Ann  (Bagley) Brinton

Ann (Bagley) Brinton (abt. 1634 - 1699)

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Ann Brinton formerly Bagley
Born about in Dudley St Edmund, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Sedgley, Staffordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Birmingham, Chester, Pennsylvaniamap
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Categories: Sedgley, Staffordshire | Quaker Emigration to America | Birmingham Monthly Meeting, Pennsylvania | Questionable Gateway Ancestors.

Ann (Bagley) Brinton is a member of the royalty, nobility or aristocracy in the British Isles.
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Ann has a disproved royal and Magna Carta ancestry which was shown to be incorrect in an article in The American Genealogist. [1]




Baptized: 27 April 1634 at Dudley St Edmund, Worcestershire, England."[2]
Daughter of Edward and Olive (Unknown) Bagley.

Marriage and Children

Married: William Brinton "was married in 1659, in England, by Friends' ceremony, to Ann Bagley, daughter of Edward Bagley of Sedgeley.'"[3]
Husband William Brinton wrote a touching tribute of Ann after her death (reprinted in Schoonover), in which he says they were married about 1659 and that she had been a Quaker about three years at that time. Of her family, he writes:
"Her ffather's name was Edward Bagley, a man of good account as to worldly Rank. He dyed some fifty years ago. Her mother became a friend and so continued until her death. She remayned a Widow all her Dayes, which was some thirty years after her husband's decease..." [4]

Death and Legacy

Died: About 1699.
Ann Brinton died about 1699 in Birmingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband by her side.[5]

Testimony of William Brinton

"She was born in the year one thousand six hundred and thirty five, and dyed in the year one thousand six hundred and ninety-nine.
Her ffather's name was Edward Bagley, a man of good account as to worldly Rank. He dyed some fifty years ago. Her mother became a Friend and so continued until her death. She remayned a Widow all her Dayes, which was some thirty years after her husband's decease.
My Dear Wife was one that did fear the Lord from her young and tender years upward. About three years before she became my wife, she walked in Society and Unity with the People of God, and this is the fortieth year since we were married. She loved the truth greatly, and was beloved of the Lord and his People, and willingly received the Truth from the first Publishers of it in those days. She has been a very faith full, loving Wife, and a tender Mother to our children. In the Neighborhood we lived in she did much good to poor people, very pityfully, and had their good Word and Prayers. As she was much beloved in Old England by most people who knew her, so she continued to be in these parts of the World. She was much attended with weakness of Body.
Upon the first day of the week, during her last sickness, it being the day before she dyed, there came many Friends to see her, and after the Meeting I she was very weak, but in great clearness did speak much to Friends that day. There came into her remembrance a little Paper given forth by George Fox, about forty years ago, against strife and contention, and she desired Friends to live in Unity and the Bond of Peace.
She then stretched out her hand to me and said - My poor Husband. I asked her if she was willing to dye and leave me.
She said she was very willing to dye, and spake to our children to be loving to their poor ffather.
A little before she dyed we thought she would speak no more, but she arised and again spake and said - Be valiant for the Truth. After that a Friend nearest her asked her how she did. She said - Near my departure, my spirit is returning to God who gave it.
Last of all she said-Lord come quickly. We could understand no more that she spake, and she soon after departed in great Peace.
Frances Boweter, Elisabeth Harlan and I myself were with her when she departed.


Disproved Royal Ancestry: It was once believed that John Bagley had married Ann Tomlinson, an illegitimate daughter of Edward Sutton, 5th Baron Dudley. This was based on a lease that John Bagley, Robert Dudley and George Guest had received from Lord Dudley. Robert Dudley was a known illegitimate son Lord Dudley, and George Guest was the husband of an illegitimate daughter. Elizabeth Tomlinson, the known mistress of Lord Dudley by whom he had 11 children, left money in her will to Edward and Dudley Bagley.
The assumption then was that Edward Bagley had also married an illegitimate daughter of Lord Dudley, thus explaining both the lease and the bequest by Elizabeth Tomlinson. However, Charles Hanson showed by a more careful reading of the will that Edward Bagley had not married a daughter of Elizabeth Tomlinson, but had in fact married her sister. Therefore, the descent through Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley is broken.
It is sometimes still argued that the bequests of Elizabeth Tomlinson were to children and not her nephews, Edward and Dudley Bagley. At this point it is extremely unlikely and the reconstruction provided by Hansen in his American Genealogist article is most probable. [7]


Footnotes and citations:
  1. The American Genealogist, vol. 71 (1996): 36-48. Ancestry of William and Ann (Bagley) Brinton, by Charles M. Hansen.
  2. The American Genealogist, vol. 71 (1996): 48.
  3. Schoonover, The Brinton Genealogy, (1924), page 97
  4. Schoonover, The Brinton Genealogy, (1924), page 106
  5. Schoonover, The Brinton Genealogy, (1924),page 106
  6. Schoonover, The Brinton Genealogy, (1924), Page 105-106.
  7. The American Genealogist, vol. 71 (1996): 36-48. Ancestry of William and Ann (Bagley) Brinton, by Charles M. Hansen.
Source list:
  • The American Genealogist vol. 71, no. 1 (January 1996): 36-48. The Ancestry of William and Ann (Bagley) Brinton: Quaker Immigrants to Pennsylvania, by Charles M. Hansen. LINK
  • Schoonover, Janetta W, Gilbert Cope, and Ellen S. Brinton. The Brinton Genealogy: A History of William Brinton Who Came from England to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1684 and of His Descendants, with Some Records of the English Brintons. (Trenton, N.J: Press of MacCrellish & Quigley Co, 1924): 96-104.
  • Sherry Jesberger. (2002, 29 March). "Re: William BRINTON and Ann BAGLEY." Message posted to Brinton Forum on

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Small mention of Edward Bagley, Ann Bagley's father
Small mention of Edward Bagley, Ann Bagley's father

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On 6 Mar 2016 at 00:14 GMT H Husted wrote:

Interestingly, the church where she was baptized was destroyed in 1646 during the civil war. Ann would have been 12 at the time; parishioners worshiped instead at St. Thomas's Church in Dudley. Wikipedia

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