Following the direct Brown name back through generations & time, Edward Brown appears as our primary ancestor. He was born c. 1730 and died c. 1797 in Jones County, North Carolina. In 1766 Edward Brown owned land on the north side of the Trent River in Craven County.[i] In 1769 he was on the list of taxpayers in the county.[ii] Ten years later he was still on the north side of the river but, because county borders changed, his land was in Jones County. There are several records of Edward Brown’s land transactions in North Carolina. Edward Brown bought and sold land in Jones County, North Carolina many times and those transactions give evidence of his residence, his wife’s name and the names of his sons. In 1779, the year Jones County was formed, Edward was taxed on his holdings at that time which included 250 acres of land, 25 cattle and four horses. In March 1779 Edward’s neighbor, John Bryan, died. The description of John’s land, which adjoined Edward’s land, tells us they lived north of the Trent River on the Black Swamp.[i] In October 1782 Edward was issued land grant #110 for 25 acres, also located on the north side of the Trent River in Jones County.[ii]
[i] Gwynn, Zae Hargett. Abstracts of the Records of Jones County, North Carolina, 1779 – 1868. Volume I. Kingsport, Tennessee: Kingsport Press, Inc., 1963. From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, North Carolina.[ii] North Carolina, Land Grant Files, 1693 – 1960; Edward Brown, Jones County, North Carolina; ancestry.com. Grant #110, Book 44, Page 98, issued 22 Oct 1782.
[i] North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data, Craven County; Book 18, page 271; Grant 134, file 2708; Benjamin Messer; nclandgrants.com. Land bordered by Edward Brown.[ii] North Carolina Tax Payers, 1679 – 1790; Volume 2; Edward Brown, page 27; ancestry.com.
His Will mentions sons: Aaron, Hardy, Moses, John, Edward & Daniel.
The Edward Brown Family
….. 1 Edward Brown b: Abt. 1730, d: Abt. 1797 in Jones, North Carolina
……….. 2 John Brown b: 1767
……….. 2 Aaron Brown b: 18 May 1769
……….. 2 Hardy Brown b: Abt. 1771
……….. 2 Edward Brown b: 1775
……….. 2 Moses Brown b: 07 February 1777, d: 27 February 1838 in Marion,MS
……….. + Sarah Robertson d: 1810 in Liberty, Georgia
……….. + Nancy Perkins b: 01 Feb 1787, m: 07 Aug 1812 MS, d: 08 Feb 1870
……….. 2 Daniel Brown b: 1779
- Tax Record 1769 Craven Co, NC
- Tax Record 1770 Craven Co, NC
- Tax Record 1786 Jones Co, NC
- 1790 US Census for Jones County, North Carolina, page 144.
- Gwynn, Zae Hargett. Abstracts of The records of Jones County North Carolina 1779 – 1868. I. Memphis, TN: Zae Hargett Gwynn and Henry Norburne Gwynn.
- Last Will & Testament for Edward Brown, 10 Aug 1795, Jones County, NC
- Interviews with family members, family trees, groups sheets and other information from family members.
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