Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


William BRACKETT [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-3289 was born 2 about 1515 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 3 on 6 May 1575 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. William married (MRIN:1721) Alice-3290.

WILLIAM BRACKETT (William), like his brothers George and Thomas, and his father before him, lived in Sudbury, Suffolk. He was born about 15 15-1520. He was a butcher by trade and had a shop, or stall as it was called, in Sudbury. This he left to his son William.

However, it appears that he lived for a few years in Bury Saint Edmunds, for here we find the baptismal records of several children. Of the six entries, only the last one for the baptism of a daughter gives the father's name. Presumably all the others were also William's children. Also, there was no other known William Brackett and there is no record otherwise of him in Bury Saint Edmunds, so he must have returned to his native Sudbury where he died. Sudbury and Bury Saint Edmunds are about 14 miles apart.

In the 1568 Subsidy Return, he is listed in the parish of Saint Peter, and was taxed 14 shillings on £5 worth of goods.

On 4 May 1575, he made his will and was buried two days later on the 6th at Saint Peter's, not Saint Gregory's as he had requested in his will.

On 11 September 1575, four months later, at Saint Gregory's Church, Alice Brackett remarried to Richard Morells (or Merrells).

4 May 1575 - The will of WILLIAM BRACKETT of Sudbury, Suffolk, Botcher, being at this time in perfect memory .. . my body to be buried in the churchyard of St. Gregoryes ... all my houses with the appurtenances in Sudbury which I have shalbe sold by Richard Brackett my son & Peter Haliwell of little Cornard within two years next & immediately ensuing my decease to the most advantage ... the money to be disburst in manner & form following ... to Alyce Brackett my wife £40 presently after the sale is made. In consideration of it she shall keep Willm Brackett & Maud Brackett my children & if she chance to die or sale be made then I will and give the same £40 to Whim Brackett my son & Maud Brackett my daughter to be equally divided between them.., to Edmond Brackett my son £30 to be paid after my houses be sold . . .if he die, to his children at 21 ....to Maud Brackett my daughter £10 which Alice my wife is to receive and give bond to i-ny executor to pay to Maud at age 18, but if Maud die before age 18, the £ 10 to go to William Brackett my son ... to Richard Brackett my Son the residue of the proceeds of the sale if the said Richard be able to bind the said houses then Iwill that he shall have the p'forrnent thereof giving for the same as another man will ... Alice my wife to have the occupation of all my said houses rent free until they be sold .. . to George Brackett my brother my maser tipped with silver & all my apparrell .... K to Willm Brackett my son & to his heirs my staule in he rnkytte ... Alice my wife to receive the profit thereof until he reaches 21 but if he die before 21, then the same stauie unto Maud my daughter ... to Alice my wife all the movable goods within the houses, one cow & all the swine, except one feather bed & one boulster which lyeth on the bed next the entry which I do give unto Richard my son ... .to Richard Brackett my son all my leases of all those grounds, lands & meadows which I now hold & occupy..., all my corn now growing, and all my goods, chattels & movables unbeqaeathed. Richard to be the executor, Thomas Smyth to be overseer. Witnesses: Lawrence Newman Clarke, George Brackytte, Willm Curd, Nicholas Ruggell, John Brackytte & Thomas Smythe with others.
Proved 5 July 1575 (Ref.: Wroo 88)

Ref.: Probate Records at Bury Saint Edmunds; Parish Registers; Bishop's Transcripts; Suffolk Green Book

Alice 1-3290. Alice married (MRIN:1721) William BRACKETT-3289.

Other marriages:
MORELLS, Richard

They had the following children.

  M i
Edmund BRACKETT 1-3292.

EDMUND, apparently eldest surv. son; ch.: William buried 23 Jan. 1564/5, Faythe bapt. 2 Dec. 1665 (both at St. Gregory's), prob. 4 more cit b 1667-73, Elizabeth bapt. 10 July 1575 at St. Peter's, Judith bapt. 8 Sept. 1577 & buried 9 July 1580,Edithbapt. 5 June 1580 (last 2 at All Saints)
  F ii
Margaret BRACKETT 1-3293 was christened 2 on 30 Jun 1544 in St Mary's, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 3 on 1 Jul 1545 in St Mary's, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

