., M. D., and Benjamin Blake Minor, Sr., a native of Tappahannock.
The galleries of the portraits of worthies of Essex and some other counties are mainly due to the efforts of Judge T. R. B. Wright.
The records of Richmond county show that the Brockenbroughs were there, from England, prior to 1701; and some of them were in Essex also at a Very early date.
Dr. John Brockenbrough, of Tappahannock, a surgeon in the Virginia navy during the Revolution, and long a justice of Essex, and Sarah Roane, his wife, were the parents of William, who was born July 10, 1778.
His father gave him good scholastic opportunities, which he very creditably improved, and then adopted the profession of law. At the early age of twenty-four (1802-3) he represented Essex in the legislature, and in May, 1803, was appointed a member of the State Council.
About this time he gave to the public, under the signature of Aristogiton, some essays on constitutional law, which were greatly admired at the time, f