My  Brown  Ancestors

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2368.      BROWN, Nicholas , our immigrant ancestor, was b. prob. England.  Nicholas resided in Portsmouth, R.I. and his will was  dated 17 Nov 1694 and proved 27 Dec 1694.   Nicholas is said to have m/1: Catherine ___; m/2: Frances ____ who m/1: George Parker.
Children of Nicholas:
     1.     Nicholas Brown b. ca. 1665 prob. Portsmouth, RI; m. Mary Chambers
     2.     Abraham Brown (See #1184)
     3.     Jane Brown m. James Babock
     4.     William Brown d. bef. 1694

Sources:
1.     Rhode Island Gen. Reg. Vol. 3, #1 - Portsmouth Wills - BROWN, Nicholas, of Po, husbandman.   Will dated 17 Nov 1694, proved 27 Dec 1694 p.354.    Mentions:  Sons Nicholas Brown eldest, Abraham Brown, & William Brown dec.   Daughter Jane Babcock.   2 granddaughters Martha & Jane Brown daughters of son William Brown, dec.   Grandson Tobias Brown, son of son William dec.
2.     Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island p.143 - Nicholas Brown b. ___, d. 1694; m/1: ___; m/2: Frances Parker, widow of George Parker. Frances d. after 1669.       I. Nicholas Brown, 1684 - he, of New Jersey, testified that he was the deceased Bartholomew West's nearest relation; in a suit when Catherine Brown, sister of Christopher Almy, also testified. Perhaps Catherine was his wife.
3.     A History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, New Jersey by Edwin Salter 1890, p.xiii - BROWN - Nicholas brown of Rhode Island was among the original purchasers of land in Monmouth 1667; Abraham Brown and Nicholas were among the first settlers, and took the oath of allegiance in Middletown 1668.   He d. 1694 and left will.  His children were Nicholas, Abraham, Jane and William.   The first two are supposed to be the ones named among first settlers of Monmouth.   Nicholas Brown m. Katherine Almy Wst, widow of Bartholomew West, about 1673 or '4.   It seems possible that he was twice married, as one Nicholas Brown, an extensive land owner, m. Mary, dau. of John Chambers; she was b. about 1675......
4.     New Jersey Colonial Documents - East Jersey Deeds, etc., Liber No. 3, Reversed Side: - 1675. ___ Browne, widow of Bartholomew West of Shrewsbury, 180a. Her sons Stephen and William and dau. Adry West each 60a.  Nicholas Browne of Shrewsbury an wife, 210a.
5.     New England Colonial Families - Vol. 1 by Carl Boyer 3rd 1981 (nothing that hasn't been covered above)
 

Note: William Almy b. 1601, d. 1676 Portsmouth, RI had - among his children - a Catharine Almy who m. Bartholomew West.    Another of William Almy's children was Christopher Almy who m. Elizabeth Cornell.   Nicholas Brown above stated he was Bartholomew West's nearest relation in 1684. It would appear that if he WAS Bartholomew West's nearest relation in 1684, Bartholomew was still living at the time and this would rule out Catherine Almy as having married Nicholas Brown.
 

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1184.  BROWN, Abraham b. ca. 1642, d. 1714; m.  by 1714 to  Mary ___
Children of Abraham Brown:
1.     Abraham b. 1672
2.     Elizabeth m. 1694 Thomas Allfree
3.     Nicholas d. 1724 m. Elizabeth Edwards
4.     Preserve b. 1679
5.     William
6.     Caleb
7.     Sarah
8.     Martha?

Sources:
The will of Abraham Brown was dated 5 May 1714 and was proved 10 July 1714.   (Lib. I, p.461)
Abraham brown of Mansfield, Burlington Co., planter.
Wife: Mary
Children:  Preserve
                  Nicholas
                  William
                  Caleb
                  Sara Potter - grandson Thomas Potter (prob. s/o Sara Potter)
                  Elizabeth Alfree
                  Abraham

The will of Thomas Potter of Freehold will dated 2 Nov 1702, proved 1 Nov 1704
Wife:  Sarah
Children:  Ephraim
                  Mary Woolly
                  Thomas
                  Elizabeth
 

The will of Thomas Potter, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County; will dated 21 Dec 1716 and proved 15 Apr 1717.
Wife: Mary
Children:  Ephraim
                  Ann
                  Marcey Jackson
                  John (under 21)
                  Martha
                  Catherine
                  Leah
                 Abraham
                 Preserve
                 Joseph (under 21)
                 Niccolas
                 expected child
 

37.       BROWN, Mary "Polly" b. 17 July 1788 NJ
36.       MOORE, David b. 20 Jan 1788 Trenton, Hunterdon Co., NJ; m. 17 Feb 1810 Gloucester Co., NJ

74.       BROWN, John b. 19th 7mo 1752 Burlington Co., NJ; m. 6th 2nd mo 1775/Jan 1774 Upper Evesham
                 MM, NJ
75.       GASKILL, Virgin b. 13th 3mo 1751 Burlington Co., NJ

148.     BROWN, Samuel b. ca. 1725
149.     BUFFIN, Ann b. ca. 1728

296.     BROWN, John b. ca. 1698; m. ca. 1719-24
297.     ?JOHNSON?, Catherine

592.     BROWN, Abraham b. ca. 1672; m. 29 7mo 1692 at home of John Clayton in Burlington Co., NJ
593.     CLAYTON, Leah b. 1668

1184.  BROWN, Abraham b. ca. 1642; m.   Mary/Catherine?
The will of Abraham Brown was dated 5 May 1714 and was proved 10 July 1714.
Abraham brown of Mansfield, Burlington Co., planter.
Wife: Mary
Children:  Preserve
                  Nicholas
                  William
                  Caleb
                  Sara Potter - grandson Thomas Potter (prob. s/o Sara Potter)
                  Elizabeth Allfree
                 Abraham

The will of Thomas Potter of Freehold will dated 2 Nov 1702, proved 1 Nov 1704
Wife:  Sarah
Children:  Ephraim
                  Mary Woolly
                  Thomas
                  Elizabeth
 

The will of Thomas Potter, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth County; will dated 21 Dec 1716 and proved 15 Apr 1717.
Wife: Mary
Children:  Ephraim
                  Ann
                  Marcey Jackson
                  John (under 21)
                  Martha
                  Catherine
                  Leah
                 Abraham
                 Preserve
                 Joseph (under 21)
                 Niccolas
                 expected child

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