Peter Brown Family History

William Brown (1534) & Magdalene Elsick

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General History

William Brown & Magdalene Elsick were not one of my direct ancestors but they are related to me as later indirect generations of a direct ancestor. They are part of what I term the West Mid-Sussex Browne's based around Charlwood, Horley, Horsham & Ifield.

Key Dates:

William Browne was born in March 1534 (see verification - item 2). He was maybe possibly the son of John Browne & Joan of West Hoathly but there is some doubt that this ancestry line is correct. (see verification - item 1). He was admitted to Pembroke College , Cambridge in 1546 (source 15) and was the Rector of Horley, Surrey from 1561 until his death. He married firstly Magdalene Elsick in about 1560. He married secondly Margaret Bonnyke on 16th October 1604 in Charlwood, Surrey (Margaret ''a widow' & 'William shown of Horley'). Margaret was buried on 17th February 1612 in Horley, Surrey ('wife of William, vicar'). William died on 14th November and was buried on 16th November 1613 in Horley, Surrey ('aged 79 years'). William left a 'Will' that was proved in 1613.

Magdalene Elsick (or Elphick or Elfick) birth details are unknown.  She was mentioned in Benjamin Browne's 'Will' of 1638 with reference to 'the great brass pott which was my grandmother Elficks pott'. She was buried on 7th September 1604 in Horley, Surrey ('Madlyn, wife of William, vicar of Horley').

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William Brown & Magdalene Elsick had possibly four children.

