Major General Browne, Co-Governor of Derry during 1689 Siege
Who exactly, provably, was the "Major General Browne" who was "Co-governor" of Derry along with Rev. George Walker, during the infamous siege of 1689?I'm looking for birth and death dates, wife's name and children's names--and the data should not come from Burke's Peerage without some real researcher having double checked it by going through primary and valid secondary sources.Burke's has a lot of errors.I'm still regularly confronting a major one in the Woods family--which is related to Brownes a number of times.According to a book, _House of Dunlop/Dunlap_,Major General Browne had a daughter named Antonia who married Captain Alexander Dunlop.His son, John Dunlop married Frances Ann Wallace, heiress of Craigie.Only the last part and some of their children can be absolutely confirmed.Some of John's and Frances Ann's children did indeed settle in PA and their descendants went to VA and so on. (God bless those naming traditions and the 90% conformity to them that existing in the 18th century and earlier--and in particular one 18th century PA Dunlop/Dunlap with a wicked sense of humor who wanted to make absolutely sure no one ever forgot that "his" ancestors intermarried with Frances Ann Wallace.He named every one of his children Francis, Frances or Franklin...) It is probable that somewhere earlier than Frances Wallace and John Dunlop there was a Browne marriage.The Brownes are identified, along with the Dunlops, as relatives of the Woods-Wallaces-McDowells who were literally in charge of settling the Borden Grant in VA (and John McDowell's widow, Magdalena Woods McDowell married the principal Borden heir to consolidate said control).According to court records of the various land and inheritance disputes involving the Woods, Bordens and McDowells, when John McDowell was made surveyor and land agent for Benjamin Borden, he and his wife first settled the Grant complying with Governor Gooch's requirement of 100 families, with entirely relatives by blood and marriage--mostly blood.Sorting out this early family of Brownes and their descendants would be a whole lot easier if we had firm birth and death dates for any of the "notables" in the story/family connected with the Siege of Derry, starting with Major-General Browne and moving forward. I suspect that Major General Browne was of a similar age to Rev. Walker who was born in 1618 and died in battle in 1690.The governors of major cities during a siege weren't typically teenagers.Thank you one and all for any serious help in sorting out this interesting line of Brownes.
Cecilia L. Fabos-Becker, email@example.com
San Jose, CA