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Which Britten Family is Yours?
Posted by: Elizabeth Britton (ID *****0291) Date: July 11, 2009 at 11:41:11
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There are an undetermined number of Britton families living in the world today.

Although all of these families share a form of the same surname, each descends from a different patriarch with a unique Y-DNA signature which has been passed from father to son with little change from one generation to the next. For this reason, Britton men from the same male line will show similar DNA results when tested, while those from other lines will not.

The Britton International DNA project has so far identified sixteen different male lines which in common parlance are deemed to be unrelated because they do not have a common ancestor who lived within a genealogical or historical time period.

Our project’s database is drawn from these sources:

1. Britton DNA Project at Family Tree/World Families Network

2. Profiles from Family Tree’s Database at Y-search

3. Britton International DNA Project at

4. Ancestry’s DNA database

5. Britton International DNA Project at DNA Heritage

6. Y-DNA Database at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation

The following lineages have either been tested by the Britton International DNA Projects or have entered DNA results and pedigrees in one of the online databases listed above.


Each participant in the project has been assigned a special code consisting of a letter or letters followed by a number, thus enabling researchers to match pedigrees on this page with DNA results on the Y-results page. A indicates test results from Ancestry, B from Family Tree, DNAH from DNA Heritage and SMGF from Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.


Family Group 1 -Britton Family of Henrico, Chesterfield, & Halifax Co., Virginia

Progenitor: John Britton bc 1672, England or Virginia, d after 1714, Henrico Co., Va.? Sons: William b by 1701 d Chesterfield Co., VA 1770 John b before April, 1705, d before August 1786, Henrico Co., VA (no male issue) James b by c 1711, d 1798, Henrico Co., VA. Henry bc 1715 d after 1771, Henrico Co., Va.? B-10 at Family Tree/WFN 5 representatives at Ancestry Subgroup AS7E Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey Briton:


John Britton bc 1672/3 ENG or VA & living in Henrico Co in 1684
Son of John Britton
William Britton d 1793, Chesterfield Co., VA. M Ann________
John Britton b 1761, m Martha Eanes
John Britton c 1800-1852, Chesterfield Co., VA. M Elizabeth (Dyson) Simonson
A-1, A-2, A-3 ( Ancestry)

John Britton bc 1672/3 ENG or VA. and living in Henrico Co., VA in 1684
William Britton bc 1700 Henrico d 1770, Chesterfield Co., VA. m Mary Owens
William Britton bc 1723, Henrico Co. VA. d 1798, Halifax Co., VA. m Mildred______
William E. Britton c 1776-1847, Halifax Co. VA. m Elizabeth Thweatt
Isham Henry Britton c 1798-1851, Halifax Co., VA. m Mary W. Toot
John Bacon Britton b 1830 Halifax Co., VA. D 1884 Mapleton, Bourbon Co. Kansas m 2nd Elizabeth Blackmore
A-4 ( Ancestry)

John Britton bc 1672/3 ENG or VA. and living in Henrico Co., VA in 1684
Son of John Britton
William Britton d 1793, Chesterfield Co., VA. M Ann________
John Britton b 1761, m Martha Eanes
James Britton c 1800, Chesterfield Co., VA. D 1879 Panola Co., MS m Mary W._____

John Britton bc 1672/3 ENG or VA & living in Henrico Co in 1684
Son of John Britton
William Britton d 1793, Chesterfield Co., VA. M Ann________
John Britton b 1761, m Martha Eanes
William Britton b 1785 m Pamela K Wells
Richard Oscar Britton b 1810 d 1859 m 1st Margaret Eliza Spivey
Stephen Wells Britton b 1841, Bertine Co., NC dc 1894 m 2nd Richardetta Marles Mason
Stephen Willoughby b 1870
Mason W. Hugh Britton
A-10 (Ancestry)

John Britton bc 1672/3 ENG or VA and living in Henrico in 1684
Son of John Britton
William Britton 1769-1839, Chesterfield Co., VA m Sarah Dance
William Britton 1805-1881, Chesterfield CO., VA.
John Webster Britton 1893-1907, Chesterfield CO., VA.
John Webster Britton Jr. 1876-1946, Chesterfield Co., VA.
Roland Edward Britton 1908-1994
B-10 (Family Tree)

Family Group 2: Britton Family of Southside Virginia and points further south


John Britton b 1768 VA. D Butts Co, GA. M Mary (Edwards?)
James Britton b 1812 Jasper Co.,GA d 1863 Tallapoosa Co., AL. m Seletha Holloway
John Albert Britton b 1845 GA d 1909 Eastland Co., Texas
A-6 ( Ancestry)

