The Broket DNA Project — North American participants
The ancestry of Richard Heaton Brockett 1912-2005
Note: From Feb 2019 until 3 Jun 2022 there was an image here of a Richard Brockett, student at Southern Connecticut State College1 but a grand-daughter of Richard Heaton Brockett kindly pointed out that he was not her grandfather—who attended the University of Connecticut.
This page provides:
1912: Richard was born in North Haven, Connecticut 13 Feb.3
1920: Richard would have been 8 years old, but a record of the family in the census of this year hasn’t so far been found. There was a Richard H Brockett jnr, aged 7, recorded in Tennessee with parents Richard H, aged 39, and Elna H Brockett aged 39, but this was clearly a different family. An editorial comment on the transcription suggests the name was Crockett, but the census return clearly spelt it Brockett.4
1930 29 Apr: Richard H Brockett, aged 18, was recorded living on his parents’ Dairy and Fruit Farm on Arrowdale Road, North Haven, not employed.5
1933 7 Jul: Richard married Edna Elizabeth DUDLEY in Brewster, Putnam Co, New York.6 Richard’s mother’s name given as Edith MANSFIELD, and his occupation as Farmer.
1940 24 Apr: The census7 recorded Richard H Brockett, aged 28, White, as head of household, Foreman on Farm, in Arrowdale Road, North Haven, owner of the home valued at $3500; with wife Edna, 30; daughter Jean, 4; son Albert, 2; all born CT.
Comment: Three neighboring Brockett households on Arrowdale Road were recorded, including Richard’s father Albert’s, see below. The census also recorded a Richard L Brockett, aged 46 [i.e. b c 1894], White, as head of household, Painter, Street car company, renting 56 Bright Street, New Haven Township; with wife Anna F, 43; and 6 children: Russell L, 22; Phyllis F, 21; Charlotte M, 18; William L, 14; Elizabeth L, 11; Kenneth J, 7; all born CT.8
1940 16 Oct: On his World War II Draft Registration Card Richard was described as White, aged 28, born North Haven, Connecticut, 13 Feb 1912, Complexion: Ruddy, Eye Color: Hazel, Hair Color: Blonde, Height: 5 7. Next of Kin: Edna Elizabeth Brockett, wife.9
2005: Richard H “Dick” Brockett was buried in Montowese Cemetery, North Haven.10 Also inscribed on the gravestone is Edna D “Dud” 1909-2008, and a list of Richard’s ancestors’ first names in this order: John, John, Moses, John, Isiah, Eli, Bethuel, John, Albert, Richard. A note on his father Albert’s findagrave webpage said that Richard died 16 Feb 2005.11
Richard was the son of:
1870 9 Jun: The census recorded Albert B Brockett, aged 1, with his parents on their farm in North Haven.
1880: Recorded as Bertie Brockett, aged 11, with his parents on their farm in North Haven. He should be distinguished from 2 other New Haven Co Alberts of similar age recorded in the 1880 census:Read more
1. Albert L Brockett born 1863, as recorded on the gravestone of his parents Charles P Brockett 1824-75 and Harriet M LINES 1827-78, in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven,14 and as Albert Brockett, aged 8, living with his parents and siblings George W, 10, and Harriet, 4, in 1870.15 Albert L Brockett was recorded in the 1880 census for Pearl Street, New Haven City, aged 17 [i.e. b c 1863], Carriage Maker, nephew of householder Charles G CLAPP, aged 48.16 Charles Clapp was husband of Angelina, aged 48, daughter of Abigail Brockett, as shown by the 1850 census.17 Abigail was the widow of Lyman Brockett, see grave marker of Angelina’s sister Celia 1837-1914,18 and EJ Brockett’s listing of the family, which also recorded Charles (husband of Harriet) as their eldest child.19
2. Albert Brockett born c 1870, as recorded in the 1880 census for North Branford, New Haven Co—some 10 miles east of New Haven City—aged 10.20 The household comprised his parents Edward Brockett, aged 35 [i.e. b c 1845], Works in Spoon Shop; and Mary, 30, House Keeping; and children George, 12, Works in Spoon Shop; Albert 10, Works in Spoon Shop; and Esther 4; all born in CT except Mary in Massachusetts. The 1870 census recorded the household in New Haven City Ward 2, comprising Edward Brockett, aged 28 [i.e. b c 1842], Laborer; and Mary, 22, House Keeping; both born in Massachusetts; and children, both born in CT, George, 2; Allie 10 months.21 In 1890 Edward Brockett was recorded living at 13 Grove, New Haven City, employed at O A Dorman,22 boarding with him was Ellsworth Brockett, probably his younger brother, and both therefore sons of Justus T. Albert, however, hasn’t been found in the 1890 census, nor later.
1890: The census records were mostly destroyed by fire and no records of Brocketts survived.
1900 4 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded Albert B Brockett, aged 36, born Oct 1863, White, Farmer, married 3 years, owner of the home; with wife Edith L, 32, married 3 years, mother of 1 child still living; and son Warren Edwin, 1, born Apr 1899; all born CT.25
1910 7 May: The census for Palmer Section, North Haven recorded Albert Brockett, aged 42, White, Laborer, on Home Farm, married 13 years (1st marriage), renting home; with wife Edith, 32, married 13 years (1st marriage), mother of 3 children, 3 still living; with sons Warren, 11; Newton, 8; and daughter Mildred, 4; all born CT.26 The preceding entries in the return were the households of brother Hobart, aged 34, and father John, aged 82.
1920: A record of the family in the census of this year hasn’t so far been found.
1930 29 Apr: The census for North Haven recorded Albert B Brockett, aged 61, White, as head of household, Farmer, living on a Dairy and Fruit Farm on Arrowdale Road, owner of the home (unvalued), age at first marriage 28; with wife Edith L M, 52, age at first marriage 19; daughter Mildred M, 24, Single, Teacher, High School; son Richard H, 18, not employed; all born CT, parents too. Charles A Minor, 19, Single, Laborer, Dairy Farm, born in Missouri, was a Boarder in the household.27
Comment: Brockett households were recorded on either side: those of son Warren E Brockett, head, aged 30, Laborer, Dairy and Fruit Farm, owner of the home valued at $15000, age at first marriage 23; with wife Edna F, 30, age at first marriage 23; and daughter Carol J, 4; all born CT, parents too. And on the other side was the household of brother Hobert J Brockett, head, aged 54, Real Estate Salesman, owner of the home valued at $9000, age at first marriage 26, born CT; with wife Harriet C, 53, age at first marriage 25, born KS; both sets of parents born CT.
1940 24 Apr: The census28 recorded Albert B Brockett, aged 72, White, as head of household, owner of the home valued at $12500; wife Edith L, 62, both born CT; with William C Young, 26, Single, Laborer, Farm Hand on Farm, born Maine.
Comment: Three neighboring Brockett households on Arrowdale Road were recorded, those of:
1. His son Warren E Brockett, head, aged 40, Leader 4H, County Farm, owner of the home valued at $4000; with wife Edna F, 40; and daughter Carol, 14; all born CT.
2. His brother Hobert J Brockett, head, aged 64, Farmer on Farm, owner of the home valued at $10000; with wife Harriett C, 63; both born CT.
3. His son Richard.
1959: Albert Bethuel Brockett was buried at New Center Cemetery, North Haven, date given 10 Jun. His gravestone also includes the name of his wife Edith Mansfield who died 1965, and other members of their family—although not Richard—the last dying in 1988.29 On another side of the stone are the names of his father John E, died 1910 and wife and 2 children.
Albert was the son of:
Born 20 Feb 1828 North Haven.30 John E would most probably have been the male aged under 5 and the one aged between 10-14 in Bethuel Brockett’s household in North Haven, recorded in the 1830 and 1840 censuses respectively. The second initial of his name, E, is seldom filled out in the actual records. The death certificate of his son Hobart J Brockett in 1966 gave it as Eli.31
1850: John E would have been aged 22 in this census, but an entry hasn’t so far been found. He should be distinguished from 3 other New Haven City Johns recorded in the 1850 census:Read more
1. John B Brockett aka Brackett was recorded in the 1850 census for New Haven City, aged 21, as John B Brockett, [in] Livery; with Mary Brockett, 20, both born CT. Next door was Abel TUTTLE, aged 47, [also in] Livery; and Eliza, 46; and 4 children aged from 16 to 12.32 Mary may well have been their daughter, as suggested by the marriage on 22 Apr 1850 in Meriden, CT, of John B BRACKETT and Mary A TUTTLE, both residing New Haven.33 The couple were probably recorded in the 1860 census for Hamden, New Haven Co (Post Office North Haven), as John BRACKETT, aged 30, Farmer, personal estate valued at 5000; with Mary, 30; Mary, 3; and two other 28 year olds.34 In 1864 John B Brockett “established the large carriage factory of Brockett & Tuttle in New Haven, Conn.”35 The 1870 census for New Haven Ward 1, New Haven, recorded John B, aged 41, Carriage Maker, personal estate valued at 1000, real estate valued at 15000; with Mary, 41; and 3 daughters: Mary, 13; Emma 8; and Lilly 6.36 The 1880 census for Milford, New Haven, recorded John Brockett [clearly], aged 51, Carriage Manufacturer; with wife Mary, 51; and 3 daughters: Mary E, 21; Emma B, 17; Lillie S, 15; and Jennie WILLS, 22, Servant; all born CT.37 John B died 1880 aged 52, i.e. b c 1828. The gravestone in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven Co, reads:
John B. Brockett died 31 Oct 1880 aged 52
Mary A. Tuttle his wife died Jan 5 1901 aged 71.38
The 1890 New Haven, CT, City Directory recorded Mary A Brockett, widow of John B, residing 366 Whalley Ave.39 EJ Brockett recorded a John Bristol Brockett 1829-80, son of Charles and Amelia BRISTOL.40 It seems that Charles’ surname was also sometimes recorded as Brockett, sometimes Brackett.41
2. John J/I Brockett was recorded on 17 Aug 1850 in New Haven City, aged 35 [i.e. b c 1815], Cabinet Maker, born CT, in the household of John B ADRIANCE, aged 28, Carriage Maker, born NY; and Charlotte E Adriance, 26; and Samuel F Adriance, 1; both born CT.42 The second initial for John could be either J or I. Shortly before, on 12 Aug 1850, and 13 pages before, a John T/I Brockett was recorded as head of a household in New Haven City, aged 49 [i.e. b c 1801], Cabinet Maker, born NY.43 The second initial could be either T or I. With this John were Lucy B Brockett, 46 [presumably his wife], born CT; and the following [presumably children]: Jalia, 21, male [the name has been corrected]; Mary J, 18; Martha E, 14; and Charles W, 6; all born CT except Jalia, born NY. The next entry was the household of John ADRIANCE, aged 30, Carriage Maker; and Charlotte, 25; and Frederick, 1; all born CT. Samuel F of 17 Aug may have been Frederick of 17 Aug. In any event, some duplicate recording must have occurred, the coincidences are too great. A grave stone in the Congregational Church Cemetery, North Branford, New Haven Co, records the burial of John I Brockett, died Tennessee 16 Jul 1860, aged 59; and of Martha E, daughter of John & Lucy Brockett died 6 Dec 1860, age 24 yrs.44 AJohn hasn’t been found in the 1860 census, nor Lucy or family. EJ Brockett recorded a John Ives Brockett 1801-60.45 All this casts doubt on the age of 35 in the 17 August entry for John J/I Brockett [i.e. b c 1815]. The 17 Aug 1850 census entry for John was probably therefore not actually of a similar age to our John E Brockett, born 1828.
3. John P Brockett was recorded in the 1850 census for New Haven City, aged 20 [i.e. b c 1830], Silver Smith, born CT, with 3 other 18-22 year-old males, probably Boarders, in the household of Miles P THOMAS and family. John P Brockett was recorded in the 1860 census in New Haven City, aged 31, Plater; with family Cornelia A, 29; Fred, 8; and Willie, 6.46 John Brockett and Miss Cornelia WARNER were married in New Haven 10 Nov 1850.47 EJ Brockett recorded a John Pardee Brockett 1829-71, son of Lyman and Angelina PARDEE.48
1857: John married Susan HEATON in North Haven.49 Soon afterwards the couple moved to California, hence their marriage record in the biographical records about pioneers who arrived in California prior to 1860.
1860 18 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded the household of John E Brockett, aged 32, Farmer; with Susan C, 24; Catherin, 8 months; [brother] Atwater E, 27, Carpenter; all born CT.50 Next door was the household of John’s father Bethuel. Next door to them was Wm Brockett, Farmer, aged 55; Loisa, 52; Robert, 23; Willie or Willis, 15; and Pota or Ida 12. And next door to them was Lucy, John’s grandmother and widow of Eli Brockett.
1863: On 1 Jul John E Brockett of North Haven, aged 35, Farmer, was drafted for the Civil War.51
1870 9 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded the household of John E Brockett, aged 42, Farmer, Real Estate valued at 3000, Personal Estate valued at 1000; with Susan C, 34, Keeping House; Catherine A, 10; and Albert B, 1; Sarah HEATON [probably Susan’s mother], 68, Real Estate valued at 300, Personal Estate valued at 2400; and Sarah L Brockett, 6; all born CT.52 Listed either side in the return were the households of John’s father Bethuel Brockett, Farmer, aged 69; and uncle George W Brockett, Farmer, aged 53. George 1816-96 was a brother of Bethuel.53
1880 24 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded John E, aged 52, Farmer; with wife Susan, 44, Keeping House; daughter Katie, 20, at home; sons Bertie, 11, at school; and Hobert, 5; and a male Laborer, 26; all born CT.54 Two entries before was the household of John’s father Bethuel, aged 77, and a few entries later was the household of John’s uncle George, aged 64.
1880 1 Jun: John E was recorded as semi-blind, having lost an eye falling from a wagon aged 49, i.e. c 1877.55 Also in North Haven this year Roona Brockett was recorded as deaf and dumb from birth.Read more
Tilled, including fallow and grass in rotation: 113
Permanent meadows, pastures, orchards, or vineyards: 10
Woodland and forest: 112
Farm values ($)
Of farm, including land, fences, and buildings: 7475
Of farming implements and machinery 400
Of Live Stock: 655
Cost of building and repairing Fences in 1879: 50
Cost of fertilisers purchased in 1879: 50
Amount paid for wages for farm labor during 1879, including value of board: 400
Weeks of hired labor in 1879 excluding housework 52
Estimated value of all farm productions for 1879: 2345
Acreage 1879. Mown: 25; Not Mown: 98
Products harvested in 1879. Hay: 40
Horses on hand June 1, 1880: 3
Neat cattle and their products
On hand June 1, 1880. Working oxen: 2; Milch cows: 13; Other: 1
Movement 1879. Calves dropped 12; Sold living 12; Died, strayed, and stolen, and not recovered: 2
Milk sold, or sent to butter and cheese factories in 1879. Gallons: 5475
Poultry on hand June 1, 1880, exclusive of Spring Hatching 100
Eggs produced in 1879 1000
Buckwheat: 2 acres, 25 bushels of crop
Indian corn 6 acres, 300 bushels of crop
Oats 10 acres, 300 bushels of crop
Rye 10 acres, 100 bushels of crop
Potatoes: (Irish) 1 acre 50 bushels of crop
Apple 2 acres; Bearing trees 100; bushels 100
Total value of orchard products of all kinds sold or consumed: $20
Forest products: Amount of wood cut in 1879 60 cords. Value of all forest products sold or consumed in 1879: $240
The farms owned by John E and his uncle George W Brockett were the largest of the 11 farms owned by Brocketts in North Haven in 1879/80:62Read more
Note: The name Easwell should read Roswell. Roswell’s baptism is recorded in North Haven—along with 5 sisters—on 15 Feb 1801, son of Giles and Sarah Brockett, but the date can hardly be correct.63 Perhaps he was another Roswell? The Roswell of the 1880 agricultural census above, with his wife and family, were recorded in the 1850, 60, 70 and 80 censuses for North Haven,64 for the latter two next to Alfred Brockett and family. The 1850 census gave Roswell’s age as 32, i.e. b c 1818, occupation Mechanic, and the subsequent censuses as 43, 53, 63, occupation Auger Maker. Roswell’s surname in the above 1880 agricultural census was transcribed by Ancestry.com, as of 26 May 2019, as Brackett, directly following the entry for Alfred Brockett:
1890: The census records were mostly destroyed by fire and no records of Brocketts survived.
1900 6 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded John E Brockett, aged 74, born Feb 1826 [sic], White, Farmer, married 43 years, owner of the home; with wife Suzan E, 69, married 43 years, mother of 5 children, 3 still living; and son Hobart J, 24, born Apr 1899; all born CT; and a male Farm Laborer aged 57 and Mae WELCH, a female Housekeeper aged 30.67
1910 7 May: The census for Palmer Section, North Haven recorded John Brockett, aged 82, White, Farmer, Dairy Farm, married 52 years (1st marriage), owner of the home; with wife Susan, 74, married 52 years, mother of 5 children, 3 still living; both born CT; and Mary WELCH, Servant, aged 40.68 Next listed in the return were the households of sons Hobart, aged 34, and Albert, aged 42.
1910: John was buried at New Center Cemetery, North Haven. His gravestone is later and includes the names of his wife Susan C Heaton Brockett who died 1925 and 2 children,69 and on another side of the stone the names of his son Albert Bethuel and family, the latest dying in 1988.
1920: A census return for Susan, who would have been aged about 84 hasn’t been found.
John was the son of:
1802: According to the entry in an Atwater family Bible, Bethuel Brockett was born 11 Oct 1802:70
This concurs with the ‘Vital statistics, North Haven’, cited by Jacobus.
1820: In this census Bethuel was probably the male aged 16-25 in his father Eli’s household, see below.
1824: Jacobus cited the ‘Vital statistics, North Haven’ (NoHV) for Bethuel’s marriage to Laura Almira HEATON on 9 Dec. It also recorded Bethuel’s younger brother William marrying Laura’s younger sister Louisa in 1829.
1830: The census recorded Bathuel Brockett as head of a household of 8 members in North Haven, comprising 5 free White males: one aged 20-29 (himself); two 15-19; one 10-14; and one under 5; and 3 free White females: one aged 50-59 (possibly his widowed mother Lucy); one 20-29 (probably his wife Laura); and one under 5.71
1840: The census recorded Bethuel Brockett as head of a household of 14 members in North Haven, comprising 9 free White males: one aged 50-59 (himself); one 30-39; five 20-29; one 10-14; and one 5-9; and 5 free White females: one aged 30-39; one 20-29; one 10-14; one 5-9; and one under 5.72 Preceding him on the list was George W Brockett, and other Brockett householders in North Haven were Peter, Wm A?, Laura A, Jesse, Rosanna, Levi and Thomas.
1850 31 Oct: The census for North Haven recorded the household of Bethuel Brockett, aged 47, Manufacturer, value of real estate 5000; with Laura A, 44; Adeline R Merrick, 19 [daughter]; William Merrick, 19, Farmer, value of real estate 2000; Atwater E Brockett, 17, Mechanic; Lucy A Brockett, 12; and Julia A Brockett, 9; all born CT; plus 5 other males (2 Mechanics, 1 Laborer) and 1 female.73
1860: The census for North Haven recorded the household of Bethuel Brockett, aged 57, White, Farmer, Real Estate valued at 5000, Personal Estate valued at 1000; with Laura, 54; Luisa, 21; Julia, 18; Nattie B, 8; Frederick, 5; all born CT.74 Next door was the household of their son John E, and other relatives were nearby including Lucy, Bethuel’s widowed mother.
1870 9 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded the household of Bethuel Brockett, aged 69, Farmer, Real Estate valued at 4000, Personal Estate valued at 600; with Laura A, 64, Keeping House; Frederick A, 15; and Farm Laborer Theodore S AUSTIN, 23; all born CT.75 Listed either side of Bethuel’s household in the return were those of his brother George W Brockett, Farmer, aged 53; and son John E Brockett, Farmer, aged 42.
I Bethuel Brockett of North Haven in the County of New Haven. being of sound and disposing mind and memory. do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
I will that all my debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named. and that they erect suitable grave stones to my memory. said stones to be paid for from my estate.
I give and devise unto my wife Laura A. Brockett the use of all my real estate during her natural life except so much as we will pay the interest of a thousand dollar mortgage now on my said real estate.
I give and devise unto my wife Laura A Brockett one good cow and all the contents of my house to be hers for ever.
I give and devise unto my son John E. Brockett his heirs and assigns for ever. all my rights and title in and to my stock. and all my movable property to be his forever: provided he pays a joint note of three hundred dollars. given by said John and myself to Julia A. Bassett. wife of Lyman Bassett.
I give and devise unto my said son John E. Brockett his heirs and assigns for ever. my house and house lot. consisting of about ten acres. and a lot on the east side of the highway. called the Alan Hill lot. of about seven acres. and a strip of land south of Alan Hill lot of about one acre. to be his forever: provided he pays a mortgage of one thousand dollars with the interest on my place at the decease of my wife Laura A. Brockett
At the decease of my wife Laura A. Brockett and after paying her debts and funeral expenses. and paying for and erecting suitable grave stones to a memory. I give and devise unto my said son John E. Brockett his heirs and assigns forever one third of all my remaining real estate to be his forever.
The remaining two thirds of my real estate I give and devise as follows:
To my daughter Catharine Barnes her heirs and assigns forever one fifth of two thirds of my real estate to be has forever.
To my daughter Adaline A. Merrick her heirs and assigns forever one fifth of two thirds of my real estate to be has forever.
To my daughter Lucy Hemingway her heirs and assigns forever. one fifth of two thirds of my real estate to be has forever.
To my daughter Julia A. Bassett her heirs and assigns forever. one fifth of two thirds of my real estate to be has forever.
To the children of my son Atwater E Brockett to wit: Frederick Brockett. Hattie Pierpont. Grace Brockett. Laura Brockett. their heirs and assigns forever. I give and devise the remaining one fifth of two thirds of my real estate to be theirs forever and to be divided equally.
In case I should outlive my wife Laura A. Brockett I wish this division of my property to remain as herein stated.
I do make and constitute John E. Brockett. George W. Brockett. and Andrew F. Austin. Executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal. this fourth day of July in the Year of our Lord 1877
Witnesses. Homer Blakesley. COS Austin. Andrew F. Austin.
Catharine wife of … BARNES
Adaline A. wife of … MERRICK
Lucy wife of … HEMINGWAY
Julia A. wife of Lyman BASSETT
Atwater E, and his children: Frederick, Hattie wife of … Pierpont, Grace, Laura
and that he left the following property:
A house and house lot of about ten acres
Alan Hill lot of about seven acres
A strip of land south of Alan Hill lot of about one acre
Other unspecified real estate
1880 24 Jun: The census for North Haven recorded Bethuel, aged 77, Farmer, either maimed, crippled, or bedridden; with wife Laura A, 74, Keeping House; daughter Adelin MERRICK, 49, widow, Keeping House; and 20 year old male Laborer working on the farm.77 The householdS of son John E; daughter Lucy A HEMINGWAY, 41, and husband Edward,43, Merchant, and family; and of George Brockett, 64, Farmer, and wife Augusta, 63, Keeping House, were nearby.
1885: Bethuel Brockett xdied 5 Jun, aged 82 years 9 Months [i.e. b c 1803] and was buried in New Center Cemetery North Haven,78 and his wife Laura A died on 4 Jun 1894, aged 88 [i.e. b c 1806]—her former name spelt EATON on the stone.
Bethuel was the son of:
1776: Eli was born 15 Sep in North Haven, as recorded by Jacobus, citing the ‘Vital statistics, North Haven’ (NoHV):79
Eli was not apparently recorded as a householder in the 1790 or 1800 Federal censuses. In 1790 the household of Eli’s father Isaiah Bracket contained 3 free White males under 16, Eli probably the eldest of them.
1801 15 Apr: The Jacobus extract above cited the ‘Vital statistics, North Haven’ (NoHV) that Eli married Lucy ATWATER in North Haven. The following snip from an Atwater family Bible confirms the date: “Eli Brockett and Lucy ATWATTER were Married the 15 Day of April 1801”.80
It also confirms that “Eli Brockett Son of Isaiah and Sarah Brockett Was Born the 15 Day of September 1776”, and that Lucy was born 31 Jan 1781.
Jacobus cited the ‘Vital statistics, North Haven’ (NoHV) for the births of the couple’s 4 children:
1. Bethuel 1802-85
2. William Atwater 1805-91
3. Lucy Adeline 1810-52
4. George Willis 1816-96
1810: The census for East Haven recorded Eli Brocket as a householder containing 9 free White males: 1 aged 45 and over (himself); 1 aged 26-44; 4 aged 16-25; 1 aged 10-15; and 2 under 10; and 4 free White females: 1 aged 26-44 (presumably his wife); 2 aged 16-25; and 1 under 10.81
Comment: In the same census were 11 other Brocket households in East Haven, those of: Abram, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Enos, Isaiah, Joel, Joseph, Moses, Richard, Stephen and Thomas.
1820 7 Aug: The census for North Haven recorded Eli Brockitt as a householder containing 6 free White males: 1 aged 45 and over (himself); 3 aged 16-25 (1 aged 16-18); 1 aged 10-15; and 1 under 10; and 4 free White females: 1 aged 26-44 (presumably his wife); 1 aged 16-25; and 2 aged 10-15.82
Comment: Surname holders in the North Haven returns were grouped together—with Eli were 8 other Brockitt householders: Benjamin, Isaiah, Jesse, Joel, Justus, Levi, Moses I, Thomas, (Pierpont crossed out); and on another page 5 more: Abraham, Ebenezer, Jared, Peter, and Rebecah.
Eli Brockett predeceased his parents. Citing NoHC (the Congregational Society, North Haven), Jacobus recorded Eli’s death as 26 Oct 1823, aged 47. With his customary exactitude he also cited NoHT2—his gravestone at the old Montowese Cemetery, North Haven—as 27 Oct 1823.83
In 1830 Eli’s widow Lucy may have been staying in son Bathuel’s household, aged 50-59 (she was born 1781). In 1840 she was head of a household in New Haven comprising 3 free White females: one aged 50-59, one 20-29 and one 15-19.84 In 1860, aged 79 [i.e. b c 1781] she was living in the household in North Haven of Wyllys Robbinson, Shoemaker, aged 39, and his wife Margarit, 37.85 Also in the house was Wm Brockett, Shoemaker, aged 19 [i.e. b c 1841] and 8 others. Next door was Wm Brockett, Farmer, aged 55; Loisa, 52; Robert, 23; Willie or Willis, 15; and Pota or Ida 12. And Next door to them was Lucy’s grandson John E Brockett, Farmer, aged 32, and wife and child. Lucy was buried 19 Oct 1868 at Montowese Cemetery, North Haven, Section A.86
Eli was the son of:
The New Haven Vital Statistics (NHV) entry for Isaiah’s birth on 4 Dec 1753 as the 3rd child and 1st son of John and Thankfull:87
1775 23 Aug: Jacobus recorded Isaiah’s marriage to Sarah COOPER in North Haven (NoHV and NoHC), where they apparently remained.
1790: The census for North Haven recorded Isaiah Bracket as a householder next to John Bracket. Isaiah’s household comprised 6 members: 1 free White male aged 16 and over (himself); 3 free White males aged under 16 (perhaps sons—eldest son Eli was born 1776); 2 free White females (presumably his wife and perhaps a daughter).88 See also Jacobus above.
1800: The census for North Haven again recorded Isaiah Brockett as a householder next to his father John Brockett. Isaiah’s household comprised 13 members: 1 free White male aged 45 and over (himself); 2 free White females 26-44 (presumably his wife Sarah); 1 free White male 26-44; 5 free White males 16-25; 2 free White males 10-15; and 1 free White male under 10.
1810: The census for East Haven recorded Isaiah Brocket as a householder containing 5 free White members: 2 males aged 45 and over (one of them himself, and the other perhaps his 88 year old father John); 1 male 16-25; and 1 female (presumably his wife).89
Comment: The same census recorded 11 other Brocket households in East Haven, those of: Abram, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Eli, Enos, Joel, Joseph, Moses, Richard, Stephen and Thomas.
1820 7 Aug: The census for North Haven recorded Isaiah Brockitt as a householder containing 2 free White males: 2 aged 45 and over (one of them himself); and 1 free White female aged 26-44 (presumably his wife).90 Son Eli was listed next on the return.
1830: The census for North Haven recorded Isaiah Brockett as a householder containing 3 free White males: 1 aged 70-79 (himself); 2 aged 20-29; and and 1 free White female aged 20-29.92 Other householders listed with him were his grandson Bathueland Thomas Brockett. Isaiah’s son Eli had died.
Isaiah was the son of:
The New Haven Vital Statistics (NHV) recorded John’s birth on 31 Dec 1722 and first marriage on 14 Dec 1749:94
And his first marriage on 14 Dec 1749:95
The following extract from Jacobus shows that he cited both NHV records correctly.96 After son Isaiah’s birth above, no further record of John or his family were recorded in the NHV. As Jacobus’ subsequent citations suggest—his marriage to Mehitabel Brockett in 1787 and both their deaths—they removed to North Haven. Census returns confirm.
To expand this extract from Jacobus: John was the 9th of Moses Brockett’s 14 children. John’s first wife Thankful was the daughter of Ebenezer FROST and Mary TUTTLE. Jacobus cited NoHT2 (the Old graveyard, Montowese (in North Haven)97 for Thankful’s death 36 years later on 25 Jan 1786 aged 61, and NoHC (Congregational Society, North Haven) for John’s 2nd marriage on 7 Feb 1787 to Mehitabel, widow of Jude COOPER. Mehitabel was born 12 Mar 1723, daughter of Samuel BROCKETT and Mehitabel HILL. Mehitabel predeceased John in 1806, aged 84, and like Thankful was also buried in the Old graveyard, Montowese. Children Mary, Thankful and Isaiah were all from John’s first marriage.
1790: The census for North Haven recorded John Bracket as a householder next to Isaiah Bracket. John’s household comprised 3 members: 2 free White males aged 16 and over (himself and another); and 1 free White female (presumably his wife).98 See also Jacobus above.
1800: The census for North Haven again recorded John Brockett as a householder next to son Isaiah Brockett. John’s household comprised 2 members: 1 free White male aged 45 and over (himself); and 1 free White female aged 45 and over (presumably his wife Mehitabel).
Also in the neighborhood were the households of Joel, Ebenezer and Stephen Brockett. The last was John’s younger brother.
1810: 12 Brocket households were recorded in East Haven, but John hasn’t been found in this census. Perhaps he was one of the 2 males aged 45 and over in son Isaiah’s household.
According to Jacobus, citing NoHT2, i.e. the Old graveyard, Montowese (in North Haven), John died 23 Aug 1812 aged 90, and Mehitabel died 13 Oct 1806, aged 84. This is repeated in the Findagrave transcriptions of their gravestone at Montowese Cemetery North Haven, but it is worn and difficult to read.99
John, b 1722, was the son of Moses Brockett 1680-1764, see the separate page.
Matches recorded on the FTDNA database as of Jun 2019:
Genetic Distance zero
Discussion: Richard H and William L Brockett were 6th cousins, the former a lifetime resident of North Haven and the latter a lifetime resident of New Haven. They traced their descent from two different sons of Moses son of John son of John of New Haven, the original immigrant. The zero Genetic Distance between them means that in over 300 years the Y-DNA of these descendants of the two brothers has remained identical without mutation. It validates the line back to Moses 1680-1764:
Discussion: The ancestry of Harold Earl Brackett has been traced back to Christopher Brockett/Brackett, descended from a younger son of the immigrant John of New Haven—Samuel. This makes both Richard H and William L 7th cousins once removed of Harold E. Since there is zero Genetic Distance between Harold E and Richard H, this means no mutation has occurred in these two lines for at least 350 years, validating both lines right back to the original immigrant John Brockett of New Haven, born in the early 17th C.
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 Richard H (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 Richard H, discussed above.
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