Friday, October 23, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 353: #564 George Brown (1652-1721) of Eastham, Massachusetts

George Brown (1652-1721) is number 564 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #565 Mehitable Knowles (1653-after 1721)  in 1674 in Eastham, Barnstable County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #282 Samuel Brown (1686-1749) who married  #283 Ruth Young (1688-1768) in 1708.
*  their daughter #141 Mehitable Brown (1714-1758) who married  #140 Thomas Dill (1708-1761) in 1733.
*  their son #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1839) who married #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797) in 1782.
*  their daughter  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) who married  #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)  in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                          George Brown[1–5]    

*  Sex:                           Male    

*  Father:                          William Brown (1624-1694)    
*  Mother:                         Mary Moorecock (1625-1694)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       16 January 1651/2, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,4]    
*  Distribution:            31 March 1694 (age 42), father's will proved, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                      3 August 1721 (age 69), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[4]*  
*  Burial:                     after 3 August 1721 (after age 69), Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Probate:                   23 August 1721 (age 69), will proved ; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5] 
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                Mehitable Knowles (1653-1721)    
*  Marriage 1:             about 1674 (about age 22), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    

*  Child 1:                   James Brown (1675-    )    
*  Child 2:                   William Brown (1677-    )    
*  Child 3:                   George Brown (1679-1734)    
*  Child 4:                   Mary Brown (1683-1716)    
*  Child 5:                   Mehitable Brown (1684-    )    
*  Child 6:                   Samuel Brown (1686-1749)    
*  Child 7:                   Mercy Brown (1690-1754)    
*  Child 8:                   Joshua Brown (1692-    )  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
The book A Few Descendants of William Brown of Eastham, Mass, Cape Cod highlights George Brown and provides useful information[1].  For George, it says:

"(2) George Brown (1—William) the son of William and Mary (Murdock) Brown was born at Plymouth, Mass. 16 January 1651/2. He married Mehitable Knowles, b. May 20, 1653 (Eastham) the daughter of Richard and Ruth (Bower) Knowles and grand daughter of Rev. John and Elizabeth (Willis) Knowles who came from England 1639."  

This book lists only the four children that are named in the will of George Brown.

Similar information was published in the Knowles Family of Eastham book[2].

Later research indicates that George's mother was Mary Moorecock, daughter of Henry and Audria (Cork) Moorecock of Kent in England.

George Brown married Mehitable Knowles (1653-after 1721) in about 1674, probably in Eastham, Massachusetts[1-2].  They had four known children from the will, and probably four others:

*  James Brown (1675-????), married 1704 Ruth Snow (1679-????).
*  William Brown (1677-????), married 1699 Susannah Harding (1676-????).
*  George Brown (1679-1735), married 1700 Elizabeth Mulford (1677-1744).
*  Mary Brown (1683-1716), married 1703 Nathaniel Mayo (1667-1716).
*  Mehitable Brown (1684-????), married 1715 John Hallett (1688-????).
*  Samuel Brown (1686-1749), married 1708 Ruth Young (1688-1768).
*  Mercy Brown (1690-1754), married 1711 John Walker (1696-1760).
*  Joshua Brown (1692-????), married 1723 Rebecca Rich (1701-????).

William Brown wrote his will in 1685 which was proved on 31 March 1694 in Barnstable County Probate Court[3].  He bequeathed to his son, George Brown:
"I give my son George Browne my ten acres of upland and ye further side of Silver Spring River and all my marsh on that side of sd river."

George Brown died testate on 3 August 1721 in Eastham at age 70, and was probably buried at Cove Burying Ground in Eastham[4].  Although there is a Find A Grave memorial for him, there is no evidence of a burial for George Brown in Eastham, according to the publications of the Eastham Historical Society.

The will of George Brown was written on 29 June 1721, and proved on 3 August 1721 in Barnstable County Probate Court[5].

In the Name of God Amen. The 29th day of June, in ye year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty one I George Brown of Eastham In The County of Barnstable In his Majesties Province of the Massachusetts Bay In New England Yeoman being sick and weak In body but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it appointed for all men to Dye, Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. That is to Principally and first of all I Give & Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gaive It and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried In decent & Christian manner at ye discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the almighty power of God, And as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me In this Life; I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and forms.

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my son William Brown my interest In a piece of Sedg ground being & Lying In Eastham at a place called the Town flatts to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give unto my son James Brown three or four acres of land w-ch his Dwelling house now standeth upon being In the Town of sd Eastham to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give unto my Daughter Mercy one feather bed and Bolster. 

Item. I give unto my Loving wife Mehitable all the Remainder of my whole Estate for her supporte as Long as shee Lives and after her decease to be Equally Divided among all of my sons and daughter boys more or less & I likewise Constitute make and ordain my well beloved son George Brown my soul Executor of this my Last will and testament. And I do hereby utterly disalow revoake and disannul all and ever other former Testaments Wills Legacys & bequests & Executors by me In any ways before named willed & bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal the day and year above written.

