Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Benjamin Brown and his wife Sarah Brown? of Hampton and Seabrook, NH 1647-1736

Benjamin Brown of Hampton and Seabrook was the third child and second son of John and Sarah Brown, English immigrants to New Hampshire. He and all of his siblings were born in New Hampshire which makes it likely that his parents met and married in New England. [1] In his genealogy of the family, Joseph Dow suggest that Sarah might have been Elizabeth Brown, same parents, different given name. Noyes, Davis, Libby say that the information on Sarah Brown's ancestry comes from one Asa Brown who first made the claim in 1851 and again in 1868. The tradition of the marriage is undocumented and based solely on family history. [2] There is no way to prove or disprove his claim. Make of that what you want. 

The couple had at least ten children in a 21-year period. This is typical of families in the pre-birth control era where children arrived about every 2 years. They lost only one child at a young age. They were:

William b. 5 June 1680 m. Ann Heath, d. September 1725
Sarah b. 11 Sept. 1681 d. Oct. 1684
Benjamin B. 20 Nov. 1683, m. 7 Jan 1718, Sarah d/o Ebenezer Gove, d. 9 Feb 1766
Elizabeth b. 16 July 1686, m. Benjamin Green, d. 6 Mar 1769
John b. 18 Mar 1688, m. Abigail d/o Edmund Johnson, d. 1746
Jacob b. Mar. 1691, m. Mary Green, (2) Jemima Rowell, d. 23 Apr. 1762
Stephen b. 17 July 1693, m. Martha Heath, d. 1 Dec 1723
Mary b. 1696, m. Thomas Cram, d. 31 Mar 1756
Thomas b. 21 May 1699, m. Mehetable d/o Joseph Towle, d. Nov 1765
Jeremiah b. 20 Nov 1701, m. Mary Weare d/o Nathaniel, d. June 1758

Benjamin lived in Seabrook, south of Taylor's River on land given to him by his father. This land was very close to the line with Massachusets, near Salisbury and was probably originally owned by Timothy Dalton. It was on the Rocks Road. There is still a Rocks Road in Seabrook, not to far south of Brown's River. He executed many deeds, both buying and selling parcels of land, including marsh and thatch land. 

Like his father, John Brown, Benjamin and his brothers were engaged in the raising of cattle. With the rich salt grass of the great Ox Common at their disposal, they were able to feed and raise their herd. [3] 

Like all men at that time, Benjamin performed his civic duty as he was called to do. He served as one of the Selectmen in 1696, 1705, 1710, and 1711, and served as representative in 1697. He was also a signer of the 1683 Weare Petition to the king in opposition of Robert Mason, Esq. [4] Doubtlessly he was called to act as a juror in one of the quarterly courts. 

Benjamin died in 1736, having lived a good long life. His wife Sarah died abt. 1730.

See John Brown of England and Hampton-his father


[1] Dow, Joseph, 1807-1889, and Lucy Ellen Dow. History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire: From Its Settlement In 1638, to the Autumn of 1892. Salem, Mass.: Printed by the Salem press publishing and printing co., 1893. Volumes 2, p. 47  (available online)

[2] Noyes, Sybil, Walter Goodwin Davis, and Charles Thornton Libby. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine And New Hampshire. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1972. p. 114 (available online)

[3] Brown, Warren, 1836-. History of the Town of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire From the Time of the First Settlement Within Its Borders. Manchester, N.H.: Printed by the John B. Clarke Co., 19001918.

[4]Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-1798. The History of New-Hampshire. Philadelphia [Pa.]: Printed for the author by Robert Aitken, 178492.

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