HISTORY OF THE BRAITHWAITE NAME (Source www.surnamedb.com)

This name is of Northern English locational origin from any of the places in Cumbria and Yorkshire thus called. Recorded variously as Braythwayt and Braythweit in late 13th Century records of the above countries, the derivation in all cases is from the Olde Norse "breithr" meaning broad, plus "thweit", a cleared area; hence, "broad cleared piece of land".

The surname is first recorded in the early 14th Century (see below). One Willelmus de Brathwayt appears in the 1379 Poll Tax Returns Records of Yorkshire. The name, with variant spellings Braithwait and Bratwait, is particularly well recorded in Yorkshire Church Registers from the mid 16th Century. On June 11th 1542, Agnes Braithwaite and Henry Wood were married in Wensley parish. John Braithwaite (1797 - 1870) was engineer-in-chief to the Eastern Counties railway, 1836 - 1843, and joint-founder of the "Railway Times", 1837.

A Coat of Arms granted to the Braithwaite family of Lancashire is a red shield with three black crosses crosslet fitchee on a silver chevron, the Crest being a silver greyhound couchant, collared and chained red. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam de Braythwayt, which was dated 1301, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.

Our Braithwaite family including Miller, Roadley & Walker

Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg JOSEPH 2 BRAITHWAITE ~ see 2

 

 

GENERATION ONE:

1. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE was born about 1690 in Barkestone, Leicestershire, England and died in 1746. William married (1) ANNE WRIGHT on 7 June 1713 in Barkestone, Leicestershire. William married (2) MARY (surname unknown)

Children of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and ANNE WRIGHT included:

*              JOHN BRAITHWAITE, born 21 March 1713/14 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              ANN BRAITHWAITE, born 18 November 1716 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE, born 8 May 1722 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

Children of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and MARY (BRAITHWAITE) included:

*              GEORGE BRAITHWAITE, born 22 June 1733 in Barkestone, Leicestershire, England.

*              JOSEPH 2 BRAITHWAITE, born 13 February 1733/34 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              ELIZABETH BRAITHWAITE, born 2 November 1737 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              HENRY BRAITHWAITE, born 26 December 1740 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              BRIDGET BRAITHWAITE, born 10 October 1744 in Barkestone, Leicestershire.

GENERATION TWO:

2. ~ ~ ~ JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM) was born 13 February 1733/34 in Barkestone, Leicestershire, England and was the second son of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and MARY (unknown). Joseph married (name of spouse unknown) His wife died following the birth of their son Joseph.

Joseph married (2) ANN COUNT on 19 January 1766 in Barkestone, Leicestershire. Ann was born about 1746 in Muston, Leicestershire, England. Joseph died on 16 December 1783.

Children of JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE and his unknown spouse was:

*              JOSEPH 3 BRAITHWAITE, born about 1770; died 1818.

Children of JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE and ANN COUNT included:

*              WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE, born 25 December 1773.

*              GEORGE 4 BRAITHWAITE, born 25 December 1775.

GENERATION THREE:

3. ~ ~ ~ JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH) was born 1761 in Barkestone, Leicestershire, Engalnd and was the eldest son of JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE. He married (1) MARY PEARSHAM on 2 April 1793 in Barkestone, Leicestershire, England. Mary was born about 1773 and died in 1794.

Joseph married MARY HARBY on 28 December 1795 in Barkestone, Leicestershire. Mary was born in 1767 and died in 1816.

Children of JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE and MARY HARBY included:

*              WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE, born 31 May 1801 Barkestone, Leicestershire. William married JANE MARRIOTT on 27 January 1826 in Barkestone. Jane was born in Nottinghamshire, England.

*              SUSANNA BRATIHWAITE, born 2 October 1803 Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              JOHN BRAITHWAITE, born 9 January 1806 Barkestone, Leicestershire. John married ELEANOR PYZER on 25 June 1832 in Stathern, Leicestershire. Eleanor was born in Stathern in 1809 and died in 1893. John died on 3 May 1856 in Stathern.

*              MARTHA BRAITHWAITE, born 22 May 1808 Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              BENJAMIN BRAITHWAITE, born 4 July 1809 Leicestershire. Benjamin married MARY MILLER on 4 February 1833 in Plungar, Leicestershire. Mary was born in 1811 in Plungar and died in 1895 in Bingham, Nottinghamshire. Benjamin died in 1884 also in Bingham.

*              JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE, born 15 September 1811 Barkestone, Leicestershire. Joseph married FRANCES SALMON in June 1838 in Barkestone. Frances was born about 1818 in Beckingham, Lincolnshire; died 30 January 1880. Joseph died on 11 May 1879.

*              Other children may have included Mary born 1796, Sarah born 1798, and Ann born 1812 (yet to be confirmed)

4. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH) was born 25 December 1775 in Leicestershire, England and was the son of JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE and ANN COUNT. George married MARTHA JAMES. Martha was born in 1775 in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, England.

Children of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARTHA JAMES were:

*              WILLIAM 7 BRAITHWAITE born 24 November 1799 Plungar, Nottinghamshire, England.

