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John Browne (Indian Trader) c. 1639 – d. 1713?

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The hideously long and willy-nilly compilation of my notes is under a “Page” to the right:

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/john-browne-of-kingsale-1639-1713-indian-trader/

I just stumbled upon this map by Edward Moseley he composed in 1708.  I found it here:

https://wilsoncountylocalhistorylibrary.wordpress.com/2014/06/

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To my amazement… in the upper left portion of the map just above the Thomas Pollock property is noted “Booth” and “Bradly” …also a creek is labeled as “Woodwards”. Damn! I marveled… this is primary proof of where Booth was living at his death in 1714.  I mean, hell, how more hilariously accurate can it be that the “drawer” of the map who actually TALKED to the man DREW his name on the map in the same year.  In other words he. was. there.  (laughing)

Richard Booth and John Browne were deposed in 1707 by Moseley… this was only one year before this map is credited with being composed. It is perhaps not a leap of logic on my part that Moseley may have been making the draft at the same time. Browne was again deposed in 1710 by Philip Ludwell of Virginia.

That part of my research can be found here… along with “my” map that I did before even knowing about this 1708 map by Moseley. My speculations of Booth and Bradly are spot on. (yes I am patting myself on the back).

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/roanoke-r-to-chowan-1863-civil-war-map/

So the plot thickens…there is no doubt in my mind that John Browne was in this area when he died (I suspect but have not proven in 1713).

Is this Elizabeth Joyner his daughter (or much more likely a granddaughter)?   Do these records point to a son also named John Browne who inherited his land (and perhaps HIS daughter Elizabeth… who is living still in 1741)?

Mary Best Bell, Colonial Bertie County, NC, DB A-H, 1720-1757

Bell, C 167(160) Susanah Brown, John Warren & wife Grace, Sylvester Brown and ____ to Elizabeth Joyner

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d. Patent July 28, 1713. On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith. Wit: Fincher Hayne, Charles Brown. Court *. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

(I note that this does not state that their father died in 1713… it merely says the patent is dated 1713)

C 171 Susanna Brown & Sylvester Brown to William Evans Nov 22, 1729. 5 pds for 100 A. On Horse swamp. Adj. John Thomas, Lazarus Thomas. Wit: Richard Williford, Mary Luden (Laden?). Feb Court 1729. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

and again in 1741…

F 344 Soloman Joyner of Edgecombe Co., & John Joyner & wife Elizabeth of Isle of Wight Co, Va. to Joseph Witherington of Surry Co, Va. Feb 7, 1741. 25 pds, for 256 A. A Patent granted John Brown for 256 A. July 28, 1713 on “Bank of the River” adj. James Curlee, John Smyth Wit: James Washington, Henry Crafford, Morning Crafford, John Sherard, William Plyant, John Fort (FOORT). May Court 1742. Thomas Crew C/C.

So the Elizabeth Joyner who received the Brown property by gift in 1727 was the wife of John Joyner… (of Isle of Wight in 1741)

all of which relates to this patent…

Margaret Hoffman, PROVINCE OF NORTH CAROLINA ABSTRACTS OF LAND PATENTS 1663-1729

3313 pg. 285 John Brown date (not given) 256 acres on the W. side of Chowan River, joining the bank of ye river, James Courlee, and John Smith Witnesses: (not given)

The half dozen patents before and after that one are in the date range of 1713-1716… so logic dictates that the date of July 28, 1713 is probably correct and was referenced in the later deeds… my problem with this is a “death” reference for “a” John Brown in 1713 (Hathawy).

” John Browne dead. April 7, 1713.”, p. 34, Vol. 1, The North Carolina historical and genealogical register. If this is the same guy then the patent may have been issued after his death OR it was perhaps re-issued to a son of the same name. My theory is that it was devised to a John Brown Junior. And this is the John Brown that died sometime before 1727 and was the father of the Brown children who gifted the property to their sister Elizabeth who married John Joyner of Isle of Wight.

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My present theory…

John Browne d.1713  m. Bridgett Lewis  (likely a later wife)

John Browne Jr  m. Mary ______  (per some IOW deed references)

…Thomas Browne m. Christian Howell (NOT Maule)… they named a son “Howell” which suggests a naming pattern

...William Browne m. Martha Braswell

…Elizabeth Browne m. Willian Boon (Boon was brother-in-law of Wm. Browne per his will)

 

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John Browne Jr

… Elizabeth m. John Joyner  (John Joyner died 1748… which puts this Eliz in the generation of a granddaughter of the Immigrant)

… Susanna (now famous for a bastard son or two… tsk tsk)

………… one son possibly named Charles

… Sylvester

…Grace m. John Warren   (purported to later move to Rowan Co., NC)

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William Browne d. 1719, Thomas d. 1718 … it fits my theory for a John Browne Jr. to die at about this time period… sometime after 1713 and before 1727. Hence the disposition of the property to his children.

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A hat tip to my commenter “Danny”… a worthy opponent.  A counter theory to mine is that the immigrant William Boddie of Isle of Wight mentioned in his will a Thomas and William Brown…  “Danny” is (so far) convinced that the two Brown(e) sons I discuss are those descendants. I thank him for his continued interest.

To him I offer a basis in facts for my several “hunches” which I am unable to prove but keeps me suspicious.

Several BRASWELL connections…

* The first John Browne I discuss worked for William West (the rebel of Bacon’s Rebellion fame) …West married a daughter of Bracewell.  The immigrant Rev. Robert Bracewell resided somewhat close to the present town of Smithfield in IOW as did the immigrant William Boddie.  This relationship allowed for the initial meeting of the Brownes and Braswells (both to Danny’s theory AND mine).  The two immigrants lived somewhat near each other and this lends credibility to the Boddie/Browne theory.  Period… that is the extent of my point.

*William Browne married Martha Braswell… this is one of the points I wish to stress.  By the span of time involved for this William Brown(e) and Martha Braswell to marry… the two were residing much nearer to the Blackwater River in the county of Isle of Wight .  This Martha Braswell was a granddaughter of the immigrant.

Note the “Giles Limscott” property in the upper right of this map….also the next patent to the left of it and the notation I made from the actual patent “Thomas Madue’s Landing”. Richard Bracewell’s property is not shown but it was right about here.

From Cary Bracewell’s book… The Ancestry of David Bracewell…  pg 49

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*The immigrant John Browne in the 1690s married a “Bridgett____” … I think this is Bridgett Lewis who is associated with a Brasswell perhaps MERELY as a friend but nonetheless associated.  Its that SIMPLE… a mere hunch.  After the death of the immigrant (old man) John Browne in 1713?… there is a Bridgett Brown dealing with various Lewis children which in several instances also involve various Brown(e) folks.

here is the thrust of my interest and suspicion about this Bridgett Lewis gal… there were SEVERAL “Bridgetts” in IOW and Nansemond by the way; it was a common name… thick as flies:

http://www.nonawilliams.com/names/braswell/burgess_susanna.htm

More of my speculation of a “possible” Bridgett Lewis connection… (good comments from a “Lewis” researcher):

https://andersonnc.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/anthony-lewis-a-pain-in-my-rear/

The devil is in the details… this is one of the most difficult research projects I am dealing with.   I also think for a Brown descendant this is a good candidate for a “First Family” designation… which is a pretty big deal in genealogy circles.

And as an afterthought…I have HAD IT…. there was no Christian “Maule” … be she a thought, an idea, a favorite relative’s bona fide fact, a myth, or a ghost… I do not care… I have provided a dump truck full of facts to make my case she did not exist.  William Maule was too young to have a daughter and was married to Penelope Eden when the opportunity existed to marry the widow of Thomas Browne.  There was not a son of either William Maule or his brother … there is no other Maule in ANY records.   Sheesh!
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I also have no “smoking gun” proof that any of these proposed descendants of the Indian Trader were his children… but little clues like below keep adding up…

Could this be the Susanna Browne I mention above?

http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr02-0132#p2-264

Minutes of the General Court of North Carolina
North Carolina. General Court
August 02, 1716
Volume 02, Pages 261-264
[Records of General Court.]

At a Generele Court of Oyer & Terminer & Genell Gaol delivery held at the House of Wm Branch in Chowan Precinct the 2d Augst 1716
Prest Christopher Gale esqr Ch Justice
Jno Worley Esqr his Assistant
Thos Harvey Esqr his Assistant
The Grand Sury Impaneled and sworne

Josph Sanderson fforeman
Rd Lewis
Joa Porter
Thos Luten Junr
Jams Ward
Jams Blount
Thos Yates
Wm Yates
Jno Robinson
Thos Rogers
Edwd Howcott
ThosEveritt
ffras Branch
Geor Houghton
Rd Sewell
Davd Jones
Jno Jennet
Martin ffredk Razon
Wm Leary
no Woodhouse
J Walis Bray
Jacob Rightley Bound to appear at ys Court appeard, and is dismissed without day paying costs

Jno Worley esqr is appointed overseer of the Highway from Mr Longs on the South shore to the fflatt swamp and all person within the sd Limits are required to work on the same Roads

Jno Worley esqr desiring a road to be cleared from the Paupan Neck to Kendricks Creek.

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Ordered that Jams Long, Thos Long, Jams Hooper Tho Hawkins Thos Stealey Benjm Blount Rd Canaday, Rd Swinson Jno Browney Nicho Brightman Jno Swain & Jno Simpson be appointed a jury to lay out the same being first qualify’d and that they observe the Law in that case made and Provided.

(There were “Browney’s” in Chowan at this time… so this guy is a non-issue)

Upon the Petition of Wm Stephens setting forth that an apprentice of his Jno Rutter deserted his service and is detained by Jams Thickpen and the sd Thickpen appearing and shewing no Lawfull cause for detaining him, Ordered that the sd Apprentice be returned to his sd Master and continue with him according to his Indenture

Upon the hearing of sundry complaints of Wm Wilkison and Sarah his wife, & Jno Hassell.

It is ordered that the sd Jno Hassell give security that he shall not cohabitt. with the sd Sarah Wilkison

And now here at this day Jno Wattson in Custody of the Marshall to the barr here brought in his proper person came and being asked how of the Crime afsd he would acquitt himself, said, that he is not thereof Guilty & of this he putts himself upon the Country and Danll Richardson who on this behalf followeth for the King likewise

Therefore immediately came a Jury thereof, and the Jurors of that Jury by the Marshall Impanneled being called (yt is to say) Henry Bonner Lemll Taylor Tho: Spight, Jno Harlow Xphr Dudley Edwd Jackson ffras Pridgeon, Chas Hopten, Wm Thompson John Goodin, Orlando Champeon, Jno Beverly Appeard, who to speak the truth of and upon the premises chosen, tryed and sworn say upon their oaths

We of the Jury find the Deft not Guilty

Ordered that the sd Wattson be dismissed without day paying his fees

And now here at this day Danl Richardson Esqr Attorney Generall of our Lord the King being prsent here in Court in his proper person and being spoken to and asked if he against the said Mary Lee had any Information or presentment to make that the same might be laid before the Grand Jury answered, No. Whereupon by the Court here the said Mary Lee is dismist without day

To the Honble Christopher Gale Esqr Ch: Justice & to his assistants for holding the Genell: Court for this province

The Jurors for our sovereign Lord the King that now is presents Hugh Davis of the Precinct of Pequimons in the County of Albemarle in the Province afsd ffor that he the sd Hugh Davis on or about twentieth day of Novr 1715 did unlawfully mismark seven pigs belonging unto

