North East England
Records from London show a Broket family in Alnham
by the 1470sa hamlet in the
rolling Cheviot foothills. They probably first settled here
as part of the Percy
expansion in the 14th C, but local records of ordinary people
are virtually non-existent from these times when Northumberland
was often at war
and plunder was common. No other records of Brokets have been
found before the 15th C (Hodgson 1820, 1835; Fraser 1968;
Archaeologia Aeliana 4 xli).
Separating the few pre-1570 North East records from those
of Yorkshire and Scotland is not to say their Brokets were
not relatedthey probably werebut because of subsequent
developments these 3 regions are more easily described separately.
The late 16th C found Brokets in 2 of the 3 main North Eastern
ports and a couple of outlying villages, after which on average
during each century up to the 20th there were 48 marriages
and 81 births. With 31 baptisms, the North East was
the 4th largest Broket group 1600-49,
after Hertfordshire, London and Bedfordshire.
The 17-19th centuries show 2 well-documented clans:
one in Durham City in the 17th Cwho
claimed descent from Yorkshire Broketswith an offshoot
as lords of Headlam in the Tees valley in the 18th,
and a separate one flourishing in Gateshead in the
show a large decrease in the North East 1905-54
compared with 1855-1904. Today the few Brocketts left are
Border warfare had been a fact of life for centuries in these
parts (Bean 1958 pp 30, 34, 45; Miller 1960 p 7 citing the
Northumberland County History):
north Northumberland and completely destroyed 24
24 villages as far south as Tyne and Derwent.
|| Revenue from
the Alnham manorial accounts depreciated
considerably due to Scottish raids.
||Scots from Teviotdale
destroyed Newstead and Alnham,
carrying off 200 cattle and 26 prisoners.
Alnham is a tiny farming settlement with a small church opposite
the site of a little fort in rolling foothills up the valley
from Alnwick. Despite living in distant, wild parts, a
Broket in Alnham had a good income with
contacts in London, where he sent 2 sons as apprentices
in the 1480s or 90s: William to a Goldsmith, Robert to a Baker.
A goldsmith's apprentice had to pay 10 marks premium for a
7 year term, £5 for 10 in 1393 (Thrupp 1948 p 214).
'An act of 1406 stipulated that no one might send his son
to be apprenticed except he have land or rent to the value
of twenty shillings a year at the least' (Briggs 1999 p 102).
Both brothers later became Citizens. Their
2 wills mention several relatives but no surviving children
of their own:
Relatives of Robert Brockett 'citizen
and baker of the cittie of London'
mentioned in his will (written 6 Jan 1531 and proved
23 Sep 1533)
parents d bef 1533 'cousen'
| | | | | |
| | | | | | BROCKETT
Robert Jennet John Thomas William ... Goldsmith
BROCKETT m |_______ |______ Goldsmith |
| | | | |
d unm ROBYNSON | | | | executor |
1533 of Fram- Robert Thomas son dau John
no issue lington alive alive alive alive BROCKET
| 1533 1533 1533 1533 of
| Alnham Alnham Bolingbroke
of William Broket 'Citezein and Goldsmythe
of the Citie of London'
mentioned in his will (written 31 Oct and proved 25 Nov
| | |
| ? | ? |
parents d bef 1536 Robert, Almsman of Goldsmiths ...
| | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | |
William Jennet John Thomas Robert sister sister Elizabeth Thomas Alice
BROKET m |_______ |______ d bef Vyncent | m Thomas BROKETT m
| | | | |
b Alnham ROBYNSON | | | | 1536 HALYWOOD | ATKYNSON of Over HUNT
m 1 ... of Fram- Robert Thomas son dau Henry executor Taynton
m 2 ... lington alive alive alive alive HOLLAND |
d 1536 | 1536 1536 1536 1536 executor |
no issue children children
'Cousen' Robert the Goldsmith could have meant uncle, and being
an almsman by 1536 he may have been apprenticed in London a
generation before William and Robert. Other 'cousins' mentioned
Elizabeth, wife of Thomas
Alice wife of John Hunt
Alexander Watson, Brewer of
As well as those above in London and Lincolnshire,
the brothers probably had relatives who remained in Northumberland.
Brokets were recorded in Berwick 40 years
later in 1576 and then in the 1650s and 1680s in Rothbury
only 8 miles from Alnham, and Felton 16 miles
away. Parish Records began in Northumberland in general in
the 1560s, usually later in remote areas. Anyone visiting
the tiny church of St Michael and All Angels in Alnham will
be impressed that any records survived at all.
William bequeathed 10 marks 'that the Renters of the Craftes
or mistere of Goldsmythes shall provide and make an
honest drynking for all the lyverey of the said Crafts
on the day of my buriall' (ll 18-20).
Records of the brothers are also found in PRO documents:
- C1/576/30 Richard Scrope Esq son and heir of Sir John
Scrope [of the Bolton line] v William Brokett
of London, goldsmith re detention of deeds relating to the
barony of Castlecombe (http://www.scroope.net/ancestors/bolton/sirjohnscrope.htm)
- C1/290/87 Robert Brokett and others,
wardens of the fellowship of bakers of London v The [mayor
and] aldermen of London for forcible entry on a messuage
- C1/415/74 Christopher Harryson of London, cordwainer v
The mayor, aldermen, and sheriffs of London: Action by William
Brokett of London, goldsmith, and Johane, his wife,
formerly Sterne, on a bond for which an extension
of time had been granted
- C1/439/7 William Reede, cousin and heir of Bartholomew
Reede, knight v Elizabeth Reede, executrix and late the
wife of the said Sir Bartholomew, and ... Brokett,
John Tweselton, and John Dane, wardens of the fellowship
of the Goldsmiths re detention of deeds
- C1/492/31 William Chamberleyn v Robert
Brokett of London, baker re a house with shops in the parish
of St Botolph without Aldgate
- C1/680/16 Harry Thorneton v Emanuel Symson and Harry Kynge:
Arrears of a yearly sum payable to William
Brokett or other master and warden [of the gild of the most
glorious name] of Jesus
- STAC2/20/66 Thomas Nasshe v John Atkinson and Robert
Broket, wardens of the Fellowship of Bakers re a fine imposed
on the plaintiff.
In the 200 years following the emergence of parish registers
they recorded 88 Broket marriages and 148 births/baptisms.
In most parishes they were single families
with only 2 or 3 families at the most at any one time in large
centres like Newcastle, Tynemouth and Durham. They were probably
descended from or related to the earlier Alnham clan.
St Oswalds Parish Registers 1538-1751 indexed and published
1891 Durham by A W Headlam, Durham St Mary le Bow Parish
Registers 1571-1812 indexed and published 1912 Newcastle
by H M Wood. Note: Durham
University ms re John Brockett 1668 of Barnard Castle
is a cataloguist's error for John Brockell.
A 1603 bond re Robert Brockett mentioned his wife and daughter,
both Janet (DUASC Bond 246)
The will of William Dalton of St Andrew's Newcastle, dated
19 Jul 1613 mentioned 'a black quye' he had bought of Andrew
Brocket (Wills and Inventories from the Registry at Durham
1929 p 77).
iii. William b by 1624
William Brockett 'Yeoman and Bailiff' was
the first recorded Durham City Brockett.
By 1645 he had married Mary, who was buried
in St Oswalds 13 Dec 1692 ('Bracket' in published index).
He would therefore have been born no later than 1624. He was
not recorded in St Oswalds registers, which date from 1538,
so would have been an incomer. 'Of Elvett' in daughter Isabella's
marriage entry. Buried in St Oswalds 26 Jun 1688. Administration
of William of North Bailey, Plumber, proved Durham 1688 (DUASC
A 154). The 1693 inventory of William of North Bailey (DUASC
I) would have been drawn up on Mary's death. Children:
- John , born 26 Feb 1645/6, bap 1 Mar
1645/6 St Oswalds, bur 6 Aug 1699 St Mary le Bow
- Thomas, born 21 Dec 1653. No more is
- William, born
25 Aug 1655, bap St Oswalds
- Lawrence, born 10 Aug, bap 17 Aug 1645/6
St Oswalds. No more is known.
