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Martha Brown (Disbrow)

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Stamford, New Haven Colony
Death: circa 1731 (51-67)
Rye, Westchester, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peter Disbrow and Sarah Disbrow
Wife of Peter Brown
Mother of Sarah Purdy; Hannah Mead; Peter Brown, Jr.; Nehemiah Brown and Jemima Brown
Sister of Elizabeth Garnsey
Half sister of Rebecca Disbrow

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About Martha Brown

In the 1623 Division of Land, as a single man, Peter Browne received one “aker” of land “these lye on the South side of the brooke to the baywards.” In that record, his name appears as “Peter Browen.”[8][12] Sometime after the Division of Land,

Peter Browne married the widow Martha Ford,

arriving in November 1621 on the ship Fortune as the only recorded woman on board.

Her husband Mr. Ford apparently died on the voyage or just after arrival.[13][14][15] Martha gave birth to a son the day of arrival but he died soon after.

Per Banks, Mourt’s Relations (p. 63) records this event: “the good wife Ford was delivered of a sonne the first night shee landed, and both of them are very well.” [8][16][17][18]

Widow Martha Ford received four lots (shares) in the 1623 Division of Land, to which she was entitled by this family count. In those records, she is listed as “Widow Foord.”[19][20]

In 1626 Peter Browne

was one of twenty-seven Purchasers involved with the colony joint-stock company which afterwards was turned over to the control of senior colony members. That group was called Undertakers, and were made up of such as Bradford, Standish and Allerton initially who were later joined by Winslow, Brewster, Howland, Alden, Prence and others from London, former Merchant Adventurers. On the agreement, dated October 26, 1626, his name appears as Peter Browne.[21]

By the time of the 1627 Division of the Cattle,

Peter Browne and his wife Martha had a daughter Mary and was pregnant with another daughter, Priscilla.

Also in the family were children from Mary Browne’s first marriage, John and Martha Ford. The two Ford children shared in the 1627 division of the cattle. The “eaight lot” of the Division under ‘Samuell ffuller”, consisted of the

“Peeter Browne” family listed as

“Peeter Browne,

Martha Browne,

Mary Browne, John fford,

Martha fford.”[19][22][23]

His wife Martha died about 1630, and

Peter Browne remarried to a woman named Mary whose surname and ancestry have not been discovered. With the second wife,

Peter Browne had two more children,

Rebecca, about 1631,

and another child about 1633, name and gender unknown, who may have died as a youth.[18][22]

On the 1633 Tax List he was recorded as Peter Browne.[24]

On January 1, 1633, Browne was fined three shillings by Plymouth Colony Court for failing to appear at the court session and on January 2 was fined by the court in the same amount for the same reason. When he did appear in court on January 7, he was sued by fellow Mayflower passenger Dr. Samuel Fuller for “divers accounts…wherein they differ.” They were sent to arbitration, the outcome of which is not known.[9][22] Also in 1633, he appeared on the Tax List for that year as “Peter Browne.”[2]

Marriages and Children[edit] Peter Browne married:

Martha, the widow of a Mr. Ford, both passengers in 1621 on the ship Fortune with the husband dying before arrival.

She was married to Peter Browne in 1626 and had two daughters before her death in 1630.

Mary (maiden name and parentage unknown),[25] married about 1630 or 1631 and had two children.[2][26]

Children of Martha and her first husband, Mr. Ford:

John Ford,

born about 1617. His name appears in a record of January 5, 1640/1 and after that no further reference can be found.

Martha Ford was born about 1619 and died in Plymouth on December 20, 1683. She married William Nelson in Plymouth on October 29, 1640 and had four children. A son born on November 9, 1621 upon the arrival of the Fortune in Plymouth. He died soon after.[2][26] Children of Peter and Martha Browne:

Mary Browne was born about 1626 and died after November 1689. She married Ephraim Tinkham in Plymouth by October 27, 1647 and had nine children. A deed dated October 27, 1647 notes that Ephraim Tinkham and wife Mary sold to Henry Sampson land in Duxbury which was one-third of the land belonging to

Peter Brown, deceased.

Isabel Browne (1636-1698) in Plymouth. She married Anthony Hoskins (1632-1706).[citation needed] (Is this possible? born in 1636, mother died by 1630, step-sister Rebecca born in 1631.)

Priscilla Browne was born about 1628 and died after February 17, 1697/8.

She married William Allen in Sandwich on March 21, 1649 and had eight children.

On June 8, 1650 William Allen of Sandwich and wife Priscilla sold to

John Brown of Duxbury, weaver, land in Duxbury which was one part of three belonging to the children of

Peter Brown,

brother of John Brown.

On April 15, 1668 William Allen sold to Henry Tucker a one-third share of land in Dartmouth which was granted to Peter Brown as a Purchaser of 1626.[2][26]

William Brown born about 1625 and died 7 April 1694 in Eastham, Mass. He married Mary Murdock (1625-1694) and they had at least 5 children:

Mary Brown (unmarried?) (1650-1693), George Brown (1651-1721) married Mrs. Mulford and Mrs. Knowles,

William Brown (1654-1685) married Susannah Harding (1675-1769),

Samuel Brown Sr (1656-1691) married Martha Harding (1662-1692), and

John Brown (1658-1730).[citation needed]

Children of Peter and Mary Browne:

Rebecca Browne was born about 1631 and died after March 9, 1698/9. She married William Snow by about 1654.[2]

A child born by 1633, who died by 1647.[2][26]

Peter Browne, death, estate and burial[edit]

Peter Browne's home site on Leyden Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Peter Brown had health issues which became serious in late 1632.

He died later in 1633, possibly in early fall from a probable infectious disease. The inventory of his assets was taken on October 10, 1633. He had apparently been attended to by Dr.Samuel Fuller and his inventory shows a debt by Browne’s widow of Dr. Samuel Fuller for one peck of malt and some purgative, and a debt for “letting her man bleed.” 

His estate also owed Kenelm, brother of Mayflower passenger Edward Winslow, twelve shillings for building his coffin.

Browne’s estate inventory detailed such as grain, animals, a firearm, tools, household goods, clothing, etc.. Ironically, his attending doctor Samuel Fuller also died from the same disease at that time, as did fellow Mayflower passenger Francis Eaton and others.[18][22][27]

Following Browne’s death, his widow Mary was made administrator of his estate on November 11, 1633. She was ordered by the court to pay 15 pounds to John Doane to assume custody of

Browne’s daughter Mary and the same amount to William Gilson for the custody of

Browne’s daughter Priscilla with the court placing Mary with Doane for nine years and Priscilla with Gilson for twelve years until both were age seventeen. Mary retained custody of her two children by her first husband and was allowed the rest of Browne’s estate for her own third for raising her own two children.[9][18][22]

At age seventeen, Mary and Priscilla Browne asked the Plymouth Court to assign their custody over to their uncle,

John Browne, a weaver then residing in Duxbury. Browne was a brother of their father Peter Browne.[9][22][28]

Peter Browne died shortly before October 10, 1633, when the after-death inventory of his property was taken. His death was not recorded in the records of Plymouth County. Both he and his first wife Martha were both buried at Burial Hill in Plymouth.[9][22][29]

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Peter Brown MP Gender: Male Birth: circa 1670

Rye, Westchester County, New York, United States

Death: January 11, 1733 (59-67)

Rye, Westchester County, Province of New York

Immediate Family:

Son of Hachaliah Brown, Sr.

and Mary Brown

Husband of Martha Brown

Father of Sarah Purdy; Hannah Mead; Peter Brown, Jr.; Nehemiah Brown

and Jemima Brown Brother of Hackaliah Brown, Jr.,;

Thomas Brown, of Rye, New York;

Mary Brown; Benjamin Brown;

Ann Purdy; and ANNE THEALL « less

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Martha Brown's Timeline

Stamford, New Haven Colony
Age 20
Rye, Westchester County, Province of New York
Age 21
Rye, Westchester County, Province of New York
Age 28
Rye, Westchester County, Province of New York
Age 30
Rye, Westchester County, Province of New York
Age 43
Age 59
Rye, Westchester, NY, USA