The family started with Francis Brayton. According to Amer. Gene.: 1612-92, from Eng., settled at Portsmouth, RI, 1642; freeman, 1655; commr., 1662-63; member RI Gen. Assembly, 1669-71,79,84; mem. Grand Jury.
In deposition made 30 Jan 1674, he is said to be 64 yrs old.
His will dated 17 Oct. 1690, probated 5 Sep 1692, is the source for his death, according to Savage's Dictionary.
He had Francis (d. 1718, Portsmouth, RI), who had Benjamin (b. 1695 -d. 1749, Portsmouth & Newport, RI), who had Benjamin (b. 1722) married to Hannah Wheaton in 1743, who had James Wheaton Brayton, the Revolutionary Soldier.