London Brokets 17th C
During the 17th C London grew at a phenomenal rate: “5% of England’s population lived there in 1600 and over 10% in 1700… survivors of about 1 in 8 English births became Londoners at some stage of their lives between 1580 and 1650, of 1 in 6 between 1650 and 1750… From 1575-1700 the majority of London marriage partners were immigrants.”1.
Contents of this Page:
- Alexander of Antwerp 1643
- Bannister 1652
- Bernard of Faringdon Without 1633
- Charles, Gentleman of Westminster 1618-1663
- Charles, Fishmonger b c 1619 d by 1660
- Edmond, Merchant Taylor & Citizen of St Gregory 1625-65
- John, Fishmonger of Southwark 1598-1626
- John, Fishmonger & Citizen b c 1602
- John of Newhaven Connecticut 1637
- John and Mary of St Nicholas Cole Abbey 1659-62
- John, Mariner of Stepney 1689/90
- Joseph, Cheesemonger of Southwark 1600-81
- Joseph, Cheesemonger of Southwark 1629-96
- Judith, Widow of Westminster d 1688
- Nicholas and Ann of Stepney 1620/30s
- Ralph and Alice of Clerkenwell 1678-87
- Thomas, Esq of London 1659
- Thomas, Clothworker & Citizen 1628-71
- Thomas, Cook, of St Giles, Middx 1676
- William, imprisoned 1628
- William of Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1685 and 97
This was the century of the Great Fire of London—1666—preceded by a visitation of the Plague in 1665 in which thousands died. A new city rose from the ashes and with a population of over 500,000 was Europe’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Not long before many had lost their lives in the Civil War 1642-6 and then in the following Commonwealth 1649-60 many records were lost or not kept.
The origins of several 17th C London Brokets are still unaccounted for, but records show that many came from the by-then indigenous Southwark clan, or immigrated from Hertfordshire branches. Some younger sons inevitably became poorer.
Alexander Brocket Merchant of Antwerp, Flanders, was freed from Southwark jail in London 3 Oct 1643 on condition “forthwith to depart this kingdom and … not to return without license of the Governor of Dover Castle.” Further details here.
Born 1595-1600, 3rd son of Rev Edmund Brocket of Luton and Graveley c 1565-1652/3. Recorded in a 1633-4 Visitation of London in a pedigree as “of Faringdon Without.3 In the 1636 administration of his estate given to wife Cecily he was referred to as “Barnard BROCKETT of St Bri[des?], London”. Further details here.
Son of John of Wheathampstead Esq and Mary Garroway. Will proved 11 Feb 1662/3, executors Thomas and Edmond Brockett and Mr William Rolfe.4 Inventory of the goods and chattells of Charles Gent of Westminster 1663.5 He had a contemporary namesake kinsman in London: Charles, a Fishmonger, see below.
Charles gained his freedom from apprenticeship in 1638, therefore was born c 1619—apprenticeship terms were commonly arranged so as to expire at 21.6 He had a contemporary namesake kinsman in London: Charles, Gent, see above. He died before 1660, the year his widow Joane apprenticed their son Charles to herself.7
Son of John of Caswell Esq. Merchant Taylor. The Merchant Taylor’s Company8 recorded Edmond being presented 4 Apr 1646 and freed 4 May 1653, by master Thomas Pendleton. Freedom usually coincided with the age of 21, but Edmond was 28. The only other known contemporary Edmund was the son of Edmund, Vicar of Luton, bap 1605—too early to have been an apprentice 1646-53.
Edmond died of the plague in 1665 in London in difficult financial circumstances and a dispute arose over the execution of his Will9 between his widow Judith (d 1688) and the executor, kinsman Thomas Brockett.10 John and Richard Hare were among the defendants.
