Robert and Annabella Brocket
immigrants to Alexandria VA 1784/5
Robert and his wife Annabella are the earliest Broket immigrants to N America who both have descendants living today and whose parents in the UK are definitely known. They are also the first known Broket immigrants to N America from Scotland. They came in one of the later 18th C waves of emigration across the Atlantic, vividly described by Fischer in his chapter subtitled ‘The flight from North Britain 1717-1775’.1
Contents of this page:
Almost all the evidence linking Robert to Scotland—and in particular to a Brocket family from Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire—comes from family memories and papers, which may no longer exist, but were recorded in genealogies compiled by descendants, for instance in one attributed to Robert’s grandson Franklin L Brockett. The inscription on Robert’s tombstone in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Alexandria, VA, does however still exist and says that he was “a native of Lanark Shire Scotland”.2
Beneath this tomb is deposited the mortal remains of Robert Brocket a native of Lanark Shire Scotland who departed this life Mar 29th 1829 aged 78. During his residence of 45 years in Alexandria he maintained the character of a worthy citizen and honest man.
Although Lanarkshire isn’t small and then included the city of Glasgow, only a tiny number of Brocket families are recorded there in 18th C. Furthermore, only three Robert Brockets were recorded christened 1700-1845 in Lanarkshire in the Scottish Old Parish Records: one in 1714, one in 1752 and the third in 1834. The ones christened in 1714 and 1834 wouldn’t fit a 1784/5 emigrant, but the 1752 one would. This Robert was christened 8 Apr 1752 in Lesmahagow—a small village c 25 miles SE of Glasgow—son of William and Margaret WIGHT.4 Robert was the 3rd of 7 or 8 siblings who grew up at Netherfauldhouse in Lesmahagow, where his parents were farmers:5
One of Robert’s brothers was Andrew, christened 4 years after Robert. Andrew became a successful Mason and Builder in Glasgow and in his Will of 1832 he made bequests to various brothers and sisters and their heirs, including one of “the sum of £120 Sterling to my brother Robert Brocket of Alexandria North America and his heirs”:6
Taken together, these 3 items of primary evidence—Robert’s gravestone of 1829, his christening record of 1752 and the bequest of 1832—prove that Robert Brocket of Alexandria, VA, was the son of William and Margaret WIGHT of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Returning to the gravestones of Robert and Annabella, the inscription on her gravestone reads:7
Remember Death. In memory of Annabela the affectionate wife of Robert Brocket, and the sincere lover of her Family, who departed this life October 20th 1808, aged 54 years, and whose irreparable loss is justly lamented. O Sister dust unfold thy Charms. I Shortly fall into thy Arms. 1st grave north and next to this Tomb lies the body of Walter the oldest son of Annabella & Robert Brocket who departed this life May 23d 1816 aged 35 years. 2d Andrew son of Elizabeth & Robert Brocket Jr. who departed this life July 15th 1819 aged 10 months.
These inscriptions on the couple’s gravemarkers provide the following hard primary evidence:
1. Robert was born c 1751 in Lanarkshire.
2. Annabella was born c 1754.
3. Robert and Annabella’s oldest son Walter was born between 24 May 1781 and 22 May 1782.
4. Robert became a resident at Alexandria c 1784.
5. Annabella, wife of Robert, died 1808.
6. Son Walter died 23 May 1816.
7. Andrew, son of Elizabeth and Robert Jr, was born c Oct 1818, died 15 Jul 1819.
8. Robert died 29 Mar 1829.
For Robert and Annabella’s later descendants more primary sources become available—like Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, military records, and abundant newspaper reports—and as far as possible, these are cited as evidence for this account. But at present, we haven’t seen other primary evidence concerning Robert and Annabella than the above, neither before nor after their immigration, nor indeed of their children’s births or christenings, so we have to rely on secondary sources.
Three main secondary sources—family genealogies—have been used and are discussed here. They are of particular value in linking the various members of the the 1st and 2nd generations of the clan together before censuses gave names of family members other than the head. The 2nd and 3rd of these sources also cited various other sources, some of which are primary, and are cited here at one remove. In an ideal world, these should all be verified. The three sources—in chronological order—are:
1. A 21 page typed copy of an unpublished genealogy probably mainly from the papers of Franklin L Brockett, abbreviated in references here to FB.Read more
But this ‘FB’ genealogy as we have it is very much a secondary source. Although it provided many precise details of this Brocket clan in the 18th and 19th C, the document itself dates only from the 1970s, 80s or even 90s. It appears to have been typed on an electronic typewriter, or early word processor, which would date it to that time. There is no frontispiece with heading or name of author, date or place, or who might have typed it. So, it isn’t clear if the document was compiled in the 1970-90s or whether it was a typed-up copy of an earlier, already complete, original. The typo ‘Eicleth’ for Franklin’s wife’s name before marriage (actually Eveleth) doesn’t suggest which.9 A copy was given or sent to the Lesmahagow local historian by William Comer, a relative of the family, who came to Scotland in the 1990s. A copy was also kindly sent to the Broket Archive in 1999 by Esther Galbraith of Glasgow. William Comer was probably a descendant of William Thornton Comer, born c 1903 in Georgia, USA, son of namesake William Thornton Comer and Lillie L Brockett, daughter of Clinton Brockett 1850-1929.
The document launches straight into p 1 which reads:
The branch of the Brocket family which William Brocket of Netherfauld House, Lanarkshire, Scotland, was a descendent remained in that country, except for Robert and John, brothers of Andrew, the former of whom emigrated to the United States in 1784 and settled in Alexandria, State of Virginia, and the latter, who died in the West Indies in 1796.
The proper way to spell the name is Brocket not Brockett. We don’t belong to the Connecticut, or New England branch of the family, which descended from Sir John Brocket.
In his early youth, and while yet a school boy, my father (Robert 2nd) was accustomed to write the name Brockett, adding an additional “t”, because in his youthful inexperience he thought it looked better, and when he grew to manhood and the corruption of the name was discovered by his father (Robert, a brother of Andrew) his attention was called to the change, but it was never corrected, and we still continue to write the name Brockett.
In the last edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica (sic) published in London, the name is spelled Brocket, and in Beeton’s Biographical Dictionary, it is spelled Brockett.
On my grandfather’s tomb the name is Brocket, the name by which the family is known in Scotland.
Franklin L Brockett
This gives the impression that the 20 following pages of genealogy were all written by Franklin L Brockett too. Much, if not all, of it probably was his own notes on the family gathered from various sources; page 1 above was clearly something he wrote, and the latest data included were from 1888,10 3 years before his death. But whether he left it in this form or whether it was put together after his death from various disparate notes and family correspondence among his papers we will only know if an original exists. In any event it wasn’t formally published—it was not listed in Munsell’s 1900 Index of American Genealogies. Some of the discursive content of the 2 following secondary sources, BFH and FH, is more or less identical with FB, but neither cited it as a source. For instance, BFH paraphrased elements of the account of Robert’s father William in Scotland, and FH records several paragraphs of it almost verbatim.11 If they didn’t have access to FB as we do—the 21 page typed transcript—it suggests that they had access to the same family papers that FB was created from.
Only pages 5-11 of FB concerned the American branch, the rest detailing the clan back in Scotland. This was perhaps gathered by Franklin from visits by various Scottish cousins to the States, as for example: “Agnes Brocket born 25 Jan 1830 married James Moncrieff Wilson Esq, 18 Apr 1854… In 1877 Mr Wilson’s daughter, Margaret accompanied her father to the United States visiting many of the principal cities and among them New York, New Orleans, Washington and Baltimore. At New Orleans they met by accident, our brother, Walter B Brockett, and in this way discovered their Alexandria cousins…”12
As with many family genealogies of the time, FB cited no sources as evidence; oral family tradition was considered sufficient. FB did mention family letters a few times, for example: “During his long residence in Alexandria, Robert continued his correspondence with his family in Scotland. For whom he entertained the warmest friendship. Most of this correspondence is preserved in the family of his son, Robert (2nd), who survived him.”13 Robert (2nd) was Franklin’s father. From our more critical standpoint, however, when FB is noted as the only source for something it means that no other evidence has been found for it so far, and it shouldn’t therefore be taken as definite without other verification.
2. The Brockett Family Heritage website, abbreviated in references here to BFH.Read more
This was a website at brockettfamily.com, online in 2004 but from at least 2007 was no longer available, so its relevant information has been reproduced here. From Jan 2017 it sometimes became accessible from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.14 BFH reproduced the main elements of FB up to p 11—but without attribution; did they independently extract their information from the papers of Franklin L Brockett? BFH cited his book The Lodge of Washington…, and another of its sources was ‘Papers of Franklin L. Brockett’.
FB was a typed copy of an original and open to error, and similarly BFH had some errors. It would be tedious for the reader if footnotes indicated each and every tiny difference between FB and BFH, so judgments have been made as to which was most likely correct regarding a particular point and only major divergences have been noted. For instance, the spelling of the name Longden has been adopted here, rather than Longdon, which BFH largely used. In her pension application, Elizabeth, widow of Robert Brockett d 1867, spelt her original surname LONGDEN,15 and it’s safe to assume that their son Franklin Longden Brockett, author of FB, and all the other descendants with that second forename, would have used the more correct spelling.
BFH also provided much additional primary material from newspaper reports—mainly post 1891, the year of Franklin Brockett’s death16—and, most importantly, provided sources for many of its statements. Many of the sources for the early generations of this family are secondary, however, so should be treated with caution. Talking of the the late 18th and early 19th C, when Alexandria was still one of the District of Columbia’s three municipalities—along with Washington City and Georgetown— Maxine Williams said how even the secondary sources on Alexandria “are surprisingly limited. There are no major secondary works on Alexandria, with the exception of an undocumented work by Mary G. Powell, which is full of colorful stories but short on documentation.”17 This History by Mary Powell is cited by BFH, for example. Nonetheless, BFH is a total improvement on FB in attempting to cite evidence. Following are the sources BFH cited that have been recited in this account, without checking—some are primary:
- All newspaper reports, e.g. Alexandria gazette, Fairfax Herald, Fairfax News, Herndon Observer, Visitor and Telegraph
- Alexandria, Virginia Death Records, 1863-1868 (The Gladwin Record) and 1869-1896, by Wesley E. Pippenger, 1995, Willow Bend Books
- Alexandria, Virginia, 1808 Census (Wards One, Two, Three, and Four), by Wesley E Pippenger, 2000, Willow Bend Books, Westminster, Maryland
- Building and Repair Permits Collection Index, 1896-1928, Issued by the City of Alexandria, Library of Virginia, Alexandria, Local History/Special Collections
- Colonial Families, Volume VII
- First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Hamilton Lane, Alexandria, Virginia
- Historic Alexandria Virginia Street by Street, Survey of Existing Early Buildings, by Ethelyn Cox, 1976, Historic Alexandria Foundation
- Marriage Index: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia, 1740-1920, available from Family History Library microfilm reference number 1320680
- Marriage Index: Maryland, 1655-1850
- Obituary Notices from the Alexandria gazette, 1784-1915, compiled by the staff of Alexandria Library
- Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Records of Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Marriages Performed by Dr. James Muir; information obtained from Old Presbyterian Meeting House History and Archives Committee
- Scots on the Chesapeake, 1607-1830, by David Dobson, 1992, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc
- The History of Old Alexandria, Virginia, by Mary G. Powell, 1929
- The Lodge of Washington: A History of the Alexandria Washington Lodge No. 22, A.F. and A.M. of Alexandria, Virginia, 1783-1876, by Franklin Longdon Brockett, originally published in 1876
- US 1900 Federal census for Albemarle County, Virginia
- Will Book
- Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships
3. Florence Birge Hemming’s Genealogy.com website, abbreviated here to FH.18Read more
This highly informative website has been online since 2006 and as of Feb 2019 is still readily available. An internet search on a given individual of this clan will produce a link to FH, and it provides much more information on most individuals than you will find mentioned in this account. As well as for many other unrelated ancestors, it provides separate pages for Robert Brocket the immigrant from Scotland, his ancestors and most of his descendants, including descendants of daughters. A few of these pages are individually footnoted here for a particular reason, but others can easily be located from Robert’s page or from the index of individuals. Like BFH, which it doesn’t apparently cite, FH is an improvement on FB in its additional material and sources for evidence for many statements, such as obituaries, and newspaper reports and family memories. The source “Brockett papers” is mentioned, and interestingly, FH quotes FB’s p 1 above and p 2 almost verbatim.19
So why this account in the Broket Archive?Read more
- This account is an attempt at a more systematic and rigorous examination of the evidence and to make it more readily verifiable by others. Despite significant advances in this made by BFH and FH over FB, some statements in them are still unsourced or come from private family papers or memories. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are incorrect, only that they can’t readily be verified by others. In addition, the principal consideration here is to document evidence of linkage between generations. This helps prove that a certain Walter Broket, for instance, belonged to this ‘clan’ rather than another. Sometimes a single item of evidence is sufficient for this, like a birth certificate. The purpose here isn’t to supply exhaustive details about the families and lives of each individual. These can be found more readily in FH. At other times, however, extra detail is necessary to provide sufficient context to evidence the linkage, or is interesting for another reason—like some images. The method adopted here for a given statement is to cite FB and also BFH, adding BFH’s source if mentioned. Since BH is readily available, it is only usually cited if the other two didn’t make the statement or if it adds further or differing information.
- This Archive is a one-name study. It documents research into the history of the surname Broket as a whole in its various forms and contexts. It doesn’t attempt to research the wider clan, like the descendants of daughters who take on another surname—unless there is some particular reason to do so. Surnames follow male lines, so the focus here is on male Brokets of this clan. Thus, the accuracy of some data supplied by the 3 family genealogies on the later lives of married daughters hasn’t been verified. But rather than omit it, it is usually pointed out in footnotes, and if not it can be inferred that verification hasn’t yet been found.
So, this account has a narrower focus than FB, BFH and FH, all of which include data on descendants of daughters as well as sons. But if it is narrower in that respect, it also has a wider perspective. This is its attempt to place this particular clan in the context of other Broket clans and establish where the boundaries lie, both in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, elsewhere in the USA, Scotland and indeed everywhere. It also attempts to situate the clan within the phenomenon of Broket immigration to the USA.
This webpage is simply another step along the way, and in years to come more convenient and authoritative presentations of the history of this Broket clan will appear. Without doubt too this page will be shown to have errors and omissions. If you notice any meanwhile, please tell us! For instance, the 1790, 1800 and 1810 Federal census returns for Brockets in Alexandria haven’t yet been found. Where are they?
Since the primary sources for Robert and Annabella are few, we are more reliant on family traditions and memories than with their descendants. We have hard evidence of when they died and when Robert was christened, but in between we are dependent on secondary sources. Robert and Annabella must have told their children and grandchildren stories of their early lives, but to what extent these were edited and embellished no one will ever know. However, unlike the elaborate narrative created around the origins of immigrant John Brockett of New Haven of a century and a half earlier, the stories of Robert and Annabella’s origins made no great claims of fame, fortune or religious zeal. So, if they seem feasible why doubt them?
Thus, although the sources we have for Robert’s spell “of a few years” in Northern Ireland are secondary,20 and it’s unlikely any primary ones will emerge, lowland Scots had been colonising Northern Ireland for a century or more and links with small-farming families in the mainland would have been many. As a younger son Robert would have been free—if not compelled—to look further afield than the family farm, and of course he soon moved much further away. So there’s no reason to doubt he went to Ireland. There is also a primary record of his younger brother John in Ireland.
