Thomas Bragg, The Immigrant

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  • Name Thomas Bragg 
    Suffix The Immigrant 
    Alt Birth Bef 23 Jan 1579  Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptism 23 Jan 1579  Hawkshead, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born Bef 1580  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Seaman on the "Susan Constant"  [4
    Died Jamestown, Virginia, A British Colony in America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I49487  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2017 

    Father Thomas Bragg,   b. 17 Nov 1551, Solihull, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1579  (Age 28 years) 
    Mother Agnes Braithwaite,   b. 0___ 1550, (Hawkshead, England) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 23 Jan 1579  Hawkshead, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F18306  Group Sheet

    Family Molly Newport,   b. 25 Mar 1585, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married ~ 1615  Jamestown, Virginia, A British Colony in America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5
    Children 
     1. William Bragg,   b. 0___ 1625, Northampton County, Virginia, a British Colony of America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1678  (Age ~ 53 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F18290  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlt Birth - Bef 23 Jan 1579 - Lancashire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 23 Jan 1579 - Hawkshead, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Bef 1580 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - - Jamestown, Virginia, A British Colony in America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - ~ 1615 - Jamestown, Virginia, A British Colony in America Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Descendants of Thomas & Molly Newport Bragg
    Descendants of Thomas & Molly Newport Bragg

    "Descendants of Thomas Bragg", biography & registry, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Settle-343, retrieved or revisited, recorded & uploaded to the URL, www.TheHennesseeFamily.com, Thursday, August 31th, 2017, by David A. Hennessee, info@classroomfurniture.com

  • Notes 
    • Descendants of Thomas Bragg

      Generation No. 1

      1. THOMAS1 BRAGG was born Abt. 1580 in England. He married MARY (MOLLY) NEWPORT Abt. 1615 in James Town, James City, Virginia, daughter of CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT and KATHERINE PROCTOR.

      Notes for THOMAS BRAGG:

      There is a common folk-tale of "Six Bragg brothers in England. Three went North, three went South." Thomas, William, and John being the ones who went South in England. Supposedly the Susan Constant (under Adm. Christopher Newport's command and, according to Daughter's of the American Revolution,carrying two Bragg teenagers, Thomas and John.

      Thomas Bragg and Molly Newport were joined in matrimony about two years before Christopher Newport's death. Born in England around the year 1580, Thomas served a stint in the British Navy prior to being hired by his future father-in-law. Little is known about his life in England, just that he and two brothers, John and William, came to America, settled, and became the ancestors of the vast majority of Bragg families currently living in the United States.

      Having "obtained land grants from the Crown" for his services in the Navy, Thomas and his new bride, Molly Newport, settled down to begin raising their children, the first Braggs born in America, William (1624) and John Bragg. Little is known about John and his family, but the descendants of his brother William have been extensively researched. William was blessed with the birth of a son (John) in 1647. The child was born at Old Rappahannock, Virginia, the location to which William migrated.

      Source: Stephen Terry, Re: Bragg's of NC, In Reply to: Re: Bragg's of NC by Robert Gumfory, Bragg
      Family Genealogy Forum [http://genforum.genealogy.com/bragg/messages/906.html].

      SOURCE INFORMATION:

      Much of the current information on the Bragg family was gathered by Dr. Louis Alderson Bragg, in the 1960's.

      Much of the information listed in the next ten (10) Generations of this Bragg Family Tree were taken form the following;

      "The Shetterly Bragg Family Tree". , Moultrie County ILGenWeb site, hosted by Greg Hamblin.

      I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. (author unknown)

      end of biography [3]
    • Thomas (The Immigrant) Bragg
      Birthdate: 1580
      Birthplace: England
      Death: Jamestown, James City, Virginia
      Immediate Family:
      Son of ? Bragg and Mrs. Bragg
      Husband of Mary "Molly" Newport Bragg
      Father of William Thomas Bragg and John Bragg
      Brother of John Bragg; Child Bragg and William Bragg
      Occupation: in the royal navy,"obtained land grants from the Crown" for his service, then hired by Capt. Newport to work on the Susan Constant
      Managed by: Private User
      Last Updated: June 5, 2016

