Brokets of Central England
A few families and individual Brokets have been recorded in the central areas of England, immediately north of London, in:
Records have so far been found from 15th C Leicestershire of three individuals, all located with in a few miles of each other:
See the separate page.
John Broket was sued at the court of Common Pleas in Westminster in the Trinity term of 1415 with 3 others, all from Burton Lazars for an alleged debt of £4 3s 4d they each owed the plaintiffs:1
Thomas de la Launde and William Misterton appeared by their attorney for a fourth day against John Wryght of Burton St Lazarus in the county aforesaid husbondman, John Broket of Burton St Lazarus in the county aforesaid husbondman, Richard Bocher of Burton St Lazarus in the said county husbondman and William Hendeman in the same county husbondman, in a plea that each of them render them £4 3s 4d which they owe them and unjustly withhold &c. And (the defendants) have not come; and it had been ordered the sheriff to summon them &c. And the sheriff now reports that (the defendants) have nothing (in his bailiwick in lands or chattels by which they might be attached) &c. Therefore let (the defendants) be taken, to be here on the quindene of Michaelmas &c.2
Burton Lazars—or Burton St Lazarus as it was called then—is scarcely 2 miles N of Dalby Parva. It was an Augustine house, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St Lazarus and consisted of a Master and eight brothers, and varying numbers of lepers and injured knights.3 The Master of the hospital is mentioned with Geoffrey Brokket in the next record from 1495.
Along with 6 others, connected to Burton Lazers, Geoffrey sued at the court of Common Pleas in Westminster in the Hilary term of 1495 concerning an alleged theft they suffered. According to the plea, John Grey stole 12 cows and 11 calves of theirs to the value of £10. John Grey defended his actions and requested licence of interlocution, so the court ordered another sitting on 3 May 1495:4
John Grey was summoned to answer George Sutton master of the hospital of Burton Lazers, Thomas Mower, Geoffrey Brokket, John Dycon, Richard Sheperd, John Napton and John Baxster, in a plea wherefore he has taken avers (grazing animals) of the said George, Thomas, Geoffrey, John Dycon, Richard, John Napton and John Baxster, and unjustly kept them against wage and pledge &c. And wherein the same George, Thomas, Geoffrey, John Dycon, Richard, John Napton and John Baxster, by John Irby their attorney, complain that the aforesaid John Grey on the 30th day of September in the 10th year of the reign of the lord now king , at Burton Lazers, in a certain place called Netherfeld, took avers [grazing animals], to wit 12 cows and 11 calves, of the said George, Thomas, Geoffrey, John Dycon, Richard, John Napton and John Baxster, and unjustly kept them, against wage and pledge until &c. whereby they say that they are injured, and have damage to the value of £10; and therein bring their suit &c.And the aforesaid John Grey comes by William Smyth his attorney, and defends the force and injury when &c. and craves licence of interlocution thereon hence to the quindene of Easter [3 May 1495] &c. and he has &c. The same day is given to the aforesaid George, Thomas, Geoffrey, John Dycon, Richard, John Napton and John Baxster here &c
Although up to 3 generations later than Henry and John, Geoffrey was in all probability related to them. The locations are too close to suggest otherwise. But whether or not these Brokets were related to Thomas Broket of Kirkby Mallore, Leicestershire, recorded 1290-1319 is less certain, although possible. Kirkby Mallory is only 20 miles SW of Burton Lazars and Little Dalby, whereas they are nearly 50 miles SW of Stickney in Lincolnshire and S of Retford in Nottinghamshire where other Brokets were recorded in 1277, 1396 and 1416.
Five records found so far, one of a William Broket and four of individuals called Thomas, the first two probably of the same man from 1536-7 and 1546—but who he was is not yet known—the third from 1557, and the fourth from 1616 but connected to the same place as the one from 1546—Annesley—so perhaps a relative.
In Easter term 1416 William Broket of Retford, Woolman, was sued in the court of Common Pleas for an alleged debt of £9, along with 5 others for other debts, by John Coton of Coventry, Wiredrawer:5Read more
John Coton of Coventry wirdrawer appeared by his attorney for a fourth day against Thomas Peyntour of Adderbury in the county of Oxford wirdrawer and Thomas Hampton of Bannebury in the same county of Oxford cardemaker, in a plea that each of them render him 40s; and against William Broket of Ratford in the Cley in the county of Nottingham wolleman, in a plea that he render him £9; and against John Spycer of Rychemond in the county of York chapman, in a plea that he render him £7 13s 4d; and against John Cardemaker of Bedford in the county of Bedford cardemaker, in a plea that he render him 5 marks 12s; which they owe him and unjustly withhold. And against John Brereton of Skeldergate in the same county of York chapman administrator of the goods and chattels that were of John Brereton of Bedale, who died intestate (so it is said), in a plea that he render him £6 16s, which he unjustly withholds from him &c. And (the defendants) have not come; and it had been ordered the sheriff to take them &c. And the sheriff now reports that (the defendants) are not found &c. Therefore, as before, let (the defendants) be taken, to be here on the quindene of Trinity [28 June 1416] &c.
William being a Woolman residing in the market town of Retford, not far from Lincolnshire where Robert Broket was engaged in the wool trade in the 1430s and 40s, suggests he may have been connected to the Brokets of York, as Robert probably was.
A lease—probably for 21 years—was granted in 1536-7 to Thomas Brokkette of Kyrkeby, Nottinghamshire of lands in Kyrkeby and Ashefeld, Nottinghamshire, previously held by FELLEY.6 Another possible reference to him is in TNA E315/209 f 46b. Kirkby in Ashfield is c 11m N of Nottingham centre and 11m W of Southwell.
1546 Hilary term.7 A plea was made at the court of Common Pleas held at Westminster that Thomas Brockett formerly of Annesley, Yeoman, forcibly broke into a meadow of Sir John Chaworth at Annesley and took grazing animals to the value of 100s, and had not come to defend himself. Annesley is c 9m N of Nottingham centre and a couple of miles S of Kirkby in Ashfield. The court ordered the Nottinghamshire sheriff to take Thomas and bring him to court on 9 May 1546:8Read more
John Chaworth knight appeared by his attorney for a fourth day against Thomas Brokett late of Annesley in the county aforesaid yeoman, in a plea wherefore by force of arms he broke into the common meadow of the said John at Annesley, and took out his avers [grazing animals] without the licence or will of the said John, to the damage of 100s &c. And [the defendant] has not come; and it had been ordered the sheriff to take him &c. And the sheriff reports that [the defendant] is not found &c. Therefore, as before, let him be taken, to be here on the quindene of Easter [9 May 1546] &c.
In his Will written 14 Aug 1557, Sir John Brockett I bequeathed all his property in Nottinghamshire to his third surviving son, Thomas Brokett the elder, who was b c 1540 so could not have been the Thomas of the two earlier Nottinghamshire records. He was styled Esquire in a royal licence of 17 May 1558 and died soon after.
On 4 May 1616, Thomas Brocket and Bridget Pymore, of Annesley, admitted to the Archdeacon of Nottingham’s Court “that marriage was solemnized betweene them the xth of November laste paste in the nowe dwellinge house of Thomas Fulwood of Estwood by Hughe Carte, Clerke, in the presence of Thomas Fulwood and his wife & John Fulwood & divers others.”9 Hodgkinson commented: “Between 1613 and 1623 there are entries of many clandestine marriages having been solemnized in the church of Hablesthrop or Hablesthorpe. This is one of the villages which have disappeared, and, from the parishes from which the various defendants came, must have been the parish now incorporated in the parish of North Leverton.”
The Brokets of Suffolk comprise 2 families who lived in or near:
This was the 16th and 17th C family of Robert of Bramfield, 4th son of John of Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire.
A family of three generations in the second half of the 17th C who probably sprang from the Dunton clan of Bedfordshire.
2.1. William of Little Cornard, c 2m SE of Sudbury, was the first to be here. Probably bap 1624 s/o Edward of Dunton; matriculated from Trinity College Cambridge 1638; Scholar 1641; Rector of Little Cornard, Suffolk 1662;10 subscribed 16 Oct 1662—possibly for the first time—to royal and episcopal supremacy when the Restoration of the Monarchy occurred;11 married Joane GATTAWARD of Royston. Children:
- William [of Sudbury]
- Gatward lived in Colchester before 1686. Married Sarah NICHOLS 1685 St James Colchester,12 child: Edward Brockit bap 25 Nov 1688 St Botolph Colchester.13
- Lydia married William MANN.
- Sivan married Jeffery POTTER, child: Brocket POTTER bap 11 Jan 1677 Assington. Brooket in the IGI. Sivan and Jeffery had died before 1683.
A case was brought in the High Court of Chancery 19 May 1650?14 by William Brocket of Sudbury, Clarke, and Joane his wife, and Robert Gattaward, Joane’s brother—both grandchildren of Joan Gattaward, late of Royston, Herts, widow, and children of her son Robert Gattaward. Joan Gattaward’s estate in her will of 16 Oct 1640 was worth £1500. Her executor Thomas Archer had kept the estate in his own hands for 5 or 6 years, then died and it had gone to his wife Mary.
William’s Will was nuncupative, written 10 May 1683, proved Bury St Edmunds 21 Jun 1683 on the oath of Executors Edward Pretty Clerke and son William:
he gave all his money Goods & personall Estate whatsoever unto his 2 sonnes Willam and Gatward Brockett and [daughter] Lydia wife of William Mann
2.2. Edward Brockett senior of Bures St Mary, Yeoman. Bures is c 3 m S of Little Cornard, 7 m NW of Colchester and 40 m E of Dunton. In his Will of 1696, executor son Edward,15 Edward left bequests of:
£20 to Ann Barnard [aunt of William of Sudbury]
£10 to Isaac son of Isaac
£5 to brother Robert
strongly suggesting he was a son of Robert of Millow and therefore baptised 1634. Edward probably arranged for his will to be proved at the PCC for status, like Robert, unless he feared it might be challenged—he also left 5s to William Brockett of Colchester on demand—perhaps his elder brother.
2.3. William of Sudbury Gent, son of William of Little Cornard, above. Married Sissilia PARSLEY 29 Oct 1678 in Long Melford, c 2 m N of Sudbury16—no issue? Will written 12 May 1686, pr Bury St Edmunds 19 Jun 1686 on the oath of Executors Anna Barnard widow and Joseph Wyatt junior. The will included bequests to:
—Gatward Brockett late of Colchester in Essex the summe of one Shilling of lawfull money of England to be paid him within one Moneth after my decease by my Executors herein after named if the same be lawfully demanded
—Brockett Potter an Orphan Sone of Sivan Potter my sister shall have paid to some trusty and sure friend of his to his use the summe of fforty Shillings.
2.4. In addition the following IGI entries from the area will be connected:
1667: Anne Brocket married Moses BARNARD, Bures St Mary
Suffolk archives contain no Will of Ann Barnard 1670-1770s.
5 records have been found, some from neighbouring Staffordshire:
- A number of letters written by Isaac, Estate Manager for Lady Emma Child at Middleton Hall, Warwickshire, c 4 m S of Tamworth, 10 m NE of Birmingham.17 Evidence that Isaac was from the Dunton clan:
- Apart from the 2 first cousins bap Dunton 1631 and 1632, and the son of one of them bap there 1661, the name Isaac is only otherwise recorded a few times from 1834 in the north of England.
- The baptism in Dunton 12 Dec 1661 of Isaac s/o Isaac and Ellen
- An Isaac son of Isaac was mentioned in Edward of Bures St Mary’s will 1696. He would have been a kinsman and it is likely that Edward was s/o Robert of Millow.
- Tamworth is c 70 m NW of Dunton.
- Two marriages in Polesworth Parish Register:
- 27 Jan 1703 ‘Mr Brooket and Mrs Dabs married per licence’
- 11 Apr 1737 ‘The Revd Mr Lawry and Mrs Anne Brocket of Tamworth married by licence’
- 16 Aug 1734 Isaac, Bachelor of Tamworth, Co Stafford, m St Paul’s Cathedral Bridgett RYE of St Peter, Spinster, Northants, by Licence.18
- 7 Feb 1737 Isaac Brockett of Tamworth, Staffs, Gent and Bridget his wife brought a Complaint to Chancery.19 Bridget’s father, Lewis RYE the elder, late of Blakesley, Northants, Gent, through his wife Mary, his executrix in his Will of 27 Aug 1714, had left all lands etc. to his wife and heirs, and in 1721 Mary made a lease for her youngest son Edward RYE, Gent and Bridget. Bridget claimed she hadn’t received her inheritance.
- The 22 Sep 1824 baptism in Bordesley of Ann Swetkin, d/o Joseph and Ann BROWKETT.20 Bordesley comes under the parish of Aston, whose PR are held at Birmingham City Archives. This may have been an IGI transcription error, like the earlier 1809 record of George Browkett marrying Mary FARMER 31 Oct 1809 Holt, Worcester,21 where the name was actually BOWKETT, as checked in the original Parish Register. Holt is a small village c 4 m N of Worcester and 8 m S of Kidderminster, which is c 15m SW of the centre of Birmingham.
Pre 1937 records:
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