Mary, second wife of Peter Browne (mtDNA)

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Status summary

As of September 26, 2020

  • Page created for Mary, wife of Peter Browne
  • recruitment of individuals who are mtDNA descendants of Mary. Folks who are mtDNA descendants are encouraged to contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)



Almost nothing is known about Mary, the second wife of Peter Browne. She married Peter about 1629 (by 1631) and survived her husband by at least one year.[1]

Peter and Mary had two children; a child who died young and Rebecca.

Second Generation

Rebecca Browne was born in Plymouth about 1631. She married about 1654 to William Snow.[2] William and Rebecca had eight children; four sons and four daughters (Mary, Lydia[3] [unknown if ever married], Hannah and Rebecca.

Third Generation

Mary Snow was born presumably in Bridgewater about 1658. There are conflicting reports about whether she was the wife of John Rickard (brother or cousin to Samuel & Giles Rickard who married her sisters) or whether Mary never married. mtDNA testing of a living "umbilical" descendant of John & Mary Rickard may be able to support or refute this claim. A mismatch to the mtDNA of her sisters' umbilical descendants would prove John Rickard's wife was not Mary Snow (daughter of William Snow & Rebecca Brown). A match to the sister's would certainly support a link, but would not (in and of itself) prove the link. John Rickard and his wife Mary had eight children; 2 sons and six daughters (Mary/Marcy [1677- ] poss. m. Jabez Eddy and she d. 1711], Lydia [1679- ], Mercy/Marcy [1687- ], Joanna [1691- ], Abigail [1694- ], & Rebecca [1699- ])

Hannah Snow was born about 1664 (possibly in Bridgewater) and died at Yarmouth 29 Mar 1723. She married twice, first to Giles Rickard 7 Nov 1683 at Plymouth, and second to Joseph Howes on 9 Mar 1713/4. Her first husband's will failed to list any children (and bequests were made to his siblings children) so it is assumed they had no surviving children. Hannah would have been too old to have had any children by her second marriage.

Rebecca Snow was born in Plymouth 23 Jul 1671 and died 4 Apr 1740 in Plympton. She married Plymouth 31 Dec 1689 to Samuel Rickard. They had six children, three sons and three daughters (Hannah [1693- , m. Josiah Byram], Bethia [1698-1764, m. John Chandler] & Mehitable [1707-b1741, m. Arthur Harris; believed to only have had one daughter, Lucy])

  1. Plymouth Colony Records 1:28 (dated 27 Mar 1634), but was probably dead by 1647 when one of her daughters sold her father's land without referring to the widow's dower rights. (TGMB I:261). Roser's Mayflower Passenger References (p. 156) states an article in the Mayflower Quarterly 53:13 questioned whether she married second, James Lendall of Duxbury, but concluded this was unlikely.
  2. Plymouth Colony Land Records 5:197
  3. Named in her father's Mar 1699 will, so then living. Unfortunately, William only gave the first names to his daughters (even those known to have been married).

mtDNA Results

Currently no known mtDNA descendants of Mary have publicly released their mtDNA results. Anyone who believes they are a mtDNA descendant of Mary (that is to say anyone who believe's their mother's mother's mother's etc. mother was Mary) is encouraged to contact Raymond Wing (email wing DOT genealogist AT gmail DOT com) and take a full mtDNA test as well as make the results available to the public for analysis.

References and External Links

  • Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: vol. 7 Brown General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA. Second edition 2002
  • Roser, Susan E, Mayflower Passenger References (from contemporary records & scholarly journals) Second edition, 2015. Canada ([ Stewart Publishing & Printing]
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. I A-F. 1995 Boston, MA. New England Historic Genealogical Society