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Full text of "John Browne, gentleman, of Plymouth, (and one branch of descendants to the 12th generation) assistant, commissioner, magistrate, pioneer in New England colonial life .."

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(and one branch of descendants to the izth generation) 



ASSISTANT, COMMISSIONER, MAGISTRATE, 



PIONEER IN NEW ENGLAND COLONIAL LIFE. 



He commanded the confidence and 

esteem of the Whites and Indians alike. 



By GEORGE TILD£N BROWN, 

JUSTICE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT 
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To the author s mother^ whose maiden name was 
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Foreword 

In the preparation of this abridged genea- 
logical sketch it has not been the purpose to 
recount any considerable portion of the events 
of the active and useful life of John Browne, 
Gentleman, of Plymouth, in Colonial affairs, 
nor to follow the several branches of his 
descendants. To do either would require 
more time than the author has at his disposal. 
The aim has been to present an exhaustive 
and accurate account of that branch in which 
the author traces his descent. It is hoped 
that a fair degree of success has been attained. 






.Sprp'^ important events- in the career of 
Jon;. ^^ne which tend to indicate Jiis 

activity and usefulness in public ctiiairc^, 
incidents which reflect his traits of character, 
the esteem and confidence in which he was 
held by his contemporaries are mentioned, 
and incidentally some of the lateral descend- 
ants. 

Reference to several conveyances is made 
for the purpose of establishing relationship 
of the persons mentioned with the line of 
descent under consideration. Such references, 
when not otherwise indicated, are to the 
record of Bristol County at Taunton. 



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Starting with John Browne, as the First 
Generation, a Roman numeral in brackets 
placed after a name indicates that the author 
traces his descent through such person in the 
generation corresponding. Other numerals in 
parenthesis in the text corresponding to 
numerals in the appended list of references, 
indicate the authority on which reliance is 
placed for the incident or fact there recorded. 

If the persons who connect with this line 
of descent from John Browne derive satis- 
faction from such information of their ances- 
tors as is compiled in this volume the author 
will feel compensated for the time and labor 
bestowed in its preparation. 

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Legible reproduction of Letter from 
John Browne to John Winthrop (i) 

Cohaimett, the 3th of November 1640. 

Worthy Sr. — Your letter to James Cole I 
have delivered, but have noe hope of getting 
any money of him: he saith he did owe you 
62 li, but three munthes since Wm. Paddy 
gave him order to pay 30 li of it to Daniell 
Cole of Duxbury, pt whereof he hath already 
payed. For the 32 li he saith he hath hope 
to get you to spare him yet a year longer. 
He saith he hath payed for goods had of 
Luxford, by Mr. Paddyes appointment, near 
100 li, soe that if Mr. Paddy should seeme to 
you that hee would give mee satisfaction, he 
is worthy blame for he never spake word to 
mee, tending to such an end, worth receiving 
an answer from mee. I thought fit to certify 
hereof, having soe fit an opportunity as this 
bearer, by whome I desyre to heare from you, 
if you'' occasions will permit. Soe resting 
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^ John Browne, Gentleman [i] 

of PLYMOUTH 

There were several Johns Browne in and 
about Plymouth contemporaneous, or nearly 
so, with the early arrival of John Browne, 
Gentleman, who is here under consideration. 
Among them was John Browne who came in 
the ship Lion with Captain Mason in 1632. 
He settled at Watertown. His first wife was 
Dorothy and his second Mary. He died in 
1636 aged 36 (2) (3) ; also John Browne, the 
Duxbury weaver, brother of Peter Browne, a 
Mayflower passenger; and John Browne, 
lawyer, brother of Samuel Browne, both of 
whom came in March, 1628, and on October 
29th of the following year were sent back. 
Neither returned to this country (4) (5) (6) (7) ; 
there was also a John Brown who married 
Phebe Harding March 26, 1634 (8). 

Neither of these is the John Browne, Gentle- 
man, here under consideration. Care should 
be taken n^t to confound them. 

Nothing definite is known of the ancestors, 
and little of the early life of John Browne, 
Gentleman, of Plymouth. The date and place 
of his birth are unknown. He is believed to be 
of English descent, and to have been born 
about 1583. 

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The names of Mr. John Browne, and his 
two sons, John [II] and James, are on the list 
of males in Taunton in 1643 between the ages 
of sixteen and sixty, subject to military duty 
(9); thus it appears that the eldest of the 
three could not have been born before 1583, 
nor the youngest after 1627. 

In his younger years John Browne traveled 
extensively into the low countries, and while 
so traveling became, says Morton, "acquainted 
with, and took good liking to the reverend 
pastor of the Church at Leyden, also to sundry 
of the brethren of that church, which ancient 
amity induced him upon his coming over to 
New England to seat himself in the jurisdic- 
tion of New Plimouth" (10) (11) (12) (13). 

The date of his arrival in America is not 
known, but it must have been before September 
3, 1634, because at a General Court holden at 
Plymouth on that date he was made a fre'^^aan . 
of the Colony (14). That the person laade^ 
freeman as above is the John Browne unc'er 
consideration is sufficiently established by ther 
following: "John Browne was a freeman of 
Massachusetts in 1634, and chosen an Assist-^ 
ant" (15) (16). In the years 1633 and 16|t 
the name of John Browne appears in th^ st 
of persons rated for assessment of tax (17) 

It is probable, though not definitely estab- 
lished, that the John Browne so rated in the 
years 1633 and 1634 is the person of that 
name here considered. 

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The John Browne under consideration was 
an English shipbuilder, and came to this 
country when about fifty years old with his 
wife Dorothy, daughter Mary, and at least 
two sons, John and James, bringing a fair 
property with him (4) (12). 

It seems to be pretty well established from 
the foregoing, that he was born about the 
year 1583 and arrived in Plymouth in 1633 
or possibly shortly before. 

His wife, Dorothy, as will be shown further 
along, was bom in 1583. That he was a man 
of high rank in England appears from the 
titles of distinction he received, and by which 
he was recognized in New England, to wit, 
Mr, Gent, or Gentleman — the highest title 
conferred on any of the colonial Pilgrims 
(12) (18). Among the degrees of honor 
existing in England, which were noble, in the 
time of John Browne, was included that of 
"Gentleman" (19). 

From the beginning he took high rank 
among the Pilgrims. He was first chosen 
Assistant, January 5, 1635 (20). 

Some confusion will be avoided if it is 
constantly borne in mind that the new year 
at that time began March 25, and that this 
continued to be the case until 1752. 

After the first General Court holden October 
19, 1631, none had voice in the election of officers 

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but freemen, none were admitted freemen but 
such as were first admitted members of some 
church, and out of the more eminent sort of 
such the magistrates were chosen (21). The 
time when John Browne became a members 
of the Church is not known, but it must have 
been before he was made a freeman in 1634. 
S"; From the time he was first chosen to the last, 

he held the office of Assistant continuously, 
except in the years 1637 and 1646. In these 
years he was not chosen (22). He was last © | 

chosen to the office of Assistant in 1655 (23). :n ^ 

. He held the office longer than any other 

person. The office of Assistant was second to f ^ 
that of Governor, corresponding in our day 
somewhat to that of Lieutenant Governor, 
and involved also judicial duties, as the Gen- 
eral Court of Assistants (18). 

John Browne about 1638 removed from 
1^ Plymouth to Cohannet. Cohannet was incor- 

l» porated by the name of Taunton March 3, 

1639 (24). From Taunton he removed to 
==^ Rehoboth, where he became a great proprietor 

of Wannamoisett included in the ancient 
Swansea (16)* At a session of the Grand 
Inquest holden March 2, 1640, a present- 
ment was returned against George Bowers 
"for a defamation against Mr. John Browne, 
Assistant" (25). In 1640 the bounds of 
Taunton were ranged and fixed by Myles 
Standish and John Browne (26). 

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John Browne and Myles Standrefi -with 
^ others were appointed June 1, 1641, to^^f 

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the bounds of Barnstable and Yarmouth (27) . 
2 ^_ ^ In 1642 inteUigence of a general conspiracy 

intended by the natives to cut off all the 
I "^<nghsh in the land reached the colonists, 

Whereupon they deemed it necessary to make a 

"defensive and offensive war against them 
the natives) as if they were presently to be |. 

ent forth." To this end on the twenty- |*. |« 

-seventh day of September of that year at a ■' s? 

General Court a Council of War was raised. 

Mr. John Browne was appointed a member of "' -^ * 

this Council. Again June 2, 1646, he was ^ § I ? 

chosen a member of the Council of War. The 



General Court at a session holden April 6, 1653, ^ « c- 

decided it was advisable to raise a Council 
of War, "In regard of the many appear- 
ances of danger towards the country by 
enemies and the great necessity of counsel 
and advice in that respect." Mr. John 






Browne was chosen a member of this Council u j i | «> 

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In the year 1643 the Colonies of Massa- '" .^^*^ 

chusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and t^a,b«fll 

New Haven united into a confederacy for " ' "^ ' 

their own mutual safety and welfare against 'til*' ^ 

the Dutch and Indians, and called themselves wcV^ 1 

the United Colonies of New England. Each »^|* 

colony was authorized to send two Com- .s-u': 

missioners to meet annually in September, "^ ^' ^ • 

first at Boston, then at Hartford and Ply- | ? K - 
mouth (31). 

Mr. John Browne was one of the first 

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Plymouth and held the office from his fi^^ 
appointment in 1644 for twelve years i32;)v 

In 1645 the government of New Plymouth 
"sent Mr. John Brown, one of the magis^ 
trates, to Aquiday (Aquidnick, Rhode Island) 
to forbid Mr. Williams from exercising any 
authority there, and laying claim to th^ 
island" (33). 

Mr. John Browne was appointed, June 4, 
1646, a member of a commission to prepare 
a law for redress of present abuses and for 
preventing of future (34). Mr. Browne and 
Stephen Paine, July 12, 1649, ''were chosen 
to make diligent search to find the most 
convenient way between Rehoboth and Ded- 
ham" and *lt was agreed that Peter Hunt 
should accompany Mr. Browne to Plymouth 
to make agreement about the Indian Com- 
plaints" (35). 

At the General Court holden June 5, 1651, 
the following entry was made on the record, 
"whereas a petition was formerly preferred 
unto this Court by Mr. Hanbery against Mr. 
Browne wherein the said Mr. Browne was 
much wronged it is ordered that if the said 
petition can be found on any of the files it 
shall be delivered to him." 

The following entry appears on the record 
immediately after: 

"It was afterwards found, delivered to him 
and burned" (36). 

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He was deputed, March 1, 1652, to inquire 
into the complaint of the neighboring Indians 
of Rehoboth, and, *'Mr. John Browne is also 
deputed to make inquiry about the man that 
seleth strong waters at Providence" (30). 

At the General Court holden at Plymouth 
June 4, 1652, Mr. John Browne complained 
agaiftst Mr. Samuel Newman in an action 
of defamation. 

The Jury awarded Mr. Browne a verdict 
in the sum of £100 damages and charges of 
court. 

Mr. Browne immediately remitted all of the 
verdict except the costs of court. 

Mr. Goodwin says of the above incident: 
'The independent ways of the old ship- 
wright called down some high-handed censure 
from his stern and sturdy pastor Newman. 
Browne sued the minister for slander, and the 
General Court gave him a verdict for 100 
pounds damages and 23s costs. 

Browne at once arose in court, and like 
Holmes, remitted the 100 pounds; vindica- 
tion was all he wanted" (4). 

He opposed the adoption of rigorous meas- 
ures against the Quakers, and entertained 
scruples as to the expediency of coercing the 
people to support the ministry, although he 
was willing to contribute his proportion (37). 

John Browne is said to have entertained 
tolerant views in religious matters, though 

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Roger Williams, in a letter written from 
Narragansett, February 24, 1649, to John 
Winthrop, Jr., says of him, "Mr. Browne hath 
often professed liberty of conscience, but 
now the way of new baptism spreads at 
Seekonk as well as at Providence and the 
Island, I have been so bold as to tell him 
that he persecutes his son and the people, 
and on the other side Mr. Newman also" 
(38). 

In 1655 John Browne was deputed to take 
the proof of Wills at Taunton. He is said to 
have been the first Judge of Probate of 
Taunton (18). He was often employed in 
settling questions between the Whites and 
the Indians, who had great confidence in 
him (4). 

Only a few isolated instances in the very 
active and useful life of John Browne in 
colonial affairs are above recorded. 

There is much evidence in the^ colonial 
records of his time of his activity in both 
public and private affairs. 

Some interesting information in this regard 
may be had by perusal of a little book in 
the Rhode Island Historical Society of Provi- 
dence, entitled ''^John Browne, Gentleman, of 
England and Plymouth Colony,"; also b 
reference to 36 New England Histori^^a 
Genealogical Register 368. 

Mr. Thomas W. Bicknell affords some 
very interesting information of John Browne. 

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He credits Mr. Browne with the establish-v 
ment of a board of tr^da; with being'' llie 
founder and purchaser of Stonington, Corin.; . "| ^ 
and with the estabUshme^t of a government \ ' j 
at Kennebeck, Me. ": i 

-s Mr. Bicknell further says: '%? -^1^^ ^ "X^- 

^ of Henry Vane, the father of "Sil | :^.|if 5^' 

Vane, in 1656, Mr. John Browne of vSj-sA'^^ms ^§^ 

«-t . was sent to take charge of the large e%taie6' 
t " of the son, including Raby Castle, in Dur- t 

^ : ham, of which Leland says, *It is the largest 

I ^ Castel for loggings in all the North Country.' 

