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Nathaniel BROWNE
Ellinor WATTS
Please Note:  our subject is a "gateway" ancestor.  A proven descent from him will furnish you eligibility to join such lineage societies as the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, the Military Order of the Crusades, and the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.  But also please note that the male line of this family became extinct in 1752 with a great-grandson, also named Nathaniel (Jacobus 1946:162).  So, if you are surnamed BROWNE/BROWN, do not look to this family as the source of your surname.  Many female lines have survived, however, so you may connect that way. 
Husband:  Nathaniel BROWNE
Birth:  ca. 1625, England
Death:  bef. 26 Aug 1658 (inventor of estate)
Disposition:  buried Riverside Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT
Migration:  to Cambridge, MA, under the charge of Rev. Thomas HOOKER, so prob. arr. 4 Sep 1633 on the ship, Griffin
Event:  18 May 1654, made Freeman as a resident of Middletown
Father probably:  Percy3 BROWNE Sir William2, Nicholas1 BROWNE family of Snelston, DBY
Mother:  Anne RICH
Marriage:  23 Dec 1647, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT
Removed:  Hartford to Middletown in 1654
Wife:  Ellinor / Eleanor WATTS
Birth:  1622, England
Death:  28 Sep 1703, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT
Disposition:  buried Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT
Other Spouse:  m2. Joseph CLEMENTS; m3.  Nathaniel WILLETT
Father:  Richard WATTS (1600-1655)
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__ ( -1666)
born in Springfield, Hampden Co., MA:
1.  Nathaniel BROWNE, b. Mar 1648/9; d. 9 Jun 1649, Springfield

born in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, but recorded in Middletown:
2.  Hannah BROWNE, b. Apr 1651; m. 5 Nov 1669, Middletown, Isaac LANE; issue: 17 children

born in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT:
3.  Nathanel BROWNE, b. Jul 1654
4.  Thomas BROWNE, b. Oct 1655; died young
5.  John BROWNE, b. Apr 1657; d. Nov 1719, Middletown; m. 1 Apr 1685, Middletown, Anna PORTER; issue: 8 children
6.  Benoni BROWNE, b. Mar 1658/9; d. 8 May 1688, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT; unmarried

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1.  Paula Higgins.  2008.  In Depth First Settler Profile:  Nathaniel Browne (1654) / Eleanore (Watts) BrowneA Compilation by the Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants.  Middletown, CT (online at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctsmfsd/Index.html).  This file is an absolute must read for anyone researching this family.

2.  Clarence Almon Torry.  2015.  New England Marriages Prior to 1700.  New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA (repuslished; online at AmericanAncestors.org):
p. 224 BROWN, Nathaniel (-1658) & Eleanor WATTS (ca. 1625-1703), m/2 Jasper CLEMENTS, m/3 Nathaniel WILLET; 23 Dec 1647; Hartford/Middletown, CT/Springfield }Springfield Fam. (ms) 100; Reg. 13:141, s7:89, 59:317; Sv. 1:273; Hubbard 270; Coxe Anc. 47; TAG 12:217; Hartford Prob. 1:160-1; Moore Anc. 156, 581; Stevens Anc. 337}

3.  Donald Lines Jacobus.  1946.  "The House of Rich: III.  The Nathaniel Browne Family."  The American Genealogist 22(3):157-165; 22(4):240-248); 23(2):101-109 [earlier sections on the RICH family do not include BROWNE].
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p. 162 In the early generations of Nathaniel Browne's descendants, infant mortality was unusually high, and many of those who lived to adult age died early or in middle life.  The male line becamse extinct with a great-grandson of the same name who died about 1752...
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4.  Gary Boyd Roberts.  2006.  The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States. 2nd printing.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (onlne at Ancestry.com):
p. 422   1.  William I the Lion, King of Scotland, d. 1214 = Ermengarde de Beaumont
  2.  (illegitimate by daughter of Richard Avenal) Isabel of Scotland = Robert de Ros, Magna Charta Surety
  3.  Sir William de Ros = Lucy FitzPiers
  4.  Sir Robert de Ros = Isabel d'Aubigny
  5.  Mary de Ros = William de Braose
  6.  Peter de Braose = Agnes ----, widow of Henry Huse
  7.  Sir Peter de Braose = Joan de Percy
  8.  Beatrix de Braose = Sir Hugh Shirley
  9.  Sir Ralph Shirley = Joan Basset
10.  Ralph Shirley = Margaret Staunton
11.  John Shirley = Eleanore Willoughby, a daughter of Sir Hugh Willoughby and Margaret Freville, SETH
12.  Ralph Shirley = 
13.  Ralph Shirley = Amee Lolle
14.  Eleanor Shirley = Nicholas Browne
15.  Sir William Browne = Mary Savage
16.  Percy Browne = Anne Rich
17.  Nathaniel Browne of Conn. = Eleanore Watts...
"SETH" = "See Elsewhere in This Volume."

5.  Lucius Barnes Barbour.  1982.  Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut.  Typescript.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD (online at Ancestry.com):
p. 681

Nathaniel Willett died Jan 4, 1698 ae 80 bur Center Ch mar/1 bef Jan 1645 Elizabeth (    )Wakeman widow of Samuel Wakeman.  Mar/2 Hannah Adams dau of Jeremy Adams.  Mar/3 Ellinor (Watts) Browne - Clements widow of Joseph Clements son of Joseph and Nathaniel Browne.  She died Sept 28, 1703 dau of Richard Watts and Elizabeth...

6.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Name Nathaniel Browne Eleanor Watts Browne
Birth 1622
London, England
Death Aug. 26, 1658
Middlesex Co., CT
Sep. 28, 1703
Hartford Co., CT
Note   "She married Nathaniel Brown on Dec. 23, 1647 in Hartford."
Burial Riverside Cemetery
Middlesex Co., CT
Ancient Burying Ground
Hartford Co., CT
Inscription [unreadable]  
Father   Richard Watts (1600-1654)
Mother   Elizabeth Watts (____-1666)
Spouse   Nathaniel Browne (1622-1658)
Son Nathaniel Brown Jr. (1654-1712)  
Memorial # 28610987 54051600

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