BROWN-L Archives

Archiver > BROWN > 2007-09 > 1189991194

From: "P C" <>
Subject: Re: [BROWN] Addendum: Lunenburg,VIRGINIA BROWNS "John Brown" bc1680 & Vallentine Brown bc 1725
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 21:06:34 -0400
References: <BAY120-DAV10065118F26AE42D18BC12BFBF0@phx.gbl>

Addendum to Lunenburg,VA JOHN BROWN

NEW info:
Jesse Brown married Mason Wakefield (See WILL Book 6 p253A Lunenburg, VA recorded 1808.
Mary Brown bbf 1704 m. WINHAM

Pamela Brown Courtney, CRG

----- Original Message -----
From: P C<mailto:>
To: Brown BrownGenealogy<mailto:> ; brown-valentine<mailto:> ; Karen Worley<mailto:>
Cc: <mailto:>
Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:58 PM
Subject: Lunenburg,VIRGINIA BROWNS "John Brown" bc1680 & Vallentine Brown bc 1725

Karen Worley, Gale Brown, etc... and all my known and unknown relatives out there:

PCB NOTE: I have spelled names according to the document as typed by Grace Marshall (which go back an forth: Vallentine and Valentine, as well as Colwell and Caldwell):

PCB NOTE: There were 2 Valentine Browns in Lundenburg according to Grace Marshall but not one listed in the devisees and heirs except the one in the will of John. This Valentine Brown bc 1725 was NOT the Revolutionary Soldier. The Revolutionary Soldier from Lunenburg was a younger Valentine Brown (whose father might have been Jesse or John BROWN)

PCB NOTE: Much of this history on Lunenburg BROWNS matches oral history of Valentine Brown, Jr bc1805 (history of Ministers in family, naming patterns, etc) but I could not find proof of descendency and started to investigate the RI Browns of Chad Brown.

Karen Worley: Thanks for asking me to revisit this research. One should always review past research, because now I know more about my family, than I did the first time I collected it. Maybe something will revive a new search!

Re-typed by Pamela Brown Courtney, CRG especially for Brown Rootsweb:


Records used for this summation:

1720 Saphony Church in Dinwiddie County,VA builder was Edward Colwell [Could this be a brother to Joan who m John Brown???]Colwell is variant of the English surname Colvill or Colvyle)
1727 Brunswick, VA, (Formed in 1720, functioning 1732), Prince George now Dinwiddie and Lunenburg, VA:
notes on Vintage Browns PBC
1746 Early Lunenburg, VA formation Landon C Bell
"The Old Free State" 18th Century civil records
"Sunlight on the Southside" )colonial tithe lists
1754 John Brown Will probated
1764 Lunenburg Va Tithables (must be 16 to be tithable, or age 14 if slave)
1980 Letter from Grace Marshall, Deputy Clerk Lunenburg, VA to Pamela Brown Courtney
1980 Letter from Lenoir, NC Genealogist, Allan L Poe to Pamela Brown Courtney
1994 Letter from Sarah Rosenbaum to Pamela Brown Courtney
1995 Letter from Allan L Poe to Sarah Rosenbaum to Pamela Courtney
St Peter's Registry
St Pauls Vestry Book 1704 John Brown there until 1720. John in Brunswick by 1725.

1John Brown bc 1680 Will probated in Lunenburg County, Va 1754. m.(Joan) Land in Brunswick 1727, 1734 land to son Richard, back to Lunenburg before his death). PCB NOTE: Check St. Peters Parish Register for John's son Richard and Mary) St Peters covered New Kent and James City before alteration of county lines, when entire county was put into New Kent). Brunswick County Land willed by John to John, Jr was a patent to him 27 Sept 1729, 240 acres on southside of Nottoway River adjoining lands of Benjamin Harrison, William Smith and John Davis.Benjamin Harrison never lived in Brunswick, just owned the land. Benjamin lived at Shirley on the James River in Charles City County - a Colonial Mansion. Col Harrisons son of the same name, was one Governor of VA, signer of the Declaration of Independence and was the father and grandfather of 2 US Presidents Harrison.
2Richard bc d 1773 (settled in Brunswick,VA, died in Brunswick, VA) m Frances ____ (5 sons 7 daughters) Richards son, Lewis was the father of Rev Aaron Brown bc 1757 Methodist Minister in Brunswick Cty,VA)Aaron Venable Brown b1795-1859 Governor of TN. Congressman, Postmaster General for Pres. James Buchanan cabinet. A daughter of Richard, Susannah "Sucky" married a man named BRITT.
2Valentine Brown bc 1725 - Lunenburg,VA d. 1776 wife Ann ____ mc 1746. (Was she 1st or 2nd wife?)Land Owner of 1345 acres
2Jessie (settled in Lunenburg,VA)
2John, Jr. (settled in Lunenburg, VA)
2Menoah, "Noah" b d after 1782 (settled in Brunswick,VA later removed toPrince George County)

Known Children of Valentine Brown bc1725:
3John C Brown, eldest son bc 1747/48 (After Revolution removed to Burke County, NC now Caldwell,NC on Wilsons Creek, at the foot of Brown Mountain named for his family). (Removed to East TN after 1800 to Greasy Cove in ?Washington County, TN)
3Milly bc1763 (had to be at least 14 to choose her own guardian)
3Richard bc c1772
3Edward, and others?

Children of John C Brown bc 1747 a Wealthy Planter from Lunenburg,VA (Was his wife a Patteson? )
4Frances "Fanny" BROWN b. 10 MARCH 1770-12 JUL 1856 (relative of Allan Poe) m. Leonard "Len" Estes, Esq b1770-1842 married c1789 and stayed in VA/NC on Warrior Fork of Mulberry Creek, Johns River District, Caldwell County, NC. (had son John Colwell Estes and son Richard Estes ("Uncle Ducky" the drunkard)
4Colwell (resided in East TN Washington County)
4John (resided in East TN Washington County)
4Jesse (resided in East TN Washington County) m. ____Wakefield of Linville River in Burke Co.,VA
4Possibly 4 other sisters per Allan Poe, researcher and relative.

1764 Tithables Valentine and Jesse BROWN were residents in late 1740's, followed by father John Brown, Sr and brother brother John Brown, Jr. whose land lay between North and Middle Forks of the Meherrin River SW of Lundenburg. Neighbors were Henry Blagrave and Jonathan Patteson,
John C. Brown Jr appears as a white male tithable plus 6 others (probably slaves over 14 years of age).

Marriage index 1746-1853 No marriage listed for a John, Jesse or Valentine BROWN.

By will dated August 2, 1753, recorded February 5, 1754 Will Book 1, page 113 John Brown devised his property to his wife JOAN; sons John, Richard, Menoah, Jessie and Vallentine: daughter Mary Winham and his grandson, John Colwell Brown, the son of Vallentine Brown. [PCB Note: this may match my SHIP passenger list, where there was a Valentine, check this]

There is one John Brown listed in the grantees of deed before 1777, and that is John C. Brown.

Inventory dated August 20, 1776, recorded October 10,1776 in Will Book 2, page 445, for the estate of Valentine Brown, deceased. The appraisers were: John Scott, Sr., William Stone, Sr. and Ellison Ellis. The name of the administrator<s> were not given.

By Deed dated April 9, 1799, recorded April 9, 1799 in deed Book 13, page 213, Anne Brown, widow and relict of Vallentine Brown, deceased conveyed to Robert Ingram, all of her interest in certain land conveyed the said Robert Ingram by her husband, the said Valentine Brown.

There was a Deed recorded march 12, 1767 from Vallentine Brown and wife Ann, to Thomas Warren recorded in Deed Book 10, page 330.

Order Books were searched for the years 1776-1813 to check for a chancery suit to divide property belonging to Vallentine Brown, since he died intestate. None found.


Order Book 13 page 474 August 8, 1776 "on motion of Ann Brown and John Calwell Brown, widow and son, and heir to Valentine Brown, deceased, they having made oath according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining letters of administration of the said intestate's estate they having given security, Whereupon they, with Henry Blagrave and Jonathon Patteson Gent their securities, entered into and acknowledged BOND for the purpose according to Law."

Order Book 14, page , 5 December 11,1777 - "Milly Brown, orphan of Valentine Brown, came into court and with the consent of the court, made choice of John Brown as her Guardian, Whereupon he gave BOND according to Law."

Order Book 14, page 90, October 11, 1782 Ann Brown is appointed Guardian of Richard Brown, orphan of Valentine Brown, deceased in the ____ (may be presence or absence) of John C Brown who has resigned. Whereupon she gave BOND and security according to law." (No record where John C Brown was ever appointed the guardian of Richard). (John C Brown probably resigned because he removed to Burke Co.,NC)

Order Book 16, page 299 June 13, 1793 Ann Brown still guardian of Richard Brown. [
PCB NOTE: Ann died sometime after 1793]

By DEED dated January 3, 1776 recorded September 12, 1776

Pamela Brown-Courtney, CRG

This thread: