Brackett Genealogy: Descendants of Anthony Brackett of Portsmouth and Captain Richard Brackett of Braintree. With Biographies of the Immigrant Fathers, Their Sons, and Others of Their Posterity, Part 1

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H. I. Brackett, 1907 - 608 pages
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My father introduced me to this book when in high school, his mother (a Brackett) gave him her copy. Wonderful, full histories of many of the family founders. Exciting stuff!

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Excellent history and genealogy. Few if any are more accurate and fluent. Early sections on Cleeves and Anthony Brackett are superb.

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Page 53 - that Jane Walford, shortly after she was accused, came to the deponent in bed, in the evening, and put her hand upon his breast, so that he could not speak, and was in great pain till the next day. By the light of the fire in the next room, it appeared to be Goody Walford, but she did not speak. She repeated her visit about a week after, and did as before ; but said nothing.
Page 36 - Deputy (being his own creture) to throw out all my other goods, as apparel, chests, trunks, and provisions out of doors, who so acted to the spoyling and breaking of many of my things, and whereby I lost much of my goods and writings and apparel of my wife's, and many other things, to my damage more than one hundred pounds sterling. And more to vex and grieve me, he brought with him one of his own men (to assist the constable's Deputy) who...
Page 75 - Neither horse nor man was ever seen any more. The astonished tawnies howled after one of their nobility, disappearing by such an unexpected accident. A few days after, they found one of his legs, (and that was all,) which they buried in Capt. Bracket's cellar, with abundance of lamentation.
Page 42 - Mittin related of a Triton or merman which he saw in Casco Bay. The gentleman was a great fowler, and used to go out with a small boat or canoe, and fetching a compass about a small island (there being many...
Page 273 - Henceforward, listen as we will, The voices of that hearth are still; Look where we may, the wide earth o'er Those lighted faces smile no more.
Page 53 - John Puddington, deposed, that three years since Goodwife Walford came to his mother's — She said that her own husband called her an old Witch ; and when she came to her cattle, her husband would bid her begone, for she did overlook the cattle, which is as much as to say in our country, bewitching.
Page 75 - Driving their horses into a pond, they took one of them? and furnished him with an halter suddenly made of the main and the tail of the animal, which they cut off. A son of the famous Hegon was ambitious to mount this...
Page 36 - ... away, my wife being no less than fourscore and seven years of age, and all this done after a warrant of Attachment was served upon the said house, goods, and cow, by the said Deputy constable under the hand of Mr. Edward Rishworth, one of the Associates, requiring the said house and goods to be responsible to answer my action of review to be tried at the next court of Associates, where (in truth) I have but small hopes of good success in my sutes against him...
Page 53 - Sunday night, the 30th of March, I heard a rustling in the woods, which I supposed to be occasioned by swine, and presently there appeared a woman, whom I apprehended to be old Goodwife Walford. She asked me to lend her a pound of cotton ; I told her I had but two pounds in the house, and I would not spare any to my mother. She said I had better have done it, for I was going a great journey, but should never come there. She then left me, and I was struck as with a clap of fire on the back ; and she...

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