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Elizabeth (Shipley) Browne (abt. 1645)

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Elizabeth Browne formerly Shipley aka Stevens
Born about in Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Marylandmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Mar 2015
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Categories: Estimated Birth and Death Date.

The Birth and Death Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.



Elizabeth, wife of Charles Stevens, Jr, is a possible ancestor of President Abraham Lincoln, according to Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents. [1]


Elizabeth's first name is derived from the first mention a wife for Charles Stevens, Jr, and that is in the administration of his estate, in which she is named as administratrix -- as Elizabeth Brown, since she remarried before Charles' estate was settled. [2]

Roberts gives her name as (prob.) Elizabeth Unknown, married (1) (prob.) Charles Stevens, Jr.; married (2) Thomas Browne. The daughter of Elizabeth Unknown and Charles Stevens, was Elizabeth Stevens who married Robert Shipley. [1]

Birth and Parentage

Elizabeth's full name at birth, her birthdate, and her parentage are all unknown. If one estimates that women are often three years younger than their husbands, then her husband's estimated birth year of 1658 would be matched with a birth year of 1661 for her.

Her birthdate has been estimated and based on notes imported with the biography. Her birthdate was originally set to 1750, but that would make her more than 100 years older than her husband. Also, her name was imported as "Margaret," but the notes on her profile show Elizabeth, so I've changed her first name. -- Fiscus-32 23:11, 24 February 2015 (EST)

First Marriage to Charles Stevens

While Elizabeth served in the role of widow upon Charles' death, no record has yet been found of her marriage to him. She must have been married in time for her children, of whom there were at least four, to have been born in time to do things which they have on record.

She married, firstly, Charles Stevens, Jr., son of Charles Stevens and Susannah Norwood, circa 1670. Her married name became Browne. From circa 1670, her married name became Stevens.

One sources gives the following particulars for Charles Stevens, Jr, without further attribution:

Birth ca. 1645
Marriage to Elizabeth about 1670 (Age 25)
Death: ca. 1703 (Age 58), Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA."[3]

Charles Stevens died 6 Aug 1706 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Account [2]

Elizabeth was already using her second married name, Elisabeth Brown, at the time an account was given of Charles' estate:

  • Charles Stevens 25.340 A AA £227.6.6 £142.0.3 Aug 6 1706
  • Cash in the hands of: David Dennis.
  • Payments to: Mr. Amos Garrett, Richard Warfield, Edward Hall, Samuel Norwood, Amos Garrett on account of Henry Pinkney due to John Munday & Co.
  • Administratrix/Executrix: Elisabeth Brown. [2]

Second Marriage to Thomas Browne

Elizabeth (?) married, secondly, Thomas Browne, following Charles' death, and is named as Elizabeth Brown in Charles account administration.


No further information has been found on the remainder of Elizabeth's life.


There is no clear documentation for the children of Charles Stevens, Jr. If he was born in 1658 and married at the age of 21 (1679), then his children were born between the year 1679 and the yeare of his death, 1706, when he would have been 52.

In addition, there are other persons named Charles Stevens in the vicinity who may have fathered some of the children whose father is named Charles.

Rutherford [4] reports the following children:

  1. William
  2. Mary m. William Yeidhall
  3. Sarah
  4. Elizabeth, b. 1680 and married Robert Shipley.

Susannah Stephens is not listed by Rutherford. Other sources claim Susanna to be daughter of Benjamin of John.

As reported by Mike Marshall, Charles and Elizabeth had four children:

  1. Susannah Stevens b: ABT 1681[2] and married Richard Shipley, brother of Robert. When her husband Richard wrote his will in 1724, he named Susannah as co-executor along with Benjamin Stevens. This has led to speculation that Benjamin was her father -- and there was a Benjamin in St. Mary's County with a daughter Susanna. However, that relationship has difficulties and the most logical explanation is that Benjamin would be a brother of Susannah and therefore her closest male relative to look out for her interests.
  2. Elizabeth Stevens b. abt 1693 in Anne Arundel Co, MD, [2] married Robert Shipley, brother of Richard. Elizabeth Stevens, is described in Shipley, [5], as daughter of Charles Stevens of Dorchester Co. See indenture made by William Stevens (her brother) Oct 12 1710 [5]. At what point would Robert Shipley have moved to Dorchester County and at what point would he have moved back -- or have two different people been made into one here?
  3. Benjamin Stevens[2]. This would be the Benjamin named in the 1724 will, but little else is known of him.
  4. Sarah Stevens b: BEF 1700 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland[2]Sarah Stevens, daughter of Charles Stevens, married on 28 Jul 1716 Richard Barnes, the son of James Barnes and Ketura (Roturah) Shipley. Richard Barnes was born about 1699. She died before 1740 and he died after 18 Oct 1751. Richard Barnes and Sarah Stevens had the following children: Richard Barnes Jr. and Benjamin Barnes. Benjamin was married to Catharine before 1740. Benjamin was born on 3 Oct 1716 and baptized on 29 Jul 1717 in St Anne's Parish, Anne Arundel Co., MD with the notation that the family had come from Baltimore Co. [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009, p. 330-331
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Mike Marshall. Charles Stevens, Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties. Updatged July 24, 2015. Accessed July 24, 2015
  3. Who's Your Dady Wikigenealogy profile
  4. William and Anna Rutherford, Genealogical History of Our Ancestors, v. I, 1977, via Ron Cofiell, Genforum, Aug 28, 1998, ).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Shipleys of Maryland, 2002, Baltimore, p. 7

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On 1 Aug 2015 at 18:38 GMT Jack Day wrote:

I've added all the information I could find to Elizabeth's profile. Her LNAB needs to be changed to "Unknown" as I've found no evidence that her surname at birth was Shipley -- despite having numerous Shipley connections in her in-laws and children!

On 1 Aug 2015 at 11:36 GMT Jack Day wrote:

I'm doing a thorough revision of profiles of Charles Stevens Sr and Jr and the women associated with them based on all the research I could muster -- see If you want edit access to that file for your own research, let me put you on the trusted list so you can get citations and all!

On 25 Feb 2015 at 04:14 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Unknown-249440 and Unknown-160918 appear to represent the same person because: The birthdate of 1750 on Unknown-160918 has to be a mistake -- please see notes on the profile. Also, please see the notes on Unknown-249440 regarding her second marriage which gave her the Current Last Name of "Browne."

On 25 Feb 2015 at 04:04 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

I'm not sure where Elizabeth's birth date came from, but she is more than 100 years older than her husband, plus she was born 43 years after he died. Maybe her birthdate should be 1650??

On 25 Feb 2015 at 03:59 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Unknown-160920 and Unknown-160918 appear to represent the same person because: Another duplicate

On 24 Jan 2015 at 01:39 GMT Jeffrey Evans wrote:

Julie: If you have more information on this profile go ahead and make any changes necessary. Thanks.

On 24 Jan 2015 at 01:38 GMT Jeffrey Evans wrote:

Julie: Okay, you can go head any make any changes necessary to this profile, and thanks again.

On 16 Jan 2015 at 15:50 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Given her spouse's information, the birthdate on this profile doesn't seem to be right. (see note I posted on Margaret (Unknown) Stevens' profile)

On 16 Jan 2015 at 15:49 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Her birthdate seems to be way off -- she is b. 1750 but married in 1670 and d. 1703??

Also, the narrative gives her first name as Elizabeth, but it is entered as "Margaret."

If she *is* Elizabeth, she should probably be merged with the other wife on Charles Stevens, Jr's profile.

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