A Good Catch Was John Brown (~1595-1686)


Here is Asa Brown’s assessment of John Brown as husband material:1

From the fact that, at the time of the oldest tax list in Hampton (1653), the tax of John Brown was third in amount, and also that he was a single man 40 or 46 years of age when he came to this country, it is to be presumed he did not leave London entirely destitute of property, but that he was a man of considerable wealth. This may have been one reason why Sarah Walker married a man so much older than herself, and, besides, as he lived to be over 90 years of age, and as his descendants are generally well built, rugged and healthy, he was doubtless a well formed, handsome man, appearing much younger than he really was.

I assume that Asa would have counted himself among John Brown’s descendants who were “generally well built, rugged and healthy.”

1Asa Warren Brown, “From the Exeter News Letter, October 27, 1851: The Hampton Brown Family” (unpublished manuscript, Personal Papers of Ronald Dalrymple Brown, n.d.), pp.1-2.

Image: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Farmer’s boy.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 27, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e2be-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

2 thoughts on “A Good Catch Was John Brown (~1595-1686)

  1. Thanks for this site. I have been researching John Brown, my maternal 8th great grandfather for some time. The information has been conflicting and it has been very hard to learn a lot about John. The issue about Sarah Brown is really conflicting and has required lots of note taking with little straight forward answers. I wish we could find more about John’s parents in England that would open a whole new world for us. With five different Brown/Browne families coming to New England as early settlers it is much more difficult. I will be happy to share any information I learn about John in the future. I don’t have a website, but I have an ancestry account.

    I was born in Exeter and raised in Fremont and remember my parents receiving the Exeter Newsletter. I had completely forgotten about that paper.


    Joseph Jalbert

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    • Hi, Joseph,

      Thank you for your comment. It’s good to meet another John Brown descendant! With the various genealogy blogs I subscribe to, I’m seeing that more and more records are being digitized and put online that could yield breadcrumbs and clues if not specific answers. I would be very interested in anything you discover about John in the future. Please stay in touch!



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