- Mary, bur 3 Apr 1657 St Oswalds
- Margaret, bap 7 Dec 1644 St Oswalds.
No more is known.
- Anne, m 3 Jun 1675 St Oswalds Charles
Man of Darlington, with licence
- Isabella, m 22 Oct 1667 Elvett Church
Mr Francis Hanby, Proctor, with licence
- Elizabeth, bur St Oswalds 15 Mar 1659/60.
Son of William. Plumber, perhaps
to the Cathedral, bur 30 Jun 1705. Administration of William
Brockett of South Bailey, Plumber Durham 1707 (DUASC A 86).
Lived on the North and South Bailey with his wife Elizabeth
d/o Cuthbert and Elizabeth COULSON,
whom he married 30 Jun 1679 (St Mary le Bow and Cathedral).
Elizabeth 'innkeeper of the South Bailey' was buried 25 Jul
1724 St Oswalds. Will of Elizabeth Brockett of South Bailey
Durham 1724 (DUASC T 147). Their gravestone still stands in
St Oswalds churchyard.
William probably descended from the Yorkshire Brokets.
Durham was the next main stage on the route north from York
and William and his wife used the arms
of Thomas of Bolton Percy. William and Elizabeth's Headlam
descendants did so too in the 18th century. Children:
- Elizabeth, born 19 Jun, bap 28 Jun 1680,
married as 'Mrs of the South Bailey' 5 Sep 1702 St Oswalds
Mr Patrick Ross, Schoolmaster
- William Plumber bap 10 Apr 1682 St Oswalds,
bur 12 Sep 1727 St Oswalds ('Mr'). Will of William Brockett
of North Bailey Durham 1728 (DUASC T 74).
- Cuthbert, bap 23 Sep 1684 St Mary le
Bow, d bef 1724
- Thomas bap 21 Jun St Mary le Bow 1687,
bur there 8 Nov 1687
- John, bap 30 Oct 1688 St Mary le Bow,
bur there 4 Nov 1688
- Mary, bap 24 Jan 1689 St Mary le Bow,
bur there 13 Nov 1695
- Francis Plumber and goalerlike
his sonbap 21 Jan 1691 St Mary le Bow, bur St Oswalds
18 Sep 1742. Administration of Francis Brockett Gent of
St Mary le Bow Durham 1742 (DUASC A 115). Married 23 Feb
1719 St Mary le Bow Catherine TAYLOR, bur
6 Mar 1767 St Nicholas. Children:
- William bap 28 Nov 1720 St Mary le
Bow, bur 'goaler' 6 Feb 1754 St Oswalds. Administration
of William Brockett Plumber of St Mary le Bow 1754 to
John Grey of Norton Gent, principal creditor, and 2 others
(DUASC A 8).
- John bap 20 May 1722 St Mary le Bow
bap 22 Apr 1723 St Mary le Bow, d 15 Aug aged 77, bur
'spinster of New Elvet' 18 Aug 1799 St Oswalds. Will of
Elizabeth Brockett of New Elvet, Spinster Durham 1799
(DUASC T). There were two spinster
Elizabeth cousins in Durham at this time.
- Margaret bap 23 Mar 1726 St Mary le
Bow, d 28 Mar aged 73, bur 'spinster of New Elvet' 30
Mar 1798 St Oswalds. Will of Margaret Brockett of Durham
Spinster Durham 1798 (DUASC T).
- Catherine bap 3 Oct 1731 St Mary le
- Francis bap 28 Jan 1732 St Mary le
Bow, bur there 27 Apr 1733.
- Ralph Surgeon bur 'Mr' 24 Mar 1772 St
Nicholas. Married Mary ... bur 27 Oct 1754
St Oswalds, administration of Mary Brockett of St Nicholas
Durham 1754 (DUASC A 80). Married 2nd? Agnes
... bur 'wife Doctor' 26 Mar 1763 St Oswalds. Children:
- Ralph b c 1744, bur 21 Apr 1819 'Sen.
Joiner of Dun Cow Lane, North Bailey aged 75'
- Ralph bur 3 Feb 1773 St Mary le Bow
- Ralph bap 25 Dec 1777 St Mary le
Bow, alive 1819.
- ?Agnes b c 1767, bur 6 Oct 1823 'of
Framwellgate spinster aged 56'.
- Simon bap 11 Jun 1694 St Mary le Bow,
bur there 16 Jun 1694
- Laurence bap
6 Aug 1699 St Mary le Bow, Durham City (Walbran 1846 p 106).
Will of Jhone Brocket of Bedlingtonc 11 m N of Newcastleproved
Durham 1662 (DUASC T 216).
vi. Laurence Gent
Son of William. Attorney of Hilton
in Staindrop parish then of Headlam Hall
by right of his wife, d 24 Nov 1750 bur Gainford 26 Nov, will
proved York 1751 (Ebor 95/140). Married Ann CLARKE,
bur 7 Mar 1740 Gainford, heiress of Ralph Clarke of Headlam
Gent (Walbran 1846 p 106). Children:
Some time after 1727 Laurence Brockett bought Polam Hill in
Darlington (Longstaffe 1854 p 139).
- Elizabeth bap
3 Nov 1715 Gainford d unm 1795 Durham bur Gainford 9 Aug
1795 (Walbran 1846 p 106). Will of Elizabeth Brockett of
Durham, Spinster Durham 1795 (DUASC T). There were two
spinster Elizabeth cousins in Durham at this time.
- Henry bap 19 Dec 1717 Staindrop d unm
12 Nov 1752 bur Gainford 14 Oct or Nov 1752 (Walbran 1846
p 106, Surtees 1840 p 31). The will of Henry Brockett of
Headlam Hall Gent was proved York 1753 (Ebor 97/353).
- William bap 13
Dec 1719 Staindrop (Walbran 1846 p 106)
- Abraham bap 13 Apr 1722 Staindrop 'lunatic'
bur Staindrop (Walbran 1846 p 106). An Officer of the Marines.
Administration of Abraham Brocket of Staindrop Durham 1784
(DUASC A 36).
- Samuel bap 9 Feb 1723/4 Staindrop bur
14 Feb 1723/4 (Walbran 1846 p 106)
- Laurence b 13
Aug 1724 (Walbran 1846 p 106)
- Elianor bap 10 May 1727 Staindrop, bur
Gainford 14 Oct 1750 (Walbran 1846 p 106)
- Anne bap 2 Mar 1728 Staindrop, bur Gainford
20 Jul 1755 (Walbran 1846 p 106)
Administration of Henry Brockett of Tinmouth Castle 1697
to Thomas Lloyd, Samuel Gibson and David Jenkin (DUASC Admon
Will of Thomas Brockett of Guizon (i.e. Guizance) c 3 m S
of Shilbottle, Yeoman, written 11 Oct, pr 17 Nov 1742 (DUASC
T 132). £10 to daughter Jane Turner, £5 to daughter
Hanna Shipherd, residue to James Watson, son-in-law and sole
A single Sunderland record from the 18th Cthe 1742
administration of Jacob son of Robert Brockett
of Sunderland by the Sea, Blacksmith (DUASC A 57)showed
a line probably descended from Newcastle Brocketts.
North East records from mid 18th to 19th C are dominated
by the clan at Headlam Hall in the agricultural
Tees valley and the family in industrial Gateshead
on the Tyne. Smaller clans lived and worked in Newcastle and
the ports of Sunderland and Hartlepool.
are small but similar to the preceding 100 years, although
1900-49 saw a marked decrease, especially in births.
The century 1850-1949 saw the final Brockett in Gateshead,
all but the final one in Newcastle and the emergence of the
clan in Hartlepool, where births were registered 1860-1931
and marriages 1861-1932.
A small clan flourished in Sunderland. St
Catherine's 1838-1938 recorded 6 Brocketts there:
- James married 1852
- Richard Hodgson married 1867
- Frederick married 1868
- Robert Edwin married 1900
- Robert died 1906
- Sarah married 1910.
