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Joan Browne (Sayer)

Birthplace: Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Sears and Elizabeth Sears
Wife of Thomas Browne, of Hawkedon
Mother of John Browne, of Hawkedon; Abraham Browne; Richard Browne and Peter Browne
Sister of John B Sears, II; Henry Sears; William Sears; Richard Sears and Unknown B. Sears

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About Joan Browne

Parentage as given here is questionable due to meddling by infamous genealogical forger Horatio Gates Somerby.


Joan Sayer was born in 1552 in of,Hawkedon,Suffolk,England. She died after 1610 of Hawkedon, Suffolk, England.

She married Thomas Browne on 19 Dec 1586 in Great Yarmouth,Norfolk,England. He survived her and married again to Joan Gabb.

They had the following children:

  1. Abraham Browne born in 1585 in Swan Hall,Hawkedon,Suffolk,England and died in Watertown, Massachusetts, 1650. He married Lydia.


from "Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts," by Henry Bond, 1860, p. 120-2:

'The will of Thomas Browne, of Hawkedon is dated Dec. 22, 1590; proved Jan. 26, 1591.

He had inherited the Deans and Swans and bequeathed them as follows:

'To Johan, my wife, my house wherein I dwell, with all the outhouses thereto belonginge, called and known by the name of the Deanes & Swanes, with all the lands, meadowe and pasture thereto belonginge, during her naturall life, upon this condicion floowing, viz., that she shall bringe up my children and paye all my debts and kepe my houses in good and sufficient reparacions and make no stripe or waste upon the grounde or of any Wood or Timber growinge in and uppon the same, and after the decease of the saide Johan my wife, I give all the saide howse and howses, lands meadowe and pasture with the apptences to my five sonnes, viz., to John, Richard, Thomas, Ambrose and Abraham, and their heirs, to be equally divided between and amongst them, or so many of them as shall be then livinge, by and at the discression of discrete and wise men to be chosen by the parsons of Hawkedon and Som'ton then beinge,' and bequest in money to his daughter Sarah.

Witnesses, Robert Raye, minister of Hawkedon; John Rayner, Richard Gippes, 'and me Peter Cooke, Clarke the writer thereof.


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Joan Browne's Timeline

Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
Age 17
Swan Hall, Hawkedon Parish, Suffolk, England
December 19, 1586
Age 34
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
October 22, 1588
Age 36
Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
Age 48
Maidstone, Kent, England
Age 48
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 58
Hawkedon, Suffolk, England