Brokets of South England
Lines of several generations of Brokets—as opposed to isolated nuclear families—have lived in southern counties of England. Several may well have been related to each other. Their male lines all died out in their locations, some probably moving up to London:
Map of the South
The IGI shows Broket baptisms in only 2 parishes in the county, both in Reading, a main market town c 28 m N of Winchester and 40 m W of Westminster. It records 4 marriages in Reading plus one each at Burghfield, c 3 m S of Reading, Tilehurst, c 1 m W, and Sunninghill, c 15 m E, now in Surrey.1
It appears that there were one or two Broket families in St Giles Reading in the first decade of the 17th C, and one or two in St Mary Reading in the 1630-60s. These 17th C Brokets were probably related to the small clans in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. Like them they died out or moved on before the 18th C.
Richard must have died before 1646, as on 13 Jun 1646 Administration of the estate of Isabel HASKER, alias BROCKETT, widow, Reading, Berks, was given to Elizabeth COX, daughter, widow.2
John Brockett, bap 1666, probably emigrated to Barbados 1682.
Pre-20th C Hampshire Brokets comprised:
- William 1242-3 in the service of the Countess of the Isle of Wight and recorded on a mission from Winchester
- a clan in and around Alton 16th to early 18th C
- 2 brothers from the Hertfordshire Grouping, whose father married a Brocas of Beaurepaire in the 1590s, but whose connection with Hampshire ended 1677
- a couple of families recorded at St Mary’s Portsea in the early 1700s.
These 3 parishes each already had a family in the 2nd half of the 16th C just before Parish Registers began and a few descendants lived on into the 17th C. This was a similar pattern to clans in neighbouring Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex, with whom they were probably related. Alton was only c 35 m W of Cuckfield, the contemporary Broket centre in Sussex.
Sherfield registers began 1574, Heckfield’s 1583 but Alton’s only really from 1660 with some entries from 1615. Gilbert of Sherfield had a son baptised and buried in nearby Silchester.
Alton was on the main London-Winchester road and quite a wealthy town at the end of the medieval period due to the wool trade. It had a population of c 500.3 The late 16th C Brokets there were of middling to lower prosperity—well-off craftsmen. A century later, by 1665, the small clan had all but died out or moved on; none paid the Hearth Tax then:
- Robert Brocket was assessed in the Lay Subsidies for Alton c 1571, 1586 for goods worth £4. Of the 31 persons assessed—excluding the 6 assessed on lands—values ranged from £3 to £22. 7 paid on £8 or over and the rest on £3, £4 or £5. Then on 28 Jan 1575 Robert was one of 6 witnesses to a deed of release of property in Alton Eastbrook near Alton Church.4 He was one of the witnesses and overseers of the Will of Roger King of Alton 22 Jan 1577.5 Roger had property in Petworth, Sussex—c 15 m W of Cuckfield—so he or his wife may have come from there. As overseer, Robert would have been a senior associate of Roger, hence probably b by 1540. In 1593 he was an overseer to brother Rauphe’s Will. Robert was also recorded selling a property on 20 Oct 1598: Read more
Conveyance by Robert Brockett of Alton Shoemaker to William Prowtings of Weald husbandman of All that his messuage with appurtenances in Alton Estebrook, now in occupation of John Bull “abutting on the Queen’s broade highe waye on the east and on a lane leadinge from the same highe waye towards the Church on the south and upon a tenement or st cunde of the Queene’s holding now in the occupation of Thomas Godfrey … on the north and west. Mark of Robert Brocket”.6
- Rauphe married 16 May 1583 Margaret … in Alton,7 hence was born by c 1558, perhaps much earlier. Will of Rauphe Brocket of Alton, Shoemaker, written 16 May 1593,8 overseers: brother Robert Brocket, Symmon Hall, William Gooderige and Richard Pratt. The Will included bequests to: Read more
Edward Hacker of Reading’s 2 children: 50s for a cow
sister Cornellis: 6s 8d
godchildren 12d each
brother Walter’s 2 children: 2s each
brother Robert: a last knife, a little hatchet and a Sise
wife Margeret: full executrix.
- Rychard. ?Married 15 Jun 1595 Margery ROSIER Farnham,10 hence b by c 1570, perhaps much earlier. Will of Rychard Brockatt of Alton, Shoemaker, written 18 Mar 1597/8 proved 4 May 1598 Winchester by Margerie Brockett widow, witnesses: Thomas Walter, Robert Brockatt, Symon Hall, Jesper Upton?, Thomas Mathew.11 It mainly comprised a list of creditors and debtors. No issue? Buried in Heckfield?
- A Brockett married William GOSDEN in Ropley, c 7 m SW of Alton in 1599.12
- Marie Brocket married 11 Oct 1630 Edward FEILDER in St Lawrence’s Alton. Marie was buried 3 Dec 1654 Alton.13
- John Brocket—most probably husband of Sarah—was buried 11 June 1666 at St Lawrence’s Alton.14
- Sarah Brocket alias Hunt of Alton, Widow; inventory 8 Jul 1667 totalling £7 6d, no items suggesting any trade.15 No burial was recorded in Alton for Sarah, but there are gaps in the register for the end of 1666. Sarah’s married daughter Elizabeth, married to William Constance, was alive 1667. They were not well off—in 1665 William was assessed for 2 hearths but wasn’t charged. William and Elizabeth had children baptised 1645-61.
Notes: But for the fact that Robert was not styled ‘senior’ or ‘junior’, he could have been considered father and son. He could have been born 18 years or more before Rauphe; and a Shoemaker father with 2 Shoemaker sons is more likely than 3 Shoemaker brothers. Also, John and Marie may not have been siblings, nor may they have been the 2 children of Walter.
Heckfield with Mattingly (c 12 m N of Alton):16
|1. 7 Oct 1574 Eliza married Nicholas HOWSE. ?Eliza b by c 1554.
2. 10 Apr 1592 Mary baptised.
3. 6 Aug 1597 Richard buried.
4. 7 Nov 1597 Joane married William SHORROKE.
5. 21 Oct 1611 Mary married John MICHINOR.
6. 22 Oct 1626 John s/o Richard baptised.
7. 23 Mar 1633/4 Alice d/o Richard baptised.
Sherfield on Lodden (c 10 m N of Alton, 4 m S of Heckfield):17
|1. 16 Nov 1580 John Brockett buried.
2. 27 Mar 1589 John Brocked s/o Gylbert baptised.
3. 6 Jan 1597/8 Richard Brocket s/o Gilbert baptised.
4. 24 Oct 1602 Dorothe Brockett d/o Gilbert baptised and buried 27 Dec.
5. 11 Jun 1604 Barbarie Brockett wife of Gilbert buried.
6. 1 Sep 1605 Gilbert Broxhett and Clemant WILMOT married.
7. 13 Nov 1620 Mary Brockett married John SAWCER/SAWOER.
8. 8 Dec 1621 widow Brockett buried.
9. 12 Jan 1634/5 Clement Brockett s/o Gilbert buried.
10. 7 Jul 1636 Barbara Brockett d/o Richard baptised.
11. 8 Feb 1639/40 Richard Brockett buried.
12. 23 Aug 1647 old Gilbert buried).18
Was Clement, buried 12 Jan 1634/5, the husbandman recorded in Royston 1609?
Silchester (c 4 m NW of Sherfield, c 6 m W of Heckfield):19
|30 Mar 1595 Thomas s/o Gylbart Brocket baptised.
29 May 1596 Thomas s/o Gylberte Brocked buried (Brockett in the Sherfield registers). Gylbert would therefore have been born by c 1570.
Rev John of Ellisfield and Bentworth, Hampshire c 1601-62
John was the 4th son of Rev Edmund and Mary of the main line of Brocas of Beaurepaire, and brother of Edmund of Bramley. He also was a clergyman—first in Hertfordshire, then from the 1640s in Ellisfield and Bentworth in Hampshire. The sale of John’s Bentworth property 1662-72 was the last record of John’s family in the county.
Edmund of Bramley, Hampshire Gent 1605-77
Fifth surviving son of Rev Edmund and Mary of the main line of Brocas of Beaurepaire, and brother of John of Ellisfield and Bentworth. Bramley is c 10 m N of Bentworth. With the death of Edmund and his brother John, records of Brokets in Hampshire are limited to seafaring individuals in Portsmouth, and land dealings of the 19th C Brocket Hall Estate.
Portsmouth, Hampshire, early 1700s
Robert and John Brockett had children baptised at St Mary’s Portsea in the early 1700s and Elizabeth married nearby. Robert may not necessarily have been a Sailor, but could have come along the coast from Sussex:20
|1. 16 Nov 1692 William—perhaps a Bracket—buried Alverstoke (c 2 m from Portsea).
2. 9 Jul 1715 Ann d/o Robert bap St Mary’s Portsea; buried 10 Feb 1717 St Mary’s.
3. Apr 1717 Robert s/o Robert bap St Mary’s Portsea.
4. 24 Apr 1718 Elizabeth married James PHILLIPS Brading, on the east of the Isle of Wight.
5. 8 Feb 1720 John, Sailor, buried St Thomas Portsmouth.
6. 10 Jun 1723 Robert buried St Mary’s Portsea.
7. 29 Jun 1720 John s/o John bap St Mary’s Portsea [posthumously].
The following records have been found:
- Thomas of Chidingstone, Esq; Will proved 1667;21 eldest son of William, eldest son of William of Esyndon. Thomas’ only known son Thomas of Penshurst, Gent, died unmarried; Will proved 1670.footnote ref=”PCC ” url=””]
- Ellen married John FLOYD 17 Jul 1669 at St George, Gravesend.22
- Boycott bap 1 Nov 1723 in Gravesend, s/o Thomas.23
- Catherine married John Francis SLEGAR at St Nicholas, Rochester 13 Oct 1802.24
- Elizabeth, aged 20, ie b c 1826, d/o William, married George Robert WEBB, aged 23, in Erith, Kent 22 Mar1846 – not far from Woolwich.25 No relevant birth of Elizabeth or Eliza recorded in the GRO.
- Thomas, the Lambeth Bricklayer, was recorded as being born in Bexley in the 1851 census, but this may not have been correct.
- Harriet, b c 1835 Erith (1881 and 91 censuses). No IGI baptism. Sister of Thomas, the Lambeth Bricklayer? Or daughter before he came to London? Married James SMITH. Census records for Harriet and family:Read more
1881: At 2 Essex Cottages, Hackney, Middx, James SMITH, General Labourer, b Clapton, Middlesex, and Wife Harriet, 46 [ie b c 1835], b Earith, Kent. Boarders: George BROCKETT, Widower, aged 37, Bricklayer, b Lambeth, and 4 children.
1891: At 2 Lea View, S Hackney, James SMITH, Head, 55, Wharf Labourer (Docks), b Lea Bridge, London and Wife Harriet, 56, b Erith, Kent. Three of George BROCKETT Bricklayer’s children were there: George, 21, Nephew, Wharf Labourer (Docks), b Stoke Newington; James, 16, Nephew, Fishmonger’s Assistant, b Hackney; andMarie, 14, Neice, b Hackney. Also there was Jane SHARMAN, 17, Neice [?of James], b Lea Bridge, London.
- Sarah was recorded in 1871, Domestic Servant in the house of Photographer Edwin MAYALL from Yorkshire at 174 Kensington High St, unm, born Bexley, aged 29, ie c 1842.26 No IGI baptism or other record has been found of her. Was she another sister of Thomas, the Lambeth Bricklayer, who may also have been born in Bexley?
A Broket clan lived in the Parish of St Cuthbert in Wells from at least the beginning of the 17th C to the end of the 18th.
A Broket line lived in Dorking for 2 centuries. The 18 recorded by the Parish Register from 1540-1640 belonged to one line, so from 1440-1540 there may well have been a similar number. These Brokets were probably related to the small contemporary clans in neighbouring Berkshire, Hampshire and Sussex—Dorking is only c 16 m NW of Cuckfield—and like them they died out or moved on before the 18th C.
Memorandum of acknowledgment, 25 September.
