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-pages 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 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.

The site includes a Contact Me page. I welcome questions, comments, and anything you have which may enhance the site. There is also a Reach Out page for you to submit anything you would like to me to share with Subscribers via a Post.

Ray Warburton

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Getting the Most from Y-DNA

Note: Link error fixed. Apologies if you couldn’t make it work.

I came cross this paper recently. It is nothing to do with Warburtons but is a comprehensive example of the use of Y-DNA to tackle a Family History problem. It encompasses the evolution of Y-DNA testing, and has useful guides and tips, some of which I should probably address myself.

If you are still trying to get your head around Y-DNA testing this might help make sense of it.

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Geoffrey de Dutton

Updated: I’ve added a link to the TV programme on the Channel 4 website, and answered a question: How certain am I that Geoffrey Dutton is my ancestor?

My thanks to Sharon Wormold who alerted me to an episode of the Bone Detectives on Channel 4 last Saturday night (Series 2 Episode 3). I had missed it but was able to download it from Catch Up.

It concerned the identification of a skeleton found in the Nave of Norton Priory in Runcorn Cheshire, as Geoffrey. My wife then googled Geoffrey and found an article on the Manchester Metropolitan website called A Transformed Life? Geoffrey Dutton, the Fifth Crusade, and the Holy Cross of Norton by Dr Kathryn Hurlock.

The significance of Geoffrey is that, as the son of Adam de Dutton, and grandfather of Peter (Piers) de Weberton, he is the ancestor of the Warburtons of Arley Hall, and, if my interpretation of the DNA evidence is correct, anyone who is part of the Cheshire Group.

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Sidney Warburton

I recently received an enquiry from Karen Anderson about her grandmother, Elizabeth Warburton. There were three parts to the query:

  • Elizabeth’s father was born in Flintshire so Karen wondered about the origins of the Flintshire Warburtons.
  • Autosomal DNA results made Karen wonder if Elizabeth was illegitimate.
  • Elizabeth herself did have an illegitimate son called Sidney who she abandoned aged 6 when she moved to London. Sidney had a colourful life before disappearing from view in the 1950s. Karen has related what she knows of Sidney’s life and wonders if anyone has further information

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Gallery Developments

James of Partington’s Bible

On June 23rd I Posted on a bible that originally belonged to James Warburton of Partington and his second wife Charlotte Burgess….

Gallery Reorganisation

I have taken the opportunity of adding a new page to reorganise the Gallery….


In the process I discovered some omissions. These are included below and will also appear in Issue 20 of the Button Files….

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Split and Amalgamation

I have been working on and off for some time on a new Partington Clan. This is based on a tree sent to me, probably a decade ago, by Cathy Warburton in California. This included some early Partington families and their descendants who occupied properties in Heatley and Wet Gate in Lymm.

Cathy’s tree included lots of information, much based on wills, and some speculative. In rationalising all of this I realised that the new clan will incorporate the existing Pennsylvania Clan.

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Rear Admiral Audley Lyne Warburton

Recent Posts about various military Warburtons prompted Leon Warburton of the Audley clan to draw my attention to Real Admiral Audley Lyme Warburton of the US Navy. I have been unable to find a full biography of Audley, but Leon and I have been able to piece together some information and a couple of photos. Audley is included in a list of biographies on the Naval History and Heritage Command website, but it is not one of the ones digitised. If anyone has further information I would be happy to add it. I have also updated the Audley clan with additional details uncovered by the research.

Audley was born on August 24th 1900 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of 5 surviving children of Christopher Warburton and Charlotte nee Lyne. Christopher was born in Audley, Staffordshire in 1861, and emigrated to Milwaukee around 1880 where he met Charlotte and married her circa 1881.

Audley graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1924 and served for 32 years including service in world War II and the Korean War.

Rear Admiral Audley Lyne Warburton US Navy 1900-1974

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Capital and Innovation

A recent email conversation with Colin Warburton of the Edenfield clan raised the question of the early Warburton ancestors of the clan who were tenant farmers on the Tottington Manor Estate and lived in Stubbins Hall. Colin mused that they seemed ‘well off’ for tenant farmers. I think my answer to him might be of general interest so I have repeated it below. I believe the book mentioned, Capital and Innovation can still be found on Amazon, at least secondhand.

I have a book, Capital and Innovation by Charles Foster. Charles was the archivist at Arley Hall, and brother-in-law to the current Viscount Ashbrook. In the book he describes how, in the early 16th century, news laws were introduced which created ‘customary’ tenants whose rents were fixed, and who could not be ejected. 

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