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Dorothy Browne (Beauchamp)

Also Known As: "Dorothy (Beauchamp) Browne"
Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Somerset, England
Death: January 27, 1674 (87-95)
Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of FNU Beauchamp and LNU Beauchamp
Wife of John Browne, of Rehoboth
Mother of Mary Willett; Ens. John Browne; William Browne 1628 – and Thomas Browne 1632 –

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Brown Lot, located in "The Ancient, Historical Littleneck Cemetery", in Riverside, East Providence RI.
  • ****This part of Swansea MA is now Riverside, East Providence RI (next to Barrington, RI. Bristol County)*****

James Brown is buried next to Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland "Mayflower Passenger" there. James Brown married her daughter Lydia (Howland) Brown. Elizabeth (Tilley ) Howland lived with them until her death.

Source: wikipedia: Little Neck Cemetery From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Little Neck Cemetery U.S. National Register of Historic Place Location East Providence, Rhode Island Coordinates 41°45′59″N 71°21′18″WCoordinates: 41°45′59″N 71°21′18″W Built 1655 Architect Unknown MPS East Providence MRA NRHP Reference # 80000100 [1] Added to NRHP November 28, 1980 The Little Neck Cemetery is a historic cemetery off Read Street in East Providence, Rhode Island. The cemetery was founded in 1655, when the area was part of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest colonial cemeteries in Rhode Island. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Famous and historical burials[edit] Little Neck Cemetery is a historical and cultural resource of much importance. It contains the gravestones of people who have played an important part in the history of East Providence and other American societies. The oldest recorded burial is that of

John Brown, Jr. (who died 1662), son of the man who purchased Wannamoisett from the Wampanoag Indians.

The gravestone of Elizabeth Tilley Howland (died 1667) is also there.

Howland was a passenger on the Mayflower ship and was one of the original settlers of the Plymouth Colony. She died at the Swansea farm of her daughter (Lydia Brown (Tilley) son-in-law (James Brown) and was buried near there at Little Neck. Today her grave is marked by a finely carved slate marker put up in 1946 by the Howland Family Association.

The most renowned person buried at Little Neck, however, is Captain Thomas Willett (died 1674). Willett, son-in-law of

John Brown of Wannamoisett, settled in what is currently East Providence in a house that was located on Willett Avenue (now the site of the Willett Arms Apartments). He is noted for serving as the first English mayor of New York. The Willett plot, surrounded by a stone-post and iron rail fence, is now marked by a large boulder put down by the City Club of New York and that also contains the original stones marking the graves of Willett and his wife, Mary, who died in 1669.[2 Hillside in Little Neck Cemetery Willett and Browne headstones See also[edit] National Register of Historic Places listings in Providence County, Rhode Island References[edit]

"National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

"East Providence Historical Society". East Providence Historical Society. East Providence Historical Society. Unknown Date. Check date values in: |date= (help) [hide] v t e U.S. National Register of Historic Places Rhode Island This article about a Registered Historic Place in Providence County, Rhode Island is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Categories: Cemeteries on the National Register of Historic Places in Rhode IslandCemeteries in Rhode Island1655 establishments in the Thirteen ColoniesBuildings and structures in East Providence, Rhode IslandNational Register of Historic Places in Providence County, Rhode IslandProvidence County, Rhode Island Registered Historic Place stubs Donate to Wikipedia This page was last modified on 19 June 2016, at 17:11. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.


James came to Plymouth before 1636.

James & Lydia settled in Swanzey.

They settled Swansea Massachusetts. This area is now Riverside, East Providence, RI. '

James Brown was a freeman of Plymouth 1636, Taunton 1643, Rehoboth 1650, and Swansea in 1670. He was a friend of the Rev. John Myles, who with Brown, was fined five pounds for setting up a Baptist meeting in Rehoboth. He was associated with Myles in organizing the Baptist Church in Swansea, being the first Baptist Church in Massachusetts.

He was deputy from Swansea 1666, 1669, 1671, 1683 and was governors assistant 1665, 1666, and from 1673-1683 when he declined to serve any longer. He went twice to King Phillip during th Indian War, but found Phillip "a very high not p'swadable to peace."

James and Lydia Brown are buried in Little Neck Cemetary in Riverside, RI.

'* Dorothy

  • Birth: 1583 - Suffolk, England
  • Death: Jan 27 1673 - Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA
  • Buried: 29 January 1673/74 Ancient Little Neck Cemetery
  • Husband: John Browne, Sr.

AKA: Dorothy Beauchamp Kent

Children of Dorothy Beauchamp ? and John Brown Sr.

  1. James Brown+ d. 29 Oct 1710
  2. Mary Brown+ d. 8 Jan 1669/70
  3. John Brown Jr.+ b. 1627, d. 1662


Sailed to America with all family on "Lyon"

Dorothy was buried in the "Viall Burial Ground", formerly known as the "Brown Burial Ground", on the "Little Neck" in Wannamoisett, at the head of Bullock's Cove, within the limits of Wannamoisett which her husband John had purchased from the Indians; also within the bounds of Ancient Swansea [Bosworth Genealogy, Vol. II, p. 140].

She died at age 90.

From Find A Grave Memorial# 19136966 by Kevin Avery:

Dorothy Browne's will was written on Dec 17,1668 and proved on Mar 29,1674. It names daughter Mary Willett, deceased granddaughter Sarah Elliot, son James Browne, grandsons John Browne, Joseph Browne, and Nathaniel Browne, granddaughter Dorothy Browne, daughters-in-law Dorothy Browne and Lydia Browne, and granddaughters Lydia Browne and Anna Browne.

Some sources incorrectly attribute to this couple a daughter Hannah (Browne) Mead, wife of John Mead. But this is based on a supposed, and unproven, remarriage of Dorothy to a William Potter. William Potter acquired the share of the property of a John Brown (of Watertown,MA) who died in 1636, not the John Browne Sr who died in 1662 who was the husband of this Dorothy. Therefore, Hannah Brown Mead is the daughter of a different John Brown, one that was of Watertown,MA and who also had a wife named Dorothy


  1. [S73] The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. XIX. p. 22.
  2. [S182] Elizabeth Cabot & James Jackson Putnam Putnam, Jackson ancestors and descendants, p. 17.
  3. [S73] The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. XVIII. p. 94.


  1. Dorythie Beachamp & John Browne. Marriage: Dec 22 1611 Saint James, Clerkenwell, London, England. Wife: Dorythie Beachamp. Husband: John Browne. Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M00141-1 . System Origin: England-ODM
  2. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal ..., Volume 1 edited by Ellery Bicknell Crane. Page 38-39. "His wife Dorothy died in 1674."


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Dorothy Browne's Timeline

Somerset, England
March 24, 1616
Age 33
Plymouth, Devon, , England
Age 37
Hawkedon, Suffolk, England
January 27, 1674
Age 91
Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts
January 29, 1674
Age 91
East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
June 30, 1934
Age 91
August 7, 1934
Age 91