Cornelius Browne

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ChartsAncestors of Harriet Hanson Robinson
Cornelius Browne, son of Nicholas Browne and Elizabeth (…), was born at Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts, about 1637.1 He died at Reading, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, before 1703.2,1

Cornelius married (1) Sarah Lamson, daughter of William Lamson and Sarah Ayers, at Reading, 6 March 1664/65;2,1,3,4 he married (2) Sarah Southerick at Reading, 20 November 1684;1,4 he married (3) Mary Dustin at Reading, 26 September 1698. The ancestry of the last two wives is unknown (or not traced here).1,4

In the division of the "Great Swamp" in Reading in 1666, he received by lot, land valued at 00-12-08. In 1669, he was one of the 59 heads-of-households in Reading.

In 1686, he paid his assessment to the Indians for the purchase of land comprising the town of Reading. In 1688 he subscribed toward the new meeting-house. He was "owned by the church" in 1690. Also in 1690, he sold his farm to his son Samuel, "out of fatherly love and good affection," and in consideration that the said Samuel pay his father the "just sum of 03-00-00 a year during his natural life," and "reserving room for me in my now dwelling-house while I am a widower."

He died intestate, and the division of his lands named or mentioned:
an unnamed mother-in-law [step mother], widow and relict;
Cornelius Browne;
John Browne;
Samuel Browne;
William Browne;
Thomas Wellman;
Jeremiah Gould;
Susannah Browne;
Hannah Browne

William Browne was given: "two lotts of Commmon rights in Redding as also the other half of our Fathers pine Swamp Lott & our Fathers meadow in Rear meadow; he the sd William paying unto his Brother in Law Thos Wellman four pounds Twelve Shillings & six pence in or as money--."3,5,6

Family 1

Sarah Lamson b. 1645, d. 4 Oct 1683
  • Nicholas Browne2,7,3 b. 7 Apr 1666, d. 25 May 1666
  • Cornelius Browne2,7,3 b. 3 Jun 1667
  • Sarah Browne2,7,3 b. 23 Dec 1668, d. 12 Jan 1668/69
  • Sarah Browne2,7,3 b. 21 Apr 1670
  • John Browne2,7,3 b. 8 Aug 1671, d. 1714
  • Hannah Browne2,7,3 b. 14 Apr 1673, d. 3 May 1673
  • Abigail Browne2,7,3 b. 5 Mar 1674, d. 6 Aug 1674
  • Samuel Browne2,7,3 b. 13 Sep 1675
  • Susanna Browne2,7,3 b. 5 Mar 1676/77, d. aft. 18 Jun 1703
  • Mary Browne2,7,3 b. 1 Jan 1678/79
  • Hannah Browne2,7,3 b. 28 Aug 1680
  • William Browne+2,1,3 b. 14 Feb 1682, d. 2 May 1768

Family 2

Sarah Southerick d. bef. 1698

Family 3

Mary Dustin
This person was last edited on21 Jul 2022


  1. [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."
  2. [S857] William J. Lamson, Descendants of William Lamson of Ipswich, Mass., 1634-1917(New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1917), 15-22, further cited as Lamson, Lamson Descendants.
  3. [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."
  4. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 217, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  5. [S1314] Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, Probate records 1648--1924, Docket #2972, FHL microfilm 386037 img 283, further cited as Middlesex Co. Probate Papers.
  6. [S1314] Middlesex Co. Probate Papers, 10:730; FHL #521770 img 400.
  7. [S707] Lindberg, "Nicholas Browne of Lynn and Reading," 186.