||Cornelius Anderson was born in September 1670 at Elizabeth NJ. |
||He was the son of Joachim Andries and Ennetje Jans. |
||Cornelius Anderson married Annetje Anna Opdyke, daughter of Johannes Opdyke and Tryntye Catherina ?. |
||Cornelius Anderson died circa 1724 at Hopewell, Hunterdon NJ.2 |
The following note is from WFT vol 11 tree#3472
1694: Enoch and Cornelius Anderson were sued in the East Jersey Court of Com Right by Wm. Pinhorne, Esq., of Bergen Co., for trespass, in amt. of L150, and for debt on a bond involving breach of covenant, in amt. of L500. they lost the suit for debt, and the other was withdrawn. Most unfortunately, no further details have been preseerved. As Cornelius and his supposed brother Enoch each had a son bapt. at Hackensack in 1694, Edward Earl, Jr. acting as witness in each instance, it is believed that they lived for a short while in Bergen County, later returning to Newtown, L.I., whence they moved to West Jersey. On Mar 28, 1698/9, as Cronelius Andris, he was among 28 grantees in a deed for land in Maidenhead (Lawrenceville), W.J., to be used for church, school and burying-ground purposes. It is uncertain whether he was living in Maidenhead or Hopewell at the time, but he was certainly of Hopewell not long after, and for the balance of his life. In 1710, as Cornelius Andrews, he served as Constable for Hopewell; in 1721 he was Overseer of the Poor; and in 1722, Overseer of Highways and Collector. In 1722 and 1723, Town Meetings were held at his house, but thereafter at Ringo's Mill. On May 30, 1724, adm. on his estate was granted to his widow Annah and their son Eliakim. Of his children, one was bapt. at Hackensack as a son of Cornelius Albardi, four at Hopewell in 1710 by the pastor of the new Dutch church at Bensalem, PA, and one at Maidenhead by the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia.
On Oct 4, 1738, the estate of Cornelius not yet settled, his son Eliakim gave bond in amt. of L800 to his four brothers, to protect their equal shares with him of the Hopewell farm formerly their father's, and then in nominal possession of Eliakim, but leased to Andrew Mershon. This bond was basis for a suit commenced in the N.J. Supreme Court in 1764, by Cornelius and Abraham Anderson, as survivors of John and Barhtolomew anderson, against Elizabeth ad John anderson, Executors of Eliakim Anderson, dec'd. The matter was eventually submitted to three referees, who, in 1768, found that the said Executors were indebted to plaintiffs in the amount of L452 proc. It was stipulated that the representatives of John and Bartholomew Anderson, dec'd, were equally entitled, with Cornelius and Abraham, to a share of the L452. Previous to this litigation there had been some friction in the family, perhaps originating in the same situation, and in May, 1763, Cornelius and Abraam Anderson, Cornelius Mershon and his mother, Francina Mershon, and Cornelius Anderson, Jr. and Thomas Anderson, sons of Cornelius, gave bond to appear at the next session of the Hunterdon County court, and meanwhile not to molest John Anderson of Hopewell, evid. Eliakim's son.
||Joachim Andries was born circa 1640 at Amsterdam, Holland. |
||He was the son of Jochensen Andries and Seletian Fredericks. |
||Joachim Andries married Ennetje Jans in 1644. |
|| AKA Yokum Anderson|
From WFT vol 11 #3472
He was brought to America as a child, and is first mentioned in Feb, 1659, when he and his parents were sponsors at the baptism of a dau. of his sister Francyntie. In July 1660, he and three others were fined for boarding a ship jus in from Holland, despite a notice forbidding it. In October, 1663, he and his mother were witnesses in a court action started by his father. soon after his marriage he moved to Elizabethtown, where he took the oath of allegiance to the British Crown on Feb 19, 1665/6, or shortly thereafter, and was one of the first generation of "Elizabethtown Associates". He was soon followed by his brother-in-law, Abraham Lubbersen, but the latter remained in New Jersey only a few years. His marriage was not performed in the New York Dutch church, and the parentage of his wife is not known. On Jun3 24, 1675, as Amy Androwes, (making her mark), she sold to Thomas Moor, the 4 -acre houselot and entire "accommodation" of her deceased husband, in Eliz. Town, excepting 20 acres which Joachim had sold in his lifetime to Peter Moss, and which she confirmed to Moss two weeks later. She reserved for her own use "a pear tree and gousberry bushes". this is the last reference to her. She may have moved to Newton, L.I., where her sons lived in the 1690's.
