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THE

BROWNS of NOTTINGHAM.



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INDEX TO NAMES OTHER THAN BROWN.



Allen, 10.

Baker, 11.
Barnard, 14.
Barret, 10.
Beeson, 8, 10.
Bond, 11.
Butterfield, 7.

Carter, 11.
Chandlee, 12.
Churchman, 1.7.8,11,1
Clayton, 4, 6.
Clothier, 8.
Coale, 7.
Cope, 14.
Coulson, 14.
Cowgill, 7, 8.

Davis, 7.

Dewshury, 1, 2, 4.
Dutton, 7.

Elgar, 9, 11.
Embree, 9, 18.
England, 12.

Ferris, 12.
Foster, 11.



Gatchel, 9, 11.
Gilbert, 11.
Gregg, 9.

Hadley, 9.
Haines, 8, 15.
Harris, 8.
Hewes, 11.

Howell, 8.

James, 7.
2Job ; 11.
John, 8.
Johnson. 17.
Jones, 9.



Keith, 4, 5.
King, 12.
Kirk, 7, 14, 15.



Lewden, 12.
Littler, 12.
Long, 11.

Matthews, b'.
Maule, 9, 12.
Mercer, 6.
Moore, 15.
Morris, 11.



Naylor, 14.
Needham. 11.
Norton, 8„10.

Oldham, 9.

Persons, 7.
Piggott, 7.
Pugh, 10.

Reynolds. 5, 7; 8.
Richards, 7.
Rogers, 8, 11, 13, 15.

Sidwell, 11, 14.
Sinkler. 7.
Slater, 9. 10.
Stedman. 12.
Stubbs, 15.

Taylor, 7, 15.

Way, 10.
Williams. 6.
Wilson, 9. 10-
Winter, 7.

Yearsley, 7.




INDEX TO CHRISTIAN NAMES.



Abigail, 9, 13, Hannah, 8,10,11,12,
Abner, 13, 16, 14.15,16,17-

Ahnira, 18, Henry, 10.

Amos, 17, Huldah, 17, 18.
Amy, 16.

Ann, 7,10,11,13,14. Isaac, 9, 13,

Isaiah, 12,

Benjamin, 14, Israel, 12, 13,
Betty, 17.

Jacob. 10,11,14,17.

Caleb. 14, 17. James, 1, 6, 7, 8, 12.
Catharine, 10,11,13, 13, 17.

17. Jane, 10, 14,

Daniel, 7, 9, 13. Jehu, 14. K

David, 10,13,14,16. Jeremiah. 7,9.12,13,



Deborah, 15, 17-
Dinah. 17.



Edward, 12, 17.
Edwin, 18,
Eleazer. 11.
Elgar, 12.
Eli, 14.
Elihu, 13, 16.
Elijah, 12/
Elisha, 12, 15, 17
Elizabeth, 9,10,11,13, Kemston, 16
14,16,17. Kirk, 16.



14, 15.

Jesse, 13, 14,
Joanna, 15.
Joel, 13, 16.
John, 7,10.11,13.14,

15,16,17.
Joseph, 7,9,11,13,14,

17.
Joshua, 9, 12, 15.
Josiah, 15, 18.



Enieline, 17.
Esther, 12,18.
Ezra, 14,

Gainer, 17.
George, 13, 14.
Gideon, 17.
Gulielma, 17.



Levi, 14, 15, 17.
Lewis, 17.
Lydia, 11, 13, 16.

Margaret, 8, 14, 16.
Margery. 7.
Mary, 7,8,10,11,12,
13, 15, 17, 18.



Mercer, 7, 10. 14,
Mialrua, 18.
Mira, 17,
Miriam, 13.

Nathan, 11, 13.

Patience, 9. 12,
Phebe, 11, 18.
Prudence, 14. 16.

Rachel. 9,11,12,13,

14,15,16,18.
Rebecca, 11,13,17,18,
Richard, 7, 10.
Robert, 14. 17,
Ruthanna, 17.

