William Bracken (1671 - 1749)

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Birthplace: Melling (Nester), Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE
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About William Bracken

William Bracken (684), great-grandfather of Robert Perry's mother Mary McGrew, was born in the 1670's, probably in Lancashire, England, and apparently the first of his line in America. Records call him a yeoman. He landed in Philadelphia on August 25, 1699, aboard the sickness-laden ship "Britannia," which had come from Liverpool under the command of Richard Nicholes. Many of the passengers were from Yorkshire and Lancashire. On July 25, 1699, while on this ship William Bracken witnessed George Goodsell's will. So he was probably a young man but not a child, old enough to witness a will 50 years before his death. Because of the illness on the ship, the Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) in Philadelphia appointed a committee on August 25, 1699, "to assist the sick and weak passengers from Liverpool," which probably included William Bracken.

Fifteen years later, on August 29, 1714 the Friends in their meeting resolved "whereas 30 shillings were lent to William Bracken, he being now able to repay, therefore Anthony Morris and William Hudson are appointed to write to him so he might return the money again for the use of other poor Friends." Although this story suggests he was a Friend, this family was later connected with Holy Trinity (Old Swedes Church) in Wilmington, Delaware, a Swedish Lutheran congregation until 1790. The Stalcops, ancestors of Polly Hoagland McGinnis, also worshipped at this church in those days. And William's son John and his family seemed to have been Presbyterians in North Carolina and during their early years in Sumner County, Tennessee.

On July 14, 1702, William Bracken applied for 100 acres as a land grant near Red Clay Creek (New Castle Co., Delaware). It was not his only property, for in 1726-1727 he gave 200 acres to his son Thomas Bracken (342) and 150 acres to his son John. On April 8, 1749, he drew up his will, naming his wife Hannah, seven children, four grandchildren and four sons-in-law as beneficiaries. He died later that year in New Castle Co., Delaware. His will was probated on Dec. 28.

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4. WILLIAM4 BRACKEN (THOMAS3 BRACKIN, ROBERT2 BRACKEN, WILLIAM1) was born 1671 in Lancashire, England, and died December 28, 1749 in Wilmington (New Castle County) Delaware. He married HANNAH DEVERS January 26, 1691/92 in Slaidburn (Yorkshired) England.

Notes for WILLIAM BRACKEN:

Fact 1: September 09, 1671, Baptism, Parrish Church of Melling (England)

Fact 2: August 1699, Immigration, Ship Britannia

Fact 3: December 28, 1749, Will probated in New Castle County, Delaware

CHRISTENING: 9 SEP 1671 Lancashire, England

Immigrated form England in 1699, landing in Philadelphia aboard the "Britannia" of Liverpool . He settled in New Castle, Delaware where he became well enough off to give land to his sons .Ancestral File Numbers: GKQ4-X9 & DW0F-L5 (Source: William Frazier Turner) Arrived Philade lphia August 25, 1699, on ship "Britannia" from Liverpool. Witnessed will of George Goodsel l July 25, !699, on shipboard.

Children of WILLIAM BRACKEN and HANNAH DEVERS are:

5. i. JOHN5 BRACKIN, d. April 24, 1770, Orange County, North Carolina.

ii. THOMAS BRACKIN.

iii. HENRY BRACKIN.

iv. HANNAH BRACKIN.

v. MARGARET BRACKIN.

vi. MARTHA BRACKIN.

vii. SUSANNA BRACKIN.

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William Bracken's Timeline

1671
September 9, 1671
Melling (Nester), Lancashire, England
September 9, 1671
Melling, Near Lancaster, Lancashire, England
September 9, 1671
Melling (Nestor), Lancashire, England
1692
January 26, 1692
Age 20
Lancashire, England
1699
1699
Age 27
New Castle Co., Delaware
1703
1703
Age 31
New Castle Co., Delaware
1703
Age 31
New Castle Co., Delaware
1703
Age 31
Settled in DE
1703
Age 31
Settled in DE
1703
Age 31
Settled in DE