Mary Browne

F, b. circa 1614, d. 8 January 1669
FatherJohn Browne b. 1585, d. 10 Apr 1662
MotherDorothy (?) b. c 1584, d. 27 Jan 1674
     Mary was born circa 1614 in England. Mary married Honorable Thomas Willett, son of Thomas Willett I and Alice (?), on 6 July 1636 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.1 Mary departed this life on Tuesday, 8 January 1669 in Swansea Township, Bristol County, Massachusetts. She was buried at Bullock's Cove, Swansea Township, Bristol County, Massachusetts. A stone marks her grave bearing the inscription: "1669 Here lyeth ye Body of Vertuous Mrs. Mary Willett, wife to Thomas Willett who died January 8 about ye 85th year of her age." Her husband lies beside her. Due to boundry changes. the cementery is now located in what is now East Providence, Rhode Island.2,3,4


Honorable Thomas Willett b. c 1608, d. 4 Aug 1674


  1. [S1299] George Ernest Bowman, Plymouth Colony Vital Records, page 84 - Marriage Record: 6 July 1636 Thomas Willett & Mary Brown.
  2. [S1003] Daniel H. Carpenter, New York's First Mayor, page 196.
  3. [S1275] Find a grave: Informat: Julie Nathanson - 6/11/2007; Picture courtesy of: Cherie Lynn - Now called Ancient Little Neck Cemeter on Willett Path [Note: The age she was at the time of her death appears to be incorrect. She should probably be in her 55th year or 65th year. ilm].
  4. [S1279] J. A. Howland, Seekonk Inscriptions, page 181 -
    Mr. S. G. Drake:
         Dear Sir, - Ten years aog I copied the grave stones in an old burying ground situated at the head of Bulluck's Cove, in the town of Seekonk - originally a part of Rehoboth - several inscriptions, some of which you may deem of interest enough to occupy a page of the Register.
    The first that I give will be those of Thomas Willett and his wife. The head stones of the Willetts are about six inches thick by fifteen inches wide, and are above the ground about 20 inches; they are rough, without attempt at ornament except the top being curved, the lettering being legible and tolerably well executed. I copied precisely as the lines, figures, and capital letters are on the stones. J. A. Howland.

              [Head Stone] [Head Stone]
    1674 1699
    Here lyeth ye body Here lyeth ye body of
    of ye Wor. Thomas the virtuous Mrs. Mary Willet esq. who died Willett wife to thomas
    August ye 4th in ye 64th Willett esq. who died
    Year of his age anno. January ye 8th about ye 65th
    Year of her age anno.

    [Foot Stone] [Foot Stone]
    Who was the Daughter to
    first Mayor the Wor. John
    of New York Brown Esq.
    & twice did Deceased.
    sustain ye place.