Brockman Family


John BROCKMAN was born in King and Queen County, Virginia, and moved with his parents, Samuel BROCKMAN and Mary, to Orange County, Virginia about 1734. He married Mary COLLINS, the daughter of Captain Joseph COLLINS and Susannah ROBERTSON. They lived at "Thornhill" in Orange County, Virginia.

Children of John and Mary:

  • 1. Samuel, married 1. Mary BELL, 2. Christian BIBB WOOLFOLK.
  • 2 John, born 8 May 1735, Orange Co, VA; died 31 January 1801, Laurens Co, SC, buried Clear Springs Baptist Church, Greenville Co, SC; married Amelia MARTAINE, daughter of Robert MARTAINE and Ann EASOM.
  • 3. William, married Elizabeth BROCKMAN, daughter of William and Elizabeth MASON BROCKMAN
  • 4. Joseph, married Mary PAGE, 15 Apr 1773, St. James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia
  • 5. Susannah, married John ATKINS
  • 6. Sarah, married Joseph Atkins
  • 7. Elizabeth, married Robert THOMSON
  • 8. Hannah, married William TOLER
  • 9. Mary, married Aaron BLEDSOE
  • 10. Rachel, married Rob. PAGE, 26 Dec 1773 St. James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia
  • 11. Major, married Elizabeth PATTERSON


John BROCKMAN was born 8 May 1735 in Orange Co, VA. Amelia MARTAINE, the daughter of Robert MARTAINE and Ann EASOM WAS BORN 1737 in Orange Co, VA. They moved to South Carolina from Virginia, about 1790-95, and settled in the Spartanburg District.

Children born to John and Amelia:

  • 1. Mary, born 7 Jan 1759, St Thomas Parish, Orange Co, VA; died 28 Oct 1825, SC; married Joel DEAN, 5 Sep 1775
  • 2. Anne (Annie), born Orange Co, VA; married Thomas PARKS
  • 3. Henry, born 18 Dec 1764, VA; died 11 Apr 1835, Greenville, SC; married Susannah PATTERSON, daughter of Turner PATTERSON.
  • 4. Lucy, born St Thomas Parish, Orange Co, VA, married John OWENS, Jr
  • 5. Frances

John furnished sundries and paid cash to the Militia of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. A certificate was issued for his Patriot Service by Auditor of Hillsborough District in December, 1781.

John's will was written 27 November 1800 and probated on 13 February 1801. John died 31 January 1801 and Amelia died in 1808 - both in Laurens Co, SC and both buried at the Clear Springs Baptist Church, Greenville Co, SC.


Henry BROCKMAN was born 18 Dec 1764 in Virginia to John BROCKMAN, Jr and Amelia MARTAINE. Susannah PATTERSON was born 1765, the daughter of Turner PATTERSON and Susannah.

Henry married his cousin, Susannah PATTERSON, on 9 April 1818 in Greenville District, South Carolina. There children are:

  • 1. Amelia (Milly), married Thomas CAMPBELL
  • 2. Mary (Polly), married Theophilus CANNON
  • 3. Anna, married HAMMETT
  • 4. Frances, born 29 Feb 1788, Spartanburg Co, SC; died 29 Jul 1834, Webster Co, MS, buried Old Pisgah Cem, Webster Co, MS; married James PADEN, son of Samuel PEDEN and Katherine WHITE
  • 5. Lucy, born 23 May 1789; died 1868; married James BROCKMAN. son of Major BROCKMAN
  • 6. Elizabeth, born 23 Oct 1796; died 5 Sep 1862; married John Dawson SMITH
  • 7. Thomas Patterson, born 4 Dec 1797, Greenville Co, SC; died 20 Aug 1859; married Mary KILGORE, daughter of James KILGORE and Keziah, 9 Apr 1818, Greenville Dist, SC - U S House of Representative and Senate
  • 8. Joel D, married Harriet TERRY, 14 May 1816

Mr. Brockman was a planter and owned slaves.

He and his wife are buried in the graveyard at the Brockman homestead, about midway between Spartanburg and Greenville, and not far from Reidville.

The flat stone reads as follows: Sacred to the memory of HENRY BROCKMAN of Greenville District of SC. He was born in Virginia on the 18th day of December, 1761 and departed this life on the 11th day of April, 1835. Having lived out his threescore and ten years. He was permitted to depart in peace. He was a member of the Baptist church for 50 years and a deacon of the same for 40 years. Was never called to account for any offence either in church or state and the only Epitaph he wished inscribed on his tomb was her is a good old man.

The flat stone reads as follows: Sacred to the memory of Susannah Brockman she was born in Virginia in 1765 and departed this life in the Greenville District of SC on the 11th day of June 1812. She joined the Baptist church in early life and was truly pious. Always read to instruct and administer to the wants of other. She was afflicted through life but never complained. Her last words were I am ready to depart and be with my savior. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. Yea saith the spirit they rest from their labours and ?? do follow them.

Henry Brockman's will was signed 19 July 1834 and probated April 20, 1835.



"Old Pisgah Cemetery - Webster County," Mississippi Genealogical Exchange 1 (September 1955):41.

The Brockman Family Cemetery, Pinckney District Chapter, Cherokee, Spartainburg, Union Counties, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Summer, 1993, Vol 17, No 2.

Greenville Co South Carolina Cemetery Survey, Vol II, Greenville Chapter of South Carolina Genealogical Society.

Clark, Parks, Brockman and Dean, Davis and Goss Families in Five Parts by Henry William Clark, Montgomery, Al, 1905, Printed by the author.

Early American History, Volume II, William Everett Brockman, Compiler and Publisher, 1926, Poucher-Printers, Minneapolis, 1926. Family History Library, Salt Lake, UT

The Brockman Scrapbook, 1952, William Everett Brockman, Midland National Bank, Minneapolis 1, Minnesota. - Research of Leonardo Andrea.

Will of Henry Brockman, Recorded in Will Book B. Pages 135-136. The original will is in the SC State Archives.

Will of John Brockman, 1801, Laurens Co, SC, Box 9, pkg 6.

NOTE: Hoyt and I visited the Clear Springs Baptist Church Cemetery when we went to the Peden Reunion the first time. All the children of John Brockman and Amelia Martaine are listed on the tombstone along with the dates and counties that they were born in. We also visited the Greenville Library where we copied records from Greenville Co, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume 1, Greenville Chapter, SC Genealogy Society. I also have a map of Horse Pen Creek, Greenville/Spartanburg/Laurens Counties, which show the Land Grant of John Brockman.

Thanks to Paul Brockman for his help with the John and Mary COLLINS BROCKMAN family. He has set up a fund to maintain the old Brockman Cemeteries. If you would like to contribute, contact him at [email protected]

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