London Brokets 17th C
During the 17th C London grew at a phenomenal rate, and with a population of over half a million it was Europe’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. “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 It was also the century of the Great Fire of London—1666—preceded by a visitation of the Plague in 1665 in which thousands died. Not long before that 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.
Not surprisingly therefore the origins of several 17th C London Brokets haven’t yet been traced, but of those that have many came from the by-then indigenous Southwark clan, or immigrated from Hertfordshire branches. Some younger sons inevitably became poorer.
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 and Mary of St Nicholas Cole Abbey 1659-62
- John, Mariner of Stepney 1660-1701
- 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
- Samuel, Haberdasher/Grocer of London 1609-74
- Thomas, Esq of London 1659
- Thomas, Clothworker & Citizen 1628-71 (separate page)
- Thomas, Cook, of St Giles, Middx 1676
- William of St Mary in Alderman Bury 1605, b c 1568
- William, imprisoned 1628
- William of Lincoln’s Inn Fields 1685 and 97
- Singletons, including John Brockett of Newhaven and Wallingford b 1609-18 d 1690
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. Married Anne BRISTOW. Will proved PCC 11 Feb 1662/3, executors brother Thomas and kinsman 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 next.
No Will has been found for Charles, neither baptism, marriage nor burial record. However, he must have been the Charles left a bequest, as a son, in the Will of John Brokkett of Codicote Herts Gent, written 9 Feb 1648/9, see the separate page. Charles was apprenticed to his older brother John, Fishmonger and Citizen of London 1630-38,6 see below. Charles married Joane and 5 children are recorded, the 3rd of whom was the progenitor of the 2nd Willingale clan in Essex, see the separate page. Charles died before 1660, the year his widow Joane apprenticed their son Charles to herself.7 “Jone Brocket widow” who was buried 12 Jun 1687 in St Sepulchre, Holborn, City of London—the parish of many of her children—was most probably Charles’ widow.8 Charles had a contemporary namesake kinsman in London: Charles, Gent, see above.
Son of John of Caswell Esq. Merchant Taylor. The Merchant Taylors’ Company recorded Edmond being presented 4 Apr 1646 and freed 4 May 1653, by master Thomas Pendleton,9 aged 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 Will10 between his widow Judith (d 1688) and the executor, kinsman Thomas Brockett in 1665.11 John and Richard Hare were among the defendants. A Richard Hare snr witnesssed the writing of Thomas’ Will in 1664.
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.12 Paid quarterly Company membership fees of 12d for 1622-4 and 16d for 1624-6,13 but was registered dead for 1626-28.14
John, 2nd son of John Brockett Gent of Codicote, became an apprentice Fishmonger to Thomas Johnson in 1615.15 Two sons and a grandson of his became apprentice Fishmongers after him, and he apprenticed his brother Charles too, see above. Married Mary MATTHEWS. Gained his freedom 1622.16
The following children of John Brocket, Fishmonger, and wife Mary were recorded in the Registers of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, Old Fish St:17
- “Mary Brockett the daughter of John Brocket fishmonger was borne the xxth of September & bapt. the second of october” 1659. “Mary Brockett the daughter of John Brocket Fishmonger was buried in the in east cloyster the xxijth of May” 1664.
- “John Brockett the sonne of John Brockett Fishmonger and of Mary his wife was baptized the xiijth day of January” 1660. With little doubt he became a Mariner, see below.
- “Anne Brocket the daughter of John Brocket fishmonger and of Mary his wife was baptized the third of May” 1662.
- “Richard Brocket the sonn of John Brocket Fishmonger and of Mary his wife was buried in the churchyard Febru’y the xxijth” 1663/4.
- Samuel b c 1670, according to Fishmonger records, apprentice 1683-91, otherwise apparently unrecorded.
John would have been son of John and Mary MATTHEWS above. No marriage for him and Mary was found in the Registers of St Nicholas Cole 1650-63. Burials were searched in the Registers from 1660 through 25 Apr 1695—the end of book—but the only similar one found was for a John Brocha in 1684. 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.18 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. Not to be confused with John Brockett of Stepney, Mariner, who wrote his Will 28 Jan 1708, proved 27 Mar 1723/4 by John Brocket of the Middle Temple Esq, presumably a cousin, see the separate page.
