8-6-01 - Today I found this in my mother's genealogy folder. It is written on two pages of very yellowed paper, obviously quite old, but not dated. However, it was written for a child of John (I think)Brayton, which would put it somewhere around 1800. The writing isn't easy to read in places, so there may be some misspellings. Itallics are mine.
The Origin of the Brayton Family as given by Gamalid (not sure of name perhaps it says Grandad) Jenkins - no date on paper:
The name of "Briton" in England is the same family of the Braytons in NY and is the true Brayton. Briton is of French origin of Norman extraction. The Briton family came into England with the conquerer in the year 1060 as found in an early geneology of the Britons in 1197.
The name of Briton is derived from an ancient province called in France, Bretague. The armorial bearing are the same in France as in England and the name in France is spelled Le Briton.
Burks amorial bearing have the coat of arms with the name Brayton which is the only book that can be found with the name spelled Brayton. In the same book of course under Briton is preciselly the coast of arms and crest as Brayton. This is positive proof that Briton in England is of the same family as the Braytons in New York.
There are at the present-day many persons in France who are decendants of the old family of Le Britons and who by the Heraldry of France have the same coat of arms. Bakers history of Northamptonshire in the Astro library in New York City Vol. 1, page 220 has a long genealogy of the Briton Family running back from generations before the 1st date 1197 showing that the Braytons were in England as early as 1060. The genealogy seems to be prepared from papers of the family of William Le Briton in the year 1197.
Francis Brayton was born in 1611 and died 1692, was a member of the Colonial Assembly of Rhode Island in 1692 and member of the Grand Jury in Court of General Quarters session in Newport, R. I. June 12, 1688. Residence Portsmouth. Occupation a farmer.
The Braytons immigrated from R. I. to VT and settled near the foot of the Green Mountains. One of them, a brave christian man, stood near his house one morning watching an immense land slide bearing down the mountain side breaking down trees and carrying everything before it. The inhabitants below fleeing for their lives while Mr. Brayton stood calmly by his dwelling watching the slide that came rushing down the mountain upon the (train or plain) below. One large boulder the size of his house came rolling in the direct line of his house and when only a few feet from it stopped. When the landslide cleared, the inhabitants came back and asked Mr. Brayton why he did not run.
The answer he made them was that he knew there was a God in Israel. The next fall he was elected to the legislature because he knew there was a God in Israel.
Thomas Brayton came from Rhode Island about the year 1773 to Clarendon, now East Rutland, VT and purchased 100 acres of land where the city now stands, also another 100 acres of land and a millsite on which he built a mill for flouring purposes on Otter creek from which he was driven off by a mob under Col. Warren who favored a New Hampshire claimiant to the land. He then in 1875 (written above this date is "not right") settled in Kingsbury Washington County and became a farmer. He married Eunice Sweet apr. 9, 1762 and reared up a large family. Your father being the fourth son. (I think this means John)
Thomas B. Brayton was buried about two miles south of the Village of Fort Ann at the Braytons Crossing.
Probably there is no family in America that can show so long a line of ancestry as the Brayton family. The fact showing itself that the family has ever been composed of intilligent christian people and worthy of the respect of the world the the past 8 or 9 centuries.
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