Samuel, 8,11,12,13,

17. 18.
Sarah, 11,12,13,15,

16.
Slater, 15.
Stephen, 9, 13, 16,
Susanna, 11.

Thomas, 8,11,15,17.
Timothy, 9, 13, 16.

Uriah, 14.

William, 1,6,7,8,9,10,
11,12,13,14,16,17.



CORRECTIONS.



No. 180, Lydia, born 7mo 25th, 1791.
No. 234, Joseph R..



The following Account concerning William Brown senioi
a$d some of his predecessors and connections, (he being one of the
tfirst settlers in Nottingham,) was taken in writing in the year
and was produced and read at the monthly meeting held at East
Nottingham, the 28th of th$ 1st mouth. J.786, and being approved,
•was allowed to be entered on record in the book for births and
burials, belonging to said monthly meeting; as it was apprehended
to contain some profitable memorandums concerning the pious an-
3tors of many living in these parts.

Certify' d on the said Meeting's behalf,

By GEORGE CHURCHMAN.



An account of the eonvincement, and some remarkable cir-
cumstances relating to the father of the above named William
Brown senior, in England; whose name is believed to have been
o William, and whose sons William and James came over to
le in Pennsylvania in early times, tho' not in the first vessels
that arrived.

The latter residence of their said father was supposed to be in
Bedfordshire, or Northamptonshire, in a village or parish called
Puddington, near Wellingborough; though before, it is said his
dwelling was in another part of England, of which we have no
clear account.

By his son's relation he was some time in communion with the

Baptists, afterwards joining with the sect called Puritans, and is

said to have been a teacher among both, and a seeking, religious

man whose mind was drawn into careful endeavours after the

mity of Life. About the first going forth of that eminent min-

ter of the Gospel, William Bewsbury, he came to the town where

ris pious man. dwelt, who observed him as he was passing along,

and taking notice of the solidity of his countenance invited him to

• urn in and break bread with him; who accepted the invitation,

and when they sat down the said William Brown had a little cere-

nony or what is called grace before meat. William Bewsbury was

invited to help himself but sitting in a grave manner he replied

" if thou wilt first partake with me I shall be free to partake with

thee." After a short silence he was drawn forth in Testimony

beginning with these words, " Earth! Earth! hear the word of

the Lord;" branching out in a powerful manner which effectually

reached and convinced this religious man. After this lie accom-



panied W. Dewsbury on the way towards a neighboring village
and recommended liim to a certain man's house, who was likewise
religionslj inclined and was also effectually convinced on TV. D.'s

When William Brown came hack his wife asked him wherefore he
ight that madman to their house: he answered "why woman
he hath brought the Eternal Truth i fGod to us." She was some-
what affected and did not then know the meaning ofitj but becoming
more inuw. . . jhtful, she was also convinced.

William Dewsbury returning some time afterwards, it is men-
tioned that William Brown obtained leave for him to attend at the
Parish Church, so called, and by his powerful testimony there
many people were convinced. But the Priests and others who
hard hearted were much enraged against Friends, becoming
cruel both in speech and ill treatment; terming the power which
attended their ministry, witchcraft, and endeavouring to stir up
I e secution, which greatly incr< ■<■ I in those days.

Aiu-r the said William Brown's convincement his landlord sent
him a couple of young hounds to iced and raise for him. being a
wild airy man and given to sporting and merriment, but his tenant
was not free to give countenance to such vain diversions and there-
tore did not comply with his desire. — at which his landlord was
much displeased, and having generally paid his rent at a set time
everv half year to a steward appointed to receive the rents, he had
not been careful to demand receipts, the steward appearing honest
and trusty; but the landlord out of humour with him as above
hinted, taking advantage of his neglect, came and demanded the
rent. He told him it was paid at the proper day. The landlord
then queried if he had a receipt, to whom he answered "jS t o." as
he had not been in the way of asking receipts, expecting there
would be n uon: yet the cruel man said "except you will

take your oath that it is paid, you shall pay it to me:" and being
of tender conscience on that account because he believed our Sav-
iour .had forbidden, all swearing, this Friend had to pay his rent
over again. After this the landlord was bitter and not fond of see-
ing him. being probably condemned in himself for such usage, yet
tamed him off the farm, and Friends at that time being viewed in
an unfavourable light by many because of their singularity and
conscientious .scruples in divers matters which differed from the
corrupt way.- of the world, it occasioned him considerable difficulty
before he found another farm to settle on to his mind.

