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  • Capt. Abner Brockway (1754 - 1808)
    6th child of William Brockway and Hannah Clark. Abner Brockway, son of William Brockway and Hannah Clark, was b. at Lyme, Conn., Dec. 28,1754; married Sept 7, 1775, probaby at Lyme, with CATHARINE MA...
  • Alse Brockway (Gardner) (1756 - 1847)
    Alse Gardner Brockway ....... Birth: May 6, 1756 Exeter Washington County Rhode Island, USA Death: 1847 Stephentown Rensselaer County New York, USA Alse Gardner, daughter of Benjamin Gardner and Eliz...
  • Amaziah Brockway (1762 - d.)
  • Anna Crafts (1774 - 1863)
    The Brockway family : some records of Wolston Brockway and his descendants compiled for Francis E. Brockway (1890) Author: Patterson, D. Williams (David Williams), 1824-1892; Brockway, Francis Edwin,...

About the Brockway surname

This interesting surname of English origin is a topographical name for a dweller by the road near the brook, deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century"broc" meaning "stream" plus "weg" "way or road".

Topographical surnames were mong the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. 

This surname dates back to the mid 13th Century. Church recordings include one William Brockway who married Bridgett Waller on January 28th 1628 at St. Giles,Cripplegate,London, Bridget Brockway married John Manninge on June 19th 1641,at St.Katherine by the Tower,London, and George,son of Edward and Charity Brockway was christened on April 10th 1692 at St. Mary Whitechapel; Stepney

. Variant spellings include Brokway,Brockwaye, etc. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter de Brokweye, which was dated 1255, the "Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire", during the Reign of King Henry III, "The Frenchman", 1216-1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.

Throughout the centuries,surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to atonishing variants of the original spelling.