Isaac Brunson, I (c.1681 - 1733)

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Birthplace: Hartford, CT, USA
Death: Died in SC, USA
Managed by: Thomas Shirley
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About Isaac Brunson, I

Isaac Brunson, Sr. (1680-1733). Isaac Brunson, Sr.’s last name was also spelled Brownson and Brunsen. He was born at Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was a carpenter and helped establish the Congregational Church for Dorchester, South Carolina. He married Thankful Dribble in 1707 in Connecticut and then married Margaret in S.C. in 1710. He died at St. John’s Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. (p. 249) [1.30(24-25)D].[28] Some say he was in Connecticut from 1711 to 1721.[29] His widow Margaret in the 1750s gave a Farmington and Wethersfield land deed to clear title.

Family historian Marion Brunson gives the following account of Isaac Brunson, Sr.

Isaac and Thankful Dibble, daughter of Samuel Dibble, had two sons, and tradition is that they were named Samuel and Joseph. Isaac drew a land lot in the new Carolina Territory which was being opened in the South and was gone for two years where he improved his land and built a house. Upon his return to Wethersfield, Connecticut about 1710, Isaac divorced Thankful.

Isaac Brunson secondly married Margaret of Wethersfield, Connecticut. It is not certain what her maiden name was, therefore she will be referred to as Margaret Brunson. Isaac and Margaret lived in Hartford County until after 1720, because all of their five sons, George, Isaac, James, William and David, were born there.

About 1721, Isaac and Margaret and their five sons moved from Connecticut to South Carolina. It is assumed that the two sons born to Isaac and Thankful remained in Connecticut with their mother. It will be noted that Isaac’s parents, John and Hannah and all of his brothers and sisters went to South Carolina when he drew land there. When Isaac returned to Connecticut some of the family remained in South Carolina and homesteaded land of their own around the Santee River. They first moved to Craven County, which was later changed to Clarendon County.

Some of the early land transactions of Isaac Brunson are as follows: January 12, 1712, Isaac memorialized two tracts of land in Craven County. Isaac purchased 115 acres from William Way in St. James parish and 57 acres from Thomas Way on the Wateree River.

Isaac was a large planter and owned a Santee Plantation which today are show places in Clarendon County, where the Brunson’s first settled when they came to South Carolina about 1708. It is said that when the loads of Negroes from Africa arrived in Charleston, the Brunson’s were among the planters who would meet the boats and buy slaves for their plantations along the Santee.

The will of Isaac Brunson was dated February 20, 1732. Charleston Memorial Book 3, page 142. It is believed that Isaac died that same year, since Margaret Brunson signed land transactions the following year. It is not certain the year that Margaret died, but it was after 1752 when her last land transaction was recorded.[30]

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Isaac Brunson, I's Timeline

1600
1600
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
1602
September 21, 1602
Lamarsh, Essex, England
September 21, 1602
Holy Innocents, Lamarsh, Essex, England
1632
1632
Emigrated to the United States, Newton (now Cambridge), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
1633
December 19, 1633
Colchester, UK
1641
January 17, 1641
Hartford, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony, (Present USA)
1641
Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut
1645
November 16, 1645
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
1651
1651
Deputy, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut
1652
1652
Constable, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut