Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Brett

Male Abt 1625 -


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  • Name William Brett 
    Born Abt 1625  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I011480  Tree1
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2020 

    Family ID F07559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Henry Brett,   b. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1670, Plymouth, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. George Brett,   b. Abt 1642, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1705, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     3. Samuel {Unproven} Brett,   b. Bef 1645, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1685, Calvert County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years)
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F02032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      VIRGINIA GLEANINGS IN ENGLAND; The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography: WILLIAM BRETT of Hearne, Toddington, county Bedford, Esq.
      Will 4 June 1624; proved 20 September 1624. To Mary my wife all household stuff and plate. To my son Robert Brett my lease from my son William Brett of lands in Toddington aforesaid for 98 years a yearly rent of 80 to be paid to said son William, after my decease. Whereas I made a feofment to my brother Richard Brett of Quayton county Bucks, doctor of divinitie, John Thorpe of London Esq, and George Johnson of Brogboroughe Park, county Bedford gents and their heirs of premises therein mentioned which shall be sold and the money received employed according to my last will. I therefore bequeath to said Mary my wife 1000 in lieu of her joynture.
      Residue which shall be made of as such sale disposed of as follows----100 to my son Richard Brett he to enjoy his mother's lands after her decease. The rest to my two daughters Mary and Elizabeth. And my sons Randall, Edward, John, Frances and Benjamin Brett equally. If either of my daughters marry contrary to their mothers liking then she or they shall have but 100. To my said three feoffees 40s. apeece for rings. To poor of Toddington 40s. My said wife Mary sole executrix.
      Witnesses: Robt Woodford, scr, Wyatt Fowler, Byrde, 82.

      [This was an ancestor of the Virginia Ishams and Randolphs. William Isham, son of Sir Euseby Isham, of Pytchley, married, Aug. 13, 1625, Mary daughter of William Brett, of Toddington, Bedfordshire, and had a son Henry Isham, who emigrated to Virginia. Sir Edward Brett, one of the sons of Wm. Brett, the testator, in his will dated Dec. 22, 1682, and proved March 17, 1683 (printed in Waters' Gleanings) made bequests to his Isham relations in Virginia. See this Magazine IV, 123, 124; XVIII 85-87. The Visitation of London 1568
      From Vol. XXII, No. 4 (Oct. 1914), p. 396.

      (Harlean Society) gives the following pedigree: Alexander Brett, of Whitstanton in Devon, married a daughter of Rosemaderos, and had issue: 1 John, 2 Robert, of Lincolnshire, Gent., married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Bush, of Sisson, 3d brother of the Bushes of Hoburn; 3, Symon. Robert and Elizabeth (Bush) Brett had issue: 1, Robert, Citizen and Merchant-Tailor, of London, married Elizabeth, daughter of Reginald Highgate;.2, Margaret, married Veale, of Lincoln, shire. Robert and Elizabeth (Highgate) Brett had issue: 1, John- oldest son; 2, William, (the testator); 3, Robert; 4, Richard; 5, Elizabeth 6, Catherine.
      Several of this family of Bretts appear in Foster's Alumni Oxoinlenses. Alexander Brett, of Whitstanton, Somerset, matriculated at Exeter College Dec. 3, 1575, aged 17, was a student of the Inner Temple,
      1575, and was knighted June 20, 1603.
      Alexander Brett, of Somerset, Eng., matriculated at Hart Hall July 1, 1603 aged 15, and was perhaps the person of the name knighted Dec. 2, 1624. Arthur Brett, of Whitstanton was a student of the Inner Temple 1579, & was probably the Arthur Brett, of Devon, gent, who matriculated at Exeter College Dec. 20, 1577, aged 16. George Brett, of Whitstanton, gent, matriculated at Exeter College Dec. 3, 1575 aged 16, and was a student of the Inner Temple 1575. John Brett, of Somerset, Esq., matriculated at Magdalen College June 4, 1601, aged 12, student at Lincolns Inn 1604. Richard Brett, the brother mentioned in the will, matriculated at Hart Hall Feb. 8, 1582-3, aged 15, fellow of Lincoln College, B. A. 12 Oct. 1586; M. A. 9 July 1589, B. D. 6 June 1597, D. D. 13, June 1605, rector of Quanton, Bucks. 1595, one of the translaters of the Bible 1604, died 15 April 1637. Robert Brett, of Somerset Esq., matriculated at Hart Hall April 15, 1586_ aged 20. Several of these persons no doubt descended from John, eldest son of the Alexander Brett of the pedigree given above.]
      In the Church at Quainton, Buckinghamshire, is the tomb of Richard Brett D. Th. (the brother named in the will) rector of the parish and one of the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible, erected by his wife Alicia in 1637. It has kneeling figures of man and woman, sons and daughters, of alabaster and black marble colored, in recess, with frieze, pediment and pilasters: inscription on frieze in Hebrew, Greek and Latin; tablet below recess with long inscription in Latin; shield with Brett Arms.
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      1670-1674 Lancaster County Order Book; Antient Press: pg 217
      Lancaster County Court 10th of January 1671/72
      It appeareing to this Cort. that WILL: BRETT stands indebted unto WILL: THATCHER in 1200 lb of tob: & ca: p Bill & deserteing his place of abode, ye sde. THATCHER obtayned an Attachmt, agt. ye Estate of ye sde. BRETT, wch: was executed upon a Boate of ye sde BRETT as appeares by the retorne of ye sde, Attachmt wch: BRETT not appeareing to repleven ye saide Attachment, Judgment is granted agt, ye sde. Boate wth costs

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