George Brown (seal)
Signed sealed Published Pronounced and Declared
by the said George Brown as his Last Will and Testament 
In the presence of us the subscribers
Rebecca Snow her mark
Sarah Walker her mark

Barnstable ss Aug^st 3^d 1721 Then Isaac Pepper Rebacah Snow & Sarah Walker made Oath that they heard George Brown Late of Eastham Now deceased Declear the Above written to be his Last Will & Testament & Saw him Sign Seal the same and that he was of sound Mind and ^Knowing^ Memory when he so did In their best Judgments and that they alset their hands thereunto as Wittnesses at the same Time.Sworn before John Otis Judge of Probate

To all people to whom these presents shall Come, Greeting Know ye that upon the day of the date hereof before me at Barn-Stable in ye County aforesd, the will of George Brown late of Eastham In said County of Barnstable now deceased, it these presents annexed was proved, appvd and allowed, who having while he Lived, and at the Time of his death goods Chattles Rights or Credits In ye County aforesd, and the Probate of ye sd will and power of Comitteing administration of all and Singular the goods, Chattles Rights and Credits of ye said Deceased, and his will In any Manner Concering is hereby Comitted unto George Brown of Eastham aforesd and Son of the sd Deceased Executor In the same will named well & faithfully to Execute the sd will and to administer the Estate of ye sd Deceased according thereunto, and to make a True and perfict Inventory of all & Singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits of the sd Deceased, and to Exhibit ye same Into the Registry of the Court of Probate for ye County aforesd at, or before the Last day of July next Ensuing; and also to enter a plain and True Accompt of his sd administration upon Oath when Called thereunto.In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of yesd Court of Probate Dated at Barnstable the 23^d day of August Ano Domini 1721.Nathaniel Otis, Reg^r                                              John Otis

An Inventory of the Estate of George Brown Late of Eastham deceased taken by us whomse names are underwritten this 24^th day of July 1721.
By money due to him by a Morgage due from Joshua Brown the Sum of      100:00:00
To his waring apperril                                                                                               008:03:00
Money in his Chist                                                                                                     007:12:06
To one feather bed bolster & four Coverleads                                                     007:05:00
To one old feather bed and bolster                                                                        003:10:00
One Coverlead & 3 pillobears old & One pair of old sheets & two old Curtains                                                                                                                                                                                        001:15:00
One sheet 10s / one Sadle and Bridle 4s/                                                             000:14:00
One old bible and four other books all at                                                             000:04:00
To Carpenturs Tools a Saw a broad ax one narrow ax one chisel one old 
handsaw and Joynter one Cressing plain and plow for plank                           001:05:00
One pair of Tongs & fire slice at 6s/ one Tramell att 6s/                                   000:12:00
One Craine and ther hooks belonging to it                                                          000:10:00
Two old guns att                                                                                                        000:18:00
One old Rapier and belt                                                                                           000:02:00
3 old Iron potts att 20s/ one Iron Skellet & one Small Iron Kettle both 8/    001:08:00
One old frying pan 15d 2 putter plates 7/9                                                           000:09:00
4 putter Poringers one quart pott one small beason                                           000:07:00
To Earthen wear of sorts                                                                                           000:04:06
Three spoons 2s/ old pails 2/2d 7 Chairs at 8s/                                                   000:10:02
3 Small Chists and one box all at                                                                           001:00:00
Sheeps woole 15s/ and the Leanto he lived in 8:10:00                                        09:05:00
7 Sheep and 3 Lambs                                                                                                002:13:00
One Mair and yearlin Colt both at                                                                        010:00:00
Two small Swine both att                                                                                      000:10:00
Two Lotts of Land in the Last Division of Land in ye Town of Eastham      020:00:00
Three or four acres of Land given to James Brown                                          006:00:00
A parcell of Seground being one third part of a Lott given to William Brown  005:00:00
Isaac Pepper  Isaac Doane                                                                                       189:15:02

Barnstable ss August 3^d 1721 Then George Brown Son and Executor to the will of his father George Brown Late of Eastham now deceased made Oath to the Truth of ye abovewritten Inventory so far as he knew and yt if any thing further of the Estate of ye sd Deceased shall come to his knowlidge that is valuable that he will allso bring it to this Inventory.
                                                                         Coram me John Otis.

Almost one half of the inventory of his estate consisted of a debt due from Joshua Brown. Three town grants, one to George Brown and two to Joshua Brown were laid out adjacent to each other. Joshua Brown had a son Knowles Brown. These are the reasons for identifying Mehitable Knowles with the wife of George Brown, who was named in his will. 

The following were named in the will as children of George and Mehitable Knowles Brown: William, James, George, and Mercy.  Other Brown persons in Eastham born in the 1680 to 1720 time frame are probably  children of George and Mehitable (Knowles) Brown, including Mary, Mehitable, Samuel and Joshua Brown.
1. Frederick Johnson Simmons, A Few Descendants of William Brown of Eastham, Mass., Cape Cod (the author : n.p., 1883), 27 pages; accessed on FamilySearch Books (, page 4, #2 George Brown sketch.

2. Charles Thornton Libby, "The Knowles Family of Eastham, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 79, Number 3 (July 1925), pages 286-297; page 293, Mehitable Knowles sketch.

3. "Barnstable, MA: Probate Records, 1685-1789," New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 22 January 2016), transcription, Volume 1, pages 107-109, William Brown of Eastham estate file, 1694.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Mass., George Brown memorial #51540229.

5. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 December 2016), Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol. 4-5, 1721-1741," Volume 4, pages 9-11 (images 12-13 of 660), George Brown probate papers, 1721.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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