Three contemporary John Brokets were:
- Only son of Edward of Wheathampstead Gent, bap 1660
- Second son of Charles of Westminster Gent, b aft 1654
- Elder son of Robert of Millow, Bedfordshire b 1656/7.
Annis’ connection with Shingey in Cambridgeshire, see below, might suggest the last, but her property and London residence would suggest one of the others. In fact, the following evidence leaves little doubt that John was the son of John and Mary of St Nicholas Cole Abbey above, baptised 1660, see above.
Here is an extract from the Will of Annis Brockett, Widow of St Paul Shadwell, written 17 June 1701, proved 4 Sep 1702 by Abell Clinton:19
5. … I Annis Brockett
6. of the Parish of St. Paul Shadwell in the County of Middlesex Widow Read more
7. being in health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory
8. praised be Almighty God for the same yet being now bigg and
9. pregnant with Child and considering the great perrills of child bearing
10. and the incertainty of this mortall life Doe make publish and declare
11. this my last Will and Testament in manner following …
18. … I give and devise all those my two
19. Messuages or Tenements Ground and Hereditaments with their
20. appurtenances situate lying and being in or neare West Smithfeild
21. in the parish of St. Sepulchers in the County of Middlesex now or late in
22. the tenures or occupacions of Henry Roberts Brazier and Benjamin
23. Burton Tobacconest or some or one of their Tenants or Undertenants
24. which my late welbeloved Husband John Brockett deceased in and
25. by his last Will did give devise and bequeath unto me and my Heires
26. and Assignes forever unto my trusty and welbeloved Brother in
27. Law Abell Clinton of Shingey in the County of Cambridge Yeoman
28. and his Heires and Assignes forever On Trust nevertheless that my
29. said Brother Abell Clinton and his Heires and Assignes shall and
30. may when he or they thinke meet grant bargaine sell aliene enfeoffe and
31. convey all and singuler the said premisses to any person or persons
32. whatsoever for the best value and consideracion he or they can gett
33. for the same and pay and apply and dispose of all such summe and
34. summes of money as shall be had and received upon and for the sale of
35. the same unto and for the maintenance education and benefitt of my
36. Children John Brockett Annis Brockett Abell Brockett and Hannah
37. Brockett and the Child or Children with which I am now bigg and pregnant
38. in equall porcions …
42. … Item all and singuler my moneys debts wares commodities
43. household stuff furniture silver plate goods chattells and all other my
44. estate whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my Children John Brockett
45. Annis Brockett Abell Brockett and Hannah Brockett and the
46. Child or Children with which I am now bigg and pregnant part and
47. part like in equall porcions and to the survivors and survivor of them
48. for their education and maintenance And I doe name appoint and
49. make my said brother in law Abell Clinton sole Executor of this my last
50. Will and Testament To whom I committ the care and tuition of all my
51. Children during their respective minorityes being well assured of his
52. love and good will towards them
Her children were still minors,20 therefore the eldest was born after 17 June 1680 and Annis probably married John after 1680. It’s clear that she and John married in St Paul Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, 28 Feb 1686/7: “John Brockett of this parish singleman and Annis Osland of the same Singlewoman by License”.21 A record of this 26 Feb 1686/7 marriage by licence in Canterbury Kent gave Annis’ father as John Osland.22 It also gave John’s age as 26, i.e. b c 1660/1. Soon after ?? marrying John made his Will, as he was also about to depart on a dangerous journey: Since Annis was pregnant with Mary in mid June 1701 and gave birth to her on 28 July, John would presumably have still been alive in January or February at the latest. His Will was proved 15 Apr 1701, but a burial record hasn’t so far been found. It wasn’t recorded in the St Paul Shadwell register. Similarly, Annis was alive for Mary’s birth on 28 July 1701 and her Will was proved 15 Apr 1701, but a burial record hasn’t been found in the St Paul Shadwell register. “Anne the wife of John Brocket [who] was buried the 4th [May] 1700” in St James Clerkenwell was clearly a different Anne,23 but it shows that John and Annis of Shadwell weren’t the only John and Ann London Broket couple at that time. John and Annis’ children:
- “John Sonn of John Brockett of vppershadwell Mariner And of Ann his wife borne the same day” baptized 10 Jun 1690.24 An indenture dated 29 Sep 1705 bound “John Brokett Sonn of John Brokett late of the Parish of St Paul Shadwell in the County of Midds’ Mariner deceased” for 7 years’ apprenticeship to William Arther—or Archer—Glass Seller and Grinder of London.25 It was signed by Edward Greene Es.—possibly his step grandfather—and John. IMAGE John agreed not to marry during his apprenticeship, so the earliest marriage date for him would have been after he gained his freedom om 28 Sep 1712, when he was aged 22.
- “Edward sonn of John & Annis Brockitt marr[iner]” baptized 7 Aug 1692.26 Although his mother Annis didn’t mention him in her Will, no burial record has been found for Edward in Shadwell. So, it’s possible that he was the Edward who married in St Paul Shadwell: “Edward Brocket of the Parish of Shadwell, and Alice Allen of the Parish of Stepny” 30 Dec 1714.27
- “Annis daugh’ of John & Annis Brockett marr[iner] one day old” baptized 29 Jun 1693.28
- “James the Sonn of John Brockett & Annes his Wife [?one] Day Ould A Mariner against the Church at …” baptized 7 Nov 1695.29 A second entry named where they lived—possibly at Annis’ father’s house—“James the Sonn of John Brocket Mariner at Mr Oslins against the Chirch a Joyner and Annes his Wife born & Baptized Noumb’ the 7″.30
- “Abell the Son of John Brocket mariner & Annes his wife born and bap’ the Same Day. Mariner against the Church in Vpershadwell” 19 Feb 1696/7.31 A second entry named where they lived: “Abell the Son of John Brocket mariner at the Joyners against the Church in Vpershadwell born & baptized Ditto the 19″ Feb 1696/7.32 “Abell the Son of John Brockett mariner against the Church in Vpper Shadwell by Coroners warant” buried 15 Jul 1701,33 11 days after his sister Hannah, and a month after his mother wrote her Will.
- “Luceer the Son of Capt John Brocket & Annas his wife born and baptized the Same day, Mariner against the Church in Vper Shad[well]” 12 Jul 1698.34 “Luceer the Son of John Broket mariner against the Church in the highway” buried 10 Sep 1698.35
- Hannah “Hanna the Daughter of John Brockett mariner & Lodger at Mr Oslands against the Church in Vper Shad & Annis his wife born June the 3 baptized Ditto the 9 [June 1700]”.36 “Hannah the Daughter of John Brockett mariner against the Church in Vpper Shadwell” buried 4 Jul 1701.37 Hannah died 2 weeks after Anne wrote her Will.
- “Mary the Daughter of John Brocket mariner against the Church & Anne his wife born and baptized July the 28″ 1701.38 Mary will have been the child Anne was pregnant with when she wrote her Will 17 Jun 1701.
“Josephe S of Tho Brockel Chaundler” christened 19 Oct 1600 St Olave, Bermondsey, Southwark, Surrey.39 For parents Thomas and Anne of Southwark, see the separate page. Apprenticed 1619 to John Crowder of Southwark. Admitted to the freedom of the Merchant Taylors’ Company 1628.40 Mentioned in brother Thomas’ Will 1652/3;41 and in the Will of Thomas Harvard, Clothworker of Saint Olave Southwark’s 1636;42 executor of Wills of sons John 1669 and Francis 1680.
“Joseph Brockett & Mary SMITH per lic'” married 11 Nov 1628 St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey,43 daughter of William SMITH, Mercer of Stratford-upon-Avon; bequeathed 20s for a ring in the Will of [aunt] Rose Raysings, Widow of St Bride, City of London;44 and mentioned in the Will of [aunt] Katherine Yarwood, Widow of Saint Saviour Southwark, Surrey,45 mother of John Harvard (1607-38), founder of the College with his name in Cambridge, Mass, USA. 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 the Will of Thomas Harvard, Clothworker of Saint Olave Southwark 1636;46 Will written 28 Oct 1665, proved 17 Sep 1669 Archd. Surrey.47
- 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.48
- 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 1704/5.49
- Sarah, bap 27 Dec 1647 St Saviour’s. Died young?
