Peter Brown Family History

Giles Browne (1614) & Joan Newman

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General History

Giles Browne & Joan Newman were not one of my direct ancestors and were probably not related to me. However as their descendants form a part of the Mid Sussex, East Surrey & SW Kent Brown's the details are included here for completeness.

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Giles Browne was baptised on 1st November 1614 in Westerham, Kent . He was the son of Joseph Browne & Elizabeth Wright the son of Giles Browne. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1656.He was mentioned in the Westerham Manorial Rolls in 1637-1639 & 1641 as Giles Brown Junior and also in 1643, 1646, 1650 & 1656 as Giles. He was mentioned in the Manor of Westerham records in 1671-81.
Giles married Joan Newman in about 1642. Joan's father, William Newman of Hever, left a 'Will' dated 10th April 1653 in which Giles was mentioned as son in law and as a witness.
Giles was a farmer. He was a non-conformist and described as a 'Baptist teacher' in SW Kent Assizes in 1663. He was named/prosecuted in the SW Kent Assizes (see Archives), (described as a yeoman of French Street), as being absent from church in 1677, 1678, 1682 & 1683 and in 1662, 1664, 1675 & 1682 as being present at an illegal conventicle.
At his death he owned Medhurst farm, Coome farm & Colemans farm. Giles left a 'Will' dated 10th October 1685 and he was buried on 11th October 1685 in Westerham, Kent (Affidavit by William Marchant).

Joan Newman birth details are not known. Joan was mentioned in her husband Giles Brown's 'Will' of 1685 and she was mentioned in two indentures of sale in 1655 & 1661. Joan was buried on 3rd May 1694 in Westerham, Kent (Affidavit by Elizabeth Buster).

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Giles & Mary had probably ten children

Joseph William Ano Richard Mary Ano James Giles Ano John
  1. Joseph Browne was born in about 1643 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his grandfather William Newman's 'Will' of 1653 and in his father's 'Will' of 1685 as executor. He was possibly mentioned in the Manor of Westerham records in most years of 1671-1700. He was shown as liable for landtax of £8 in 1701. He left a 'Will' dated 28th January 1719 and was shown as of Sevenoaks. He owned properties called Colemans (near French Street, Westerham) and Skars (in Wrotham, Sheham & Kensing). Joseph was shown as a member of Bessels Green Baptist church in 1714 and he died on 10th June 1721 (see Bessels Green Baptist chapel). Joseph had maybe seven children.
    1. Mary Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685 and in her father's 'Will' of 1719 as Mary Jeffery (deceased). Mary had six children (Mary, Sarah, William, Joseph, Hannah & Ann Jeffery) and they were all mentioned in their grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719 as all under 21.
    2. Ano Browne was buried on 12th May 1682 in Westerham, Kent.(' Stillborn child of Joseph of Sevenoaks buried in Anabaptist burial ground').
    3. Sarah Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685.
    4. Elizabeth Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685 and in her father's 'Will' of 1719 as Elizabeth Chittenden late wife of Samuel. She married Samuel Chittenden. Samuel was mentioned in Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719 as son in law. Elizabeth & Samuel had eight children (unnamed, but mentioned in Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719)
    5. Joseph Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685.
    6. James Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1719 (as executor) and he was possibly mentioned in Richard Browne's 'Will' of 1714 as Cousin, Trustee and as a witness. He was possibly mentioned in the Manor of Westerham records in years of 1712-13, 1715, 1724-25. He was possibly elected Constable of the Hundred in 1712. He was shown as liable for landtax of £11 in 1701. James was shown as a member of Bessels Green Baptist church in 1714. James had possibly nine children
      1. Mary Browne was born on 10th June 1706 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of James'). She was buried on 18th July 1706 in the place of the Anabaptists (' dau of James').
      2. Joseph Browne was born on 18th February 1707 in Westerham, Kent ('son of James, an Anabaptist'). He was mentioned in his grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719.
      3. James Browne was born on 6th February 1708 in Westerham, Kent ('son of James, an Anabaptist'). He was mentioned in his grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719.
      4. William Browne was born on 29th July 1709 in Westerham, Kent ('son of James, an Anabaptist') and he was probably buried there on 11th August 1709.
      5. John Browne was born on 10th November 1710 in Westerham, Kent ('son of James, an Anabaptist'). He was mentioned in his grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719. In 1752 the Manorial Records showed he owned part of a property called Colemans but had sold it to Sir Thomas Fanaby.
      6. Edith Browne (Edy) was born in about 1712 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719 (as under 21). She probably married Edward Baldwin on 31st July 1729 in Brasted, Kent (Edith of Westerham and Edward of London).
      7. Elizabeth Browne was born on 28th January 1713 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of James, an Anabaptist'). She was mentioned in her grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719 (as under 21). She probably married William Baker on 31st December 1737 in Brasted, Kent (Elizabeth of Westerham and William of Withyham).
      8. William Browne was born on 25th February 1710 in Westerham, Kent ('son of James, an Anabaptist'). He was mentioned in his grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719 (as under 21).
      9. Jane Browne was born on 22nd January 1715 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of James, an Anabaptist'). She was mentioned in her grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719 (as Joan and as under 21).
    7. Hannah Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1719 (as Hannah Fletcher). Hannah had one child (William Fletcher) who was mentioned in his grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1719
  2. William Browne was born in about 1645 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his grandfather William Newman's 'Will' of 1653 and in his father's 'Will' of 1685. William had at least one child.
    1. Edmund Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685.
  3. Ano Browne was baptised on 17th September 1747 in Westerham, Kent ('daughter of Giles')
  4. Richard Browne was baptised on 27th April 1649 in Westerham, Kent ('son of Giles'). He was possibly mentioned in the Manor of Westerham records in most years of 1671-1700. He was possibly elected Constable of Westerham & Edenbridge hundred in 1689. Richard was mentioned in his grandfather William Newman's 'Will' of 1653 and in his father's 'Will' of 1685. He was shown as liable for landtax of £8 in 1701. At his death he owned Redfold farm in Billingshurst, Sussex. Richard married Jane (see SW Kent Assizes details). Jane was possible buried on 29th October 1702 in Westerham, Kent ('unnamed wife of Richard'). Richard left a 'Will' dated 25th May 1714 and he was buried on 31st May 1714 in French Street, Westerham, Kent ('Anabaptist').
    1. Giles Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685 and in his father's 'Will' of 1714
    2. Elizabeth Browne was born in about 1680 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her grandfather Giles Browne's 'Will' of 1685.
    3. Joseph Browne was born in about 1686 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1714.
      1. Elizabeth Brown was born in about 1710 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her grandfather Richard Browne's 'Will' of 1714.
    4. Richard Browne was born in about 1688 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1714 as executor. In 1751 the Manorial Records showed he owned part of a property called Great Medhurst.
    5. Thomas Browne was born in about 1690 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1714 as executor. In 1751 the Manorial Records showed he owned part of a property called Great Medhurst.
    6. William Browne was born in about 1692 probably in Westerham, Kent. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1714 as executor. William was possibly baptised (as an adult) into the Baptist Chapel at Bessels Green on 2nd October 1720. In 1751 the Manorial Records showed he owned part of a property called Great Medhurst. William had probably five children.
      1. John Browne was baptised on 3th April 1719 in Westerham, Kent ('son of William').
      2. William Browne was baptised on 25th November 1720 in Westerham, Kent ('son of William').
      3. Anne Browne was baptised on 18th January 1723 in Westerham, Kent (name of father not readable).
      4. Elizabeth Browne was baptised on 19th November 1725 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of William'). Elizabeth married James Cole on 24th September 1744 in Westerham, Kent. James Cole was a weaver and lived at Medhurst Row in Edenbridge. One of their descendants was Lionel Cole (a local historian), who has provided me with most of the information of Brown's in this area.
      5. Mary Browne was baptised on 7th November 1729 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of William').
    7. Jane Browne was born in about 1694 probably in Westerham, Kent. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1714 as under 21 and unmarried. Jane was possibly baptised (as an adult) into the Baptist Chapel at Bessels Green on 9th April 1717.
    8. Sarah Browne was baptised on 24th August 1700 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of Richard of French Street). She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1714 as under 21 and unmarried. Sarah was possibly baptised (as an adult) into the Baptist Chapel at Bessels Green on 9th April 1717.
  5. Mary Browne was baptised on 24th March 1651 in Westerham, Kent ('dau of Giles'). She was mentioned in her grandfather William Newman's 'Will' of 1653 and in her father's 'Will' of 1685 (as wife of William Cox). Mary married William Cox. William was mentioned in Richard Browne's 'Will' of 1714 as Trustee and as Brother in law.
  6. Ano Browne was buried on 4th February 1653 in Westerham, Kent ('child of Giles').
  7. James Browne was baptised on 31st October 1654 in Westerham, Kent ('son of Giles'). He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1685. James was possibly buried on 2nd March 1686 in Westerham, Kent (Affidavit by Giles Browne).
  8. Giles Browne was baptised on 16th April 1656 in Westerham, Kent ('son of Giles'). He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1685. A Giles Browne of Westerham, yeoman, was indicted at the West Kent Quarter Sessions in 1682 for not going to church for two months with his wife Mary.
  9. Ano Browne was buried on 2nd September 1659 in Westerham, Kent ('child of Giles').
  10. John Browne was baptised on 7th June 1660 in Westerham, Kent ('son of Giles').

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Giles Brown:

There is private Baptist Burial Ground in French Street a short distance from Westerham. It is in the corner of a field which was probably the private land of Giles Browne as that is the oldest gravestone that is readable. Other Brownes were later buried there . The area is now fenced with a locked gate and is maintained by the present land owner (information provided by Karina Jackson of NWKFHS).
Lionel Cole (Author of NWKFHS Edenbridge CD) had found that French Street Farm, called Puddledock in the Tithe Award survey of 1840 was made up of the earlier farms called Medhurst and Colemans. Cuthbert Browne owned Medhursts from 1514 and was subsequently inherited by Giles Browne. The farm was eventually sold to Farnaby and and then to Austen in the late 18th century. Ownership of the burial ground was maintained and still belongs to descendants of the Brownes called Berry.

In 1655 Giles bought Hilders Lands, Buddle Bridge and Kemps Grove, and Bartenden  from Peter Lindsey, citizen of London, for £664. (See below). This is a substantial property in the northwest of Edenbridge parish called Palmers Hilders; Bartenden is in the north of Edenbridge . His father Joseph witnessed the sale. In 1661 Giles had sold part of Palmers Hilders to Michael Bassett for £192. (See below) Wife Joane and he was actually occupying the land. He sold the other part to Thomas King for £260. He is described in this deed as “Giles Browne of Westerham, gent. In 1661 Giles Browne of Westerham, yeoman and Joane sell Bartenden (also called Normansfield), occupied by himself,  back to Peter Lindsey for £202 an overall loss of £10! However he would have drawn an income from the land while he held it. In 1673 Bartenden was occupied by Joseph Browne, presumably son of Giles, and widow Pelling ( a well known Baptist). Joseph was still there in 1678.

 

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  1. In general the family name BROWNE was used up to about 1700 and then BROWN became standard
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Wills:

  1. Giles Browne (Family ref top) left a 'Will' dated 10th October 1685 which was proved on 27th October 1685 (Rochester). The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. In the 'Will' he mentions his wife Joane; his sons Richard, William, Joseph (executor), James, Giles ; his daughter: Mary (wife of William Cox) ; his grandchildren Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth & Joseph Brown (children of Joseph); Edmund Browne (son of William); Elizabeth & Giles Browne (children of Richard) . Witnesses were John Bodder, William Merchant, James Merchant . Properties mentioned were Medhurst farm, Coome farm, Colemans farm.
  2. Joseph Browne (Family ref 1) left a 'Will' dated 28th January 1719 which was proved on 16th June 1727 (Perculiar Shoreham 217). The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. In the 'Will' he mentions his son James (executor); his daughters Hannah Fletcher, Elizabeth Chittenden (late wife of Samuel Chittenden), Mary Jeffery (deceased); his son in law Samuel Chittenden ; his grandchildren Joseph, James & John Browne sons of James plus Edy, Elizabeth, William & Joan children of James (under 21); William Fletcher son of Hannah; 8 unnamed children of Elizabeth; Mary, Sarah, William, Joseph, Hannah & Ann Jeffery children of Mary (all under 21) . Witnesses were Mary Tomlyn, Margaret Brattle, George Tomlyn. Properties mentioned were Colemans (near French Street, Westerham), Skars (in Wrotham, Sheham & Kensing)

  3. Richard Browne (Family ref 4) left a 'Will' dated 25th May 1714 which was proved on 1st June 1715 (Rochester). The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. In the 'Will' he mentions his sons Giles, Joseph , Richard (executor), Thomas (executor). William (executor) ; his daughters Jane, Sarah (both under 21 and unmarried) ; his grandchildren Elizabeth Browne (dau of Joseph) . Trustees were William Cox (brother (in law)), James Browne (cousin); Witnesses were William King, James Browne, Thomas White; Properties mentioned were Redfold farm (Billingshurst, Sx)
  4. John Browne left a 'Will dated 1771 (ref PCC Prob 11/975/296). The link is to a copy of the 'Will'.
  5. John Browne left a 'Will dated 1820 (ref PCC Prob 11/1641/329). The link is to a copy of the 'Will'.

Archives:

  1. Giles Brown - NWKFHS Edenbridge CD
    1. 1655 Bought Hilders Lands, Buddle Bridge, Kemps Grove and Bartenden from Peter Lindsey, citizen.
    2. 1656 Assessment £17, occupied by himself.
    3. 1661 (gent) Sold Great Broomy Field, Burnt Field, Long Field, the Great Field, the Pitts to Thomas King. Giles's wife was named Joane
    4. 1661 Transferred Bartenden als Normansfield in his own occupation to Peter Lindsey of St Giles in the Fields, Middlesex.
    5. 1661 Sold part of Palmers Hilders in his own occupation to Michael Bassett. Wife Joane.
    6. before 1664 Had sold Kemps Grove (9 acres) and Brodstock to John King (Broxham).
    7. 1672 Owned lands east of Mowsers, once belonging to Sir John Rivers (deeds).
    8. 1672 Had bought Normansfield from Peter Lindsey and John Charles and then sold it back to John Charles (Broxham)
    9. 1683 Witnessed a deed from Polhill to Medhurst.
    10. 1691 Lands east of Mowsers, formerly owned by Giles Browne (marriage settlement)
  2. Joseph Brown - NWKFHS Edenbridge CD
    1. 1655 Witnessed sale of Hilders Lands, Bartenden etc from Peter Lindsey to Giles Browne.
    2. 1673 Occupied Bartenden with widow Pelling (a Nonconformist), previously occupied by Giles Brown.
    3. 1677 Occupied Bartenden.
    4. 1678 Assessment £6, occupied by himself, for Bartenden.
  3. Joseph Brown - NWKFHS Edenbridge CD
    1. 1664 Hearth Tax (2 hearths). Also 1671.
  4. Thomas Brown - NWKFHS Edenbridge CD
    1. 1671 Hearth Tax (1 hearth), not chargeable. Also 1674
    2. 1678/80 Licenced victualler (White Horse?)
    3. 1678 Eleanor: Licensed victualler (White Horse). Also 1682
    4. 1678 Eleanor: (widow Brown). Assessment £2, tenant of John Streatfeild.
    5. Before 1697 Eleanor: Occupied the White Horse, tenant of John Streatfeild (Stangrave 10d)
  5. Richard Brown - NWKFHS Edenbridge CD
    1. 1681 Fine. Richard Browne bought a property from John Sale.(?Tenement at Bellman Green)
    2. 1687 Bought Bellmans Green and Stony Croft from John Sale of Brasted, yeoman.
    3. 1701 Land Tax (Kings Borough) £2, occupied by John Parker.
    4. 1705 (Map). Stony Croft, occupied by Richard Browne.
    5. 1708 Mortgaged Stoney Crofts to Thomas Streatfeild.
    6. 1711 Sold a messuage at Bellmans Green with parcels belonging called Stoneycrofts to Henry Streatfeild of Chiddingstone, gent, for £64-10s.
      1715 Died. Will (Drb)
  6. Joseph Brown - NWKFHS Edenbridge CD.
    1. 1699/1703 Mr Saxby his trustee for £100 lent to the Bridgewardens for Joseph Browne, his wife
      and children.
  7. Westerham Manorial Records compiled by Lionel Cole
  8. SW Kent Assizes - Westerham Area 1560-1750- NWKFHS Sevenoaks CD (Extracts compiled by Lionel Cole of Kent Assizes, Kent Quarter Sessions and Sevenoaks Petty Sessions covering the parishes of Westerham, Brasted, Edenbridge, Sundridge, Hever and Chiddingstone)

  9. SW Kent Assizes - Westerham Area 1750-1850 - NWKFHS Sevenoaks CD (Extracts compiled by Lionel Cole of Kent Assizes, Kent Quarter Sessions and Sevenoaks Petty Sessions covering the parishes of Westerham, Brasted, Edenbridge, Sundridge, Hever and Chiddingstone)

  10. SW Kent Assizes information detail- concering Richard & Joseph Browne-compiled by Lionel Cole

 

 
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Surrey Parish Registers – Bletchingly(some), Burstow, Caterham , Charlwood, Crowhurst, Godstone, Horley, Horne, Limpsfield, Lingfield, Nutfield, Oxted, Rusper, Tandridge
  2. Kent Parish Registers – Ashurst, Cowden, Edenbridge, Speldhurst
  3. Surrey Marriage index CD
  4. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites
  5. NWKFHS Sevenoaks CD (Miscellaneous MI's and Indexes)
  6. NWKFHS Edenbridge CD (Edenbridge- An index of People & Places 1200-1851: by Lionel Cole)
  7. Extracts of Westerham Parish Registers and Manorial Rolls provided by Lionel Cole (lionel.cole@tiscali.co.uk)