Hugh Bragg Sr and Mary



The Hugh Bragg who received a slave and items per William Haskins' will was the son of Hugh Bragg Sr. and Mary (surname unknown.) They were residents of Bristol Parish when their three youngest children were born: William in 1722; Elizabeth in 1725; and Joel in 1729. The clerk identified the parents as "Hugh and Mary" when entering each birth in the parish register. Two more sons are mentioned in Hugh's Amelia County Will (probated 1736): John (the eldest) and Hugh (Jr.)

Hugh received his first land grant August 17, 1725: 135 acres in Henrico County located on the South side of Trayler's Branch, abutting the corner of William Traylor. Then September 1728 as "Hugh Bragg of Henrico County" he received a patent for 350 acres in Prince George County. Located "on the lower side of Flatt Creek adjacent Maj. William Kennon on Barkhouse Branch." this tract eventually fell into Amelia County. Even though Hugh identified himself as a resident of Henrico County when he signed his will (year torn from the original), it was entered for probate in Amelia County during the June 11, 1736 court session.

After mentioning his "[step] daughter Mary Robertson," Hugh directed that his wife Elizabeth receive "what came to her from her former husband" Jeffrey Robertson. He then bequeathed to his son John the 100 acre tract where John was already living. The remaining 250 acres were to be divided between his sons Hugh, William and Joel. Those three sons, plus his daughter Elizabeth Bragg, were to divide the rest of the estate between them.

Even fewer records were found for Hugh Bragg Jr., the recipient of the Haskins legacy. Sometime before July 1753 he married Margarent, daughter of Thomas Neal who died 1764 in Chesterfield County. Hugh and Margaret sold their Amelia County land in 1753 and are then found in Chesterfield County records into the 1760s. But they are untraced from there.