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Captn John Pettiver Esqr Contrary to an act of assembly in that behalf made and provided.
DANl RICHARDSON Attorney Genll
And upon this at the self same Court before ye afsd Justices the afsd Hugh Davis in Custody of the Marshll to the Barr there brought in his proper person came and being asked how of the crime afs he would acquitt himself said that he is not thereof Guilty and of this he putts himself upon the country and Danl Richardson who in this behalf followeth for the King likewise

Therefore imediately came a jury thereof & the Jurors of that Jury by the Marshall Impanelled being called (that is to say) Henry Bonner Lemll Taylor, Tho. Spight, Jno Harlow Xphr Dudley Edwd Jackson ffras Pridgeon Chas Hopton, Wm Thompson, Jno Goodin, Orlando Champion, Richd Batchelor appear’d who to speak the truth of and upon the premises chosen tryed and sworn say upon their Oaths

We of the Jury find the Deft not Guilty

Ordered that the sd Davis be Dismissd without day paying his fees

To the Honble Christopher Gale Esqr Ch Justice & to his assistants for holding the Genll Court for this Province

The Jurors for our Sovereign Lord the king that now is presents Mr Thos Lee in the Precinct of Chowan in the County of Albemarle in the Province afsd for that he the sd Thos Lee on the tenth day of July 1716 at Chowan afsd maliciously a certain false Libell in writing to the Defaming of Capt Jno Worley Esqr one of the Justices of the afsd Generall Court did issue forth and Publish containing Inter alia these false and scandalous words following Thro’ his ignorance and spight to me (meaning him the sd Thomas Lee) I am like to be a great sufferer in many particulars for he takes opportunity (meaning him the sd John Worley) of giving ill advice to my servants, and to give it to the prejudice of their master, and upon complaints made to him for debts above the Value of Twenty shillings he does not stick (meaning him the sd Jno Worley) to intermeddle without law on his side but grants orders for the same and severely reprimands the Constable and Comands him not to give Copies of the Warrants & Orders he Executes, he exacts more ffees than the law allows which is contrary to the Oath, and when Goods are taken in Execution and the money Tendered he orders the officers not to Deliver them, & yt Instead of doing his duty (meaning him the sd John) he broke the Peace whereby the sd John is Scandalisd &c And is against the Peace of our Lord the King that now is his Crown and Dignity.

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Wee the body of the Grand Jury for Albemarle County in the Province of North Carolina do present Charity Brown for that she hath a Bastard Child at the House of Mr Thoss Rogers in this Precinct of Chowan

(I have no idea who “Charity” belonged to)

Also in Currytuck Precinct one Edwd Boune leaving a wife in Virginia and keeps a whore in this Governmt by which it very plain appears that She hath severall Bastards by him the sd Boune.

Also one Susanah Brown living at Petty Shore hath two Bastards

(BINGO!  this little lady may be the straw to break the brick wall)

Information of Capt Jno Worley also who keeps in his house the wife of Jno Hawkins she having severall children Contrary to Law.

JOSph SANDERSON
Adjourned to the Court in Course

C. GALE Ch: Just:

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The Susannah Brown “living at Petty Shore” is now on my radar… Petty’s Shore in on modern maps as well as historic documents, particularly the below Cival War map of 1863 or so.

I found another specific reference to her in Hofmann’s Chowan Precinct…1696-1723, pg 218.  This record is the minutes of Chowan Court July 1715.  This is 2 years after I “suppose” John Brown Sr died. (But per the later records she would fit as a granddaughter and not a daughter)

“Whereas Susannah Brown (?), by her Oath on ye Holy Evangelist, Declared that John M—— is father to a bastard Child born to her, it is Ordered that the Marshall have the bodys of the sd. M—— and the sd. Susannah Brown at the next Court”.

(3 “M” neighbors nearby were Mann, Mayner (Maner Manear) and Merritt… the abstractor left 6 “dashes” because she did not feel confident of the letters to make a judgement… when I do abstracts I try to make the “dashes” relate to the letters I cannot read……. just sayin’)

Which begs the question… is this the same Susannah Brown 12 years later… and still not married?  (deed referred to above)

Bell, C 167(160) Susanah Brown, John Warren & wife Grace, Sylvester Brown and ____ to Elizabeth Joyner

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d. Patent July 28, 1713. On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith. Wit: Fincher Hayne, Charles Brown. Court *. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

(I have no idea who this “Charles Brown” is…)

This base map is the Civil War map found under “Pages”…

petty shore

This is about where I suppose John Browne Sr died perhaps in 1713 (per records of Moseley and Ludwell depositions of 1707 and 1710)…. and further suppose John Browne Jr may have lived.

Restating my theory…

John Browne Sr (the Indian Trader) dies 1713 about the same time his cohort Richard Booth dies.  His son John Brown Jr “probably” inherited the land per the law of primogeniture  (and hence no record was needed).

This reference may be the death of John Brown Jr in 1719…      or not?

Hofmann, Chowan Precinct, 1696-1723, pg 243… again a court minutes entry… 20, Jan 1719.

“The last will and Testament of John Brown is proved by Edward Mosely.”

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an interesting tidbit…

The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 1, Hathaway, pg 119

“Wm. Daws, to Isaac Lewis; 17 January, 1714.  180 acres on Wicacon Creek.  Test, John Brown, Jacob Lewis

Isaac Lewis and Jacob Lewis had co-property at this time within walking distance to the John Brown property on Petty Shore. I also note that he is not designated “Sr” or “Jr”…  I propose this could be because the “Sr” had died by 1714 and there was no need to separate the 2 in this deed.  The Lewis men also “might” suggest my theory that the “senior” Brown’s wife was Bridgett Lewis… these two men possibly being her sons/relatives from a prior marriage. (also the mystery Anthony Lewis that I discuss elsewhere).

In other words… the 3 men above could be step-brothers?   … or not?       I would love to see this actual deed!  These abstracts do not cut it.

