I will share Braswell here so all can use it.
Yes, I live in TX but was born in VA. I have studied on IOW and Surry because many of my mother's lines are there and never left, going back to Jamestowne Citty.
I found nothing specific in my books on a church for Robert Braswell.
This is in my book on Smithfield:
Churches flourish in Smithfield today, and no doubt the founders of the town in the 18th century were as godly a lot as their 20th century descendants but strangely none of them saw fit to build a church in Smithfield for 60 years after the town was established.
True, there was the 'Old Brick Church" just four miles to the south of the town, and the "Old Bay Church" about six miles to the north, near Shoal Bay, and by 1774 the People of the Baptist Society had organized a church at Mill Swamp, about twelve miles to the NW and Benn's Church had been organized by 1804. But even four miles was a long way on foot or by horse.
A house of worship was build in 1812 for use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Since the U.S. was embarking on a war, money was hard to come by which might account for the fuilding being plain, unattractive, and uncomfortable. In those days people submitted patiently to discomforts. The church was neither lathed nor plastered, nor the walls ceiled, the seats were had benches without back, it was unpainted both inside and out, and there were no arrangements for heating. This was the condition of the only church in Smithfield as late as 1834.
The Baptist Church on Hill Street was in 1831. Christ Episcopal Church was built in 1832.
Do you know the name of the church or anything about it?
Book by Boddie:
Lieut. John UPTON patented 1600 in 1638 and sold 400 acres to William UNDERWOOD and 300 acres to ROBERT BRASWELL.
RICHARD BRASWELL, planter, sells Wm. West 100 acres part of patent of 400 acres owned by ROBERT BRASWELL, dec 14 Mar 1673. Sarah BRASWELL signs dower. Richard and Sarah BRASWELL sell to Thomas Green land between Mr. Izard and Thomas Pool, 1/2 of 400 acres from John Upton to his father and to him by deed of gift, 16 Jan 1663.
The WEST family strongly opposed Gov. Berkeley during Bacon's Rebellion because Henry WEST, father of the family, had been barbarously murdered by the Indians, and William WEST, his son, took up arms and headed a force which marched against Berkeley's troups but was captured. William WEST escaped and evidently was afterwards pardoned. He married first, Rebecca, dau of Robert BRASWELL, the minister, but the wife mentioned in his will in 1708 was " Martha ". He left daus. Rebecca, Mary, (wife of Wm. Green), and sons, Richard, Wm., and Robert West.
Robert BRASWELL sells land where James Bagnall lives to said James Bagnall. His late father dec. Robert BRASWELL, clerk, lived there and gave same to him in deed of gift. 200 acres with 300 belonging to James Bagnall. 31 Mar 1674.
James Bagnall sells 100 acres to Robert Braswell where I now dwell given to me by my deceased father Roger Bagnall. Ann Bagnall, wife.
Robert Braswell, son of Robert BRASWELL, minister, dec., for 7000 Lbs. tbco. sells to John Penny Jr. 100 acres formerly belonging to James Bagnall and now in his poss. purchased from moiety of Thomas Huison out of a patent of 300 acres belonging to Jno. Seward. 29 Aug 1674.
Richard BRASWELL, son of Robert BRASWELL, clerk, by gift 16 Jan 1660 gave him 400 acres and I with my wife Sarah sold Thomas Green 200 acres and I now sell him 100 acres more. 9 Oct 1674.
James Bagnall escheats a parcel of land 300 acres which did formerly belong to Robert BRASWELL, Parson of Lower Parish, and by him given to his eldest son Robert Braswell and 2 acres adj. the mill, which mill and 2 acres of land Mr. Robert Braswell gave to his son Richard Braswell, now in possession of Wm. West. Now he sells his interest in the 2 acres to said Wm. West. (no date) (In the records of 1680).
Robert Braswell appoints wife Sussanna to be his atty. in IOW. 27 Mar 1696.
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