Who is this WILLIAM BRASWELL who is so closely connected to SAMPSON BRASWELL'S father in law RICHARD WILLIAMS? Could it be SAMPSON'S brother WILLIAM BRASWELL? He was born at LEAST by 1734 in order to buy this land from CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS' uncle, adjacent to CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS' father. In fact, every person in this deed is related to CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS.
Edge. Co. (Halifax) Db 6, page 141, deed date 10 Dec 1755, recorded Feb Ct 1757, John Harrell, Bertie Co to William Braswell, Edge. Co for 25 pds VA a tract on the north side of Tar River being formerly granted to the aforesaid Harrell dated 25 Mar 1749, beginning at a Spanish oak on the river then north 80 poles to a pine in Richard Williams line then east 214 poles to a black oak then south 116 poles to a hickory on the river bank then up the various courses of the river to the first station, containing 140 acres, John Harrell, (Jr), wit Richd Williams, George Harrell, Thos Williams. Abstracted 4-30-06, NCA film C.047.40002, CTC.
The Granville District of North Carolina Vol 4 Abstract number 2200, Miscellaneous Land Office Papers – NC State Archives, Lord Granville to Richard Williams ENTRY dated 10 November 1760 200 acres in Edgecombe County on the North Side of Tar River, Joing Williams' own line and William Braswell. Signed Richard Williams; Wit: James Hall
The Granville District of North Carolina Vol 4 Abstract number 2201, Miscellaneous Land Office Papers – NC State Archives, Lord Granville to Richard Williams WARRANT dated 10 Nov 1760 to William Haywood to survey 200 acres in Edgecombe County on the North Side of Tar River, joing Williams' own line and William Braswell. Signed James Hall. Back of document reads: "202 acres granted 3 November 1761
The Granville District of North Carolina Vol 4 Abstract number 1034, Miscellaneous Land Office Papers – NC State Archives, Lord Granville to William Bracwell ENTRY dated 10 January 1761 700 acres in Edgecombe County, joining Richard Williams and Jacob Carter. Signed William Bracewell. Signed Jos Montfort
The Granville District of North Carolina Vol 4 Abstract number 2202, Miscellaneous Land Office Papers – NC State Archives, Lord Granville to Richard Williams dated 28 May 1761 202 acres in Edgecombe County, joining Williams' own line and William Braswell. Sworn Chain Carriers: William Braswell, Adam Taply. William Haywood, Surveyor
The Granville District of North Carolina Vol 1 Abstract number 1283, Patent Book 11, pg 303 Lord Granville to Richard Williams 3 November 1761 202 acres in Edgecombe County, joing Williams line and William Braswell. Signed: Simon Williams with notation "Heir at Law to the within named Richard Williams". Wit: Edward Hall, surveyed 28 May 1761, Sworn Chain Carriers: William Braswell, Adam Taply; Wm Haywood, Surveyor NOTE: CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS had a brother named SIMON WILLIAMS.
The Granville District of North Carolina Vol 1 Abstract number 533, Patent Book 11, pg 126 Lord Granville to William Braswell 1 April 1763 700 Acres in Edgecombe County, joining Richard Williams, the Cypress Creek, Lod Alfords corner and Benjamin Arnol. Wit: Edward Hall surveyed 15 Sep 1762, Sworn Chain Carriers: Richard Raborn, Hilry Wilder, W Haywood , Surveyor
From Bill Fields to Carey Bracewell, to Pal Spencer to me: (same deed as above)
April 1, 1763. To WILLIAM BRASWELL of Edgecombe, 700 acres beginning at a White Oak RICHARD WILLIAMS corner then by his line W 46 poles to the Cypress Creek then up sd Creek No. 40 W 40 to LOD ALFRODs corner then by his line N 36 poles to his other corner then by his other line W 60 poles to a Hickory then N 80 poles to a Pine then E 140 poles to BENJA ARNOLs line then by sd line S 74 poles to his corner then by his other line E 196 poles to his other corner then S 380 poles then to & along his own line to the first station. Wit: EDWARD HALL WILLIAM BRACEWELL Surveyed September 15, 1762, by WM HAYWOOD Chain Bearers: RICHARD RABON, HILRY WILDER (SS-LG-12 C)
("See Edge DB C, 197 -- WILLIAM BRASWELL and wife MILLIA sold 300 acres of this grant to JOHN TANNER on 30 Jan. 1764 . . . .See Warren DB 6, 183 -- Sold other 400 acres to ANDREW TANNER, 20 June 1777." William C Fields III) Thanks Bill!
- Edge. Co Db C, page 197, deed date 30 Jan 1764, recorded Apr Ct 1764, William Brassel, Edge. Co, planter to John Tanner, same county for 20 pds proc money, a tract of land that said Braswell obtained a deed for from the office of Earl of Granville dated 1764, being on the north side of Tar River and on the east side of the (cypres) beginning on Simon Williams' line running west to (Ledwick Alford's) line then north then east then south, containing 300 acres, signed William Braswell, Willa Braswell (III) (her mark), wit (Richard Ribon), (?? Dixon)(X). NOTE: FILM HARD TO READ. Abstracted 8-23-05, NCA film C.037.40002, CTC.
1777, May 15, A Deed from WILLIAM BRACEWELL to Andrew TANNER was proved by the oath of Joshua STEPHENS a witness thereto and on Motion the same is Ordered to be registered. (Bute County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1767-1779)
2 Apr 1794 - May Ct. 1796. WILLIAM BRASWELL. Wife: MILLEY. Sons: BENJAMIN; WILLIAM - all my land south of Tar R.; JOHN - 286 A. north side of Tar R. on TANNER'S line. Daughters: SARAH, PHEREBE, MILLY, ELIZABETH, PENELOPE, RHODA, CLOE, LEAH, PIETY, BERSHEBY. Ex. Friends BENJAMIN MANNEN, SOLOMON BATCHELOR, BENJAMIN WILLIAMS. Wit: JAMES MOORE, JOSEPH RITCHESON, JUDAH MOORE. (Nash Co., NC) NOTE: CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS had a brother named BENJAMIN WILLIAMS)
From Nash County Deed Books:
DB 7, page 187
Nov 14, 1803
Toppin Hill (wife of Richard Hill) and Cortney Hill (wife of Isaac Hill) were
daughters of William Braswell, deceased. (Sally's Place)
Braswells of Nash Co, NC 1777-1859
162 William (BRACEWELL) BRASWELL, inventory by Benjamin MANNING, exr., Feb. 17, 1796 included 907 acres of land and three Negroes. Pg. 162 William BRASWELL sale by Solomon BATCHELOR, exr., no date. Account current, Feb. Term 1805. (Nona)
23 Jan 1827 - Feb Ct. 1827 BENJAMIN BRASWELL Wife CHLOE 180 A south side Tar R., purchased of WILLIAM BRASWELL, adjoining SIMON WILLIAMS. Sons: ORREN D. (ORRENDATUS); WILLIAM - land to hold until his son NORFLEET BRASWELL comes of age; REUBEN; DAWSON. Daughters: MARY BASS; BETSEY FREEMAN; MILLY MELTON; ELIZABETH THANEY STONE; SUSAN LINCH BRASWELL; ROEANY BRASWELL. 886 A. to DAWSON, SUSAN and ROEANY, to be rented until they come of age. Ex: GIDEON BASS, ISAAC BASS. Wit: THOMAS BRYANT, SIMON WILLIAMS.
It would appear that this is the same WILLIAM, and isn't out of the age range to have been named in the 1733/34 will of (his grandmother) SARAH BRASWELL, and if so, Feb 1744 would be an estimated date of death for his father JOHN, husband of ALICE.
1744 - Feb. WILLIAM BRASWELL listed as an orphan, 14 years old, committed to the care of RICHARD WILLIAMS. (Bertie Court Records, NC Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. II, page 625) (Bill Fields)
The following entry demonstrates that John, brother of Richard, Robert, William, Jacob & Valentine was in North Carolina with his brothers:
Old Albemarle tithables in Capt Patterson Co. from Meherin Cr to Mehering River on both sides: Willm Braswell. Richd Braswell, John Braswell. Robt Braswell. April 1720. (BC)
Mar 20, 1733 Sarah Braswell wrote her will in IOW Co., VA
Nov 20, 1734 John & Alice sold the rest of their IOW Co., VA land
Apr 1735 a John Braswell appears in Bertie DB D in the following record:
pg. 247. Robert EVANS to Nicholas FAIRLESS. April 1735. 60 pds. for 640 a. Adj. William MAUL on KILLAM SWAMP at Treddle KEEFE's corner adj. James BONs. Granted to John CHERRYHOLME on April 6, 1722 now due Robert EVANS by an order of council. Wit: John Brasswell, Christopher ZEHN. February Court 1735. John WYNNS D.C/C. (Nona)
In searching for KILLAM SWAMP and I bump into RICHARD WILLIAMS' father GEORGE:
Thomas Man. Sons: John (my plantation and 640 acres of land), Thomas. Cousin: William Crawman (land on KILLAM SWAMP). Daughter: Mary. Grandson: GEORGE WILLIAMS. Wife: Bridgette. Executors: GEORGE WILLIAMS SR. and Thomas Busby. Witnesses: Charles Horne, GEORGE WILLIAMS, JUNR. CC John Wynns. Bertie County. Sep 30, 1735. Nov Court, 1735.
Which brings us back to RICHARD WILLIAMS, father in law of SAMPSON BRASWELL who married a Bertie County North Carolina girl.
It appears that WILLIAM who married MILLEY, was the son of JOHN & ALICE, and brother of SAMPSON who married CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS. We have been unable to connect him to any of the Nash County Braswells of the William & Margaret lineages.
Updated April 17, 2010
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