The Broket DNA Project — North American participants
The ancestry of Bill (William Leroy) Brockett 1925-2008
Bill in the 1940s
This page provides:
1925: 19 Oct. William Leroy was born at 476 Quinnipiac St, New Haven.2 The Record says his father was Rich. L Brockett, of New Haven, born New Haven, Painter, aged 32,; mother Anna F WELCH, aged 30 b New Haven; 4 children born, still living.
1930: The census (2 Apr) recorded William L, aged 4, born in CT, at home with his parents in New Haven.3
1940: The census (2 Apr) recorded William L, aged 14, born in CT, at home with his parents in New Haven.4
1951: William Leroy married Constance Police in New Haven on 12 May 1951.
Bill and Connie Brockett in the 1950s
Bill and Connie Brockett in later years and their house 1957-2008:5
1989: Constance died in New Haven and is buried in Beaverdale Cemetery, Hamden, CT:
2008: William Leroy Brockett died North Haven and is buried in Beaverdale Cemetery, Hamden, CT:
William Leroy was the son of:
1893: Richard Lewis was born 28 Apr.6
1900: The census (1/2 Jun) recorded him as Lewis R, aged 7, b Apr 1893, at school (for 9 months) with parents Lewis L and Ellen Brockett.
1910: The census (15 Apr) recorded Louis R Brockett, aged 17, Locksmith, living with his father at his parents’ home at 476 Quinnipiac Ave, New Haven; both born in CT.7
1920: The census (14/15 Jan) recorded Richard L Brockett, aged 26, in New Haven, home renter, Laborer in an Auto Factory; with wife Anna F, 24; son Lewis R, 2; and daughter Phyllis F, 9 months; all born in CT, as well as parents.8
1930: The census (2 Apr) recorded Richard L Brockett, aged 35, renting 56 Bright St, New Haven, for $35 a month, Painter, married aged 22 [i.e. c 1908]; with wife Anna F, 34, married aged 21; and 5 children: Louis, 12; Phyllis F, 11; Charllotte, 8; William L, 4; and Elizabeth L, 1; all born in CT.9
c 1940: Richard Lewis and Anna Welch Brockett:
1940: The census (2 Apr) recorded Richard L Brockett, aged 46, renting 56 Bright St, New Haven, for $25 a month, Painter with car company ($800 p a); with wife Anna F, 43; and 6 children: Russell L, 22, Stock Clerk in a retail grocery ($800 p a); Phyllis F, 21, Sales lady at a dept store ($500 p a); Charlotte M, 18; William L, 14; and Elizabeth L, 11; Kenneth J, 7; all born in CT.10
1954: Richard and grandson William John Brockett (1953-2016):
1962: 24 Feb. Richard Lewis Brockett died at Grace New Haven Community Hospital of Pulmonary Emphysema, and was buried at St Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.11 His usual residence was given as 125 Thompson Ave, East Haven; occupation Maintenance Man at Yale University; date of birth 28 Apr 1893; father Louis Brockett, born New Haven; mother Nellie HUTCHINS, born New Haven. Anna’s death certificate has the wrong maiden name on it.12
Richard Lewis was the son of:
1880: The census (7 Jun) recorded him as Lewis L Brockett, aged 8 [i.e. b c 1872], at his parents’ home on South Quinnipiac [Avenue], East Haven.
1890: The census records were mostly destroyed by fire and no records of Brocketts survived.
1900: The census (1/2 Jun) recorded Lewis L Brockett, living with his parents at 84 Quinnipiac Street, New Haven, aged 27, b Jul 1872, married 8 years [i.e. since c 1892], Oyster Opener, home renter, unemployed 4 months; with his wife Ellen F, 27, b Mar 1872, married 8 years, mother of 2 children, both living; son Lewis R, aged 7, b Apr 1893, at school (for 9 months); and daughter Marguret S, 2, b Jan 1898; all born in CT except Ellen’s mother (NC).13
1910: The census (15 Apr) recorded Louis L Brockett, aged 38, divorced, Laborer at home in the oyster business, living with his parents at 476 Quinnipiac Ave, New Haven; with son Louis R Brockett, aged 17, Locksmith; both born in CT. Ellen F Brockett, 36, Cartridge maker at a gun shop, divorced, mother of 2 children, both living, was at the home of her parents George and Charlotte HUTCHINS a couple of doors away at 466 Quinnipiac Ave, with her daughter Margaret, 12, at home; all born in CT.14
1920: The census (30 Jan) recorded Lewis Brockett, aged 47, married, home owner in Madison, New Haven Co, Laborer on the State Road. Living with him were his mother and father Nancy and Lewis J Brockett, aged 76 and 79; all born in CT.15
1930: The census (15 Apr) recorded Lewis L Brockett, aged 57, divorced, home owner in Madison, New Haven Co, value of home 6,000. Living with him were his mother Nancy A, aged 86, widow; both born in CT.16
1931: Nancy Brockett died.
1940: The census (14 May) recorded Lewis Brockett, living on his own in Madison, New Haven Co, CT, aged 68, Single, born in CT.17
1960: Lewis L Brockett died at Hammonassett hospital, Madison, CT of Prostate Cancer on 9 Jan, aged 87, retired self employed Oysterman, born 14 Jul 1872, son of Lewis J Brockett and Nancy nee WILLARD, informant Lewis Brockett.18 The date on his gravestone is 1959, see below.
Lewis L was the son of:
1850: The census (17 Aug) recorded him as Jared, aged 9 [i.e. b c 1841], at his parents’ home in East Haven. This will have been on Quinnipiac Avenue.
1860: The census (22 Jun) recorded him at his parents’ home at East Haven, Branford Post Office as Lewis, aged 20 [i.e. b c 1840], Farm Laborer.
1870: The census (1 Jun) recorded Jared L Brockett, aged 29, Fisherman, personal estate valued at 200, living at Fair Haven Post Office, East Haven, with Nancy A, 26, Keeping House, and Richard M, 8 months (born Oct); in the same dwelling were George A Brockett, 25, Fisherman, with Wealthy A, 30, Keeping House; all born in CT.19
1880: The census (7 Jun) recorded Lewis J Brockett, aged 39, Oysterman, living on South Quinnipiac [Avenue], East Haven, with wife Nancy A, 36, Keeping House, and sons Richard M, 11, and Lewis L, 8, both at school; all born in CT.20
1890: The census records were mostly destroyed by fire and no records of Brocketts survived.
1900: The census (1/2 Jun) recorded Lewis J Brockett, aged 59, b Mar 1841, married 34 years [i.e. since c 1866], Oysterman, home owner, living 84 Quinnipiac Street, New Haven; with wife Nancy A, 56, b Aug 1844, married 34 years, mother of 2 children, both living; and her widowed mother Arvilla E WILLARD, aged 82; all born in CT. 21 Also living with them was son Lewis L Brockett, aged 27, and family.
1910: The census (15 Apr) recorded Louis J Brockett, aged 69, married once 44 years [i.e. since c 1866], Oyster-opener, home owner, living at 476 Quinnipiac Ave, New Haven; with wife Nancy, 65, Oyster-opener, married once 44 years, mother of 2 children, both living; with them was their son Louis L Brockett, aged 38, divorced, and grandson Louis R Brockett, aged 17, Locksmith; all born in CT.22
1920: The census (30 Jan) recorded Nancy and Lewis J Brockett, aged 76 and 79, living with their son Lewis Brockett, aged 47, home owner in Madison, New Haven Co; all born in CT.23
1926: Lewis J Brockett died at Hammonassett CT of Bronchopneumonia and senile debility on 30 Nov, aged 85, retired Oysterman, born 11 Mar 1841, son of Lewis Brockett and Esther nee STEVENS, informant Mrs Lewis J Brockett.24 Lewis J, wife Nancy, and their son Lewis L are buried in Hammonassett Cemetery in Madison. Their names and dates on the stone read: Lewis J Brockett 1841-1926, Nancy A Willard his wife 1843-1931, son Lewis L Brockett 1872-1959:
Lewis Jared was the son of:
1819: Born in Montowese.25
1820: For the census (6 Aug) Lewis would probably have been one of the under 10 year olds in Jared Brockitt’s household.
1830: Lewis may have been the 10-15 year old in Jared Brockett’s household.
1840: The census (1 Jun) recorded Lewis Brockett in East Haven, aged 20-30, with 1 female under 5, and one 30-40.26
1847/8: This is the inventory of the house Lewis had built at 84 Quinnipiac Avenue, later changed to 366 Quinnipiac Avenue:27
He sold it in 1868. Family members also lived at 55/431 Quinnipiac (son George), 476 (Lewis J, Lewis L, Richard L, and William L), 78/466 (George Hutchings and daughter Ellen, Lewis L’s wife), and 256/724 (Esther with her daughter and son in law after the death of her husband in Wallingford). The men were oystermen and needed to live on the river.
