. Edit Day
-------------------------5e. Thomas J. Day
--------------------5d. Jesse Day (9/19/1797 KY-3/10/1879 Brown, OH) married (1) Martha Lambert and (2) Sarah Marsh
--------------------5d. Mary Day (9/19/1797 KY-) married Amos Williams
--------------------5d. Joseph Bennett Day (6/25/1800 KY-) married Deborah Lambert
----------5b. Nathan Britton*** (1732 Bucks,PA?-9/2/1778 Bucks,PA) married Ann Thomas (1739 PA-1819 PA) (daughter of John Thomas of Hilltown Twp, Bucks Cty, PA)
---------------5c. Elijah Britton? (~1758 Hilltown,PA-1816 Ross, OH) married Jane Ann Evans (1759-) [moves to OH, first Chillicothe, then Ross -- son John marries Jesse Britton's granddaughter Letitia Howsmon.]
--------------------5d. Sarah Brittin (~1781 PA-) married John Rhodes
--------------------5d. Nathan Brittin (11/16/1782-) married (1) Leah Timmons and (2) Sarah Jones
--------------------5d. Eleanor Brittin (~1783-) married James McDougal
--------------------5d. Anna Brittin (~1787-)
--------------------5d. Jane Brittin (~1790-) married John Hendricks
--------------------5d. Evans Elijah Brittin (19/28/1791-) married Mary Jane England (4/28/1800-) -- 10 children
-------------------------5e. Stephen Brittain (1819-)
-------------------------5e. Miranda Brittain (1/12/1824-)
-------------------------5e. Elijah Brittain (11/12/1825-)
-------------------------5e. James Madison Brittain (1827-)
-------------------------5e. Evans E. Brittain (1829-)
-------------------------5e. Elizabeth Brittain (~1830-)
-------------------------5e. George Washington Brittain (1832-)
-------------------------5e. William Henry Brittain (1835-)
-------------------------5e. Mary Jane Brittain (1837-)
-------------------------5e. Eleanor Brittain (1840-)
--------------------5d. John Brittin (8/20/1794-) married Mary Letitia Howsmon
---------------5c. John Britton (~1761 Hilltown,PA-5/1846 Champaign, OH) married Mary Parker
---------------5c. Sarah Brittin (~1762 Hilltown,PA-PA) married Joseph Thomas
---------------5c. Rachel Brittin (~1763 Hilltown,PA-5/1789 PA) married Josiah Lunn
---------------5c. Elizabeth Brittin (~1765 Hilltown,PA-7/1809 Hilltown,PA) married Owen Rowland
---------------5c. Anne Britten (~1765 Bucks, PA-) married John Evans
---------------5c. (maybe) Benjamin Brittin (~1772?-?) married Elizabeth Grace (Nathan may have had a son Benjamin, but the references to a Virginia birth and a marriage to Elizabeth Grace do not belong to this Benjamin -- see Benjamin entry below, son of Benjamin. Because of the confusion over this Benjamin, it is not clear that Nathan ever moved temporarily to Virginia-DLH 2008)
---------------5c. Nathan Arthur Brittin (1/25/1776 Hilltown,PA-1/8/1864 Leroy, McLean, IL) married (1) Isabell Duffield and (2) Kitty Stevens (in Chillicothe,OH) and (3) Mary Ann Walker -- 2 children
--------------------5d. Nathan T. Brittin (10/18/1809-)
--------------------5d. Morris Brittin (1814-)
--------------------5d. George Perry Brittin (1824 IN-)
--------------------5d. Sarah F. Brittin (1824 IN-)
--------------------5d. John R. Brittin (1829 OH-)
--------------------5d. John Elijah Brittin (1829 IN-)
----------5b. Joseph Britton (before 1727 Bucks,PA?-before 10/16/1795 Winchester, VA) married (1) Mary Unknown? and (2) Abigail Unknown? -- unknown children
---------------5c. Jesse Britton** (3/27/1759 Reading, Berks Cty, PA-8/3/1842 Pickaway, OH) married (1) Anna Gibson and (2) Susannah Noland -- [moved to Winchester,VA and then to Pickaway,OH]**
--------------------5d. Abigail Britton (4/14/1783 Winchester VA-1/26/1831 Madison, OH) married William Howsmon -- 10 children (daughter Mary Letitia Howsmon marries John Britton -- see above)
--------------------5d. Joseph Britton (~ 1785 Winchester,VA-1866 Fayette, OH) married Elizabeth Denham -- 10 children
--------------------5d. Letitia Britton (~1787? PA-1840s? OH?) married Joseph McCutcheon -- 0 children
--------------------5d. Mary Britton (~1789 PA? VA? 1807-1810? VA?) on 12/27/1806 married Samuel Young -- 0? children
--------------------5d. Elizabeth Britton (~1791 Winchester,VA-4/13/1854 Pickaway, OH) married John Dunlap -- 11 children
--------------------5d. Jesse Jr. Britton (~1793 Winchester,VA-~18xx Pickaway, OH) -- died young
--------------------5d. Hiriam Britton (1803 Winchester,VA-9/10/1820 Pickaway, OH) -- died young
--------------------5d. Louisa Britton (~1807 Perry twp, OH-1870s Fayette, OH) married Presley Thompson -- 7 children
--------------------5d. Nancy Britton (3/12/1809 Perry twp, OH-2/28/1865 Fayette, OH) married Elijah Bloomer -- 0? children
--------------------5d. Margaret Britton (1813 Perry twp, OH-2/19/1839 Pickaway, OH) -- (never married?)
--------------------5d. Susan Britton (~1815 Perry twp, OH-1850s Pickaway, OH) George Bennett -- 6 children
--------------------5d. Cynthia Britton (12/14/1816 Perry twp, OH-3/11/1844 Pickaway, OH) married Joseph Jamison -- 3+ children
--------------------5d. Amanda Britton (9/1/1818 Perry twp, OH-10/16/1855) Pickaway, OH -- (never married?)
--------------------5d. Harrison Britton (~1820 Perry twp, OH-~1852) Julia *Unknown* -- 2 children
--------------------5d. Carissa Britton (~1821 Perry twp, OH-1840s Pickaway, OH) -- never married
---------------5c. Joseph Britton (~1763-? VA]*** (his pension application states he volunteered in 1779 at age 16 in Frederick,VA; also he moved to Monongalia,VA, five years in Chillicothe,OH, and then back to VA where he resides in Harrison,VA)
--------------------5d. unknown children
---------------5c. (maybe) Wilson Britton (1766 Frederick, VA-8/1851 Monongalia, WV) and (1) unknown and (2) Martha Jane Wade (1788-1849) -- or may be a son of Benjamin below.
--------------------5d. Jonah Britton (11/1/1797 Frederick, VA-?)
--------------------5d. Edith Britton (1800-1898) married Elisha Snider
--------------------5d. Nancy Ann Britton (1814 WV-?)
--------------------5d. George Washington Britton (1814 WV-?)
--------------------5d. Gustavus S. Britton (1818 WV-?)
--------------------5d. Horatio Britton (5/3/1820 WV-?)
--------------------5d. Jerusha Britton (6/23/1823 WV-?)
--------------------5d. John H. Britton (~1826 WV-)
---------------5c. others?
(Note: Descendants of Wilson Britton have his father as "John Wilson Britton," born circa 1750 in Bucks -- as the reputed dates of birth of Wilson (1766 in Frederick,VA) and John Wilson (~1750), made the father only 16 upon the birth of this son, this is considered incorrect -- perhaps just inaccurate memories, with the grandfather and not the father named John. Plus, Wilson is mentioned as a bond-holder in Joseph Britton's 1795 Virginia inventory, so I placed him as a son of Joseph, although could be incorrect. Finally, Wilson said he was born in VA in 1766. Benjamin did not move there until 1769, but Joseph was known to have had land there since 1752. These facts suggest that Wilson was a son of Joseph.)
----------5b. Benjamin Britton (~1730s Bucks, PA?-1780s/1790s? SC) married Margaret Unknown (m. prior to 1767) -- unknown children (moved from Bucks to VA in 1769; moved to SC in
---------------5c. (maybe) Benjamin Brittin (9/14/1779 Frederick,VA-9/26/1760 Franklin,OH) married Elizabeth Grace (1/20/1780 Rockingham, VA-3/26/1846 Franklin, OH) --
--------------------5d. Benjamin Britton (Rev.) (~1797 Rockingham, VA-?)
--------------------5d. Noah Frank Britton (1805 Frederick, VA-)
--------------------5d. John Taylor Britton (11/24/1808 Monongalia, WV-?)
--------------------5d. Hosey W. Britton (6/1/1811 Monongalia, WV-?)
--------------------5d. James S. Britton (10/20/1822 Franklin, OH->1901) and (1) Virginia Saunders (-2/2/1896 OH) and (2) Melvilta Barbee -- no children?
---------------5c. (maybe) Hosea Britton (~1750?-10/30/1822 Franklin, OH) and Unknown -- 1+ child
--------------------5d. (maybe) Hosea Britton (~1780?-10/30/1833 OH) and Rachel Taylor (1781-1869) -- 1+ child
-------------------------5e. Mary Britton (1807-1835)
-------------------------5e. Matilda Britton (1813 OH-1884 OH) married Henry Dildine -- 1 child
------------------------------5f. Rachal Lorain Dildine (1843-1929)
-------------------------5e. Samuel Taylor Britton (1820-1889)
---------------5c. (maybe) John?
---------------5c. (maybe) Thomas?
---------------5c. others? William? check census and will in Pickaway
• On the 1782 VA tax list, Benjamin is listed with a household of eight, indicating he had as many as six children (some could be other relatives, like inlaws).

• There is a lot of erroneous information about the descendants of John Britton of Bucks, both on the internet and in books. It appears that most of it was from incorrectly assuming that all PA records related to his children, and specifically the Philadelphia records (Philadelphia is an abutting county: Philadelphia, Chester and Bucks were the three original counties of PA). For instance, many genealogists list this Benjamin (son of John of Bucks) as the baker who moves to Philadelphia -- this is clearly incorrect according to "Memoranda from the diary of John Dyer of Plumstead, Bucks, Co -- 1769 -- 11/9 Ben. Brittain moved for Virginia" and Benjamin Britton is indeed found in Virginia in the 1770s -- see sources).
• Many genealogists have very different fathers listed for the son Benjamin married to Elizabeth Grace -- either Nathan (impossible since Nathan died a year prior to Benjamin's birth, or some unknown John William Britton of Bucks born circa 1750, also supposed to be Wilson Britton's father. It is possible that Wilson and Benjamin were brothers. However, the records suggest that Wilson is a son of Joseph and are both children of this Benjamin -- what is known is that the PA Brittons who moved from Bucks to Frederick were definitely this Benjamin in 1769 and definitely his brothers Joseph and Nathaniel in 1790, and maybe others. Also note that Furthermore, only Benjamin is known for sure to be in VA in 1779 when Benjamin Jr is born -- his brother Joseph is known to be in Pennsylvania based on 1778 Bucks tax list and 1780 Bucks militia records, plus Joseph was not on the Virginia 1782 census. LOOK FOR DEATH RECORDS IN MONONGALIA FOR BENJAMIN SR -- SINCE NONE FOUND IN VA.

It has been suggested that John may have had brothers William and Nathaniel, based on the Bucks County records for these two names, or they may have been cousins.
Note: First mention of Richard in Middlesex, NJ 1710, and specifically Piscataway in 1711 (see Britton NJ sources). (Note: this could not be cousin G1a Richard Britton (~1689) as he was on the military roll in Staten Island: 1711-1715; however, it is possible it is cousin G4 Richard Britton (~1670) or cousin E1 Richard Britton (1668).)
Maybe -- Richard has son Joseph Britton who marries Ann Mount (1695-?) on 4/5/1714 Dutch Church NYC and daughter Ann Britton who was second wife of Humphrey Mount -- both children of Richard Mount Sr of Monmouth then Middlesex, NJ. Some Joseph Britton (may or may not be this one) owned 255 acres in Nottingham, 1724 -- part of Burlington County near Trenton. (see Britton NJ sources)

6. Sarah? Britton? (or maybe wife of #5 John)
John and Sarah are added in as they were witnesses to Mary Coppock Britton's 1717 marriage; it is assumed that Peter's children would be too young to be listed? So this John is considered more likely to be the same John as the 1680s land record. Perhaps Sarah is John/Jonathan's wife? or an unmarried sister? -- Mary Britton, of Springfield township, and Richard Woodward of the same place, were married 1-5-1717, at Springfield Meeting. Among the witnesses were Bartholomew Coppock senr, William West, Deborah West, Elizabeth Norbury, Sarah Brittan, Jonathan Brittan... It is possible this is even John of Bucks.

The Quaker records of the 1600s are largely missing. Thus, family configuration is next-to-impossible. However, with the clues from the migration of the above known family, it is likely that others fit in this tree too, such as this Richard with his Quaker and Delaware (specifically New Castle,DE!) and Chester,PA ties:

I (DLH 2011) place John Britton (~1695-1784) of Bucks and his grandson Jesse Britton in this part of the tree, because of religion and location. Cananuiel's brothers (Richard and Nathaniel) were not Quakers. Cananuiel lived in PA while his brothers/cousins (Nathaniel, William and Daniel) lived in NY. Cananuiel's descendants moved to Frederick,VA and Pickaway,OH at the same time as Jesse; Cananuiel's brothers' descendants were not known to have lived in Frederick,VA. Frederick,VA was founded as a Quaker colony by Chester,PA residents. My (DLH) guess is that most if not all the Britton Quakers fit in here -- including the large group of Quakers in NC. Probably since no other genealogists have children for Cananuiel, John Britton of Bucks being a grandson of Cananuiel has never even been considered -- see theories


E. NATHANIEL BRITTON (late 1620s/early 1630s Batcombe,England-2/1684 Old Town, Staten Island, NY-will)(story) married Anne Stillwell (eldest daughter of Lieutenant Nicholas Stillwell and Anne/Annetje (maybe)Van Dyk/Van Dincklage) (~1637/1643 NY-1709 SI) -- 5 children (his children are definitively known due to his will)
1. Nathaniel Britton [called Sr after his father's death to distinguish him from his cousin] (~1666-1729) married (1) Mary Stillwell and (2) Elizabeth Garretson (1681 SI-1732; married unknown Brewer after Nathaniel died) -- 13 children (census: 1706 Staten Island) (military roll: 1711-1715)
-----1a. Nathaniel Britton (~1688-1746/7) married Frances Stillwell -- no children known; no children mentioned in his will (military roll: 1711-1715)
----------1b. (maybe) Richard Britton (~1710s SI-1771) and Hannah Salter (?-1785) -- 4 children (bought SI land from father 1723) -- Maybe this is the Richard with wife Hannah of Bucks County who sold land in Monmouth,NJ -- see source.
---------------1c. John Britton (7/21/1737 Monmouth, NJ-3/7/1816 Philadelphia, PA) and Eleanor Waters (4/25/1746 Montgomery, PA-1797) -- 14 children (John Was taxed on an estate of 194,000 pounds. His old house was still standing in 1916 -- First Families of America, Vol. IV, p. 553. He probably was a Federalist and opposed to the "Jacobinism" or Republicanism of Thomas Jefferson. He would have been Zeboeth's rich cousin in Philadelphia. Source: "Brittain Genealogy" by James E. Brittain, p. 4.)
---------------1c. Thomas Britton (1739-) married (1) Sarah Salter Harvey and (2) Catherine Forbes -- 3 child
--------------------1d. Thomas Brittain (~1769-?) married Ann Warman -- 1 child
--------------------1d. Alexander Britton (~1770-?)
--------------------1d. Forbes Britton (~1771-?) married Elizabeth Pindle (~17750?)
-------------------------1e. Forbes Britton, Jr (1812 TX-1861 TX) married Rebecca Millard (~1816-)
---------------1c. Sarah Britton married Jesse Williamson in Bucks County,PA in 1763
---------------1c. Rebecca Britton (~1743-?) married Thomas Fleeson at Thomas Saltar's home
--------------------1d. Catherine Fleeson (1777-10/17/1826) married William Britton (8/1776 Montgomery,PA-?)
-----1a. Richard Britton (~1689) (military roll: 1711-1715) (bought SI land from father 1723)
-----1a. Abraham Britton (~1690s?-before 1729)(likely born 1690-1700) married Sarah Stillwell in Monmouth, NJ -- 1 child
----------1b. Nathaniel Britten (~1720-1792) married Unknown (maybe Fountain) -- 6 children
---------------1c. Abraham Britten (?-before 1791) married Phebe Vanderbilt (daughter of Jacob Vanderbilt; later married Wilhelmus Cozine)
--------------------1d. Cornelas Brittain (6/1/1778-9/30/1832 Bergen, NJ) married Sarah Prior (8/29/1781-9/26/1860)
-------------------------1e. Abraham Britten (3/12/1803 NJ-4/18/1866) married Gertrude Van Clief -- 11 children (census: 1850,-2)
-------------------------1e. Catherine Britten (11/25/1804-?) married Andrew Rapp
-------------------------1e. Phebe Britten (7/21/1807-?) married John MLaughlin
-------------------------1e. Mary Britten (3/27/1811-2/6/1846) married James McLaughlin
-------------------------1e. Eleanor Prior Britten (3/21/1814-?) married Abraham Post
-------------------------1e. Cornelius Britten (2/13/1815-?) married Eliza Sturge
-------------------------1e. Andrew Britten (11/5/1816-4/18/1866)
-------------------------1e. Nathaniel Britten (10/9/1818-?)
-------------------------1e. John Britten (3/9/1822-?)
-------------------------1e. Jasper Prior Britten (1809 Jersey City, NJ-?) married Adrinna Welsh (8/27/1810-?) -- 8+ children (census: 1850)
--------------------1d. Mary Britten
---------------1c. Nathaniel Britten (~1755-12/22/1843) married (1) Elsey Van Buskirk and (2) Margaret Bedell(~1768-9/21/1849)
--------------------1d. Deborah "Debby" Britton (8/4/1782-3/28/1840) married Joshua Mersereau (1773-3/7/1847
-------------------------1e. Nathaniel Mersereau (1802-1805) -- died young
-------------------------1e. Paul Mersereau (1904-?)
-------------------------1e. Mary Mersereau (1807)
-------------------------1e. Cornelius Britton Mersereau (5/12/1811)
-------------------------1e. Josha Mersereau (1814)
-------------------------1e. Margaret Mersereau married Aaron Van Name
-------------------------1e. Elizabeth Britton Mersereau
-------------------------1e. Elsey Mersereau (1818-8/23/1831) -- never married
-------------------------1e. Deborah Ann Mersereau
-------------------------1e. Robert Murray Mersereau (1823-)
-------------------------1e. John Mersereau (1826-1927) -- died young
-------------------------1e. Margaret Mersereau (1827-1829) -- died young
--------------------1d. Cornelius Britton (7/1/1785-4/3/1867) married Jane Bedell (~1784-3/14/1822)
-------------------------1e. Alice/Elsie Britton (?-1809)
-------------------------1e. Elizabeth Britton
-------------------------1e. Matilda married Abraham Lockman
--------------------1d. Abraham Britton (1787-8/26/1866) married Magdalane "Lena" de Hart
-------------------------1e. Henry Britton (?-7/1/1876) -- died young
-------------------------1e. Abraham Britton Jr. (?-8/1876)
------------------------------1e. (son) H. Britton (?-1949)
-------------------------1e. Mary Ann Britton married Peter Martling
------------------------------1f. John Martling
------------------------------1f. Mary Elizabeth Martling married Garret Vroom
------------------------------1f. Helen Salina Martling married James Swift
------------------------------1f. Dorcas Martling married Unknown Mills
------------------------------1f. Jane A. Martling married Unknown Hyler
------------------------------1f. Abraham B. Martling
-------------------------1e. Elsie Jame Britton married Thomas Lisk
-------------------------1e. Eleanor Britton
--------------------1d. John Britton (1791-)
--------------------1d. Nathaniel/Nathan Britton (1793-2/13/1841) married Mary Ann Bodine (1798-10/18/1861)
-------------------------1e. Jane Britton married Edward Burbank
-------------------------1e. Harriet Britton married John Wood
-------------------------1e. Deborah Britton married David Burgher
-------------------------1e. Mary Ann Britton (1821-1/1-/1865) married Alfred Ditton
-------------------------1e. Emily Britton married James B. Wood
------------------------------1f. Mary Ann Wood (1844)
------------------------------1f. Henrietta Wood (1850)
------------------------------1f. Henry Wood (1855)
-------------------------1e. Nathan Britton (1/8/1826)
-------------------------1e. John Britton (1/9/1826-6/15/1848) married Mary Amanda Unknown
------------------------------1f. Mary Amanda Britton
-------------------------1e. Catherine Matilda Britton (12/9/1827)
-------------------------1e. Cornelius Britton (1830)
-------------------------1e. Elizabeth Britton (1832-2/26/1849) -- never married
-------------------------1e. Isabella B. Britton (1835-1/14/1865) married Jacob B. Decker
--------------------1d. Jasper Alexander Hamilton Britton (1811-1882) married Harriet Lord
-------------------------1e. Richard H. Britton
-------------------------1e. Nathaniel Lord Britton (1/15/1859-1934) married Elizabeth Gertrude Knight
-------------------------1e. Harriet Louise Britton (1871-2/24/1951)
---------------1c. Catherine "Caty" Britten (3/30/1759-12/29/1838) married John Bodine (2/1753-3/22/1835)
--------------------1d. John Bodine (~1781-1831) married Elizabeth Cruser -- 11 children
--------------------1d. Nathaniel Bodine (?-11/31/1830) married Maria Garretson -- 7 children
--------------------1d. Vincent Bodine (?-1862 Elizabeth NJ) married Sarah Ann Martling -- 5 children
--------------------1d. Jacob Bodine (?-4/9/1845) married Johannah Housman (daughter of Capt. John Housman and Mary Johnson) -- 9 children
--------------------1d. Abraham Bodine
--------------------1d. Mary Bodine (3/20/1779) married Joseph Lake -- 8 children
--------------------1d. Ann Bodine (?-7/7/1852) married Jabez B. Cooley -- no children
--------------------1d. Phebe J. Bodine (1/1/1800-5/21/1884) married Egbert Lisk (8/19/1797-3/4/1890) -- 4 children
--------------------1d. Patty Bodine
--------------------1d. Martha (1789-2/17/1843) married William Edmonds/Edwards
---------------1c. Joseph Britten
---------------1c. Antone Britten
---------------1c. William Britten
-----1a. Nicholas Britton (~1695)
-----1a. Sarah Britton (~1686 SI-) married Daniel Gerneau/Gano (1691-) -- 8 children
----------1b. Daniel Gano
----------1b. Jane Gano
----------1b. Nathaniel Gano
----------1b. Sarah Gano
----------1b. David Gano
----------1b. Stephen Gano
----------1b. John Gano (1727- -- misc historical collections of NJ and its early setters. 12 pages on John Gano. b. 7/22/1727 at Hopewell, NJ. served under Geor Wash. minister mostly at Morristown, but also went to VA NC NY and finally KY 1755 married Sarah Stites died 8/10/1804. studied at princeton. Mother was a baptist father was a presbyterian. he was baptist minister)
----------1b. Susannah Gano (5/12/1722-8/1765) and Joseph Reeder (5/23/1716-) -- 13 children
By his second wife Elizabeth he had the following children (source of birthdates: 1822 letter by grandson Joseph Britton):
-----1a. Abigail Britton (1/10/1705 SI-10/30/1766 Imlaytown, NJ)