From his industry and upright conduct on the second farm he
was in good repute and much in favor with his new landlord. The
Lord prospered him in his worldly affairs and otherwise.

The time of the decease of this valuable man is computed to be
about the year I664 r having been an approved minister. On his
death bed and near the cl se fhislifehewas abundantly favoured
vitli a sense of the Divino presence near him. greatly to his comfort
and the encouragement of his children, in a holy conformity to the
srossof^ hrist. whereby the sting of death is removed, and the soul



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^enabled to triumph oyer H.ell and the grase. For although, fts
the trial of the faith and patience of his saints, and for the further-
ance of his own purpose in spreading Gospel light and glory in fchg
Earth to discover the corruptions of men in their empty forms of
religion, and to shake the Kingdom of Antichrist, the Lord may
permit his chosen servants to pass through great tribulations and
persecutions, yet he manitesteth himself to be a rich rewarder of
those who are diligent to seek and serve him through all that is
suffered to come upon them, of which it appears ( by the account
.mentioned by his sou William aforesaid,) this faithful friend, our
predecessor, was a living witness in his latter days; expressing af-
.ter this manner to his wife before he departed, " although the Lord
whom I have sought and served, hath been my staff and comfort
through life — he hath often .manifested his power to me eminent-
ly, yet his divine favor seems now to be more than ever before;
and for thy comfort he hath even shewed me that thou shalt live
to bring up all our children, and they shall be blessed and he all
favoured to keep their habitations in the Truth;" which was ful-
filled according to the account given by his said son. who men-
tioned, "lama witness that this was a true prophecy, for I am
the youngest of his nine children, ( he having had six sons beside,
and two daughters,) who all lived and were favoured to die in unity
with Friends."

William Brown, son of the aforesaid Friend, by the account we
have was born about the year 1656,and was perhaps not more than
eight years old at his fathers death. He hinted a remarkable cir-
cumstance that occurred in his very young years, nearly as follows,
viz. In or about the year 1663, persecutions in England having
arisen very high and hot against Friends for attending their re-
ligious meetings &c; his parents had suffered greatly and were
much stripped of their property for lines &c, and he though a
child about seven years of age, became very thoughtful of the
cause of these things; the old adversary, Satan, persuading him
that such a religion was not right that occasioned people to be
brought under so great difficulty on account of it, and that he who
required such things of them was a hard master and not a good
being. These insinuations became so strong in his mind that one
night after he went to bed, he was sorely tempted to curse the
Almighty; under which trial a great terror came over him; — he
was afraid to do so, and thereupon roared out aloud, which affright-
ed his mother that she came to his bedside to see what ailed him;
but being favoured to resist the tempter, he was quickly helped so
far over the temptation as to stop crying out, ( being ashamed to
tell his mother what happened to him,) and before she came to
him he was quiet again. His mother observing him so. concluded
he had been asleep and was affected by a dream, so returned with-
out speaking to him. He kept his condition to himself and did not
discover it to any one at that time, and being thus preserved, he
was not tried with the like again. It had a tendency to open his
understanding and to convince him fully that his parents were



right and that the religion they suffered fur, was the truth itself,
which iu the eud makcth men free indeed, and enables them to
wish well and to seek the good of all men, even those who hate
and persecute them.

After William Penn obtained a grant from King Charles II. for
the province of Rennsylyania, and upon the proposal thereupon of
many Friends remoying from England to settle in America, therp
was a doubt in the minds of some (who were valuable) about the
propriety of such a removal, lest it should be deemed flying from
persecution ; but William Lewsbury travelling into those parte
where the Browns lived, in or near Northamptonshire, had a meet-
ing there and proved as the means of settling and reconciling ths
minds of some that were in doubts, expressing in his testimony to
this effect: i; The Lord is about to plant the wilderness of America
with a choice vine or noble seed which shall grow and flourish;" and
in the language of a prophet divinely inspired, he added nearly
thus: •■ I see them. I see them, under his blessing arising into a
state of prosperity:" thereby fortelling the spreading of Truth in
America.

James Brown and William Brown, sons of the Friend first men-
tioned, sometime after this concluded to remove over to this count-
ry; but James, it is apprehended by some, came over first, in a
single state. William's first wife could not give up to it cheerfully
but he haying a clear sense of duty therein, signified that the Lord
wonderfully made way for and a.->i.-ted him, insomuch that all dif-
ficulties relative to his removal disappeared, and bis affairs were
settled to satisfaction; being marvelously helped many times and
divers ways on the passage and after his arrival.

He landed at New York about the year 1696. His wife died at
nea. James Brown (by account.) settled first near Markus

Hook, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where his brother William,
after he came in. dwelt fur a time, but did nut purchase land there
as that did not appear to be the fixed place for their residence, for
about the year 1701, William apprehended it his duty to remove
further westward, and accordingly in 1702 he removed with his
family to settle at Nottingham, about 40 miles distant from Mar-
kus Hook; a large tract of land being laid out there in that year
and called by that name, being deemed in Pennsylvania, but was
situate on the border of Maryland, and was accounted far back in
the wilderness. His brother James after some time came and
settled in the same neighborhood where he dwelt the remainder
of his time, and deceased about the year 1715, being a religious
man and of a good character, but not favoured with a capacity or
talent e<]Ual to his brother William. His wife's name was Honour,
the daughter of William Claton.

Another circumstance worthy to be preserved in memory was

elated nearly as follows. While James and William Brown lived

^look aforesaid, and after George Keith became

ring served from the state of humility which he

. ad had gained a number of adherents in his fallen



whomjfames Brown was in some danger of being
caught in. having at first a favourable opinion of Keith, who com-
ing to their meeting at Chichester, he spake or preached largely,
using some arrogant and lofty expressions, beyond the simplicity of
the gospel; expressing that the hearers might know his doctrine
was right by the power that attended it. After this meeting James
and William had some conversation on the subject, wherein James
expressed approbation with Keith's service and asked William what
he thought of George Keith now; was not he satisfied'!* William
being a deep feeling man was doubtful and more cautious of join-
ing with a spirit which he thought was leading some into a separa-
tion from the Truth, therefore replied to his brother; " I am satisfied,
but it is in this, that he is in a wrong spirit:" which James rather
took amiss and thereupon was about to leave his brother hastily,
but William stop'd him or stepped after him, querying of him
whether he did not remember how they used to feel at their meet-
ings when in England, though they were but as lads; and so
mentioned nearly to the following import concerning the love and-
melting seasons they were then often sensible of under the powerful
operation of the pure principle of Love and Light. " The living-
ministers advised us to close attention to the pure principle in the
silence of all flesh, and the divine savour of life attended; which
seems to me not so in Keith's doctrine, but a product of the
ereaturely wisdom which scatters, and hurts the life. In this
country we have come under a different dispensation from what we
witnessed before being released from those former trials, and are
come where employment of another kind has taken up our time.

We have been looking out and allowed to provide towards an out-
ward inheritance, and settlements for ourselves and families, free
from disturbance or persecution; but let us remember that the
truth is still as precious as ever, and perhaps it is now time for us
more fully to resume our former exercise of spirit, that we may be
preserved from harms and become deeper ami more fully grounded
so as not to be turned aside or shaken by blasts which may be suf-
fered to rise for a trial of our foundations." This conversation had
some reach on his brother James, so that he appeared more calm
and settled in his mind. The next day Keith had a meeting at
8be house of Henry iieynolds, who lived near, and he knowing that
James Brown had rather favoured him, on his way to the meeting,
called at James's house and asked if he waK going to meeting; at
which James hesitated: whereupon George Keith alighted and went
in. intimating that if he began to be dissatisfied he would satisfy
him; and though he used many words, all did not avail, for James
went not to meeting and was favoured with preservation from fur-
ther harm by that wily, separating spirit.

