Name: **Robert (Braswell) Bracewell Reverend 1
Birth: 1613 in St. Andrew Parish, Holburn, London, England 1
Baptism: 13 OCT 1611 St. Andrew Parish, Holburn, London, England
Death: BEF 01 MAY 1668 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia 2
Robert Bracewell was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from Is le of Wight County, Virginia in 1653 and is a qualifying member of the Jam estowne Society.
He was the first of his family in Virginia. He was an Oxford Scholar. He c ame to Isle of Wight County, Virginia about 1651. He served in the Virgin ia House of Burgesses briefly but was suspended because he was a Cle rk of the Church of England.
He was one of the first Rectors of St. Luke' Church, Isle of Wight Count y, Virginia.
(Southside Virginia Families, Boddie, page 85.)
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 Rober t; son Richard; servant Elizabeth Hall; dau Ann Bagnall.
Mr. Richard Izard and George Guillen to be guardian of my children; dau A nn Bagnall.
Wit: George Guillen, Richard Izard
(Wills of of Isle of Wight by Chapman, page 6.)
He left over 1000 acres of land.
The information below is taken from:
Contact: Mark Freeman
Home Page: Mark and Carolyn's Genealogy
Name: Robert Bracewell
Birth: OCT 1611 in St. Andrew Parish, Holborn, London, Engla
Death: BET 1 MAY AND 20 AUG 1668 in Isle of Wight Co
Thanks to Sam Braswell and others. A good deal of the informati on on
Jane, Rebecca and Ann BRACEWELL was provided by Hildon B. Braswe ll from
his book THE BRASWELL FAMILY HISTORY AND ALLIED FAMILIES (c. 1984)
When Captain John Upton made his will in January 1651, he mention ed
three-hundred acres of land he had sold to Mr. Robert BRACEWELL (W ill
and Adm. Bk. A, pp. 32-33).
As water was a most important means of transportation in coloni al times,
most of the early settlers established themselves on some bo dy of water
or stream. So, too, Robert BRACEWELL's plantation was located on t he
Blackwater River, some miles south of the James River and the colo nial
town of Jamestown, a few miles northwest of where the to
Smithfield, Virginia, now stands. Robert BRACEWELL's pastorate, kn own as
Lawn's Creek Parish, was changed to Southwark Parish in 1737.
In 1653 the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL was elected to the Virgin ia House
of Burgesses. At this time in history separation of church and sta te was
the subject of much agitation in both Europe and America. Accordi ng to
the records of the 1653 session of the House of Burgesses, "
ordered that Mr. Robert BRACEWELL (cleric), be suspended sin ce it is
un-presidential and may produce bad consequences." (Hemning I, p g. 376).
If clergymen were not allowed to hold political offices it would s eem
odd that he was elected to hold the office to begin with.
The Will of the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL was made February 15, 16 67. It
was one of the earlier wills made in this country and can be fou nd in
Deed and Wills Book 1, pg. 9 of the Isle of Wight County recor ds of
Virginia. Whether the Reverend Robert BRACEWELL was a wealthy m an before
coming to Virginia, or whether he accumulated his wealth after com ing to
the New World has not been established, but at the time of his dea th in
1668 (Will proved May 1, 1668, Book 2, Page 52), he was the posses sor 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: email@example.com
He enrolled as a student at Hart Hall 22 February 1627/28 at a ge 15 and
graduated 3 November 1631. He was a minister of the Church of Engl and.
He came and brought his family to Isle of Wight County, Va in 16 51 and
was elected to the House of Burgess in 1653 but soon had to step d own
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 166 8. He
mentions daughters Jane Stokes, Ann Bagnall and Rebecca West and s ons
Robert and Richard who were not of age at the time of their fathe rs
death as he left instructions as to their schooling. Richard Iza rd and
George Williams were their guardians. The daughters were left a c ow and
calf but the 1000 acres were left to the two boys to be divided eq ually.
The Inventory of Estate list servants, silver, books, a sloop a nd a
This information was taken from SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA FAMILIES VO L. I by
John Bennett Boddie published 1966 pages 85-95 for all the Braswe ll
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 Lo ndon
connection between Richard Izzard and Rebecca Bagnall Izzard and R ev.
Robert Braswell, because of Robert appointing Richard guardi an to his
minor sons and Rebecca looked after them after their father died e ven
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 grands ons ?
of this Robert went to NC. In the Dobbs Grantee Index listed Bo ok 1 Nov.