Similarly, that Annabella came from Ireland is also family tradition. Glasslough, County Armagh, wasn’t even a parish,21 so again it’s unlikely any primary records will emerge of her birth there or that she was the daughter of a John Burnet of Armagh. Her gravestone said nothing about where she was from nor what her name before marriage was. But what good reason is there to disbelieve the traditions? Burnet was a good Lowland Scots name, and secondary sources record that Walter Burnet—a nephew of Annabella’s—came to America in 1793 and in 1796 was in Norristown, PA, and that Andrew Burnet—a brother of Annabella—had a son James Burnet born in 1801 who was living in Ireland in 1818.22
And what of Annabella’s marriage to Robert in 1779 or 80 or 81, again in the non-existent parish of Glasslough?23 Maybe there is more cause to question tradition here. Formal marriage in Ireland and Scotland in those days may not have been so necessary as their children or descendants preferred it to have been? In addition to a 1781 marriage in Glasslough BFH cited a report of their marriage in Alexandria.24 This source would need to be checked to make sure it wasn’t an error.
Finally, no primary record of Robert and Annabella’s journey across the Atlantic has been found. But the same applies to thousands of others. So again, the details are down to family tradition. This is that they emigrated in 1784 departing from Robert’s brother Andrew at Irvine Harbor, 21 miles SW of Glasgow, and landed at New York.25 For the dates on the gravestone of their eldest child Walter—aged 35 in 1816—to fit these other dates of Robert’s stay in Ireland and marriage, the couple must have brought the infant Walter with them on the voyage, and such is the family tradition. But perhaps not, and perhaps they arrived in America before 1782?
1790, 1800 and 1810 Federal census returns for Brockets in Alexandria haven’t yet been found.
1820 7 Aug: In the Federal Census for Alexandria, District of Columbia, Robert’s household was given as follows:
Comment: We know that Robert was a widower in his late 60s. It’s unclear who the younger couple aged 26-45 with 4 daughters and a son were. Eldest son Walter had died in 1816 and an 1820 census return for his widow and 4 year-old daughter hasn’t yet been found. Younger son Robert was head of his own household, see below. Daughter Margaret, apparently married to Isaac WILSON in 1811, hasn’t otherwise been found recorded in Alexandria in 1820. The secondary information in FB and BFH was that they resided in Georgetown and an Isaac Wilson was recorded there in 1820, whose household contained—among others—-a couple aged 26-45 and young male aged 0-10, which would fit the secondary information. His household comprised: 2 males aged 26-45 [i.e. b 1775-94]; 1 male aged 0-10 [i.e. b 1810-20]; 1 female 45 and over [i.e. b by 1775]; 1 female aged 26-45.27
For more about Robert’s life: Read more
In Alexandria Robert’s occupation was Brickmaker.28 In Jul 1787, he built the house at 316 South Royal, originally the parsonage for the Presbyterian Meeting House, now the Old Presbyterian Meeting House office. When the building boom was going on on Washington Street between 1790 and 1800 he built the brick house near the southwest corner of Washington Street near Princess which now forms the back building of the large house which has remained in possession of his descendants until recently. He also built the homes at 301, 303, 305, 307 Washington Street North, and 601, 603 Queen Street.29
The census of the Inhabitants of the Third Ward of Alexandria Taken Jan and Feb 1808 has: Head of House: Robt. Brockett, Occupation: Bricklayer; White Males above 16 years: Walter Brockett, Wm. Seal, Robt. Henderson, 4, Thoddorous Birch, 1; All other white persons: 4; Free Colored Males over 18: 0; Other Free Colored Persons: 0; 5 slaves; Total: 13; No. of Stories: 1.30
As a member of Brooke Lodge, he was present at the funeral of General George Washington, 18 Dec 1799, and also at the Masonic banquet given in honour of La Fayette, 21 Feb 1825, at Clagett’s Hotel.31
He was buried with Masonic Honours.32
“During the war with England 1814-25, Robert zealously espoused the cause of the United States. … As a man past the period of life for efficient military service, during the seizure of Alexandria by the British fleet in September 1814, he joined the US troops for local duty and superintended the construction of furnaces for heating hot shot at the White House, 20 miles below Alexandria, with which they harassed the ships from batteries at commanding points on the banks of the Potomac. Damage was done to the British war ships, Sea horse and Euriples as they passed down the river on their return.”33.
2.1. Walter Brocket 1782-1816
Born between 24 May 1781 and 22 May 1782.34 All 3 secondary sources said this was in Glaslough, Co Armagh, Ulster, Ireland, in 1782.35 They also said he was given the middle name Burnet or Burnett, but this hasn’t yet been noticed in a primary record. The 1808 census of Alexandria just called him Walter,36 as did Annabella’s gravestone. In the next generation a Walter B Brockett was recorded in several primary records and the secondary ones again all filled the B out to Burnet or Burnett.
He married Elizabeth BYRNE 18 Nov 1815 in Alexandria, VA,37 in the Old Presbyterian Meeting House.38 Walter died six months later 23 May 1816 and was buried next to the grave of his mother in Alexandria, Virginia, on whose gravestone was added ‘1st grave north and next to this tomb lies the body of Walter the oldest son of Anabella and Robert Brockett who departed this life May 23d 1816 aged 35 years’.39 Administration of his estate was given to his father and brother 2 Feb 1818.40 Elizabeth has not so far been found in the 1820 census for Alexandria surname Brocket.
1830: In the Federal Census for Alexandria, Washington, District of Columbia, Elizabeth Brockett was recorded as head of a household, aged 50-60 [i.e. b 1770-80]; with 2 females 10-15 [i.e. b 1815-1820]; and 1 female 15-20 [i.e. b 1810-1815]; Total Free White Persons: 4.41
Comment: One of the females aged 10-15 was probably Walter Ann, but who the other 2 females were isn’t known.
Mrs. Walter Brockett was recorded dying in Apr 1834, buried 2 May 1834.42 Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter shortly after Walter’s death, Walter Ann Brockett. Guardianship of Walter Ann was given to Walter Ann to Margret BURNS, probably a relative of her mother, as shown by Margaret’s 1st account of of her Guardianship to the Alexandria Co Orphans’ Court, November Term 1835.43 The newspaper report referred to “Walter Ann Brocket, deceased”, but the secondary sources said she married William BALL between 2 Jan 1836 and 2 Jan 1837 in Alexandria, Virginia, had a daughter Mary Elizabeth BALL, and died 8 Sept 1842.44 Walter Ann was apparently buried next to her mother in the Catholic Burial Ground in Alexandria.45 Reading between the lines, there may have been some tension here; certainly in Scotland at that time Presbyterians and Catholics didn’t see eye to eye.
The same source provided two other deaths that don’t fit with the accounts of the Alexandria clan according to the secondary sources:46
- BROCKETT, Elizabeth, date of death not given, published 23 Sept 1852.
- BROCKETT, Lizzie, died 5 Oct 1877, published 6 Dec 1877.
If the obituaries are correct, there were other Brocketts in Alexandria in the second half of the 19th C.
2.2. Margaret Brocket 1787-1827
Born April 1787 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 18 Feb 1827 in Georgetown, Washington DC, buried in Alexandria.47 She married Isaac Knox WILSON 5 Dec 1811, who was born in Ireland of Scottish parents.48 2 daughters, 5 sons.
Born 24 Jul 1792 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 22 Jun 1867 in Alexandria.49 He married Elizabeth LONGDEN 14 Dec 1815 in Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Alexandria.50 She was born 1795, and died 1882.51 Census records:Read more
1830: In the Federal Census for Alexandria, Washington, District of Columbia, Robert Brocket was head of a household comprising: 1 male, aged 20-30 [i.e. b 1800-10, presumably himself, see Comment]; 2 males under 5 [i.e. b 1825-30]; 1 male 5-10 [i.e. b 1820-25]; 1 male 10-15 [i.e. b 1815-1820]; 1 male 15-20 [i.e. b 1810-1815]; 1 female aged 30-40 [i.e. b 1790-1800, presumably his wife]; 1 female under 5 [i.e. b 1825-30]; 1 female 10-15 [i.e. b 1815-1820]; 1 female 15-20 [i.e. b 1810-1815]; 1 female aged 20-30 [i.e. b 1800-1810]; and 12 slaves—1 male under 10; 4 males 10-24; 3 males 24-36; 1 male 36-55; 2 females 10-24; and one female 24-36; Total Free White Persons: 11; Total Slaves: 12.53
Comment: The age column indicated for Robert—20-30 [i.e. b 1800-10]—must have been an error, as it’s clear he was born 1792, and the next column 30-40 [i.e. b 1790-1800] would have been correct. The 30-40 year old female would fit his wife Elizabeth LONGDEN, who was born 1795. Their son Robert wasn’t born till 1816, and he would probably have been the male aged 15-20.
1840: In the Federal Census for Alexandria, Washington, District of Columbia, Robert Brockett was head of a household comprising: 1 male, aged 40-50 [i.e. b 1790-1800]; 1 male 10-15 [i.e. b 1825-30]; 3 males 15-20 [i.e. b 1820-25]; 2 males 20-30 [i.e. b 1810-20]; 1 female aged 40-50 [i.e. b 1790-1800, presumably his wife]; 3 females 5-10 [i.e. b 1830-35]; 1 female 15-20 [i.e. b 1820-25]; 1 female 30-40 [i.e. b 1800-10]; and 11 slaves—2 males under 10; 2 males 24-36; 2 males 36-55; 1 female under 10; 1 female 10-24; 1 female 24-36; 1 female 36-55; and 1 female over 55; Persons employed in Manufacture and Trade: 5; Total Free White Persons: 13; Total Slaves: 11.54
1850.55 9-10 Sep. In Alexandria, Robt Brockett, Bricklayer, aged 57, Value of Real Estate Owned: 10000; Elizabeth Brockett, 54; Franklin L Brockett, 28, Clerk; Edgar L Brockett, 25, Clerk; Walter B Brockett, 22, Clerk; Caroline E Brockett, 18; Nancy C Brockett, 17; Laura V Brockett, 15; Susan Bontz, 50; all born VA.
The 1860 VA Slave schedule recorded two Brocketts as slave owners in Alexandria, Alexandria County: Robert Brockett and R S Brockett.57
1870.61 5 Jul. F L Brockett, aged 47 [i.e. b c 1823], male, Land Broker; V C Brockett, 35 [i.e. b c 1835], female, Keeping house; Elizabeth Brockett, 75 [i.e. b c 1795], Keeping house, Personal Estate Value: 600, Real Estate Value: 25000; C E Brockett, 38 [i.e. b c 1832], female; L V Brockett, 36 [i.e. b c 1834], male; L V Brockett, 28 [i.e. b c 1842], female; all born in VA.
Robert’s Will was written 15 Aug 1864, proved 2 Jul 1867, executor eldest son Robert L Brockett.63 For more about Robert Jnr’s life: Read more
During the 1814-15 war with England Robert performed two tours of service in Washington DC. First, as a Private in Capt James McGuire’s Company 6 Oct 1812 to 1 Mar 1813, and second as an Ensign in Capt Moreland’s company 19 Aug to 1 Oct 1814, for which he recieved Bounty Land under acts of Congress of 160 acres. 65
“He was a member of the City Council of Alexandria for twenty years, and during several years was President of the Council. In connection with Messrs. Francis L. Smith and Charles T. Stuart, he represented for several years the interests of his native town before Congress, and in 1846-47 he and Mr. Smith, being elected Commissioners, represented Alexandria before the Legislature of Virginia, with a view to the retrocession of Alexandria from the District of Columbia to the State of Virginia. In 1820, he was Master of Brooke Lodge; several times an officer of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, etc. Was present at the Masonic banquet given to La Fayette, Feb 21, 1825, at Clagett’s Hotel.”66
“Robert Brockett was always prominent in civic affairs, although he never held any office in the gift of the people, but during the war in 1812-14 he served as a private in Captain Moreland’s company, and afterwards was a lieutenant in a company of infantry commanded by Captain McKnight, and was present at the battle of the White House.”67
FB p 9 gave details of further military positions: Captain in 1813, Major in 1841, and of other offices he held, such as officer of the customs, justice of the peace, member of the Alexandria County court. and one of the mounted marshals.
- Robert Longden Brockett, born 6 Oct 1816 in Virginia; died 1908. See below.
- Andrew E Brockett, born 16 Sep 1818 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 15 Jul 1819 in Alexandria. On the gravestone of his grandmother Anabella was added ‘Andrew son of Elizabeth and Robert Brockett Jnr also departed this life Jul 15th 1819 aged 10 months’.68
- Ann Cornelia Brockett, born 22 Apr 1820; died 9 Apr 1826.
- Franklin Longden Brockett, born 10 Dec 1822 in Virginia; died 20 May 1891. See below
- Edgar Longden Brockett, born 9 Mar 1825 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 5 Mar 1887. See below
- Walter Burnett Brockett, born 19 Feb 1828 in Virginia, and died 5 Jul 1889 in Alexandria. See below.
- Caroline Elizabeth Brockett, born 1831 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 23 Jul 1893 in Alexandria of Gastroenteritis, aged 63, unmarried, informant A E Brockett, brother;69 buried First Presbyterian Cemetery. Caroline E was recorded in the 1850 census for Alexandria County, aged 18.
- Nancy Craig Brockett, born 1832 in Virginia; died 1 Jan 1896.70 The 1850 census recorded her at her parents’ home in Alexandria, aged 17. Married William A HART, of Alexandria, 2 Nov 1865, Second Presbyterian Church, Alexandria.71 3 daughters,72 1 son. Both Nancy and William were buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Alexandria.73
- Laura Virginia Brockett, born 1833 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 20 Feb 1908 in Alexandria;74 buried First Presbyterian Cemetery.
- Ralph Longden Brockett, born 18 Aug 1834; died Apr 1835.75
Only those known to have married are included here.
Eldest son of Robert Brocket and Elizabeth LONGDEN. Born 6 Oct 1816 in Virginia;76 died 1908.77 Married in Montgomery County, Maryland, 13 Jun 1842 Ann Eliza McCORMICK of Brookeville, Maryland.78 She was born between 1817-20, and died 5 Nov 1880.79 Census records recorded Robert as a Teacher and once as a Professor (1870). FB said Robert was appointed Professor of Physics at Lynchburg College in 1859.80 Is this correct? Lynchburg lies c 225 m SW of Libertytown MD, if that’s where they lived in 1860, and c 250 m SW of Westminster, Carroll Co, Maryland, where they lived in 1880. The current University of Lynchburg was apparently founded in 1903 as Virginia Christian College, and changed its name to Lynchburg College in 1919. Lynchburg is c 225 m SW of Libertytown MD, if that’s where they lived. BH recorded him as Professor at Western Maryland College in 1879.81
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1900. Robt L Brockett, aged 83, b Oct 1816 VA, widowed, both parents b VA. Teacher, living in son Clinton’s house in Atlanta, GA.
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1. Cornelia Marion married W H H Anderson 19 Feb 1868
2. Henry Addison died 9 Jun 1845
3. Emma E
4. Clinton Thomas, born 8 Sep 1850, married Bettie Johnson ERWIN and had 4 children.
5. Caroline S
6. Anna May. [end quote]
BFH said they had 7 children:
1. Emma Brockett, married Dixie ISHERWOOD 5 Jun 1879 in Carroll County, Maryland.24 1 daughter.
2. E M Brockett, born c 1843 in Virginia. She was recorded in the 1850 census for Alexandria County at her parents’ home, aged 7.
3. E E Brockett, born c 1847 in Virginia. She was recorded in the 1850 census for Alexandria County at her parents’ home, aged 3.
4. E J Brockett, born c 1849 in Virginia. He was recorded in the 1850 census for Alexandria County at his parents’ home, aged 1.
5. Cornelia M Brockett. She married William Henry Harrison ANDERSON 1868; born Sep 1840; died Oct 1910. He was a member of the Baltimore Bar. No Issue. Recorded owning 310 North Royal Street, Alexandria on 3 Dec 1901.25
6. Anna May Brockett, born 1 May 1856 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 1923 in Jacksonville. She married DeWitt Clinton INGLE 1881. He was born 1857 in Flint Hill, Virginia, and died 1924. 2 sons, 2 daughters.
7. Clinton T Brockett. [end quote]
With Cornelia it isn’t clear if FHB’s b 1840 d 1910 refers to her or her husband. I have taken it to refer to her and put her as the first born (2 years before the parents were married). However, the 1920 census shows she was still alive then. I have combined the records of EE and Emma E.
- Cornelia Marion Brockett. Probably the ‘EM’, aged 7, and ‘Charles M’, aged 17, of the 1850 and 60 censuses, i.e. born c 1843.89 She was at the home of her brother Clinton in Atlanta, GA, for the census of 1920, widowed, aged 75, i.e. b c 1845. Married William Henry Harrison ANDERSON 19 Feb 1868.90 He was a member of the Baltimore Bar.91 No Issue. Recorded owning 310 North Royal Street, Alexandria on 3 Dec 1901.92.
- Henry Addison Brockett, died 9 Jun 1845.93
- E E Brockett. Aged 3 in the 1850 census, i.e. born c 1847. Probably the Elizabeth, aged 13 of the 1860 census and the Emma E, aged 22, of the 1870 census. She married Dixie ISHERWOOD 5 Jun 1879 in Carroll County, Maryland.94 1 daughter.
- E T/J Brockett. Aged 1 in the 1850 census, i.e. born c 1849. Probably died before 1860; no further record found.
- Clinton Thomas Brockett. Born 8 Sep 1850, married Bettie Johnson ERWIN. Died 1929. See below.
- Charlotte Brockett. Aged 7 in the 1860 census, i.e. born c 1853. Probably the Cardova, aged 17 in the 1860 census. FB recorded a daughter Caroline S between Clinton and Anna May. FH recorded a daughter Caroline Elizabeth L Brockett, born 1831 in Alexandria, VA, and died there 23 Jul 1893, having married ? Liggett.95 In 1831 Robert L would only have been 17 and didn’t marry Ann till 1842, so this record looks suspect; no source was provided.
- Anna May Brockett. Born 1 May 1856 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 1923 in Jacksonville. She married DeWitt Clinton INGLE 1881. He was born 1857 in Flint Hill, Virginia, and died 1924. 2 sons, 2 daughters.96
Clinton was the only surviving son and his son died unmarried, so this branch of the family has died out in the male line.
Third son of Robert Brocket and Elizabeth LONGDEN. Born 10 Dec 1822 in Virginia;98 He lived all his life in Alexandria and was recorded in the Washington DC City Directory as residing in 1890 at 710 11th Northwest.99 He died 20 May 1891 in Alexandria of consumption aged 62.100 Married Virginia C EVALETH 14 Oct 1858 in Arlington, Virginia.101 She was born 5 Oct 1834 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 1927.102 No children.103
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1860. Franklin Brockett, Gov? Clerk, and Virginia Brockett were recorded in the 1860 census for Alexandria at his parents’ home, aged 36 and 27 [i.e. b c 1824 and 1833], see above under his parents.
1870.104 5 Jul. F L Brockett, aged 47 [i.e. b c 1823], male, Land Broker, was head of household in Alexandria; with V C Brockett, 35 [i.e. b c 1835], female, Keeping house; and his mother Elizabeth, aged 75, and 3 others.
1880. It was doubtless Franklin L and Virginia C who were recorded as Frank and Jennie Brockett, aged 57 and 45, at 48 King Street, Alexandria:105
1900.106 5 Jun. Virginia C Brocket, aged 65, born Oct 1834 VA, widowed, mother of no children, living at 412 Fairfax St with 2 sisters in the household of their brother James Eveleth, 58, Collector Water Rent.
On 31 Jul 1865 Franklin L Brockett of Alexandria, was pardoned for “taking part in the late rebellion against the Government of the Unites States…”107
Virginia and Franklin were buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Alexandria.108 Franklin’s papers were probably the source for most of the unpublished genealogy (FB) discussed above, from which some of the information about this clan is drawn. He appeared frequently in the pages of the Alexandria gazette; here are the entries cited by BFH:109 Read more
Fourth son of Robert Brocket and Elizabeth LONGDEN. Born 9 Mar 1825 in Alexandria, Virginia; died 5 Mar 1887 of heart disease, occupation Book Agent.110 Married Georgiana Catherine SEYMOUR, of Norfolk, Virginia, 5 Dec 1850.111 She was born 1829 in Norfolk, Virginia, and died 22 Jan 1898.112 Modern grave markers of the couple are in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Alexandria.113 Images of the couple c 1875:
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It was with little doubt he who advertised as a Daguerreotypist in 1848. 114 Port Tobacco, Charles Co, MD, is only 28 m S of Alexandria, and no other contemporary E L Brocketts are known:
1860. 8 Aug. The family were in Petersburg, Virginia: E L Brockett, 35, Fancy Goods Dealer, personal property: $3500, born Virginia; G S, 32, born Virginia; Kate S, 8; Bernetta, 5; Georgie, 3; Edgar, 6 months.
1870. The family hasn’t been located.
1880.115 9 Jun. Edgar L Brockett, aged 55 [i.e. b c 1815], was head of household at 51 North Washington St, Alexandria, VA, Book Agt, 2 months unemployed during the census year; with wife Georgeanna, 53 [i.e. b c 1817], Keeping House; and 2 daughters and 3 sons, all Single: Burnetta, 24 [i.e. b c 1856], At Home; Georgie, 22 [i.e. b c 1858], At Home; Edgar S, 21 [i.e. b c 1859], Clerk to Gass Purif’g Co, 6 months unemployed during the census year; Robert, 19 [i.e. b c 1861], Clerk in Store; Albert D, 17 [i.e. b c 1863], Clerk in Store, 1 month unemployed during the census year; all b VA, except Albert in NC.
During the Civil War (1861-65) Edgar served in the Confederate Army as Major in the 12th Regiment Virginia Infantry,116 or 124th regiment.117 Entries in the Alexandria gazette cited by BFH: Read more
- Kate Seymour Brockett, born 12 Oct 1851 in Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia; died 6 May 1934 in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland.119
She married James Neville BLACK 28 Jan 1880 in Residence of Edgar Longden Brockett, Alexandria.120 He was born 1855 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and died 29 Oct 1934 in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland. His occupation Farmer and owner of 82 acres.121 Kate and James were buried at Rockville Cemetery, Baltimore Road, Rockville, Maryland. 3 daughters, 2 sons.
- Burnetta Brockett, born c 1855. She married Frederick LEHMANN 2 Jun 1891 in Virginia. He was born 1847 in Franklin County, Kentucky. 2 sons.122
- Georgie Stratton Brockett, born c 1857. She married Frederick HEIMER. 1 son.123
- Edgar Seymour Brockett, born 2 Feb 1859 in Petersburg, Prince George Co, Virginia; died 16 May 1935 in Woodbridge, Virginia. He married Florence Henry REMINGTON 14 Jan 1903 in Alexandria, Virginia. For their family see below.
- Robert Brocket 1861-1933, married Jessie Paxton NORRIS. See below.
- Albert Doyle Brockett, born 15 Jul 1863 in Enfield, Halifax Co, North Carolina; died 17 May 1922, aged 59 of Lobar pneumonia.124 He married Hattie Foster NOURSE 12 Feb 1889 in Presbyterian Manse, Alexandria.125 She was born 1866 and died 21 Jan 1941.126 Albert D and and Edgar S owned a bakery business in Alexandria, recorded at various addresses there between 1897 and 1915.127 Hattie N Brockett applied for a US passport to travel to Europe on board the Assyria 21 Jun 1924 from NY.128 Albert and Hattie were both buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Alexandria, in front of those of Robert and Annabella’s.129 No children.
