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John Brown (b. 1579, d. May 10, 1662)John Brown was born 1579 in England, and died May 10, 1662 in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
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Note:John Browne, when traveling in the low countries of western Europe became acquanted with the church at Leyden, England before 1620 and made friends with the minister John Robinson. He arrived at Plymouth on the "Lyon" in 1632 with his wife Dorothy and their children and settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He was taxed in Plymouth in 1632. He was admitted a freeman on 3 September 1634.
He was one of the 'Saints' in Plymouth and with his former friendships was a man of importmance in public affairs. He had large estates and was the resident of Rehoboth who in 1655 offered to make up the deficiency for seven years of residents who did not want to pay for maintenance of the church. In 1655 he left for England, staying there for four years. He was a shipbuilder, owning a shipyard at what is now Bullock's Cove on Narragansett Bay, in East Providence, Rhode Island.
He dated his will 7 April, 1662 and inventory was taken 19 April, 1662. He left his wife Dorothy, and named his son, James, daughter Mary, wife of Thomas Willett, and his grandchildren( by deceased son John) John Browne, Joseph, Nathaniel, Lydia Browne, and Hannah, and also his granddaughter Martha Saffin, wife of John Saffin. That Johne died a rich man can be seen in the fact that to one grandson alone he left over seven hundred acres of land. To daughter Mary Willet( wife of Thomas Willet), however, he left but twelve pence"to be payed att the end of every yeare during her life for a memoriall unto her, and it shalbee in full of all filiall portion which shee or any in her behalfe shall claime" His wife Dorothy died 27 January, 1673/4, at the home of her son James Browne of Swansea.
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Burial: Unknown, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.
Children of John Brown are:
- +James Brown, b. Abt. 1623, England, d. October 29, 1710, Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts.
- Mary Brown, d. date unknown.