Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Browne

Male 1760 - 1816  (56 years)


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  • Name John Browne 
    Born 1760  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1816  Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I42572  Tree1
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 

    Father Richard Rev. Browne,   b. 2 Dec 1725, Rich Hill, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1789, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Helen Bayley,   b. 1725, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1783, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1748  Edinburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Pearson Alexander,   b. Abt 1762, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1845, Lafayette County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married Abt 1780  Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Susannah Pearson Browne,   b. Abt 1780, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F26325  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Prince William County Sheriff 1801
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      Charles County Maryland Will Book AI-10, 1788-1791; Page 195. Revd Richard Brown's Will,
      I, Richard Brown of CC, am of sound & disposing mind, memory, & understanding. Firstly, it is my desire that I be decently buried by the side of my first wife, without parade, according to the rites of the Church of england.
      To my two daughters Ann & Elizabeth - all that part of a tract of land called Rich Hill, which I bought of William Courts, late of CC, to be equally divided between them. But if either of my daughters dies without lawful issue, then the whole of the sd part of the tract of land to go to the surviving daughter. And if the surviving daughter shall also die without lawful issue, then the afd land to be sold, the money arising from the sale thereof to be equally divided among all my children who shall be living at the time of such sale, my son John always "accepted".
      To my son Richard - all that part of a tract of land Dinyard, lying on [St] Clements Bay in St. Mary's Co. If my sd son dies without lawful heirs of his body, then I give sd land to the eldest son of my sd son Richard. I also give to sd Richard my whole share of one fourth part of a Mill seat, lying on the head of Clements Bay in St. Mary's Co, which share I bought of Joseph Walker. If my sd son Richard dies without lawful heirs of his body, I give the sd share of one fourth of a Mill seat to the eldest son of my son William who shall be living at the time.
      To my son Gustavus - all that tract of land called Pinner & Pinners enlargement, lying on the south side of Mattawoman Swamp.
      Whereas 1 have 3 aged slaves, to Wit, Tom boy, Abigail, & Nanny, it is my will that my executors provide for them out of my estate, to prevent them from wanting necessary clothing & food so long as they shall live. It is my will that the 2 Negroes I sometime ago put into the possession of my son-in-law William Magruder, to wit, Jude & easter, serve him, sd William Magruder, until they arrive to the age of 21 years, after which the sd Negroes shall be free. I also give sd William Magruder the Negroes called Kate, Henny, and Beck, daughter of Hannah, until they arrive at age 31 years, at which time, it is my will that they shall be free. Further, I want the offspring of each of the Negroes afd, on serving sd Magruder to the age of 31 years, shall be free. To my son Robert - my Negro blacksmith called Carrol.
      To my grandson Richard, son of Robert - a boy called Nace.
      To my daughter Ann - I want my 2 Negroes, Tom & Lett, to
      serve Ann for 7 years, to commence from the day of my death. After 7 years, afd Negroes to be set free. also give Ann the Negroes called Silvia, Milly, & Abigal, the daughters of Lett, until they arrive at age 31 years, after which they shall be free.
      To my son Richard - my Negroes called Dick & Liverpool, for 7 years starting at the day of my death; atter 7 years, they shall be free.
      To my daughter Elizabeth my Negroes Charles and Milly, for 7 years, after which, they shall be free. Also my Negro boy called Harry & my negro girl Molly, until they arrive at age 31 years, and after, they shall be free. It is my will that all the offspring of Molly shall be free, as they shall respectively arrive at age 31 years.
      To my son William my Negroes Neptune & Hannah, for 7 years, after which, they shall be free. And as they have been faithful slaves & Hannah is infirm, it is my request that my son William treat them in such manner as he knows will be pleasing to me. I also give the Negro called will to my son William, to keep him as a slave during life, or to set him free, at the option of my son William.
