Researching ancestors with the surname Brown can be a challenge at best, but when they marry first and second cousins, things can become quite confusing. This appears to be a common phenomenon among my Brown ancestors who settled in Concord, Massachusetts, and then moved on into New Ipswich, New Hampshire in the 1700s.
My third great grandfather, Aaron Brown, was the fifth known child of Josiah Brown and Sarah Wright. He was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, on the 8th of December 1772 and died 15 February 1828. Aaron married his first cousin Hannah Brown on the 16th of April 1795. Hannah, daughter of John Brown and Elizabeth Bateman was born 28 April 176 and died 15 February 1852. Aaron and Hannah were buried in New Ipswich’s Central Cemetery.
According to Candler, Aaron occupied “the farm of his father-in-law, John Brown on the crest of the mountain. He also for a few years after the construction of the turnpike kept a store near his home. He sturdily maintained the activities of his father, Capt. Josiah Brown, being a lieutenant and also a prominent supporter of the Baptist church, and like his father, a deacon.”
The couple had at six known children.
i. Betsey Brown was born 23 January 1796; and died 26 January 1804.
iii. Addison Brown was born 11 March 1799; and died 11 May 1872. Addison married Ann Elizabeth Wetherbee, 13 December 1832. Addison and Ann Elizabeth were buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vermont.
iv. Hermon Brown was born 28 December 1800. [See blog post http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=690]
- Search the Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Index to Probate Records, 1771-1921 for reference to the Estate of Aaron Brown.
- Search for a map, with residence indicated, of New Ipswich and vicinity about 1830 or so.
- Sort through the numerous “Brown” deeds previously transcribed or abstracted to sort men with the same name and determine what property Aaron and Hannah Brown owned in New Ipswich and possibly in other parties of Hillsborough County.
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 Charles Henry Chandler and Sarah Fiske Lee, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914, with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 272. Hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich.
 History of New Ipswich, 272; and New Ipswich Cemetery Records; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.
 History of New Ipswich, 269.
 Tombstone of Dea. Aaron Brown and tombstone of Hannah Brown, widow of Aaron Brown, Central Cemetery, New Ipswich, New Hampshire, viewed by the author, 10 August 1977.
 History of New Ipswich, 272.
 Ibid; and New Ipswich Town Records (n.p.: typescript, n.d.), 8; typescript in possession of the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire. Hereinafter cited as New Ipswich Town Records.
 Tombstone of Aaron Brown, son of Aaron and Hannah Brown, viewed on FindAGrave.com, 20 March 2014.
 New Ipswich Town Records, 9.
 History of New Ipswich, 275.
 Tombstone of Addison Brown and Ann Elizabeth Brown, viewed on FindAGrave.com, 20 March 2014.
 New Ipswich Vital Records, 9.
 New Ipswich Town Records, 9 where she is called “Polly.”
 New Ipswich Town Records, 88.
 New Ipswich Town Records, 9.
 Images of the Tombstones of John Stillman Brown and Mary Ripley Brown, FindAGrave.com, viewed 20 March 2014.
 Family History Library microfilm 0,016,069.