Most Brockways in the United States trace their ancestry back to the immigrant, Wolston Brockway, of East Lyme, Connecticut.|
Wolston Brockway was a respectable and early settler at Lyme. He deeded land in Lyme to John Robins in 1672 signed by himself and his wife Hannah. He deeded a piece of land in Lyme to his father- in-law William Briggs this deed was entered for record 1680. In 1682 he sold land to Mr. Christopher Christophers, of New London. His wife was the daughter of William Briggs and was probably married before he settled in Lyme. Wolston Brockway, on the 12 day of March 1671-2, was one of the Saybrook and Lyme men, against whom John Prentice of New London, complained for "riotous practices and assaults" on New London people The Saybrook people had also complained to the County Court in Hartford that same year against the people of New London for similiar complaints. The controversy between the towns was a strip of land which included Black Point in Lyme. In the lineage book, National Society of the Daugters of the American Colonists, Wolston is listed as a land owner of Lyme, CT and a soldier of King Philips War.
John Reynolds early lived in that part of Saybrook on the east side of the Connecticut River which is now called Lyme [Vol. II of the NE Hist. Gen. Reg.]. On Dec. 3, 1659, John sold his house and land in Lyme to Wolston Brockway, and with other Saybrook settlers went up to found Norwich. Their places in Lyme were filled mostly by a later generation. From Lyme, CT Land Records I:25, Record of Deed from John Reynolds to Wolston Brockway, December 3, 1659; recorded July 10, 1674, with other deeds held by Brockway. Original volume in CT State Library, Hartford.
A deed of Saile from John Rennolls to Wolston: Brockway. "Artikles of agrements maid betwixt John Rennolls & Wolston Brockway of Seabrook as foloweth. John Rennolls doth deed unto the said Wolston Brockway his house & all his Land both upland & Medow that he hath one ye east sid of the River over aganst the towne of Saybrooke; all that was granted him by the towne of Saybrooke as also all the Commanige tharunto belonging & Also all the fencis that is alredy maid & the flowers of the hous & the tow Laders that belong to the house & the barne; all thes perticklers above specified the said John doth sell unto the said Wolston for twenty pounds ster.: Seven pounds ten shiling to be payed in cattell or kind, at or before the furst of may next and the other fivety shiling to be payed in good marchantabell corne at or before the last of June next and the other ten pounds is to be payed next (mithelmoth?) come twelvemonth: in cattell and corne as before menshoned. Wharunto we sett our hands: the R mark of John RenaldsWolstone Brockway.