John Brockett and Unknown Wife


My 10x Great Grandparents, John Brockett and his name unknown wife lived several places but lived primarily in Connecticut. John was born about 1612 in England and came to America about 1637. There is a lot of questioning regarding his parents and wife. I am currently focusing on this side of the Atlantic and when I come back around on my research of this part of the family, I will dive into researching the roots in England. So instead of giving a name for his wife that many researchers have used but has also been disputed I will leave her as unknown for now knowing I can update this if I find more information.
John and his wife had 10 children: John 1642, Benjamin and BeFruitful 1645 d 1645, Mary 1646, Silence 1648, Benjamin 1649, Abigail 1650, Samuel 1652, Jabez 1654 d 1654, and Jabez 1656.

John Brockett can be found in many records in New Haven. In 1639 he is a Signer of the Covenant for Civil Government. John was a surveyor and civil engineer and was appointed to lay out the large square in nine equal sections. There is a map called Brockett’s map which is shown below. His land is in the bottom left square. This plan is recognized as the first colonial American city to plan for land use development. It is called the Nine-Square Plan. The center square is where the Meeting house and common ground was. It is now New Haven’s Town Green. In 1641, he was appointed to lay out the Neck of land in New Haven.

Brockett Map Courtesy Yale Library

In 1643, he was fined one shilling for coming late to the Military Training. In 1647 he was appointed Inspector of Highways. In 1648 he was given 10 shillings per 1000 for killing blackbirds. In 1654 the General Court appointed him as Surgeon as part of New Havens proportion of Soldiers to cooperate with a fleet sent by Cromwell, against the hostile intentions of the Dutch on the Hudson River. This same year, John Brockett was appointed one of the Commission to settle the troubles with the Indians.  He helped them to survey their land and fence it in so that the cattle and hogs wouldn’t spoil their corn. In 1660 he was appointed to a Commission to settle the differences between the Colony at Hartford and the New Haven Colony over boundary lines.  Between 1667 and 1670, John lived in Elizabeth, NJ. He was asked to survey the boundaries of Elizabethtown by the Governor of New Jersey. He received an allotment of land for his efforts that he sold when he left in 1670. While living in Elizabethtown, the townspeople chose him to represent them in its House of Burgess. When John returned to Connecticut, he resided in Wallingford. He was Deputy to the General Court of Connecticut for the years 1671, 1678, 1680, 1681, 1682, and 1685.

His will was signed 3 March 1690 and he died 12 March 1690. He left all his land to his oldest, John. He named his other children, Silence, Mary, Abigail, Samuel, and Jabez. He also named his grandson, John who was living with him and his son Benjamin’s 2 daughters. His wife predeceased him and it is thought to have been about 1662.

I don’t know where either John or his wife are buried.


John Brockett and Unknown Wife, their son,

John Brockett Jr and Elizabeth Doolittle, their daughter,

Elizabeth Brockett and John Grannis, their daughter,

Desire Grannis and Gideon Frisbie their son,

Philip Frisbee and Phoebe Hendricks, their son,

Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder, their daughter,

Freelove Frisbee and Jabez Bostwick, their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


New Haven genealogical magazine Jacobus, Donald Lines
History of Wallingford, Conn., from its settlement in 1670 to the present time, including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Chesire, which was incorporated in 1780
Davis, Charles Henry Stanley
The descendants of John Brockett, one of the original founders of New Haven colony : illustrated with portraits and armorial bearings and historical introduction relating to the settlement of New Haven and Wallingford, Connecticut. The English Brocketts. “A pedigree of Brockett,” published in England in 1860 Brockett, Edward Judson
Families of Ancient New Haven by Donald Lines Jacobus
Historical Catalogue of the Members of the First Church of Christ in New Haven, CT Dexter, Franklin Bowditch


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