John BROWNE of Stamford Lincolnshire England, chief magistrate 1376-77, lands of Little Casterton conveyed 1376
John BROWNE II of Stamford
John BROWNE III draper and merchant at Calais died 7/26/1442, buried All Saints Church
Spouse: Margaret / Margery died November 1460
Children: John BROWNE IV born Stamford circa 1410; William sheriff of Rutlandshire in 1467, 75, 83 & 86;
John BROWNE IV draper and merchant died before 1470
Children: Christopher born in Stamford, lived
Christopher BROWNE lived in Stamford & Tolthorpe, sided with Richmond against Richard III, died 1518, Sheriff of Rutlandshire 1492, 1500, 1509
Spouse: (1) Grace Pinchbeck (2) Agnes (3) Elizabeth
Children: Christopher born 1460-70; Francis eldest son;
Christopher BROWNE II lived Swan Hall Hawketon Parish Suffolk ENG, will proved 1538
Children: Christopher III born Swan Hall; Robert eldest son; Thomas; Elizabeth; Margaret; Agnes
Christopher BROWNE III church warden 1564, will proved 1594
Children: Thomas born Swan Hall 1510-20
Thomas BROWNE born Swan Hall 1510-20, died 1590, will dated 12/22/1590
Children: Abraham 5th son, born Swan Hall circa 1590; John; Richard ; Thomas; Ambrose
Abraham BROWNE born about 1600, of Watertown, land surveyor, died in Watertown 1650 prior to 1 Oct, will proved 10/1/1650
Spouse: Lydia ____ died 9/27/1686, married (2) 11/27/1659 Andrew Hodges of Ipswich
Children: Sarah born circa 1627, married John Parkhurst Jr. 12/16/1643; Mary born circa 1629, married Malden 10 April 1650 John Lewis his second wife; Lydia born 3/22/1631-2 married Lt. William Lakin; Jonathan born 10/16/1635 married Mary Shattuck; Hannah born Watertown 3/1/1637/8, buried 3/15/1638-9 14 days old; Abraham born 3/6/1638/9 married Mary Dix 2/5/1662-3;
Mary BROWNE married 4/10/1650
Spouse: John LEWIS origins unknown, born circa 1613, 1634 in Charlestown MA, removed to Malden, admitted Charlestown church 9/10/1644, freeman 5/6/1646 died 9 or 10/1657 his wife (1) Marguerite died 4/10/1649; Mary married (2) Cutler/Cutter
Children: wife (1) John born 9/12/1638 Charlestown married Mary Humphrey in Hartford 6/16/1675 daughter of Michael, Joseph baptized 3/29/1640 Charlestown, Mary baptized Charlestown 3/29/1640, Samuel born 6/24/1641 Charlestown; Elizabeth born 9/10/1642 Charlestown, married Bryant Bredane, Sarah born 12/24/1647 Malden married Joseph Brabrook; children wife (2) Abraham born 12/10/1650 Malden, still living 1700-1; Jonathan born 1/4/1651-2 Malden, died 2/10/1651-2 Malden; Mary born 1/1652-3 Malden, married Samuel Pennfield 11/30/1675 Lynn; Hannah born circa 1655, died 5/27/1696 age 41, married by 1679 John Melvin; Isaac born circa 1656 married 3/25/1680 Mary Davis; Trial born 1/1657-8 Malden, living 8/26/1695
The Great Migration; Abraham Brown. Origin: Unknown. Migration: 1631. First Residence: Watertown. Occupation: Surveyor [WaTR 6, 7]. Church Membership: Membership in Watertown church prior to 6 Mar 1631/2 implied by freemanship. Freeman: 6 Mar 1631/2 [MBCR 1:367. Education: Abraham Brown's frequent employment as a surveyor implies a solid, basic education. Offices: Watertown selectman, 1635 through 1641, annually [WaTR 2, 3, 5, 6, 7]. Appointed to several committees to lay out land and highways, and to regulate timber cutting [WaTR 1-7, 9]. Estate: Abraham Brown was granted twelve parcels of land in .Watertown, greater both in number and in acreage than the average: ten acres homestall; three acres of marsh; twenty-eight acre homestall; ten acres of plowland adjoining the preceding plot; six acres of upland adjoining the preceding plot; one acre in Patch Meadow; half an acre of meadow with a piece of swamp; four acres of upland; a pond of one acre; a fifty acre Great