MARGARET, prob. his dau., was bapt. 30 June 1544 at St. Mary's, Bury St. Edmunds, buried there 1 July 1545, parents not named
  F iii
Susan BRACKETT 1-3294 was christened 2 on 14 Jun 1545 in St Jame's, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

SUSAN, bapt. 14 June 1545 at St. James, Bury St. Edmunds, parents not named; she must have d.y. as no further record of her
  iv
Child BRACKETT 1-3295 was christened 2 on 22 Feb 1546 in St Jame's, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

(ILLEGIBLE), bapt. 22 Feb. 1546/7 at St.James, parents not named
  F v
Margaret BRACKETT 1-3296 was born 2 about 1548. She died 3 on 10 Oct 1566 in Belchamp, Essex, England, United Kingdom.

MARGARET, perhaps another dau. b about 1548; on 10 Oct. 1566 at Belchamp, Margaret Brekett of Sudbury, spinster, was murdered by Thomas Curley of Bures St. Mary, cook, who attacked her and cut her throat as she was walking along the road to Sudbury. For this murder he was indicted by an Inquisition held at Belchamp St. Paul on 12 Dec. 1566 (Calendar of Assize Records - Indictments, Essex, Elizabeth - H.M.S.O. 1578)
  M vi Richard BRACKETT-3263 was born about 1550. He was buried on 26 May 1626.
  M vii William BRACKETT-3297 was born about 1555. He died about 1583.
  F viii Maud BRACKETT-3299 was christened on 20 Nov 1560.

Richard BRACKETT [Parents]-3263 was born 1 about 1550 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 26 May 1626 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Richard married 3 (MRIN:1722) Alice HARPER-3264 on 25 Sep 1589 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
BRACKETT, Mrs Richard
GREENGRASSE, Widow

RICHARD BRACKETT (William, William) was probably born about 1550-1554 at Sudbury, Suffolk, England, where his family had lived for several generations. On 25 September, 1589, at All Saints Church, Sudbury, he married Alice Harper. This must have been a second marriage for him, for it was too late for the births of Richard, Rose, Peter and Tobias, who must have been his children, and certainly for Margerie, whose baptism is recorded. By Alice he had one or two children. Then she died and was buried on 17 May 1595 at Saint Peter's in Sudbury. He then married for a third time, on 4 February 1601/2 at Long Melford, the widow Greengrasse. He apparently moved to Long Melford about this time. Long Melford is the next town to the north of Sudbury. He and his son, Richard, junior, were on a jury in Long Melford in 1609 and again on 8 June 1612. On 16 June 1617, Richard Brackett surrendered a tenement, which he had taken on 20 June 1614, so that it might be regranted to himself and his wife, Elizabeth. This amounted to a renewal of a farm lease. It would imply that Elizabeth was the former widow Greengrasse. Richard Bracket, senior, was buried on 26 May 1626 at Long Melford.

Ref.: Parish Registers; Bishop's Transcripts; Probate Records at Bury Saint Edmunds

Alice HARPER-3264 died 1 on 17 May 1595 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Alice married 2 (MRIN:1722) Richard BRACKETT-3263 on 25 Sep 1589 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i
Robert BRACKETT-3272 was christened 1 on 30 Sep 1593 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 6 Dec 1598 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii Ellen BRACKETT-3273.

Richard BRACKETT [Parents]-3263 was born 1 about 1550 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 26 May 1626 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Richard married 3 (MRIN:1723) Widow GREENGRASSE-3266 on 4 Feb 1601 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
BRACKETT, Mrs Richard
HARPER, Alice

RICHARD BRACKETT (William, William) was probably born about 1550-1554 at Sudbury, Suffolk, England, where his family had lived for several generations. On 25 September, 1589, at All Saints Church, Sudbury, he married Alice Harper. This must have been a second marriage for him, for it was too late for the births of Richard, Rose, Peter and Tobias, who must have been his children, and certainly for Margerie, whose baptism is recorded. By Alice he had one or two children. Then she died and was buried on 17 May 1595 at Saint Peter's in Sudbury. He then married for a third time, on 4 February 1601/2 at Long Melford, the widow Greengrasse. He apparently moved to Long Melford about this time. Long Melford is the next town to the north of Sudbury. He and his son, Richard, junior, were on a jury in Long Melford in 1609 and again on 8 June 1612. On 16 June 1617, Richard Brackett surrendered a tenement, which he had taken on 20 June 1614, so that it might be regranted to himself and his wife, Elizabeth. This amounted to a renewal of a farm lease. It would imply that Elizabeth was the former widow Greengrasse. Richard Bracket, senior, was buried on 26 May 1626 at Long Melford.

Ref.: Parish Registers; Bishop's Transcripts; Probate Records at Bury Saint Edmunds

Widow GREENGRASSE-3266. Widow married 1 (MRIN:1723) Richard BRACKETT-3263 on 4 Feb 1601 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Edward BRACKETT-3275 was christened on 24 Dec 1603.

William CHAPMAN-3269. William married 1 (MRIN:1724) Rose BRACKETT-3268 on 28 Aug 1603 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Rose BRACKETT [Parents] [scrapbook]-3268. Rose married 1 (MRIN:1724) William CHAPMAN-3269 on 28 Aug 1603 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Tobias BRACKETT [Parents]-3270 was born 1 about 1585. He was buried 2 on 23 Jun 1634 in England, United Kingdom. Tobias married 3 (MRIN:1725) Joan FLEETE-3271 on 1 Sep 1613 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Joan FLEETE-3271 was buried 1 in 1635 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Joan married 2 (MRIN:1725) Tobias BRACKETT-3270 on 1 Sep 1613 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Stephen WOOD-3274. Stephen married 1 (MRIN:1726) Ellen BRACKETT-3273 on 14 Nov 1615 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Ellen BRACKETT [Parents]-3273. Ellen married 1 (MRIN:1726) Stephen WOOD-3274 on 14 Nov 1615 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Edward BRACKETT [Parents]-3275 was christened 1 on 24 Dec 1603 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Edward married 2 (MRIN:1727) Frances LANDSALL-3276 on 5 Feb 1628 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Frances LANDSALL-3276. Frances married 1 (MRIN:1727) Edward BRACKETT-3275 on 5 Feb 1628 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Thomas BLOWER-3277 was born about 1556 in England, United Kingdom. He was buried 1 on 1 Oct 1597 in Lavenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married 2 (MRIN:1728) Alice SPARPOINTE-3279 on 10 Aug 1574 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
VINCENT, Susan

THOMAS BLOWER (Thomas?) a tanner of Lavenharn, Suffolk, England, came from a family that had lived nearby for many generations. In 1464, Thomas Blower of Bildeston made his will and bequeathed to his son John Blower, his son [in-law?] John Cowper of Boxford, and to Thomas Blower who was another son. The will was proved on 23 September of that year. On 7 September 1503, Peter Blower of Melford made his will. No children were mentioned. On 8 October 1481, Mawte [i.e. presumably Maud] Blower of Lavenham made her will and bequeathed her estate to several church and charitable entities, but named no relatives. These were surely relatives of Thomas, perhaps ancestors.

Nicholas Blower of Lavenhana was probably Thomas' brother. Nicholas had the following children recorded there.

NICHOLAS, bapt. 8 Jan. 1575/6; buried 6 Oct. 1577
RACHEL, bapt. 27 April 1578; buried 6 Aug. 1580
RACHEL, bapt. 18 Oct. 1580; buried 26 Oct. 1581
WILLIAM, prob. a twin; buried 25 Oct. 1581
ANNE, bapt. 23 Sept. 1582
SAMUEL, bapt. 2 May 1585
ISAAC, bapt. 26 Nov. 1587
ELIZABETH, bapt. 1 Feb. 1589/90; buried 23 Oct. 1590

Another probable brother to Thomas was Robert Blower of Lavenham whose first wife, Joan, was buried there on 2 March 1563/4. He married secondly, on 12 June 1567/8, Joan Hareknop. Robert Blower was buried 4 June 1585. A Joan Blower, probably his widow, married on 7 April 1591, Edmund Yates. Joan Blower, who was baptized 18 June 1559, was probably the youngest sister of these three Blower men. There is no more record of her. Who were their parents? Rose Blower, wife of Thomas Blower of Lavenham, was buried there on 2 April 1568. She was probably their mother and Thomas, her husband, their father.

Thomas Blower married first, on 10 August 1574 at Long Melford, Suffolk, Alice Sparpointe. She died in 1581, and he married secondly, on 27 February 1581/2 at Bildeston, Susan Vincent, daughter of Andrew and Alice Vincent of Bildeston. Alice was born about 1560.

