John Brockett, III (1612 - 1690) MP

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Birthplace: Mackrey End, Wheathampsted Parish, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Wallingford,New Haven,CT
Occupation: Surgeon, surveyor, Surveyor
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About John Brockett, III

John Brockett was born c.1612 in England, baptized 7/29/1612 and died in Wallingford CT in 1690. He was the son of John Brockett of Mackrey End and Joan Lacon. John attended Cambridge University. He married Mary Blackwell in 1635. They had at least 8 children. They emigrated to the New World in 1637 and he was one of the first settlers of New Haven, CT.

           

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Notes for John Brockett:

John was an educated man and records of the University of Cambridge, Christ College show that he was admitted on 23 April 1634 at age 21 (sic.)

On 14 August 1635 John Brockett, gentleman, of St. Michaels, Hertford Parish married Mary Blackwell of the same locality. The marriage license says that Mary was the daughter of Elizabeth Blackwell, widow of Richard Blackwell, late of Bushey. The Blackwell family was prominant among the Puritans living in St. Michaels, Hertford Parish.

Tradition says that John fell in love with a Puritan maiden and when he married her, his family disowned him. Therefore, he had nothing to loose by going to America and starting anew. This may well be true as the will of John Brockett, Esq., proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in 1649-50, makes no mention of son John. Whether this is true or not, John Brockett did come to America with the Puritan leader Rev. John Davenport. He arrived in Boston Harbor in the ship "Hector" on 26 June 1637.

John was one of the first settlers of New Haven, CT in 1638 and surveyed the town's nine square (the center of the town.) He became a Puritan, was active in the religious settlement of New Haven and was a member of the 1st Church of Christ in New Haven. "He was a man of good judgment and one in who the people had confidence," said a leading man of the company of Puritans who arrived on the Hector.

In 1654, when trouble arose with the Dutch on the Hudson River, John was appointed surgeon. Twenty years later, during King Philip's War (1675-1676) he was again appointed a surgeon. John was hired to help lay out the town of Elizabeth Towne, New Jersey and in 1667 and was asked to be one of two representatives of Elizabeth Towne at the First General Assembly of New Jersey. In 1669 John became one of the first settlers of Wallingford, CT and was appointed along with John Moss, Abraham Dolittle and Samuel Street to "manage all plantation affairs in ye said village." John Brockett died at Wallingford, CT on 12 March 1690, aged 80 years.

Source: "The Brockett Family in Colonial America and England" by Raymond W. Madsen, published in "How to Trace Your Ancestor to Europe" by Hugh T. Law.

John Brockett, born 31 December 1642 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died October 1720 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; married Elizabeth Doolittle Bef. 1674; born 12 April 1652 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died March 1730/31.

Befruitful Brockett, born 23 February 1643/44 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 1645 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA.

Benjamin Brockett, born 23 February 1643/44 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 22 May 1679 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; married Elizabeth Barnes 24 March 1668/69 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; born 28 May 1650 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died Bet. 1677 - 1750.

Mary Brockett, born 28 September 1646 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 1694 in Newark, Essex, NJ, USA; married Ephraim Pennington II 25 October 1667 in Milford, New Haven, NJ, USA.

Silence Brockett, born 3 June 1648 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died Abt. 1705 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; married Joseph Bradley 25 October 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; born Unknown; died Unknown.

Abigail Brockett, born 10 March 1649/50 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 4 July 1729; married John Payne 22 January 1672/73 in Newhaven Co, CT, USA; born 1649; died 1729.

Samuel Brockett, born 14 January 1650/51 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 26 October 1742 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; married Sarah Bradley Abt. 21 May 1682 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; born 21 June 1665 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA;

died Bet. 1698 - 1765.

Jabez Brockett, born 24 October 1654 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died Unknown in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; married Dorothy Lyman 20 November 1691 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; born 8 June 1665; died 1 May 1735 in Wallingford, New Haven,

CT, USA.

http://www.wheathampstead.net/brockett/index.htm

This Mary did have a son named John, but she is the second wife of John Brockett, Esquire. In 1983 the marriage place and date of John Brockett to Mary Bannister was not known. But we now know they were married at St. Bride Fleet Street, London on the 29th of December 1623[1] Any child of this couple after 1623 could not be the one found at Cambridge or married to Elizabeth Blackwell 16 August 1635 at Sandbridge.

So who are the parents of the immigrant John Brockett? Actually the answer was there all the time, in fact the source is the same that caused us to point to Wheathampstead in the first place, the Cambridge University Record say he was 21 in 1634, son of John Brocket of Wheathampstead. His age in 1634 would calculate his birth year to be either 1612 or 1613. Already the 1611 christening has been proven wrong. That leaves the following christening -baptized 29 July 1612, Jn s. Mr. Jn Brocket, Mackrey End. There are no other John Brocket christenings until the 1629 entry mentioned above. Again the right place, the right names and exactly the right time period. So who is this Mr. John Brocket of Mackrey End?

