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Joan Cotton (Brereton)

Also Known As: "Jane"
Birthplace: Brereton, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Chester, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Brereton VIII, 10th Lord of Brereton and Philippa Brereton
Wife of Richard Cotton
Mother of Maud Matilda Fitzherbert; Catherine Grosvenor; Eleanor Venables; Isabel Cotton; Richard Cotton and 1 other
Sister of Maud Needham; Thomas Breynton; William Brereton; Robert Brereton; Henry Brereton and 8 others

Managed by: Oliver Marcus Stedall
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About Joan Cotton

  • Jane (Joan) Brereton1
  • F, #33184, b. circa 1454, d. 1518
  • Father Sir William Brereton b. c 1410, d. 1484
  • Mother Philippa Hulse
  • Jane (Joan) Brereton married Richard Cotton, son of John Cotton and Mary Poole. Jane (Joan) Brereton was born circa 1454 at of Brereton, Staffordshire, England. She died in 1518.
  • Family Richard Cotton b. c 1461, d. 1504
  • Children
    • Thomas Cotton2 d. c 1506
    • Maud Cotton2 b. c 1479
    • Eleanor Cotton+ b. 1481
    • Thomas Cotton3 b. c 1485
    • Catherine Cotton+ b. 1490, d. a 1538
    • Isabella Cotton2 b. c 1492
  • Citations
  • 1.[S10274] Unknown author, The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, by George Ormerod, 1819, p. 51, 428; Wallop Family, p. 136.
  • 2.[S10297] Unknown author, History of the County Palatine and City of Chester, by George Omerod, 1819., p. 428.
  • 3.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From:


  • Jane Brereton1
  • F, #637626, d. 1517
  • Last Edited=10 Apr 2014
  • Jane Brereton was the daughter of William Brereton and Phillips Hulse.1 She married Richard Cotton.1 She died in 1517.1
  • Her married name became Cotton.1
  • Child of Jane Brereton and Richard Cotton
    • 1.Isabel Cotton+1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3268] Hans Harmsen, "re: Chester Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 21 August 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Chester Family."
  • From:


  • Breretons of Cheshire, 1100 to 1904 A. D (1904)
  • Pg.70
  • Sir William de Brerton VI., eighth Lord of Brereton, 1300, heir to his grandfather. His first wife was Ellen, daughter of Philip de Egerton, of Egerton, sister and heiress of David de Egerton, joint baron with the Cholmondeleys, of Malpas. Through her he became joint Baron of Malpas. His second wife was Margaret, daughter of Henry Done, of Utkington, widow of Sir John Davenport ; by her he had Randle, the founder of the
  • Pg.71
  • Malpas branch ; Elizabeth, wife of William Cholmondeley ; and a daughter who became the wife of Spurstow, of Spurstow.
  • Sir Willam de Brerton VII., ninth Lord of Brereton, was born in 1350, died in 1426. His first wife was Anyll, daughter of Sir Hugh de Venables, Baron of Kinderton. By her he had six sons and two daughters: 1, Willam; 2, Nicholas; 3, Hugh; 4, Matthew ; 5, John ; 6, Henry ; 7, Elizabeth, wife of Sir John Savage ; 8, Margery, wife of Richard Putten Wanflete, of Wanflete. His second wife was Ellen, daughter of Sir William Masey, of Tatton. By her he had one son, Thomas, born in 1433 ; rector of Brereton ; heir to his mother of the Tatton estates.
  • William de Brerton, eldest son, died in 1420, at Harfleur, France, during his father's lifetime. He married Alice, sister and heiress of Richard de Corbet, of Leghton, in the barony of Caius, Shropshire. By her he had two sons and two daughters : 1, William; 2, Ralph; 3, Alice, wife of Peter Corbet, of Leghton; 4. Joan, wife of Robert Aston, of Park Hall, Staffordshire.
  • Sir William de Brerton VIII., tenth Lord of Brereton, succeeded his grandfather ; died in 1485. His first wife was Matilda, daughter of John Dutton, of Button, widow of Sir William Booth, of Dunham; married in 1478. By her he had six sons: 1, William, died issueless ; 2, Andrew ; 3, Robert ; 4, Roger ; 5, Henry ; 6, Matthew. William married Katherine, daughter of Sir John Byron, of Horestan Castle, Derbyshire ; his second brother. Sir Andrew, succeeded his father as eleventh Lord of Brereton. His second wife was a daughter of Sir Hugh Hulse, of Elwood Hall, Cheshire. By her he had two sons and four daughters: 1. Sir John Brereton, of Lea Hall, whose first wife was Katherine, daughter of Maurice Berkeley, of Beverstone, Gloucester, widow of John, Lord Stourton. By her he had one daughter, Wyburgha, heir of her mother ; she married Sir William Compton, knight. His second wife was Joan, daughter and heiress of Sir Geoffrey Masey, of Hatton, widow of Sir William Stanley. By her he had one son, Philip, who died without issue ; 2, Hugh of Wimbersley, second son, married Anne, daughter of Robert Done, of Utkington ; 3, Elizabeth, wife of John Ratclyffe, of Ordeshall, Lancashire; 4, Jane, wife of Cotton, of Rudware;
  • Pg.72
  • 5, Eleanor, wife of Hugh Cholmondeley ; 6, Matilda, wife of Thomas Needham, of Shavington.


  • A genealogical history of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited, and extinct peerages of the British empire (1978)
  • Pg.74
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, m. 1st, in 1386, Angella, dau. of Hugh Venables, and by her had issue,
    • I. WILLIAM, d. before his father having m. Alice, sister and heiress of Richard Corbett, of Leighton, and by her (who m. 2ndly, John Stretley, Esq.,) had issue,
      • 1 WILLIAM (SIR), successor to his grandfather,
      • 2 .... etc.
  • Sir William d. 4th HENRY VI., and was s. by his grandson.
  • SIR WILLIAM BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt., who m. Philippa, dau. of Sir Hugh, and sister of Thomas Hulse, and had issue,
    • I. WILLIAM, m. Katherine, dau. of Sir John Byron, and d. s. p.
    • II. ANDREW (SIR), of whom presently.
    • III. John (Sir), m. 1st. Katherine, dau. of Maurice Berkeley, of Beverston, and relict of John, Lord Stourton, and by her had a dau. and heiress, .... etc.
    • IV. Robert.
    • V. Roger.
    • VI. Henry.
    • VII. Matthew.
    • VIII. Hugh, of Wimbersley, m. Anne, dau. of Robert Done.
    • I. Elizabeth, wife of John Radcliffe, of Ordeshall.
    • II. Jane, wife of Cotton, of Rudware.
    • III. Eleanor, m. 1st, Thomas Bulkeley, of Eyton, and 2ndly, to Hugh Cholmondeley.
    • IV. Matilda, wife of Thomas Needham, of Shavington.
  • The eldest surviving son,
  • SIR ANDREW BRERETON, of Brereton, Knt., m. Agnes, dau. of Robert Legh, of Adlington, and had issue, .... etc.


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Joan Cotton's Timeline

Brereton, Staffordshire, England
Age 28
of Kinderton, Cheshire, England
Age 31
Hamstall, Ridware, Stafford, England
Age 34
Hamstall, Ridware, Stafford, England
Age 36
Ridward, Hampstall, Staffordshire, England
Age 36
Age 39
of Kinderton, Cheshire, England
April 30, 1517
Age 63
Chester, Cheshire, England
December 13, 1932
Age 63