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Catherine Browne Family Bible
from Bonavista

This "old" Bible (printed 1726) is in the possession of the Blatchford Family of Sidmouth, Devon, England.
Previous owner was their Great Grandmother surnamed Daniels.
Their connection to the Browne family is unknown
Photo copies are in my possession.

It contains entries from 1748 to 1773.



Births & Deaths

Mary Louisa Brown born Louisburg May 20 1748 O.S.

Charlotte Browne born at Great Placentia in Newfoundland December 15, 1750 O.S.

Edward Browne born at Great Placentia Newfoundland March 7,1753 N.S. and died at Islington England Feb 12, 1827

Mr. Edward Browne father of the above died at Great Placentia May 6, 1753 age 38

Mrs. Charlotte Browne his wife died in London September 16, 1773 age 49

O.S. Stands for Old style calendar ie Gregorian
N.S. Stands for New Style calendar ie Julian




Edward Brown was attached to the Garrison at Placentia and was appointed Keeper of the Rolls in Placentia during the years 1750 and 1751

Mr. Edward Browne was the Clerk of the Cheque at Louisburg Nova Scotia for the British garrison from 1746 to 1749.  After Louisburg was returned to the French in 1749 Edward Browne and family moved to Placentia.  The Clerk of the Cheque was an important official who handled the financial affairs of the garrison.

The name Catherine Browne is written on the first page of this Bible and it is assumed she was the owner.
Catherine Browne was most Likely the wife of Edward Brown Jr. who died Feb 12, 1827
( from will of Edward Browne )

Charlotte Brown, Edwards widow returned to England after Edward's death but she then joined her brother Robert Bristowe a Master Apothecary and they both joined General Edward Braddock’s campaign against the French and Indian's in North America.  Her brother died in Virginia USA in 1755.  Charlotte served as Matron of the General Hospital with English Forces in North America from 1754 to 1756 and kept a diary from 1754 to 1757.  She had another brother in England named Richard Bristowe. At end of War she returned to England. Charlotte Browne died in London England on Sept 16, 1773 at age 49 years.

Sources: ( Dr. Sarah Fatherly PH.D at Otterbein College, Westerville Ohio USA, and Will and Diary of Charlotte Browne )

Keith Brown


Contributed by Keith Brown (2008 06 & 2010)
with permission from the Blatchford Family

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (March 26, 2013 ADT)

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