In February 2003, after signing on the dotted line to accept Premature Retirement Terms and retire on 31st July 2003, I decided it was time to join the Guild of One-Name Studies.
I'm now registered as member 4075, studying the name of BRATHERTON (my maiden name). The intention was that these pages would grow and develop after I retired, but so far (Nov 04) there has been too much else to do!
Do contact me if you've got any BRATHERTON information or enquiries, at the email address email@example.com
The Family tree of my own connections, including Bratherton, Moffat, Brown and Honeyman lines, but only down to my Grandparents' generation (eg Harry Bratherton 1881-1942) to protect the privacy of living people.
The Taliesin database, from NHS England and Wales records, has 287 Brathertons. This puts it as the 16,859th most common surname, and gives an estimate of 267 Brathertons in today's England and Wales population. By contrast, there are 1,544 Brethertons (4,646th) and 2,499 Brothertons (3,048th) in the database (population estimates 1,436 and 2,324 respectively).
The 1901 UK census lists 105 Brathertons - but omits many of them including my grandfather and great-grandfather whose household appear as "Bralliorton"!
I've been working through the St Catherine's microfilms (indexes to registers of births, marriages, deaths) looking at Brathertons. Your nearest large public reference library (in UK) probably has the same microfilms or microfiche, where you can search by surname within each quarter's registrations.
I have collected:
I have created a Bratherton archive on the Guild of One-Name Studies webpages, where you can search them.
FreeBMD is a superb setup which offers free online searching of a growing proportion of UK Births Marriages and Deaths data, transcribed by 5000 worldwide volunteers including myself. Please consider volunteering, if you'd like to help this very worthwhile project.
While keeping a look out for Brathertons, I've found:
My father is Harry Bratherton. His brother was the late David Georges Bratherton.
Harry's father was also Harry Bratherton, of Manchester, 1881-1942, married Margaret Moffat 1881-1964, born in Bruan, Caithness.
Harry's father was Alderman John Bratherton, died 1936, married (1875) Martha Emery.
John's father was George Bratherton of Antrobus, just south of Warrington, married Hannah Bell.
George's father was also George Bratherton, married (1814) Mary Moadsley.
And that's as far back as I can go at present. For information about the connected families, see my general family history page.
William Bratherton 1855-1910
My Great-Great-Uncle William, unemployed carrier's labourer suffering from rheumatism and sciatica, hanged himself in Great Budworth in 1910. I've found three articles in the local Northwich papers.
John Bratherton 1852-1937
My Great-Grandfather long
outlived his younger brother, and was an Alderman of Salford and JP
when he died at 84. I've found two articles about his death and funeral.
If you're interested in any of these family connections, please get in touch (email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
My third cousin Richard Sharples of Hexham, Northumberland, great-grandson of Alderman John Bratherton's sister Margaret, would also be interested to hear from anyone researching the Bratherton family. Contact him at email@example.com .
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