Phoebe Joseph Sarah Benjamin
  1. Phoebe Browne may have been born in Horley in about 1560.  She probably married Anthony Hoggett (Hugett) on 30th May 1580 in Horley.
  2. Joseph Browne may have been baptised on 19th April 1561 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of William').  He was admitted to Queens College, Cambridge from 1579 and graduated (BA) in 1583 (source 15). He was the Rector of Ifield from 1590 to 1633. He married firstly Margery Patching on 1st February 1584 in Horley, Surrey.  Margery was possibly baptised on 17th February 1565 in Horsham, Sussex the daughter of Richard Patching. She was buried on 15th December 1605 in Rusper, Sussex ('wife of Joseph'). Joseph married secondly Elizabeth Stone (a widow of a John Stone of the Nunnery) on 12th February 1607 in Rusper, Sussex and she was buried there on 15th September 1616 ('wife of Joseph'). Joseph was a witness to the 'Will' of Robert Stone of Rusper dated 2nd October 1615 and also to the 'Will' of John Stone dated 3rd February 1625 (Source 11). Joseph left a 'Will' dated 16th July 1633 and was buried in Rusper, Sussex on 15th October 1633 ('Clerk of Rusper'). Joseph and Margery had possibly seven children.
    1. William Browne was baptised on 5th December 1585 in Horley Surrey. He married Jane Burgess (Burgis) on 20th June 1611 in Rusper, Sussex (Jane was the widow of John Burgess and her maiden name was Jane Mills). He was named as executor in his father Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1633 and as overseer in his uncle Benjamin Brown's Will of 1638. William, Jane & family emigrated to America in 1646. Jane died of smallpox on the voyage and William died between 2-23rd July 1650 in Long Island, living with his daughter Mary Marvin. - see below under Personal History William Brown 1585 & also Documents - William Browne Emigration Documentation.William & Jane had seven children.
      1. Joseph Browne was baptised on 8th August 1613 in Rusper, Sussex. He was admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge on 15th April 1631 (son of William Brown of Rusper) and died at the college in March 1633.
      2. John Browne was baptised on 15th October 1615 in Rusper, Sussex. He was mentioned in his grandfathers 'Will' of 1633. John died of smallpox in 1646 on the voyage to America.
      3. Jane Browne was baptised on 13th September 1618 in Rusper, Sussex and she was buried there on 21stAugust 1620 ('daughter of William & Jane').
      4. Phoebe Browne (Phebe) was baptised on 1st October 1620 in Rusper, Sussex. She married Thomas Lee. Phoebe & Thomas had three children baptised in Rusper, Sussex (Jane 13/09/1640, Phoebe 20/05/1642 & Thomas 29/09/1644 (but one source says Thomas was actually born in 1639)). Phoebe emigrated to America with her parents in 1646, but her husband Thomas died on the voyage with smallpox. She married secondly Greenfield Larrabee in about 1647 and had five children (Greenfield 20/04/1648, John 23/02/1650, Elizabeth 23/02/1653, Joseph 03/03/1656, Sarah 03/03/1658). She married thirdly James Cornish in about 1661 and had one child (James), and maybe one still born. Phoebe died on 22nd December 1664 at Northampton, Massachusetts, America (source 14).
      5. Mary Browne was baptised on 6th October 1622 in Rusper, Sussex. Mary emigrated to America in 1646 with her parents. She married Robert Marvin in 1648 and lived at Southampton and Hempstead, Long Island, America (source 14). Mary & Robert had two children.
      6. Thomas Browne was baptised on 9th January 1625 in Rusper, Sussex. He was mentioned in his grandfathers 'Will' of 1633. He was buried on 7th March 1646 in Rusper, Sussex ('son of William & Jane').
      7. Henry Browne was baptised on 28th December 1626 in Rusper, Sussex. He was mentioned in his grandfather Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1633. Henry emigrated to America either with his parents or the year earlier. Henry probably married firstly Waite Waterman, daughter of Richard and married secondly Hannah Mathewson (Field), widow of James Mathewson and daughter of John Field. He lived at Providence, and possibly had four children (Henry, Richard, Joseph & Phebe). Henry died on 20th February 1703 in Providence, Rhode Island, America (source 14).
    2. Stephen Browne was baptised on 15th May 1588 in East Grinstead, Sussex (this may be the son of another Joseph, but timeline fits). He was admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge in July 1604 and graduated (BA) in 1608 and obtained an MA in 1611 (source 15). He was ordained a Priest on 26th September 1611 (aged 23). He married Elizabeth Kidder on 19th January 1612 in East Grinstead, Sussex (license issued at Lewes on 3rd January and Stephen shown to be a Clerk: suriety Anthony Hogett of Clive near Lewes, clerk (Eastgrinsted)). He was Rector of St Michaels, Southhampon in 1612. He was not mentioned in father Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1633 so assumed he died prior to this but his wife Elizabeth was mentioned (as daughter in law).
    3. Joseph Browne was born about 1590 (source is church inscription -see below. He presumably died prior to 1633 as he was not mentioned in fathers 'Will').
