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  • ID: I58473
  • Name: **Robert (Braswell) Bracewell , Reverend 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1613 in St. Andrew Parish, Holburn, London, England 1
  • Death: BEF 1 MAY 1668 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia 2
  • Baptism: 13 OCT 1611 St. Andrew Parish, Holburn, London, England
  • Note:
    Robert Bracewell was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from Isle of Wight County, Virginia in 1653 and is a qualifying member of the Jamestowne Society.

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    He was the first of his family in Virginia. He was an Oxford Scholar. He came to Isle of Wight County, Virginia about 1651. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses briefly but was suspended because he was a Clerk of the Church of England.

    He was one of the first Rectors of St. Luke' Church, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

    (Southside Virginia Families, Boddie, page 85.)

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    Will of Robert Bracewell
    W: 15 Feb 1667
    P: 01 May 1668
    Isle of Wight County, Virginia
    Leg: daughter Jane Stokes and her children; dau Rebecca West; son Robert; son Richard; servant Elizabeth Hall; dau Ann Bagnall.
    Mr. Richard Izard and George Guillen to be guardian of my children; dau Ann Bagnall.

    Wit: George Guillen, Richard Izard

    (Wills of of Isle of Wight by Chapman, page 6.)

    He left over 1000 acres of land.

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    The information below is taken from:

    Mostly Southern
    Contact: Mark Freeman
    Home Page: Mark and Carolyn's Genealogy

    Name: Robert Bracewell
    Sex: M
    Title: Rev.
    Birth: OCT 1611 in St. Andrew Parish, Holborn, London, Engla
    Death: BET 1 MAY AND 20 AUG 1668 in Isle of Wight Co

    Note:
    Thanks to Sam Braswell and others. A good deal of the information on
    Jane, Rebecca and Ann BRACEWELL was provided by Hildon B. Braswell from
    his book THE BRASWELL FAMILY HISTORY AND ALLIED FAMILIES (c. 1984)
    http://www.videoranch.net/contents.htm

    When Captain John Upton made his will in January 1651, he mentioned
    three-hundred acres of land he had sold to Mr. Robert BRACEWELL (Will
    and Adm. Bk. A, pp. 32-33).

    As water was a most important means of transportation in colonial times,
    most of the early settlers established themselves on some body of water
    or stream. So, too, Robert BRACEWELL's plantation was located on the
    Blackwater River, some miles south of the James River and the colonial
    town of Jamestown, a few miles northwest of where the to
    Smithfield, Virginia, now stands. Robert BRACEWELL's pastorate, known as
    Lawn's Creek Parish, was changed to Southwark Parish in 1737.

    In 1653 the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL was elected to the Virginia House
    of Burgesses. At this time in history separation of church and state was
    the subject of much agitation in both Europe and America. According to
    the records of the 1653 session of the House of Burgesses, "
    ordered that Mr. Robert BRACEWELL (cleric), be suspended since it is
    un-presidential and may produce bad consequences." (Hemning I, pg. 376).
    If clergymen were not allowed to hold political offices it would seem
    odd that he was elected to hold the office to begin with.

    The Will of the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL was made February 15, 1667. It
    was one of the earlier wills made in this country and can be found in
    Deed and Wills Book 1, pg. 9 of the Isle of Wight County records of
    Virginia. Whether the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL was a wealthy man before
    coming to Virginia, or whether he accumulated his wealth after coming to
    the New World has not been established, but at the time of his death in
    1668 (Will proved May 1, 1668, Book 2, Page 52), he was the possessor of
    considerable property. He was referred to in the WILLIAM AND MA
    QUARTERLY Vol. 7 as a "notable minister." (THE BRASWELL FAMIL
    Elizabeth B. Pearsall).

    Thanks to Debi Langston for the following: langston@sinosa.com
    1613-1668

    He enrolled as a student at Hart Hall 22 February 1627/28 at age 15 and
    graduated 3 November 1631. He was a minister of the Church of England.
    He came and brought his family to Isle of Wight County, Va in 1651 and
    was elected to the House of Burgess in 1653 but soon had to step down
    because of his being a minister. England was very clear about t
    separation of Church and State.

    He bought 300 acres from Capt. John Upton

    His will was written 15 February 1667/68 and probated 1 March 1668. He
    mentions daughters Jane Stokes, Ann Bagnall and Rebecca West and sons
    Robert and Richard who were not of age at the time of their fathers
    death as he left instructions as to their schooling. Richard Izard and
    George Williams were their guardians. The daughters were left a cow and
    calf but the 1000 acres were left to the two boys to be divided equally.
    The Inventory of Estate list servants, silver, books, a sloop and a
    building mill.

    This information was taken from SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FAMILIES VOL. I by
    John Bennett Boddie published 1966 pages 85-95 for all the Braswell
    family. There is more detailed info on the sons in law and lat
    descendants. These help define the relationships given.

    Carey Bracewell of the Braswell List says there may have been a London
    connection between Richard Izzard and Rebecca Bagnall Izzard and Rev.
    Robert Braswell, because of Robert appointing Richard guardian to his
    minor sons and Rebecca looked after them after their father died even
    though the Izards had only been in the Parson's neighborho
    relatively short time before Robert died.

