Very probably a land dispute.
The names on both sides of the contest reflect the principals in land deals of the original Wolston Brockway and probably involve land conveyed by that Wolston to "his son William" on 14 Dec. 1709. In Dec. 1714 William was authorized to be a tavern keeper in Lyme. In May 1725 the General Court granted to “William Brockway of Lyme, who lives on the east side of the river,” the right to operate a ferry across the Connecticut River. His will, dated at Lyme 18 Nov. 1745, names a wife Elizabeth, sons William, John, Richard and Ebenezer, daughter Dorothy Brockway and grandchildren, Elizabeth Tiffany, Dorothy Rowley, Timothy Tiffany and Lois Tiffany; wife Elizabeth and son John Brockway to be executors. John but not Elizabeth was appointed executor 13 April 1754.
Moses Noyes -
Probably this was the son of the Rev. Moses Noyes.
From Lyme, CT Land Records 1672-1715: Children of the Rev. Moses Noyes were Moses b. Aug. 1, 1678; Ruth b. Jan. 6, 1681.
The original Wolston Brockway owned land at Tantum Morantum, near what is now Brockway's Ferry, as early as February 1, 1703, at which date he bought 40 acres of land from Rev. Moses Noyes. The property was already in Brockway's possession, but it is not known that he lived there.
Nathaniel Mott -
b. 1707, he was the grandson of Mary Brockway and Samuel Mott.
Samuel Mott -
b. Braintree, Mass., 25 Jan. 1668/9, d. soon before 16 April 1753 when his will was proved at New London, son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Shooter) Mott. Samuel m. (2) Margaret ________, who survived him. Samuel probably was at New Shoreham [Block Island], R.I., with his elder brothers John and Nathaniel Mott shortly before he married Mary Brockway, Wolston's second eldest daughter on 6 April 1692; Lyme deeds show his close affiliation with William Harris, whom Mary’s sister Elizabeth married at Block Island in 1697. On 27 March 1697, Wolston Brockway. Sr., “for natural love and affection,” gave to “my son-in-law Samuell Motte and my daughter Mary his wife,” meadow and swamp land “about the upper cricke upon the fishing brooke.” Samuel was styled “house wright of Lyme” in Jan. 1705/6, when he sold eight acres at Tantum Morantum (also called “Joshua Town”) to William Harris of Lyme, “which was mine in my wife’s birthright” and adjoined Harris’s other land.
Ambrose Niles -
Was married to Mary Mott, b. 10 MAR 1692/93, the daughter of Mary Brockway and Samuel Mott, above. Probably the Niles Ambrose above, however, was his the son of Mary Mott and Ambrose Niles, also named Ambrose Niles and born in 1723.
Rebecca Ely -
b. 1772 @ Lyme, New London, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Wells Ely and Rebecca Selden.
Other Elys who married Brockway over the years include:
Edward Brockway, b. 1698 m. ELY, Mary
Edward L. L. Brockway, b. 1737 in Lyme, New London, CT m. DOWNER, Martha; ELY, Mary
Bridget Brockway, b. 1755 in Lyme, Conn. m. BROCKWAY, Semellius; ELY, Abner
Reuben Champion, b. 1760 m. ELY, Silence
Elihu Brockway, b. 1772 in Lyme, CT m. ELY, Hephzibah
William Brockway Niles, b. 1786 in Lyme, CT m. ELY, Julia Ann
Dorcas Brockway, b. abt. 1800 in Lyme, CT m. ELY, Eleazar
Orvice Elizabeth Brockway, b. 1817 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York m. ELY, Calvin Lynds
Captain Seth Monroe Brockway, b. 1819 in New Rochelle, Westchester Co., New York m. ELY, Lucy Ann Tooker
Samuel Selden -
There was a Samuel Seldon b. 17 May 1695 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, who was the father of Rebecca Selden above, b., 1729/30 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut. The Samuel described in the above action though was probably Rebecca's brother Samuel and the son of the elder Samuel, born 1723 in Lymn, CT.
Edward Church -
Was married to Jane Brockway, b. 1717/18, the daughter of Wolston Brockway's youngest son, John. She was married first to Nathaniel Beckwith born 1707.
Gideon Brockway -
Either of the following:
Gideon Brockway 1720 Lyme, CT (William3, William2, Wolston1) - probably this one
Gideon Brockway 1746 Lyme, CT (Jedediah3, Richard2, Wolston1)
Richard Brockway -
Was born 1730 at Lyme. A son of Richard Brockway (i.e., Richard3, William2, Wolston1)
Ezra Brockway -
Was born 1732 at Lyme. A son of Richard Brockway (i.e., Richard3, William2, Wolston1)
Edward Brockway -
Was born 1737 at Lyme. A son of Richard Brockway (i.e., Richard3, William2, Wolston1)
Eliphalet Brockway -
Was born 1739 at Lyme. A son of Richard Brockway (i.e., Richard3, William2, Wolston1)
John Brockway -
Probably that John born 1729 at Lyme. A son of John Brockway (i.e., John3, William2, Wolston1)
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