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Descendants of John Brown, Sr.

Generation Three

12. John3 Dorroh (Jane 2Brown, John1); born 16 Mar 1769 at Antrim Co., Ireland; 122 married Rebecca Jones before 1789; 123 died 23 Nov 1851 at Brookwood, Tuscaloosa Co., AL, at age 82; 124 buried after 23 Nov 1851 at Big Hurricane Cemetery, Brookwood, Tuscaloosa Co., AL. 125

Children of John3 Dorroh and Rebecca Jones were as follows:

23. Rebecca3 Brown (Roger 2, John1); born 3 Nov 1784 at Laurens Co, SC; 153 married Thomas Jefferson Adair Sr., son of Joseph Adair and Sarah (--?--), circa 1804 at Laurens Co., SC; 154 died 20 Dec 1846 at Mt. Pisgah, Union Co., IA, at age 62. 155

Children of Rebecca3 Brown and Thomas Jefferson Adair Sr. were as follows:

31. Roger3 Brown Jr. (Roger 2, John1); born 19 Jul 1809 at Laurens Co, SC; 167 married Jane W. Adair, daughter of Thomas Adair, 25 Feb 1843 at Laurens Co, SC; 168 died 19 Jul 1895 at Laurens Co, SC, at age 86; 169 buried after 19 Jul 1895 at Providence A.R.P. Cemetery, Laurens Co, SC. 170

Children of Roger3 Brown Jr. and Jane W. Adair all born at Laurens Co, SC, were as follows:

35. Nancy3 Brown (Matthew 2, John1); born 27 Nov 1778 at Laurens Co, SC; 197, 198 married Samuel Harlan, son of Aaron Harlan and Elizabeth Stuart, 2 Apr 1797 at Laurens Co, SC; 199, 200 died 12 Jan 1871 at Connersville, Fayette Co., IN, at age 92; 201, 202 buried after 12 Jan 1871 at Village Creek Cemetery, Connersville, Fayette Co., IN. 203

She appeared on the census of 1850 at Fayette County, IN. 204

Children of Nancy3 Brown and Samuel Harlan were as follows:

36. David3 Brown (Matthew 2, John1); born 15 Oct 1780 at Laurens Co, SC; Desc. of John Brown, Sr. has 17 Oct. 1780; 234, 235, 236 married Catherine Smith; 237 married Susan Glidewell, daughter of William Glidewell and Susannah <Fountaine>, circa 1800; 238 died 28 Mar 1874 at Union Twp., Shelby Co, IN, at age 93; 239, 240, 241 buried after 28 Mar 1874 at Little Blue River Cemetery, Union Twp., Shelby Co., IN. 242

A list of relatives?

Estate of David Brown, decd

Shelby Court of Common Pleas


Box 129


[name of administrator, file date and

clerk's name have been left blank]


Estate of

David Brown decd.

James M. Brown

John W. Brown

George W. Brown

Nancy Fair

Matilda Holbrook

Elizabeth Ray

Sarah Rice

Susan Copple

Martin V. Pharis

Robert T. Pharis

Sarah Moore

Matilda Camper

Mary Brown

Lydia Brown

Wyatt Linville

Robert Linville

Sarah Carpenter

Mary Bolts

William R. Zike

Robert Zike

Roscoe Zike

Hannibal Zike

Charles Zike

Joseph Zike

Cyrus Cherry

Jane Vanderman

David Gunning

Rosana Winton

Nancy C. Ingle

Jane McFall

St. Clair Gunning

James Guning

Amanda Pharis

Grant Pharis

Carrie Pharis

Alice Pharis

Robert C. Brown

Rachael Cotton

Susan Kimes

Perry Brown

Mary A. Baker

John L. Brown

Theodore Moore

See Probate Order Book 15 pages 63 & 64

Transcribed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Probate Index Main Page before 1876. 243

Children of David3 Brown and Catherine Smith both born at Shelby Co., IN, were as follows:

Children of David3 Brown and Susan Glidewell were as follows:

37. Elizabeth (Betsey)3 Brown ( Matthew2, John 1); born 10 Jul 1781 at Laurens Co, SC; 280, 281 married Isaac Phares before 1812 at Hamilton Co., OH; 282, 283 died May 1827 at Shelby Co, IN, at age 45. 284, 285

Children of Elizabeth (Betsey)3 Brown and Isaac Phares all born at Crosby Twp., Hamilton Co., OH, were as follows:

38. Catherine (Katie)3 Brown ( Matthew2, John 1); The "Aunt Katy" apples that grew in the John H.(erron) Brown farm came from Catherine Harlan's.; born 10 Jul 1783 at Laurens Co, SC; 308, 309 married George Harlan, son of Aaron Harlan and Elizabeth Stuart, 2 Apr 1797 at Laurens Co., SC; 310, 311 married John Harlan 13 Oct 1815 at Franklin Co., IN; 312 died 30 Dec 1875 at Stockport, Van Buren Co., IA, at age 92; 313, 314 buried after 30 Dec 1875 at Spencer Cemetery, Stockport, Van Buren Co., IA. 315

Children of Catherine (Katie)3 Brown and George Harlan were as follows:

Children of Catherine (Katie)3 Brown and John Harlan all born at Union Co., IN, were as follows:

39. Robert3 Brown (Matthew 2, John1); born 6 Feb 1785 at Laurens Co., SC; History of Shelby Co. has him as native to NC; 353, 354, 355, 356 married Catherine (Katie) Cotton, daughter of William Cotton and Elizabeth Bray, before 1803 at Hamilton Co., OH; 357, 358, 359, 360 died 25 Oct 1873 at Union Twp., Shelby Co., IN, at age 88; 361, 362, 363, 364 buried after 25 Oct 1873 at Bennett Cemetery, Union Twp., Shelby Co., IN. 365, 366

A Biography of Robert Brown.
    Shelby county was very young, in fact had scarcely been organized when the first Brown entered her

borders. Robert Brown, a native of North [?-RW] Carolina, was taken to Ohio by his parents in the early decades of the last

century. After he grew up, he met Catherine Cotton, also of North Carolina, a girl about his own age and of just the type to

make a good wife for a pioneer. They were married in Ohio in the twenties; came to Shelby County where they figured among

the very first settlers of the northwestern tier of Townships. Robert Brown helped to lay off and build the original Shelbyville,

when it's site presented the appearance of an irredeemable swamp. He took part in blazing the trail between Shelbyville and

Rushville, through what would look to a "tenderfoot" as an impenetrable forest. As prime mover in driving stock and hauling

produce to Lawrenceburg, he became a figure of importance for those days of long distances and poor transportation. The

heavy hauling was done with ox teams and it took a week or more to make the trip to Cinncinati, which is now covered in an

hour or two. Shortly after Robert Brown had made his appearance, his parents followed him into Shelby County, and there

was quite a colony of new arrivals along the Little Blue River's banks, in Union Township. It included the Browns, old and

young, the Cottons, and the Wickers. These three families were the first who located in that part of the county. It kept them all

busy as bees to do the hard and exhaustive work that lasted for many years, and was a condition precedent to the later

development which has given Shelby county such high rank in the agricultural world. By commanding a company of Home

Guards, Robert Brown acquired the title of Captain, and rose to a position of considerable prominence in the community. All in

all, he was fairly successful in a financial way; reared a large family successfully; and after a long and useful life was gathered to

his fathers at the ripe old age of ninty-six. His wife was about eighty years old when she closed her eyes to this world and she

was a fine type of the pioneer mother. The children of this worthy couple were: Nancy, Elizabeth, John W., Jane,

Catherine, Mathew C., and William W., all dead but the last named.

Chadwick's History of Shelby County, IN, p 366-367


1. Robert Brown was born at Laurens Co, SC and Elizabeth Cotton is believed to have been born in KY.

2. Mathew Brown, the father of Robert, moved from SC to Hamilton County, OH in 1803. There is a record that Mathew

bought land in Union County, IN in 1817, but it is not known whether he lived in Union County. There is a record of Mathew

buying land in Shelby County, IN, in 1824 and it is believed that he moved to Union Twp. at that time.

Submitted by Richard Weightman about Robert and Catherine (Katie) Cotton "These were my Father's grandparents. Came to Indiana in 1826, settled in Union Tp., Shelby Co., on the banks of Little Blue River just north of Bennett Cemetery. The house still stands by the iron bridge. A large maple tree stands just East of the house, set there by Landy Brown, my father, the year I was born (1881). I was born in this house. A.B.B.. 367

Children of Robert3 Brown and Catherine (Katie) Cotton were as follows:

40. Sarah3 Brown (Matthew 2, John1); born circa 1789 at Laurens Co., SC; 388, 389, 390, 391 married Thomas Golding Sr. 13 Oct 1804 at Hamilton Co., OH; 392, 393 died after 1860 at Shelby Co., IN; Desc. of John Brown, Sr. has death in Howard Co., IN. 394, 395, 396

She and Thomas Golding Sr. raised Sarah Jane Gunning after mother, Jane died, moved from Shelby Co. to Howard Co., IN before 1840 after Jun 1830. 397 She appeared on the census of 1860 at Shelby Co., IN; living with a son. 398

Children of Sarah3 Brown and Thomas Golding Sr. were as follows:

42. John3 Brown (Matthew 2, John1); born 4 Apr 1803 at Laurens Co, SC; 428, 429 married Sarah Herrin, daughter of John Herrin and Rebecca (--?--), 2 Dec 1824 at Hamilton Co., OH; 430, 431, 432 died 30 Aug 1874 at Harrison, Hamilton Co., OH, at age 71; 433, 434 buried after 30 Aug 1874 at Old Baptist Cemetery, Harrison Twp., Hamilton Co., OH; New Haven Road and Edgewood Road. 435

He and Sarah Herrin were described as "These were my Mother's grandparents. Lived and died near Harrison, Ohio. (See page 17) These are the grandparents of Charles S. (ells) Brown. A.A.B. (?) . 436 He was born in South Carolina, in 1803, and came to Ohio with his parents. He has been a farmer all his life, and for many years was a member of the Harrison school board. In politics he is a Democrat. He married Sarah Herin, of New Jersey, in 1824. August 30, 1874, he died at the age of 71. He was the father of seven children: Jane, now the wife of James Charelton, of Butler County, Ohio; John, married to Sarah Ellis and living in Indiana; Martha and Rebecca, both living in Hamilton County; Sarah, wife of Jehu John, and now living in Illinois; Hannah, married to John Vanausdall, and now in Hamilton County; and Jefferson, remaining in the same place after 1803. 437 The Brown homestead was in the possession of the late Fred Minges for over 50 years. The Minges family still owns this farm, located in the New Haven & Carolina Trace Road, northwest corner. Mr. Marion H. Huber, Cincinnatti, OH on 2 Nov 1970. 438

Children of John3 Brown and Sarah Herrin were as follows:

43. Mary3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 10 Jan 1778 at Charleston, Laurens Co, SC; 471, 472 married (Hiram) Bennett Langston, son of Solomon Langston and Sarah Bennett, 7 Apr 1796 at Charleston, Laurens Co., SC; 473, 474 died 21 Mar 1852 at Connersville, Fayette Co., IN, at age 74; ckimes has 21 Mar & Union Co; 475, 476 buried 21 Mar 1852 at Village Creek Cemetery, Connersville, Fayette Co., IN. 477

She and (Hiram) Bennett Langston appeared on the census of 9 Aug 1850 at Jennings Twp., Fayette Co., IN; residing with Arch. M. & Henrietta Kennedy. 478

Children of Mary3 Brown and (Hiram) Bennett Langston were as follows:

44. Col. Thomas3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 30 May 1780 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co, SC; 491 married Elizabeth Glidewell, daughter of William Glidewell and Susannah <Fountaine>, 10 Mar 1800 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co., SC; 492, 493 died 3 Apr 1840 at Liberty, Harmony Twp., Union Co., IN, at age 59; 494 buried after 3 Apr 1840 at Brown Family Cemetery, Harmony Twp., Union Co., IN. 495

The Brown Family Cemetery is near Roseburg, Harmony Township, Union Co., Indiana.

He was employed by "Thomas Brown is allowed the sum of $13.25 as Judge five days, and for making the Election boxes for the County of Franklin &c" on 13 Aug 1812 at Court of Common Pleas, Franklin Co., IN. 496 

Col. Thomas Brown:

He was a surveyor and farmer.

When Thomas Brown died he left a widow and five sons and three daughters all of whom were of age except the youngest son. An inventory of personal property included a sidesaddle, one lot of planes and augurs and a brace and bits and chisels and other woodworking tools, one box of surveyors chain, a crosscut saw, a carriage and harness, a windmill, a clock, a secretary and bookcase, a map of North America, one lot of maps, a family bible, several other books including The Practice of Medicine, a set of surveying instuments, and a ladder.

At Thomas Brown's death he owned ahouse and lot in the town of Billingsville and 109 acres, which was deeded to the deceased by David and William J.R.Flack, Feb. 19, 1839. The latter was valued at $1640, less a mortgage of the Flacks of $200. The house and lot was appraised at $350. The widows dower in the net amount here was $450. The entry states that the widow and all heirs are Indiana residents except Matthew Brown who resided in Iowa Territory. The house and lot were purchased by George R. Brown for $280, and the farm by Samuel M. Allen after 1840. 497 ;

Sketch of Col. Thomas Brown of Union County by his son, George R. Brown of Richmond

Col. Thomas Brown was born May 30, 1780, in Lawrence County, South Carolina. His father was from Ireland; his mother, Sarah Weeks, was American. He was married to Elizabeth Glidewell, march 10th, 1800. Their fathers were both engaged in the struggle for our independence at the time of their births.

He remained in his native state till the fall of 1806. He and his wife with three small children, one an infant only a few months old (Mathew), left their native State and came to Indiana Territory.

Not being able to furnish teams of his own, he joined with a neighbor that had a wagon and one horse. With that outfit they started out about the first of September for the north. They had but a very small amount of goods. Their load consisted mostly of women and children, camping out the entire trip. On the 6th day of october following they crossed the Ohio River at north Bend, some twenty miles below Cincinnati. One or two years preceding, an uncle (Mathew Brown) had left the south and settled near where Harrison is now located, so they made for his house, there stopping for a few days. At that time the party divided their team and goods. From then each man for himself.

After resting a few days he harnassed his horse, shouldered his axe, and started to look for a place to locate their future home, following the White water River to where the town of Brookville is now located. There the river forks. From there he took the east prong and in about ten miles found an old Carolina friend by the name of Joseph Hanna, and he advised him to examine along a small creek that had been named Hanna's Creek. According to this advise he followed that stream some four miles and there struck a tract of land that seemed to suit. There he went to work preparing to build a cabin and very soon had poles sufficient to build the house all ready on the ground.

The next was to get the house raised. He called on his friends, Joseph Hanna, John Templeton and Robt. Hanna, all living several miles away. The four men laid up the poles and covered with clapboards and [ ] poles. The house was made from logs, nearly all sorts of timber from a buckeye to a blue ash, 16 by 18 feet square, a hole for a door curtain, cracks chinked. The house was considered tenable with neither door, floor, or chimney. Then a trying time to know how to get the family and goods to their new home. His old uncle, where he had left his wife and children, loaned him a horse and sent a boy along to take the horse back. Goods packed and placed on the horses backs, a march was taken for their Hanna's Creek home.

What a job it must have been to unload a wife and three small children in the month of November without one thing provided to winter on. The only chance to get bread stuff was thirty miles away, and to be packed on horseback at that. But with cheerful hearts and willing hands they went to work preparing some way to make a bed off the ground, by driving a fork the proper distance from the wall of the house, then laying poles from a crack in the wall to the fork. As for springs, clapboards had to answer, and for mattress forest leaves were a good substitute. A fire was built in the middle of the house on the ground and of course, all the house was allowed for chimney flue. When bread stuff was needed, a trip was made to the settlement near Harrison, which would take two days at least, the wife and children left at home in the woods all alone. By walking on his return he could get home with three bushels of corn meal that would do for quite awhile. As for meat they had but little trouble, for the country abounded with wild game, squirrels, turkey, deer and some few bears. When wanted a supply was easy laid in.

The first winter was mostly devoted to clearing ground for new years' crop. A few acres was cleared and put in cultivation; all things grew well. From then on, they had no trouble for something to live on. About this time the country began to settle in all directions. His father and all the family came and settled right near to him. One of his brothers built a saw mill and corn cracker soon after their arrival, he (Thomas) doing the millwright work for his brother.

Most of the settlers entered their land by paying one-fourth down and the balance in payments, and a good many were never able to pay any more, and in that event, they forfeited their land and lost what they had paid . Before the land he settled on forfeited, he met a chance to sell his improvements for money enough to buy again and pay all down. In that way he got a home.

Soon after he moved to his new home, John Creek contracted with him to build a flouring mill, which mill is to this day running (1886), it being near or quite seventy years since built. The mill has been remodeled several times, of course.

The winter of 1819 he went back to the South with horses and found a good many of his old friends still living. In the summer of 1819 the surveyor-general appointed him one of the surveyors to survey part of the land recently purchased from the Indians district was where the town of Bloomington is situated, and from that time on till the 1836, he was engaged nearly every year during the summertime in public surveying. The last work he did for the government was in Iowa, County of Muscatine. Every section in that county was surveyed by him. It is more than likely he surveyed more than any other man of his day, being engaged for fifteen years nearly every summer and several winters during that time. The winter of 1836 he went back with horses to his native state. He found but very few of his old acquaintances, mostly about all gone. His trip turned out a success, done well.

When in Iowa surveying he became attached to that country and came home determined, if possible to sell his farm and move to that country. He did sell his farm. But for some reason or other the lands of Iowa were not offered for sale at the time expected. He thought best not to move till he could buy. It turned out he never did go. He bought a small farm again in Union County and was the owner of the same at his death, which occurred April 3, 1840. He was buried in his father's private burying ground only a short distance from where he first settled on Hanna's Creek. His wife survived him about twenty years and is buried by his side.

He was never a member of any religious or secret order. His motto was "Do right and then trust in God." He was a Whig in politics. He was rather tall, full six feet high, slender build, dark complexion, prominent nose, broad chin; a good talker, well-posted in passing events. During his business life he was never sued nor ever sued a man.

Before the organization of Union County he was Colonel of the Militia of Franklin County, also one of the associate judges for many years. Col. Brown and his wife had nine children, all dead but four - the widow Emily Woolverton, now near seventy-eight years old, living in Decatur County, Indiana, near Greensburg; Eliza Smith, widow living in Richmond, Indiana; Oliver B. Brown resides near Portland, Jay County, Indiana; George R. Brown, writer of the foregoing, resides in Richmond, Indiana, all born in Indiana. Judge Edghill Burnside, father of Gen. A. E. Burnside, married a sister of Col. Brown. 498

Children of Col. Thomas3 Brown and Elizabeth Glidewell were as follows:

45. Rebecca3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 14 Apr 1782 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co, SC; 506, 507 married Abraham Nabors circa 1800 at Laurens Co., SC; 508, 509 died 15 Feb 1844 at Covington, Fountain Co., IN, at age 61; 510 buried after 15 Feb 1844 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Covington, Fountain Co., IN. 511

Children of Rebecca3 Brown and Abraham Nabors were as follows:

46. Jane3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 7 Oct 1784 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co, SC; 519, 520 married John Corwile; 521 married James Carwile, son of Zachariah Carwile and Mary McMahan, 5 May 1803 at Laurens Co., SC; 522 died 12 Feb 1853 at Covington, Fountain Co., IN, at age 68. 523, 524

This looks like a WFT error, these two probably same man. 525

She appeared on the census of 30 Sep 1850 at Troy Twp., Fountain Co., IN. 526

There were no children of Jane3 Brown and John Corwile.

Children of Jane3 Brown and James Carwile were as follows:

48. Sarah3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 18 May 1790 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co., SC; 534, 535 married George I. Norris circa 1810 at Laurens Co., SC; 536, 537 died 1 Jul 1854 at Harveysburg, Fountain Co., IN, at age 64; 538 buried after 1 Jul 1854 at Harveysburg Cemetery, Harveysburg, Fountain Co., IN. 539

She appeared on the census of 20 Aug 1850 at Fulton Twp., Fountain Co., IN; living with daughter Eveline Holland, age 70? 540

Children of Sarah3 Brown and George I. Norris all born at Union Co., IN, were as follows:

49. Matthew Scott3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 1 Feb 1793 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co., SC; 541, 542 married Mary Ann Hanna, daughter of Joseph Hanna and Sarah Adair, 31 Aug 1813; Indiana State Library Genealogy Division

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Last Name, Bride or Groom: BROWN

First Name, Bride or Groom: MATHEW

Last Name, Spouse: HANNAH

First Name, Spouse: MARY ANN

County : Franklin

Date : 8/31/1813

Remarks; 543 married Mary (Sarah) Dunkins, daughter of (--?--) Dunkins, 30 Oct 1847; Indiana State Library Genealogy Division

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Last Name, Bride or Groom: BROWN

First Name, Bride or Groom: MATHEW

Last Name, Spouse: DUNKINS

First Name, Spouse: MARY

County : Carroll

Date : 10/30/1847

Remarks; 544 died 22 Sep 1873 at Monroe Twp., Carroll Co., IN, at age 80; 545 buried after 22 Sep 1873 at Zion Cemetery, Madison Twp., Carroll Co., IN. 546

On 28 Jul 1824 he moved to Union Co., Indiana from Franklin Co., Indiana. 547  From a list of persons named as early settlers, thse were resident tax-payers in the township: Matthew Brown, east half of northeast quarter of section 32, township 16, range 3, in 1829 at Wayne Twp., Marion Co., IN. 548B. R. Sulgrove's "History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana"; L.H. /everts & Co.; Philadelphia 1884; page 654. More likely this Matthew instead of Mathew b. 1752, R.M.Leland III 3/22/2000  He appeared on the census of 24 Aug 1850 at District No. 9, Carroll Co., IN. 549

Children of Matthew Scott3 Brown and Mary Ann Hanna were as follows:

Children of Matthew Scott3 Brown and Mary (Sarah) Dunkins both born at Carroll Co., IN, were as follows:

50. Pamelia3 Brown (John 2, John1); she was quiet and domestic; born 15 Sep 1795 at Ninety-Six District, Laurens Co., SC; 561, 562 married Edgehill Burnside, son of James Burnside and Anna Edgehill, 14 Jul 1814 at Liberty, Union Co., IN; 563, 564 died 19 May 1841 at Union Co., IN, at age 45; 565 buried after 19 May 1841 at East Cemetery, Union Co., IN. 566

She was Fair skin, brown hair, hazel eyes. 567

Children of Pamelia3 Brown and Edgehill Burnside were as follows:

51. William3 Brown (John 2, John1); born 30 Oct 1798 at Laurens Co., SC; 584, 585 married Sarah Brown 5 Feb 1819 at Franklin Co., IN; Indiana State Library Genealogy Division

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Last Name, Bride or Groom: BROWN

First Name, Bride or Groom: WILLIAM

Last Name, Spouse: BROWN

First Name, Spouse: SARAH

County : Franklin

Date : 2/5/1819

Remarks; 586 died 16 Jan 1883 at Harmony Twp., Union Co., IN, at age 84; 587 buried after 16 Jan 1883 at Brown Family Cemetery, Harmony Twp., Union Co., IN. 588

He appeared on the census of 9 Sep 1850 at Harmony Twp., Union Co., IN; Occupation farmer, age 51. 589, 590

Children of William3 Brown and Sarah Brown all born at Union Co., IN, were as follows:

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