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William Brinton

Also Known As: "William the elder"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Nether Gornal, Sedgeley, Stratford, Warwickshire, England
Death: October 29, 1700 (63)
Birmingham, Chester, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Will Proved: Dec, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Brinton III and Elizabeth Biddle
Husband of Ann Bagley Brinton
Father of Ann Bennett; Edward Brinton; Elizabeth Harry (Brinton); William Brinton, II and Esther Willis
Brother of Stephen Brinton; Thomas Brinton and Anna Brinton

Managed by: Edward Malcolm King
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About William Brinton

The first Brinton to travel to the U.S. (1684)

About Sedgley, his birthplacein England:

A writer who visited Sedgely in 1660 describes it as containing nine villages at that time and well populated due to the work in lime, coals and iron. Now it is a suburb of Birmingham.

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1683, Staffordshire, England. William suffered religious persecution in England. In 1683, he had his goods distrained to the value of 5 pounds, 11 shillings to satisfy a fine of 26 shillings imposed under the Nonconformity Act.

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William came to America in 1684, accompanied by his wife, Ann (Bagley), his only son William. Their three daughters, Ann, Elizabeth and Esther, remained in England for a time.

They had an easy voyage and landed at Grubbs' Landing (see Grubb in this data set) A source (The Brinton Family, by Brinton) states that he was one of the older colonists and had "long white hair."

During their first winter in the area the family lived in acave and friendly Indians supplied them with game. The following spring, they built a log and plank house.

15 Nov, 1683: Wm. was a Quaker and presented his certification from the Dudley Mtg. in England (to Birmingham Mtg., PA ) in the year 1683.

William is stongly connected to the Birmingham, PA area and to the Friends' Meeting House there. This meeting was established in 1690, the present stucture ws built in 1763. Several days before the Battle of the Brandywine, the meeting house was requisitioned by General Washington as a hospital. On 11 Sep 1777, the British came and Birmingham Meeting fell into their hands, to become a hospital for the British officers.

The octagonal schoolhouse on the grounds was built in 1819. Filled with backless benches, it gives testimony to the difficulties of obtaining an education in those days.

From the internet (look up Brinton House, Dilworthtown, PA):

William Brinton had a son Wm., Jr., (not our direct ancestor) who built the house mentioned above. The house can be visited and hours are stated below:

               The William Brinton 1704 House and Historic Site
                                      Hours and Tours


May 1 through October 31 (except holidays)

Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Tours at other times are available with an appointment.

Genealogy of the Brintons in America

The Brintons were Quaker and came from Staffordshire County, England. William Brinton, Sr. (1635-1699) was born to Thomas Brinton and Ann (Biddle) Brinton and is referred to by the family as "William the Elder" or "William the Colonist". In 1659 in England, William the Elder married Ann Bagley. They are known to have had five children (3 girls and 2 boys) between the years 1660 and 1675, but one son, Edward Brinton, died at an early age. In an effort to escape religious persecution, William Sr. came to America in the spring of 1684 with his wife and his only living son, William Jr. (1670-1751), who is known as "William the Younger" or "William the Builder". The family of three anchored near what is now New Castle, Delaware, and lived in a cave through the first winter. The following summer, they built and settled in a cabin on some of William Penn's land near West Chester, Pennsylvania. [Several years later, the son, "William the Younger," built the William Brinton 1704 House on an adjoining part of this land.] William Sr. and Ann originally had left their three daughters (Ann, Elizabeth, and Esther) behind in England, but eventually they and their husbands also emigrated to this area.


The Brintons and Bagleys

The Brintons and Bagleys were Quakers who immigrated to America from Staffordshire Co., England. William Brinton married Ann Bagley in 1659 while in England. They had five children (3 girls, Esther, Ann & Elizabeth, and 2 boys, William & Edward) between the years 1660 and 1675. One son, Edward Brinton, died at an early age.

A Shakespeare Connection

Ann's brother, Edward Bagley (an 11th Uncle to us) has also become the subject of much recent research, as he was mentioned as a "kinsman" and named as executor of Lady Elizabeth Bernard's will. Lady Bernard was Shakespeare's granddaughter and last surviving direct descendant, and Edward could very well have ended up with Lady Bernard's (and by extension, Shakespeare's) papers. Unfortunately, the nature of the connection between the Bagley's and the Shakespeare family has not yet been conclusively determined, and so it is not yet possible to say if this connection also applied to Ann Bagley Brinton. However, the research article by John Taplin gives at the very least some interesting insights into life and social relationships in the Brinton's hometown area in the 1500 and 1600's.

Returning to the Brintons in America

In an effort to escape religious persecution, William came to America in the spring of 1684 with his wife and his only living son, William. The family settled near what is now New Castle, Delaware. It is said they lived in a cave throughout the first winter. They survived thanks to gifts of game supplied by the Indians that traveled the trails near their shelter. Once the weather cleared, William built the family a log cabin and planted a pear tree as a symbol of a fruitful future. He purchased 50 acres from Thomas King in March of 1686 and 450 acres in Oct. of that same year in Birmingham. These purchases included the lands on which he was already living. In 1688 he purchased an additional 400 acres.

Several years later, the son William , built the William Brinton 1704 House pictured above on an adjoining part of this land. William Sr. and Ann had originally left their three daughters Ann, Elizabeth, and Esther behind in England, but eventually these children and their husbands also emigrated to this area.

As Quakers, William and Ann lost much of what they owned to the British government. William was again on the unpopular side of religion within seven years of coming to America as he joined the rebellious Quaker, George Keith. This group broke up after a few years, William and his family returned to the Orthodox Quaker church where they were members in good standing at Concord Monthly Meeting at the time of their deaths, shortly after one another.

A biography of Ann, written in part by her husband William, was reprinted in "The Friend", Vol 33, a Quaker publication.

So, to wrap up, again we find we are descended from good rebellious Quaker stock along the Willis line. Persecuted in England they sailed the six to twelve week voyager across the Atlantic in hopes of finding a new home in a new country.



Source: http://atropesend.blogspot.com/2010/04/brintons-and-bagleys-with-connection-to.html

Family line Source: http://atropesend.blogspot.com/2010/05/anges-henry-viii-anne-boleyn-and.html

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William Brinton's Timeline

December 1, 1636
Stratford, Warwickshire, England
December 1, 1636
Sedgeley, Staffordshire, England
December 1, 1636
Sedgeley Parish,Stafford,England
December 1, 1636
Sedgley, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
July 19, 1660
Age 23
Sedgley, Staffordshire, , England
March 17, 1663
Age 26
Sedgley, Stafford, England
October 6, 1665
Age 28
Nether Gournell, Staffordshire, England
June 12, 1670
Age 33
Sedgley, Staffordshire, , England
October 9, 1675
Age 38
Sedgeley, Stafford, England