-----1a. Elizabeth Britton (4/10/1706 SI-) married James Poullion
-----1a. Alice Britton (9/13/1707 SI-10/30/1766 Inlaytown, NJ) married (Rev.) John Hugh Coward (1705 England-7/30/1760 NJ) -- 9 children
----------1b. John Coward (8/26/1728 Monmouth, NJ-4/13/1777)
----------1b. Joseph Coward (10/25/1729 Monmouth, NJ-~1730) -- died young
----------1b. Joseph Coward (1/26/1730/1 Monmouth, NJ-7/26/1798) married Lucretia Schudder
----------1b. Thomas Coward (9/11/1732 Monmouth, NJ-~1736) -- died young
----------1b. Samuel Coward (4/27/1734 Monmouth, NJ-2/21/1759) -- never married
----------1b. Alice Coward (5/13/1735 Monmouth, NJ-3/3/1810 NJ) married John Brown
----------1b. Deliverance Coward (11/24/1737 Monmouth, NJ-2/13/1787 NJ) married James Fitz-Randolph (10/1/1730-12/20/1781) -- 6 children
--------------1c. Hannah Fitz-Randolph (3/23/1781-) married Capt. William Longstreet (10/6/1759-9/1/1814 Augusta GA)
-------------------1d. James Longstreet (1784 Allentown, NJ-1833 August, GA) married Mary Ann Dent (3/13/1793 MD-9/14/1855 Macon, MS)
------------------------1e. Sarah Jane Longstreet (7/10/1831-1/21/1921) married (Judge) Charles Bingley Ames (10/1/1812-8/8/1888)
---------------1c. Samuel Fitz-Randolph (9/20/1762 Monmouth, NJ-)
---------------1c. John Fitz-Randolph (3/5/1764 Monmouth, NJ-)
---------------1c. Isaac Fitz-Randolph (11/13/1766 Monmouth, NJ-)
---------------1c. Benjamin Fitz-Randolph (8/3/1767 Monmouth, NJ-)
---------------1c. Stephen Fitz-Randolph (1/12/1769 Monmouth, NJ-)
----------1b. Patience Coward (2/7/1739/40 Monmouth, NJ-) married (1) Jacob Blackwell and (2) Nathaniel Seers and (3) Thomas Rogers
----------1b. Rebecca Coward (10/27/1742 Monmouth, NJ-6/6/1815-) married Tobias Hendrickson
----------1b. Thomas Coward (4/14/1746 Monmouth, NJ-) married Unknown Applegate
----------1b. Elizabeth Coward (4/14/1746 Monmouth, NJ-) married Thomas Sill
----------1b. Johnathan Coward (12/28/1748-12/16/1833) married Theodosia Unknown
---------------1c. Jonathan Coward Jr. (4/6/1776 Imlaystown, NJ-3/22/1845) married Mary Emley (11/25/1772-10/26/1835)
--------------------1d. Clayton Coward (6/14/1798-10/13/1872) married Elizabeth Darby (12/18/1801-6/20/1867)
-----1a. Rebecca Britton (12/10/1708 SI-1712) -- died young
-----1a. John Britton (1/10/1711 SI-1754 Monmouth, NJ) married Rachel Wall (~1715 Monmouth, NJ->1754) -- 1 child
----------1b. Nathaniel Brittain married Diana Robbins Note: I (DLH 2008) think this is wrong. In Van Name's book in addenda it says Nathaniel Brittain, Upper Freehold Twp., Monmouth Co., died 7/8/1791 intestate, Administrator was Rachel, his wife (1848-8/9/2820) (NJA37:50). Had son Abraham, who wed Rebecca Robins. Sarah Britton wed Elijah Robins (NYGBB 81:80).
• Note that the presence of a son John born in 1711 means that John of Bucks, born ~1795, does not fit in as a son of Nathaniel. -----1a. Samuel Britton (10/26/1713 SI-) and (likely) Alice Unknown -- unknown children
this is not the Samuel Britton who moves to Virginia (see above); this Samuel Britton would be too young and would not be living in PA in 1737. Wife Alice is inferred from brother John's 1736 land contract: D.25. Apr 17 1736. John Britten of Staten Island yeoman and Rachel his wife to Daniel Stillwell of Gravesend in Kings Co for L400 mess and 100 acres upland late of Nathaniel Britton father of John also 80 acres meadow ground next? Samuel Britton and some meadow at the great Kill. Wits: Samuel Britten, Alice Britten.
-----1a. Mary Britton (4/7/1715 SI-)
-----1a. Sarah Britton (3/15/1718 SI-)
-----1a. Rachel Britton (3/5/1720(21) SI-1814 Montgomery, PA) married Isaac Boileau
-----1a. William Britton (8/3/1722 SI-)(I assume died young since next child also names William)
-----1a. William Britton (8/3/1725 SI--3/15/1804 Hunterdon, PA) married Mary Collins (1724 Monmouth-8/13/1805) on 11/30/1753 (he lived in Long Island then and she in Monmouth) -- 10 children (this family is interesting since it seems to have split down the middle -- the older children were Patriots and fought for America in the Revolution, and the younger ones were Loyaltists who fought for Britain, and subsequently left for Canada (New Brunswich) where they settled and became successful there. It is said that William was the loyalist and Mary was the Patriot.)
----------1b. Nathaniel Britton (3/12/1744/45 NJ-10/2/1817 Columbia, PA) (NJ Patriot) volunteered out of Bucks County, PA in McCalla's Company married (1) Jane Simonton (1750 Somerset,NJ-1817) and (2) Sarah Davison -- 9 children
---------------1c. Samuel Brittain (1770-1840) married Sarah Silliman (1773-1815) in 1796.
---------------1c. Robert Brittain (12/25/1771 Northampton,PA-2/12/1857 Northampton,PA) married Sidney Evans -- 4 children
---------------1c. William Brittain (12/25/1771 Northampton,PA-8/12/1837 Pickaway,OH) married Mary Jacoby -- 7 children NOTE: Pickaway,OH link
---------------1c. Mary Brittain (12/25/1771 Northampton,PA-5/7/1840 Northampton,PA) married Moses Ayres -- 10 children
---------------1c. Elizabeth Brittain (12/25/1771 Lancaster,PA-8/19/1846 Northampton,PA) married John McCrae -- 1 child
---------------1c. Jane Brittain (12/25/1771 Lancaster,PA-3/6/1852) married Andrew Hutchinson -- 1 child
---------------1c. Sarah Brittain (12/25/1771 Lancaster,PA-1/23/1862 Northampton,PA) married Samuel Eakin -- 5 children
---------------1c. Nathaniel Brittain (12/25/1771 Northampton,PA-3/21/1866 Pike,PA) married Elizabeth Davison -- 1 child married
---------------1c. John Brittain (12/25/1771-11/4/1808 Northampton,PA) -- died young
----------1b. Zeboath Brittain (1/9/1746/46 Hunterdon,NJ-7/11/1790 Northampton,PA) (NJ Patriot - fought 2 seasons in Washington's Army) married Mary Elizabeth Marr (9/22/1748 Hunterdon,NJ-1813 PA) in 1767 in Northampton,PA -- 9 children
---------------1c. Mary Brittain (7/7/1767-) -- died young?
---------------1c. William Brittain (4/41769 Northampton,PA-1847) married Sarah Aton
--------------------1d. Zebulon Brittain (1799-1876)
-------------------------1e. John Brittain (1827-1884)
------------------------------1f. William Brittain (1861 Lycoming,PA-1944)
-----------------------------------1g. James Brittain (1893 Lycoming,PA-1976)
----------------------------------------1h. John Brittain 1937 Philadelphia,PA-)
---------------1c. Joseph Britton (3/1/1771-1821) married Anne White (1773-1825)
--------------------1d. Zebulon Britton (10/20/1794 Northumberland County, PA-1851 Williams County,OH) married Experience Potter (widow Perry) (6/13/1798 PA-1854 MI)
-------------------------1e. Brookins Britton
-------------------------1e. Joseph P. Britton
-------------------------1e. Silas Britton
-------------------------1e. Walter C. Britton
-------------------------1e. Henry O. Britton
