Brown(e) (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

As of November 24, 2020:

  • No straightforward opportunities for advanced Y-DNA testing
  • Low priority

Summary of findings

No direct patrilineal descendants of Peter Brown(e), since all of his surviving children were daughters. There remains the opportunity for characterizing his Y-DNA through descendants of other paternal relatives. Even so, such a link would likely be tenuous since it would seem that the identity of Peter Brown(e)'s relatives in England carries some uncertainty.

Paper Trail

For more information see: Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations vol. 7: Brown

First Generation

Peter Brown(e) was likely the son of William Brown(e) baptized at Dorking, Surrey, England 29 Jan 1594/5. He married twice, first sometime after the 1623 Plymouth land division Martha _____ Ford (she died soon after the 1627 cattle division). His second marriage occurred about 1629 to Mary _____. Peter died sometime between 25 Mar 1633 and 28 Oct 1633.

Peter had two daughters by his first wife: Mary and Priscilla. He had a daughter (Rebecca) and a fourth child (who likely died young) by his second wife.

To do

  • Additional paper-trail research might allow additional Y-DNA testing candidates to be identified

External links and references

  • Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations vol. 7: Brown General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA 1992, rev. 2002
  • Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Increasings From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, Second edition 1995, 1996. pp. 29-32.
  • Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Passenger References: from Contemporary Records and Scholarly Journals Stewart Publishing, Canada, 2nd ed. 2015, pp. 156-62
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Mayflower Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth, 1620 New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA 2020, pp. 49-51
  • Bowman, George Ernest Mayflower Descendant 5(Jan 1903):29-37 "The Settlement of Peter Brown's Estate and Deeds of Land Belonging to His Heirs"
  • Barclay, Mrs. John E., The American Genealogist 42(1966):35-42 "Goodwife Martha Ford alias Widow Ford, Her Second Husband Peter Browne & her Children"
  • Merrick, Barbara L. Mayflower Quarterly53[Feb 1987]:10-13 "Some New Information about Pilgrim Peter Brown"
  • Johnson, Caleb The American Genealogist 79(Jul 2004):161-78 "The Probable English Origin of Mayflower Passenger Peter1 Browne, and His Association with Mayflower Passenger William1 Mullins"
  • Pilgrim Peter Brown Society
  • The Brown Family - The Mayflower Society


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