Henry Daniel or Daniels (1757-1831) married Lydia Brereton at Cheadle in 1778. A search for Lydia’s baptism reveals an entry for Lydia, daughter of Ralph and Sarah Bruerton of Poynton, in 1756,[1] which would fit well chronologically. However, Lydia, daughter of Ralph Brereton of Poynton, was buried at Prestbury in 1757,[2] which appears to eliminate the possibility that this baptism relates to Henry’s wife. The only other baptism found which seems plausible is that of Lydia, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Brereton of Poynton, at Poynton in January 1744/45. This would make her around twelve years older than her husband Henry Daniels which would be unusual but is consistent with the baptisms of their children as their youngest known child, baptised in January 1790, would have been born probably when Lydia was forty-four or forty-five, within normal limits of childbearing age. Moreover, there is a burial entry in the Stockport registers for “Lydia wife of Thomas Daniel” on 6 May 1819 aged seventy-four years. This would fit perfectly with the age of the Lydia baptised in January 1744/45. The husband’s name given in the burial entry (Thomas rather than Henry) is a problem. However, the residence is given as Bosden, which is where Henry lived, and no other Lydia Daniel has been found to whom the burial entry is likely to refer. There was in fact a Thomas Daniel of Poynton, wheelwright, who married Lydia Royle at Prestbury in 1773. However, their marriage allegation states that Lydia was then “aged eighteen Years and upwards, and a Spinster and Minor” and that her father John Royle consented to the marriage.[3] She therefore could not have been aged seventy-four in 1819 and was more probably the Lydia Daniel, widow, of Torkington, who was buried at Stockport in 1802.[4]


There are many references to earlier Breretons of Poynton. The John Brereton who heads the account below may be the John Bruerton of Poynton, yeoman, who was granted administration of the estate of his father John Bruerton of Poynton, yeoman, in 1711.[5] One unusually-phrased entry in the Pott Shrigley parish registers is for the baptism in 1724 of “Charles Son of John Brereton’s Sister of Poynton”. This may be the same individual as Charles, illegitimate son of Mary Brereton of Bramhall, who was buried at Stockport in 1739.


Ruth Margaret (Daniels) Davies, a descendant of Henry and Lydia (Brereton) Daniels, has DNA matches with descendants of some other Breretons in the Stockport area. One match, of 9 cM, is with a great-great-granddaughter of Hannah (Brereton) Hallworth. Hannah was born at Bosden and seems to have been a daughter of John Brereton (and Betty Ball), son of John Brereton (and Esther Bradley), son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Haughton) Brereton. Ruth also has a 9 cM match with a descendant of Fanny Brereton who married Joshua Broom at Stockport in 1769. It appears from her 1836 burial record that Fanny was born about 1743 but no baptism record has yet been found for her. From the chronology, it seems reasonable to expect that Thomas and Elizabeth had more children than just Lydia and John listed below, and Fanny would fit well in their family. It may be noted that the name Fanny was given to a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth’s son John Brereton. However, further evidence would be needed to confirm the parentage of Fanny (Brereton) Broom.


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1          JOHN BRERETON of Poynton, Cheshire, husbandman, was buried on 4 May 1743 at Prestbury.[6] He married first, LYDIA, who was buried on 31 January 1723/24 at Prestbury.[7] He married second, on 4 February 1724/25 at Prestbury, MARY DEAN,[8] who was buried on 26 September 1741 at Prestbury.[9] He married third, on 7 October 1742 at Poynton, SARAH HEAMOND.[10]


Children of John and Lydia Brereton:

i               JOHN BRERETON, bap 12 Sep 1708, Pott Shrigley.[11]

ii             ELIZABETH BRERETON, bap 9 Jul 1710, Pott Shrigley.[12]

iii            RALPH BRERETON of Poynton, cordwainer,[13] bap 12 Apr 1713, Pott Shrigley,[14] d 24 Jun 1774;[15] m HANNAH.[16]

iv            LYDIA BRERETON, bap 15 May 1715, Pott Shrigley,[17] bur 10 Oct 1771, Prestbury.[18]

2              v              THOMAS BRERETON (1717-1765); m ELIZABETH HAUGHTON.

vi            DOROTHY BRERETON, bap 16 Jan 1720/21, Pott Shrigley,[19] bur 19 Jun 1782, Prestbury;[20] m 21 May 1745, Prestbury, THOMAS PIMBLOT.[21]

vii           WILLIAM BRERETON, bap 9 Nov 1723, Pott Shrigley.[22]


Child of John and Mary (Dean) Brereton:[23]

viii          BENJAMIN BRERETON of Romiley, cordwainer,[24] b ca 1726, bur 19 May 1803, Hatherlow;[25] m(1) 1 Jan 1748/49, Stockport, ELIZABETH SMITH;[26] m(2) 5 Sep 1783, Stockport, SARAH (          ) HIBBERT.[27]


2          THOMAS BRERETON of Poynton, husbandman, was baptised on 20 May 1717 at Pott Shrigley[28] and buried on 31 March 1765 at Prestbury.[29] He married on 31 January 1741/42 at Manchester, ELIZABETH HAUGHTON,[30] who was buried on 4 January 1776 at Prestbury.[31]


Children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Haughton) Brereton:

i               LYDIA BRERETON, bap 9 Jan 1744/45, Poynton,[32] bur 6 May 1819, Stockport;[33] m 24 Mar 1778, Cheadle, HENRY DANIELS[34] (see here).

ii             JOHN BRERETON of Poynton, collier, bap 25 Jun 1749, Poynton;[35] m 19 Apr 1772, Prestbury, ESTHER BRADLEY.[36]

[1] Dean Row Unitarian registers (online at

[2] Prestbury parish registers (

[3] Cheshire marriage bonds and allegations (

[4] Stockport parish registers ( James, son of Thomas Daniel of Torkington, wheelwright, and Lydia his wife, was baptised in 1792 (Poynton parish registers, online at, which supports the Torkington connection.

[5] Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, WS 1711.

[6] Prestbury parish registers (online at; probate record for John Brereton (Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, infra 1743).

[7] Prestbury parish registers (online at

[8] Prestbury parish registers (online at

[9] Prestbury parish registers (online at

[10] Poynton parish registers (online at

[11] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[12] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[13] Ralph, son of John Brereton of Poynton, was apprenticed to John Mills, cordwainer, in 1724 (National Archives, IR 1/48).

[14] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[15] Probate record for Ralph Brereton (Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, WS 1774).

[16] Baptisms of children of Ralph Brereton or Bruerton of Poynton are listed in the Dean Row Unitarian registers (online at in 1752, 1754 and 1756. In the first entry, the mother is named as Hannah and in the second and third entries, the mother is named as Sarah. The will of Ralph Brereton of Poynton, cordwainer, written in 1774, names his wife as Hannah. The testator also names his brother Benjamin, helping to confirm his identity. It is not clear whether the mother’s name in the 1754 and 1756 baptism entries is in error or whether Ralph married multiple times.

[17] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[18] Prestbury parish registers (online at

[19] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[20] Prestbury parish registers (

[21] Prestbury parish registers (

[22] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[23] No baptism has been found for Benjamin but he is mentioned as a son in the will of John Brereton. His age at burial and date of apprenticeship indicate that he was a son of John’s wife Mary Dean.

[24] Records of 1742 mention that Benjamin, son of John Brereton, was apprenticed to Ralph Brereton of Poynton (“Penton”), Cheshire, cordwainer (National Archives, IR 1/50).

[25] Hatherlow Congregational chapel registers (National Archives, RG 4/2091).

[26] Stockport parish registers (online at

[27] Stockport parish registers (online at

[28] Pott Shrigley parish registers (online at

[29] Prestbury parish registers (online at There was a Thomas Brereton of Stockport, innkeeper, for whom administration was granted to his widow Elizabeth in 1793 (Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, infra 1793). However, a monumental inscription indicates that he was only 27 when he died (North Cheshire Memorial Inscriptions, online at so he could not be the Thomas who had children in the 1740s.

[30] Manchester parish registers (online at The 1774 will of Ralph Brereton was witnessed by a Joseph Houghton. An Elizabeth, daughter of Ralph Houghton of Stockport, was baptised at Stockport in 1718 (, and an Elizabeth, daughter of Mr Ralph Houghton, was baptised at Manchester in 1719.

[31] Prestbury parish registers (online at

[32] Poynton parish registers (online at

[33] Stockport parish registers (online at

[34] Cheadle bishop’s transcripts (online at

[35] Poynton parish registers (online at He died by 1803 when Esther was described as a widow on the marriage allegation of their daughter Mary (

[36] Prestbury parish registers (online at