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John Brockett497 died date unknown. He married Mary Blackwell.

Notes for John Brockett:

It has been said for many years that John Brockett was the son of Sir John Brockett. This is not true as Sir John's will was proved in 1598, more than ten years before John was born. Sir John was John's great uncle, being the brother of John's great grandfather Edward Brockett III. Parish records in Wheathampsted, Hertfordshire, England show that John Brockett was baptised on 20 May 1611 and that he was the fourth child and third son of John Brockett of Wheathampsted and Mary Bannister of Drayton. John was an educated man and records of the University of Cambridge, Christ College show that he was admitted on 23 April 1634 at age 21 (sic.)

On 14 August 1635 John Brockett, gentleman, of St. Michaels, Hertford Parish married Mary Blackwell of the same locality. The marriage license says that Mary was the daughter of Elizabeth Blackwell, widow of Richard Blackwell, late of Bushey. The Blackwell family was prominant among the Puritans living in St. Michaels, Hertford Parish. Tradition says that John fell in love with a Puritan maiden and when he married her, his family disowned him. Therefore, he had nothing to loose by going to America and starting anew. This may well be true as the will of John Brockett, Esq., proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in 1649-50, makes no mention of son John. Whether this is true or not, John Brockett did come to America with the Puritan leader Rev. John Davenport. He arrived in Boston Harbor in the ship "Hector" on 26 June 1637.

John was one of the first settlers of New Haven, CT in 1638 and surveyed the town's nine square (the center of the town.) He became a Puritan, was active in the religious settlement of New Haven and was a member of the 1st Church of Christ in New Haven. "He was a man of good judgment and one in who the people had confidence," said a leading man of the company of Puritans who arrived on the Hector.

In 1654, when trouble arose with the Dutch on the Hudson River, John was appointed surgeon. Twenty years later, during King Philip's War (1675-1676) he was again appointed a surgeon. John was hired to help lay out the town of Elizabeth Towne, New Jersey and in 1667 and was asked to be one of two representatives of Elizabeth Towne at the First General Assembly of New Jersey. In 1669 John became one of the first settlers of Wallingford, CT and was appointed along with John Moss, Abraham Dolittle and Samuel Street to "manage all plantation affairs in ye said village." John Brockett died at Wallingford, CT on 12 March 1690, aged 80 years.

Source: "The Brockett Family in Colonial America and England" by Raymond W. Madsen, published in "How to Trace Your Ancestor to Europe" by Hugh T. Law.

John Brockett, born 31 December 1642 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died October 1720 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; married Elizabeth Doolittle Bef. 1674; born 12 April 1652 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died March 1730/31.

Befruitful Brockett, born 23 February 1643/44 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 1645 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA.

Benjamin Brockett, born 23 February 1643/44 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 22 May 1679 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; married Elizabeth Barnes 24 March 1668/69 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; born 28 May 1650 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died Bet. 1677 - 1750.

Mary Brockett, born 28 September 1646 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 1694 in Newark, Essex, NJ, USA; married Ephraim Pennington II 25 October 1667 in Milford, New Haven, NJ, USA.

Silence Brockett, born 3 June 1648 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died Abt. 1705 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; married Joseph Bradley 25 October 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; born Unknown; died Unknown.

Abigail Brockett, born 10 March 1649/50 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 4 July 1729; married John Payne 22 January 1672/73 in Newhaven Co, CT, USA; born 1649; died 1729.

Samuel Brockett, born 14 January 1650/51 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died 26 October 1742 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; married Sarah Bradley Abt. 21 May 1682 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; born 21 June 1665 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA;

died Bet. 1698 - 1765.

Jabez Brockett, born 24 October 1654 in New Haven, New Haven, CT, USA; died Unknown in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; married

Dorothy Lyman 20 November 1691 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA; born 8 June 1665; died 1 May 1735 in Wallingford, New Haven, CT, USA.

Children of John Brockett and Mary Blackwell are:

+Mary Brockett, b. September 05, 1646, New Haven, New Haven, CT497, d. 1694, Newark, Essex Co., NJ497.

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Among the many items in the records of New Haven Colony regarding John Brockett we note the following:

"June 4, 1639. The name of John Brockett appears as a Signer of the Covenant for Civil Government.

"Appointed to lay out the large square in nine equal sections."

"Appointed to lay out forthwith the 'Neck of land, according to the allotments June, 1641.

In the Tax list, against his name, 1 person, 15 Estates, Land in 1st division, 314 acres; Land on the Neck, y2 of 2\ acres ; Land in Meadow, 5 acres.

