Decided to post so others may help research.From letter written 1953 "The earliest Brightwell I know anything about definitely my ancestor was Thomas H. Brightwell, Gentleman, an esquire in the service of a lord, the ---liege to Charles I. The Cromwell rebellion forced this loyalist to race for the border. He excaped to Ireland, but lost his farm which was rather sizeable for England - a league.A bill of attainer 'in corruption of blood' was laid against him in absentia. On the accession of Charles II these acts were swept away by decree. Something came up that this progenitor could not return to reclain his patronage. Maybe he'd acidentally killed a roundhead, or something. Well, these Brightwells lived in Ireland and multiplied from about 1655 till 1752.The only rumorI have concerning this period is that the Brightwells intermarried with the historic Emmett Family, and the name became fixed as a given name, handed down from generation." *league 3 sq. miles * Cromwell rebellion (Civil War) 1642 - 1652 *KeywordsCharles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II give info. Read next post.