This is just a little information I found on the Brownell Family name. Contact for this information is:
Joe Travis <email@example.com>
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Father: Rowland Brownell
Mother: Dorothy Green
Date of Birth: 5 JUN 1608
Place of Birth: Yorkshire, England
Date of Death: 24 SEP 1665
Place of Death: Portsmouth, Newport, RI
First Marriage: 20 MAR 1636/37, Ann Bourne, St. Benet's, Paul's Wharf, London, England
Anne Bourne b: 15 FEB 1606/07 in London, England
Rowland Brownell b: 12 JAN 1577/78 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
Dorothy Greene b: 1582 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
From: A History of the Brownell Family by William R. Brownell 1975.
Thomas Brownell, the ancestor of most, if not all, of the Brownells in America, was born in England. The date of his birth is not known, but he was baptized on 5 June 1608 at Rawmarsh Parish, Yorkshire. Thomas was the youngest son of Robert and Mary (Wilson) Brownell, who lived in Sandal Magna Parish, Agbrigg Waberntake, Yorkshire.
On 20 March 1637 Thomas Brownell married Anne Bourne at St. Benet's, Paul's Wharf, London. Anne was born in London and was baptized on 15 February 1606 at the parish of St. Michael Cornhill in London. She was the daughter of Richard and Judith (Cowper) Bourne. Richard Bourne was a grocer in London. He died on 11 March 1632.
Thomas and Anne Brownell lived for a time in London in St. Mary Cole Parish. In 1638 they sailed from London to America on the ship "Whale". They arrived at Braintree, Massachusetts, and then went on to settle at Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The earliest record of Thomas Brownell in Rhode Island is in 1647 when he was a witness to the will of John Walker on 18 March 1647. That same year he was appointed a water bailey for the colony. In 1655 he was on the roll of freemen (citizens having full political rights and privileges) of Portsmouth. He was a member of the General Court of Commissioners of the colony in the years 1655, 1661, 1662, and 1663.
In 1661 a dispute arose between Thomas Brownell and John Porter concerning the boundary of land which Thomas had purchased from Richard Carder. At a town meeting on 11 May 1661 it was ordered that the dispute be submitted to arbitration. The decision was given 1 October 1661, but no record was made of what that decision was.
Thomas Brownell died on 24 September 1664 at Portsmouth. The cause of his death was given as a fall from a horse. He was buried there in the Brownell Cemetery.
The date of Anne (Bourne) Brownell's death is not known. The last record of her is in 1666 when the Court of Tryalls of Newport, Rhode Island on 24 October 1666, stated that "Anne Brownell, widow of Thomas, was prohibited from marrying one William Long." Anne was buried in the Brownell Cemetery in Portsmouth."
From: Joe Travis
I have found conflicting information on this Thomas' parents - one source says Robert Brownell and Mary Wilson another Roland, Robert's brother, and wife Dorothy Greene.
One Gendex resource (Darleen Flanagan - firstname.lastname@example.org) gives the following info.:
birth: 5 Jun 1608, London,,London, Eng
christening: 5 Jun 1608 Rawmarsh,,Yorkshire, Eng.
death: 24 Sep. 1665, Portsmouth,,Newport, RI
burial: Brownell cemeter,,Portsmouth, RI
marriage: 20 Mar. 1638, St. Benet,,,Eng.
Another gives referrence to:
Brownell genealogy Wm. E. Wright: "Ancestors & Descendants Of William Browning Greene And Mary Hoxie Lewis"; Gateway Press; Baltimore, MD; 1993; p 42.
From: Thayer and Burton Ancestry
THOMAS BROWNELL, one of the early Rhode Island settlers, was chosen 'Water Bailie' in May, 1647, at Portsmouth. In 1664 he was elected deputy, and in 1655-61-62-63 commissioner. He died in 1665. His wife was Ann ((???)), and she survived him.
From: My Ancestors: In Memory of John Paine and Mary Ann May
of East Woodstock, CT
THOMAS BROWNELL of Portsmouth, R. I., appears first as witness to the will of John Walker in 1647 and the same year is appointed Water Bailey. He was commissioner in 1655-61-62-63. He sold 35 acres to Thomas Lawton Apl. 4, 1658; was deputy in 1664. Ann Brownell, his widow and executrix, exchanged land with William Brenton Nov. 6, 1665, fulfilling contract made by her husband before his decease.
Date of Birth: About 1758
Place of Birth:
First Marriage: Dec 4, 1791, Sarah Mendall, Dartmuth, Bristol Co., MA
Date of Death: Feb 25, 1844
Place of Death: Dartmouth, Bristol County, MA
Place of Burial: Acushnet Cemetery
Spouse: Sarah Mendall
Date of Birth: About 1758
Place of Brith: Dartmouth, Bristol County,MA
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Descendants of John Mendall Sr. by Sidney D. Smith. Published by Gateway Press, Inc. © 1984.
Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890
1840 ARMSBY BROWNELL, Bristol MA, New Bedford, Age 82
1840 ARMSBY BROWNELL, Bristol MA, New Bedford, Pensioners
Massachusetts Town Death Records
Death Date: Feb. 25, 1844
Burial Place: Dartmouth
Source: Vital Records of Dartmouth
Complete Record: ARMSBY, Brownell, Feb. 25, 1844, in 86th y., C.R.39.