The Drown Newsletter

Issue 5 January 1995



We got this note from Nate Drown recently:

"This summer, a British renter of our Vermont cottage who knew my interests, contacted the Town Clerk of Penryn, Cornwall, England, and sent me a 'tourist' brochure. The street map of Penryn clearly shows St. Gluvias Church and the burial grounds. As you know, this is where Leonard's ancestors are supposed to be buried. Possibly your readers know all of this already, but it was exciting to me. Penryn is in the most south western part of England, near Falmouth, and not far from Plymouth, departure point of the Pilgrims a few decades before Leonard sailed. I wonder if there is any ancestral connection between the folks in Penryn, England, and those from the Penryn in Wales. Henry Drowne, the elder of the New York genealogists, had contacted the Penryn Town Clerk in the late 1800's. Apparently, the current Clerk does not receive many requests and is interested to help researchers. His address is:

Town Clerk

Town Hall

Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8LT"


Congratulations to Nate Drown on his recent retirement from Federal service. Nate is now doing sign language interpretation for the deaf in the Washington, D.C. area.


The History of Newfields New Hampshire

A number of persons had assembled at the tavern of a Mr. Randall. Among others present were Col. Tash, Capt. Peter Drowne, a son of Col. Tash and Elisha Thomas. Thomas getting into a dispute with one of those present, took a stone in his fist, and was dealing his blows with a great deal of violence, when Capt. Drowne, pained at the inhuman sight, stept between them, and taking Thomas to one side of the room endeavored by soft words to cool down his resentment and dissuade him from continuing such conduct, but instead of stopping Thomas drew a knife and plunged it into Drowne's breast, Drowne dying within a few hours. Thomas threatened death to any who should approach him, and wounding several times the son of Col. Tash who endeavored to seize him, made his escape, but was soon convicted, sentenced to death, and was hung at Dover, June 4, 1788.


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Seek info/desc of Enoch and Jane (Richardson) Drown. Children: Reuben A. b. 1854 Danville, Vt., m. Martha Varnum; Adoniram b. 1858 Walden, Vt.; Mary Louisa (twin) b. 1861 Walden, Vt., m. Herbert Houghton; Martha Luella (twin) m. Eugene Glidden; Ellen b. 1867; Nettie W. b. 1869, m. Oscar E. Bundy.

NOTE: In the original Newsletter, I left out the information on who placed this ad. It was:

Susan Schwinn

64 East Lewis Ave.

Pearl River, NY 10965-1115



These notes come from a book called Our County And Its People

by Bates, published in 1899:

John S. Drown was the first Drown from England in 1700.

First family in America was Cyril Drown of Massachusetts who married Miss Wheeler. Their son Cyril Drown married a Miss Susan Luther of Welsh ancestry, was born in Massachusetts.

They moved to Plainfield, New Hampshire in 1792 and moved to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1818.

John S. Drown was the son of Cyril and Susan Luther.

John S. Drown was born 8 Jan 1799 in Plainfield.

John S. Drown married Charlotte Fish in 1829.

In 1836, they moved to Erie, Crawford Co., Pa. to a farm where he died.

Charlotte F. Drown died 8 Jan 1865.

John S. Drown died 14 Jun 1889.

They had three children:

Emily E.

Ceylon C.

Charlotte A.



This explanation of the origin of the name is often cited:

"DROWN, an old and honored surname, is principally of Scottish origin. The equivalent of Drowne, Drone and Dron, it admits of at least two derivations. For example, according to some authorities on nomenclature, it is obtained from "dron", meaning "ridge of a hill", and therefore was often bestowed, when surnames first came into vogue, upon those whose homes were in such a locality. It is said also that DROWN and its equivalents were surnames given to emigrants from Dron, a community in Perthshire, Scotland.



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