Mary Jasper, My guess is that Cyrel Drowne and family were decendents of the first Drowne to visit the Colonies; Leonard Drowne, son of John Drowne and wife, a shipbuilder from Portsmouth, or Plymouth, England. Leonard was a cabin boy who remained in the colonies after voyaging from England and arrived at the Massachutsettes Bay Colony somewhere in the 1640's or so, later married and fathered Shem Drowne (the famous Boston coppersmith). During the Revolution, the Drowne family (of which there were many, all decended from Leonard) split into two groups, Loyalists and Revolutionaries, with the Loyalists keeping the e at the end of the Drowne name and the Revolutionists dropping the e in solidarity against King George and with the revolution. John Drowne of Portsmouth England was the son of Richard, the son of John, and the son of the very first known Drowne, Harry Drowne, who was either born in 1535 or married Elizabeth Poole on that date. Leonard was bio'd as coming from Penryn, Cornwall, England, near Portsmouth, or Plymouth. There are no other Drownes known prior to Harry, who did not go by Harold, but Harry, before that. Both Plymouth and Portsmouth are on the southeast coast of England, PLymouth to the south, Portsmouth to the noiheren Cornwall boundary, with Penryn in the middle. Several years ago I found info on Harry Drowne on the net, under Rootsweb, I think, but haven't been able to relocate that info. I could be wrong about this, but perhaps the most imoortant point hereis that all Drowns and Drownes are the progeny of Leonard Drowne, son of the shipbuilder in England, who landed here almost 400 years ago.