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Ancestral Surname Files and Documents

There is an Ancestral Surname File containing the primary historical documents for each of the primary ancestors descending from William and Margret BROWN.

See the Ancestral Surname Files & Documents Index below for specific ancestors and documents.

The collection, however, of all histories, historical sketches, letters, journals, Bibles, and other documents of our ancestors and their descendents is found in Histories.

The genealogies of all ancestors and descendents are in Genealogies. Their photos are found in the Photo Gallery. Maps relevant to where they lived are found in Maps.

See the Ancestral Surname Files & Documents Index for those Files that have been created to date.

Please provide the Library with copies of any of these documents or information you have regarding all ancestors and their descendents See Donate Materials. Thank you.

Ancestral Surname Files & Documents Index


Ancestral Surname Files & Documents Index

Brown, William (bc. 1717 - 1772)

   
William and Margret Brown, Their Children, and His Parents - Birth Order and Marriages

    1768 Rowan County, NC, Tax List of John Ford

    Annotated 1772 Rowan County, NC, Will of William BROWN

    Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL

    1880 Federal Census, Johnston County, NC, Declaration of Williams Brown

    Moroni Brown 1891 Record Book

Brown, James (1757 - 1823)

   
James Brown and Mary Williams, Their Children - Birth Order and Marriages

   
James Brown (1757-1823) Lands

   
Williams Brown (1796-1884) 1849 Letter to His Brothers and Sisters - which shows the great spirit of love
    and religious tolerance of this Brown family.


Brown, [Captain] James (1801 - 1863)

Brown, Daniel (1804 - 1875)

Brown, James Stephens (1828 - 1902)

Brown, Orson Pratt (1863 - 1946)


BROWN, William (c.1717 - Feb/Aug 1772)

     William and Margret Brown, Their Children, and His Parents - Birth Order and Marriages

William and Margret Brown, Their Children, and His Parents
Estimated Birth Years, Birth Order, and Some Marriage Years

© by O. James Brown Klein
November 18, 2008
All rights reserved

Contents

·        William Brown's birth place
·        William Brown's 1772 Will and Other Documents
·        Estimated – Birth order of William and Margret Brown's children
·        Estimated – William and Margret Brown’s Birth and Marriage Years
·        Estimated – William Brown’s Parents’ Birth and Marriage Years

William Brown's Birth Place

    
See Mrs. Brown (c.1695) was an Abenaki Native American with Portuguese Ancestry.

William Brown's 1772 Will and Other Documents
:

      William Brown’s Will of 19 February 1772 in Rowan County, North Carolina lists his wife, Margret as Executrix, and his nine children in the following order:  Charity Robson; Hannah Elliott; William Brown; John Brown; James Brown; Constant Wynn; Susannah Brown with her child, Margret Brown; Elizabeth Brown; and Margret Brown. 
See the Annotated 1772 Rowan County, NC, Will of William BROWN.

     It appears that William Brown names his first three children in their birth order (Charity Robson; Hannah Elliot; and William Brown); then he names his three sons as a group (William Brown; John Brown; and James Brown); and then he names his last four daughters as a group (Constant Wynn; Susannah Brown; Elizabeth Brown; and Margret Brown).  Additional documents and analysis, however, indicate the actual birth order was more likelyCharity Robson; Hannah Elliott; William Brown; Constant Wynn; John Brown; Susannah Brown with her child, Margret Brown; Margret Brown; James Brown; and Elizabeth Brown.
   

     First, the anchor point in our analysis is that William’s son, James Brown (1757-1823). 
He was born in 1757 in Pennsylvania according to his oldest son, William Brown (1796-1884), who declared it in the 1880 Federal Census, Boon Hill Township, Johnston County, North Carolina, page 492, line 46.

     References to his 1757 birth year and Rowan County, North Carolina, and a single reference to Maryland, come from family history sources.  His grandson, James Stephens Brown (1828-1902), recorded them from his father Daniel Brown (1804-1875) in an interview on March 8, 1849, p. 2, in his Journal, and later in his autobiography “Giant of the Lord-Life of a Pioneer,” p.18:  “My father’s [Daniel Brown (1804-1875)] father was James Brown, a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1757 being the year of his birth.” 
 We place greatest credence in James' oldest son's statement that James was born in Pennsylvania.
 
    James Brown’s death is also recorded as “known” to have happened “when he was sixty-six years old, in 1824 [1823 in a public record]” in “141 Years of Mormon Heritage-Rawsons, Browns, Angells-Pioneers” by his great grandson, Moroni Brown.  1823 less 66 years is 1757.  A Temple Index Bureau typed card for James Brown’s daughter, Mary or Polly Brown (1790-1876), which shows James Brown’s birth typed as “(1746)” appears to be either a typographical error, which should be “1756,” or a faulty memory.  Therefore, we accept that James Brown’s birth was in 1757 (possibly 1756, but not 1746) in Pennsylvania.

     Second, with the birth of James Brown in 1757 in Pennsylvania, and additional public documents, and genealogy standard birth-to-marriage assumptions (of 25 years for men, and 21 years for women), the birth order and birth year of the rest of children of William and Margret Brown may be better estimated.  The standard two-year assumption between unknown birth years also is used because we do not know if William and Margret had other children who were born and died before or after these nine named in his Will.

Estimated
Birth order of William and Margret Brown's children:

  1. Charity Brown Robson – born about 1743, makes her 29 in 1772.  She may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see Their Lives.  William’s 1772 Will gives her one shilling sterling.  She married a Mr. _______ ROBSON or ROBESON or ROBISON.  The standard female 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption puts her marriage year about 1764.  Neither Charity BROWN or a ROBSON or ROBESON or ROBISON appear in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  There are, however, a number of known BROWN relatives who also do not appear in this record book.  We do not know any thing more about Charity or her husband at this time.

  2. Hannah Brown Elliot – born about 1745, makes her 27 in 1772.  She may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see  Their Lives.  William’s 1772 Will gives her one shilling sterling.  She married Joseph ELLIOTT as indicated by their marriage bond dated 4 June 1767 in Rowan County, which is close to the standard female 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption of 1766/1767.  Both Hannah BROWN and Joseph ELLIOTT appear in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record BookJoseph ELLIOTT also appears to as owning land along Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan and now Davidson County, next to James BROWN and William BROWN, Hannah's brothers, with land entries showing up 1778-1779.  See Maps.  We do not know any thing more about Hannah and Joseph at this time.

  3. William Brown – born about 1747, makes him 25 in 1772.  He may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see  Their Lives above.  William’s 1772 Will gives him one cow.  He married Dianna DAVIS as indicated by their marriage bond dated 6 May 1772 in Rowan County (three months after the 1772 Will was signed, but before August 1772 when it is probated).  He may have married before his father died.  His 1772 marriage coincides with the standard male 25 year birth-to-marriage assumption of 1772.  William appears to own land in the Flat Swamp Creek area in the late 1700s and early 1800s, near his brother James BROWN.  See Maps.  William BROWN appears in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book, but Dianna DAVIS does not.  We do not know any thing more about William and Dianna at this time. 

  4. Constant Brown Wynn – born about 1749, makes her 23 in 1772.  She may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see  Their Lives above.  William’s 1772 Will gives her one cow.  She married John WYNN or WINN.  The standard female 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption puts her marriage year about 1770.  Both Constant BROWN and John WINN appear in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  Constant died before 1819 as indicated in the Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL.  We do not know any thing more about Constant and John at this time. 

  5. John Brown – born about 1751, makes him 21 in 1772.  He may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see Their Lives above.  William’s 1772 Will gives him one sorrel horse.  We do not know if John Brown married.  John BROWN appears in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  We do not know any thing more about him at this time.

  6. Susannah Brown – born about 1753, makes her 19 in 1772.  She may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see Their Lives above.  William’s 1772 Will gives her one cow.  Susannah’s daughter, Margret Brown, is also named in William’s Will, and he gives a heifer calf to this granddaughter.  Note that he does not name in his Will any of his other grand children, nor give them any gifts.  These facts may suggest that Susannah was younger than 21and may not have been married when she had her daughter Margret.  Neither Susannah BROWN or her daughter, Margret BROWN, appear in  Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  We do not know any thing more about them at this time.

  7. Margret or Peggy Brown Stillwell Roberts – born about 1755, makes her 17 in 1772.  She may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see Their Lives above.  William’s 1772 Will gives her one cow and one young lamb.  She is the only child to get two gifts.  The young lamb may be for her illegitimate child, Thomas Stillwell, since his estimated birth is about 1772/1773.  The father of Margret’s son, Thomas Stillwell, is apparently the Thomas Stillwell (bc. 1755), who is the son of Thomas Stillwell (d.1773/1774) named in his 1773 Will, all living in this area of Rowan County during this time.  A careful analysis of the Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL, and of the Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book, show that this Margret or Peggy Brown is the mother of the Thomas Stillwell who is the subject of the disputed Estate.  Both Margret or Peggy BROWN and her son, Thomas Stillwell, appear in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.
         Margret and her son, Thomas, moved to Johnston County, North Carolina, “during the Revolutionary War, & several years before its termination” when her son Thomas was a “small boy from between three and five years of age.”  The Revolutionary War was from April 1775 through November 1783, so the midpoint of the War was about 1778/1779, when this move may have occurred.  Assuming son Thomas was five or a little older when they moved, he would have been born about 1772/1773.
         In Johnston County, NC, Margret later "married a man by the name of _______ ROBERTS".  Margret may also have used the nickname "Peggy".  We do not know any thing more about Margret or her son, Thomas, at this time.

  8. James Brown – born 1757 in Pennsylvania, makes him 15 in 1772.  See James Brown and Mary Williams, Their Children - Birth Order, Marriages, Land.  William’s 1772 Will gives him one horse colt.    He married his wife, Mary or Polly WILLIAMS EMMERSON, about 1787, before 1788 the birth year of their first child, Jane BROWN.  Mary or Polly WILLIAMS' parents were John Williams (bc.1724, d.17??) and Jane ____ Williams (bc.1728, d.17??).  They moved to Rowan County, North Carolina, from New Hampshire and/or Maryland.
         James and Mary or Polly Brown lived in the same Rowan County area as did both of their parents.  They joined the Jersey Baptist Church in 1797, and subsequently the Tom's Creek Baptist Church about 1807.  Mary was married and had two children prior to marrying James.  James died March 23, 1823 in Davidson County, NC.  James BROWN and Mary or Polly Williams both appear in the Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.
      See Photo Gallery and Maps for pictures of where they lived and the estimated location of James' property. 
      See James Brown and Mary Williams, Their Children - Birth Order, Marriages, Land for important information on this family. 

