Peter Brown Family History

Robert Browne (1597) & Bridget Hamlyn

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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 probably descended from John Browne of Maresfield .They were not one of my direct ancestors and may not even be related. However I suspect a link will be found to one of the other three main family groupings (Mid Sussex Browne's, the West Mid-Sussex Browne's or the East Mid- Sussex Browne's) and as their descendants form a part of the Mid Sussex & East Surrey Brown's the details are included here for completeness.

Key Dates:

Robert Browne was possibly baptised on 1st January 1597 in Chailey, Sussex, the son of John Browne & Denise (Dinis) (but see concerns below). Robert was mentioned in his brother John's will of 1620. Robert married Bridget Hamlyn (Hamlen) on 7th May 1621 in Ardingly, Sussex. Robert was possibly buried on 14th May 1677 in West Hoathly, Sussex.

Bridget Hamlyn birth details are unknown. She was not born in Ardingly, but was probably born in Maresfield. The earliest reference to a Hamlen in Ardingly is to a Francis Hamlen in 1612 who came from and was married in Maresfield but later lived in Ardingly and had son there in 1614. Later names shown as Hamlin and Francis was churchwarden..

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Robert & Bridget had six children.

Bridget Robert John Ann Richard Thomas
  1. Bridget Browne was baptised on 19th May 1622 in Ardingly, Sussex.
  2. Robert Browne was baptised on 24th October 1624 in Ardingly, Sussex. He probably married Ann Packham in East Grinstead on 22nd April 1644. Robert & Ann had one known child (but probably others). Robert possibly secondly married Elizabeth Humphrey on 7th June 1666 in Horne, Surrey (Elizabeth previously married). Elizabeth was buried on 1st May 1682 in Horley, Surrey('wife of Robert'). He possibly thirdly married Joan. Joan was buried on 26th November 1689 in Burstow, Surrey (' wife of Robert'). He possibly fourthly married Jane Burnell on 29th December 1692 in Burstow, Surrey. Robert was probably buried on 12th April 1698 in Horley, Surrey.
    1. Nicholas Browne was baptised on 4th March 1649 in West Hoathly, Sussex. (Robert & Annis shown as from East Grinstead). He was probably buried on 30th September 1722 in Charlwood, Surrey. He married and had three children.
      1. Nicholas Browne was baptised on 2nd May 1687 in Charlwood, Surrey.
      2. John Browne was baptised on 14th April 1689 in Charlwood, Surrey. He married Sarah Peters on 14th October 1716 in Charlwood, Surrey. John & Sarah had seven children.
        1. John Brown was baptised on 19th April 1717 in Charlwood, Surrey. He married Sarah. John was buried on 25th January 1779 in Charlwood, Surrey ('aged 63') and Sarah was buried there on 18th November 1782 ('widow aged 51'). John & Sarah had four children.
          1. John Brown was baptised on 1st October 1749 in Charlwood, Surrey. He married Sarah Tyler on 14th April 1777 in Charlwood, Surrey. John was buried on 9th April 1804 in Charlwood, Surrey ('aged 54') and Sarah was buried there on 13th October 1817 ('aged 73'). John & Sarah had five children.
            1. John Brown was baptised on 2nd June 1779 in Charlwood, Surrey.
            2. Thomas Brown was baptised on 1st March 1781 in Charlwood, Surrey.
            3. Sally Brown was baptised on 29th April 1782 in Charlwood, Surrey.
            4. Mary Brown was baptised on 19th September 1783 in Charlwood, Surrey.
            5. William Brown was baptised on 6th August 1786 in Charlwood, Surrey.
          2. Sara Brown was baptised on 30th April 1753 in Charlwood, Surrey.
          3. Mary Brown was baptised on 8th October 1755 in Charlwood, Surrey.
          4. Hannah Brown was baptised on 11th May 1761 in Charlwood, Surrey and she was buried there on 18th November 1770 (' daughter of John & Sarah aged 9').
        2. Sara Brown was baptised on 14th March 1719 in Charlwood, Surrey.
        3. Mary Brown was baptised on 12th March 1721 in Charlwood, Surrey. She was buried there on 30th August 1724 ('daughter of John').
        4. George Brown was baptised on 12th October 1723 in Charlwood, Surrey.
        5. Hannah Brown was baptised on 20th November 1725 in Charlwood, Surrey and she was buried there on 4th September 1734 ('daughter of John & Sarah').
        6. Nicholas Brown was baptised on 22nd March 1728 in Charlwood, Surrey. He was buried there on 12th January 1785 ('aged 56, a pauper').
        7. Anne Brown (Ann) was baptised on 2nd April 1731 in Charlwood, Surrey.
      3. Mary Browne was buried on 7th June 1697 in Charlwood, Surrey (daughter of Nicholas').
  3. John Browne was baptised on 1st January 1627 in Ardingly, Sussex. He married firstly Mary had a child (A). John married secondly Margaret and had four children (B-E). John left a Will that was dated 14th April 1674 and he was buried on 14th April 1674 in Horne, Surrey.
    1. Anne Browne was born on 24th October and was baptised on 18th November 1660 in Horne, Surrey. She was mentioned in her father's will of 1674.
    2. John Browne was probably baptised on 1st January 1665 in Lingfield, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's will of 1674.
    3. Alice Browne was born on 17th June and was baptised on 24th June 1666 in Horne, Surrey. She was mentioned in her father's will of 1674.
