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William Brown

Male Aft 1751 -

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  • Name William Brown 
    Born Aft 1751  of, County Wexford, or Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I3770  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2014 

    Father Robert Brown,   b. Abt 1724, of, County Wexford, or Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Ann,   b. Abt 1728, of, County Wexford, or Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1749 
    Family ID F839  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. There is no proof yet that this individual was a child of Robert Brown except proximity in an immigration record and in Bounty Act land per the notes quoted below.

      2. 27 Feb 2005 website The site notes: information provided by Paul Revere DAR Chapter, Muncie, Indiana. Most of the information was given to me on June 3, 2004 by Mary Ann Bumgarner . In speaking of Mathew Brown's heritage, she notes: "... He immigrated before 1 Sep 1767; "The following Browns left Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, arrived onboard the Brittania in Charlestown, SC and petitioned for land on Sept. 1, 1767 under the Bounty Act of 1761: Robert, Sr. petitioned for 300 acres, equivalent for himself, a wife and three children age fifteen or under. Ann age 42. Mathew age 12. William age 8. Elizabeth age 2. Robert, Sarah, Mary, Roger, John and Rebekah petitioned for 100 acres each, meaning they were all single and sixteen years of age or older."

      3. FHL book 975.7W2r, 1968, "A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina 1763-1773," comp. by Janie Revill. This book states: "The immigrants listed in this volume were protestant refugees from Europe who came to South Carolina on the encouragement of an Act passed by the General Assembly of the Colony on July 25, 1761 called the Bounty Act. A copy of the Act is not available. It is referred to in the published Statues of So. Carolina... It was a broadening of earlier immigration laws, for the special benefit of these religious refugees. Applicants had to have certificates showing that they were protestants and entitled to receive the benefits allowed by the new Bounty Act, which was evidently modified and renewed from time to time." The dates are for approval of bounties and not necessarily date of immigration even though each group appears to have recently arrived and each listed group was probably from the same ship. The following names are included:
      Council Journal, 33, page 145, meeting of 28 May, 1767, these two names together in sequence:
      Andrew Adair - 450 acres. [No known relation.]
      Alice Adair - 100 acres. [No known relation.]
      Council Journal, 33, pages 150-157, meeting of 28 May 1767, these four names together in sequence:
      Mary Adair
      Alex'dr Adair
      James Adair
      Margaret Adair
      Council Journal, 33, pages 229-234, meeting of 1 Sept. 1767, these seven names together in sequence:
      Robert Brown - 100 acres.
      Robert Brown, Sen'r - 300 acres.
      Sarah Brown - 100 acres.
      Mary Brown - 100 acres.
      Roger Brown - 100 acres. [Father of Rebecca Brown who marries Thomas Adair?]
      John Brown - 100 acres.
      Rebekah Brown - 100 acres. [Most likely Roger's sister later married to Mr. Bishop.]

      4. The following private manuscript is not found at the FHL library or on the Internet as of 23 Sep 2012: "The Descendants of John Brown, Sr." Compiler address: 8106 Shoreridge Terr, Indianapolis, IN 46236. Some entries on the Internet make reference to it, but I believe it to be mainly a private compilation; however, I did find an online recapitulation of the manuscript data as prepared in 2001 by Richard M. Leland III (from a copy he received directly from Mr. Volnoggle in Apr 2000) at and entitled appropriately as "The Descendants of John Brown Sr." (accessed 23 Sep 2012). The data purports John Brown Sr. to be the original immigrant whereas I have Robert Brown. No documentation or contemporary quotes showing the presence of John or how the family grouping is derived are given for these two compilers choice of "John Brown Sr." as the original ancestor. The only sources given are James Volnoggle's compilation. The data for the first generation:
      "John1 Brown Sr; married Nancy (Ann) ( - ? - ) before 1738 in Ireland; died circa 1803 at Laurens Co., SC.
      Children of John1 Brown Sr. and Nancy (Ann) ( - ? - ) were as follows:
      + 2 i. Roger Brown, born circa 1734 at Antrim, Ireland; married Jeaney ( - ? - ); married Rebecca (Bexey) Wallace.
      + 3 ii. Jane 2 Brown, born circa 1738 at Antrim Co., Ireland; married James Dorroh.
      iii. William2 Brown; born circa 1741, at Belfast, Antrim Co., Ireland (other sources have born at County Wexford, Ireland, in 1748); married Frances ( - ? - ) or Sarah. William has a land patent in Union Co. Indiana on September 8th, 1812, coming from Wayne Co., on September 16th, 1819 he bought more land in Union Co., Indiana.
      + 4 iv. David Brown, born circa 1744 at Belfast, Antrim Co., Ireland; married Letitia Cruce.
      v. Samuel Brown; born circa 1748 at County Wexford, Ireland.
      + 5 vi. Matthew Brown, born 1752 at County Wexford, Ireland; married Jane Jones.
      + 6 vii. John Brown, born 7 Apr 1755 at Belfast, Antrim Co., Ireland; married Sarah Weeks."
      The website downlines for each of the individuals above who have a + sign. I do not have Jane, David, or William listed; they do not have several of the children I list.