I’ve been trying to find some way to obtain a copy of the thesis, So Good a Work: The Brafferton School, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, 1988, Department of History, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia by Karen Stuart. This document says it’s unpublished but available through Proquest Dissertations and Thesis to universities. https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/5807
I mean, I’ve got the bloodhounds on this. Hat tip to Baylus for trying to interlibrary loan it for me into another institution in NC, and to my local librarian for trying to do the same here. Know what? Interlibary loan, well “it ain’t what it used to be,” much like that old grey mare. The University of William and Mary has two copies, won’t copy them, won’t scan them, won’t loan then, won’t do anything with them except let you look at them if you visit there….and maybe that’s assuming too much. Can you hear my level of frustration?
Why is this so important? One of the first, if not the first, Indian Schools was at Fort Christanna in Virginia beginning about 1714. It served all of the Virginia and NC Piedmont remnant tribes who were lumped under the group name Saponi. Charles Griffin was the schoolmaster there. In 1718, when Fort Christanna was closed, Charles was transferred to Brafferton, and he apparently took some of the students with him. A list of students does not exist from Fort Christanna, but this thesis supposedly holds the names of the students that are still in existance from Brafferton.
Googleing my heart out, I did find a reference to one other person, a lady named Sonia, who went to the College to view the thesis about 10 years ago. She posted the results on the Saponitown forum. It’s a very old post (I’m not even sure the forum is still active), and I’m not a subscriber, so I have no way to ask her if this was all that was in the thesis about the students or if she was selective in what she extracted. Her post is here:
I have reposted below what she noted:
These notes are from Karen Stewart “So Good Work: The Brafferton School”, William and Mary College.
June 1715. Griffin’s students numbered 70 boys and girls. (Fort Christianna)
Year Number Other Info
1711 10 1 Chickahominy, 2 Meherrin, 2 Nansemond, 2 Nottoway, 3 Pamunkey (Spottswood)
1712 20 plus 4 brought years ago
1713 17 Spotswood; in the past as many as 7 or 8 at a time; now can get very few (Hugh Grove)
1736-1742 3 Will[iam Jeffries]; Thomson; Jno. Ward (Wharton)
1743 4 Scarborough; Stephen; Tomkins; Jno. Ward; two boys
1754-1755 8 William Cooke; Gideon Langston;
John Langston; John Montour; Charles Murphy;
John Sampson; Thomas Sampson;
1769 2 Robert Mush; George Sampson
1770 5 [W&M Bursar]
1771 5 John Nettles
1775 6 Mons.Baubee; George Sampson; Reuben Sampson
1776 5 James Gunn; Edmund Sampson
Thomas Wharton – treated students for their various illnesses 1736 thru 1743.
(School) Masters Of Brafferton
Christopher Jackson – 1716
Christopher Smith -1716-1718
Rev. Charles Griffin – 1718-1720
Richard Cocke – 1728-1729
Rev. John Fox – 1729-1737
Rev. Robert Barret – 1737-1738
Rev. Thomas Dawson – 1738 – 1755
Emmanuel Jones – 1755-1777
Rev. John Bracken – 1777 – 1779
Well Sonia, wherever you are, thank you for this much.
As a followup note to this posting, Karen Stuart was kind enough to send me Appendix B of her disseration which lists the students. All of the students on her list are in this posting, so it is complete. Thank you Karen!