William Daws dies 1719… this John Brown is witness and possibly executor?…  it appears to me he is designated as “John Brown Senior”…

This will is dated July 21 1719… which would make the death date of the John Brown I mentioned from the court minutes of Jan 20, 1719  impossible.  So I am flummoxed again!    But this Brown is still in the game.

Daws will

DAWS, WILLIAM. Chowan Precinct.
July 21, 1719. October Court, 1719. Sons: WILLIAM and ELYJAH (268 acres of land). Executors: WILLIAM BAKER and JOHN BROWN. Witnesses: JOHN BROWN, JOHN MANEAR, ELIZABETH BAKER. Clerk of the
Court: R. HICKS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 96)

“Dissirring [desiring] William Baker and John Brown Senor [Senior] to assist them as need shall require”  It goes without saying that John Brown would be living nearby to “assist them as need shall require”.

Note that the signature of John Brown is in the same hand as the rest of the will… perhaps he wrote it???

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Here is a John Brown Jr in Chowan… 1721 (which doesn’t help my theory unless this is a grandson of the “Trader”).

http://chowan.lostsoulsgenealogy.com/census/1721.htm

“Good Grief Man!”   you might be thinking, “how many John Browns can there be at this time and place”?………. quite a few.  Which is why this is still a theory  (smiling).

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But back to the jigsaw puzzle…. we have several pieces that need to fit just to create a chunk to add to the “big picture”.

Susannah and her sister Grace “gift” their father’s property to their sister Elizabeth (m. John Joyner) in 1727… this deed is why I insist John Brown Jr must die before 1727.  (Do the math… if the Indian Trader b. 1639 was still alive he would be about 88 yrs… entirely possible but unlikely I think)

Bell, C 167(160) Susanah Brown, John Warren & wife Grace, Sylvester Brown and ____ to Elizabeth Joyner

Feb. 12, 1727/28. *. 256 A. “…love… for our sister Elizabeth Joyner…” Land formerly belonging to our father, John Brown dec’d. Patent July 28, 1713. On WS Chowan adj. J. Curlee, J. Smith. Wit: Fincher Hayne, Charles Brown. Court *. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

To re-cap… Susannah may still be unmarried and living near Petty Shore… or wherever… who knows- perhaps with sister Grace?     John Warren though, IS still living in the area as can be seen by these records:

…from will of James Peake 1728…

“Item my will is that my executors hereafter mentioned do grant & give to

John Warren of the precinct a good and lawfull deed for one hundred acres of

land that he now lives on he paying at his ens__ling the said deed Tenn

pounds currant mony of North Carolina not withstanding not withstanding

(sic) any thing that is before mentioned to the contrary.”

Who the hell was James Peake you ask?…  he was a merchant from Boston… AND he owned property near ALL these guys I mention.

BK B PG. 112

1715 – Elinor Merrett/Meriet to William Nixon/Mixon (melton) 16 Apr 1715 p of atty to act in open Court 130 A for ye said William Merret unto James Peeke. Witnesses: Peter Evens, Rich Barfield.

Ellinor Merritt to Wm. Mixon. Power of Attorney to acknowledge deed to Rich’d Barefield for land sold by my husband Charles Merritt and Peter Evans to said Barefield, 280 acres on Deep Creek branch, Test. Wm. Mixon, Peter Evans.

Same to acknowledge deed to James Peake, of Boston, Executed by my husband Charles Merritt for 130 acres on south side of Chowan River, at ye mouth of Deep Branch; Apl. 16, 1715. Test, Peter Evans, Richard Barefield (NCHGR 138).

Charle Merritt’s property was within walking distance of Petty Shore… James Peake devised it to John Warren and Grace (Browne).

And this… to further complicate the matter of WHEN John Brown died…

1727 Inventory of John Brown, Jr by John Warren -mentioned: John Maines, John Alston, Robert Warren
1727 Inv. of John Brown, SR by John Warren, Adm  

1728 John Brown Jr Est-by John Warren, Adm Acctg of sales-held at house of John Warrin/Warren 

(This fits my theory… John Browne II and III die at about the same time which brought about the dispensation of the property to the remaining heirs)

I have not found that Inventory.  Obviously it may be the key to the missing puzzle pieces, particularly if it lists any “buyers” who might be related.  I checked online at Familysearch.org and did not see any record for this John Brown.   So… if anyone checks the Bertie records… please report.

The reference is from an obscure web post by Sadie Sparks on a Rootsweb message board where she had compiled some WARREN notes:

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/NCBERTIE/2007-11/1194722298

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The Merritt property is at “Deep Branch”…he was there in 1707 (he was also deposed by Moseley and Ludwell) but later had other properties elsewhere… but this is where James Peake acquired Merritt’s patent from his widow and “willed” it to John Warren (married Grace Browne) in 1728.                 (Whew!… a lot to work all this out)

brown INV1728

Brown inventory abstract…. slim pickings… I know Mr. Gammon and its not in his nature to leave out any pertinent information.

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An aside …  Elizabeth Browne married John Joyner…

What is going on where a gal apparently living south of modern Winton, NC … Wicacon Creek area… would meet and wed a fella from Virginia?  John Joyner was the son of Bridgeman Joyner… follow the blue asterisks and see where these folks probably were born and bred…

joyner tidbit

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Another aside… and another jigsaw puzzle piece…

Note who this property is sold to… one William Evans…

C 171 Susanna Brown & Sylvester Brown to William Evans Nov 22, 1729. 5 pds for 100 A. On Horse swamp. Adj. John Thomas, Lazarus Thomas. Wit: Richard Williford, Mary Luden (Laden?). Feb Court 1729. Thomas Crew D. C/C.

Did this William Evans hail from Kingsale Swamp in Nansemond near the immigrant John Brown? And could there be old family ties?

On July 27, 1682, Robert Lawrence, William Scott, Robert Couger, and Francis Hutchins witnessed the will of Peter Edwards of Isle of Wight Co. On November 6, 1682, Robert Lawrence, Richard Booth, and John Brown, witnessed a deed of Mathew Strickland and his wife Eliz. of Lower Parish to William Evans of Upper Parish 800 acres on the main swamp of King Sale for 4,000 bls. of tobacco.

This Wm Evans “might” be the father of the Wm Evans of North Carolina in 1729? The property referenced above adjoined Brown’s land in Kingsale Swamp.

Some background on the older Evans…

Children Robert Flake:
1.   Elizabeth Flake
2.   Mary Flake
3.   Robert Flake Jr.
4.   Katherine Flake ca 1667 – ?
married 1st  1689 William Evans
married 2nd bef. 1692 Thomas Pierce
from 17th Century Isle of Wight by Boddie – p 606  from Deed Book 1 IoW VA
 Robert Flake, aged 70, said that Wm. Evans on his death bed said that Mr. James Benn should have a deed of 400 acres out of his 500 acres on Kinsale as Mr. Benn has paid for it. 10 Aug 1692.
 Katherine Pierce, exrs of Wm. Evans, aged 25, said that her former husband Wm. Evans said that 400 acres belonged to James Benn.
Thomas Moore said that he wrote Wm. Evan’s will and that he gave his remaining land at Kinsale to his son Thomas Evans.
 Thomas Pierce and Kath. his wife deed the said 400 acres to James Benn. John Giles, James Tullaugh, Hen. Applewhaite, Jas. Day.

Law suit between Matthew Strickland Sr. and Catherine Pierce. This occurred on October 10, 1694 IOW, VA.
Plaintiff, Mathew Strickland did not appear, defendant, Katherine Pierce granted non-suit (dismissed).

This involved the sale of the land (800 acres) for 4,000 lbs of Tobacco to her former husband William Evans who died 1692 and the sale also to James Benn. Catherine Evans remarried to Thomas Pierce by then (1694).

Ref:
from 17th Century Isle of Wight by Boddie – p606 from Deed Book 1 IoW VA
Robert Flake, aged 70, said that Wm. Evans on his death bed said that Mr. James Benn should have a deed of 400 acres out of his 500 acres on Kinsale as Mr. Benn has paid for it. 10 Aug 1692.
Katherine Pierce, exrs of Wm. Evans, aged 25, (I think this is her age, not Evans) said that her former husband Wm. Evans said that 400 acres belonged to James Benn.
Thomas Moore said that he wrote Wm. Evan’s will and that he gave his remaining land at Kinsale to his son Thomas Evans.
Thomas Pierce and Kath. his wife deed the said 400 acres to James Benn.
Power of Attorney to John Brown.

And the tantalizing proof of above… the reason for my suspicions…

Isle of Wight Co. VA Deed Bk 1, p. 361:
1 May 1702; William Evans to George Benn…400 acres (being land my father William Evans, dec’d, sold to James Benn, dec’d, the father of said George Benn) was 1/2 of 800 acres bought of Matthew Stricland by said William Evans, dec’d, and called “Capt. Benn’s land” on Beaver Dam Swamp.
Wit: Arthur Smith & William Kerle.

(Note in above you have two sons dealing with a complicated land deal of their fathers… a law suit settled the matter… I suspect that Wm Evans Jr may have simply lost out in the deal and may have said to hell with it and moved to the Wicacon Creek area of NC???)

“Matthew STRICKLAND appears to have settled about 1678 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, where he passed the rest of his life. On June 6, 1687, Matthew (M) STRICKLAND gave a power of attorney to John BROWN to execute a deed to William EVANS “by reason of my nonability to travel to court held for this County the 9th of this Instant June” in Isle of Wight County, witnessed by Richard (RB) BOOTH and Elizabeth (S) STRICKLAND.”

On June 6, 1687, Mathew (x) and Elizabeth (E) STRICKLAND of the Lower Parish deeded to William EVANS of the Upper Parish for 4,000 pounds of tobacco in cask 800 acres in the Lower Parish between the Main Swamp of King Sail and Beaver Dam Branch adjoining William COLLINS (from a tract of 902 acres patented by the said STRICKLAND on September 26, 1678, of which 102 acres had been leased to Thomas JONES for ninety-nine years on November 6, 1682, witnessed by John BROWN, Richard (RB) BOOTH, and Robert (R) LAWRENCE.

There are several EVANS around the area of Chowan/Bertie that I have been discussing… indeed a Robert Evans was at “Petty Shore.  However I think they came from Peter Evans of Perquimans Co.

The William Evans I am centered on may be the son of the man that obtained his IOW property from Mathew Strickland and it adjoined the old man John Brown… hence my interest of any possible family ties.  Note this reference:

Gammon’s Record of Estates, Bertie Co.  pg 9

108  (page 131)  FINCHER HAINS (?)   (remember him from a prior Brown deed I discussed… and on my map above)    

Inventory May Court, 1738 by Anne Hains, admrx.  Record includes notes against William Williamson, William Evans, Betty Avers and John Speir. (so he is still in the area by 1738…. this would be age appropriate in my opinion)    I don’t think anyone has traced this guy so I would be curious who his wife was?  Also the Fincher Hayne Hains above for that matter… Anne _____?

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Written by anderson1951

October 25, 2014 at 11:22 am

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  1. Marc, Thanksgiving greetings:

    I may have not told you but my DNA goes back through Thomas Brown (.d1718). The ny DNA match starts through the children of Jonathan Rogers + Elizabeth Benjamin, Sarah, Martha, & Jonathan II (Elizabeth’s Bible genealogy.

    John Brown ,- son Thomas,- son Samuel Brown m. Jean Hart, – daughter Brambley Caroline Brown, -m. Ephriam Daniel,
    daughter Elizabeth Daniel -m. Jonathan Rogers (3rd wife) abt. 1784. ( Elizabeth was wife to Jonathan from Northampton co. N.C. ,moved to Wayne Co. on Black Creek & died 1793. Lineage backed up up by Brown deeds in Northampton and the Will of Thomas Hart. Elizabeth was also the GGrand daughter to Samuel Brown

    I support the real possibility that Thomas Browns wife Christain could have been a Howell. AND I also support the possibility that Christain m. a sister of John Rogers II.