    4. Sarah Browne  (Sara) was baptised on 22nd October 1592 in Rusper, Sussex. She probably firstly married William Lakeir on 29th October 1611 in Rusper, Sussex. As Sarah Laker, widow, she married secondly Arthur Fenner on 9th January 1615 in Rusper, Sussex. Sarah (& Arthur) were mentioned in her father Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1633 (as was her daughter Phoebe). Sarah & Arthur had eight children (not verified)(Sarah, Thomas, Arthur, William, Joseph, John, Phoebe & Samuel. They were all possibly baptised in Horley, Surrey, except Samuel who was baptised in Ifield on 22/09/1622). Possible baptism dates -not verified - are 26/11/1615, 20/07/1617, 17/10/1619, 11/09/1625, 22/06/1628, 13/02/1630 & 05/01/1633. Sarah & Arthur & family probably emmigrated to America in about 1646.
    5. Susan Browne was baptised on 11th January 1596 in Rusper, Sussex. She married Thomas Leachford (shown as Letchford) on 16th September 1619 in Horley, Surrey. Susan (& Thomas) were mentioned in her father Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1633. Thomas & Susan had possibly eight children
    6. Phoebe Browne  (Phebe) was baptised on 12th July 1601 in Rusper, Sussex. She probably married William Simons on 3rd February 1625 in Horley, Surrey (shown as Phobie). Pheobe (& William) were mentioned in her father Joseph Browne's 'Will' of 1633.
    7. John Browne was baptised on 12th August 1604 in Rusper, Sussex. He was buried there on 5th November 1604 ('son of Joseph').
  3. Sarah Browne may have been born about 1569 in Horley, Surrey.  She married John Burstowe on 10th October 1593 in Horley, Surrey.
  4. Benjamin Browne was possibly baptised on 12th October 1571 in Horley, Surrey (Source is Family Search & unconfirmed as not in regsiter - he is not shown in the Horley register as it started in 1584- but see Archives below-item 1).  He was admitted to Christ's College, Cambridge in 1591 (source 15) and was ordained a priest on 13th October 1595 (aged 24). He married Sarah Leachford on 8th October 1596 in Horley, Surrey. Sarah was possibly the daughter of Richard Lechford & Ann Lusher. Benjamin was the Rector of Ifield from 1596 until his death. He was oversear to his brother William's 'Will' of 1633.   Benjamin left a 'Will' dated 21st February 1638 and was buried on 28th August 1638 in Ifield, Sussex ('vicar of Ifield'). Sarah was mentioned in her husband's 'Will' of 1638 and was buried there also on 28th August 1638 ('wife of Benjamin, the vicar of Ifield'). Benjamin and Sarah had eight known children.
    1. Joseph Browne was born on 1st October and was baptised on 8th October 1597 in Ifield, Sussex.  He was buried there on 8th July 1627.
    2. Thomas Browne was baptised on 15th July 1599 in Ifield, Sussex ('son of Benjamin, vicar of Ifield') and was buried there on 29th July 1599 ('son of Benjamin, vicar of Ifield').
    3. Sarah Browne (Sara) was baptised on 24th August 1600 in Ifield, Sussex. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1638 as Sara Tillinghast. Sarah married Pardon Tillinghast (some sites show name as Pardon John) on 26th November 1622 in Charlwood, Surrey. Pardon Tillinghast was mentioned in Benjamin Brown's 'Will' of 1638 as husband of Sarah and as Overseer.
      Pardon was baptised on 29th January 1600 in Streat, Sussex and was the son of John TillinghastAlice Pardon.  (John & Alice had married on 11th April 1597 in Streat, Sussex and had maybe ten children (Ann, Pardon, Mary, John, Robert, Steven, Thomas, Sara, Alice & Simon). John was the Rector of Streat until his death on 25th March 1624 - he left a 'Will' dated 16th December 1623-SFHG library).
      Pardon, Sarah & family possibly emmigrated to America and was mentioned in the William Browne documentation - see below under Documents - William Browne Emigration Documentation.-page 6 (but it may have been his son, Pardon). Pardon & Sarah had seven known children.
      1. John Tillinghast was baptised on 15th October 1623 in Streat, Sussex.
      2. Pardon Tillinghast (some sites show name as Pardon Elisha) was baptised on 3rd January 1625 in Streat, Sussex. Wikipedia (and other sources) states - "It is believed that he served as a soldier under Oliver Cromwell and participated in the battle of Marston Moor. (PB note: There may be some doubt here as he would only be aged 19 - also a number of sites show his birth year as 1622 which is very likely incorrect). Tillinghast settled in Providence, Rhode Island, America and on 19th November, 1645 was admitted a resident and allotted a share as a proprietor. He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Providence from 1678 until his death in 1717. In 1700 at his own expense, Tillinghast built the first meeting-house of the First Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist congregation in America. Tillinghast worked as a merchant and served as a member of the house of deputies (representatives), and in various official posts within the town of Providence. Tillinghast died in Providence, Rhode Island, 19th January, 1718".
      3. Sarah Tillinghast was baptised on 15th November 1627 in Cowfold, Sussex
      4. Benjamin Tillinghast was baptised on 10th January 1630 in Ifield, Sussex.
      5. Anne Tillinghast was baptised on 10th January 1630 in Ifield, Sussex and she was buried there on 12th September 1630 ('daughter of Pardon').
      6. Alice Tillinghast was baptised on 22nd November 1631 in Ifield, Sussex.
      7. Charles Tillinghast was baptised on 4th January 1636 in Ifield, Sussex.
    4. Benjamin Browne was baptised on 27th June 1602 in Ifield, Sussex.  He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1638 as executor. He married Phoebe Carver on 13th April 1624 in Ifield, Sussex and they had three children.
      1. Benjamin Browne was baptised on 16th February 1625 in Ifield, Sussex ('son of Benjamin the younger') and he was buried there on 11th May 1626 ('son of Benjamin the younger').
      2. Benjamin Browne was baptised on 15th March 1629 in Ifield, Sussex ('son of Benjamin the younger') and he was buried there on 15th March 1629 ('son of Benjamin')
      3. Diricke Browne was baptised on 11th April 1630 in Ifield, Sussex ('son of Benjamin the younger') and he was buried there on 23rd July 1630 ('son of Benjamin').
    5. William Browne was baptised on 30th September 1604 in Ifield, Sussex.  He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1638. He married Susanna Cooper 3rd June 1629 in Ifield, Sussex.  He was possibly buried on 16th May 1657 in Ifield (shown as Broune). William Browne & Susanna Cooper had seven known children:
      1. Sarah Browne was baptised on 27th February 1631 in Ifield, Sussex and was buried there on 15th February 1634 ('daughter of William').
      2. William Browne was baptised on 10th February 1633 in Ifield, Sussex and was buried there on 17th March 1634 ('son of William').
      3. Susannah Browne, was baptised on 7th June 1635 in Ifield, Sussex.  She was mentioned in her grandfather Benjamin Brown's 'Will' of 1638. She maybe possibly married Benedict Thorpe  on 14th July 1666 in Buxted, Sussex (Benedict was baptised in Ifield) and had six children (Benedict, Richard, Elizabeth, John, William & Thomas all baptised in Buxted).  The big question here is WHY BUXTED? which is a long way from Ifield. Susannah Brown & Benedict Thorpe are direct ancestors of Mandy Willard-(click to access the relevant page on her site or go to 'Links' to access the site home page)
      4. Benjamin Browne was baptised on 2nd July 1637 in Ifield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his grandfather Benjamin Brown's 'Will' of 1638. It is assumed he had a child.
        1. Benjamin Browne was born about 1660. (derived as no birth record exists). He married Mary. Mary was buried on 22nd June 1705 in Ifield, Sussex ('Wife of Benjamin senior') and Benjamin was buried there on 5th October 1725 (senior'). Benjamin & Mary had four children
          1. Benjamin Browne was born about 1681 (derived as no birth record exists). Benjamin was buried on 15th May 1733 in Ifield, Sussex.
          2. Mary Browne was baptised on 24th July 1683 in Ifield, Sussex.
          3. Thomas Browne was baptised on 24th July 1683 in Ifield, Sussex.
          4. Henry Browne was baptised on 6th April 1690 in Ifield, Sussex.
      5. Thomas Browne was baptised on 21st March 1641 in Ifield, Sussex.
      6. William Browne was baptised on 21st March 1641 in Ifield, Sussex. He possibly married Ann Ranger on 23rd January 1661 in Uckfield, Sussex (I think this is incorrect as it would only be correct if the whole family had moved to Buxted- but cant yet find another suitable William.). William & Ann had five children.
        1. William Browne was baptised on 2nd November 1662 in Buxted, Sussex.
        2. Elizabeth Browne was baptised on 20th February 1665 in Buxted, Sussex.
        3. Anne Browne (Ann) was baptised on 17th March 1667 in Buxted, Sussex.
        4. Mary Browne was baptised on 7th November 1669 in Buxted, Sussex.
        5. Walter Browne was baptised on 19th March 1676 in Buxted, Sussex. He probably married Mary Whitmore on 17th June 1703 in Horley, Surrey. Walter was buried on 21st October 1745 in Nutfield, Surrey. Walter & Mary had six children.
          1. William Browne was baptised on 7th September 1704 in Nutfield, Surrey.
          2. Elizabeth Browne was baptised on 4th September 1706 in Nutfield, Surrey.
          3. Anne Browne was baptised on 22nd October 1708 in Nutfield, Surrey.
          4. Mary Browne was baptised on 22nd October 1708 in Nutfield, Surrey.
          5. Sarah Browne was baptised on 11th March 1710 in Nutfield, Surrey.
          6. Anne Browne was baptised on 9th August 1713 in Nutfield, Surrey.
      7. Sarah Browne was baptised on 31st March 1644 in Ifield, Sussex.
    6. John Browne was baptised on 10th August 1606 in Ifield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1638. John had a child.
      1. Peter Browne was born in about 1630. He was mentioned in his grandfather Benjamin Brown's 'Will' of 1638.
    7. Barnabas Browne was baptised on 27th May 1610 in Ifield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1638. He married firstly Frances Webb on 30th September 1634 in Ifield, Sussex. She was buried there on 10th February 1636 ('Fraunces, wife of Barnabas'). He married secondly Anne Marden on 10th August 1636 in Horley, Surrey and Anne was mentioned in Benjamin Brown's 'Will' of 1638. Barnabas was buried on 27th September 1654 in Ifield, Sussex (shown as Barnabasse). Barnabas & Anne had two children.
      1. Anne Browne was baptised on 26th October 1644 in Ifield, Sussex.
      2. Mary Browne was baptised on 1st October 1648 in Ifield, Sussex.
    8. Mary Browne was baptised on 17th January 1613 in Ifield, Sussex. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1638.
    9. Elizabeth Browne was baptised on 23rd July 1615 in Ifield, Sussex. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1638.
    10. Thomas Browne was baptised on 22nd November 1618 in Ifield, Sussex. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1638.

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William Browne 1534:

William Browne was inducted into the Vicarage of Horley in 1561, by Queen Elizabeth I, and remained there until his death.  He was admitted to Pembroke College , Cambridge in 1546 (source 15).

Horley History Society states Brown, William. A vicar of Horley Church for 52 years. He was inducted in 1561. He died 14th November, 1613 aged 80. His wife was Magdalena, and they had sons, Joseph, and Benjamin, and daughters, Phoebe and Sara. Joseph became rector of Rusper and Bejamin vicar of Ifield. William Brown owned Russell's Farm from which Russell Crescent takes its name. He was also left Rowels Farm (which is where Crawley Sewerage Works is now) and other lands in the Horley area.

In Horley church, on a stone of the north wall of the chancel inside is the curious inscription on a sunken panel with a moulded border to William Brown, 1613, 'pastor' of Horley 50 years, and his two wives, Magdalen, 1604, and Margaret, 1611. In the lower half is a table of his descendants. See photo of William Brown church inscription.

Donnay Casey (descendant of Sarah Brown/John Tillinghast ) commented- "He is said to have been "confronted and fined" for not wearing his surplice sometime during the 1580s, indicating to me that the family had Separatist/Puritan "leanings" very early on....long before Pardon the younger migrated to America".

William Brown 1585: (Family ref 2 A)

William was admitted to Queens College, Cambridge in July 1604 and was ordained a Deacon on 7th June 1612 (aged 26) (source 15). He was Curate of Horley in 1612 during the time his grandfather William was Rector. He was later possibly a Rector (following his father) and then a Schoolmaster in Rusper. William was a witness to the 'Will' of Robert Stone of Rusper dated 2nd October 1615 and also to the 'Will' of John Stone dated 3rd February 1625 (Source 11). With the English Civil war, the Clergy were generally Royalists and were not well thought of which is maybe why William became a School master. In nearby parishes Parson's were being dismissed by Parliament and were being evicted from the rectories (eg West Hoathly Parson Teynton in August 1643) and perhaps the same happened to William at Rusper. William, Jane & family emigrated to America in 1646 to Saybrook, Connecticut, and later to Southampton, Long Island, New York State, where he was a merchant. Jane died of smallpox on the voyage and William died between 2-23rd July 1650 in Long Island, living with his daughter Mary Marvin. - see also below under Documents - William Browne Emigration Documentation.

