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Nathaniel Brown, Sr.

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: August 26, 1658 (32-40)
Springfield, Hartford, Connecticut ("Mortally wounded")
Place of Burial: Center Church Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Percy Browne and Ann Browne
Husband of Eleanor Willett
Father of Hannah Lane; John Brown; Nathaniel Brown; Thomas Brown, Sr.; Benoni Brown and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Browne; Robert Browne and Elizabeth Brown

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About Nathaniel Brown, Sr.

Nathaniel & Eleanor (WATTS) BROWN. Nathaniel had four Sons who reached young adulthood: Nathaniel2, Thomas, John, and Benoni. Nathaniel2 had one son, Nathaniel3; Thomas was fatally shot in 1675; Benoni, according to Savage, d. 1688 prob. unmarried; John m. H(ann)ah PORTER, had ch. but none accounted for between 1693 and 1701. Believe Benoni2, b. ca. 1695 (NEHGS)

He was nephew to Lady Elizabeth Morgan and Sir John Morgan, Kt., of Chillworth, Surrey, England. He came to America with Rev. Thomas Hooker.(One Thousand Years of Hubbard History)


The Indians were gathered in great numbers on the west side of the river. Small parties were constantly lurking near the frontier towns, Hatfield, Northampton, and as far as Springfield, where, on September 26th, they burned the farm-house and barns of Major Pynchon on the west side of the river. Major Pynchon says, in a letter to the Council, Sept. 30th:

We are endeavouring to discover the enemy and daily send out scouts, but little is effected. Our English are somewhat awk and fearful in scouting and spying, though we do the best we can. We have no Indian friends here to help us. We find the Indians have their scouts out. Two days ago two Englishmen at Northampton being gone out in the morning to cut wood, and but a short distance from the house, were both shot down dead, having two bullets apiece shot into each of their breasts. The Indians cut off their scalps, took their arms and were off in a trice.

According to Russell's list of killed, these men were Praisever Turner and Uzacaby Shakspeer. Up to this time the Springfield Indians had been friendly and remained quietly in their large fort on the east side of the river towards Longmeadow. Some uneasiness had been felt of late in regard to them, and Major Pynchon had consulted the commissioners about disarming them. The Connecticut Council advised against the measure, and recommended rather to receive hostages from them, to be sent to Hartford for security. This plan was adopted and the hostages sent; but the Indians, excited by the successes of the hostiles, and probably urged by secret agents of Philip, resolved to join the war against the English.

They managed the escape of their hostages, and waited the opportunity to strike their blow. On Monday, Oct. 4th, a large body of the enemy had been reported some five or six miles from Hadley, and immediately all the soldiers were withdrawn from Springfield to Hadley, and were preparing to go out against the Indians the next morning; but during the night a messenger arrived from Hartford or Windsor, reporting that Toto, a friendly Windsor Indian, had disclosed a plot of the Springfield Indians to destroy that town next day, and that five hundred of Philip's Indians were in the Springfield fort, ready to fall upon the town. Thereupon, early on the morning of Tuesday, October 5th, Major Pynchon, with Capts. Appleton and Sill, and a force of one hundred and ninety men, marched for Springfield, arriving there to find the town in flames and the Indians just fled. Major Treat had also received news of the intended attack, and hastened from Westfield with his company, arriving on the west side of the river some hours before the Massachusetts forces came, but was unable to cross, though five Springfield men escaped through the enemy's lines, hotly pursued, and carried over a boat in which a party attempted to cross, but the Indians gathered upon the east shore and fired upon them so fiercely that the attempt was abandoned until Major Pynchon came.

The Indians burned some thirty dwelling-houses and twenty-five barns with their contents, Major Pynchon's mills, and several of his houses and barns, occupied by tenants. Fifteen houses in the "town-plat," and some sixty more in the outskirts and on the west side were left unharmed. The people had taken refuge in the garrison-houses, which were not attacked. Two men and women were killed, viz., Lieut. Thomas Cooper, who before the assault rode out towards the fort to treat with the Indians, having two or three men with him, and was shot by an enemy concealed in the bushes a short distance from the town, but managed to ride to the nearest garrison-house, where he died. His companion, Thomas Miller, was killed on the spot. During the assault, Pentecost, wife of John Matthews, was killed, and NATHANIEL BROWNE and Edmund Pringridays were mortally wounded.

The above account is the substance of letters written by Major Pynchon and Rev. John Russell, October 5th and 6th. The number of Indians engaged has probably been much over-estimated. The Springfield squaw captured at the time reported the whole number at two hundred and seventy. Mr. Russell said the Springfield people thought there were not "above 100 Indians, of whom their own were the chief." Rev. Pelatiah Glover, the minister of Springfield, lost his house, goods and provisions, together with a valuable library which he had lately removed to his house from the garrison-house where it had been stored for some time.

