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Re: William West & the Bacon Rebellion
Posted by: John Edward Hope Date: June 06, 2000 at 12:41:44
In Reply to: Re: William West & the Bacon Rebellion by Vol Ford of 1388

Here is what I have gleaned. By the way thanks for the info on LBJ.

" V. Jane Braswell, daughter of the Rev. Robert Braswell, married (1) Robert Stokes who was captured during Bacon's Rebellion by Governor Berkeley and hanged. His estate together with that of his brother-in-law, Wm. West, who was also ordered to be hanged but escaped was inventoried for sale in October 1677. Jane married secondly, Robert Eley and thirdly, John Roberts...
Jane Roberts made her will June 25, 1711, recorded Aug. 14, 1713, as follows: to son Robert Eley 100 acres, being part of a patent of 1450 acres granted to John Roberts and Jane his wife July 20, 1680, bounded as follows: All the land on the lower side of the branch called Long Branch on the south side of Beaver Dam Swamp; to grandson Robert Scott 100 acres on west side of Beaver Dam Swamp; to daughter Mary Parker 100 acres on west side of Beaver Dam Swamp, as the former deed directs that was to her husband, Wm. Parker, deceased; to granddaughter Martha Sanders, 100 acres on west side of Beaver Dam Swamp, bounded as former deed directs that was to her father mother; to Thomas Jones, that land that he mow lives on according to the boundaries that he bought of my brother, Richard Braswell to him and his heirs forever; to daughter Rebecca Brinkley five shillings; to daughter Jane Scott one schilling; to son John Roberts; to son Thomas Roberts..." makes sons executors. Witnesses: William Scott, Robert Scott, John Sellaway. (W.D. 2-567)
Jane Braswell had children by her three husbands, Robert Stokes, Robert Eley, and John Roberts. It is difficult to determine the paternity of her daughters...
In a deed, later quoted under "Eley" it appears that a grant of 1450 acres in Isle of Wight made to John Roberts, third husband of Jane, was in right of Jane Stokes, widow of Robert Stokes. (D.B. 5-310) Robert Braswell in his will dated Feb. 15, 1667, gives a legacy to Jane Stokes and her children. Jane was married to Robert Stokes for more than ten years...
Jane (Braswell) Stokes was married to Robert Eley II only about three years. Her only child by him seems to be Robert Eley III. Her third marriage to John Roberts was before July 20, 1680. John Roberts evidently lived in Nansemond as he does not appear in the Isle of Wight Records.
The sons of Jane and John Roberts were: John and Thomas Roberts...
Daughters of her three marriages.
1. Mary married William Parker of Nansemond...
Mary Parker, Precinct of North Carolina, deeded Robert Eley part of a patent to Jane Stokes widow, Isle of Wight, land on Nansemond Indian Creek, 100 acres July 20, 1680, part patented by John Roberts and his wife granted by Sir Henry Chicheley 1450 acres, and was given to Mary Parker by Jane Roberts, deceased, August 24, 1713, on the west side of Beaver Dam Swamp...
Mary Parker made her will in Edgecombe County, N.C.; probated August Court, 1754...
2. Jane Roberts, daughter of Jane (Braswell) and John Roberts, married Robert Scott. Robert Scott made his will April 21, 1711, probated Aug. 24, 1711, as follows... personal estate to wife Jane and son during wife's widowhood... Wits: Thomas Gale, John Denson [#2460] [Note: This daughter presumably became a Quaker.]
3. Ann Braswell [???] married Brinkley, a resident of Nansemond.
4. Daughter, name unknown, married Saunders" (1)
"On [15 January 1676/7], the Surrey fort was again attacked by rebels, under the command of Colonel, William West [husband of Jane's sister, Rebecca]. [Admiral] Morris sailed back across the James River to lead a relief party to the fort. He landed from the Young Prince, mounted eighty men on horseback, equipped ninety more as infantry, and at noon 16 January 1676/7, captured Colonel West and dispersed his men. The next day, Morris joined Bridger. Their combined forces marched down into Nansemond "to secure yt County & to confirm ym in their truth." On the 18th they seized more rebel leaders, and on 19 January 1676/7, "we went to ye Governor & carried him 15 or 16 principal Rebells."
Note: Young Prince log, 16, 18, 19, 22-24 January 1676/7, C.O. 1/37, 185-86. See Isle of Wight's petition regarding William West, C.O. 1/39, 232.
...On January 24, in the ruins of the capitol, Robert Morris watched his prisoners tried before Sir William Berkeley. James Crews, John Digby, William Rookins, William West, and John Turner, the Southside leaders of the revolution, all were condemned to death. Berkeley ordered the first two hanged above Bacon's siege works outside Jamestown. Rookins died in the prison. From it West and Turner escaped to join that legion of Baconians never afterwards known by the names which had meant revolution in the Virginia of 1676." (2)
"The West family strongly opposed Governor 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... but was captured... William West escaped and evidently wass afterward pardoned. He married, first, Rebecca, daughter of Robert Braswell, the minister." (3)
"Jane, Daughter of Robert and Rebecca Braswell
It seems likely that the daughters were older than the sons, because the boys were placed under guardianship and the daughters were all married women in 1667/68 when Robert drafted his will. The order of their births is uncertain, but Jane may be the first born since she was mentioned first in his will. She married Robert Stokes and they already had children in 1667/8. I've estimated that she was born before 1651. Her first husband, Robert Stokes, was captured during Bacon's Rebellion by Governor Berkeley and was hanged. His estate was inventories for sale in October 1677...
Jane married second to Robert Eley ca. 1677 (Boddie), but they were only married for about three years. She was married to her third husband, John Roberts, by 1680. He died by 4 Oct. 1706 when their son, John Roberts of Lower Parish, deeded 400 acres on the western branch of Nansemond to his brother, Thomas Roberts. It was part of 1450 acres granted to John Roberts, deceased. This land transaction was witnessed by Robert Scott, Jr., Elizabeth Scott and Robert Scott (Boddie)" (4)
1) Bodie, John Bennett; Southside Virginia Families (Gen Pub Co 1996) Vol. I, pp. 89-91
2) Webb, Stephen Saunders, 1676: The End of American Independence (Alfred A. Knopf New York 1984) p. 98-99
3) Boddie, John Bennett, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County, Virginia (Gen. Pub. Co. 1973) p. 263
4) Williams, Nona; Braswell Origins (Braswell Branches, Vol. I, Issue I, Winter 1991/2: P.O. Box 225, Ben Lomond, CA 95005) p. 4


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