Brierton was believed to be a great grandson of Sir Randle Brereton
of Malpas, Cheshire. In March 1602 he set sail with 30 others from
Falmouth on a small ship called Concord, under the command of Captain
They made landfall on the southern coast of Maine. After some exploration
up and down the coast they returned to England in July 1602. They
were said to have been the first Englishmen to tread the white sands
of Massachusetts Bay and they named the headland Cape Cod.
After the voyage John Brierton wrote an account of the voyage titled
" A Briefe and True Relation of the Discoverie of the North Part
of Virginia". The title changed slightly between the first and second
editions as did the spelling of his surname. The first edition was
by John Brierton and the second edition by John Brereton - in keeping
with surname spelling variations of the period.
Source: From Frank Brierton