1746- April 1750 Robert Bracewell to John Bracewell, in Book 2 Jo hn
Bracewell to Robert Bryant and from April 1758-1765 Richard Bracew ell to
William Bracewell pg 534. Believe they were given as being from Be rtie
but in the Herring info, a lot of Bertie Precinct came down to Dob bs.
(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 & s icke
of Body but of perfectt memorie, doe make this my last Will & Test ament,
Revockeinge all former Wills whatsoever., Imprimis I bequeath my S oule
into the hands of my Redeemer, who gave it to mee, And my body un to 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, thr ee
cowes, To REBECCA WEST my daughter one Cowe & Calfe And one Co we & Calfe
to the next child she shall have, And the rest of all my Estate un to my
two sonns ROBERT and RICHARD whome I make my full & sole executo rs of
this my ill, and the Mill I desire shalbe finisht, with what spe ed may
bee And to be lett out, only reservinge corne for themselves, a nd the
p.(ro)duse of the Mill to be equally divided betweene them both, A nd
reserved to build a new mill hereafter And when built to be left w holly
to my sonne RICHARD Likewise I give Seaven hundred Acres of land w here I
now live and sixe hundred Acrees att the Western Branch of Nancemo nd
County To be equally divided betweene my two sonnes ROBERT and RIC HARD
Likewise it is my desire that noe part or parcell of the estate sh albe
disposed of, nor none of the land, untill they both are of full Ag e, nor
no wayes divided But if it shall please God that either of them sh all
depart this life before he comes of Age, That then the Survivor sh all
enjoye the whole Likewise I give unto my Servant ELIZABETH HALL wh en she
shalbe free one heifer of two yeares of Age And likewi se it is my desire
That my loveinge friends Mr RICHARD IZARD and GEORGE GWILL IM to be
Guardians unto my CHildren in the time of theire Minoritie, A nd to see
this my Will performed Likewise I give unto them the said RICHA RD IZARD
& GEORGE GWILLIM, ffortie shillings to each of them, to buy them e ach
one ringe, Likewise I give unto my Daughter ANN BAGNALL one Co we & Calfe
And one Cowe & calfe to her first Child, And if it please God s he have
any, And likewise it is my desire that my two sonnes, ROBERT & RIC HARD
shalbe putt to schoole untill they cann both write & read And th is
beinge my Will I testifie it with my hand this 15th of February 16 67
In Witness of
RICHARD (X) IZARD
This will was proved in open Cort held for the Isle of Wight Coun ty this
first Day of May 1668 And then
Teste JOHN JENNINGS Clr: Recordes:
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
Information below is taken from:
Basham Family Genealogy
Contact: Dwaine Basham
Name: Robert (Rev) Bracewell
Birth: ABT 1612 in England
Death: ABT 1668
Robert Braswell, son of Richard Braswell, Gentleman, was born in L ondon
England, in 1612. On 22 February 1627-28 he entered Oxford Univers ity at
the age of fifteen. On 3 November 1631 he graduated with a BA degr ee. He
became an Anglican clergyman, immigrated to America, as ear ly as 10
November 1635 and was living in the Isle of Wight, Virginia, whe re he
owned a plantation on the Blackwater River. He became the rect or of the
Anglican Church which is now known as the Old Brick Church, Is le of
In 1653 Robert Braswell was elected to the House of Burgess
Virginia. At this period of time separation of church and state w as the
subject of much agitation in both Europe and America. In 1653 he w as
suspended from the House of Burgesses. As stated "At a Grand Assem bly
July 5, 1653, it is ordered by the present Grand Assembly th at Mr Robert
Bracewell, clerke, be suspended, and is not in a capacity of servi ng as
a Burgesses, since it is unpresidential, and may produce b
consequences." Here the name is spelled Bracewell, however in reco rds
pertaining to Robert Braswell the name is sometimes spelled Braswe ll and
Father: **Richard Bracewell b: 1588 in Grantham Parish, Lincolnshire, London, England
Mother: Lettice Hartley b: 1572 in York, England
- **Jane (Braswell) Bracewell b: 1645 in London, Middlesex, England
- Ann Bracewell b: 1649 in London, Middlesex, England
- *Rebecca Bracewell b: ABT 1650
- Robert Bracewell b: 1650 in London, Middlesex, England
- Richard Bracewell b: 1651 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
- Title: Southside Virginia Families, Boddie, Vol. 1, page 85
Source Medium: Book
- Title: Wills of Isle of Wight County, Va. by Chapman, page 6