Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Browne

Male Bef 1649 - 1706  (> 57 years)


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  • Name William Browne  [1
    Born Bef 1649 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Apr 1706  St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I134164  Tree1
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2022 

    Father Virginia Browne 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F19697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Allen,   b. Abt 1656, Occupacia, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 5 Aug 1696, Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married Bef 1689  Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F52888  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Billingsley,   b. Abt 1653, Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1696, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married Abt 1669  Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Browne,   b. Bef 1673, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1754, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 83 years)  [natural]
     2. Sarah Browne,   b. Bef 1676, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1714 and 1737, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 38 years)  [natural]
     3. Mary Browne,   b. Abt 1680, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1754, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F17248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mary MNU Browne,   b. Bef 1680,   d. Aft 1706, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 28 years) 
    Married Aft 5 Aug 1696  St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F51905  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Research Notes by Bill Davidson

      The Francis Brown "II" who married an Elizabeth Allen (Elizabeth's parents are not known to me) was positively a son of Francis Brown "I" who died in Essex Co., VA in 1691/1692. Francis Brown "I" was married to an Elizabeth, and per one record, it appears that she was Elizabeth Cole. Francis Brown "II" had a brother who was named Daniel Brown "I," and Daniel "I" married Jane Copeland. This Brown family was/is part of DNA "Group 10" at the Brown Genealogy Society DNA testing project website. Francis Brown "II" and "his" Elizabeth Allen had only two sons (per his Essex Co., VA Will around 1708), and those two sons were who we call Francis Brown "IV" (apparently never married or fathered any children) and Daniel Brown "II" (who married Elizabeth Coleman, and who died in Culpeper Co., VA in the mid-1740s).

      The William Brown who also married an Elizabeth Allen (a daughter of Valentine Allen and Mary Page; she should not be confused with the other Elizabeth Allen who married the above Francis Brown "II") was PROBABLY not related to the family of DNA "Group 10"....though they appear to have been well-acquainted with one another (but unfortunately, we have no DNA donor at this time from the family of this William Brown). A careful review of all available records strongly suggests that this William Brown was married THREE times, with Elizabeth Allen being just one of those three wives. There is one record where William Brown's daughter Mrs. Mary (Brown) Landrum (wife of James Landrum) refers to William Brown's wife at that time as her "mother-in-law" (would be "step-mother" in today's terminology). That William Brown also fathered a son (via one of his three wives) who was also named William Brown ("Junior"), and another researcher states that William "Junior" married Margaret Cloutson. I have some reasons to believe that the William Brown who was then in Spotsylvania Co., VA in the 1720s, then in Caroline Co., VA in the 1730s and then Amelia/Prince Edward Co., VA by at least 1740 was a son of William Brown "Junior" and Margaret Cloutson (albeit, no "concrete proof"). That William Brown "III" (as I call him) was married to an Elizabeth unknown, and they had a son who was named John C. Brown (who married a Miss Atkins in Prince Edward Co., VA in 1756). I would not be surprised John's his middle name was "Cloutson"....but certainly no proof.

      Note: The William Brown who married the Elizabeth Allen who was a daughter of Valentine Allen and Mary Page was apparently referred to William Brown "the younger" on one or more records. That was probably just to differentiate him from an older William Brown in the same area, and that older William Brown MAY not have been related to the "younger" William Brown. That older William Brown MIGHT have been a William Brown in the above referenced family that included Maxwell Brown and Original Brown....but that is just a guess. As I recall, however, there was also an "early" James Brown whose descendants apparently included a William, Charles and Edward Brown, so maybe that was the family that included the referenced older William Brown. In any case, I have never seen any proof as to who the father was of the William Brown "the younger" who married Elizabeth Allen (as one of his three apparent wives). I wish that we could find a living male Brown from this William Brown family who would take the DNA test.
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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 204
      Will of William Brown. Sick and weak.
      Dated 11 Nov 1705. Prob 10 Apr 1706.
      To son William Brown 250 acres in the Forrest by James Landrums. Also cattle.
      To dau Sarah "Land whereon I now live after her Mother in Laws decease", also cattle.
      To wife Mary Brown land for life and bal of personal property. She extrx.
      Signed William x Brown
      Wit:
      Bartho: Vawter
      John x Hudson
      John x Cammil

