Richard: Arnold Beasley died late last year. I am familiar with the his posting of July 2001, and I can tell you he was totally right and that nothing has happened since then to change the views expressed.
It is most unfortunate that E.J. Brockett took such little time to complete his research. He meant well, and he apparently got caught up in the fad of the day of publishing a family history and in so doing, to expand the familyis reputation to the greatest extent possible. You will note that he uses almost no documentation, and we are left to assume that all is true and correct. Indeed, it is not. My mother, a Brockett, is not even descended from Hector John, but some of her Brockett ancestors are in there. William #198 is shown as son of Elisha, and we have now proven that he was not. He was, in fact, son of Benjamin Brockett of Craven Co, NC, where he was born and raised. Even descendants of William have come to falsley believe they are descended from the Connecticutt
I cannot say how much error exists in the book beyond my own connection, but I would use the volume only as a guide to further research. In any event, once I arrived at the immigrant John I would throw out all entries of his ancestry and much that was written about John himself. The John Brockett that so many admire today was, as one writer put it, an invention of the Victorian age.
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