Dividend; ten acres in the Remote Meadows; and a farm of one hundred and thirty acres [WaBOP 8, 11, 43, 76]. (A dispute over one of these parcels of land arose in 1660, in which his children were involved [WaTR 65-66]. By the time of the Composite Inventory he had acquired a few more parcels, and disposed of at least one [WaBOP 21, 117]. He had obtained two parcels from John Browne - six acres of upland and a Great Dividend of thirty acres [WaBOP 21, 77]. He had exchanged land with John Collidge, parting with his fifty-acre Great Dividend and acquiring in return five acres of plowland and one acre of upland [WaBOP 21, 36, 92]. And he purchased from Abraham Shaw one acre of marsh adjoining the three acres that he already possessed [WaBOP 21]. The will and inventory of Abraham Browne were presented at Middlesex County Court on 1 Oct 1650 [MPR Misc 79]. On 6 Oct 1691 the county court ordered that "the parties concerned in the estate of Abraham Brown of Watertown deceased in the year 50 he sent to attend the adjournment of this court in order to a settlement thereof." On 7 Oct 1691 it was ordered that "Lydia Lakin of Groton & Abraham Luist of Rumney Marsh and Mary the relic widow of Jonathan Brown of Watertown and her son Abraham Brown and Georg[e] Woodward of Muddy River and John Parkist of Watertown and all other persons concerned with the estate of Abraham Brown of said Watertown deceased do make their appearance ... on the first Tuesday in Nov next in order to a legal settlement of the said estate." On 5 Nov 1691 the court appointed Lt. Remington, John Ward and Thomas Greenwood "to make proposals for a full and final settlement" of "the estate of Abraham Brown Senr. of Watertown. Birth: About 1600 based on approximated date of birth of first child. Death: Watertown in 1650, prior to 1 Oct [MPR Misc 79, 82]. Marriage: By 1631 (and by about 1627 if she was the mother of all the children) Lydia ____; she married (2) Ipswich 27 Nov 1659 Andrew Hodges; "Lidia Hoges (a widow)" died at Watertown 27 Sep 1686 [WaVR 58]. Children: i. Sarah, b. say 1627; m. Watertown 16 Dec 1643 George Parkhurst Jr. [WaVR 10]. ii. Mary, b. say 1629; m. Malden 10 Apr 1650 John Lewis as his second wife. iii. Lydia, b. Watertown 22 Mar 1631/2 [WaVR 3]; married William Lakin (eldest child b. Reading 6 May 1635). iv. Jonathan, b. Watertown 15 Oct 1635 [WaVR 4]; m. 11 Feb 1661/2 Mary Shattuck [WaVR 23]. v. Hannah, b. Watertown 1 Mar 1637/8 (calc) [WaVR 6]; bur. there 15 Mar 1637/8 [WaVR 6]. vi. Abraham, b. Watertown 6 Mar 1638/9 [WaVR 6]; m. Watertown 5 Feb 1662/3 Mary Dix [WaVR 24], daughter of Edward Dix. ...
Genealogical and family history of the state of Maine, Volume 3: I John Lewis was an inhabitant of Charlestown Massachusetts in 1634 when he is first found of record. He was admitted to the church there July 10 1644 and soon after removed to Malden where he was one of the first settlers in 1635-36. He had four acres of planting land and a ten acre lot on the Mystic side in 1637. In all he was tne owner of six parcels of land. He must have been a man of some means. The name of his first wife was Marguerite who was admitted to the church in Charlestown July 7 1638. She died April 10 1649. He married second April 10 1650 at Malden Mary Browne daughter of Abraham Browne of Watertown. Children John, Joseph, and Mary, twins Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Abraham, Jonathan, Mary, Hannah, Isaac and Trial. He died September 16 1657 at Malden. II Isaac son probably the only son of John and Mary Browne Lewis was born at Malden Massachusetts about 1655. He married Mary Davis and their children were Mary, Isaac2 mentioned below Joseph John and Abraham.
Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs ..., Volume 1:John Lewis the immigrant ancestor was born in England and settled among the earliest at Charlestown Massachusetts. He was an habitant and planter of that town as early as 1634 and was admitted to Church September 10 1644. He removed to Malden an adjoining town. His wife Marguerite was admitted to the Charlestown Church September 7 1638, and she died at Malden March 10 1649. He married second April 10 1650 Mary Brown believed to be a daughter of Abraham Brown of Watertown. Lewis had ten acres granted on the Mystic Side in 1637. His first lot was four acres for planting set off in 1634-35. His house was on the southwest slope of Mill Hill. His widow married Cutler. He died September 16 1657. Children 1 John born September 12 1638, 2 Joseph twin born March 29 1640, 3 Mary twin born March 29 1640, 4 Samuel mentioned below, 5 Elizabeth born September 6 1642 married Bryant Borden, 6 Sarah born December 24 1647 married Joseph Brabrook born at Malden, 7 Abraham born December 10 1650 of Rumney Marsh, 8 Jonathan born January 4 died February 10 1652, 9 Mary born January 1653 married Samuel Penfield, 10 Hannah, 11 Isaac, 12 Trial born January 1657-58.
Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of
Watertown MA... By Henry Bond, Horatio Gates Jones: ABRAHAM BROWNE a younger brother or a nephew of the Elder Richard Browne. He was a very early settler perhaps one of the first of Watertown and was admitted freeman March 6th 1631-2. He was a land surveyor and, as is manifest from the records in the early municipal transactions of the town, he
received important appointments and trusts more numerous than were conferred upon any other person. No two men were more respected and confided in than he and his relative Richard Browne. The records of the town do not embrace the transactions of the first four years after the settlement. They commence in 1634 extend to Nov 28 1643, there occurs a hiatus of four years and recommence Nov 8 1647. He was selectman from 1636 to 1643 inclusive In 1634, he was appointed in conjunction with Seeley to survey all the lots that are granted and they were also appointed conservators
of timber trees none to be cut down without their assent. In 1635 he was one of the seven freemen appointed to divide every man his propriety of meadow and upland that
is ploughable and the rest to lie common. In the same year he was appointed with John Warren to lay out all highways and to see that they are repaired. Also to survey the lots granted by the selectmen. In 1638 ordered that all lots both of freemen and foreigners shall be measured and bounded by
Abraham Browne who shall give a note each survey to be enrolled in the town books. In the same year he and Thomas were appointed to measure and lay out the remote meadows according to their best judgments. He was also appointed with four others to lay out the farms as they are ordered and they were authorized to include any rock or swamp in any survey not counting it in the number of acres. In 1639 the highway from Dorchester Field to the Flats as Abraham Browne laid it out was confirmed forever. Also the highway leading from Robert Jennison's to the river betwixt the lands of John Barnard and Jeremiah Norcross together with about half an acre of land on the river for the landing of goods was ordered to remain forever as laid out by
Abraham Browne Ap 30 1639. Also that when Ab Brown shall lay out any whole squadron of the great lots they to whom the land belongs shall make him present pay. In 1640
Abraham Browne Surveyor of the Town was directed to survey the subdivisions of the Hither and Further Plains and the next year 1641, he was directed to do the same. Also it was ordered that he have
4d the acre for surveying the two plains and the remote meadows. Also he was empowered 1643 to warn trespassers on public timber and to have one fourth of the fines. Oct 7 1641 the General Court appointed him one of the committee for laying out the 1000 acres of land granted to the Artillery Company at its first organization. The Court Records of Middlesex County show that Oct 1 1650 his Will and Inventory were accepted at court. And an order of court made Oct 6 1691 respecting the final settlement of his estate recites of him as deceased in the year 1650. These
dates indicate it is thought satisfactorily the year of his decease
though there are some circumstances that favor the belief that he died
between the close of 1643 and 1648. The latest mention of his name in
the Town Records is Nov 28 1643 which is the latest date previous to the
before mentioned hiatus of four years. It is therefore unknown when his
public services terminated. As his name does not occur in the Records
between Nov 8 1647 when they recommence and 1650 the supposed date of
his decease it is probable that ill health or bodily infirmity had
compelled him to withdraw from his very large participation in public
business. No original Will of Abraham Browne has been discovered
but in the files of the County Court for 1670 is found the following
which by the concluding certificate purports to be a copy of it.
Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter: John Browne of Burrough Stamford Lincolnshire England was chief magistrate of the city 1376- 1377. John Browne 2 son of John lived in Stamford and had children John Browne 3 son of John 2 was a draper and merchant at Calais was alderman chief magistrate of the city and on his death in 1442 was buried in All Saints Church which he built for the parish at his own cost. John Browne 4 son of John Browne and Margaret his wife was born in Stamford about 1410 and was a draper and merchant alderman three years and died before 1470. His wife was Agnes. Christopher Browne 5 son of John Browne 4 was born in Stamford lived there and at Tolthorpe. He married first Grace Pinchbeck, second Agnes of Bedingfield Norfolk, third Elizabeth. Christopher Browne 6 son of Christopher was born about 1460-70 and lived at Swan Hall Hawkedon parish Suffolk England and was church warden 1564. Christopher Browne 7 son of Christopher was born at Swan Hall about 1490 was church warden there in 1564 and his children were born there. Thomas Browne 8 son of Christopher was born at Swan Hall about 1510-20 and married Joan. I Abraham Browne the immigrant son of Thomas 8 and Joan was born at Swan Hall about 1590 and was one of the first planters at Watertown Massachusetts in 1631-2 where he was selectman 1636-43. In 1634 he and Robert Selley were appointed to survey all the lots that were granted and they were made conservators of all the timber trees none of which could be cut without their consent. He was one of seven freeman who in 1635 were appointed to divide every man his property of meadow and upland that is ploughable the rest to be common. He was highway surveyor the same year and laid out many of the highways some of which are still in use. He was appointed October 7 1641 on a committee to lay out a thousand acres granted to the military company of Boston at its organization. His will was proved October 1 1650. His first homestall was east of Mt Vernon between the present town of Watertown and Harvard Square. His second homestall was bounded by the present Harvard street, Main street, and Pleasant street and was lately and may be now the only case where land granted to the first settlers in Watertown is still held by lineal descendants. There is an engraving of the old house published in Bond's Watertown history. His widow Lydia married November 27 1659 Andrew Hodges of Ipswich. She died at Watertown September 27 1686. Children of Abraham and Lydia Brown: 1 Sarah born in England married December 16 1643 George Parkhurst Jr. 2 Mary born in England married April 10 1650 John Lewis of Charlestown and Malden. 3 Lydia born at Watertown March 22 1632 3 married Lieutenant William Lakin Jr of Groton. 4 Jonathan born Watertown October 15 1635. 5 Hannah born Watertown died March 5 1638-9 an infant. 6 Abraham born March 6 1639-40 died 1667, bought land at Groton, married February 5 1662-3 Mary Dix who married second in 1668 after Abraham's death Samuel Rice of Sudbury.
Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of ... By Henry Bond, Horatio Gates Jones: Note 1 All Saints Church is one of the principal ornaments of Stamford It is a large well proportioned structure consisting of a nave two aisles and two chancels one of which is at the end of the south aisle and the other answering to the nave It was built at the expense of Mr John Browne merchant of the staple of Calais who with his wife lies buried at the upper end of the north aisle. The steeple was built by his son William. [See Note 2] On a gilt brass plate in the wall is this inscription Orate pro animabus Johannis Browne mercatoris stapule Calisie et Margerie uxoris ejus qui quiclem Johannis obijt XXVI0 die mensis Julii an il n i MCCCCXLIJ etque quede Margerie obijt XXIJ die Novembris a d n i MCCCCLX quor animabus p pi cieter Pens Amen. [Note] 2 This William Browne was a merchant of the staple of Calais. Leland says of him that he was a Marchant of a Very Wonderfull Richnesse and he lyved in Hocatate so that sum men be alyve that have seene him. Fuller says, He was extracted as I am credibly informed from the ancient family of Brownes of this county Rutlandshire. He was Alderman of Stamford in 1435, 44, 49, 60, 66, and 70 and sheriff of Rutlandshire in 1467, 75, 83 and 86 and probably of Lincolnshire in 1478. He was the founder of Browne's Hospital called the Old BeadHouse in Stamford which was completed in 1493 and dedicated in 1494 for a warden confrater 12 poor men and a nurse and which he liberally endowed with the manor of Swayfield in Lincolnshire and other estates. This institution is still flourishing its revenues being greatly increased and the scope of its charities enlarged. He also built at his own expense the beautiful steeple of the Church of All Saints Stamford. The church had been erected by his father. On the north side of the steeple on a shield is the device of a merchant of the staple. He and his wife were buried in the south St Mary's chapel in said Church in chapel proper to his family. Where formerly stood the altar there is a blue marble stone and figures of William Browne and his wife engraved on brass. He is dressed in a long gown and stands upon two cushions or wool packs she in elegantly flowing robes with a dog at her feet Above the canopies over their heads are four blank shields and scrolls. On that over his head is inscribed x me spede and over hers Der Lady help at neede. At their feet the following inscription, Rex Regum Dominus Dominantium tu quia solus. Velle tuo subeiit omne quod est vel erit Jmravit terrain corpus sed spirilus ad te Currere festinat tu Deus accipe me In te sperantem fili Deus et pater alme Altitonensq Deus Spiritus accipe me Peccavi mala multa tuli me penitet hujus Ad te clamantem tu Deus accipe me Non intres D ne judicare mihi nisi primo Digneris venie reddere quod satis est Et q pro nostris a i abus suscipiendis Rex terrenus eras tu Deus accipe me. [Note 3] This Christopher Browne was Sheriff of Rutlandshire 8th and 16th Hen VII 1492 and 1500 and 1st Hen VIII 1509. He came over with Hen VII and assisted him against Richard III for which good service King Hen VIII on the 6th day of July in the 18th year of his reign granted to his eldest son Francis Browne of counsel to Lady Margaret Beaufort mother of Hen VII Countess of Richmond and Derby a patent exempting him from holding the office of Sheriff or Escheater and authorizing him to appear with his head covered in the presence of the King his heirs and successors and of all great men lords spiritual and temporal and all other persons whomsoever of the kingdom. Fuller's Hist of the worthies of England. That part of the arras which appear in the 1st quarter viz per bend Argent and Sable 3 mascles bendways countercnanged and the crest were in 1480 20th Edw IV granted to this Christopher Browne. [See Blore's Rutland p 219 where the grant is set out at length Note 4.] Tolethorpe is situated on the right bank of the River Quash in the Parish of Little Casterton in Co Rutland about two miles north of the Borough of Stamford. In the 50th year of Edw III AD 1376 Sir Thomas de Burton Knt by deed dated on the Saturday next after the feast of St Martin the Bishop conveyed to John Browne of Stamford Esq all his lands tenements rents and services in the Village of Little Casterton with the reversion of the patronage of the church there. In the 5th year of Hen VII 1589 a fine was levied between Christopher Browne and others plaintiffs against Thomas Burton and Margaret his wife deforcients of a moiety of the manor of Tolethorpe and tenements with the appurtenances. From the latter period and possibly an earlier one Tolethorpe became the principal seat of the head of the family. On the death of John Browne Esq Feb 27 1719 without surviving issue, Tolethorpe descended to his nephew Francis Browne Esq son of his brother Edward of Gretfora in Lincolnshire Esq on whose death without issue in 1751 the manor of Tolethorpe and other estates descended to his nephew Thomas Trollope Esq son of his sister Anne by Thomas Trollope Esq who thereupon assumed the surname of Browne. He died in 1770 and the estates of the family descended to his only surviving daughter and heir Mary who afterwards married the Right Honorable George Fermor Earl of Pomfret who in her right became lord of the manors of Tolethorpe and Little Casterton and patron of the church of Little Casterton in 1807. Wright's History of Rutland fol 1684 contains an engraving of the family seat Tolethorpe Hall a very ancient and curious building. It has since been re edified and now bears little resemblance to the engraving. The mansion and estate now belong to the Hon Charles Compton Cavendish 2d son of Mary Countess of Pomfret, the lineal descendant and representative of the first Christopher Browne. On the marriage of the Countess the place was dismantled and stripped of its furniture and a few years ago all the ancient Title Deeds relating to Tolethorpe from the very earliest period were offered for sale in a second hand bookseller's catalogue. The house is now let to Emerson Harrison Esq. [Note 5] The estate or home estate of this branch of the family consisted of two tenements called the Deans and the Swans contiguous and lying in the two adjoining Parishes of Somerton and Hawkedon. The property is thus described and bequeathed in the Will of Christopher Browne AD 1531. I gyve and bequethe to Anne my wyef all that my tenement w thappurten nces lying in the piche of Hawkedon and Somerton callyd the Deene and all that tenement with thappurten nces called Swaynes To have and to hold the sayde ij Tenements callyd the Deene & Swaynes with all their appurte nences to the sayde Anne during hyr lyef withoute any impeachment of wast and after BROWNE Signature a Churchwarden 1564 the decesse of the sayde Anne all the sayde ij Tenements wth all ther appurten ncs to lemayne to Robert Browne my sonne and to the heyres male of his body and for lack of such issue then to his son Christopher X Stofer Browne and his heirs male and for lack of such issue then to his son Thomas and his heirs male and for the lack of such issue then to go to my heirs and assigns forever. He makes bequests of money to his said sons Robert Christopher and Thomas and to his daughters Elizabeth Margaret and Agnes and to his godson grandson Christopher Browne. The Will is witnessed by Robert Browne filius et heres testoris Robert Checkley clericus minister of Hawkedon. Thomas Hyon. Johnes Cawston/ His son Christopher's Will is dated Nov 24 1568 proved May 31 1574. It makes no mention of his wife who was probably deceased. He gives legacies in money to his Jmf x Afi ff&tj son Thomas dr Joan Baylye his godsons tjJ Ju J grandsons Ambrose and William Baylye sons of Thomas. Thomas Baylye's Will is dated 1559 witnessed by Christopher and Robert Browne and to his son Robert Browne he gives the lease of my fearme in as large and ampple manner as I hav it and also all the rest of his estate real and personal and appoints him executor. Witnesses are John Andrear, Andrew Thomas Hamonde, Robert Brydges, James Hawton, and Robert Shaw Clerk. Neither the Deans nor Swans are mentioned in this Will It is not improbable that his elder brother Robert was still living and in possession but without heire male so that his son Thomas was heir presumptive to the Deans and Swans under the first Christopher's Will. His son Thomas being thus provided for would account for his younger son Robert being made principal legatee and executor. The Will of said Thomas Browne of Hawkedon is dated Dec 22 1590 proved Jan 26 1591. He had inherited the Deans and Swans and bequeathed them as follows. To Johan my wife, my house wherein I dwell with all the outhouses thereto belonginge called and knowne by the name of the Deanes & Swaines with all the lands, meadowe, and pasture thereto belonginge during her naturall life upon this condicon following viz that she shall bringe up my children and paye all my debts and kepe my howses in good and sufficient reparacons and make no stripe or waste upon the grounde or of any Wood or Timber growinge in and uppon the same and after the decease of the saide Johan my wife I give all the saide howse and howses lands, meadowe, and pasture with the apptences to my five sonnes viz to John, Richard, Thomas, Ambrose, and Abraham and their heirs to be equally divided between and amongst them or so many of them as shall be then livinge by and at the discression of iiij discrete and wise men to be chosen by the parsons of Hawedon & Somton then beinge, and a bequest in money to his daughter Sarah. Witnesses Robert Raye minister of Hawedon, John Rayner, Richard Gippes and me Peter Cooke Clarke and writer hereof. RICHARD BROWNE son of Thomas and Joan of Swan Hall Hawkedon Co Suffolk b about 1575 or 6 settled first in London where he was a ruler in a church of Separatists and there rendered important services to some of the persecuted Non conformists. He was one of the first settlers of Watertown and the first Ruling Elder of the Church He was one of the first that applied Oct 1630 to be admitted freeman and was admitted May 18 1631. Towards the end of 1632 he was removed from the office of Ruling Elder on account of his sentiments which were too liberal for the ecclesiastical notions then prevalent. There was however entire accordance between him and his very worthy pastor Rev George Phillips and such was Mr Browne's influence that Hubbard says he was thought sometimes to overrule the Church. ABRAHAM BROWNE a younger brother or a nephew of the Elder Richard Browne. [See note 7] He was a very early settler perhaps one of the first of Watertown and was admitted freeman March 6th 1631-2] He was a land surveyor and as is manifest from the records in the early municipal transactions of the town he received important appointments and trusts more numerous than were conferred upon any other person. No two men were more respected and confided in than he and his relative Richard Browne. The records of the town do not embrace the transactions of the first four years after the settlement. They commence in 1634 extend to Nov 28 1643 when there occurs a hiatus of four years and recommence Nov 8 1647. He was selectman from 1636 to 1643 inclusive In 1634 he was appointed in conjunction with Robert Seeley to survey all the lots that are granted and they were also appointed conservators of timber trees none to be cut down without their assent. In 1635 he was one of the seven freemen appointed to divide every man his propriety of meadow and upland that is ploughable and the rest to lie common. In the same year he was appointed with John Warren to lay out all highways and to see that they are repaired. Also to survey the lots granted by the selectmen In 1638 ordered that all lots both of freemen and foreigners shall be measured and bounded by Abraham Browne who shall give a note of each survey to be enrolled in the town books. In the same year he and Thomas Bartlett were appointed to measure and lay out the remote meadows according to their best judgments. He was also appointed with four others to lay out the farms as they are ordered and they were authorized to include any rock or swamp in any survey not counting it in the number of acres. In 1639 the highway from Dorchester Field to the Flats as Abraham Browne laid it out was confirmed forever. Also the highway leading from Robert Jennison's to the river betwixt the lands of John Barnard and Jeremiah Norcross together with about half an acre of land on the river for the landing of goods was ordered to remain forever as laid out by Abraham Browne Ap 30 1639. Also that when Ab Brown shall lay out any whole squadron of the great lots they to whom the land belongs shall make him present pay. In 1640 Abraham Browne Surveyor of the Town was directed to survey the subdivisions of the Hither and Further Plains and the next year 1641 he was directed to do the same. Also it was ordered that he have 4d the acre for surveying the two plains and the remote meadows. Also he was empowered 1643 to warn trespassers on public timber and to have one fourth of the fines. Oct 7 1641 the General Court appointed him one of the committee for laying out the 1000 acres of land granted to the Artillery Company at its first organization. The Court Records of Middlesex County show that Oct 1 1650 his Will and Inventory were accepted at court. And an order of court made Oct 6 1691 respecting the final settlement of his estate recites of him as deceased in the year 1650. These dates indicate it is thought satisfactorily the year of his decease though there are some circumstances that favor the belief that he died between the close of 1643 and 1648. The latest mention of his name in the Town Records is Nov 28 1643 which is the latest date previous to the before mentioned hiatus of four years. It is therefore unknown when his public services terminated. As his name does not occur in the Records between Nov 8 1647 when they recommence and 1650 the supposed date of his decease it is probable that ill health or bodily infirmity had compelled him to withdraw from his very urge participation in public business. No original Will of Abraham Browne has been discovered but in the files of the County Court for 1670 is found the following which by the concluding certificate purports to be a copy of it The last Will and Testament of Abraham Browne of Watertowne decd being of good and perfect memory but Weake as is witnessed by us whose names are here under written. Impr: after the decease of his wife he gave and bequeathed unto his two sonnes Jonathan and Abraham Browne his house and lands but giving liberty to his wife that if shee had need shee might sell some parcells of it. Also he gave and bequeathed unto his two daughters Sarah Browne and Mary Browne each of them one ewe sheep having each of them one before as was testified. The rest of his goods and estate he gave unto Lydea his wife making her his sole executrix to perform this his Will and Testament. Witnesses Richard Browne, John Whitney. Entered out of the original on file with the Register at Cambridge in the County of Midd in New England and is a true coppie being compared and examined by Thomas Danforth Recorder .This instrument resembles a synopsis more than a literal copy of an original Will. It is not improbable that it was a nuncupative Will and the above a copy of the declaration by the witnesses of its provisions. There was much delay and probably some difficulty in settling his estate and the settlement seems to have been made finally in entire disregard of the provisions of the Will. On the 6th Oct 1691 the Court ordered the parties concerned in the estate of Abraham Browne of Watertown deceased in the year 1650 be sent for to attend the adjournment of the Court in order to a settlement of said estate and they appointed a committee consisting of John Ward, Jonathan Remington and Thomas Greenwood to make proposals for said settlement .The claimants were 1 The heirs of Jonathan Browne deceased the eldest son. 2 George Woodward in right of his wife only dr of Abraham Browne Jr deceased. 3 John Parkhurst son of one of the daughters of said Abraham Browne Senr. 4 The heirs of Isaac Lewis deceased who were children of another dr of said Abraham Browne. 5 William Lakin in right of his wife youngest daughter of said Abraham Browne. Owing as they said to a change in the government of the Colony by the coming over of a new Charter the committee did not report until Jan 22 1693-4. They assigned 2/6 a double portion of the estate to the heirs of Jonathan and the other 4/6 to the other four claimants. At the same time they recommended that these four claimants should sell their shares to Abraham Browne eldest son of Jonathan deceased who was then ready to purchase and in that manner the estate was settled.
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