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George Britton (abt. 1794 - abt. 1859)

George Britton
Born about in Fermanagh, Irelandmap
Son of DNA confirmed and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married 1824 in Fermanagh, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 65 in West Brownsville, Pennsylvaniamap
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Ireland Native
George Britton was born in Ireland.
This profile is part of the Britton Name Study.

George BRITTON. [1]

The emigrant ancestor of the Brittons of South Brownsville, Pennsylvania, was George Britton, born in Fermanagh county, Ireland, in about 1794.

The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.

George died in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in 1859. He married in Ireland in 1824 to Catherine Laird, born in County Cavan in 1806, she died in 1872. George was a miller and lived in Ireland until May, 1848, then he came to the United States, settling in Washington county, Pennsylvania. In September of the same year his wife and six children came; leaving two, William and George, in the old country. The following year, 1849, they joined the others in Washington county.


  • i. Jane, married James Brown and lived in New Castle, Pennsylvania ; children :: Charles ; John, a member of the Pennsylvania legislature, twice elected mayor of New Castle and two terms postmaster of the same city; Lizzie; Kate; James; Ella.
  • 2. William, married Melinda South and had at least six children.
  • 3. George, now living in West Brownsville; married (first) Elizabeth Watkins; children: Cornelius, James and Richard; married (second) Harriet Claybaugh; children: Nellie, Catherine, Georgianna.
  • 4. Margery, married John Watkins and had fourteen children: Susan, Catherine, George, Eliza Jane, Henrietta, William, Elizabeth, Matilda, John, Mary, Annie, Daisy, Charles, Mary.
  • 5. John, married Anna Britton; children; Charles, George, Lillian, William.
  • 6. Ann, married James Cauthers; child, James B., now a lawyer of New York city, graduate of Amherst college and Columbia university.
  • 7. Catherine, married William Noble; no issue.
  • 8. Ellen, married, February 15, 1866, James Williams, of West Brownsville, who died February 6, 1912; enlisted in August, 1862, in Company B, Twenty-second Pennsylvania Cavalry, serving until the close of the war; he was in railroad employ for twenty-three years, later a grocer.


The paternal line is confirmed back to Unknown Patriarch Britton.[2]

For more information contact the Brittons of Ireland project administrator at FTDNA or read this blogpost.

If you are a descendant of one of the Britton families in Fermanagh and have been DNA tested, please contact Veronica Williams if you can help with this research. Please also consider joining our Brittons of Ireland project at Family Tree DNA.

Research Notes

This George , nor his son can be the George Britton listed in Griffith's Valuation c1854 at Agarherrish as they have emigrated by this date.


  1. Profile created by Veronica Williams 3 Dec 2014, as part of the Brittons of Ireland Project.
  2. ‘’GEDmatch Triangulated Group’’ on chromosome 12 between descendants of his children, Catherine BRITTON, James BRITTON, George BRITTON, and Jane BRITTEN. Refer to this page for detailed information about triangulated and emerging groups associated with this family.
  • Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, VOLUME 1, By James Hadden, John W Jordan, pp447-448.

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