      About Thomas (The Immigrant) Bragg
      True or not. There seems to be to much info for Thomas to not have been both real and married to Mary/Molly Newport. He worked for Capt Newport on his 2nd trip and married a daughter. As we know children are left out of records sometimes when born last. Until there is more definitive proof I am considering Thomas/Molly/Christopher my kin. Rather than argue the point I plan to keep this in my tree. JDBragg.5.24.11 Thomas Bragg 1580 m.1610 Mary/Molly Newport Bragg 1585 -25f -30m

      Additional curator's notes: The information about Thomas is generally accepted as correct but the name and family of his wife is disputed by several researchers. The citations below show both sides of the dispute. Documents have not been found by any researcher yet to settle the matter.The DAR accepts that Thomas Bragg arrived in Jamestown on the ship Susan Constant, commanded by Adm. Christopher Newport.

      Newport made many trips between England and Virginia over a five year period, including the voyage of the Sea Venture which wrecked in Bermuda due to storms. It would not have been unusual occurrence for a naval officer to transport his family to a colony where he made frequent trips. The belief that his daughter could have been in Virginia, met Thomas Bragg and married him is plausible but NOT proven. Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Curator, 4/22/2011

      Retrieved 3-4-2009: Story of Thomas and early Bragg family in America: http://thebraggfamily.blogspot.com/2007/05/did-you-know-5.html. Objections made to any connection of marriage between Thomas Bragg and any of the Newport family. Bragg Family Genealogy Forum, Posted by: Mark Bragg, In Reply to: Re: BraggFamily About 1530 by John Shetterlyhttp://genforum.genealogy.com/bragg/messages/1037.html

      Janet Tyree, Re: Bragg American Line, Bragg Family Genealogy Forum,http://genforum.genealogy.com/bragg/messages/1887.html

      Immigrated to James Town settlement from England in about the early 1600's. Not clear on any record showing he was married to Mary Molly Newport--the daughter of the famed Capt. Christopher Newport. There are stories that Thomas came over with two brothers, but again this is circumstantial. Thomas was reported to do a stint in the Royal Navy even though there is no actual evidence or record of this. The only story of how he and Mary came to be husband and wife is that he was reportedly Cap't Newtons best mariner thus making their marriage a possibility. But this is just a great story without the evidence to support it. I would imagine that due to the conditions and hardships of the new settlement that record keeping would be nearly non existing in James Town. I have researched copies of the remaining records of James Town, which show no evidence of the existance of Thomas Bragg or Mary Molly Newport. If there is evidence or sources that someone has, please e-mail me at nathan.brgg@gmail.com

      end of biography [4]
    • Thomas Bragg was born before 23 January 1579 in Lancashire, England and was baptized on that date in Hawkshead, Lancashire, ENG. The marriage date and place for Thomas and Mary is still unclear, but it is believed that they married in Jamestown, VA about 1615. One record indicates that he arrived at Jamestown, VA in 1649, at the age of 70, and died there in 1660, but this ‘arrival’ might have been after returning from a visit to England.

      This is a version of the story of the English Bragg brothers, 3 of whom went north and 3 south. Thomas, William, and John went south and sailed on the Susan Constant with Captain Christopher Newport (former pirate and eventual Admiral of the RN fleet in charge of the VA expeditions. The DAR has confirmed that Thomas and John Bragg, teenagers, were on board.

      Thomas served in the Royal Navy prior to being hired by Capt. Newport, his future father-in-law. Having “obtained land grants from the Crown” for his services in the Navy, Thomas and his new bride, Molly Newport, settled down to raise children, the first Braggs born in America, William (1624) and John Bragg. Little is known about John and his family, but the descendants of his brother William have been extensively researched. (Bragg Family Genealogy Forum http://genforum.genealogy.com/bragg and ancestry.com).

      Thomas Bragg (1579-1660) was the son of 12. Thomas Bragg and 12a. Agnes Braithwaite (1550-). He was born 17 November 1551 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England, married Agnes Braithwaite 23 January 1579 at Hawkshead, Lancashire, ENG and died after 1579. More on the Moore/Bragg lineage to come…

      © Copyright 2015 Linda L Labin, PhD

      end of biography [1]

  • Sources 
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    4. [S11430] "Thomas (The Immigrant) Bragg", Biography, https://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-Bragg/6000000003064005332, retrieved or re.

    5. [S10607] "Mary (Settle) Bragg (abt. 1700 - 1725)", biography, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Settle-343, retrieved or revisited, r.