James Brown

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  • Name James Brown 
    Born 27 Mar 1656  Sywell Parish, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Religion Quaker  [1
    Died 2 Feb 1716  Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I51446  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 26 May 2018 

    Family Honour Clayton,   b. 18 Jan 1662, Rumboldswyke Parish, Chichester, Sussex, Englan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1738, Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 8 Aug 1679  Burlington, New Jersey Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Margery Brown,   b. 0Feb 1691, Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania Colony Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1738, Susquehanna Hundred, Nottingham, Cecil, Province of Maryland, British American Colonies Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F19188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Mar 1656 - Sywell Parish, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Aug 1679 - Burlington, New Jersey Colony Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Feb 1716 - Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania Colony Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Rev. James Brown aka Browne
      Born 27 Mar 1656 in Sywell Parish, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
      Son of Richard Browne and Mary (Unknown) Browne
      Brother of John Brown, Daniel Brown, Joseph Brown, Johanna Brown, Elizabeth Brown, William Brown, Jeremiah Brown and Margery Browne
      Husband of Honour (Clayton) Brown — married 8 Aug 1679 in Burlington, New Jersey Colony

      DESCENDANTS descendants

      Father of Daniel Brown, James Brown, William Brown, Clayton Brown, Jeremiah Brown, Margery (Brown) Piggott, Daniel Brown and Mary Brown
      Died 2 Feb 1716 in Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania Colony
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      Disputed Mother
      It has been supposed, and continues to be stated on many genealogies, that James's mother was Mary Master but James's father, Richard Brown, died in 1662 and Mary Master married a different Richard Brown who was still alive in 1681 (per information on Mary Master's profile: Master-6).

      Name: James /Brown/
      James was born 27 MAR 1656 in Sywell, Northamptonshire, England. An alternate birthplace is Wellingsboro, Northamptonshire, England.
      He died June 2, 1716, in Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania.[1]
      Note by Chet Snow on Feb 9, 2014: "I found some new biographical sources, including a family history researched in part from original English sources. I have used this source as the main one for James Brown(e). Another Family Tree also showed evidence of serious research..."
      SOURCE 1: http://www.billputman.com/Brown.pdf

      "James Brown(e) was born in Northampton, England on May 27, 1656. As a young man, he and his brother William came to America."

      "The first Quaker settlement in America was in what is now Salem County, New Jersey. William Penn and others purchased lands from John Fenwick and settled and established a Quaker meeting house in 1677. William Clayton was one of the original member that came on board the ship Kent in 1677. The Browne brothers must have come shortly thereafter and settled in what was then called the Burlington Monthly Meeting, part of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends."

      "I have a feeling that the Brownes arrived via the port of Wilmington, then a part of Pennsylvania. He then moved just north to the area of Marcus Hook on the west bank of the Delaware. He was living here in 1679. The family of William Clayton had moved there as well. At the Monthly Meeting in Burlington we find notice of his marriage."

      The following is from the Historical Society of Philadelphia:

      "James Brown of Markers Hook and Honor Clayton of Burlington were married at the Burlington Meeting 8th, 6th Month 1679."

      "James Brown as well as his brother William were Ministers in the Quaker Church as had been their father. The family remained in the Marcus Hook area and when the Concord Meeting was established there, became charter members."
      The Miller Family Tree:[2]

      ID: I3112
      Name: James Brown
      Sex: M
      Birth: 27 MAY 1656 in Puddington, Northampton, England
      Death: 02 JUN 1716 in Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
      Father: Richard Browne b: 1630 in Boarsworth parish, Sywell, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
      Mother: Mary Master [sic= Unknown] b: 1634 in Puddington Parish, Bedfordshire, , England [Note: Not "Mary Master" from Gloucestershire; she married a different William Browne.].
      Marriage: To Honour Clayton, b: 16 Jan. 1661 in Rumboldswyke, Sussex, England.
      Marriage Date: August 8, 1679 (8th, 6th mo., 1679 - old Quaker date), in Burlington, New Jersey.[1][3]
      Children: [4]
      Mary Brown b: 1680 in Chester, Pennsylvania,
      William Brown b: 13 JAN 1682 in Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania
      Clayton Brown b: 01 APR 1685 in Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania
      Ann Browne b: 01 DEC 1687 in Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania
      James Brown b: 17 JAN 1681 in Pennsylvania,
      Daniel Brown b: 1693 in Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania,
      Jeremiah BROWN b: 1687 in Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania,
      Margery Brown b: FEB 1691 in Nottingham, Chester, Pennsylvania,
      William BROWN b: 13 MAR 1682 in Chester, Pennsylvania,
      James Brown Jr b: 07 JAN 1680 in Marcus Hook, Delaware, Pennsylvania,
      Mary BROWN b: 29 APR 1706

      Notes about Nottingham MM

      NOTES from the Bi-centennial of Brick Meeting-House, Calvert, Cecil County, Maryland ...
      By Nottingham Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends)

      Various accounts have been published respecting the first settlement of Nottingham. On one point they all agree, that William Brown was the first Friend to settle on the Nottingham lots. The most authentic account of this settlement is to be found recorded in an account of William Brown, St., and his two sons, William and James, as "Produced and read at East Nottingham-Brick Meeting House, the 28th of the fourth month, 1776, and being approved, was allowed to be entered on record in the book for births and burials belonging to said Monthly Meeting." From this record I extract the following : James Brown landed at New York 1686. "James Brown, by account, settled first near Marcus Hook, in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where his brother William, after he came in, dwelt for a time, but did not purchase land there, as that did not appear to be the place fixed for him to reside, for about the year 1701 William apprehended it his duty to move farther westward, and accordingly in 1702 he moved with his family to settle at Nottingham, about forty miles distant from Marcus Hook, a large tract of land being laid out there in that year and called by that name, being deemed in Pennsylvania, but was situated on the borders of Maryland, and was accounted far back in the wilderness. His brother James, after some time, came and settled in the same neighborhood."

      This account states that William and James Brown's father, Richard Browne, Sr., lived in a village, or parish, called Puddington, near Williamsborough, Nottinghamshire, England. It is natural to believe William Brown Jr. gave the name of "Nottingham Lots to his new home in America, in remembrance of his early home in England.

      Tradition informs that William Brown had fixed his new home near by a fine spring of water, situated about one mile east of Rising Sun, near the road leading to Brick Meeting House. We also have from traditions that William Brown was the first to take his axe in hand and strike it into a tree, one of the monarchs of the forest that lay before him to be subjugated, in order that civilization should prosper, and remarked thus, " In humble trust we commence our labor."

      This spring is said to have been a temporary camping ground of the Indians on their "trail" from the great valley near Penningtonville to the mouth of the Susquehanna river. It is recorded that Jesse Pugh, in his day, remembered this "trail," that in his youth he could trace it, that it extended from Penningtonville, along the ridge that divides the waters of the Octoraro creek from Big Elk creek, until it came near Oxford, where it diverged to the west, to avoid the head-waters of North east creek, continuing by William Brown's home.
      Tradition comes down to us that Nottingham Friends Meeting was first held at the house of William Brown, 1704, which is probably a fact. From the history of Friends settlement, we learn that meetings were settled in most localities of early dates very close to the time of making the settlement. That meetings were held from near this time, the following is evidence. "At Concord Monthly Meeting, held 2nd Month, 1705; two Friends of Nottingham desires on behalf of the rest a First Day meeting at the house of William Brown, and a Fourth Day meeting once a month, to which this meeting doth agree, leaving it to next Quarterly meeting for their approbation.

      " At Concord Quarterly Meeting, held 2nd Month, 9th, 1705, Chichester Monthly Meeting being called, the Friends appointed to attend acquainted this meeting that Friends settled at Nottingham desired a meeting of worship every First Day at the house of William Brown and once a month on the Fifth Day, before Chichester monthly, which this Quarterly approves of until further order."

      "At Concord Monthly Meeting held 3rd Month, 13th, 1706, Robert Pyle and George Pearce, are appointed to go down to Nottingham and take with them the order of the Quarterly Meeting, for the settlement of a meeting, and also the several heads out of the book of Discipline, so far as may suit their circumstances, in order for settling a Preparative Meeting, and the carrying on of Church government among them according to good order of truth, and in order thereunto this meeting appoints William Brown, John Churchman, Katharine Brown and Mary Bales (Beals) to be overseers of the said meeting until further order. First to receive a certificate from Chester Monthly Meeting on the behalf of Andrew Job and John Churchman and their families.

      Nottingham settlement appears to have increased quite rapidly and Friends were numerous enough to hold regular meetings and a Preparative meeting in about four years after the settlement.
      Early Settlers of the Nottingham Lots:

      -------"National Gen. Soc. quarterly Vol 70, Early Settlers of the Nottingham Lots, pg 284" States Brothers William Brown & James Brown are said to have been the earliest settlers in Nottingham, They were sons of Richard and Mary Brown of Wellingborough Monthly Meeting in Northamptonshire, England.
      -------"National Gen. Soc. quarterly Vol 70, Early Settlers of the Nottingham Lots, pg 284" States James Brown's birth & death. Lots numbers in Nottingham, his marriages to Honour Clayton in Burlington, NJ, came over in the ship 'Kent' from London. Names all of his children and their birth dates & information.
      -------"...appears to have been a resident at Marcus Hook before William Penn obtained a grant for Pennsylvania... William Clayton, immigrated in 1677 and if James was married in this country, he must have arrived as early as 1680. (Note: Although individual Quakers had previously emigrated to English colonies in North America, including New Jersey, the ship "Griffin" brought the first Quakers to Salem, New Jersey, and two years later the passengers on the ship "Kent" settled Burlington, New Jersey, later the capital of the Province of West Jersey. William Clayton and James Brown (1656-1715) sailed on the "Kent" and arrived in Philadelphia on September 13, 1681. William Brown (1658-1747), arrived later, ship and date unknown, but he, along with his brother James sat on a Jury in July 1684. James Brown sat on the first Jury under British rule, after taking over from the Dutch, who had previously taken over from the Swedes.
      -------James' Will, written January 01, 1715/16, Chester, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania; Probated: February 15, 1715/16, Chester Co., Pennsylvania
      -----"Maryland Marriages 1634-1777"/pg. 22 lists their marriage;
      ----His Will: BROWN, JAMES. Nottingham. November 15, 1715. 1/l/1716. A. 30.

      "To sons William Brown, Jeremiah Brown and daughter Margary Pigot, to grandchild James, son of William, Patience and Jeremiah, children of Jeremiah, and Margary Pigot daughter of Margary and John Pigot ¹5 each when 21. To son Daniel the lott of land between Dorsons and Robert Williams containing 500 acres. To daughter Mary Brown ¹20 at 20. To wife Honor and son James all my estate paying the above legacies also executors. Nothing to be done or disposed of without the consent of Mercer Brown and son Jeremiah Brown. Witnesses: James Wright, Wm. Howell and John Bruss."

      Per Norton Family History book:

      "The Brown family of Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania (later Cecil County, Maryland) were intertwined in the early 1700s with Edward and Mary Norton. The Mercer name that runs throughout the Norton-Brown families is probably derived from Ann Mercer, the grandmother of Elizabeth Brown Norton and mother-in-law of Mary Norton Brown.

