2018-10-22 20:54:00 UTC
William Crowne, military officer and heraldic pursuivant, spent time in New England, with his son Henry having descendants, some of whom are traced in the _Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire_. William's wife was Agnes, sister of Gen. Humphrey Mackworth, with a number of royal descents. Another son was John Crowne, a well-known English playwright.
There is an intriguing snippet available of Gillian Tindall's book _The Man Who Drew London: Wenceslaus Hollar in Reality and Imagination_ (Chatto & Windus, 2002). Tindall appears to comment on the supposed paternity of John Crowne:
" ... persistent later story that his son John, the Restoration playwright, was really the product of a liaison between Agnes Crowne and the father of the poet John Dryden."
It appears William Crowne was ordered by the Mass. Bay General Court "to 'return to his wife' in England" in 1674.
Possibly there were marital difficulties? I wonder if the other son Henry was also "suspected" by some to be the son of Agnes's lover, rather than of Col. Crowne?