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Thomas Browne (1734 - 1797)

Reverend Thomas Browne
Born in Haverhill, Essex, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 63 in Falmouth, Cumberland, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Sep 2009
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Thomas Browne was born on 17 May 1734 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts to John Brown & Joanna Cotton[1] [2]

His Harvard record shows a promising scholarship student who was sent down in the rankings when he tried to steal some wine, more than once, showing a little creativity in the process[2]. He lost his scholarship but managed to graduate. He was called to the pulpit in Marshfield in 1759 and ordained September 5, 1759[2]

He is said to have married Lydia Howard in Marshfield, however the maiden name of his wife in Maine was Lydia Wadsworth[2]. In 1765 he moved to Falmouth, Maine[2].

Their children included:

  1. Abigail, born September 25, 1763 at Marshfield.
  2. Eliza, born January 17, 1767 at Falmouth married Archibald Lewis[2]
  3. Thomas, born March 4, 1769, who married Nancy Stimpson[2]
  4. John, born April 22, 1771 died October 1788.
  5. Cotton, born May 20, 1773 died September 1794.
  6. Sarah, born March 28, 1775 died November 1778.
  7. Rebecca, born March 5, 1777, who married John Lewis[2]
  8. William, born March 1, 1779, who married Octavia Southgate[2]

Reverend Thomas Browne died on 18 October 1797 in Falmouth, Maine. He was 64 years old & was buried in the Stroudwater Burying Ground Sec B, Row 17, Plot 3 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[3] [2]

His widow died October 13, 1805[2]

Note: Two reliable secondary sources in Nova Scotia speculate that Thomas Browne, son of Rev. John Brown and Joanna Cotton, was the Thomas Brown who is noted as a founder of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, including Esther Clark Wright [4], and Edwin Crowell[5], however he married Elizabeth, had different children concurrently with this Thomas Browne, died in 1815 in Liverpool, and is clearly a different man.


  1. Massachusetts Vital Records Haverhill, Volume 1, page 49, also found in NEHGS, which states BROWN (Browne): Thomas, s. Rev. John and Joanna (Cotton), May 17, 1734
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Colonial Collegians, 1642-1774: Biographies of Those Who Attended American Colleges before the War for Independence See Thomas Browne, Harvard, 1752. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: Massachusetts Historical Society : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.)
  3. Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 18 September 2019), memorial page for Rev Thomas Browne (17 May 1733–18 Oct 1797), Find A Grave: Memorial #115846807, citing Stroudwater Burying Ground, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA ; Maintained by Scott Leonard (contributor 47229103)
  4. Wright, Esther Clark, 1895-. Planters And Pioneers. rev. ed. [Canada: s.n.], 1982
  5. Fourth Brown Family see page 320-321 of New Englanders in Nova Scotia, by Edwin Crowell, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.)

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