WILLIAM BRACKETT was a resident of Sudbury, Suffolk. Also living there at the same time was Edward Brackett, presumably his brother. Both these men appear on the Sudbury list of the Military Survey of 1522, William as an able archer, Edward as an able billman, both listed as butchers, each assessed 12 pence on goods valued at £2. One can reasonably assume that they grew up in the trade and learned it from their father who also must have lived in Sudbury. Two years later, they both appear again on record as taxpayers in the 1524 Subsidy return, each down for 4 pence tax on wages of 20 shillings. No earlier record of the name in Sudbury has been found, but it does occur somewhat earlier in other parts of England, or at least possible variations of the name such as Brokett. Edward Brackett died in 1540. 20 June 1540 - The wife of EDWARD BRACKETT, balie of the town of Sudbury, Suffolk, hale of mind and in good and perfect remembrance .,. my body to be buried within the churchyard of St. Gregory in Sudbury... to every of my children John. James, Edward, George and Faythe 5 marks at age 20 and if Faythe marry before age 20, then on day of marriage to Maud my wife all those my copyhold lease, interest and term of years which I have and hold of the right worshipfu.1 Lady Dame Jane Corbett of and in certain lands and pastures lying in Assington, Suffolk, called by the name of Perefield Richard Barker of Sudbury to hold and occupy these leases during the nonage of son George Brackett, paying £4 13s 7d sterling yearly to Maud my wile and 6C of fresh wood with the felling making and carrying of the same toward the keeping and bringing up of the same George and Edward my sons.. Also, to wife Maud a certain lease in lands called Chyllton wente and Duckslade.. .The residue of all my goods and cattle, money, plate, debts and implements of household not assigned or bequeathed to Maud my wife whom I make sole executrix. John Oxburghe of Sudbury, gentleman, and the said Richard Barker to be aydors and comforters to my said wife and for their pains 6s 8d sterling. Witnesses: John Bannasted, Raulff Feosdike, John Blanche, John Beeie, Ronert Cooke. Willm Hayward. Proved 19 March 1540/4 1 (Ref.: Coole 364)
William Brackett had at least three Sons who referred to each other in their wills.
Children, born in Sudbury:
WILLIAM, prob. b about 1515; m Alice.......; ch.: Edmond, Richard, William, Maud, others who d.y.; buried 6 May 1575 at St.Peter's; she m 2, 11 Sept. 1575, Richard Morrell (or Merrill)
GEORGE, named in wills of his brothers William & Thomas; sev. ch.: Robert who had Barbara 1593 and Robert 1594/5, George bapt. 2 Dec. 1565 at St Gregory's who m Elizabeth & had Elizabeth 1603 & Anne 1608, Grace & Christian bapt. 29 March 1581 at St. Peter's, prob. also John who witnessed the will of William Brackett in 1575 & may be the John B. bapt. 22 Aug. 1557 at St. Mary in Bury St. Edrnunds THOMAS. m Emma...... ; he d 1573, naming in his will his wife & Sons Edward & William. His son Edward was slain by Anthony Burr on 15 June 1591 & was buried the next day at St. Peter's. An abstract of his will follows:
10 September 1573 - The nuncupative will of THOMAS BRACKETT of St. Gregory, Sudbury, Suffolk ... sick in body ... to Robert Brackett son of George Brackett his brother one pewter platter ... to Edward Brackett his son one brass pot, one pewter platter, one pewter porringer, one saucer of pewter ... to Willm Brackett his other son one candlestick. .all these to be delivered unto his brother George Brackett to keep for his children until they come to lawful age... the residue of his goods to my wife Emma Brackett freely, she seeing his body honestly buried &r brought to the ground, his debts paid & his little children brought up in the fear of god. Witnesses: Thomas Byknefl, Willm Srnyth, Thomas Collins, with others. Proved 13 January 1573/4 (Ref. Large 2.14)
Ref.: Suffolk Green Book X; Probate Records at Bury Saint Edmunds; Parish Registers;