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Brown, Dorothy - Which Dorothy married James Brown 15 Jun 1748?
Brown, Esther - Daughter of Elijah, md 1) John Clark 2) Francis Fournier



Brown, Dorothy - Which Dorothy married James Brown 15 Jun 1748?

The 1986 Wells Genealogy says Dorothy Brown, daughter of Joseph, is the one who married James Brown 15 Jun 1748 (Salmon Records).

But, Ackerly disagrees:

Ackerly (NYG&B Record, 1900) - Richard Brown and His Descendants:

"Dorothy4 Brown (Richard3, Richard2, Richard1), was named in the will of her father and in that of her brother, Dr. Peter Brown.  It is probable that it was this Dorothy Brown (daughter of Richard and Anne (Youngs) Brown, and not Dorothy, dau of Joseph Brown) who married on 15 June 1748 James Brown of Southold."

Ms. Ackerly doesn't give the reasons for her conclusion.

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Brown, Esther - Daughter of Elijah, md 1) John Clark 2) Francis Fournier

We have the following records:
 

Oct 1750 - last fall: John Clark & Ester Brown (SR marriages)
2 Sep 1756 - John Clark (SR Deaths)
22 Mar 1761 - "……Cornner & wd Ester Clark" (SR marriages)
6 Mar 1761 - Francis Fournier to Esther Clark (Mattituck marriages)


Will of Elijah Brown, written 1775, proved 1784: " To my daughters, Easther Fournier..."

It would appear from these entries that the Esther Clark (Mattituck marriage record) and Wd Ester Clark (Salmon marriage record) are the same person. The Salmon Records transcriber misread the name (C for an F, ie Cornner for Fournier), while the Mattituck records failed to list her as a widow, misleading some researchers to think her maiden name was Clark. Note that the two marriage records have dates about 3 weeks apart. It is not unusual for Salmon Record marriages to be off a week or two from marriages recorded in other jurisdictions, as he was getting his info "second hand", ie as reported to him.

These suggested interpretations of the Salmon and Mattituck marriage records are confirmed by the reference of Elijah Brown to his daughter: "Easther Fournier" in his 1775 will.

Conclusion:

Esther Brown, daughter of Elijah Brown, married 1) John Clark and 2) Francis Fournier.

With John Clark, she had at least: Esther and Elizabeth, baptized Mattituck 12/25/1753 and 04/10/1757. Elizabeth's baptism said: "Elizabeth Clark, dau of John (deceased) and Esther". With Francis Fournier, she had at least: Anna, Peter, Joshua, Barnabas, all baptized at Mattituck, parents "Francis and Esther".

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