    4. William Browne was born about 1668 possibly in Horne or Lingfield , Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's will of 1674.
    5. Robert Browne was born on 17th March and was baptised on 9th April 1671 in Horne, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's will of 1674. He married Elizabeth Winchester on 24th June 1711 in Horne, Surrey. Elizabeth was baptised on 7th September 1684 in Horley, Surrey. Robert left a Will dated 10th August 1751 and was buried on 22nd July 1756 in Horne, Surrey ('aged 83') and Elizabeth (who was mentioned in Robert's will) was probably buried there on 28th September 1769. Robert & Elizabeth had two known children and lived at Frogitt Heath, Horne.
      1. Richard Brown was baptised on 1st April 1712 in Horne, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1751. Richard married Anne. Richard was probably buried on 17th December 1788 in Horne, Surrey. Richard lived at Lowlands Farm, Frogit Heath, Horne, Surrey - see personal history below. Richard & Ann had possibly three children.
        1. Richard Brown was baptised on 24th March 1738 in Horne, Surrey. Richard married Elizabeth Winchester on 8th December 1761 in Lingfield, Surrey (Richard shown as from Godstone and Banns issued in Godstone on 29th September). Richard was buried on 26th February 1817 in Lingfield, Surrey ('aged 78 from Godstone') and Elizabeth was probably buried there on 8th February 1798 ('from Godstone'). Richard lived at Lowlands Farm, Frogit Heath, Horne, Surrey - see personal history below. Richard & Elizabeth had ten children.
          1. William Brown was baptised on 31st March 1762 in Lingfield, Surrey.
          2. Richard Brown was baptised on 4th September 1763 in Lingfield, Surrey. He may have married Jane and had two children.
            1. William Brown was baptised on 11th August 1795 in Godstone, Surrey.
            2. Sarah Brown was baptised on 20th May 1798 in Godstone, Surrey.
          3. Anne Brown was baptised on 10th February 1765 in Lingfield, Surrey.
          4. James Brown was baptised on 4th January 1767 in Lingfield, Surrey. He possibly married Philis Quickenden on 17th December 1791 in Godstone, Surrey (Philis was from Horne). James and Philis had one known child.
            1. James Brown was baptised on 5th February 1792 in Horne, Surrey and he died on 29th February 1792 and was buried in Horne, Surrey ('aged 8 weeks') (Headstone with inscription exists in graveyard)
          5. Elizabeth Brown was baptised on 4th December 1768 in Lingfield, Surrey. She was probably buried there on 25th November 1773 ('from Godstone').
          6. John Brown was baptised on 25th November 1770 in Lingfield, Surrey. (Richard shown as from Godstone). He was probably buried there on 18th November 1773 ('from Godstone').
          7. Robert Brown was baptised on 26th July 1772 in Lingfield, Surrey. (Richard shown as from Godstone). He was probably buried there on 11th October 1772.
          8. Thomas Brown was baptised on 24th October 1773 in Lingfield, Surrey. (father Richard shown as from Godstone). He possibly married Amy Davis (Amey) on 9th February 1801 in Worth, Sussex. Thomas may have been buried on 7th February 1844 in Lingfield, Surrey ('aged 71 from Oxted'). Thomas & Amy had four children.
            1. Anne Brown (Ann) was born on 11th March and was baptised on 7th April 1805 in Horne, Surrey.
            2. Henry Brown was born in about 1806.(derived, but no birth records found)
            3. James Brown was born on 15th September and was baptised on 15th October 1809 in Horne, Surrey
            4. Elizabeth Brown was baptised on 1st March 1812 in Horne, Surrey
          9. Sarah Brown was baptised on 2nd July 1775 in Lingfield, Surrey, (Richard shown as from Godstone). She was probably buried there on 4th April 1776 ('from Godstone').
          10. Abraham Brown was baptised on 9th April 1780 in Lingfield, Surrey. (Richard shown as from Godstone). He was buried there on 5th July 1780.
        2. Elizabeth Brown was baptised on 27th February 1741 in Godstone, Surrey.
        3. Robert Brown was born in about 1743, (derived, but no birth records found) possibly in Godstone, Surrey. He married Elizabeth and had a child.
          1. John Brown was baptised on 10th March 1765 in Lingfield, Surrey.
      2. Elizabeth Brown was baptised on 12th May 1717 in Horne, Surrey. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1751. She married a Mr Stanlee.
  4. Anne Browne (Ann) was baptised on 12th April 1629 in Ardingly, Sussex.
  5. Richard Browne was baptised on 17th June 1632 in West Hoathly, Sussex.
  6. Thomas Browne was baptised on 1st March 1635 in West Hoathly, Sussex. (Note: may be an error on transcription as says Thomas crossed out). He possibly married Ann Redgeway on 5th December 1667 in Horsted Keynes, Sussex. Thomas was possibly buried on 17th May 1687 in West Hoathly, Sussex. Thomas & Ann had four children.
    1. Elizabeth Browne was baptised on 11th November 1668 in West Hoathly, Sussex.
    2. John Browne was baptised on 8th September 1670 in West Hoathly, Sussex.
    3. Thomas Browne was baptised on 18th September 1673 in West Hoathly, Sussex.
    4. Sarah Browne was baptised on 8th November 1676 in West Hoathly, Sussex.