On 28 September 1597, sick and knowing that death was near, he made his will and died, probably the next day. He was buried at Lavenham on 1 October 1597. Except for the religious preamble, his will is given in full below. No further record of Susan can be found.

28 September 1597 - I Thomas Blowere of Lavharne in the countie of Suff tannere Beinge sycke in bodye But hail in rnynd ... Item I will that Sussana my wyfe paye unto John Blower my eldest sonne when he shalbe of the age of xxiiij yers the surne of thyrtie pounds of good & lawfull monye of England & xx~ when he shalbe of the age of ~ocv years & yf ye said John soo lange shall lyve But yf the forsayd John doo dye befor eyther of ye payments growe dewe then I wyll his porcione to be equalye devyded amongst my sonnes & daughters then shalbe lyvinge Item I will that my land lyinge in Melforde holden~ of the parsones of Melford ase these landes be equaiiye devided Betwene my ii sonnes John It Thomas Biowere eyther of them payinge out of it unto ye childe that now Sussan my wyfe is wthall yf it happene to be a sonne & iyve to ye age of xxiiij yers at ye age of xxiiij yers xv~ apece & yf it hapene to be a daughter then eyther of them to paye unto yt fyftye shyliLynge in good & lawfuil monye of England and soo then further to pay unto there other fower systers Sussana Alice Racheli & Mary Blowere fyftie shillynge apece of lyke Englyshe monye when they shalbe of the age of xxi yers & yf eyther of my sayd daughters dye before then there porcione to be devd then £ will that those of them that lyve untiii it be dewe shall equallye Injoye there partes Item I will that Susana my wyfe shall have to here & here heyres forevere all that my tenment wth ye lande & pasture thereunto belonging syttuate lying & being in Stanstede wythe all my debtes & other my movabell goods what soo ever yeldynge & payinge to that chylde that now she is wthall yf it be adaughter at the age of xxi yers the sum of vpds of lawfull English monye & allsoo to my other fower daughters Susana Alice Rachell & Mary lyke sums of v~ ape cc to bee payd unto eyther of theme at ye lv-ke age of xxj yers And to this my last will I apoynte and ordayne for my executors Susana Blower my wyfe & Nicholas Vincent Brother unto ye for named Susana and in testymonye that this is my wyll & testament I the forsayd Thomas have setto my hand thes beinge witnesses
JohnDay                by me Tomas blower
John Wright          (Proved 27 October 1597)
(Reference: Blomfield 313)

Children, all baptized at Stanstead:
THOMAS, bapt. 10 Oct. 1576; buried 20 Oct. 1576
MARGARET, bapt. 17 Nov. 1577; buried 16 Dec. 1577
JOHN, bapt. 14 June 1579; eldest son alive in 1597.

The will abstracted below is probably his.

10 May 1642 . the will of JOHN BLOWER, clerk, of Mildenhall, Suffolk ... to undutiful daughter Emily whom I beseech God to forgive & make her his servant £5 ... daughter Mary already given unto ... to son John now in St. Christopher £10 one month after his arrival in England ... to Thomas my son £25 within 3 months after the expfration of his apprenticeship ... to my son William £20 when he has served his apprenticeship ... all the rest of my goods to my wife Audry, she to be executrix ... signed John Blower. Proved 5 September 1642.
(Ref. R2/58/372)

SUSANNA, prob. b 1581; m 20 May 1602 at Lavenham, George Rugle
[Ruggles?]

----- by his second wife-----
JOSHUA, bapt. 16 Dec. 1582; d.y.
THOMAS, bapt. 15 Dec. 1585; d.y.
6 THOMAS, bapt. 23 April 1587; m 19 Nov. 1612 at Stanstead, Alice Frost, dau. of Edward & Thomasine (Belgrave) Frost, bapt. 1 Dec. 1594; he came to N.E. in 1635 in the Truelove, aged about 50
CALEB, bapt. 7 July 1588; buried 16 July
ALICE, bapt. 15 March 1589/90; alive in 1597
RACHEL, bapt. 12 Oct. 1591; buried 13 Dec. 1595
MARY, bapt. 25 Feb. 1592/3; alive in 1597
RACHEL, bapt. 13 Dec. 1595 at Lavenham; m 22 Oct. 1615 at St. Gregory's, Sudbury, Mark Salter; ch.: John bapt. 24 May 1618 - buried 2 Nov. 1618, Samuel bapt. 8 Sept. 1633, Matthew bapt.1 March 1625/6 at All Saints, Rachel buried 11 Sept. 1626
CHILD, posthumous, b 1597-8

