Christopher BROWNE, III
(Abt 1523-1574)
Mrs Browne Christopher III
(Abt 1527-)
Thomas BROWN, Sr
(1552-Aft 1610)
Elder Richard BROWNE
(Abt 1575-1660)


Family Links

1. Edith
2. Elizabeth
3. Ann BOWEN

Elder Richard BROWNE

  • Born: Abt 1575-1576, Swan Hall, Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
  • Married (2): Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
  • Died: 4 Feb 1660-1674, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

   Ancestral File Number: P3ND-FV.

   General Notes:

The Winthrop Fleet 1630, Charles Edward Banks, Riverside Press, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1930
"Browne, Richard. Watertown. From Hawkdon, Suffolk. Freeman 18 May 1631 (M.C.R., I, 366). Aged 81/82 in 1657 (b 1575/1576, Bond). He probably came directly from London, where he 'kept a wherry,' and was a 'ruler' in one of the Separatist conventicles of the city (Hubbard)..."

Planters of the Commonwealth 1620-1640, Charles Edward Banks, Riverside Press, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1930
p65: "1630 The Winthrop Fleet
"Eleven vessels brought 'the Great Emigration' of this year, viz:
"Arbella (the flagship), Ambrose, William and Francis, Talbot, Hopewell, Jewel, Whale, Charles, Success, Mayflower, and Trial.
"The first five ships sailed 8 Apr 1630 from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and arrived at Salem 13 June and following days. The other half of the fleet sailed in May and arrived in July at various dates. Altogether they brought about seven hundred passengers of whom the following are presumed to have been on these ships (See Banks 'The Winthrop Fleet of 1630'):
p67: "...Abraham Browne, of Hawkdon Suffolk, Watertown
Mrs Lydia Browne
James Browne
Richard Browne..."

Genealogies, Families, and Descendants of Early Settlers of Watertown MA, Vol I, Genealogies, Henry Bond MD, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1855
p122: "Richard Browne, son of Thomas and Joan, of Swan Hall, Hawkedon, Co. Suffolk; b about 1575/1576; 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 18 May 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 very worth pastor, Rev George Phillips; and such was Mr. Browne's influence, that Hubbard says, he 'was thoughtsometimes to overrule the Church.'"

Ancestral File Ver 4.13 P3ND-FV Born 1575/1576 Swan Hall Hawkedon Suffolk England Mar Edith (AFN:P3ND-DP) Died 1660 Charlestown Middlesex MA, 9ND1-PN Born 1575/1576 Hawkedon Suffolk England Mar Elizabeth (AFN:HMW5-VR) Died Prob Hawkedon Suffolk England, P6SS-T7 Born Abt 1575, and 84TP-KX Born Abt 1598 ?Wales.


1. Immigration; 8 Apr 1630, Yarmouth, Isle Of Wight, England. Winthrop Fleet. Arrived 13 Jun 1630, Salem, MA.

   Marriage Information:

Richard married Edith.

   Marriage Information:

Richard also married Elizabeth in Hawkedon, Suffolk, England.

   Marriage Information:

Richard also married Ann BOWEN.

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