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John Bruce

Male 1690 - 1748  (~ 58 years)


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  • Name John Bruce  [1
    Born Sep 1690  Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 7 Sep 1690  Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Carpenter  [2
    Died 23 Sep 1748  Winchester, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • Will dated 7 Nov 1747.

      Christening records of Church of Scotland, Portsoy, Fordice Parish,Scotland.

      He was a carpenter by trade and made stocks and pillory in the town.

      Albin Book, Pg. 3.

      The first record of him is in the Orange Co. Court Min. on 24 July 1740 when he and Hugh Parrell, Robert Calvert, and William Glover were appointed to inventory the Estate of Michael Shepphard. He must have been well established at that point to be so recognized by the Court. The date of his arrival is believed to be 1736/7.

      "John Bruce brough his family to America probably by way of Ireland after 1724. It is considered that John may have lived for some time in southeast Pennsylvania before settling his family in the Winchester area between 1731 and 1737 under the guidance of Joist Hite's son. For John to have established credibility among his peers by 1740, he would have had to have lived in the Winchester area at least for a few years, or to have been their neighbor in a former place of residence. Yet another reason would be that John's two oldest daughters later married into families remaining in Chester and Bucks counties, Pennsylvania." ... from John Bruce of the Shenandoah

      John settled about two miles east of Winchester, on Red Bun Run, a branch of the Opeckon.

      Bruce Family History film 1412126, item 7; Marriage registered in Frederick, County, Virginia

      Will of John Bruce written 4 Nov 1747 - Proved 1 Nov 1748, Frederick Co.Va.,
      Book 1, pg.205. He names wife Sarah. Four of his children name daughters Sarah.
      He names Richard Carter and William as sons-in-law. He also left a legacy to John Calvert's son Richard.

      Memoirs of Bruce Fam., 1851, written by Wm. Bruce, Grandson of James.

      They were Quakers who immigrated from Scotland to Winchester, Virginia between 1737-1740.

      The Bruces of Shenandoah, 929.273, B86br, pg. 4 says he was a farmer and operated a grist and sawmill on Turkey Run.


      JOHN BRUCE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT FREDERICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA - WILL BOOK 1, PAGE 205 - (1748) In the name of God, Amen. The 4 day of November 1747. I John Bruce of Frederick County in the Colony of Virginia being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God calling to remembrance it is appointed for all men once to die, do make, Constitute and ordain this my last will and testament as follows viz. Item- I give and bequeath to my son James Bruce the plantation I now live on with all the improvements thereunto belonging being 150 acres. Item- I give and bequeath unto my son George Bruce 150 acres of the remaining tract of land lying on the south side of the aforesaid plantation and on the Licks with the clear land that is now and also that his brother, James Bruce, be one half in building 1 house 24 foot X 16 foot with a shingle roof and also a barn of 25 foot X 18 foot etc. Item- I give and bequeath to my son George Bruce and Ann Bruce all my movable estate to be equally divided between them and the desertation of William McMachin and Hugh Parrel after debts and funeral charges are paid, except my carpenter tools which I give to my son James Bruce and one yearling heifer to Richard Colbart and out of the above perquists I do oblige my sons James Bruce and George Bruce to maintain my loving wife Sarah Bruce as long as she lives or remains a widow. Item- It is my will and desire that my son George Bruce also out of the above perquists give to my daughter Margaret Carter and Mary Albin ten shillings of currency each to be paid in grain, etc. Item- I give and bequeath to my son James Bruce my new great coat and beaver hat and to Richard Carter, my son-in-law, my suit of woolen clothes and to my son-in-law William Albin my suit of linen clothes. Item- I do constitute and ordain my sons James Bruce and George Bruce Executors of this my last will and testament. I do utterly disavow all other wills and testaments etc., no other. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 4 day of November 1747. Signed and Sealed and delivered in the presence of Edward Parrel James McCoy Elizabeth King John Cusee [1, 2, 3]
    Person ID I1299790  7_families
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 

    Father Thomas Bruce,   b. 11 Jun 1664, Portsoy, Fordyce Parish, Banff, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1725, Portsoy, Fordyce Parish, Banff, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Mary Christian,   b. Abt 1666, New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1685  Kinnaird, , Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F471396  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Caroline Coles,   c. 1694, Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Westchester, Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt Aug 1714  Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Bruce,   c. 3 Jun 1715, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. James Bruce,   c. 20 May 1720, Leochel-Cushine, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1795, , Nelson, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     3. George Bruce, (Twin),   c. 27 Apr 1722, Leochel-Cushine, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1800, , Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     4. John Bruce, (Twin),   c. 27 Apr 1722, Loechel-Cushnie, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1731  (Age ~ 8 years)
     5. Margaret Bruce,   c. 5 Mar 1727, Loechel-Cushnie, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Anne Bruce,   b. 1725, Leochel-Cushine, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1808, Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F471393  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Sep 1690 - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 7 Sep 1690 - Fordyce, Banffshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt Aug 1714 - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Sep 1748 - Winchester, Frederick, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S8231] Bruce family of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana, (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984. FHL Film #1412126 Item 7 John Bruce and his wife Sarah emigrated from Scotland to Winchester County, Virginia between 1737 and 1740.).

    2. [S8200] Albins of Virginia, Ethel Winifred Albin, (Sabetha, Kans. : Ethel W. Albin, c1989 #929.273 AL14ae), 929.273 AL14ae., 3 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S8196] Bruce, John of the Shenandoah, Violet Laverne Bruce, (Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co., c1987. Book #929.273 B83br), 929.273 B83br..