Ref.: Parish Registers & Bishop's Transcnpts of same; Suffolk County, England Probate Records

Alice SPARPOINTE-3279 died in 1581. Alice married 1 (MRIN:1728) Thomas BLOWER-3277 on 10 Aug 1574 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Andrew VINCENT [Parents]-3301 was born 1 about 1525 in Bildeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Andrew married (MRIN:1729) Alice-3302.

ANDREW VINCENT (Nicholas) of Bildeston, Suffolk, England was probably born 1520-1530 at Bildeston. He married Alice ____ and had eight known children. He made his will on 3 December 1580, being sick and knowing that death was near. He probably died the next day for he was buried on the 5th in the churchyard at Bildeston. An abstract of his will follows. From this will it can be seen that he owned a fair amount of property and was a substantial man of his day. Some of this property, if not all, had been inherited from his father. His home was on Newbery Street in Bildeston.

3 December 1580-The will of ANDREW VINSENT of Bildeston, Suffolk, yeoman... being sick in body.. . to Alice my wife all my messuages, houses, lands and tenements in the parishes of Naughton, Whatfield and Offton for her life, then to my four daughters, viz. Alice, Susanne, Brigett and Marie for a term of 9 years after the death of my said wife. At the end of the 9 years to my son Nicholas Vinsent for ever. To my said wife my capital messuage where I dwell in, sometime Whim Kookes, with all the houses, lands, tenements, meadows, feedings and pastures now in my occupation, and the meadow called the brook, for her natural life, and after her decease to my son Nicholas .... To Alice my daughter all my messuage or tenement called Gatinolds lying in Newbery street... To Marie my daughter my messuage or tenement called Bennys late partings lying in Newbery street.... To Brigett my daughter my messuage or tenement called Bulls tenement lying in Newbery Street.. To Alice my daughter £10 to be paid on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel 1582. To Susanne my daughter £10 to be paid Same day 1584. To Brigett my daughter £10 to be paid same day 1586. To my daughter Marie £10 to be paid her at her age of 24.... £15 owed against the tenement called Bulls, payable at 2Os per year, my executrix shall fully discharge and pay.... All moveables unbequeathed to Alice my wife whom I make sole executrix. Witnesses: John Barker, Thomas Grymwade, Thomas Bantofte and Willm Grymwade (Proved 19 June 1581 at Bury St. Edmunds) (Browne 274)

Children, probably all born at Bildeston:

ANDREW, named in his grandfather Vincent's will of 1553; apparently d.y., as not mentioned in his father's will of 1581
NICHOLAS, perhaps b about 1556; m 1, Susan ____; had: a son b and buried 20 Sept. 1581, Joshua bapt. 18 Aug. 1583; his wife Susan was buried 26 Aug. 1583; hem 2, Agnes/Ann; ch.: Susan bapt. 2 Feb. 1584/5, Caleb bapt. 4 Sept. 1586 - buried 22 Dec. 1588, Andrew bapt. 18 Dec. 1588 .. also buried 22 Dec. 1588, Phebe bapt. 5 April 1590, Samuel bapt. 3 Dec. 1592 - buried 1 April 1593 [P.R. reads bapt. ], Nathaniel bapt. 9 Jan. 1593/4

Alice 1-3302. Alice married (MRIN:1729) Andrew VINCENT-3301.

They had the following children.

  F i Susan VINCENT-3278 was born about 1562.

Henry RICE-3286 died 1 in Nov 1621 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Henry married 2 (MRIN:1730) Elizabeth FROST-3281 on 12 Nov 1605 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Elizabeth FROST [Parents]-3281 was born in Chickney, Essex, England, United Kingdom. She was christened 1 on 24 Mar 1587 in Glemsford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died 2, 3 on 20 Jun 1647 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 4 (MRIN:1730) Henry RICE-3286 on 12 Nov 1605 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
WHALE, Philemon Jr

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth RICE-4961 was christened on 18 Nov 1612. She died on 14 Dec 1690.

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