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Lineage: Sarah4, John3, Roger2, John1

  BRONSON, c.1545-c.1711
Related Families:  Underwood | Hills | Kilbourn | Griswold

Migration: Essex Co., ENG>Boston, MA>Hartford, CT>Farmington, CT


        (1)  John Brownson, of Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, was born about 1540 to 1550, and buried 4 February 1622/1623.  He was probably the son of Cornelius Brownson who lived at Earl's Colne in the mid-1550's, and a brother of "Priscilla, daughter of Cornelys Brownson."  John married first by 1576 Joan, buried 11 February 1616/1617; he married second on 19 May 1617 Mathen Taylor, buried 6 September 1622.

Children of John and Joan Brownson:

  1. Roger, mentioned below
  2. John, baptized 8 October 1580, buried 17 October 1638; he married first on 30 January 1603/1604 Elizabeth Layer, buried 31 July 1633; married second 12 November 1633 Margaret Coleman
  3. Alice, baptized 30 August 1584


        (2)  Roger Brownson, baptized 15 September 1576, died between 4 August 1635 and 25 August 1635 when he was buried; married first on 12 May 1600 Mary, baptized 2 February 1575/1576, buried 18 March 1622/1623, daughter of John Underwood of Lamarsh, Essex Co., England.  She probably died at the birth of her daughter, Mary.  Roger married second the widow Mrs. Margaret Brewer.  When Roger was elderly, he removed from Earl's Colne to Aldham, Essex Co., England.  His will dated 4 August 1635 at Aldham and proved 22 October 1635 at Colchester is as follows:

    "To Margaret, my wife, 6L [pounds], furniture, and all that was hers before marriage.  To my daughter-in-law [stepdaughter] Mary Brewer 20s.  To Edith my daughter, wife of John Evered, L3.20s at her age of 21 or marriage.  To my two sons John and RIchard Brownson and to Mary Brownson my daughter 12d each if they ever come to demand the same.  Residue to Cornelius Brownson my son, to be executor."
The last two sentences indicate that children John, Richard and Mary had left Essex before 4 August 1635 and their distance must have great for John, being the oldest son, not to have been appointed executor as was common.  Indeed, it is believed that the three set sail for New England on the Defense, Edward Bostock, Master, from London "the last of July 1635," and arrived at Boston 8 October 1635.  Passenger lists are incomplete and do not list the Brownsons, but others from Earl's Colne were aboard the ship.  Other sources claim that they traveled with the London Company in 1628 aboard the Hercules or possibly upon the Griffin in 1633.

Children of Roger Brownson and Mary Underwood:

  1. Roger, baptized 12 July 1601 in Lamarsh, Essex Co., England, died as an infant
  2. John, mentioned below
  3. Edith, baptized 13 January 1604/1605 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England; married 1627 John Evered or Everett of Coggeshall, Essex Co., England.  Parents of:
    1. Susan
    2. Martha
  4. Cornelius, baptized 18 February 1609/1610 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, buried 8 March 1656/1657, will dated 19 January 1656/1657, proved 13 March 1656/1657; married 26 April 1636 Martha Goulson/Gulson, buried 24 May 1665.
  5. Alice, baptized 22 August 1612 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, buried 30 August 1612
  6. Richard, baptized 23 July 1615 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, died 1687 in New England.  He was married three times
  7. Elizabeth, baptized 23 March 1617/1618 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, buried 24 May 1618
  8. Mary, born about 6 March 1622/1623; she emigrated to America with her brothers, John and Richard.


        (3)  John Brownson, whose descendants later spelled the name variously Brunson, Bronson, Brounson, was born about 1600 and baptized 21 September 1602 at Lamarsh, Essex Co., England.  He died before 28 November 1680 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, the date his estate inventory was taken.  On 19 November 1626 at Halstead, Essex Co., England, he married Francis Hills.  A second wife reportedly outlived him, dying on 4 December 1711.
    In 1635, John accompanied his brother Richard and sister Mary aboard the ship Defense, landing in Boston, Massachusetts, on 8 October 1635.  They traveled with Rev. Hooker and his congregation in 1636 and were among the first settlers of Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut.  In the records of that town, the family name is usually spelled Brunson and so John is recorded on his 1637 enlistment papers for the Pequot War.
    In 1640 John's house lot was located in "Soldiers' Field" on the Neck Road in the northern part of the village, bounded on the ast by the road, to the north by Richard Church's property, and to the south by WIlliam Heaton's lot.  On 9 November 1640, John and Andrew Warner were both fined five shillings for "putting their hogs over the Great RIver, and five shillings for every day they left them there."
    Early after Tunxis, later known as Farmington, was purchased by the Hartford settlers, John moved there, about 1641, and lived on a road a half-mile east of the village.  On 7 March 1649/1650 and on 15 May 1650, he served on the Grand Jury.  In May 1651, October 1655, May 1656, and October 1656, he served as Deputy from Farmington to the Connecticut General Court.  On 13 October 1652, John helped organize the Farmington Church.  He was also the Constable that year and was responsible for collecting the "rate" or tax for the Fort at Seabrook.  In 1659, his name is found on the list of freeman in the town.  In 1670 he was awarded 20 shillings from a group of Indians that had stolen cider from him.


  1. Mary, born 1627; married John Ellis
  2. John, born 1628, died in infancy
  3. John, born 1631, died 1632
  4. Dorcas, born 1633; married Stephen Hopkins
  5. Sarah, born 1639 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, died 4 December 1711 in Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut; married after 1 October 1659 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, John Kilbourne, born 29 September 1624 in Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire, England, died 9 April 1703 in Glastonbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut
  6. Jacob, born 1641, died 1708; married Mary
  7. John, born 1642, in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, died after 11 January 1711 in South Carolina; married 25 October 1664 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut, Hannah Scott, born about 1647, died before 5 April 1723 in South Carolina.  John and Hannah used the spelling Brunson and were the progenitors of that that name in South Carolina.  Their descendants settled in Orangeburgh, and Brunson in Hartwell Co., South Carolina is named in their honor.
  8. Isaac, born 1645, died 1719; married Mary Root
  9. Abraham, born 1647, died 1719; married Hannah Griswold

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