      Whereas there is a bond granted to me by my son Gustavus for more than 1200 £sterling, which bond is lodged with my factor in Scotland, I want that no interest shall be demanded of my sd son Gustavus which may have arisen or which shall arise on the sd bond from the date thereof to the day of my death, I want the principal of sd bond, with the interest arising thereon, from the day of my death, until fraul be divided among all my daughters, married & single, so as to make all and each of then equal, and be it remembered that whatever I have given or shall hereafter give, during my life, to any of my daughters, shall be considered as so much of their portions paid & that those that have received the least in my lifetime are to be paid in such proportion after my death as will make all their portions equal.
      To my son Gustavus - my 14 silver spoons marked AvB, and which were my father's.
      To my daughter Ann - the silver soup spoon & the 12 table spoons marked RHB in cipher, and I want a silver soup spoon & 12 silver spoons of eual value, be bought for my daughter Elizabeth by my executors-
      To my 2 sons, Alexander & Robert - whatever money of mine shall appear to remain in the hands of Cuthbert Bullett, esq in Prince William County, Virginia, to be equally divided between them.
      To my son William & all my daughters - all other moneys in tobacco remaining to my estate, either here or in Scotland or elsewhere, to be equally divided between them.
      To my son William - my house clock and all my family pictures. Also, one third of my library and allow him to make choice of the books. I will that my other children be allowed to choose out of the residue of my library such books as they may think proper, but they shall account with my executors for the books taken. I will that the rest of my library be sold and the sale money to be equally divided among all my daughters.
      To my wife Catharine - I want the part of a tract of land called Rich Hill, which I have bequeathed to my daughters Ann & Elizabeth, be burthened with the payment of 1000 lbs of crop tobacco to my wife Catharine, yearly, during her life, which burthen shall be discharged by the payment of 500 lbs of crop tobacco by my daughter Ann & 500 lbs of crop tobacco by my daughter Elizabeth, yearly & once every year, to my sd wife, during her life.
      To my wife Catharine and my daughters Ann & Elizabeth - my household furniture riot already devised, and all my horses, cattle, hogs, & sheep, to be equally divided between them.
      Whereas my son John, while he lived with me, applied various large sums of money & tobacco of mine to his own use, contrary to my desire & without my consent or
      knowledge, I want my executors to discover the amount of such sums and try to recover the same, & when recovered, that my sd executors divide the same equally between my sons Alexander & Robert_
      If any disputes arise concerning the settlement of my estate between any 2 of my children (except my son John) will that my executors bring such disputes before one of the judges of the General Court of Maryland & obtain his opinion in writing, which will be final,
      Executors: my brother Gustavus Richard Brown and my son William Brown and my son-in-law William Magruder_
      Signed Jun 30, 1789 - Riche Brown. Wit - Ann Hanson, Jane Hawkins Sr, Jean Hawkins Jr, John Campbell, Hwbet, S. Hawkins.
      Probated on Oct 12, 1789 by Ann Hanson & Henry Smith Hawkins, two of the witnesses, and by Doctor Gustavus Richard Brown, Doctor William Brown, & William Magruder, joint executors.
      On Oct 26, 1789, Letters Testamentary were granted to all 3 executors; their securities were Matthew Blair & Robert Fergusson,
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 37. Nov 14, 1783 from Richard Brown of CC, Clerk, to John Brown of CC, his son, for the natural love he has for sd John and for 5 £, all that moiety or half part of a tract of land called Rich Hill, lying in CC, which was an Nov 2, 1714, conveyed by Philemon Hemsley and Mary Hemsley, his wife, to Doc, Gustavus Brown, late of CC, decd, by CC deed, and which moiety of Rich Hill was devised by sd Gustavus Brown to sd Richard Brown in tail, the same being the northern half of Rich Hill, and on which the dwelling house stands. A fee simple estate in sd conveyed premises is to be vested in sd John Brown. Signed - Richd Brown, Wit - Walter Winter, Hoskins Hanson. Recorded Nov 26, 1783,
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 37. Nov 14, 1783 from Richard Brown of CC, Clerk, to John Brown, his son, of CC, for the natural love he has for sd John and for 5 £, a tract of land called Penner and Penners Enlargement, lying in CC, which was on Aug 18, 1718, conveyed by Charles Adams to Doc. Gustavus Brown, late of CC, decd, by CC deed, and which sd tract was devised by sd Gustavus Brown to sd Richard Brown in tail, and on which Walter Clements now lives. A fee simple estate in sd convyed premises is to be vested in sd John Brown. Signed - Rich Brown. Wit - W Winter, Hoskins Hanson. Recorded Nov 26, 1783.
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 38. Nov 15, 1783 from John Brown of CC, to Richard Brown of CC, Clerk, his father, for the natural love he has for sd Richard Brown and for 5 £, during Richard's natural life, without impeachment or waste, all that moiety or half part of a tract of land in CC called Rich Hill, which, by deed dated Nov 14, 1783, was conveyed by sd Richard Brown to the sd John Brown in fee simple. Signed - John Brown. Wit - Walter winter, Hoskins Hanson. Recorded Nov 26, 1783.
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      Charles County Land Records 1782-1786; Liber Z#3; Page 39. Nov 15, 1783 from John Brown of CC, to Richard Brown of CC, for divers good causes and for 5 £, a parcel of land in CC on the south side of Mattawoman Swamp, and whereon Walter Clements now lives, being the two tracts before conveyed by the sd Richard Brown to the sd John Brown, commonly known as Penner and Penners Enlargement.
      Signed - John Brown. Wit - Walter Winter, Hoskins Hanson. Recorded Nov 26, 1783.
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      Charles County Land Records 1786-1790; Liber D#4; Page 301. Instrument of writing, recorded at the request of Richard Mason. Indenture made Jun 11, 1788 between John Brown of Prince William County, Virginia, of the one part, and Richard Mason of CC, Merchant, of the other part, whereas sd Richard Mason, at the request and entreaty of sd John Brown, has consented to become bail for sd John Brown in an action of debt now depending in CC Court for 711 £17 shillings & 11 pence half penny, there brought against sd John Brown at the suit of Gustavus Richard Brown, now this indenture witnesses that the sd John Brown, to the end that the sd Richard Mason and all the lands, tenements, goods and chattels of the sd Richard Mason, at all times hereafter, shall be kept harmless for all the bails, suretyships, and charges in these presents expressed, and also therefrom shall be clearly discharged by such time as thereto is hereafter assigned in these presents, has sold by these presents to sd Richard Mason, all that moiety or half part of a tract of land called Rich Hill, lying in CC, which was on Nov 14, 1783 conveyed by sd John Brown to Richard Brown, father of the sd Brown, for and during the natural life of sd Richard Brown, by CC deed, To have and to hold, sd moiety unto sd Richard Mason, immediately after the death of sd Richard Brown, provided that if sd John Brown shall procure and cause that the sd Richard Mason shall be discharged from the bail and suretyship and all other charges wherewith the sd. Richard Mason may be charged on account of sd John Brown, at or before the day when the Justices of the afd Court shall award judgment against the sd John Brown for the debt afd, and also, in the meantime, shall save harmless sd Richard Mason and all his lands, tenements, goods and chattels of and for the bails, suretyship, and charges afd wherewith he may be charged, then the sale of the premises afd to sd Richard Mason, shall be void. Signed - John Brown, Richard Mason. Wit - Bent Dyson*, Wm D, Briscoe*. Recorded Jun 18, 1788. {For the release of the mortgage, see Liber K No. 4 folio 178}
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      Charles County Land Records 1790-1792; Liber K#4; Page 75. Feb 3, 1790 from John Brown of Prince William County, VA, and Susannah, his wife, to Doctor William Brown of the Town of Alexandria in the County of Fairfax in VA, for 1000 £, all that moiety or half part of a tract of land called Rich hill, lying in CC, which was conveyed on Nov 2, 1714 by Philemon Hemsly and Mary, his wife, to Doctor Gustavus Brown, late of CC, by CC deed, and which sd moiety called Rich Hill was devised by sd Gustavus Brown to the Revd Richard Brown in tail, and was on Nov 14, 1783, conveyed by afd Richard Brown to sd John Brown, party to these presents, in fee simple, via CC deed, the same being the north half of Rich Hill, on which the dwelling house stands. Signed - John Brown. Wit - Geo Lee*, Henry H Chapman*. Recorded May 18, 1790.
