JOHN BOARD (1706-1787)

The birth date for John Board, 13 October 1706, is recorded in the church records for St.Margaret’s Anglican Church, Westminster Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. John was the son of Francis and Ann Mead Board and the grandson of Francis and Anna Mead of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Jemima was the granddaughter of Joseph and Jane Long Peake, and the great granddaughter of George and Mary Peake of Calvert County and Thomas and Jane Long of Baltimore County. Although her parents cannot be positively identified, it is believed that her father was a John Henderson who died in Baltimore County in 1720. 

John Board married Jemima Henderson on 13 January 1733 in St. Paul’s Parish. John would have been 26 years old at the time of marriage. In subsequent years, the births of several of the children of John and Jemima were recorded in St. Paul’s register. 

John appears in tax lists for Lunenburg County, Virginia, in 1750 and 1752 in the area settled by a Nicholas Haile. Therefore, by 1750 at least, John had apparently acquired land, cleared it, built a home, and transported his family to that area of Virginia. This is the area that later became Bedford County. 

To this day, there is a Board Mountain in Bedford County, north of the Staunton, or Roanoke, River, near the town of Goodview. On maps, Route 653 appears to go over the mountain. 

John Board Senior died in Bedford County, Virginia, before 24 September 1787, when his will was recorded. The will names wife Jemima, sons Stephen, Absalom, James, and William, and daughter Mary Hix. 

(Excerpted from The Board Family Chronicle).


EDWARD BROWNE V (1631-1678)

Edward Browne V was born in 1631 in County Kent and was baptized in London in 1632.  At the urging of his relative, William Piper, Edward Browne decided to immigrate to the Maryland Colony in 1655.  Upon his arrival, Edward settled at Kent Island, Maryland, at the mouth of the Chester River. 

Edward Browne married Sarah Williams (the daughter of Morgan and Amy Williams) on 28 October 1668 at St. Paul's Parish, Kent County, Maryland.  Edward and Sarah Browne had three sons:  Morgan Brown I (11 October 1669), Edward Brown VI (1678), and Thomas Brown.

Edward Browne's father-in-law, Morgan Williams, was a constable in Kent County, Maryland.   Edward Browne served as constable of the Upper Hundred of Kent County, Maryland, from 1669 to 1670.  Edward Browne obtained a land grant and settled at Eastern Neck, Kent County, where lived out the remainder of his life.  He had also obtained a grant of land on Lankford's Bay, four miles upstream from the mouth of the Chester River, but he never developed it due to the hostility of the local Indians. 

Edward Browne died in 1678 in Kent County, Maryland.  An inventory of his estate was made on 29 June 1678.