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John Brockett of New Haven
Posted by: Richard Arwen (ID *****2032) Date: August 13, 2005 at 12:50:01
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This is a suggestion that interested descendants of New Haven John go back to the Broket Archive. Click on 'growing'. Click on 'John' (2 Apr 2005). Click on 'John and Joan of Caswell.' Scroll down to 'dispute' (3rd paragraph). After reading of the Chancery suit, scroll on down to the Chronology and note the 1638 deed date for John Sr. In case you missed it, the Chancery case stated that John Jr influenced the makers of the deed to leave out the clause "without impeachment of waste." That means John Sr and John Jr (he who married Mary Blackwell) were both in England in 1638. They were still there in 1642/3. It also means that John Jr managed to cheat his father out of the family farm. And he was not in New Haven. A man with this kind of character would not have been welsome among Davenport's Puritans.
Further, the comment has been made that judgement cannot be based on social status alone. True enough, but neither can it be ignored. In 17th England, social rank was everything. New Haven records show Brockett "was appointed" or "was directed," etc. He was not among the elite who made the decisions, and the duties he performed were commonly expected of most male residents of the colony. His seating in the meeting house is, by itself, a strong statement about his social status. His membership in the General Court (which was little more than the town council) was no different from that for other male residents. He was a "jack-of-all-trades" of yeoman rank, a good men, and a welcome member in the colony. It is very possible that to earn his passage to America, he worked as a hired servant for one of the wealthier members of Davenport's congregation.
The website showing Brockett's descent from Wheathampstead families is incorrect.
The Broket Archive, by the way, is far more than a common family history. The archivist, over a period of many years, has spent a considerable amount of money accumulating thousands of wills, deeds, photos, and other documents during the course of his research of the Brockett family.
If you do a search of his name, you will find that he is a renowned researcher in his own right in subjects unrelated to genealogy. If he says John Brockett was of 'yeoman' rank, we can bet the farm on it.


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