John Brown John Brown

JOHN2 BROWN  (RICHARD1) Christened April 12, 1604, St. Thomas, Bristol, Gloucester, England, and died Aft. 1659 of New Harbour, Maine.  He married JOAN. A Robert Allen who went back to England in 1658 deposed that he had known one John Brown of New Harbour in New England 17 yrs. and had often been told by him that his father was Richard Brown of Barton Regis, co. Gloucestershire, and that he married with Margaret, daughter of Francis Hayward of Bristol, wayte player. Allen called him a mason but he is called smith in Maine deeds. The hundred of Barton Regis, contained four parishes, one of them Mangotsfield, making the northerly suburbs of Bristol.  A John Brown, s of Thomas Browne (?) of Margotsfield, was appr 20 Nov 1611 to Robert North blacksmith and was duly made citizen of Bristol 12 Feb 1624/5.  James Phipps, s of William Phipps born in Mangotsfield, was apprenticed 1 Mar 1625-6 to John Brown of Bristol, blacksmith and Joan, his wife for 8 yrs. Discrepencies have not been reconciled but the father of Sir William Phips, James of Woolwich, was a gunsmith.
Early Maine records indicate that a John Brown, described as a blacksmith from Bristol, and his wife, Joan, were living in Pemaquid, Maine, prior to 1639. We can only speculate as to whether John Brown, the blacksmith in Pemaquid, was the same man to whom James Phips was apprenticed in Bristol. It is conceivable that John Brown was instrumental in getting Phips to come to the Maine coast, possibly as a helper.  (Maine Made Guns & Their Makers - Dwight B. Demeritt Jr.)
In 1625 land was sold by Samoset to fur trader John Brown by Indians, included the Damariscotta and Bristol areas.  (History of Bath, Maine.)  John Brown probably was the 1st permanent settler of Maine.  He and wife Margaret coming from Bristol, England in 1622.  They lived there 17 years and had a family of 4 daughters and a son, John Jr.. (History of Woolwich, Maine)  John was the son of Richard Brown of Barton Regis Co. Gloucester.  Margaret was the daughter of Francis Hayward of the city of Bristol.  John's trade was that of a mason and was still living in New Harbor in 1659.  (Savage's Genealogical Dictionary)
In the fall of 1639, John Brown and Edward Bateman purchased land from the Indian chief Manowormet (called Robin Hood) "of Negwasset, in America... for 1 hogshead of corn and 30 pumpkins" - all lands between Sagadahoc and Sheepscot Rivers, Great Pond on the north and Nequasseg River on the south - the present site of Woolwich, Maine.  John Brown and his family moved to that area and lived there for 7 years.  In 1646 he sold his interest in the grant to Bateman, and moved back to New Harbor.  Bateman sold his interest in the land grant to James Cole, who in turn sold to Boston investors Thomas Clarke and Thomas Lake in 1658.  (History of Woolwich, Maine)   There were few settlers here at that time.
"The first conveyance of Robinhood was executed in 1639, when he sold to Edward Bateman and John Brown, of Pemaquid, the whole of the present town of Woolwich, then called Nequasseag, extending from Kennebec to Sheepscot River.
Soon after their purchase the grantees sold Phipps point, situated on the westerly side of the latter river, to James Phipps and John White.  The site is still known as the birthplace of Sir William Phips in 1651.
The residue of Nequasseag above Phipps Point upon the Sheepscot side was aquired later, through mesne conveyances, by Thomas Clark and Thomas Lake, of Boston." (Spencer's Pioneers on Maine Rivers)
This pioneer was a tenant of Aldworth and Elbridge, and the alleged  Indian deed given him by Samoset, of land at New Harbor, has furnished a basis for the claim that there were settlers at Pemaquid in 1625.  Moreover, in 1660, Samuel Maverick asserted that Robert Aldworth, mayor of Bristol, had transported colonists to Pemaquid during the same year in which the Brown deed purports to to have been dated, but the Massachusetts authority was writing long afterward and at a distance, and his allusion must have been to Monhegan, which was regarded as part of the Pemaquid premises.  However, the patent issued to Aldworth and Elbridge fixed the date of their settlement at 1628.
 The Samoset deed to John Brown was forged more that a century later.  Two hundred years ago such a statement would have met strenuous denial, because the title to a tract of land twenty-five miles long and eight miles wide --- equivalent to four full townships --- was based upon the authenticity of the alleged deed.  Now, neither public sentiment nor private interest requires recognition of its validity, and it is unfortunate that mention of it must be associated with the earliest period of Maine history, where its omission might be misconstrued.
Samoset, one of the supposed grantors, was the most noted Indian in New England.  In 1619, he had associated with Dermer; in 1621, he had sought the acquaintance of Plymouth colonists; and , in 1623, he was a persistent attendant of Levett at Casco.  Unnongoit, the other grantor, does not appear again in any relation.   Brown and his son-in-law Richard Pearce were friendly with the natives and transmitted some account of Samoset to their descendants.  Depositions of Brown's grandchildren, taken more than a century later, proved that they had known many of the earliest settlers by name.  With selfish motives and such an historical background it was not difficult to fabricate an Indian deed. Apparently, that was just what happened.
The settlement at Bristol was known first as Pemaquid.  The patent, issued in the spring of 1632, disclosed the year of settlement as 1628--probably at Monhegan.  Legal seizin was not taken until 1633.  Five years later the plantation, then a mere fishing hamlet, was called Aldworth Town.
Late in 1639, when Brown and Edward Bateman bought the whole of Woolwich from Robinhood, the grantees were described as residents of Pemaquid.  Soon after the purchase they removed to their new property, upon which only an Indian house or wigwam was then standing.
In 1654, Brown was still residing at Woolwich when he signed the articles of submission to New Plymouth, which had just extended its jurisdiction down the Kennebec from Cushnoc.
In 1658, the Woolwich interests of Bateman and Brown had all been sold to James Cole, James Phipps and John White, by various conveyances.  Brown's acknowledgement of his release in 1664 described him as a resident of Pemaquid, but "lately of Nequasseag" (Woolwich).  In this connection the sworn statement of Robert Allen, of Sheepscot, taken at Bristol, England, February 12, 1659-60, refererred to Brown as a mason of New Harbor; the deponent also testified that he had known that mechanic for seventeen years; that his father's name was Richard....." (Spencer's Pioneers on Maine Rivers)

