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William Brown Esq.

                                      11/13/12.

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William Brown Esq. -  Bonavista Bay
Newfoundland


William Brown Esq. Of Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada


 

DOB ……………. Unknown

Place of Birth ………..Unknown


 

Note

A couple of sources state that he was born in Poole Dorset England but no documented proof.

Another source says he was from Devon shire England

( The Diocesan Magazine April 1926 page 143 Photo copy in my possession K.B.)


 

DOD…………..Oct 2, 1793

Age …………..Unknown

Place…………..Bonavista , Newfoundland


 

Note

One source ( Mr. Robert Brown of Mich. USA now deceased ) told me that at one time around 1965 he recorded the age from the tombstone and age was given at 93 years. This tombstone is no longer readable and I have checked it a dozen times since 1985 but I have not been able to read the age !

The age of 93 yrs does not seen plausible considering his wife Mary had a son Robert P. Brown born in 1793 !


 

Notes on William Brown Esq.


 

On July 6, 1760 Governor James Webb appointed William Browne Esq. as his deputy or surrogate for the Districts of Placentia, Trinity, Ferryland, Bonavista and parts adjacent.

( from Placentia Court records at Arts & Culture Library in St Johns )

I have been unable to establish a positive link between this William Browne Esq. Surrogate and William Brown Esq. of Bonavista.

This William Browne surrogate appears in many records and sometimes his name is spelled with an e and sometimes with no e.

 

In June of 1765 a William Brown of Bonavista is appointed a guardian of a nephew of a James Sanders ( James Sanders will )

He was most likely William Brown Esq. but not proven.


 

In October of 1767 a William Brown of Bonavista was ordered by the Governor to either pay for Charles Bridgemens passage back to England or to provide for him for the winter. ( Colonial Office records )

He was most likely William Brown Esq. but not proven.


 

On Nov. 6 1786 William Brown of Bonavista purchased property in Bonavista from Joshua Foquet

( copy of this agreement has been in the Brown family ever since )

He was William Brown Esq. of Bonavista

On Sept 14, 1886 Governor Elliot appointed William Brown of Bonavista and four other persons to investigate Magistrate Elias Langdon

( Colonial Office records GN2/1/A )

He was most likely William Brown Esq. of Bonavista.


 

On Oct . 25, 1787 William Brown of Bonavista is appointed as a Justice of the peace for Bonavista. ( Colonial Office records GN2/1/A )

He was most likely William Brown Esq. of Bonavista


 

>From 1755 to 1800 there were at least 4 William Browns in Bonavista Bay


 

1. William Brown Captain of the Benjamin wrecked on a voyage from St Johns to Greenspond Nov 1755 ( Trinity Court records )


 

2 William Brown who wrote his last will and testament in Greenspond dated Oct. 27 1759 ( Public records office England Prerogative Court of Canterbury)


 

3. William Brown the father of George James and Francis Brown all of Bonavista

circa 1780 ( Church records and other sources i.e. will of George Brown of Poole )


 

4. William Brown Esq. who married Mary , our William .( My own research etc )


 


 

His Wife was


 

Mary ( last name unknown )


 

Note


 

Her last name might have been Porter or Pudner or Green or Burton.


 

They named their last son Robert P. Brown and this Robert was a witness to a Pudner Last will & testament in Bonavista.


 

Robert P. Browns son Robert Brown named his son Robert Porter Brown in 1854


 

Joseph Brown son of William Brown Esq. Left 100 pds to his uncle William Burton

( Will dated 1819 ) and he left 100 pds to his aunt Jane Green


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Children of William and Mary Brown


 

Ann

Died April 1801 age unknown

( Anglican parish records of Bonavista )


 

Joseph

born ? in Bonavista and died Bonavista Dec. 17 ,1819 age unknown

Joseph was never married and he is now known as Joseph the Church builder( Anglican parish records , Joseph Will, Legal documents, various other sources )


 

Rebecca

born ? died ? Married first to James Bishop and then to Richard Tilly

( Church records, legal documents, Will of Joseph Brown )


 

William

born 1771 in Bonavista and died Feb 17 1858 in Kings Cove B.Bay age 87 years

William married Elizabeth Hancock and is my ancestor Keith Brown

( Church records , Will, Legal documents, Headstones etc )


 

George

born 1775 died Feb 26, 1861 in Bonavista age 86 years

married Susannah Spurdle on Nov. 1, 1801 in Bonavista

He and his family stayed in Bonavista

( Church records, Newspaper, Will, legal documents )


 


 

James

Born March 1, 1781 ( James & Mary Browns Bible photo copy in my possession ) died March 1859 in Bonavista married Mary Skeffinton onDec . 3 ,1811 at Bonavista

( Church records, Wills, legal documents )


 

Stephen

buried Nov 18, 1787 at Bonavista and church records state he was son of Willian and Mary ( Bonavista Anglican Church records )


 

Thomas

Bap. March 6 1792 and died Oct. 29 1797 and church records state he was the son of William and Mary Brown ( Bonavista Anglican Church records )


 

Robert P.

born 1793 in Bonavista and died June 11, 1832 in Bonavista age 39 years

married Ann Shearing on May 6, 1821 at Bonavista

Robert and his family stayed in Bonavista

( Bonavista Anglican records , legal documents , headstone etc )


 


 


 


 

Note


 

The known children of William and Mary Brown are clearly identified in various documents, i.e. Wills, legal documents, church records , land transfer agreements , Bible records etc all of which I have photo copies in my possession.