Apart from Sarah's, some if not all of these marriages were
of young Brocketts from elsewhere in Durham
or Tyneside marrying Sunderland brides. A
probable descendant of Robert Edwin emigrated
to the USA 1830. There are no known Brocketts in Sunderland
||Headlam and London
||Lanchester and Croxdale
||Rev Prof Laurence
||Headlam and Cambridge
i. William Esq 1719-66
Son of Laurence, bap 13 Dec 1719
Staindrop, d unm 1766 bur Hammersmith near London (Walbran
1846 p 106). William worked in the Six Clerks' Office, but
had not been a student at an Inn
of Court. His will was proved PCC 4 Jul 1766, like his bother
Laurence's, by the oath of Susannah
Neville Spinster, sole executrix.
of William Brockett Esq written 21 Jun
|1. This is the last Will
2. and Testament of me William Brockett of Lincoln's
Inn in the
3. County of Middlesex Esquire I Give
and Devise all and every
4. my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments in the
5. Durham and elsewhere in England unto my Dear
6. Brockett his Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I Give
7. bequeath All my Monies Securitys for Money Goods Chattels
8. Personal Estate of what Nature or Kind so ever and
9. unto my loving and Worthily beloved Friend
10. of Lincoln's Inn aforesaid Spinster
her Executors Administrators
11. and Assigns And I appoint her Sole Executrix
of this my Will
12. And I Do Desire my said Executrix to Give Rings (in
13. of me) to such of my Friends and Acquaintance as She
14. think Proper In Witness whereof I have hereunto Subscribed
15. and Set my hand and Seal this Twenty first Day of
16. thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Six - Wm Brockett
Son of Laurence. Student and later
Professor of Modern History at Cambridge;
d 24 Jul 1768 from a fall from his horse, bur 6 Aug Gainford
by torch-lit procession at night from Headlam to Gainford
(Walbran 1846 pp 39, 106), will proved PCC 1768. Laurence
was unmarried, but his son from Susannah NEVILLE inherited
the Headlam estate. His will contained provision
for his son, his brother Abraham, his College and his favourite
from the will of Rev Laurence Brockett
|1. In the Name of God Amen
2. This is the last Will and Testament of me Laurence
3. Brockett fellow of Trinity College
and the Kings
4. Professor of Modern History in the University of
5. Cambridge I give and devise all and every
6. lands tenements and Hereditaments in the County of
7. or elsewhere unto my dear Child William Neville
8. Brockett (now commonly called and known by
9. of William Neville who is an infant of about
10. of age and now is or lately was under the care of
11. Grene at or near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire) to
12. and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten I
also give and
13. bequeath to my said Son all my personal Estate
14. nature or kind soever or wheresoever But nevertheless
15. Will further is that my real and personal Estate be
16. Subject to my funeral expences just debts
and legacies Viz.
17. I charge my Estate at Headlam with an Annuity of forty
18. pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid
19. half yearly to my Sister Elizabeth Brockett during
20. term of her natural life I
likewise Charge the said Estate
21. with an Annuity of thirty pounds of the like lawful
22. to be paid Yearly by my Executors to some reputable
23. for the care and maintenance of my brother
24. Brockett during his life in case his half
pay as an
25. Officer of Marines should be withdrawn or
stopt by the
26. Government but in case this half pay shall be continued
27. to him then my Will is that this Annuity of thirty
28. shall not take place Lastly I nominate and appoint
29. Mr. Timothy Wright of Snowhall in the Parish
30. Gainford and Mrs. Susannah Neville now or
31. Basingstoke Guardians of my said Son and Executors
32. my Will In Trust for him 'and' I do bequeath unto
33. them a hundred pounds of lawfull money of this realm
34. their trouble in executing this Trust And I do hereby
35. them to sell any of my lands in the township of Penrith
36. in Cumberland or at Langton for discharging my debts
77. Codicil I leave 50 £
to buy a peice of Silver
78. plate with my name and Arms on it to be sent
79. College Cambridge for the use of the Dean's
80. I order my body to be interred near my Family in Gainford
81. Church and that a tablelet of Marble with
82. bearing my name on and my Arms be affixed
83. Wall adjoining within one Year after
88. I desire Mr. Wright will see that my favourite
89. Brisk be taken due care of during
Probate: London 31 Aug 1768 PCC on oath
of Susannah Neville Spinster one of the executors.
The inscription Laurence requested in his will was made on
a medieval priest's gravestone and placed in the chancel (Mee
1990). It was probably removed during the restoration work
Walbran's pedigree (1846 p 106) described the Brockett arms
as: 'Or, a cross flory, sable. Crest, a stag lodged. From
a seal of Professor Brockett's, in the possession of Mrs.
Brockett of Headlam.' This may have been the seal used by
William on the bottom of the indenture now framed and hanging
in Headlam Hall. These also would have been the arms
Laurence requested to be engraved on the silver plate he bequeathed
to Trinity College. The College Inventory of 1789
records 4 plate sauce boats weighing 98 ounces from Laurence
Brockett, but the College no longer has them. Three were mentioned
in the long list of Plate stolen from the College
in the night of 29 October 1798 ('One hundred pounds reward
advertisement' from the Public Office, Bow Street, London,
October 31, 1798).
His only son:
- William Neville of Headlam, Gent d 12
Nov 1840 aged 79, bur Gainford (Walbran 1846 p 106). Will
of William Neville Brockett of Headlam, Esq 1840 (DUASC
T). Married Jane MOSES of Stockton on Tees
(Walbran 1846 p 106) (d 1850St Catherine's Index).
Children (both their sons predeceased them):
- William Wilkinson, Farmer of Rokeby
Grange, Yorkshire, bur Winston 10 Nov 1836 (aged c 38Walbran
1846 p 106; aged 32Hudleston Papers). Married 'of
Christ Church, City of York' 2 Apr 1829 Jane SHAFTO
widow of Durham. Child:
- Richard Hodgson Chemist (referred
to as 'druggist of Newcastle' in DRO D/HH 2/7/1265 of
March 1874) b Sep 1832 (Walbran 1846 p 106), bap 27
Oct Winston (Hudleston Papers) d 1911 Tynemouth (St
Catherine's). Married Sunderland 1867 Margaret
... (?d Tynemouth 1910, St Catherine's). The date in
the statement in Fordyce (1855-57 pt 2, p 137) 'Headlam
Hall and estate were sold by the widow of Richard Hodgson
Brockett to John Hett, Esq in 1845' cannot be correct
unless 'mother' is read for 'widow'. Richard and Margaret
apparently had no issue, so the line of Laurence
- Susan d 31 Oct 1837 aged 37, bur Gainford
m George BEECHCROFT of London (Walbran
1846 p 106)
- Lawrence Percival bap 11 Jan 1804 Staindrop
d 1838 unm Warrington Lancashire (Walbran 1846 p 106;
- Jane b c 1806. Married Francis
DALE of Lancaster, Draper: 3 sons and 1 daughter
(Walbran 1846 p 106).
iii. John Gent
of Gateshead 1764-1827
John Brockett was the youngest son of Henry and Ann of Lanchester,
bap there 26 Nov 1764. 'Of Witton Gilbert, afterwards of Gateshead'
(Gateshead Tracts n d p 4). Witton Gilbert is a small
village c 4 m NW of Durham City. 3 of the 4 entries in the
Hudleston Papers in Durham University (Box 177) mention John:
one a marriage bond in which John, bachelor, was styled
'Gent', another a record that he was for many years
Clerk to the Court of Requests in Newcastle (Durham
Advertiser 10 Feb 1827). John was sole executor of brother
William's will in 1821.
The mural monument in the Chancel of St Mary's Gateshead,
where John and wife Frances were buried, had a coat of arms
'Brockett impaling Trotter'. The church dominated Gateshead
river front (Pocock and Norris 1990 pl 30), but was badly
damaged by fire in 1855 and is no longer used as a church;
the mural monument no longer exists. Their sons also
used the coat of armsit was printed in the
Biographical Sketch of John Trotter Brockett Esquire
(opposite p vi) and engraved on the 'elegant and massive silver
tureen and salver, value £130, presented to Mr Alderman
[William Henry] Brockett of Gateshead' in 1846 by merchants
and shipowners of Newcastle (Gateshead Tracts). The
cross in the first and fourth quarters is scalloped and different
from the cross flory granted to members of the Yorkshire and
Hertfordshire Brockett family. The College of Arms has no
record of a grant of arms to members of this family.
Married 21 Jul 1787 St Nicholas Durham Frances Sophia
TROTTER. Will of Frances Brockett of Gateshead, widow
1833 (DUASC T). In John's will 1827 (DUASC T & C) he referred
to property he owned in Witton Gilbert and Lanchester, and
listed his 6 children in the following order:
- John Trotter. Lawyer, antiquary, numismatist
and author of the Glossary of North Country Words
1825-, biographical details about him can be found in various
sources, e.g. DNB (the only Brockett in that Dictionary);
'Esq' in the Biographical Sketch published Newcastle
1843, where his signature is reproduced below an engraving
of him. Born 21 Sep 1788 Witton Gilbert (DNB; Gateshead
Tracts n d p 4), died 12 Oct 1842 Albion Place, Newcastle.
Married 1814 Durham Isabella BELL, alive
1863-4 (Gateshead Tracts n d p 4). Children:
- John Trotter. Lawyer. Died 23 November
1834 Albion Place, Newcastle.
- William Edward Nov 1842 admitted Attorney
of Queens Bench, Westminster and Solicitor in Chancery.
Farmed and kept horses at Whickhamabout 2 m SW of
Gateshead. Bankruptcy proceedings were filed against him
19 Nov 1855. He absconded and was declared an outlaw soon
after. Married 11 June 1840 Chester-le-Street Maria
Margaret SHIELD (Gateshead Tracts n
d p 4). Children:
- Edward Spencer b 1847 Gateshead,
d there 1848
- Frederick William Spencer b 1848
- Caroline Harriett bap 6 Dec 1850
Whickham (IGI; no St Catherine's record).
- Margaret. Sole executrix of her mother's
will in 1833, still a spinster. Her death is not recorded
in St Catherine's Index, which began in 1838, so perhaps
she died between 1833-8. It is unlikely that she married
after 1833 and was no longer a Brockett.
- George. A mural monument in St Mary's
Gateshead recorded his death 'in Havana 7 May 1818 from
a malignant fever' aged 23 yearstherefore b c 1795.
Administration of George Brockett of Gateshead, Master Mariner,
Bachelor 1818 (DUASC A 83).
- Mary bap 30 June 1799 Witton Gilbert
- William Henry
born 22 Jan 1804 (Gateshead Tracts n d p 4)
mayor, newspaper owner, genealogist and prominent member
of the Gateshead community
- Henry b c 1807. Elected Member
of the House of Assembly for Hanover Parish Jamaica,
from which post he resigned in 1852 (newspaper cuttings
in the Brockett Papers vol 10 pp 35-7, 41-2). Had
returned to England by 1881, when he was recorded in the
census living in Heath Lodge, Iver, Buckinghamshire, described
as 'Lieutenant Colonel of Militia and JP of Jamaica', with
wife Eliza H, wife's mother Charlotte Winckler, both born
Jamaica and a housemaid and a cook. No issue.
Will of Henry Brockett of Newcastle, Merchant, 1774 (DUASC
T 26). Son of Hugh?
All effects real and personal to wife Dorothy, sole executrix,
except legacies of £4 each to daughters Mary Smith and
Will of Joseph Brockett of Midlestone Durham, pr 25 Apr 1788
(DUASC T 45). Sole executrix great niece Jane Birdwhistle,
Will of Robert Brockett of Newcastle, Cooper, written 26
Jan, pr 21 May 1818 (DUASC T). All personal effects to wife
Mary. Sole executor Ralph Hopper,
Cooper of Newcastle. Robert's signature.
vii. Mary 1832
Will of Mary Brockett of Newcastle, Widow of Robert,
written 31 Jul 1830, pr 27 Apr 1832 (DUASC T). Everything
to Ralph and Sarah Hopper, sole executrix. Mary's signature.
viii. John 1843
Will of John Brockett of Newcastle, Cork cutter, d 30 Mar
1843, written 19 Apr 1838, codicil 7 Jul 1840, pr 22 Apr 1843
(DUASC T & C). Everything to wife Sarah for term of life,
except his half of 2 properties in Aldgate London. Thereafter
to daughter Hannah Harrison and heirs of late daughter Mary
Davison. John's signature.