Brereton cum Smethwick, Cheshire Genealogy
Brererton cum Smethwick, St Oswald, Cheshire is an Ancient parish including Smethwick.
Raymond Richards relates that there was a chapel at Brereton from the reign of Richard I (1189-99). Canon Sladden in Beside the Bright Stream relates that Sir William Brereton built a church at Brereton about 1200 to fulfill it is dedicated it to St. Oswald of Northumberland.
Brereton was originally in the parish of Astbury, Cheshire and became a parish in its own right in the reign of Henry VIII (1509-47). The church registers begin in 1538. The list of ministers goes back to Gilbert de Brereton in 1297.
BRERETON-CUM-SMETHWICK, a parish in Congleton district, Cheshire; on the river Croke, 2 miles SE of Holmes-Chapel railway station, and 3 NE by N of Sandbach. It has a post office, of the name of Brereton, under Congleton. There are three dissenting chapels.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Brereton cum Smethwickparish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|Brereton cum Smethwick Parish Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1538-1909
|FS BT'S||1613-1840|| NONE
To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Parish registers for Brereton-cum-Smethwick, 1538-1972 Cheshire Record Office reference: P138/1/1-4, P138/2, P138/3/1-3; P138/4, P138/3205/1, P138/6125/1.
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records (formerly Record Search)
Here is a list of church registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
|Parish Register Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1538-1812. Marriages, 1813-1860. Baptisms, 1813-1850. Banns, 1754-1797.|| BRITISH |
2103922 Items 16 - 23
|Burials, 1813-1869.|| BRITISH |
2104037 Item 1
|Marriage banns, 1824-1844.|| VAULT BRITISH |
2104408 Item 24
|Baptisms, 1850-1972.|| BRITISH |
2262784 Item 1
Bishop's transcripts of Brereton-cum-Smethwick, 1593-1840 Early text in Latin.Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 34.
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records (formerly Record Search)
|Bishop's Transcript Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1593-1594, 1600, 1613-1615, 1617-1620, 1623, 1625-1626, 1630, 1633-1635, 1658-1666, 1668-1676, 1679-1682, 1684-1685, 1691-1753.|| BRITISH |
1655423 Item 2
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1752-1836, 1838-1840.|| BRITISH |
1655424 Item 1
Brereton, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1882, closed c.1923.
Cheshire Record OfficeReference EMS 86
Brereton cum Smethwick Brereton Methodist Chapel
Date 19th century - 20th century Various records1882-1923
Their website is here.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Poor Law Unions
Maps and Gazetteers
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- Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford
Beside the Bright Stream, The Background and History of St. Oswald's Church, Lower Peover, by the Rev. Canon J. C. Sladden, MA BD (Oxon), 1st edition 1968