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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Martha Warburton’s Sampler

I have added a new Artefact to the Other Artefacts gallery. It is a photo of a Sampler stitched in 1835 by Martha Warburton aged 11 3/4.

It was sent to me by Martha’s descendant, Alice Domenici. Alice was keen that a photo of the sampler can be preserved for posterity through the Guild of One-Name Studies’ Legacy Website programme, though I hope my site won’t become a Legacy site for a while yet.

It was Alice’s query which led to the discovery that Martha’s great grandfather George was the son of my 6x great grandfather’s nephew Aaron, as described in my recent Post on George Warburton.

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Fort Warburton and Warburton Manor

Jimmy Warburton has alerted me to the fact that one of the earliest forts built by the newly independent United States was called Fort Warburton. A search of the internet will reveal a number of articles on the fort.

It was built in 1808, on the Maryland bank of the Potomac River, as part of a series of forts designed to protect from any fallout from the Napoleonic Wars. However in 1814, when a British fleet approached.. .

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George Warburton

In 1729 Aaron Warburton of Dunham died leaving a will in which the main beneficiary was his daughter Alice. However he also included the following stipulations:

And if it should so happen that my son George Warburton return to Cheshire..

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Partington Clan

I have now completed a new clan called the Partington Clan, which incorporates and replaces the previously published Pennsylvania Clan. In doing so it virtually doubles its size.

The Warburtons of Partington are descended from William Warburton who was granted land in Parington in 1320. It is therefore an old and important clan. Although I have an old DNA result from the Pennsylvania clan which shows it is part of the Cheshire group, I am very keen to get a BigY-700 result from the clan. There are other clans within the Cheshire group I also believe are ultimately descended from William, as shown on the Cheshire Group Haplotree. Hence my recent offer of a $250 subsidy to one BigY-700 test, or Y37 to Big Y-700 upgrade from any of the Cheshire Group clans which show on the Cheshire Group Haplotree under William of Partington.

The published clan starts with John of Partington who died and left a will in 1604.

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Thanksgiving Sale

It’s sale season again at FTDNA. They have just announced a sale from November 3rd-24th.

The key prices as far as the Warburton DNA project are concerned are:

  • BigY-700 – $379 ($70 saving)
  • Y37 STR test – $99 ($20 saving)
  • BigY-500 to BigY-700 upgrade – $189 ($20 saving)
  • Y37 STR test to BigY-700 – $319 ($20 saving)

To spice things up a bit this year I will offer a $250 subsidy to one BigY-700 test, or Y37 to Big Y-700 upgrade from any of the Cheshire Group clans which show on the Cheshire Group haplotree under William of Partington.

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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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