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The Brockways of Eastern Iowa:
Generations 1-5


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First Generation

1. The birth date of WILLIAM1 BROCKWAY, our earliest known ancestor, is unknown.

He married BRIDGET WALLER in at St. Giles Without Cripple Gate, London, England, January 28, 1628/29. Bridget was born England ABT 1609. Bridget was the daughter of Thomas Waller and Sarah Wolterton. William Brockway died before June 19, 1641 when Bridget Brockway married 2nd husband John Manning(e) at St. Katherine by the Tower, London, England (parish record).

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Part of World Map, 1660

William Brockway and Bridget Waller had the following children:

I. JOHN2 .

ii. RICHARD .

2 iii. WOLSTON was born 1638.


Second Generation

2. WOLSTON2 BROCKWAY (William1) was born London, England 1638. His approximate age is based on the fact that in 1659 he purchased property and had to be at least 21 years of age to do so. Wolston died September 14, 1717 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, at 79 years of age. His body was interred in Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, Duck River Cemetery (?).

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Long Island Sound, showing New
London CT. shoreline (1780)

He married HANNAH BRIGGS ABT 1663. She was the widow of John Harris of Boston, MA.

Hannah was born Boston, MA August 28, 1642. Hannah was the daughter of William Briggs and Mary ----. Hannah died February 6, 1687/88 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, at 45 years of age.

Wolston immigrated, 1659. Destination: Lyme, CT. "He bought land with a house and barn thereon , of John Reynolds, both of Saybrook, Conn., 3 December 1659 ---. His first home in Lyme was probably on Duck River, at some distance south of the present village of Lyme, and near Long Island Sound."

Two of Wolston's maternal uncles came to the Colonies in the 1630's and both settled in Lyme. Also his maternal grandmother, Sarah Wollerton Waller, was seen in the CT colony twice by a medical doctor, John Winthrope, who kept a dairy.

"He was frequently elected to some office in the town. As Hayward, 13 Feb. 1676 - 77: fence-viewer, 24 Sept. 1677 and 79; Hayward, 29 Dec. 1684; and pound keeper on the same date; surveyor, 27 Nov. 1689 and 16 Dec. 1690; fence-viewer, Dec. 1690, 14 Dec. 1697, 15 Dec. 1698 and 15 Dec. 1701. He was elected constable 18 Dec. 1699, but refused to serve." ("The Brockway Family").

Wolston Brockway and Hannah Briggs had the following children:

I. HANNAH3 was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT September 14, 1664. Hannah died March 2, 1750 in Lyme, CT, at 85 years of age. She married twice. She married THOMAS CHAMPION Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, August 23, 1682. Thomas died 1705 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT. She married JOHN WADE Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, June 21, 1709.

ii. WILLIAM was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT July 25, 1666. William died March 29, 1755 Brockway's Ferry, CT, at 88 years of age. He married ELIZABETH ----- Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, March 8, 1692-93.

iii. WOLSTON II was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT February 7, 1667-68. Wolston died 1707 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, at 40 years of age. His body was interred May 1707 in Lyme, CT, Duck River Cemetery. He married MARGARET JONES December 4, 1688.

iv. MARY was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT January 16, 1669-70. Mary died April 7, 1714 in Lyme, CT, at 45 years of age. She married SAMUEL MOTT Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, April 6, 1692.

v. BRIDGET was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT January 9, 1671. Bridget died April 6, 1756 East Haddam, CT, at 85 years of age. She married JONATHAN BEEBE Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, 1714.

3 vi. RICHARD (II) was born September 30, 1673.

vii. ELIZABETH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT May 24, 1676. Elizabeth died July, 1729 at 53 years of age. She married twice. She married WILLIAM HARRIS Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, 1701. William died ABT 1710. She married ROGER ALGER, SR. Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, March, 1711/12.

viii. SARAH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT September 23, 1679. Sarah died January 9, 1739/1740 at 60 years of age. She married NATHANIEL BECKWITH January 2, 1703.

She resided East Haddam, CT.

ix. JOHN was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT ABT 1680.

x. DEBORAH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT May 1, 1682. She married JOSEPH ELDERKIND July 27, 1703.


Third Generation

3. RICHARD (II)3 BROCKWAY (Wolston2, William1) was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT September 30, 1673. Richard died before March 16, 1761 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, at approximately 87 years of age. An inventory of Richard's estate was taken at this time.

He married twice. He married RACHAEL FOX, Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, October 25, 1697. Rachael died April 9, 1718 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT. He married ELIZABETH TIFFANY Lyme Twp., New London, CT, May 5, 1720. Elizabeth was born in New Shoreham, Block Island, RI February 23, 1696/97. Elizabeth was the daughter of Consider Tiffany and Abigail Niles. Elizabeth died after 1740. "In December 1718, he (Richard) was surety for Edward Lay and Samuel Chapman to the Governor and Council of Conn. He joined the First Church of Lyme in 1739." ("The Brockway Family").