 

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Lowlands Farm History

Extracted from Lowlands Farm History, Felbridge & District History Group (http://www.felbridge.org.uk/index.php?p=2_13 )

Lowlands Farmhouse (previously called Maidenhead) is located on the northern edge of the parish of Felbridge, where the A22, the main London road, intersects the old Lingfield to Brighton road at Newchapel. It once lay within the parish of Godstone but in more recent years has transferred to the parish of Horne by the relocation of the parish boundaries. The property is situated in what is termed the Weald, and a property has stood on this site since at least the mid 15th century.

About 1750, William Brown was recorded as occupying the ‘farm, messuage or tenement with appurtenances called Maidenhead, otherwise Newchappell situate in Godstone, otherwise Walkhamsted, late Edward Stenning the younger’. By the end of 1752, evidence suggests that William Brown had been succeeded by Richard Browne as tenant  as he was fined in the Lagham Court Books for having encroached ‘4 acres upon Froggett Heath’, and was again fined a four-acre encroachment in 1757. Richard Browne continued to occupy the property for the remainder of the 18th century until 1816, being recorded as paying 6s 8d rent on Maidenhead, otherwise Newchappell which, by 1816 was known by the name of Lowlands. As already established, Richard Browne was occupying Maidenhead from 1752 until 1816, being succeeded by Thomas Browne until 1822. As the occupancy of Richard Browne lasted for sixty-four years he either lived to a very great age or there were two Richard Brownes’ in succession.
It is wise to point out here that the name ‘Lowlands’ also appears to refer to an area during the 19th century stretching from Lowlands Cottage, later Little Brook Farm, on Froggit Heath in Horne, east to Raby’s, another substantial and early property to the south of the Newchapel Road in Tandridge. As such the later census details often refer to Lowlands, which may not be the site of Lowlands Farm, equally, and to add to the confusion, the property directly opposite Lowlands Farm on the south side of West Park Road, now the old house attached to the Mormon Temple complex, is also referred to as Newchapel Farm. However, in 1823 James Walls took on the tenancy of the property, interchangeably known by this date as Newchapel Farm and Lowlands Farm.

Lowlands Farm was purchased by Alfred Palmer of East Thorp, Reading in Berkshire for the sum of £1,420 for the ‘hereditaments and premises’ plus £225 13s 3d for the ‘timber, timber-like trees, pollards and saplings on the said hereditaments’.

Lowlands Farm as part of the West Park Estate
Alfred Palmer was the son of George Palmer, of Huntley and Palmer fame, the biscuit manufacturers of Reading. Sometime around 1869, George Palmer had bought West Park, along the north side of West Park Road, and in 1869 had the large residence known as West Park House built as a ‘shooting lodge’. Alfred Palmer inherited West Park on the death of his father, extending the property in 1898. At the time of purchase in 1869, West Park amounted to 220 acres but during the ownership of the Palmers they amassed an estate of 2,239 acres, Lowlands Farm being one of their acquisitions. [For further information see Handout West Park, SJC 04/99.]
On 20th May 1936, Alfred Palmer died, having been pre-deceased by both his wife Alice Maria and son Eustance Exall Palmer. On 17th September 1936, the West Park estate was put up for auction, Lowlands Farm forming Lot 2.  On 3rd December 1936, Lowlands Farm (with forty-two acres of land)  was purchased by for the sum of £3,800, plus £101 13s 6d for the timber, other trees and plantations on the property.

See also map of Frogit Heath

Verification & Concerns Returns to 'Top of Page'

  1. Athough the details of the individual entries are correct, and the children are born to the named parents, a rigorous analysis has not yet been undertaken to ensure that the correct family heads are with the appropriate children (ie if there was a choice of father's called 'William' the wrong one may have been used).Therefore this structure should only be viewed as indicative.
  2. Census: (See Jacob Brown 1754 for full details)
    1. 1841- see family above 3,E,i,a,VIII : Oxted - Thomas & Amy family in Oxted - Thomas 68, Amy 64, Henry 35
  3. In general the family name BROWNE was used up to about 1700 and then BROWN became standard
  4. There were a number of Roberts born in the surrounding parishes between 1565 -1605. (age at marriage of 16 to age 60 at birth of youngest child). Theses were
    1. 01/01/1597 in Chailey, Sussex son of John & Dinis
    2. 13/10/ 1588 in Maresfield, Sussex (unlikely if burial date is correct).
    3. 26/01/ 1584 in Rotherfield , Sussex (unlikely if burial date is correct).
    4. 28/09/1589 in Lingfield , Surrey bastard son of Thomasin, but probably buried there 12/11/1604.
    5. 17/04/1597 in Lingfield , Surrey son of Blaze, but probably buried there 02/05/1597
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Wills

  1. John Browne (Family ref 3) of Horne left a 'Will' that was dated 14th April 1674 and was proved on 5th May 1674 (LMA-DW/PC/ 05/1674/002). The link is to an abstract transcript of the 'Will'. The 'Will' mentions his wife Margaret, eldest son John, middle son William, youngest son Robert, eldest daughter Ann and youngest daughter Alice.
  2. Robert Brown (Family ref 3 E) of Horne left a 'Will' that was dated 10th August 1751 and was proved on 3rd August 1756. (LMA-DW/PA/ 05/1756/009). The link is to an abstract transcript of the 'Will'. The 'Will' mentions his wife Elizabeth, son Richard and daughter Elizabeth (Elizabeth Stanlee).
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Sussex Genealogies  (Ardingly Centre) - John Comber 1932
  2. Sussex Record Society -  East Grinstead Parish Registers 1558-1661:
  3. Sussex Parish Registers – Ardingly, Bolney, Chailey, Crawley, Cuckfield, Ditchling, East Grinstead, Fletching, Horsted Keynes, Hartfield, Ifield, Lindfield,  Maresfield, Newick, Rotherfield, Slaugham, West Hoathly, Withyham, Worth
  4. Surrey Parish Registers – Bletchingly(some), Burstow, Caterham , Charlwood, Crowhurst, Godstone, Horley, Horne, Limpsfield, Lingfield, Nutfield, Oxted, Rusper, Tandridge
  5. Kent Parish Registers – Ashurst, Cowden, Edenbridge, Speldhurst
  6. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  7. Lewes Will Microfilm
  8. Sussex Family History Group-Sussex Marriage Index CD
  9. Surrey Marriage index CD
  10. Latter day Saints - Family Search: For initial identification of details only
  11. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism records