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Deacon Daniel Brainerd
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Birth: Mar., 1641
Essex, England
Death: Apr. 1, 1715
Middlesex County
Connecticut, USA

Daniel Brainerd was brought to America when he was eight yrs. old and lived with the Wadsworth family in Hartford, Connecticut in or about the year 1641 He remained with the family until 1662 when he took up residence in Haddam CT. Unfortunately, there is no documentation to support this or the widely accepted belief that Daniel was from Braintree, England. There are a few family stories concerning Daniel's arrival at such a young age. One, that he was kidnapped from England and sold for his passage to the Wadsworth family of Hartford. Daniel was to live with and work for the Wadsworths until he reached the age of 21. Another version has it that Daniel's parents sent him to America due to unrest in England. Daniel Brainerd is the ancestor of all the Brainerds/Brainards to live in the United States.

In 1662, Daniel, along with 27 other men settled in an area now known as Haddam, Connecticut. Daniel's first home was reported to have been a cave. Soon, however Daniel became the largest land owner and one of the most influential men in Haddam, serving as constable. He was the first Deacon and the first Justice of the peace in Haddam. He was also a surveyer,town assessor, plotter of land and roads, along with other offices. Daniel was also appointed Commisioner to the General Assembly in Hartford.

Visiting the Haddam area today, one could view the Brainerd Family burial plot where Daniel is buried, the Brainerd Memorial Library, Brainerd Hall and the plaque honoring the Original Proprietors of Haddam, to name a few of the Brainerd family historical site.
Daniel Brainerd was born abt,1641 in Braintree, ESS, ENG d: 01 Apr 1715 Haddam, Middlesex, CT. He was a Col. and a Deacon.
About 1663, Daniel married Hannah Spencer, of Lynn, MA, dau. of Ensign Gerard Spencer and Hannah Joannis Hills.
From that marriage eight children were born and the Brainerd family roots began to take hold in America.
1. Daniel, BRAINERD, Jr. was a Haddam farmer b: 02 Mar 1665/66 Haddam, Middlesex, CT d: 28 Jan 1742/43 buried Cove Cemetery, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT

2. Hannah Brainerd Gates (83) (1667 - Sept. 7, 1750)m. Thomas Gates b. Cove Cemetery, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT

3. James Brainerd(6/2/1669-2/10/1742)Haddam,Middlesex, CT

4. Joshua Brainerd 7/20/1671- 5/13/1755 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Mary (wife) died Dec. 25, 1705 East Haddam
m. Mehittabell Dudley, Jul 12, 1710

5. William Brainerd Mar. 30 1673.

6. Caleb Brainerd( Nov. 20, 1676 - Jul 11, 1742 Haddam, CT

7. Elijah Brainerd May 26, 1678 - Ap. 20, 1740 m. Mary Bushnel b. 1675 (My ancestor)

8 Hezekiah b. May 24, 1680 Haddam CT. D. May 24 1727 Hartford CT. father of famous missionary to the Cherokee Indians (David Brainard b. Apr. 20, 1718 d. Oct. 9, 1747)
Probate; 2 May 1715; Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT 8. Invt. and Agreement in Vol. IX, Page 37 Name: Daniel Brainard Location: Haddam
Invt. 834-10-03. Taken 19 April, 1715, by Nathaniel Spencer, Gerrard Spencer and Joseph Arnold.
An agreement, dated the 2nd of May, 1715: A distribution of the estate by an agreement among the children, Daniel, James, Joshua, William, Caleb, Elijah and Hezekiah (sons), Thomas Gates and Hannah his wife (only daughter): Our father's will not being so full and clear as we could wish, we have thought best to agree upon a distribution of the estate of our hond. father. And having first come to a loving agreement with our hond. mother-in-law, Hannah Brainard, we have proceeded to make the following distribution: I, Thomas Gates, acting in behalf of my wife Hannah, and we, Daniel, James, Joshua, William, Caleb, Elijah and Hezekiah, have fully and freely made up our hond. father's Daniel Brainard his estate, and do hereby promise and engage, for ourselves and heirs, each to take up satisfied of lands heretofore set down to us and to make no more challenges or demands of any more lands or rights, neither by virtue or under color of any deed of gift received from our father in his life-time or upon any other color or pretense whatsoever, and that we do receive sd. lands and every parcel of them as our sd. father held them the day of his death, each running the risk of the title our father had to them, and being obliged to defend the same for his own part if there (was) occasion. Moreover we the sd. Daniel, James, Joshua, William, Caleb, and Elijah, do hereby (declare) that we have received 8-01-00 apiece out of the personal estate. I, Thomas Gates, do acknowledge that I have received 33-01-00, and I, Hezekiah Brainard, have received 32-12-00. Moreover we do all and each of us for ourselves and heirs hereby covenant and promise that we shall make no more demands of estate, real or personal, that was our father's, and that we will in no wise disturb or annoy each other, but each of the eight aforementioned and their heirs may quietly enjoy his part aforementioned. Under the full ratification of all which premises we have all and each of us hereunto set our hand and affixed seal this 2nd May, 1715.
Daniel Braynard, ls. James Braynard, ls. Joshua Braynard, ls. William Braynard, ls. Caleb Braynard, ls. Elijah Braynard, ls. Hezekiah Braynard, ls.
To Thomas Gates, acting in behalf of his wife Hannah (only daughter to our hond. father) 50 acres of land bought of Mr. Blackleach, on the north side of Haddam bounds in Colchester bounds more, in personal or moveable estate. Total, 45-10-00.
Court Record, Page 253--14 April, 1715: Adms. granted to Daniel and Hezekiah Brainard jointly. They exhibited an invt. of sd. estate and also an agreement for a division of the estate, which was accepted by the Court.

Source: The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America, 1649-1908, 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Wakeman Arnold (1630 - 1698)*
  Hannah Spencer Sexton (1653 - 1715)*
  Daniel Brainerd (1666 - 1743)*
  Hannah Brainerd Gates (1667 - 1750)*
  James Brainerd (1669 - 1742)*
  Joshua Brainerd (1671 - 1755)*
  William Brainerd (1673 - 1747)*
  Caleb Brainerd (1676 - 1742)*
  Elijah Brainerd (1677 - 1740)*
  Hezekiah Brainerd (1681 - 1727)*
*Calculated relationship
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Body of Deacon
Daniel Brainerd
Aged 74 Years
Who Died April 1st

Daniel's gravestone inscription means that on the day Daniel died he was then 73 years old, and tatis su (i.e., , "Aged," in the XX year of his Age) 74, further inferring he was born AFTER April 1, 1641.
Thirty Mile Island Plantation Burial Yard
Middlesex County
Connecticut, USA
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Originally Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Feb 02, 2010
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 Added: Oct. 19, 2016

- Deborah Barber
 Added: Aug. 19, 2016
CT, Hale Collections of Cemetery Inscriptions say that this cemetery in 1930s was called Haddam (Old) Cemetery.
- Dorothy
 Added: Jun. 4, 2016
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