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Thomas Brown Sr. (1628 - 1693)

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Thomas Brown Sr.
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Lynn, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lynn, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Feb 2011
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Lynn, Massachusetts.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Brown Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed origins The comments that follow explain why WikiTree should report Thomas Brown's parentage as unknown.

(1) From the introduction of Brown Genealogy by Cyrus Brown. [1]:
"Note — The compiler spent much valuable time in research to establish whether Nicholas Browne was the father of Thomas Browne, of Lynn. He found much about Nicholas Browne. and had written it out in full, only finally to come to the conclusion that he was not the father of Thomas. Other historians of recent date are of the same opinion; although I had so stated in my first volume, which I here positively contradict.
"At a good deal of trouble and expense I got a copy of the will of Nicholas Browne (which is kept in East Cambridge, Mass.) to publish here, and found that Thomas Browne was not mentioned, while his children by his wife Elizabeth were all particularly mentioned. Thomas is not referred to in any probate of Nicholas; nor can I as yet get any note referring to any gift from Nicholas of rights in Lynn.
"Mary, the wife of Thomas Browne in 1701 (record vol. IV, p. 93) was alive, in Stonington, when she, with her son Thomas, ]r. (2) sold rights to his brother Daniel.
"Thomas was of the right age to be a son of Nicholas, but the proof is lacking that he had any link to Thomas Browne referred to as dish-turner and constable of Lynn."
(2) In 2003, Robert Charles Anderson addressed the association of Thomas and Mary Browne of Lynn and "John Hawcks" who was described as their cousin.[2] Anderson identified Mary (Newhall) Browne as the daughter of Thomas Newhall[3] and he reported that "Thomas Browne first appeared in Lynn in the mid-1650s without apparent antecedents."[4] Anderson added[5]
The claim has been made that [Thomas Browne] was son of Nicholas Browne {1638, Lynn} ..., but Savage doubted this ... and the will of Nicholas Browne, dated 9 march 1672/3, did not include a son Thomas


Husband: Thomas Brown; Wife: Mary Newhall, 1652, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts [6] Children listed following [1]:

  1. Thomas Brown, Jr., b., Lynn, Massachusetts abt Jan., 1654; m. Lynn, Massachusetts, Feb. 8, 1677, to Hannah Collins, daughter of John Collins, of Lynn. They soon after removed to Stonington, Conn.
  2. Mary, b. Feb. 10, 1655; d., Lynn, May 18, 1662.
  3. Sarah, b. Aug. 20, 1657; d. Aug. 1, 1658.
  4. Joseph, b. Feb. 16, 1658; m., Jan. 22, 1680, Sarah Jones.
  5. Sarah, b. Sept. 13, 1660; d. Apr. 2, 1662.
  6. Jonathan, b. and d. Apr. 12, 1662.
  7. John, b. 1664; m. Elizabeth Miner
  8. Mary, b. July 26, 1666; m., Aug. 24, 1685, Thomas Norwood.
  9. Jonathan, b. Feb. 11, 1668.
  10. Eleazer, b. Aug. 4, 1670; m. Ann Pendleton
  11. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 16, 1672; d. 1700.
  12. Daniel, b. Apr. 24, 1673; d. young.
  13. Ann and
  14. Grace, twins, b. Feb. 4, 1674; both d. Feb. 7, 1674.
  15. Daniel, b. Feb. 1, 1676. He bought out the rights of his three brothers, who removed to Stonington, and lived and died on the old Brown homestead in Lynn.

[JRF]See Breed Family Association record book #16 (1963) p. 163, transcribed here: Thomas1 Browne, b. abt 1628 (acc to his deposition taken 1-5m-1668) Essex Co. Court Papers B XIII 1 62 calls himself "ae 40 yrs or thereabouts" d. Aug. 28, 1693. Was a dishturner and was said to be of "Grawton Middlesex" in June 1663, when he bought land of William Longley of Lynn. M. Mary2 Newhall (app. adm. of husband's ex. Oct. 9, 1693) b. abt 1637. They were married before 1658, the date of 1st appearance of her name on the records as wife of Thomas Browne. Her name last appeared on records Apr. 21, 1701.

Note: of this couple's fifteen children, only 6 survived to adulthood: Thomas, John, Mary(2nd) , Eleazer, Ebenezer, Daniel(2nd).


