Brearley, William a Presbyterian minister, was born at Lawrenceville, N.J., November 30, 1801. He received his preparatory education in the high-school of his native place; graduated at the College of New Jersey, at Princeton, in 1820; then taught two years; entered Princeton Seminary in 1822, and graduated in 1825. He was licensed by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, April 27, 1825; then went to South Carolina, where the remainder of his life was spent. He was ordained by Harmony Presbytery March 26, 1826, and then supplied Sion Church at Winnsborough, S.C., until 1842, giving half of his time to the churches of Salem, Aimwell, and Horeb, all in the same county. He was installed pastor of Darlington Church, May 5, 1842, and continued there until October 12, 1878. He died January 9, 1882, at Mayesville. See Necrological Report of Princeton Theological Seminary, 1882, page 10.