The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville Sunday June 2 1991
By Leviece Smallwood
Special to the Times-Union
A remarkable work on the Brant-
ly family in America has been ac-
complished by Kenneth Brantley,
founder and editor of the National
According to this genealogist, who
has an uncommon passion for fam-
ily history, most Brantly/leys in the
United States have descended from
Edward Brantly, immigrant to Vir-
ginia in 1638.
After decades of collecting, as-
sembling and publishing Brantly
data on as many Brantly family
members as possible, Brantly made
an historic decision. He would, as
authentically as possible, record for
posterity, the documented perilous
journey of his 1638 immigrant an-
cestor on video.
The genealogy sleuth -- a flight
standards inspector with the Federal
Aviation Administration in Atlanta
-- journeyed to Isle of Wight Coun-
ty Virginia and re-enacted his an-
cestor's life through the authentic
settings of Jamestown and Wil-
liamsburg using as background the
restored lifestyle of the area. Brant-
ley, the only man in the Southeast
to certify pilots in the Lockheed Jet
Star, took aerial views of the St.
James River, inserting footage of
replicas of the type ships Edward
sailed on from England.
Brantley narrated a study made of
the route used during the voyage
from England and the life aboard
the small vessel . Aerial views show
the actual farm properties of John
Seward, the man Edward served for
seven years as an indentured ser-
vant and progressed to lands Ed-
ward later received in 1669 from
province Governor William Berkley.
Brantley captured on film the land
where his immigrant ancestor pro-
gressed to a prosperous farmer and
landowner. Brantley used early Vir-
ginia maps and recorded deeds as
evidence to the pinpointed areas.
The narration continues through
the re-enactment of the readings by
Edward Brantly of his will in 1688
and includes documentary high-
lights of the moving, and often emo-
tional family history during the
The video includes movements
of the Brantly family through the cen-
sus years detailed with maps
Brantley includes Civil War history
of the Brantly family involvement
including the battlefields where
kinsman fought and died, highlight-
ed with stories of extreme sacrifice
and sufferings from Brantly rebels.
The tape concludes with the ac-
complishments of prominent
Brantly/leys of the 1800s.
The 35 minute documentary tape
is $24.50 with $1.50 handling.
To find out more about the Brant-
ley Association ($15 annually), the
National Brantley reunion, or the
many publications on the Brantley
family, write to Kenneth Brantley
5245 Moon Rd, Powder Springs,
GA 30127. Phone (770) 943-4677
1992 Note: Video was modified: Now 1 hour long.
Price until further notice is $19.50 + $1.50 Handling
Membership dues now $8.50