Other, less likely, candidates for Hugh Bradwell's birth and parents are:
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bradwell-299 1688 Newwall Nook to Thomas and Christina
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bradwell-300 1676 Bradwell to Hugh and Elizabeth
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bradwell-301 1673 Bradwell to Ellis and Hannah Died as infant?
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bradwell-302 1686 Abney to Hugh and Mary died as infant?
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Bradwell-303 1688 Abney to Hugh and Mary Too far away? Later 1694 and 1698 baptisms at Bradwell to a Hugh and Maria suggest they may have moved.
While there are a number of possible dates for Hugh’s birth, and hence his parents, it appears most likely that he was born in 1674 to Hugh Bradwell and Alice Eyre at Newwall Nook, and baptised at St Peter’s, Hope on 15 November 1674, recorded in Latin as Hugh Bradwall fil. Hugh et Ales de neaunooke.
This is the most likely baptism because at least some of his children were later born at Newwall Nook, with the only other children born in that locality in that period those of his elder brother Edward.
No record has been found of Hugh’s marriage to Grace which probably occurred around 1707. They either married in a different parish or the marriage was not transcribed into the register at Hope.
According to Seth Evans, in his 1912 book Bradwell: Ancient and modern, “Down to within a few years ago it was the custom to exact toll from wedding parties before they would allow them to get married. The method was to stretch a rope across the road to prevent them passing to church or chapel, and not to allow the bride and bridegroom to pass until the latter had paid toll. Often the church or chapel gates were fastened while the ceremony was going on, and only unfastened when the toll was paid. The money was generally spent at the nearest public-house.”
Hugh and Grace had at least five children together, Alice (1708), Elizabeth (1712), Mary (1715), William (1718) and John (1721). They also had two unnamed infants who did not have a baptism recorded, only a burial, one in 1711 and the other in 1719.
Hugh’s residence when both Elizabeth and John was recorded as Newwall Nook, for Alice and Mary it was Bradwell. His residence when their unnamed child was buried in 1711 was Outland Head, another cluster of farm buildings just 300 metres from Newwall Nook.
The attribution of William as a son of Hugh and Grace is uncertain. His parents were recorded as Hugh and Alice but this may have been an error by the church official, as Edward and Alice Bradwell were also living at Newwall Nook at the time.
His daughter Mary died in 1742, with her death recorded in the register as Mary fil. Hugh Bradwall Newnook, suggesting that Hugh was both still alive and living in Newwall Nook.
Hugh's wife Grace died in 1765 and was buried on 20 November, her burial being recorded as Widow Grace Bradwall Smalldale.
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