- Susanna, bap 25 Feb 1651/2 St Saviour’s. Married 1st William GARDYNER,50 2nd Thomas WOOD of Croydon.51
Joseph married 2nd52 Jane WRIGHT or RIGHT.53 Mentioned in Will of stepson John Brockett of Southwark 1665.54 No children. Joseph was buried 19 Jul 1681 St Saviour’s, Southwark. Will written 11 Jul 1681, proved 23 Jul 1681 Commissary of Surrey.55
Son of Joseph of Southwark Cheesemonger. “Joseph s of Joseph Brockett a Cheesemonger” christened 17 Sep 1629 St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey.56 Admitted to the freedom of Merchant Taylors’ Company by patrimony 1652.57 Bequeathed £5 in the Will of Rose Raysing of St Bride’s London.58 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.
- 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 1696.61
Widow of Edmond. Will written 9 Jan 1687/8, proved 20 Jan 1687/8, executrix Judith Roberts.62 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.63
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 1648.64 In the 1630s Nicholas had an interest in a ship which transported cargo to Virginia.
Ralph and Alice had children baptised St James Clerkenwell:65
- 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 £100.66 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.
Samuel was the 10th child of Rev Edmond Broket of Luton and Graveley, see the separate page. He married Anna WESTLEY in 1641, and they had a daughter Hannah, bap 1644 in London, and a son Samuel who gained freedom of the Merchant Taylors’ Company in 1668 and of the City of London in 1669. No more is known of either.
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.67
- 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.68
The connection with Samuel Cowley shows that he was Thomas of Chiddingstone, the eldest son of the eldest son of William of Esyndon Esq.
Cook of St Giles in the Fields Middlesex, nuncupative Will 24 Nov 1676, proved 4 Dec 1676, sole executrix wife Mary.69 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.
The parish of St Mary in Alderman Bury was in the City of London, but a deposition of 1605 suggests that William had connections with Hertfordshire:70 This was William’s ‘per me’ (‘by me’) signature to his deposition:71
The deposition throws a spotlight on William’s work and its reported speech brings him back to life. The court asked William and 4 other deponents 11 questions—“Interrogatories to be minestred on the parte and behalf of Christopher Smythe gent sonne of Nicholas Smythe gent deceased by Katheryne Smythe wyddowe his mother and Garden [guardian] Complainants against George Rotheram sonne of Nicholas Rotherham gent deceased Thomas Atwood Agnes Rotheram his guardian, and Danyell Cotton Defendants” concerning a messuage and 50 acres of land held of the manor of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.72
The following points arise from William Brokett’s deposition:
1. William was a Gentleman, aged about 37 in 1605, i.e. b c 1568.
2. Nicholas Smithe, gent of Westminster, and Nicholas Rotheram were both deceased—probably recently—and William had known them both 8 or 9 years before they died. Metcalfe’s 1886 pedigree of Smyth of Annables shows the 2nd son of Christopher Smyth of Annables, co Hertf., Clerk of the Pipe, as Nicholas Smyth of the City of Westminster, husband of Catherin GARDNER, their 1st son Christopher.73 It also shows Nicholas’ sister Jane as wife of Geo. Rorherham of Somerdis, co. Bedf. A 1595 Copy of a recognizance is recorded between John Luke of Annables, gentleman, and George Rotherham of Someries, Bedford, in connection with the payment due by John Luke for the debts of Christopher Smyth, late Clerk of the Pipe.74 Harvey, Cooke and Owen’s 1884 pedigrees of Rotherham of Someries in Luton shows the 3rd son of George Rotheram of Someries [who] died 1599 and his 2nd wife Jane da. to Christopher Smith, Clerk of the pipe, of Annables in com. Hertfford, as Nicholas Rotheram of London, who married Agnes da. of Thomas ATWOOD, and their 1st son was George Rotherham.75
3. William’s involvement in the case shows that he was trained in the law.
4. His signature shows that he wasn’t the William Brokett b c 1561, see the separate page. He must therefore have been the William who gained admission to Gray’s Inn on 2 Feb 1611/12 as “son and heir of John Brockett of Kimpton, Herts, Gent”.76 John was the youngest son of Edward Brokett of Letchworth Esq, and also called ‘of Stow Longa’, see the separate page. This William was therefore a younger 1st cousin of William Brokett b c 1531.
5. William was a servant of Nicholas Smithe, and at the time of the sale in 1601 of the property referred to in the case was in attendance in his house in Westminster. Servant in this context could be translated as ‘steward’ or ‘bailiff’. William was called to Nicholas on his death bed to set down his debts and what his estate was. William therefore had had training in the law.
