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  • ID: I58473
  • Name: **Robert (Braswell) Bracewell Reverend 1
  • Sex: M
  • 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
  • Note:
    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:

    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

    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

    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:

    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
    building mill.

    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
    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
    Sex: M
    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
    Wight, Virginia.

    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
    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
    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

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