Son of Thomas and Anne of Southwark. Admitted by patrimony to the freedom of the Fishmongers‘ Livery Company 16 Oct 1620, the year his father died.11 Paid quarterly Company membership fees of 12d for 1622-4 and 16d for 1624-6,12 but was registered dead for 1626-28.13
John, 2nd s/o of John Brockett Gent of Codicote, became an apprentice Fishmonger to Thomas Johnson in 1615.14 Two sons and a grandson of his did became apprentice Fishmongers after him, and he apprenticed his brother Charles too. Married Mary MATTHEWS. Gained his freedom 1622.15
John is said to have been a member of Rev John Davenport’s Puritan congregation of St Stephen’s Coleman St before sailing with a number of them on the Hector, arriving Boston 26 June 1637, but there is no evidence for this. A careful search through the contemporary Parish Registers of St Stephen’s Coleman St yielded no Broket entries. Further details here.
John, Fishmonger, and Mary had children baptised St Nicholas Cole Abbey, Old Fish St:16
- Mary 2 Oct 1659
- John 13 Jan 1660—probably the Mariner who invested in a ship bound for the West Indies c 1688.
- Anne 3 May 1662.
John would have been s/o John and Mary MATTHEWS. Fishmonger records show a son Samuel b c 1670, otherwise apparently unrecorded. St Nicholas Cole Abbey was destroyed in the Great Fire 1666.
John Brocket of Stepney Middlesex Mariner had invested in a ship bound for the West Indies searching for wrecks.17 It arrived Jamaica Aug 1688 where the Captain took 54 men on board when only 22 were the complement and set up as a Privateer. Was he baptised 1660 s/o John and Mary of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, above? He wrote his Will 28 Jan 1708, leaving everything to John Brocket of the Middle Temple Esq, presumably his first cousin. It was proved 27 Mar 1723.18
Son of Thomas and Anne of Southwark. Apprenticed 1619 to John Crowder of Southwark. Admitted to freedom of the Merchant Taylors’ Company 1628. Mentioned in brother Thomas’ Will 1652/3; and in Thomas Harvard of Southwark’s Will 1636;19 executor of Wills of sons John 1669 and Francis 1680. Bur 19 Jul 1681 St Saviour’s, Southwark. Will written 11 Jul 1681, proved 23 Jul 1681 Commissary of Surrey.
Joseph married 1st 11 Nov 1628 Mary daughter of William SMITH, Mercer of Stratford-upon-Avon; bequeathed 20s for a ring in the Will of Rose Raysing of St Bride’s London.20 Their children:
- Joseph, bap 17 Sep 1629 St Saviour’s, Southwark.
- Thomas, bap 3 Jan 1632/3 St Saviour’s, bur there 2 Feb 1633/4.
- Mary, bap 21 Dec 1634 St Saviour’s, bur there 18 May 1635.
- John of Southwark, Cheesemonger, bap St Saviour’s 22 Nov 1635. Bequeathed £5 in Thomas Harvard of Southwark’s Will 1636.21 Will written 28 Oct 1665, proved 17 Sep 1669 Archd. Surrey.
- Thomas, bap 2 Feb 1637/8 St Saviour’s. Died young?
- Francis, Rev, bap 29 Sep 1639 St Saviour’s. Pupil at St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington, Kent. Student at Queen’s College Cambridge 1658-65. Master of Dulwich College Surrey 1664-80. Bur 18 Sep 1680 St Saviour’s. Will written 12 Dec 1678, proved 28 Sep 1680 Archd Surrey.
- William, bap 27 Aug 1640 St Saviour’s. He was probably the Mr William Brocket working across the river at Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1685 and the William Brockett Gent of St Margaret’s Westminster who married Mrs Sarah CARRELL of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, 2 Sep 1708 in Ely Cathedral, and died 1719. No known issue.
- Abigall, bap 10 Jul 1642 St Saviour’s. Married Peter DOBBS of Bermondsey Surrey, Tanner.22
- Benjamin, bap 12 Oct 1643 St Saviour’s. Died young?
- Job, Rev., bap St Saviour’s. Student at Queen’s College Cambridge 1662-70. Master of Dulwich College Surrey 1701-5. Died 2 Jan 1705/6, bur Dulwich College Chapel. Will written 11 May 1704, proved 9 Jan 1704/5.23
- Sarah, bap 27 Dec 1647 St Saviour’s. Died young?