    As you know John Rogers and Thomas Brown lived near each other in I of Wt, Nansemond and Chowan precinct. When Thomas Brown died Christain sold 118 ac of her land to (neighbor) John Rogers ll.

    Therefore your research and analysis of John Brown , Indian Trader, was of great emphasis. Your backing the report that Christain was not the daughter of Maule was important. Thanks for all.

    Rogers Smith

    PS I liked the insertion of the “new map” above and the reference to Richard Booth and Bradley on the Wiccocon.

    Rogers Smith

    November 27, 2014 at 9:17 am

    • Hi Rogers… still recovering from the turkey at my daughters…

      I added an update above… still sniffing out clues…
      ————
      Your mention of “Samuel Brown” still has me curious if you may be hooked up with the “Dr” Samuel Brown of Southampton, VA?

      http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr02-0220#p2-453

      “Read the Petition of Samuel Spruel Shewing that James Singleton in the year 1716 obtained a patent for 93 Acres of Land lying Scooperlong

      ——————– page 453 ——————–
      wch the sd Singleton has not seated according to Law therefor prays that he may have a Lapse patent for the said Land
      Ordered that a pattent be issued as prayed for

      Read the Petition Thomas Brown shewing That his ffather Dr Samuel Brown obtained and has a patent for 330 Acres of Land lying in Chowan in the year 1717 but not having seated the same as the Law directs prays that he may have a Lapse patent for sd Land

      Ordered that a patent Issue as prayed for

      Read the Petition Samuel Brown shewing that Thomas Brown obtained a patent for 640 Acres of Land lying in Chowan in the year 1717 which is become Lapsable for want of due seating and planting the same Therefore prays that he may have a Lapse patent for the said Land

      Ordered That a Patent Issue in the said Saml Browns Name as prayed for

      Read the Petition of James Boon Shewing that in March 1718 one John Hamilton obtained a patent for 360 acres of Land lying over Cattawitoke Perkosin called the Oak Ridge wch said Land not being seated as the Law directs is become Lapsable wherefore he prays that a Lapse patent may be granted him

      Ordered that a patent Issue as prayed for”

      Marc

      anderson1951

      November 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

  2. Good job This is almost a coin flip, Thomas of John Brown or Thomas of Dr. Samuel Brown
    1. one fact for Dr. Samuel Brown is that according to my research the Thomas patent was PERHAPS adjoining Dr. Browns. The old maps show Potecasi E/W&south side of the Meherrin and Bells Branch
    To the south the Catawhiskey moves EW for a while also. In the middle is the very small Indian Cr( Village Cr. also E/W
    the Village- and in Indian Village.

    Dr. Samuel Brown patent on the Catawhiskey as was John Dickinson and Robert Patterson..all early on say 1714-17. l

    2. Thomas Brown had a patent on the NS of the Meherrin AND also on the SS of the Meherrin touching the Old Tree Sw., Bells Branch, and Adjoining the Potecasi**
    It seems only right that possibly Thomas Browns patent covered the south side of the Potecasi on to the Indian and maybe below.

    ** the Potecasi at Old Tree (north bank) is the property of my Jonathan Rogers 1762 There are two plots written about. The Samuel Brown group adjoining Jonathan from the south. AND the old Thomas Brown patent on the north. Jonathans land came pt. from James Vinson and James Denton. Denton being the second husband of Christain. His part had 700 acres. Vinson a little less.

    I have spent a huge amount of time on this issue but the delimna remains. I am familiar with the Petitions that you review. thanks for including them. It is not clear if Thomas Brown ever resided on this patent regardless of his parentage.

    Rogers

    Rogers Smith

    December 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    • Why do you think Christian Brown remarried to James Denton?

      pg. 127. Thomas BROWN (BROWNE) & wife Jane to James DENTON, May 11, 1723. 12 pds. for 240 a. on NS Pottacasie Branch of Moherrin Creek by patent dated Aug. 30, 1714. Wit: Robert BRASSWELL, John BROWN. May Court 1723.

      This is the son of Thomas Brown who had just come of age (see Brown’s will). Also I would think the John Brown (witness) is another son.

      ——————–
      Will of Thomas Brown 1718

      April 1718… Albermar County… sick & weak

      … to Christian… my wife… plantation whereon I now live beginning at the corner tree above the inden parth so running down the Line to potocati Creeke and so including six hunderd ackers of Land and Like wise six hunderd ackers of Litwood Land for the use of the sd plantation and for the maintanance of his children beginning? at Thomas Conners corner tree and Line and so running to bells branch and so up ye sd…

      —-fold—- illegible

      … wife c all my moveabel estate within and withoute untell hirr children come of age or marries then if can be spend_______? to have to cowes and calfs a peace Except my son Thomas brown when he is of age or maners? marries? the to him three cowes and calfs if they can be spard

      and my dafter Sarah mackdaniel I give unto her twenty shilings

      and every one of my children _______? or ______? as they come of age if (any?)(they?) can be spend

      … unto son Thomas… to hunderd eakers and twenty eakers of land being and lying upon potacati Creeke

      … son William the half of the upper sirveys beginning at the ____? tree swamp

      … son Thomas… other half of ye sd sirveye

      … son John and Edward Brown my Land that Lies on ye South side of meharin Creeke and (land that is left of the Land that I sould to George Stevins)

      … son Howell and James… the sd plantation and all the land belonging after my wifes deses…

      Thomas (X) Brown

      Judeth (X) Perry

      Thomas (X) Perry

      abstract by Marc Anderson 2013
      ————————————————————-

      I think Dr Brown (of Southampton, VA) MAY have had a son THOMAS but he died before 1739… per these notes…

      Will of Samuel Browne
      Isle of Wight County, Virginia
      17 Oct 1739

      In the name of God amen – the 17th day of October 1739 I Samuel Browne in the County of Isle of Wight being at present in Bodyley Health and perfect mind and memory thanks be to God I do make and Ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following:

      first – I give my soul to Almighty God that gave it to me and my body I commend to the Earth to be Buried at the Discretion of my Executor and as Touching what worldly goods it hath pleased God to Endow me with I give and Devise and Bequeath in manner and form following – –

      Item – I give unto my Son John Browne Twenty Shillings current money of Virginia.

      Item – I give unto my grandson Josias Brown the Son of Walter Browne when he comes to years of Twenty and one, one Negro Boy called Dick about eight years old.

      Item – I give unto my son Jesse Browne after my Decease the plantation whereon now I live and all the Lands of mine that lies in Virginia – Except the Lands that is given to Mary Drake and her son Jesse Drake I say unto my son Jesse Browne and his Issue Lawfully begotten of his Body not to be cut off by an Act of Assembly nor to go out of the Name of the Brownes – I likewise give my son Jesse Brown all my Books and Instruments and Medicens belonging to my practice and likewise I give my son Jesse Browne a Negro man called Will and a Negro woman called Bess.

      Item – I give unto my daughter Mary Drake wife of John Drake a certain Tract of Land lying on the South side of the Beaver Dam Swamp containing five hundred acres land more or less I say unto my daughter Mary Drake and the Heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever – it beginning at the South prong of the Beaver Dam Swamp up the said Swamp to a marked tree on the head line so along the head line to the North prong of the said swamp and down the said swamp to the first station.

      Item – I give unto my grandson Jesse Drake the son of John Drake and Mary Drake his wife three hundred acres of Land more or less on the South side of the Nottoway River across the neck to a marked poplar standing in a Branch so up the said Branch to the head of it from thence by a marked line to my head line and along the head line to his Mothers corner Tree in a Branch and down the various courses to the said Branch to Vassers corner tree in the Beaver Dam Swamp so down the said Vassers line to the first station in Nottoway River I say unto my grandson Jesse Drake and his heirs Lawfully begotten forever.

      Item – I give unto my daughter Sarah Battel the wife of John Battel so much of my land that lies on the Indian Branch to be added to her deed adjacent to her plantation as will take half the Survey of the said Tract of Land being six hundred and forty acres likewise I leave the use of a Negro Boy called Dorsetshire to my daughter Sarah Battel during her life and after her decease I do give the said Negro boy called Dorsetshire to my grandson William Battel her son, likewise I leave a Negro woman called Violet to my daughter Sarah Battel during her life and after her decease to her son Jesse Battel I do give the said Negro woman called Violet.
      (Indian Branch is still in Isle of Wight… modern Southampton)

      Item – I give unto my grandson Josias Browne a negro man called Dorsetshire when he comes to the age of Twenty and one and if he dies before he comes to the above age then it is my will and desire that the above said Negro man called Dorsetshire and the aforementioned Negro Boy called Dick aged about eight years return to my Executor.

      Item – I give unto my grandson Samuel Brown the son of John Brown a Negro girl called Nan.

      Item – I leave the use of a Negro man called Warham unto my son John Browne during his natural life and after his decease I do give the said Negro man called Warham to my graandson Samuel Browne, his son.

      Item – I give unto my granddaughter Sarah Browne the Daughter of Walter Browne a Negro girl called Cherigarllen and one feather bed and furniture when she comes to the age of Twenty and one and if she dies before she comes to the age of Twenty and one then the above said Legacies to return to my Executor.

      Item – I give unto Samuel King my grandson the son of Henry King and Martha King his wife one Negro boy called London and if the said Samuel King dies before he comes to the age of Twenty and one the aforesaid Negro Boy is to return to my Executor.

      Item – I give a Negro man called Hamsheire unto my grandson Samuel Nicholas Drake when he comes to the age of Twenty and one.

      Item – I leave the use of a Negro Girl called Marreia unto my daughter Mary Drake the wife of John Drake during her life and after her decease I do give the said Negro girl unto Jesse Drake her son.

      Item – I give unto my granddaughter Penelope Lawrence the daughter of William and Penelope Lawrence two young Negroes above Ten years and under Sixteen years old and if she dies before she comes to Twenty and one years or without Issue then the aforesaid Legacies to return to my Executor.

      Item – I give unto my son Jesse Browne my plantation lying on the Indian Branch in North Carolina with one Moiety of the said Tract containing Six hundred and forty acres to him and his Heirs.

      Item – I do give all the rest of my Estate both Real and Personal to my son Jesse Browne and of this my Last Will and Testament I constitute and appoint my son Jesse Browne Executor to see this my last Will and Testament fully satisfied and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and annul all and every other will formerely by me made or Legacies or Bequeathed by me made in anywise whatsoever before this Will or Bequeathed Ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed by Seal the day of the year above.

      Samuel Browne (Seal)

      Signed, Sealed pronounced and declared by the said Samuel Browne as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us. Test: Hardy Councill, Jr; John Gennill; John Dunkley; John Eley

      Inventory of estate admitted to record June 22, 1741.

      ————————

      The Will of Samuel Browne names sons John Browne, Walter Browne, Jesse Browne; daughter Mary Brown and Sarah Browne. The Will also names grandson Josias Browne, a son of Walter Browne and grandson Jesse Drake. Daughter Mary Browne was the wife of John Drake. Daughter Sarah Browne was the wife of John Battle.

      Jesse Browne, Executor
      ————

      It appears that Dr Brown had a son Thomas who either died or was left out of his will…

      Minutes of the North Carolina Governor’s Council

      North Carolina. Council

      April 04, 1722 – April 05, 1722

      Volume 02, Pages 450-457

      Read the Petition Thomas Brown shewing That his ffather Dr Samuel Brown obtained and has a patent for 330 Acres of Land lying in Chowan in the year 1717 but not having seated the same as the Law directs prays that he may have a Lapse patent for sd Land

      Ordered that a patent Issue as prayed for

      Read the Petition Samuel Brown shewing that Thomas Brown obtained a patent for 640 Acres of Land lying in Chowan in the year 1717 which is become Lapsable for want of due seating and planting the same Therefore prays that he may have a Lapse patent for the said Land

      Ordered That a Patent Issue in the said Saml Browns Name as prayed for

      http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/index.html/document/csr02-0220#p2-453

      While Dr Brown does leave a bequest of land in North Carolina, he seems to stay in Southampton. It would seem also (If he was connected to the Browne’s of NC) that some sort of bequest would be made to them. …nothing… therefore no connection that I can see. Dr Brown also acted as appraiser of the estate of Anthony Lewis which makes me think Lewis was also in Southampton, VA when he died.

      anderson1951

      December 13, 2014 at 5:12 am

      • If you were to beat me unmercifully with a stick… and I had to make a guess who Christian Browne re-married to (if she did)… then I suspect John Nairn.

        My best clue…

        8-15-1737 Deed Bk 1, pg 205. Edge. Precinct, Edge. Co, NC (1732 –
        1758) by Hofmann. JOHN NAIRN and CHRISTIAN his wife of Tyrol Prect.
        in Albemarle Co to MARKADUKE NORFLEET of Perquimans in Albemarle Co.
        80 pnds for 200 A. on the SS of Morratuck R. known by the name of
        Scotland Neck as by patent to JOHN NAIRN and 240 A joining thereto also
        taken up and patented by the sd. NAIRN the whole joining DANIEL
        MCDANIEL, a marsh, ROBERT SURJOYNER, WILLIAM SURJOYNER, JAMES ALLEN,
        Great Marsh, WILLIAM BELL, the beaverdam, HAMILTON and the river. All
        houses, cornfields, clear ground, etc. Wit:JOHN STONE, JOHN HUBBARD.
        Reg Edge. Prct. Aug Ct. 1739. T. Kearney D.C. Ct.

        But it would seem he was married to wife MARY in 1722…

        18 Jul 1722 (#1469) John NAIRN of Chowan Precinct and wife Mary deeded to Daniel McDANIEL of Albemarle 200 acres on the South Side of the Roanoke River adjacent to Wm DREW, “my own line”, Old Field near river bank and river. Witnessed by: John BRYAN, John CORTNEY, James ALLEN

        Nairn was all over the place in early Chowan / Bertie county records…

        But by the 1725 era or so he shows up near the Roanoke River in Halifax… and more specifically near Daniel McDaniel who married a daughter of Thomas Browne and wife Christian.

        Some relevant deeds…

        pg. 300 Thomas Browne, to Thomas Browne. 185 acres adjoining land of Daniel McDaniel, and others; July 16, 1717. Test, Benj. Foreman, Isaac Hill, Richd. Washington.

        A 155 JOHN BLACKMAN & WIFE ELIZABETH to JAMES PARKER Feb. 12, 1722. 20 pds. for 320 A. on Yauerah Swamp “betwixt” THOMAS KIRBY & DANIEL McDANIEL, Wit: NEEDHAM BRYAN, THOMAS SEALY Aug. Ct. 1723

        A 379 DANIEL MACKDANIEL & WIFE SARAH to LAWRANCE HOBBY Nov. 10, 1724 14 pds. for 600 A. adj. WILLIAM BRASWELL on Yorworhah Swamp. Patent date March 9, 1717. Wit: JAMES BRYANT, THOMAS WILSON, W. MAUL Feb. Court 1724

        B 11 THOMAS WHITMEL to JOSEPH TURNER of Isle of Wight Co. Va. Aug. 10, 1725. 40 pds. for 460 A. on SS Moratock River Adj. JOHN NAIRNE in “Cheastfield” at Cypress Swamp. Adj. DANIEL McDANIEL, JOHN HAMILTON. Wit: JOHN NAIRNE, JOHN BROWN. Aug. Court 1725

        B 64 DANIEL MACK DANIEL & WIFE SARAH to JOHN WILLS, JUN. of Norwick Parish, Va. Nov. 8, 1725. 20 pds. for 240 A. on SS Moratock River. Adj. JOHN NARON, JAMES TURNER, HENRY TURNER. Wit: JOHN BRYAN, JOHN SPEIR, WM. BROWN. Nov. Court 1725

        B 309 DANIEL MACKDANIEL & WIFE SARAH to HENRY TURNER Aug. 7, 1727. 10 pds. for 200 A. On SS Morattock River Adj. JOHN NAIRN, JOHN WILL (JUNIERS). Patent dated Aug. 4, 1723. Wit: JOHN BENBO, NATHANIEL PIGOTT. August Court 1727

        B 310 DANIEL MACDANIEL & WIFE SARAH to THOMAS TURNER May 8, 1727. 10 pds. for 200 A. On SS Morattock River Adj. JOHN NAIRN, “WHITMELL’S corner”. Patent date Aug. 4, 1723. Wit: JAMES TURNER, JOSEPH TURNER. August Court 1727

        C 4 DANIEL MACDANIEL to ANTHONY LEWIS of Isle of Wight Co., Va. Aug. 13, 1728. 24 pds. for 410 A. On Beaverdam Swamp at Spring Branch. Adj. JOHN CROSBEY (CROSBY), THOMAS ____INSON. Tract granted by patent on March 9, 1717. Wit: LEONARD LANGSTON, JOHN NAIRRUR. August Court 1728. Edw. Mashborne D. C/C

        One John Nairn left an inventory in 1739… found here…

        http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/DisplaySearchResult.aspx

        Just search “john nairn”… I cannot open it with my mac computer but a windows machine should work…

        Please post if you can open it and it references a wife…

        anderson1951

        December 13, 2014 at 7:20 am


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