My cousins had that old Brockinton book by Prince when they were doing their work. But I have documents that prove much of it to have been in error.For instance, calling Mary and Sarah Barr the children of Nathaniel Drew.He was their stepfather, not their father.There is a deed in the Georgetown court house that proves them to be the children of Gavin Barr, whose wife was Margaret Barr.South Carolina records show that Margaret married Nathaniel Drew in South Carolina - but both of the girls were born in Ireland, as is given in that deed in Georgetown.It says that Gavin and Margaret Barr and their small daughters were passengers on one of the two shiploads of Presbyterians who came to Williamsburg District in 1732.Gavin died while aboard the ship and was buried at sea.Margaret and her daughters continued the trip.
It's true that Mary Barr - not Drew - married John Brockinton and that Sarah married first John Nesmith, and after his death married his brother, Samuel Nesmith.
On the Nesmith line:the immigrant John Nesmith was christenedin Edinburgh, Scotland on 9 March 1671, and died about 1750 in South Carolina.His parents were James Naesmyth and Issobel Loch.He came to New Jersey in the mid-1680s with some of his Baird cousins.We don't know whom he married, but he had a number of children - sons Alexander, John, Thomas, and Arthur and daughters Margaret andElizabeth.
It was John Nesmith, son of the immigrant, born around 1700, who is said to have married Sarah Brockinton (a sister of William, but I believe this to have been wrong), and who had three known children - Margaret(b. ca 1720),; John (c. 1724-1748) who married Sarah Barr, and , Samuel(1726-1798) who married his brother's widow, Sarah Barr.John and Sarahhad three children: Margaret, who married William Snow, Jr.; John, who married a 'Miss Brockinton' according to a newspaper announcement and her given name was not mentioned; and Samuel, who was married twice and had four children: Mary and Martha by the first; Sarah and Samuel by the second.It was this Sarah who married John Brockinton, son of Capt. John Brockinton.
I've studied the records on these families since the 1960s, and I've been terribly confused a number of times.I've dug into deeds, wills, probate records, colonial records of various types, census records galore, and a number of books.Many of the dates on that Prince book just don't make sense.That was one of the things that set me to digging into original records.And on the Drew/Barr misinformation, I have a copy of the Georgetown deed that spells it out.A few of the others are not so well documented and I may be wrong on them - but I can't believe I'm wrong on one that is spelled out in a court record presented by Margaret Nesmith Snow, daughter of Sarah Barr Nesmith.
I wish I could find better records on Daniel Brockinton, son of William and Sarah.His family has been in Georgia from before 1800, and they're pretty well documented there, but Daniel himself is not.I have a record of his birth from William and Sarah's family Bible, and a notice of probate when John Brockinton settled his estate as next of kin, but nothing else except a land grant.Odd thing - Florida has a record of a British land grant to a Daniel Brockinton for his service in the 'late war' - which would have been the Rev. War, and I saw his name in a will index from Florida but I never sent for a copy of that will.I guess I should look it up, shouldn't I?