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Anthony Brackett, Jr.

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Death: September 21, 1689 (53)
Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine (Killed by the Indians)
Place of Burial: Falmouth, Cumbeland, Maine, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Brackett and Eleanor Brackett
Husband of Ann Brackett and Susannah Taylor
Father of Mary Whittier; Anthony Brackett; Seth Brackett; Elinor Andrews; Keziah Maylem and 7 others
Brother of Thomas Brackett; Eleanor Johnson; Jane Marston and John Brackett

Occupation: Yeoman
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Capt. Anthony Brackett, Jr.

Anthony Brackett

  • Birth: 1636 - Strawberry Bank, Rockingham, New Hampshire
  • Death: Sep 21 1689 - Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine
  • Parents: Anthony Brackett, Eleanor
  • Wife: Ann Mitton, Susannah Drake

Anthony of Back Cove, Casco Bay was killed by Indians in 1689. He and all of family captured at Falmouth by Indians 1676, and escaped after capture. Reference: Coleman's New England Captives Vol I page 211. His first wife was Ann Mitton - daughter of Michael - they had 5 children. His second wife, and mother of Zachariah was Susannah Drake, daughter of Abraham Drake.

Capt. Anthony, son of Anthony the Immigrant. Husband of 1st Ann Mitton and 2nd Susannah Drake. Source: Brackett Genealogy, H. I. Brackett, 1907, pps 60 thru 71. The story of his life and death are found in pages referred in the Source.



Mary, the wife of Thomas Brackett, was carried away to Quebec and died in captivity within the year. Her three children were restored to the English at the time of the treaty signed at Casco on April 12, 1678. They went to Portsmouth area, probably to their Brackett relatives, and never returned to Casco. Upon their escape, the Anthony Brackett family also evacuated to New Hampshire. Ann Mitton Brackett died there the following year,1677, and was buried at Sandy Beach in Rye. At the time of the family's capture, she had five children; the youngest, Kezia, was an infant in arms. Perhaps Ann died in childbirth, which was very common. There is no record of another child. In hardly more than a year, three grandchildren of George Cleeves were dead.

In 1679, Anthony Brackett married Susannah Drake of Hampton by whom he had five more children. At about this time, Brackett returned to Casco to his farm. Relatively few returned unless they had a legal deed to their lands; those who leased land weren't as compelled to take their chances on the frontier. This time the people of Casco planned their protection a little better. Brackett served in the local militia in various capacities, and the town built Fort Loyal in 1680 on the neck near Cleeves original settlement. Before the end of the decade, Casco was again put to the test. On September 21, 1689, Anthony Brackett was killed in another attack. The battle was fought in the orchard on his farm so it is entirely possible that he died in the very door yard where he had escaped death thirteen years before. Ann's oldest son, Anthony, was captured at the fall of Fort Loyal in May of 1690 but escaped during the following September. Her second son, Seth, died either at the fort or in Clarke's battle on the hill just before fort fell. But that is another story.

After the second fall of Casco and for the time being, the Brackett's had had enough of Maine. Anthony Jr. became a rope maker in Boston. His sisters, Ann's daughters, Mary, Elinor and Kezia, all married Massachusetts men and lived in the Boston area as well. Anthony and Susannah's son Zachariah was one of first settlers to return during the resettlement of Falmouth in 1715. Two of Mary and Thomas Brackett's grandchildren (Joshua and Anthony) also eventually came to Falmouth and took up the Clarke's Point land. Late in the 19th century, another Brackett descendent and Portland native, Thomas Brackett Reed, became one of the most powerful Speakers of the House of Representatives in U.S. history.


  1. New England Marriages Prior to 1700 By Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley. Page 89.
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Capt. Anthony Brackett, Jr.'s Timeline

Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Age 28
Sandy Beach, Old Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Age 33
Sandy Beach, Old Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Age 34
Age 37
Sandy Beach, Old Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Age 40
Sandy Beach, Old Norfolk County, Massachusetts
February 7, 1679
Age 43
Hampton, NH, USA