Additional unverified information on Phoebe's children is as follows: 1.Phoebe Lee m about 1659 John Large and lived on Long Island, 2. Jane Lee m. 1st Samuel Hyde, June 1659 m 2nd John Birchard, 3. Thomas Lee, m. 1st Sarah Kirtland m. 2nd Mary De Wolf, 4. Greenfield Larrabee, d. Feb 3, 1739 m. Alice Park 1762, 5. Elizabeth Larrabee m. 1st Joshua Hempstead m. 2nd John Edgecombe sr, 7. Joseph Larrabee d. Aug 10, 1657, 8. Sarah Larrabee m. John Fox. For other information on the American Lee family see http://www.eastlymehistoricalsociety.org/index_files/Page337.htm

Notes added from John Larrabee (jlarrabee11@verizon.net) the 8th Great Grandson of Phoebe Browne and her 2nd husband, Greenfield Larrabee
It is now believed that it is likely that the ship carrying the Brownes was refused landing in Boston or perhaps Providence, as it would have been known as a "sick ship" and townspeople were known to forcibly refuse landing to such ships fearing that they too would be victimized by the illness .  A very small and undeveloped community, however, might allow the landing, and such was the case with Saybrook at that time.   We do know that the townspeople took pity on Phoebe, her children and her father, and it is thought that they lived for a while with the Griswold family.   Henry Browne, however, was living in Providence in 1646, and he took up a collection amongst his friends there to help buy a house for William & family.  However, both Phoebe and her sister Mary found husbands in the vicinity of Saybrook in 1647, and so the house in Providence was sold.  Greenfield Larrabee and Phoebe then moved in late 1647 or 1648 to a house located on land provided by the Griswolds at Lyme, CT.

Verification & Concerns Returns to 'Top of Page'