- Susanna, bap 25 Feb 1651/2 St Saviour’s. Married 1st William GARDYNER,24 2nd Thomas WOOD of Croydon.25
Son of Joseph of Southwark Cheesemonger. Bap 17 Sep 1629 St Saviour’s, Southwark. Admitted to freedom of Merchant Taylors’ Company by patrimony 1652. Bequeathed £5 in the Will of Rose Raysing of St Bride’s London.28 Married 1st Mary … (bur Croydon). Children:
- Henry. Mentioned in Will of uncle John 1665. Apprenticed to a Barber 1676/7. Died before his father?
- Joseph. Mentioned in Wills of uncle John 1665 and father 1696 (at which time he was overseas).
- Job. Mentioned in Wills of uncle John 1665, father 1696, uncle Job 1704 and brother Jesse 1727. Married … and had 2 daughters Martha and Mary, both under 21 when mentioned in Will of uncle Job 1704.
- Jeremia, bap St Olave’s, Southwark, bur 7 May 1665 St Olave’s, Southwark.
- Thomas. Apprenticed to a Draper 1690. Mentioned in Wills of father 1696, uncle Job 1704 and brother Jesse 1727.
Joseph married 2nd Grace … Will dated 28 Sep 1706, signed, proved 3 and 9 Oct 1706.29 Child:
- Jesse of Southwark. Married Phoebe TOWLE 1723 St Mary Whitechapel Middx. Jesse’s Will was written 1727, proved 1731. No issue?
Joseph’s Will was written 4 Jul 1696, proved Nov 1696.30
Widow of Edmond. Will written 9 Jan 1687/8, proved 20 Jan 1687/8, executrix Judith Roberts.31 A very large parchment of several pages records a dispute over the execution of Edmond’s Will between Judith and the executor, kinsman Thomas Brockett.32
The IGI recorded 2 daughters baptised St Dunstan, Stepney:
- Bridgett 12 Jul 1620
- Alice 3 Jul 1631.
With little doubt this was Nicholas, b c 1593 Lincolnshire and styled ‘of Shadwell and Stepney Heath, Middlesex, Ropemaker’, in 1648.33 In the 1630s Nicholas had an interest in a ship which transported cargo to Virginia.
Ralph and Alice had children baptised St James Clerkenwell:34
- John 3 Feb 1678
- Catharin 30 Dec 1679
- Ralph 24 Apr 1685
- Sarah 2 Jan 1687. Probably married 7 May 1724 Matthias BICKLEY St James Clerkenwell.
In 1693-4 Ralph was assessed for tax in St John St, St James Clerkenwell at £3 on property valued £15 and £1 4s on stock valued £100.35 It’s possible, but unlikely that Ralph first married 1641 in Streatley, Bedfordshire.
QMB listed burials in Clerkenwell:
- George 1676
- John 1681
- William 1687
- Thomas 1691
- Ralf 1693.
Thomas Brockett of London Esq featured in 2 Chancery documents from 1659:
- Complaint by Thomas against Nicholas Courtney and John Rolles Esq regarding a Messuage in the Parish of Morenistowe / Moorenemstowe, Cornwall, on which he had a lease connected to Grace Cole, deceased.36
- Demurrer of John Roll Esq to Thomas’ Bill of Complaint regarding Grace Cole’s tenement on which he had a lease through being Samuel Cowley’s Administrator.37
The connection with Samuel Cowley shows that he was Thomas of Chiddingstone, the eldest son of the eldest son of William of Esyndon Esq.
Son of John of Wheathampstead Esq. Citizen and Clothworker of London, Will written 28 Feb 1664, proved 20 Jul 1671, sole executor brother William Brockett Gent of London.38 No issue? Executor of the Will of Edmond in 1665.
Cook of St Giles in the Fields Middlesex, nuncupative Will 24 Nov 1676, proved 4 Dec 1676, sole executrix wife Mary.39 Bequests to brother William and daughter Mary. The IGI recorded the baptism of Mary d/o Thomas and Mary Brocket 27 Sep 1668 St Martin in the Fields Westminster.
William was a servant of Robert Radcliffe, 5th Earl of Sussex, was arrested in London for a small debt and imprisoned in 1628. He was a son of William, deceased eldest son of William of Esyndon. Was he the husband of Mary and Elizabeth below? Further details about the imprisonment here.
Mr William Brocket at Lincoln’s Inn Fields received two letters in May 1685 from his Lord in Amsterdam regarding troop movements and other matters.40 William sent a short letter on 8 Feb 1696/7 to J Ellis.41 William is not recorded as a student at an Inn of Court and was not part of the contemporary Willingale/Inns of Court Brocket clan. He was probably the son of Joseph and Mary of Southwark, bap 1640 and may have been the William Brockett Gent/Esq of St Margaret’s Westminster who is recorded paying taxes in 1688 and marrying Mrs Sarah CARRELL of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, 2 Sep 1708 in Ely Cathedral. He died 1719.
|1600||13 Dec||John BROCKETT||married Marie GERYWAIE in St Mary Abchurch, London|
|1602||13 Jun||Elsabeth BROCKETT||married Robert WIGGE in St Bartholomew the Less, London|
|1603||15 Feb||Elsabethe||d/o Rowland and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Andrew, Holborn|
|1606||29 Apr||Hester||d/o Robert and … BROCKITT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney|
|1610||23 Oct||Margaret BROCKETT||married John MICANE in St Gregory by St Paul, London42|
|1616||12 Jan||John BROCKETT||married Margerye POWELL in St Bride Fleet St, London. Probably an immigrant, John would have been born by 1595.|
|1617||4 May||Isabel BROCKET||married Robert COULSON in St Nicholas, Deptford|
|1619||29 Nov||Anna BROCKETT||married Griffin BIGGS in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster|
|1620||4 Dec||Margerie BROCKET||married Millecent MIATS in St Gregory by St Paul, London43|
|1623||23 Jun||Elizabeth BROCKET||married William MOULTON in St Peter Cornhill, London44|
|1624||8 May||MargarettBROCKETT||married Richard PERKINS in St Mary Mounthaw, London45|
|1628||Loucose BROCKET||married William GOODFARAH in All Hallows, Bread St46|
|1628||26 Jul||Benjamin||s/o Benjamin and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Margaret, Westminster|
|1629||Walter BROCKET||married Elizabeth THURLOW in St Mary, Strand47|
|1629||29 Nov||Elizabeth||d/o William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney.48|
|1630||11 Feb||Elizabeth BROCKETT||Administration of the estate of Elizabeth THOROLD, alias BROCKETT, of St Mary Colechurch, was given to brother Nathaniel Thorold.49|
|1630||3 Oct||Grace||d/o William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney|
|1634||Frances BROCKET||married Ravis BENSON in St Giles in the Fields50|
|1634||16 Feb||Judeth BROCKETT||married Robert CLARKE in St Nicholas Acons, London51|
|1635||26 Apr||Edward BROCKETT||married Margaret CANDIDGE in St Nicholas Cole Abbey, London52|
|1635||14 Dec||Annis BROCKET||married Robert WILLIAM in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1635||18 Nov||Edward||s/o Nicholas and Agnes BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney|
|1636||20 Apr||Ellinor||d/o William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney|
|1637||15 Nov||Sarah||d/o William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney|
|1637||25 Sep||Mary BROCKKET||married John MARTIN in St Gregory by St Paul, London|
|1638||17 Mar||Elizabeth||d/o Nicholas and Anne BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney|
|1639||14 Dec||Dority BROCKET||married Abraham VANDEN in St Martin Vintry, London|
|1641||16 Jun||Anne||d/o Nicholas and Anne BROCKETT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney|
|1641||21 Nov||Edmond||s/o Jefford and Elizabeth BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney|
|1644||12 Feb||Hannah||d/o Samuell and … BROCKET was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1647||12 Nov||Mary BROCKETT||married Richard MICHELL in St Bride Fleet St., London|
|1649||3 Jun||John BROCKET||married Elinor WOLFE in St Antholin Budge Row, London53|
|1650||8 Jun||Roger||s/o William and Joane BROKETT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney|