Walter Philips son in law James Smith lived on the w margin of the lower or salt water falls at Damariscotta. John Brown's residence was nearly opposite that of Smith's.  Robert Scott occupied a plantation above Brown's on the same side of the river, and opposite Taylor's, the neighbor of Walter Philips.  Brown and his neighbors were forced to flee in the first Indian war, at which time Walter Philips, James Smith, and John Taylor, on the w margin of the Damariscotta at the lower falls, and John Brown, Jr., and Robert Scott on the e were the sole residents where the villages of Newcastle and Damariscotta now stand.  (Ancient Dominions of Maine - Sewall)

Children of JOHN BROWN and JOAN are:
 i. FRANCIS3 BROWN, b. Abt. 1632; d. Aft. 1674. Witnessed Indian deed 1666, sold land at New Harbor, last mentioned 1674.
2. ii. JOHN BROWN, b. Abt. 1635; d. Aft. February 09, 1719/20, of Sheepscot, Maine - of Framingham, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts?.
3. iii. MARGARET BROWN, b. 1638.
4. v. ELIZABETH BROWN, b. 1642, Muscongus, Lincoln Co., Maine; d. 1703.
 vi. EMINE BROWN, b. 1645.

Generation No. 2

2.  JOHN3 BROWN (JOHN2, RICHARD1)9,10 was born Abt. 163511,12, and died Aft. February 09, 1719/20 of Sheepscot, Maine - of Framingham, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts?13,14. 1665   "Thomas Gent built a house at Damariscotta on land given him by his father in law Taylor, who owned and occupied a tract of land beginning at the three coves and running on a straight line into the fresh meadows to a point of land lying on the north side of "Walter Philips' cart path" on the west side of Damariscotta river.  Taylor's possession embraced the oyster shell banks above the bridge. Walter Philips was the neighbor of Taylor and Gent, on the west side margin of the Damariscotta at the falls.  John Brown, the son of John Brown of New Harbor, owned a house on the opposite bank, the eastern shore of Damiscotta at the falls, --- owning and occupying a large tract of land there.  Robert Scott lived a neighbor to Brown, and northwesterly from Brown's dwelling house, opposite the oyster shell banks."  (Ancient Dominions of Maine - Sewall)
"That same year (1665) John, son of the immigrant Brown, took up residence in  Damariscotta below the fall.  He was born in 1635 and had lived with his father for thirty years at Pemaquid, Woolwich and New Harbor."

Child of JOHN BROWN is:

3.  MARGARET3 BROWN (JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1638.  She married (1) MORRIS CHAMBLET.    She married (2) ALEXANDER GOULD 1660.  He was born 1636 of New Harbor, Maine. Had a deed of gift of a tract of land at Broad Bay from her father John Brown of New Harbor 8 Aug 1660. Daus Margaret, Mary & Elizabeth. [Eastern claims] One of these daus married James Stilson who petitioned Andros in 1689 giving some of these facts
5. i. MARGARET4 GOULD, b. 1660, New Harbor, Lincoln Co., Maine; d. February 1750/51, Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
 ii. MARY GOULD, b. Abt. 1662, Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
 iii. ELIZABETH GOULD, b. 1664, Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
 iv. ARTHUR GOULD, b. Abt. 1666, Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

