Monday, October 12, 2009

The John Brown Family- US 1635- Current

**Connected to the Joseph Kent Family Lineage at Joseph Kent b. 1665**
Generation One:
John Brown- b. abt. 1595 at England; m. abt. 1616 Dorothy Brown Nee Unknown; d. 10 April 1662 at Rehoboth, Bristol, MA, aged 71 years.
Their children:
1. Mary b. 1616 ; m. 16 July 1636 Thomas Willett
2. James b abt 1623 at England
3. John b. 1627; m. abt 1655 Lydia Buckland
     John originally game from London, London, England. He immigrated here in 1635 on the Elizabeth. In England he was a baker, later became a magistrate. He is listed in the Plymouth Colony Records as have been chosen as an assistant to Governor Bradford in 1635. He held this position for the seventeen years. He was also chosen assistant for the years 1636 and 1649. He was a commissioner from Plymouth Colony as the commissioner of the United Colonies of New England for 1644-48 and 1650-51. He was one of the four viewers of the hay grounds from the town of Plymouth to Island Creek on 20 March 1636/7 (PCR 1:55). On 2 October 1637 he was added to the committee to divide the meadow ground between the Eel River and South River (PCR 1”67) He was appointed with Captain Willet on 5 march 1660/1 to apprehend Henry Hobson from Rhode Island for authorizing a counterfeit solemnizing of marriage of Robert Whetcom and Mary Cudworth (PCR 3:209)
     He had a house on the Jones River but sold it by 1640. In 1641 John along with Edward Winslow were appointed to purchase a tract of land eight miles across at Asameccum for the inhabitants of Seekonk He held interests in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA and at Wannamoisett in Swansea, Bristol, MA. He moved the family to Wannamoisett before 1645.He is buried at the Viall Burial Ground on Little Neck at the head of Bullock’s Cove.

Generation Two:
James Brown- b. abt 1623 at England; m.abt 1655 Lydia Howland; d. 29 October 1710
Their Children:
1. James b. 4 May 1655; d. 1725 at Barrington, Providence, Rhode Island
2. Dorothy b. 29 August 1666; m. Joseph Kent;
3. Jabez b. 9 July 1668; m. Jane Nee Unknown Brown; d. 1747

     James is listed as being an assistant to the court for Rehoboth in 1673 and 1683

1. New England families, Genealogical and Memorial, Volume 4, William Richard Cutter p.1694
2. History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Part 1, edited by Duane Hamilton Hurd, p. 249
3. History of the Judiciary of Massachusetts, William Thomas Davis p. 14
4. Great Migration  pp.420-427

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