Another probable member of the clan, John Broket, was recorded in 1516 regarding Addington—c 3 m E of Croydon, c 16 m NE of Dorking:28 Read more
- George Brokett of Dorking 1536
- Richarde Brogat of Dorking 1536
- William Brokett of Dorking 1536
- Frances Brockett of Walton Yeoman 1571
A century after Parish Register began the line ended or moved on. The entries in the Dorking Parish Register read:
1540 Clemence mar 25 Oct to William MAIE
1550/1 Marie bap 10 Jan
1556 Frauncis mar 12 Oct to Joane BURNELL
1562 Grace bur 14 Oct
1563/4 Myles mar 24 Jan to Joane STILWELL
1563 Alice mar 22 Sep to Nicholas CRONEY
1564 Jone bap 5 Apr
1599 John bap 25 Apr s/o Raphe
1602 William bap 29 Aug s/o Raphe
1605 Ann bap 14 Apr d/o Raphe
1608 Jane bap 1 May d/o Raphe
1621 Mary bap 10 Mar d/o John
1624 Frances bap 24 Oct s/o John
1627 William bap 11 Apr s/o John private
1627 William bur 14 Apr s/o John
1628 Jane bap 30 Apr d/o John
1634 John bap 19 Oct s/o John
1635 Mary bur 24 Aug wife of John
1640 Joan bur 14 Jul widow of Raphe
Note: the IGI has a baptism entry: Margarett 29 Dec 1627 d/o Edward, but it was not found in the Parish Register itself.
Frauncis Brokett Archer was recorded in the Betchworth muster June 1559.34 Betchworth is c 2 m E of Dorking.
Robert, younger brother of Frances Yeoman, may have been the Robert Brocket, one of 3 harquebusiers recorded in the muster for Martha, Surrey, May 1569,35 and the Roberte Brockett “Billman of the best sorte” listed for the parish of St Martha upon the Hill in 1583/4.36 St Martha upon the Hill is in Chilworth, c 8 m W of Dorking.
Jane, baptised 1628, possibly emigrated to Virginia in 1655. Nash speculated that William who emigrated to Virginia 1668 was the son of Jane’s brother Frances/Francis bap 1624, although it is not known if Francis married. William might possibly have had a son Francis, d 1712.
Apart from a 17th C Southwark family who moved to Croydon, other Surrey records consist only of:
- William Esq—originally of Wild Hill, Herts—and Sara at Stockenden, in Oxted in the 1630s.
- An isolated family c 1604-39 in Wonersh c 3m S of Guildford and 9m W of Dorking: Alice Brocket bap 1604, Mary bap 1615, Mary bur 1636, Robert bur 1639;37 Annis mar Harry GEE 11 Nov 1611.38
- Nicolus Broket m Joan B 3 Mar 1616 Horley, c 10 m N of Balcombe in Sussex.39
- William Brockett who signed the Protestation in Reigate—c 5 m E of Dorking—just before the Civil War in 1641/2.40 All males over 18 in England and Wales had to take an oath “to live and die for the true Protestant religion, the liberties and rights of subjects, and the privilege of Parliaments”.41 William was therefore born 1623 at the latest. Was he son of Raphe and Joan? Or was he the son of William and Sara of Stockenden? Deeds dated 17-18 Jun 1698 in Surrey Archives42 regarding the lease and release of a Burgage tenement in Reigate mention a ?William Brockett.
Bocketts Farm, sometimes wrongly called Brocketts Farm, is a contemporary working farm south of Leatherhead.
When parish records began a small clan was living in the centre of the county. They were probably related to the small clans in neighbouring Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey and like them they died out or moved on before the 18th C. The IGI records 11 baptisms 1601-73:
The IGI records 10 marriages 1562-1690:
|All these parishes are within 36 m of each other. Eastbourne is the furthest E, on the coast 19 m E of Brighton. Lewes is c 6 m NE of Brighton and Ringmer c 3 m NE of Lewes. Cuckfield is c 12 m N of Brighton. Ardingly is c 2 m W of Balcombe, which is c 3m N of Cuckfield. Cuckfield, Keymer and Ditchling are in the centre of the group. Keymer and Ditchling are a mile apart just over 5 m S of Cuckfield. Horsham is c 9 m NW and Kirdford c 17 m W of Cuckfield, and Sullington is c 9 m SE of Kirdford. Findon is the furthest W, c 11 m W of Brighton.|
The two oo spellings in 1562 and 1618 were scribal variants; no separate name existed, not even in Scotland.
The Sussex Marriage Index also records the marriage of Joan and John SPONER in 1595 Ditchley (Ditchling?)
