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Brett Family

Susan Brett Goodwin April 2, 2012

My original ancestor, William Brett was here in Duxbury, Plymouth Colony about 1639, emigarting from Canterbury, England. He was the son, it is believed, of John Brett and Elizabeth Andrews.
William had land at North Hiland Houmnd’s Ditch in Duxbuey, which he sold to Constantr Southworth when he moved to West Btridgewater, territory he played a role in acquiring from the Native Americans, and subsequenrly became an original settler and proprietor there. He was a leading an in both church and state, serving as an Elder of the church and preaching when the minister was indisposed anad he was instrumental in procuring , for several bushels of Indian corn, a subscription for the members of the town to use the college at Cambridge (Harvard).
He married Margaret Ford and had children William, Elisha, Nathanael, Lydia, Alice and Hannah and perhaps Margaraet. My line comes down from Nathanael to his son Nathanaiel, Uriah, Uriah… who was named Macey but whose name was chanegd to Uriah after his father who had died shortly after his birth…Royal Tyler, Mersena, Frank Wallace,MD., A. Leo (Afler Leonel) Brett, MD., my dad.
Because William was a well educated man, it is rather a mystery as to why he left England and emigrated and wenrt to seemingly great lengths to keep his arrival such a secret. There is no lisrting of him as a passenger on any of the ships which came here between the earliest years and the 1640′s. It is thought that perhaps he came with a relative (Howard? Hayward?) as a member of their household. William Bradford wrote that “William Brett came early to Plymouth”.
I would dearly love to find out more of his early years and of his family in England.
And so the hunt continues!

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