"June, 1643. Fined one shilling for coming late to the Military Training.

"Feb., 1645. Ordered by the General Courte to survey certain lands.

"Oct., 1647. Appointed Inspector of Highways.

"March, 1648. Awarded by the General Courte 10 shillings per 1000 for killing blackbirds.

"June, 1649. In second division of Upland, the "Meadow" is granted to John Brockett and Thomas Barnes.

"June, 1653. General Courte ordered "That as John Brockett has spent much time and provided many things for the Soldiers, the Magistrates of New Haven allow him therefor, as they see cause."

"June, 1654. The General Courte appointed its proportion of Soldiers to co-operate with a fleet sent by Cromwell, against the hostile intentions of the Dutch on the Hudson River, and appointed John Brockett as Surgeon.

June, 1654. John Brockett was appointed one of the Commission to

settle the troubles with the Indians. This Commission

was kind to the Indians, and John Brockett helped them

to survey their land and fence it in, that the cattle and

hogs should not spoil their corn.

"June, 1660. The General Courte appointed John Brockett one of a Commission to settle the differences between the Colony at Hartford and the New Haven Colony, as to boundary lines.

From June, 1675, to June, 1676, the bloody war against the Conn.Troops called "King Phillip's War" raged. Six hundred of the Colonists were killed and the cost was over $1,000,000. During this war John Brockett was under appointment as Surgeon.

John Brockett was Deputy to the General Courte of Conn, during the years 1671, 1678, 1680 to '82 and 1685.

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History of Wallingford, Conn. by Charles Henry Stanley Davis

Genealogies - Part 1, pg. 658, 659

"John Brockett came to Wallingford with John Moss from New Haven, in 1667 or 1668, and was chosen by the people of New Haven as one of the committee to manage the affairs of the settlement. He was frequently called to fill many of the public offices of the village, and after its incorporation, to represent the town in the General Court. His house lot was No. 1, at the extreme south end of the village, extending from the Old Colony road east toward Wharton's Brook, twenty rods wide and forty rods long ; subsequently it was extended to the Brook. The land on which now stands the house of the heirs of the late Edward Hall, is a part of this grant. He died March 12, 1689, ae. 80 years.

Children: 1 John, b in England, was a physician, and set­tled near Muddy river in North Haven; 2 Benjamin, b 1648, m Lydia Elcock, he died May 22, 1679; 3 Abigail, b March 10, 1649 ; 4 Samuel, b Jan. 14, 1650, in Sarah Bradley, May 21, 1682 ; 5 Jabez, b Oct. 24, 1654, m Dorothy Lyman, Nov. 20, 1691 ; 6 Silence, m Joseph Bradley ; 7 Mary, m William Pennington of New Jersey."

Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus, pg. 323 -------------------- John Brocket of Mackery End by his wife Joan Lacon had Lacon in 1609 and John who was christened at Wheathampstead 29 July 1612. It is this John who attended Cambridge and married Mary Blackwell 14 August 1635 at Sandridge. It is this John Brocket who sailed to the American colonies to throw his lot with the Reverend John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton, Puritans from England.

Footnotes

[1] St. Bride Fleet Street, London:  parish register  FHL#380154

[2] St. Mary Abchurch, London: parish record FHL#374483

[3] Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C.) 1 Crumbroke, 1649/50

[4] St. Helen’s Church Wheathampstead: A brief history and guide. Revised edition, Ruth Jeavons.

[5] Eugene L.Oberly, Phelps-Brockett-Perkins and Allied Families (1948), page 65

[6] Ibid., p. 68.



      
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John Brockett, The Immigrant's Timeline

1611
May 20, 1611
Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
May 20, 1611
Wheathampstead, Hertford, England
1612
July 29, 1612
Mackrey End, Wheathampsted Parish, Hertfordshire, England
July 29, 1612
Wheathampsted, Hertfordshire, England
1634
April 23, 1634
- present
Age 21
University of Cambridge, Christ College
1635
August 14, 1635
Age 23
St. Michael's, Hertfordshire, England
1637
June 26, 1637
Age 24
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

Probably on ship hector

June 26, 1637
Age 24
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Arrives in Boston Harbor aboard ship "Hector."

1638
1638
Age 25
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticutt, United States

The term "nine-square" refers to the land set aside for the town center -- court house, first church, etc.

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John Brockett, a civil engineer and surveyor, was appointed "to lay out the large square in nine equal sections" ; also to lay out the "neck of land." Later, in the Colonial Records, mention is made of the accuracy of the angles and the equality of the sections as laid out by him. These remain to this day unaltered in boundaries, and comprise what is now known as the New Haven Green and the grounds of Yale University.

1642
December 31, 1642
Age 30
New Haven, CT