George Brittain Sr. bc 1742 VA or MD d 1825 Oglethorpe Co., GA.
Little Berry Britain b 1783 VA. D 1850-60 Calhoun Co, AL. m Mary Winnifred Biggs
A-8 (Ancestry)

John Britton b 1768 VA d Butts Co, GA 1838 m Mary (Edwards?)
George Brittain b. abt 1800 d. Mar 1860
James M. Britton b. 1832 d. 1900
Madison Henry Britton b. Dec 1867 d. 3 Feb 1927
B-9 (Family Tree)

John B. Britton, b 25 June 1768 VA, d 1 Oct 1838 Butts Co, GA m Mary Edwards? - cbrittain [cbrit AT
Emanuel Brittain, b 11 April 1810 Jasper or Butts Co., GA, d 9 Dec 1874 Coweta Co., GA m Jane L. Smith
William Berry Columbus Brittain, b 28 Oct 1844 Troup Co GA, d 24 Nov 1900 Heard Co., GA m Francis Carmichael
William Thomas Brittain, b 24 Aug 1870 AR, d 14 Oct 1959 Bibb Co., GA m Fanny E. Huff
Ralph Lee Brittain, b 8 Dec 1899 Culman AL, d 21 Feb 1979 Bibb Co., GA m Gladys I. Lassetter
B-11 (Family Tree)

George Brittain Sr. bc 1742 VA or MD d 1825 Ogelthorpe Co., GA.
Henry Britain b 1791 d 1867 Oglethorpe Co., GA m 1) Nancy Lansford 2) Louisa Booker
B-12 at Family Tree

George BRITTAIN Sr.: prob VA; married about 1770; died on 8 Jul 1825 in Oglethorpe Co., GA. m
Judith/Judea [maiden name unknown]: born about 1754 in prob VA; died about 16 Jan 1837 in Oglethorpe Co., GA.
George BRITTAIN Jr.: born c1778 in VA; married on 23 Jul 1800 in Oglethorpe Co., GA; died bet 1824 and 1830.m Nancy BREWER: born about 1780 in NC; died after 1851.
Thomas Jefferson BRITAIN: born on 5 May 1825 in Perry Co., AL; married on 15 Nov 1850 in Perry Co., AL; died on 10 Jul 1880 in Nacogdoches Co., TX. m Susan OAKES: born on 18 Jan 1832 in Perry Co., AL; died on 20 Dec 1922 in Martinsville, Nacogdoches Co., TX.
Burrell Mosley "Burl" BRITAIN: born on 16 Apr 1857 in Claiborne Parish, LA; married on 24 Dec 1877 in Nacogdoches Co., TX; died on 30 Apr 1896 in Nacogdoches Co., TX. m. Martha Elvina DILLARD: born on 11 Jun 1861 in Tyler, Smith Co., TX; died on 30 Nov 1901.
Joseph Lewis BRITAIN: born on 18 Mar 1884 in San Augustine Co., TX; died on 18 Feb 1969 in Taft, San Patricio Co., TX.; married Laura Sidney Burgess 24 Sep 1902. She was born 15 Dec 1884 San Augustine Co., TX and d 6 Aug 1956 in Taft, San Patricio, TX.

Family group 3---Bretton Family with ancient roots in Yorkshire--subgroup prediction AS9a.

The Bretton project at Family Tree is private.

Subgroup AS9a predicted

Family group 4:

Hiram BRITTAIN married Mary Jane HEINEMANN b. 11 Jun 1846; Son: William B. BRITTAIN b. 28 Dec 1869 Champaign, Illinois, USA; Son Rollie Floyd Britton b 19 Aug 1897, Antelope, Neb., m Marie Blanch Walmer
SMGF-1 --Subgroup AS 10 predicted


FAMILY GROUPS 5 and 15 both claim descent from James Britton bc 1709 who married Mary Witty. In order to determine which group actually descends from James Britton, we will need to test other members of this line and are therefore looking for Britton men who can show proof of descent from James Britton and are willing to participate in the DNA project. For more information, please contact the Administrator.