      Exors bond 10 April 1706. £300. Sterling.
      Wit: Signed Mary x Brown
      Salvator Muscoe William Price
      Phillip Lake John x Hutson
      === appears charles browne is the brother of William Browne
      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 235
      Inv of est of Wm Brown decd, taken by Court order 10th April last ( 1706 ), Total val £67. 08. 9 1/2
      Signed Barth Vawtor
      John Hawkins
      Thomas Short
      Charles Browne
      Mary x Browne
      Presented by Mary Brown extra and sworn to before Benj Moseley 10 June 1706,

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      Contributed by: James Hughes
      URL title: Arrival in the Virginia Colony
      Court Records 1695-1697 deed pg. 52-53. Dated 1 Aug 1696.

      Brown, Patience, 1648, by Richard Thompson, Northumberland Co.
      Brown, Margaret, 1653, by Tho. Keene, Northumberland Co
      Browne, Wm., 1650, by John Bayles, Northumberland Co.
      Browne, Wm., 1650, by John Essex, Northumberland Co.
      Browne, Grace, 1651, by Lieut. Coll. Giles Brent, Northumberland Co.
      Browne, Grace, 1651, by John Rookwood, Gent., Northumberland Co
      Browne, Tho., 1650, by Mrs. Frances Townshend (widow), Northumberland

      Brown, Wm., 1652, by Isaac Richson, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, Robt., 1653, by Ralph Hacker, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, Tho., 1652, by Tho. Steevens, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, Wm., 1653, by Wm. Leech, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, Marga., 1653, by Abraham Moon, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, David, 1654, by Walter Dickenson, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, Wm., 1652, by Mr. David Fox, Lancaster Co.
      Browne, Robt., 1651, by Capt. Geo Read, Lancaster Co.

      Wm., 1654, by Abraham Moon, Gloucester Co.
      Browne, Mary, 1654, by Abraham Moon, Gloucester Co

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      PAGE, THOMAS. 10 March, 1676-20 May, 1676.
      Eldest daughter Elizabeth West;
      Mary, eldest daughter of Cornelius Noelle;
      grandson Samuel Allen;
      son VALENTINE ALLEN;
      to William Hodges' children;
      daughter Mary Allen, executrix;
      witnesses William Fogge, Robert Riderford.
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      1668-1670 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 4, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 78
      KNOW ALL MEN by these pntes that I WM. FOGG of the County of Rappa. & Pish of Sittingbourne for & in consid: of the some of foure thousand pounds of Tobacco & Caske secured to bee payed to me by WM. BROWNE & WM. MAY of the same County have give bargained sold & confirmed unto the sd WM. BROWN & WM. MAY their heirs for Ever all & every pt & pcell of foure hundred twenty & eight acres of land menconed in a Pattent of WM. FOGG together wth 222 acres of land that hee now lives on begining at a white Oake a little Beyond the Miles End of JOHN WATSONs & rutting thence South & by East 320 poles being the Eastermost boundary 444 acres formerly betweeene RICHARD WEST & the sd WM FOGG and the land of COLLO. JOHN CATLETT & POPOMAN BRANCH to the Southward of the same wth all the rights & privilidges To Have and To Hold from me the sd WM FOGG my heirs to them the sd WM. BROWNE & WM. MAY their heirs in as large & ample manner to all intents & purposes as may bnee collected out of the Pattent without the Lett Hindrance or interrupcon of me the sd WM. FOGG my heirs the sd BROWNE & MAY Yeilding & discharging the right rents services from henceforth to grow & become due as of Right accustomed. In Witness whereof I have heerunto set my hand & seale this thirty of Aprill Ano. 1669
      Test JOHN CATLETT, WILL. FOGG
      NICHO: CATLETT signum
      The within menconed Deed of land was this day acknowledged by Mr, WM. FOGG to the use & behoofe of WILLIAM MAY & WILLIAM BROWNE their heirs to all intents &purposes within menconed & by him desired that the same should be recored in the
      Records for the County of Rappa. Recordatr. Xth Die May 1669
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      1670-1672 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 4, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 260-261

      KNOW ALL MEN by these pnts that I WM. BROWNE of the Pish of Sittingbourne in the County of Rappa, for the valuble consideracon of three thousand foure hundred pounds of Tobo and Caske to me in hand paid the Receipt whereof I do by these pnts acknowledge have bargained and sold unto TIMOTHY PELL of the place aforesd a pcell of land cont: 428 acres of land wch the sd BROWNE formly bought of WM. FOGG as appeares by a Deed of Sale from the sd WM, may upon the record truly assigning and making over all my right title and interest in the said land, both as I purchased the sd land and alsoe as the Surviving Copartner of the sd WM. unto the sd PELL his heirs forever as Wittness my hand and seale this 31 8br 1671
      in the pnce of us GEORGE ANDIES, WM BROWNE
      SARAH AMOS mark his mke
      Recognitr. in Cur Rappa 1 Die 9bris Anoque Dom 1671
      KNOW ALL MEN by these Ants that I WM, BROWNE of the Pish of Sittingbourne in the County of Rappa. Planter have deputed and ordained my Friend ROBT. PAYNE of the same place my true and lawfull Attorney for me and in my name & behalf to acknowledge a certaine conveyance 42S acres of land by me the sd BROWNE made unto TIMOTHY PELL in the next Court held for this County hereby Ratifying and confirming whatsoever my sd Attorney shall lawfully act and doe in the premises as if I myselfe were then S. there might or could don Witness my hand & seale this 30 day of 8br 1671
      in pnce of us NATHA STANTON. WM BROWNE
      ELIZA MADECLARD sign signum
      Know all men by these that TIMOTHY PELL appointed JAMES GULLOCK my Attorney
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      1672-1674 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 5, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 43
      WILLIAM BROWNE his eare mark for his Cattle is in the Right Eare one hole in the left eare a plain crop and a hole
      [about: Recognitr in Cu: Com Rappa quartz die Septem 1672]
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      1686-1688 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 7, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 412
      The eare marke of WM. BROWNEs Hoggs and Cattle, a crop on the right care and two slitts and a slitt on the left [1688]
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      1693-1694 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 176
      Essex County Court 10th of May 1694
      - WM. BROWNE one of ye Jury of Inquest for this County not appearing to make Presentmt. as the Law enjoynes, is fin'd according to ye first Act of Assembly made at an Assembly begun at MIDDLE PLANTATION October ye 10th: Ano 1677 Entituled An Act Imposeing Fines upon Delinquency of Grand Juries, And ordered to pay the same with costs
      ===
      1695-1697 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 52
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whome these presents shall come I WILLIAM BROWNE together with ELIZABETH my wife of ye County of Essex send Greeting. Know yee that wee the sd. WILLIAM BROWNE and ELIZABETH BROWNE as well for the hearty love and affection and for and in consideracon of ye kind respect wch: I have and do bear unto JAMES LANDRUM and MARY his Wife, my beloved Daughter, as also for other good causes & consideracons, us at this present especially movein g have given unto the sd. JAMES LANDRUM & MARY his Wife and to the heirs of their bodyes begotten or to be begotten between them, One hundred acres of Land being part of a parcell of Land containeing Four hundred and Fifty one acres, taken out of a tract of Land containeing Three thousand seventy five acres granted by Patent to THOMAS PAGE, WM. HODGSON and SAMUELL WELDING, and accrewing due unto ye sd. THO: PAGE by Survivour ship, ye sd Four hundred and fifty one acres being ye one halfe part of what ye sd THOMAS PAGE left at his decease to his Daughter, ye Wife of VALLENTINE ALLEN, ye sd one hundred acres scituate being & lyeing in ye sd County of Essex on ye South side of Rappak; River back in ye Woods, and begining near ye head of a small Branch that falleth into BARCHEN SWAMP at three marked Maple trees corner tree to a parcell of land sold by RICHARD DYSON unto JAMES BOLWARE and extending thence South one hundred and sixty perches along ye line of ye sd. Land of BOLWAREs to three marked red Oak saplings by a white Oake and ye same course fifteen foot farther, thence West to ye angle of three marked Pokickoreys and 1/2 a perch farther, thence North West to a small red Oake standing in ye line of ye land of JOHN WILLIAMS (torn) thence South East to ye first marked Maples; To have and to hold to them ye sd, JAMES LANDRAM & MARY his Wife and to the heirs of their owne bodyes begotten and to be begotten between them without any clayme or demand of us our heirs or any other persons whatsoever in our names, Provided and be it hereby forepraised and excepted that if ye abovesd, JAMES LANDRAM and MARY his Wife shall depart this life without issue of their owne bodyes begotten between them, and in default of such issue, then the sd. Land shall be and revert to us the sd. WILLIAM BROWNE and ELIZABETH BROWNE the Donors & our heirs forever; anything in this Donation notwithstanding. Wee ye sd. WILLIAM BROWNE and ELIZABETH BROWNE have put ye sd. JAMES LANDRAM and MARY his Wife for themselves and their heirs of their bodyes begotten between them in peaceable & quiet possession of ye sd. One hundred acres of Land by the delivery to them of one good sound Ear of Indian Corn in ye name of Livery & Seizin of the premisses at ye ensealeing & delivery hereof. Witness our hands & seales this first day of August 1696
      Sealed & dd. in presence of
      THO: PARKER SENR., WILLIAM BROWN
      BARTH VAWTER, ELIZABETH BROWNE
      JNO: WILLIAMS
      Acknowledged at a Court held for Essex County ye 19th day of August 1696 Vere Recordatr: Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
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      1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 82
      Deed. 6 Sept 1703. William Brown of Sittenbourne parish, planter, sells Charles Smith of St Marys parish, Essex Co., for 300 lb tobo, 1 square acre of land, at the head of Blackbournes Creek in Sittenbourne parish adjoining the mill house of said Charles.
      Wit: Signed Wm x Brown
      Arthur Bowers
      Richard Buckner Rec. 10 Sept 1703

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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:tqQJBErtzpIJ:www.vawterfamily.org/Geor gine/GJ%2520Part%25201.pdf+%22matthew+collins%22,%22john+willis%22,+%22cou nty,+virginia%22&hl=en
      URL title: Arrival in the Virginia colony
      Note: In VA Colonial Abstracts by Bev. Fleet, Essex Co. Wills & Deeds 1711-1714. P 81
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      p.81. Lease and Release. 11 and 12 August 1712. John Willard, planter of St. Anns Par., Essex County, and Sarah his wife sell to John Retterford (Rutherford?) planter, of same Par. and County, 40 acres, formerly bought by James Coghill Dec'd of Vallentine Allen Dec'd, by deed dated 2 March 1664, and sold by Coghill to William Brown late dec'd by deed dated 1 August 1682. Land in St. Ann's Par., bounded by Cockell Shell Creek and the land of John Lampart dec'd.
      Also 100 acres formerly bought by the said William Browne of George Lampart dec'd out of said Lamparts tract which land was by said William Brown late of the County of Essex, deceased, in his last will dated 11 Nov. 1705, bequeathed to his daughter Sarah, now Sarah Willard, the burying place excepted being about 15 ft. square. signed
      John x Willard
      Sarah x Willard
      Wit: Small Stallord
      John Wriding
      William Hakes
      Rec. 9 Oct. 1712.

      Source:
      Fleet, Beverley,
      Essex County wills and deeds, 1711-1714
      Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. County, 1961, 118 pgs.

  • Sources 
    1. [S236] The Virginia Genealogist Volume 34, 1990, 165.

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