Gnosall, Staffordshire

The Broughs of Gnosall, Staffordshire

and their English and American Descendants

As mentioned in the History of the Broughs, in the 1400's, the de Burghs had established themselves in the areas of Ranton, Brewood and Gnosall, Staffordshire, England. By the early 1500's, several de Burgh families had moved northward and settled in the Leekfrith area of northern Staffordshire. In the late 1500's through the 1600's, the name "Burgh" gradually changed to "Brough."

During the 1400's to the 1800's, a number of related Brough families in and around Gnosall and the Leeklfrith areas of Staffordshire, England, occasionally communicated with and visited each other. In fact, several Brough families have been traced to both geographical areas, and their descendants eventually settled in different parts of the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 1697, Ralph Brough (b.1670) married Elizabeth, their first child Mary being born at Blackshaw Moor. They then had six other children who were all born at Rushton Spencer (northwest of Leek). Ralph (b.1670) died at Rushton Spencer in 1729, followed by Elizabeth in 1738. The fourth child and third son of Ralph and Elizabeth was Robert Brough, born 1708 (chr.1711) at Rushton Spencer. Robert married Hannah Hancock in 1733/1734 in Stone, Staffordshire. Robert and Hannah had seven children, with their fourth child and second son, Thomas Brough, christened in 1742 at Biddulph.

In 1765, Thomas Brough (chr.1742) of Biddulph, married Elizabeth Walter of Gnosall, and they had five children--with their fourth child named Ralph Brough--who was born in about 1772 and was of Gnosall and Haughton, Staffordshire. In 1792, Ralph Brough married Elizabeth Kerby in Adbaston, Staffordshire, and they had ten children--including Thomas Brough (b.1792) who was christened in Adbaston and who married Elizabeth Butler, and Sarah Brough (b.1800) who was christened in Gnosall. A number of Thomas Brough's (b.1792) descendants currently live in England and Australia; and a number of Sarah Brough's (b.1800) descendants currently reside in Utah and California.

The Ancestors and Descendants of the Broughs of Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Richard de Burgh (b.1450) & Alice; Brewood, Staffordshire, England

Robert Burgh (b.1488) & Joan; moved to Chapel House, Leek, England, in early 1500's

Thomas Burgh (b.1523) & Margarett; Waterhouse, Leek, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Burgh (b.1559); Waterhouse, Staffordshire, England

Edmund Brough (b.1602) & Alice; Waterhouse, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Brough (b.1638); Leek, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Brough (Burke, b.1670) & Elizabeth; Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire, England

Robert Brough (chr.1711) & Hannah Hancock; Rushton, Spencer, Staffordshire, England

Thomas Brough (chr.1742) & Elizabeth Walter, Biddulph, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Brough (b.1772) & Elizabeth Kerby; Haughton and Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Thomas Brough (b.1792) & Elizabeth Butler; Adbaston, Staffordshire, England

Nathaniel Brough (b.1823) & Jane Talbot; Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

John Brough (b.1851) & Elizabeth Davis; Bushbury, Staffordshire, England

Thomas Brough (b.1880) & Sarah HJawkins; Norbury, Staffordshire, England

Alfred John Brough (b.1906) & Emma Altree; Newport, Staffordshire, England

Brian Alfred Brough (b.1938); currently lives in Staffordshire, England

Philip Mark Brough (b.1965); currently lives in Western Australia

The Ancestors and Descendants of the Broughs of Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Richard de Burgh (b.1450) & Alice; Brewood, Staffordshire, England

Robert Burgh (b.1488) & Joan; moved to Chapel House, Leek, England, in early 1500's

Thomas Burgh (b.1523) & Margarett; Waterhouse, Leek, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Burgh (b.1559); Waterhouse, Staffordshire, England

Edmund Brough (b.1602) & Alice; Waterhouse, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Brough (b.1638); Leek, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Brough (Burke, b.1670) & Elizabeth; Rushton Spencer, Staffordshire, England

Robert Brough (chr.1711) & Hannah Hancock; Rushton, Spencer, Staffordshire, England

Thomas Brough (chr.1742) & Elizabeth Walter, Biddulph, Staffordshire, England

Ralph Brough (b.1772) & Elizabeth Kerby; Haughton and Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Sarah Brough (chr.1800, d.1823), Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

William Brough (chr.1818, d.1893) & Mary Stagg; Auldmore and Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

William Brough (b.1848, d.1903) & Jane Mear; Gnosall, Burton and Branston, Staffordshire, England

Joseph Brough (b.1870) & Ruth Fearn; Whittington, Staffordshire, England; moved to Utah, USA

Joseph Sedley Brough (b.1906) & Cleo Peek; Trenton, Cache Co., Utah, USA

Lewis Sedley Brough (b.1945); currently lives in Utah, USA, and is a BFO Board Member

The following photographs were provided to the RBFO in March 2006 by Eileen Brough Ernst of California, USA. Eileen is a grand-daughter of Albert Brough Sarah Jane South.