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Johnathan Browne (b. 1654, d. August 19, 1710)Johnathan Browne (son of Richard Browne and Hannah King) was born 1654 in Southhold, LI, NY, and died August 19, 1710 in Southhold, LI, NY.He married Elizabeth Salmon on June 12, 1675 in Southhold, LI, NY, daughter of William Salmon and Sarah Horton.
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Shuttered Historic Home
May Enjoy a New Life Bid to revive Flushing’s Bowne House will require $2.1M
By Marc Ferris
Marc Ferris is a freelance writer.
February 17, 2004
The oldest house in Queens is hoping to get a new lease on life, although it will take $2.1 million in private and public funds before that happens.
Though the Bowne House in Flushing, which houses a local historical society, has been closed to the public since 2000, efforts to regain financial stability and a higher public profile are under way. These include the society's bid to have the city's parks department take over responsibility for the building; the recent creation of an advisory board of experts from outside the organization to help the society regain its financial footing; and an exhibition at the Flushing library showcasing - for the first time - several artifacts unearthed during six years of archaeological work at the circa 1660s home.
James Moore, professor of anthropology at Queens College and a trustee of the society, supervised the digging from 1997 to 2003, with the work mostly done by undergraduate students in "Field Methods in Archaeology," a course taught by Moore.
"We've discovered objects that reveal people behind them," he said, citing parts of porcelain dolls and five marbles lost under the floor. "We're also able to get a sense of how family members lived. They had fine Chinese porcelain at a time when not everyone had plates, and we found fancy glassware for entertaining."
Moore is almost positive that he and his students have amassed enough evidence to debunk the notion that the kitchen is the oldest part of the house. After looking at beams in the attic and scouring documents, Moore describes the central parlor as the oldest room. He also discovered a long-forgotten stone well on the grounds.
For Moore, the archaeological project represents part of a broader inquiry into the history of Flushing in the 1600s and 1700s. At the time, it was a shipping port into which spices, sugar and other products from the colonial world, including the Caribbean, arrived. "We like to put ourselves in the center of things, but the Caribbean was much more economically viable than the Atlantic coast of North America, and to a large extent, like the rest of the region, activities in early Flushing supported [colonies in] the Caribbean."
Digging on the home's south side will resume this fall. Restoration of the home's historic appearance will begin after that investigation is complete. Moore said the artifacts will be incorporated into society exhibits and education programs when the home reopens, though no date has been set.
Nine generations of Bowne descendants lived in the house until 1945, when the historical society, a private organization with close ties to the family, turned the property into a museum. Schoolchildren learned about Flushing's fascinating history at the house, which is furnished with family heirlooms. Programs flourished through the 1980s.
If negotiations with the parks department are successful, the house will be jointly administered by the parks department; the Historic House Trust, a nonprofit agency associated with the department; and the Bowne House Historical Society. The society would retain possession of the artifacts and furniture and oversee curatorial and educational operations. The goal is financial stability.
To seal the deal, however, the historical society first has to raise $700,000 in private donations - with no deadline. The money would be matched under the plan with like amounts of city and state funds, to cover the estimated $2.1 million needed. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said the department and the society are "getting closer to an agreement."
"It's a very important building," he said. "No one on the city side or the historical society's board of trustees wants anything bad to happen to the house," said Benepe.
"New Perspectives on the Bowne House: Archaeological and Architectural Research, 1997-2003" will be on display through Feb. 29 at the Flushing branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, 41-17 Main St. For library hours or more information, call 718-661-1200.
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More About Johnathan Browne and Elizabeth Salmon:
Marriage: June 12, 1675, Southhold, LI, NY.
Children of Johnathan Browne and Elizabeth Salmon are:
- +Rachel Browne, b. 1692, d. date unknown, Still living in 1738.
- Jonathan Browne, b. Bef. 1692, d. date unknown.
- Elizabeth Browne, b. Bef. 1692, d. date unknown.
- Hannah Browne, b. Bef. 1692, d. date unknown.