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John Bruce Sr (1742 - aft. 1816)

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John Bruce Sr
Born in Pittsylvania County, Colony of Virginiamap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 17 Jan 1780 in Halifax County, Virginia, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Halifax County, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 5 Dec 2019 | Created 5 May 2011 | Last significant change: 5 Dec 2019
21:09: Malcolm Hoare added John Bruce (1760-1817) as child for John Bruce Sr (1742-aft.1816). [Thank Malcolm for this]
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John Bruce Sr performed Patriotic Service in Virginia in the American Revolution



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John Bruce Sr is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P123484
Rank: Supporter (provided Beef)

John Bruce, Sr. contributed to the cause of American Independence by providing beef for the troops as per claim allowed by the Court of Halifax County, VA, 6 Sep 1783[1]


Name: John /Bruce/ Sr


Date: 1742
Place: Possibly Spotsylvania, Virginia where many of the Bruce family are recorded.

John Bruce snr is recorded in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 as being born in Virginia 1742 and marrying Mary MNU 1760. Mary's birth date is given as 1745.

In the will of John Bruce snr. dated 10 March 1816, also 28 Oct 1816 he mentions his children viz:

  • Rebekah wife of Jesse Samuel Monday
  • Winney wife of John Morefield, grandson Willis Morefield
  • Polly wife of Henry Wilkerson
  • Elizabeth wife of John Wood
  • Sally wife of Larkin Seamore
  • John Bruce jnr. married to Lucy Monday (source - Halifax Chancery Records 1823-037 William Webb and wife vs administrator of John Bruce. Also Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly - Volume 20, Number 1 states that Jesse Monday was the brother in law of John Bruce jnr.).


Deed Book
Date: 22 Dec 1790
Place: Halifax County, Virginia, USA
Source: The Rucker family genealogy, with their ancestors, descendants and connections
Note: To John Wood about 100 acres bounded by William Chandler deceased.


Will: Will Book 10, Page 529.
Date: 10 Mar 1816
Place: Antrim Parish, Halifax, Virginia, USA


Date: After 21 October 1816


Husband: John Bruce
Wife: Mary Unknown (Married in 1760)
Child: Rebekah Bruce
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural


  1. Reference: Public Service Commissioner's Book II, pp. 309-310;

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On 7 May 2018 at 00:47 GMT William Foster Jr wrote:

Bruce-4624 and Bruce-278 appear to represent the same person because: Clear dup.

John is 18 degrees from T S Eliot, 16 degrees from Walter Howe and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.