Nicholas Brown, of Lynn & Reading

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Nicholas Brown, of Lynn & Reading

Also Known As: "Nicholas Browne"
Birthplace: Of, Parish,, Inkberrow, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 05, 1673 (71-72)
Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Colony, New England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Brown and Jane Brown
Husband of Elizabeth Browne
Father of Josiah Brown; Anthony Brown; Cornelius Brown; Captain John Browne; Edward Brown and 5 others
Brother of Lydia Brown; Anne Hawkes; Preserve Brown and Francis Brown

Occupation: em. 1630 Winthrop fleet, mariner, freeman, planter, deputy
Immigration Year: 1630
Managed by: Janine
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About Nicholas Brown, of Lynn & Reading

Not the same as Nicholas Brown, of Portsmouth

Nicholas’ will was dated 9 Mar 1673, proved 17 June 1673. He bequeathed to children: John, Josiah, Edward, Joseph, Cornelius, and Elizabeth, and to his wife Elizabeth.

From Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Gen Web, list of early settlers of Reading and their genealogies:

BROWN FAMILY Nicholas Brown 1

The pioneer ancestor in America of the late William O Brown county commissioner for a number of years and Edward Augustus Brown treasurer of Worcester county Massachusetts was the son of Edward Brown and Jane Side daughter of Thomas Side [NB the mother seems to have been Jane LEIDES, daughter of Thomas of Inkberrow]. The father lived and died in the parish of Inkbarrow Worcestershire England and the son Nicholas was doubtless born there.

Nicholas Brown was in Lynn in New England before 1638 His son John's name appears in the Indian deed of Lynn as ye Worshipful Mr Brown. He sent this son John to England in 1660 to look after the property of his father in law which as next heir to the Side estate he had inherited. Nicholas Brown was a mariner in his early day. He settled in Lynn at the northwest of Saddlers Rock in what is now Saugus He had two hundred and ten acres of land there granted by the town situated on the river. His neighbors were Boniface Buxton on the south, Lieutenant Thomas Marshall and Jeremiah Swain on the west. North of his land was the Wigwams meadow. He owned two hundred acres in Reading and three hundred and twenty seven acres on the north side of Ipswich river. He was admitted a freeman September 7 1638 and was a deputy to the general court from Lynn in 1641. Mr Brown was a leading citizen in the town of Reading where he lived after the town was incorporated, was commissioner to hear small causes in 1640 the title of the local magistrate at that time. He was deputy to the general court in 1655 56 61 and was also selectman during those years.

Nicholas Brown his wife and children were dismissed from the Lynn church to the Reading church February 6 1663 She died November 1 1074 He died April 5 1673 His will was dated March 9 1673 and proved June 17 1673 He bequeathed to children John Josiah Edward Joseph Cornelius and Elizabeth and to wife Elizabeth The children of Nicholas and Elizabeth Brown were John Josiah both born in England, probably Edward born August 15 1640, Joseph December 10 1647, Cornelius, Sarah June 6, 1650, Elizabeth.

Nicholas was born in Reading Massachusetts December 10 1647. He married May 26 1674, Elizabeth Bancroft. She was the daughter of Lieutenant Thomas and Elizabeth Metcalf Bancroft and was born in Reading, December 7 1653. Lieutenant Thomas Brown was born in England in 1622, perhaps at Cheadle Stafford county where a Thomas Bancroft was baptized February 10 1622. The first wife of Thomas Bancroft, Alice Bacon had one child who died young. For further details of Thomas Bancroft see Bancroft family. Joseph Brown died at Reading October 16 1723 and Elizabeth Brown who died there December 31, 1732, may have been his widow.


Nicholas Brown [Parents] was born in 1601 in of,Inkborrow,Worcestershire,England. He died on 16 Nov 1694 in Reading,Middlesex,Ma. He married Elizabeth Leids in 1624 in Malford,Worcestershire,England.

