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The Wright, Brand, Shorter and Dearsley families all lived in Barrow, a small hamlet about 8 km (5 miles) due west of Bury St Edmunds. Elizabeth Jermyn married Mark Brand, a land and property owner, in 1727, and it seems possible she is descended from the wealthy Jermyn and Drury families who lived at Glemsford and Rushbrooke. Further research is needed to make this connection, though.

The Drake and Cobbin families were from small hamlets about 12 km (8 miles) to the east of Bury St Edmunds, but they had moved to the village of Barrow by the time William Drake married Elizabeth Cobbin in 1746.

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3. Suffolk: Wright-Drake — 5 Comments

  1. The virus pandemic has halted my research. But I am a descendant of Mark Brand, husband of Elizabeth Jermyn. A genealogist is further exploring my Jermyn roots. If I ever discover anything in the future and remember this site, I will let you know. I’m of the Suffolk area.

    • Hi Bradley,

      Many thanks for making contact. Mark Brand is my wife’s 5G-Grandfather, and she has proven DNA links to his son Jermyn Brand. That line could be most promising if it leads to the Jermyn family of Rushbrooke. Some genealogies make Elizabeth a descendant of Thomas Jermyn IV and Anne Spring (very exalted families to be sure), but that could not be substantiated by any research I’ve done.

      Having ground to a halt myself, however, I have speculated that if Elizabeth is descended from that line, it might be through Sir Thomas Jermyn’s 9th child, John. John was by Thomas’ 2nd wife, Anne Drury, and born c.1529 at Rushbrooke; He married Mary Talmage in 1564, and is mentioned in Thomas Jermyn’s will. The line, I thought, may then go:
      John Jermyn (m. Alice Eliot) > Edmund Jermyn of Glemsford (m. Anna Mower 1590) > Thomas Jermyn b.1599 at Glemsford (m. Margaret Yeldham 1628) > Thomas Jermyn b.1631 at Gelmsford (m. Elizabeth ?) > Anthony Jermyn b.1663 at Glemsford (m. Mary Parnefy 1688) > William Jermyn b.c.1675 at Glemsford (m. Jean Canham c.1704) > Elizabeth Jermyn (m. Mark Brand 1727).

      However, without a birth record for Elizabeth, I cannot establish that line other than by following old genealogies.

      I wish you great luck with your research, and would be delighted to hear how you go. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.


      • Hi Alan,
        Thanks for your reply. I don’t use Ancestry.co.uk much, but I have my tree on there called – Brand: Barrow, Scott: Longcot, Pearce: Beighton Sheffield, Robinson: Soham. I grew interest in ancestry because my grandparents died before I was born, so I never knew of them. I also wanted to explore my Brand origins. Since, I had a professional genealogist looking into it but the pandemic halted his research. I am really looking forward to see if he discovers anything relating to Elizabeth Jermyn. It’s nice to discover that Mark was a land and property owner. Other things I found was a book called – Brand New Australians – which lists information about Brand descendants too. Brand is an England origin surname, also there were at least 7 alien arrivals in the 1400s which was interesting to find.

          • Hello Alan, is this our ancestors of Elizabeth Jermyn and Mark Brand of Barrow??

            “It is a story that begins amongst the wool towns of Suffolk. Although by the eighteenth century the Suffolk cloth trade, that had made the county so wealthy in the Middle Ages, had dramatically declined, there was still money to be made from combing and spinning wool for the dominant Norwich weavers. It would seem that the Brand family, most recently of Barrow in Suffolk, had established themselves in the wool-combing trade.Certainly Jermyn Brand (1744-1822) the only one of Mark Brand and Elizabeth Jermyn’s seven children born in Bacton rather than Barrow, had created a successful woolcombing business in that central Suffolk village.” – https://ia800704.us.archive.org/14/items/SilkenHandkerchiefsAndSilverHerringFirstEdition/Silken%20Handkerchiefs%20and%20Silver%20Herring%20First%20Edition.pdf

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