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Abraham BROWN, Sr.

Male Abt 1756 - 1842  (~ 86 years)


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  • Name Abraham BROWN 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1756  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Jul 1842  Vermilion County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 23 Jul 1842  Vermilion County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried McKendree Cemetery, Georgetown, Vermilion County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Fisher, John Burgess, Koller, Dorothy Brown and Anderson, Margaret Brown, The Ancestors and Descendants of Abraham (Braun) Brown, the Miller; The Ancestors and Descendants of Jacob (Braun) Brown, the Wagonmaker, Charlotte, NC: Delmar Publishers & Printers, 1983, Part Two, p. 36:

      ABRAHAM BROWN, b. about 1757, probably in N. C. He m. 18 Oct. 1784, Catherine Bonaker, dau of Michael and Mary Bonaker. Michael Bonaker's Will was dated 4 Feb. 1778, Rowan Cty, with Michael Brown as one of the executors. Abraham Brown may have m. someone else earlier, as the birth date of dau, Rosanna, according to all census records, precedes 1784, and the birth date of son, Jacob, on his tombstone gives 1783. Abraham and Catherine moved from Rowan Cty, N. C., where they were m., to Washington Cty, N. C. (now Tn.) about 1789. He bought 150 acres on the Little Limestone from his brother, George, 11 Aug. 1791. This remained their home for several years. On 9 Oct. 1835, Abraham sold 220 acres of land on the Little Limestone to his son, Stephen. Probably this same year he moved to Vermilion Cty, Ill., where some of his children were already living. Abraham's Will, dated 18 Jul. 1842, is recorded in Vermilion Cty. The executors of the Will made Bond on 23 Jul. 1842, after the death of Abraham. Probably Catherine d. before 1850, as her name does not appear in that census.

      According to Beckwith's History of Vermilion Cty, Abraham was one of the early settlers in that Cty. Settling near him was an Abraham Brown, Jr., however, research has determined that this Abraham was not a son, but a nephew. The Will of Abraham gives the names of all of his children, including the oldest son, Jeremiah, who had d before his father.

      Some of the descendants of Abraham and Catherine became residents of the area near or in Vermilion Cty, Ill. However, several of them remained in Washington Cty, Tn, and were still residents of Jonesboro and its vicinity in the 1870s. CHILDREN named in the Will:

      [i] JEREMIAH BROWN, probably b. before 1782

      [ii] ROSANNA BROWN, b. 1782

      [iii] JACOB BROWN, b. 1783-1785

      [iv] CATHERINE BROWN, m. Jacob Stearns, according to the Will. This may be the Jacob Starns of early Washington Cty, Tn.

      [v] STEPHEN BROWN, b. ca. 1789

      [vi] JOSEPH BROWN, b. ca. 1793

      [vii] SARAH BROWN, b. 1794

      [viii] WILLIAM BROWN, b. ca. 1797; still living in 1842

      [ix] JAMES BROWN, b. ca. 1800

      [x] ESTHER (HESTER) BROWN, b. ca. 1802

      [xi] NELLY BROWN, b. ca. 1803; m. JOHN SMITH, according to her father's Will. She might have m. in 1820, Wash. Cty, George Fraker, and then in 1830, Wash. Cty, m. John Smith.

      (2) Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015:

      Name: Abraham Brown Senior
      Probate Date: 23 Jul 1842
      Probate Place: Vermilion, Illinois, USA
      Inferred Death Year: Abt 1842
      Inferred Death Place: Illinois, USA
      Item Description: Index to Wills Book 1 1829-1977, Index to Will Record Books B,C,D 1826-1856, Index to Administrators

      (3) www.findagrave.com:

      Abraham Brown
      Birth: 1756, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
      Death: 20 Jul 1842 (aged 85-86), Georgetown, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
      Burial: McKendree Cemetery, Georgetown, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA

      Son of Johan Jacob "Wagonmaker" (Braun) Brown and Elizabeth Goettgen, they are buried at Brown Family Farm, Washington County, Tennessee.

      Abraham Brown, father of 3 children, Joseph, Rosanna and Jacob Brown. At this time I do not know his first wife's name.

      October 18, 1784, Rowan County, North Carolina, married Catherine Bonaker; they were the parents of 8 children, plus his 3, having 11 children.

      Abraham's parents moved from Rowan County, North Carolina to Washington County, Tennessee, and Abraham moved his family to Washington County, Tennessee and bought 150 acres of land. He stayed in Tennessee for several years, then sold his land to their son Stephen. Abraham, Catherine and some of their children moved to Illinois. The Smith and Brown Family's were early settlers of Georgetown, Vermilion County, Illinois.

      Below are the names of the other 4 children of Abraham and Catharine, where they are buried is not known at this time.

      Abraham's oldest daughter Rosanna Brown, 1781-1860, married Jesse Starnes on 2-19-1807. They both died in Washington County, Tennessee.

      Joseph Brown 5-28-1796 - 1860, died in Green County, Tennessee, married Betsy Alexander, she died in Washington County, Tennessee.

      Hester "Hetty" Brown, born 1802, Washington County, Tennessee, unk. when she died. Married John Sliger, 2-3-1830.

      Nellie Ellenor Brown, born 1804, married John Smith on December 9, 1830, Washington County, Tennessee, don't know the dates they died.

      Family Members: Parents: Johan Jacob Braun Brown (1731-1807), Elizabeth Goettgen Braun (1730-1814); Spouse: Catherine Bonaker Brown 1759-1850); Children: Jeremiah Brown (1782-Unknown), Jacob Brown (1783-1863), Sarah Brown Smith (1793-1876), Stephen Fletcher Brown (1795-1850), William Brown (1797-1900), James Brown (1802-1863), Catherine Brown Smith (1809-1897); Siblings: Jacob Brown (1752-1841), George Brown (1755-1846), Margaret Brown Starnes (1757-1796), Philip Brown (1758-1848), David Brown (1759-1833), Conrad Brown (1768-1840), Mary Brown Salts (1774-1855), Catherine Brown Sliger (1775-1834), Solomon Brown (1779-1860)

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    Father Johann Jacob BROWN, Sr.,   b. Bef 27 Feb 1731, Ruschberg, Present-Day Birkenfeld, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1807, Washington County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth GOETTGEN,   b. 1730, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1814, Washington County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1751  Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F26340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 --- (BROWN) 
    Married Bef 18 Oct 1784 
    Children 
     1. Catherine BROWN  [natural]
     2. Mary BROWN,   b. Abt 1774, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860  (Age ~ 76 years)  [natural]
     3. Rosanna BROWN,   b. 1782, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Aug 1860, Washington County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 78 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F26343  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine BONAKER,   b. 1759, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, Vermilion County, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1784  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F26344  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Citation Text: (1) North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007: Name: Abraham Brown Spouse: Cathrine Bonother Marriage Date: 18 Oct 1784 Marriage County: Rowan Marriage State: North Carolina Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.