William Brown's War of 1812 Pension Application states that he married "Biddie" Murphy in Pendleton SC in 1813 and she died in Kentucky. Her sons Murphy, b. 1816, and Ezekiel, b. 1822, stated in 1850 that they were born in Kentucky. There was also likely a duaghter Nancy who died leaving a son, William Warren, that William & his 2nd wife Elizabeth Halstead raised.
William Brown & Elizabeth Halstead married in St. Francois MO in 1824 so it's likely Bridget died in childbirth with Ezekiel or soon after. She was probably born about 1793-95.
Bridget's father's will in Cass Co GA in 1850 states that she and her children have been provided for previously and bequeaths her $5. Perhaps the family never heard from her after she left Pendleton with the Browns.
BRIDGET "Biddie" MURPHY and WILLIAM BROWN were married in January 1813 in Pendleton District, South Carolina.17,18 WILLIAM BROWN17,18,19,20,21,22,23, son of SAMUEL BROWN and Rebecca [BROWN], was born on 24 February 1794 in Pendleton District [now Anderson County], South Carolina.17,18,19,24 He died on 24 August 1874 at the age of 80 in Grayson County, Texas.17,25,26
Marriage Date to Elizabeth Halstead given in INDEX TO WAR OF 1812 PENSION FILES, Vol I: A-F. Transcribed by Virgil D. White, 1989.
1830 St. Francois MO Census; St. Francois Twp: William Brown age 30-40. 1m under 5 [Lemuel]; 1m 5-10 [Zeke]; 1m 10-15 [Murphy]; 2f under 5 [Rebecca & Jane]; 1f 10-15 [Nancy]; 1f 20-30 [Elizabeth] Based on the names surrounding William in this 1830 Census he would appear to living near Murphy's Settlement and not far from Lemuel Halstead and the Burnhams. Of course his wife was a daughter of Lemuel. Richard Jones, father of Rebecca who married Murphy Brown, bought his property in 1833 in St. Francois from Thomas Burnham adjoining Murphy's Settlement.
A Samuel Brown was also in the Searcy Co AR Census in 1840, as well as on the tax lists from 1839-1843. There was a William Brown on the Searcy Co Censuses who is almost a perfect match for his family. A William Brown is on the Searcy Co tax lists from 1839 when they begin through 1843. There are in fact 2 William Browns in Searcy Co for 1841 and 1842. Elizabeth Brown, widow, testified that they had lived about 3 years in Searcy Co Ark, after leaving St. Francois. On p.188 in Searcy Co is William Brown: 1m -5 [William Warren-grandson], 1m 5-10 [John Samuel], 1m 10-15 [Lemuel Green], 1m 40-50 [William]. 2f 10-15 [Jane & Rebecca]; 1f 30-40 [Elizabeth].
William Brown lived near his son Murphy Brown in Newton County in 1850 and both families are found in 1860 in McDonald County.
Listed in Goodspeed's Taxpayers of 1861. Township 23, Range 29. Marked with "C" for being Confederate Army member, but may be confused with son John as William was somewhat old to be fighting.
15 Feb 1867. Deed Book B, McDonald Co. William Brown and Elizabeth his wife and John S. Brown and Mary his wife sell 90 acres land to John Packwood of Barry County and another 90 acres to Levi Davidson of McDonald Co. These tracts were the NE Quarter of Section 7, Twp 23 - Tom Comstock & William Randall, his brother-in-law had sold the SE Quarter of the same section.
1870 Grayson Co TX Census. p.43, Household 189. Wm Brown age 70, Farmer, SC & Elizabeth age 64 b. TN. [the places of birth are one line off in this census - one of the children of John Samuel Brown immediately above William was born "SC" which of course should have been for William Brown]
9 August 1999. Information from Bernidean Hendrickson confirms this as being the family of Murphy.
William Brown's War of 1812 Pension File; #25855 Rejected; #34061 Widow's:
On 20 Jan 1852, William Brown came before the Justice of the Peace in Newton Co. MO. Stated his age as 56 years and that he was identical to the William Brown who was a private in the Company Commanded by Captain Jacob Reede in the Regiment Commanded by Colonel Austin. He was drafted at Pendleton Courthouse SC about the 1st of Feb 1815 for six months and continued in service for two months and was honorably discharged at Pendleton Courthouse SC about the 1st of Apr 1815. He makes declaration for obtaining bounty land under the act passed 28 Sep 1850. Signed: William Brown
On 6 Dec 1871 in Grayson Co TX, William Brown, aged 76 made application for pension. He stated that at the time of the War of 1812 he was married to Biddie Murphy, to whom he was married at Pendleton Dist SC in January of 1813. In this app he states that he was drafted in Jacob Reeds company at Pendleton South Carolina in Sep or Oct of 1814 and discharged at Pendleton Court House SC April 1815. The discharge was lost the same winter it was granted. A report from the Third Auditor showed that he enlisted Feb 1, 1815 and was discharged Mar 24, 1815 having served only 52 days. The application was rejected 19 Aug 1872 as the length of service was insufficient.
On 20 Dec 1878, Elizabeth Brown, widow of William Brown, applied, stating he had served between 50 and 60 days. She was granted the pension on 24 Jun 1879 - $8 per month. Elizabeth stated that she was 72 years old, resident of Grayson County. She gave a description of her husband at the time of his enlistment as 5 feet, 9 or 10 inches high, light hair, eyes blue, light complexion. She was married to said William Brown in the county of St. Francois, in state of Missouri on 23 May 1824 [in a couple of places the month was August but had been crossed out and May written in - I believe May to be correct] by James Holbert a Minister of the Gospel [who was also from Pendleton Dist SC] and before the marriage her name was Elizabeth Holsted. The said William Brown was married before to one Biddie Murphy who died in Kentucky, date not known. William Brown died in Grayson Co on 24 Aug 1874. She gives the places of their residence as follows "At St. Francis County Mo, 5 years - thence to Searcy Co Ark 3 years - Thence to Newton Co Mo about 24 years - thence to Texas about 7 years where he died." Signed: Elizabeth (her X mark) Brown [William & Elizabeth Brown actually lived in St. Francois Co MO for 15 years, not 5 - Elizabeth was illiterate and could not have checked this application for accuracy.]
G. R. Stamps, aged 39 and J. S. Aston, age 63, residents of Grayson Co had known Elizabeth Brown for 28 years and 11 years respectively. They knew her as the wife of William Brown and believed he had served as alleged. They both testified they had heard him speak of his service and had seen his warrant issued for service in the War.
There is a report that Elizabeth Brown was last paid $8 to 8 May 1880 and has been dropped from the pension rolls because of death.
William Brown is buried Washburn Cemetery near Bells, TX
BRIDGET "Biddie" MURPHY and WILLIAM BROWN had the following children: