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These items were used to research the Bronson lineage and are available for lookup.

Colonial History of Hartford by Wm Lovem, 1914 [CT Har.58 PDF]

Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, Hartford County 1635-1750, Vol 1-3, Chas Manwaring, 1904. [CT HAR.33 MAN]

Earls Colne, Essex; Records of an English Village 1375-1854 (off site)

Genealogy of One Branch of the Richard Brownson Family, 1631-1951 by Earnest Brownson [AF BROWNSON ERN]

Memorial History of Hartford County Connecticut, J. Hammond Trumbull, 1886 [CT Har.58 PDF]

Short History of Farmington, Committee of the Connecticut Tercentenary [CT HAR.7 HEW]

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Louisa’s paternal grandmother is Anna Brownson, Kelly’s 5th cousin, 6xs removed.

Brownson Family Genealogy

Brownson, Bronson, Brounson, Brunson.

Related surnames: Allen, Bacon, Gibbs, Ham, Holister, Thorpe, Ventris, Underwood, Waite, Wilbourne.

Page last updated: 12 Sep 2016

My Brownson Story…

I can trace my direct Bronson lineage, with documentation, back to my 13th G-Grandfather, Cornelys Brownson, who baptized in 1480, Earls Colne, Essex, England.

Cornelys’ son Cornelius Brownson was born abt. 1525. His son, John Brownson Sr., was born in 1550. All three were born in Earls Colne.

John married a woman named Joan (born 1555 in Earls Colne) in 1576, Earl’s Colne, England. Their son Roger, sometimes called Richard, is my 9th great grandfather. He too was born in Earls Colne, in 1576.

Roger first married in 1600 to Mary, dau/o John Underwood. The ceremony took place in her birthplace- Lamarsh, Essex, England. One year later they had their first child, Roger, followed by John, Edith, Cornelius, Alice, Richard, Elizabeth, and Mary (that I have documented). Mary Underwood Brownson died in Aldham, Essex, England a year after her youngest child, Mary, was born, in Aldham, Essex, England.

Three of Roger & Mary’s children, John, Richard, & Mary emigrated to colonial America. I descend from Richard, who was born in Earls Colne, Essex, England in 1615 and died in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut in 1687.

Richard’s arrival to the American Colony has been recorded as 1633 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The source for that is, “Passenger & Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s.” It does not say what ship or from what port it left before coming to America. It is also a collection of data so I could not review the original. I have yet to see any other documentation for their arrival.

The next stop on the Brownson train is in Hartford County, Connecticut, USA. Richard settled here, and his descendants (my direct ancestors) continued to live here for MANY years. I documented this in the 3 volumes of Digest of the Early CT Probate Records, Vol I, Hartford District; 1635-1700.

The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut 1633-1884, edited by J. Hammond Trumbull states that Richard was an owner of a house-lot in Farmington where he settled. In 1635 Richard married Abigail Wilbourne in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also said to have joined the Church in Farmington, Connecticut in 1654.

At some point after Abigail’s death in 1666, while still having small children at home, Richard married her younger sister Elizabeth. Both were daughters of John Weyborne. Richard, Abigail, & Elizabeth all died in Farmington, Connecticut.

I have been able to document 8 children for Richard and Abigail. Their youngest son Samuel, born in 1660 in Farmington, is my 8th great grandfather. Sam married twice. First to my 8th great grandmother, Sarah Gibbs. Sarah was born to Jacob Elizabeth Andrews Gibbs. Their son Samuel, Jr. Is my 7th great grandfather. He married Abigail Ventris & had, among other children, Elisha Brownson in 1717, Berlin, Hartford County, Connecticut.

In 1737 Elisha married Sarah Hollister, daughter of Ephraim & Elizabeth Greene Hollister. They had 9 children (known to me), Ashbel being the 6th. Ashbel married Hannah Allen. I know of one child; Chester Bronson. This is where I drop the ‘W’ in Brownson in my file, though both spellings were used earlier, and later.

Chester was born in 1780 in Connecticut (probably Hartford County). In about 1795 he moved to Salisbury, Herkimer County, New York. In 1811 Chester married his first wife, Amy Bacon.

Amy (Ame/Anne) Bacon is the daughter of Joel & Lydia Hubbard Bacon (see Bacon Genealogy). She was born in 1783, Middletown, Connecticut, USA. She had 3 children I know of; Edwin, Amy Ann, & Alvin Joel. Amy died in 1832 at the age of 48. She is buried in Dibble Cemetery in Rural Salisbury, Herkimer County, New York. Chester died in 1857 and was buried with his first wife Amy (see picture at left).

Chester & Ame’s son Alvin John Bronson (AJ) was born in 1825 in Herkimer County, New York. He married Mariah Ham, sister of Philena Ham. After their marriage and at LEAST the birth of their first child (Walter H.), AJ moved to South Ripley (AKA Quincy) in Chautauqua County, New York. Though he was not among the first settlers, he is known as an original settler because the land he purchased was in a wild state and took as much work as the others that came first.

After Amy’s death, Chester married again to Patty North, daughter of Levi & Rachel White North.  After Chester’s death she moved west to Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY.  She stayed with family, including AJ &  Mariah, until her death in 1877. She is buried at Northeast Cemetery in North East, Erie County, Pennsylvania (not far from Ripley, NY).

Alvin John & Mariah Hamm had at least 6 children.  One son was my great great grandfather, Wesley Gurney Bronson.  He was born in 1860 & died in 1945.  He married “Lida” or Eliza J. Thorpe in 1888 in Findley’s Lake, Chautauqua County, NY.  Lida was born in 1866 to Volney & Sarah Newton Thorp.  Their farm house, which went to Wesley Bronson, is still standing in South Ripley, NY. The first of their 7 children, is my great grandmother, Hazel Bronson.

Hazel was born 1889 in Ripley, Chautauqua Co., NY. She married Ralph L. Waite on Valentine’s Day in 1911 in Ripley. They had 3 boys, the youngest being my grandfather, Maurice “Red” Waite (my mother’s father), who was born in 1922. Two years later, in 1924, Papa’s father died from Appendicitis, leaving his widow & boys alone just 5 years before the Great Depression.  They made it through the hardest of years. Hazel never re-married, but found ways to support her family, including farming, laundry work, etc.

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1. Hazel Bronson.

2. Gideon Brownson’s Grave (photo by Unknown)

3. Maurice Red Waite

4. Karlie with 5th G-Grandfather.

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