    It is mentioned in the article that Richard and Robert, the grandsons ?
    of this Robert went to NC. In the Dobbs Grantee Index listed Book 1 Nov.
    1746- April 1750 Robert Bracewell to John Bracewell, in Book 2 John
    Bracewell to Robert Bryant and from April 1758-1765 Richard Bracewell to
    William Bracewell pg 534. Believe they were given as being from Bertie
    but in the Herring info, a lot of Bertie Precinct came down to Dobbs.

    (Isle of Wight Co., VA Will & Deed Book 1, Vol. 2, p. 81)
    "In the name of God Amen, I ROBERT BRACEWELL beinge very weake & sicke
    of Body but of perfectt memorie, doe make this my last Will & Testament,
    Revockeinge all former Wills whatsoever., Imprimis I bequeath my Soule
    into the hands of my Redeemer, who gave it to mee, And my body unto the
    ground from whence it came to be decently buried, And for tho
    Temporall goods God hath given mee I dispose of them in mann
    followeth, I give unto my daughter JANE STOCKES her children, three
    cowes, To REBECCA WEST my daughter one Cowe & Calfe And one Cowe & Calfe
    to the next child she shall have, And the rest of all my Estate unto my
    two sonns ROBERT and RICHARD whome I make my full & sole executors of
    this my ill, and the Mill I desire shalbe finisht, with what speed may
    bee And to be lett out, only reservinge corne for themselves, and the
    p.(ro)duse of the Mill to be equally divided betweene them both, And
    reserved to build a new mill hereafter And when built to be left wholly
    to my sonne RICHARD Likewise I give Seaven hundred Acres of land where I
    now live and sixe hundred Acrees att the Western Branch of Nancemond
    County To be equally divided betweene my two sonnes ROBERT and RICHARD
    Likewise it is my desire that noe part or parcell of the estate shalbe
    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 Survivor shall
    enjoye the whole Likewise I give unto my Servant ELIZABETH HALL when she
    shalbe free one heifer of two yeares of Age And likewise it is my desire
    That my loveinge friends Mr RICHARD IZARD and GEORGE GWILLIM to be
    Guardians unto my CHildren in the time of theire Minoritie, And to see
    this my Will performed Likewise I give unto them the said RICHARD IZARD
    & GEORGE GWILLIM, ffortie shillings to each of them, to buy them each
    one ringe, Likewise I give unto my Daughter ANN BAGNALL one Cowe & Calfe
    And one Cowe & calfe to her first Child, And if it please God she have
    any, And likewise it is my desire that my two sonnes, ROBERT & RICHARD
    shalbe putt to schoole untill they cann both write & read And this
    beinge my Will I testifie it with my hand this 15th of February 1667
    In Witness of
    ROB: BRACELL
    GEORGE GWILLIM
    RICHARD (X) IZARD
    This will was proved in open Cort held for the Isle of Wight County this
    first Day of May 1668 And then
    Recorded
    Teste JOHN JENNINGS Clr: Recordes:

    Children
    Jane Bracewell b: ABT 1645 in London, England
    Rebecca Bracewell b: ABT 1647 in London, England
    Ann Bracewell b: ABT 1649 in Isle of Wight Co., VA
    Robert Bracewell , Jr. b: ABT 1650 in Isle of Wight Co., VA
    Richard Bracewell b: ABT 1651 in Isle of Wight Co., VA

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    Information below is taken from:

    Basham Family Genealogy
    Contact: Dwaine Basham

    Name: Robert (Rev) Bracewell
    Sex: M
    Birth: ABT 1612 in England
    Death: ABT 1668

    Note:
    Robert Braswell, son of Richard Braswell, Gentleman, was born in London
    England, in 1612. On 22 February 1627-28 he entered Oxford University at
    the age of fifteen. On 3 November 1631 he graduated with a BA degree. He
    became an Anglican clergyman, immigrated to America, as early as 10
    November 1635 and was living in the Isle of Wight, Virginia, where he
    owned a plantation on the Blackwater River. He became the rector of the
    Anglican Church which is now known as the Old Brick Church, Isle of
    Wight, Virginia.

    In 1653 Robert Braswell was elected to the House of Burgess
    Virginia. At this period of time separation of church and state was the
    subject of much agitation in both Europe and America. In 1653 he was
    suspended from the House of Burgesses. As stated "At a Grand Assembly
    July 5, 1653, it is ordered by the present Grand Assembly that Mr Robert
    Bracewell, clerke, be suspended, and is not in a capacity of serving as
    a Burgesses, since it is unpresidential, and may produce b
    consequences." Here the name is spelled Bracewell, however in records
    pertaining to Robert Braswell the name is sometimes spelled Braswell and
    sometimes Bracewell.








    Father: **Richard Bracewell b: 1588 in Grantham Parish, Lincolnshire, London, England
    Mother: Lettice Hartley b: 1572 in York, England

    Marriage 1 Unknown
    • Married: ABT 1625 in England
    Children
    1. Has Children **Jane (Braswell) Bracewell b: 1645 in London, Middlesex, England
    2. Has Children Ann Bracewell b: 1649 in London, Middlesex, England
    3. Has Children *Rebecca Bracewell b: ABT 1650
    4. Has No Children Robert Bracewell b: 1650 in London, Middlesex, England
    5. Has Children Richard Bracewell b: 1651 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia

    Sources:
    1. Title: Southside Virginia Families, Boddie, Vol. 1, page 85
      Repository:
      Media: Book
    2. Title: Wills of Isle of Wight County, Va. by Chapman, page 6

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