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of the Hunt — for Ancestors!
• Secondary sources differ wildly as to the parentage of our subject (see below). Has anyone found a primary source connecting Charles to his parents?
• A descendant of Charles on a patrilineal male line has been Y-DNA tested; he is Haplogroup R1b-FGC16982, a subclade of the rare DF99 clade. If there are as many descendants of our Charles as suggested by the number of Ancestry.com Public Member Trees (viz., 224 files as of 8 Sep 2018), this BROWN should have dozens of genetic matches — but he has only three. I'm still working on documenting his line to our subject, but it's looking pretty solid, so... Are too many people erroneously connecting their BROWN pedigrees to Charles? This question can only be resolved by every BROWN male claiming descent from our subject getting Y-DNA tested, preferably taking the BigY-500. Please do so! As of the 2010 U.S. Census, BROWN is the 4th most common surname in the United States. It is going to take virtually universal Y-DNA testing of BROWN males to accurately identify and distinguish all these BROWN families.
|Husband: Charles BROWN / BROWNE
Birth: 1620 or 1626, Suffolk?
Death: by 16 Dec 1687, Rowley, Essex Co., MA
Disposition: buried 16 Dec 1687, Rowley Burial Ground, Rowley, Essex Co., MA
Y-DNA Haplogroup: R1b-16982, a subclade of R1b-DF99
Will (Signed?): 14 Sep 1687, Essex Co., MA
Assortment of alleged parents in Ancestry.com Public Member Trees:
Said to have a first wife, Frances LAMBERT, but I've yet to find a record of such marriage.
|Marriage: 14 Oct 1647, Rowley, Essex Co., MA|
|Wife: Mary ACIE / ACEY / ACYE / ACY
Birth: 18 Sep 1623, Kirk Ella, YKS
Baptized: 13 Jan 1624/5, Cottingham, YKS
Death: by 12 Dec 1683
Disposition: buried 12 Dec 1683, Rowley Burial Ground, Rowley, Essex Co., MA
Brother: John ACEY
Father: William ACEY
Mother: Margaret HAITON, d. 1674
|Children — born in Rowley, Essex Co., MA:|
BROWNE I, b. 8 Jul 1648
2. Gershom BROWNE, b. ca. 1649/50; bur. 5 Dec 1683
3. William BROWNE, b. 11 Dec 1651; d. 1690, in the "Canada voyage"
4. John BROWNE, b. 5 Feb 1653/4
5. Samuel BROWNE, b. 11 Dec 1655; in the "Canada voyage" of 1690; d. bef. 11 Oct 1693
6. Ebenezer BROWNE, b. 14 Sep 1658; d. 17 Apr 1733; m1. 29 Jul 1698, Mary JEWETT; m2. [7 Apr 1722] Mrs. Mehitable HOVEY
7. Nathaniel BROWNE / BROWN, b. 20 May 1660
8. Mary BROWNE, b. 26 Jul 1666; bur. 9 Dec 1683
9. Joseph BROWNE, b. 29 Jun 1668; prob. d. bef. 1690
[Our subject mentioned all eight of his sons in his will; his only daughter had pre-deceased him.]
|Keywords for search engines: genealogy; UK, United Kingdom, ENG, England, SFK, Suffolk, YKS, Yorks, Yorkshire; USA, US, United States, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Massachusetts|
|Historical Note: the "Canada voyage of 1690" apparently refers
to the "Canadian Expedition of 1690," which refers to the Battle of Quebec
(16-24 Oct 1690) and its aftermath.
1. From the Wikipedia entry on the Battle of Quebec: A Massachusetts military contingent under Sir William Phipps attacked Quebec City, then capital of New France. The attacking Massacusetts force consisted of 32 ships and over 2300 militiamen. The French were victorious, with less than two dozen casualties out of some 3000 defenders; the Massachusetts force lost over 1000 men, about 150 in combat, and the rest due to privation and disease on the grueling winter voyage back to Boston.
2. Walter Kendall Watkins. 1898. Soldiers in the Expedition to Canada in 1690, and Grantees of the Canada Townships. Self-publ., Boston (online at archive.org): both Samuel BROWN and William BROWN are listed under Rowley.
Defense of Quebec, 1690
(by Mr. de Frontenac, ca. 1845;
courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
1a. Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850: Rowley Marriages (online at AmericanAncestors.org — NEHGS):
1b. Clarence Almon Torry. 1985. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA (reprinted 1997, Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; online at AmericanAncestors.org [NEHGS]):
. Anon. 1928. Vital Records of Rowley, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. Essex Inst., Salem, MA (online at the Massachusetts Vital Records Project, ma-vitalrecords.org, courtesy of Bruce Brown; also online at AmericanAncestors.org [NEHGS]): On pp. 36-37:
. Probate File Papers, 1638-1881, Essex Co., MA (online at AmericanAncestors.org — NEHGS):
. Anon. 1928. Vital Records of Rowley, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849: Rowley Deaths. Essex Inst., Salem, MA (online at the Massachusetts Vital Records Project, ma-vitalrecords.org, courtesy of Bruce Brown; also online at AmericanAncestors.org [NEHGS]): On p. 448:
. Anon. 1909. "Descendants of Charles Browne of Rowley." The Essex Antiquarian 13(1): 26-28 (online at books.google.com):
. William Richard Cutter. 1913. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial. Lewis Hist. Publ. Co. (republ. 1994, 1995. Clearfield Co.; Gen. Publ. Co., MD; Broderbund CD-516).
. Cyrus Henry Brown. 1915. "Many of the Descendants of Charles Browne of Rowley, Mass., 1647-1915." Pages 397-559, Part II, in Brown Genealogy. Vol. II. Everett Press, Boston (online at archive.org and other sources; boldface/color added):
. Barbara Brown Cooper. 1967. The Browns, Some Descendants of Charles Browne of Rowley, Massachusetts. Self-publ., Cincinnati, OH. [Not seen; cited by the next Source.]
. May Murphy Thibaudeau & Camille Thibaudeau Meyers, eds. 1977. The Browns, (Browne-Brown): Some Descendents (sic) of Charles Browne of Suffolk, England, and Rowley, Massachusetts, Including Wisconsin Descendents (sic) of Adon Morton Brown and Mary Calvey Brown. Typescript, 94 pp (PDF online at Geneanet.com):
. Ralph Delos Brown & Catherine E. Brown. 1994. Twelve Generations of Browns. Self-publ., Univ. Wisconsin, Madison. 216 pp. (excerpts online at books.google.com): Google's online excerpts tell us this book is about the family of our subject. I can't find any place selling this title, and the few locations with a PDF file to download don't seem legit — other sites warn of malware from the .win domain. In the Public Member Trees at Ancestry.com, there is a Ralph Delos BROWN of Madison, WI, who died in 2009. These files show Ralph descended from our subject through son, Nathaniel of Groton; parents of Charles unknown. If all he's showing is the descendants of Nathaniel, we seem to have some of this elsewhere, so I'm not going to knock myself out trying to get a copy.
. James W. Brown. 2006. Browne-Brown: Descendants of England, West Indies, Maryland, New England, and the American Frontier. Heritage Books, Berwyn Heights, MD [on order, includes the BROWNs of Derbyshire, Nathaniel BROWN of CT, and others]
. See Witchcraft Trials, Salem, Mass. vol. 5 p. 6 Chas testified against John Godfrey of Andover
. Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com): there are over 200 files containing our subject in this database; parents vary wildly.
. Geni: A MyHeritage Company (online at www.geni.com).
. Family Tree (online at Wikitree.com): lots of multiple entries here that do no agree. Caveat emptor.
. LDS. Family Search: Family Trees (online at familysearch.org).
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There are over 18,000 pages on this web site, and I simply don't remember every page, much less every person on every page.
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