Rev. Robert Bracewell 1611 - 1668
& unknown d bef 1668 | her parents
of London, England and Isle of Wight Co., VA
This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!
following an analysis by Dr. Barry Hayes
Michael's Church, Bracewell;
2nd view; another view
the ancestral church in Bracewell, Yorkshire, England
1611 - Robert Bracewell son of Richard Bracewell [1588
- 1641] of
London, England, was christened 13 Oct 1611 at St. Andrews, Holborn, London,
England [contributed by Nona Williams]
22 Feb 1627/28 he became a student at Hart Hall in Oxford
3 Nov 1631 - he graduated with B A degree
ca 1650 he removed to Virginia. He purchased 300 acres on Blackwater River
in Isle of Wight County and assumed the Parish of Lawne's Creek.
1652 - Lt John Upton and wife Margaret sold William Underwood 400 acres
adjoining 300 acres already sold to Robert Braswell, Clerke: witnessed by
Isaac Cavalier and Thomas Scott. On Jan 16 1651/52 Captain John Upton's will
mentioned the 300 acres sold to Mr. Robert Braswell.
1652 - Rev Robert Bracewell served as pastor to St.
Luke's located at Smithfield VA.
24 Sept. 1652
-Deposition by William Chapple, mariner, James Vawer, pilot, and John Fisher
Carpenter, all of the ship Mary of Accomac in Virginia: They were at
Accomac last July, bound for Bristol, when they met one John Jones. This
Jones died of fever, after saying
that he had 40 hhds of tobacco in the hands of Robert Braswell, a merchant
living on Pagan Creek on James River in Virginia.. [p104]
6 Dec 1652 - another depo by William Chappell, master of the Mary of Accomac
1653 - He was elected to the House of Burgesses of Virginia, but
since it was not considered proper that a minister hold a political office.
"It is ordered by this present Grand Assembly, that Mr. Robert
Bracewell, Clark, be suspended . . . since it is unpresidential and may
produce bad consequences."
10 June 1658 - Thomas Wilkinson made a large patent on Patomack Creek and
used Robert Braswell as a headright.
20 Jan 1661/62 - Robert Braswell and Joseph Bridger owned land adjoining 300
acres patented by Richard Izard.
16 Feb 1662/63 - Thomas Poole secured a patent adjoining Mr. Robert
9 June 1664 - Robert Braswell appointed William Thompson his attorney in a
suit with Thomas Hopkins: witnessed by Robert Tookes.
26 June 1664, William and Elizabeth Thompson sold Richard Izard some land
adjoining Robert Dunster and Robert Braswell.
9 Dec 1665 -- Richard Izard depo aged 54 - -
15 Feb 1667/68 Robert Braswell made his will; it was proved 1 May 1668 in
Isle of Wight County VA.
Isle of Wight Co.VA Will of Robert Bracewell 15
Feb 1667 prob 1 May 1668
- to my daughter Jane Stokes her children
- to Rebecca West my daughter one cow and Calfe and one cowe and
calfe to the next child she may have
- and the rest of all my estate unto my two sonnes Robert and Richard
whome I make my full and sole executors of this my will, and the Mill I
desire shall be finished with what speed my bee and to be lett
out,only reserving corner for themselves, and the p.duce of the mill to be
equally divided between them both, and reserved to build a new mill
hereafter and when built to be left wholly to my sonne Richard likewise I
give seven hundred acres of land where I now live and six hundered acres at
the western Branch of Nancemond County to be equall divided between my two
sonnes Robert and Richard likewise it is my desire that noe part of parcell
of the estate shall be disposed of nor none of the land untill they both are
of full age nor no wayes divided but if it shall please God that either of
them shall depart this life before he comes of age that then the survivior
shall enjoye the whole
- likewise I give unto my servant Elizabeth Hall when she shall be free one
heiffer of two years of age
- and likewise it is my desire that my lvonign friends Mr Richard Izard and
George Gwillim to be guardians unto my children in the time of their
minoritie and to see this my will performed likewise I give unto the said
Richard Izard and George Gwillim fortie shillings to each of them to buy
them each one ring,
- likewise I give unto my daughter Ann Bagnall one cow and calf and one cow
and calf to her first child,if it please God she have any
- and likewise it is my desire that my two sonnes Robert and Richard shal be
put to scholle until they can both read and write.
And this being my will I testifie it with my hand this 15th of
In Wittness of George Gwillim Richard Izard
This will was proved in open court helf for the Isle of Wight County this
first day of May 1668 and then recorded Teste John
Jenings Clr: Recordes
On 1 May1668, Mr George Gwilliam and Mr Richard Izard qualified to act as
overseers of Robert Braswell's two sons until they might be of age to act as
his executors; they were bonded by Mr. Thomas Green and Richard Penny.
The estate appraised on 11 May 1668 by Gyles Driver, Benjamin Beall,
Robert Coleman and Francis Ayres included 63 head of livestock, a servant
boy, a library valued at 500 pounds of
tobacco, a sloop, silverware, and cattle at William West's and Mr. Robert Stokes's plantations. W&D
Rebecca Izard signed an account of the estate of the late Mr. Robert
Braswell in the hands of Richard Izard on 10 Jan 1669/70.
Izard by will 2 May 1669 gave this to his two daughters Mary and
Martha. Mary dying before any division was made it therefore fell to Martha
now wife of said Rutter. 30 Oct 1686. Walter Rutter now sells to Joseph
Bridger. 8 Oct 1696. Walter Rutter and wife Martha sell to Joseph Bridger
for 1200 lbs tbco. parcel of land in L P called Herrong's plantation now
occupied by Edward Browne -- to James Benn's line. 8 Feb 1696. Thos Godwin,
Edward Streeter, Tristram Norsworthy, Thomas Owen.
6 Mar 1670 Thomas Taberer assigned a bill to John Gardner against Rebecca
Izard, was left with John Burnell.
Sept 14 1670 Rebecca Izard pat 250 acres escheat land in behalf
of her two daughters Mary and Martha Izard formerly granted to Richard Izard
see info posted by Nona Williams on her Izard Blog
Children of Robert Bracewell and wife:
1. Jane Bracewell ca 1645 - 1713 IoW VA
will dated 26 June 1711 - proved 24 Aug 1713
married ca 1667 Robert Stokes was hung 1677
involved with his brother-in-law
William West in Bacon's Rebellion
a. Mary Stokes est 1669
b. Ann Stokes est 1672 -
c. Rebecca Stokes est 1675 -
married 2nd 1678 Robert Eley II
d. Robert Eley III
ca 1679 - ca 1707
Martha Daughtie dau of James
i. Robert Eley IV
married Annie Lawrence
ancestors of LyndonB Johnson
married 3rd 1680 John Roberts
e. John Roberts
ca 1681 -
f. Thomas Roberts ca 1684 -
g. Jane Roberts ca 1687 -
2. Rebecca Bracewell 1647 - 1700 IoW VA
married bef 1667 William West 1643 - 1708
son of Henry who was killed by the Indians
William participated in Bacon's
Rebellion but was later pardoned.
a. Rebecca West
William West married 2nd Martha
say Martha is the mother of the rest of his children
b. Mary West
married William Green
c. Richard West
d. William West Jr.
e. Robert West
3. Anne Bracewell ca 1648 - 1734
married bef 1667 James Bagnall ca 1645 - 9 April 1702
a. Rebecca Bagnall
b. Joseph Bagnall
c. Robert Bagnall
d. Mary Bagnall
4. Robert Bracewell ca
1649 - 1697/1714
one-half of his father's 1,300 acres on the border of Isle of Wight and
on 27 March 1696/97 Robert Braswell appt his wife Susanna to act as his
attorney in IoW Co VA
married bef 18 April 1679 Suzanne Burgess
ca 1655 - June 1732
18 April 1679,
Joyce Cripps in will named Susan Braswell "my sister's
Susannah made her will 22 Oct
1714 - prob 26 June 1732 IoW VA
a. Ann Braswell
1675/78 - aft 1714
i. John Riggs bef Oct 1714 -
b. James Bracewell 1675/80 - aft 1729
Suzanne Burgess Braswell's will]
c. Richard Braswell 1680/85 - bef
Aug 26 1745 Isle of Wight
made will 21 April 1744 - proved 26 Aug 1745
i. William Braswell ca 1705 - ca
married Sarah Crocker?
1. Samuel Braswell
2. George Braswell
Joseph Braswell ca 1710 -
a Joseph Braswell paid taxes and served on jury in the Orangeburg District
of SC as late as 1778
married Sarah Kindred?
Dr Hayes suggests that these two may be their sons who moved from
South Carolina to St George's Parish, GA where they were granted patents in
1. Kindred Braswell ca 1740 - 1821
2. Robert Braswell
Braswell ca 1710/15 -
married ca 1740 Mrs. Jane Cooper Lewis
the widow of Zebulon Lewis 1699- 1738 who left will in Isle of Wight Co VA
d. William Braswell 1680/85
- aft 1732
Chowan Prec. - On 4 March 1714/15 this William Braswell witnessed a deed of
sale for his cousin William Braswell and wife Mary in the Urahaw region of
what was to become Hertford County NC.
e. Elizabeth Braswell bef Nov
1692 - dy?
Suzanne names a granddaughter Elizabeth in her will.
Will of Roger Towle
1692 - In the name of God Amen I Richard Towle of the Isle of Wight County
being very sick & weak but thanks be to God of perfect memory do
make & ordain this my last will and testament - first I give my soule to
God my maker in whose grace and atonement of Jesus Christ my Redeemer . . .
