Nicholas Browne

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Nicholas Browne, son of Edward Browne and Jane Lide, was born at Inkburrow, Worcestershire, England, about 1610.1 He died at Reading, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 5 April 1673.2

Nicholas married Elizabeth (…), whose parents are not known (or are not traced), about 1632.1,2,3

Nicholas Browne settled in Lynn before 1638, when his son appears in the Indian deed of Lynn as "ye worshipful Mr. John Browne."

In Worcestershire (England) records, there is this:
24 (10) 1649 Nicholas Browne, husbandman, gave a power of attorney to Thomas Ardy, gentleman, and Richard Woodward of Benjoth, co. Worcester, to recover possession of tenements as per an ancient deed dated 1 January, 15 Henry VII [1500], in Morton Underhill, co. Worcester. (Aspinwall, p. 266.)

He sent this son to England in 1660 to look after his father-in-law's property, which he had inherited as "next heir to the Lides," and before Robert Howard, Notary and Tabellion Public, in Boston, gave him power of attorney to call one William Rand to account, "what of shops, houses, lands and monies he hath reeived for rents, profits and sheep-rent, heretofore and of late due, arising, growing and properly belonging unto the heirs of the said Lide." Which said Rand recovered by a former power of attorney from Nicholas Browne. 5 Oct 1660. (Middlesex records.)

He was one of the early settlers of Lynn and lived at the northwest of Saddlers' rock in what is now Saugus. He had 210 acres of land given him by the town, "bounded on the east side of it with the great river, on the south side of the land of Boniface Buxton, on the west side with the land of Lt Thomas Marshall and Jeremiah Swain, and on the north of it with the meadows commonly called the wigwams."

He was made freeman in 1638, and was deputy to the General Court in 1641. Lynn and Reading "joined each other even from the sea," and the latter was called Lynn Village. In 1644 the name was changed to Reading, and Mr. Browne moved there and had 20 acres of land granted to him. He located on the"east side of the great pond."

He owned other tracts in Reading and Lynn, including 327 acres "on the north side of Ipswich River," which was given to him by the town of Reading.

In 1650 he was chosen commissioner "to try small causes." He was deputy to the General Court in 1655, '56, and '61, and was also one of the selectmen during these years.

He and his wife joined the First Church of Reading, 6 Feb 1663.4,5


Elizabeth (…) d. aft. 1673
  • John Browne2 b. 1634, d. 12 Mar 1717
  • Josiah Browne2 b. abt. 1635, d. 1691
  • Cornelius Browne+2 b. abt. 1637, d. bef. 1703
  • Elizabeth Browne2 b. abt. 1638/39, d. 27 Feb 1697
  • Edward Browne2 b. 15 Aug 1640, d. 26 Apr 1685
  • Joseph Browne2 b. 10 Dec 1647, d. 16 Oct 1723
  • Sarah Browne2 b. 1650
This person was last edited on21 Nov 2015


  1. [S11] G. Andrews Moriarty Jr., "Gleanings From England," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 103 (July 1949): 182, further cited as Moriarty, "Gleanings."
  2. [S707] Marcia Wiswall Lindberg, "Nicholas Browne of Lynn and Reading, Massachusetts," The Essex Genealogist 8 (Nov 1988): 178-188, further cited as Lindberg, "Nicholas Browne of Lynn and Reading."
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 224, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S720] Mrs. Harriet H. Robinson, "Nicholas Browne of Reading and Some of His Descendants," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 44 (Oct 1890): 281-286, further cited as Robinson, "Nicholas Browne."
  5. [S895] Louis Effingham de Forest, Our Colonial and Continental Ancestors: The Ancestry of Mr. and Mrs. Louis William Dommerich (New York: De Forest Publishing, 1930), 59, further cited as de Forest, Ancestry of Mr. and Mrs. Louis William Dommerich.