the names and number of Joachim's children have been a matter of controversy for 150 years. His will, a 56-word unsigned document, dated Oct 15, 1674, and penned by Humphrey Spening (Spinning), was proved by the latter in open court March 11, 1674/5. It leaves the disposal of his property to his wife, should she "kepe unmaiered", but if she were to remarry, half of the estate was to go to her, and the balance equally divided "amongst they children". following the practice of other Elizabethtown residents of Dutch origin, he had his children, or five of them, baptized in the Dutch church at New York. On or both of the grandparents were sponsors at four of the five pabtized in 1674, a few months before the father's death. In addition to the five, it has been claimed that another son was Enoch Andrus (Andrieszen), who was repeatedly associated with Joshua and Cornelius in various ways, and who married a sister of their wives, and moved with them from Newtown, L.I., to New Jersey.
||Jochensen Andries was born circa 1607 at Leewarden (Friesland province) Holland. |
||He was the son of Jochum Andries and Gryet Pawvels. |
||11 January 1631/32
||Jochensen Andries married Seletian Fredericks on 11 January 1631/32 at Amsterdam. |
||Jochensen Andries died after 1672. |
|| From WFT vol 11 #3472|
In considering this family it must be remembered that in Holland, until the 17th century, family surnames, except for the nobility, were not commonly used, and the patronymic system was in vogue, under which Pieter Jacobszen's son Jan, for instance, would be called simply Jan Pieterszen, while the latter's son Dirck would be known as Dirck Janszen. there was a lack of uniformity in spelling, and in different parts of the country, and by different clerks, names were written in various forms. Pieterszen and Janszen were frequently abbreviated to Pieters and Jans.
1596: The municipal archives of Leeuwarden supply the clue to the parentage of Andries Jochemsen, showing that in 1596, one Jochum Andries, a "glaasmakers gesell", i.e. Glazier's mate, became a citizen there, but whence he came is not stated.
1596, 16 Jan: On Jan 16, 1596, the marriage bans of Jochum Andries and Gryet Pauwels were recorded in the civil registry, and the ceremony was doubtless performed a few weeks later, but as the Reformed Church records are not extant before 1603 and the records of the Catholic church not until much later, the marriage date is not known. there is no record of the baptism of their children, which suggests that one or both of the pair may have been members of the Catholic, or possibly of the Lutheran or Mennonite Churches. That they were the parents of Andries Jochemsen, born about 1607, may reasonably be inferred from the following entry in the Amsterdam marriage register. It will be noted that Grietie Pouwels, quite evidently the "Gryet Pauwels" mentioned above, and the mother of Andries, "assisted":
20.12.1631: publishing of the banns of Andries Jochemsz, born at Leeuwarden, seaman (varentsgezel), 24 years old, living in the Lindestraat, assisted by Grietie Powels; and Celitgie Frerix, born in Amsterdam, 22 years old, parents dead, assisted by Celytgie Willems, her relative, living in the Bomstraat. He signs with cross. she signs: Seletien Fredericks.
11.1.1632: marriage in the New Church in Amsterdam (Reformed).
The records of the New Church, which are voluminous, have yielded to date the baptismal record of only one child of this couple.
Bef 1650, 18 Sep: The date of emigration of Andries Jochemsen and family to America is not known, but it was probably not long before Sep 18, 1650, when his name first appears, as sponsor at the baptism in New Amsterdam of a child of Thomas Fredricksen, also recent arrival from Holland, and doubtless closely related to the wife of Andries.
1651: In 1651 he leased the house of Daniel Litscho on the Shore Road (now 125 Pearl St.) and later bought the property, which he mortgaged in 1656.
1653: Jochemsen wit. the bapt. of another child of Thomas Fredricksen in 1653.
From 1654 to 1670, he or his wife are very frequently witnesses.
1657: In 1657 he was listed as holder of "small burgher rights", and the same year was licensed as a tavernkeeper, but from various entries in the court records, it seems that his wife handled this business.
1661: In 1661, he sued his neighbor, John Lauwerens, Jr., and recovered the amount of a surgeon's bill for treating a wound caused by the accidental discharge of a gun.
1663: He was occasionally charged with "tapping" at unlawful hours, and after one of these charges, in 1663, they upbraided the Schout (Sheriff) and Andries was reprimanded by the Court. The same year Andries sued Teunis Quick, and plaintiff's wife and her son Joghim testified as to entries in her book.
1664: In 1664, at the time of the English Conquest of New Netherlands, he took the oat of allegiance to the British Crown. the following year a tax list shows that he was living on De Hoogh (High, now Pearl) St., next to Abraham Lubberzen.
1674: His name also appears on a list of 1674, and the last reference to him is in June, 1674, when he was sued by L. Van Trenholm, but failed to plead.
1673 to 1674: Thereafter Andries and his wife witnessed a number of other baptisms in the New York Dutch church, Andries as late as June, 1673, and Celitje up to Sep, 1674. In New Amsterdam he was a sailmaker by trade, and in an early, but undated list of church members, we find the name of Celetie Fredericx, wife of "Andries Zeylemaecker".
Following Dutch procedure, the children of Andries Jochemsen were called Andriesen, or Andries, except that in one instance his daughter was referred to as Francyntje Albade. In all probability there were other children.
||between 1740 and 1750
||Valentine Brown was born between 1740 and 1750 at Ireland?.2,3,4,5 |
||between 1770 and 1790
||He married unknown first wife (?) between 1770 and 1790.6 |
||Valentine Brown married ? McDaniel, daughter of Moses McDaniel and Susannah ?.7 |
||possibly around 1787
|| According to Claude Wells, a McMillan researcher, McMillan family tradition has it that the John McMillan family, which came from Scotland to America, was accompanied by a friend named Valentine Brown. According to the McMillan family Bible, the McMillans were married in 1787, which by tradition happened aboard the ship to America. However, the first record of them in Wilkes/Ashe County is in 1795. The first record of Valentine Brown is in 1802. However,because of the close locations of family land in Ashe County, NC, I think there is likely to be some truth to the story. Andrew McMillan, son of John the immigrant, owned land that adjoined land owned by both James Brown and James' son Martin Brown. James' land adjoined Valentine's. Andrew was left "the land that I bought in Nathan's Creek" in his father's will. So Valentine Brown and John McMillan evidently bought land near or adjoining each other when they first came to the mountains. But Valentine came from Ireland, according to several census sources, and the McMillans came from Scotland, so maybe they just met on the ship or even on the journey from the ship to NC..8,9,10 |
|| Valentine Brown appeared on the census of 1790 at Iredell County, NC, as follows: 1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, 3 females. There is no proof that this is the family which ended up in Ashe County, but this person did not show up in Iredell again, and if Ashe County Valentine came over from Scotland in 1787 with the McMillans, then he probably lived somewhere else in NC until he came to Ashe. The members of this family do fit with the Ashe County family; James and Jane could be 2 of the 3 children.11 |
||14 December 1802
|| On 14 December 1802, at Ashe County (orignally entered in Wilkes), NC,, Valentine Brown received a land grant for entry # 1395 dated Dec 20, 1779 in the name of James Fletcher. [I'm not sure, but I think Fletcher was speculating in land. He made entries right when the state of NC was formed and then probably sold them much later to others at a profit. ] The land was described as 100 acres on Nathan's Creek near the ford, north of Bledsoes Gap. The survey was witnessed by Ephraim Penington and James Brown. This grant is titled Wilkes County, presumably because the original entry was there before the creation of Ashe County in 1799. It is however recorded in the Ashe County deed records (DB B page 31). It is filed with Wilkes County's grants in the Wilkes County Public Library..12 |
||between 1803 and 1822
|| Valentine Brown made entries (the first step in the process to obtain a land grant) for a number of tracts of land over the years for which I can find no evidence that he received the applied-for grant. (except that in a list of grants in the NC archives, he's listed for one entered in 1811 and granted in 1814, so one of these 1811 entries was granted. I need to get a copy.) An abstract of these entries is as follows:|
Entry #879, Feb 1, 1803 for 50 acres on Nathan's Creek, bordering said Brown's East line, adjoining Jonathan Baker.
Entry #1236, Jul 12, 1805 for 25 acres bordering his own north line.
Entry #1558, Mar 10, 1806, for 100 acres on Nathan's Creek adjoining Roton and Standiford.
Entry #1602, Jun 26, 1806 (the name is spelled "Broon"), for 50 acres on head dreans of Nathan's Creek, includes the vacant land near Cols Ridge and Nettle Cove
Entry #2105, Nov 17, 1808 for 100 acres on Nathan's Creek beginning at David Roton's corner.
Entry #2392, Sept 30, 1811, for 150 acres on Nathan's Creek and some of the head dreans of the North Fork of New River, begins at a white oak marked VB, includes the vacant land where James Brown lived
Entry #2402, Nov 4, 1811, for 25 acres on Nathan's Creek beginning at said Brown's upper line and including the vacant land between him and Standiford.
Entry #3678, Feb 7, 18222, for 100 acres on the North Fork of New River, on the fork of the big branch where William Weaver lives.
Entry #3892, Dec 30, 1822, for 100 acres on the south Fork of Nathan's Creek
It's possible that he did receive some of these grants and for some reason did not record the deed. It's also possible that he sold the entry to another person, changed his mind and did not complete the transaction, or was contested by someone else who had a prior claim..13
||14 December 1803
|| On 14 December 1803, at Ashe County, NC,, Volentine Brown received a land grant #439 for entry # 623 dated February 25, 1802. The land was described as 100 acres beginning on the ridge that divides Nathan's Creek waters from Dog Creek waters, lying on the head waters of Nathan's Creek at the foot of Stony Fenex. The final grant was witnessed by Jonathan Baker and James Brown..14 |
||30 November 1805
|| On 30 November 1805, at Ashe County, NC,, Volentine Brown received a land grant #577 for an entry dated July 8, 1803. The land was described as 50 acres adjoining Baker's corner and his [Brown's] old corner..15 |
||16 June 1806
|| On 16 June 1806, at Ashe County, NC,, Voluntine Brown sold to David Roughton for $65, 60 acres on Nathan's Creek. The land was described as "the grant dated the 30th of November 1805" plus "a conditional line ten acres out of the old tract to make up the compliment of the said sixty acres, which said tract being granted the 14th day December 1802." Vicki and Geneva Watkins speculated that this meant Roughton was married to one of Valentine's daughters. I have not researched..16,17 |
||9 February 1807
|| On 9 February 1807, at Ashe County, NC,, The following was recorded in the minutes of county court: "A power of attorney from Archibald Jacaway to Valentine Brown was duly proven by the oath of David Rotten." I wonder if this is some clue to the name of Valentine's first wife. I have not done any research to find out who this Jacaway is..18 |
|| Valentine Brown appeared on the census of 1810 at Ashe County, NC, as follows: 13001-12001.19 |
||12 October 1814
|| On 12 October 1814, at Ashe County, NC,, William Jones, Shadrach McDaniel, William Weaver, John McDaniel, Elisha McDaniel, Aaron McDaniel, Jacob McDaniel and Voluntine Brown, heirs of Moses McDaniel, deceased, sold to Jesse Ray for $500 150 acres on the North Fork of New River. Boundaries mentioned in the deed were Conditioners Branch, Porter's corner, and King's old corner. The deed was recorded during the February 1817 court term. The McDaniel brothers signed their names and the three sons-in-law signed with a mark..7 |
|| Valentine Brown appeared on the census of 1820 at Ashe County, NC, as follows: 100001-10001.20|
||8 May 1820
|| On 8 May 1820, at Ashe County, NC,, Joseph Roten sold to Valentine Brown for 40 pounds, 50 acres. There are no landmarks given in the description of the land other than trees and stakes. The deed was witnessed by Thomas Calloway and Sam Cox..21 |
||8 May 1826
|| On 8 May 1826, at Ashe County, NC,, Valentine Brown sold to Martin and Gibson Brown for $100, 100 acres on Nathan's Creek, beginning on the Ridge that divides Nathan's Creek waters and Dog Creek waters. The legal description of the land exactly matches the 100 acres granted to Valentine on Grant #439..22 |
|| Valentine Brown appeared on the census of 1830 at Ashe County, NC, as follows: 00000000001--000010001.23 |
||2nd Sat in Oct, 1838
|| 2nd Sat in Oct, 1838, at Ashe County, NC,, At the monthly meeting of the Senter Primitive Baptist Church, Valentine Brown was received by baptism..24 |
|(Witness) Fact 1
||2nd Sat in Nov, 1838
|| 2nd Sat in Nov, 1838, at Ashe County, NC,, Martin Brown, Susan Brown and Rhody Brown were received by baptism at the November monthly meeting, along with several others..24 |
||2nd Sat in Feb, 1840
|| 2nd Sat in Feb, 1840, at Ashe County, NC,, Brother Valentine Brown made application for a letter of dismission for himself and wife, which was granted. The church minutes begin in 1829 with the formation of the congregation, but monthly minutes do not begin until 1835. The original 1829 members are listed, and then everyone who joined from 1835, but those who may have joined in the 6 intervening years left no record. I had hoped that these minutes would give a clue as to the name of Valentine's wife, but the only female Brown members mentioned before Valentine requested his letter were Rhody, Susan and Patsy. Susan joined at the same time Martin did, and Susan or Susannah was the name of Martin's mother (James' wife). Rhody could not have been Valentine's wife because she obtained a land grant in 1837, when Valentine was still alive, and married women could not own land in their own name at that time in NC. I'm believe she was James' daughter. Patsy is a nickname for Martha, which was the name of William's wife. There is no record of William joining, but he's mentioned in the minutes in later years, as are his second wife and his children, so I assume he joined between 1829-1836. Therefore, unless Valentine's wife happened to have the same name as one of these other three women, she joined the church between 1829-1836 also, so her name can't be found in the minutes. It did seem very common for men or women to join without their spouses, so the speculation that Mrs. Brown joined the church earlier than her husband is plausible.|
It should be noted that there was a younger Valentine Brown, relationship to this Valentine unknown, living in adjoining Grayson County, VA in the 1830 and 1840 census. It's theoretically possible that the Valentine who joined Senter church drove over from Virginia and was the younger Valentine. This would explain the transfer of letter; that Valentine did not remain in the area. However, the fact that Martin, Susan and Rhody joined in the same time frame, and they are known family members of the Ashe County Valentine, makes it more likely to be him. Unless the Grayson County Valentine is also a family member, which is possible since all Valentine's sons have not been proven..24
- [S36] "Gale Roland Brown Family," Vicki and Geneva Watkins,Ashe County Public Library, she says this is "supposition, from all records of court, deeds, wills, family tradition...there could well be two Volentines here, father and son";.
- [S6] Ruth W. Shepherd, 1830 Federal Census, Ashe County, North Carolina, page 76..
- [S912] Letcher Co, KY US Census 1880 , images of microfilm on line at Ancestry.com ,image 53 of 73.
- [S13] Mary Floy Schulz Katzman, The 1880 Federal Census of Ashe County, North Carolina, page 184.
- [S893] Collection of history and genealogy of Ashe County prepared by Wade Edward Eller; card titled "Brown, Volentine."
- [S757] Jeff. Posting NCNR mailing list Weaver, message titled "Weaver/McDaniel,", listserve message to e-mail address, 4/25/03.
- [S201] Deed dated 12/10/1814 from the "heirs of Moses McDaniel" to Jesse Ray..
- [S214] Wells, Claude E. Posting, Ashe County, NC Query Forum titled "Looking for a Valentine (Brown that is!)", 2/16/1999.
- [S130] Wells, Claude E., user website at Familytreemaker.com, on line at www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/e/l/Claude-E-Wells.
- [S611] John McMillan Sr will (Written Sept 24,1840, probated July term 1844).
- [S552] Iredell County, NC US Census 1790 ,image 2 of 9.
- [S736] Valentine Brown Land Grant file.
- [S749] Dr. A.B. Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries: Ashe County, NC, (entries are indexed by the entry number).
- [S733] Ashe Co, NC Land Grants: File Number 445, North Carolina State Archives.
- [S742] State Grant to Voluntine Brown #577, Book B, page 430.
- [S737] Deed from Valentine Brown to David Roughton, Book B, page 472.
- [S36] "Gale Roland Brown Family," Vicki and Geneva Watkins,Ashe County Public Library, ;.
- [S389] Ashe County Minute Docket, County Court 1806-1821, The State Library of North Carolina.
- [S229] Ashe County, NC US census 1810, transcribed by Jeff Weaver .
- [S230] Ashe County, NC US census 1820, transcribed by Jeff Weaver .
- [S738] Deed from Joseph Roten to Valentine Brown, Book F, page 399.
- [S215] Deed from Valentine Brown to Martin and Gibson Brown., Book C page 203.
- [S6] Ruth W. Shepherd, 1830 Federal Census, Ashe County, North Carolina, page 76.
- [S734] Senter Primitive Baptist Church Minutes, Ashe County, NC.
- [S216] Deed from James Brown to Martin and Gibson Brown, Book G page 73.
- [S202] Clarice B. Weaver, The Heritage of Ashe County NC Vol II, Article #44 "The Martin Brown Family (Part I)," contributed by Ruth P. Taylor.
- [S23] Brown, Curtis. Email, message from e-mail address to Karen Worley, dated 9/13/99.
- [S202] Clarice B. Weaver, The Heritage of Ashe County NC Vol II, Article #41 "The Charles W. Brown Family of Peak Valley", contributed by Mary B. McClure-Carter.
||between 1780 and 1790
||James Brown was born between 1780 and 1790.4,5 |
||He was the son of Valentine Brown and unknown first wife (?).1,2,3 |
||between 1800 and 1807
||James Brown married Unknown first wife (?) between 1800 and 1807. |
||2 January 1817
||James Brown married Susannah Maynard on 2 January 1817 at Wilkes, NC.6,7 |
||James Brown died in 1850 at Ashe County, NC.8 |
||He was buried in 1850 at Brown-Fowler Cemetery, Ashe County, NC.9 |
|(Witness) Fact 1
||14 December 1802
|| On 14 December 1802, at Ashe County (orignally entered in Wilkes), NC,, Valentine Brown received a land grant for entry # 1395 dated Dec 20, 1779 in the name of James Fletcher. [I'm not sure, but I think Fletcher was speculating in land. He made entries right when the state of NC was formed and then probably sold them much later to others at a profit. ] The land was described as 100 acres on Nathan's Creek near the ford, north of Bledsoes Gap. The survey was witnessed by Ephraim Penington and James Brown. This grant is titled Wilkes County, presumably because the original entry was there before the creation of Ashe County in 1799. It is however recorded in the Ashe County deed records (DB B page 31). It is filed with Wilkes County's grants in the Wilkes County Public Library..10 |
|(Witness) Fact 1
||14 December 1803
|| On 14 December 1803, at Ashe County, NC,, Volentine Brown received a land grant #439 for entry # 623 dated February 25, 1802. The land was described as 100 acres beginning on the ridge that divides Nathan's Creek waters from Dog Creek waters, lying on the head waters of Nathan's Creek at the foot of Stony Fenex. The final grant was witnessed by Jonathan Baker and James Brown..11 |
||24 December 1827
|| On 24 December 1827, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown received Grant #1342 for an entry dated October 22, 1825. The land was described as 50 acres on the north side of Nathan's Creek, adjoining Valentine Brown's old line..12 |
||24 December 1827
|| On 24 December 1827, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown received Grant #1352 for an entry dated March 20, 1826. The land was described as 50 acres.13 |
||21 January 1828
|| On 21 January 1828, at Ashe County, NC,, James Gentry sold to James Brown for $36, 50 acres on the headwaters of Nathan's Creek, including an East Cove of the Rocky Phenic. The deed was witnessed by James Smith and Micajah Smallwood..14 |
||8 October 1828