Census records:Read more1910:130 18 Apr. Albert D Brockett was recorded as head of household at 318 Washington St, Alexandria. VA, aged 46, b NC, parents b VA, married once, Broker Mdse Wholesale, homeowner; with wife Hattie N [W?], 44, b W VA, married once for 21 years, no children born; and a boarder Robert H STANDING, in the same business, aged 21 from Honduras.
1920:131 3 Jan. Albert D Brockett was recorded as head of household at 318 Washington St, Alexandria. VA, aged 50, b New Jersey, parents b NC, Broker in Office, homeowner without mortgage; with wife Harriett, 46, b NC.
Comment: Ages recorded were 7 or 8 years to young, and New Jersey for his birthplace looks like an enumerator’s mixup between NC and NJ.
Entries in the Fairfax Herald cited by BFH: Read more28 Apr 1911 Headline: ‘A. D. Brockett, Mt. Vernon Board of Visitors’; 27 Nov 1914 Headline: ‘A. D. Brockett Collects Emergency Funds’; 4 Dec 1914 Headline: ‘A. D. Brockett, Delinquent Real Estate Tax List’.
What was the entry cited by BFH from the Fairfax Herald of 13 Mar 1953 Headline: “B. W. Brockett, Quiet Title Suit”?
Residence at Albert’s death in 1922: 18 Washington St, Alexandria, occupation Broker Mdse,132 perhaps in error for 318.
- Kate Seymour Brockett, born 12 Oct 1851 in Petersburg, Prince George County, Virginia; died 6 May 1934 in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland.119
Fifth son of Robert Brocket and Elizabeth LONGDEN. Born 19 Feb 1828 in Virginia. The 1850 census recorded him in his parents’ household in Alexandria, aged 22, occupation Clerk. Between 1854-5, at least, W B Brockett was an agent for the Orange and Alexandria railroad, advertising departure times in the Alexandria gazette and the Washington DC Daily Union.133
Legal documents relating to the case of the United States vs. Walter B. Brocket for assault with intent to kill. Brocket was accused of attacking and stabbing Calvin Bailey in the shoulder with a Bowie knife on the night of September 2, 1857 in front of a saloon in Lecompton, Kansas Territory. Samuel Ford was also implicated in the attack. Brocket was indicted for the crime during the spring court term of 1858 by the U. S. District Court of the Kansas Territory, Second District. Brocket was a proslavery supporter and Bailey supported the free state cause.
Perhaps for this reason Walter and Ella haven’t been located in the 1860 census.136 During the Civil War (1861-65) Walter Burnett served in the Confederate Army as Captain in the 4th Battalion Louisiana Volunteers.137 The 1870 census recorded the couple—Walter and Ella Brocket—in Vicksburg, Warren Co, Mississippi, he aged 40, Broker, born Louisiana; she 28, born Alabama; in the household with several other individuals and couples of Almira WRIGHT, 40, born NY.138 A 22 Jun 1880 census entry from Madison, Louisiana,139 was likely of him as a Boarder in the household of Hugh R Lucas, aged 52: “W B Brockett, Widowed, aged 52, born Virginia (both parents also), R. R. Agent”, i.e. railroad agent.140 Neither Walter nor Ella have been located in the 1890 census. He is said to have died 5 Jul 1889 in Alexandria, Virginia and have been buried 31 Dec 1889 [6 months later!] in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Alexandria.141 Children:
- Charles Algernon Brockett, born 24 Jan 1862 in Petersburg, Virginia; died 16 Mar 1863 in Prattsville, Alabama.142
- Mattie Townsend Brockett, born 6 Apr 1865 in Talledage Springs, Alabama.143 In 1880 Mattie T, aged 14, was at her grandmother’s home in Alexandria, having attended school within the year, her father was recorded as born in VA, mother in Alabama. FH records that Mattie married Theodore I COE and had a son a daughter, and died 1 Jan 1962.
- Walter Burnet Brockett, born 3 Mar 1872, Vicksburg, Mississippi.144 It was probably he who was death was recorded 9 Jul 1875, and burial 10 July.145 He hasn’t been found in the 1880 or 90 censuses.
FH records that Walter and Ellen had 3 or 4 sons and one daughter, but other than Charles Algernon the sons names are unkonwn. They and their mother all died within two days in an epidemic of scarlet fever.146
Only those males with children are included here.
Only surviving son of Robert Longden Brockett and Ann Eliza McCORMICK.
Information from death certificate:147 Born 8 Sep 1850 VA, d 30 Apr 1929 from Cerebral Hemorrhage, resident of 159 Fifth St NE, Atlanta, Fulton Co, GA, Dentist, widowed, wife Betty Erwin. father Robert L Brockett, b VA, maiden name of mother McCormack, b VA.
FH said he was born in Frederick, MD, and married Bettie Johnson Erwin on 14 Oct 1875.148
1870: Clinton Thos. Brockett graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Maryland.149
1890: Bettie Erwin Brockett died 28 Apr and was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta.152 The record also said, “Dr. and Mrs. Brockett came to Atlanta from Virginia about nine years ago [i.e. c 1881]”. In 1907 his son died, and between 1910-20 so did his daughter.
The Atlanta City Directories show that from at least 1893 Clinton T Brockett was practicing in Atlanta as a dentist, at that time at 99½ Peachtree, residing 656 Piedmont Ave.153 By 1902 at least he had moved his practice to 301-2 The Grand, where he was still listed in 1929, the year he died. Here are the entries for 1902-6:Read more
They show that in 1902/3 Clinton and his son moved residence from Piedmont Rd to Tucker, as shown also in the Census records:Read more
1870. In parents’ home in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland, aged 21, Dentist.154
1880. in No 1880 census entries for Clinton so far found in VA or GA.
1890. The census records were mostly destroyed by fire and no records of Brocketts survived.
1900.155 2 Jun. At 656 Piedmont, Atlanta City, Chas T Brockett, aged 47, Head of household, Physician, widowed, b VA, owner of house with mortgage, parents both b VA; with father Robt L, 83, widowed, Teacher; daughter Lillie L, 20, b Jul 1879 VA, Single, At School, father b VA, mother Mississippi; son Clinton C, 16, b Dec 1883 GA, Single, At School, father b VA, mother Mississippi; and two Black servants: William Gibbs, 30, b 1869 GA, Coachman, married 10 years, parents b GA, literate; and Mollie Lockett, 45, b 1854 GA, Cook, married 5 years, no children born, parents b GA, illiterate.
- Lily Lonsdale Brockett, b c 1880,159 Montgomery Co, VA.160 She married William Thornton COMER 20 Jun 1901, son of St George LeGare Comer and Laura Virginia Thornton.161 2 sons and a daughter. She died between 1910-20, Atlanta, GA.
- Clinton T Jr Brockett, born 28 Dec 1882, GA. He was a dental student at his father’s practice 1902-3 and then as a practicing dentist 1904-6.162 He died 5 Apr 1907 (aged 24), Clarkston, DeKalb Co, GA, buried 7 Apr 1907 Westview Cemetery, Atlanta.163
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1880. At parents’ home, aged 21, Clerk to Gass Purif’g Co.
1890. The census records were mostly destroyed by fire and no records of Brocketts survived.
1900.165 At 5 Prince St, Alexandria, Edgar S Brockett, aged 40, born Feb 1859 VA, Single, occupation Broker Gen Nickel, parents b VA, owner of house without mortgage.
1910.166 21 Apr. In Occoquan, Prince William Co, VA, Edgar S Brockett, aged 50, married 6 years (1st time), Farmer of own farm without mortgage; with wife Florance, 33, married 6 years (1st time), 2 children born, both living: Daughter Georgina C S, 3; Son Edgar L, 1 year 2 months; everyone born VA, including all parents.
1920.167 10 Jan. In Occoquan Road, Occoquan, Prince William Co, VA, Edgar S Brockett, aged 61, Owner of a General Farm without mortgage; with wife Florence R, 44, Postmistress US Mail; and 3 daughters and a son: Georgia C S, 13; Edgar L, 11; Mary, 9; Burnetta, 6; everyone born VA, including all parents.
1930.168 In Occoquan, Prince William Co, VA, Edgar S Brockett, Head, aged 71, owner of home, married at age 45, Farmer; with wife Florence R, 54, no occupation; and 3 single daughters with no occupation: Geogianna C S, 23; Mary V, 19; Burnetta, 16; everyone born VA, including all parents.
He married Florence Henry REMINGTON 14 Jan 1903 in Alexandria, Virginia. She was some 17 years his junior, born 1876 in Alexandria, Virginia, and died 6 Nov 1956 in Bethesda, Maryland.169
Edgar died 16 May 1935 in Occopuan, Prince William Co, VA, of Heart disease, aged 76, Father: Edgar Longden Brockett, b Alexandria, VA, Mother: Georgeanna Catherine Seymour, Spouse: Florence R Brockett, who was the informant, of Woodbridge.170 Edgar and Florence were both buried in Pohick Episcopal Church Cemetery, Lorton, Fairfax Co, Virginia.171 For entries in the Fairfax News, Herndon Observer cited by BFH: Read more
- Georgiana Catherine Seymour Brockett, born 11 Jul 1906 Agnewville, Prince William Co, VA; died 29 Jan 1986 Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD, buried Pohick Episcopal Church Cemetery, Lorton, Fairfax Co, VA.172 Called “Georgie”. She married … DRUZINA. Entry in the Fairfax News, Herndon Observer:173Read more
27 Mar 1930, p 2: Headline: ‘Georgie Brockett, School at Gettysburg Battlefield’.
- Edgar Longden Brockett, born 30 Nov 1908; died 19 Dec 1979. See below.
- Mary Virginia Brockett, born 1 Oct 1910; died 6 Jan 1995. She married … FINKS. For entries in the Fairfax News, Herndon Observer cited by BFH Read more
From BFH. 21 Jul 1932, p 1: Headline: ‘Virginia Brockett Attends 4-H Short Course’; 25 Feb 1937 Headline: ‘Virginia Brockett Visits Criglersville Sister’
- Burnetta Brockett, born 10 Sep 1913 in Woodbridge, Virginia; died 29 Dec 1985 in Easton, Talbot Co, MD; buried Spring Hill Cemetery Easton.174
In the 1934 Washington DC City Directory she was recorded as a Stenographer residing in Woodbridge.175The other Brocketts were from an unrelated clan.
Burnetta married Lawrence BIRGE 1940. He was an Attorney, born 1914 in Newton, Massachusetts, and died 23 Oct 1987 in Easton, Maryland.176 2 daughters. For entries in the Fairfax News, Herndon Observer cited by BFH: Read moreFrom BFH. 31 May 1930, p 2 Headline: ‘Burnetta Brocket Graduates from Quantico School’; 8 Oct 1936, p 4 Headline: ‘Burnetta Brocket Occoquan High School Alumni’; 4 Jun 1936, p 8 Headline: ‘Burnetta Brocket Visits in Ashland, Virginia’; 21 Jan 1937, p 4 Headline: ‘Burnetta Brocket Guest of Jane Selecman’; 4 Mar 1937, p 5 Headline: ‘Burnetta Brockett Guests of Jane Selecman’.
Second son of Edgar Longden Brockett and Georgiana Catherine SEYMOUR.
1900.177 5 Jun. Robert Brocket was recorded in Front Royal District, Warren Co, VA, aged 38, b Dec 1861 VA, married 17 years, Traveling Salesman, renting his house, with wife Jessie P, 37, b Dec 1862 MD, married 17 years, 3 children born, all still alive: Albert D, 14, b Jun 1885; Robt Jr, 13, b Nov 1886; Hellen P Brocket, 11, b Jun 1888; all b VA. More information about ??? is provided by FH.178
1910.179 25 Apr. Robert Brocket was recorded at 220 Chestnut St, High Point Ward 1, Guilford, NC, aged 48, b VA, married 27 years, Proprietor Wholesale Grocery, renting his house, with wife Jessie P, 37, b MD, married 27 years, 3 children born, all still alive, no occupation; son Albert D, 24 [i.e. b c 1886], Single, b VA, Manager Wholesale Grocery; daughter Helen P, 21 [i.e. b c 1889], Single, b VA, no occupation.
Robert married Jessie Paxton NORRIS 10 Oct 1883 in Baltimore, MD.180 Children:
Robert Brocket died 26 Apr 1933, Pensacola, FL.181
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Elder son of Robert Brockett and Jessie Paxton NORRIS, b 21 Jun 1885.182 On an immigration record of 11 Dec 1931 he his birth was given as 21 Apr 1884. Albert Dorsey married Genevieve TATE 3 Oct 1910 in High Point, Guilford, NC.183 Albert Dorsey died 1942 in Duval Co, FL.184
Here is Albert Dorsey Brockett’s signature on his World War I Draft Registration Card of 7 Sep 1917:185The card supplied the following information: Home address: High Point, Gilford, NC; age 33; born 21 Jun 1885; occupation: Labor Foreman, employed in Portsmouth, VA; married to Genevieve Brockett of High Point, NC; [himself] tall, medium build, blue eyes, gray hair.
Albert wasn’t recorded with Genevieve and their 2 sons in the 1920 census and hasn’t been located elsewhere in that census. None of them have been located for the 1930 census, and by the time of the 1940 census, Genevieve recorded herself as widowed. Whether she knew of Kitty or not, who knows? In 1940 Genevieve was in Monroe Co, 500 miles or more south of Jacksonville.
This was Genevieve in Nov 1959 on a tourist pass to enter Brazil for a 30 day stay:186
The pass recorded her birth date of 16 Oct 1885 at High Point, Guilford Co, NC. Genevieve died on 29 Apr 1975, aged 89, in Fulton Co, GA and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, High Point, NC.187
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1900. 5 Jun. Robert Brocket was recorded in Front Royal District, Warren Co, VA, Albert D Brocket, aged 14, b Jun 1885, was living in his parents’ home in Front Royal, Warren Co, VA.188
1910. 25 Apr. Albert D Brockett, aged 24 [i.e. b c 1886], Single, b VA, Manager Wholesale Grocery, was living in his parents’ home at 220 Chestnut St, High Point Ward 1, Guilford, NC.189
1920.190 27 Jan. Genevieve Brockett, aged 32, b NC, married, was recorded at 211 S Main St, High Point City, Guilford Co, NC, Head of household, of no occupation; with sons Albert D, 9, and Tate, 6, both b NC; and 9 Boarders.
1930. None of the family has been located.
1940.191 16 Apr. Genevieve Brockett was living next door to son Albert D Brockett at Oversea Highway House #E, 8th Precinct, Monroe Co, FL. She was recorded as aged 50, widowed, a Restaurant Manager, residence in 1935: Highpoint, Gilfort, NC, Lodger in the house of Willima A ILISH, Restaurant Cook, aged 28, Single, renting home at 15 per month.
- Albert Dorsey Brocket Jr 1911-44. Born 23 Sep 1911, Guilford Co, NC, son of Albert Dorsey Brockett.192 Married 30 Sep 1939 Jessie Vera HONEYCUTT at Halifax, Halifax Co, Virginia.193 Albert’s residence: Durham NC, Box 1593, occupation salesman, born Guildford Co, NC; Jessie’s residence: 1111 Mangnum St, Durham, NC, aged 30; neither married before.
1940.194 16 Apr. Albert D Brockett was recorded at Oversea Highway House #E, 8th Precinct, Monroe Co, FL, Head of household, aged 28, b NC, Single, Proprietor Manager, Fishing Lodge, renting home at 15 per month, residence in 1935: Highpoint, Gilfort, NC.
