From the files of Stephen M. Lawson

               Browne Ancestry in England

               Abraham Browne and Lydia

               Jonathan Browne and Mary Shattuck

William Brown and Hannah Pease       Abraham Brown and Mary Hyde

Ebenezer Brown and Abigail Adams     Jonathan Brown and Elizabeth Simonds

David Brown and Mindwell Cummins     Lydia Brown and Elias Mason

Huldah Brown and Benoni Morey        Elijah Mason and Sarah Child

               Eli Morey and Sophronia Mason

               Elijah Mason Morey and Elizabeth Merrill

               William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

               Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

               Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

               Stephen Martin Lawson

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Browne Ancestry in England

The Browne-Cramphorne ancestry in England is based on the material presented in The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908: Part I The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton 1817-1879, by Dean Crawford Smith and edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn (Boston, 1996), pages 168-196. This work contains much additional supporting material, and additional details on many family members.

William and Joan Browne

William BROWNE - b. about 1505; bur. Jan. 25, 1565/6, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. His will, dated Jan. 5, 1565/66, names all of his known children, and his wife 'Johan.' Married about 1530.

Joan - b. about 1510; bur. Apr. 7, 1573, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. In her will dated Mar. 31, 1572/3 and proved May 5, 1573, she calls herself 'Johan Browne late the wife of Willm Browne decessed,' and names as sons Edmund, John and Laurence, and as daughters Margaret, Annis and Alice. She does not name James, William, Thomas and Nicholas.

  1. James - b. about 1530. He is the first named son in his father's will, granted 'one cowe to be delyvered imedyatly after my deceasse.' He is not further mentioned.
  2. William - b. about 1531/2. Named in father's 1565 will. Married Jul. 5, 1562, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, to Ales BARSLEY. Daughter: Alice.
  3. Annis - b. about 1533. Named in mother's 1573 will.
  4. Thomas - b. about 1535; bur. possibly Mar. 11, 1616/7, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Named in father's 1565 will. Possibly the Thomas BROWNE who was married Sep. 8, 1567, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, to Margery.
  5. John - b. about 1537; bur. possibly Sep. 18, 1624, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Named in mother's 1573 will.
  6. Laurence - b. about 1539. Named in mother's 1573 will.
  7. Alice - b. about 1541. Named in mother's 1573 will.
  8. Nicholas - b. about 1543; bur. possibly Jun. 19, 1620, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Named in father's 1565 will. Possibly the Nicholas BROWNE who was married Jan. 21, 1582/3, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, to Elizabeth (bur. Jun. 5, 1585, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
  9. Margaret - b. about 1545. Named in mother's 1573 will.
  10. Edmund - b. about 1547; bur Jan. 21, 1638/9, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

Edmund and Mary (Cramphorne) Browne

Edmund BROWNE - b. about 1547; bur Jan. 21, 1638/9, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Married Jul. 23, 1584, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Son of William BROWNE and Joan.

Mary CRAMPHORNE - bap. Sep. 27, 1562, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Daughter of William CRAMPHORNE and Jone PLOWE.

  1. Elizabeth - bap. Feb. 14, 1584/5, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Possible daughter.
  2. Richard - bap. Feb. 2, 1585/6, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Possible son and twin of George. Not the Richard BROWNE of Watertown, MA. He may be the Richard BROWNE who married first Sep. 8, 1616, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, Jane FILPOT, and second Dec. 19, 1625, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, Sarah ARCHER. Children of Richard and Jane: Rafe; and a son. Child of Richard and Sarah: Mary.
  3. George - bap. Feb. 2, 1585/6, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Possible son and twin of Richard. He may be the George BROWNE who married Feb. 22, 1620/1, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, Margaret FOOTE. Children of George and Margaret: Joan; and Adam.
  4. Abraham - bap. Oct. 22, 1588, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England; d. 1645/8, Watertown, MA.
  5. John - bap. Feb. 11, 1589/90, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Probably died young.
  6. Sarah - bap. Sep. 21, 1591, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
  7. John - bap. Jan. 11, 1596/7, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Probably died as infant.
  8. John - bap. Apr. 23, 1598, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire; bur. Jun. 20, 1636, Watertown, MA. Arrived in New England on the Lyon in 1632 and settled at Watertown, MA, where he was admitted a freeman on Sep. 3, 1634. John received five lands grants, totalling about 55 acres. Married by 1634 Dorothy, who probably married second William POTTER of Watertown, and later of Stamford, CT. Children: Hannah married John MEAD; and Mary.
  9. Edmund - bap. May 4, 1600, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire; d. about 1665, 'in the Countrey of Serrenam' (Suriname). Edmund was admitted to the Church at Boston on Jun. 22, 1635, and was granted land there on Jan. 8, 1637/8. Various documents indicate that Edmund as a co-owner of the ketch Hope, of which he was Master when it sailed in Feb. 1663. In Jul. 1630, the ship was at Nevis and bound for Jamaica, and the last record is that the ship was at the Cayman Islands in Jul. 1664. Land listed in the inventory of Edmund's estate was sold on Jan. 1, 1672 by his nephew and "next heir" Johnathan BROWNE of Watertown, MA. Married Feb. 14, 1653/4, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA to Elizabeth OAKLEY (b. about 1630; died 1670/2), probably a widow when she married Edmund. "Mary the relict of the late Robert Bouchier, alias Garret, grandmother" of Edmunds children was probably the mother of Elizabeth. Children: Mary probably died young; and John probably died young.
  10. Mary - bap. May 9, 1602, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
  11. Hannah - bap. Jan. 13, 1604/5, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. She has been identified as Anna, who married by 1638 Matthew INES (b. about 1613; d. about Apr. 1661), who called Edmund BROWNE his brother-in-law. However, based on Hannah's age at marriage (34) and at the birth of Matthew Ines' youngest child (50), it may be that the wife of Matthew INES was a sister of Edmund BROWNE's wife, and therefore Anna OAKLEY. Matthew was an innkeeper, and was admitted to the Boston church on Apr. 20, 1634. Matthew's estate was inventoried Apr. 16, 1661, and included land at Muddy River and at Long Island. Children: John married Elizabeth; Elizabeth married Richard RANDALL; Thomas had marriage to Mary ARNOLD published; Rebecca married Francis THOMAS; Mathias died young; Edward died young; Samuel married Sarah BELCHER; Anne died as infant; William died as infant; Anne died as infant; and Catharine (b. 1655) died young.
  12. Daniel - bap. Feb. 8, 1606/7, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire; bur. Mar. 29, 1625, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

Cramphorne Ancestry in England

William and Jone (Plowe) Cramphorne

William CRAMPHORNE - b. about 1530; d. possibly before Mar. 1604/5. Married Jul. 21, 1560, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

Jone PLOWE - bur. possibly Mar. 2, 1604. This burial record is for 'Joan CRAMPHORN of Chandlers, widow.'

  1. Thomas - bap. Jul. 27, 1561, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire; bur. Aug. 23, 1616, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. His will, proved Sep. 27, 1616, names his wife Mary, son John, and youngest son Thomas. His widow's will, dated Apr. 6, 1630 and proved Feb. 20, 1631/2, named children Daniel, John, Hester, and Thomas, and sons-in-law John PERRY, William HEATH and Thomas MILLER. Married Sep. 21, 1580, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, to Mary LYNDESELL (b. about 1560; bur. Jan. 17, 1631/2, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Children: Thomas died young; George probably died young, Daniel married Mary BURNAP; Phebe married John PERRY (emigrated to Roxbury, MA); Mary married William HEATH (emigrated to Roxbury, MA), son of William HEATH and Agnes CHENEY; John married Mary; Hester died as infant; Hester married Thomas MILLER (whose sisters emigrated to New England); and Thomas.
  2. Mary - bap. Sep. 27, 1562, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. Married Edmund BROWNE.
  3. William - bap. Dec. 9, 1564, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

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The Browns in America

For information on the immigrant family, refer to The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Vols. I-III, by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, 1995) and to The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908: Part I The Ancestry of Warren Francis Kempton 1817-1879, by Dean Crawford Smith and edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn (Boston, 1996). The latter reference also provides information on the family of Jonathan and Mary (Shattuck) Brown, including their grandchildren, providing varying amounts of data on four generations in America.

Abraham and Lydia Browne

Abraham BROWNE - bap. Oct. 22, 1588, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England; d. 1645/8, Watertown, MA. Son of Edmund BROWNE and Mary CRAMPHORNE. Admitted as freeman at Watertown, MA Mar. 6, 1631/2. He appears in the town records in various public positions from 1634 to 1647, notably those associated with survey work and land distribution. His lands inventory (1694) amounted to 191 acres in 5 parcels. The home lot of Abraham BROWNE passed to his grandson Capt. Abraham BROWN, and the home as rebuilt by the latter remained in the family for over 200 years, and is currently owned and operated by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Will filed Oct. 1, 1650, Middlesex Co., MA. His estate was not settled until Jan. 22, 1693/4 when it was divided between five claimants, with a double portion going to the estate of Jonathan, eldest son of Abraham. The original will has not been located, but the settlement provisions were apparently in disregard to its terms as summarized in an abstract found in the County Court (1670). Abraham was married first on Sep. 21, 1619 at South Weald, Essex, England to Joan SHELTON (b. about 1599; bur. Sep. 27, 1628, South Weald, Essex, England), the mother of his first three daughters. He married second about 1629, England.

Lydia - b. about 1609, England; d. Sep. 27, 1686, Watertown, MA. Married second Nov. 27, 1659 Andrew HODGES (d. Dec. 1665, Ipswich, MA), whose first wife was Anne (d. Nov. 15, 1658, Ipswich, MA).

Children of Abraham and Joan Browne

  1. Sarah - bap. Jul. 30, 1620, Childerditch, Essex, England; d. before Sep. 1650, Watertown, MA. Married Dec. 16, 1643, Watertown, MA George PARKHURST, Jr. (b. 1618; d. Mar. 16, 1698/9, Watertown, MA). George married second Sep. 24, 1650, Watertown, MA Mary PHEZA/VEASEY (d. Mar. 9, 1680/1, Watertown, MA). Children: John married Anna GARFIELD; and Sarah died young.
  2. Hannah - bap. Aug. 25, 1622, Childerditch, Essex; bur. Oct. 10, 1628, South Weald, Essex.
  3. Mary - bap. Feb. 8, 1623/4, Childerditch, Essex, England; d. 1678-1694. Married first Apr. 10, 1650, Malden, MA John LEWIS (d. Sep. 16, 1657, Malden, MA), of Charlestown and Malden, MA.; and second about 1663 John CUTLER, Jr. (b. 1625; d. 1678). Mary was the second wife of each of her husbands. Children of Mary and John LEWIS: Abraham; Jonathan died in infancy; Mary married Samuel PENNFIELD; Hannah married John MELVIN; Isaac married Mary DAVIS; and Trial. Child of Mary and John CUTLER: Mary.

Children of Abraham and Lydia Browne

  1. Lydia - b. Mar. 22, 1632/3, Watertown, MA; d. 1693-1707, Groton, MA. The first child whose birth is recorded at Watertown, MA. Married by 1649, Reading, MA Lt. William LAKIN, Jr. (b. about Jun. 1623, England; d. Feb. 22, 1700/1, Groton, Middlesex Co., MA), son of William LAKIN and Mary. Children: Mary died as infant; Lydia died young; Mary married John NUTTING; William married Elizabeth ROBERTSON; John died young; Jonathan; Abraham died in infancy; Abraham married Abigail SNOW; Elizabeth married Capt. Jonathan BOYDEN; and Abigail married her first cousin Joseph LAKIN.
  2. Jonathan - b. Oct. 15, 1635, Watertown, MA; d. 1691, Watertown, MA.
  3. Hannah - b. Mar. 1, 1638/9, Watertown, MA; bur. there Mar. 15, 1638/9.
  4. Abraham - b. Mar. 6, 1639/40, Watertown, MA; estate inventoried Sep. 28, 1667, Watertown, MA. Lived on his mother's estate in Watertown while she resided in Groton, MA. Married Feb. 5, 1662/3 Mary DIX (b. May 2, 1639; d. Jun. 18, 1678), daughter of Edward DIX and Jane WILKINSON. Mary married second in 1668, Samuel RICE of Sudbury, MA, and had children Mary, Edward, Abigail, and Joseph. Children of Abraham and Mary: Lydia married George WOODWARD, Jr.; and Abraham died as infant.

