- So far as is known, this William Bracken was the first of his line in America.
His origin is not positively known. Tradition says he was from England. He
reached Philadelphia on 25 August 1699, aboard the ship "Brittania" from
Liverpool, England; Richard Nicholes, Commander. Many of the passengers were
from Yorkshire and Lancashire. William witnessed the will of George Goodsell
25 July 1699, while still aboard this ship. Due to sickness aboard the ship, a
committee was appointed at the monthly meeting of Friends in Philadelphia,
25 August 1699, "To assist the sick and weak passengers arrived from Liverpool."
Apparently William Bracken was appointed a recipient for on 29 August 1714, the
Friends in their meeting resolved; "whereas 30 shillings were lent to William
Bracken, he now being able to repay, therefore Anthony Morris and William Hudson
are appointed to write to him so he might return the money for the use of other
There is no further record of William Bracken after he arrived in Philadelphia
until 14 July 1702, when he requested a land grant of 100 acres near Red Clay
Creek, New Castle County, Delaware. It is not known when or where William
and Hannah were married.
Timothy Welch Stinnett GEDCOM, August 1995.
"The Brackin Family in the Southeastern United States", Henry B. Brackin, Jr.,