-------------------------1e. Hiram Gilmore Britton
-------------------------1e. Eliza Britton
-------------------------1e. Anne Britton
-------------------------1e. Susanna Britton
-------------------------1e. Margaret Ann Brittain (5/27/1837 OH-1900 OH) married (1) Chandler Baird and (2) Michael Crawford (3/23/1833 PA-9/27/1898 OH) -- 6 children
------------------------------1f. Ugelia M. Baird married Willis Crane -- 4 children
------------------------------1f. Augusta Baird maried Lyman Hutchins -- 3 children
------------------------------1f. Ella P. Crawford married David Hutchins -- 3 children
------------------------------1f. Melville G. Crawford married (1) Mollie Snyder and (2) Olive Roberts -- no children
------------------------------1f. Lula M. Crawford (8/1/1867 OH-3/30/1939 MO) married Edwin S. Lord (11/30/1860 WI-7/11/1911 MI) -- 2 children
------------------------------1f. Arletta M. Crawford -- never married
--------------------1d. Jeremiah Britton
--------------------1d. Abraham Britton
--------------------1d. Isaac Britton
--------------------1d. others?
---------------1c. David Britton (4/2/1773 Northampton,PA-
---------------1c. Elizabeth Britton (6/28/1775 Northampton,PA-)
---------------1c. Rachel Britton (6/17/1777 Northampton,PA-)
---------------1c. John Britton (6/20/1779 Northampton,PA-) married (1) Margaret Albertson (8/29/1786 Sussex,NJ-11/4/1831 Columbia,PA) and (2) Gaynor Metlin (~1813-) in 1834 -- 8 children
--------------------1d. Henry Brittain (2/27/1807 Columbia,PA-1-/2/1847 Summit,OH)
--------------------1d. (Rev.) Alem Marr Brittain (9/17/1809 Columbia,PA-11/9/1889 Columbia,PA) married Jemima Goodfellow -- 2 children
--------------------1d. Zeboath Brittain (2/18/1812 Columbia,PA-7/30/1853 Summit,OH) married Elizabeth Dunbar
--------------------1d. Jane Brittain (5/13/1814 Columbia,PA-5/19/1891 Grand Rapids,MI) married (Rev.) Henry Lowry
--------------------1d. Elizabeth Brittain (3/12/1817 Columbia,PA-5/12/1875 Summit,OH)
--------------------1d. Matilda Brittain (6/19/1820 Columbia,PA-) married George Sumner
--------------------1d. Catherine Brittain (4/22/1821-8/31/1823 Columbia,PA) -- died young
--------------------1d. John Thomas Brittain (8/6/1823 Columbia,PA-1910s Summit,OH) married (1) Hannah Rodgers and (2) Catherine Potts -- 10 children
---------------1c. Ellen Britton (2/24/1783 Northampton,PA-)
---------------1c. Sarah Britton (2/24/1788 Northampton,PA-)
----------1b. Elizabeth Britton (3/11/1748 Hunterdon,NJ-1828) married Peter White/Weisz -- 1 child
----------1b. Samuel Britton (3/9/1750 NJ-1795 MD) (NJ Patriot) married Sarah Bright (1742 Monmouth,NJ-) in 1771 -- served in Revolution out of Bucks, PA in McCalla's Company -- 7 children
---------------1c. Mary Brittain (10/7/1772-5/4/1852 Whiteside,IL) married John Bowman (4/2/1772 Northampton,PA-2/8/1848 Luzerne,PA) -- 11 children
---------------1c. Jeremiah Brittain (7/28/1774-8/28/1844 Beaver,PA) married Elizabeth Hutchinson -- 11 children
---------------1c. Elizabeth Brittain (10/8/1776-11/2/1830 NJ) married James Davison
---------------1c. William Brittain (3/18/1779-10/30/1847 Northampton,PA) married Catherine Gardner
---------------1c. Eleanore Brittain (5/3/1781-2/24/1864) married James Hutchison
---------------1c. Amos Brittain (10/7/1783-) -- unknown
---------------1c. Sarah Britain (4/15/1786-3/3/1852 Lycoming,PA) married John Bowman (1786-1843) -- 3 children
----------1b. James Britton (8/3/1754 Hunterdon,NJ-10/10/1838 N.B.,Canada) married Elizabeth Butler (Loyalist -- moved to N.B. Canada -- source) -- 9 children
----------1b. William Britton (10/15/1754 Hunterdon,NJ-3/30/1813 NB,Canada) married (1) Christianna Moody and (2) Christina Aten (Loyalist -- moved to N.B. Canada -- source) -- 7 children
----------1b. Mary Britton (3/4/1757) married John Van Voorhees (~1747-1793) -- 2 children
----------1b. Joseph Britton (9/24/1759 Hunterdon,NJ-3/26/1830 N.B.,Canada) married Elizabeth White (Loyalist -- moved to N.B. Canada -- source) -- 9 children
----------1b. Rachel Britton (5/5/1761) married Unknown Thornton
----------1b. Sarah Britton (11/7/1764-12/4/1843 Cumberland,PA) married Abraham Willett (1750-1822) in 1784 in PA -- 9 children
-----1a. Abraham Britton (9/18/1729 SI-1800) married (1) Rebecah Van Sand (1730-1755) of Bucks,PA (likely the sister of Cornelius VanSandt who died ~1789, his will left money to Cornelius Britton b.1784) and married (2) ~1770 Hanah Gott (widow Towson) of MD
This section of the Britton tree is detailed in Thomas H. Bailey's 1962 Bailey-Britton book, but he believed Joseph Sr's father was William Britton (~1720 Bucks-) and Mary Rankin, and that William's parents were John Britton of Bucks and Elizabeth VanSandt, and that John was the son of William Britton (#G below). This is considered incorrect, and was simply assumed from the Britton names in Bucks,PA -- an 1822 letter from Joseph Britton (Joseph Sr aged 67 or his son Joseph age 34?), his grandfather/great-grandfather, refutes these assumptions. However, the book is a treasure trove of source documents, and is very accurate as to descendants.
----------1b. Mary Britton (7/16/1751 NJ-)
----------1b. Joseph Britton (3/18/1753 Bucks,PA-1842 TN)(Patriot) married Margarethe Jones of MD on 6/19/1784 in Baltimore,MD
---------------1c. Cornelious Britton (9/22/1784 MD-)(this is the Cornelius Britton (son of my nephew Joseph Britton) mentioned in the 1789 will of Cornelius Vansand of Bucks -- apparently sister to his grandmother Rebecah)
---------------1c. Clartie Britton (5/22/1786 MD-)
---------------1c. Joseph Britton (1/26/1788 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. Mary Britton (2/10/1790 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. Rebecah Britton (10/15/1791 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. Sackett Britton (9/2/1793 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. William Britton (10/11/1795 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. Margarett Britton (2/7/1798 Washington,TN-) married Fern
---------------1c. Abraham Britton (4/26/1800 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. David Dungan Britton (7/11/1802 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. unnamed daughter Britton (3/1/1805-3/1/1805 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. Ann Gay Britton(7/9/1806 Washington,TN-)
---------------1c. Nathaniel Van Sand Britton (5/7/1809 Washington,TN-)
----------1b. William Britton (8/1/1755 Bucks,PA-)
----------1b. Richard Britton (3/7/1771 Baltimore,MD-)
----------1b. Abraham Britton (2/18/1773 Baltimore,MD-)
----------1b. Nathaniel Britton (11/14/1774 Baltimore,MD-)
----------1b. Samuel Britton (5/18/1776 Baltimore,MD-)
----------1b. Elizabeth Britton (6/24/1778 Baltimore,MD-)
------------------------

