Peter Browne

Peter Browne

Dorking, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
Death 4 Oct 1633 (aged 38)
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 162880074 · View Source
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Peter Browne was born in Dorking, Surrey, England and baptised on 26 Jan 1595. His father was William Browne of Dorking. His siblings: Jane; Thomas; Samuel; John and James.

Peter was a neighbor of the Mullins family in Dorking, together they all emigrated from England in Sep 1620 on the Mayflower sailing ship, heading for the new world. They were among the first citizens to start the Massachusetts Bay Colony. With 102 passengers and a crew about one-third in number, the ship had little room for privacy or hygiene. By the time the ship arrived at Plymouth, many were sick or had died, many more died in the first winter at Massachusetts Bay.

The Mayflower landed on Cape Cod in Nov 1620. After many days and several attempts to depart for their original destination, Virginia Colony, they were forced to return to Cape Cod. Together and with a common cause, the travelers/settlers from England assembled the men with the purpose of writing a declaration. This document is known as the Mayflower Compact and was signed by all eligible male inhabitants of the New Plymouth Colony. Peter Browne was among the signers of the Mayflower Compact.

Peter Browne of the "Mayflower" resided in Plymouth Colony and made his home there. His name can still be seen on a copy of the document which hangs on a wall in one of the buildings. Descendants of Peter Browne feel the pride today of their ancestor Peter Browne of Plymouth Colony.

Peter married the widow Martha Ford who arrived a year later on the ship "Fortune." Her husband had apparently died after leaving England, before their arrival in the new world. Martha had a {Ford} son the day they landed but he too was very quickly another casualty of the conditions. She arrived in the new world with two other living Ford children:
(1) John Ford;
(2) Martha Ford.

Peter and Martha had two children:
(1) A daughter, Mary Browne, born about 1626, married Ephraim Tinkham in Plymouth bef 27 Oct 1647, died after Nov 1689.
(2) A daughter, Priscilla Browne, born about 1628, married William Allen in Sandwich on 21 Mar 1649, they had eight children, died after 17 Feb 1698.

Martha died about 1630, and Peter Browne remarried to a woman named Mary whose surname is not recorded.
Peter had two more children with his second wife:
(1) Rebecca Browne, born about 1631, died after March 9, 1699, married William Snow by about 1654.
(2) A child born by 1633, died by 1647.

Following Browne’s death, his widow Mary was made administrator of his estate on 11 Nov 1633. She was ordered by the court to pay 15 pounds to John Doane who would raise Peter's daughter Mary from his first marriage; the same amount was payable to William Gilson for the care of Peter and Martha's other daughter Priscilla. Mary raised the children from her first marriage as well as the two infants from her marriage to Peter, they were age two and newborn at the time of Peter's death. She retained the balance of 1/3 of Peter’s estate.

At age seventeen, Mary and Priscilla Browne asked the Plymouth Court to have their custody reassigned to their paternal uncle, John Browne, who had arrived in later years and settled in nearby Duxbury, Mass.

Peter Browne died shortly before October 10, 1633, when the inventory of his property was taken. His actual date of death was not recorded in Plymouth. Both he and his first wife Martha are buried at Burial Hill in Plymouth. The site of his Plymouth Colony home is on Leyden Street.
Came over on the Mayflower
Is a great Grandfather from eight generations ago.
Brave Person withstood the hardships of being one of this
countries First CitizensBorn by about 1600, based on estimated date of marriage. Came from Dorking, Surrey to Plymouth Colony in 1620 on the MAYFLOWER. Died in Plymouth between 25 March 1633 (tax list) and 10 October 1633 (inventory).
Married (1) by 1626 widow MARTHA FORD, who died in 1630 or 1631.
Married (2) by 1631 Mary _____, who survived her husband by at least one year, but was probably dead by 1647 when one of her daughters sold land without referring to the widow's dower rights.
He also had 2 children with Martha: Mary (Brown) Tinkham & Priscilla (Brown) Allen.He had 2 more with his 2nd wife: Rebecca (Brown) Snow & a child that died young.
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Browne (26 Jan 1595–4 Oct 1633), Find a Grave Memorial no. 162880074, citing Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Sherriff Hahn (contributor 47648087) .