Meet the Committee
I’m an accountant by training and a historian/genealogist by inclination. I’ve been researching our twig of branch 6 since the 1970s.
I live in Lincolnshire and am a primary school teacher. I married the Social Secretary at St. Anne’s Church, Bucks Mills and am the son-in-law of Janet.
With Martha, I enjoy devising the quizzes for the Braund Reunions
Captain James was my great great great Grandfather so I am branch 2, and have lived in the Bideford area all my life. My grandparents had a nursery at top of town and a shop in the High Street selling their produce.
I was involved in the society from the very beginning and working in a bank at the time, Cyril asked me to be Treasurer, a role I continued for many years. I am now retired and live in Northam.
I am the great grandson of James 'The Ratcatcher' Braund and alongside my father Wilfred, I was part of the original Society steering committee and a founder member. Like most Braunds I share an affinity with the sea. In my youth I was Chief Stoker on the Sea Cadet vessel ‘T.S Bideford’ and sailed my own boat on the River Torridge. Following a five year apprenticeship as a Fitter/Turner with R.A Lister in Dursley, I returned to Devon and worked for 25 years at Appledore Shipbuilders as a Marine Engineer. When the shipbuilding industry declined, I set up my video production company - some of the Braund related films I produced are available in the shop section.
I am now semi retired, tinkering with classic cars. My two sons James and Matthew carry on the company and the Braund name, as well as having their own businesses.
Social Secretary and
I have been a member of the Braund Society all my life. I was christened at one of the annual services and was married at St. Anne’s, Bucks Mills.
Having worked with children with additional needs, I am now a stay at home mum to Edward and am studying with the Open University. I enjoy baking, crafts and playing the piano.
Janet Few née Braund
Historian and Editor
I was a founder member of the Braund Society. Having drawn my first family tree when was seven, I have been seriously researching my family history since 1977. I am a family and local historian, writer and educator who spends time living in the seventeenth century as Mistress Agnes. I am the President of the Family History Federation and Chairman of Devon Family History Society. You can find out more on my website, or follow me on Twitter.
I am a fisherman of Bucks Mills and Clovelly like my 4 x great grandfather and all but one of the generations in between. I was a founder Member of the Braund Society. I am now retired from government service and am working in the seventeenth century as a barber surgeon to the desperate. I am the President of Devon Family History Society and represent the Guild of One-Name Studies in Devon,
I spent most of my childhood living in Malta and Cyprus due to my father’s postings overseas. On returning to England, I trained to be a teacher and spent many years in Germany in British Forces Schools. I am now happily retired in Somerset and enjoy the opportunity to attend Braund reunions and meet other members of the society.
I am a trustee for East Shallowford Farm.
Regional and Branch Co-ordinators
We have several regional and branch co-ordinators who are keen to keep in touch with others in their area or who belong to their branch. If you would like to be put in contact with your co-ordinator, please let us know.
Michael Braund of Canberra
and Branch 1 Co-ordinator
I was born and raised in Yorkshire, was a lecturer in cartography in London for five years and in Papua New Guinea for six years, and then moved to Australia in 1983. Now retired from the Australian Federal Police, I live in Canberra with my wife, Susan.
I enjoy retirement and have time to devote to cycling, map-drawing and genealogy. I am attracted to cemeteries and grave stones! For the last twenty-six years I have been a regular contributor to the Braund Society Journal and have organised several Braund reunions in Australia. My first book, The Price of Conflict: Braund fatalities 1805-1946, was given an Award of Excellence by the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2016. My second book, due for publication in 2022, explores the Braund family of Armidale, New South Wales.
Liz Steer of Wellington
New Zealand Co-ordinator
Branch 6 Co-ordinator
Janet Few née Braund
Branch 7 Co-ordinator
Branch 9 Co-ordinator
Branch 11 Co-ordinator
Branch 17 Co-ordinator
John Braund of South Carolina
Branches 1 & 4
John Michael Braund is a direct descendant of John Braund (1592-1663/64) and of Grace Thorne (1601-1683) of Black Torrington, Devon, England. His lifelong interest in family history began, as with so many others, with those stories told over and over at family gatherings, where his grandfather, John Joseph Braund (1895-1973) normally presided. Yet, it was his grandmother, Mabel Marie (Nash) Braund (1898-1980), who sent him on his first heritage quest, at thirteen, to the U.S. Library of Congress.
His earliest immigrant ancestor, from Branch 1, was William Henry Braund (1829-1915), his great-great-grandfather, the son of Rev. William Hockin Braund (1807-1875), vicar at Trinity Church, Ash, Somerset (born in Black Torrington, Devon). This he learned surfing the net in 2004, which led to his tutelage under Janet (Braund) Few, Ph.D., our historian, and a long list of cousins, and thence to his becoming acquainted with the entire international family of Braunds, its 24 branches and its history in the U.S.
John was born on February 25, 1950, at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., was educated in Catholic schools, and at Michigan State and Northwestern Universities. After a long career in healthcare, banking, production supervision, telecommunications, and facilities security management (for the U.S. Navy), he resides with his wife, Sue Ellen (Watson) Braund, in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He now devotes himself to Albion Genealogical Services and the Braund Society.
Branch 13 Co-ordinator
Branch 18 Co-ordinator
Branch 2 Co-ordinator
Branch 3 Co-ordinator
Branch 4 Co-ordinator
I was born in Bridgend, South Wales and was raised in the Village of Llanharry roughly 15 miles from Cardiff. I currently live in Brackla, Bridgend and work as a Quality Engineer, simply put I look at graphs and data all day. I have a keen interest in anything
genealogical and have been researching my family lines for over ten years. I also have an interest in medieval history, Greek mythology and botany, interests it seems I have inherited from my forebears. I love nothing better than discovering new stories and anecdotes about my family.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Masters Degree in Forensic and Analytical
Science. In the future, I hope to progress into the forensic field as a Forensic Anthropologist combining my love for genealogy and forensics, my other option would
be a professional genealogist. A recent trip to Devon, particularly to Black Torrington, where the Braund family of Branch 4 have roots was fascinating, a definite visit that should be on your bucket list. I have recently taken part in a Channel 4 TV show “Fame in the Family” which was a great experience, so if you want to get to know me a bit more have a watch of Episode 13.
Branch 20 Co-ordinator
Janet Few née Braund
More branch co-ordinators coming soon