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      Charles County Land Records 1790-1792; Liber K#4; Page 178. Release. CC. John Brown of Prince William County, VA, on Jun 11, 1788, mortgaged to the subscriber, Richard Mason, all that half part of a tract of land in CC called Rich Hill, which was, on Nov 14, 1783 conveyed by sd John Brown to his father, Richard Brown, for and during the natural life of sd Richard Brown. The mortgage was intended to secure and save harmless sd Richard Mason from all damage he might sustain in consequence of his becoming special bail for sd John Brown at the suit of Gustavus Richard Brown in an action of debt then depending in CC Court for 711 £17 shillings & 11 pence half penny, as per reference to sd mortgage, recorded in CC Liber D#4 pages 301-303. Sd John Brown has since fully paid sd Gustavus Richard Brown, by means whereof, sd Richard Mason is released from all damage. Therefore, sd Richard Mason hereby releases the half part of Rich Hill. Signed - Rich Mason. Wit - John Winter, Jas
      Russell. Recorded Dec 8, 1790.
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      Charles County Land Records 1790-1792; Liber K#4; Page 231. Acknowledgement of Dower. CC, Mar 12, 1791. On this day came before us Suzannah Brown, wife to John Brown, and relinquished her right of dower to a tract of land called Rich Hill, deeded on Feb 3, 1790 by her sd husband to William Brown. Signed - Rich Barnes*, Henry H Chapman*. Recorded Mar 15, 1791. (Vide deed, pagcs 75-77}
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      Charles County, Maryland Land Records 1806-1808; Liber IB-7 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 302.
      At the request of Henry Henley Chapman the following Deed was recorded March 21, 1807
      Indenture made March 21, 1807; between John Brown of the Commonwealth of Virginia of the one part and Henry Henley Chapman of the other part. Whereas John Brown is one of the heirs at law of Dr. Gustavus Brown late of St. Mary's County, Maryland deceased and as such is entitled to 1/10 part of the real estate and whereas a commission of a partition of the real estate of Gustavus Brown issued from Charles County Court and the said commissioners would not admit a division whereupon the court ordered that the same should be sold and the commissioners have sold the same to Henry Henley Chapman but the name of the said John Brown is omitted in said petition and proceedings thereon and as the said John Brown will receive 1/10 of the proceedings of the said real estate the land herein after described and has agreed to convey his interest to the said Henry Henley Chapman. Now this indenture witnesseth that John Brown in consideration of the premises and for the further consideration of the sum of 2 pounds to him paid by Henry Henley Chapman has assigned those tracts called "Pinnar" and "Pinnar's Enlargement". Signed John Brown in the presence of and acknowledged before Samuel Hanson, Hezekiah Garner

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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 329-192: RICH HILL: 600 acres; Possession of - 300 Acres - Contee, John Col: 300 Acres - Lomax, Ralph: Surveyed (when the record sayth not) patent 19 April 1666 in the name of Hugh Thomas lying on the West side of the main fresh run at the head of Wicomico River at a bound oak by the run side.: Conveyance notes - 300 Acres - Mary Contee from Ralph Lomax; 3 March 1710, 300 Acres - Gustavus Brown from Philemon Hemsley; 2 Nov 1714,Alexander Smith Hawkins from Charles Courts; 25 Sept 1727,

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