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Descendants of PETER BROWNE

Generation No. 1

1. PETER1 BROWNE was born c. 1600 in Prob. England, and died Bet. 25 Mar - 10 Oct 1633 in Plymouth, MA-MAYFLOWER PASSENGER. He married (1) MARTHA FORD, WIDOW c. 1624 in Plymouth, MA. She was born in prob. England, and died Bet. 1628 - 1630 in Plymouth. He married (2) MARY BROWNE NEE? c. 1630 in Plymouth, MA. She died Bef. 27 Oct 1647.

quote from "The Great Migration Begins"

PETER Browne

ORIGIN: Unknown
MIGRATION: 1620 on Mayflower

FREEMAN: In "1633" Plymouth list of freemen ahead of those made free on 1 January 1632/3 [PCR 1:4]
EDUCATION: Inventory includes one Bible valued at 3s.
ESTATE: In list of "meersteads & garden plots of [those] which came first laid out 1620" on south side of street next to John Goodman [PCR 1:3]
      In 1623 Plymouth land division "Peter Browen" received one acre as a passenger on the Mayflower [PCR 12:4] In 1627 Plymouth cattle division Peter Browne, Martha Browne and Mary Browne were the fourth, fifth and sixth persons in the eighth company [PCR 12:11]
      Peter Browne assessed 18s. in Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 [PCR 1:10]; widow Browne assessed 9s. in list of 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:28]
      The inventory of the estate of "Peter Browne of New Plymouth deceased" was taken 10 October 1633 and presented at court on 28 October 1633, on which date the widow, Mary Browne, was granted administration [MD 1:79-82, citing PCPR 1:7-8; PCR 1:17]
      On 11 November 1633 a court of assistants at Plymouth ordered that "whereas Peter Browne died without will, having diverse children by diverse wives, his estate amounting to an hundred pounds, or thereabouts, it is ordered, that Mary, his wife, who is allowed the administra~trix of the said Peter, forthwith pay down fifteen pounds for the use of Mary Browne, daughter of the said Peter, to Mr. Joh. Done, of Plymoth aforesaid, with whom the said Court have placed the said Mary for nine years; at the end whereof the said John is to make good the said fifteen pounds to her or her heirs, if in case she die. Also it is further ordered, that the said widow Mary Browne pay or cause to be paid into the hands of Mr. Will[iam] Gilson the full sum of fifteen pounds, for the use of Prisilla Browne, another of the daughters of the said Peter, the Court having placed the said Prisilla with the said Will[iam] for 12 years, at the end whereof the said Will[iam] is to make good the same unto her, as her father's legacy as aforesaid; & to that end the said John & Will[iam] either stand bound for other for performance of the several payments, as also for such other performances of meat, drink, clothing, &c., during the said term, as is meet.
      "And for the rest of the estate, the widow having two children by the said Peter, together with her own 3d, it is allowed her for bringing up the said children, provided that she discharge whatsoever debts shall be proved to be owing by the said Peter, & the legacies given by the Court. For performance whereof she & Mr. Will[iam] Brewster bound in two hundred pounds" [PCR 1:18-19]

BIRTH: By about 1600 based on estimated date of marriage.
DEATH: Plymouth between 25 March 1633 (tax list) and 10 October 1633 (inventory)
MARRIAGE: (1) By 1626 widow MARTHA FORD, who died in 1630 or 1631 [TAG 42:35-42]
(2) By 1631 Mary _____, who survived her husband by at least one year [PCR 1:28], but was probably dead by 1647 when one of her daughters sold land without referring to the widow's dower rights.
With first wife Martha (_____) Ford
      i      MARY, b. about 1626 (and certainly before the division of cattle on 22 May 1627); m. by 27 October 1647 Ephraim Tinkham [PCLR 1:146; PCR 12:146]
      ii      PRISCILLA, b. about 1628; m. Sandwich 21 March 1649 William Allen [PCR 8:9]
With second wife Mary
      iii      REBECCA, b. about 1631; m. by about 1654 William Snow [PCLR 5:197]
      iv      Child, b. by 1633; d. by 1647.
ASSOCIATIONS: JOHN Browne of Plymouth by 1632 was brother of PETER Browne.

COMMENTS: In his list of those who came on the Mayflower Bradford included Peter Browne in a group of men without families [Bradford 443] In his accounting of the Mayflower passengers as of 1651, Bradford tells us that "Peter Browne married twice. By his first wife he had two children who are living and both of them married; and the one of them hath two children. By his second wife he had two more. He died about sixteen years since" [Bradford 447]
      The evidence for the marriages of Peter Browne's three daughters is largely from deeds in which his land was sold by his sons-in-law, with the consent of his daughters. The earliest and best treatment in print on this point is an article published in 1966 by Florence Barclay [TAG 42:35-42, citing PCLR 1:146, 186, 5:197 (bis)] The claim has also been made that Peter Browne of Windsor was son of the Plymouth Peter, but these same deeds, showing that each of the three daughters controlled one-third of the real estate, provide the best evidence that there was no such son, and Robert S. Wakefield argued this in greater detail in 1979 [NGSQ 67:253-54] Barbara Merrick has argued for some estimated dates slightly different from those used here [MQ 53:10-13]
      The seventh volume of the Five Generations Project, prepared by Robert S. Wakefield and published in 1992, covers the descendants of Peter Browne [Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Volume Seven, Peter Browne (Plymouth 1992)]

Marriage: c. 1624, Plymouth, MA

More About PETER BROWNE and M
Marriage: c. 1630, Plymouth, MA
Children of PETER BROWNE and MARTHA FORD are:
2. i.   MARY2 BROWNE, b. c. 1626, Plymouth, MA; d. Aft. Nov 1689.
  ii.   PRISCILLA BROWNE, b. c. 1629, Plymouth, MA; d. Aft. 17 Feb 1697/98; m. WILLIAM ALLEN, 21 Mar 1648/49, Sandwich, MA; b. c. 1627, Eng; d. 01 Oct 1705, Sandwich, MA.
Note: 28 Oct 1645, Indentured to William Gilson for 12 yrs

Marriage: 21 Mar 1648/49, Sandwich, MA

Children of PETER BROWNE and MARY NEE? are:
3. iii.   REBECCA2 BROWNE, b. c. 1631, Plymouth, MA; d. Aft. 09 Mar 1698/99.
  iv.   CHILD BROWNE, b. Bef. 1633, prob Plymouth; d. Bef. 1647.

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