1941: Divorced Jessie V Honeycutt at Duval, Florida.195
1942. 13 May. Enlisted as a Private in Fort Mcpherson, Atlanta, for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months.196 Education: 2 years of college, Occupation: Hotel and restaurant managers, Married, Height: 69, Weight: 172
1944. 21 Jun. Lieut Albert D Brockett died and was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Honolulu, Hawaii.197 No children known.
- Hall Tate Brockett 1916-50. In 1938, aged 22, he was manager of a Country Club in Durham, NC, with his mother:198
He died 17 Aug 1950 in Mirando Precinct 5, Webb Co, Texas, and the death certificate—for which there was no informant—gave the following information:199Hall Tate Brockett: Born 3 Aug 1916, NC; mother: Genevieve T Brockett, father: unable to obtain information; married; Chief Petty Officer, US Navy; usual residence: Vaval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX.
Comment: That he was married looks like an error—there was no informant.
His 1950 burial record said he was born 3 Aug 1916, Guilford Co, NC; buried Oakwood Cemetery, High Point, Guilford Co, NC, occupation given as Aviation Machinist’s Mate.200
If Albert senior went on active service, after his draft in 1917, this may have been the last time he was with the family. It’s the last record so far found of him with them. It appears that for the final 6 or 7 years of his life—at least—he was with Kitty S Brockett, mostly in Jacksonville, FL. She was listed in Jacksonville City Directories from 1937-58, residing Atlantic Beach 1937-8, 816 May 1943-58, and 1361 Challen Av 1959-60.201 Between 1944-58, she was listed “Brockett Kitty S (widow of Abert D Brockett)” as here in 1944:
So it seems that they married. No record of the marriage has yet been located. From at least 1931-9 Albert was in and out of Havana, Cuba, Kitty joining him by 1936. The following Citizen Passenger Lists of Vessels arriving at Miami, Florida,202 suggest that they may have married between 27 Apr 1935 and 2 Jan 1936. The 1936 list said Kitty was born in Camden SC 6 May 1902. If that was correct, she was about 17 years younger than Albert. It isn’t yet known if they had any children. Read more
1935. Sailing on the SS Florida from Havana 27 Jan 1935, arriving at the port of Miami, FL, 28 Jan: Brockett, Albert D, aged 48, Single, born Front Royal VA 21 Jan 1876; address in US Front Royal VA.
1935. Sailing on the SS Munargo from Havana 26 Apr 1935, arriving at the port of Miami, FL, 27 Apr: Brockett, Albert, aged 48, Single, born Front Royal VA 25 Jan 1887; address in US Atlanta GA.
1936. Sailing on the SS Florida from Havana 2 Jan 1936, arriving at the port of Miami, FL, 3 Jan: Brockett, Albert W, aged 47, Married, born Front Royal VA 21 Jun 1888; address in US Front Royal VA.
1936. [‘CANCELADO’ typed over both names.] Sailing on the SS Florida from Havana 2 Feb 1936, arriving at the port of Miami, FL, 3 Feb: Brockett, Albert D, aged 47, Married, born Front Royal VA 21 Jun 1888; address in US Jacksonville, FL. Brockett, Kittie, aged 33, Married, born Camden SC 6 May 1902; address in US Jacksonville, FL.
1936. Sailing on the SS Florida from Havana 4 Feb 1936, arriving at the port of Miami, FL, 5 Feb: Brockett, Albert D, aged 47, Married, born Front Royal VA 21 Jun 1888; address in US Jacksonville, FL. Brockett, Ketty, aged 33, Married, born Camden SC 6 May 1902; address in US Jacksonville, FL.
Between 1937-60 Kitty was Faculty—mostly Study Hall Director—at Robert E Lee High School, 1200 S McDuff Ave, Jacksonville.203 She was recorded in their School Yearbooks 1937-1939 as Kitty P Brockett, and as Kitty S Brockett 1943-59, mostly with an image.204 Her first degree was a Bachelor of Arts from Limestone College, Winnie Davis School of History—liberal arts college in Gaffney, South Carolina. Later she gained a Master of Education (MEd), either from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC, or University of SC, Columbia. The latter is c 300 miles from Jacksonvilee, so she may have taken a sabbatical to study there full time.
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And here is a selection from the School Yearbooks 1947, 48, 51, 53, 56 and 59:
Here is Robert Brockett’s signature on his World War I Draft Registration Card of 6/5/1917:206The card supplied the following information: Home address: 311 Johnson, High Point, NC; age 30; born 6 Nov 1886 Front Royal, VA; natural born citizen; Caucasian; occupation: Salesman, self employed in High Point, NC; married and supporting a wife and child; [himself] tall, medium build, blue eyes, light colored hair, slightly bald.
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1930.208 7 Apr. Robert Brockett Jr was recorded at 1819 East Bramard, Pensacola, Escambia, FL, aged 42, aged 26 at 1st marriage, Proprietor Auto agency, Owner of home valued at 4500, Owner of Radio Set, father b VA, mother MD; with wife Gertrude S, 40, aged 24 at 1st marriage, b GA; son Robert III, 13, b NC; daughter …, 10, b FL; and brother-in-law Henry G Sneed, 35, Automobile Salesman, and his wife and daughter.
1940.209 8 Apr. Robert Brockett was recorded at 1819 East Brainard, Pensacola, Escambia, aged 52, b VA, Auto Dealer, renting home at 10 per month; with wife Gertrude S, 51, b GA; son Robert Jr, 23, Single, b NC, Automobile Salesman; daughter …, 19, Single, b FL. Brother-in-law Henry G Sneed, 45, Auto Dealer, and his wife and daughter were next door.
- Robert Brockett Jr, born 19 Jul 1916, died 21 Aug 2009.211 Last Residence: 32501 Pensacola, Escambia, Florida.212 Called Robert III in the 1930 census. Married Jeanne Rosamoond NELSON, who predeceased him. They had 1 daughter.213 “A Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a Chief Petty Officer in the Seabees with a tour in Okinawa, receiving several medals during his military service. During his business career, he was part owner and operator of Brockett Motor Company. He was also a Past President of the Pensacola Lions Club, a two-term member of the Pensacola City Council, and a 33rd degree Mason.”214
- Lillian Paxton Brockett, birth date not known. Married William Edward WILSON Jr.215 She died 17 Sep 2013, and he 25 Dec 2013, and had been married 70 years,216 therefore married c 1943.
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1930.221 9 Apr. At 1413 West Wood Ave, Atlanta, Fulton Co, GA, Edgar L Brackett (sic), 21, Single, Boarder in the household of Arthur L BURT, Cleark with the Rail Road, born VA, Home in 1930: Atlanta, Parents born VA.
1940.222 19 Apr. At 1019 Church St, Decatur, Dekalb Co, GA, Edgar Brockett, Head, 31, b Virginia, Accountant Clerk with Railroad Co, salary for year 2100, owner of house valued at 3800; Wife Daisy, 28, b New York; Daughter …223, 5, b Georgia; Residence in 1935: Atlanta, Fulton Co, GA.
Edgar was recorded in the Atlanta City Directories from 1929 through to the 1950s, at least.224 In 1929, for instance, Edgar L Brockett was listed as Private Secretary, Southern Railway System, residing 1013 Sells Ave, SW (also in Atlanta was his 1st cousin once removed Clinton T Brockett, Dentist), and in 1935 as Clerk, Southern Railway, residing 1256 N Ridgewood Ave, NE, with Daisy V.
In 1926, aged 20, Edgar L Brockett of Agnewville [William Co, VA] attended the basic course for Company ‘H’, 34th Infantry, at Citizens Military Training Camp, Fort Eustis, Virginia.225
- Daughter, living Feb 2019.226
- Ronald William Brockett, born 12 Aug 1940, Emory Univer[sity], GA, died 30 Aug 2002.227 Ronald graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology from Georgia State College, Atlanta, Class of 1964, image:228
1962-70. Enlisted in the armed forces 25 Apr 1962, released 12 Apr 1970.229
Married Charlene … Deceased.230 They adopted a daughter and a son.
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