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Records indicate that John Brown was born in County Derry, Ireland in 1738 and came to this country when about 12 years old with 'a group of people from Irleland. He married Jane McDowell in 1770, probably in Lancaster, Co., PA, where he taught school and Jane was born September 5, 1750. John Brown served during the Revolutionary War at King's Mountain under Benjamin Cleveland.

Research shows Jane's father to be James McDowell of Little Britain Township, Lancaster County, PA. His will (Orphans Court Abstracts and Index 1740-1804, Misc Bk page 124, March 4, 1783) names John Brown and Jane, daughter of the deceased. James McDowell was born 4 Jan 1725, St Stephens Parish, Cecil Co., Maryland. His parents were William Mackdowell (spg) (born about 1704) and Ruth (Roberts), (born about 1705 and married about 1724 (Family Group Sheet, Church of Later Day Saints, AFN:1668-091). Jane's mother was Elizabeth Carmichael, daughter of Daniel Carmichael, also of Little Britain Township (Daniels will names James McDowell, son-in-law). Jane McDowell was also a sister to General Joseph McDowell and Major Charles McDowell, of Revolutionary fame.

John Brown settled in NC along the Yadkin River and is recorded in 1790 Heads of Family, Morgan District. According to DAR records he served at the Battle of Kings Mountain as Captain under Cleveland. He is buried in Wilkes Co and his will is dated May, 1812.

First Generation

Children of John Brown and Jane McDowell
James Brown (1771)
William Brown (1774-1844) m. Elizabeth Isaacs (1789-1826), d/o Samuel Isaacs II (died in TN)
Elizabeth Brown (1776) m. James Stewart (born in Wilkes Co., NC)
Alexander Brown (1778)
John Brown (1780) m. Mary Basil Gordon
Ann Brown (1782) m. Amos Spangler of VA
Hugh Brown (1784) m. Myra Gordon
Hamilton Brown (1786-1870) m. Sarah Gwynn Gordon, widow of Major Nathaniel Gordon
Thomas Brown (1788) m. Eliza Brown
Margaret Brown (1790) m. Sam Painting of VA
Allen Brown (1793) m. unknown

Second Generation

Children of William Brown and Elizabeth Isaacs
John Brown (1807) m. Ann Nelson Lipscomb (1813-1893, MS), d/o William Lipscomb & Ann Day Cook
Allen Brown m. unknown (living in Lynchburg TN in 1849)
Elijah Brown m. unknown (living in Yalabousha Co. MS in 1849)
William Brownm. unknown (living in Yalabousha Co MS in 1849)
Hugh Brown m. unknown (living in Lincoln Co TN in 1849)
Prewith Brown m. unknown (living in Lincoln Co TN 1849)
Elizabeth Brown m. unknown (living in Lincoln Co TN 1849)
Thomas Brown (died 1847, Lincoln Co TN)

(Note: William Brown witnessed a deed to Samuel Isaacs in Lincoln County, TN in 1817 and further records indicate that he lived in Lincoln Co. until his death in 1844)


Children of Hamilton Brown and Sarah Gwynn Gordon
Hugh Thomas (1835-1861) (died during Civil War)
Hamilton Allen Brown (1837-1917) m. 1) Matilda (1838-bef.1868); 2) Amelia Selina Gwyn of Green Hill (his cousin)

Hamilton Brown (Senior) and Sarah Gwynn Gordon are buried in the yard of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Wilkesboro.

Hamilton Allen Brown, along with his brothers and sister moved to Columbia, Tennessee. He is buried in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wilkesboro.

Third Generation:

Children of John Brown and Ann Nelson Lipscomb
William Lipscomb Brown (1839) m. Martha Riger Garner (1839)
d/o John Jacob Garner & Mary Atkins Williams
Mary Nelson m. Joseph Pleasant Meaders

Fourth Generation:

Children of William Lipscomb Brown and Martha Riger Garner
William Jenner Brown (1863) m. Ora Beatrice Riddick
Thomas James Brown (1868) m. Ann Hook Williams
Joseph Meaders Brown (1873) m. Mary Elizabeth Perry

Fifth Generation:

Children of William Jenner Brown and Ora Beatrice Riddick
William Lipscomb Brown (1888) m. Lucy Sue Gillard
Annie Meaders Brown (b1890) m. Grover Wiley Womack
Thomas Riddick Brown (1892) m. Edna Mangum
Joseph Lancaster Brown (1895) m. Edna Lee Scott
Mary Jenner Brown (1896) m. Guy Stuyvesant Brandreth
Martha Garner Brown (1899) m. Charles Ewing Gillis
Ruth Brown (1903) did not marry
John Gordon Brown (1904) did not marry
Richard Benbury Brown (1904) m. Martha Jane Phillips
Ida Susan Brown (1909) m. Robert Manara Andre
(This family migrated to Long Beach, MS and all ten children were born in Yalabousha Co MS)


The Land of Wilkes, by Johnson J. Hayes, Wilkes County Historical Society, Wilkesboro, NC, 1962

Personal communications with Joe L. Brown , of Gulfport, MS

Mr. Brown's Sources:

Genealogical information developed by Brown family members

Tennessee Society of DAR 1894-1960

NC Census of 1784-1787

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