Who is the husband of Mary Johnson and who was the wife of Francis Brown?

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I was cleaning up after a merge of Mary (Johnson) Brown when I saw this note:
Note: Per Anderson (GM: immigrants to NE, 1634-35, Vol IV, I-L: she m in Andover 29
Dec 1660 Ephraim Davis. No mention of Francis Brown.
There are lots of Brown children. Who is the wife of Francis Brown?
Does anyone object to disconnecting Mary and adding (or attaching) to husband Efraim Davis?
WikiTree profile: Mary Browne
in Genealogy Help by Paula J G2G6 Pilot (247k points)

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I would NOT detach her from Francis Brown. 

Clearly Francis Browne married a Mary Johnson at Newbury and had the children listed.  After her death, Francis supposedly remarried and had Benjamin.  I haven't found a notation that clearly states the parents of Mary Johnson Browne in a very brief search.

Maybe you should detach this Mary Johnson from the listed parents, if you can confirm that their daughter is the Mary Johnson that married Ephraim Davis?

From:  Vital Records of Newbury Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849:

Newbury Marriages

(p. 263)  Johnson, Mary, and Francis Browne, Nov. 21, 1653.

Newbury Births:  BROWN

Benjamin, s. [Francis. S. dup], Apr. 20, 1681. (p. 66) (? by 2nd wife)

Francis, s. Francis, Mar. 17, 1673.

Hanna, d. Francis, Oct. 19, 1659. (p. 67)


Elizabeth, d. Francis, Oct. 17, 1654. [Jan. 26. S. dup] (p. 73)

John, s. Francis, Mar. 13, 1664[-5. S. dup] (p. 74)

Joseph, s. Francis, Sept. 28, 1670. (p. 74)

Mary, d. Francis, Apr. 15, 1657. (p.  74)

Sara, d. Francis, May 10, 1663. (p. 74)

Thomas, s. Francis, July 1, 1667. (p. 74)

Newbury Deaths:

BROWNE, Mary, w. Francis, Apr. 4, 1679. (p.  555)



by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (753k points)
selected by Paula J
Thank you! That is very helpful! So there is a Mary Johnson who married Francis Brown but this one may be attached to the wrong parents. These parents may have had a Mary Johnson who married Efraim Davis.

I will put your info on the profile and and check into that possibility.
Davis/Johnson marriage:

Andover VR: DAVIS, Ephraim, of Haverhill, and Mary Johnson, Dec. 29, 1660. [Feb. 11, 1659. CTR] (p. 101)

I didn't, in a very brief search, find the parents of either Mary Johnson.  Clearly both men married a woman of that name.  But due to the dates of marriage in the 1650's, Mary Johnson would have been born likely in the 1630's - where birth records would be scarce and/or she immigrated?

One of them may be the daughter of Edward Johnson:Susan Munter who immigrated in 1637.

I believe that Mary (Johnson) Davis, married Edward? Clarke in 1682 after Ephraim Davis' death.


Mary Johnson married to Ephraim Davis is here:

Thanks! This appears to be the result of a bad merge. I added the Mary and Ephraim Davis and neither profile came up. I will compare to the ones you found and merge.

Mary Johnson Browne is about straightened out except she is attached to the second wife's child, Benjamin. I will fix that. Thanks so much for the help!!
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I rearranged the Francis Browns.  I attached Francis Browne-1743 to Mary Johnson-1738 and Mary Johnson-28490 with a merge proposal for the Mary Johnsons.  Francis Brown-8706 is now attached to Adrea Corlet-1 and Martha Wombrey/UNKNOWN-24243 Lawrence Chapman Brown.  Merged Chapman-305 into UNKNOWN-24243.  See http://www.ctgenweb.org/county/cofairfield/pages/stamford/fbrown_background.htm

I removed the parents of Rebecca Brown-20820 Hurlbut because she was confused with Rebecca Brown-4729 Galpin.  I removed Francis Brown-8706 from the spouse list of Martha Unknown-204568 Dorchester.  Frances Brown-22086 appears to be a hybrid of the other two Francis Brown(e)s, and I am not sure whom to merge him with.  I am not sure what to do with Martha Chapman-934, who I removed as mother from Rebecca Brown-4729 Galpin.

I hope that helps clean everything up.

by Bill Brooks G2G Crew (790 points)
edited by Bill Brooks

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