Braffett Family Notes

Last update: 14-Nov-2020 by Don Braffitt

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These notes cover three BRAFFETT families primarily in North America. The information covered begins in southeastern New York (Counties of Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan) and nearby eastern Pennsylvania (Luzerne/Bradford County) in the late 1700s. The most common surname spelling covered is BRAFFETT, but BRAFFET and BRAFFITT also figure prominently. The general organization of these notes devotes a section to each of the three families. For additional details in an online genealogy database which includes these Braffett descendants and related families, go to

This list of Braffett / Braffet / Braffitt descendants in North America is based on many sources including Find A Grave and FamilySearch:

Braffett / Braffet / Braffitt - descendants

These notes were assembled with information provided by numerous people as detailed in the references including research James Matthew Braffitt, Jr. started during World War II.

The origins of these families before North America are uncertain. Two close Y-DNA matches of a Braffitt in North America are with Braithwaite in England. The village Braithwaite in Cumbria, England, is pronounced "Breffett".

The relationship of these Braffett/Braffet families is not known at this time. However, there is a DNA connection estimated at the 4th-6th cousin level between a 2G granddaughter of Hezekiah Braffett of Orange County, New York (born c.1804) through his son William Henry Braffett and a 3G grandson of James Braffett of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (born c.1763) through his daughter Lucinda Braffett Jaqua. In addition, there is a DNA connection estimated at the 5th-8th cousin level between that same 2G granddaughter of Hezekiah and a 3G granddaughter of James William Braffett of Ulster County, New York (born c.1772) through his son William Wiban Braffett.

James BRAFFETT -- Rebecca GORE

James Braffett is the first known Braffett of this family line. He was born about 1763 in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut. He and Gamaliel Jaqua came from Connecticut about 1792 to the area that was then Ulster Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania but is now Burlington Township, Bradford County. Luzerne County was formed from Northumberland County in 1786, and Bradford County from Luzerne County in 1810. Burlington Township was formed from Wysok Township in 1802.

James married about 1796 Rebecca Gore whose father Silas Gore was slain at the battle of Wyoming. By 1798, James and his family (wife Rebecca and daughter Lucinda), were living on 200 acres valued at $225 in Ulster Township in an 18 foot by 18 foot dwelling valued at $15. For the 1800 census, James and his family (wife Rebecca and children Lucinda and Silas) were enumerated in Wysok Township.

James began improvements on the Morley farm and erected the first framed house in Burlington Township in 1804. James and Rebecca had 5 children before James died about 1808. Rebecca then married Joseph Bloom who occupied the farm. Gamaliel Jaqua married Eleanor Campbell, daughter of James Campbell, and their child Judson Jaqua married Lucinda Braffett. Gamaliel did not stay long in Burlington Township. Rebecca, Joseph, and most of Rebecca's children moved to Harrison Township, Darke County, Ohio by 1826.

To the east in the early 1800s, James J. Braffet (1802-1888) and Hezekiah Braffett (born about 1804) including son William Henry Braffett (1834-1911), were living in Orange County, New York. James William Braffett (1772-1812) including son George Washington Braffett (1801-1887) were living in Ulster County, New York. James William Braffett's grandson Elisha Braffett (1827-1904) was living in Sullivan County, New York. The relationship of these Braffett/Braffet families to James Braffett of Luzerne County is not known at this time.

For the latest charts and references on this family, see James Braffett and Rebecca Gore - references


John Braffet (name Joshua Braffett in some genealogies and family histories) is the first known Braffett of this family line. John and Mary Mapes (daughter of Henry Mapes of Monroe, Orange County, New York) were married probably in Orange County, New York. In the will of Henry Mapes written 20-Oct-1812 and proved 04-Mar-1823 in Goshen, Orange County, New York, he leaves "my grandson, Hezekiah Braffit, the sum of $20."

For the latest charts and references on this family, see John Braffet and Mary Mapes - references
James Joshua Braffet and Melissa A. Furman - references
James Harvey Braffet and Ellen Savilla Billings - references
Hezekiah Braffett and Elizabeth Newbury - references
William Henry Braffett and Anna Eleanor Gilmore - references

James William BRAFFETT -- Lucretia KING

James William Braffett is the first known Braffett of this family line. There is some debate as to his given name (James or William). The descendants in this family line have consistently used the BRAFFETT spelling. The starting point for the family that stayed in the NY/PA area is the bible of Rene Paul Braffett. Much of the information on the George Washington Braffett family that migrated west is from an FGS on George Washington Braffett prepared by LaDean Sherwood Mellor and from information collected by Lala Vadeina Gifford Whitley.

For the latest charts and references on this family, see Elisha Braffett and Sarah M. A. Castle - references
George Washington Braffett and Amanda Davis - references