But to get back to my matriarchal persuits...
11) Gissell Brinley Sylvester's parents were 12) Thomas Reeves Brinley, (born 1591 in Exeter, Devon, England died 15 Oct 1661 in Datchett, Buckinghamshire, England) and 12) Anna Wase (b. 1606 in Petworth, Sussex, England, d. 13 Jun 1687 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England).
12) Thomas Reeves Brinley is well documented as the "Auditor General of the Revenues of King Charles I and II." He left England during the English Civil War by Cromwell, and returned to his post for King Charles II but died a year later.
12) Anna Wase had 8 children, and also went with her husband when the revolution of Cromwell made Royalists unpopular, and lived into her 80s probably back in her home of Datchet.
Her parents were 13) William Wase (b. May 1580 in Petworth, Sussex, England, d. 19 September 1642 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England) and 13) Ann Cole (b. 1582 as recorded in St. Leonard, Heston, London, Middlesex, England, death unknown.) Apparently she married 13) William Wase when she was 16 in Petworth, Sussex, England. There is no other information on her at Ancestry at this time. But she is one of the earliest matriarchs that I'll be mentioning today.
12) Thomas Reeves Brinley's mother was 13) Joanne Reeves (his middle name from her) (b. 1567 in Exeter, Devon, England, Death in (?) Exeter, Devon, England.)
|An illustration of Exeter in 1563, entitled Civitas Exoniae (vulgo Excester) urbs primaria in comitatu Devoniae|
Exeter has a wonderful history, dating from Roman times and before...and I can't begin to explore all that is in this town. The map above would have been how it looked during Joanne Reeves lifetime.
|Exeter Cathedral, completed 1400|
Ancestry has lots of confusing listings for poor 10) Ann Sylvester Bowers, with different birth places, dates, different marriage places and dates, and different death places and dates. Wherever she may be buried, may she rest in peace.
Their daughter, 9) Mary Bowers married 9) Joseph Swasey, my grandmother's great great something grandparent. (Grandmother was Ada Swasey Rogers.)