Married in 1629

5144. Abraham Browne was born in 1588 and was baptized on Oct 25 1588 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. He died in1650 in Watertown, MA.

He was "admitted as a freeman" in Watertown on March 6th 1631/2 and was possibly one of the first settlers.  He was a surveyor and was highly respected by to other Watertown townspeople. He surveyed all of the lots of Watertown with a partner Robert Seeley, and determined what was to be individual farm and what was to be in common.  He also laid out roads and watched out for their maintenance. One interesting honor conferred upon him was "conservator of timber trees."  Without his permission or that of one other person, no trees could be cut down in Watertown.[55, 124]

Abraham BROWNE - bap. Oct. 22, 1588, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England; d. 1645/8, Watertown, MA. Son of Edmund BROWNE and Mary CRAMPHORNE. Admitted as freeman at Watertown, MA Mar. 6, 1631/2. He appears in the town records in various public positions from 1634 to 1647, notably those associated with survey work and land distribution. His lands inventory (1694) amounted to 191 acres in 5 parcels. The home of Abraham BROWNE passed to his grandson Capt. Abraham BROWN, remained in the family for over 200 years, and is currently owned and operated by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. Will filed Oct. 1, 1650, Middlesex Co., MA. His estate was not settled until Jan. 22, 1693/4 when it was divided between five claimants, with a double portion going to the estate of Jonathan, eldest son of Abraham. The original will has not been located, but the settlement provisions were apparently in disregard to its terms as summarized in an abstract found in the County Court (1670). Abraham was married first on Sep. 21, 1619 at South Weald, Essex, England to Joan SHELTON (b. about 1599; bur. Sep. 27, 1628, South Weald, Essex, England), the mother of his first three daughters. He married second about 1629, England.



5145. Lydia was born about 1609 in England, married the much older Abraham in 1629, migrated to the united states soon after. Abraham had 2 daughters when they married, Sarah was about 9 and Mary was about 5.

When Abraham died in 1650, she married second Nov. 27, 1659 Andrew HODGES (d. Dec. 1665, Ipswich, MA), whose first wife was Anne (d. Nov. 15, 1658, Ipswich, MA)

Lydia died on Sep 27 1686 in Watertown, MA [164]

Children with first wife Joan Shelton

  1. Sarah (Browne) Parkhurst  - July 30, 1620
  2. Hannah - 1622, died as an infant
  3. Mary - Feb. 8, 1623/4

By Second wife Lydia

  1. Lydia - March 22, 1632/3 Likely the first child born at Watertown
  2. Jonathan Browne   - 1635
  3. Hannah - 1638/9, died as an infant.
  4. Abraham - 1639/40

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