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Anthony Brackett

Also Known As: "Immigrant ancestor"
Birthplace: Perhaps, Norfolk, England
Death: September 28, 1691
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire (Killed by Indians)
Place of Burial: Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Anthony Brackett and unknown mother of Anthony Brackett
Husband of Susannah Brackett; Eleanor Brackett and Susannah Drake
Father of Thomas Brackett; Thomas Brackett; Capt. Anthony Brackett, Jr.; Eleanor Johnson; Jane Marston and 1 other

Occupation: Farmer
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About Anthony Brackett

Anthony Brackett, Sr.

  • Birth:  Circa 1613 - Norfolk, England
  • Death:  Sep 28 1691 - Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
  • Parents:  unknown
  • Partner:  Eleanor Brackett
  • Children:  Thomas, Anthony, Eleanor, Jane and John


From Genealogical and Family History of the STATE OF MAINE. Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D. LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, New York 1909:

(I) Anthony Brackett, who tradition states was a Scotchman, is supposed to have come to Little Harbor, near the mouth of the Piscataqua river, with the Scotchman, David Thompson, as early as 1623. His residence before 1649 is supposed to have been in the vicinity of Little Harbor and the "Piscatawa" house, on what is now called Oriorne's Point. From 1649 until his death he is known to have lived a mile or so south of the harbor, west of Sandy beach, on or near the stream, Saltwater brook, and on Brackett Lane, now Brackett road.

In 1691 the depredations of the Indians, which had begun two or three years before in Maine, reached the settlement at Sandy Beach. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1691, a band of Indians descended on that place and killed twenty-one persons, among whom were Anthony Brackett and his wife, and captured two children of his son John Brackett. The headstones at the graves of Anthony and his wife are still (1908) to be seen on a little knoll in Rye near Saltwater brook. Sept. 11, 1691, only seventeen days before his death, Anthony Brackett made his will. He disposed of but little real estate by this instrument, as on July 20, 1686, he had deeded his farm and buildings at Sandy beach to his son John.

Anthony Brackett married, about 1635, and the records show that he was the head of a family in 1640. Children: Anthony, Elinor, Thomas, Jane and John.

BRACKETT, Anthony, Piscataqua, a witness before the grand jury in 1648; juryman in 1650. Had 30 acres of land assigned him at Portsmouth in 1652. Took oath of allegiance 2 July, 1657. He deposed 27 June, 1660, ae. about 47 years. Will Sept 11, 1691, proved July 11, 1692; daus. Jane Haines, Eleanor Johnson; gr. daus. Kasia Brackett and Roose Johnson; gr. son Samuel Brackett; son John executor.

  • From: Genealogical Dictionary, Maine & New Hampshire, Surnames A-B, Page 102

In Indian attack 28 Sep. 1691, there were 16 killed or carried away, chiefly 'old Goodman Brackett's and Goodman Rand's Families.'

  • From: Old Kittery and Her Families

Anthony Brackett was a settler in Portsmouth, N.H., before 1640, and died in 1691. He had children Anthony, Thomas, John, Eleanor, Jane and perhaps others.

Anthony was killed at Sandy Beach (Rye) September 28, 1691 by Indians as was his wife.

(Reference Coleman: New England Captives Vol I page 209.


  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 89. BRACKETT, Anthony (1) (1613 +/-) & (?); b 1638; Portsmouth, NH / Exeter, NH / Casco?


Seen, without evidence, as  son of Peter Brackett (1582-1616) & Rachell (Weatley) Brackett Saunders (1584-1651).  

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Anthony Brackett's Timeline

Norfolk, England
Age 22
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 23
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 29
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
Age 33
Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
September 26, 1651
Age 38
Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire
September 28, 1691
Age 78
Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 78
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA