Bertie Everett Brown the man he really was; Charles Nelson Brown Parker, the man he became. (If you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about then you will have to go back through my stories to the beginning, to Ancestors 6 Fiji - Maggie and the man from Indiana.)
England is holding its breath; Cromwell’s Roundheads and Puritan Government have been replaced by Charles 2nd and the Restoration. Freedom of choice to worship is in disarray.
The Browne’s of Podington have joined the Society of Friends...the Quakers. But who was Richard Browne?
Before long they had accumulated all the romance of lords and ladies, the drama of imprisonment and disembowelling at the hands of kings, a whiff of power balanced with the humility of prayer. Fascinating stuff.
Richard Browne’s wife was Mary. His death entry states: Richard Browne of Boarsworth died ye 28 day of ye 9th mo. 1662 and was buried at Wellingsborough, County of Northampton.
In the same book are listed: Daniel Browne, County of Bedford ye son of Richard and Mary d. Puddington 9 mo 11, 1719.
Joseph Browne son of Richard and Mary d. at Puddington 3 mo 9, 1731. (Friends Records in England, according to the writer Henry Armitt Brown of Philadelphia).
James, and then William Browne, both young men at the time followed the call and took ship across the Atlantic.
The names of the following original Browne siblings were to be replicated through history, making it difficult in later years to identify the correct family line, through James, or William.
In 1660 Charles 2nd returns to rule over England.
Non conformists immediately became persona non grata with the Church of England. The country is ruled with an iron fist by the Throne and by the Church, punishment meted out to this growing number of non conformist sects is cruel and unjust.
|From Pepys Diary - Religious dissenters marched to jail|
" Dear Friends, as touching the manner of our Sufferings at this place; here are ninety and odd in prison, very near an Hundred, most committed for refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance, some being taken out of their meetings, and some at their Houses and from their Employments, and for refusing to Swear committed to prison. We met with a very avaricious inhuman Gaoler, who, because we could not agree to his unreasonable Demands in paying 2s.6d. per week every Man for our Beds, threw twenty of us into a stinking Dungeon, where we could not all lie down at once; and put thirteen of us into another, where we remained five Days; but the High Sheriff understanding it, manifested a large measure of Christian Compassion towards us and caused us to be removed to the House of Correction, where we have had moderate Usage."
Cirencester Abbey – photograph by Catherine Joll
6 September 1660 – Application for an order for removal of Wm. Browne and his wife and others, who are in possession of the Duchy House in the Strand, and refuse to render possession or to pay any rent. Lords Journals, XI. 159.
A man who punched a news editor on the nose and then poured ink over his head, a man who tarred and feathered another would be viewed with absolute horror by his many times removed Quaker Grandfather, Richard Browne.