*              GEORGE 8 BRAITHWAITE, born 1802 Plungar, Nottinghamshire, England.

*              MARTHA 9 BRAITHWAITE, born 1805. Martha married JOHN MILLER and had two sons. John was born 21 August 1808.

*              JOHN 10 BRATIHWAITE, born 9 January 1806.

*              BENJAMIN 11 BRAITHWAITE, born 4 July 1809.

GENERATION FOUR

7. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE) was born on 24 November 1799 in Plungar, Nottinghamshire, England the eldest son of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARTHA JAMES. In 1861 William was a Farmer of 100 acres employing twelve men.

William married SYBIL JACKSON. Sybil was born about 1802 in Lewstern, Leicestershire, England.

Children of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON were:

*              MARTHA 12 BRAITHWAITE, born about 1827 Stathern, Leicestershire.

*              GEORGE BRAITHWAITE, born about 1830 Stathern, Leicestershire.

*              MARY SYBIL 13 BRAITHWAITE, born about 1832 Barkestone, Leicestershire.

*              WILLIAM 14 BRAITHWAITE, baptized on 19 November 1834 at St Guthlake, Stathern, Leicestershire.

*              JAMES 15 BRAITHWAITE, born about 1837 Stathern, Leicestershire.

*              ELLEN BRAITHWAITE, born about 1840 Stathern, Leicestershire.

*              RICHARD BAILEY BRAITHWAITE, born about 1843 Stathern, Leicestershire. Richard immigrated to New Zealand and he died there on 23 February 1898 in Buckland, Franklin, Auckland.

*              JOSEPH 16 BRAITHWAITE, born about 1846 Stathern, Leicestershire.

8. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE) was born in 1802 in Plungar, Nottinghamshire, England and was the second son of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARTHA JAMES. George married MARY JACKSON. Mary was born about 1805 in Eaton, Leicestershire, England. In 1861 George was a Lace-Maker employing four men.

Child of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARY JACKSON was:

*              DINAH BRAITHWAITE, born 23 February 1837 in Stathern, Leicestershire. Dinah was baptized on 1 March 1837 at Methodist Chapel, Grantham, in Lincolnshire.

9. ~ ~ ~ MARTHA BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE) was born in 1805 and was the daughter of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARTHA JAMES. Martha married JOHN MILLER on 24 November 1829 in Plungar, Leicestershire. John was born on 21 August 1808.

Children of MARTHA BRAITHWAITE and JOHN MILLER included:

o                ANN MILLER, born about 1839 in Plungar, Leicestershire.

o                WILLIAM MILLER, born about 1841 in Plungar, Leicestershire.

10. ~ ~ ~ JOHN BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE) was born 9 January 1806 in Barkestone, Leicestershire, England and was the third son of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARTHA JAMES. John married ELEANOR PYZER on 25 June 1832 at St Guthlake, Stathern, Leicestershire. Eleanor was born in 1809 in Stathern and died 1893.

Children of JOHN BRAITHWAITE and ELEANOR PYZER were:

*              ANN BRAITHWAITE, born about 1835 Stathern, Leicestershire. Ann married GEORGE HARDY.

*              JOHN BRAITHWAITE, born 1837 in Stathern, Leicestershire. John married LUCY ANN GLOVER. He died on 12 April 1916.

*              MARTHA BRAITHWAITE, born 1839 in Stathern, Leicestershire; died 1879.

*             GEORGE BRAITHWAITE, born 1841 in Stathern, Leicestershire. George married ADA HARDY. He died on 25 February 1920.

11. ~ ~ ~ BENJAMIN BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE) was born 4 July 1809 and was the youngest son of GEORGE BRAITHWAITE and MARTHA JAMES. Benjamin married MARY MILLER on 4 February 1833 in Plungar, Leicestershire. Mary was born in 1811 in Plungar, Leicestershire and died in 1895. Benjamin died in Bingham, Nottinghamshire in 1884.

Children of BENJAMIN BRAITHWAITE and MARY MILLER were:

*              CHARLOTTE BRAITHWAITE, baptized 21 April 1834 at St Guthlake, Stathern, Leicestershire. Charlotte married JOHN B GREENSMITH in April 1863. John was born in 1839; died 1901. Charlotte died in Bingham, Leicestershire in 1884.

*              GEORGE BRAITHWAITE, born 1836 in Stathern, Leicestershire. George married KEZIA WILKINSON on 8 December 1862. Kezia was born on 31 December 1836 and was the daughter of JOHN WILKINSON and MARY ANN WILKINSON. She died in Muston, Leicestershire on 25 January 1924. George died on 30 May 1905, also in Muston.

*              MARY ANN BRIATHWAITE, born 1843 in Plungar, Leicestershire.

*              WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE, baptized 28 December 1845 in Plungar, Leicestershire.

*              MARTHA BRAITHWAITE, baptized 4 March 1849 in Plungar, Leicestershire.

