THE BROWN GENEALOGY, Vol. 2, by Cyrus Henry Brown, pp. 408.
He sold his homestead in Rowley to the brother of his wife, Jonathan Wheeler, 29 Jun 1707. He and his wife, Mary, were dismissed from the church in Rowley to the church in Groton CT 29 June 1707; in Essex deeds it is stated, Jan 8, 1707/8, as of Groton CT late of Rowley. He is first mentioned in Groton land records in 1709. In 1712 he was made an inhabitant of Groton.
July 1, 1712, his name appears among those who owned lots at "Nawayank" (Lot 3, probably Noank). Feb. 28, 1709, he bought of Gershom Rice, of Sudbury, MA "a certain tract of upland and swamp" in Groton, located on the west side of the "Great Brook that runneth into Popuonock Cove," originally part of the two hundred acres of land owned by Daniel Lane, of New London CT. In his will he bequeaths his homestead to his sons Benjamin, Abner and William. To Benjamin he gave the dwellinghouse, William sold his portion to Benjamin; it was located "near a small ledge of rocks, 190 rods to the Great Brook."
He owned land on Fort Hill, Long Hill by the ferry, and by "Nawayank." His homestead farm on a portion of it is now owned by George Miner, of Groton.
page 409, Will of Nathaniel Brown.
In the Name of God Amen the 19th day of April A.D. 1731. I Nathaniel Brown of Groton in the county of New London & Colony of Connecticut being week in body, but of perfect mind and menory, Calling unto mind the morality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all me once to Die. Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament That is to say principally and first of all I give & Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian burial at the descretion of my Executors not doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such a Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in the Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form, after my just Depts are paid.
Imprimis: I Give and Bequeath to Mary my Loving Wife one third part of all my Moveable Estate and a good maintainance out of my Estate so long as she remain my widow.
Item: I give to my son Greshom Brown's children twenty shillings which with what I have already given my son Gershom is their full portion.
Item: I give to my daughter Mary Hodskin five shillings which with what I have already given her is her full portion.
Item: I give to my daughter Martha Hartwell five shillings which with what I have already given her is her full portion.
Item: I give to my son Nathaniel Brown five shillings which with what I have already given him is his full portion.
Item: I give to my son Benjamin Brown thirty acres of Land lying across the North end of my Farm with my Dwelling house and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, he well maintaining his mother so long as she shall continue my widow, and also paying to my daughter Sarah Brown Forty pounds to be paid to her within two years after my decease and to allow her a Room in the house and the keeping of a Cow a long as she remain unmarried.
Item: I give to my daughter Sarah Brown Fourty pounds and the Liberty of a room in my house and the keeping of a Cow as long as she remain unmarried.
Item: I give to my daughter Mehitable Woodworth three pounds which with what I have already given her is her full portion.
Item: I give to my daughter Ruth Woodworth Ten pounds which with what I have already given her is her full portion.
All the above s'd Legacies to be paid within two years after my deceased by my exector.
Item: I give to my son William Brown Thirty seven Acres of Land Lying across my farm next to the land I gave to Benjamin, to him his heirs and assigns forever he paying to my daughter Ruth Woodworth Ten pounds within two years after my deceased.
Item: I give to my son Abner Brown all the remaining part of my farm Lying South of the Land I gave to William to him his heirs and assigns forever and also half my Right in the Sequestered Land and all the Remaining part of my Estate which I have not above disposed of I give to my son Benjamin Brown with the thirty acres of Land aforementioned and half my Rights in the Sequestered Land to him his heirs and assigns forever. And I do hereby make and obdain my son Benjamin Brown my sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament and I do hereby utterly Revoke and Disanul all other and former Wills and Testaments Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Lans Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal the day and year above written.
Nathaniel (N) Brown.
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the s'd Nathaniel Brown as his Last Will & Testament in presence of
Peter Lester Witness
Witnesses took oath May 26, 1731 before James Morgan Justice of Peace.
The above will was exhibited in court, proved and ordered to be recorded June 24, 1731.
Recorded in the 6th book of Wills for New London County, folios 80, 81, May 10, 1732.
Rich'd Christophers, Clerk Inventory of Estate, 519 pounds 17 shillings 3 pence.
Note. - Ledyard, as now known, was called No. Groton.
Source: Brown Genealogy, v2; O'Keeffe.
BG: Nathaniel Brown, born 20 May 1731, Rowley, MA. Will probated 16 May 1731 at Groton. Married Mary Wheeler. [Error on birth year. It would be
after the deaths of his parents. 1731 was his death date.]
O'Keeffe: Nathaniel Brown, born 20 May 1660 and died May 1731 in Groton, New London, Conn. Married Mary Wheeler in Rowley 4 June 1685, daughter of David Wheeler and Sarah Wise (From Brown genealogy, Vol. 2). Had 11 children besides Nathaniel.