Note: The following is a copy of the orally declared last will and testament of

Thomas Brown, senior, of Lynn, Mass.:
Date: 17 OCT 1693
The following was taken down in writing this day, being ye 7th of October, 1693:
Memorandum - About two years since: though in ye last sickness of Thomas Brown, hereinafter named, he declared the following sentences as his last will and testament, who died about six weeks ago.
Thomas Brown, of Lynn, Sen., being of proper memory and good understanding, declared what his last will and testament should be, in the presence of Jeremiah Shepard, John Newhall senior, and Mary Shepard.
After some serious discourse with Mr. Shepard about his spiritual condition, he earnestly desired Mr. Shepard to be helpful to him in settling his temporal estate, and said he was very apprehensive of the decay of nature, be reason of many bodily informities that did weaken him, and therefore could not put long continuance in this world. So he thought it meet to take the present opportunity of expressing his mind concerning his last will and testament; and desired Mr. Shepard to draw it up that he might read it and subscribe to the same. And having committed his spirit to God, and his body to the dust, wishing a decent interment thereof, suitable to his rank and quality, he did thus, fearlessly, freely, and voluntarily and deliverately express himself:
My will is, that after my honest debts and funeral charges are paid my home and homestead, with all my land in Lynn, as also my cattle and moveables, with doors, I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer, who hath been very careful of me and my family, and whom I have betrusted with the management of my outward affairs, only my will is that my son Ebenezer provide for my wife, that she be comfortably maintained out of my estate.
I give and bequeath to my wife all my moveables within doors, pewter, brass, bedding, &c., to be at her absolute disposal.
I give to my eldest son Thomas, my long gun, which I value at forty shillings.
I give to my son Joseph twenty shillings, having already bestowed some lands upon him.
I give to my son Johyn twenty shillings.
I give to my son Daniel five pounds.
I give to my daughter Norwood twenty shillings.
My will is that my loving wife should be executrix, and my son Ebenezer executor.
To this, my last will and testament, I constitue my brother John Newhall, and Robert Potter, senior, to be my overseers.
Thomas Brown did thus express his mind, in reference to his last will and testament, in presence of us.
Before ye Honored Bartho Gedney, Esq., October 9th, 1693, Mr. Jeremiah Shepard and Mary his wife, and John Newhall, Sen., made oath that what is within as above contained in this paper was expressed by said Thomas Brown as his last will and testament; and that said John Newhall and Mary Shepard, add that he also gave to his son Eleazer five pounds.
Sworn to ye day aforesaid.
Attes: STEPHEN SEWALL, Register

Thomas Brown, Sr. is buried in Western Burial Ground in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Cyrus Henry, 1915. Brown Genealogy, Vol. II, Part I Many of the Descendants of Thomas, John, and Eleazer Brown; The Everett Press, Inc. Boston. : accessed 6 June 2016.
  2. Citing "EQC 4:32" in Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H (2003), 255-256, in particular part from the sketch of Adam Hawkes; digital images : accessed 2014.
  3. Citing "Eva Belle Kempton Anc 4:506, 508" in Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H (2003), 255-256, in particular part from the sketch of Adam Hawkes; digital images : accessed 2014.
  4. Citing "EQC 2:157; Evan Belle Emptn Anc 508"" in Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H (2003), 255-256, in particular part from the sketch of Adam Hawkes; digital images : accessed 2014.
  5. For the claim that Thomas was the son of Nicholas, author cites "Adam Hawkes Gen 12, 16"; for the Savage passage, author cites "Savage 2:276"; for Nicholas Browne's will, "MPR Case #3154" all in Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G-H (2003), 255-256, in particular part from the sketch of Adam Hawkes; digital images, (accessed 2014)].
  6. Savage, James. Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers. Boston, 1862.
  7. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 6 June 2016), memorial page for Thomas Brown, Sr. (1626–1693), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42,308,150, citing Western Burial Ground in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; the accompanying photographs by Lawrence Whiting only provide an overall image of the cemetery and do not provide a legible image of the inscribed data.
See also
  • Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook) Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Torry, Clarence A. 2004 New England Marriages Prior to 1700. . Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2012.
  • Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. Essex County, (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) Images of original will.
  • Nancy Ann Norman, "New England, Irish, Scotish, Isle of Man," entry for Thomas Brown ID I90; online family file, WorldConnect : accessed 2014.
  • C.H. Brown. Brown Genealogy. Genealogical and Biographical Record of New London County, Conn.; Bible Records (film 862,766, Vol.10, page 9; Founders of Early American Families; NEHGR, v78, p85; A. Witter Family History by Edwin D. Witter Jr. (1988); History of the Town of Stonington; AF.
  • Breed Family Association #16 (March, 1963), Charles B. Newhall; p. 163

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On 6 Sep 2016 at 21:52 GMT Eric Weddington wrote:

Browne-2367 and Brown-3024 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Duplicate profile.

On 7 Oct 2014 at 12:32 GMT GeneJ X wrote:

Cool. Thank you Dan Thompson.

On 6 Oct 2014 at 12:44 GMT GeneJ X wrote:

Are there any objections to severing the Thomas/Nicholas and wife child-parent association.

If not, might we update this record?

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