Thomas BROWN, Sr
- Born: 1557, Swan Hall, Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
- Christened: Abt 1563, Swan Hall, Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
- Married (1): 19 Dec 1586, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
- Died: 23 Dec 1590, Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
- Buried: 26 Jan 1590/91, St Edmunds, Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
Ancestral File Number: 9T81-PL. User ID: 9320.
Genealogies, Families, and Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown MA, Vol I, Genealogies, Henry Bond MD, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1855
p122: "...The records of Boston and of the county of Suffolk MA show that there was an EdmundBrowne, a proprietor of Boston, as early as 1647...Both of his chil. also died early, and Jonathan, the son of Abraham Browne, or Watertown, inherited his land as next kin. In a deed, dated 1 Jan 1672/1673 from Jonathan to one Richard Taylor, conveying the reversion of some of Edmund's real estate, he recites that he is 'cousin and next heir of said Edmund,' and afterwards, in the same instrument he calls Edmund his uncle. In a suit for possession of a piece of land belonging to theestate, Edmund (1682) is incidentally several times called the uncle of Jonathan...It is believed, according with the first recital in said deed, that Edmund was a nephew of Abaham, and brother to John, of Watertown, and a son of John, of Hawkedon. His birth does not appear in the table of pedigree; but the early parish register (commencing 1538) is lost. There is now none dating back beyond 1709. It was the custon, as early as 1560, for clergymen to deposit certified copies of theseregisters each year in the Will offices. Very few of these copies are now in existence. It was amongst those remaining in the office at Bury St Edmunds, relative to Hawkedon, that were found the baptisms of Mary and John, the chil. of John andgrand chil. of Thomas of Hawkedon. the births and baptisms of no other grand chil. of said Thomas have been discovered.
"We have scarcely a doubt that Edmund was the son of John, of Hawkedon. This supposition best harmonizes all known facts. The name of his son, John, for his supposed paternal grandfather- the daughter being named Mary for her maternal grandmother- is confirmatory of it. It is possible that Abraham, of Watertown was also son of John of Hawkedon, and that his place in the table should be a degree below that of Abraham of the pedigree, with whom we have identified him, but the balance of probabilities inclines the other way..."
p124: "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, 6 Mar 1631/1632. 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..."
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Thomas married Joan SAYER on 19 Dec 1586 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. (Joan SAYER was born in 1552 in Hawkedon, Suffolk, England and died after 1610 in Swan Hall, Hawkedon, Suffolk, England.)
Thomas also married Dorothy BEAUCAMP. (Dorothy BEAUCAMP was born about 1536 in Swansea, , England.)