6. The property was held by copyhold of the manor of Hemel Hamstead, of which Nicholas Smithe was under steward at the time. Although Nicholas Smithe paid the surrender was made to Nicholas Rotheram. Nicholas Smithe often used the name of Nicholas Rotheram in his dealings, upon special trust and confidence. In this case since Smithe was steward of the manor the surrender would not have been good unless it were taken in another man’s name.
7. William’s evidence was supported by the deposition of Francis Combes gent of Hemel Hamstead, aged about 60, xxx. He and his father had received the rent for the property for 40 or 50 years, probably as officers of the manor court.
We quote William’s deposition in full, as follows. To reproduce the impact of the spoken character of the deposition, the syntax has been maintained but to facilitate reading, archaic spellings have been modernised, e.g. knows for knoweth, consideration for considerac’on, years for yeares:Read more
1. That he knows the complainant and the defendants and did know Nicholas Smithe and Nicholas Rotheram deceased mentioned in this interrogatory some eight or nine years before they died.
2. That he knows Elizabeth Feild and the copyhold house and some of the land belonging to it mentioned in this interrogatory and has known them for the space of three years now last past.
3. That the said Elizabeth Feild in or about the time mentioned in this interrogatory for the consideration of five pounds in hand paid for by the said Nicholas Smithe by the hands of this deponent and of forty pounds more to be paid unto her by the said Nicholas Smith or his assigns at certain days agreed upon between her and one Thomas Bates who dealt for the said Nicholas Smith in that matter did bargain and sell the said copyhold house and lands unto the said Nicholas Smithe and his heirs reserving to herself an estate of the premises during her natural life. And he says that it was agreed at the time of the said bargain making that the surrender of the said house and land should be made to the said Nicholas Rotheram and his heirs in trust and confidence to the use of the said Nicholas Smithe.
4. That the said Elizabeth Feild in or about the ninth of June Anno 43 Eliz  did out of court at the appointment and direction of the said Nicholas Smith surrender the said house and lands (he the said Smith being then under steward of the manor of Hemel Hamstead, whereof the said house and lands are held) to the use of the said Nicholas Rotheram and his heirs, whose name the said Nicholas Smithe did use upon special trust and confidence as is aforesaid to be and stand seized thereof to the use of him the said Nicholas Smith and his heirs. And the reason that moved the said Nicholas Smithe so to do, was (as this opponent heard the said Smith himself say both before and after the said surrender taken) because he being steward there the surrender would not be good unless it were taken in another man’s name.
5. That the said surrender as this deponent remembers was made to the use of the said Nicholas Rotheram and his heirs upon condition for the payment of threescore pounds at three several days and times then to come and upon condition that the said Nicholas Rotheram or his heirs at or before the next general court to be held for the said manor should surrender the said house and lands to the use of the said Elizabeth Feild during her natural life, otherwise the said surrender to be void, as by the copy in the court rolls does appear, whereunto for more certainty he refers himself.
6. That Francis Combes gent mentioned in this interrogatory, as this deponent verily thinks, did at the request of the said Nicholas Smithe pay unto the said Elizabeth Feild the said sum of three score pounds and did take three several acquittances of her testifying the receipt thereof at three several times of payment. And he further says that the said Francis Combes did afterwards bring the same acquittances to the said Nicholas Smithe and delivered them unto this deponent being then servant unto the said Nicholas Smithe [i.e. in this context ‘steward’ or ‘bailiff’]77 and that he this deponent did thereupon by the direction of his said Master allowed upon an account, pay to the said Francis Combes the said threscore pounds again for the said Nicholas Smithe formerly paid to the said Elizabeth Feild as appeared by the said acquittances. And he says that the said acquittances did remain in the custody of the said Nicholas Smithe from that time until the time of his death and he thinks that they now are in the custody of Catherine Smith widow the complainant’s mother.
7. That he has heard the said Nicholas Smithe often times in his life time say that he did use the said Nicholas Rotheram‘s name only in trust and that the said house and land was his own and that in time to come it would be good for one of his children or words to that effect and he also says that the said Nicholas Smithe lying upon his death bed (this deponent being then called to set down his debts and what his estate was to satisfy the same) willed this deponent to set down as part of his estate to satisfy his debtes withall the reversion of the premises which he himself then esteemed to be worth one hundred pounds.