Nathaniel Brown of England Son of Percy & Ann Brown

Name: Nathaniel Brown Sex: M Birth: ABT 1622 in London, Eng. Death: 5 OCT 1675 in Springfield, CT Note: Nathaniel Brown's lands recorded May 9,1656, vol. 1, p. 2. The children of Nathaniel Brown and Eleanor his wife recorded. Hannah, born 15 April, 1651; Nathaniel, b. 15 July 1654, m. Martha Huse. He d. May 9,1712-13; Thomas, b. Oct. 1655; John, b. 15 April, 1657, m. Anna Porter; Benoni, b. 15 March, 1658/59. Eleanor, wife of Nathaniel Brown, d. 28 Sept. 1703. "Rec. of the Births, Marriages & Deathos of the First Proprietors of Lands in Middletown, CT", copied from the Middletown, CT Rec., Vol. 1, by Samuel H. Parsons, NEHGR Vol. 14, p. 63.

of Hartford in 1647, removed to Middletown 1654, thence to Springfield. Mortally wounded 5 Oct. 1675. Children and wife listed. Eleanor, wife of Jasper Clements of Middletown, left her estate (land) to Hannah (Brown) Laine, Nathaniel Brown, John Brown, and Benoni Brown and to the town of Middletown to support the school. Ref. Savage, "Dict. of First Settlers of NE, Vol. 1," 273.

"A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, V. I," p. 291. (V. IV, p. 3)

Clements, Jasper, Middletown, age about 64 years. Invt. L243.04.00. Taken 7 November, 1677, by William Cheeny, Nathaniel Bacon, John Hall sen. Will dated 13 Oct. 1677. The last Will & Testament of Jasper Clements: Imprimis: I give to Eleanor my wife all my Cows & all Cow Kind whosoever, only a 12 Moneth after my decease to give to John Brown a Cow and a Calf, And Benoni Brown a Cow & a Calf. I give to John & Benoni the new Room & the Shepp House and my Lott at Two Sticks. I give to Nathaniel Brown 17 acres of Swamp in Long Meadow Swamp, & 15 acres of Upland near the south End of the Town. My two great Lotts on the West side of the Great River I give to Nathaniel Brown & John Brown & Benoni Brown, to be divided equally among them. I give to Nathaniel Browne two Sheep, & to John Browne 3 Sheep, & Benoni Browne 3 sheep: and I give to Hanna Lane, the younger, 2 Sheep. I give to my wife all my Household Goods of all sorts, only my Will is that after her decease my great Kettle & my Great Chest shall be my cousin Hanna Lane;s ....... Ct. Rec., Page 3 - 7 March 1677-8 Will & Invt. Exhibited in Court

Capt. Thomas Watts, in his will dated Aug. 6,1683: "I give to my brother Brown's Children, to Nathaniel, to John, to Benony Brown, to Hannah Lane (the wife of Isaac Lane), I give and bequeath to these four Children of my Brother Brown all my Lands Lying in the bounds of Middletown, and L38 more, to be paid out of my other Estate." (see complete will in notes for Capt. Thomas Watts - source as above, p. 378).

Will of Dame Elizabeth Morgan, dated Nov. 28,1632, proved May 22,1633. (wife of Sir John Morgan). Mentions Elizabeth Browne. Nathaniel Browne, her sister's son, received the benefit of two hundred pounds for and toward his maintenance and bringing up until he be of the age of eight and twenty years. Sir Nathaniel Rich named sole executor. Will of Sir Nathaniel Rich, dated 2 Dec. 1635, proved 1 Dec. 1636. Mentions his nephew Robert Browne residing in the Somer Island and a ___Browne, one other of the sons of my sister Browne deceased, who hath been hitherto educated by my noble friend the Countess of Leicester, mother to Sir John Smith. "I give to Nathaniel Browne, now in New England with Mr. Hooker, the two hundred pounds which my sister Morgan's will was bequeathed unto him and fifty pounds more, as my own gift; which two hundred and fifty pounds I would have Mr. Hooker employ during the minority of the said Nathaniel Browne for and towards his eduation,m paying himself for his charges. I give unto Samuel Browne, on other son of my siad sister Browne, one hundred pounds in money, the same to be employed during his minority for his benefit as my executor shall think most fit. The Rectory of Neverne in Pembrokeshire in Wales to my executor in trust to make sale thereof and dispose of the money for the performance of this will. I give to Thomas Grimsdich, the eslest son of my brother Grimsdich, which is now in the Isle of Providence. . . ." Ancestry Chart of Nathaniel Browne follows this will. It is from a manuscript entitled "Sir William Browne, knight, 1556-1610; and Sir Nathaniel Rich, knight, 1636", by G.D. Scull of Oxford, Eng. in 1882. NEHGR Vol. 48, pp. 267-270.

Father: Percy Browne b: ABT 1602 Mother: Anne Rich b: ABT 1603 in England

Marriage 1 Eleanor Watts b: 1619 in of Banbury, Oxfordshire, Eng. Married: 23 DEC 1647 in Hartford, CT

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Nathaniel Brown, Sr.'s Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
April 15, 1651
Age 29
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
April 15, 1651
Age 29
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
July 15, 1654
Age 32
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
October 31, 1655
Age 33
Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
August 26, 1658
Age 36
Springfield, Hartford, Connecticut

He left a good estate according to Arthur Adams

August 26, 1658
Age 36
Center Church Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
March 15, 1659
Age 36
Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
Age 36
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States