  9. Elizabeth or Betty Brown Hendrix – born about 1759, makes her 13 in 1772.  She may have been born in Pennsylvania or the Vermont area - see Their Lives above.  William’s 1772 Will gives her one cow.  She marries a Mr. _______ Hendrix or Hendricks.  The standard female 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption puts her marriage year about 1780.  We learn about her husband, Mr.  _______ Hendrix or Hendricks, in the Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL.  Brown and Hendrix or Hendricks are English (Great Britain) surnames.  She spoke English and very likely married into the English (Great Britain) speaking Hendrix or Hendricks family in this area, and not the German speaking Hedricks family in this area.  Neither Elizabeth or Betty BROWN or a Mr. _______ Hendrix or Hendricks appear in Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  We do not know any thing more about them at this time.

Estimated – William and Margret Brown’s Birth and Marriage Years:

    Once the birth order and years are estimated for their children, the marriage and birth dates of William and Margret may be better estimated.  Thus, William and Margret may have been married in about 1742, one year before the estimated birth, 1743, of their first named child, Charity Robson.  William also may have been born about 1717 by subtracting the standard 25 year birth-to-marriage assumption from his estimated marriage year 1742.  Margret may have been born about 1722 by subtracting the standard 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption from the 1742 marriage year.

Estimated - William Brown’s Parents’ Birth and Marriage Years:

    William’s parents’ birth and marriage years are estimated using the standard genealogy birth-to-marriage assumptions of 25 years for men and 21 years for women.  Thus, assuming William was their first child, his father, Mr. Brown, and mother, Mrs. Brown, may have married, at the latest, in about 1716, one year before his estimated birth year 1717 (and earlier if William had older siblings).  Also, William’s father, Mr. Brown, may have been born about 1691 by subtracting the standard 25 year birth-to-marriage assumption from his father’s estimated marriage year 1716.  William’s mother, Mrs. Brown, may have been born about 1695 by subtracting the standard 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption from his mother’s estimated marriage year 1716.  Thus, we have Mr. Brown (c.1691) and Mrs. Brown (c.1695) marrying in about 1716 in the Vermont area.  See Mrs. Brown (c.1695) was an Abenaki Native American with Portuguese Ancestry.

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Document Data

Sources:     O. James Brown Klein.
Copyright:  Used with permission.
Level:         B (document verified and proofed by a person other than transcriber or typist).
Certificate:  Document Donor:  Jim Klein, November 18, 2008.  Verified/Proofed:   Jim Klein, November 18, 2008. See Donors.

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  1768 Rowan County, NC, Tax List of John Ford

 Page 76

1768 Rowan County Tax List of John Ford

[CRX 244, Rowan County Tax Lists
North Carolina State Archives]

This list is legible and undamaged

(Area of Rowan County that became Davidson County)

352 taxables

William Hudgens                1                           
Willis Ellis                           2
James Macoy                     3
John Parker                        2
Michel Myers                      1
Nicholas Sidrick                  1
Henry Dowland Junr           1
Joshuah Whitker                2
Pittir Whitker                       1
Eldad Reed                         1
Edward Williams
                 1
Henry Heagey                     1
Christifer Siger                    1
George Heagey                   1
John Oliver                         1
Joseph Millsaps                  1
Barney Michel                    1
Pittir Michel                        1
Phillip Sowers                    1
John Robarts                     2
John Dancey                      2
John Lop                             2
Adam Conroad                   1
Michel Yonger                     1
Ralfe Pickit                         1
John Pinkstone                   1
Zeerey Adams                    2
William Butrom                   1
William Giles                      1
Joseph Gause                    4
Thomas Ogle                     3
Pall Fisher                          1
Francis Taler Senar           1
Moses Parish                     2
John Chirch                        1
Robert Parker                     1
John Toler                          1
Joseph Taler                       1
Benjman Toler                    1
William Lewes                    2
Efrehain Gause                  1
                                         63

Phillip Gardner                    1

 

 

James Forsther                     1
Jacob Poack [Beck]              1
Phillip Poack [Beck]              1
John Evary                            1
Jacob Yoegley                       1
John Long                              1
Mathew Seliton                      1
Linard Carons [Kern]             1
Robart Simason                    1
Jacob Ricker                         3
Pittir Figley                             2
Henry Sloan                           4
Phillip Club                             1
Stephen Lick                          1
Adam Groats [Crots]              1
Valentine Day                         1
Pittir Bedeker                          1
William Frank
                         1
Fredrick Smith                        1
Henry Gardner                        1
Tebold Peach [Beck]              2
John Safetull                           1
Nicholas White                       1
James William Sen
.               2
Hugh McCrerey                       3
Charles Willson                      2
Joseph McGlester                   1
James Smith                           1
Fridrick Fridets                        1
Henry Shofe                            1
John Luckebe                          1
Jacob Byrer                             3
Marttin Byrer                            1
Marttin Goldman                      1
Palltis Capis                            1
Nicholas Procter                      1
Johnithan Cud                          1
Fredrick Sumee                       3
Conroad Grave                        1
Pittir Viant                                 1
                                               59


Fredrick Gause                        2

                                                         (cont.)

Page 77

1768 Rowan County Tax List of John Ford (cont.)

John Blankitpickler [Pickler]   1
Phillip Hopkins                       1
William Beatty                       1
Thomas McCartney              3
John Shiar                             1

Jacob Lop                             1
Daniel Hunt                           1
Joseph Lawing                      1
Stifel L[oe?]man                    1
Thomas Willis                       1
Hannah Tucker                     2
Joseph Bockkast                  1
Gosham Hunt                       1
Joseph Eriven [Erwin]          2
James Erivan [Erwin]           1

Samuel Nicholoson              1
John Woods                         1
John Forgison                       1
Martin Wallin                         1
Joseph Cuningham              1
Pattrick Coyle                       1
Robert Moor                         1
Barney Weaver                    1
Michel Miller Jr [?]                 1
Samuel Williams
                  3

Richard Beary                       1
James Simeson                    1
Jacob Cross                         1
George Crosley                     1
John Simons                         1
Richard Barons                     3
Edward Parnel                      1
Richard Smith                       1

Edward Turner                     1
Phillip Williams
                     1
Thomas Donahoe                1
John Hunt Prater                  1
Edward Hughes                  
1
Hance Lycans                     1
Michel Miller                         3
Barnhard Miller                    1
                                          53

 

 

 

 

Linard Miller                        1
William Sparks                   2
Josiah Paine                       1
Joseph Ellit
                         1
Thomas Brisko                   3
William Warner                  1

Zeceriah Cross                   1
John Kint                             1
Isaac Carr                           1
Fances Mabrery                  2
David Smith                         2
Benjiman Merriel [Merrill]     4

John Simons                       1
Aquala Felps
                       1
John Felps
                          1
Thomas Turner                   1
Samuel Lewes                    2
Phillip Bause                        1

Myrick Davies                     2
Samul Nothron                     1
Jacob Dansbe                      3
Pittir Hedrick
                         2
George Miller                         3
Samuel Freeman                  1
John Davis Constable
          3
John Knight                          [no number]

Daniel Hufmann                    1
John Willson                         1
Robert Shipten                      1
Mark Whitker                         2
John Ellis juner                      2
Fredrick Michel                      1

Joseph Bowan                      1
James Morefeld                    1
Hugh Davis
                           1
William Brown                      1

James Robison
                     1
John Green                            1

William Sillver                        1
James Dimit                          2
Zeeal [Aseal] Cross                1
Mathias Carons                      1
Thomas Forsther [Foste       3
Frances Taler [Taylor]           1
John Arowod                          1
Edward Robarts                     2
Vencant William
                     1
                                              70

Page 78

1768 Rowan County Tax List of John Ford (cont.)

Samuel Garland                1
George Smith                   2
John Conger                     2
Edward Nathan                 1
Thomas Murrey                 2

Thomas Felps                   6
Richard Smith                   1
Aventon Felps
                   5
George Reed                     1
Joseph Barrons                 3
John Reed                         1
William Yong                     2
Thomas Fox                      2
Jeremiah Sullivan              1
Conroad Connarly             2
Josuah Whithead              1
Redam Busle                    2
John Moor                        [no number]
Edward Williams
             
[no number]
Benjamin Rounsavell        1
James Howel                    1
Jacob Wiseman                1
Pattrick Sillver                   2
William Moor                     1
William Lynn                     1
Henry Dowland                 1
Richard Green                  2
Edward McGuire               2
John Turner                      1
Adam Butner                    1
Danil Claresy                    2
Moses Cox                       2
John Davis, waver
           1
Isreal Cox                         1
Anderson Smith               1
Thomas Standfel             1
Jacob Fisher                    2
Moses Parks                    3
George Parks                   1
John Slone                       1
Edward James                 1
John Ellis Senur               6
James McMachan           1
                                      76

James McDaniel                    [torn]
William Hannah                      1
William Robarts                      2
Charles Barger                       1
Thomas Yealty                       2
Jonathan Conger                    1
John Gune [see footnote 1]    1
Robert Barley                         1
Isaac Green                            1
John Hollis                              1
John Ford                              13
                                              63

59
53
70
76
15
336

More Taxes

Enack Tucker                        1
James Ottery                        3
Allexander Ottery                   1
Abslam Camrion                   1
John Freeman                       1
Gasper Smith                        1 
Andrew Smith                        2
Cornelius Smith                     1
William Nassery                    3
William Frohock &                 2
  Negro Ben [see footnote 2]

 

 

 

 

 

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1 John Coons [Koontz] entered 140 A on Weavers Creek adjoining his own land and that of Benjamin Hearn, Anthony Pealor, John Carson, and old Mark Whitaker on 5 Aug. 1778 [See Deed Book 9:220, Richard A. Enochs. Rowan County Vacant Land Entries, 1778-1789, p. 92, entry #1278].

2 The Frohocks can be identified in Bucks County, PA, prior to 1725 their arrival in Rowan County. William Frohock was Deputy Sheriff of Rowan and his brother John Forhock was Clerk of Court in Rowan during the Regulator Movement. John Frohock was surveyor for Henry Eustace McCulloh, and was probably the wealthiest and most influential person in Rowan County prior to his death in 1772.

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Document Data

Notes:        1. Brackets are Jo White Linn’s annotations. 2. Italicized names may be related to William BROWN.   
                  3.  William BROWN’s name is bolded.
Sources:     Linn, Jo White, Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists 1757 – 1800, Annotated
                  Transcriptions, pages 76 – 78, 1995.
Copyright:  Used with permission.
Accuracy:   A (document verified and proofed by a person other than transcriber or typist).
Certificate:  Document Donor: Jim Klein, June 5, 2000. Transcribed: Maria Klein, June 2,
                  2000. Verified/Proofed: Jim Klein, June 5, 2000. See Donors.

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    Annotated 1772 Rowan County, NC, Will of William BROWN

Annotated
19 February 1772 Rowan County, NC,
Will of William BROWN

by O. James Brown Klein
June 17, 2000
librarian.brownhistory@gmail.com
© 2000 by O. James Brown Klein.  All Rights Reserved.
Revised:  December 13, 2010


Some Facts about the 1772 William BROWN Will

Will:  It is unknown if the original Will still exists. There are at least 3 "official" old copies of the Will in the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, NC.  I believe, however, that the original Will may be the first one I identify below, as the Large Parchment Complete Will, because 1) the signatures of the three witnesses on this document appear to be different than the rest of the writing on that Will, and 2) there are two words [that I can not understand] appearing next to the first and third witnesses that do not appear on the other two Wills.  The 3 "official" old copies of the Will are:

    1. Large Parchment Complete Will: Rowan County Wills, 1743 – 1900, CR.085.801.4, William BROWN, 1772.

    2. Will Book D Complete Will: Rowan County Record of Wills, 1762 – 1805, C.085.80001, Volume D, pages 118 – 119: Will of Willm. BROWN, 1772.

    3. Will Book A Incomplete Will: Rowan County Record of Wills, 1762 – 1805, C.085.80001, Volume A, pages 19 – 20: Will of William BROWN, 1772.

Both Wills #1 and #2 above are almost exactly the same, with only one variation of substance. See Signed below.

Will Photo:  See here the actual # 1. Large Parchment Complete Will: Rowan County Wills, 1743 – 1900, CR.085.801.4, William BROWN, 1772 -
click photo thumbnail to see actual picture:

1772 Will of William Brown
Signed:  19 February 1772
Probated:  5 August through 3 November 1772

courtesy:  James Brown Klein

Signed:  19 February 1772 by William BROWN with "his mark", an "X".  The Will Book D Complete Will gives the date as the 9th, not 19th, but this is probably incorrect because the Will Book A Incomplete Will shows that it is the "nineteenth".

Executors:  William Brown appointed his "well beloved friend Henry Strange ... with my well beloved wife Margret Brown as Executor and Executrix" of his Will.

Witnesses:  John Bentley, Abner Cotten, John Northen.

Death:  William BROWN died some time between February 19, 1772, the day he signed his Will, and August 5, 1772, when his Will was filed for probate at Lexington, Rowan County, NC.

Probate Started August 5, 1772, in Lexington, Rowan County, NC.  Ended there November 3, 1772.

Estate:  At the time he signed his Will, William owned "improvements" on a "plantation" with "plantation working tools", at least 2 sterling shillings, and at least the following animals: 1 sorrel horse, 1 horse colt, work horses, 9 cattle, 5 cows, 1 heifer calf, sheep, 1 lamb, and hogs.

Family:  At his death, William was survived by his wife, Margret, and 9 children, 3 sons and 6 daughters, and at least one granddaughter, all named in his Will.  His children in the order listed in his Will are: 1) daughter - Charity BROWN ROBSON (or ROBESON or ROBISON); 2) daughter - Hannah BROWN ELLIOT (or ELLIOTT or ELLIT); 3) son - William BROWN; 4) son – John BROWN; 5) son – James BROWN; 6) daughter – Constant BROWN WYNN (or WINN); 7) daughter – Susannah BROWN; 8) Elizabeth BROWN (who subsequently married a ________ HENDRIX or HENDRICKS); 9) daughter – Margret BROWN (who subsequently married a Thomas STILLWELL, then a ________ ROBERTS).  The name of his granddaughter is also Margret BROWN.

Children - Order of Birth
In his Will, it appears that William names his first three children in their birth order (Charity Robson; Hannah Elliot; and William Brown); then he names his three sons as a group (William Brown; John Brown; and James Brown); and then he names his last four daughters as a group (Constant Wynn; Susannah Brown; Elizabeth Brown; and Margret Brown.  Additional documents and analysis, however, indicate that there was likely a different actual birth order ("Birth Order").  See William and Margret Brown, Their Children, and His Parents - Birth Order and Marriages.  This more probable Birth Order is:  Charity Robson; Hannah Elliott; William Brown; Constant Wynn; John Brown; Susannah Brown with her child, Margret Brown; James Brown; and Elizabeth Brown.

Footnotes Annotated footnotes are designated with numerals, which appear in [brackets] in the copy on the Internet Library, for example, [fn. 2].

The 1772 Will of William BROWN – (from the Large Parchment Complete Will)

Notes About the Will:  Spellings and capitalization's were kept as they appear in the original document, as best determined.  [Bracketed] words are added for clarification and to reference footnotes.  There were no spaces between lines or indentations in the original.  There are broken dashes in the first part of the Will, after the word following, and after the word distributed.  There is a solid line from the last word to the right edge of the paper, at the end of each sentence that begins I give and bequeath.

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The Will:

In the Name of god Amen  I William Brown[1] of the County of Roann[2] in the province of North
Carolina being of a perfect and sound memory tho of a Weak and frail body and Calling to mind
that it is appointed for all men once to Die do Constitute and appoint this my last Will and testament

Revoking and disannulling all other heartofore made by me:  Imprimis[3]  I give my Body to the
ground from Whence it was first taken and Recommend my Soul into the hands of almighty
god Beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it:  as to my Burial I desire it m[a]y be neat and
Decent without pomp or pride according to the Discretion of my Executors hear after named
and as to this Worldly Estate it hath Being [been] the almightys pleasure to bestow upon me I Will and Devise
[4] in manner following -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 

I will that all my Just Debts be Justly payd before my Estate be Distributed -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 

I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife margret[5] Brown my Improvement[6] where I now
Live and all my houshold furniture and my sheep and my work horses and nine head of
Cattle and my hogs and my plantation
[7] working tools during her natural Life ------------------------

I give and bequeath to my daughter Charity Robson[8] one Shilling Sterling and that is all I will give her -----------------------

I give and bequeath to my daughter hannah[9] Elliot[10] one Shilling Sterling and that is all I shall give her -----------------------

I give and bequeath to my son William Brown[11] one Cow and that is all I shall give him ------------

I give and bequeath to my son John Brown[12] one sorrill hors and that is all I shall give him ---------

I give and bequeath to my son James Brown[13] one horse Colt and that is all I shall give him --------

I give and bequeath to my daughter Constant wynn[14] one Cow and that is all I shall give her -------

I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah Brown[15] one Cow and that is all I shall give her -----

I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Brown[16] one Cow and that is all I shall give her ------

I give and bequeath to my daughter Margret[17] Brown one Cow and one young lamb and that is all I shall give her -------------

I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Margret[18] Brown the daughter of Susannah Brown one heifer Calf and that is all I shall give her -------------------------------------------------------------------

and the Remainder of my Estate If there be any Left I leave unto the disposial of my wife margret Brown -----------------------

I do hearby through the Love and goodwill I Bear to my well beloved friend Henry Strange appoint him with my well beloved wife margret Brown as Executor and Executrix of this my Last will and testament Depending on their faithfull Discharge

In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and Seal this nineteenth[19] day of february
In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two

Sind Seald and acknoledged in the
presence of us                                                                                            his

John Bentley     Inrat[20] [?]                                                         William    X      Brown              Seal

Abner Cotten[21]                                                                                      mark

John Northen   Inrat[22] [?]

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[1]   William BROWN was likely near death when he signed this Will with “his mark”, an “X”, on February 19, 1772.  He died sometime between then and when his Executors filed the Will for probate on August 5, 1772.
[2]   Rowan County, North Carolina.
[3]   “Imprimis” is a Latin word meaning, “In the first place; first of all.”  Black’s Law Dictionary, Revised 4th Edition, West Publishing Co., page 889, 1968.
[4]   “Devise” means, “A testamentary disposition of land or realty; a gift of real property by the last will and testament of the donor.”  Black’s Law Dictionary, Revised 4th Edition, West Publishing Co., page 539, 1968.
[5]   Margret or Margaret.  Margret was of English descent according to the James Stephens Brown - Parent's Genealogies, page 2 We do not yet know her last name, nor where she was born.  She likely lived in the Vermont or Pennsylvania areas when she met and married William Brown, and where it appears that they had most of their children.  See DNA analysis Mrs. Brown (c.1695) was an Abenaki Native American with Portuguese Ancestry.  She died some time after November 3, 1772, in Rowan County, North Carolina, where the last public record we have mentions her as serving as the Executrix of his Will.  She may have died in the late 1770s when her daughter, Margaret BROWN STILLWELL, moved to Johnston County, North Carolina.  Although unlikely, there is an 1808 Rowan County Will of a Widow BROWN who may, or may not, be this Margret BROWN.  There is very little information on this Will.  See Rowan County Original Estates, 1753-1929, CR.085.508.17, Brown, -----, 1808 (Widow Brown).
[6]   The word “Improvement” in this sentence, and “plantation” in the second sentence following this one, means William BROWN owned land with an improvement(s), or structure(s), on it.  We now know this land with its improvement(s) were in what is now Davidson County, North Carolina.  This is because of the listing of William BROWN’s name on the 1768 Rowan County, NC, Tax List of John Ford, which List area became Davidson County in 1822; and also because that Tax List also names a number of men whose surnames match the surnames appearing on this Will who are married to William BROWN’s daughters.  Also, James BROWN, a son of William BROWN, owned identifiable land in the Flat Swamp Creek and Lick Creek area of then Rowan County, now southeastern Davidson County, North Carolina.  We also now know that all of these BROWNs are in the same family because of the 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL.
[7]   Ibid.
[8]   ROBSON or ROBESON or ROBISON.  The latter spelling of ROBISON appears as a surname in the 1768 Rowan County, NC, Tax List of John Ford.
[9]   There is a Rowan County marriage bond for Hannah BROWN and Joseph ELLIOTT dated June 4, 1767.   A Jospeh ELLIT is also found on the same 1768 Rowan County, NC, Tax List of John Ford as is William BROWN.
[10]   ELLIOT or ELLIOTT or ELLIT.  The latter spelling of ELLIT appears as a surname in the 1768 Rowan County, NC, Tax List of John Ford.
[11]   A William BROWN, probably this one, owns land very near James BROWN in the Flat Swamp Creek and Lick Creek area of then Rowan County, now southeastern Davidson County, North Carolina.  There is a Rowan County marriage bond for William BROWN and Dianna DAVIS dated May 6, 1772.
[12]   A John BROWN and a William BROWN are found listed next to each other in 1772  Rowan County, NC, Tax List of William Sharp, which List areas are reported as:  “area of western Davie, northern Iredell, southern Wilkes, Yadkin counties” at page 115 of Jo White Lynn’s Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists 1757-1800, Annotated Transcriptions.  This is the year of their father’s death, and perhaps after his death, the two brothers traveled a little further northwest, up the Yakin River, to claim land together.
[13]   James BROWN, who is the son of William BROWN, owned identifiable land in the Flat Swamp Creek and Lick Creek area of then Rowan County, now southeastern Davidson County, North Carolina.  We know this James is William’s son because of the 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL.
[14]   WYNN may also be spelled WINN.  Constant married a John WYNN or WINN, as best as can be determined in Moroni Brown’s 1891 Record Book of Brown and Stephen Families Logan Temple Ordinances.
[15]   Susannah BROWN has at least one daughter, Margret or Margaret BROWN, who is named in the third sentence down from this sentence.  Susannah’s surname here of  BROWN may, or may not, have been because she was married to another BROWN.
[16]   Elizabeth BROWN was apparently single in February 1772, at the time this Will was signed.  We learn her married name is HENDRIX from the 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL.  A more correct spelling of married name, however, may be HENDRICKS.  These English (Great Britan) surnames.   She spoke English and very likely married into the English (Great Britain) speaking Hendrix or Hendricks family in this area, and not the German speaking Hedricks family in this area.
[17]   This Margret BROWN apparently either married or had a son named Thomas STILLWELL by a Thomas STILLWELL who lived in this area of in Rowan County.  Later she and her son moved to Johnston County, where she married a _______ ROBERTS.  A careful analysis of the Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL shows that this Margret, sister to James above, is the mother of the Thomas STILLWELL born in the mid-1770s, and who is the subject of the disputed Estate.  Margret and her son, Thomas STILLWELL, moved to Johnston County, North Carolina, "during the Revolutionary War, & several years before its termination" when Thomas, son, was a "small boy from between three and five years of age."  There Margret later "married a man by the name of _______ ROBERTS".  The Revolutionary War was from April 1775 through November 1783, so the midpoint of the War would have been 1778/1779, and this move may have occurred around that time.  She may also have used the nickname “Peggy”.
[18]   A common nickname for Margret or Margaret is “Peggy”.
[19]  This Will was signed by William BROWN with “his mark”, an “X”, on 19 February 1772.  The Will Book D Complete Will gives the date as the 9th, not 19th, but this probably incorrect because the Will Book A Incomplete Will shows that it is the “nineteenth”.
[20]   This word or abbreviation “Inrat” is hard to read, and I do not know what it means.  It does not appear in the other two copies of the Will.
[21]   COTTON or COTTEN.   See the other two copies of the Will.
[22]   See footnote 20 above.

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Notes:       As stated above, and [bracketed comments].
Sources:    North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, NC. There are 3 separate Wills identified as follows: 1) Large
                 Parchment Complete Will: Rowan County Wills, 1743 – 1900, CR.085.801.4, William BROWN, 1772. 2) Will
                 Book D Complete Will: Rowan County Record of Wills, 1762 – 1805, C.085.80001, Volume D, pages 118 –
                119: Will of Willm. BROWN, 1772. 3) Will Book A Incomplete Will: Rowan County Record of Wills, 1762 –
                1805, C.085.80001, Volume A, pages 19 – 20: Will of William BROWN, 1772.
Copyright: Public documents.
Accuracy:  B (document verified and proofed by the transcriber or typist).
Certificate: Document Donor: Jim Klein, June 17, 2000, and updated December 8, 2008. Transcribed: Jim Klein, June 17, 2000. 
                 Verified/Proofed:
Jim Klein, June 17, 2001, and May 18, 2001. See Donors.

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    Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC, Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL

Abstract of 1819 Randolph County, NC,
Estate Papers of Thomas STILLWELL

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STILLWELL, Thomas - 1819

Editor's note: This was a large file. There were several copies of the same documents. This Thomas STILLWELL did not die in Randolph County. The file appears to have been compiled in the county because of the participation of Seth WADE in the court case. There is a great deal of genealogical material contained in the documents, so it is printed here. As with most court cases, the testimony is not always in agreement. You, dear reader, may judge. (FHS)

Subpoena for Philip RAIFORD & Ellender STILLWELL, Adm., 24 Nov. 1821.

Bill of Complaint (3 copies) [filed by plaintiffs] Jacob GOSS & Phebe his wife, David STILLWELL, James BROWN and Robert JACKSON, Adm. of Jemima JACKSON vs. Philip RAEFORD & Elender W. STILLWELL, Adm. Thomas STILLWELL. States that Thomas STILLWELL late of the County of Johnston, departed this life intestate and without issue in the year 1819, letters of administration were granted by Johnston County Court to Philip RAIFORD and Ellender W. STILLWELL, Widow & Relict. Also that a large amount of money and many slaves were a part of the estate.

"Your Orators show that they are the next of kin of said Thomas, and entitled with the Widow Ellender W. aforesaid to all the personal estate remaining in the Hands of said administrators for Distribution - that your Orators James BROWN, Robert JACKSON, Jacob GOSS & Phebe his wife, reside in the county of Randolph, and your Orator David STILLWELL in the state of Indiana.

"That the said Thomas STILLWELL left your Orator David STILWELL, his Paternal Uncle; and he left a Paternal Aunt named Jemima STILWELL, who intermarried with Robert JACKSON, your Orator, and she hath lately died, and the administration of her estate hath been granted to your said Orator Robert JACKSON. His other Paternal Aunt was named Elizabeth STILWELL, who intermarried with Richard GILES, by which she had issue your Orator Phebe intermarried with your Orator Jacob GOSS; And the said Elizabeth & Richard both died in the lifetime of the said Thomas STILLWELL –

"And the said Thomas STILWELL left a Maternal Uncle, your Orator James BROWN [this is James BROWN (2) or Captain James BROWN], he being the Brother of Margaret STILWELL, Mother of the said Thomas STILWELL –

"And your Orator David STILWELL, and the aforesaid Jemima STILWELL and Elizabeth STILLWELL are brother and Sisters of Thomas STILWELL, Father of the said Thomas Deceased - . . . . . . . "

Answer to the Bill of Complaint, 2 April 1822, filed by B. LANG for the defendants [Philip RAIFORD & Ellender STILLWELL]. States that the administrators reside in Johnson County, but contrary to the complainants' claim, that they did not reside in Randolph County when the suit was filed. That Jacob GOSS & wife Phebe and James BROWN reside in Rowan County and David STILWELL and Robert JACKSON live in Indiana.

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Also with the answer to the complaint and the request that the suit be dismissed are affidavits signed by Ellender W. (her Mark) STILLWELL and Whi[?] ARNOLD stating that the complaintants resided in Rowan County, NC and in Indiana.

Bill of Complaint (3 copies) Seth WADE vs Philip RAEFQRD & Ellender W. STILLWELL, Adm., October 1823. States the genealogical data as in the former complaint, but adds that the plaintiffs, "reach for a valuable consideration to him paid by your Orator hath bargained and sold, transferred and assigned to your Orator by Deed, duly executed, all the right, title, interest estate claim and Demand which each of them had of in and to the Estate of the said Thomas STILLWELL, Deceased, and by virtue of such Conveyance your Orator has become entitled to ask and receive two third parts of the estate . . . . . . "He wants an accounting of the estate and the names of the slaves.

"And whereas divers witnesses to prove the facts herein before charged and more particularly to prove that the persons under whom your Orator claims were the next of kin to the aforesaid Thomas STILLWELL the younger are very aged and some of them very infirm, without an order for taking their testimony immediately it is probable the benefit of their testimony may be lost to your Orator."

He wants subpoenas issued for the defendants to appear "Direct upon due notice being given to the said Phillip and Ellender W. he be permitted to take the Depositions forthwith of Nathan ELLIOTT of Randolph County & Brittain ROBERTS, and Ailse his wife; Benjamin STEVENS and Aley his wife - Joseph INGRAM and Nancy his wife of Johnston County, and of James BROWN, David COX, Thomas SERRATT, William GRIST, John REED, & David REED, of Davidson County, to be read in evidence, upon the trial . . . . . "

A notice to Henry BOYT & Polly BOYT to appear at the home of Stephen HOLLOWELL in Wayne County, 6 Dec. 1823, to present evidence on behalf of the defendants.

A notice to Abner PEOPLES, Simon PEARCE, Jr., & John GEORALD to appear at the house of Philip PEARCE in Johnston County, l3 Dec. l823, to present evidence in the trial on behalf of the defendants.

The answer to the complaint of Seth WADE by the defendants. They affirm that Thomas STILLWELL died with no children and that they were appointed administrators. They list the following slaves: Leah, Jack, Britain, David, Abel, Little Jack, Daniel, Hilary, Cely, Sarah, Cherry, Maria, Dilly, & Betty, & two more that have been born since the death of Thomas STILLWELL, Jacob & Polly. The defendants report the sum of $924.59 received and after the payment of debts have a balance of $659.12.

They say that they have no knowledge of the purchase by the complaint of David STILLWELL, James BROWN, Robert JACKSON and his wife Jemima, & Jacob GOSS & Phebe his wife of their interest, and they do not admit, nor do they believe, that he had made a purchase at all.

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The Defendants say they do not admit or believe, that the said David STILLWELL, BROWN, Phebe & Jemima, were the next of kin of to the said Thomas STILLWELL deceased, or that they are related to him at all; or that if they be at all related; that they have any right or title of any portion of the Estate of the said Decd. ". . . . The said Eleanor showeth that according to the best information she has been able to obtain, the said Thomas STILLWELL & his mother came to the County of Johnson during the Revolutionary War, & several years before its termination, the said Thomas at the time being a small boy from three to five years of age: The said Thomas was always reported & believed to be an illegitimate Child; and after his mother settled in Johnson and married a man by the name of ROBERTS, it was after stated by her and always so understood, that the said Thomas was illegitimate.

"The defendants further saith, that since the Bill in this case has been filed they have endeavored to ascertain whether the mother of the said Thomas STILLWELL deceased, was related to the said James BROWN, of whom it is alleged the Complaint purchased, & whose sister she was; and the result of the inquiry has been, that the mother of their intestate could not have been, or as they are persuaded, his sister; for they show, that upon inquiry of old and respected persons, now living in Davidson County, it appears that William BROWN, / father of James, / and the wife of William were colored people, that they had the following children Wm. BROWN, James BROWN, Charity BROWN, Betty [Elizabeth] BROWN, Hannah BROWN, Pepper(?) [Peggie or Margaret] BROWN, Susanna BROWN, & Constant BROWN; the latter of whom is said to dead, but which of the others are dead it is not known, but all of them, or most of them are believed still to be living, or to have had children who are living, but who live as they are informed in distant parts of the United States, but where is unknown to any persons from whom information has been obtained; but all of whom are colored persons, & from their appearance & complexion, afforded evidence to every body, that they were of mixed blood; and that Pepper(?) [Peggie or Margaret] ROBERTS, the mother of their intestate, was known to be a woman of fair complexion & never suspected by her neighbors in Johnson County to be mixed blood.

"The defendants further say, that having inquiry after the family of STILLWELLs who resided formerly in Rowan County, they understood that old STILLWELL the father of David STILLWELL under whom Complaint claims, had the following children, all or some of whom, or their children are still living, but removed to distant parts; to wit - John STILLWELL, Elizabeth STILLWELL, / charged to be the mother of Phebe GOSS / , Polly STILLWELL, Jemima STILLWELL / charged to be the wife of Robert JACKSON / David STILLWELL, Phebe STILLWELL & Tho. STILLWELL; and so they saith that they are advised, that if their intestate was related to the said David STILLWELL as charged in the Bill, that his other

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brothers & sisters are equally entitled to a (smudge) share of his estate, which however they do not admit." 1 Oct 1823.

A letter from Seth WADE of Randolph County, NC, dated 15 Oct. 1823, Which begins:

"Dear Sir until the day before yesterday I thought that their existed a contract between David STILLWELL of Gibson County, State of Indiana and myself respecting the Estate of Thomas STILLWELL of Johnston County North Carolina which was in the Following words except the date to wit . . . . . "

The articles of agreement are stated which include . . . . "David STILLWELL has by these presents Sold transferred and set over unto the said Seth WADE all his right, title claim interest and demand to the Estate of Thomas STILLWELL late of Johnston County . . . . ."

By this contract Seth WADE was to commence suit against the administrators, and if he made a recovery he was to pay over to the said STILLWELL one hundred and fifty dollars at the "expiration of said Suit."

Seth WADE says that such an instrument in writing was assigned by him and he exacted a proper deed of conveyance of David STILLWELL to enable him to prosecute the suit, and a blank was sent back to him signed by David STILLWELL and witnessed by Arthur RASS and Andrew PEW. A.

Seth WADE continues his letter: "I did expect that you had the articles of agreement as wrote on the other side until I saw Mr. John DAVIS who informed me that you Wrote him to apply to me to know if I would Purchase. I can inform you that if I had had anything to do in the business that I never would have any anything to do in it. I have expended of about $700 besides all my trouble and I do not seem any nearer bringing the business to a close than I did when I first began - the suit has been once dismissed at my cost and will be again . . . . . if you have no articles of agreement between me and David STILLWELL..." He thinks the deed sent him by BASS must have been a forgery, that BASS was supposed to have been living in Washington County Indiana, but he knows not where he is now, nor does he know PEW. He goes on to quote the testimony of the administrators denying the facts in the complaint, and the amount he thinks the estate would bring. He continues:

" . . . . I have been shamefully imposed on in purchasing James BROWN informed that he was all the heir on the BROWN side and I never heard that John STILLWELL had any heir until our last Court and it was represented to me that the families of ISAACS and SLUDER was extinct but it is now stated that Mary ISAACS Phebe SLUDER and John STILLWELL all have heirs and that there was a William BROWN, Hannah BROWN, Susanna BROWN and two other whose names I don't recollect that is said to have heir but where those people are I don't know . . . . "

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There are two more pages of the letter with more reference to the Contract "between me and your Father" and the continuing of the suit. He ends by saying, "One reason why I feel reluctant in commencing Suit is that my health is such and has been for near two years past that I am unable to do anything unless it is to ride about and that I have to do moderately. please on the receipt of this letter to make search if no such paper as the articles on the first page is amongst your fathers papers I am with due esteem your very respectfully

[Signed by] Seth Wade

A paper with the following notes: (No date)

Questions to put to John DAVIS Stepson of David STILLWELL.

lst Have you had a letter from William STILLWELL son of David STILLWELL since Seth WADE was hear (if he answers yes then put the following)

2nd Does he write you that he has found amongst his Fathers papers Articles of Agreement between Seth WADE and his Father respecting Thomas STILLWELLs Estate of Johnston County (Then if he answers yes or no)

present to him the Deed made by David STILLWELL and ask him if he believes the Signature to be David STILLWELLs

if he answers yes

Ask him if he would be willing to swear that he Believes it to be the hand Writing of David STILLWELL

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The names of the STILLWELL Family                  Names of old William BROWNs Children

John STILLWELL                                                   Constant
Thomas                                                                 Hannah
David                                                                     Margaret
Mary                                                                      Susannah
Phebe                                                                    Elizabeth     HENDRIX
Elizabeth                                                                William And
Jeminah                                                                 James

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Supplemental Bill & Bill of Review ---- Jesse HARPER vs Philip RAEFORD, Admr. & Ellender W. STILLWELL, Admr. of Thomas STILLWELL Decd. The early part of the bill repeats that filed by Seth WADE in 1823, after which is:

"And your Orator shows that before the case was set for hearing, to wit, in the summer of 1824, the said Seth WADE died intestate and insolvent in the County of Randolph aforesaid, where he

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had resided .............. That previous to his death, to wit, on or about the third day of June A.D. 1824, he being indebted to your Orator Jesse HARPER, in the sum of one thousand Dollars, for the purpose of securing the payment thereof, conveyed to Alexander GRAY a tract of land lying in the Western District of Tennessee, and also all his right…….. to the Estate of Thomas STILLWELL………." and that if the debt was not paid "on or before the first day of January 1825 the said Alexander GRAY should at your orator's request expose to public sale in the Town of Ashebrough in Randolph County...... the Tract of Land aforesaid, and the right.......of the said Seth WADE,...... to the estate of Said Thomas STILLWELL, Decd…….."

The bill goes on to state that Seth WADE failed to pay the debt by January first 1825 and that when the land and interest in the STILLWELL estate was put up for sale on the 12th day of March A.D. l825….." your Orator became the highest Bidder and purchaser, of the Lands aforesaid at the price of three hundred and twenty Dollars and of the estate of said STILLWELL, Decd. at the price of six hundred and eighty Six Dollars…….."

He pleas the court for summons to the STILLWELL administrators to appear in Randolph County to answer this supplemental Bill. September Term 1825.

Subpoena to Philip RAEFORD and Eleander STILLWELL of Johnston County to appear to answer the supplement bill of Jesse HARPER.

Two subpoena blanks, no names, 2 Sept. 1825.

Bill for court costs, Spring 1826.

(There was no judgment for the case in the folder. FHS)
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There is also this entry on page 15 for David STILLWELL:

STILLWELL, David - 1824

Administrator's Bond for Seth WADE, 4 Aug. 1824. This document is in very poor condition. (laminated)

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Document Data

Notes:        Some format changes, including adding bolded and underlined words, [bracketed comments], 
                  nominal spelling changes, and deleting "(continued)" on each page.
Sources:     The Genealogical Journal by the Randolph County Genealogical Society of the Randolph County
                  Historical Society, North Carolina, Vol. 13, No. 3, Summer, 1989, Randolph County Estates S’s
                  Steele – Stout, STILLWILLL, Thomas – 1819, pages 15 - 20.
Copyright:  Public document.
Level:         A (document verified and proofed by a person other than transcriber or typist).
Certificate:  Document Donor: Jim Klein, June 15, 2000. Transcribed: Maria Klein, June 12,
                  2000. Verified/Proofed: Jim Klein, June 15, 2000. See Donors.

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    1880 Federal Census, Johnston County, NC, Declaration of Williams Brown

    See here the declaration of Williams Brown (1796-1884), shown with his wife, Fanny, and son, Jerome, in the 1880 Federal Census that his father, James Brown (1757-1823), was born in Pennsylvania, and that his mother, Mary or Polly Williams [Emmerson Comstock] was born in New Hampshire - click photo thumbnail to see actual picture

1880 Federal Census, Boon Hill Township,
Johnston County, North Carolina, page 492, line 46

courtesy:  James Brown Klein

    See also Wiscombe's Book.


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   Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book 

CHERRY S. BROWN

 [June 1891] BROWN & STEPHENS
Records Kept by MORONI BROWN —
[youngest son of Capt. James Brown by his 1st wife]

 GENEOLOGY [sic] OF THE
STEPHENS FAMILY

Film and return to James Black ASAP.

[Source:  LDS FILM #928,328, Item 2, 1976, 1 Reel 35 mm]

[Original spellings and positions in notebooks maintained.  Copied in its entirety by Clark Stephens January 6, 2000. 
    Verified by Erold C. Wiscombe with bracketed notations.]

[In ink and long hand—in small ruled notebooks.]

p. 1  Our great grandfather Stephens name was
Richard and his wife’s Maden name was
Martha Robbins both died in Roan Co. NC. 
Their childrens names are as follows
James Stephens died in Indiana.
William, John and Richard all died in Tennessee.
Alexander Stephens
was born about the year 1779, died Feb 1824 in
Johnston Co. NC.

[note at top of page says June 1891]

pg. 2  Mary Daily wife of Alexander Stephens was
born about 1779 and died in Schyler Co. Ill.
1844 as near as we can tell. 
The names of their children
William born Nov. 11, 1801 in Roan Co., NC Died in
Schyler Co. Ill. 
Sally Garner born Nov. 10, 1801, wife of William Stephens, died in Schyler Co. Ill.
Hannah Stephens born Nov. 13, 1803
Martha Stephens born Oct. 12, 1806

p. 3  Elizabeth Stephens born Feb. 10, 1809

John Stephens born March 13, 1811
Alexander Stephens born April 13, 1813
Mary Stephens born April 13, 1815
David Stepens born April 4, 1817
died in 1891
Roanna Stephens born Oct. 30, 1821
died in Schyler Illinois.
Simeon Stephens born Dec. 31, 1823
 died in Missouri.

p. 4 Margaret Northern died in NC Aug 1832.
To be baptized for and sealed to Alexander Stephens.

[Another small notebook]

p. 1  James Brown married Polly Williams
(widow of (Emberson) John Both died in Roan Co. NC.
William Brown son of James and Polly Williams
Brown born in Roan Co., NC
married fanny Warren had 2
children Alexander and Jerome
Jane Brown wife of Mike Hues had 3 children
Rarbery Hues
Polly Hues
Silas Hues

p. 2  Susan Brown daughter of James and Polly Williams Brown
born in Davison Co. NC
married Sion Jackson
had 9 children
Eliza Jackson

p. 3 cont'd
Homer    “ [Jackson]
James     “
Davison  “ [Dridon]
Susan     “
Noah      “
Sion       “
Hebern   “

[no p. 4]

p. 5  Granmother William’s Family

Father & Mother
John and Jane Williams
Children
Betsy Williams wife Henry Poe
They have one child Nancy [crossed off]
Nancy Williams
Clarissa     “
Jessey        “
Elijah        “
Polly wife of James Brown
Jane Williams wife Mike Oxyer
Millie Williams wife of Tho. Williams had
One child named Nancy.

p. 6  James Brown son of James & Polly Williams
born Sep 30 1801 Davison Co NC died Sep 30, 1863
in Ogden City Utah

Martha Stephens Brown
Wife of James Brown
Born in Roan Co. NC Oct 12, 1806
Died Sep 28, 1840 in Adams Co. Ill.

John M. Brown son of James and Martha Stephens

                                            [cont’d next page]

p. 7  Brown born in Davison
Co. NC June 29, 1824
Died at West Weber, Utah 1888

Daniel brown born in Davison Co. NC Dec 9 (or 4) 1832
Died in California about the year 1864 or 65.

Benjamin Franklin Brown born in Adams Co. Ill May 9, 1938
Died Dec 23, 1863 in Ogden City, Utah.

p. 8 Alma Brown son of James & Susan Foutz Brown
born in Navoo, Hancock Co. Ill July 28, 1842 died
Aug 18, 1842

Margaret Emberson Daughter of John and Polly Emberson

John Comstock an illegitimate son of Polly Williams
widow of John Emberson and afterwards wife of
James Brown.

[Written across to of pages 9 & 10] “Baptized for by Alexander Brown”
[names checked and sometimes crossed off ]

p. 9                                                         p. 10

     1.  James Brown Sr.                                    June 23, 1891            Gr. Son
     2.  Daniel Brown                                             “    “     “                   Brother
     3.  Benjamin Franklin Brown                            “    “     “                   do
     4.  Alexander Brown                                       “    “     “                   Father
     5.  William Brown                                            “    “     “                  Gr. Nephew
     6.  John Brown                                                “    “     “                   do

            Baptized for by Jesse S. Brown

     7.  Simion Stephens                                     June 23, 1891           Nephew
     8.  John Williams                                             “    “     “                  Gr. Gd son
     9.  Jesse Williams                                            “    “     “                 Gd. Nephew
   10.  Elijah Williams                                        June 23, 1891              do
   11.  William Brown                                           “     “      “                  Nephew
   12.  Richard Stephens                                      “     “      “                 G Gd son

Baptized for by James Morehead Brown

p. 11                                                        p. 12

13.  Henry Poe                                                 June 23, 1891              Gt Gd Nephew in law
14.  Minel Oxyer                                                 “     “      “                    Gr. Nephew
15.  Thomas Williams                                          “     “      “                  do
16.  Thomas Stillwell Williams                             “     “      “                  do
[Williams crossed out Stillwell written in]
17.  Joseph Elliet                                                 “     “      “                  do
18.  John Winn                                                     “     “      “                  do
19.  John Comstock                                             “     “      “                  do

[By Moroni Brown]

James Stephens
William Stephens
John Stephens
Alexander Stephens
William Stephens
David Stephens

Baptized for by                                                                       In Logan Temple
Mary Eliza Brown Keye [?]

 p. 13                                                    p. 14

Jane Williams                                        June 23 1891               G G Gd daughter
Betsy or Elizabeth Williams                      “     “     “                   G Gd daughter
Jane                             “                             “     “     “                   G Gd Niece
Millia                             “                           “     “     “                               “
Clarisa                          “                          “     “     “                               “
Nancy                           “                           “     “     “                               “
Margaret Brown                                        “     “     “                               “
Hannah        “                                            “     “     “                               “
Constant [?] “                                            “     “     “                               “
Jane             “                                            “     “     “                   Gd Niece
Susan           “                                          “     “     “                               “
Martha Robbins                                        “     “     “                   Gt Gt Gd daughter
Mary Daily                                                 “     “     “                   Gt Gd            “

Continued

p. 15                                                    p. 16

Hannah Stephens                                  June 23, 1891              Gd Niece
Martha Steph Brown                              June 23, 1891              Gd Daughter
Rannia [?] Stephens                                  “     “     “                   Gd Niece
Margaret Emberson                                   “     “     “                   Gt Gd Niece

(end page)

Endowed

 p. 17

Mary Daily                                           June 24, 1891              Mary E. Keyer
Polly Williams                                          “     “     “
Martha Stephens Brown                           “     “     “
Hanna Stephens                                      “     “     “
Roanna Stephens                                    “     “     “
Jane Williams                                       June 25, 1891
Martha Robbins                                    June 26, 1891
Betsy or Elizabeth Williams                   Oct.  28, 1891             by Rachel Ann Murray
Jane Williams daughter of John and Jane Williams Allici Porter

[Blank line]                                                                                 “ Young

Clarisa                                                  June 28, 1891              Mary Eliz. Brown Critchlow
Alice Barnes                                          Oct.  28, 1891             Frances M. Porter Brown
Nancy Wiliams                                      Oct.  28, 1891             Frances M. Gd. Niece in Law
Margaret Brown                                     Oct.  29, 1891             Mary E. Brown Critchlow
Hannah                                                 Oct.  30, 1891               “      “       “      Gd NP

Names of Males Endowed
Who are Dead by Alexander Brown

p. 19                                                    p. 20

Alexander Brown                                 June 24, 1891              Father
Richard Stephens                               June 25, 1891              Gr Gr Son
Williams Stephens                           June 26, 1891              Neph

            By Jesse Brown

James Brown Sr.                                 June 24, 1891              Gd Son
John Williams                                      June 25, 1891              Gt Gd Son
David Stephens                                   June 26, 1891              Nephew

            By James M. Brown

William Brown                                      June 24, 1891              Gt. Neph
Benj Franklin Brown                             June 25, 1891              Bro
John Brown                                          June 26, 1891              Gd Neph

Endowed for by Moroni Brown

p. 21                                                    p. 22

1.  Daniel Brown                                   June 24, 1891              Bro.
2.  Alexander Stephens                        June 25, 1891              Gd. Son
3.  William Brown
                                 June 26, 1891              Neph
4.  James Stephens                              Oct. 28, 1891              Gd Neph
5.  William Stephens                             Oct. 29, 1891              Gd Neph in law

                                                         
 [Ordained by M. W. Merrill Inst. Wm F. Critchlow]
6.  John Stephens                                 Oct. 29, 1891                “      “       “
7.  Jesse Williams                                Oct. 30, 1891              Gd Neph

                                                           [inst. of M.B.]

 p. 23

June 24 in the Logan Temple                                       [blank page on right]
Hannah Stephens to Ronnea Stephens were sealed to
James Brown who is dead.

Alexander Brown & Mary Eliza, Keyes acting as proxies. 

p. 24 June 25, 1891

Those sealed
John & Jane Williams
James & Polly Williams Brown
Alexander & Mary Daily Stephens
June 26
Richard & Martha Robbins Stephens
James Brown & Martha Stephens
The above persons were sealed
over the alter Alexander Brown
and Mary Eliza Brown Keyes
acting as proxies

p. 25   June 26 The following names
were adopted & Heber C. Kimble [sic]

Capt. James Brown and his wife Martha Stephens
James Brown Sr. and his wife Polly Williams
Alexander Stephens and his wife Polly Daily
Solomon Kimble and Christeen Golden Kimble
In behalf of Heber C. Kimble and Alexander
Jesse Brown and Mary Margaret Pearce Young
and in behalf of James and martha Stephens Brown also

p. 26  Solomon F. Kimble and Christeen Golden Kimble
in and for Heber C. Kimble and James M. Brown
and Margaret Pearce Young for James Brown Sen.
and Polly Williams Brown
also for
Alexander and mary Daily Stephens who are dead.

p. 27  Alice Barnes Baptized     Oct. 27, 1891 Frances M. Porter Brown [friend]
[by Erasmus Larsen] confirmed by NC Edlifsen
Endowed by PM Brown                       Sealed to Moroni Brown,
NC Edlifsen]   James Quagle & Jacob Miller in Logan Temple

October 28, 1891

End of Item 2, Film #928,328.

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Notes:              1.  Original spellings and position on the notebook pages maintained.  2.  Brackets [] are notes by Erold
                        C. Wiscombe.
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                        2000; Verified by Erold C. Wiscombe).
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BROWN, James (1757 - 1823)

     James Brown and Mary Williams, Their Children - Birth Order and Marriages
 

James Brown and Mary or Polly Williams, and Their Children
Birth Years, Places, Order, and Some Marriages

© by O. James Brown Klein
November 18, 2008
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Contents

·        James Brown (1757-1823)
·        Mary or Polly Williams (c.1760-1827)
·        Birth Order of Their Children
·        Mary Williams' two Children
·        James Brown's and Mary Williams' nine Children
·        James Brown (1757-1823) Lands  
 

James Brown (1757-1823): 

     He was born in 1757 in Pennsylvania according to his oldest son, William Brown (1796-1884), who declared
James' birthplace was Pennsylvania in the 1880 Federal Census, Boon Hill Township, Johnston County, North Carolina, page 492, line 46.

     References to his 1757 birth year in Rowan County, North Carolina, and a single reference to Maryland, come from secondary family history sources such as family group sheets, pedigree charts, and typed histories.  His grandson, James Stephens Brown (1828-1902), recorded an interview with his father Daniel Brown (1804-1875) on March 8, 1849, p. 2, in his Journal, and later in his autobiography “Giant of the Lord-Life of a Pioneer,” p.18:  “My father’s [Daniel Brown (1804-1875)] father was James Brown, a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, 1757 being the year of his birth.” 
He says that James Brown was a native, but does not say that he was born there, and maybe he did mean he was born.  We just do not know from these sources.  Therefore, we place greatest credence in James' oldest son's public document statement that James was born in Pennsylvania.

     A single LDS Church Temple Index Bureau (TIB) typed card - for James Brown’s daughter, Mary or Polly Brown (1790-1876), shows James Brown’s birth typed as “(1746)”.  This secondary document appears to be either a typographical error, which should be “1756,” or a faulty memory.  It does not identify who typed it, and it is likely the source from which very few Brown family group sheets may have copied the year 1746 for the birth of James Brown.  It is important to know, however, that all but this TIB typed card and a very few Brown family group sheets that I have collected over the past 40 years, including all of our family group sheets and pedigree charts sent to the LDS Church Family History Library, show that James Brown was born in 1757.   Therefore, we place greatest credence on this evidence that James Brown was born in 1757 (possibly 1756, but not 1746) in Pennsylvania, and not in Rowan County, North Carolina.

     James' father, William Brown (c.1717-1772), was born in the Vermont area.  His grandfather, Mr. Brown (c.1791) came "
over from Edinburgh, Scotland.  . . . .  They first settled in the state of Vermont."  See the Autobiography of Orson Pratt Brown (1863-1946), pages 11-12).  See also Mrs. Brown (c.1695) was an Abenaki Native American with Portuguese Ancestry.

    
James Brown died March 27, 1823 [reported in Wiscombe's Daniel Brown book, p.4] in Davidson County, North Carolina.  On March 21, 1823, he deeded Lick Creek land to his daughter, Nancy Brown (1792-1870), and on October 28, 1823, the court granted an administrative bond for his estate to his son [Captain] James Brown.  It is also “known” that he died “when he was sixty-six years old, in 1824 [1823].” Reported in “141 Years of Mormon Heritage-Rawsons, Browns, Angells-Pioneers” by his great grandson, Moroni Brown.  1823 less 66 years is 1757.

Mary or Polly Williams (c.1760-1827):

    She was born New Hampshire according to her oldest son, Williams Brown (1796-1884), who declared her birthplace was New Hampshire in the 1880 Federal Census, Boon Hill Township, Johnston County, North Carolina, page 492, line 46 The reference to Maryland comes from family group sheets.  We place greatest credence in her oldest son's statement that she was born in New Hampshire.  Her birth is estimated to be about 1760, her marriage to James Brown about 1787, and her death about 1827, for several reasons:

1.  Her last child, Daniel Brown (1804-1775), was born June 30, 1804.  1804 less 44 years for child bearing is 1760.

2.  She married John Emerson or Emberson.  See James Stephens Brown 1848, Journal, and Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  The standard female 21 year birth-to-marriage assumption from 1760 puts her marriage year about 1781.  They may have been married in New Hampshire, or Maryland.  She then had their child, Margaret Emerson or Emberson, about 1782.
   Her husband, John Emerson, was killed during the Revolutionary War in about 1781/1782 as a deserter of the Revolutionary army when he was re-captured while hiding at his father's farm.  He may have been an English Loyalist or Tory.  He was killed by those who were returning him to army headquarters.  This may have happened while he/they were living in New Hampshire, or Maryland, or North Carolina.  Important to note is that there are many Emerson’s living in the New Hampshire area during this period.
   If he died in North Carolina, his desertion and death are estimated to have occurred some time during 1780-1782 when the English forces under General Cornwallis were fighting the American colonialists in South Carolina and the North Carolina Piedmont area where Williams and Brown’s lived.  There were strong groups of both American Patriots and English Loyalists or Tories in these areas.

3.  She later had an illegitimate son, John Comstock, by a Mr. _______ Comstock, estimated in some family sources about 1785.  See Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  This birth may have been in New Hampshire, Maryland, or North Carolina.  There are a number of Comstock’s living in the New Hampshire area during this period.

4.  She later married James Brown in about 1787, as estimated by the birth order of their first child Jane Brown (1788-1850/1858), and their next child, Mary or Polly Brown (August 7, 1790-December 25, 1876).  Jane (Brown) Hughes and her husband, Michael Hughes are both listed as being 66 years old in the 1850 Federal Census of Owen Township, Jackson County, Illinois, page 199.  1850 less 66 years is 1784.  None of our known family records show Jane as being born in the 1780s.  So it believed that the census taker may have simply recorded the same age for both Michael and Jane if she were modest and did not want to tell him her true age.  Therefore, the 1788 estimate of her birth, which follows the standard genealogy two-year birth assumption, seems more plausible.

5.  In about 1787, “about 30 years” after James Brown’s birth in 1757, he “attached himself with his wife to the United Baptist church.”  See James Stephens Journal, March 8, 1849, page 2.  This may well have been when and where they were married.  Both of them, however, are shown being received ten years later in 1797 into the Jersey Baptist Church:  James in February and Mary in May 1797.  See “Jersey Baptist Meetinghouse Record Book 1784-1852,” transcript page 7.

6.  Her death in about 1827 in Davidson County, North Carolina is the year found in all family records that show her death.

See also Mary or Polly Williams in Wiscombe's Book.

Birth Order of the Children of James Brown and Mary or Polly Williams
: 


    Their birth order is:  Jane; [Mary or] Polly; Nancy; Susan; [Martha or] Patsy; William [Williams]; Obedience; James; and Daniel.  It appears that the first child, Jane, was named for Mary Williams’ mother, Jane Williams, and the second child, Mary or Polly, was named for Mary or Polly Williams herself.  This birth order is given by Daniel Brown (1804-1875) to his son, James Stephens Brown (1828-1902) in an interview on March 8, 1849, p. 2, in his Journal, and later in his autobiography “Giant of the Lord-Life of a Pioneer,” Bookcraft, 1960, p.18.  

Mary or Polly Williams’ (1760-1827) two Children before marrying James Brown are:

  1. Margaret Emerson or Emberson (1782-18??):  She is the daughter of Mary or Polly Williams (1760-1827), and John Emerson or Emberson (bc.1755-bc.1781).  See James Stephens Brown (1828-1902) Journal, March 8, 1849, p. 2.  See Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  She was also known as Margaret Brown after her mother married James Brown (1757-1823).  Her birth year is estimated to be about 1782.  She may have been born in New Hampshire or Maryland.  See notes for her mother, Mary or Polly Williams (1760-1827).

  2. John Comstock (1785-18??):  He is the illegitimate son of Mary or Polly Williams (1760-1827), and a Mr. _____ Comstock (c.1758-??).  See Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  His estimated birth in some family sources about 1785.  He was also known as John Emerson or Emberson for his mother’s first husband.  He was also known as John Brown after his mother married James Brown (1757-1823).  He may have been born in New Hampshire, or Maryland, or North Carolina.  See notes for his mother, Mary or Polly Williams (1760-1827).

James Brown’s (1757-1823) and Mary or Polly Williams’ (1760-1827) nine Children are:

  1. Jane Brown (1788-1850/1858):    She was the first child of James Brown and Mary or Polly Williams, and appears to be named for her mother’s mother, Jane Williams.  She was born about 1788, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  She married Michael Hughes about 1816 in Rowan County, North Carolina.  They had three children:  Barbery (bc.1818-?); Polly (bc.1820-?); and Silas (bc.1826-?).  See Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book.  She died some time between 1850 and 1858 in Jackson County, Illinois.
        Jane (Brown) Hughes and her husband, Michael Hughes are both listed as being 66 years old in the 1850 Federal Census of Owen Township, Jackson County, Illinois, p. 199.  1850 less 66 years is 1784.  None of our known family records show Jane as being born in the 1780s.  So it believed that the census taker may have simply recorded the same age for both Michael and Jane if she were modest and did not want to tell him her true age.  Therefore, the 1788 estimate of her birth, which follows the standard genealogy two-year birth assumption, seems more plausible.
       See also Jane Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  2. Mary or Polly Brown (1790-1876):  She was the second child of James Brown and Mary or Polly Williams, and appears to be named for her mother, Mary or Polly Williams.  She was born August 7, 1790, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  She married and was sealed to James Stephens BROWN on August 31, 1855, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She had not children.  She died December 25, 1876, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, and was buried there.
       See also Mary or Polly Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  3. Nancy Brown (1792-1870):  She was born May 29, 1792, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  She died at 78 years of age on December 24, 1870, in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.  A Temple Index Bureau typed card for her says that she was born May 29, 1790 at Lick Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  Nancy’s Ogden City Cemetery record, however, says she died December 24, 1870 at “age 78.”  1870 less 78 years is 1792.  The fact that her next older sister, Mary or Polly Brown, was born August 7, 1790, also evidences that she was not born May 29th of that same year.
       Nancy Brown, who was single, received by deed from her father, James Brown, 153 acres of Lick Creek land in 1823, the year he died.  The fact her TIB typed card shows she was born on Lick Creek may well be because her father, James Brown, sold that land to her in 1823, and not necessarily because that she was born there.
        Marriages:  Nancy was first married to James Newberry on October 3, 1843 in Nauvoo, Illinois.  She apparently either divorced him or left him.  She was later sealed to William Critchlow on November 6, 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She had no children.
        Burial:  She died December 24, 1870 in Ogden, Utah and was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.  On May 7, 1889, 19 years after her death and burial, Nancy’s body was removed to William Critchlow’s lot, 31-4-E, in the Ogden City Cemetery.  William Critchlow was also married to Mary E. Brown, a daughter of (Captain) James Brown.
        See also Nancy Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  4. Susan Brown (1793-before 1850):  She was born about 1793, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  She married Sion or Siren JACKSON (bc.1794/1795-d.after1850) about 1818 in Rowan County, North Carolina.  They had nine children:  Eliza (bc.1819-?); Homer (bc.1821-?); James (1823-1893); Davison or Dridon (bc.1825-?); Susan (bc.1827-?); female Jackson (bc.1829-?); Noah (bc.1831-?); Newton (bc.1833-?); Sion (bc.1835-?); female Jackson (bc.1837-?);and Hebern (bc.1841-?).  See Moroni Brown's 1891 Record Book, and Sion Jackson in the 1840 Federal Census for Davidson County, North Carolina.  She appears to have died before 1850 in Davidson County, North Carolina because her husband, Sion Jackson, is listed alone in the 1850 Federal Census.
        See also Susan Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  5. Martha or Patsy Brown (1794-1869):  She was born September 24, 1794, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  She married David BOSS on November 25, 1821 in Rowan County, North Carolina.  They had four sons:  Alexander (1822-1904); Alfred (1826-1871); Calvin (1826-1866); and David, Jr. (1828-1864).  She died in 1869 in Contra Costa County, California.
        See also Martha or Patsy Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  6. Williams Brown (1796-1894):  He was named Williams and not William.  See Union Church Primitive Baptists Record Book of Johnston County, North Carolina, pp. 67-108; and Abstracts of Deeds, Johnston County 1836, #391.  He was the first son of James Brown and Mary or Polly Williams, and appears to be named Williams for his mother’s maiden name, Williams.  Williams is also almost identical to his grandfather’s given name, William Brown. 
    He was born November 8, 1796, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  He married Francis or Fanny Warren June 10, 1820, in Johnston County, North Carolina.  They had three sons:  Alexander (1821-1895); Jerome (1827-1901); and London (1828-1863).  He was a farmer there, became a member, deacon, elder, moderator and minister of the Union Church Primitive Baptists there.  Williams died and was buried July 11, 1894, in Johnston County, North Carolina.  See also 1880 Federal Census, Boon Hill Township, Johnston County, North Carolina.
        See Williams Brown's 1849 Letter to His Brothers and Sisters which
    shows the great spirit of love and religious tolerance of this Brown family.
        See also Williams Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  7. Obedience Brown (1799-1850):  She was born February 28, 1799, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  She married Philip BOSS about 1818 in Rowan County, North Carolina.  They had eleven children:  Miss Boss (1819-?); William (1820-1898); Andrew (1822-?); Philip III (1824-bef.1900); Sally (1825-?); Willis (1827-?); Nancy (1829-1888); Mary or Polly (1831-1920); Henry (1832-1920); Solomon Boss (1833-?); and John (1835-1920).  She died on October 9, 1850, in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.
        See also Obedience Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  8. [Captain] James Brown (1801-1863):  He was the second son of James Brown and Mary or Polly Williams, and appears to be named for his father, James Brown.  He was born September 30, 1801, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  He married Martha Stephens on March 2, 1823 at Flat Swamp Creek in Davidson County, North Carolina.  They had nine children:  John Martin (1824-1888); Alexander (1826-1910); Jesse Stowell (1829-1905); Nancy (1830-1792); Daniel (1832-abt1864); James Moorhead (1834-1924); William (1836-1904); Benjamin Franklin (1838-1863); and Moroni (1840-1916).  He had twelve other wives and 19 other children.  He died on September 30, 1863, in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.
        See the [Captain] James Brown (1801-1863) Ancestral Surname File
        See also [Captain] James Brown's 13 Wives and 28 Children.
        See also James Brown in Wiscombe's Book.

  9. Daniel Brown (1804-1875):  He was born June 30, 1804, at Flat Swamp Creek, Rowan County, North Carolina.  He married Elizabeth Stephens on October 8, 1823 at Flat Swamp Creek in Davidson County, North Carolina.  They had 13 children:  William (1824-1854); Mary (1826-1848); James Stephens (1828-1902); Wilson (1830-1906); Margaret (1832-1913); Willis (1835-1886); Nancy (1837-1907); Daniel (1840-1841); Elizabeth (1840-1888); Lucy (1842-1934); Sarah (1846-1923); Jerome (1848-1939); and Jane (1853-1878).  He died on February 2, 1875, in Calhoun, Harrison County, Iowa.    See also Daniel Brown in Wiscombe's Book.
     

 James Brown (1757-1823) Lands        See Maps which show the estimated location of James' property.

     The nine children born to James Brown (1757-1823) and Mary or Polly Williams (1860-1827) between 1788 and 1804 were very likely all born on James Brown’s 300 acres on the Rocky Meadow Branch of Flat Swamp Creek in Rowan County, North Carolina (now Davidson County created 1822), and not Lick Creek, based on a careful analysis of known public and family records.

     On August 31, 1778, when he was 21 years old, James Brown registered a deed for 300 acres of land located on Rocky Meadow Branch of Flat Swamp Creek, adjacent to his brother-in-law, Joseph Elliott, in Rowan County, North Carolina (now Davidson County).  This land may have belonged to his father, William Brown.  L
and offices were first established in the North Carolina counties in 1778 to register state land grants because of the Granville-McCulloh land problems.

    Fifteen years later, on January 19, 1793, James Brown had a survey completed for 200 acres on Lick Creek in reference to a State land warrant issued to Robert Carlele, which was assigned to James Brown, which land was granted to him December 31, 1793.  These two creeks run parallel to each other, some two to three miles apart, and empty into the east side of the Yakin River.

    James Brown sold part of his land on Lick Creek in 1807 and 1818 to Henry Boss, and on March 21, 1823, the month he died, he sold 153 acres of it to his daughter Nancy Brown (1792-1870), who was single.  James Brown apparently died on his land on Flat Swamp Creek since no public record has been found that he sold that land during his life time, while he did sell his Lick Creek land.

    James Brown’s eighth child [Captain] James Brown (1801-1863) was both born and married on Flat Swamp Creek, and his first five children were born there before he moved his family to Illinois.  See this information from “Capt. Brown’s Journal, written by himself, now in possession of Mrs. Delpha Brown Culley, 2777 E. 4800 S., Roy, Utah” recorded on his Family Group Sheet by his great granddaughter Delpha Brown Culley.

    The fact that Nancy Brown’s Temple Index Bureau typed card shows she was born on Lick Creek may well be because her father, James Brown, sold that land to her in 1823, and not necessarily because that she was born there.

    Therefore, we have concluded to that it is more likely and accurate to show James Brown’s and Polly Williams Brown’s children as being born at Flat Swamp Creek.

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                                                                        Williams Brown’s January 26, 1849 Letter
                                                                                    to His Brothers And Sisters,
                                                                     Addressed to His Brother, Captain James Brown

                                                                                    Letter courtesy of Erold C. Wiscombe
                                                                    Transcribed Maria Klein and Edited by O. James Brown Klein

 
     The following 1849 letter shows the great spirit of love and religious tolerance of the Brown family of James Brown (1757-1823) and Mary or Polly Williams (c.1760-1827).  It was written by Williams Brown (1796-1884) the Baptist Minister of the Union
Church of Primitive Baptists in Johnston County, North Carolina, to his brother, Captain James Brown (1801-1863) of the Mormon Battalion.  It is directed to all of his brothers and sisters who were Baptists and had joined the Mormon Church in Illinois 1839-1840, and left for Utah in 1846-1847 when the Mormons were expelled from Nauvoo, Illinois.

     Williams Brown was the oldest son of James Brown (1757-1823) and Mary or Polly Williams (c.1760-1827), and was a farmer and Baptist Minister of the Union
Church of Primitive Baptists in Johnston County.  He lived there with his wife, Faney, their two sons, Jerome and Landon, and his “Black family” of slaves.  At this time his son, Alexander, was in the United States Army in the West.

     The letter is dated January 26, 1849, and was mailed from Smithfield, North Carolina, on February 8, 1849.  The envelope is addressed to Williams’ brother, "Captain James Brown, Browns Fort, Great Salt Lake, [Utah], By way of Council Bluffs, Iowa."

     [Note:  To clarify reading and meaning, punctuation and paragraphs are added, spelling is corrected in brackets, and a few words for clarification are also added in brackets.  The use of a capital “S” and “E” is not changed.  Williams some times puts a small “x” over words he has misspelled, such as “no” when he means “know”.]

     "State of North Carolina, JohnSton County, January the 26th, 1849.

     Dear Brothers and Sisters,

     Thru [Through] the mercy of God I am bleest withe [blessed with] the opportunity of writeing [writing] you a few lines to let you know that I and [my] family are all well at this time; thank God for it.  Hoping that these few lines may find you all injoying [enjoying] the Same blessing.  I received your letter yesterday to my grate [great] Satisfaction and Surprise.  I had often thought of you and had despaired of Ever hering [ever hearing] from any of you agane [again].

     I learnt [learned] from my nus [news] papers that the Mormons was [were] driven from ther [their] homes and Some kild [killed], and never hearing from you, I thaught [thought] that you was [were] killed, or had taken the pilgrim route threw [through] the wilderness to Callafonna [California].  I learnt [learned] that many had Started and Sufferd [suffered] on ther [their] way by fammon [famine].

     I saw all So [also] in Some of my papers the name of Capt. Brown in Callafonna [California], and the writer made mention that the Mormons was good Soalders [were good soldiers], ‘Let folks Say what they mite [might] about them’.  He Said that Capt. Brown Sent to him if he lacked any assistiane [assistance], to let him no [know], and he wod [would] come to his assisance [assistance], for his Company was redy [ready] at any Call.  This was in the time of the Mexico wore [Mexican War].  I took it for granted and Sead [said] that you was [were] the Capt. Brown that the officer had bin Speking [been speaking]  about.  I don’t now recall the officer[’s] name.  It was Some of the head officers in Callafonna [California].  About that time I took a grate [great] deal of my time in reading the nuse [news].  I felt deep intrust [interest] in porruse [perusing] all my papers.

     I all So har from the por [also hear of the poor] afflicted Mormons in all most Ever [almost every] paper her of thear [here of their] afflictions and distress, noing [knowing] that amost [almost] all of my family connection was Shearing [sharing] in that great Callamity [calamity] and distress and not them alone.  I think I felt for those home I [whom I had] never heard the names of, with Sorrow to my heart.

     I cold hea [could hear] from our pore Soalders [poor soldiers] in Mexico, and the many battles faugh thar [fought there], [in] which I took deep intrust [interest] why my countreymen was thar [countrymen were there].  My country [county] men was thar [were there].  My Son was thar [there].

     I will in form [inform] you that my Son, Alexandra [Alexander] Brown was in the Mexico wore [Mexican War].  He rote [wrote] to me after peas [peace] was made that he had bin [been] in all the Battles, from Verry Cruse [Vera Cruz] to the Citty [City] of Mexico.  We neve hear [never heard] from him from the time he left, tel the wor [until the war] ended.  Some 2 [two] years afte peas [after peace] was made, the Company come in 300 mils [came within 300 miles] of home, then [he] wrote to us and Sent Some mony [money] for me to tak car of tel [take care of until] he got discharg [discharged].  The last letter [said] he was about 1,000 mils of [miles off], on his way to Callafonna [California].  I sopose [suppose] that he in listed [enlisted] for 5 [five] years.  His time [is] more than half out.  We don’t Expete [expect] to see him, if we all live, tel [until] he Serves his time.

     Jerome has got his health.  He is nea [nearly] as Stout as my Self [myself].  Look reed and harty as I Eve did [He looks red hardy as I ever did] with his red whiskers, like a 4 [four] year old goate [goat].  London is harty [hearty], and is the most Enteligent [intelligent] boy of his age I most Ever saw, and is Said to be So of all that no [know] hiim.

     We all have Injoy [enjoyed] as good health as we Cold [could] Expect, Ever Since you left us.  I am makeing [making] out verry [very] well as yet, tho [though] my Black family are increesing verry [increasing very] fast, which gives me all I can well do to soport [support] them well, as tha ar [they are] all Small and not able to do any thing yet; but if I live and kep [keep] my health, I hope that we will not Suffer.  I wold say somthing [would say something] about the trobles [troubles] and trials that I have undegone [undergone], but I concider sence [consider since] I Saw your letter, that my trials is lite [are light] when compard [compared] with yourn [yours].  This is the Seckant [second] letter I receive[d] from you since you left.

     O dear Brother, don’t neglect to write as of [often] as you well Can, and I will try to do the Same.  I hardly can bar [bare] the thoughts at Closing this letter when I think of the witherd breas whar [withered breasts where] we all drawd [drew] our furst sustainanc [first sustenance] from, now Sepperated So [separated so] far from each other, never to See each other agane [again] in time, nor to hear each othe vois [other’s voices] in tim now lefte to vew [time now left to view] the Cold earth whar whar thos withed fafes ar lad [where those withered faces are laid], that gave us birth and him that begat us, but tre dus [their dust] is watched and will rise agane [again].  O how happy for us if we with them can never to parte [part] no more.

                                                Williams Brown

     Dear Brother, I now must Come to a close for this time, hoping that these lines may reach you.  I want to be remember[ed] to all of my family Connection.  My mind is full, but I can’t express.  I can grasp you all in my affetions [affections].  Brothers and Sister[s], pray for us, and I will try to pray for you all to [too], that we all may meet whar [where] parting is no more.

     Fineley [Finally] Farewell to Capt. Jams [James] Brown.

                                                Wms [Williams] BROWN and wife Faney"

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Notes:            To clarify reading and meaning, punctuation and paragraphs are added, spelling is corrected in brackets,
                       and a few words for clarification are also added in brackets.  The use of a capital “S” and “E” is not
                       changed.  Williams some times puts a small “x” over words he has misspelled, such as “no” when he
                       means “know”.  O. James Brown Klein.
Sources:        Copy of letter from Erold C. Wiscombe.
Copyright:      Used by permission. 
Level:             B
Certificate:     Document Donor:  Erold C. Wiscombe, May, 2000.  Transcribed:  Maria Klein, June 20, 2000.
                       Verified/Proofed/Edited:  Jim Klein, July 15, 2000; December 16, 2010.

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BROWN, [Captain] James Brown (1801 - 1863)

    See the [Captain] James Brown (1801-1863) Ancestral Surname File.

    See [Captain] James Brown's 13 Wives and 28 Children.

    See also Wiscombe's Book and Photo Gallery.


BROWN, Daniel (1804 - 1875)

     The Brown Family, Descendants of Daniel Brown (1804-1875) and Elizabeth Stephens 1809-1890), Wiscombe, Erold Clark, editor, First edition1986; Revised Second edition 2006.  Published:  Salt Lake City, Utah.  This partial book is also known in this Library as Wiscombe's Book.

     See also Photo Gallery.


BROWN, James Stephens (1828 - 1902)

    See the James Stephens Brown (1828-1902) Ancestral Surname File.

    See also Wiscombe's Book and Photo Gallery.


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