Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Brown and wife, buried in Hooksett, New Hampshire 1809, Revolutionary War Patriot

This tombstone was photographed at the Head Cemetery in Hooksett, New Hampshire

May 21, 1809
AE. 79 yrs.
& 9 mo.
                            N. Farley & Co. Concord

In Memory of
wife of
who died Nov' 6, 1807
aged 77 Years
Blessed are the dead who died in the name of the Lord

William Brown was born in Scotland about 1729, and died on 21 May 1809 in Chester, New Hampshire (now in the town of Hooksett near Suncook).   He was one of three brothers who came from Scotland and settled in the northern part of Chester.  The oldest was Samuel Brown, who married Jean Gibson.  The middle brother was Dr. Joseph Brown who married Ann Otterson and lived near Head’s saw mill. William was the youngest brother.

William’s wife was Ruth McDuffee, daughter of Daniel McDuffee and Ruth Britton of Londonderry.  She was born 1 February 1730 in Londonderry and died 6 November 1807. William signed the association test for the town of Chester, and served in the Revolutionary War under Captain Stephen Dearborn.  They had seven children:

1. Daniel (1756 – 1803) m. Doanna Durgin
2. Molly m. Ezra Abbott
3. Ruth (1765 – 1848)
4. James (1768 – 1840) m . Molly McCurdy
5. Sarah
6. John (1771 – 1826) m. Polly Gault
7. William m. Sally Benton

For the truly curious:

History of Chester by Benjamin Chase, pages 477 - 4788 (Archive.org and Google Books)

Descendants of New Hampshire MacDuffees, by Marion Lang Driscoll, 1949, page 10 (manuscript at the DAR library and filmed for FamilySearch)

William Brown's gravestone was cut by Nathan Farley, a stone carver from Concord, New Hampshire.

N. Farley & Co. Concord


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Brown, buried in Hooksett, New Hampshire 1809, Revolutionary War Patriot", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 5, 2017,  ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/tombstone-tuesday-william-brown-buried.html: accessed [access date]). 

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