Hi Ron, I want to believe in the John Brockett of Caswell concept. It does require that he sail back and forth. Maybe he did and that's the answer. If his son John was born in England,as has been said, instead of New Haven, then it would prove he went back and forth.
My record says John's son John attended Oxford to be a surgeon and then came over to become the DR. of Wallingford. I had it in my head that anyone attending Oxford in the middle of the 17th century had to come from a well heeled family, but the Oxford Archive did a search for John Brockett and found no student by that name at that time. The Assistant Keeper of the Archive, Anna Petre also said that records show that in fact 40% of students were of the plebeian class. I'm a bit at a loss there.
One last item though, if John Brockett wasn't a bit special at surveying, why did the governor of NJ. have him do the job for Elizabeth Town?
I respect Arwen's thoughts on this, but I still lean toward the Weathampstead family, but who knows. It's all part of the fun.
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