  1. William Browne ancestry is unclear.
    1. Michael J. Burchall, a Sussex Family  Historian, on 1 Dec. 1973 said (in "A Tillinghast Genealogy," page 58), " Pardon Tillinghast married Sarah, eldest daughter of Benjamin Browne, Vicar of Ifield. (ie son of William) The Browne family hailed originally from West Hoathly in Sussex, where Benjamin's grandfather had leased the Rectory Manor from the Priory of St. Pancras, Lewes. Soon after the  dissolution of the monasteries Benjamin's uncle had purchased the manor along with other land."
      On the other hand, a year earlier, Mr. Burchall , who transcribed the Horley parish register had said "William Browne was inducted into the Vicarage of Horley in 1561, by Queen Elizabeth I. He remained vicar until his death in 1613, some 52 years. He may have been a younger son of the family of Browne of Betchworth, although his ancestry has not yet been traced". (Source 9)
    2. There are some web sites showing that  he may have been baptised/born in Horley, Surrey on 1st February 1534 , but the reference to being born in Horley has no basis as the parish records did not start until 1584 and the date is inconsistent with the burial record (see verification item 4 ).
    3. There is no clear evidence to show that William of Horley was the son of John & Joan of West Hoathly. However the birth timeline is basically consistent with births of other children of John and Andrew Browne's (son of John) 'Will' is witnessed by a Benjamin Brown. This was usually a cousin/nephew but shows a possible name link to one of William of Horley son's name.The only Benjamin that has been identified in this period was William's son. Against this, William, son of John, is shown as an Overseer to his brother Thomas in 1581 whereas the Horley William was vicar of Horley from 1561 and would presumably not be readily available to supervise his brother’s estate from a distance and no mention appears in the 'Will' of Thomas of the words 'Vicar or Reverand'.
    4. My personal conjecture is that on balance, the naming of Benjamin Browne as a witness shows that he is probably a kinsman to Andrew and therefore William is related to the family of John & Joan. If not his son he is his nephew. I have currently shown him as son, but things may alter as information is found.
    5. However: There may be a related Browne family living in West Hoathly- See John Brown 1490 : verification item 2
    6. Links to Betchworth Brownes: There are a number of tenuous links between this & other family groups and the Betchworth Browne's
      1. Peter Brown, Benjamin Browne and Walter Browne names all tie in with the Betchworth Browne's and the William Brown 1534 Family Group. These three names are relatively uncommon.
      2. Benjamin Brown name also ties in with as a witness to the Will of Andrew Brown, brother of Thomas, of West Hoathly in 1595 in The John Brown 1490 Family Group.
      3. Bridget Browne married John Watson in Dorking in 1582. This has to be Bridget Browne of West Hoathly, daughter of Thomas. (Thomas Brown 1516 Family group), whom definately married a John Watson around this time and to have two do it would be too coincidental. As Bridget had a strong family in West Hoathly, why did she marry in Dorking, unless there was a strong family connection.
  2. The burial transcript of the Horley Parish Register of William Browne on 16th November 1613 has the following note: 'Mr William Browne clereke vicar of Horley having lived there the space of fiftie yeares being of the age of foure score yeares lacking foure monthes depted this mortal life the fourtenth day of November and was buried the 16th of the same month' .
  3. Three other marriages of Brown's were recorded in Horley at this time and as no other families existed in the area the people may have been part of the family group but no birth details yet found. The marriages are a) Esther Brown to Nicholas Garder on 15/11/1593 b) Edward Browne to Agnes Cruste on 13/10/1600, c) Sicily Brown to John Lewis on 23/10/1617 . One other marriage was recorded in Rusper: Judith Brown 25/07/1614 to William Ireland. Except for an odd one or two, no further baptisms, marriages or burials of Browne's are recorded in Horley or Rusper until 1750's.
  4. In Ifield reference is made in the Parish Register to a) Walter son of William baptised 30/10/1590, b) Phoebe dau of Walter baptised 1/8/1624 , c) Elizabeth dau of Walter baptised 4/10/1618 (baseborn from the body of Elizabeth Hampson) and died 14/8/1621, d) Cicely dau of Walter  baptised on 12/07/1622 .
    William died 1609 (and his estate was granted administration on 3/12/1610) and Margery (a widow, but possibly William's wife) died 1629. Besides the families of Benjamin, Barnabas & William, no further baptisms, marriages or burials of Browne's are recorded in Ifield until 1680's.
    The Phoebe name links to other familes as does the Walter name to 1676
  5. 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.
  6. For Family 4 E, Source 1 says Susanna may have been buried on 26th August 1656 in Buxted, Sussex ('wife of William'). However there was another William Brown in Buxted at that time who had married a Susanna Pelham in 1642. However there is the issue of did daughter Susannah get married in Buxted. If so did the whole family moved to Buxted. There is no clear proof of this but the some facts possibly fit the assumption.
  7. Initially I had doubts about the claim that William Browne 1585 emmigrated to America in 1645 as a) he was quite old (60) at that time and b) William's son Thomas was buried in Rusper on 07/03/1646 so William & Jane would still be in Rusper in 1646 as shown 'son of William & Jane'. In addition I cannot find the marriage of Phoebe Brown in Rusper to Thomas Lee. However there were Lee children born in Rusper to parents Thomas & Phoebe. The details contained in the New London County Historical Society book (see below) convinced me that the information was correct.
Documents Returns to 'Top of Page'

William Browne Emigration Documentation

  1. Records and papers of the New London County Historical Society, Volume 3 By New London County Historical Society (Conn.) Important paper validating William emmigration details . The link provides a copy of the relevant pages.

Wills:

  1. William Browne (Family ref top) left a @will' that was proved in 1613 (ref LMA-DW/PA/ 05/1613/019).
  2. William Brown estate was granted Administration on 3rd December 1610 (Lewes B3.P225).
  3. Joseph Browne (Family ref 2) left a 'Will' dated 16th July 1633. (Chichester STCI/18 278). It mentions his daughters Susan Leachford wife of Thomas (& her daughter Phebe), Sara Fenner wife of Arthur & Phebe Simons wife of William; his son William (executor) and his wife Jane (& their sons John, Thomas & Henry); DaughterIn law: Elizabeth and Others: Mary Fowler (maid), Robert Matthew, Eleanor Evershed (maid), Joseph Bristowe . Oversears: Benjamin Browne & Arthur Fenner. The link is to a transcript of the Will.
  4. Benjamin Browne (Family ref 4) left a 'Will' that was dated 21st February 1638 and was proved on 4th September 1638 (Lewes A25.P143). The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. In the 'Will' he mentions his wife Sara (executor); his sons Benjamin (executor), William, Barnabus (& his wife Anne), Thomas, John; his daughters Sara (& husband Pardon Tillingharst), Mary, Elizabeth; his granddaughter Susanna (dau of William); his grandsons Peter (son of John), Benjamin (son of William); his grandmother Elphick. Overseers were Pardon Tillingast of Bishopston (my sonne in lawe) & my loving kinseman Mr Willam Browne of Rusper.

  5. Walter Browne estate was granted Administration on 27th February 1629 (Lewes B6.P50)

Archives: (Sxfg People Index)

  1. Benjamin Browne (Family ref 4): Date of Deposition : 1st June 1608 WSRO Reference : 11/104; Source Number  122  Entry ref :   61251
    Occupation : Clerk & Vicar of Ifield. Residence : Ifield (12). Age : 35 Birthplace : Horley SRY

    Past residences : Limpsfield SRY (0.75) Horley SRY (1)  Cambridge Univy  (4)
  2. William Browne (Family ref 2A): Date of Deposition : 5th November 1636 WSRO Reference : 15/295; Source Number  122  Entry ref :   62597
    Occupation : Gent; Residence : Rusper (20). Age : 58 Birthplace : Horley SRY
  3. John Browne: Date of Deposition : 8th April 1636 WSRO Reference : 15/272 Source Number  122   Entry ref :   62564
    Occupation : Husbandman
    Residence : Horsham (35). Age : 35 Birthplace : Horsham
  4. Barbabas Browne (Family ref 4G): 1642: of Ifield, East Sussex;  Contribution 2s ref 9528
  5. RUSSELLS FARM, HORLEY: DEEDS, 1604 - 1899 Reference Number: G32 : Surrey History Centre archives
    1. G32/1 - Enfeoffment by William Browne of Horley, clerk, to his son Joseph Browne of Rusper, Sussex, clerk, of Russells Farm, Horley, reserving the use of it during his life; 15 Oct 1604
    2. G32/2 - Release of Russells Farm by Joseph and William Browne of Rusper, clerks, to Richard and Joan Denbye of Reigate; 1 Nov 1614
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Ancestors of Mandy Willard:
  2. Sussex Parish Registers – Ifield, Rusper, Buxted
  3. Surrey Parish Registers - Horley
  4. Sussex Record Society -  East Grinstead Parish Registers 1558-1661:
  5. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  6. Lewes Will Microfilm
  7. Sussex Family History Group - Sussex Marriage Index CD
  8. Surrey Family History Group- Surrey Marriage Index CD
  9. Adrian Channing: re John Browne & Joseph Browne- West Hoathly: Archiver > GEN-MEDIEVAL > 2002-12 & 2001-11
  10. Family Search.org  (Latter day Saints): For initial identification of details only
  11. Robert & John Stone Wills: Wills held by 'Mid Sussex Roots' -see links
  12. Sayer, Isted & Scarlett Branch: (Ref: http://www.rgreen.org.uk/Sayer.html#P3 )
  13. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism & Burial records
  14. The New London County Historical Society, Volume 3
  15. Cambridge University past students 1200-1900 (see Links)
  16. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites