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Revised 25 Jun 2002 9:45 a.m.




Matthew Brown  &  Mary Throckmorton



Matthew was born 1733 in Pennsylvania, and died in Pennsylvania. 


Matthew and Mary’s marital data are not known. 


Mary was born about 1737. 



Our first identification of Jackson Brown’s ancestry from his father back three generations came from Carolyn Brown [Personal Communication, June 2002] who identified for me a particular DAR record.  That record not only provides his ancestry, but the applicant turned out to be Jackson’s twin sister, and her husband’s name was Newton Reed Warwick, thus providing us also with the source of the given name of Jackson and Alice Brown’s son Warwick.


This DAR record [“The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution”, v. 86, p. 31] reads:


                           Mrs. Adelaide Brown Warwick, DAR ID Number: 85084, Born in Greenup, Ky.

                           Wife of Newton Reed Warwick.

                           Descendant of Matthew Brown, as follows:

                           1. Piersol Brown (1807-82), m. 1838, Margaret Thomas (1813-51).

                           2. Robert Brown (1762-1837), m. Margaret Wilson.

                           3. Matthew Brown, m. Mary Trockmorton.

                           Matthew Brown (1733-1837) served as private in Captain Allen’s company, Chester County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born in Chester County; died in Bucks County, Pa.


Did Matthew really live to age 104?  Seems unlikely, and I’’ll accept that part of the record only after the original research that went into the Patriot Index is examined.


This Pennsylvania Matthew was not the only man of that name seeing service.  The list of Revolutionary War Service Records shows:


                           BROWN, Matthew

         Rank - Induction:  DRUMMER

         Roll Box: 109

         Roll Description:  VA




                           BROWN, Matthew

         Rank - Induction:  PRIVATE

         Roll Box: 128

         Roll Description:  Continental Troops


The Continental Troops were raised and paid by the Continental Congress, to be distinguished from the Militias raised by the separate colonies such as Virginia.  So are these two records for the same man, or two men?  In either case, probably not Matthew from Pennsylvania.  However, I’ve not seen the DAR sources that identify the father of Robert as being Matthew, so this needs further attention, as DAR application papers sometimes contain errors in identification that are not spotted during the DAR verification process by their own genealogists.  The state of Virginia in the first record above should be noted, for it’s claimed also that Robert Brown was born in that state.


An online IGI record reads:


Mary THROCKMORTON, born abt. 1737 Berkeley, VA, married Matthew BROWN


but has no film number or any kind of identification.


In Descendants of Job & Frances (Stout) Throckmorthon, the earliest mention of Berkeley County is that of William, who married Sarah Gillette, and died in that county in 1796.  In the 1787 Virginia census for Berkeley Co., William Throckmorton was charged with tax on his 4 horses, mares, colts & mules and 4 cattle.  But his youngest child was born in New Jersey in 1779, so he moved to Virginia between 1780 and 1787.


I suspect that the IGI record which placed Mary’s birth in Berkeley is mistaken.  It’s not impossible, as Scotch-Irish, Welsh, and German pioneers begin to settle the western portions of Virginia after 1732, but the chance that there would exist a record of a birth in 1737/38 in that frontier area seems very slight.


The only known child of Matthew and Mary (Throckmorton) Brown was Robert. 


        i     Robert         son, b in 1762. 




Robert Brown  &  Margaret Wilson



Robert was born 1762 in Berkeley County, Virginia, and died 11 May 1837 in Edgar County, Illinois, Greenup County, Kentucky. 


Robert and Margaret’s marital data are not known. 


Margaret was the daughter of Samuel Wilson. 



Robert Brown’s birth 1762 in Berkeley County, Virginia is from an IGI record, fiche #6142805, the source of which is not identified in the online version of the IGI.  However, Berkeley County, now a part of West Virginia, was only formed in 1772 from Frederick County, VIrginia.


The same fiche records the birth of their son John in Berkeley County in 1793.  At that time, Berkeley included also all of what is now Jefferson County, West Virginia, and a great part of what is now Morgan County, West Virginia.  Wherever in particular the family was located, I’m assuming that sons Samuel and Matthew were born (1790 and 1791) in Berkeley County, also.


The successive years in which the various Virginia Counties in the genealogy of the present Berkeley County, West Virginia, were erected are:

                                  1721       Spotsylvania

                                  1734       Orange

                                  1743       Frederick

                                  1772       Berkeley

                                  1801       Jefferson removed

                                  1820       Morgan removed

                                  1863       WEST VIRGINIA


(There was an even earlier history, but I don’t know which of the various original counties from which Spotsylvania was erected included this particular spot of land.)  Thus, if they all had been born on the same farm, Robert was actually born 1762 in Frederick County, and the three boys in the 1790s in Berkeley County, Virginia, but that farm now might be located in either Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties, West Virginia.


All of the siblings in this family were found in a web page transcription of a Scioto County, Ohio Bible of the Brown and Coriell families [].  This Bible was transcribed by Carolyn Brown <> on a page headed “Scioto County Bible Records, Brown-Coriell family”:


The first page of the 1858 Bible lists the siblings in this Brown family, although their parents are not named.  The second page records Coriell births, the third the family of William Brown, brother of Piersol, and the fourth page records marriages and deaths of various individuals in both families, some through 1956.  The first page reads:



              Samuel Brown was born Jan. 24th 1790

              Matthew Brown Dec. 13th 1791

              John Brown Nov. 23th 1793

              Joseph Brown Mar. 9th 1796

              Nancy Brown Noel. May 28th 1798

              Robert Brown Oct. 7th 1800

              William Brown Nov. 15th 1802

              Rebecca B. P. Cable. Feb. 12th 1805

              Piersol Brown. Feb. 26th 1807

              Charlton Brown. Aug. 22th 1809



From the History of Scioto County, Ohio [cited by Carolyn Brown] we learn that Robert moved about 1797 from Virginia to Montgomery County, Kentucky, so that Joseph, too, may have been born in Berkley County. Robert does appear on the 1797 and 1800 tax lists of Montgomery County.