Sussex Burial Inscriptions:43
|1600||4 Apr||Ninnion Brocket||Cuckfield|
|1612||30 Sep||Susan Brockett||Cuckfield||d/o Mary, Widow|
|1617||6 Jan||Katherine Brockett||Cuckfield||Wife of Thomas|
|1617||17 Mar||Thomas Brocket||Cuckfield|
|1621||23 Jan||Widow Brockett||Balcombe||?|
|1658||1 May||Mary Brockett||Cuckfield||Widow—?ARNOLDE or VIRROLL|
Ninian 1601-60 was a relatively wealthy Yeoman, leaving bequests of £580 over and above property and goods and chattels. He was a Quaker, imprisoned for his beliefs:
|vnto Mary my wife the summe of eight pounds of currant English money, a yeare out of my house at Arundell, to be payd att Fower euen partes or porcions euery yeare, beginning six months after my decease, furthermore I giue vnto the sayd Mary my wife fiue pounds of lawfull English money in her purse; likewise I giue vnto the sayd Mary two bushells of wheat, and two bushells of mault euery yeare dureing the time of her life; Item I giue vnto Mary my wife one feather bed one bedstead with all belonging to it; Item I giue vnto here Fiue paire of sheets, one paire of pillow coats, one hemptan Table Cloath and two canvis Table cloaths, one Iron pott one brasse pott two Firkins two skilletts, two cheeses, one linnen wheele, one woollen wheelle, one little paire of gridirons, one potthooks; one paire of pott hangers; one Cheare, two bucken tubbs; two kiners, six pewter dishes, six spoons, six wooden dishes one Wooden platter and one Dozen of trenchers two little Ioyne stooles three ordinary stooles, one paire of bellows one pewter pott
vnto Henry Woolger and Margarett his wife the summe of Thirty pounds of Currant English money to be payd vnto them within one whole yeare after my deceasse;
vnto John Brockett my eldest sonne the summe of One hundrd pounds; of good and lawfull money of England to be payd vnto him within one whole yeare after my decease (and noe more)
vnto Sarah my Second daughter the Summe of one hundred pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be payd vnto her within one whole yeare after my decease, And twenty pounds more of the like money to be payd vnto her the sayd Sarah at the end of three yeares after my decease as aforesayd Item I giue more vnto the sayd Sarah one bed and one bedstead and all belonging to him; and she is to chuse onley two excepted;
vnto Jane Brockett my Third Daughter the summe of sixty pounds of lawfull English money to be paid within one whole yeare after my decease; And alsoe I giue her the sayd Jane Bro’c’kett the same bed which was giuen her in my First Will
vnto Elizabeth Brockett my fourth Daughter the summe of one hundred pounds of good and lawfull money to be payd vnto her at the time when she shall accomplish the Age of one and Twenty yeares, and to receiue vse for the said hundred pounds till she shall come to the age aforesayd; furthermore I giue vnto the said Elizabeth one bed and bedstead and all that belonging to him.
vnto Ann Brockett the summe of Fourescore pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid vnto her the sayd Ann Brockett at the age of one and twenty yeares And likewise the vse of the sayd fourescore pounds till that time, And likewise I giue vnto her the said Ann Brockett one bed and bedstead with all belonging to him.
vnto Mary Brockett my youngest daughter the Summe of Fourescore pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be payd her at the time when she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares, and likewise the vse of the said fourescore pounds till that tyme And likewise one bed and bedstead and all that be longe vnto him,
vnto my youngest sonne Nicholas Brockett my house in Arundell, Scituate and being in the lower Street called Tarrent Street, and knowne by the name of the lower brewhouse; latly in the hands of John Pollett; Item I giue vnto the Sayd Nicholas my sonne all that Capitall Messuage, with euery parte and parcell thereof that is to say the two dwelling houses, with the two mault houses, the two gardens and gats and gats rombs and stables and the slipinge lying by the riuer sid with the Croft there vnto belonging and adioyning and the west sid of the Mault house and the ship yard on the west sid of that conteyning halfe an Acre of ground more or les, Further more I doe appoynt the sayd Nicholas Brockett my youngest sonne; full and whole Executor of all my goods and Chattles
Lastly I doe hereby apoynt ouerseers for my last will and Testament, Nicholas Beard of Rottinden in the County aforesayd and Richard Newman of Wickham in the parish of Steaning in the same County Yeoman
Ninian’s Will and the baptism, marriage and burial data suggest the following reconstruction:
What became of the last generation is not known.
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