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Mar 25

52 Ancestors: #12 Josiah Brown

Many years ago, my grandmother, Alice M.  (Brown) Perkins, asked me to learn more about  her second great grandfather (my fourth great grandfather), Josiah Brown,  Revolutionary War service. Josiah, a resident of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, was. At the time I only found reference to his Revolutionary service in two authored town histories.[1]

In his History of New Ipswich, Chandler states,

Josiah enlisted 10 May 1775 and mustered 11 July 1775 for duty in the American Revolution. At that time we was described as a 32 year old farmer, 5 feet 8 inches, fair complexion, and light eyes. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in Capt. Ezra Town’s company, Col. James Read’s regiment. He fought at Bunker Hill and latter led a company of men to assist at Fort Ticonderoga.[2]

Chandler devoted the fifth chapter of his book to “The Revolutionary Period” and includes considerable discussion relating to Captain Ezra Town’s company and Captain Josiah Brown. Therein, Chandler states that Captain Josiah Brown of New Ipswich was the commander of men who marched, May 6th, 1777, for Fort Ticonderoga.[3]

Lyford simply states, “He was at the battle of Bunker Hill,”[4] and family tradition adds that he was the last to retreat from Bunker Hill. I always teased my grandmother, by telling her that the only reason he was the last to retreat was because he could not run as fast as the others. With a twinkle in her eye, she’d reply with a “pesst!”

Josiah Brown was born in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 30 January 1742 son of John & Elizabeth (Potter) Brown;[5] and died in New Ipswich, 18 March 1831.[6] He married Sarah Wright in Concord, Massachusetts, 31 October 1765.[7]

Josiah and Sarah resided in New Ipswich on Flat Mountain by 1766 and were members of the New Ipswich Congregational Church before 1786.[8] He was later instrumental in forming the Baptist Church and was the first deacon of that church.[9]

Known children of Josiah and Sarah (Wright) Brown (most likely all of them were born in New Ipswich):

i.      Josiah Brown was born 1 October 1766;[10] baptized in New Ipswich Congregational Church 25 Oct 1767;[11] and died in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont, 20 January 1848.[12] Josiah married Milicent Wright m Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on the 20th of April 1792.[13]

ii.      Joseph Brown was born 10 October 1767;[14] and died in Whitingham, Vermont, 2 March 1827.[15] Joseph married Sally Preston in New Ipswich, 2 May 1791.[16]

iii.      Jonas Brown was born 4 March 1769;[17] and died in Whitingham, Vermont, 23 February 1836.[18]  He married Lois Russell in New Ipswich, 28 February 1796.[19]

iv.      Sarah Brown was born, 22 November 1770;[20] and died 20 April 1822.[21] She married Reuben Brown in New Ipswich, 1 July 1793.[22] Reuben, Sarah’s first cousin, was born in Concord, Massachusetts, 15 Mar 1769, son of John and Elizabeth (Bateman) Brown;[23] Reuben died 17 July 1853, probably in Brownsville in Canada.[24]

v.      Aaron Brown was born 8 December 1772.[25]  [See blog post http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=692]

vi.      Amos Brown was born 11 September 1774;[26] and died10 May 1864. [27] He married Sarah Tarbell, 5 April 1803.[28]

vii.      Abner Brown was born 27 July 1776;[29] and died at New Ipswich 4 April 1824.[30] He married 1st, Polly Jaquith, 10 December 1805; and 2nd, Polly Ayer, 16 May 1815.[31]

viii.      Rebecca Brown was born 5 July 1778;[32] and died 9 June 1853.[33] She married Nathan Perry.[34]

ix.      Levi Brown was born 6 August 1780;[35] and died 10 September 1840. [36] He married Betsey Temple, 15 May 1803.[37]

x.      Nathan Brown was born 25 July 1882;[38] and died in Whitingham, Vermont, 21 January 1862.[39] He married Betsey Goldsmith, 3 June 1806.[40]

xi.      Heywood Brown was born 2 July 1784;[41] and died 2 March 1867. [42] He married Sally Walcott, 5 February 1809.[43]

xii.      Betsey Brown was born 7 February 1787; and died 11 July 1793. [44]

xiii.      Abigail Brown was born 22 June 1790; and died 24 April 1864.[45] She married Asa Farnsworth.[46]

 

Future Research

  1. Search the Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Index to Probate Records, 1771-1921[47] for reference to the Estate of Aaron Brown.
  2. Search for a map, with residence indicated, of New Ipswich and vicinity about 1800 or so.
  3. Sort through the numerous “Brown” deeds previously transcribed or abstracted to sort men with the same name and determine what property Josiah and Sarah (Wright) Brown owned in New Ipswich and possibly in other parties of Hillsborough County.

 

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[1] 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), 269; hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich; and James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 17271912 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 46; hereinafter cited as History of Canterbury.

[2] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[3] History of New Ipswich, 87.

[4] History of Canterbury, 45.

[5] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850 (Reprint, Charlestown, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), 156; hereinafter cited as Concord, Vital Records.

[6] History of New Ipswich, 269; and Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass. And Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation, volume 1 (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887), 54; hereinafter cited as Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord.

[7] Concord Vital Records, 221; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[8] New Ipswich Town Records, 134.

[9] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[10] New Ipswich Town Records, 9.

[11] New Ipswich Town Records, 102.

[12] History of New Ipswich.

[13] Concord Vital Records, 358; and History of New Ipswich, 271.

[14] 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.

[15] History of New Ipswich, 271.

[16] New Ipswich Town Records, 74; and History of New Ipswich, 271.

[17] New Ipswich Town Records, 9.

[18] History of New Ipswich, 271.

[19] New Ipswich Town Records, 74; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[20] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[21] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[22] New Ipswich Town Records, 74; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[23] Concord Vital Records, 228.

[24] History of New Ipswich, 270.

[25] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[26] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[27] History of New Ipswich, 272.

[28] Ibid.

[29] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[30] New Ipswich Cemetery Records; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[31] History of New Ipswich, 272–273.

[32] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[33] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[34] Ibid.

[35] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[36] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[37] Ibid.

[38] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[39] History of New Ipswich, 273.

[40] Ibid.

[41] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[42] History of New Ipswich, 273.

[43] Ibid.

[44] History of New Ipswich, 270.

[45] Ibid.

[46] Ibid.

[47] Family History Library microfilm 0,016,069.

 

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