Boaz Brown

Boaz Brown (1641 - 1724)

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Boaz Brown aka Browne
Born in Concord, Middlesex County (formed 1643), Massachusettsmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [uncertain]
Brother of [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married (to before ) in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married (to before ) in Concord, Massachusettsmap
Husband of — married in Concord, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Feb 2010 | Last significant change: 25 Oct 2018
17:43: Nancyann Larsen edited the Father and Mother for Boaz Brown. [Thank Nancyann for this]
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Categories: Concord, Massachusetts.




Boaz was born on 14 February 1641/2 at Concord, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Thomas Browne and Unknown Bridget.[1][2]


Boaz married three times.[1]

  • He married, as his 1st, to Mary Winship.[1]
  • He married, as his 2nd, to Mary Richards.[1] Not long after the death of this second wife, Boaz, Sr., removed to Concord where he married Abigail (Ballard) Wheat.
  • He married on 10 Sept. 1716 at Concord, as his 3rd, to Abigail (Ballard),[1] the daughter of William Ballard of Andover, Mass., and the widow of Samuel Wheat of Concord.[citation needed] [3][4][5]

Positions and Property

Boaz BROWN (Thomas-1) was born on 14 Feb 1641/2 in Concord, MA.[citation needed] He was admitted as Freeman Concord, Oct 15, 1673. He was one of the founders of Stow Mass in 1683. Also chosen as one of the first selectmen and for several terms thereafter. He was the first minister of the Stow Congregational Church. Boaz moved to Dedham where he was called Ensign in the tax records of 1695. Sometime after 1715 he returned to Concord, where he died April 9, 1724. Boaz was one of several men from Concord who were responsible for founding Stow Ma 1683 when they purchased the Indian Plantation "Pompositticut".

Death and Legacy

Boaz died on 7 April 9 1724 at Concord, Massachusetts, at the age of 83.[1][2]  Boaz is buried in the South (Main St) burying Ground in Concord Ma.

Excerpt from Boaz Brown's (1641-1724) will. "unto my two grandsons Amos Brown and Boaz Brown ye children of my youngest son Edward Brown deceased I do will and bequeath all my housing and lands to me belonging within ye limits and bounds of ye aforesaid Town of Stow." The will also mentions his "three grandchildren, Deliverance Brown, Mercy Heald, and Ephraim Brown ye surviving children of my eldest son Boaz Brown deceased". 

Research Notes

There are many unresolved issues related to Boaz Brown's life. Some have been researched for over 100 years with no resolution. 1) Boaz mother has not been determined. Bateman might be an error. 2) The names and ancestory of his 2nd and 3rd Wives is still controversial.

The name of his 1st wife, Mary Winship, does not seem to be an issue. She was the mother of all the children.-KRW

Some have made the error of reporting that it was Boaz Brown, Jr, instead of Boaz Brown, Sr, who married to Mary Richards, the widow of John Richards. Others have reported that Mary was the daughter of John Richards, instead of the widow.[1]

No biography yet.[6] Can you add information or sources?


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Brown, Keith F., (1986) "The Wives of Boaz Brown, Sr., of Concord, Stow, and Dedham, Massachusetts." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: NEHGS, accessed 12 Oct 2016 (Vol 140, Page 317).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Concord (Mass.) (1895)Concord, Massachusetts births, marriages, and deaths, 1635-1850. Boston: T.Todd, printer accessed 12 Oct 2016 (Pages 1, 109).
  3. Source: #S336 Page: 1
  4. Source: #S337 Page: 52-53
  5. Source: #S102 Page: 89
  6. Profile created by Roxanne Dierking through the import of Dierking (foxirox).ged on May 2, 2018. This comment and citation should be deleted after a short biography has been added and primary sources have been cited.
  • Childs, History of Stow
  • NEHGS, (1904) Massachusetts Town Birth Records, Vital Records of Bellingham Massachusetts to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS Vital Records of Granville Massachusetts to the Year...
  • Source: S102 Title: Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1635–1850 Abbreviation: Concord VRs 1635–1850 Publication: Beacon Press, Boston, Mass., 1891
  • Source: S336 Title: Wheat Genealogy: Descendants of Moses Wheat of Concord, Massachusetts andof Francis Wheat of Maryland Abbreviation: Wheat Gen. (1960) Author: Wheat, Silas Carmi; Scranton, Helen Love Publication: 1960
  • Source: S337 Title: Wheat Genealogy: A History of the Wheat Family in America with a BriefAccount of the Name and Family in England and Normandy Abbreviation: Wheat Gen. (1903) Author: Wheat, Silas C. Publication: the author, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1903

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On 1 Feb 2018 at 17:05 GMT Natalie Gardner wrote:

see Abigail's will (Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871. Case 2931. It clearly establishes her as the widow of Samuel Wheat (also spelled Wheatt) and Boaz Brown, and née Abigail Ballard of Andover


On 30 Jan 2018 at 03:53 GMT Natalie Gardner wrote:

I'd like to add some information about Boaz' marriage to Mary Richards-- it actually corroborates and clarifies the picture.

On 29 Jan 2018 at 04:56 GMT Natalie Gardner wrote:

He also had a daughter Jane born in Stow 4 Sept. 1684. (Stow Vital Records)

Abigail's name is spelled Wheat in the Concord Vital Records: "Abegail Wheat" married Boaz Brown "both of Concord" on Sept. 10, 1716. It is spelled Abigail Wheatt in Samuel Wheat's will (lol, whose name is spelled "Sammual Wheatt" there.) Virtually all of the Wheat family of Concord spelled their name similarly. I have never seen the Waite variant in any records or in the cemeteries of Concord, therefore don't think it should be used here.

The two Jabez brothers should be merged (Brown- 47062 and Brown-1628)

On 3 Dec 2017 at 00:38 GMT Ken Warkentin wrote:

To the best of my knowledge Abigail Ballard and Abigail Waite are the same person. The different names relate to married vs maiden names. Late in life marriages often result in this type of conundrum for people researching the female partner. Additional editing will probaby clarify.

On 2 Dec 2017 at 23:06 GMT Russell Philip wrote:

As it stands now, he married twice on the same day.

On 12 Sep 2017 at 22:48 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Brown-15525 and Brown-240 appear to represent the same person because: identical death

On 14 Aug 2017 at 02:37 GMT Dave Jenkins wrote:

Nice profile identifying Boaz's three wives. With the memorial at FindaGrave I think I was able to figure out the Mary, Mary, Mercy daughter confusion (for me). The first Mary Browne (b. 1670), who I thought died young, marr. Samuel Stearns and 2nd Mary Brown was really Mercy (Marcy) and wed John Everett. Thanks. D. Jenkins

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