I have been researching my family history for some years now among whom is a family of Brownson who married into my mother’s Walker family of Wirksworth ..but I could never find the link with Parwich until recently, when out of the blue I made contact with a person who is a Brownson himself and whose family corresponds with my own kin..
I have now a pedigree of sorts as follows:
The Brownsons came from Alsop en le Dale and Parwich and before that way back in the 1500s are reputed to be descendants of John Brownson (or as it was spelt Braunson) who was a Steward to Mary Queen of Scots when she was incarcerated in Tutbury Castle and South Wingfield by The Earl of Shrewsbury.
This is an excerpt from a range of fascinating information sent to us by Stuart Flint on various families connected with Parwich and the surrounding area, including the Bamford, Collinson, Flint, Hawley, Hode, Killer, Mather, Molinus, Wayne, Wheatcroft (and more) families. A number of these families were connected to mining and quarrying and particularly interesting is Johannes Molinus, who was brought to England from Holland in 1623 by King Charles I because of his skills in drainage, settling in Derbyshire following his involvement in draining mines here. He subsequently became a major in Sir John Gell’s Parliamentary forces during the Civil War. We hope to include fuller information either here or in the Local History Society’s News Quarterly (see www.parwichhistory.org), but given the current interest in the Brownson family have jumped the gun with the above information.