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Re: Brockett info.
Posted by: Ron Brockett (ID *****2923) Date: August 21, 2005 at 16:46:49
In Reply to: Re: Brockett info. by Michael Fleming of 576

Hi Michael
As for John sailing back and forth, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that he came over here to get established and then sailed back for his wife. Let's face it. There's no way to know if he was sailing back and forth to do business or not. Could John's son have trained to be a Doctor over here? I really don't know the answer to that question. I tend to stick with the Caswell theory because of the birth dates. John died in Wallingford in 1689 or 1690. EJ Brockett says age 80. Donald Jacobus Lines said 77 I think. That's 1610 or 1612. The people at The New Haven Colony Historical Society say Lines work is accurate and documented. When I visited the Wallingford town clerk's office I'm pretty sure it stated his age in the death record. I'm going to go check again(and make a copy this time). As for his surveying skills, He was given credit for laying out New Haven's nine squares.This was accepted as fact until 1980 or so when a woman named Brown disputed it in a paper she wrote for the historical society.She gave her own candidates for the planner but didn't have any proof. I tend to believe the accepted history until it's proven wrong. The oral history says JB is from Wheathampstead. I've seen it jotted down on a piece of paper in a file at the Wallingford Historical Society. There's a picture of Brockett Hall in the Culver/Brockett Museum in North Haven CT. Is this proof? Absolutely not. But why is it there? And why does the oral history exist?
I guess we need more info. Until then I believe 1612-1690.Wheathampstead.
Ron


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