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Jonathan and Mary (Shattuck) Browne

Jonathan BROWNE - b. Oct. 15, 1635, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. 1691, Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA. Son of Abraham BROWNE and Lydia. Jonathan's will dated Feb. 19, 1690/1, proved Apr. 7, 1691, and inventory dated Apr. 1, 1691, including 211 acres of land. His sons dropped the final 'e' on the surname. Married Feb. 11, 1661/2, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA.

Mary SHATTUCK - b. Aug. 25, 1645, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Oct. 23, 1732, Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA; bur. Grove Hill Cemetery [photo], Waltham, MA. Daughter of William SHATTUCK and Susanna.

Children of Jonathan and Mary Browne

  1. Mary - b. Oct. 5, 1662, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Married first Mar. 22, 1682/3, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA John WARREN (d. Jul. 11, 1703, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA), son of Daniel WARREN and Mary BARRON; and second Mar. 14, 1703/4, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Samuel HARRINGTON (b. Dec. 18, 1666, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA), son of Robert and Susanna HARRINGTON. Children of Mary and John: John married first Sarah JONES, second Abigail LIVERMORE, and third Lydia BOND; Jonathan married Sarah WHITNEY; and Daniel married first Rebecca GARFIELD, and second Mary WETHERBY. Children of Mary and Samuel: Anna married Robert HARRINGTON; Grace married Ebenezer FISKE; Elizabeth married Isaac BOWMAN; Abigail married John BALL; and Prudence married John ESTABROOK.
  2. Elizabeth - b. Sep. 19, 1664, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Aug. 8, 1740, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Married Mar. 25, 1687 Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Daniel BENJAMIN (b. Sep. 12, 1660, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Sep. 13, 1719, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA), son of John and Lydia BENJAMIN. Children: Daniel died in infancy; Daniel married Mary BOND; John died young; Jonathan married Annabella EVE; Samuel married Mary HAMMOND; Elizabeth married William BOND; Lydia; Patience married David SAAGAR; Mary married John BALL; and John.
  3. Jonathan - b. Oct. 25, 1666, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Died young.
  4. Patience - b. Mar. 6, 1668/9, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. about 1690, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Married Mar. 5, 1687, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA James BIGELOW (b. about 1660, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Jan. 20, 1727/8, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA), son of John BIGELOW and Mary WARREN. James married second Elizabeth CHILD, and third Joanna ERIKSON. Son of Patience and James: James married Mercy.
  5. Abraham - b. Aug. 26, 1671, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Nov. 27, 1729, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA.
  6. Samuel - b. Oct. 21, 1674, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Did not marry.
  7. Lydia - b. Mar. 31, 1677, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. May 13, 1711, Lexington, MA. Married Jan. 18, 1698/9, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Benjamin WELLINGTON (b. Jun. 21, 1676, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Nov. 15, 1738, Lexington, MA), son of Benjamin WELLINGTON and Elizabeth SWEETMAN. Children: Benjamin married first Lydia, and second Abigail FESSENDEN; Lydia died young; Kezia; and John. Benjamin married second Dec. 25, 1712 Elizabeth PHIPPS and had Abigail, Timothy, Mary, and Oliver.
  8. Ebenezer - b. Sep. 10, 1679, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Did not marry.
  9. Benjamin - b. Feb. 27, 1681/2, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Mar. 11, 1753, Weston Farms, MA. Married Feb. 27, 1702/3 Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA Anna GARFIELD (b. Jun. 2, 1683, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Sep. 13, 1737, Weston Farms, MA), daughter of Benjamin GARFIELD and Elizabeth BRIDGE. Children: Anna married Josiah JONES, Jr.; Benjamin married Sarah DAKIN; Elizabeth married John BILLINGS; Mary married Nathan UPHAM; Mehitabel died young; Ephraim married Hannah EDMUNDS; Lydia married Joseph UPHAM; Joseph married Abigail MUNROE; Deliverance married Daniel FISKE; Tabitha died in infancy; and Timothy married Rebecca FARRAR.
  10. William - b. Sep. 3, 1684, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. Oct. 28, 1756, Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA.

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