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Nicholas Brown

Also Known As: "Nicholas Browne"
Birthplace: Of, Inkberrow Parish, Worcestershire, England
Death: Died in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Colony, New England
Place of Burial: RI, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Browne and Jane Brown
Husband of Frances Brown and Elizabeth Browne
Father of Abraham Brown; John Browne; Thomas Brown of Lynn; Anthony Brown; Josiah Brown and 12 others
Brother of Ann Hawkes (Brown); Lydia Brown and Preserve Brown
Half brother of Ann Hawkes

Occupation: em. 1630 Winthrop fleet, mariner, freeman, planter, deputy
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About Nicholas Brown of Reading

This Nicholas is often confused with a Nicholas who married a Leids. Nicholas of Portsmouth was a resident of Aquidneck Island. He was a husbandman. He apparently married #1 ________,mother of Abraham. Nicholas married lastly to Frances,maiden name Sheffield (or Johnson?),widow of George Parker. Nicholas signed the charter 30 April 1639 with 28 others as incorporators of Portsmouth,R.I.

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 


BABCOCK AND ALLIED FAMILIES, by L. E. De Forest, page 35, 36.

Nicholas emigrated to RI, and in 1638 was admitted as aninhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck. In 1639 it is recordedthat "Nicholas Browne, doth dismiss himself of the governmenthere." On April 30, 1639, he and twenty-eight others signed thefollowing agreement as incorporators of Portsmouth, RI.

On February 4, 1646, he was granted twenty acres adjorningtwenty acres already in his possission. He was made freeman in1655. In 1680 he appears on the tax list, as paying sixshillings, fourpence. His will was made November 16, 1694, andprobated December 27, 1694. The executor was his grandsonTobias. His eldest son, Nicholas Brown, and his son AbrahamBrown each received five shillings. His daughter, Jame Babcock,received ten pounds. To the daughters of his son William,Martha and Jane, he left ten pounds apiece, and to Tobias, sonof his son William, he left all lands and houses in RI, all hiscattle, sheep, horses, hoop, carts, plows, corn, hay, pewter,brass, iron, provision, apparel and bedding.

The name of Nicholas' first wife is not known. His second wifewas Frances, widow of George Parker. She died after 1669. Itis not known which wife was the mother of his daughter.

More About Nicholas Brown and Elizabeth Leids:

Marriage: Abt. 1645, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI.

More About Nicholas Brown and Frances Parker:

Marriage: Abt. 1656, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI.

Children of Nicholas Brown and Elizabeth Leids are:

  1. +William Brown, b. 1645, Portsmouth, RI, d. 15 Nov 1694.
  2. Nicholas Brown, b. 1639, d. date unknown.
  3. Abraham Brown, b. 1641, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  4. Jane Brown, b. 1643, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI, d. date unknown.
  5. Thomas Brown, b. 1625, Inkburrow Parish, Worcester, England, d. date unknown.
  6. Anthony Brown, b. 1630, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  7. Josiah Brown, b. 1630, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  8. Cornelius Brown, b. 1632, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
  9. John Brown, b. 1634, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
 10. Edward Brown, b. 15 Aug 1640, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
 11. Elizabeth Brown, b. 10 Dec 1647, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
 12. Joseph Brown, b. 10 Dec 1647, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
 13. Sarah Brown, b. 28 Jun 1650, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
 14. Mary Brown, b. 1653, Malford, Worcesterchire, England, d. date unknown.
 15. Methitable Brown, b. 1656, Reading, Middlesex, MA, d. date unknown.


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Nicholas Brown of Reading's Timeline

April 1601
Of, Inkberrow Parish, Worcestershire, England
Of Inkberrow, Worchestershire, , England
Age 26
Inkberrow, Worcestershire, England
Age 26
Age 28
Malford, Worcestershire, England
Age 28
Malford, Worcestershire, England
Age 30
Age 32
Malford, Worcestershire, England
Age 36