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Sir Edward Brett

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Sir Edward Brett

Birth
England
Death 12 Feb 1683 (aged 74–75)
Bexley, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England
Burial Bexley, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England
Plot Church Interior; North Side
Memorial ID 137940223 View Source
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Believed by the Rev. Frederick Brown, M.A., F.S.A., to be descended from the Brett family of White Staunton (a pedigree of which appears in the 1568 'Visitation of London'), Edward was the son of William Brett of Toddington, Bedfordshire and his wife, Mary Toddington, of the same.

Edward Brett married, ca. 1626, Barbara, the only daughter and heir of Sir John Fleming, Kt. If they had issue, none survived at the time of Sir Edward's death. Barbara died at Hague in 1674; her remains are said to have been interred at Flushing in Cornwall "in the vault of her ancestors."

Edward was a soldier and served under King Charles I in both England and the Netherlands, and later under William, then Prince of Orange. On 31 Aug 1644, Edward led a charge against the Parliamentary forces at Lostwithiel, Cornwall and was wounded. Charles I, it is said, there "knighted him on his horse's back."

Sir Edward's will was proved 17 Mar 1683. He left a bequest of 20/ to this church, and in a codicil also left bequests to the descendants his sister Mary Brett(1604-1682), wife of William Isham (1587-1627). Most notably, to the two surviving offspring of Mary and William's deceased son Henry Isham, Sr. who had removed to the Virginia Colony and there married Katherine Banks, widow of Joseph Royall. The two living children of Henry & Katherine who inherited were Anne (wife of Frances Eppes) and Mary (wife of William Randolph 'the immigrant'). Through these two female descendants, Sir Edward is related to some of the most influential founding families in America: Byrd, Carter, Harrison, Lee, Nelson, Page, Washington, and Jefferson.

Sir Edward's monument, located in the church on the north side, records his military services and includes his arms "Or, a lion rampant, gules, between seven croslets of the 2d."

Sources: (1) The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, vol. 2 (2nd ed.); Edward Hasted. Canterbury: W. Bristow; 1797; pgs. 178-180; (2) Genealogical Gleanings in England, vol. 1 (new series; 1907); Henry F. Waters, A.M.. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.; 1969; pgs. 447-448.

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  • Created by: Barbara Haines
  • Added: 29 Oct 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 137940223
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/137940223/edward-brett : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Edward Brett (1608–12 Feb 1683), Find a Grave Memorial ID 137940223, citing St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Bexley, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Barbara Haines (contributor 47313090) .