. and my body to the earth[ by my executor herein appointed.]
As for my worldly estate I give and bequeath to my three youngest children of Susanna Braswell
Richard Braswell, William Braswell and Elizabeth Braswell" all my
worldly possessions to be
equally divided between them and given to each of them as they shall attain
to the age of seventeen years of age.
Now I nominate and appoint my loving friend John Riggs my overseer in
that the said estate so given by me to the said children be only and truly ?
to them at the years above expressed. and to see that my debts and funeral
charges paid. too revoking all former wills I have here unto set my
hand and seal this 9th day of 9th 1692. signed by + Richard Towle.
three people sign as witness
In the Court Orders of Isle of
Wight County Virginia - Court of 9 October 1694 page 51 is
found:"Octob.r 1694: Order is granted SUSANNAH BRASWELL ag.st JOHN
COLLINS sen.r for foure hundred pounds of tobo: for looking after the sd
COLLINS his wife in her late extremity when beaten by the sd COLLINS with
costs ats EX.o. It appearing to this Courte that JOHN COLLINS SENr hath
lately most depserately beat bruised & wounded MARY his wife, insomuch
that it was expected she would have lost her life thereby (as alsoe between
whom former strife & contention hath been) for prevention for the futur,
& one thousand pounds of tobo: in October yearly for the tyme to co?? sd
MARY her mainteynance (if she finde cause) To live separate & aparte
from hus husband and Costs ats EX.o. Mr. THO: TABORER agnt. JNO COLLINS SENr
Defendant appearing & standing mute at the bar, Order is granted
plaintiff agst. the present sheriff for 3585 lbs. of tobacco d___by
defendant & proved by oath of Mr. THO: MOOR."
(Isle of Wight Deed Book 1, 1688-1704, p. 202)
"These prsents wittnis that I ROB:t BRASWELL of the Isle of Wight
County in verginia Constitute & appointe my Loving wife SUSANA BRASWELL
to be my lawfull attorney to m?? and in my name to procecute and sue all
such persons as are in debt to me and to an??? suites which I have Depending
in the Isle of Wight Courte in wittnis heare unto I Se? this 27 day of march
1696 Wittnes JHO: MOORE ROBERT BR_CELL EDW.d EC CHAMPION his mark."
Will of SUSANNAH BRASWELL October: the 22:
1714 prob June 26:1732
the Upper Parish of the Isle of Wight County in Virginia
-unto my Son RICHARD BRASWELL and to his Heirs the plantation I now live
upon with Sicty Acre of Land I say to him and to __ ever
- unto my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL my Old Plantation House with fforty
Acres of Land joining to it out of the Hundred Acres in all I sa__ his Heirs
for Ever & Ever.
- to ELIZABETH BRASWELL my Granddughter (sic) a Heifer of three Years Old,
and one brass Kettle, one pewter Dish, one pewter __ four Spoons, one Box
Iron and ffire Tongs.
- to my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL a Chest of ffeathers, a small Iron Pot one
pewter Dish and one plate, and o__ Pot and a Cup and four Spoons
- to my Daughter ANN one Shilling
- to m__ Grandson JOHN RIGGS One Shilling
- rest of my worldy Goods within Doors and Without I Give and Bequeath
unto my Son JAMES BRASWELL to him and his Heirs
- leaving my Son RICHARD BRASWELL and my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL my true and
lawful Executors to pay my Debts and to receive what is oweing me
- I desire you my trust __ RICHARD JONES & RICHARD JORDAN to see
this my last Will and Testament performed. SUSANNA B BRASWELL
WIT: WILLIAM: ALLEN; RICHd [R] JONES; RICHd [R] JORDAN
Note: DNA analysis shows that NONE of the
children of Robert Jr and Susannah are lineal descendants of the Rev. Robert
Bracewell. a link to Carey Bracewell's
Braswell DNA web site http://www.carey-dna.com/
"The older children appear to be by a man named Clark and the youngest
three by Towle" --
perhaps these were all Suzanne's prior to her marriage with Robert Bracewell Jr
which proved not to be fruitful so he adopted his wife's children..."
5. Richard Bracewell ca 1652 - 1725/32 Isle of Wight
one-half of his father's 1,300 acres on the border of Isle of Wight and
married by 1670 Sarah Sampson
1648 - 1735 Isle of Wight
Rebecca & Richard Izard:
[ - perhaps Rebecca is a sister of the Rev. Robert Bracewell??
1. Mary Izard 1669 - dy
2. Martha Izard 1669 -
married by 30 Oct 1686 Walter Rutter
a. Martha Rutter bef 31 Mar 1694 -
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Story of Bacon's Rebellion by Mary Standard
Deplored Conditions by Sherwood