Richard (II) Brockway and Rachael Fox had the following children:

I. RACHEL4 was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT August 17, 1698.

ii. HANNAH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT August 14, 1700.

iii. SARAH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT June 25, 1703.

iv. RUTH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT June 20, 1706.

v. LYDIA was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT April 17, 1709.

vi. RICHARD (III) was born Lyme CT April 4, 1711. Richard died March 30, 1742 (?) in Lyme, CT, at 30 years of age. He married HANNAH RANDALL May 14, 1740.  There is a question regarding Richard's "recorded" date of death since records indicate that he and Hannah had children after this date.  The following children of Richard & Hannah were all born in Lyme, CT: Lois, b. Mar. 15, 1740/41; Elizabeth, b. Mar. 13, 1743/44; Hettey, b. Dec. 5, 1746; Lois, b. July 15, 1756; Enos, b. Apr. 25,1759.

vii. JEDEDIAH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT October 23, 1713. He married SARAH FOX Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, October 3, 1743.

viii. DEBORAH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT December 7, 1716. She married ROBERT AMES in Lyme, CT, May 15, 1735.

Richard (II) Brockway and Elizabeth Tiffany had the following children:

ix. ELIZABETH was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT June 22, 1721. Elizabeth died March 30, 1742 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, at 20 years of age. She married SAMUEL WALLER Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, November 5, 1740. (Lyme First Church records.)

x. CONSIDER was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT February 1, 1723. (Twin) Consider died February 17, 1747-48 Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT, at 24 years of age.

xi. ABIGAIL was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT February 1, 1723. (Twin) She married BENJAMIN FOX Jr. November 7, 1745.

xii. SILENCE was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT April 13, 1726. Silence died 1817 in Broadalbin, Montgomery County, NY, at 91 years of age.

xiii. EUNICE was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT August 24, 1732. Eunice died 1817 Broadalbin, Fulton Co., NY, at 84 years of age. "She was baptized in the Lyme First Church, October 8, 1732 per church records"

4 xiv. NATHAN was born May 7, 1736.

xv. TIFFANY was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT August 9, 1740. He married ANN HOLENBECK . "He was baptized in the Lyme First Church, August 10, 1740, per church records."


Fourth Generation

4. NATHAN4 BROCKWAY (Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Lyme Twp., New London Co., CT May 7, 1736. Nathan died August 11, 1822 Broadalbin, Fulton Co., NY, at 86 years of age.

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Panoramic Photo of Fulton County Lakes, Circa 1850

He married three times. He married MARY ALGER before 1759. I have guessed at the 1st marriage date based on the birth of their 1st child. There are no marriage dates or dates of death for any of the three wives.

Mary was born Lyme Twp., New London, CT January 20, 1736/37. Mary was the daughter of John Alger. He married ELIZABETH THOMPSON AFT 1769. He married EUNICE STARR AFT 1783.

Nathan immigrated, ABT 1756. Destination: Stephentown, Rensselaer Co., NY. "He moved from Lyme, after his marriage, to Stephentown, Rensselaer Co., NY, and thence in March 1792, to Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY ----."

Nathan Brockway and Mary Alger had the following children:

I. RUSSELL5 was born NY November 7, 1759. He married POLLY WATERMAN . He was a Revolutionary War soldier having served in the 2nd Regiment of the Albany Co., NY militia and in 1778 enlisted as a private in the 8th Company, 2nd NY Regiment, NY Line (the regular U.S. service under General George Washington). The 2nd NY Regiment was commanded by Colonel Philip Cortlandt. He mustered out in 1783 at the end of the War.

5 ii. CONSIDER was born March 22, 1762.

iii. RICHARD was born NY March 15, 1764. He married SALLY HAVENS April 7, 1793.

He resided Sempronius, NY. He was a Revolutionary War soldier having served in the 4th Regiment of the Albany Co., NY militia.

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iv. ELIZABETH was born NY July 10, 1766. She married JONATHAN OLMSTED .

Nathan Brockway and Elizabeth Thompson had the following children:

v. POLLY was born in Stephentown, Rennsaler, NY July 10, 1772. Polly died November 13, 1856 Broadalbin, NY, at 84 years of age. She married ROBERT KASSON .

vi. TIFFANY was born Stephentown, NY March 6, 1774. Tiffany died December 4, 1866 Broadalbin, NY, at 92 years of age. He married LUCY ALVORD in Fondabush, NY, April 11, 1799. Lucy was born February 22, 1778. Lucy died October, 1819 at 41 years of age.

vii. HANNAH was born July 8, 1775. Hannah died March 23, 1837 at 61 years of age. Her body was interred March, 1837 Broadalbin, NY. She married JAMES TAYLOR .

viii. NATHAN was born Broadalbin, NY September 25, 1777. Nathan died February 7, 1813 Broadalbin, NY, at 35 years of age. He married EUNICE CARTER .

ix. CHARLES was born February 24, 1779. Charles died May, 1847 Broadalbin, NY, at 68 years of age. He married ELIZA GORTON . Served during the War of 1812 as a Lieutenant in Capt. Wm. Newton's Co., Prior's 10th Regiment, New York Detached Militia. "Charles was a Col. of the Militia of Broadalbin (NY) soon after the close of the Revolution (must be the War of 1812). Father and Uncle Alonzo used to drill under him. They said he was a splendid military officer of fine commanding appearance, always commanded on horseback and wore his uniform and had a clear voice that could be heard plainly in the village a half mile away." (Written by E. Frank Brockway ABT 1908).

x. LOIS was born Broadalbin, NY October 29, 1783. Lois died March 10, 1861 at 77 years of age. Her body was interred March, 1861 Broadalbin, NY. She married THOMAS BICKNEM .


Fifth Generation

Consider.jpg (25991 bytes)5. CONSIDER5 BROCKWAY (Nathan4, Richard (II)3, Wolston2, William1) was born Stephentown, Rensselaer Co., NY March 22, 1762. Consider died July 3, 1847 Brandy Camp, PA, at 85 years of age. His body was interred July, 1847 Horton Twp. Pioneer Burial Grn. "For a number of years his grave was unmarked. As a part of the American Revolution Bicentennial on May 30, 1976, headstones for Consider and Keziah Brockway were dedicated". ("Letts Line Extraction" prepared by Les Hazlett from "The Letts Line" by Hubert W. Letts, hereafter referred as "The Letts Line").

He married twice. He married HANNAH MAINE Before 1789. He married KEZIAH FERRY Galway, Saratoga Co., NY, September 23, 1790. Keziah was born Sheffield, Berkshire Co., NY March 16, 1761. Keziah was the daughter of John Ferry and Keziah Clark. Keziah died April 10, 1845 Brandy Camp, Elk Co., PA, at 84 years of age. Her body was interred April, 1845 Horton Twp. Pioneer Burial Ground. Our great, great, great grandmother, she was reportedly a survivor of the Wyoming Valley Massacre during the Revolutionary War. "Her brother John was a noted Indian fighter and scout and one of the few who escaped the Wyoming Massacre". (His name, however, does not appear on the monument at Forty Fort, PA of those fighters who survived the massacre?)

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Wyoming Valley, Pa. today,
near the site of the Massacre

Consider served in the military NY, Revolutionary War. "Consider, while in his teens, joined the Albany Co., NY Militia. He also served in Kiliaen Van Rensselaer's Regiment in Captain Fernow's Company. His brother Russell and another brother Richard served in the Albany Co. Militia with Consider. In January 1778, he re-enlisted in Captain Schermerhorn's Company. He mustered out of the service in January 1783". ("The Letts Line").

Consider immigrated, ABT 1820. Destination: Jefferson Co., PA. "In 1818, two of Consider's sons, Alonzo and James Maine, walked from Montgomery Co., NY to Jefferson Co., PA, a distance of 400 miles, to open up farm land that he had acquired from the government. About 1820, Consider moved to the farm in Jefferson Co., PA that Alonzo and James Maine had opened up. These two sons moved on to the Toby Creek Valley and built a sawmill that was the beginning of Brockwayville, now known as Brockway, Jefferson Co., PA." ("The Letts Line").

Per papers of Albina Brockway Letts regarding Consider Brockway in Broadalbin, NY: "Their father (Consider Brockway) was an importer of hybrid Merino sheep who added the manufacture of fine woolen fabric and the tailoring of this into garments to his industry."

Consider Brockway and Keziah Ferry had the following children:

6 I. JOHN SMITH6 was born March 1, 1792.

7 ii. CHAUNCEY MASON SR. was born December 4, 1793.

8 iii. ALONZO was born October 8, 1795.

9 iv. JAMES MAINE was born July 15, 1797.

v. HANNAH was born Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., NY February 20, 1799. Hannah died May 23, 1844 Fox Twp., Clearfield Co., PA, at 45 years of age.

10 vi. VINE STARR was born February 4, 1801.

11 vii. OLIVE was born 1808.

viii. CLARISSA was born Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., N.Y. 1809. Clarissa died 1814 Broadalbin, Montgomery Co., N.Y., at 5 years of age.

ix. WATSON was born ABT 1810. Watson died April 10, 1845 Brandy Camp, PA, at 34 years of age. "Watson suffered brain damage from a childhood accident and was constrained in a cage within the home. He died just before his mother."

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