Thomas Bailey had the following (source):
----------2b. William Britton (~1718 NJ?-) married Mary Runkin/Rankin -- moved to MD? Some of this information appears to have been in error and must be re-researched. ---------------2c. Abraham Britton. moved to TN
--------------------2d. Abraham Britton Jr
--------------------2d. Richard Nathaniel Britton
--------------------2d. Samuel Britton
--------------------2d. John Britton (probably)
---------------2c. Nicholas Britton (~1759 PA-? MD/PA/NJ?)
---------------2c. Richard Britton (? PA?-2/11/1818 Baltimore, MD) married Temperance Tolbutt (8/5/1760-2/5/1818 MD) -- children unknown
---------------2c. Joseph Britton (1753 PA-) moved to MD by 1777 and to TN in 1786 -- Thomas Bailey's ancestor -- his placement in this part of the tree is wrong -- see below
---------------2c. William Britton (?MD-?TN)
---------------2c. John Britton (?MD-1826 MD) married Mary Unknown -- 4+ children
--------------------2d. Elizabeth Britton married Unknown Long
--------------------2d. Catherine Britton married Edward Lewis
--------------------2d. Anne Mariah Britton married Richard Lewis
--------------------2d. Sophia Britton married Michael Switzer

There is a John Brittain who shows up in the Beekman Patent lands in Dutchess County,NY (see sources), taxed 1748-1753 with a Glodo Brittain taxed 1761-1771. The Beekman source mentions "A John Britton was son of Nathaniel Britton of Richmond Co. whose will was dated 1 June 1729. (Wn-YHS XI:150). Thus, this seems to be uncontrovertible evidence that the John Britton who died in Monmouth in 1754 is not Nathaniel's son, but belongs elsewhere. Furthermore, their supposed son Nathaniel Brittain-Diana Robbins belongs elsewhere as well.
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2. Sarah Britton (~1668-1750?)

3. Rebecca Britton (1669-7/14/1713) married Abraham Cole on 3/9/1695. (census: 1706 Staten Island) -- 6 children
-----3a. Richard Cole (~1687 SI-)
-----3a. Ann Cole (1701 SI-)
-----3a. Rebecca Cole (~1702 SI-)
-----3a. Mary Cole (~1704 SI-)
-----3a. Andrew Cole
-----3a. Cornelius Cole

4. Richard Britton (~1670-1690s?) Assume Richard died young as not on the 1706 census, but it is possible he moved to NJ too (see F3 above, and E1)

5. Abigail Britton (~1674-~1724) unmarried as of 3/30/1697; married Hendrick Jansen (Henry Johnson (1677-~1730) -- 6 children (source GNJF) (census: 1706 Staten Island)
-----5a. William Johnson (received birthright in will) (-1760 SI) married Lydia Helena Vangelder -- 1 child
----------5b. Nathaniel Johnson (~1741-)
-----5a. Anne Johnson (called eldest daughter in will)
-----5a. Mary Johnson (7/14/1713 SI,NY-?)
-----5a. Matthias Johnson (5/29/1719 SI,NY-11/1752 Middlesex County, NJ)(birth record at Dutch Church of Staten Island: 1719 den 29 Mey Matthys to Hendrik Janszen and Abigail Britton) married Eleanor Lake -- 2 children
----------5b. John Johnson
----------5b. Elizabeth Johnson
-----5a. Nathaniel Johnson (?-~10/1797 SI,NY) married (1) Sophia Van Gelder (3/12/1712-~1740 SI,NY) and (2) Mary Cole
-- 3 children
----------5b. Nathaniel Johnson married Eleanor Vanderbilt
---------------5c. Nathaniel Johnson (8/18/1765-?)
---------------5c. Jacob Johnson (8/26/1767-?)
---------------5c. Winant Johnson (10/2/1769-?)
---------------5c. Cornelius Vanderbilt Johnson (3/19/1786-?)
---------------5c. Sophia Johnson (1795-?)
----------5b. Hendrick Johnson (11/19/1738 SI,NY-?)
----------5b. Winant Johnson (5/20/1746 SI,NY-?)
-----5a. Sarah Johnson
-----5a (Henry, Belitje and Esther born to Hendrick's second wife Frances Perrine).

Although it is possible that Nathaniel and Anne may have had other children, it is deemed unlikely as no other children were listed in Nathaniel's will -- specifically, note no William (~1661), Rachel (~1665), Joseph (~1667 or ~1669), Benjamin (~1669), Daniel (1675) or Nicholas (1679) (see Nathaniel's will). It is certain that the references by other genealogists for Daniel and Nicholas are incorrect as Nathaniel specifically mentions in the will that Richard and Abigail are his youngest children. If these were based on some birth records, it is possible that some of these were in fact children of Nathaniel and Anne, but they died young, without issue.



Important Note: The next two siblings, Daniel and William, are not mentioned in brother Richard's 1678 will. Many genealogists assume that especially William is a brother to Nathaniel, as they seemingly emigrated together and moved together from Long Island to Staten Island. I (DLH) personally doubt they are brothers, but could easily be some other close relation such as first cousins. I doubt Nathaniel would exclude them from the will due to religion -- he included the persecuted Cananuiel, so why would he exclude based on some other religion? Bailey suggested a family rift, but it would be curious that William and Nathaniel were so close in NY and William would be estranged from Richard while Nathaniel was not. And it would be curious that any rift lasted so long -- William and Nathaniel emigrated prior to 1661, and the will was written in 1678 -- 18 years would have been a long rift indeed. Note that there were other Britton families living nearby in England in the 1500s/1600s (see sources), so the possibility of cousins descending from brothers of Richard Sr is a strong possibility. DNA testing may yield insight into the familial relationships.



F. DANIEL BRITTON (~1630s? Batcombe, England-?) married Annetie Derdeman.
1. Richard Britton (8/5/1668 NY-?)
2. others?

Only one record for this Daniel has been found -- a baptism record for his son Richard (perhaps named after brother/cousin Richard, the Vicar of Bisley?) at the Dutch Reformed Church of NY; it is possible that this family died young, or moved -- see Britton Theories. Daniel is placed here in the tree as the son Richard is the same age as the children of William and Nathaniel, and one of the witnesses on the church birth record is Annetie Stillwell (this is likely a match to #E Nathaniel Britton's mother-in-law Annetje VanDyke Stillwell (1617 England-1686 SI); it could not be his wife Anne as they were already married and it specifies Stillwell), and signifies a close familial relationship between Nathaniel and Daniel. Note that the children of #G William below were baptised in the Dutch church of Flatbush (Brooklyn), NY in 1678; they were aged 1-15.


G. WILLIAM BRITTON (~1630s? Batcombe, England-1683 Staten Island, NY) and Maria/Mary Unknown (1645 ?-?) -- 8 children [built Britton home on Staten Island] (census: 1706 Staten Island).

The first seven children's names and birthdates are definitively known trough the 1678 baptism -- only one child #8 Nicholas is thought to have been born subsequent to 1678, and he is reputed to have been baptised in 1680.
Although William Britton is widely accepted as having married Mary Stillwell, daughter of Lieutenant Nicholas and Ann Stillwell (sister to Ann Stillwell whom his brother marries), this does not appear to be the case. While there is documentary evidence her surname is Stillwell, there is also documentary evidence she is not -- "He [William Britton] appears to have married Mary, the daughter of Nicholas Stillwell of Gravesend, for on Sep 26, 1663 he is described as a son in law.--Staten Island and Its People, Leng and Davis, Vol 1-5, 1930 -versus- a marriage record for Mary Stillwell and Adam Mott on 7/16/1678. I, DLH 2008, think it is more likely she is not a Stillwell -- see Britton Theories.)

1. William Britton (1663 Long Island, NY-4/5/1704 Staten Island, NY) married about 1684 Ann Unknown (who married a Nathan Whitman after she was widowed) -- 2 children (census: 1706 Staten Island)
-----1a. William Britton (~1685 SI, NY-1766 Philadelphia, PA-will) who married Rachel Stillwell (daughter of Thomas Stillwell and Martha Billiou)(1684-1767 Philadelphia, PA) – 3 children (Abington Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia) (census: 1706 Staten Island) (military roll: 1711-1715)
----------1b. Frances Britton (~1708 SI-?) married James Wollard
----------1b. William Britton (~1715 Philadelphia, PA-1789 Philadelphia, PA) married (1) Mary Thomas (11/3/1713 Cheltenham, PA-10/14/1780 Fox Chase, PA) and (2) Sarah Totten in 1783
---------------1c. John Britton (~1730 Philadelphia,PA-1811 Sussex, NJ) married Martha Gray
---------------1c. Joseph Britton (~1735 Elizabthtown, NJ-~1836 Schenectady, NY) married Elizabeth Ward -- he was 101 years old? born in Elizabethtown? looks wrong
---------------1c. Rachel Britton (~1735-) married Albertson Walton
---------------1c. William Britton (1738 Long Hill, Essex, NJ-7/22/1783 Elizabeth, Union, NJ) married Mary Pierson (1744 NJ-4/5/1797 Elizabeth, Union, NJ) -- 7 children
--------------------1d. Abby Britaine married Joseph Green
--------------------1d. Mary Britaine (1767 Morris, NJ-3/31/1773) -- died young
--------------------1d. William Britaine (1768-2/22/1783 NY) married Freelove Lewis (census: 1800)
--------------------1d. Vashti Britaine (1769-8/2/1832 Elizabeth, NJ) married Jeremiah Crane Garthwaite (1765 Elizabeth, Union, NJ-7/29/1822 Elizabeth, Union, NJ) -- 8 children
-------------------------1e. Henry Garthwaite (1791 NJ-)
-------------------------1e. Abigail Britton Garthwaite (1794 NJ-)
-------------------------1e. William Garthwaite (1795-)
-------------------------1e. Samuel Spraggs Garthwaite (1797-)
-------------------------1e. Elizabeth Garthwaite (1801-)
-------------------------1e. Anne Garthwaite (1805-)
-------------------------1e. Jacob Thomas Garthwaite (2/24/1807 Newark, NJ-)
-------------------------1e. John C. Garthwaite (12/19/1814 Elizabeth, Union, NJ-)
--------------------1d. Abigail Britaine (1770 Morris, NJ-) married Joseph Green
--------------------1d. Fanny Britaine (1775 Morris, NJ-) married Elias Thompson
--------------------1d. Elihu Britaine (1778 Elizabeth, Union, NJ-11/8/1849 Elizabeth, Union, NJ) married (1) Mary Price (1780-1843) and (2) Alzina Ralston (?Canada-7/12/1876?) -- 8 children (census: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830)
-------------------------1e. John Pierson Britton (-)
-------------------------1e. Emiline Britton (-)
-------------------------1e. Henrietta Britton (Queens, NY-)
-------------------------1e. Henry M. Britton (2/22/1802-)
-------------------------1e. Julie Ann Britton (1804-)
-------------------------1e. Maria Britton (1808-)
-------------------------1e. (maybe) Mary Helen Britton (1767???-) -- died young
-------------------------1e. (maybe) Luna Peizatto Britton (1848???-)
---------------1c. Jacob Britton (8/14/1744 Elizabeth, Union, NJ-)