      William Brown, Sr. and his brother, James, moved in 1701 from the New Castle area to a land area in Chester County, Pennsylvania said to have been personally selected for them by William Penn himself. The land that was right on the present state line between Pennsylvania and Maryland and after the Mason-Dixon Line was surveyed in the 1760s, it was found to be almost wholly in Cecil County, Maryland. Thus although the Norton family lived in West Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, this area is now in Cecil County, Maryland. Tax lists of West Nottingham in 1722 do not show either Norton, but do list Samuel Kirk, Richard Brown, and William Brown, Jr.

      By the early 1740s, the families of Edward Norton and Mary Norton Brown were living in Fairfax County, Virginia, and they were attending the Closest Friends meeting at Hopewell Monthly Meeting, Frederick County, Virginia. In 1744, the Fairfax Monthly Meeting was formed from Hopewell at or near Waterford, Fairfax County, Virginia (Loudon County after 1757). During this time, Richard Brown was a representative from Hopewell to the Chester Quarterly Meeting several times, the earliest being June 1741. Edward Norton was the representative from Hopewell to the Chester Quarterly Meeting in June1743. Elizabeth Norton was a representative along with Jacob Janney from Fairfax to the Chester Quarterly Meeting in February 1748, with the added recommendation that she be made a minister.

      Richard Brown died in Fairfax County, Virginia on 10 February 1745. His will was probated on 21 May 1745, leaving his wife as heir and naming Edward Norton as a witness to the will. Mary Norton Brown was a widow for two years then she married a second time to William Kirk, the son of Samuel Kirk of West Nottingham in February 1747, in Fairfax County, Virginia. William Kirk had previously been married to Margaret Davis Brown, 6 March 1730 at Nottingham Monthly Meeting, the widow of William Brown, Jr., and the stepmother of Elizabeth Brown Norton. William and Mary Kirk lived on in Fairfax County, later Loudon County. William died 29 march 1774 in Loudon County and had a will filed 13 June 1774, which did not list his wife, so it is assumed that Mary Kirk had died before 1774.

      The children of Richard and Mary Norton Brown were Richard (1734-38), Joseph (1736-51), and Mercer Brown (7 July 1740-1802). Mercer was the only one to have a family. Quaker records for Fairfax noted in January 1763 that Mercer Brown had become engaged to a local woman, Sarah, not a member of his church. He was cautioned against this by his elders, and then he left on a trip to the Carolinas. Sarah met him on the way, and they were married by a priest. For this, Mercer was disowned in March 1764, but he was later reinstated. In 1784, he and his family moved to the Bush River Monthly Meeting, Newberry County, South Carolina, then in 1785, to the Wrightsboro Monthly Meeting, Columbia County, Georgia (now McDuffie County) where Mercer died in 1802.
      Mercer Brown's will, dated 30 October 1802 was recorded 24 December1802 in Columbia County, Georgia, Will Book A, pages 154 and 155. The inventory of the estate of Mercer Brown is found in "Inventories, Appraisements and Sales, 1790-1804" on pages 166-167. Several deeds for various members of the Brown family may be found in the Columbia deed records."

      From Other Family Genealogies:

      Name: James Brown [5]
      Sex: M
      Birth: 1656 in Boarsworth, Northhampton, England
      Death: 12 APR 1716 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania
      Burial: The Browns were out of Northamptonshire, England.
      Father: Richard Browne b: ABT 1632 in England
      Mother: Mary [Master] b: 1634 in Circenster, Gloucester, England
      Marriage- Honour Clayton b: 29 JAN 1663 in Rumboldswyke, Sussex, England
      Married: 8 AUG 1679
      Jeremiah Brown b: ABT 1690 in Chester Co, Pennsylvania
      Margery Brown b: 1691 in New Castle County, Delaware




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      ? The Miller Family Tree on RootsWeb - James Brown
      ? Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004; www.ancestry.com Source number: 190.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LLH. Birth date: 1662 Birth place: En Marriage date: 1679 Marriage place: PA
      ? RootsWeb Biography: James Brown
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  • Sources 
    1. [S12894] "James Brown (1656 - 1716)", Biography, Profile & Descendants, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Brown-2470, abstracted by D.