Thomas Bramston, Esq. of Skreens
The identification of this ex libris presents serious difficulties given the scarcity of information provided by the Franks' Collection Catalogue.
The Bramstons of Skreens, in Essex, descend from Sir John Bramston (1577-1654), Lord Chief Justice who, in 1606 m. Bridget Moundeford, dau. of Thomas Mondeford. They had several children namely, Sir John Bramston, K..B (1611-1699) a lawyer from Essex and Sir Mondeford Bramston (d.1679), master of Chancery.
Sir John, second of the name, left his autobiography in manuscript and m. Alice Abdy with a vast progeny, among whom Anthony Bramston, of Skreens.
Anthony Bramston (1640-1722) m. Catherine Nutt and had a Thomas Bramston, of Skreens and several other children, among whom a John Bramston (d.1718), m. to Mary Pennington, of Chigwell Hall, where they lived.
Thomas Bramston is said to have been born circa 1658 and died around 1757. He lived at Skreens, where he built a house around 1710 and married 1stly., Diana Turner (d. 1725) without issue and 2ndly., in 1731, with Elizabeth Berney.
But one of his father's cousins was also named Thomas Bramston, 3rd. son of Sir Mondeford Bramston and of Alice Hunt who married Grace Gregory (1671-1758), of Waterhouse, co. Essex, with issue.
However, he seems to have lived at Waterhouse and not at Skreens like his kinsman Thomas. That’s why we are inclined to think that the bookplate belonged to the latter.
In the next three generations there were three Thomas:
1. His son was Thomas Berney Bramston (1732-1812), of Skreens, who was an MP and m. Mary Gardiner. They had:
2. Rev. John Bramston and Thomas Gardiner Bramston, of Skreens, who m. Maria Anna Blaauw, by whom he had:
3. Thomas William Bramston also an MP for South Essex (1835-65) who in 1830, m. Elizabeth Harvey, dau. of Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey Nugent, commander of Temerate at Trafalgar.
Sources: A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4: Ongar Hundred (1956), at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=15646&strquery=thomas%20b%20bramston.