Genealogy Report on William & Nancy Brown
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William Brown b. ca 1767, m. Nancy. William died 10-DEC-1808, Sumner County, TN. Very little is known about the life of William Brown. He and his family came to Sumner County, TN from North Carolina before December 1808. William's estate was probated between 1809 and 1811. Administrators for the estate were Nancy Brown and William Dorris, presumably her brother-in-law (William Dorris, Jr. m. Eleanor Brown). A record of the administration was submitted on 20-AUG-1811 (Estate #7, Sumner County Archives, Microfilm). On 22-JAN-1811 a deed transfer mentions "the widow Nancy Brown and heirs to wit: Mary Garrison, Azariah Brown, and Nancy Brown heirs of William Brown, Decd" to Edward Gwin. The transfer was for a tract of land on both sides of the Caney Fork of Drake's Creek of the Barren River, being 120 acres, adjacent Willie Cherry at a cost of $120.00. The deed was recorded during the "March 1812 term of County Court in Deed Record 6," pp. 158-159.
I. Mary "Polly" Brown m. 11-JAN-1809, in Sumner County, TN, John "Jack" Garrison, Jr., b. ca 1780, NC, (son of John Garrison and ______ Gomer) d. 1851/52, Sumner County, TN. Mary died bet 1829-1831. Mary must have died before her grandfather Leonard Brown in 1833, as John Garrison filed a claim to Leonard's estate as guardian of his four children: Mary, Hannah, Sally, and Brown Garrison (Estate #597, Sumner County Archives, Microfilm). (See transcription of Leonard Brown's estate record.)
John: Documents in his estate packet bracket John Garrison's death between 9-DEC-1851 and 22-JAN-1852.
A. Mary "Polly" Garrison b. ca 1817, Sumner County, TN, m. 24-DEC-1839, in Sumner County, TN, Aulsey Murray, b. ca 1818, TN, d. 1867, Spencer County, IN. Mary died 1880. Aulsey and Mary Garrison Murray resided in Spencer County, IN during the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.
1. John Sumner Murray b. ca 1841, TN, m. Sarah Catherine Ebright, b. JAN-1842, OH, d. 1914. John died 1912.
a. James N. Murray b. ca 1864, IN.
b. Joseph Quitman Murray b. 1868, Spencer County, IN, m. Nora Della Qualls, b. 1873, d. 1915. Joseph died 1927.
(1) John William Murray.
(a) Betty Lou Murray m. Lawrence Head, Sr..
 Lawrence H. Head, Jr..
(2) Joseph Cullen Murray.
(a) Son Murray m. Carlene.
c. William A. Murray b. ca 1869, Spencer County, IN.
d. Felix P. Murray b. ca 1873, Spencer County, IN.
e. Sarah Murray b. ca 1878, Spencer County, IN.
f. Clara Murray b. ca 1878, Spencer County, IN.
g. Ida Murray b. MAY-1879, Spencer County, IN.
h. Ada Murray b. SEP-1880, Spencer County, IN.
i. Laura Murray b. AUG-1887, Spencer County, IN.
2. Elizabeth Murray b. ca 1843, TN.
3. Tennessee Murray b. ca 1847, TN.
4. Samuel A. Murray b. ca 1848, TN, m. Sarah H., b. ca 1855, IN.
a. Olive Murray b. ca 1877, Spencer County, IN.
b. Lindley Murray b. ca 1879, Spencer County, IN.
5. Rachal Murray b. ca 1851, TN.
B. Fanny Garrison m. 25-APR-1840, in Sumner County, TN, William Tyree Dorris, b. 1817, Sumner County, TN, (son of John Dorris and Jane Dorris). Fanny died ca 1856. NOTE: Mystery? Sumner County Marriage Records include a marriage for Fanny Garrison to William T. Dorris on 25-APR-1840. But the 1850 census lists William Dorris with wife, Sally. Fanny Garrison had a sister named Sally for which no records have been found. Which one is the correct wife? Did he marry both sisters? All of the children are mentioned in the estate sale of land of John Garrison, Jr., the grandfather of the children and father of Sally and Fanny. The mother must have died between 1850 and 1859 when John Garrison's land was sold.
1. Mary Jane Dorris b. ca 1841, Sumner County, TN.
2. Nancy Dorris b. ca 1842, Sumner County, TN.
3. Sarah Dorris b. ca 1844, Sumner County, TN.
4. John Dorris b. ca 1846, Sumner County, TN, d. 14-MAR-1934, buried: New Hope Gen Bapt Ch Cem, Sumner Co, TN.
5. Isaac Dorris b. 07-FEB-1850, Sumner County, TN, m. Pearly A., b. 13-MAY-1849, d. 19-DEC-1951, buried: Rock Bridge Cemetery, Sumner Co, TN. Isaac died 12-JUN-1915, buried: Rock Bridge Cemetery, Sumner Co, TN.
C. Sally Garrison. See the note above re: Fanny Garrison.
D. Brown Garrison m. 24-DEC-1850, in Sumner County, TN, Catherine Bruce.
II. Azariah Brown.
III. Nancy Brown.
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