4.  ELIZABETH3 BROWN (JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1642 in Muscongus, Lincoln Co., Maine, and died 1703.  She married RICHARD PIERCE 1673.  He was born 1625, and died 1701. He was a carpenter, of Muscongus, bought land at Round Pond and Pemaquid river 1/9/1641 of Samoset
 ii. FRANCIS PIERCE, d. Bef. 1729, of Manchester, of Beverly; m. LYDIA. Only surviving child, Elizabeth b. Mar 22, 1700; m. 1718 Edward Clark of Gloucester
 iv. MARGARET PIERCE, d. December 28, 1688, Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut; m. (1) LONG; m. (2) THOMAS POPE. (dau Elizabeth m. in Milton 1710 Simes Langley later of Norwich, CT; m. 2d in Dorchester Nov 18, 1681 Thomas Pope (ch Elizabeth m. in Plymouth 1706 Nathan Ward; Mindwell m. Wm Huxley of Suffield).
6. vii. RICHARD PIERCE, b. Abt. 1647; d. Bef. 1734, of Marblehead, Massachusetts.
 viii. JOHN PIERCE, b. Abt. 1652.
 ix. GEORGE PIERCE, b. 1666; d. 1734, of Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. REBECCA. Children recorded Beverly 1701-1716: Abigail, Rebecca, William, George, Elizabeth, Mary.
7. x. MARY PIERCE, b. 1674, Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut; d. September 18, 1738, Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Generation No. 3

5.  MARGARET4 GOULD (MARGARET3 BROWN, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1660 in New Harbor, Lincoln Co., Maine, and died February 1750/51 in Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  She married (1) JOHN STILSON.  He was born Abt. 1660 in Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  She married (2) MORRIS CHAMBLET.  He was born 1642.
8. i. JAMES5 STILSON, b. Abt. 1680.
 ii. SAMUEL5 CHAMBLET, b. Abt. 1680.

6.  RICHARD4 PIERCE (ELIZABETH3 BROWN, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1647, and died Bef. 1734 of Marblehead, Massachusetts.  He married MARY.  Coaster/fisherman, of Marblehead MA. One R.P. and w. Mary of Manchester 1692 were grandchildren of Richard Woodis. In 1744 his son Richard deposed that his parents lived at Smelt Cove except during Indian wars and he often visited them. The father was of Marblehead 1717, age 70; Muscongus 1718-1721 and son John deposed that he went there abt 1722 and brought his father and family away. Marblehead 1729; died by 1734. Children: child baptized at Marblehead Oct 27, 1700; Richard,  age 30 in 1720, m. Sept 22, 1713 Hannah Basset, Marblehead 1734, Muscongus 1737, and mtg the house he had built at Smelt Cove, in 1744, 1752 he deposed he knew the indian language and had been abt 27 yrs a trader with them at the East; Deacon John, baker, Marblehead m. Nov 30, 1715 Elizabeth Merritt and had later wives. Age abt 70 in 1764, abt 76 in 1770, d 1784; Robert m. Dec 10, 1717 Mary Merritt; Joseph; Thomas; Benjamin; Mary m. Edward Surriage; Hannah w. of Joseph Morse who is a difficulty.
In 1719 Wm deeded 100 a at Muscongus to nephew J.M. of Marblehead, baker, adjacent tract Morse had from his father and mother Richard and Mary pearce; Joseph Morse m. Hannah Man in Boston in 1735, in 1737 deeded Muscongus land to son-in-law Alex Young of Boston (m. Rebecca Man 1738) with mention of "my brother Richard Pearce."
Children of RICHARD PIERCE and MARY are:
 i. JOHN5 PIERCE, b. Abt. 1696, baker; d. 1784; m. ELIZABETH MERRITT November 30, 1715. Had son JOHN PEARCE born Marblehead, MA; m. ELIZABETH DIXEY August 19, 1746 and had son John b. 1752, Marblehead, MA; d. 1827 at Marblehead.  He was in Revolutionary War, Master's Mate on Frigate "Boston" & "Thorne", and m. ELIZABETH ROGERS DOLIBAR, widow of JOHN DOLIBAR. They had; Lucy born 9/5/1790, d. 2/12/1860 Cooper, Washington Co., ME (m.  6/26/1808 JOHN HANCOCK SMITH b. 11/15/1786 Orland ME; d. 5/25/1870 Edmunds, ME; and had: Haskell Wood born 1809 married Deborah Harrison; Frances Warren born 1811; George Washington born 1813; Rhonda H. born 1815 widow of Girden D. Palmeter; Rogers Pearce; John Hancock; Ezra Whitman); Lydia; Lydia; Elizabeth; Samuel; John
 vii. RICHARD PIERCE, b. Abt. 1690; m. HANNAH BASSET.

7.  MARY4 PIERCE (ELIZABETH3 BROWN, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born 1674 in Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died September 18, 1738 in Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.  She married NATHANIEL HAMILTON/HAMBLIN April 10, 1695 in Marblehead, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He was born March 27, 1671 in Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
 i. MARY5 HAMILTON, b. April 04, 1700, Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Generation No. 4

8.  JAMES5 STILSON (MARGARET4 GOULD, MARGARET3 BROWN, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1680.  He married HANNAH ODIORNE October 04, 1705 in Canada.  She was born June 30, 1673.
 i. JAMES6 STILSON, b. Abt. 1712, New Castle, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire.

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