Monday, July 03, 2017

Served in the Revolution: Peter Brown

Served in the Revolutionary War

Capt. Peter BROWN, is buried at Whitehall Cemetery #21 in Mystic, New London, CT. (Additional Research for this post from 2009)

This will be the first post of gravestones from that cemetery with an emphasis on new information.

The DAR database lists his service as follows: "Sixth Regiment, Col. Parsons, 1775, 10th Company Capt. Abel Spicer and he served from May 10 to Dec 18, 1775." He is a recognized patriot by the DAR.

Peter was born in 1753 [calculated from his gravestone date] and died 20 Oct 1802. Probably he was born and died in Groton, Connecticut. He is listed in Grace Denison Wheeler's book, "Old Home of Stonington" on page 258 but he is not listed in the BROWN family in Grace's father's book, "The History of Stonington".

He married Mary ELLIOTT or ELIOT, who married Nehemiah GALLUP (1751-1843) after Peter's death, on 17 Feb 1782. Peter and Nehemiah served together in the Revolution and perhaps they were friends. When Mary, who was also called Mercy, died, she was buried next to her first husband, Capt. Peter BROWN as is the New England custom. Mary was my 2nd cousin, 7x removed.

All that I know about Capt. Peter BROWN is that he did not hold the rank of Capt. during the years he served and so he may have been called Capt. out of respect 

I am still not sure of his parent's names although many trees list origins in Scotland. I do know that he had a daughter named Catharine/Catherine who married Jonathan DENISON [#1561 p. 54, 102 Denison Genealogy] in 1802.

This is from's List of DAR members with interesting information about his service during the Revolution.

[photo by Fred Burdick, used with permission, all rights reserved]

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