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Mary Willett (Browne)

Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, , England
Death: Died in Wannamoisett, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
Place of Burial: Little Neck Cem., Riverside, Providence, RI
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Browne, of Rehoboth and Dorothy Browne
Wife of Capt. Thomas Willett
Mother of Mary Hooker; Martha Saffin; John Willet; Sarah Eliot; Rebecca Willet and 7 others
Sister of Ens. John Browne and Lieut. James Brown

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About Mary Willett

Mary Brown, daughter of John Browne Sr. and Dorothy, married Capt. Thomas Willett on 6 July 1636 in Plymouth. She died on 8 January 1669/70 in Little Neck RI. Some sources say that she died in Wannamoisett, Bristol, RI and was buried in Little Neck Cemetery, Riverside, Bristol, RI

10 children were known issue of Thomas and Mary:

  1. Martha Willett, married John Saffin, a merchant of Boston and had eight sons; four of them were mentioned in Thomas Willett’s will.
  2. Esther Willett, b. July 6, 1647
  3. Hezekiah Willett, born and died in 1651
  4. Rebecca Willett died April 2, 1652
  5. James Willett, mentioned in will
  6. Hezekiah Willett, mentioned in his father’s will, killed by Indians at the Willett plantation in Swansea.
  7. Andrew Willett, mentioned in will
  8. Samuel Willett, mentioned in will
  9. Thomas Willett
  10. Mary Willett, married Samuel Hooker

2 additional children have been attributed.



The return trip to New England was arranged. Thomas Willett had the company of another old family friend from Leyden on the outbound trip. this was his father’s friend, John Browne, along with his daughter, Mary Browne, and other members of that family who were immigrating to the new world. They left England on June 22, 1632, on board the Lion, which was a fairly large ship for the day. The return trip took twelve weeks; they arrived in Boston on September 16. Thomas Willett and Mary Brown must have seen a lot of each other during that voyage. An enduring romance must have had its inception on board the Lion.

On July 6, 1636, he married Mary, the daughter of Worshipful John Brown (b 1584 in England; d April 10, 1662, at Swansea, Massachusetts), the son of Thomas Browne. Peter Browne, the uncle of John Browne had come over on the original Mayflower, and he and the elder Thomas Browne were sons of Thomas Browne, Senior.

(comment from Miner Descent: Some romantic tales say that he was brother of  Peter Browne (1594 – 1633),  the Mayflower’s carpenter and a signer of the Mayflower Compact, but this has been disproved.  I had to delete my fun stories about Peter Browne.  ;()

The Browns were from Swansea, England, and his wife Dorothy (nee Beauchamp) had immigrated from Cambridge, England, to Holland, and then followed the Puritans to Massachusetts. Governor Winthrop performed the ceremony. The Browns had been one of the last of the Green Gate Pilgrims to leave Holland for the new world. They were old friends of the Willett family.

“By this marriage, Willett allied himself with one of the most influential families of the Plymouth Colony. Mr. Brown had become one of plymouth’s [sic] most prominent figures and had been given a patent on the Kennebec. For twelve years he was a commissioner of the United Colonies of New England, and for eighteen years he was a governor’s assistant.

Thomas Willett died at Swansea and was buried at the head of Bullock’s Cove, in what is now East Providence, RI. His tombstone gives the date of his death as August 4, 1674 “in the 64th year of his age”. His will dated April 26, 1671 and probated on August 12, 1674, left bequests to his four sons, two daughters, a brother-in-law and the church of Rehoboth.

His wife Mary died on January 8, 1699.

SOURCE: The Willett Families of North America; compiled by Albert James Willett, Jr., A Willett; House Publication


According to, was born 1614 in Glencairn, Dumfrieshire, Scotland "There's no explanation of her being born in Scotland which seems anomalous.". Erica Howton believes (April 2014) this is a mixup with a Mary Browne of Glencairn, daughter of a Rev. Browne of Glencairn, & to be disregarded.

Leftover material:

Source for Mary Brown as daughter of John Browne of Salem, Taunton, and Rehoboth is: Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal ..., Volume 1 edited by Ellery Bicknell Crane. Page 39.

Mary BROWN was born on 24 March 1637 in Watertown, Middlesex,Massachusetts. Sources: 1. Anderson, R.C. "The Great Migration Begins" pp.255-257. Parents: John BROWN and Dorothy KENT.

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note: The evidence is not convincing that her parents were John Brown and Dorothy Kent. Also, the conflicting birth dates need resolving. LDC


Thomas Clapp Cornell, Adam and Anne Mott: their ancestors and their descendants (N.p.: A. V. Haight, 1890), p. 251.

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Mary Willett's Timeline

March 24, 1616
Plymouth, Devon, , England
July 6, 1636
Age 20
Plymouth Colony, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
November 10, 1637
Age 21
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
August 6, 1639
Age 23
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
August 21, 1641
Age 25
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
May 4, 1642
Age 26
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
December 2, 1644
Age 28
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
October 1, 1646
Age 30
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
July 10, 1648
Age 32
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
November 23, 1649
Age 33
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony