Peter Brown Family History

John Browne (c1510)

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General History

This family grouping relates to the 'East Mid- Sussex Browne's' based around Maresfield, Withyham and Rotherfield in Sussex. They are descended from John Browne of Maresfield .They were not one of my direct ancestors and are probably not related, (but may be as earlier relation of John Browne (1490) of West Hoathly). However as their descendants form a part of the Mid Sussex, East Surrey & SW Kent Brown's the details are included here for completeness. They may also be linked to Henry Brown (1510) of Warbleton

John Browne was possibly born around 1510 probably in Maresfield, Sussex. He was the son of John Brown who was buried on 29th September 1551 in Maresfield, Sussex ('John senior'). John married Joan (Johana). Joan was buried on 11th April 1552 in Maresfield, Sussex (shown as 'Jhana, wife of John Browne of Nuttlay'). John was buried in Maresfield, Sussex on 3rd September 1559 and his estate was Administered on 22nd April 1560.

Note: this family group in very incomplete ,is a collection of odd bits awaiting structure to emerge and contains errors.

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John & Joan had possibly nine children.

  1. Anne Browne (Annys) was baptised on 12th August 1539 in Maresfield, Sussex (no parents shown).
  2. Thomas Brown was possibly born in about 1541, probably in Maresfield, Sussex. Thomas was mentioned in his brother Richard Brown's 'Will' of 1586 as were his two children (unnamed).
  3. Joan Browne (Johania) was baptised on 6th April 1543 in Maresfield, Sussex ('daughter of Johnis').
  4. Richard Browne was baptised on 20th February 1545 in Maresfield, Sussex ('son of Johnis junior'). Richard married and then possibly married secondly Alice Nashe (Alyce) on 31st July 1582 in Maresfield, Sussex. Richard possibly left a 'Will' dated 3th July 1586 and died in July 1586. His wife was mentioned in his will but was unnamed. He had a child from his first marriage.
    1. Anne Browne (Anna) was baptised on 30th January 1576 in Fletching, Sussex.
  5. John Browne was baptised on 18th July 1548 in Maresfield, Sussex (son of Johnis- no name shown) and was buried there on 12th January 1550 (shown as Johnes, son of John Junior).
  6. William Browne was born around 1550 probably in Maresfield, Sussex (derived, but no birth records found). He married (wife unknown) but maybe possibly Rebecca Russell on 7th May 1576 in Buxted, Sussex. William was mentioned in his brother Richard Brown's 'will' of 1586 and were his children (unnamed but under 21). William had four children (mother not shown).
    1. Richard Browne was baptised on 18th May 1578 in Maresfield, Sussex.
    2. Nicholas Browne was baptised on 25th June 1580 in Maresfield, Sussex.
    3. Robert Browne was baptised on 26th January 1584 in Rotherfield, Sussex.
    4. John Browne was baptised on 26th December 1586 in Rotherfield, Sussex.
  7. Robert Browne was born around 1552 probably in Maresfield, Sussex (derived, as no birth records found). He firstly married Katherine and they had two children (A-B). Katherine was buried on 14th September 1585 in Maresfield, Sussex ('wife of Robert'). He married secondly (wife unknown) and had one child (C). He maybe married thirdly (wife unknown) and had two children (D-E). Robert was probably buried on 24th September 1612 in Maresfield, Sussex (but it may have been his son).
    1. Robert Browne was baptised on 30th September 1576 in Burwash, Sussex (no parents shown) and he was probably buried there on 17th November 1576 ('son of Robert').
    2. Roger Browne was baptised on 17th June 1582 in Maresfield, Sussex.
    3. Robert Browne was baptised on 13th October 1588 in Maresfield, Sussex.
    4. Anne Browne (Ann) was baptised on 27th April 1600 in Maresfield, Sussex.
    5. Isaac Browne (Isacke) was baptised on 24th April 1603 in Maresfield, Sussex and he was buried there on 8th February 1605 ('Isacke, son of Robert').
  8. Alice Browne (Alysis) was buried on 25th November 1556 in Maresfield, Sussex (' Helena als Alysis a poor little girl').
  9. Joan Browne (Johane) was baptised on 6th December 1556 in Maresfield, Sussex ('daughter of Johnis')

Others: Unsure of Parentage of the following

  1. Walter Browne was baptised on 15th January 1541 in Rotherfield, Sussex (son of John) and he was buried there on 21st April 1541 ('son of John'). (father may have been a differant John)
  2. Margaret Browne (Margret) was baptised on 21st February 1541 in Rotherfield, Sussex (daughter of John) and she was buried there on 18th October 1545 ('daughter of John').(father may have been a differant John)
  3. John Browne was born around 1550 probably in Maresfield, Sussex (derived, but no birth records found). He married Denise (Dinis). Denise was buried on 14th February 1614 in Chailey, Sussex ('Dinis, wife of John') and John was buried there on 16th February 1614. John & Denise had five or more children.
    1. John Browne was probably baptised on 11th June 1570 in Maresfield, Sussex (son of John - with three godparents named from Fletching). John left a 'Will' dated 4th November 1620 and was buried on 5th December 1620 in Chailey, Sussex.
    2. Mary Browne was baptised on 24th May 1584 in Chailey, Sussex (dau of John). She was mentioned in her brother John's 'Will' of 1620.
    3. Anne Browne was baptised on 3rd September 1587 in Chailey, Sussex (dau of John).
    4. Richard Browne was baptised on 30th June 1594 in Chailey, Sussex (son of John). He was mentioned in his brother John's 'Will' of 1620.
    5. Robert Browne was baptised on 1st January 1597 in Chailey, Sussex (son of John). He was mentioned in his brother John's 'Will' of 1620. Robert probably married Bridget Hamlin. Details of Robert Browne & Bridget Hamlin are shown separately
  4. John Browne was baptised on 17th December 1571 in Frant, Sussex (son of William). He maybe had five children.
    1. Susan Browne (Susand) was baptised on 19th September 1596 in Rotherfield, Sussex. (dau of John)
    2. Joan Browne (Jone) was baptised on 27th August 1598 in Rotherfield, Sussex (dau of John).
    3. Agnes Browne was baptised on 22th November 1601 in Rotherfield, Sussex (dau of John).
    4. John Browne was baptised on 1st January 1603 in Rotherfield, Sussex (son of John).
    5. Thomas Browne was baptised on 1st January 1603 in Rotherfield, Sussex (son of John).

 

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  1. Other records show Agenta Browne shown as a godmother in Maresfield in 24/11/1564 & 1/1/1565 and Alice Browne shown as a godmother in Maresfield in 20/01/1582.
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Wills

  1. John Brown of Maresfield, estate was Administered on 22nd April 1560 ( ref Lewes A4.P368)
  2. John Brown of Chailey, brother of Robert (see family 1.G.i), left a 'Will' dated 4th November 1620 and proved on 13th January 1621 (Lewes A17.P139). It mentions his sister Mary and his brothers Richard & Robert.The link is to a poor, but readable, copy of the 'Will'.
  3. Richard Browne left a ‘Will’ that was dated 3th July 1586 and was proved on 26th July 1586  (LEWES A8.P3). The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. The 'Will' mentions his wife un-named; his brothers Thomas (& his two children), William (executor -& his children under 21). Witnesses were Bartholmewe Cruttenden, William Dawes (overseer), John Fowle (overseer), Thomas Goldinge
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Sussex Parish Registers – Burwash,Buxted, Chiddingly, Hartfield, Heathfield, Herstmonceaux, Maresfield, Rotherfield, Ticehurst, Waldron,Warbleton, Withyham,
  2. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  3. Lewes Will Microfilm
  4. Sussex Family History Group- Sussex Marriage Index CD
  5. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism & Burial records
  6. Family Search.org  (Latter day Saints): For initial identification of details only