Family group 5:


James Britton c 1770-1836, Mobile Alabama
B-1 (Family Tree)

James bc 1709 m Mary Witty
Daniel bc 1747 Orange Co. VA m Ann
James bc 1773 Guilford Co., NC m Jane Gass
William b 22 Dec 1799 Greene Co.TN m Sarah M.Gates
Noble Rufas b 30 Mar 1828 Franklin Co,AL m Susanna A. McDermitt
George Almont b 5 Feb 1860 Franklin Co. AL m Melia Jane Moore
Willie Ross b 25 May 1901 Belgreen AL m Sallie V. Bennett
A-5 ( Ancestry)

James Britton bc 1709 m Mary Witty
Daniel bc 1747, Frederick Co., VA m Ann
James bc 1773 Guilford Co., NA m Jane Gass
John Britton bc 1795
A-9 (Ancestry)

Nathaniel Brittain b. 1804/1805 Knox County, Kentucky, USA M Emeline Faught b. 1810 Franklin, Kentucky, USA
Jabez L. Brittain b 29 Nov. 1833, Putnam, Indiana m Julia Caroline Posey
Frank L. Britain b 26 Dec 1874, Georgetown, W. Texas
Frank L. Brittain, Jr. b 10 Aug 1898, Georgetown W. Texas

William M. Britton bc 1770 VA m Jane Cunningham (not proven)
John Britton b either in Frederick Co., VA or Berkeley CO, WVA in 1812
David T. Britton b 1842, Frederick Co., VA
B-13 (Family Tree)

James M. Britton abt 1775 (we do not know where he was born and none of his sons lived to 1880 to record their father's birthplace) But we know that he was married and in Green Co GA in 1797 signing an administration for his father in laws estate. His wife's name was Frances or Franky.
Newman Britton b. June 13, 1818 in Crawford Co MO. His wife's name was Jane.
Joseph Wesley Britton b. January 1, 1862 in Crawford Co MO. His wife's name was Mary.
Rufus Thomas Britton b. August 8, 1894 in Benton County, Arkansas. His wife's name was Bertie.
B-14 ( Family Tree)

Albin Buchanan Ewton (family was formerly Britt or Britton, but took mother’s maiden name Ewton)
A-14 (Ancestry)

William Britten, b. 1791 in Pa. Married in 1822, NY, to Margaret A. Dama; moved to Michigan in 1840. Died circa 1865 in Atlas twp, Gennesee Co. Mich.
John Britten, b.Dec.20, 1815 in NY m. Sophia Blocker in NY; died Dec 5, 1900 Orchard Lake, Mich
Azell B. Britten, b. Nov 19, 1872 in Ortonville, Groveland twp, Oakland co. Mich.; m Amy Ann Henderson Dec. 15, 1894 in Danville, IL.; died April 19, 1913 in Provo, Utah
A-17 (Ancestry)

Family group 6-: Britton of Wiltshire, England

Isaac Britton b 1827, Bristol, England; had eight siblings and was living in England in 1840; came to the U.S. around 1847; died in Baraboo, Wisconsin in 1887.
DNAH- 1 (Ancestry & DNA Heritage)

Jonathan Brittain 1730-1823 (or possibly 1718-1762) Wiltshire, England. Wife Ann Unknown
Joseph Brittain 1754-1808 born Bremhill, Wiltshire, England. Wife Sarah Blisset
Isaac Brittain 1777-1857 born Calne, Wiltshire, England. Wife Sarah Bailey
John Brittain 1813-1883 born Calne, Wiltshire, England. Wife Hannah Greenaway
John Brittain 1841-1901 born Calne, Wiltshire, England. wife Sarah Packer
Walter George Brittain 1872 - ? born Camberwell, Surrey, England. Wife Alice Wheeler.
Walter George Brittain 1901-1971 born Wandsworth, London, England. Wife Elsie May Christopher
A-15 (Ancestry)

Family group 7: Brittons of Bitton, Glo., England

William Britton b 1794 Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, married Elizabeth
Henry Britton b. about 1837 Bitton, Glo., England, m Sara Ann Shepherd
William Britton b 23 May 1884 Lower Sound well m Polly Monk
Kenneth William Britton b 12 Oct 1905 Keynsham, Kingswood, unmarried
B-3 (Family Tree)

Henry BRITTON b.c 1837 Bitton, Gloucestershire, England married Sara Ann SHEPHERD b.c 1839 Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, and

Robert Britton bc 1751 Gloucestershire, England m Elizabeth PINKNEY
William Britton b 1794 Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, married Elizabeth
Henry Britton b. about 1837 Bitton, Glo., England, m Sara Ann Shepherd

Family group 8: Brittons of Great Bardfield, Essex, England

James Britton m. 3 Jul 1746 m Mary Bailey
Richard Henry Britton b. 23 Jan 1763, d 23 Nov. 1837, Great Bardfield, Essex, England m. Sarah Ketley
James Britton b 11 March 1791, Great Bardfield, Essex, England m Sarah Rumsey
Thomas Britton b Apr. 1826, Great Bardfield, Essex, England d 16 April 1908, Victoria, Australia m Jane Turner
Charles Thomas Britton 1856-1928, Victoria, Australia m Louisa Gallear
Eric Turner Britton b 4 Aug 1899 m Laura F. Chick

Family group 9-- Atlantic Modal Haplotype
B-4 matches the Atlantic Modal Haplotype 12/12

John Britton and Elizabeth Harton. married 1788, Parracombe parish, Devon, England
John Adam Britton b. 1788 (Lyton, North Devon, England) –
d. 10 May, 1862 m. Dorothy Mary Chugg, twelve children
Lived at Grange Farm*, Bratton Fleming, Devon, England. occupation: Farmer
*location: 7 miles east of Barnstable.
John Edward Britton b 2 Jul 1820, Bratton Fleming, Devon, England, d. 9 Aug 1893, Pulaski Co, Il; emigrated to Virginia, moved on to Ohio, then to Pulaski Co, Il.
m. Harriet Hannah Beeney , 4 Mar 1854 Knox Co, Ohio, eight children
(Rev.) Joseph Walter Britton b.15 Jan1856, Mt Vernon, Knox Co, Ohio d. 30 Mar.1925 Bone Gap, Edwards Co, Il m. Lucretia Ada Morgan 10 Dec 1885. six children

Family group 10

William Britton 1805 , NC Death Barnesville, Tishomingo, Ms M Melissa Hendrix c 1831
Jerome Britton b 7 April 1831, Tennessee d Marnesville, MS m Sarah Catherine Glover
William Daniel b 5 Feb 1855, Hardin Co. TN d Paris, Lamar, Texas m Nargaret Joanna Arnold
Emerson Sherrill Britton b 16 March 1888, Newbern, Dyer, TN d 16 April 19566, Hayti, Pemiscet. MO m Jeannette Lackey

Joshua Britton (1803-1880) Born in North Carolina, married in Hardin County, Tennessee in 1825 to Frances Payne (1806-1876), and migrated to Illinois in 1831. Had a sister Charity Britton (1809-1876) and may have had brothers named William and Thomas
A-12 (Ancestry)

Family group 11--DYS=25

B-7 at Family Tree/WNF matches the representative of Family group 12 on 10 of 12 markers and may be a member of the same group, but further testing will be necessary to determine their relationship.

Family group 12

John BRITTON b. 15 Feb 1801 Ireland m. Mary______ c 1832 Virginia, USA d. 13 Apr 1875
James W, H. Britton bc 1850, Whitney, Nebraska m Mary Ann Bernard
George William b 6 June 1871 Chadron, Davis, Neb., d. 9 May 1937 Goodling, Idaho m Livia Levilla Hearn

Family Group 16

William Britton



Family Group 13
Alexander Hamilton Britton, Waynesboro, MS.
B-5 (Family Tree)


Harry Britton--A-13 (Ancestry)


(See also Family GROUP 5 above )

James Brittain b c1705, Wales? Married Mary Witty moved from Chester Co. PA to VA 1740, to Rowan Co., NC in 1754 with Nottingham Co.
Daniel Britton born 1747 in Frederick Co, Va m Ann? In 1768 Daniel lived in Rowan Co, NC in 1788 bought land in Greene Co., TN
William Britton, Sr. b 1770 Rowan Co, NC moved to Greene Co, TN with father Daniel m Dec. 10, 1791 Mary Hannah in Greene Co, TN
Thomas Britton b 1805 Greene Co, TN m 1st Malinda Hankins, Greene Co, TN; 2nd Mary Ann Whitaker moved to Clay, Missouri in 1871
William Harvey Britton b Nov. 1834 in Greene Co, TN m Nov 11, 1858 Louisa Peters
Daniel Napaleon Britton born July 5, 1879 in Greene Co, TN m Clyde Belle Downey
Sidney William Britton b March 1, 1909 m 1st Avis Elizabeth Marion 2nd Eva Ruth Smith
B-15 (Family Tree)


Do you know which family is yours? Why not take a quick cheeck-swab test and find out? Qualified participants must be Britton men or men who descend from Brittons in the male line.

Lindsey Britton, Administrator of the Britton DNA Projects

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