Elizabeth Leids [Parents] was born in 1605 in of,Malford,Worcestershire,England. She died on 1 Nov 1674 in Reading,Middlesex,Ma. She married Nicholas Brown in 1624 in Malford,Worcestershire,England.

They had the following children:

  M i Thomas Brown 
  F ii Elizabeth Brown 


Children of Nicholas Brown and Elizabeth Leids include

  • Thomas Brown, b. 1625, Inkburrow Parish, Worcester, England, d. date unknown.
  • Anthony Brown, b. 1630, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Josiah Brown, b. 1630, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Cornelius Brown, b. 1632, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • John Brown, b. 1634, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Edward Brown, b. 15 Aug 1640, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Elizabeth Brown, b. 10 Dec 1647, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Joseph Brown, b. 10 Dec 1647, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Sarah Brown, b. 28 Jun 1650, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Mary Brown, b. 1653, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  • Methitable Brown, b. 1656, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d. date unknown.

Edward married Jane Lides, daughter of Thomas Lides (ca 1546-aft 1596) & Jane Gibbs (ca 1549-). Born ca 1575/1580 in Inkburrow, Worcestershire. Jane died aft 1610 in Inkburrow, Worcestershire.

Their children include:

  1. Anne Browne (ca 1595-4 Dec 1669). Married 1) Thomas Hutchinson 2) Adam Hawkes
  2. Nicholas Brown (ca 1601-5 Apr 1673) Married Elizabeth
  3. Lydia Browne (ca 1602-)
  4. Preserve Browne (ca 1604-)

The parents of Nicholas were:

Father: Edward Brown, 9 Sep 1586 - 1610. Inkberrow, Worcestershire, England

Mother: Jane (Leids) Brown, 1578 - 1610. Inkberrow

Nicholas was born in Inkberrow, Worcester, England, about 1601. His parents were Edward Browne and Jane Leids. Around 1630, Nicholas married Elizabeth Leids. Possibly, Elizabeth was in some way related to Jane. They were probably married in Worcestershire, England. Nicholas first appears in New England in March, 1638, when he is one of the 100 planters who received grants of land in the "Six-mile Grant", of Lynn, Massachusetts. Nicholas received 210 acres, one of the largest grants. Many of the grantees did not occupy the land, but sold it to others. Nicholas did live on his land however, and he was active in the affairs of Lynn until 1649. He served as Lynn's representative to the General Court, on various juries, and on the Essex County Grand Jury from 1641 to 1649.

Sometime during those years, he moved his family to Reading, where he had also received several grants of land. His last two children are recorded in Reading, in 1640 and 1647, although Nicholas and his wife belonged to the church in Lynn until 1663. From 1651 on, Nicholas also took an active roll in Reading. He was chosen to fill various rolls such as selectman, commisioner "to try small causes", and tax collector. Nicholas and Elizabeth had six children, the first four probably born in England, or possibly Elizabeth, thought to have been born about 1639, was born in Lynn, but not recorded there. The last two children are recorded as having been born in Reading.

In 1660, Nicholas granted his son John power of attorney, as John was traveling to England. John was to attempt to recover whatever he could of the estate that his mother inherited from her father, Thomas Lide. Nicholas made his will on March 29, 1673 and died on April 5th. His estate was probated on April 17, 1673, it was valued at over 1200 pounds, a large estate in those days. Elizabeth died in Reading on November 1, 1674. (Bio provided by Ken Smith)

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Nicholas Brown, of Lynn & Reading's Timeline

April 1601
Inkberrow, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Of Inkberrow, Worchestershire, , England
Malford, Worcestershire, England
Malford, Worcestershire, England
Malford, Worcestershire, England
Malford, Worcestershire, England
August 15, 1640
Malford, Worcestershire, England
December 10, 1647
Malford, Worcestershire, England
December 10, 1647
Malford, Worcestershire, England