The 1810 Montgomery County census probably also records Robert’s family, but there are a few problems.  First, there were two Robert Browns in the county that year, with almost identical numbers and ages of sons and daughters which match almost perfectly to the Bible:



         1810 Montgomery Co. KY Census   Brown-Coriell Bible

         page 367        page 371        Robert Brown family

         43201-11010     42201-11001


         bef. 1765   m   bef. 1765   m  [Robert     1762]

         aft. 1765   f   bef. 1765   f  [Margaret   1765]


         1784-1794   m   1784-1794   m   Samuel     1790 Jan

         1784-1794   m   1784-1794   m   Matthew    1791 Dec

         1794-1800   m                   John       1793 Nov

         1794-1800   m   1794-1800   m   Joseph     1796 Mar

         1794-1800   f   1794-1800   f   Nancy      1798 May

         1794-1800   m   1794-1800   m   Robert     1800 Oct

         1800-1810   m   1800-1810   m   William    1802 Nov

         1800-1810   f   1800-1810   f   Rebecca    1805 Feb

         1800-1810   m   1800-1810   m   Piersol    1807 Feb

         1800-1810   m   1800-1810   m   Charlton   1809 Aug

         1800-1810   m   1800-1810   m



It seem incredible that two Robert Browns could have sons and daughters so well matched in ages. As can be seen, the census entry on page 367 has slightly the better match of the two, in that the one on page 371 lacks an entry that can be paired to son John.   And even the first one puts him in the wrong age category by a year.  Unfortunately, our best estimate for the birth of Margaret puts her precisely on the boundary of the census ages, 1765 [Carolyn Brown, citing Alan Brown], and so doesn’t help discriminate between the two census entries.


The second problem is that both entries have an additional son under ten years of age who does not match the Bible list.  Since Charlton was born in August of 1809, there was just time for another child to be born before the commencement of the census on the first Monday in August, 1810, or even earlier, say between William and Rebecca.  Was a son born who died as an infant or child and so was not recorded much later (after 1858) by the family? We don’t know.


The Scioto History goes on to say that Robert moved sometime after 1812 “to a farm opposite Sciotoville”.  Thus all of the rest of the children must have been born in Montgomery County.  The new location for the family, opposite Sciotoville, is in Greenup County, Kentucky, in the very northeastern corner of the state.  That places Robert’s new farm near Siloam in what must be one of the flattest places in mountainous Kentucky, lying within a bend of the Ohio River.


The History of Edgar County, Illinois [published by Wm. Le Baron, Jr. & Co., Chicago, 1879] and transcribed online by Jane Fullington [], says that Robert Brown came to Fairfield Precinct, which included most of Embarrass Township, from Kentucky, and died “more than forty years ago.”  This places his death in Illinois sometime before 1839, when he would have been 77 years of age. The online index for the Illinois 1840 census doesn’t show Robert, which would tend to confirm the history statement.  As will be reported below, his sons Pierson and Charlton went to Illinois also, although much later than did Robert.


However, to complement or contradict the above account, Carolyn Brown reports that Robert died 1 May 1837 and is buried at Siloam Cemetery in Greenup County.  We don’t know if the Illinois account is for some other Robert Brown, or whether it fails to mention that Robert returned to Kentucky before he died, or if his body was returned after his death.  In any event, he still owned property in Greenup County, as an inventory for his estate appears in the Greenup County Will Book 3 filed 6 Nov 1837, administrator his son Charlton.  Carolyn also lists the cattle, produce, apple trees, household furnishings (including 3 beds) and farm equipment that were valued at $900. Robert, Jr., John, Matthew, Charlton, Joseph and "Pearce" Brown, as well as Daniel Noel and Isaac Price, participated in the sale on 25 Aug 1837.


Piersol was about five when the family moved, and this locale is where he and his siblings grew to adulthood and eventually married and started their own families.



The ten children of Robert and Margaret (Wilson) Brown were Samuel Wilson, Matthew, John, Joseph, Nancy, Robert, William, Rebecca, Piersol and Charlton. 


        i     Samuel Wilson       son, b 24 Jan 1790 in Berkeley County.  Samuel Wilson was married about 1820 to Catharine ____ {b 1793/1794 in Kentucky}. 


Carolyn Brown points out that Samuel was censused 1850 in Clark County, Illinois adjacent to his brother John, citing an online transcription by Rita Millis [].  We use this source to identify the children of Samuel and Catharine:


         Brown Samuel W.  61  M farmer 1200  Virginia

         Brown Catharine  56  F              Kentucky

         Brown Henry      27  M Farmer       Kentucky

         Brown Robert     24  M Farmer       Indiana

         Brown Edward     23  M Farmer       Indiana

         Brown Samuel     22  M Farmer       Indiana

         Brown Eleanor    18  F              Illinois

         Brown Rebecca    17  F              Illinois

         Brown Mary       15  F              Illinois

         Brown Judith     10  F              Illinois


Carolyn also noted a message on the Gammon board of GenForum posted 26 Feb 1999 by Nardell Jukes: “The story is that Samuel Wilson apprenticed both men [Robert Brown and Richard Gammon] and consented to the men marrying his daughters if they would name the first born son after him. So there is a Samuel Wilson Gammon and a Samuel Wilson Brown.”


From the above, Samuel and Catherine moved the family from Kentucky to Indiana between 1822 and 1825, and then to Illinois between 1828 and 1831.  Clark County, Illinois is just south of Edgar County, and across the Indiana state line from Vigo and Sullivan Counties, although I don’t know where the sons in the family were born in Indiana.  They should appear in the 1840 census in some Indiana county.


Carolyn Brown writes [24 Jun 2002] concerning the burial of Samuel and Catherine: "The cemetery is known by a progression of names: Old Gordon, Shiloh, or Thomas Lincoln Cemetery. The family of Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham, is buried there so its considered a historic spot. Tombstone inscriptions: Samuel W. Brown, age 81, 4-30-1869 and Catherine Stivers Brown, wife of SW, age 81, 12-12-1881. Source: Cemeteries of Lafayette, Paradise & Pleasant Grove Townships, Coles County, Illinois, Volume I. Published by The Coles County, Illinois Genalogical Society, 1984, page 194."


The eight children of Samuel Wilson and Catharine (____) Brown:

                    1     Henry           son, b 1821/1822 in Kentucky. 

                    2     Robert           son, b 1825/1826 in Indiana. 

                    3     Edward        son, b 1826/1827 in Indiana. 

                    4     Samuel         son, b 1827/1828 in Indiana. 

                    5     Eleanor         dtr., b 1831/1832 in Illinois. 

                    6     Rebecca        son, b 1832/1833 in Illinois. 

                    7     Mary             dtr., b 1834/1835 in Illinois. 

                    8     Judith           dtr., b 1839/1840 in Illinois. 


      ii     Matthew                     son, b 13 Dec 1791 in Berkeley County, d 11 Jul 1878 and was buried in Siloam Cemetery, South Shore, Greenup, Kentucky.  Matthew was living in one of the two Shoemaker homes censused between Joseph and Piersol in 1850.  He was listed as a “Gentleman”, aged 58, born in Virginia.  Presumably that term was the equivalent of “retired”, rather than indicating he was a member of the landed gentry.  Carolyn Brown reports that her father was aware that the Shoemakers were related in some way to the Brown family.


In 1860 Matthew was an “Inmate”, i.e., roomer, in William Brown’s home, born in Virginia.  Carolyn Brown reports that he is still listed as living with William in the 1870 census where he reported his birth place as West Virginia.  The latter state was created in 1863 when it’s counties chose not to secede from the Union along with the rest of Virginia.


    iii     John                             son, b 23 Nov 1793 in Berkeley County.  John was married 11 Feb 1830 in Montgomery Co., Kentucky to Judith Ball Jameson {b 24 Sep 1808 in Mount Sterling, Montgomery, Virginia}. 


As mentioned above, an unidentified IGI record gives the birth of John in Berkeley County, Virginia in 1793.


Carolyn Brown points out that John was censused 1850 in Clark County, Illinois adjacent to his brother Samuel, citing an online transcription by Rita Millis

 [].  We use this source to identify the children of John and Judith, noting that William in this census, however, is not a son of the family:



         Brown John     56 M Farmer 1,500 Virginia

         Brown Judith   41 F              Kentucky

         Brown William  33 M Farmer       Kentucky

         Brown Sarah    17 F              Kentucky

         Brown Ann      15 F              Kentucky

         Brown Mary     13 F              Kentucky

         Brown Francis  11 M              Kentucky

         Brown Margaret  9 F              Illinois

         Brown John      7 M              Illinois

         Brown Caroline  5 F              Illinois

         Brown Permelia  3 F              Illinois

         Brown Judith 11/12 F             Illinois



Carolyn Brown also records that Ann Brown moved to Illinois when she was four years old, thus the family went about 1839.


Judith’s birth data and parents’ names are froman online IGI record without any identification.


Both of Judith’s marriages were performed by “the Rev. John Smith (well known as Elder Raccoon Josh Smith) in Montgomery County from November 1817 to September 1851, who first came to preach at the Baptist Churches of Spencer Creek, Old Bethel and Grassy Lick, but later embraced the views of Alexander Campbell and preached at Mt. Sterling, Spencer and Somerset Christian Churches.”  This quotation is from Some Marriages in Montgomery County, Kentucky before 1864 by Hazel Mason Boyd [Kentucky Society DAR, March 1961], from which copies of the records were made by Tom and Glenna Mullen and sent to Carolyn Brown 21 Jun 2002.


The nine children of John and Judith Ball (Jameson) Brown:

                    1     Sarah              dtr., b 1832/1833 in Kentucky. 

                    2     Ann                dtr., b 4 Jan 1835 in Kentucky and d 12 Jan 1915 in Coles County, Illinois. 

                    3     Mary              dtr., b 1836/1837 in Kentucky. 

                    4     Francis           son, b 1838/1839 in Kentucky. 

                    5     Margaret       dtr., b 1840/1841 in Illinois. 

                    6     John               son, b 1842/1843 in Illinois.  There was a John S. Brown born 1806/07 in Floyd County, KY (about 75 miles south of Greenup).  He was censused in Embarrass Township with his wife Bethena in 1850 (Methena in 1860), and all of their children starting with Julia in 1836 were born in Edgar County.  I don’t know at this time whether this record could be for John, Jr.

                    7     Caroline        dtr., b 1844/1845 in Illinois. 

                    8     Permelia        dtr., b 1846/1847 in Illinois. 

                    9     Judith             dtr., b 1849 in Illinois. 


     iv     Joseph                          son, b 9 Mar 1796 in Berkeley County and d before 4 Mar 1853 in Greenup County, Kentucky.  Joseph m Martha Gammon {b 1800/1801 in Kentucky}. 


Joseph and Martha were censused in 1850 three households before Piersol. Note that they named one child  after Joseph’s father, and four for his brothers and sisters.


Those shown below are not all of Joseph and Martha's children, however. Either four or five of those living in 1850 were born before 1840, but the 1840 census shows four boys and three girls in the family. If the marriage date below is correct, there could have been older children who had left home by 1850.


Carolyn Brown wrote: "An inventory of the Joseph Brown estate was filed in Greenup County Will Book 4, page 324; dated Mar. 4 1853; filed Mar. 7 1853; Adm¹r., John Shoemaker. Š among purchasers [of items of his estate] were Charlton Brown, Isaac Shoemaker, Robert Brown, John Shoemaker, James Walker, Robert Walker, William Walker, Samuel Berry, Matthew Brown."


A search for "Gammon" on the Genforum Brown page returned an anonymous message from which I take the marriage date:


"Šlooking for any info on Joseph Brown, found in the 1850 Greenup Co. KY census at the age of 54. He married Martha Gammon (born 1801) on 3/12/1822. Known Children are: Robert, William, Rebecca, Charlton, Samuel, and Henry" [ 94.html].


The six children of Joseph and Martha (Gammon) Brown:

                    1     Robert            son, b 1828/1829 in Kentucky. 

                    2     William         son, b 1832/1833 in Kentucky. 

                    3     Rebecca         dtr., b 1836/1837 in Kentucky. 

                    4     Charlton       son, b 1837/1838 in Kentucky.  On 3 Mar 1868 a Charlton Brown married Rhoda Gillis in Edgar County, Illinois.  I would guess that this is a record for this Charlton, who was 30 years old at the time.

                    5     Samuel          son, b 1839/1840 in Kentucky. 

                    6     Henry            son, b 1843/1844 in Kentucky. 


      v     Nancy                          dtr., b 28 May 1798 in Montgomery, Kentucky, d 11 Dec 1893 and was buried in Greenlawn Cem., Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio.  Nancy was married 4 Dec 1823 in Greenup County to Daniel Noel {b 1 Jan 1790 in Hampshire County, Virginia, d 13 Mar 1852 in Clay Township, Scioto, Ohio, and was buried in Greenlawn Cem.}. 

There is an ancestral tree published online by Anne Wollmann-Storey giving the pedigree of Daniel [ ], but the earlier generations she gives are uncertain. Dominic Noel [personal communications Apr/May 2003] reports that this information comes from "The Noel Tree, a history of the Noel and allied families of Pennsylvania, including Fevrier, Fritz, Dickey, Stepp, and others" by Charles A. Noel [Laughlintown, Pa., Southwest Pennsylvania Genealogical Services, 1978]. I'm recording here only Daniel and his parents:

      Peter Noel, b 1756, d 1841

      m Sophia Good, b 2 Feb 1756, Paradise Twp., PA, d 5 Feb 1825, Sciota Co., OH

        Daniel Noel b 1 Jan 1790 Hampshire County, VA/WV, d 13 mar 1852 Clay Twp., Scioto Co., OH

        m 4 Dec 1823 Greenup Co. Nancy Brown, b Greenup

          Rebecca Ann Noel b 5 May 1827, d Jul 1864



There were several Noels who were called out in the spring of 1812 from Scioto County to serve in the war.  Captain David Roops company included Daniel Noel, Fourth Sergeant, and privates John Noel, Sr., Peter Noel, Nicholas Noel, Philip Noel.  John Noel was the company Fifer [History Of Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio by Kay L. Mason, ].


Also on that web page: “In 1813 a regiment was called out for short service, some sixty days, but did not remain in the field that long. It was commanded by Colonel Peter Noel.”  This could well be Daniel’s father.


It's also of interest that Charles Noel published a second genealogy entitled "The Holmes tree: history and geneaology [sic] of a Holmes family and allied families, including Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Parkinson, Pugh, Rainwater, Storm, and Throckmorton" [Apollo, PA, Closson Press, 1983]. Nancy Throckmorton was Nancy Brown's paternal grandmother. I have not seen either of Noel's books myself.


Nancy's census records for 1860 and 1870 were found by Carolyn Brown [24 Jun 2002]. Her real estate value increased from $3,700 in Clay Township to $10,000 in Portsmouth over that decade. Living with her in 1860 was a Rebecca Noel, 30, and a niece Matilda Myers was with her both times.


The only child of Daniel and Nancy (Brown) Noel:

                    1     Rebecca Ann [Brown]       dtr., b 5 May 1827 and d Jul 1864. 


     vi     Robert                          son, b 7 Oct 1800 in Montgomery and d before 19 Mar 1841 in Greenup Co., Kentucky.  Carolyn Brown reports that an inventory of Robert’s estate was filed in Greenup County Will Book 3, page 334, dated 19 Mar 1841, administrator William Brown.  Among the purchasers of various items (including 1 crock of lard, 180 lb. bacon, 134 lb. pork and a dozen turkeys) were Matthew, Piersol and Joseph Brown.


No mention has been seen that Robert married, but there were six Robert Browns who married in Kentucky between 1818 and 1825.


   vii     William                        son, b 15 Nov 1802 in Montgomery and d 17 Jan 1874.  William was married 13 Sep 1840 to Frances Coriell {b 10 Sep 1816 in New York, and d 7 Mar 1889}. William is buried at Shiloh Cemetery. 


The Brown-Coriell Bible lists the children of this family, and their spouses. William and Frances were censused 1860 in Greenup County, where his birth place is recorded as Kentucky, and hers as New York.  This birth record indicates the family had moved from Virginia by 1802. William’s older brother Matthew was living with him in 1860.


Carolyn Brown [24 Jun 2002] found William censused in Scioto County in 1840 within a few households of Jonathan Cable, William Brown, Rebecca Price, Madison Price and Joseph Shumaker.


The 1840 census for William Brown in Greenup/Green County (the index doesn’t distinguish) is for an older man.  Possibly all of these Browns censused in Greenup County were cousins, but according to Teresa Clarkson [Personal Communication, June 2002], who is researching them, there were many unrelated Browns in the county.



The six children of William and Frances (Coriell) Brown:

                    1     John T.                               son, b 19 Jul 1841. 

                    2     Ellen Frances                 dtr., b 10 Jan 1843 and d 11 Jun 1882.  The Brown-Coriell Bible says that Ellen died aged 39 years 5 months 1 day.

                    3     Thomas Jefferson       son, b 23 May 1844. 

                    4     Sylvania                            dtr., b 3 Sep 1846. 

                    5     Rebeca Jane                    dtr., b 23 Nov 1848 and d 23 Apr 1887.  Rebeca died aged 38 years  5 months.

                    6     James Knox Polk        son, b 22 Oct 1850. 


viii     Rebecca                        dtr., b 12 Feb 1805 in Montgomery, d 18 Dec 1893 and was buried in Wheelersburg Cem, Scioto County, Ohio.  Rebecca was married 13 Jun 1826 in Greenup County to Isaac Price (1) { d before 1850}.  She was married 17 Dec 1850 in Scioto County, Ohio to Jonathan Cable (2). 


The Brown-Coriell Bible reads: “Rebecca B. P. Cable. Feb. 12th 1805”.


Carolyn Brown found two marriage records for Rebecca. Between her two marriages, there are two census records for her as a widown. In 1840 she appears in Scioto County with one male aged 10-15; the 1850 Ohio census shows Rebecca Price, age 44, real estate valued at $2,000, born in Kentucky.  Living with her is Vinton Price age 21. They are living next door to Madison Price in Sciotoville, Ohio.  One would expect that Vinton is her son, but his has not been established.


Carolyn adds:


“Rebecca Cable is found in the 1880 Ohio census living in Portsmouth.  She is a 75 year old widow.  She says she was born in Kentucky, her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother in Virginia.


“In the Wheelersburg Cemetery, Scioto County, the gravestone is found for Rebecca Price Cable, died December 18, 1893, age 88y 10m 6d, the exact age of the Rebecca in the Bible.”



The only child of Isaac and Rebecca (Brwon) Brice:

                    1     Vincent            son, b 1828/29. 


     ix     Piersol                         son, b 26 Feb 1807. 


      x     Charlton                      son, b 22 Aug 1809 in Montgomery.  Charlton was married 15 Nov 1840 in Rush Township, Scioto, Ohio to Rhoda Bonser {b 1823 in Scioto County}. 


Chancery papers and other material supplied by Lori L. (Bonser) Bluemel [Personal Communications, Jun 2002] provide the following descent:


         Isaac Bonser, Sr. d 2 Sep 1849

         m Abigail Burt

             Isaac Bonser, Jr. d bef 19 July 1851

             m Mehitable Burt

                  Rhoda Brown, wife of Charlton Brown of Kentucky

                  Abigail Bonser

                  Melissa Bonser

                  Temperance Bonser

                  Uriah Bonser

                  Jefferson Bonser

                  Josiah Bonser


A Scioto County marriag is recorded for Rhoda and Charlton[] :


                           Bonser, Rhody & Brown, Charlton   Nov 15, 1840


The IGI albeit from patron submissions, notorious for lack of detail, source identification and, on occasion, accuracy) gives the parents of these children [except Abigail is missing] as Isaac Bonser and Mehitable Burt, and their birth years as recorded below.


I’ll point out here that Rhoda, born 1823, would be 27 years old in 1850, 37 in 1860, and 47 in 1870 - numbers which will be of interest below.


Before proceeding, it’s worth noting that Carolyn Brown identifies Isaac’s sister Sarah married Joseph Shoemaker, in one of many connections between the Brown and Shoemaker clans over the years and across the country.


I’m adopting the ages of Charlton and Rhoda’s first five children as given in the 1850 Greenup County, Kentucky census.  There, listed next after “Piercol”, was Charlton Brown, 40, farmer, property value $2600, born in Kentucky, Roney 32 born in Ohio, Julian (f) 9, Geo. W. 7, Perlina 5, Nancy M. 2, all born in Kentucky, and B. F. (f) [sic] aged 1 year, born in Ohio.  This entire census record was very clearly written, and I’ll accept Roney as a nickname for Rhoda, and suggest that the census taker meant to write 37, rather than 32, for her age, in agreement with the above 1832 birth year above.


Also in the Brown household in 1850 were Squire and Mary Osborn, 25 and 18 years of age, and Temperance Bonser, 18.  Temperance, listed above, was the daughter of Isaac and Mehitable (Burt) Bonser, and the probability is high that she is Rhoda’s sister, although teen-aged cousins, as well as sisters, could have lived and worked in a relative’s home.  For now, I accept her as a sister, but point out that this identification of Charlton’s inlaws is based on circumstantial evidence, only.


There is a record in Greenup County of the birth of Urena Brown on 16 Dec 1852 to Charlton and Rhoda, except that the transcriber messed up and listed Rhoda’s name on the previous line [Kentucky Vital Records, Ser. 2, v. 45, Frances T. Ingmire, Ingmire Publications, St. Louis, Mo., 1984].


In 1860, Charlton aged 50 was censused in Embarrass Township, Edgar County, Illinois with wife Rhoda, 37, born in Ohio.  Julia A., George W., Perlina, Nancy and Benjamin were all still at home; there ages vary by ±1 year from the previous census. Urana, female, is shown as seven years old and born in Kentucky; Alice, 3, was born in Illinois.  Thus Charlton and Rhoda moved to Illinois between 1853 and 1857.  Note that this year Rhoda’s age was correct.


Charlton was last censused 1870 in Edgar County, aged 60, with Rosa, aged 59.  Is this yet another spelling of the somehow difficult name Rhoda, with an age that is 22 years too old?  Or a second wife for Charlton?


Charlton and “Persol” appear as farmers in the Embarrass Township tax roll of 1878, as mentioned above.


On 3 Mar 1868 a Charlton Brown married Rhoda Gillis in Edgar County, Illinois.  As mentioned earlier, I would imagine this was the son of Joseph who would have been 30 years old at the time.  But, until this Rhoda’s age is determined, there remains the possibility that she was censused as Rosa.


Yet another Charlton Brown was born 22 Jun 1878 and died Jun 1965, with his SSN issued in Kentucky and his death there, also.  A third generation Charlton from that part of the family that did not go to Illinois.


The five children of Charlton and Rhoda (Bonser) Brown:

                    1     Julia A.                          dtr., b 1841 in Greenup County.  Julia is the name listed on the web page cited above, but she appears as Julian, female aged 9, in the 1850 census.

                    2     George W.                  son, b 1842/1843 in Greenup County. 

                    3     Perlina                          dtr., b 1844/1845 in Greenup County. 

                    4     Nancy Melvina       dtr., b 1847/1848 in Greenup County. 

                    5     Benjamin                     son, b 1849/1850 in Greenup County.  Benjamin’s middle initial in the 1850 census is probably “F”.




Piersol Brown  &  Margaret Thomas



Piersol was born 26 Feb 1807 in Montgomery, Kentucky, and died in 1882. 


Piersol and Margaret’s marital data are not known. 


Margaret was born 1813 in Ohio, and died in 1851. 



It was known from Kansas censuses that the Rev. Jackson Brown had been born in Kentucky in April of 1846.  Piersol was found to be the father of Jackson only after the latter’s obituary was found in the 1930 Official Record of the Annual Session of the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  That obituary named Greenup County as Jackson’s birth place, and that reduced the number of 1850 census records that had to be searched from about 1500 Kentucky Browns to only 19 from Greenup County.  That very quickly led to Piersol and Margaret with a son Jackson four years of age.  And showed a daughter Adelaide also four, so a twin, as well as an older brother Marion.


Then, the rare given name Piersol (spelled Piercol in the 1850 census) led directly to finding online the Brown-Coriell Bible, op. cit.,  naming all of Pierson’s siblings, and also enabled him to be located in Illinois in the 1860 and 1870 censuses and on a tax list.  When you’re born with a common surname like Brown, it really helps genealogists of the future for you to be blessed with an uncommon given name!


Our records of Pierson in addition to the Brown-Coriell Bible are several. In 1840 he was censused in Greenup County with a wife, both of them aged 30 to 40) and no children.  Then, in 1850, the Greenup census record listed Piersol between his brothers Matthew and Charlton.  He was described as a Farmer, and owned land worth $3000.  His age was given as 42, Margaret’s as 36, their son Marion’s as 8, and the twins as 4.


The third record we have is the 1860 Census in Embarrass Township, Edgar County, Illinois, where “Pearson” Brown is listed as age 53.  Margaret had died by this time, probably in Kentucky, but Marion, 18,  was still living with his father, and listed as a farm laborer. Why the twins, 14 at the time, weren’t censused with Piersol is a mystery.


Also living in Pierson’s household that year were a young couple William and Charlotte Nye, with a one year old son John W.  William was listed as a farm laborer, but whether this family was also related to Pierson is unknown.


The final census record I’ve examined for Piersol is when, at the age of 63, he is listed living alone next to Marion in Edgar County in 1870.  At that time he owned land worth $2200, and personal property worth $640.


Finally, “Persol” and Charlton appear as farmers in the Embarrass Township undated tax rolls ca 1878 which were transcribed from the History of Edgar County, 1879 [] .


I haven’t yet checked the 1880 census for Piersol and Marion.


Edgar County is on the eastern border of Illinois, just across the state line from Terre Haute, Indiana, and its county seat is the town of Paris. Embarrass Township is in the west-central part of the county, where the towns of Borton and Redmon are now located.  Jackson Brown having come to Illinois as part of his father’s family exactly parallels the life of William


Underwood who came from New York. Both became interested in the Methodist Episcopal Church there, and both were sent to be ministers in Kansas.   William married Juliette Planck in Illinois; Jackson and Alice Planck were married eight years later in Kansas with William officiating.


The death years for both Piersol and Margaret, as well as her birth year, are from their daughter Adelaide’s application for DAR membership.


The three children of Piersol and Margaret (Thomas) Brown were Marion, Adelaide and Jackson. 


        i     Marion           son, b 1841/1842 in Greenup County, Kentucky.  Marion was married 16 Dec 1866 in Edgar County, Illinois to Margaret Jane Bandy {b 10 Feb 1843 in Illinois, or Indiana, and d 12 Oct 1902 in Carthage, Jasper City, Missouri}. 


The most detailed source on the Bandy genealogy is Descendants of Edmundi Bandy (b abt 1575) by Jane Bandy Eubank & Samuel Burton Eubank [], from which all of Margaret Jane’s information given here has been taken.  Another ancestry, which does not list the children in the family, is The Bandy Family In Early America by Dale Bandy [


The birth data for the children are taken from the IGI.


Notice that Marion and Margaret’s youngest children, Walter Piersol and Jackson Shelby, are named after Marion’s father and uncle.


Margaret’s older siblings were born in Edgar County, Illinois; her younger ones in VIgo County, Indiana, just across the state line.  Her own place of birth is recorded variously.


The seven children of Marion and Margaret Jane (Bandy) Brown:

                    1     George Washington      son, b 1867 in Illinois. 

                    2     Charles Francis                 son, b 1869 in Illinois. 

                    3     Charity Ann                        dtr., b Feb 1870 in Illinois. 

                    4     Sarah Margaret                 dtr., b 14 Jun 1872 in Brocton, Edgar, Illinois. 

                    5     William Smith                   son, b Feb 1875 in Illinois. 

                    6     Walter Piersol                    son, b Feb 1875 in Illinois. 

                    7     Jackson Shelby                  son, b 1877 in Illinois. 


      ii     Adelaide        dtr., b Apr 1846 in Greenup County.  Adelaide m Newton Reed Warwick. 


Adelaide appears as “Adaluda” in the 1850 census of her father.  She


became a member of the DAR as shown in      The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 86, page 31:


                           Mrs. Adelaide Brown Warwick, DAR ID Number: 85084.

                           Born in Greenup, Ky., wife of Newton Reed Warwick.

                           Descendant of Matthew Brown, as follows:

                           1. Piersol Brown (1807-82), m. 1838, Margaret Thomas (1813-51).

                           2. Robert Brown (1762-1837), m. Margaret Wilson.

                           3. Matthew Brown, m. Mary Trockmorton.

                           Matthew Brown (1733-1837) served as private in Captain Allen’s company, Chester County, Pennsylvania militia. He was born in Chester County; died in Bucks County, Pa.


    iii     Jackson          son, b Apr 1846. 




Jackson Brown  &  Alice J. Planck



Jackson was born Apr 1846 in Greenup County, Kentucky.  He died 15 Mar 1929 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, and was buried 18 Mar in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas. 


Jackson and Alice J. married Mar 1877 in Clay County, Kansas. 


Alice J. was born 12 Oct 1856 in Lewis, New York, the daughter of Josiah and Catherine Ann (Horning) Planck.  She died 22 Sep 1935 in Topeka and was buried 26 Sep 1935 in Topeka Cemetery, (Memorial Park), Topeka, Kansas. 



The earliest non-church record we have of Jackson in Kansas is his marriage in March of 1877 in Clay Center [IGI, probably citing “Clay County, Kansas marriage licenses issued for the months of January thru September from 1866 to 1900”, Topeka Genealogical Society].  From the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, however, we have a complete history of Jackson’s Kansas ministries in the Methodist Episcopal Church:



            1877 - Timber Creek                                                                     1892/93 - Morganville

            1878 - Abilene                                                                              1894 - Lyndon

            1879 - Meriden                                                                             1895 - Morrill

            1880 - St. Mary’s                                                                          1896 - Oneida

            1881 - St. George                                                                          1897/99 - Leonardsville

            1882 - Louisville                                                                           1900/01 - Greenleaf

            1883/84 - Garrison                                                                       1902 - Hope

            1885/87 - Beattie                                                                          1903 - Onaga

            1888/90 - Parkerville                                                                    1904 - St. Mary’s

            1891 - Morganville and Idena                                                       1905 - Keats



This is an excellent view of the practice of the Methodists of moving ministers every one to three years.  That resulted in Jackson and Alice living in twenty communities in twenty eight years.  In 1907 Jackson retired, and they moved to Topeka.


In 1880 Jackson was censused in Belvue, Pottawatomie County, just down the road from St. Mary’s (and not listed in the above reference).  This record states that his father was born in Virginia (incorrect) and his mother in Ohio, while Alice and her parents were all born in New York.  In that year, he and Alice had living with them three young McKelvey children, Henrietta, 9, Jennetta, 9 (presumably twins) and Ross, 4.  These children were born in Indiana, and their parents had both been born in Ohio.


In 1882 their daughter Ada was born in Louisville, Pottawatomie County [Ada's burial record], and Cutler’s History of Kansas [1883] reports that he was minister in the M. E. Church there.


Next, we find from his biography that Warwick Thomas was born 1890 in Parkerville, Morris County, Kansas.  This is a very small town some fifty miles south of Clay Center, and about five miles northwest of Council Grove.  In 1880 the Methodist had built a stone church in the town.


Ten years after that, in 1900, Jackson and Alice were censused in Greenleaf, Washington, Kansas, northwest of Pottawatomie, with all four of their children, ranging in age from four to 20 years of age.


Yet another ten years later, we find Jackson and Alice censused in Topeka, with Warwick, now 20, and Jackson, Jr., age 13.  That census noted that Alice had borne four children, three still living (Ada had died in 1907).  Thus the eight and six year spans between the births of the three youngest children evidently didn’t mark the births of other children who died young. That year Jackson listed his profession as salesman, evidently supplementing his retirement income from the church.


By 1920 Jackson described himself as a retired clergyman (Jackson, Jr., 23, was living at home, but would be married the next year), but in the 1925 state census he described himself as a minister of the M. E. Church, living at 506 Western Street in Topeka.


The last record we have of Jackson is his burial record of 1929, which indicates that he was still residing at 506 Western at the time of his death, and contains notes that “Dr. W. T. Brown” and “Jackson Brown, Jr.” were both living in Denver. Jackson died of “Cardiac Insufficiency”, and was buried at Topeka Cemetery next to the grave of his daughter Ada Young. The five lots of the family plot had been purchased by Ada’s husband, William H. Young.


The following map of northeastern Kansas records the locations of the ministries of Jackson and of Alice’s brother-in-law William Underwood.


Alice therefore spent her married life as a minister’s wife in various small Kansas towns in Pottawatomie and Washington counties where her four children were born, and finally in Topeka where she lived for at least 20 years.  It must have been during that time that her Bible was given to the Swans, possibly bequeathed to someone in our family at her death.


Just three weeks before her 80th birthday, Alice died of myocarditis at the Methodist Episcopal Home for the Aged where she had been living since Jackson’s death in 1929. [Topeka Cemetery burial records; 1930 census]. See the Planck Chapter for Alice's ancestry.


The four children of Jackson and Alice J. (Planck) Brown were Clinton M., Ada Alice, Warwick Thomas and Jackson. 


        i     Clinton M.                       son, b Sep 1880.  We have found nothing concerning Clinton except his presence at age 20 in the census of his father’s household. That he was indeed a son is attested by the census notation that Alice had borne four children.


      ii     Ada Alice                          dtr., b 21 Sep 1882 in Louisville, Pottawatomie, Kansas, d 2 Sep 1907 in Topeka and was buried 3 Sep in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka.  Ada Alice m William H. Young {b 14 Jan 1876 in Illinois, and d 24 Feb 1961 in Kansas City, KS?MO}. 


Warren E. Taylor, Special Collections Dept. of the Topeka Library, found this obituary in response to a query of mine:



"Mrs. Ada Alice Young, 24 years of age, died at the home of her father, Rev. Jackson Brown, 506 Western avenue, Monday afternoon and the funeral was held this afternoon at 2:30" [Topeka State Journal for 3 Sept. 1907].  

    iii     Warwick Thomas       son, b Mar 1890 in Kansas, and d 16 May 1960 in Washington D. C.  Warwick Thomas was married after 1910 to Mildred M. ____. 


The National Genealogical Society in Arlington, Virginia, maintains a file on deceased physicians in America.  They have kindly provided Warwick’s record of his service as a physician, and a copy of his biography from some un-named source:


“Brown, Warwick Thomas, Vice Admiral, M.C., U. S. Navy, retired, Washington, D. C.; born in Parkerville, Kan., in 1890; Kansas Medical College, Medical Department of Washburn College, Topeka, 1913; specialist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine; joined the Navy in 1917 and served during World War I as assistant surgeon of the Fourth Marine Brigade in France; during World War II was commanding officer of the First Medical Battalion and surgeon of the FIrst Marine Division on Guadalcanal; later commanded the Naval hospitals at Quantico, Va., and at St. Albans, N. Y.; assigned to the Fifth Naval District in Norfolk when he retired to accept the position as administrator at Emergency Hospital; retired from the U. S. Navy on April 1, 1952; in 1956 appointed first administrator of the Washington Hospital Center; among his military decorations were the Legion of Merit, Gold Star, and Bronze Star; died May 16 [1960], aged 70, of coronary occlusion.”


Quite a career for a boy born to a Methodist preacher’s family in a small town in Kansas!


The accompanying card reproduction from the NGS shows the history of his medical career in Williamsburg, KS, 1913; Las Animas, CO, 1920; Washinton, D.C., 1921; Ganacao, P. I. (sp?) 1922; Spokane, WA, 1922, Washington, D.C. 1926; Denver, CO 1928;  Managua, Nicaragua, 1931; Mare Island, CA, 19??; Quantico, VA 1938; Washington, D.C.; Quantico, VA 1948, St. Albans, N. Y. 1929; and Washington, D.C. 1952.


From the 1920 Kansas Census, we know his practice was at the Fort Lyon Naval Sanitorium, just east of Las Animas in Bent County, Colorado, and that he was not married at that time.


The Denver city directories chronicle his time in that city, where he and Mildred first appear in 1928, living at 2360 Birch St.  These directories are the only source we have of Mildred’s name.  Warwick was again listed, as a Physician, at that same address in 1929, and in 1930 at 2338 Glenco.  In 1931, where we know from the NGS file that he was in Nicaragua, Mildred is listed alone at 503 Delaware and working as a shelf reader at the Denver Public Library.  In 1932 and 33 she was at 1900 Lincoln, and working as a waitress at St. Lukes Hospital. Since that was the last mention of either of them in the city directories, their move to Mare Island (at an indecipherable date on the NGS record) probably took place about 1934.


Warwick’s presence on Guadalcanal is documented in this picture of the staff of the commanding general, where Warwick appears at the bottom right corner of the photograph.


Warwick’s naval service in a way carried on his father’s ministry example of moving around every couple of years:


New Orleans, LA Quantico, VA France Fort Lyon, CO Olongapo, Philippine Islands Shanghai, China - Yangtze Service Medal Canacao, Philippine Islands Spokane, WA USS Chaumont, a troop carrier Fitzsimons General, Denver, CO Nicaragua, including an earthquake 1931 - Presidential (Nic.) Medal of Merit Great Lakes, IL Marke Island, CA USS Memphis, a cruiser Quantico, VA Quadalcanal invasion - Legion of Merit Washington, D. C. Marianas Islands, Pacific - Bronze star Peleliu, Iwo Jima Okinawa - Gold star in lieu of second Legion of Merit Quantico, VA St. Albans, NY Norfolk, VA Washington, D. C.


     iv     Jackson (Jr.)                     son, b 8 Nov 1896 in Kansas, d 10 May 1978 in Denver, Denver, Colorado, and was buried in Fairmount Maus.  Jackson was married Jun 1921 in Denver to Eva Gertrude Bardwell {b 2 Dec 1900 in Denver and d Dec 1974 in Denver}. 


From Denver city directories we find for Jackson and Eva:



1961 Jackson Jr, and Eva - civ, Eng. GSA, 3200 E Virginia Ave.

1962 Jackson and Eva - Eng. US Govt., 720 Jackson St.

1964 Jackson and Eva G. - retd., 720 Jackson St.

1968 Jackson and Eva G. - retd.,     ditto

1971 Jackson - retd., 1223 Race St. Apt.  701

1972 Jackson - retd.          ditto

1973 Jackson - 1201 Williams St.

1974 Jackson - 1250 Humboldt St. Apt. 1203

1978 Jackson - retd., 1250 Humboldt St. Apt. 1203

1979 Eva G., Mrs. - retd., 1295 Race  St.



From the Denver Post Sat 20 May 1978:


“Services for Jackson Brown Jr., 81, were Tuesday at McConaty’s Boulevard Mortuary. Entombment at Fairmount Mausolelum.   Brown, of 1250 Humbolt St., died May 10 at Presbyterian Medical Center following a short ilness.


“He was born Nov. 8, 1896, in Kansas and was educated in Topeka, Kansas schools. He was a World war I veteran and a graduate of the University of Colorado.


“Brown married Eva Gertrude Bardwell in June of 1921.


“Brown, a retired civil engineer, was a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of Scottish Rite Bodie and a former member of the Denver Country Club. He also participated in numerous bridge tournaments.


“Surviving are: a son Bardwell Brown of Denver; a daughter, Mrs. Beverly Brown McConaty of Denver; and four grandchildren.”


The two children of Jackson and Eva Gertrude (Bardwell) Brown:

                    1     Bardwell       son, b before 1930 in Denver. 

                    2     Beverly          dtr.  Beverly and her husband were living in Denver at the time of her father’s death in 1978 [Obituary, Denver Post, 20 May]