GENERATION FIVE:

12. ~ ~ ~ MARTHA BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE > WILLIAM) was born about 1827 in Stathern, Leicestershire, England and was the eldest daughter of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON. Martha married GEORGE ROADLEY in 1852 in Nottingham. George was son of STEPHEN ROADLEY and ANN (ROADLEY) and was born on 30 June 1821 in Whissendine, Rutland, England.

Children of MARTHA BRAITHWAITE and GEORGE ROADLEY were:

o                ANNE SYBIL ROADLEY, born 1857; died 1868.

o                AGNES ELEN ROADLEY, born 1858 in Whissendine, Rutland, Leicestershire.

o                EMMELINE ROADLEY, born about 1861 in Whissendine, Rutland, Leicestershire.

o                WILLIAM ROADLEY, born January 1863 in Whissendine, Rutland. William married ALICE (surname unknown) and their daughter MARTHA ROADLEY was born about 1887. William died in December 1922 in Perry County, Illinois, USA.

o                ALFRED BRAITHWAITE ROADLEY, born 1864 in Nottinghamshire, England. Alfred married HANNAH (surname unknown) and their two daughters were born in Awsworth, Nottinghamshire; IVY ROADLEY about 1894 and MAY ROADLEY about 1897.

o                GEORGE BRAITHWAITE ROADLEY, born about 1869 in Strelley, Nottinghamshire; died 1900..

o                HERBERT ROADLEY, born about 1871 in Nottinghamshire, England.

13. ~ ~ ~ MARY SYBIL BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE > WILLIAM) was born about 1832 in Stathern, Leicestershire, England and was the second daughter of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON. Mary married WILLIAM THOMAS WALKER on 15 April 1856 at Parliament Street Chapel, Nottingham, England. Mary left for New Zealand on the ship Matilda Wattenbach with their two children and arrived on 8 September 1862 with other members of her family. William and his brother James had already settled in the new settlement of Albertland earlier in the year. Mary died on died 11 November 1918 in the Kauaeranga Valley, Thames, New Zealand.

> Refer to the WALKER family for more information about Mary and William and their families.

14. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE > WILLIAM) was baptized on 19 November 1834 at St Guthlake, Stathern, Leicestershire, England and was the second son of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON. William married MERCY SARAH HANSON. Mercy was born in 1838 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire.

William was a Farmer of 256 Acres in 1861 increasing to 277 Acres in 1881 when he employed 4 men and 2 boys (per 1861/1881 census)

Children of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and MERCY HANSON were:

*              EMMA BRAITHWAITE, born about 1861 in Kimberley (East Leake), Nottinghamshire; died 1864.

*              DINAH BRAITHWAITE, born about 1863 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire.

*              BLANCHE BRAITHWAITE, about 1864 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire. Blanche married JOHN T B BARKER.

*              GEORGE HENRY BRAITHWAITE, born about 1866 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire.

*              EMMA BRAITHWAITE, born about 1868 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire.

*              ANNE (ANNIE) BRAITHWAITE, born about 1869 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire.

*              CARRIE BRAITHWAITE, born about 1873 in East Leake, Nottinghamshire.

*              MARY A BRAITHWAITE, born about 1876 in Stathern, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

*              WILLIAM HANSON BRAITHWAITE, born 26 December 1877 in Stathern, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

William died in 1903 and Mercy died on 4 April 1905 at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

15. ~ ~ ~ JAMES BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE > WILLIAM) was born in 1837 in Stathern, Leicestershire, England and was the third son of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON. James immigrated to New Zealand and married CHARLOTTE BALDOCK there in 1871. Charlotte was born about 1840 and died in 1917. James died on 23 November 1872 in Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.

Children of JAMES BRAITHWAITE and CHARLOTTE BALDOCK included:

*              WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE, born 23 November 1872 in New Zealand.

16. ~ ~ ~ JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE (WILLIAM > JOSEPH > GEORGE > WILLIAM) was born about 1846 in Stathern, Leicestershire, England and was the fifth son of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON. Joseph immigrated to New Zealand. He married ELIZABETH STACPOOLE there in 1873. Elizabeth was born around 1850.

Children of JOSEPH BRAITHWAITE and ELIZABETH STACPOOLE included:

*              ANNIE BRAITHWAITE, born 1874 in New Zealand. Annie married DANIEL JAMES CARRAN in 1906.

*              AGNES SYBIL BRAITHWAITE, born 1876 in New Zealand.

*              MARY BRAITHWAITE, born 1879 in New Zealand. Mary married JOHN POHL in 1902.

*              WILLIAM HENRY BRAITHWAITE, born about 1885 in New Zealand. William was a Private with the Auckland Regiment NZEF during World War One. He died on 27 September 1916 in France and was buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. (Refer to my Roll of Honour for more information).

*              EMILY ADA BRAITHWAITE, born 1891 in New Zealand. Emily married RUDOPH WILMOT ROSS PULHAM in 1916. She died in 1935 and Rudoph died in 1943.

Joseph died on 10 July 1924 at Matakana, Rodney, Auckland.

Please note that in keeping with genealogy protocol I have not included information about later generations which may include living persons.

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