Some of the sons or descendents of the person first mentioned,
We have understood, removed from Northamptonshire to Bedford
yliire, and were a numerons family there, insomuch that when
William Brown from Pennsylvania, ( who was his great grandson.)
was in- England in the year 1752, he mentioned that the mend »ers



of the meetings of Friends in the town of pjiton, were many of
them of that name, or 'descendants from .that stock of Browns.

The memorandums of the before occurrences were taken down
from the relation of William Brown last mentioned, (in the 80th
year of his age): he retaining the same fresh and lively in his
memory; having divers times heard the substance of it related by
William Brown senior, who was his grandfather's brother.

He lived until about the 91st year of his age, remaining tender
and lively in spirit, and retaining till near the close of his life, a
clear sense and rememberance of the power and workings of Truth
in the time of severe persecution, in his minority.

He deceased in West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, the 23rd of
6th month. 1746; having lived there about 44 years, in good re-
pute for his integrity; being an elder in the Church, and a
substantial Friend,



The foregoing account is perhaps in the main correct,
but the Browns certainly arrived in this country earlier than has
been intimated. James Brown appears to have been a resident at
Marcus Hook before William Penn obtained a grant for Pennsyl-
vania. His father inlaw, William Clayton, inrinigrated in 1677 T
bringing his family with him; and if James was married in this
country, he must have arrived as early as 1680. He was by trade;
a weaver, but doubtless carried on farming to some extent, like
most of the tradesmen among the early colonists. He obtained a
patent, dated 2<Jth of 12th month, 1683, for one hundred and fif-
teen acres of land on Chichester creek, which he called ■• Poding-
ton." This he conveyed to his son William, 21st of June, 1705,
who sold it to Frances Bowater, (widow.) 21st of Feb., 1707-8.

James Brown owned several tracts or pieces of land in Chiches-
ter township, which he sold to various persons, before his removal
to Nottingham. His brother William came from England in J0 S 2.
or 1683. He was married in 1684, to Ann Mercer; in 1699, to
Catharine Williams of Philadelphia; and a fourth time in 1711. to
Mary Matthews. The name of his first wife, was Dorothy.

The annexed list of descendants from James and William.
Brown, though incomplete, may be of interest to some. The infor-
mation- is chiefly obtained from the records of Nottingham Month-
ly Meeting. The writer would be pleased to receive any further
information which may be in the hanxls of private individuals.

o r-.i. -i oc i Gilbert Cope.

2hk>. 6th, 1864.-

West Chester, Pa..



SECOND GENERATION



Children of James Bvpwn (1) and Honour Clayton.

8 James, born lmo 17th, 1681, at Marcus Hook: married eon;

trary to order, and was disowned by the Society.
4 William, married in 1704 to Esther Yearsley. He was a weav-r

er. He was alive in 1715, but his widow is supposed to

have married again in 1717, to Samuel Taylor.
fi Jeremiah, married in 1710-1 to Mary Coale of Nottingham)

widow: married again 5mo 20th, 1749, Mary Winter.

He died in West Nottingham 3mo 7th, 1767, aged about

30 years. His widow died llmo 19th, 1769.
(3 Margery, married lmo 18th, 1712-3, to John Piggott of Mary-
" land. She died l2mo 24th, 1737-8, and he, lmo 29th,

1738. They had fourteen children.
7 Daniel, married in 1717 to Elizabeth Kirk.
.8 Mary, married 2mo 9th, 1731, to John Butterfield of East

Nottingham.



Child of William (2) and Dorothy Brown.

9 Joseph, born in England 4mo 12th, 1682; died in Nottingham

lOmo 30th, 1715. He was married 9mo 30th, 1710, to
Margaret Sinkler of Ridley, who was married again in.
1721, to Henry Persons of Nottingham.

Children of William Brown (2) and Ann Mercer.