----------1b. Mary Britton (~1720-? proably by 1766) married Benjamin Parker on 5/31/1748
---------------1c. Benjamin Parker
---------------1c. William Parker
---------------1c. Martha Parker
---------------1c. Rachel Parker
............. (not clear where this one fits in) Thomas Britton -- thomas, son of william Britain, b, jan 9 1731. -- philadelphia

2. Nathaniel Britton [called Jr to distinguish from cousin Nathaniel below] (1665 LI, NY-~11/19/1702 SI, NY) married Mary Stillwell (daughter of Capt. Richard Stillwell, and who when widowed, married the widower Valentine Dushan/Duchan, and subsequently the widower (Judge) Lambert Garrison/Garretson who died ~1725) – 1 son (census: 1706 Staten Island)
-----2a. Nathaniel Britton Jr. (1688 SI, NY-1754 Smithfield, Philadelphia County, PA-will) [will dated 6/15/1754] married Elizabeth Saunders on 4/13/1710 [Penna. Magazine, Vol 23, p.105] – 4 children (Abington Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia) (lived in the Britten home on Staten Island; sold it 4/9/1714 to Walton] (census: 1706 Staten Island) (military roll: 1711-1715)
----------2b. Elizabeth Britton (1713-) married Lambert Dorland (10/21/1707-(
---------------2c. John Dorland
---------------2c. Nathaniel Dorland
----------2b. John Britton (1715-9/14/1795) (Made his will Aug 25, 1791. In his will is a Rebecca Billiou and a Rachel Barnes (Rebecca might be a child of Rachel and Issac Billiou) married Eve Dorland (1720-12/26/1797) (sister of Lambert Dorland) -- no children
----------2b. Sarah Britton (2/5/1717/8-?) -- unknown
----------2b. Mary Britton (baptized 10/6/1724-3/1808) married on 5/18/1744 Nicholas Van Sandt (1/1/1711 Bucks,PA-5/1/1801 Bucks,PA) (son of Jacobus VanSandt and Rebecca Vandergrift originally of Flatbush,LI,NY; moved to Bucks in 1699; Dutch -- "friend" Nathaniel Brittain was executor of Jacobus VanSandt's 1744 will)
---------------2c. (Captain) Nathaniel VanSandt (3/13/1745 Southampton,Bucks,PA-) married on 8/27/1768 Hannah VanSandt/Brittain (disputed) (1/16/1746-8/19/1818)
--------------------2d. Harman VanSandt (~1770-1790s yellow fever) -- never married
--------------------2d. Nicholas VanSandt (2/25/1771-4/19/1850) married Mary Larzelere (daughter of Nicholas Lazerlere and Hannah Brittain)(9/8/1772-10/27/1863)
-------------------------2e. Mary VanSandt (9/6/1795-) married Jacob VanSandt
------------------------------2f. Franklin VanSandt married Unknown Hogeland
------------------------------2f. Angelina VanSandt
-------------------------2e. Nathaniel VanSandt (4/14/1797-1883) married Alice Vanartsdalen
------------------------------2f. Mary Amanda VanSadt (3/26/1834-) married Anderson Leedom -- 3 children
------------------------------2f. Casper R. VanSandt (4/3/1826-6/26/1881) married Ellen Field -- 2 children
------------------------------2f. Nicholas B. VanSandt (1/28/1828-?CA)
------------------------------2f. Hiram R. VanSandt (1/12/1831-9/19/1888)
------------------------------2f. Jacob VanSandt (3/7/1833-) married Esther Buckman -- 5 children
------------------------------2f. Howard S. VanSandt (2/13/1835-7/9/1866) married Elizabeth Peter
------------------------------2f. Martin VanBuren VanSandt (2/4/1839 PA-) -- never married
-------------------------2e. Elizabeth VanSandt (2/24/1799-) married Silad Rhoads
------------------------------2f. Mary Ann Rhoads married William Goforth
-------------------------2e. Benjamin VanSandt (2/14/1803-6/1869) married (1) Sarah Campbell and (2) Jane Lukens
------------------------------2f. Lendrum L. VanSandt (10/4/1832-)
------------------------------2f. Elizabeth R. VanSandt married J. Paul Knight
------------------------------2f. Harriet P. VanSandt married George Shoemaker
------------------------------2f. Charles R. VanSandt married Carrie Saurman
------------------------------2f. Benjamin VanSandt
-------------------------2e. Nicholas L. VanSandt (9/7/1807-) married Margaret Vandergrist
------------------------------2f. Mahlon VanSandt
------------------------------2f. Mary Ann VanSandt
---------------2c. Rebecca VanSandt married Daniel Boileau on 1/9/1768
----------2b. Rachel Britton (12/29/1724-10/1814) married Isaac Billiou (12/19/1722-10/22/1803)
----------2b. Anne Britton (3/3/1727/28-?) -- died young
-----2a. (maybe) Francis Britton -- unknown
Note the first inventory of Nathaniel's estate in 1702 was performed by Stoffel VanSandt, who moved to Bucks, PA check the children Mary and Rachel both born 1724? Ann a child? Francis?

3. Richard Britton (~1667 LI, NY-~1732 Middlesex County, NJ) married Ann Unknown (perhaps Aft?) (1669 SI, NY-1690) -- unknown children
-----3a. unknown children
look up these Sources: Title: Register of Richard Britton Author: Sally Britton Shreeve Publication: Email attachment Note: Sources: IGI Family History Library; Britton Genealogy Early Generations from Somersetshire, England to Staten Island, NY; Early Settlers of Kings co, Bergen, NY;Stillwell Genealogy; Throckmorton Haught Genealogy; Descendant of Nicholas Stillwell; The Roll Family Windmill; John Stillwell Genealogy; Fisher Ohlfest Genealogy; My Brittain Family; Descendants of John Britton; Descendant of Richard Brittain; Brittain Family from Deats Collection Hunterdon, NJ; Willett Family of PA; The Willett Family of North America; History of Columbia and Montour Counties, PA; Bowman and Brittain Families, Columbia Co, PA; Family Bible of Zeb J Brittain 1934; The White Family Record; Descendant of Peter White; Lee Co IL Census; House of Waltman and its Allied Families; Lycoming County Bible Records Joseph Brittain Bible Repository: Note: Email attachment Media: Manuscript
-----3a. (maybe) John Britton (~1695 SI,NY?-10/28/1784 Bucks,PA) (Bucks County, PA; will) -- this is a possible placement for John of Bucks and his 11 children. It is thought he lived in NJ prior to moving to Bucks by 1727 -- not only are Richard's children unknown, but he also lived in NJ. It is also possible he could be a son of #4 Joseph, but not of Daniel or Nicholas as they have no son John in their wills, and not likely William or Nathaniel as they did not move to NJ.
4. Joseph Britton (1669 LI, NY- NJ?) married (maybe) Elizabeth Sayre -- 2+ children (census: 1706 Staten Island)
-----4a. (maybe) Joseph Britton (~1790s-?) married unknown
----------4b. (maybe) Joseph Britton who died 1756 in Monmouth,NJ whose will mentions wife Charity and sons Isaac and Joseph?
-----4a. James Britton (4/23/1707-) (joseph britten zyne gedoopte kinderen, zyn foon, jeams britten heeft zynen Kriste, lycken Doop ontfangen, anno 1707 den 23 Apr-, De Getuigen bennen, Jeams Hanzen en zyn Vrouw, -- Dutch church record, Staten Island). Could this perhaps be the James Britton who with his wife Mary owns land in Frederick, VA in the 1740s and 1750s and then moves to Carolina? (see sources)
-----4a. Alice Britton (1708-1766) married John Coward (son of Patience Throckmorton and Hugh Coward) (?-1760) married 1727
----------4b. Deliverance Coward (1737-1787) married James Fitz-Randolph (10/1/1730-1781) in 1760 -- 2 children
---------------4c. Hannah Fitz-Randolph married William Longstreet
--------------------4d. James Longstreet (1786, Monmouth County, NJ-1833 Augusta, Richmond County, GA) married Mary Anne Dent (3/13/1793 Harford, MD-) -- 2 children
-------------------------4e. James Longstreet
-------------------------4e. Sarah Jane Longstreet (7/31/1831 August, GA-1/16/1920 Noxubee, MS) married Charles Bingley Ames -- 6 children
---------------4c. Samual Fitz-Randolph married Sally Harrison in 1790, 11 1 child
--------------------4d. Deliverance Fitz-Randolph (1791-1858) married Abner Fairchild -- 1 child
-------------------------4e. Hannah Elizabeth Fairchild (1811-1884) married Joseph Wright -- 1 child
------------------------------4f. Caroline Shiffell Wright (1836-1893) married Abraham Hunter -- 2 children
-----------------------------------4g. Mary Randolph Hunter (1857 Philadelphia, PA-)
-----------------------------------4g. George Harrison Hunter
----------4b. Jonathan Coward (12/28/1748-12/1833) married Theodosia Brown (4/16/1751-12/1804) -- 1 child
---------------4c. Jonathan Coward (4/6/1776-4/22/1845) married Mary Imlay (11/25/1773-10/26/1845) -- 1 child
--------------------4d. Theodosia Coward (1801-1849) married Charles Ashton (1799-9/10/1868) -- 1 child
-------------------------4e. William Ashton (8/24/1834-12/27/1907) married Helena Souder (3/5/1844-4/27/1915) -- 1 child
------------------------------4f. Helena Ashton (Burlington County, NJ-) married Archibald N. Maddock
(One genealogist has this Joseph as a son of Nathaniel Brittain and Anna Stillwell, however, there is no record of Nathaniel and Anna having a son Joseph.)
Joseph Britton (this one or above #3a?) owned 255 acres in Nottingham, 1724 -- part of Burlington County near Trenton (see Britton NJ sources) -- assume it's more likely to be this one due to Burlington ties of descendants.