|1651||6 Jan||Ann||d/o Thomas and Ellin BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London|
|1651||27 Jan||John||s/o John and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Lawrence Jewry and St Mary Magdalene Milk Street|
|1652||30 Jan||daughter||d/o Thomas and Ellyn BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London|
|1655||Henry BROCKET||married Susan WALLROND in St Paul, Covent Garden—banns54|
|1655||1 May||Sarah||d/o Richard and Mary BROCKITT was baptised in St Mary Abbots, Kensington|
|1655||20 May||Martha||d/o Thomas and Ellin BROCKETT was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London|
|1657||16 Aug||Joan||d/o Thomas and Ellinor BROCKETT was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London|
|1657||16 Sep||Mary||d/o Joseph and Mary BROCKETT was baptised in St Botolph Without Aldgate, London|
|1661||27 Apr||Elizabeth||Mrs Elizabeth BROCKETT was buried in Westminster.55 There were several burials each day of every month in this parish. Being a ‘Mrs’ didn’t necessarily mean she was married. If she was, she would have been married to a Gentleman or Esquire, but as yet he has not been identified. It was not Charles of Westminster, Gent. If she was a spinster she would have been the daughter of a Gentleman or Esquire, and similarly as yet he has not been identified.|
|1665||10 Apr||Jeremia||s/o Joseph and Mary BROCKETT was baptised in St Olave, Southwark|
|1667||7 Dec||Joseph||s/o John and Hanna BRUCKETT or BRUNCKETT was baptised in St Botolph Without Aldgate, London|
|1668||27 Sep||Maria||d/o Thomae and Mariae BROCKET was baptised in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster|
|1669||Judith BROCKET||married Edward ORAM in St Spulchre56|
|1669||24 Jun||Frances BROCKET||married John PEACOCK in St Andrew, Enfield57|
|1670||25 Aug||Nicholla BROQUETT||married Dennis POSSETT in St Mary, St Marylebone|
|1672||Mary BROCKET||married John BAKER in Knightsbridge 58|
|1672||4 Apr||John BROCKETT||married Sarah HERNE in Temple Church Of England, London|
|1672||23 Mar||John||s/o Samuel and Prudence BROCKETT was baptised in St Sepulchre, London|
|1673||17 Jun||Sarah||d/o John and Sarah BROCKETT was baptised in Clement Danes, Westminster, London59 Did she marry in Sheering 1711?|
|1677||10 Feb||Mary BROCKETT||married Henry MITCHELL in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1677||28 Jun||John||s/o John and Kather BROCKETT was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1677||14 Nov||John BROCKETT||married Sarah MARKESS in Allhallows London Wall, London|
|1678||11 Feb||Thomas BROCKETT||married Mary ARCHER in St Lawrence Jewry And St Mary Magdalene Milk Street60|
|1678||11 Feb||Thomas BROCKETT||married Mary ARCHER in St Lawrence Jewry And St Mary Magdalene Milk Street|
|1679||13 May||Mary BROCKETT||married John CHILLMAN in St Andrew, Enfield61|
|1680||1 Aug||William BROCKET||married Sarah MILLER in St Katherine by The Tower, London|
|1680||6 Jul||John BROCKETT||married Frances SCIENCE in St Dunstan, Stepney62|
|1681||1 Apr||Georg||s/o John and Kath BROCKETT was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1682||11 Feb||Margarett||d/o John and Margtt BROCKETT was baptised in St Margaret, Westminster|
|1682||1 Nov||Anne BROCKETT||married Stewart SPICER in …|
|1684||3 Sep||Edmund BROCKETT||married Frances BLAKE in St Marylebone|
|1687||6 Apr||Mary BROOKET||married John MITCHELL in St Bride Fleet St, London|
|1688||11 Feb||Elizabeth BROCKETT||married Francis PARHAN in St Marylebone63|
|1697||11 Jun||John||s/o Edward and Hanna BROCKETT was baptised in St Olave, Southwark|
|1697||3 Mar||Jane BROCKET||married Charles LLOYD in St Mary Abchurch, London64|
|1698||Mary BROCKET||married Robert ALDERLY in in St Gregory by St Paul, London65|
|1699||7 Jan||William BROCKETT||married Frances ROGERS in St Mary Magdalene Old Fish Street, London|
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