|| On 8 October 1828, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown sold to William Brown for $50, 50 acres whose description matches that of James' Grant # 1352.|
|| James Brown appeared on the census of 1830 at Ashe County, NC, as follows: 0200001-0010001.16 |
||24 November 1830
|| On 24 November 1830, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown received Grant #1534 for entry dated April 13, 1829. The land was described as 100 acres on the waters of Dog Creek, beginning at William Brown's corner, adjoining John Dixon and William Plummer..17 |
||11 October 1832
|| On 11 October 1832, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown sold to Meredith Ballow 100 acres on Dog Creek, fitting the description of the land obtained by grant #1534..18 |
||1 February 1834
|| On 1 February 1834, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown sold to Martin and Gibson Brown for $100, 60 acres, beginning at the south east corner of Martin and Gibson Brown's 100 acre tract. The deed is written with the following exception: "the exception is made of a small quantity of land to Valentine Brown as long as he lives on the place he now lives on, to have and to hold the said land free and clear as his own from paying any account dues or demands. " The exception tract is described as containing 6 1/2 acres. He also states that "if there should ever come any ?entailments to the land it is lost I don't stand responsible to Valentine for any damages except is as follows" Then he makes another exception "to my self and wife Sukey during our natural lives if want to do so, that is if we either of us should want to build and live on the above described sixty acres of land that is made to Martin and Gibson Brown however the remainder that is not made to Voluntine Brown we have ?forever that priviledge and at our deaths it is Martin and Gibson Brown's and their heirs.".2 |
|(Witness) Fact 1
||16 September 1837
|| On 16 September 1837, at Ashe County, NC,, Roady Brown obtained a land grant #2256 for entry #8375 dated June 2, 1837. The land was described as 100 acres, adjoining William Brown's line to the north (at the top of "Little Fenic" Mountain), being on the waters of the North and South forks of the New River. The land also adjoined Turner and "the Mary Harlis tract." The final grant was witnessed by James Brown and Martin Brown..19 |
||24 November 1837
|| On 24 November 1837, at Ashe County, NC,, James Brown sold to Susannah Michael for $50, 50 acres on the waters of Nathan's Creek, bordering a 60-acre tract of land granted to said Brown, Valentine Brown's corner, and Andrew McMillan. Susannah Michael must moved to said land before November 1, 1838 or the deed is void. The property is to go to her son John upon her death. The son is mentioned 3 times, once as "Johnson" and twice as "John." I doubt if he really made her pay the $50, or he couldn't hardly take back the land if she didn't move. Probably none of his children had to pay for the land he deeded to him; I know Martin and Gibson were only children when they got theirs..20 |
|| James Brown appeared on the census of 1840 at Ashe County, NC, as follows: 00001001-00000001.21 |
||21 March 1850
||James Brown left a will on 21 March 1850 at Ashe County, NC. In the name of God amen. I James Brown being weak in body but sound in mind and memory thanks be to god. I do this day make and publish this my last will and testament having heretofore made a deed to my two sons, Martin Brown and Gibson Brown and their heirs. Gibson Brown having died without an heir my will is therefore that Martin Brown and his heirs shall have all the land and every part thereof. It being my intention at the time I executed said deed that if either of them should die without heirs that the other one and his heirs should hold and possess thie same and I hereby appoint and constitute my son Martin executor to this my last will and testament and I do say and testify that none of my other heirs is to have any of said land so deeded or any part there of. I have hereunto set my hand and seal in presence of us March 21st day 1850. James Brown, his mark|
witnesses A. McMillan, Daniel Blevins
[Note that he doesn't name any other property except the one tract of land. And he mentions "other heirs" but not who they are.].8