Name: Sussanah Burgess 1 2 3
Birth: ABT 1652 in Surry County, Virginia
Death: ABT 1714 in Isle of Wight Co., VA|
Father: John Burgess
Mother: Mary unknown maiden Burgess b: ABT 1632
Robert Eley Bracewell b: ABT 1650 in Virginia
- James Braswell b: ABT 1671 in Isle of Wight Co., VA
- Ann Braswell b: ABT 1672 in Isle of Wight Co., VA
- Richard Braswell b: ABT 1673
- Elizabeth Braswell b: ABT 1685
- William Braswell b: ABT 1680
- Title: Will of Sussanah Burgess Braswell
Text: 1714 – October 22, SUSANNAH BRASWELL, Upper Parish, Isle of Wight Co., VA, wrote her will giving son RICHARD BRASWELL 60 acres, son WILLIAM BRASWEL 40 acres, naming granddaughter ELIZABETH BRASWELL , daughter ANN, grandson JOHN RIGGS and son JAMES BRASWELL. Executors: WILLIAM ALLEN, RICHARD JONES, RICHARD JORDAN. (Page 304, Will Book 3)
- Title: Notes by Laurel Shannon Gorman
Text: I have read the work of both Carey Bracewell and Samuel Braswell. It is my humble opinion that there is no "evidence" that the children of Robert and Susannah Braswell are anything but that, their children. The grandiose claim by Carey Bracewell of having DNA proof that Robert Braswell, Jr. did not leave any legitimate issue discredits his claims. How could he possibly know that from so few DNA tests? He really should provide proof of having tested the lines he now says are not legitimate. I do think the will of William or Richard Towle (both names are used by Carey Bracewell), is interesting, but the actual wording does not mean he was the biological father of her three youngest children. Many a man has taken in children and claimed them as his own. The Bible itself is very clear that to turn your back on a child is a sin of the highest magnitude. Even if William or Richard Towle were the father of three of her children, it would only affect the three children named, not all the children as Carey so grandly states. I also think Samuel Braswell’s explanation of colonial law and penalties makes sense. Susannah would have been a social outcaste and her children would have been shunned. Then there is the grandfather, who as a minister would have left a powerful, and probably fearful, influence in the community. Then there is the power of attorney left by Robert Braswell for his wife AFTER she supposedly committed adultery. Hardly the act of a cuckolded man.
At this point, I am continuing my research with the children as they were legally named by their parents. If Robert Braswell did not see fit to disown them, I am not going to disown them.
- Title: Power of Attorney
Text: DEED BOOK NO. 1, 1688-1704, PAGE 202
Robert Braswell leaves his Power of Attorney to his "loving wife" Susannah.