^ 'f ' Mr. Browne obeyed the call of his English 
'^ Patriot-friend, and from 1656 to 1660, made 

his home at Raby Castle or at Belleau (22), 

another castle in Lincolnshire. His work 

was the relief of Sir Harry from financial , 

bankruptcy, acting as he did, as Stewart of 

Vane's estate until the return of Charles II 

to the throne" (18). 

Mr. Bicknell, in another work, says: "The 
career of Mr. Brown was of great moment 
to Plymouth Colony." "He was a grand 
pioneer in the settlement of the towns west 
of Plymouth." "He was a wise and faithful 
magistrate, liberal in religious views, objecting 
T^ to the law that compelled taxation of the 
people to support the Gospel" (39). 

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Upon coming to Plymouth, "he was chosen .' j| 

a magistrate, in which place he served God 

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ai$d the Country several '^ears, he was accorti- 
piisherf5"*nth abilities t<> I o^i civil and religious 
concernment" (10). 

Goodwin says of John Browne: **In all 
generations the posterity of the great pioneer 
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He died at-Swansea April 10, 1662 (40) (MJ^^l 
Baylies says: He was a man of great piety, 
highly esteemed in the colony, and being so; ^ | 
near the Indians, by whom he was greatly 
regarded, his death was a serious loss" (40). 
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Samuel Gorton, in his defence to the charges 
against him, related in Morton's Memorial, 
in a communication dated, Warwick, June 
30, 1669, referring to a certain book, says: 
"I saw it in London, but read little of it; | 

and when I came over into these parts, my 
ancient acquaintance and friend, Mr. John > ~~m 
Browne, discoursing with me about those 
affairs in England, told me he had read ^ 

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very little of it. Mr. Browne you know was 

a man approved of among you, an Assistant 

in your government, a Commissioner for the 

: United Colonies etc. who thus spoke unto 

me in our discourse (I will not pervert nor 

alter a word of the will or words of the dead) 

:^ I say, he affirmed unto me That he would 

— maintain that there were 40 lies printed in 

"" that book'" (43). 

^ . ^'t)n one occasion his son James, bearing a p. 

~ letter filled with friendly professions dis- s-g^ 

patched by the government to Philip, arrived ^^^"^ 

as a war dance was closing. The young men 
were anxious to kill James, but Philip pre- 

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^.. Prince, September 1, 1671, speaking of this 
incident says: "Cousin James went down to 
Mount Hope, and the dance being broken up 
Philip and the most of his chief men were 
much in drink so that Philip could not then 
give any answer. Only there passed some 
words betwixt Philip and cousin James, and 
Philip struck off cousin James Browne's 
hat" (46). 

In John Browne's will dated April 7, 1662, 
which is published at length together with 
the inventory of his effects (47), of which 
he makes his wife, and son, James Browne, 
executors, he mentions his children Mary and 

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James; and his grandchildren, John, Joseph, 
Nathaniel, Lydia and Hannah, all children • i ^ 
of his son John Browne, Jr.; and also his 
granddaughter, Martha Saffin, wife of John 
Baffin. 

To his daughter Mary, wife of Thomas 
Willett, he gives "the sum of twelve pence to 
bee payed at the end of every year during 
her life for a memorial unto her: and it shall 
bee in full of all fillial portion which shee or 
any in her behalf shall claim." This will 
was admitted to probate at Plymouth, 
October 3, 1662. 

The provision for his daughter Mary, above 
quoted, was so strange that the court was led 
to order the following indorsement to be 
made on the will : 

* 'Least any thinge mentioned in this will 
in reference to Mistris Mary Willett the 
wife of Capt. Thomas Willett might bee by 
any mis construed to the prejudice ol ' the 
said Mistris Willett, we think it mee. ^o 
declare that out of the longe experienc^i of 
her dutiful and tender respect to her said 
father from time to time expressed there 
hath never appeared to us the least ground 
of any such thinge to this present." 

John Browne was buried in Little Neck 
Cemetery at Barrington, R. L, now East 
Providence. 

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In 1913 the Rhode Island Citizens Historical 
Association of Providence addressed a Mem- 
orial to The General Court of the Common- 
wealth of Massachusetts, calling attention 
to some of the activities of Mr. John Browne in 
colonial affairs and the long and valued public 
services he had rendered in Plymouth Colony, 
the lack even of a simple marker at his grave, 
suggesting the desirability of the erection of a 
suitable monument at his grave to commemo- 
rate his distinguished services, and asking 
that a commission of three persons be named 
to consider and advise as to the erection of 
such a momument. Thereafter by authority 
of resolution approved May 7, 1914, Chapter 
62, Resolves of 1914, (House No. 801), a 
commission. On The John Browne Memorial 
was appointed by the Governor of Massa- 
chusetts which made a report in which some 
of the conspicuous events of his Colonial 
activities were mentioned and recommending 
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We respectfully recommend that a monu- 
ment in the form of an old style tomb be 
erected at or near the grave of John Browne, 
composed of brick, stone or cement, of 
approximate dimensions above the ground 
as follows: 6 feet, 2 inches long; 3 feet, 2 
inches high; 2 feet, 6)4 inches wide; with a 
bronze tablet 2 feet, 5 inches wide; 2 feet, 

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'^^ri£u?^ inches high; inserted 3 >^ inches deep in the 
front face thereof; and suitably and appro- 
priately inscribed. 

Also that a bronze tablet, suitably mounted 
and bearing the same inscription, be placed 
in the Goff Memorial Hall at Rehoboth 
Village, Mass., the form and style of said 
monument and tablets to be subject to the 
approval of the Massachusetts Art Com- 
mission. 

That a commission be appointed by His 
Excellency the Governor, ^^posed of the 
three members of the commission created 
under the resolve of the General Court, 
Chapter 62 of the year 1914, and two others, to 
erect said monument and provide said tablets. 

That there be allowed and paid out of the 
treasury of the Commonwealth to the com- 
mission thus authorized to erect at Little Neck 
Cemetery at Harrington, R. I., and in the 
Goff Memorial Hall at Rehoboth, Mass., 
memorials in honor of John Browne, a sum 
not exceeding $1000 toward defraying the 
cost and expenses of said memorials. 

Frederic W. Bliss, 
Geo. N. Goff, 
Walter Gilman Page, 

Commission of John Browne Memorial. 

It may be added that, up to the present 
time,, nothing has been done in the matter in 

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consequence probably of the breaking out of 
the war. 

John Browne and Dorothy his wife, whose 
maiden name is not known, had the following 
children, all born before coming to this 
country, viz.: 

1. Mary, 2. John [II], and 3. James. 

It has been suggested that there may have 
been another son, William, but the recf.<H'd 
affords no sufficient evidence to warrant 
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Mary Browne, daughter of Mr. John Browne, 
was bom in 1614, and was probably oldest of 
the children. She married July 6, 1636, 
Thomas Willett (48), and died January 8, 1669. 

She was buried **by her father Mr. John 
Browne, and other relations upon a little hill 
in Swansey" in Little Neck Cemetery, River- 
side. Her husband survived her, married a 
second time, died in August 1674, and was 
buried by her side. 

At the graves of Thomas Willett and Mary 
Willett are stones inscribed as follows : 



1674 
Here lyeth ye body of ye 
Wor. Thomas Willett, 
esqr., who died Aug. 4, 
in ye 64th year of his 
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1669 
Here lyeth ye body of ye 
virtuous Mary Willett, 
wife of Thomas Willett, 
esqr., who died, January 
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Who was the first May. daughter to Worf. John 

of New York and twice Browne Esq. deceased, 
did sustain ye place. 

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The date of Mary Willett's death is clearly 
inscribed on the stone as 1669, but the figure 
in place of tens indicating her age at the 
time of death is not so clear. Some one has 
attempted to make the figure legible by 
cutting it over, and in so doing has left a figure 
which resembles the figure 8. If that is 
correct she must have been in her 85th year 

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at the time of her death, as the last figure is 
clearly a 5. This would bring her birth 
in 1584, when her mother was only one year 
old. A close inspection of the figure leads 
me to the belief that it was originally a 5, and 
that she was in her 55th year at the time of her 
death. 

Thomas Willett was a noted and highly 
respected man. He held the office of Assistant 
for several years (51). A historian says: 

"Capt. Thomas Willett, a magistrate and a 
man of great ability and enterprise having 
large possessions at Narragancett, nearby, 
came and settled here" in Swansea (52). 

Thomas Willett and his wife Mary, had 
the following children, all boxn in Plymouth: 
1. Mary, November 10, 1637; 2. Martha, 
August 6, 1639; 3. John, August^. 1641; 
4. Sarah, May 4, 1643; 5. Rebekah, ll.lember 
2, 1644; 6. Thomas, October 1, ib^x.'s 7". Esther, 
July 10, 1648; 8. James, November ^"^^ 1649; 
9. Hezekiah, November 2, 165 j7 it* David, 
November 1,1654; 11. Andre y, ^Ot ^^r 5, 
1656; 12. Samuel, the youngest, Octboer 24, 
1658 (41) (53). 

Sarah Willett married Rev. John Eliot, the 
apostle to the Indians (54) . 

Hezekiah Willett married, January 7, 1675, 
Andia Brown, his cousin (42). He was a 
public favorite and a young man of great 
promise. During Philip's War, while there 

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was no thought of danger, on the first day of 
July, 1676, having ventured a short distance 
beyond his door in Swansea, he was shot dead 
with three balls by some prowling Indians, his 
head cut off, and carried away, and his body 
left on the ground. 

This outrage exasperated the whole colony, 
more especially in view of the uniform kind- 
ness of the Willett family to the Indians, and 
caused the English to take vigorous action 
against the Indians. In all offers of pardon 
and amnesty these assassins were excepted; 
and when Grossman, their leader, was taken 
he was hanged. Even the hostile Wam- 
_ oags lamented young Willett's death, and 
P^' n the head was recovered, it was found 
they had tenderly combed the hair and 
.; , . ^orated it with beads (49) (55). 

Martha Willett married December 2, 1658, 
John Saffin (53) (56) a lawyer of Bristol (57). 
She bore him nine children. In his Diary is 
the following entry: 

**1678. On Wednesday about midnight 
the h' th day of December, 1678, my thrice 
dearly beloved consort departed this life after 
eleven days sickness of that dread disease of 
ye smallpox, all which hath tended to my 
almost insupportable grief after the enjoy- 
ment of her, my sweet Martha, twenty years." 

John Saffin seems to have held his mother 
in-law in high esteem, as indicated by the 
following poetic effusion entered in his Diary . , ;, 



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"Epitaph on Mrs. Marie Willett" 

"Here lies the peerless Parragon of Fame, ^ ^^ 

Mary, the Virtuous Willett is her name, 
Whose true deserts to show, requires a straine, . 
Proceeding from a Helliconian Braine. ^= ; r* 

Both grace and beauty in her face did shine, ,, ' k 
Enthroned in magesty, almost divine; ^ 

Which mixt with mildness did the more advance 
The lovely splendor of her countenance. 
Had she lived in the days of yore, when such 
Who ne'r exceld in virture, half so much, 
She would have been above them set on high. 
And been adored as A Deitie; 
Yea Venus, Pallas and the Graces, 
Compared with her should all have lost their 

places; 
And all these Temples for them richly stated, 
Should to her honor, have been dedicated. 
But now she's Paradised Triumphantly 
Where she shall lie unto eternity." 

After the death of his wife, Martha, John: 
Saffin married twice. He died at Bristol^. 
July 29, 1710 (58). " 



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^^ ^ Browne (62), he refers to his brother John as, 
"my dearly beloved elder brother, Mr. John 
Brown," and further, after stating that John 
Browne Jr. died March 31, 1662, says **my 
said brother together with myself did to that 
time help and assist our said father in the 
management and support of his estate without 
any other consideration than that he was our 
natural father, and we his undoubted heirs." 

James Browne and his wife Lydia had the 
following children, all born at Rehoboth: 

1. James (Jr.); 2. Jabez, and 3. Dorothy. 

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- Major James Browne, son of John Browne, 
Sr., was born in 1623. In his will executed 
October 25, 1694, he mentions his age as 
about seventy-one. He was the youngest of 
John Browne's children. He married Lydia, 
daughter of John and EHzabeth (Tilley) ? 1| 

Howland, who were Mayflower passengers, -■ t 

and died at Swansea, October 29, 1710, aged -^ i ^ 

87. He makes his wife Lydia executrix of his T"^' 

will (59). Dr. King says of him, "James "' 
Browne came of especially good stock, as is | 

well known" (60). In 1665 he was elected „ 2" 

Assistant, and with the exception of the year '• • f 

1667, held the office continuously until 1684. ^^" 

^g Like his father, he opposed the adoption of 

Ir^^^^. rigorous measures against the Quakers (37) 

i£.r 5,.^ «. (61). He was regarded as his father's succes- 
' --'5 '<^ S'l sor; that he was major see (45). 






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In his will, made June 28, 1717, and pro- 
bated May 4, 1719, he mentions his wife 
Margaret, his eldest son James, other sons, 
William, Benjamin and Isaac; his daughters, 
Mary Angell, Alice Hill, Margaret Carpenter, 
Dorothy and Mercy Brown (63) . 

Margaret Brown, widow of James Brown, 
Jr., in her will made February 6, 1733, and 
probated May 18, 1742, mentions their sons, 
James, William and Isaac, as deceased. These 
two wills are published at length. 

Jabez Browne married 1. Jane, 2. Abiah. 

In his will he mentions his son John, 
daughter Jane, wife of Nathaniel Bosworth, 
his son Oliver's daughter Rebecca, and Ann 
at age of eighteen, daughter Rebecca Peck's 
children, Jerusha, and Winchester at age of 
eighteen and son Hezekiah (63). 

Dorothy Browne married November 12, 
1690, Joseph Kent, Jr. Jabez Browne was a 
house carpenter. This appears by an instru- 
ment executed May 13, 1716, by Jabez 
Brown, "house carpenter," and his wife 
Jane, of Swansea (64). Jabez Brown and 
James Brown (Jr.), as heirs of James Brown's 
est. late of Swansey, deceased, and Samuel 
Brown and Daniel Brown as heirs of Capt. 
John Brown [III], late of Swansey, convey 

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land January 27, 1723, which they have as 
heirs of James Brown, Esq., and Capt. John 
Brown (65) . Jabez Brown yeoman of Barring- 
ton conveys, December 6, 1730, to Benjamin 
Brown and Isaac Brown, one half tract 
belonging '*to my father James Brown Esq., 
dec'd" (66). James Brown conveys property 
August 10, 1702, to his son Jabez Brown. His 
wife Lydia signs the deed (67) . Jabez Brown 
and his wife Jane, August 4, 1715, execute an 
instrument (68). By deed made May 30, 
1740, John Brown [IV] conveys land that 
Jabez Brown gave to his son Oliver Brown 
(69). 



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ENSIGN JOHN BROWN [II] 

Ensign John Browne was the elder son of 
John Browne, Gentleman [I] and his wife 
Dorothy (70). 

The date of his birth is not definitely- 
known. It must have been before 1623, as 
his younger brother James was born that 
year, and after 1614, as Mary, his sister, 
who was undoubtedly the oldest of the 
children, was born that year. 

He died the last day of March, 1662, ten 
days before his father's death (40) (41) (45). 

He was twice married. This fact is estab- 
lished by a statement of his brother James 
Browne in which he refers to John's oldest 
child, "as my loving nephew, John Brown" 
[III] * 'eldest son of my brother John by his 
first wife" (62). 

The name of the first wife is not known, 
nor the date of his marriage to her, nor the 
date of her death. For his second wife he 
married Lydia Buckland, daughter of William 
Buckland. The date of his second marriage 
is not definitely known. Land was granted 
to William Buckland by the town of Hing- 
ham in 1636. William Buckland was buried 
in Bingham September 1, 1679 (71) (72) (73). 

In the little book previously mentioned, 
reference is made to a deed in which the 
following language appears in reference to 

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John Browne Jr., ''John Jr. had 2 sons by 
his first wife of which John was the eldest." 

John Browne Jr.'s second son was Joseph; 

he was born April 9, 1658. Therefore his 

marriage to his second wife, Lydia Buck- 

iand, must have occurred subsequent to April 

^ 3. 9, 1658. 

John Browne Jr., in his will, made last 

£ <• of Malch, 1662, and published at length (47) 

ZTtnakes the following provision; * 'Whereas my 

a] \ » c father-in-law, William Buckland, standeth 

"? \ p engaged unto me in the sum of three score 

^ pounds which was to be for the portion he 

was to give me in marriage with my wife 

and was to be payed me in the year 1660; 

this sum which is now in my father-in-law, 

his hands I do give unto my wife," etc. 

It is highly probable that if the marriage 
portion was to be paid in 1660, the marriage 
was celebrated not long before that time. 

It is certain that the eldest child John 
Browne [III] was by the first wife, and it is 
highly probable that the next three children 
werel>y the first wife. John Browne, Jr., was 
first appointed Ensign March 20, 1653, and 
was again appointed in 1654 (74). John 
Browne, Jr. had the following children, all 
born at Rehoboth : 

1. John [III], born last Friday 27th of 
September 1650; 2. Lydia, born August 5, 
1656; 3. Anna (or Hannah, or Andia), born 

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January 29, 1657; 4. Joseph born April 9, 1658; 

5. Nathaniel, bom June 9, 1661, Nathaniel the 

cffWH last was by Lydia Buckland, his second wife. 

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Bearing in mind that the new year began 
March 25, it will be seen that Lyd'- "-^ 
seventeen months old when ^^Bl^'- 
Lydia Browne married \Villiam F^''»^4 
Anna Browne married January 7, lb?- 
Hezekiah Willett, her cousin (42). Joseph, 
Brown married November 10, 1680, Hannah 
Fitch (75). Nathaniel Browne married, firsts 
Sarah Jencks. She died in 1708, and, second 
Hannah Matthews. She died in Swansea, 
November 13, 1739 (41) (45) (76). In the 
little book previously mentioned, it is stated 
that Joseph Browne, second son of John 
Browne, Jr., removed to Attleboro in 1699, 
became prominent in town affairs, was captain 
of the Attleboro Military Company, was 
elected Representative to the General Court 
several years, was moderator and selectman 
several years and died May 5, 1731; his wife 
Hannah died October 14, 1739, and that both 
were buried in what is now known as Knowles 
Cemetery, and that a stone is there erected 
to the memory of both. In the old pro- 
prietor's records of the town of Attleboro, in 
an exchange of lands between Joseph Brown 
and William Carpenter, Jr., under date of 
March 13, 1698, Joseph in describing the 
boundary mentions, "Ten acres purchased 
of my brother Nathaniel Brown." This 
record is in the City Clerk's office of the 

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Cit> "^ :ytleboro. , i i a History ^'H "^ ttle- 
boro, Capt. Joseph Brown is sak . have 
been Representative ' the years 1712, 1726, 
1727, 1728. In a root-note it is stated that 
Capt. Joseph Brown was "son of Mr. John 
Browne of Rehobot.., well known in the 
history nf t- . ,^]ri colony" (77). Some dates 
given iil that foot-note are manifestly wrong. 
The foregoing seems to be sufhcient to identify 
him as son of John Brown, Jr. Joseph Brown 
and his wife Hannah had ten children, among 
whom were Jabez, born December 30, 1683; 
John, born March 13, 1685; Joseph, born 
August 28, 1688. 