1850: The census (17 Aug) recorded Lewis Brocket and family in East Haven: Lewis, aged 31 [i.e. b c 1819]; Ester, aged 39 [i.e. b c 1811]; Grace M, aged 11 [i.e. b c 1839]; Jared, aged 9 [i.e. b c 1841]; Chauncey, aged 7 [i.e. b c 1843]; Wilber F, aged 6 [i.e. b c 1844]; George A, aged 5 [i.e. b c 1845]; Elanor, aged 2 [i.e. b c 1848] all born in Connecticut.28 Lewis was recorded as a Laborer with real estate valued at 500. A couple of houses away lived Albert and Betsey Brocket, aged 25 with a 3 year old daughter Elizabeth. Albert was recorded as a Laborer with real estate valued at 4000.
1860: The census (22 Jun) recorded Lewis Brockett and family in East Haven, Branford Post Office: Lewis, aged 40 [i.e. b c 1820], Day Laborer; Ester, aged 48 [i.e. b c 1812]; Lewis, aged 20 [i.e. b c 1840], Farm Laborer; Chauncey, aged 17 [i.e. b c 1843], Farm Laborer; Wilbur, aged 16 [i.e. b c 1844] a ‘e ‘d ‘y Student; George, aged 14 [i.e. b c 1846]; Eleaner, aged 12 [i.e. b c 1848] and Esther, aged 9 [i.e. b c 1851]; all born in Connecticut.29 Lewis’ real estate was valued at 1200.
1861-5: Lewis Brockett, Private in the 27th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company C, on the Union side in the Civil War was probably this Lewis.30
Here is Chauncey’s signature on a letter dated 10 Jun 1863 from Fort Dreury VA to his brother Lewis J Brockett at Fair Haven:31 Fair Haven was alternately part of East Haven and New Haven.
Chauncey died 3 years later in 1866 and was buried in the Montowese cemetery, North Haven:
1870: The census (14 Jun) recorded Lewis Brockett in Wallingford, aged 57 Laborer; with Esther, aged 59, keeping house; Charles STEPHENS, aged 53, Farm Laborer, apparently Esther’s brother; and Edith L WARREN, aged 7; all born in Connecticut. Lewis’ real estate was valued at 1000, and personal estate at 200.33
1874: 26 Jul. Lewis of North Haven, aged 57, married, Mason died from Phthysis (TB or consumption).34 He was buried in the Montowese Cemetery, North Haven, beneath a Civil War Marker with initials L B only.
1902: 13 Jun. Esther Stevens, wife of Lewis Brockett, was buried in the Montowese Cemetery, North Haven. Her husband’s small Civil War Marker can be seen to the right and a little behind Esther’s gravestone:35
Lewis was the son of:
1780: Jacobus recorded the Congregational Society, North Haven (NoHC) entry for Jared’s baptism on 5 Nov 1780 as the 3rd child of Stephen:36 EJ Brockett recorded his birth in 1779, and this may have been the case; Jacobus recorded his elder brother Moses’ baptism on 18 Jul 1779 and birth c 1777.
Jacobus recorded Jared’s marriage to Polly ROBINSON (without a date or source) and—from the Old graveyard, Montowese, North Haven (NoHT2)—Jared’s death on 22 Nov 1851, aged 70, and Polly’s on 5 Feb 1869, aged 85. Comment: The source of the date of birth of 1779 isn’t known.
1800: For the census (4 Aug) Jared would have been about 20 years old, and the younger of the two males aged 16 though 25 in Stephen‘s household in North Haven. The 1800 census also recorded 2 other Jareds:
1. Jared Brockett, head of a household of 6 members in Wallingford, with 1 male aged 26 through 44 [i.e. himself, b c 1755-74]; 2 males under 10 [i.e. b after 1790]; 1 female aged 26 through 44 [presumably his wife]; and 2 females under 10.37 Comment:Read moreThis Jared would have been the son of Job and Martha of Wallingford, d 7 Jul 1834 aged 67.38 Next to Jared on the 1810 census return were Phebe and Elisha. Phebe, aged 45+ [i.e. b by 1755] was living with 1 female aged 45+. Elisha, aged 45+ [i.e. b by 1755] was living with 1 male 26-45 [i.e. b 1755-74], 1 male 10-16 [i.e. b 1784-90], 1 female 16-26 [i.e. b 1774-84] and 2 females aged 45+ [i.e. b by 1755].
2. Jared Bracket, head of a household of 7 members in Galway, Saratoga, New York, with 1 male aged 26 through 44 [i.e. himself, b c 1755-74]; 1 male 16 through 25 [i.e. b c 1775-84]; 1 male under 10 [i.e. b after 1790]; 1 female aged 26 through 44 [presumably his wife]; 1 female 16 through 25; and 2 females under 10.39 Comment:Read more
7 entries down from Jared in this 1800 census return the household of Timothy Bracket was recorded. Galway only had about 100 householders at the time, so it’s unlikely that two with the relatively rare surname Bracket wouldn’t have been related. We know that this Timothy was baptised 1766—a son of Abel (1725-1825)—from Jacobus,40 who added that in 1816 Timothy was “of Galway, N.Y.” The previous child of Abel listed by Jacobus—Jeremiah—was the one he had least information on: merely a Family Bible record of his birth in 1765. And here EJ Brockett recorded a single extra item of information that solves the issue: he listed him as “Jeremiah or Jared“.41 Jared was recorded again in 1800 in Galway—as Gerard Bracket—assessed for tax of $1.86 on real estate valued at $930.40 and personal estate valued at $147 along with Timothy Bracket, assessed for tax of $1.16 on real estate valued at $588 and personal estate valued at $90.42 In 1810 Jared Brackett, head of a household of 7 members, was recorded in Cherry Valley, Otsego, NY.43 while Timothy Brackett was still in Galway, Saratoga.44 Cherry Valley, Otsego is c 50 SW of Galway. This Jared hasn’t been found in the 1820 census—had he died?—, but Timothy Bracket was recorded in Galway, along with an Abel Bracket, aged 16 through 25, perhaps a son of Jared.45 Timothy’s son Abel had apparently died an infant in 1803.46 In 1830 Timothy Bracket was recorded for the last time in Galway,47 and Abel Brocket had removed to Le Ray, Jefferson, NY.48 He died 1856 in Barre, Orleans, NY.49
1810 6 Aug: Jared Brocket, householder in Wallingford was recorded in this census, aged 26 through 44 [i.e. b 1765-84], living with 2 males aged 10 or under [i.e. b 1800 or after], 1 10-16 [i.e. b 1794-1800], 1 female 10 or under, 2 10-16 and 1 26-45.50 Comment: He would have been the Jared who was in Wallingford in 1800. Although our Jared, son of Stephen, hasn’t been found in this census, he clearly wasn’t this Jared of Wallingford.
1820: The census (6 Aug) recorded Jared Brockitt in North Haven, aged 26 through 44 [i.e. b 1775-94], living with 3 males aged 10 or under [i.e. b 1810 or after], 1 10-16 [i.e. b 1804-10], and 2 females 10 or under and 1 26-45; with the total population of North Haven given as 1298, and of Wallingford 2237.51 Comment: Although no record has been found in this census of Jared of Wallingford, this Jared of North Haven was son of Stephen. Also in North Haven in 1820 were the Brockitt households of Abraham, Ebenezer, Peter and Rebecah.
1830: The census (1 Jun) recorded Jared Brockett in East Haven, aged 50-60 [i.e. b 1770-80], living with 2 males 5-10 [i.e. b 1820-25], 1 10-15 [i.e. b 1815-20], 1 15-20 [i.e. b 1810-15], and 1 female 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 15-20, and 1 240-50.52 Comment: Jared Brockett, householder in Wallingford was recorded in this census, aged 60 through 69 [i.e. b 1760-70], living with 1 female aged 60 through 69.53 He died 3 years later. An extensive inventory and other probate papers, detailing his heirs, are preserved dated 1834, Hartford, Connecticut.54
1840: The census (6 Aug) recorded Jared Brockett in East Haven, aged 50-60 [i.e. b 1780-90], living with 1 male aged 15-20 [i.e. b 1820-25], 1 20-30 [i.e. b 1810-20], and 1 female aged 15-20, 1 20-30, and 1 50-60.55
1850: No record of Jared in this census (6 Aug) has been found.
1851: Jared Brockett was buried in Montowese Cemetery, North Haven:56
1869: Mary Polly Brockett was buried in Montowese Cemetery, North Haven:57
Jared was the son of:
1729: The New Haven Vital Statistics (NHV) recorded Stephen’s birth on 20 Mar 1729 and first marriage on 27 Mar 1771:58
For information on this important source, see the separate page. The extract from Jacobus above shows that he cited both NHV records correctly. No further record of Stephen or his family were recorded in the NHV. As Jacobus’ subsequent citations suggest, they moved to North and/or East Haven.
The extract from Jacobus shows the following further details: Stephen was the 12th of Moses’ 14 children,59 and that his first wife Sybil was the daughter of John and Abiah (Bradley) Barnes. Jacobus cited the NoHC (the Congregational Society, North Haven) entry for Sybil’s death 2 years later on 16 Mar 1773 aged 27, and the EHC (Congregational Society, East Haven) entry for Stephen’s 2nd marriage on 23 Jun 1774 to Hannah daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Hemingway) Thompson, widow of Penfield Goodsell, b [Sep 1744]. Jacobus cited the NoHC entry for Hannah’s death on 27 Jan 1795 aged 50-4, but recorded no date of death for Stephen.
1790: The census (2 Aug) recorded Stephen Bracket as head of a household in North Haven.60 The figures 1, 2, and 2 for the first 3 columns indicated 1 White male aged 16 or more [i.e. Stephen. b by 1774], 2 White males under 16 [i.e. b 1774 or after], and 2 White females. An absence of figures in columns 4, 5 and 6 indicated there were no Blacks in the household.
1800: The census (4 Aug) recorded Stephen Brockett as head of a household in North Haven, aged 45+ [i.e. b by 1755], with 2 males 16 though 25 [i.e. b 1775 or after], and 1 female 16 though 25 [i.e. b 1775 or after].61 According to Jacobus Stephen’s 2nd wife, Hannah, had died by 1795, na dhis daughter Polly by his first wife had died by 1787, so the 2 males aged 16 though 25, and 1 female aged 16 though 25, would have been Moses, Jared and Sybil.62 The total population of North Haven was 1157:
Also in the neighborhood were the households of Joel, Ebenezer, Isaiah and John Brockett. The last was Richard’s older brother.
1810: The census (6 Aug) recorded Stephen Brocket as head of a household in East Haven, aged 45+ [i.e. b by 1755], with 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-26 [i.e. b 1774 or after], and 1 female 16-26 [i.e. b 1774 or after].63 Jacobus recorded no other Stephen Brokets, so this would have been our Stephen here, b 1729, aged 81 at the time. He probably died between 1810-20 as a record of him hasn’t been found in the 1820 census. 10 other Brocket households were recorded in East Haven in 1810 too.
Stephen, b 1729, was the 12th child and 6th son of:
Jacobus recorded the New Haven Vital Statistics (NHV) entry for Moses’ birth on 23 Apr 1680 as the 4th child of John and Elizabeth DOOLITTLE, and the NHV‘s entry for Moses’ marriage to Ann GRANNIS on 8 Jan 1706. He gave no source for Moses’ second marriage to Lydia HUMISTON, but recorded the Old graveyard, Montowese, North Haven (NoHT2) entries for Moses’ death on 5 Nov 1764, aged 85, and Lydia’s on 6 Apr 1742, aged 53:66
Jacobus again cited both NHV records correctly:67
Note his surname Bracket for his marriage.
Jacobus recorded 14 children for Moses: 2 daughters with his 1st wife Ann GRANNIS, and the other 12 (6 daughters and 6 sons) with his 2nd wife Lydia HUMISTON.68 Their 7th child and 3rd son John 1722-1812 was the ancestor of Richard Heaton Brockett.
Lydia died on 6 Apr 1742 and Moses on 5 Nov 1764, and both were buried in Montowese Cemetery North Haven, their headstones appear to be back-to-back:69
Moses was the son of:
John was the eldest son of John of New Haven.
Matches recorded on the FTDNA database as of Jun 2019:
Genetic Distance zero
2. Richard H BROCKETT 1912-2005
Discussion: Harold E and Richard H are William Leroy’s 6th and 7th cousins respectively, yet all three have identical Y-DNA (Genetic Distance zero). William Leroy and Richard H Brockett both traced their descent from John, son of John of New Haven, died 1690, the original immigrant. The ancestry of Harold E Brackett has been traced back to Christopher Brockett/Brackett, descended from a different son of John of New Haven, died 1690—Samuel. No mutation has thus occurred in these lines over 7 or more generations, or at least 350 years, validating all three lines right back to the original immigrant John Brockett of New Haven:
Genetic Distance 1
Discussion: Ronald J and Harold E—just discussed—were 3rd cousins:
Genetic Distance 2
2. Harry D BROCKETT 1928-2005
3. William H BROCKETT 1914-88
Discussion: These three participants all descended from Capt William Brockett 1748-1819/21. There are two variations between each of them and William Leroy (i.e. a Genetic Distance of 2) but the variations are not the same in each case. More genetic mutation has in fact occurred between the lines of different sons of Capt William’s clan than has occurred between the lines of different sons of the original immigrant John. Thus, as we have seen above, descendants of two different sons of the original immigrant display not one single mutation over 9 generations, or about 350 years, but there is an example of descendants of two different sons of Capt William displaying 4 mutations over only 6 generations, or of only about 165 years. These mutations within Capt William’s clan are discussed more fully elsewhere and need not be repeated here.
Genetic Distance 3
Discussion: This participant also descended from Capt William Brockett 1748-1819/21, and the same considerations apply as with participants with a Genetic Distance of 2 from William Leroy, discussed above.
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