William Browne

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William Browne, son of Cornelius Browne and Sarah Lamson, was born at Reading, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 14 February 1682.1,2,3 He died at Natick, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 2 May 1768.1,3

William married (1), as her 2nd husband, Deborah Robbins, whose parents are unknown (or not traced here), at Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, 11 November 1703;4 he married (2) Mary Bayley, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Cambridge, 13 October 1744.4

HHR makes William, son of Cornelius, to be the same William Brown of Cambridge who married Deborah Squire & Mary Bayley. Lindberg found no corroborating evidence.2,3

William Browne bought his first real estate 27 Mar 1704. This land was in Watertown, and soon he sold part of it to Harvard College: The deed is dated 20 Sep 1705 and states that William Browne of Cambridge, carpenter, sold to Thomas Brattle, Esq., of Boston, treasurer of the society known as "the President and Fellows of Harvard College in Cambridge," a certain parcel of land containing 60 acres of upland and swamp in the westerly end of Watertown in the county of Middlesex, bounded "on the north side by the country road" and "southerly by Benjamin Allen's."

He had large holdings in Cambridge and Reading and seems to have sold it all before going to Natick. The last deed, dated 6 Apr 1767, states that William Browne of Cambridge, gent., sold to Ebenr Smith one and one forth acres of land in Cambridge, "together with the dwelling house and barn and out-houses thereon, also my pew in the meeting-house on the south side of Charles river, with my right in burying place, to have and to hold."

He is enrolled with the list on file at East Cambridge of men who went on the expedition "against the French and Indians at Nova Scotia and Canada. Later, his granddaughter would remember wearing moccasins that "Grandfather brought home from Canada."

He was a carpenter and builder, and the inventory of his estate gives a long list of carpenters tools.

He was admitted to "full communion" in the First Church in Little Cambridge (now Brighton), 18 Apr 1714.

His will mentions all fifteen children by name, and describes the last eight as his "five younger sons and three younger daughters."3

Family 1

Deborah Robbins d. bef. 1744
  • William Browne5 b. 24 Nov 1704
  • Josiah Browne5 b. 22 Oct 1706, d. 1761
  • Jonathan Browne5 b. 8 Jul 1708, d. 1751
  • Deborah Browne5 b. 6 Oct 1712
  • Mary Browne5 b. 16 Jan 1715/16
  • John Browne5 b. 19 Jan 1718

Family 2

Mary Bayley
  • Thaddeus Browne5 b. 28 Sep 1746
  • Susannah Browne5 b. 24 Apr 1748
  • Seth Ingersoll Browne+5 b. 8 Jul 1750, d. 9 Mar 1809
  • Mary Browne3 b. say 1752
  • Jonathan Browne5 b. 15 Sep 1754
  • Abijah Browne3 b. say 1756
  • Susannah Browne3 b. say 1758
  • Lucy Browne3 b. say 1760
  • Josiah Browne3 b. 26 Feb 1768
This person was last edited on14 Dec 2017


  1. [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.
  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. [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. [S723] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the year 1850: Volume II - Marriages and Deaths (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1915), further cited as Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge: Vol II.
  5. [S722] Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850: Volume I - Births (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1914), 93-99, further cited as Baldwin, Vital Records of Cambridge: Vol I.