John Brown 3, son of John Brown, Jr., 
of Swansey by deed dated May 16,1692, "for the 
brotherly love and natural affection he hath 
and beareth to his brother Nathaniel Brown of 
the town of Rehoboth" makes conveyance of 
land (78) . John Brown 3 of Swansey (his wife 
Ann also signs) by deed dated July 12, 1682, 
conveys to "my honored uncle James Brown 
of Swansey aforesaid, Gent," all such estate, 
etc., which I ever had in and to that one 
moyety or half of estate which was given 
"unto him by the last will and testament of 
my honored grandfather, Mr. John Brown, 
dated the seventh day of April, 1662" (79). 
James Brown, Esq. of Swansey by deed dated 
June 30, 1685, conveys land to "Joseph 
Brown his nephew of Rehoboth" (80). 



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CAPTAIN JOHN BROWN [III] 

John Brown [III] was the eldest son of 
John Brown, Jr., by his first wife. He was 
born the last Friday 27th of September 1650, 
married November 8, 1672, at Saybrook, 
Conn., Ann Mason, and died November 24, 
1709 (41). His father, John Brown, Jr., refers 
to him as his eldest son (81) . Ann Mason, wife 
of John Brown 3, born at Saybrook, Conn., 
June, 1650, was the daughter of Major John 
and Ann (Peck) Mason. She survived her 
husband. Major John Mason was con- 
queror of the Pequots, and is referred to as 
'Tequot John." (41) (73) (82). 

The children of John Brown 3, and his 
wife Ann (Mason) Brown, all born at Swans^^, 

(42) were: „ . -^i^"? ^^ 

1. Ann, SeptemB'ei^l'^; 1673; 2. John [IV], 
April 28, 1675; 3. Samuel, January 31, 1677; 
4. Lydia and 4- Rachel, (twins), May 16, 
1679; 6. Martha, November 20, 1681; 7. 
Daniel, October 29, 1683, died in infancy; 8. 
Ebenezer, June 15, 1685; 9. Daniel 2d, 
September 26, 1686; 10. Stephen, January 
29, 1688; 11, Joseph, May 19, 1690; 12. 
Elizabeth, December 12, 1691 ; she died in the 
same year (73) ^T 1. f^r 

Ebenezer Brown 'marned February 25, 
1714, Sarah, daughter of the second Samuel 
Hyde, and died in Lebanon in 1755. His wife 
died in Windham, March 1, 1797, aged 
ninety-nine years and two months (63) (84). 

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^^f, ^ Military Co. at Swansea, July 4, 1673, ar 

,W Captain of the Guard at Mt. Hope, October 

^^^^^^m. ^^^^1675 (85). ^^ 71:= 

John Brown [IV] of Swanzey conveyed to 
"his three brothers, namely, Samuel Brown 
' of Rehoboth, Daniel Brown and Joseph 

J Brown of Swanzey, all that tract of land 

where said brothers now dwell and where 
our honored father Capt. John Brown 3, 
late of Swanzey deceased in ye possession 
of lying and being as a place called Wanna- 
moisett partly in said Swanzey but mostly 
in ye township of Rehoboth," by deed dated 
September 11, 1716 (86). 



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CAPTAIN JOHN BROWN [IV] 

John Brown [IV] was born in Swansea, 
April 28, 1675, and died April 23, 1752, aged 

77 (42). 

He married first, July 2, 1696, Abigail Cole, 
daughter of James and Mary Cole. 

They had the following children : 1. Mary, 
born November 21, 1697; 2. Ann, born April 
1, 1700; 3. Elizabeth, born October 4, 1702; 4. 
John, born March 19, 1704; 5. James [V] 
born January 2, 1706; 6. Jeremiah, born June 
26, 1710. 

Mary married Daniel Gould. Ann mar- 
ried March 14, 1725, Walter Chaloner. The 
latter was sheriff of Newport County in 1769 
(88). Elizabeth married September 3, 1732, 
John Hudson. She died June 3, 1756. John 
married first, November 5, 1724, Lydia Mason, 
and second, September 7, 1748 Bertha Stafford. 1 1 

He died March 18, 1754. James married Ruth 
Pierce. Jeremiah married January 10, 1731, 
Elizabeth Session. He died May 1, 1776. 

Capt. John Brown [IV] married second, 
February 24, 1715, Mary Pierce Burgain (87). 

Upon what is believed to be reliable infor- 
mation, John Brown had by the second mar- 
riage the following children: 

1. Benjamin; 2. Rachel, born August 2, 
1716; 3. David, born February 22, 1718; 

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4. Seth, born April 28, 1720; 5. Lydia, born 
September 5, 1725; 6. Martha, born July 21, 
1729. 

James Cole and Mary, his wife, of Swansea, 
by deed dated October 22, 1696, made con- 
veyance to John Brown Jun^ [IV] of Swansea, 
wherein is the following recital, "whereas a 
marriage was solemnized on the second day 
of July last past between John Brown Jun^ 
of Swanseay, and our dear and only and 
dutiful daughter Abigail Cole to our good 
liking and great satisfaction," etc. (89). 

Capt. John Brown [IV] of Swansey by 
deed dated February 22, 1734, also by deed 
dated February 8, 1741, conveyed land to his 
"son James Brown" [V] (90). 

He also conveyed to his "son Jeremiah 
Brown" of Swansey, land in Swansey by deed 
dated May 12, 1735 (91). John Brown 4, of 
Swanzey by deed dated August 29, 1724, signed 
also by Mary (his second wife), conveyed 
land to his "eldest son John Brown" of 
Swanzey (92). Capt. John Brown 4, con- 
veyed to his "son John Brown" land by deed 
dated May 23, 1728 (93). 

Capt. John Brown 3, father of Capt. John 
Brown 4, "was a man of positive nature, 
unflinching in the discharge of everything 
he deemed a duty. It is said of him that he 
was so enraged at his son John [IV], when 
he joined the Baptist Church that supposing 
the latter's residence to be partially on his 

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land, he was going to pull the part to which 
he laid claim away from the other, thus 
aiming to destroy the house, but a survey 
made to ascertain the fact showed no portion 
of the house touched his land." 

The incident * 'tells the character of the 
men of that perilous pioneer period — ^athletic, 
strong-minded, and positive in character, 
they were well fitted to develop civilization 
from the unpromising and savage surrounding?, 
and to contend ably with its foes. Amo.% 
these settlers the Browns were leaders and 
their different generations were prominent in 
church and local matters" (11) (94). 



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They had the following children all born in 
Swansea: 



Abigail Brown married Dec. 9, 1744, Heze- 
kiah Chace. James Brown, married in 1753, 
Mary Anthony, born in Providence in 1737. 
Aaron Brown married April 17, 1755, Cathe- 
rine Bell. David Brown, married March 25, 
1759, Elizabeth Hill. He died April 18, 1822, 
aged 82. 

Aaron Brown of Swanzey, second son of 
James Brown of Swanzey, by deed dated 
March 4, 1762, also by deed dated May 15, 
1770, both of which are signed by Katherine 
Brown, his wife, made conveyances of land to 
"my honored father, James Brown of Swan- 
zey" (95). James Brown of Swanzey by deed 
dated March 16, 1765, signed also by his 
wife Ruth, conveyed land in Swanzey to 
Seth Wood (96). 



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Brown [IV] by his first wife Abigail (Cole) 
Brown, was born January 2, 1706, married 
Ruth Pierce, daughter of Ephraim and Mary 
(Low) Pierce of Glocester, R. I., and died in 
Swansea, May 4, 1777. .^^i 



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September 3, 1731; 3. Aaron [VI], April 6, ^-1 

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Aaron Brown was born April 6, 1734, r*. 

married April 17, 1755, Catherine Bell. His 
will was allowed March 5, 1799. It is not ^^ 

known who Catherine Bell was. It is said 
she was English. There is a hazy tradition 
that Aaron Brown was a sea-faring man; 
ft met Miss Bell in an English port and married 

her; that her parents raising some objection, 
she came with her husband to Swansea, and 
spent her life there. 

Aaron Brown and his wife Catherine, had 
the following children, all born in Swansea: 
1. Elisha, born November 2, 1755; 2. Abigail, 
born December 9, 1757; 3. Obadiah [VII], 
born March 20, 1761; 4. Rebekah, born April 

30, 1763; 5. William, born September 2, 1765; 
6. A son born May 17, 1768, who died two 
days later. 

Elisha Brown married March 26, 1788, 

X J Ann Kinnicutt, daughter of Daniel and Han- 

^fe nah (Kent) Kinnicutt, and died Sept. 24, 

Jr. 1846, aged 90 years and 10 months. Abigail .^ 

b;<^ Brown married May 21, 1778, John Brown, 

ox. son of Jarvis and Ann (Kinnicutt) Brown. 

*" §S Obadiah Brown married Esther Wood. - 

~ cw Rebekah Brown married April 15, 1789, 

Ti > : Samuel Luther of Swansea. - 

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Obadiah Brown was born*' j^)lSwarisda,^*^^■i'* 
viMarch 20, 1761, marrie4 ^August 28, 1783,'^ "^'i^' 
Esther Wood, daughter of Seth and Roby 
(Rounds) Wood of Swansea. 

So far as has been discovered they had 
only one child, namely, .%th W. Brown 
[VIII]. He'Kvas born in Swansea, July 19, 
1787. ih 

A diligent search of the Records, inquiry 
of and correspence with many persons, fail 
to afford information of what finally became 
of Obadiah Brown and his wife Esther. 

No will, or record of administration upon 
his estate has been discovered. In the will of 
Aaron Brown, his father, which was admitted 
to probate March 5, 1799, Obadiah and his 
brother Elisha, are named as joint executors. 
Obadiah alone qualified, filing a bond in 
which he is described of Swansea. Obadiah 
Brown was made a freeman of the town 
of Sterling, Conn., April 10, 1791. 

October 11, 1796, by deed in which he is 
described of Swansea, he conveyed land located 
in Swansea, to Samuel Luther, February 
6, 1804, by deed in which he is described of 
Sterling, Conn., he conveyed other land located 
in Swansea, to the same Samuel Luther. 
His wife Esther signed both deeds. From 1805 
to 1812, he engaged in numerous transactions 

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in Sterling, as shown by the records of that 
town. Among these transactions is a sale 
made August 1, 1811 to Seth W. Brown of 
Sterling of an interest in American Cotton 
Mfg. Co.; also a sale made May 23, 1812, to 
Walter Paine of Providence, R. I., of an 
interest in American Cotton Mfg. Co. of 
Sterling. 

"Obadiah Brown of Hope in ye county of 
Lincoln, yeoman, and Esther Brown his wife 
in her righf'quit claim by two deeds dated 
Nov. 21, 1815 "in right of ye sd Esther" in 
one of said deeds to John Wood etc., "one 
undivided ninth part of all ye estate etc., which 
Seth Wood late of Swansey yeoman died 
seized of etc., the sd one undivided ninth 
part of ye said estate fell to ye said Esther 
Brown in her right as one of ye children etc., of 
Seth Wood"; in the other of said deeds they 
quit claim "All title to 'undivided ninth part 
of a ninth part fell to Miller Wood, son and 
heir to said Seth Wood' " (97). 

No trace of Obadiah Brown or his wife 
Esther has been found subsequent to the two 
conveyances last above mentioned. 






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LIEUT. SETH W. BROWN [VIII] 

Seth W. Brown, son of Obadiah Brown and 
his wife Esther, was born in Swansea July 19, 
1787, died in Somerset Mass., June 20, 1877, 
and was buried in Gibbs Cemetery in Somer- 
oir set. He married, first, in Sterling, Conn., 

March 19, 1807, Margaret Burlingame, daugh- 



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Burlingame; second. May 1, 1844, Bethany. 
' She died January 18, 1863. There is no public 

record of the birth of Seth W. Brown in Swan- 
sea. His birth as above given is recorded in his 
old family Bible, now in possession of Wiliam 
Alden Brown, of Providence, his great grand- 
son. The record of his death in Somerset 
affords the information that Seth W. Brown 
was born in Swansea, Mass., his father's 
name as Obadiah Brown, his mother's maiden 
name as Esther Wood, his death in Somerset, 
June 20, 1877, "age 89 years, 11 months, 1 
day." He had no children by his second wife. 

Margaret Burlingame, his first wife was 
bom in Sterling, April 4, 1790, and died Jan. 
2, 1842. 

Seth W. Brown and Margaret (Burlingame) 
Brown had the following children: 






1. Roxellana Brown, bom in Sterling, 
October 16, 1807, married William McCann, 
anddied January 2, 1895. Their children were: . , 
1. Daniel A., 2. Mary E., 3. William, 4. H g 
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2. Peter Tilden Brown [IX], bom in Ster- 
ling March 30, 1810, died in West Greenwich, 
R. I., February 25, 1853. 

3. Esther Brown, bom April 5, 1813, mar- 
ried, first. May 12, 1833, WiUiam Reynolds, 
second, Bamum Pierce. She had no children 
by either husband. She died December 1, 
1893. 

4. Alden Montgomery Brown, born October 

4, 1815, and died October 20, 1905. He mar- 
ried Eliza Pierce. She was born May 6, 1820, 
and died July 26, 1899. Their only child 
was Asahel Pierce Brown, born September 6, 
1846, and died August 3, 1898. All three are 
buried in Gibbs Cemetery. Asahel Pierce 
Brown married October 2, 1872, Mary Adelaide 
Brown. 

Their only child was William Alden Brown, 
bom in Providence, March 15, 1877. He has 
never married. 

5. Elizabeth Burlingame Brown, born May 
15, 1818, married, first, Charles Burdick. They, 
had only one child, namely Elmily C. Bur- 
dick, born May 9, 1840; second, November 
17, 1842, James Freeman Foster. They had 
the following children: 1. Massena L., born 
December 29, 1843, died May 17, 1903. 2. 
Philena M., born September 8, 1845, died 
January 12, 1859. 3. Roxellana M., born July 

5, 1848. 4. Justina L., bom September 3, 
1850, died September 3, 1869. 5. Margaret A., 
bom August 12, 1852, died May 17, 1915. 

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6. Seth J., bom January 9, 1855, died October 
1, 1884. :;' Elizabeth Burlingame (Brown) 
Foster died January 15, 1899. 

6. Margaret Brown, born September 2, 
1820, married September 15, 1842, Julius 
Corydon Smith. They had the following chil- 
dren, namely: 1. Lydia Eliza, born August 27, 
1843. She married May 29, 1860, Augustus H. 
Beecher, and died March 11, 1866. 2. Esther 
Lodiski, born September 30, 1846, married 
January 15, 1865, Albert D. Lynch. 3. Seth 
Julius born October 13, 1852, and died March 
13, 1853. 4. Nellie Frances, born January 22, 
1855, married December 13, 1876, Clarence 
W. Finch. 5. Margaret Phidelia, born January 
31, 1857, married October 15, 1881, Peter L. 
Burlingame. Margaret (Brown) Smith died 
January 7, 1888. 

7. Seth Brown, 'born January 25, 1823, 
went to California and was lost sight of. 

8. Hervey Sullens Brown, bom June 26, 
1825, died Febmary 28, 1858. He never 
married. 

9. Cordelia JJtne Brown born June 22, 1830, 
died June 9, 1832. 

10. John Rhinaldo Brown, born July 17, 
1834, went to California, was last heard from 
in a letter written from San Francisco, May 
22, 1894. It is believed he never married. 

Seth W. Brown [VIII] was appointed 
Lieutenant of the 6th Company, 21st Reg. 
Militia, Conn., and duly commissioned May 
9, 1816 by Gov. John Cotton Smith of that 
state. 

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PETER TILDEN BROWN [IX] 

Peter Tilden Brown was bom in Sterling, \^r^ 

March 30, 1810. He married in West Green- 
wich, R. I., June 15, 1837, Roxellana Potter, | £ 
daughter of Allen and Lydia (Spink) Potter, 
and died in West Greenwich, February 25, 1853. 

They had the following children, all born in 
West Greenwich: 1. Charles, born August 10, 
1838, died when three weeks old; 2. George 
Washington, born February 22, 1840, died 
when 3}^ years old; 3. Angelina Margaret, 
born March 4, 1841, never married; 4. Ann 
Eliza, born September 4, 1842, died in June, 
1866, never married; 5. Mary Elizabeth, born 
i October 8, 1843; 6. Harriet Malissa, born July 
7, 1846, died February 1, 1863, never married; 
7. George Tilden [X] bom June 29, 1848; i 
^^' 8. Delana Remington, born March 26, 1850.- I 

^ = Mary EHzabeth Brown married in West 

-^ Greenwich, April 15, 1865, George W. Whit- 

1^" ^man. They had the following children: 1. 

■ £Lewell Marion; 2. Henry Clay and 3. Annie 

■^Elizabeth. Delana Remington Brown mar- 

^ried in Exeter, R. I., Febmary 13, 1867, Jesse 

Carr. They had the following children: 1. 

Jesse Tilden and 2. Annie Eliza. 

Peter Tilden Brown kept a grocery store 
and carried on farming near Congdon's Mills 
in West Greenwich. He was elected a 
member of the so-called Dorr Legislature 
from West Greenwich in 1842 (98). He 
favored the extension of the right of suffrage 
* " in Rhode Island as advocated by Mr. Dorr. 

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GEORGE TILDEN BROWN [X] 

\ George Tilden Brown was born in West 
Gr^ijnwich, June 29, 1848. He married in 
Pro>)idence, August 29, 1876, Ida Rebekah 
Williams, daughter of Charles and Hannah 
W. (Wheeler) Williams. 

They had two children, both born in 
Providence, namely: 1. Gertrude Tilden, born 
May 17, 1877, and 2. Bertha, born April 10, 
1884. 

Gertrude Tilden Brown married in Provi- 
dence, January 1, 1913, Frank Fenner Mason 
of Pawtucket, R. I. They had two children, 
both bom in Pawtucket, namely: 1. Tilden 
Brown Mason, bom December 18, 1913, and 
2. Gertmde Mason, bom August 5, 1915. 

Bertha Brown married in Providence, 
Febmary 5, 1908, Henry James Fisk of 
Providence. They had the following children: 
1. Rebekah, born in Providence November 
13, 1908, 2. James Brown, bom iri Warwick, 
R. I. August 30, 1910. 3. George Tilden, 
bom in Cranston, R. I., July 28, 1913. 



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Henry James Fisk removed with his family 
to Tacoma, Washington,, in 1916, where he 
now resides. Bertha Brown entered Vassar 
College in 1902, and graduated from that 
institution in 1906. George Tilden Brown 
entered Brown University in 1869 and gradu- 
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S,„-bar in Rhode Island in October of the same j « b g 

' "y6ar. He practiced law in Providence until he ^ « ^ * 
was elected a Justice of the Superior Court, in 
May, 1905. He entered upon the duties of 
the office July 17, 1905. 

He was a member of the Rhode Island '}, ?* 
House of Representatives from West Green- 
wich in 1877, and from Providence in the 
years 1887 and 1893, and was state senator 
from Providence in the years 1889 to 1891. 

In politics he is a Democrat. Was a mem- 
ber of the Democratic State Central Com- 
mittee for several years and chairman of the 
Democratic City Committee of Providence 
for several years. He was a delegate from 
Rhode Island to the Democratic National 
Convention holden at St. Louis in 1888. 



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SUPPLEMENT 

Ebenezer Perkins and Abigail Bates were 
married at Coventry, R. I., March 22, 1742. 
Their daughter Martha was born November 
10, 1746. 

Martha Perkins of Coventry married at 
Sterling, September 3, 1767, Capt. Asa 
Montgomery of Voluntown, Conn. 
Their daughter Elizabeth was born at 
Voluntown, April 4, 1778. 

Elizabeth Montgomery of Voluntown mar- 
ried at Sterling, April 23, 1789, Peter 
Burlingame. Their daughter Margaret was 
born in Sterling, April 4, 1790. 

Margaret Burlingame of Sterling, married 
at Sterling, March 19, 1807, Seth W. 
Brown of Sterling. 

For further particulars see Lieut. Seth W. 
Brown (VIII). 



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