8. That true it is that Thomas Bates mentioned in this interrogatory was a dealer for the said Nicholas Smith about the said bargain with Elizabeth Feild for the said copyhold for he this deponent at the commandment of the said Nicholas Smith then his master did pay money to the said Bates for his pains in that matter the certain sum whereof he cannot now recall to mind.
9. That he this deponent does not know that the said Nicholas Rotheram did make the said bargain with the said Elizabeth nor that he paid the said five pounds nor the said threescore pounds or any part thereof for the copyhold to the said Elizabeth or to the said Nicholas Smithe but he verily thinks that the said Nicholas Rotheram did neither make the said bargain nor pay any part of the said money either to the said Elizabeth or to the said Nicholas Smithe.
10. That he has credibly heard that after the said surrender made the said Nicholas Smith did agree with one Jhon Dell a Carpenter for repairing the said house being then in decay but what the said agreement was he knows not.
11. That after all for the most part of the said threescore pounds was paid one Richard Feild son of the said Elizabeth Feild and one Robert Spadd of Hemel Hempstead aforesaid or some other friends of the said Richard and Elizabeth did come to the house of the said Nicholas Smith in Westminster to compound [i.e. agree] with him about the repurchasing of the said house and land and that the said Nicholas Smith as this deponent remembers, did then demand of them twenty pounds or thereabouts more than that which he the said Nicholas Smith had disbursed for the same and that they misliking of the said demands the communication of the bargain between them did thereupon break off. And more in this matter he disposes not.
William Brocket Gent who deposed in the 1583 case of Snagge v Walford,78 may well have been William of Limpsfield, or perhaps William of Essendon, b c 1531, his father. The signature should confirm.
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? For further details about the imprisonment see 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.79 William sent a short letter on 8 Feb 1696/7 to J Ellis.80 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.
<b|>John Brockett of Newhaven and Wallingford b 1609-18 d 1690 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. See further details on the separate page.</b|>
|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, London81|
|1616/7||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, London82|
|1623||23 Jun||Elizabeth BROCKET||married William MOULTON in St Peter Cornhill, London83|
|1624||8 May||MargarettBROCKETT||married Richard PERKINS in St Mary Mounthaw, London84|
|1628||Loucose BROCKET||married William GOODFARAH in All Hallows, Bread St85|
|1628||26 Jul||Benjamin||son of Benjamin and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Margaret, Westminster|
|1629||Walter BROCKETT||married Elizabeth THURLOW in St Mary, Strand, Westminster.86 Walter was probably b c 1605, see the separate page and 1650 below. She was apparently Elizabeth THOROLD, see 1630 below.|
|1629||29 Nov||Elizabeth||d/o William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney. Was this the William, imprisoned 1628? See above.|
|1630||11 Feb||Elizabeth BROCKETT||Administration of the estate of Elizabeth THOROLD, alias BROCKETT, of St Mary Colechurch, was given to brother Nathaniel Thorold.87 She was Elizabeth THURLOW, see 1629 above.|
|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 Fields88|
|1634||16 Feb||Judeth BROCKETT||married Robert CLARKE in St Nicholas Acons, London89|
|1635||26 Apr||Edward BROCKETT||married Margaret CANDIDGE in St Nicholas Cole Abbey, London90|
|1635||14 Dec||Annis BROCKET||married Robert WILLIAM in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1635||18 Nov||Edward||son of 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||son of 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, London91|
|1650||8 Jun||Roger||son of William and Joane BROKETT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney|
|1650||6 Nov||Walter BROCKAT||married Elizabeth ALEXANDER in Southwark St George the Martyr, Surrey.92 Was Walter b c 1605? See the separate page. Was Elizabeth the Mrs Brockett, buried 1661, see below?|
|1651||6 Jan||Ann||d/o Thomas and Ellin BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London|
|1651||27 Jan||John||son of 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—banns93|
|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.94 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. Was she Elizabeth ALEXANDER, married to Walter Brockat, see 1650 above? 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||son of Joseph and Mary BROCKETT was baptised in St Olave, Southwark|
|1667||7 Dec||Joseph||son of 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 Spulchre95|
|1669||24 Jun||Frances BROCKET||married John PEACOCK in St Andrew, Enfield96|
|1670||25 Aug||Nicholla BROQUETT||married Dennis POSSETT in St Mary, St Marylebone|
|1672||Mary BROCKET||married John BAKER in Knightsbridge 97|
|1672||4 Apr||John BROCKETT||married Sarah HERNE in Temple Church Of England, London|
|1672||23 Mar||John||son of 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, London98 Did she marry in Sheering 1711?|
|1676||Geo BROCKET||buried St James Clerkenwell, Middlesex.99|
|1677||10 Feb||Mary BROCKETT||married Henry MITCHELL in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1677||28 Jun||John||son of 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 Street,100 see above.|
|1679||13 May||Mary BROCKETT||married John CHILLMAN in St Andrew, Enfield101|
|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, Stepney102|
|1681||1 Apr||Georg||son of John and Kath BROCKETT was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London|
|1681||14 Jul||Richard BROCKETT||buried in St Clement Danes Westminster.103 Not apparently related to the Shear Lane family, see separate page.|
|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 Marylebone104|
|1697||11 Jun||John||son of Edward and Hanna BROCKETT was baptised in St Olave, Southwark|
|1697||3 Mar||Jane BROCKET||married Charles LLOYD in St Mary Abchurch, London105|
|1698||Mary BROCKET||married Robert ALDERLY in in St Gregory by St Paul, London106|
|1699||7 Jan||William BROCKETT||married Frances ROGERS in St Mary Magdalene Old Fish Street, London|
In first name order:
Ann daughter of Thomas and Ellin BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London 6 Jan 1651
Anna BROCKETT married Griffin BIGGS in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster 29 Nov 1619
Anne daughter of Nicholas and Anne BROCKETT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney 16 Jun 1641
Anne BROCKETT married Stewart SPICER in … 1 Nov 1682
Annis BROCKET married Robert WILLIAM in St Giles Cripplegate, London 14 Dec 1635
Benjamin son of Benjamin and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Margaret, Westminster 26 Jul 1628
daughter of Thomas and Ellyn BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London 30 Jan 1652
Dority BROCKET married Abraham VANDEN in St Martin Vintry, London 14 Dec 1639
Edmond son of Jefford and Elizabeth BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney 21 Nov 1641
Edmund BROCKETT married Frances BLAKE in St Marylebone 3 Sep 1684
Edward son of Nicholas and Agnes BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney 18 Nov 1635
Edward BROCKETT married Margaret CANDIDGE in St Nicholas Cole Abbey, London (BMI) 26 Apr 1635
Elizabeth daughter of William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney 29 Nov 1629. Was she a daughter of William, imprisoned 1628, see above.
Elizabeth daughter of Nicholas and Anne BROCKET was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney 17 Mar 1638
Elizabeth BROCKET married William MOULTON in St Peter Cornhill, London (BMI) 23 Jun 1623
Elizabeth BROCKETT married Francis PARHAN in St Marylebone (BMI) 11 Feb 1688
Ellinor daughter of William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney 20 Apr 1636
Elsabeth BROCKETT married Robert WIGGE in St Bartholomew the Less, London 13 Jun 162
Elsabethe daughter of Rowland and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Andrew, Holborn 15 Feb 163
Frances BROCKET married Ravis BENSON in St Giles in the Fields (BMI) 1634
Frances BROCKET married John PEACOCK in St Andrew, Enfield (BMI) 24 Jun 1669
Georg son of John and Kath BROCKETT was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London 1 Apr 1681
Grace daughter of William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney 3 Oct 1630
Hannah daughter of Samuell and … BROCKET was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London 12 Feb 1644
Henry BROCKET married Susan WALLROND in St Paul, Covent Garden—banns (BMI) 1655
Hester daughter of Robert and … BROCKITT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney 29 Apr 166
Isabel BROCKET married Robert COULSON in St Nicholas, Deptford 4 May 1617
Jane BROCKET married Charles LLOYD in St Mary Abchurch, London (BMI) 3 Mar 1697
Jeremia son of Joseph and Mary BROCKETT was baptised in St Olave, Southwark 10 Apr 1665
Joan daughter of Thomas and Ellinor BROCKETT was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London 16 Aug 1657
John son of John and … BROCKETT was baptised in St Lawrence Jewry and St Mary Magdalene Milk Street 27 Jan 1651
John son of Samuel and Prudence BROCKETT was baptised in St Sepulchre, London 23 Mar 1672
John son of John and Kather BROCKETT was baptised in St Giles Cripplegate, London 28 Jun 1677
John son of Edward and Hanna BROCKETT was baptised in St Olave, Southwark 11 Jun 1697
John BROCKET married Elinor WOLFE in St Antholin Budge Row, London (BMI) 3 Jun 1649
John BROCKETT married Marie GERYWAIE in St Mary Abchurch, London 13 Dec 1600
John BROCKETT married Margerye POWELL in St Bride Fleet St, London 12 Jan 1616/7
John BROCKETT married Sarah HERNE in Temple Church Of England, London 4 Apr 1672
John BROCKETT married Sarah MARKESS in Allhallows London Wall, London 14 Nov 1677
John BROCKETT married Frances SCIENCE in St Dunstan, Stepney (BMI) 6 Jul 1680
Joseph son of John and Hanna BRUCKETT or BRUNCKETT was baptised in St Botolph Without Aldgate, London 7 Dec 1667
Judeth BROCKETT married Robert CLARKE in St Nicholas Acons, London (BMI) 16 Feb 1634
Judith BROCKET married Edward ORAM in St Spulchre (BMI) 1669
Loucose BROCKET married William GOODFARAH in All Hallows, Bread St (BMI; IGI patron has Loucrose and William GOODFELLOW 6 Jan 1628, St Aslanes) 1628
Margaret BROCKETT married John MICANE in St Gregory by St Paul, London (BMI) 23 Oct 1610
Margarett daughter of John and Margtt BROCKETT was baptised in St Margaret, Westminster 11 Feb 1682
Margarett BROCKETT married Richard PERKINS in St Mary Mounthaw, London (BMI) 8 May 1624, see the separate page.
Margerie BROCKET married Millecent MIATS in St Gregory by St Paul, London (BMI) 4 Dec 1620
Maria daughter of Thomae and Mariae BROCKET was baptised in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster 27 Sep 1668
Martha daughter of Thomas and Ellin BROCKETT was baptised in St Dunstan in the East, London 20 May 1655
Mary daughter of Joseph and Mary BROCKETT was baptised in St Botolph Without Aldgate, London 16 Sep 1657
Mary BROCKET married John BAKER in Knightsbridge (BMI) 1672
Mary BROCKET married Robert ALDERLY in in St Gregory by St Paul, London (BMI) 1698
Mary BROCKETT married Richard MICHELL in St Bride Fleet St., London 12 Nov 1647
Mary BROCKETT married Henry MITCHELL in St Giles Cripplegate, London 10 Feb 1677
Mary BROCKETT married John CHILLMAN in St Andrew, Enfield (BMI) 13 May 1679
Mary BROCKKET married John MARTIN in St Gregory by St Paul, London 25 Sep 1637, see the separate page.
Mary BROOKET married John MITCHELL in St Bride Fleet St, London 6 Apr 1687
Nicholla BROQUETT married Dennis POSSETT in St Mary, St Marylebone 25 Aug 1670
Roger son of William and Joane BROKETT was baptised in St Dunstan, Stepney 8 Jun 1650
Sarah daughter of William and Mary BROCKET was baptised in St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney 15 Nov 1637
Sarah daughter of Richard and Mary BROCKITT was baptised in St Mary Abbots, Kensington 1 May 1655
Thomas, son of Thomas and Ellen Brockett was baptised in Westminster, 19 Jan 1645.107
Thomas BROCKETT married Mary ARCHER in St Lawrence Jewry And St Mary Magdalene Milk Street (BMI) 11 Feb 1678, see above.
Walter BROCKETT married Elizabeth THURLOW in St Mary, Strand (BMI) 1629. Walter was probably b c 1605, see the separate page and 1650 next. She was apparently Elizabeth THOROLD, see 1630 below.
Walter BROCKAT married Elizabeth ALEXANDER in Southwark St George the Martyr, Surrey (FMP) 1650
William BROCKET married Sarah MILLER in St Katherine by The Tower, London 1 Aug 1680
William BROCKETT married Frances ROGERS in St Mary Magdalene Old Fish Street, London 7 Jan 1699
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