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Mary Brownson (Underwood)

Birthplace: Lamarsh, Essex, England
Death: March 18, 1623 (47)
Colchester, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: Earls Colne, Essex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Underwood of Lamarsh in Essex; John Underwood and Unknown Underwood
Wife of Roger Brownson
Mother of Roger Bronson, Jr.; John Brunson, of Farmington; Edith Evarts; Cornelius Bronson; Alice Bronson and 5 others
Sister of Edmond Underwood; Agnes Underwood; Maria Ormsby; Thomas Underwood and Bridget Underwood

Occupation: m. 5/12/1600, Holy Innocents Church, Lamarsh, Essex, married May 12, 1600 in Lamarsh, England
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About Mary Brownson

Mary (Underwood) Brownson: Daughter of John Underwood of Lamarsh, Essex

Below is a verbatim excerpt from Donald Lines Jacobus, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, “The Brownson, Bronson, or Brunson Family of Earl’s Colne, Essex, England…,” The American Genealogist, Volume 38 (1962): 197:

"Roger Brownson… married first, at Lamarsh Essex, 12 May 1600, Mary Underwood, baptized at Lamarsh 2 Feb. 1585/6 [correction published 2 Feb. 1575], buried at Earls’ Colne 18 March 1622/3, having perhaps died at the birth of her daughter Mary. Mary Underwood was a daughter of John Underwood of Lamarsh, of whom no more is at present known.”

Page 197 is online at:

Correction is online at:

An alternate date and place of birth has been suggested as 2/2/1575 in Lamont, Essex, England

(2) Roger Brownson, baptized 15 September 1576, died between 4 August 1635 and 25 August 1635 when he was buried; married first on 12 May 1600 Mary, baptized 2 February 1575/1576, buried 18 March 1622/1623, daughter of John Underwood of Lamarsh, Essex Co., England. She probably died at the birth of her daughter, Mary.

Children of Roger Brownson and Mary Underwood:

  1. Roger, baptized 12 July 1601 in Lamarsh, Essex Co., England, died as an infant
  2. John, mentioned below
  3. Edith, baptized 13 January 1604/1605 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England; married 1627 John Evered or Everett of Coggeshall, Essex Co., England. Parents of:
  • Susan
  • Martha

4. Cornelius, baptized 18 February 1609/1610 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, buried 8 March 1656/1657, will dated 19 January 1656/1657, proved 13 March 1656/1657; married 26 April 1636 Martha Goulson/Gulson, buried 24 May 1665.

5. Alice, baptized 22 August 1612 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, buried 30 August 1612

6. Richard, baptized 23 July 1615 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, died 1687 in New England. He was married three times

7. Elizabeth, baptized 23 March 1617/1618 at Earl's Colne, Essex Co., England, buried 24 May 1618

8. Mary, born about 6 March 1622/1623; she emigrated to America with her brothers, John and Richard.

Mary Bronson formerly Underwood Born before February 2, 1585 in Holy Innocents', Lamarsh, Essex, England Daughter of John Underwood and Mrs. John Underwood Sister of Agnes Underwood, Thomas Underwood and Briget Underwood Wife of Roger Bronson — married May 12, 1600 in Lamarsh, Essex, England Mother of Roger Bronson Jr, John (Brownson) Bronson, Edith Bronson, Cornelius Bronson, Alice Bronson, Richard (Bronson) Brownson, Elizabeth Bronson and Mary (Brownson) Disborough Died March 18, 1623 in Earls Colne, Essex, England

The picture is of The Holy Innocents Lamarsh Church in Essex, England Holy Innocents Church is a particularly fine example of a beautiful, ancient building in a tiny parish that has served the community for nearly 900 years. It is amongst the small number of buildings to receive a Grade 1 listing by English Heritage, which means that architecturally, structurally and historically it is of the highest quality.

The dedication to "Holy Innocents", the infants murdered by King Herod in the hopes of eliminating the baby Jesus, is one of only five in all England.

Although Lamarsh, (then known as Lamers), is mentioned several times in the Domesday Book (1086), there is no reference to a Church and it is probably only when the Manor of Lamarsh came into the hands of the Beauchamps, a Norman family loyal to King Stephen, that the building was constructed. Interestingly, the raised clay foundations differ markedly from the surrounding soil.

The name Lamarsh is Anglo-Saxon (with the accent on the first syllable) and not, as many people believe, French. Early records show the spelling Lamers and Lamersch. This means Lam is a forerunner of the word loam and Erse means stubble land, a good description of the light arable land in much of the parish.

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Mary Brownson's Timeline

February 2, 1576
Lamarsh, Essex, England
February 2, 1585
Age 9
Lamarsh, Essex, England
February 2, 1585
Age 9
Lamarsh, Essex, England (United Kingdom)
July 12, 1601
Lamarsh, Essex, England
September 21, 1602
Lamarsh, Essex, England
January 13, 1604
Earl's Colne, Essex, England
February 18, 1609
Earl's Colne, Essex, England
August 22, 1612
Earl's Colne, Essex, England
July 23, 1615
Erle's Colne, Essex, England