William Brighton

Male1768–3 September 1834

Brief Life History of William

William Brighton was born in 1768, in England. He married Martha Bull on 20 February 1802, in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, England. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He was buried in Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, England.

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William Brighton
Martha Bull
Marriage: 20 February 1802
William Brighton

Sources (5)

  • William Brighton, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
  • William Brighton, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"
  • William Brighton in entry for William Brighton, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 February 1802Little Hadham, Hertfordshire, England
  • Children (1)

    World Events (4)

    1770 · Boston Tea Party

    Age 2

    Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

    1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

    Age 7

    "On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."

    1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

    Age 19

    The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

    Name Meaning

    habitational name from Breighton in East Yorkshire, on the river Derwent. This place is named with Old English beorht ‘bright’ or an unattested personal name Beohta + tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’. The surname is unlikely to derive from Brighton in Sussex, which was known as Brighthelmestone until the end of the 18th century.

    in East Anglia, a nickname from Middle English bright + eien ‘bright eyes’.


    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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