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Sarah (Unknown) Bracewell (1651 - abt. 1735)

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Sarah Bracewell formerly [surname unknown]
Born in Isle of Wight, Virginia Colonymap
Daughter of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Isle of Wight, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Isle of Wight, Virginia Colonymap
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Biography

Sarah Unknown was born on 16 Jan 1651 in Isle of Wight, Virginia Colony. There have been no records of her parents or maiden name discovered to date.

Sarah married Richard Bracewell Sr. about 16 Jan 1673 in Isle of Wight, Virginia. They had the following children:

  1. William Braswell,
  2. Richard Bracewell Jr.,
  3. Martha (Basewell) Murphy,
  4. Ann (Braswell) Edwards,
  5. Jacob Bracewell,
  6. Robert Braswell,
  7. John Bracewell,
  8. Jane (Braswell) Williams and
  9. Valentine Bracewell

Sarah died about 26 May 1735 in Isle of Wight, Virginia Colony.

Sarah's Will

Sarah's will was made in Isle of Wight Co., VA, on 20 Mar 1733/34. She left the bulk of her estate to her grandson, JOHN BRASWELL, JR., "except one Negro man named LIMESTONE," whom she left to her daughter, JANE Her son, JOHN BRASWELL SR. was named as executor and caretaker until his son became of age (21). His son, BENJAMIN was to have the first mare colt born and a slave. She also names JOHN's other children in equal shares of the estate: MARY, WILLIAM and SAMPSON. She appointed her on JOHN and his son, JOHN, as executors. Witnesses were RICHARD BLOW JR., SAMUEL SMITH and SAMUEL WILLIS. The will was probated 26 May, 1735 [1]

An undocumented article in "Following the BRASWELLs in America 1600-1983," by Dr. R.B. BRASWELL identifies RICHARD's wife as SARAH SAMPSON and gives their wedding date as 16 Jan 1673. [2] No source was given and "Southside Virginia Families," by JOHN BENNETT BODDIE doesn't identify her surname. If she was a SAMPSON, she might have been a daughter of JAMES SAMPSON and ELIZABETH BARCROFT of Isle of Wight Co., VA. He is the only man named SAMPSON in that area who was the correct age to be her father. ELIZABETH immigrated in 1647 with CHARLES BARCROFT who may have been her brother. Other SAMPSONs in the Isle of Wight Co., VA, area were ELIZABETH, who married THOMAS CLARK and ANN, who married EDWARD MOSELEY. EDWARD MOSELEY was very wealthy. He died in New Hanover Co., NC, and owned land in Edgecombe CO., NC.

Sources

  1. Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634-1951 Wills and administrations bk II 1719-1760. Will Abstract of Sarah Braswell, drawn March 20, 1733/1734 and recorded May 26, 1735. Page: 65. Image: 85 & page 74.
  2. ncgenweb Libraries, Books and Microfilm: FOLLOWING THE BRASWELLS IN AMERICA: 1600-1980 by Braswell, R. B [n.p. : Pub by Author, 1973] Braswell Memorial Library-Local History-LH 929.2 BRASWELL 2-Non-Checkout [2 copies].
  • "Wills and Administrations of the Isle of Wight Virginia 1647-1800 Book 1-3" compiled By Blanche Adams Chapman. Page 124. Braswell, Sarah, Leg. Grandson John Braswell JR, Dau. Jane ; Grandson Benjamin; to the other children of my son John, Viz, William, Mary, and Sampson. Executors son John Braswell and Grandson John Braswell. March 20, 1733/34. Recorded May 26, 1735. Wit Richard Blow Jr, Samuel Smith and Samuel Willis.


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Collaboration

On 6 Jan 2017 at 11:06 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

It may upset some, but like my last post says. never give up

On 6 Jan 2017 at 11:00 GMT Paula J wrote:

If there is no record then I will change the name to Unknown now. Thank you, Eric!

On 6 Jan 2017 at 10:46 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

As a professional genealogist and one that loves the genealogy of the Southern States of America, I can find no record or source that would lead me to conclude this profile was a "Sampson" other than she mentions a grandson named Sampson and Dr. Roy Bennett Braswell book which you can see Here.

It takes a long time to find the truth. When I was 6 I remember an old man who used to talk to me when Dad wasn't around. His name was Lawrence Duffy who used to tell me about when he was in WW1. 40 years later after always asking my Dad who he was, its was my Dads father. I have the surname Daly but my grandfather was Lawrence Duffy. Nothing is what it seems till you actually find the truth.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 10:37 GMT Paula J wrote:

Thank you, Eric! You are always such a great help!!

On 6 Jan 2017 at 10:16 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

As you can see the record source I have added for the will of Sarah is the source where Blanche Adams Chapman got the source for her book only she dosent tell you which book number the records from.

Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634-1951 Wills and administrations bk II 1719-1760. Will Abstract of Sarah Braswell, drawn March 20, 1733/1734 and recorded May 26, 1735. Page: 65. Image: 85 & page 74.

All records are from the Isle of Wight Circuit Court and can be seen on Familysearch Free.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 09:15 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

The will for Sarah is not in book IV page 64/65. Its in book II on page 65. I know as I can see it and I will add any image that can be viewed for free to the inline refs.

The Authors of the various books on Wills, Inventries and Deeds use the same assets that I have. You have to buy their books if you can find one to buy. I will show you where we get them so you can get them free.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 05:51 GMT Paula J wrote:

The will is posted and all of the children are listed in the will. I will change the name to Unknown tomorrow if no one comes up with a source. Thanks for all of your help!!!

On 6 Jan 2017 at 04:00 GMT Paula J wrote:

While we are working on this, do the kids appear to be correct? I am not familiar with this line.

I've asked my researcher to take a last look for any documents that may have a LNAB. He is a whiz.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 03:42 GMT Paula J wrote:

I suggest that we change the LNAB to Unknown due to lack of a record or reliable source that indicates otherwise.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 03:31 GMT Paula J wrote:

This helpful message from Randy Bower was left on my profile page and I am reposting here:

Ref. Sarah Braswell

An undocumented article in "Following the BRASWELLs in America 1600-1983," by Dr. R.B. BRASWELL identifies RICHARD's wife as SARAH SAMPSON and gives their wedding date as 16 Jan 1673. No source was given and "Southside Virginia Families," by JOHN BENNETT BODDIE, doesn't identify her surname.

Thanks Randy!!!

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