5. Benjamin Britton (1671-) married Martha Stillwell (~1674-) (daughter of Thomas and Martha Billiou Stillwell) (Lived in Staten Island in 1706 -- 1706 census)
-----5a. Mary Britton
-----5a. Unknown other children
It is certain Benjamin lived in Staten Island in 1706, and specifically Stony Brook in 1708, and that he married Martha Stillwell. What is uncertain is the names/dates of birth of his child(ren) and when he died. His mother-in-law Martha Billiou Stillwell married Reverend David DeBonrepos; in her 1736 will she mentions daughter Martha Britton (as well as William and Rachel Stillwell Brittain and Nicholas and Francis Stillwell Britton, and Jacobus and Annie Stillwell Billiou. Her son Thomas has predeceased his father, and died without issue). In some genealogies it says daughter Martha married Peter Le Conte (but this is apparently Ann Stillwell instead); others say Benjamin married Maud LaTourette after Martha Stillwell dies. However, it is certain that at least as of 1736 Martha is alive, not remarried, and perhaps Benjamin too (although he is not mentioned in the will).

6. Jan/John Britton (1673 LI, NY-??) -- unknown
It is widely, but erroneously, accepted that it is William's son John who dies in Monmouth in 1754 -- however, NY land records state: D.25. Apr 17 1736. John Britten of Staten Island yeoman and Rachel his wife to Daniel Stillwell of Gravesend in Kings Co for L400 mess and 100 acres upland late of Nathaniel Britton father of John also 80 acres meadow ground next? Samuel Britton and some meadow at the great Kill. Wits: Samuel Britten, Alice Britten. See 1a above -- "Monmouth" John is son of Nathaniel (~1666-1729) and Elizabeth Garretson, and the grandson of Nathaniel Britton and Anne Stillwell. Note that Jan/John could have died as a child/teen too; the only certain record for him is his baptism at age 5 in 1678.

7. (Captain) Daniel D. Britton (1/1676/1677 LI, NY-4/1733 Woodbridge, Middlesex County, NJ-will) married Elizabeth Powell (daughter of Richard Powell) (~1684-4/1760 Woodbridge, NJ)(married John Murrney after Daniel's death) -- 7 children
-----7a. Mercy Britton (2/24/1700NJ-?) (either died before 1733, childless, or married John Moorse -- see below)
-----7a. Daniel Britton (~1700-1736-will) married Alphie Unknown
----------7b. Nicholas Britton (maybe died 1765 Essex.NJ-will) so (maybe) married Kezia Unknown
---------------7c. (maybe) John Britton
---------------7c. (maybe) David Britton
---------------7c. (maybe) Phoebe Britton
---------------7c. (maybe) Terrill Britton
----------7b. Elizabeth Britton and (maybe-see brother's will) Abraham Terrill
----------7b. Mary Britton (1/1730-5/10/1731 Middlesex.NJ) -- died young
-----7a. Deliverance Britton married Unknown Morse
----------7b. James Morse
----------7b. Sarah Morse
----------7b. Elizabeth Morse
-----7a. (maybe) Unknown daughter (?-by 1733) who married John Moorse
----------7b. Daniel Moorse [not clear if this is the same family as Morse above – mentioned separately in the will; could be son of daughter Mercy, daughter Deliverance or another daughter]
-----7a. Benjamin Britton (1722-9/4/1733 Middlesex.NJ) -- died young
It is confirmed that this Daniel is the one who moved to Middlesex,NJ by 1699 and married Powell by his tombstone record (see sources)

8. (Col.) Nicholas Britton (1680 SI, NY-1/12/1740 SI, NY-tombstone, will) married Frances “Franke” Stillwell (3/31/1681-5/7/1748 Staten Island, NY-tombstone) (daughter of Lt. Thomas and Martha Billew Stillwell) – 6 children (took over Capt Thomas Stillwell's home; Franke sold it on Aug 13, 1746 to Walter Dongan; on Nov 12, 1749 son-in-law Thomas Dongan sold it to Joseph Holmes) (census: 1706 Staten Island) (military roll: 1711-1715)
-----8a. Nathaniel Britton (~1700??-1736 SI, NY) married Martha Unknown
----------8b. Mary Britton
----------8b. Franke Britton
----------8b. Natalie Britton
-----8a. Martha Britton (~1702) wed Samuel Moore
-----8a. Nicholas Britton (~1704-(before 1740)) -- died young
-----8a. Mary Britton (~1704-(before 1740)) -- died young
-----8a. (perhaps) William Britton (baptised 10/11/1708-(before 1740)) -- died young
-----8a. Rachel Britton (~1710?-1748) married Thomas Dongan
Although Nicholas was born after the 1678 baptism record, it is certain he belongs to William and Mary as Nathaniel's children are known from his will.



I (DHL 2011) am primarily looking for where Jesse Britton (b. 1759 Berks,PA) fits in here, and his (assumed) grandfather, John Britton, author of the 1770 will in Bucks,PA. Jesse emigrated from Bucks to Winchester,VA in the 1780s, and there to Pickaway,OH in the 1800s. John seems to have had a brothers William and Nathaniel. The children of William Britton and Ann Young also moved to Virginia. See sources for more.

Other possibly related Britons:

1. Lionel Britton (~1650s Almy,England-? PA) and his wife Elizabeth Unknown, emigrated from Almy in the county of Bucks, England, arriving in America April 1680, and settling in Bucks County prior to their deaths in Philadelphia. While Lionel is not a brother to the A-H Brittons above, the fact he is concurrently in Bucks and Philadelphia, and a Quaker, probably indicates he is a relation. Lionel and his family were Quakers.
-----1a. Elizabeth Britton (?-4/1680 Burlington,NJ) -- died young
-----1a. Elizabeth Britton (11/19/1683-?) married Michael Kearny (~1710s-?)
-----1a. Mary Britton (10/15/1690-?) married Philip Kearny (1710s-?)
Lionel's daughters married Kearny brothers who were of Irish descent.
Note I decided to add him in as a possible son of Cananuiel above.

2. Benjamin Britton (~1710s? England-1782 Oxford,Philadelphia,PA-will) married Unknown Lacy (daughter of Thomas Lacy) and Mary Johnson? -- moves to Philadelphia (Bristol, Bucks County) by 1751, a baker; in various sources this Benjamin is said to have been born circa 1739 in Bucks as the son of John, but clearly a son of John could not be old enough to move to Philadelphia by 1751 as a baker and have a daughter who married in 1759. Since this Benjamin's 1782 will (will) states he has a brother Richard "in Old England," it would appear that this Benjamin was born in England circa 1710s. The ties to Bucks,PA seems to indicate that this Benjamin may be related to "our" Britton branches, but if so, he is at least one generation after Lionel above, and probably three after brothers William and Nathaniel (F and G above).
-----2a. Sarah Britton (?-~1802) married Jacob Vandergrift (~1730-1769) in 1759
----------2b. Jacob Vandergrift
----------2b. Benjamin Vandergrift
----------2b. Sarah Vandergrift
----------2b. Rebecca Vandergrift
-----2a. Hannah Britton married Michael Lazarlier
-----2a. Kezia Britton
-----2a. Abraham Britton (?-1782 Bristol,Bucks,PA), married Kezia Vansant of Bucks,PA on September 1763 (who after his death apparently married George Sweetman)
----------2a Benjamin Washington Britton.
Bucks County tax records: Abraham in Middletown in 1760, 1762; then Abraham in Bristol in 1766, 1775, 1778, 1779. Then Keziah in Bristol in 1783.

3. John Britten (Quaker) (~1700s/1710s? Ireland-?) and Unknown -- 3+ children
-----3a. Jacob Britten
-----3a. John Britten
-----3a. Susanna Britten
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Quaker). John Britten and three children, Jacob, John and Susanna, all unmarried. From Cooledine Mtg., County Wexford, Ireland. Received 6 MO 31, 1750. Note: given their Irish roots, it is assumed this branch is not related, even though they are Quakers.

Other notes:

Note: Names in italics mean that this entry is not in general agreement, and care should be taken to examine sources for verification prior to acceptance of this or other information as accurate.

FURTHER NOTES: early (pre-census, especially pre-1790) genealogy is America is primary deductive from wills. However, it is important to remember that wills often only cover children who are still alive, and usually offspring of deceased children. Plus, wills do not usually mention either the names of the descedent or his/her children (other than a notation of "minor" children). This is the only firm family composition data available, as other sources such as deeds and marriages do not list composition or ages. Birth records are not generally available, as well as death records or burial records. Newspapers generally do not exist, and there is virtually no census prior to 1790 and limited tax records. If family bibles survived these 300 years, they too are the best source. Therefore, this information should be considered a "best-guess" scenario, and is certain to contain innacuracies; original sources should be examined to understand the assumptions inherent, and the expected level of accuracy.

Most of this information is based on the works of two Britton genealogists and one Stillwell genealogist, to whom we are most beholden:
--- Thomas Bailey (1962 "Bailey-Britton History and Genealogy") who laboriously researched the #G William Britton line. Unfortunately, an 1822 letter by his great-grandfather unequivocably states he is descended from Nathaniel Britton of Staten Island. While the lineage is completely incorrect, the research is impeccable!
**I [DLH 2008]agree with his hypothesis that Jesse Britton is the son of Joseph who is the son of John.
*However, after more research, I do not concur with his placement of John of Bucks as the son of John of Monmouth County, NJ; think instead he might be the son of John of Chester Pa, son of Cananuiel.
It is important to note that none of these hypotheses has firm documentary support, such as wills that clearly specify children/grandchildren -- see Britton Theories for an extended discussion on who John's father is likely to be.
--- Elmer Garfield Van Name ("Britton Genealogy, Early generations from Somersetshire, England to Staten Island, New York" October, 1970), mostly for information on #F Nathaniel Britton genealogy. Although Van Name's book termed William as "believed to be a son", it also stated that "it has been asserted by an eminent historian that Nathaniel Britton arrived in America, with his brother, William, and that they settled in New Hampshire in 1652 (SIH 21:17), and later moved to Newtown and Flatland." (SIH is The Staten Island Historian, a periodical, published by SIHS -- the Staten Island Historical Society, Richmondtown, S.I., N.Y.)
--- Dr. John Stilwell, Add in Stillwell here -- incomplete without! See Stillwell Tree.

Much other detail, generally detailing descendants, has been added in through research by more modern genealogists, but this comes with a warning. Even the casual reader will quickly understand that research of this family is an extremely difficult task -- every branch of every generation used the same given names (especially Joseph and Nathaniel/Nathan, and in the latter case sometimes Nathaniel was a different person than Nathan and sometimes the same). Additionally, in the computer age, research is hindered by the multiple spelling variations of the surname -- Britton Briton, Bretin, Britten, Britain, etc (the best search is Br*t*n, Br*tt*n, Br*t**n, Br*tt**n for single letter wild cards -- not soundex). Our branch has more generally used the Britton variation, but in documents (such as census data) one will run across many variations. It should be noted that most of the early family composition (pre-1850 individualized census) is based on wills and church records (as available); should a man die young unexpedtedly, the presence of children may not be able to be determined. Data from descendants, based on family stories and bibles, is the only way to fill in these gaps. Researchers should be aware that especially for the Britton family, there appears to be a lot of misinformation both in print and on the internet. Many people see a name with a close date and/or a close place, and assume it is a match. Even the books above discuss information in print that is erroneous, and have erroneous information themselves (when not all information was used for the inferences). Additions to this tree should be made with caution, noting that other sources that are in conflict with this tree are likely to be in error -- these trees, based on these three books, were researched meticulously, attempting to utilize all the records available, and assumptions were clearly noted. Even so, there are likely to be errors in this tree too.

***Some genealogists show a Joseph Britton (1735-9/20/1830 Union, PA) (wife Hannah Frank/Frame, two daughters) as the Joseph, son of John Britton (~1695-1784). This is clearly incorrect. First, he would have been an unlikely 95 upon his death. Secondly, he enlisted in Montgomery PA and not Bucks. Thirdly, and most definitive, this Joseph was apparently born in 1755 not 1735 (BIR-MAR-DEA: "Early Central Pennsylvania Lineages by Fisher, p. 67 (BRI HIS 003), and also according to his Patriot pension application). Some other genealogists, realizing the age problem, seem to have just assumed that this Joseph is a son of Joseph of Bucks, apparently due to the proximity of Montgomery and Bucks, and the common name. I [DLH 2008] feel this is not correct, and while this Joseph is probably relative, he does not fit in this part of the tree. Note that by the 1770s, there were several Joseph Brittons born circa 1755 in the Philadelphia area -- I do believe Jesse had a brother Joseph, both sons of Joseph Sr, but that this brother Joseph volunteered out of Winchester, VA with Jesse (as he was too young while living in Bucks, see Britton Patriot information), and remained in Virginia after the war (except for 5 years in Chillicothe,OH). It is certain that our Jesse Britton was in Bucks County (records and family stories), and Jesse and his Britton cousins not only fought together in the Revolution in Bucks (and so would have this Joseph, born in 1755), but also both emigrated to Virginia and Ohio at about the same times, and intermarried in Ohio (confirming a relationship post-emigration). This example is addressed here in detail as it impacts our particular lineage, and once it was published, it was republished by many other genealogists from other Britton branches. The "wrong" Joseph is known to have remained in PA and have had two daughters only; I am certain that this Joseph is not the son of John Britton Jr (~1695-1784), and do not believe that this Joseph is the son of Joseph and Mary Gibson Britton as well due to the Bucks County muster fines of Jesse and Joseph.

Wilson Britton was added as a brother to Jesse based on the facts that he was known to be born 1766 in Winchester, VA, lived in Monomgalia as did brother Joseph briefly, his father was from Bucks County, and there are only two 6b Brittons in Frederick, VA -- Joseph and Elijah -- and he is not a son of Elijah, while Joseph's family composition is uncertain. Furthermore, Joseph's inventory seems to mention a Wilson Britton. Note that descendants of Wilson think his father was named John Wilson Britton and born 1750 in Bucks -- I (DLH 2008) believe this to be in error -- this date would make him extremely young upon Wilson's birth (16), and there is no John born circa 1750 in Bucks that would fit. Finally, Wilson was known to have emigrated from Frederick, VA to Monongalia, VA/WV in 1804-1806, "crossing the mountains with three brothers," who did not settle in Monongalia with Wilson, but continued on to PA and OH. Jesse is thought to have emigrated in 1807.

Hosea was added as a potential brother, as he is supposed to be a brother to Wilson. His supposed birthdate of 1750 suggests that Hosea, if he is a brother to Wilson, may have been the first-born. However, there is much confusion over what may or may not be his son, Benjamin Britton. Benjamin was born in supposedly Sep 1779 in Winchester, VA and was living in Norwich, Franklin County, OH in the 1800s -- near Chillicothe. Benjamin is listed by some genealogists as Wilson's brother, son Of "John William Britton" born 1750 in Bucks, and by others as the son of Nathan Britton (1732-1778) and Ann Thomas, and still others as the son of Hosea. First, Benjamin and Wilson are unlikely to be the son of John William Britton (see above notes about Wilson). If Benjamin was born in 1779 he cannot be the son of Nathan and Ann, since he was born a year after Nathan's death (Nathan died 2 Sep 1778 and Benjamin was supposedly born 14 Sep 1779), although other genealogists have his birthyear as 1773 instead of 1779. Note that this Benjamin is most unlikely to be the son of Joseph and Mary, as they would be 51+ and 49+ at his birth in 1779, and Mary Gibson Britton was known to still be alive in 1788 in her father's will. However, since Joseph is thought to be younger than Nathan based on the order listed in their father John's will, it is still more likely that Joseph is Benjamin's father than Nathan. Plus, Joseph Britton born circa 1763 said in his Patriot pension application that he moved to Monongalia then Chillicothe for five years before returning to Frederick Virginia. BI am looking for any information on a Hosea W. BRITTON and his wife Rachel (TAYLOR) Britton that had settled in Franklin County, Ohio about 1820. One of there son's (Samuel Taylor Britton) is my great great grandfather. I have found that the couple were married in 1800 in Monongalia, Virginia (now West Virginia), but moved with their children to Ohio in 1820. Samuel Taylor Britton was born in Norwich Twp, Franklin County. The Brittons owned property and most of the family is buried in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Hilliard, Ohio. As of this date, I have not found any further information on this couple. Hosea's brother Rev. Benjamin Britton came along with them and raised a family of his own. The Brittons were charter members of the United Methodist Church in Hilliard, Ohio. The Britton farmland is now housing developments. Online reference: If anyone has any information on the Britton Family from Hilliard, Ohio, Please email me at redhole@aol.com. born circa 1780 in Frederick, died 1823.

"The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, NY, vol II, by Frank J. Doherty, 1993. Chapter 91 The Brittain Family -- John Brittain was taxed in Beekman from June 1748 through Feb 1753 with assessments of £1. There are no local records for this family other than several early 19th century baptisms at Rhinebeck and some grave stones. A John Britton was son of Nathaniel Britton of Richmond Co. whose will was dated 1 June 1729. (Wn-YHS XI:150)." Despite this mention in print, it is incorrect -- this John whose will was dated 1729 was not the son of Nathaniel of Richmond Co (Staten Island) -- this Nathaniel-son John was the "Monmouth" John who died 1754 in Monmouth; the John Britton who died 1729 is unknown try to find this will and attribute it to a John in the tree, and likewise the assumption that Thomas Bailey made about #6a being the Monmouth John are also incorrect. It is possible that this Dutchess John belongs to 6 or 6a John Britton.

Billiou has many spelling variations in the old records, especially Billew, but also Bellew, Belue and others.