10 Mercer, born 12mo 27th 1685; married 1710, Jane Richards*

married again 2mo 11th, 1728, Dinah, dan. of John and
Hannah Churchman. Mercer [generally written Messer,]
died about 1733, and his widow married in 1736, Morde-
cai James, son of George James of G-oshen. She was born
6mo 7th, 1699, and died lmo lst,1766. A minister.

11 Ann, born lOmo 1st, 1687; married 1707. Robert, son of John

and Mary Dutton of Aston. Robert settled in Nottingham.

12 William, born 7mo 21st 1689; married 1715, Elizabeth 0. u.

of John Cowgill of Duck Creek: married again lmo h
1721-2, Margaret Davis. He died about 1727, ar is
widow was married again 3mo 6th, 1730, to Williau m
of Samuel Kirk of Nottingham.

13 John, born 5mo 3d, 1691; died lOmo 10th, 1715: probably

unmarried.

14 Richard, born lmo 31st, 1693; married 1717, Hannah y-



8 SECOND FENERATION.

uolds of Chichester. She died 3mo 14th. 1726. He mar-
ried again L2mo 9th, 1730-1. Rachel, dau. of Edward
Beeson of Nottingham. Married again 8ino 24th, 17^-'.
to Mary. dau. of Edward Norton of Co. Armagh. Irel'd.
15 Thomas, born llmo 17th. 1094; died 12mo 10th 1746-7; mar-
ried 1718-9, Elinor, dau. of John CowgiU. She married
again llmo loth, 1768, Lewis Clother of Keut County.
Maryland: died lnio 5th, 1772, 'aged 71.

Children of William Brown (2) and Catharine "Williams.

10 Samuel, born 8mo 12th. 1700; married 3mo 8th. 1734, Eliza-
beth, dau. of William Harris of West Nottingham. He
died lmo 20th. 1747-8. and she married in 1760 William
Rogers of East Nottingham: died 7mo 15th 1795,

17 Hannah, born lOmo 31st 1701; married 1717 Henry, son of
Henry Reynolds of Chichester: died 12mo 12th. 1731-^.
He married 3mo 23d 1733, Ann. widow of William
Howell, and 4mo 23d 1743, Mary, widow of Jacob
Haines: died 12mo 17th 1779. aged 86.

L8 Mary, born 4mo 29th. 1706; married llmo 23d, 1723, to
William, son of Henry Reynolds of Chichester. She
died 7mo 1st, 1739 (^1738 ?). and he married again lOmo
19th, 1739, Rachel, dau. of Thomas John of Cecil Co.



THIRD GENERATION.
Children of William Brown (4) and Esther Yearsley.

19 William, married 2mo 11th, 1728, Susanna, dau. of John
and Hannah Churchman of East Nottingham. He lived
many years a member of East Nottingham Meeting; then
removed to Philadelphia, where he resided till the year
1778. He then removed to Harford County, Maryland,
but returned to Nottingham some time before his death,
which occurred 5mo 29th. 1786, about the 81st year of
his age. He was a Minister of the Gospel, well esteemed.
Beside many other visits in that service, he was absent
from his family upwards of four years, on a visit to
Friends in the European Islands. Susanna was born
7mo 13th, 1701: died Nino, 1790, near Bellair, in Mary-
land. She was also a Minister.

2t> Margaret, married llmo 27th, 1729, to John, son of John:

. and Hannah Churchman. She died 7mo 28th, 1770, ir?

or about the 64th year of her age. John was born 6mo

4th. 1705, and died 7mo 24th, 1775. He was an eminent

Minister.

Jl James, married 1 Omo 4th, 1734, Miriam, dau. of John and



THIRD GENERATION,

Hannah Churchman. She was born 8mo 25tji, 1710 and
died 9nio 19th, 1750. He married again 3mo 14th, 1753
Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph and Mary Elgar.
22 Daniel, married 9mo 11th. 1736, Susanna, dau. of Thomas OJd-
hamof East .Nottingham- She died 3mo 6th, 1751 and
he married again 5mo 3d, 1753. Susanna, dau. of Joseph
and Mary Elgar. She was born 3mo 3d, 1725; died 8mo


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