North American DNA Project Ronald James Brackett - The Broket Archive

The Broket DNA Project — North American participants

The ancestry of Ronald James Brackett 1927-2013

In the wider Broket DNA project Ronald is in Genetic Group 3.1

This page provides:

+++1. Evidence of Ronald’s ancestry
++++++1st generation
++++++2nd generation
++++++3rd generation
++++++4th generation
+++2. Some analysis of Ronald’s Y-DNA results

Purpose:+Read more


Quotations:+Read more

1. Evidence for each generation

1st generation: Ronald James Brackett 1927-2013

His marriage certificate described Ronald James Brackett as a Bachelor, aged 23, Logger in the Lumber industry, resident of Pender Island, BC, Canada, place of birth Ganges BC, son of Clifford Ray Brackett and Verna BOWERMAN. The marriage was at 345, West 12 Ave, Vancouver, BC, on 4 Apr 1951.2

Pender Island:3

Pender Island

Ronald was the son of:

2nd generation: Clifford Raymond Brackett 1892-1998

Clifford Raymond Brackett, called Cliff, was born 11 Jul 1892 in BC.4

Cliff Brackett’s early memories:5+Read more


Standing right to left in the picture below are Ross, Cliff, and Alex Brackett and then Jim Hamilton with 4 Hamilton sisters seated in front and the Brackett sister on the far left, c 1908:

Clifford Ray Brackett married Elizabeth Verna BOWERMAN at Breadalbane House, Victoria, BC, Canada on 21 Jul 1917.6 The marriage certificate described him as a Bachelor, aged 25, Forester, resident of Pender Island, BC, Canada, place of birth New Westminster, BC, son of James Alex. Brackett and Margaret THATCHER; and her as a Spinster, aged 19, resident of Pender Island, BC, Canada, place of birth Port Perry, Ontario; both Presbyterian.7 These are Clifford and Elizabeth’s signatures on the certificate:

and the couple with their first child:

Verna Elizabeth Brackett died 17 Nov 1970, in the Lady Minto Hospital, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, aged 72, resident of Pender Island, born 22 May 1898, wife of Clifford Ray Brackett.8

Clifford on his 100th birthday in 1992:

Clifford Raymond was the 2nd son of:

3rd generation: James Alexander Brackett 1860-1929

James Alexander, called Alexander, was born 24 Aug 1860,9 in Euphemia, Ontario.10 The 1861 census entry for Euphemia township, Lambton Co, Canada West, recorded Alexander Brackett aged 1 in the one-storied log cabin of Martin Brackett, Farmer, and wife Elzabeth Brackett, aged 24 and 31 respectively, all 3 born in U.C.(Upper Canada).11 The previous census entry was the one-storied log cabin household of Jonathan Brackett, aged 66, Farmer, and wife Mary Brackett, 61, both born in US, with Newman Bracket, 28, Single, Sarah Bracket, 20, and John Brackett, 16, all 3 Single and born in U.C.

James Alexander as a young man:

James Alexander married Margaret THATCHER 23 Dec 1885 in Morpeth, Kent Co, Ontario; James’ occupation: Marble Cutter, Maggie a Spinster:12

James and Maggie Thatcher marriage certificate

Signature of James Alexander on 4 May 1910, aged almost 50, on his father Martin’s Death Certificate:

Two accounts of the lives of the Bracketts and their neighbours vividly describe life on a BC island at the turn of the 19-20th C.13

1. Memories of the Brackett Family in the late 1890s by MW Hamilton:14+Read more


2. The Brackett family (Written for Capt. Alex Brackett by Capt. J.T. Hamilton):15+Read more

James and Margaret in later life:

James Alexander Brackett died 25 Oct 1929, Victoria, BC, aged 69;16 and Margaret died 15 Apr 1945 on Pender Island, BC, aged 81 (born 17 Aug 1864).17 The 1861 census entry above shows that Alexander was the son of Martin and Elizabeth Brackett:

4th generation: Martin Brackett c 1837-1910

The 1861 census entry for Euphemia township, Lambton Co, Canada West, recorded Martin Brackett, Farmer, and wife Elzabeth Brackett, aged 24 and 31 respectively, both born in U.C.(Upper Canada). The previous census entry was the one-storied log cabin household of Jonathan Brackett, aged 66, Farmer, and wife Mary Brackett, 61, both born in US, with Newman Bracket, 28, Single, Sarah Bracket, 20, and John Brackett, 16, all 3 Single and born in U.C.18

From this it appears that Martin was b c 1837, a son of Jonathan and Mary Brackett. For Jonathan and Mary’s family and his earlier ancestry, see this separate page. After Christopher, Jonathan’s father, none of this Brackett line featured in the 1907 Brackett genealogy.

Martin married Elizabeth FERRIS who lived 1828-1875. On 10 Jun 1880 the census recorded what looks like Martin Bracket, aged 42, born in Canada, as also both his parents, Farmer, in Hopkins, Allegan Co, Michigan; with wife Laura, aged 43, born in Ohio; 2 stepdaughters Edna and Amy NELSON, aged 14 and 9 and born in NY and MI respectively; and a six month old daughter Irene Bracket, born in December in Michigan.19

In 1887 both Martin Bracket and John Bracket were mentioned as siblings of Newman Bracket of Euphemia in his Will.20

Martin’s Death Certificate recorded his death on 3 May 1910 on Pender Island, Victoria, BC, aged 74, Farmer, Baptist, born in Bothwell, Ontario. This would place his birth c 1836.

2. Some analysis of Ronald’s Y-DNA results

Haplogroup: Q-M242
For the term ‘Genetic Distance’ see here.

Comparing 37 markers, the following matches were recorded for Ronald in the FTDNA database (Genetic Group 3), as of Apr 2018:

Genetic Distance 1

Harold E BRACKETT 1916-81.
William Leroy BROCKETT 1925-2008.
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Discussion: This is interesting. William Leroy, son of Richard, both lifetime residents of New Haven, traced their descent from John Brockett of New Haven, the original immigrant. The ancestry of both Harold E and Ronald has been traced back to Christopher Brockett/Brackett as 3rd cousins. Christopher apparently descended from a different grandson of John Brockett of New Haven. This would make Harold E and Ronald 6th cousins of William Leroy. The single-marker mismatch is between Ronald and the other two. The other two, even though more distantly related, have an exact match. No mutation therefore occurred in 7 or more generations between Harold E and William Leroy. The mutation occurred between Harold E and Ronald after the grandson of Christopher, i.e. within the last 3 generations. See the image at the top of the separate page.

Genetic Distance 2

Harry D BROCKETT 1928-2005.
William H BROCKETT 1914-88.
Harold H BROCKETT 1921-2001.

Genetic Distance 3

Marlin L BROCKETTE 1913-2000.

Page Last Updated: January 10, 2019

Footnotes

For full bibliographical details please see the sections Publications or Glossary.

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[1] Many thanks to Cheryl Brackett for generously sharing her research and kindly supplying information. Where a source isn't mentioned, the information will be from her.

[2] Marriage Certificate.

[3] Permission to reproduce this image was sought in Oct 2018 from the Pender island chamber of commerce who displayed it on their website but they didn't respond.

[4] 1901 census for Canada, Victoria (North/Nord), Vancouver, British Columbia, p 1.

[5] Typed by himself and kindly supplied by Cheryl Brackett.

[6] Marriage Certificate, Register no. 1429. Breadalbane House is a heritage Queen Anne house that was built for Rev Dr John and Agnes Campbell.

[7] On her Death Certificate.

[8] Death Certificate.

[9] 1901 census for Canada, Victoria (North/Nord), Vancouver, British Columbia, p 1.

[10] His marriage record, Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1826-1936.

[11] Canada Census 1861 for Canada West (Ontario) Province, Lambton District, Euphemia Subdistrict, enumeration District No. 1, Film C-1040-1041, p 13.

[12] Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1826-1936.

[13] Kindly supplied by Cheryl Brackett.

[14] Typed up by Cheryl Brackett Jan 2018, original spellings maintained.

[15] Gulf Islands Patchwork, pp 31-2, kindly supplied by Cheryl Brackett.

[16] British Columbia, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990; BC Archives Mfilm Number: B13135; GSU Mfilm Number: 1952635. An image of his gravestone is on Findagrave at goo.gl/dzyAFQ (accessed 10 Jan 2019).

[17] British Columbia, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990; BC Archives Mfilm Number: B13187; GSU Mfilm Number: 2032324.

[18] Canada Census 1861 for Canada West (Ontario) Province, Lambton District, Euphemia Subdistrict, enumeration District No. 1, Film C-1040-1041, p 13.

[19] US 1880 Federal Census for Enumeration district 11, Hopkins, Allegan, MI, sheet B 18.

[20] Written 19 Mar 1887, probated 2 Jun 1887 (Lambton County Surrogate Court Records 1876-1892, vol B-C no 1119, Archives of Ontario Microfilm GS 2, Reel 69). Many thanks to Bill Brackett for this reference.