Other possible children might be Jane Brown who married a Coombs, John Brown who died but there is no documented proof to add these persons to the family.


 

Additional Note


 

It is possible that William Brown Esq. was married to another woman previous to his marriage to Mary, but I have no documented proof of this marriage and if he was married previously he might have had other children and this might explain the presence of Browns on Pools Island , Fair Island and Fogo area but I have no documented proof of this theory.

The documented proof of William and Mary’s children starts with an legal agreement dated Nov. 17,1814 and states “ we the surviving sons and daughter of William and Mary Brown of Bonavista “ So any other children of William and Mary were deceased before Nov.17, 1814 and any children of a previous marriage of Williams would not have been mentioned in this agreement.


 

 


 


 

James Brown son of William & Mary Brown of Bonavista, Married Mary Skeffington on December 3 , 1811 at Bonavista

Born March 1, 1781 at Bonavista ( from James & Mary Browns Bible ) died March 1859 at Bonavista


 

Mary nee Skeffington Born August 10 , 1791 at Bonavista ( from Bible )

Died Unknown ?


 

Note

There was a James and Mary Brown ( her last Name unknown ) on Vere or Fair Island from around 1831 to at least 1852 and these to are often confused with James and Mary nee Skeffington of Bonavista.

The James and Mary of Fair Island might be James of Bonavista brother of George and Francis and son of William and unknown wife.

This James married Mary Hurdle on Nov 17 1827 but I have no Proof that they are the Fair Island James And Mary

To my knowledge there is no relationship to William Esq. of Bonavista


 


 

The Children of James and Mary Brown of Bonavista


 

Elizabeth

Born June 9 1813 at Bonavista


 

Ann

Born Feb. 20 1815 at Bonavista


 

Joseph

Born March 5, 1817 at Bonavista

Died Oct 30, 1908 at Bonavista

Married Hannah Saint


 

Note


 

Joseph Brown son of James was born Church of England then changed to Methodist , then changed to the Roman Catholic faith and settled in Newmans Cove Bonavista Bay.


 

William

Born March 3, 1819 at Bonavista

Died Sept 10 1831 at Bonavista


 

John

Born Jan 30, 1821 at Bonavista

Died Jan 30, 1821 at Bonavista


 


 

Amy

Born Feb 8,1822 at Bonavista

Died Oct. 23,1895 at Musgravetown in Bonavista Bay

Never Married


 

Jane

Born July 2 1824 at Bonavista

Died July 25, 1824 at Bonavista


 

Mary

Born July 23, 1826 at Bonavista

Died ?

Married Thomas Saint


 


 


 


 

James

Born Oct 30 1828 at Bonavista

Died Aug 12, 1918 at Bonavista

Married Eliza Way

No children


 

William

Born Aug 19, 1832 at Bonavista

Died ?

Married Amelia Fisher


 

Elias

Born Jan 29, 1834 at Bonavista

Died 1918 at Musgravetown ,Bonavista Bay

Married Flora Oldford


 

Notes on Elias Brown son of James and Mary Brown of Bonavista


 

Moved to Musgravetown and spent the rest of his days there and the Browns of the Musegravetown area are descended from him. He was born a Methodist but then converted to the Salvation Army.


 

( the above info was obtained from , Bible James & Mary Brown, Church records, Newspapers, Vital Stats etc )


 

Rebecca Brown daughter of William & Mary Brown of Bonavista

Born ?

Died ?

Married 1. James Bishop Jan 1, 1806 at Bonavista

2. Richard Tilly Oct 13,1812 at Bonavista

( Church records and several legal documents in my possession )


 

William Brown son of William and Mary Brown of Bonavista

Born 1771 at Bonavista ( from his Burial record )

Died Feb 17, 1858 at Kings Cove age 87 years

Married Place and year ?


 

Wife

Elizabeth Hancock

Born 1776 at Kings Cove

Died August 6 , 1855 at Kings Cove


 

( from Headstones and Burial records , Newspapers )


 


 


 

Notes on William Brown of Kings Cove


 

1. Planter

2. Merchant

3. Ship owner

4. Elected to Government 1832

5. J.P. for Kings Cove 1836 to 1843

6. Member for Protestant Board of Education


 

( from Various Sources photo copies in my possession )


 

Children of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

Henry Brown

Born 1795 in Bonavista

Died Jan 9 1840 in Bonavista age 45 years

( from his headstone in Bonavista )

Married when and where ?


 

Wife


 

Hannah Mifflin

Born 1803

Died July 9 1873 Salvage age 70 years


 

Note

Henry the son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove moved to Salvage and started his family there, for some reason just prior to his death he went to Bonavista died and is buried in the old church yard in Bonavista .

There is a Henry and Anna or Hannah Brown of Fools or Pools Island and their first child Mary was baptized 1814 on fools Island.

It is highly unlikely that Hannah wife of Henry Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove would give birth at the tender age of 11 years old.

I have no documented proof that Henry Brown of Pools Island is related to William Brown Esq.


 

Mary Brown of William & Elizabeth of Kings Cove

Born ?

Died ?

Married Edward Mifflin


 

Rebecca Brown of William & Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove

Born ?

Died ?

Married

1. Edmund Joseph Mullowney Jan 3, 1838 at Kings Cove

2. James Stewart Sept 25, 1841 at Kings Cove


 

William Brown of William & Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove

Born 1795 in Bonavista

Died Jan 10 1877 in Bishops Hr Salvage age 82 years

Married Date and place unknown ?


 

Wife

Margaret Lane

Born 1797 in Barrow Hr

Died Jan 6, 1865 in Salvage age 68 years


 

Notes on William Brown son of William & Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

William and his two brothers Henry and Joseph all sons of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove and Grandsons of William and Mary Brown of Bonavista moved to Salvage and settled there and the Browns of Salvage area are descended from these three brothers.

( from wills and book Old Kings Cove by Lawton and Devine written in 1944 )


 


 

Thomas Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove

Born 1799 in Bonavista ( from Burial record )

Died Sept 13, 1894 in Kings Cove ( from headstone )

Married Nov 14, 1826 in Kings Cove


 

Wife

Elizabeth Saunders

Born 1809 in Kings Cove

Died Nov. 14 , 1887 in Kings Cove


 

Notes on Thomas Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

He was a Planter and stayed in Kings Cove and raised his family there and he is my ancestor ( Keith Brown ) He had a son called William and William son was called Samuel Brown and Samuel married his cousin Ellen Brown daughter of James and Caroline Brown nee Gill and Samuel and Ellen were my Great Grandparents.


 

James Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of kings Cove

Born August 1 , 1806 in Kings Cove ( from James and Sarah Brown Bible )

Died June 7, 1892 in Kings Cove age 86 yrs

Married Oct 29, 1830 in Bonavista


 

Wife


 

Sarah Saunders

Born June 8, 1815 in Kings Cove

Died Dec 10, 1889 in Kings Cove age 74 years

( the dates of Birth come from James and Sarah’s Family Bible )


 

Notes on James Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

James was a planter in Kings Cove and raised his family in Kings Cove and he is also a direct ancestor of mine , James had a son named James and this James had a daughter named Ellen Brown who married Samuel Brown son of William and grandson of Thomas.


 

Joseph Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove

Born 1809 in Kings Cove

Died Oct 10 1879 in Salvage

Married Twice

Jane Hapgood Marriage date and place unknown

Joanna Oldford married June 8, 1856 in Kings Cove


 

Notes on Joseph Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

Joseph moved to salvage with his brothers William and Henry and Joseph was a Planter in Salvage.


 

John Brown son of William and Elizabeth of Kings Cove

Born 1811 in Kings Cove

Died Dec 17 1892 in Kings Cove 81 years old

Married May 15 1833 in Bonavista


 

Wife

Ann Hobbs

Born in Keels date unknown

Died Unknown


 

Notes on John Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

John was as near as I can determine married three times

1. Ann Hobbs

2. Sarah Pardy Oct 27 1840

3. Julia Hartry May 17, 1860


 

But I have never been able to find a death record for Ann Brown nee Hobbs so I can not say with certainty that these three John Browns are the same person !

( from Kings Cove parish records )


 

Robert Brown son of William and Elizabeth of Kings Cove

Born 1814 in Kings Cove

Died Feb 13 , 1892 in Amherst Cove

Married twice

1. Julia Ann Smith from Topsail at Anglican Cathedral in St Johns May 12 1838

Born date unknown

Died date unknown

Note

His father William Brown was having a vessel built in Beachy Cove Conception Bay and I suspect that Robert was supervising the construction and met Julia Ann Smith.


 

2. Sarah Bainger

Born 1827 in Amherst Cove

Died July 14 1915 in Amherst Cove


 


 

Notes on Robert Brown son of William & Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

He moved to Amherst Cove and raised his family there and he was a planter.

All the Browns of the Amherst Cove area are descended from Robert Brown

( from Wills , Headstones, Vital Stats, and book old Kings Cove )


 

George Brown son of William & Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove

Born 1815 in Kings Cove

Died Dec 17 1874 in King Cove age 82 yrs

Married twice


 

1. Mary Habgood

born 1807 in salvage

Died Dec 17 1874 in Kings Cove age 67 yrs

Marriage date and place unknown


 

2. Jane Miles

Born 1840 place unknown

Died Jan 28 1913 in Bonavista age 73 years

Married Dec 25 1878 in Kings Cove


 

Notes on George Brown son of William and Elizabeth Brown of Kings Cove


 

George took over his father’s business interests after William died and was a merchant, planter and vessel owner. He stayed in Kings Cove and raised his family there.


 

( from Wills, headstones, burial records, book Old Kings Cove etc )

 

Contact :  Keith Wilson Brown

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