Welcome to the Warburton Website

Welcome to the Warburton Website, which includes my Warburton One-Name Study, and Warburton DNA Project. To learn more about this site please visit the various sub-page under the About menu item.

I hope you will find this site useful in your own studies of Warburton family history. You are invited to subscribe to receive notifications of future Posts about my research, future site updates, or anything else of interest.

The site also includes a Forum where anyone can initiate or participate in conversations with other interested parties on any subject related to  Warburton family history. Anyone can view the Forum but you will need to register to participate.

The Warburton DNA Project enhances the knowledge gained from traditional genealogical research. For example about half of all Warburtons belong to one of two groups, one descended from a Norman knight, the other from a Saxon inhabitant of the village of Warburton. Several smaller groups have also been identified. My DNA Project has devised a low cost strategy to determine if you belong to one of these groups, so please contact me (click my picture to the right) if you are interested.

I also welcome questions, comments, and anything you have which may enhance the site.

Ray Warburton

Autosomal DNA Testing

Occasionally people join the Warburton Project to order the FamilyFinder test. I have no objection to this, though I’m not sure there is a financial advantage. Also I’m sure a lot of you will have taken the Ancestry DNA test,…

A Tilston Clan Photograph

I was recently sent this photograph by Lorna Bowden. It has been added to the Misc. Photos section of the Gallery, and a note has been added to the Tilston Clan tree.

This photo of Richard Warburton (1831-1913) of the Tilston clan, with his daughters Celia and Margaret, was provided by Lorna Bowdon, Margaret’s great great granddaughter. Margaret married a Danish Sea Captain named Rasmus Madsen.

Early Bury Parish Records

I have recently published the Warburton entries in the Bury, St Mary parish registers up to 1700. This came out of my continuing study of the Peters in the Edenfield area and their relationship to the Edenfield clan. This has also included listing the entries at Edenfield, Holcombe, and Newchurch in Rossendale. These will be published shortly along with a paper on my findings. Please note my comments below on the amount of guesswork in the Families list.

The entries can be accessed from the Parishes page, and the sidebar. The text below also appears on the Parishes page.

Potters’ Signatures and Seals

Above is a photo of three Warburton signatures and seals on a 1751 vellum agreement betwixt a consortium of iconic Staffordshire potters who were sourcing Devon ball clay. It was sent to me by Audrey Fussell. The Clay was shipped from Devon to Liverpool, and then, via the River Weaver and packhorse, to Burslem. Other signatories include famous potters such as Thomas Wheildon.

Does Anyone Know this Gentleman?

Martin Warburton sent me the following cutting from the The Connecticut Courant dated Monday, April 27, 1801.

John Warburton is a Machine Builder and Cotton Manufacturer from Manchester, England who had established an extensive Cotton Manufactory at North-Bolton, near Hartford, Connecticut to produce Knitting Cotton that no other manufacturer can furnish at better quality, or lower price.

I am familiar with a couple of families that emigrated to Massachusetts, and one even set up a factory. But this is an earlier emigration, and I’m not familiar with any families in Connecticut. Quite possibly John didn’t have children, or the line died out later.

If anyone does have anymore information of John I would like to hear it.