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Leonard Drowne

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Penryn, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 31, 1729 (83)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Drowne and Dorothy Drowne
Husband of Mary Drowne and Elizabeth Drowne
Father of Samuel Drowne; Solomon Drowne, Sr.; Shem Drowne; Susanna Johnson; Simeon Drowne and 3 others

Occupation: shipwright
Managed by: Tyler Drown
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About Leonard Drowne

"Leonard Drown was born in the year 1646 and was a shipwright by occupation He came to this country from the west of England soon after the accession of Charles II to the throne and first appears in New England history at Sturgeon Creek New Hampshire and carried on shipbuilding at Portsmouth New Hampshire until the Indian disturbances of what historians call Queen Anne's war (wrong war) compelled him to leave that region and settle in Boston where he resumed his former occupation and where he died October 31 1729 and was buried in Copps Hill burying ground. His home at Sturgeon Creek was about seven miles from Portsmouth and there all of his children were born In 1679 he married Elizabeth Abbott of Portsmouth and by her had four sons Solomon, Samuel, Simeon, and Shem and two daughters Susanna, who married John Johnson of Boston, and Mary, who became the wife of a Mr Kettle of Charlestown, Massachusetts."

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts

By William Richard Cutter

"Drowne. See Creber, also N.E. Reg. 53.224

Leonard, by trad. Welsh, (app. West Welsh, meaning Cornish or British), b.

ab. 1647, shipwright. (Abt. in 1720 - Drowne-Suff. Ct. files 14000). First

app. 29 Mar. 1670, paying fines of Henry Sherborne and w., in court for

quarreling. In 1672 they deeded him land at Sag. (Sagamore?) Creek. In 1677 with w.

Elizabeth (Abbott 5) he sold house and land there, having had a 60 a. gr. at

Sturgeon Creek, Eliot, where he had a shipyard. Orig. memb. of Baptist ch.

formed in Kit. See Churchwood. Withdrew from Indian dangers and was taxed

in Boston 1689. His w. d. 5 Mah 1706; he m. 2d 4 Nov. 1707 Mary, wid. of

Robert Colley of Malden, and was living there when he went bonds for her in


POSSIBLE CH: Solomon, b. 23 Jan 1681, shipwright, d. Bristol, then in Mass.

9 Oct 1730 (yet Capt. Solomon, Exposed to smallpox, was ordered to leave RI

25 Jan 1730-1). He m. 8 Nov 1705 in Bristol Esther (Jones) Bosworth. 11

ch. Shem, Dea., coppersmith, b. 4 Dec 1683, m. 18 Sep 1712 in Boston

Katherine Clarke, d. of Capt Timothy and Sarah (Richardson) of Boston and

Rehoboth, the mother an aunt of David Anderson of the Pemaquid patent named

in his will. She d. 21 Apr 1754, he 13 Jan 1774, 8 ch., all but 3 d.y. Of

these Thomas the geneal. settled in Epping."

Genealogical Records: Maine & New Hampshire Settlers, 1600s-1900s

Listed in: Genealogical Dictionary, Maine & New Hampshire

Page number: 208

"Drowne--Leonard Drowne, of Kittery, shipwright, married Elizabeth Abbott,

perhaps dau of Richard, of Portsmouth, had Solomon, 1682; Samuel, Simeon,

Shem, Susanna and Mary. He was one of the founders of the first Baptist

church in Maine 1682. He had practised his trade in Boston for a dozen

years when his wife died 1704; and by second wife had no children. Hedied

1729, aged 83."

Genealogical Records: Early New England Settlers, 1600s-1800s

Listed in: Guide to the Early Settlers of America

Page number: 158


Leonard Drowne born 1646 came from the west coast of England He married Elizabeth dau of Walter Abbot of Portsmouth NH He was a shipwright and lived a little north of Sturgeon Creek Moved to Hoston where he married 2 4 Nov 1707 Mary Caley He died 31 Oct 1729 The Indian War drove him from Kittery about 1692 Savage calls him one of the founders of the first Baptist Church in Maine in 1682 First wife clied in 1704 Children were :

SAMUEL l 7 March 1676 7 m 3 Feb 1698 Elizabeth dau of John and Sarah Hodsdon Morrell d 25 Jan 1720 21 as his head stone on the old Morrell homestead shows Children recorded in Boston Elizabeth b 20 April 1700 m 12 March 1720 21 James Wittum in Kittery Samuel b 5 July 1704 and had ch Elizabeth and Samuel bapt in Dover 29 May 1736 Solomon b 26 March 1706 Thomas b 23 Dec 1708

SOLOMON b 23 Jan 1681 d 1730 m 8 Nov 1705 and had 1l ch

SHEM m 18 Sept 1712 Katherinc Clark in Boston

SIMEON m 7 Oct 1725 Mary Evercnden in Boston SI SANNA m John Johnson at Boston

MARY m James Kettle of Charlestown 24 April 1712 d 24 Jan 1732 aged 39

ELIZABETH b 2 Nov 1699 in Boston

HANNAH m John Wardell in Boston 11 April 1727 "

Old Kittery and Her Families

By Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole

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Leonard Drowne's Timeline

Penryn, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
March 7, 1676
Age 30
Kittery, York, Maine
January 23, 1682
Age 36
Kittery, York County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Present Maine)
April 18, 1683
Age 37
Kittery, York, Maine
March 1684
Age 38
Kittery, York, Maine
April 8, 1686
Age 40
Kittery, York, Maine
Age 44
Age 47
Kittery, York, Maine
November 2, 1699
Age 53
Kittery, York, Maine