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William Bracken

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Melling (Nester), Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE
Place of Burial: Wilmington, New Castle Co, DE
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Bracken; Thomas Bracken; Margaret Bracken (Bleadsdale) and Margaret Bracken
Husband of Hannah Bracken and Hannah Bracken
Father of Henry Bracken; Thomas Bracken; John Bracken; Hannah Jordan; Margaret Moore and 3 others
Brother of Robert Bracken; Henry Bracken and Elizabeth Bracken

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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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-------------------- Came to America, reaching Philadelphia 25 Aug 1699 by the ship Brittannia from Liverpool. He settled near present town of Brackenville, Delaware in 1703. Will made 8 April 1749 and probated Dec 28, 1749: William Bracken, yeoman, left property to sons Thomas and John; dau Hannah, wife to James Jordan; dau Margaret, wife to Alex Moore; dau. Martha Ball, widow of John Ball, Jr.; John Gillihan was married to dau Susannah, now deceased; grandson William Gillihan; grandaughters Elizabeth Gillihan and Martha Jordan; grandson William Bracken. Exc. Henry Bracken (son) and William Bracken (grandson) Book G, p. 359, New Castle Co Delaware Wills

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William Bracken's Timeline

1671
September 9, 1671
Melling (Nester), Lancashire, England
September 9, 1671
Melling (Nestor), Lancashire, England
September 9, 1671
Melling, Near Lancaster, Lancashire, England
1692
January 26, 1692
Age 20
Lancashire, England
1695
1695
Age 23
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