Person:Abraham Browne (1)

  1. Abraham Browne1588 - Bef 1650
  2. John Brown1598 - 1636
  3. Edmund Browne1600 - 1665
m. 21 Sep 1619
  1. Sarah Browne1620 - Bef 1650
  2. Mary BrowneEst 1629 - Bef 1666
  • HAbraham Browne1588 - Bef 1650
  • WLydia _____Abt 1609 - 1686
m. Abt 1629
  1. Lydia Browne1631/32 - Aft 1691
  2. Jonathan Browne1635 - Bef 1691
  3. Hannah Browne1637/38 - 1637/38
  4. Abraham Browne, Jr.1638/39 - Bef 1667
Facts and Events
Name Abraham Browne
Gender Male
Christening[1] 22 Oct 1588 Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
Marriage 21 Sep 1619 South Weald, Essex, Englandto Joan Shelton
Marriage Abt 1629 to Lydia _____
Death[2] Bef 1 Oct 1650 Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Ancestral File Number 9ND1-S6

Probate Abstracts

1th. 8th. mo. 1650 [1 Oct 1650] The Court accepted the will and inventory of the estate of Abraham Browne

Will [Written in third person, apparently done by deposition?] "After the decease of his wife he gave and bequeathed until his two sonnes Jonathan Browne and Abram Browne... his two daughters Sarah Browne and Mary Browne... unto Lidea his wife, makeing her his sole executrix..."

29 May 1655: "the two eldest sonns, to be paid them when they shall come to twenty-one yeares compleat"

[Judging from testimony of a Thomas Parke on 20 Dec 1679, it appears that the widow Lydia, as administratrix, divided the land informally between her two sons Jonathan and Abraham, and so the estate never went through a final distribution. Thus, the following activities 40 years after the father died. My attempts at identifying the various persons relies heavily on Henry Bond's Source:Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts : including Waltham and Weston, to which is appended the early history. --Jrich 12:33, 8 October 2008 (EDT)

7 Oct 1691: It is ordered and required, that...

  • Lydia Lakin of Groton [daughter] and
  • Abraham Luist of Rumey Marsh [son of daughter Mary and John Lewis?] and
  • Mary the Relict widow of Jonathan Brown of Watertown [nee Mary Shattuck], and
  • her son Abraham Brown [grandson by son Jonathan] and
  • Georg Woodard of Mudy River [husband of granddaughter Lydia by son Abraham], and
  • John Parkist of Watertown [son of daughter Sarah Parkhurst] and

all other persons Concerned with the Estate of Abraham Brown of Said Watertown deceased do make theire appareance...

22 Jan 1693/4: ... the persons who laid claim to the said Abrahm Browns Estate are those that follow vizt...

  • the heires of Jonathn Brown late Deceased, who wass eldest Son of said Abrahm Brown [son Abraham only one named, other children from various sources who may or may not have survived: Mary (Browne) (Warren) Harrington; Elizabeth (Browne) Benjamin; Jonathan, d. young; Patience (Browne) Bigelow; Samuel Browne; Lydia (Browne) Wellington; Ebenezer Browne; Benjamin Browne; William Browne],
  • George Woodward in right of his Wife, who was only Daughter of Abrahm Brown Junr Deceased, who was the youngest Son of said Abrahm Brown Senr [his wife is granddaughter Lydia],
  • John Parkhurst son of one of the Daughters of said Abrahm Brown Senr [his mother is daughter Sarah, wife of George Parkhurst];
  • the Heirs of Isaac Lewis Deceased who were [Grand?] Children of another of said Abrahm Browns Daughters [Isaac is a son of daughter Mary and John Lewis?], and
  • William Lakin in the right of his Wife youngest Daughter of said Abrahm Brown [his wife is daughter Lydia].
  1. Abraham Brown, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    BIRTH: Baptized Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, 22 October 1588, son of Edmund and Mary (Cramphorne) Browne [Dean Crawford Smith, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part I: The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton, 1817-1879 (Boston 1996) (Kempton Anc) 174].
    DEATH: Watertown in 1650, prior to 1 October [MPR Misc 79, 82].
    MARRIAGE: (1) South Weald, Essex, 21 September 1619 Joan Shelton, who was buried at South Weald 27 September 1628 [Kempton Anc 180].
    (2) By 1631 Lydia _____; she married (2) Ipswich 27 November 1659 Andrew Hodges; "Lidia Hoges (a widow)" died at Watertown 27 September 1686 [WaVR 58].

  2. Anderson, supra.

    will and inventory presented on 1 Oct 1650 ( Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate Records)

  3.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)

    BROWN, ABRAHAM, Watertown, prob. s. of Thomas of Hawkedon, Co. Suffk. near Bury St. Edmunds, freem. 6 Mar. 1632, by w. Lydia had Lydia, b. 22 Mar. 1633; Jonathan, 15 Oct. 1635; Hannah, 1 Mar. 1639, d soon; and Abraham, 6 Mar. 1640; beside Sarah, and Mary, perhaps brot. from Eng.; was selectman many yrs. and surveyor. The time of his d. was 1650. His wid. m. 27 Nov. 1659, Andrew Hodges of Ipswich, but after his d. in Dec. 1665, she came again to Watertown, and d. 27 Sept. 1686. Sarah m. 16 Dec. 1643, George Parkhurst; Mary m. 10 Apr. 1650, John Lewis of Charlestown, as sec. w. and, next, a Cutler; and Lydia m. William Lakin.

Founders of Watertown, MA

Located along the Charles River, Watertown was one of the first settlements in Massachusetts Bay Colony. After a brief stay by Roger Clapp and others who then went on to settle Dorchester. In late July 1630, Sir Richard Saltonstall led a group of about 115 households to settle at Watertown, which at the time included parts of present-day Cambridge and much of the surrounding area; the population approached Boston's in the mid 17th century. In 1632 the residents of Watertown protested against being compelled to pay a tax for the erection of a stockade fort at Cambridge; leading to the establishment of representative government in the colony.

Full list of original heads of households

See also: History of Watertown - Wikipedia entry - Richard Saltonstall on Wikipedia

Watertown Founders' Monument

Current Location: Middlesex County, Massachusetts   Parent Towns: None   Daughter Towns: Cambridge, Weston, Waltham, Belmont, Lincoln