Jumping in late with my two pence.I actually don't think Valentine Allen and Mary Page had a daughter named Mary, and if they did, she didn't marry William Browne.Here's why:
OLD RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY. Nov. 9, 1689. Mary Allen to her eldest daughter, Elizabeth Brown, wife of William Brown, 451 acres of land being a part of a dividend of land taken up by Mary Allen's father, Thomas Page.
Later that same month:
Old Rappa. Co. VA Deeds 1688-1692 pp 144-145. Valentine Allen and Mary, his wife, grant to her son and daughter Richard and Christian Vison (Dison/Dyson) 451 acres according to a survey of Capt. William Moseley dated 22 Nov 1689, part of the divident of land taken up by her father Thomas Page in a patent dated 3 Apr 1667; Dated 29 Nov 1689. Wit. James Boulware and Francis Slaughter.
Four years later:
Essex Co Court Orders 10 Jun 1693 p. 108, Wm. Browne and Mary his Wife, Sister and Coheir to Samll. Allen, late of Rappa. Co. decd. Complained against Richard Dyson in a Plea of the case that Thomas Page late of Co. of Rappa decd did by his last will & Testament in writing bearing date of 10 Mar 1676 give unto his grandchild, Samll Allen, his plantacon & land belonging to it, wch Page formerly lived upon to Allen and his heires forever. The said Dyson being in possession of the land as Marrying Christian younger sister to the said Allen demanded possession of the one half thereof of the sd Dyson and the Browne’s are seeking damage of 4000 lbs tobo and cask for an equal division of the lands. Whereupon the court thought fitt to order Capt. Wm. Moseley surveyor to divide the land into two equall parts and present to the next court and have Dyson pay the costs of the suit.
Two MONTHS later:
Essex Co Deeds & Wills p. 215, Whereas William Browne & Richd Dison both of Sittingbourne parish, Essex VA are joyntly possessed of a certaine parcel of land being part of a 600 acres we by joint consent intend to divide the same between us and to the uses of our severall heires. I William Brown give, sell and confirm unto Richard Dison one half land being by joint consent divided between us. I said William Brown & Elizabeth my wife to agree signed 1 Aug 1693 Wit: Fra: Salughter, John Richie John Lindom.
p. 216 Whereas Wm. Browne and Richard Dison both of Essex VA jointly own 600 acres , I Richard Dison and my heires given unto William Browne ½ of land. I the said Richard Dison & Christian my wife to agree. Signed 1 Aug 1693, Wit: Fra: Slaughter, John Richie, John Lindem. Recorded 10 Aug 1693.
Essex Co Deeds 1693-1694, pp. 217-218 (The survey by Will: Moseley from the court order to divide the land). Surveyed for Wm. Browne and Richd Dison 138 acres of land by deed of sale from Richard West to Tho: Page adjoning the land of Martin Johnson. In Obedience to an order of Essex Co Court date 10 Jun 1693 did on 17 Jul 1693 on the land difference bet. Wm. Browne Plt. And Richd. Dison Deft. Run the bounds of a deed of sale granted Mr. Tho: Page from Richd. West dated 24 Oct 1666, but did not divided the same, they refusing to have it done this being what returned I can make to the court date 10 Aug 1693. Recorded at the request of Wm. Browne and Richd. Dyson.
Yes, the lawsuit in June 1693 gave William Browne's wife as "Mary," but two months later in August she was "Elizabeth."I really don't think William was widowed and remarried in that short a time span.The June 1693 document was either mistranscribed somewhere down the line or the original was in error as to William's wife's name.
Three years later, Elizabeth & William's daughter Mary Browne married James Landrum:
VA County Court Records 1695-1697 deed pg. 52-53. Dated 1 Aug 1696. WILLIAM BROWNE together with Elizabeth my wife of Essex Co., for hearty love and affection do bear unto James Landrum and Mary his Wife, my beloved Daughter, give unto the sd. James Landrum & Mary and their heirs, 100 A. of Land being part of a parcell of Land containing 450 Acres, taken out of a tract of Land containing 3075 acres granted by Patent to Thomas Page, Wm. Hodgson & Samuell Welding and accrewing due unto ye sd. Tho. Page by Survivourship, ye sd 450 Acres being ½ part of what sd Thomas Page left at his decease to his Daughter, ye Wife of Vallentin Allen. The 100 acres being in County of Essex on So. side of Rappa. River back in ye Woods, and beginning near ye head of a small Branch that falleth into Barchen Swamp at 3 marked Maple trees corner tree to a parcell of land sold by Richard Dyson unto James Bolware and extending then So. 160 perches along a line of Land of Bolwares to 3 marked red oak Saplings by a white Oake and ye same course 15 foot farther. Thence West to an angle of 3 marked Pokickoreys and ½ perch farther, thence NW to a small red Oake to a line of JOHN WILLIAMS. Thence SE to first marked Maples. Sale for one good sound Ear of Indian Corn. Wit: Tho. Parker, Sr., Barth. Vawter, JNO. WILLIAMS. Recorded 19 Aug 1696.
Also, has anyone noticed that when Mary Page Allen gave land to Christian and Elizabeth, the girls were referred to as "her daughter"s?Were they not Valentine's?