Mr. Brantley is asking for assistance in locating an old parcel in Isle of
Wight Co., VA. Anyone who is working in that area, please feel free to
contact him if you think you might be able to help.
I'll toss in the following information: the patent file at our web site has
Brantley's patent on Ashen swamp but it is unplaced. It appears to be
located to the north of Mr. Tooke's patent, which mentions the main swamp
and Ashen swamp. This suggests that Ashen swamp is close to the main
Modern day Mill Swamp seems fairly certainly to be the "first swamp", and
(John a) Pouches Swamp, with less evidence, the "second swamp". The third
swamp would, following this logic, be the swamp to the east of Pouches, and
this puts it some miles from the main swamp. These all flow together near
Raynor and then flow south into the main swamp. This assignment should be
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Brantley" <brantleyassoc(a)bellsouth.net>
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 12:36 AM
Subject: Early Track of Land in Isle of Wight County
Dear Sir or Madam
I am Kenneth Brantley, President of the Brantley Association of America.
founded the Association in 1987 after 25 years of research on the
families of Edward Brantly who came to Isle of Wight County, Virginia in
1638. We have concluded, after more than 40 years of research now, that
almost all American (white) Brantleys descend from this Englishman. In
1990 and again in 1995, I went to Isle of Wight County in hopes of finding
the land (675 acres) granted to Edward in 1669 by Governor Berkeley. This
land has been identified clearly now as lying on the east side of
River in then and present day Isle of Wight County. Since the land was
still clearly identified in 1758 as being in Isle of Wight Co, it tells us
that it is on the east side of the river. I have reason to believe that
was in northern part Isle of Wight County and in the vicinity of Proctor's
bridge. There are several reasons. One is the showing of an old map, the
name of a Womble (associated name) plantation just to the east and
south of the bridge, and an old Brantley plantation on the west side and
somewhat south, both within 2 miles of the bridge. I realize, of course,
that the latter was in Southampton County. Also, the land was once
identified as being on the "first swamp on the Blackwater". Knowing that
there were probably a number of swamps along the river, the first one
seem likely to be in the north part of the county.
Not withstanding all this, I am open for any correction from an expert of
the region. We just want to know where the property was located. You
see from the listing below, I have identified parcels from the property in
exchanges from 1669 down to 1757. One landmark was the "Ashen swamp".
Weather it is the "first swamp" as identified earlier, I do not know, but
is clear that the Ashen Swamp was "adjoining" to the land in question.
It is my hope that you or other site members might be able to help us
locate this land. If you have any bits of information that might get us a
little closer, we would appreciate it. I plan a trip to Southampton and
Isle of Wight Counties in the early spring. We have over 600 families in
our Association who are interested in this tract of land in Virginia.
any who may be interested, one can view the history and movements of the
early Brantleys there on our web site at: www.brantleyassociation.com
See "Geographic Movements"
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