About Henry Brockman
Henry Brockman immigrated to Maryland in 1674. He came from the Barbados. Conclusive documentation of who Henry's parents were has not been found.
Henry Brockman married Rebecca Samuell. Only one child is known to have been born, Samuel Brockman.
Samuel Brockman married Mary. They had many children, including Samuel Brockman II.
Henry Brockman (born between 1622-1623, died ca. 1690s) was an early colonist to Maryland and founder of a large family in the United States.
Many accounts have been generated over the years regarding Henry and his origins. It is clear in court records in Maryland that Henry was born about 1647 and he arrives in court to prove that his age is 20 years at 1667, which was required to by law for indentured servants at that time. The oral tradition in the family over the generations was that Henry was English rather than German, (the German lines of the family that emigrated through Pennsylvania and New York). Henry's story was published by William Everett Brockman in many books through small publishers, or privately, that are now out of print. His first, "The Brockman Family Scrapbook" was the most widely circulated and contained any anecdote or record that the author could find. He subsequently refuted many of these anecdotes and published a more accurate account in "History of the Families of Virginia vol. IV" and other works. However, the first book seems to have been one of the most widely circulated and has generated a lot of conflicting and misleading material that has been published on the web. This ranges from Henry being a knight 1 to Henry having parents named Thomas and Amey Brookman who died on Barbados. The following account is from William Everett Brockman's later works with some revisions by current genealogists who have re-investigated records in Maryland and Kent UK to correct some minor errors.
Most widely accepted immigration story
Henry was Orphaned during the commonwealth period in England and apparently exiled by Cromwell's Roundheads, as a result of his closest relatives activities as royalists. He either fled or was sent to the "Barbadoes", a British possession embracing not only the present island nation of Barbados, but also other possessions now known as Aruba and Surinam among others that were transferred to the Dutch in or about 1667.
Henry left the Barbadoes, indenturing himself to Captain John Jourdaine, for transport to Maryland the only colony at that time in which religious freedom was assured. He later married Rebecca Samuell, a daughter or niece of the owners of the "Samuell & Mary" on which Captain Jourdaine had transported Henry to Maryland. Some estimate that Rebecca and Henry today have generated thousands of descendants in the USA and hundreds who still carry the Brockman surname. Henry shows up in court documents in Maryland testifying that his age was 20 years in the spring of 1667. In 1674 he is in court again, to document that he had worked off payment for his passage to Maryland, received title to his headright (property given to colonists), and sold that property. He appears to have moved to Virginia, and to have conceived his son Samuell Brockman shortly thereafter. According to legends preserved in several branches of the family, he died (apparently in a shipwreck or shipbourn accident) while returning to England to claim the inheritance which had been denied him in 1658. His death occurred shortly after 1690. It is perhaps ironic that Henry's grandsons and great-grandsons became patriots in the US revolutionary war, and fought against royalists for a republican cause (see John Brockman Jr.), however, this accurately reflects the experiences of many of the Cavaliers in Virginia.
While this immigration story has been widely published in small release books, it is not without controversy. Various genealogists contend that there is a lack of definitive documentation relating Henry to the English Brockman family of Kent. And in fact, there is no definitive evidence of the Kentish background for Henry, only the oral traditions of the family. There are also some conflicting stories, as recorded in the scrapbooks.
Emig. to Maryland 1674
Henry's land was bought by Capt. Thomas Salmon, perhaps to help Henry and Rebecca to have enough money to establish housekeeping. They continued to live on the land until they moved to VA. (Paul R. Brockman; Genforum)
He came to Maryland from Barbados in 1667 on a ship owned by the Samuell family. He appeared in court in St. Mary's Co. to prove his age as being 20. He married Rebecca when he had completed his indenture, paying for his passage. He apparently died on a return passage to England to collect his inheritance from his father who died in 1656, which he could not claim before because of his age. Rebecca then took Samuel to Gloucester co.,VA to live with her brother.
Henry is believed to have come to America by way of Holland (where he may have gone to escape Cromwell). Supposition that Henry Brockman went to the Barbados about 1649 is based on the statement when the Protestants took over; " I could no longer worship as I wanted to" -- this would be after Cromwell took over from Charles I. This indicates that Henry Brockman was not a refugee in that his life was in danger for supporting Charles I, but his security was threatened by the edicts of Cromwell. (OCVF III: When that portion ofthe Barbadoes now known as Surinam was traded to the Dutch for New Amsterdam (now New York), Henry acquired passage to St. Marys county, Maryland, and 50 acres of land in that county, from Captain John Jourdaine in exchange for a seven year indenture. (copied from information submitted to the Brockman Forum (GenForum) by Paul R. Brockman on 25 May 1999.} Captain Jourdaine of Rouen, Kingdom of Normandy, was enroute to America with a shipload of Hollanders at this time. The first record documenting Henry Brockman in St. Marys County, Maryland was dated 1674 (when Capt. Jourdaine made an application for land for Henry Brockman whom I have transported to Maryland (1667 + 7 years of indenture) = 1674.