This page is
dedicated to my Bruce ancestors beginning with John and Mary Smith Bruce, born in Scotland in the 1740s. I'm not sure when they emmigrated to America but I have traced nine generations
through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Illinois. This page will highlight my direct
Bruce ancestors and some of the peripheral families. I will be adding to this
database on a regular basis so please keep coming back to see how my family
Motto: Fuimus - "We Have
Badge: Depicts a lion
Tartan: The Bruce tartan has a red background with green checks
and yellow and white stripes.
History of the Bruce Surname:
The Bruce surname, possibly
the most celebrated in the history of Scotland, is of Norman territorial origin,
from the Chateau d'Adam at Brix
situated between Cherbourg and Valognes.
The ruins of this 11th century fortress built by, and named after, Adam de Brus, can still be seen. The first Robert de Brus recorded in Britain accompanied the army of William the
Conqueror in 1066; he died circa 1094. This Robert de Brus
is claimd as the progenitor of the clan although it
was his son, also called Robert de Brus, but known asRobert le Meschin, or
"the Cadet," who was the first of the family connected with Scotland. When the most powerful baron in England, and youngest son of Queen Margaret,
went to Scotland to become King David I in 1124, he
was accompanied by, amongst others, Robert the Cadet. David I granted him the
lands of Annandale which he renounced to his second
son, yet again named Robert, before the Battle of the Standard in 1138. Robert,
fourth Lord Annandale, married a niece of William the Lion, which formed the
basis of subsequent claims of the Bruces to the
throne of Scotland. This was realized in Robert, the
seventh Lord Annandale, second Earl of Carrick,
who was born in 1274 and crowned King as Scone in 1306. His celebrated history
against the English at Bannockburn in 1314 gained the independence of Scotland which was ratified by the Treaty of
Northampton in 1328. He died in 1329 and was buried at Dunfermline although although
his heart, having first been carried to the Crusades, was brought back to Scotland and buried at Melrose Abbey. David
II, King Robert's only son, died childless and the Royal Line was taken up by
the Stewart descendants of Lady Marjory Bruce. In 1334, Thomas Bruce, whose
relationship with David II is uncertain, organized a rising against the
English supporters of Balliol who had plaqued the
reign of David II. For this service he was awarded the crown lands in Clackmannan and from this branch are descended the Earls
of Elgin. The present Earl is Chief of the Bruces,
who are not, strictly speaking, a clan--rather they
are a powerful lowland family.
taken from the Electric Scotland web site, which features web clans
and Scottish history.
BRUCE, b. abt 1742 in Scotland, mar. abt 1760 Mary Smith, b. abt 1742 in Scotland, d. b 1820 in NC. John died Jul 1816
in Wilkes Co., NC.
John BRUCE, b. abt 1761
3. ii William BRUCE, b. abt 1762, d. aft 1840 in IL?
Robert BRUCE, b. abt 1764, Wilkes Co., NC, mar.
Sallie Bantam, b. ?, d. bef
1814. Robert mar. (2) 22 May 1813, Margaret Parlier,
b. ?, d. ?, White Co., IL. Robert d.
?, White Co., IL; both are buried in Ebeneezer
Cemetery, Norris City, White Co., IL.
Children by Sallie Bantom:
10. i Polly BRUCE, b. Wilkes
Co., NC, mar. John Banton, 12
Apr 1810 in
Sumner Co., TN
11. ii John BRUCE, b. Wilkes
12. iii Robert BRUCE, b.
Wilkes Co., NC
Nancy BRUCE, b. Wilkes Co., NC
Children by Margaret Parlier:
14. v Benjamin Walker BRUCE, 25
Dec 1812?,Sumner Co., TN, mar. Rachel Puckett. Benjamin died 12 Dec 1889, Shelby Co., IL
Jones BRUCE, b. 2
Sumner Co., TN, di. 30 Nov 1896, Norris City, White Co., IL.
Will of Robert Bruce,
"White Co., IL Wills, 1816-1916" & "Obituaries" copied
from "Carmi (IL) Democrat Tribune:"
Trusty to be executor.Sons William Matison Bruce and
Isaac Jones Bruce. Their mother, Polly Banton,
John ruce, Robert Bruce, Benjamin Bruce and Nancy
Martin all to get 25 cents each to be paid by the above mentioned sons. Written 17 Dec 1823.Witnessed J.C.
Forrester and John Bruce.Probated 13 March 1833."
BRUCE, b. abt 1766, Culpepper Co., VA, mar. 19 Dec 1786, Lucreatia C
Gaines, b. abt 1769, dau.of Henry and
____ (Williams) Gaines, died 09 Oct 1834, Marshall Co., TN. James died 08
Marshall Co., TN.
Elizabeth BRUCE, b. abt 1791, d. 29
Marshall Co., TN.
Benjamin BRUCE, b. abt 1768, Culpepper Co., VA, mar. abt 1788, Mary Crysel,
b. abt 1770, d. aft 1830, White Co., IL. Benjamin
died abt 1819.
15. William Matison BRUCE, b. 19 Mar 1814, Sumner Co., TN, mar.05 Mar 1834, White Co., IL, Sarah Maria Millspaugh, b. 18 Nov 1813, d. 29 Sep 1893. William died 1859; both bur. Adkin Cemetery, Omaha, Gallatin Co., IL.
Robert J BRUCE, b. 25 Jan 1838
23. ii Benjamin Franklin
BRUCE, b. 01 Sep 1839
24. iii Margaret J BRUCE, b. abt 1841
25. iv Isaac Thomas BRUCE, b
12 Nov 1843, d. 03 Mar 1879, White Co., IL, Bear Creek pct, Gallatin Co., IL,
bur. Adkin Cemetery, Omaha, Gallatin Co., IL.
26. v Solomon Scott BRUCE, b.
27. Sarah J BRUCE, b. abt 1849, mar. abt 1869, Robert McKensie,
b. abt 1854, d. 1885.
16. Isaac Jones BRUCE, b. 2
Feb 1815, Sumner Co., TN, mar.6 Sep
1837, Lucy Walters, b. 1820, TN, d. 1878, Norris
City, White Co., IL.
Isaac died 30 Nov 1896, Norris City, White Co., IL. Both are
bur. at Ebeneezer Cemetery, Norris City, White Co.,
55. iiiBirtus Franklin BRUCE, b. 21 May 1914, Eldorado, IL, mar. 2
Jan 1935, Raleigh, IL, Miona
Melissa Whitlock.Birtus died 14 Sep 1982, Joliet, IL.
Benjamin Roy BRUCE, b. 1 May 1916, Eldorado, IL, mar. 25 Jul 1941, Morganfield, KY,
Naomi Wilma Friend, b. 17 Aug 1917, d. 20 Mar 1997, Evansville, IN. Roy died 15
Aug 1965, Joliet, IL, both are bur. in Mt. Hazel Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Judith Ann BRUCE (living)
57. ii Mary Lee BRUCE (living)
* No information will be
given about living people.